Dateline Rice for July 24, 2014


Natural gas scrubs up well
Researchers from Rice and the National Institute of Standards and Technology developed cheap carbonaceous materials to act as CO2 sorbents in natural gas wells. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is mentioned.

New space race? US eyes asteroids as other nations shoot for the moon
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in Carteret Publishing Company Inc.)


Texas Dems look to get in front of voter ID issue
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Texas’ voter-identification law and the National Election Pool’s decision to conduct better exit polling in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Media consortium plans more exit polling in Texas
Concho Valley (This article also appeared in My High Plains, Killeen Daily Herald, Gilmer Mirror, KTSM-TV, Texas Politica and Texas Sentinel.)

New report ranks University of Texas among top 30 universities in the world
Rice is ranked No. 108 on the Center for World Rankings’ list of the world’s top 1,000 universities for 2014.

TWC grants $1 million for high-tech summer camps
The Texas Workforce Commission awarded Rice’s Girls BioScience Initiative a grant to provide opportunities for high school sophomore girls to learn about STEM careers.
The Vindicator (This article also appeared in T.H.E. Journal and Campus Technology.)

Blackstone Charitable Foundation releases 3rd annual request for proposals to organizations fostering entrepreneurship and job growth
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation announced the release of its third annual Request for Proposals for its Blackstone Organizational Grants. Rice is mentioned as a past grant recipient.
Fort Mill Times (This article also appeared in Enhanced Online and 10 other media outlets.)

GOP picks prosecutor to run for district judge
Alumna Cheryl Johnston ’77 was selected as nominee to run against attorney Christopher Perez in the general election for Sandoval County’s new district court judge position.
Albuquerque Journal


Thousands of Texans could lose health insurance
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted about Texans potentially losing their subsidies if the legal challenge facing the Affordable Care Act is upheld. Ho also gave a presentation about the percentage of Texans who purchased market place coverage.
News 92 FM
Study on new Health Coverage shows insurance is now for more than 10 million people
Argyll Free Press


Future phones could house a terabyte of storage
Rice’s silicon oxide technology can now be used to fabricate devices with conventional production methods, which brings it a step closer to mass production. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
Engadget (This article also appeared in Electronista, Intowit and MIT Technology Review.)
Researchers have discovered a new process that could bring a terabyte of memory to our pockets
Android Headlines (This article also appeared in AndroidSpin and PhoneArena.)
Memória resistiva: tecnologia possibilita celulares de até 1 TB de RAM (An English translation is not available.)
Smartphone da 1 TB potrebbero arrivare nel prossimo future
Age Mobile (An English translation is not available.)
Bientôt des smartphones avec 1To de stockage?

Getting more life out of lithium-ion batteries
Rice and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory created a theoretical model that could benefit lithium-ion batteries. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, and graduate student Yuanyue Liu are quoted.
Hispanic Business


African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky
Sociologists at Rice and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their home to renting it. Gregory Sharp, a postdoctoral fellow in Rice’s Department of Sociology, is quoted.
Insight News (This article also appeared in EIN News, National Mortgage Professional, World Property Channel, Science Daily and Science Newsline.)
Deregulation, subprime loans killed Black ownership
Florida Courier

Scientists to map Mount St. Helens volcano’s interior
Scientists will set off a series of underground explosions across southwest Washington to map the plumbing system beneath Mount St. Helens. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science, is quoted. He is the lead scientist for the experiment.
PressTV (This article also appeared in and 13 other media outlets.)

6 tips to help you master the college essay
Tamara Siler ’86, senior associate director for admission and minority recruitment coordinator, is quoted in a list of tips for writing a college admission essay.
Capitola-Soquel Patch (This article also appeared in Novato Patch and 10 other publications.)


Head football coach David Bailiff discussed the Rice Owls at the Conference USA media day.

Bulldogs receive NABC team academic excellence award
Rice men’s basketball received a 2013-14 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.

Sports: S.B. Foresters
Junior baseball player Ford Stainback is quoted.
Santa Barbara Independent

KXII-TV (Sherman, Texas)
Rice senior football player Jordan Taylor is included in the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Watch List. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.

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