Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2014


This funder just gave $9 million to design the textbooks of tomorrow
Rice’s OpenStax College received a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to continue to create affordable peer-reviewed college textbooks.
Inside Philanthropy
Indiana State push ditches textbooks for open-access (This article also appeared in Indianapolis Star.)


Secrecy charge leveled at Nicaragua canal project
Nicaragua’s approved canal route is controversial among scientists and environmentalists. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

New study: Immigration associated with increase in smoking among Latinos, Asians
Bridget Gorman, professor of sociology, is quoted about her study, “Gender, Acculturation and Smoking Behavior Among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants.”
Latin Post (This article also appeared in Latin Times, Economic Times and Medical News Today.)


Hillary Clinton on Obama’s foreign policy: What’s so bad about ‘don’t do stupid stuff’?
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about Hillary Clinton’s criticism of the administration.
Houston Chronicle

Finding truth by tweaking the facts
Rice’s library is mentioned in James Lee Burke’s latest novel, “Wayfaring Stranger.”
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s “Gray Matters”online magazine. Subscription required.)

Perry at Camp Swift as guard trains for border mission
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 Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border benefitting his career. He is also quoted about the debate between Texas Sens. Leticia Van de Putte and Dan Patrick.
Houston Chronicle
Perry gives Guard troops sendoff to border (w/video)
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
Perry at Camp Swift as guard trains for border mission
San Antonio Express-News
Lt. Gov. candidate debate – Not if, but when?
San Antonio Current


KIII-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Hanszen College junior and National Hispanic Institute member Angela Masciale is featured.

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Rice is ranked No. 20 on Time magazine’s list of best colleges for your money.


Foam maximizes enhanced oil recovery
Sibani Lisa Biswal, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and George Hirasaki, research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are mentioned for their paper on foam maximizing enhanced oil recovery in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Lab on a Chip. Graduate student Charles Conn is quoted.
The Daily Fusion (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine,, Science Daily and AZoNanotechnology.)

New test reveals purity of graphene
Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, collaborated with Osaka’s Institute of Laser Engineering on a study using terahertz spectroscopy to spot contaminants.
Product Design & Development (This article also appeared on Science Daily and Nanotechnology Now.)

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.
e! Science News (This article also appeared in Science Daily and Bio-Medicine.)

NIH announces winners of 2014 Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Competition
Rice students designed a mixing device called Nutriflow that assures 95 percent of the fat content in milk will reach preemies. It won third place at the 2014 Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Competition.
Bio-Medicine (This article also appeared in


At Aspen ARE Day event, billionaire activist Tom Steyer unveils plan on climate
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, led a discussion during a session titled, “Armchair Conservation: Politics, Climate Change and History”at the annual American Renewable Energy Day Summit. He was also the featured speaker at the Canyonlands National Park 50th anniversary.
The Aspen Times
Canyonlands set to mark 50 years as National Park
San Juan Record

David Brussat: New campus for Brown engineering?
Rice’s engineering building is pictured.
Providence Journal

Get the skinny on the Louisiana Film Prize top 20
Alumna Christine Chen ’07 is a finalist for the third annual Louisiana Film Prize festival.
Shreveport Times


Everett Golson once again named starting quarterback
Rice football will play Notre Dame Aug. 30.
CLTV-TV (Chicago) (Similar broadcasts appeared on 28 other media outlets.)
Everett Golson gets Notre Dame starting quarterback nod from coach Brian Kelly
Fox News (Similar articles appeared in ABC News and 269 other media outlets.)

Dust Devils’ Hoelscher making plays at hot corner
Rice baseball player Shane Hoelscher is featured.
Tri-City Herald (This article also appeared in the Times-Tribune.)

Defense the big question for Patriots
Sid Richardson College freshman Lance Wright is mentioned.
News Miner

KDBC-TV (El Paso, Texas)
The University of Texas at El Paso basketball team will play Rice Jan. 4.
KTSM-TV (El Paso, Texas)

Texas A&M given ‘most overrated’ and ‘most underrated’ titles by CBS Sports writers
The Rice Owls are mentioned in the cutline of a photo of the Texas A&M game against Rice in 2013.
Dallas Morning News

Fun facts about Auburn’s 1st 6 football opponents
San Jose State’s football game against Rice is mentioned.

KVUE-TV (Austin)
Former Rice coach Les Koenning is featured.

Anthony Rendon key to Washington Nationals success
Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.

Crash course for Johnny Football
Former Rice football player Frank Ryan is mentioned.

Canadians part of Seahawks’ run
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is quoted.
The Star Phoenix

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