Dateline Rice for Aug. 6, 2014


1-size-fits-all textbooks don’t make sense in the digital age. Here’s a better option.
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, discusses the benefit of personalized textbooks and the future of education.
Washington Post
OpenStax to adapt its free digital college text model for K-12
Education Week
OpenStax aims to bring free digital textbooks to high schools
T.H.E. Journal
10 ways to save on college textbooks
Business Insider

Equal rights ordinance opponents sue city
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page.)

Should I feel sorry for private health insurers?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, authored an op-ed about the Affordable Care Act’s effect on private health insurers.
The Hill


The 10 happiest colleges in America
Reports on the Princeton Review’s new rankings by students note that Rice is No. 6 for happiest students and No. 20 among most LGBT-friendly schools. [Rice is also No. 2 for best quality of life; see for more categories in which Rice is ranked.]
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in University Herald and 10 other media outlets.)
Most LGBT-friendly colleges: Stanford University named No. 1 by Princeton Review for 2014-15
Huffington Post
Oberlin ranked among nation’s most LGBT-friendly colleges
Outlook Ohio Magazine (This article also appeared in Transgriot.)

Tests suggest superconductor is odd, not impure
A Rice-led team of U.S., German and Chinese physicists published the first evidence of a link between magnetic properties and the material’s tendency to become a better conductor of electricity. Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy; Andriy Nevidomskyy, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; and Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted.

Immigrant children less physically active than US-born white children, says study
According to a new Rice study, immigrant children are more likely to have lower levels of physical activity than U.S.-born white children. Rachel Kimbro, associate professor of sociology, and graduate student Mackenzie Brewer are quoted.
Latin Post
Immigrant kids in US may have higher obesity risk
Business Standard (This article also appeared in Yahoo! India and 10 other media outlets.)

Is Mexico’s left impotent over energy reform?
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about energy reform.
Latin America Weekly Report

Asia’s improbable challenge: Turning garbage into gold
Asia’s inadequate sanitation services are requiring the country to resolve its public health issues. Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct assistant professor of economics, is quoted.
Asian Review

Michael Lindsay: Go where decisions are made
Gordon College President Michael Lindsay, a former sociology professor at Rice, is interviewed about leadership and elite networks.
Christianity Today


Houstonians to know: These entrepreneurs are on the rise (video)
Rice’s OwlSpark program is mentioned in Houston Business Journal’s list of Houston’s entrepreneurs and alumna Lauren Thompson ’14 is mentioned in the accompanying video.
Houston Business Journal

Political thunder. But no storm protection.
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center’s proposed Centennial Gate, which would protect the Houston Ship Channel, is competing against the Ike Dike.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)
Editorial: ‘Ike Dike’ sounds great but isn’t feasible
Beaumont Enterprise

Brandon Creighton to represent Houston area in state Senate
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 the special runoff election results and the Texas governor race.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription required.)
Crece la lista de posibles candidatos para la alcaldía de Houston en 2015
La Voz De Houston (An English translation is not available.)
Dos mujeres demócratas luchan por el bastión republicano de Texas
Radio Panama (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in
Dos demócratas (mujeres) en Texas buscan cambiar la politica
Digital Post (An English translation is not available.)


WOLB-AM (Baltimore)
An op-ed cites research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that recently found that African-Americans are most likely to value a postsecondary education as important to becoming successful, followed by Asians and Latinos.


Researchers to investigate remarkable approach to desalination
Co-directors of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering, are working to treat bacteria like computers with the intention of reprogramming them to perform specific activities.
Water Online

Busting cancer with iron oxide nanoparticles
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.

Should our engineers be home-schooled?
Don Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, is quoted about massive open online courses.

Brightest minds MBA scholarship
The first Brightest Minds MBA scholarship attracted over 4,500 entrants. Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned as a sponsor.
Live Trading News


Rice navigates growth amid changing landscape
President David Leebron is profiled for his leadership and achievements over the past decade at Rice. He is quoted, along with Deborah Harter, associate professor of French; John Boles, the William P. Hobby Professor of History; Donald Morrison, professor of philosophy and classical studies; Lovett College senior Daniel Imas; and alumnus Joey Yang ’12.
Akron Legal News

Creativity and innovation: Embrace the lull
Rice’s bubble CPAP machine, which helps increase the survival rate of newborns with severe respiratory illness, is mentioned.

National: Frank slams Obama; 1st responders back marriage
Some heterosexual business school students have reportedly attended career fairs for lesbian, gay and bisexual students. The Jones Graduate School of Business advises students to learn about the organizations hosting the conference before making a decision to attend. Rice MBA students attend such conferences at their own expense.
Windy City Media Group

America melting pot
Rice’s study on Houston’s diversity is mentioned.
Chain Store Age

Go easy on conservatives — science says they’re super sensitive
Rice’s study on political negativity bias is cited.

The Houston Symphony’s September and October 2014 calendar features
Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform at the Houston Symphony’s 2014-15 Classical and POPS concert series.
Broadway World

Lanyon appoints former Infogroup and Travelocity executive as chief financial officer
Alumnus John Mills ’95 is the new chief financial officer for Lanyon.


Kidney ailment ends Carroll’s playing days at Rice
Rice football player Drew Carroll quit the team, due to kidney disease. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Notre Dame OC to miss ‘few’ weeks after surgery
Rice football will play Notre Dame Aug. 30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
5 things: Notre Dame training camp (Similar articles appeared in 85 other media outlets.)
KPRC-TV (Similar broadcasts appeared in 33 other media outlets.)

Rice rising
The Rice football team is featured in preparation for the upcoming season. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Tomball Potpourri
Owls start fall camp

Rice soccer picked to finish 3rd in Conference USA
Rice women’s soccer team is predicted to finish third out of 14 teams in Conference USA. Women’s soccer head coach Nicky Adams is quoted. Players Lauren Hughes, Holly Hargreaves and Quinny Truong are mentioned.
Lady Owl soccer: 3 Rice players named to preseason all-C-USA team
Tomball Potpourri (This article also appeared in Cypress Creek Mirror.)


Rice University and University of Houston join in celebration of entrepreneurship at first Bayou Startup Showcase Aug. 14
Two leading university technology accelerators will partner to host the first Bayou Startup Showcase at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Aug. 14.

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