Dateline Rice for Aug. 19, 2014

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

The future of college?
An educational venture called the Minerva Project is aiming to reform the modern liberal-arts college. Rice is mentioned as the last four-year, liberal-arts-based research institution founded in the country.
The Atlantic
http://theatln.tc/1uQQIEO

Is industrial Mexico a friend or foe to the US auto sector?
An article about Mexico’s industrial growth affecting the U.S. quotes 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.
Forbes
http://onforb.es/1BxQQ0v
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
http://bit.ly/1pG5RYR

He’s a conservative! Get the noose!
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.
The Patriot Post (This article also appeared in Townhall.com.)
http://bit.ly/1p9I97G
Texas Gov. Rick Perry could face 99 years in prison for ‘abuse of power’
Charisma News
http://bit.ly/1Bxj5wh
Contrata gobernador de Texas a equipo de abogados para defenderlo
El Horizonte (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Fuerza and 14 other publications.)
http://bit.ly/1pGa12Q
Contrata Perry equipo de defense
El Porvenir (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Sin Embargo and Pulso Politico.)
http://bit.ly/1pGaZMB

HOUSTON/TEXAS

DA candidates outline stances on marijuana, cocaine residue
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the potential legalization of marijuana in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the City/State section. Subscription required. This article also appeared in DailyNewsEn.com.)
http://bit.ly/1qmC3gk

What do Houston’s most iconic buildings say?
Pulitzer-winning author Alison Lurie comments on Houston buildings, including Rice’s Lovett Hall.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Star section. Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/Yufm3j

Ensemble turns spotlight on Texas composers
Composer and pianist Chad Robinson will play music from living Texas composers at the Texas New Music Ensemble inaugural concert, which includes chamber music by Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1tifgGy

Rice among world’s best universities, but other Texas schools ranked higher on survey
Rice University ranks No. 82 — up 10 places from last year — among the top 500 universities in the world, according to the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/1vcWTD4
UT ranks among world’s best universities, tops in Texas, study says
Austin Business Journal
http://bit.ly/1leVLyA

BROADCAST

Talking money and social class in the era of income inequality
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed the sensitivity of socioeconomic conversation.
Southern California Public Radio
http://bit.ly/1qmvg6k

KFXK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Rice is No. 2 for best quality of life in the Princeton Review’s new rankings based on surveys of students.
http://bit.ly/1mhJRyM
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
http://bit.ly/1uScRVY

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Scientists win race to find structure of rare nematode virus
Rice scientists found the crystal structure of the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, which make up 80 percent of the current animal population. Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology; Weiwei Zhong, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology; and graduate student Yusong Guo, who is the lead author of this study, are quoted.
Phys.org (This article also appeared in DailyNewsEn.com.)
http://bit.ly/1pAQUXU
Worm virus details come to light
Science Daily (This article also appeared in BioPortfolio, Science Codex and ScienceNewsline.)
http://bit.ly/1rkfqQd

The robot swarms are coming
Robots developed by James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, will be featured at Manhattan’s National Museum of Mathematics in December.
MAA.org
http://bit.ly/1pI66mt

Highlights from VMA’s 2014 Market Outlook Workshop
Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and lecturer of economics, discussed the increase of coal plants in China at the Market Outlook Workshop.
Valve Magazine
http://bit.ly/1qmJnIY

Baltic States want US LNG
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about LNG export installations.
GasNet
http://bit.ly/1o9VuHX

Taking great ideas from the lab to the fab
The National Science Foundation announced the first InTrans award of $3 million to a team of researchers who are designing customizable computing technologies for health care use. The research team includes experts in electrical engineering and medicine from Rice.
Solid State Technology
http://bit.ly/1n5P5hl

ENG seniors take 2nd place in NIH BME undergrad 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.
Biomedical Engineering (This article also appeared in Boston University Law Review.)
http://bit.ly/1tiuAmz

Finding the impact of impurities on graphene
Rice collaborated with Osaka’s Institute of Laser Engineering on a study using terahertz spectroscopy to spot contaminants.
FreeNewsPOS.com (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner and Fort Bend Sun.)
http://bit.ly/1uSmrIv

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

The paranormal and religious experience
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, discussed comparative religions and the paranormal.
1290 WJNO (West Palm Beach, Fla. This also appeared on WMMB-AM, KCOL-AM and WFLA-AM.)
http://bit.ly/1mhDpaY
Jeffrey J. Kripal
The Orange Orb
http://bit.ly/1pat062

Northwestern spinout lines up 1st customers
SiNode Systems is partnering with a German manufacturer to commercialize its technology for lithium-ion batteries. Rice is mentioned.
Crain’s Chicago Business
http://bit.ly/1uRNdRc

Jason Young appointed as new director of the University of Tennessee School of Architecture
Alumnus Jason Young ’92 is the new director of the School of Architecture of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Archinect
http://bit.ly/1rSWuDv

SPORTS

NCAA football preview — Rice Owls
An article analyzes Rice’s football team before the start of the season. Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Charlotte Observer
http://bit.ly/1Av9vZo
2014 C-USA preview: West breakdown and picks
Scout.com
http://foxs.pt/1By9ViW

Comcast SportsNet Chicago
The Aug. 30 Rice football game against Notre Dame is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/1oX0Hmz
Back to football: Video breakdown
NBC Sports (Similar articles appeared in Austin American-Statesman and 22 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/1pI1pJq

Year 2 brand SEC picks: 2014 Edition
Rice football will play Texas A&M University Sept. 13.
WSOCTV.com (This article also appeared in WHIO-TV and WPXI-TV.)
http://bit.ly/1o9QaEq

UH cross country releases 2014 schedule
The University of Houston cross country team will compete at the Rice Invitational Sept. 12.
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)
http://bit.ly/VD8SgV

NEWS RELEASE

Worm virus details come to light
The Rice labs of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, with help from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University, analyzed the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, the worms that make up 80 percent of the living animal population.
http://bit.ly/1rSZfF4

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