Dateline Rice for Oct. 24, 2014


Shanghai travels to Texas
An opening ceremony for an exhibition of photographs of Shanghai was held at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Thursday. Rice President David Leebron was among the attendees listed; University Representative Y. Ping Sun emceed the event.  Sixty photos from the exhibition will be on display at the Shepherd School of music.
China Daily
Renewing city-to-city ties
Beijing Review


The top 10 colleges in the state of Texas
Rice ranked No. 1 of the top 10 colleges in Texas, based on College Factual’s ranking system.
USA Today

Poll: After wheelchair ad backlash, Davis down 8 more points
An article examines results of the latest poll results for the Texas gubernatorial race. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, supervised the poll and is quoted.

Wendy Davis faces uphill battle in Texas governor’s race
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, comments on Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the upcoming election.
LA Times
Wendy Davis is losing. But she was always going to lose.
Red or blue: What will Texans do?
The Bells

Boko Haram reportedly abducts 60 women and girls in Nigeria, even as ceasefire deal still mooted
Suspected Boko Haram militants have reportedly kidnapped more women and girls from two villages in Northern Nigeria, days after Nigeria’s government announced that a deal to free 200 schoolgirls the group kidnapped over six months ago was nearly done. David Cook, associate professor of religion, is quoted.
International Business Times

The sound of space: Nasa releases iconic audio clips for download on SoundCloud
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice Stadium.
The Daily Mail


Comedian-turned-mayor Jon Gnarr moving to Houston
Houston will soon have a famous Icelandic comedian, pundit, and former mayor of Reykjavík in its midst when Jon Gnarr begins his residence this coming spring at Rice University. He will be the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences’ first writer-in-residence during the upcoming spring semester. Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology and center director, is quoted.
Around the area & state: Icelandic comedian, ex-mayor to start Rice residence
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice University hosts partial eclipse viewing party
Rice hosted the public to view the partial eclipse of the sun Oct. 23. Patricia Reiff, a professor of physics and astronomy, was interviewed.

Harris County district attorney’s race heats up
A Rice University political science professor says with 13 days to elections, the marquis race to watch is Harris County DA. 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.
Texas Sentinel

Protecting the bay: Ike Dike won’t stop bay flooding
A new analysis released by Rice University calls into question whether a 60-mile long coastal barrier system would do enough to stop storm driven flooding during another storm like Hurricane Ike.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription required.)

Debate over storm surge fix, no consensus made
In August, after nearly six years of debate between academicians at Rice University and Texas A&M at Galveston over whose idea was best, a committee of state legislators expressed frustration that the two sides could not agree on a unified plan. Members of the Joint Committee on Coastal Barrier Systems said it would take stronger steps on its own, if the two groups could not come to some kind of independent agreement.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription required.)


Rice hosted a panel discussion by the Association of Black Journalists Oct. 23. 10:16:13 PM

What do Houston voters think should be done with the health care law?
A “Houston Matters” segment focused on Houstonians’ views on the Affordable Care Act, as indicated in the latest KHOU/Houston Public Media/Rice University poll, released this week.
Houston Public Media


Texas agency responsible for protecting state from pollution is fighting tougher ozone standards
At the state agency responsible for protecting Texans from pollution, a cadre of scientists is now marshaling its arguments to fight tougher federal standards on ozone levels — even as the overwhelming majority of the scientific community heads in the other direction. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Space explorers hole up in Hawaii to simulate life on Mars
A six-person team, comprising the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation 3 mission, is inhabiting a dome for an eight-month study of the human factors that contribute to astronaut crew function and performance over time. David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.
Tech News World

Bun B receives congressional recognition
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, was awarded a Certificate of Congressional Recognition.
All HipHop

Rice offers first free Advanced Placement MOOC
Rice launched a free Advanced Placement biology course for high school students on edX.
Education News

The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra presents a concert that commemorates the 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall
A special retrospective of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War will take place at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 2.
Broadway World


Garner named DCHS Most Valuable Choctaw
DCHS senior Gunner Garner was selected from seven finalists for the high honor of being named Dyer County’s Most Valuable Choctaw. Garner plans to attend Rice University.
Dyersburg State Gazette (Dyersburg, Tenn.)


Rice getting DE Zach Patt back after four-game injury absence
Rice defensive end Zach Patt has been cleared to play after missing more than a month with a leg injury, coach David Bailiff said after Thursday’s practice.

Articles preview Saturday’s football game between Rice and the University of North Texas.
North Texas-Rice preview capsule
USA Today
North Texas at Rice: Everything you need to know, including previews, predictions, analysis, more
Dallas Morning News
Football: Given chance, McClain shines
Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas)
Prediction: Rice will handle UNT at home
Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, Texas)
College football picks: Week 9 predictions for every game
Bleacher Report
5-at-10: SEC items of interest, Fab 4 picks, UNC trouble, Rushmore of Weird Al songs
Times Free Press
Football back on the road against Rice
NT Daily

Four years after Fran Crippen’s death, remember to smile
A remembrance of American swimmer Fran Crippen includes a photo of the women’s swim team and mentions Amanda Caldwell, assistant coach of women’s swimming.
Swim Swam

UTEP heads to the road for C-USA matchup
An article recaps a volleyball match between Rice and University of Texas-El Paso. Rice won, 3-0.

Video: Watch Tottenham’s Erik Lamela score outrageous goal
Tottenham’s Erik Lamela netted one of the most audacious goals in recent memory on Thursday night, scoring with an astonishing “rabona” kick from 20 yards out. The rabona has also made it into gridiron last year when Rice University kicker Chris Boswell used his football knowledge to pull off an onside kick that nearly helped overcome rivals Houston.
The Aberdeen Press and Journal (Scotland)


Jelinkova new vice president for information technology and chief information officer
Klara Jelinkova has been appointed Rice University’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Jelinkova, who currently serves as senior associate vice president and chief information technology officer at the University of Chicago, will join Rice in January.

Rice U. expert available to comment on Ebola outbreak and movie representations of viruses
As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and fears over the virus’ spread to the United States continue to receive media attention, a Rice University professor said the public’s perception of how viruses spread is greatly influenced by Hollywood movie portrayals of diseases and contagion. But she noted that Hollywood representations are themselves greatly influenced by public health media and have been since World War I.

‘The Miracle of Leipzig’ to be remembered at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 2
A special retrospective of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War will take place at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 2.


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