Dateline Rice for Aug. 15, 2014

FEATURED ITEM

Sudsy solution may help solve oil recovery problem
Sibani Lisa Biswal, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted about her co-authored paper on foam maximizing enhanced oil recovery in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Lab on a Chip. Graduate student Charles Conn is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Business section. Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1pR0o0m

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

At Harvard, tiny robots ‘swarm’ into shape
James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted about a Harvard researcher’s 1,024-robot team called Kilobots.
The Boston Globe
http://bit.ly/1vNMEcC
Largest-ever ‘robot swarm’ created by scientists
FOX News
http://fxn.ws/1kGSlnI
Heads up for the gathering robot swarm
Science Mag (This article also appeared in Tech Times and Live Science.)
http://bit.ly/1oyX4bW
Robot ‘army’ can swarm into 3-D formations
Yahoo! News
http://yhoo.it/1uUiTTb
Scientists build ‘army’ of robots capable of swarming into 3-D formations
Christian Science Monitor
http://bit.ly/1vR40VX
Scientists find a way to make more than 1,000 robots work together
The Week
http://bit.ly/1uAYMMn

HOUSTON/TEXAS

UTSA establishing itself as a tier one university
Rice is mentioned as one of three tier one universities in Texas.
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/1puVbfS

Is Perry going to run in 2016? Check his schedule
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 Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid and President Barack Obama’s pending decision to override Congress to deal with the border crisis. He is also quoted about Laura Murillo, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Houston since 2007, being the first Hispanic woman to run for mayor in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1uWTQyR
Laura Murillo, primera mujer hispana que se postularía para alcaldesa de Houston
La Voz de Houston (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1sHjKZi
Some Democrats want president to wait on immigration
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared on KPRC-AM.)
http://bit.ly/1mQInvq

Pearland artist to be honored at Sept. 19 luncheon
Marcia Brennan, professor of religion and art history, faculty fellow at Center for Teaching Excellence, will participate in a discussion at the Community Artists’ Collective.
Pearland Journal
http://bit.ly/1uBbJG2

Former CSE Student Carlos Monroy participates in Heidelberg Laureate Forum
Carlos Monroy, data scientist at Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, has been selected to participate in the second Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
TAMU.com
http://bit.ly/1sJ1KxL

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

A boom in boomless seismology
Geoscientists finished the largest seismological survey of Mount St. Helens. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science, is quoted. He was the lead scientist for the experiment.
Science Mag
http://bit.ly/1uB6q9y

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.
Controlled Environments (This article also appeared in Science Daily and TMCnet.com.)
http://bit.ly/1uX8QwP
Terahertz spectroscopy used to spot contaminants in graphene
AZom.com
http://bit.ly/1rdmvSl

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.
Lab Manager
http://bit.ly/1m1GBrm

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.
Innovations Report (This article also appeared in ScienceNewsline.)
http://bit.ly/VqlEiE

Texas roundup: New funds for Castle, Quarri, Ohmni Water and Pivot3
Rice student entrepreneurs are mentioned.
Xconomy
http://bit.ly/1kGOwPr

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Il Vostro Lavoro vi rende Insoddisfatti ?? Potrebbe essere un Fattore Positivo, ecco come sfruttare l’Insoddisfazione
An article explores the ways business leaders can improve their employees’ work environment. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is featured for her research on employee creativity and idea implementation.
BlogLavoro.com (An English translation of this article is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1sJ9vUv

SPORTS

Houston mayor takes in Astros’ game at Fenway
Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 attended the Astros game at Fenway Park in Boston.
Astros.com (This article also appeared in MLB.com and 38 other media outlets.)
http://atmlb.com/VrRUl6

7-run 6th dooms Astros in series opener at Fenway
Alumnus Brock Holt ’12 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Sports section. Subscription required. This article also appeared in Times-Tribune.com.)
http://bit.ly/1rdgkhh
Red Sox rally to down Astros in opener of four-game series
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1nWj4HZ

CFT top 25: No. 15 Notre Dame
Rice football will play Notre Dame Aug. 30.
NBCSports.com
http://bit.ly/1mQSD6O
Everett Golson takes back Notre Dame’s starting QB job
ABC News Radio (Similar articles also appeared in Goshen News and 59 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/1kGUmjF
Irish want to be back in ‘national conversation’
WNDU.com (This article also appeared in the Olympian and 10 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1uBjWKv
WPDE-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
http://bit.ly/1sJbSGQ

NEWS RELEASE

Rice University freshmen move to campus Aug. 17
Freshmen in Rice University’s Class of 2018 can expect a Texas-sized welcome Sunday as they move to campus and participate in O-Week, the weeklong orientation program to familiarize incoming students with their new campus, residential colleges and classmates.
http://bit.ly/1rAKDdp

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