Dateline Rice for Aug. 19, 2014


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

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.
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)

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
Texas Gov. Rick Perry could face 99 years in prison for ‘abuse of power’
Charisma News
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.)
Contrata Perry equipo de defense
El Porvenir (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Sin Embargo and Pulso Politico.)


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

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.)

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.)

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
UT ranks among world’s best universities, tops in Texas, study says
Austin Business Journal


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

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.
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)


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. (This article also appeared in
Worm virus details come to light
Science Daily (This article also appeared in BioPortfolio, Science Codex and ScienceNewsline.)

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.

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

Baltic States want US LNG
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about LNG export installations.

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

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.)

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. (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner and Fort Bend Sun.)


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.)
Jeffrey J. Kripal
The Orange Orb

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

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.


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
2014 C-USA preview: West breakdown and picks

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

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

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.)


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.

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