Dateline Rice for Aug. 12, 2014


Forgotten heroes: the Indian Army in the Great War
An American Apache Corp. worker in Egypt was killed during an attempted carjacking. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the Indian Army who fought in World War I. He is also quoted about the danger of traveling outside an Egyptian city and the Gulf’s conflicting support for Gaza.
Apache worker’s slaying underscores dangers in parts of Egypt
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Business section. Subscription required.)
Slaying of Apache Corp. worker underscores dangers in Egypt
Qatar’s dangerous game: Switzerland of the Gulf, patron of Islamists

Wendy Davis is in it to win it. But does she still have a shot?
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 Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign, the funds raised before Texas’ general election and Leticia Van de Putte.
Congress midterms: Low ratings, big money (This article also appeared in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and 13 other publications.)
Senate’s focus hinges on change in leadership
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
A Latina is running in one of the top state-level races to watch
La Opinion (This article also appeared in El Diario.)
GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak says Wendy Davis’ recent Greg Abbott attack ad focuses on the wrong issue

College textbook forecast: Radical change ahead
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, and Daniel Williamson, managing director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship and project manager at OpenStax, are quoted in articles about the benefit of personalized textbooks and the future of education.
University Business
Rice University-based OpenStax to create books that optimize how students learn
Spring Observer (This article also appeared in Cypress Creek Mirror and Tomball Potpourri.)

‘Oil is at the root of US air strikes in Iraq’
Oil companies want to see more U.S. air strikes to stabilize the area in northern Iraq. Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Anadalou Agency (This article also appeared in

Asians, Latinos smoke more after migrating to US: study
Bridget Gorman, professor of sociology, is quoted about the study, “Gender, Acculturation and Smoking Behavior Among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants.” Gorman is the study’s lead author.
The Economic Times (This article also appeared in, DaijiWorld,, Medical Xpress, ScienceNewsline,, Yahoo! News and Yahoo! India.)
US immigration may increase smoking among Latinos, Asians
University Herald
US immigration is associated with rise in smoking among Latinos and Asians
Science Codex (This article also appeared in Science Daily.)
Young women failing to look after their skin
Oman Observer

ACT? SAT? Subject tests? No tests? Holy Moly! Who is requiring what these days?
Rice is listed as a university that accepts ACT test scores in lieu of SAT I and subject tests.
Huffington Post


Hurricane central emergency contacts
Rice engineers created a database that lets Harris County property owners determine how a hurricane may affect their home.

Can for-profit colleges serve students and the bottom line?
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about how for-profit colleges operate.
Texas Observer

Houston Ballet welcomes new chief of development Angie Lane
Angela Lane, an instructor at Rice’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, joined the Houston Ballet’s senior management team as chief development officer. (This article also appeared in Broadway World.)

A tin gallery
The deconstruction of Rice’s Martel Center is mentioned.
Texas Society of Architects


App gives students ‘One Jump’ in the right direction
Rice’s OwlSpark program incorporated the app “One Jump” into its summer program. Managing Director Kerri Smith is quoted.

Davis blasts Abbott in controversial campaign ad
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Sen. Wendy Davis’ new campaign ad.
KENS-TV (San Antonio)

Fed eyes interest rate hikes
Interest rates may increase as a result of the Federal Reserves’ next policy meeting. Jill Foote, senior lecturer in finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Texas near the bottom in marijuana use
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Texas’ low levels of marijuana use.
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)


Watching government: Baltic States want US LNG
Hess Corp. invested more than $1 billion in Ohio’s Utica shale and plans to invest an additional $500 million. Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Oil & Gas Journal

Can we now unlock the potential of nanotubes?
A team of researchers from Switzerland and Germany found a way to make single-walled carbon nanotubes in single-species batches. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Cosmos Magazine

From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Rice biophysicists used computer models to show how evolution works. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science and a professor of chemistry, and José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted.
Rice University theorists show how energy landscapes dominate both evolution and folding of proteins
The Rancher (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun, Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)

Re-wired bacteria may stop biofouling
Rice scientists are investigating ways to re-engineer bacteria to perform specific activities. Postdoctoral fellow Ryan Cheng is quoted.


The colleges with the highest SAT scores
Rice is No. 18 on Business Insider’s list of colleges and universities with the highest SAT scores.
Steuben Courier Advocate (This article also appeared in East Peoria Times-Courier, the Bulletin, Patriot Ledger, Wellsville Daily Reporter, Wicked Local Taunton, Wicked Local Somerville, Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette.)


These aren’t your father’s Rice Owls
The Rice football team is featured. Head football coach David Bailiff, co-offensive coordinator Larry Edmonson and players Driphus Jackson and Chris Thurmond are quoted.
Houston Press

4 things we’ve learned about Notre Dame through fall camp so far
Rice football will play Notre Dame Aug. 30.
Bleacher Report
Riggs finding a comfort level at Notre Dame
South Bend Tribune
Houston College Classic announces 2015 slate (This also appeared on KBTX-TV.)

The tao of Mark Snyder
Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.

KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
Rice women’s soccer will play against Lamar University Aug. 29.

Giants monthly prospect report: July
Rice baseball player Skyler Ewing is profiled.


Foam favorable for oil extraction
A Rice University laboratory has provided proof that foam may be the right stuff to maximize enhanced oil recovery.

From eons to seconds, proteins exploit the same forces
Nature’s artistic and engineering skills are evident in proteins, life’s robust molecular machines. Scientists at Rice University have now employed their unique theories to show how the interplay between evolution and physics developed these skills.

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