Dateline Rice for Aug. 27, 2014


Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research
The University of Texas at Austin partnered with Rice and Texas A&M University for a $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation for academic researchers to venture into the business world. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted.
Fuel Fix
Rice partnership with UT, A&M brings $3.7M for business innovation
Houston Business Journal
UT partnership with Rice, A&M brings $3.7M for business innovation
Austin Business Journal
NSF expands the National Innovation Network with 2 new I-Corps nodes (This article also appeared in
UT, A&M, Rice form NSF hub to move ideas to marketplace


Squid skin inspires eye-like photodetector
Rice researchers created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that responds to red, green and blue light much like the human eye. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Rice researchers create CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector
Biomimetic photodetector distinguishes color
Biomimetic photodetector ‘sees’ in color (This article also appeared in Innovations Report, Overclockers Club and Wireless Design & Development.)
Octopus-inspired sensor can detect colors
New Kerala (This article also appeared in Chennaionline, Yahoo! India, Zee News, the Sentinel, Cambodian Times and Dublin News.)

Boko Haram seeking attention with caliphate call: Experts
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted about Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s declaration of a caliphate in Nigeria.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in Kuwait Times,, News International Pakistan, NewsMax, Japan Today, Modern Ghana, Zee News and NDTV India.)

The ’10,000-hour’ rule revisited: Why practice may not make perfect
Fred Oswald, department chair and professor of psychology, is cited for his co-authored research paper on the importance of practice versus inborn talent.
CBC News

The politics of anti-NIMBYism and addressing housing affordability
An article analyzes demographical claims made by two expert economists. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, is quoted about the results of his 2012 analysis of Houston’s diversity.
Pacific Standard


The Texas counties: From most liberal to most conservative
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, authored a blog post about the data collected from the University of Texas and Texas Tribune polls to determine the ideological position of the voting public in 20 Texas counties.
Houston Chronicle

RodeoHouston, Texans ticket holders give opinions on Astrodome’s future
The results of a poll on the future of the NRG Astrodome conducted by the University of Houston Hobby Center for Public Policy and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy were released.  A majority of the Harris County residents surveyed strongly support the “Discovery Green-type” private-public proposal.
Beaumont Enterprise

From business idea to business reality
The Texas Business Alliance held its 2014 Texas Business Alliance Youth Entrepreneurship Academy graduation ceremony. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Forward Times


Bacteria: The key to desalination?
Rice scientists are investigating ways to re-engineer bacteria to perform specific activities. Postdoctoral fellow Ryan Cheng is quoted.
Water Online

Venezuela: An emerging tropical disease and humanitarian emergency?
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about the increasing tropical disease situation in Venezuela.

A guide to stock splits
A Rice study by David Ikenberry, a former associate professor of management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited in an article about stock splits.
Investing Daily


‘Oil is at the root of US air strikes in Iraq’
Oil companies want to see more U.S. air strikes to stabilize the area in northern Iraq. Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


No. 17 Notre Dame hosts Rice Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
The Aug. 30 Rice football game against Notre Dame is featured.
Comcast SportsNet
Notre Dame Fighting Irish versus Rice Owls complete game preview
Bleacher Report (Similar articles appeared in Goshen News and 73 other publications.)
Notre Dame will count on freshmen on defense
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the Washington Times and 36 other publications.)
Notre Dame football opponent preview: Rice Owls offense
WLS-AM (Chicago) (Similar broadcasts appeared in 12 other media outlets.)

Rice makes 3 last-minute additions to 2014-2015 freshman class
Women’s swimming head coach Seth Huston announced the addition of three new freshmen to Rice’s swimming team: Kiley Beall, Hannah Deters and Julie Litver.
Swim Swam


Pacific plate shrinking as it cools
Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon and his colleague, Corné Kreemer, an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, have determined that cooling of the lithosphere — the outermost layer of Earth — makes some sections of the Pacific plate contract horizontally at faster rates than others and cause the plate to deform.

Rice, UT and A&M form NSF hub to move ideas to marketplace
Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University have received a three-year, $3.75 million grant from the National Science Foundation to become a regional innovation hub that translates academic research into useful technologies with commercial applications.

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