Dateline Rice for July 2, 2014


UCA goes live for 2014-15 with 5 new member colleges
Rice became a member of the Universal College Application. Julie Browning, dean of undergraduate enrollment, is quoted.

Militants sell oil from captured Iraqi regions, as price hike predicted
Militants associated with the Islamic State are selling oil extracted from wells close to Hamrin Mountains and Baiji refinery. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

How to innovate like a start-up
An article discusses “Innovation Paradox: Why Good Businesses Kill Breakthroughs and How They Can Change,” a new book co-authored by Marc Epstein, distinguished research professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
The Hindu


5 questions: Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and the Affordable Care Act
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, offers her insight on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling and its impact on the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Chronicle

Barbecue fans travel from afar to family’s restaurant
Alumnus Greg Gatlin ’03 is featured for his restaurant, Gatlin’s BBQ.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Local + community | July 2014
Michael Pardee, executive director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, is quoted about the Historic Freedman’s town labyrinth project.

Legacy Community Health Services names native Houstonian, Ann Barnes, M.D., as new chief medical officer
Ann Barnes, adjunct assistant professor of sociology, has been named chief medical officer for Legacy Community Health Services.
Forward Times

4 Texas universities make ‘best weather’ list
Best College Reviews included Rice in a list of the top 25 U.S. colleges with the best weather.
San Antonio Express-News


Population shift slowing down
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there has been a decline in births among the Hispanic population. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
KTRH-AM (This broadcast also appeared on KPRC-AM.)

WABC-AM (New York)
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.

Natalie Lin: NZ violinist
Graduate student Natalie Lin is featured.
Radio New Zealand


Multilayered nanoparticles ablate tumors
Researchers at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine discovered that gold nanomatryoshkas with a diameter of 100 nanometers efficiently destroyed breast tumors in mice. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned. Amit Joshi, adjunct assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Medical Physics Web

Bill Glick: Why MBA candidates gain more from professors engaged in research
Bill Glick, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about business education.
Smart Business

Terahertz detectors with carbon nanotubes designed to improve MRI technology and other image-detection applications
Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, co-authored a study on terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes to improve medical imaging, airport passenger screening, food inspection and other applications. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry, and graduate student Xiaowei He are mentioned. (This article also appeared in PCBDesign007.)

‘Nanoconstructs’ designed to enhance MRI technology
Scientists from Rice and Houston Methodist Research Institute led an international team of researchers to create composite particles that can be injected into patients to kill malignant tissues or trigger the release of drugs. Graduate student Ayrat Gizzatov is quoted. Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, is mentioned.

Researchers identify one of world’s thinnest piezoelectric materials
Scientists at Rice, University of Washington and University of Houston have identified one of the thinnest piezoelectric materials, graphene nitride. The material is about one thousand times thinner than a single strand of human hair. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Science Codex.)


Another Android security issue discovered
Researchers released a warning about a high-risk security issue for Android users with version 4.3 or lower. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Study examines role of stress hormones in voting
Rice researchers, in collaboration with University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska–Lincoln, determined that stress hormones may affect a person’s voting behavior.

An uphill battle: Local athlete to compete in Transplant Games of America
Rice is mentioned as a volunteer and contributor to the Transplant Games.
Manchester Times

The 20 best college campuses in the US
Rice is ranked No. 4 on a list of the “20 Best College Campuses in the U.S.,” according to Business Insider.
The Leader (This article also appeared in Fort Leavenworth Lamp.)

Former attorney general to discuss legal ethics at Benedictine
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 will discuss legal ethics at Benedictine University.
Daily Herald

Former Blue Nile exec joins fast-growing omnichannel beauty brand Julep
Alumnus Dwight Gaston ’91 is the new chief delivery officer for the beauty brand Julep.
Retailing Today (This article also appeared in Beauty Packaging.)

New University of Missouri chancellor visits Jackson
Alumnus R. Loftin ’73, University of Missouri chancellor, is visiting various spots in Missouri.
Southeast Missourian


Contestants named for the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby
Rice baseball player Michael Aquino will defend his title at the fifth annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby.
Herald Online (This article also appeared in Fort Mill Times and 10 other media outlets.)

Doubledays pregame: Roster transformation continues for Auburn
Alumnus Chase McDowell ’13 is mentioned.


Researchers find hormones affect voting behavior
Researchers from Rice University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have found that hormone levels can affect voter turnout.

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