Dateline Rice for Aug. 28, 2014


The best way to defeat Hamas
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, honorary chair of the Baker Institute, comments on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The Times of Israel

Boko Haram seeking attention with caliphate call
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted about Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau’s declaration of a caliphate in Nigeria.
The News International
Scholars: Boko Haram caliphate claim may be inspired by ISIS
Catholic News Agency (This article also appeared in the Catholic World Report.)

Politieke visie zit in de genen van het individu verborgen
John Alford, associate professor of political science, is featured for his collaborative research on political bias. (An English translation is not available.)


Texas counties and where they swing politically
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 featured for his Houston Chronicle Baker Institute 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.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in

NSF designates Rice, UT and A&M to create entrepreneurial innovation hub
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.
Texas A&M, UT and Rice awarded $3.75 million grant to form NSF hub to move ideas to marketplace
University receives NSF grant to form innovation node
The Daily Texan

Museum District | September 2014
The Rice Art Gallery is included in a list of museums in Houston.


How 1 counselor in Texas advises hundreds of students
Ruth López Turley, associate professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, discusses the lack of counselors at schools with low-income students.
Houston Public Media
In need of guidance
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

’360 Degrees Vanishing’ – Giant art project created from beads
In late October, Selven O’Keef Jarmon’s monumental “360 Degrees Vanishing” installation will transform the exterior of the Art League Houston building on Montrose with a veil of plastic beads. The project is being assembled at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.


Nature inspires color-sensitive, CMOS-compatible 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.
Octopus-inspired sensor can detect colors
Oman Daily
Biomimetic photodetector ‘sees’ in color
Materials Today (This article also appeared in RedOrbit and Photonics Online.)

Pacific plate shrinking as it cools: Calculations challenge assumptions about rigid lithosphere
Richard Gordon, W.M. Keck Foundation Professor in Geophysics and chair of the Department of Earth Science, 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. (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Science Codex, e! Science News, Science Newsline and
Ring of fire tectonic plate is cooling — and shrinking
Science 2.0


Will proposed pipeline lower natural gas prices in Lehigh Valley?
A proposed new natural gas pipeline from Lehigh Valley to New Jersey may help prevent gas prices from rising for Pennsylvania residents. Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and lecturer of economics, is quoted.
Allentown Morning Call

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA): Why the stock will go on a rocket ride that will last for years
Tesla Motors is creating a battery that will last 500 miles with graphene-based anodes. Rice researcher’s study of graphene mixed with vanadium oxide to create battery cathodes that recharge in 20 seconds is referenced.
ETF Daily News

OpenStax College expands its textbook catalog
Rice’s OpenStax College will add 10 new titles to its catalog of free textbooks by 2017, thanks to grants from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Rice alumni John Doerr ’73 and Ann Doerr ’75 and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founding director of Rice’s OpenStax College, is quoted.
Information Today

The 50 best colleges for hooking up
Rice is No. 34 on University Primetime’s list of the best schools for hooking up.
College Candy

Alexander ready to dive into 43rd season with no plans of slowing down
Alumnus Dennis Alexander ’70 is featured.
Jacksonville Progress


And in that corner … the Rice Owls
Rice football is featured in preparation for its upcoming game against Notre Dame Aug. 30. Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
NBC Sports (Similar articles also appeared in Rant Sports, One Foot Down, the State,, Dallas Morning News, Casper Star-Tribune, the Rivals, SportsBook Review, the Daily Gamecock, Goshen News and 186 other media outlets.)
Rice at Notre Dame
OFD game day countdown: Notre Dame versus Rice
Yahoo! Sports

KFDM-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
Rice football will play Lamar University Dec. 22.


New solutions needed to recycle fracking water
Rice University scientists have performed a detailed analysis of water produced by hydraulic fracturing (aka fracking) of three gas reservoirs and suggested environmentally friendly remedies are needed to treat and reuse it.

Baker Institute expert available to comment on Houston’s first marijuana investment conference
Some form of marijuana use is now legal in 35 states and the District of Columbia, with Washington and Colorado being the first two states to fully legalize recreational use of the drug. On Sept. 8, Houston will host one of the nation’s first Marijuana Investment Conferences at the Westin Memorial City Hotel to respond to the growing interest in investments in the legalized marijuana industry and the increasing demand for growth capital for legal businesses, according to conference organizers.

Synthesis produces new antibiotic
Rice organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou and structural biologist Yousif Shamoo and their colleagues created and tested a number of variants of viridicatumtoxin B that could lead to the simplified synthesis of a new generation of more effective antibiotics.

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