Dateline Rice for Aug. 18, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Rice’s Move-In Day and O-Week activities are featured.

As bytes guide bits, oil companies seek the tech-savvy
Oil companies are hiring workers with computing skills to compete with computer-based companies. Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front page. Subscription required.)


Test keeps graphene ‘pure’ enough for electronics
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.

Foam is really good at getting oil out of the ground
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.
Spongy polymer developed to fill holes in bones
Rice University experiments visualize methods for enhanced recovery from wells
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun.)
Foam looks best for enhanced oil recovery
Fierce Energy

Texas Governor Perry calls indictment politically motivated
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 accusations against Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the unlikelihood of Sen. Wendy Davis winning November’s gubernatorial election.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and over 70 other media outlets.)
Prosecutors may have a tough time making Perry indictment stick
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted for abuse of office, coercion
The Washington Post
Texas governor vows to fight indictment
Al Jazeera (This article also appeared in, Yahoo! Maktoob and Yahoo! News UK and Ireland.)
The lynching of Rick Perry
The American Spectator
Perry fires back at foes over indictment
American Thinker
Texas Gov. Perry returns fire, calls grand jury indictment ‘abuse of power’
The Raw Story
Texas Gov. Perry calls indictment politically motivated
Perry blasts indictment as a political attack (+ video)
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (This article also appeared in Abilene Reporter-News.)
Grand jury indicts Texas Gov. Perry, accuses him of abusing office
Sun Journal (This article also appeared in Herald Democrat.)
Why Wendy Davis probably isn’t going to win
CultureMap Austin

Nicaragua’s canal project pushes forward despite economic, environmental questions
Nicaragua is moving forward with its approved canal route despite controversy among scientists and environmentalists. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
International Business Times

Cuba smoking statistics: 24 percent over age 15 are smokers, officials report
Rice is mentioned for its study, “Gender, Acculturation and Smoking Behavior Among U.S. Asian and Latino Immigrants.”
Latin Times

The ladies on the bench
Street photographer Garry Winogrand is quoted from his seminar he gave at Rice.
The New Yorker


23 Texas colleges make Princeton Reviews yearly college rankings
Rice’s Princeton Review rankings are listed.
Houston Chronicle (This is featured on the home page. This article also appeared in

Celebrating Houston’s startup ecosystem
The Bayou Startup Showcase, a collaboration between OwlSpark and University of Houston’s Red Labs, was held at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Provost George McLendon is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

University of Houston could require freshmen to live on campus
Administrators at the University of Houston are requesting that the board of regents make on-campus living mandatory for first-year students. The article notes that most freshmen at Rice live on campus in the university’s residential colleges.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the City/State section. Subscription required. This article also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and

‘People in Business’
William “Bill” Fulton will be the new director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. He is pictured in the “People in Business” column.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Local teens learn about themselves, others on Grand Canyon adventure
KIPP Generations Collegiate Alondra Ortiz hopes to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

A company looks at revamping the one-size-fits-all textbooks
Rice’s OpenStax College received a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to continue to create affordable peer-reviewed college textbooks.
San Antonio Express-News


Hidden Houston: The ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace
News 92 FM’s “Hidden Houston” featured James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Rice campus. Emily Stein, assistant director of Rice Public Art, is quoted.
News 92 FM
Houston’s hidden attractions: 5 great places to visit to avoid the crowd
CultureMap Houston

Houston Newsmakers Aug. 17: Baker Institute expert weighs in on Middle East
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the challenges facing the United States in the Middle East on “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall.”

Former educational liaison Richard Farias, who founded the Houston-based nonprofit American Latino Center for Research, Education and Justice, discusses Rice’s Latino Education Summit.


Baker Institute expert weighs in on marijuana legalization
Gary Hale, a nonresident fellow in drug policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, shares his insight on the opposition of legalizing marijuana in a new policy brief, “Marijuana Legalization and Decriminalization: A Paradigm Shift in Federal Policy.”

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.
Terra Daily

ecorpStim welcomes Baylor College of Medicine to consortium
ECorp Stimulation Technologies announced the addition of the Baylor College of Medicine to its clean shale simulation research and development consortium, which includes scientists from Rice.
Energy Global


Old-school screen printing in the digital age
Carlos Hernandez, lecturer for visual and dramatic arts, is featured as a founder of Burning Bones Press.

Assemblies of God turns 100, and looks to a multiethnic future
Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, discusses the diversity of the Assemblies of God denomination.
State Journal-Register

6th Annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit recap
The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit broke its attendance record since its 2010 event at Rice.

College students spend summer singing abroad
Ten students from the University of Oklahoma were accepted into the Opera Viva! program in Verona, Italy, this summer. Rice is mentioned. (This Associated Press article also appeared in Tri-City Herald and 28 other publications.)

Former base commander to lead APDC
Alumna Cassie Barlow ’96 will join Wright State University as executive director of its Aerospace Professional Development Center. (This article also appeared in and Fairborn Daily Herald.)

Opera Fairbanks hire executive director
Alumna Cassandra Tilly ’89 has been named executive director of Opera Fairbanks.

8 of the youngest black college graduates you should know
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 is featured.
The Root


Musil ice bucket
The family of alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 and head football coach David Bailiff and the Rice Owls football team honored Brigance by accepting the “Ice Bucket Challenge.”

WOAI-TV (San Antonio)
Head football coach David Bailiff appears on “Sports Sunday” to discuss college football.

Sources: Notre Dame dismisses 4 players connected to academic fraud
The Aug. 30 Rice football game against Notre Dame is mentioned.
FOX Sports
Notre Dame suspects 4 football players of academic cheating
Reuters (Similar articles appeared in over 700 media outlets.)

NCAA restructuring
An editorial about the NCAA reform mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

Kentucky football: Special teams preview
Rice’s former special teams coach Craig Naivar is profiled. (This article also appeared in WPXI-TV, WSOC-TV, WHIO-TV, Austin American-Statesman, WSB-TV and WFTV-TV.)

Former North Pole player Lance Wright is at Rice University
Sid Richardson College freshman Lance Wright is featured.

Report: Julio Jones expects to return against Texans
The Atlanta Falcons had a pre-game walk-through at Rice.

Penalties make NFL exhibition season virtually unwatchable
Anthony Rendon ’12 is mentioned.
Lancaster Online

Texans trample Falcons, 32-7
Senior kicker Chris Boswell is mentioned.
Houston Texans

Another gem for Emeralds pitching
Former Rice baseball player Zech Lemond is featured.


Baker Institute expert weighs in on marijuana legalization
Following the legalization of retail marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington and medical marijuana in 23 states and the District of Columbia, the continued opposition by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to the legalization of marijuana is not only a losing battle, but also a waste of taxpayers’ money, according to a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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