Dateline Rice for Jan. 25, 2016 (Weekend Edition)


Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle for party’s future
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about the challenges Hillary Clinton is facing in her presidential campaign, Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign and the relationship between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The New York Times
Cruz laid out presidential plan with striking precision at 17
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section in the Jan. 23 print edition.)
Curing cancer once and for all
Pop Herald
Here’s what Vice President Biden’s cancer ‘moonshot’ will try to do
Tri-County Sun Times (A similar article appeared in the Waltonian.)
Local cancer specialist sees promise in ‘moonshot’ initiative
Tri-County Sun Times
Biden bringing cancer cure quest to Philly
Quadrangle Online

Graphene ribbons melt ice on helicopters
A composite of graphene nanoribbons and epoxy proves effective at de-icing a helicopter blade in an experiment at Rice University. The new material may be suitable for keeping aircraft, wind turbines and transmission lines free of ice. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Graduate student Abdul-Rahman Raji is also mentioned in the Next Big Future article.
Rice University develops conductive graphene composite material to heat surfaces, simplify ice removal
Next Big Future

Crossing the Mexican-American border, every day
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about the difficulties of living on the U.S.-Mexico border and the decline in unauthorized Mexican immigrant population.
The Atlantic
Study: Immigrants in US illegally have declined to lowest level in over a decade
The Standard Times

New crisis for Flint residents: Cost of home damage caused by city water
Sergio Kapusta, adjunct professor of materials science and nanoengineering and complimentary industrial liaison manager, discusses the water crisis in Flint, Mich.
The Washington Post (Similar articles appeared in 22 other media outlets.)
Costly repairs to water heaters, pipes may fall to Flint homeowners
The Chicago Tribune (Similar articles appeared in the Carroll County Times, the Hartford Courant, the Morning Call Online, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun Online.)
Costly repairs may fall to Flint homeowners
The Sentinel Source

Is university research missing what matters most?
In part one of a special five-part series, the Chronicle of Higher Education focuses on whether university scientists and their funders are making the effort to turn their work into solutions for society’s problems. Research by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Chair of Marketing and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

US’s Rice University to offer postdoctoral fellowship in Jain studies
Rice University representatives and leaders of the local Jain community signed a memorandum of understanding Jan. 17 to mark the community’s gift of $80,000 to support a new postdoctoral fellowship at Rice. The fellowship will help deepen the global understanding of Jainism as a religion and culture and will contribute to the Transnational Asia Research Initiative at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies. A photo of Sonia Ryang, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center Professor of Asian Studies and director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, and Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is included in the India West article.
The Economic Times
US varsity to offer postdoctoral fellowship in Jain studies
Rice University to offer postdoctoral fellowship in Jain studies
India West

Decentralizing control of the Internet; meet ‘TrumpScript,’ a new programming language; are iPhone sales in decline?
Rice computer science students created a programming language “TrumpScript” during HackRice this month. Articles mention Jones College senior Cannon Lewis and Duncan College juniors Chris Brown and Sam Shadwell.
The Washington Post
New Donald Trump programming language seeks to make programming great again
GeekWire (Similar articles appeared in Yahoo!News UK, Digital Trends, Engadget, Big Think, Mybroadband, Softpedia, TechSum and TechWorm.)
Group of coders create script language based on Donald Trump
United Press International (Editor’s note: The article misidentifies Dan Korn as a Rice student.)
Donald Trump ya tiene su propio lenguaje de programación para ‘Hacer a EE. UU. grande’
Pulzo (An English translation is not available.)
‘TrumpScript’, uma linguagem de programação à imagem do candidato?
Exame Informatica (An English translation is not available.)

A tale of 2 towns reveals tipping point for America’s suburbs
Findings from a Rice study on Missouri City are mentioned.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in Yahoo!News UK and the Christian Science Monitor.)
Missouri City mayor Owen files for May 7 re-election
Houston Style Magazine

How does space become transparent? The Orion Nebula answers
A photo taken at Rice is included.
Forbes Science

Lisbeth Salander’s real-life twin may be Iceland’s next prime minister
Icelandic comedian, pundit and former mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr, who was the first writer-in-residence at Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, is mentioned in a profile of Birgitta Jónsdóttir.


A real say in GOP race has Texas voters eager to turn out
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the battles between movement conservatives and establishment Republicans, Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, the Rasmussen Reports poll, campaign financing in the Texas March 1 elections, the presidential primary in Texas and the Harris County Sherriff’s race. Jones is also quoted in an article remembering the late Royal Masset and an NE Tarrant Tea Party Mailer.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 25 print edition under the headline “Primary role at last for Texans.”)
Sheriff’s race: Gonzalez hoping for replay of 2008, but landscape different
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section in the Jan. 24 print edition under the headline “Gonzalez hopes to repeat Garcia’s success.”)
Fikac: Smart, kind strategist helped bring GOP to power in Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. A similar article appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Rangel: In Texas GOP, movement challenges establishment
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (A similar article was featured in Amarillo Globe-News.)
Ted Cruz, under fire, begins to stumble in a very bad week
The Miami Herald (Similar articles appeared in 47 other media outlets.)
Podcast: Limbaugh says Republicans are appealing to angry voters
Fundraising to replace Sen. Eltife nears $1 million
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Texas is the ‘900-pound gorilla’ in GOP primary
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)
NETTP PAC election mailer
NE Tarrant Tea Party Mailer

Where sacred and street music meet
“Street Antiphons,” a recent work by Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, was performed in Dallas Jan. 24 and will make its Houston debut Jan. 29 at the Wortham Theater Center. Jalbert is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the Star section in the Jan. 25 print edition.)
Voices of Change rises to works’ challenges in engaging program
Dallas Morning News

How Ed Emmett keeps a secret
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ’71 will introduce his short-term pick to replace the late El Franco Lee as Precinct 1 Commissioner Jan. 22. The article recounts how Emmett appointed alumnus Jack Cagle ’83 to Commissioners Court in 2011.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

Houston researcher tweets experience on diverted Turkish Airlines flight
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, was a passenger on Turkish Airlines Flight TK34 destined for Istanbul, which departed from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental, and was grounded in Ireland after a bomb scare. Aiden’s live-tweets of the event are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. Similar articles were featured on KHOU and the Daily Mail.)
Passengers on flight from Texas told to search their own bags for bombs after bomb threat discovered
Inquisitr (A similar article appeared in Kicker Daily News.)
KVUE-AUS (This broadcast also appeared on KJAC.)
Turkish Airlines flight arrives safely in Istanbul after bomb scare

UT’s venture
Rice is mentioned in op-eds about the University of Texas System’s possible expansion into Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sunday letters: William McRaven, Medicaid, UH
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

New tool puts accurate DNA analysis in fast lane
Rice scientists have developed a tool to analyze the thermal behavior of DNA and RNA strands. It could speed the design of molecular diagnostics that positively identify disease subtypes to inform optimal treatment. David Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Chunyan Wang and graduate student Jin Bae are mentioned.
TMC News (This article appeared in the Jan. 25 issue of TMC Today.)

Texas Wesleyan says no to concealed handguns on campus
Texas Wesleyan University opted out of the Texas “campus carry” law Jan. 22. Rice is mentioned for also opting out of the law.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Similar articles appeared in the Rambler and the Longview News-Journal.)

Arts Watch: Local youths chosen for concerto competition
Ivo-Jan van der Werff, professor of viola, and Timothy Pitts, professor of double bass at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be joining the Trio con Brio Copenhagen for a performance at First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, Texas, Jan. 28.
The Eagle

This self-healing gel is stiff like sugar
Rice scientists have invented an adaptive material that heals itself and bounces back from extraordinary compression. The material may be useful for tissue engineering or lightweight structural applications. Postdoctoral researcher Pei Dong and Jun Lou, associate professor of materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted.
North Dallas Gazette


Student sexually assaulted at party on Rice University campus
The Rice University Police Department investigated the sexual assault of a female student at a private party on campus. Rice Chief of Police Johnny Whitehead is mentioned. (A similar article appeared in the Houston Mirror.)
Rice University student sexually assaulted at party on campus, police say
KTRH-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Texas OKs cannabis oil for epilepsy, but is medical pot still a pipe dream?
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the push in Texas to make low-THC cannabis oils available for people with intractable epilepsy.
Texas Standard

The speaker mentions taking a course in retirement and financial planning at Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

The finalists for the Rather Prize, which will be awarded for the best idea to innovate Texas education, will be announced Jan. 25 in Austin. Rice is mentioned.

Alumnus Ben Rhodes ’00 is interviewed about being President Barack Obama’s foreign policy speechwriter.


Nitrogen supercharges super capacitors
Scientists in China and the U.S. have shown that nitrogen can triple the energy storage capacity of carbon-based super capacitors. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
IEEE Spectrum

Microwaved nanotubes come up clean
Researchers use a household microwave oven to enhance the purification of carbon nanotubes. The work could help in the preparation of nanotubes for drug delivery or photovoltaic applications. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry and in materials science and nanoengineering, and Wade Adams, senior faculty fellow in materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
Nanowerk (Similar articles also appeared in PhysOrg, ScienceCodex, Nanotechnology Now, Innovations Report and Science Daily.)

College application rates up at Houston schools
Ruth López Turley, associate professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, discusses the increase in college applications after Houston Independent School District secured a $3 million grant to hire and train new advisers.
Education News

Antibiotic-infused implants support facial reconstruction recovery
Rice researchers test antibiotic-infused block copolymers in their plastic spacers to protect craniofacial tissue from infection while healing. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted. Alumnus Paschalia Mountziaris ’10 is mentioned.
Medical Design Briefs


In the shale patch: 42 bankruptcies and counting
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted about shale oil production.
The Fuse

Department of Education proposes open license requirement for certain copyrights
The U.S. Department of Education has published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that would require grantees that are awarded direct competitive grant funds to openly license to the public all copyrightable intellectual property that was created using Education of Department grant funds. Rice’s OpenStax is mentioned.

Liquefied natural gas policy overdue for an update
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) export legislation has been included in a broader energy package that the U.S. Senate is expected to consider. The recent Rice report “The Macroeconomic Impact of Increasing LNG Exports” is mentioned.
The Hill

College newspapers change with times, publishing less in print, more online
Kelley Lash, director of student publications, is quoted about trends in campus publishing.
The Columbus Dispatch

On the Job, Jan. 22-Feb. 4, 2016
Alumnus Spencer Lindstrom ’13 was promoted to associate at Colorado-based design firm [au]workshop architects+urbanists.

Schools’ doors open wide through HPREP
Alumna Claire Mauvais ’12 is quoted about her experience as a mentor in the Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program.
UT Southwestern

Exclusive: Legendary music executive and businessman Mathew Knowles talks entrepreneurship, new book, upcoming projects, more
In an interview, Matthew Knowles mentions that he will be guest lecturing at Rice this semester.
Singers Room

Zimbabwe: Life coach headed for Zim
Life coach Denny Duron will visit Zimbabwe in January. Former Rice football coach Ken Hatfield is quoted.
AllAfrica (A similar article appeared in ZimboJam.)

Obituary: Mustafa Koc, the Turkish industrialist who stood up to Erdogan
Alumnus Ali Koc ’90 is expected to take over Koc Holding after the death of his brother.


Potts scores 27, Middle Tennessee crushes Rice 87-73
Rice men’s basketball fell to Middle Tennessee State University 87-73. Players Marcus Evans, Connor Cashaw, Egor Koulechov, Max Guercy, Andrew Drone and Marquez Letcher-Ellis are mentioned.
CBS Sports (A similar article appeared on
Potts scores 27, Middle Tennessee crushes Rice 87-73
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Area men’s basketball: HBU, TSU stay perfect in conferences
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders versus Rice Owls — Jan. 23 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat
Giddy Potts catches fire, leads Blue Raiders past Rice
MTSU Sidelines

Women’s basketball: Baylor topples Iowa St.
Rice women’s basketball fell to Middle Tennessee State University 61-60. Martel College junior forward Jasmine Goodwine is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Saturday’s women’s basketball
Houston Chronicle
Alex Johnson scores career high as Blue Raiders edge past Rice
MTSU Sidelines

The Owls might always fight, might never die, but they’re not yet winning
Rice men’s basketball fell to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 82-70. Players Marcus Evans and Marquez Letcher-Ellis and assistant coach JD Byers are mentioned. Head coach Mike Rhoades is quoted.
Houston Press
UAB fends off Rice rally in 82-70 win, 20th straight at home
CBS Sports
UAB men’s basketball holds off Rice on record night
WBRC Fox 6 News

College basketball: Owls’ comeback falls short against UAB
Rice women’s basketball fell to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 64-55. Players Jasmine Goodwine, Wendy Knight, Alyssa Lang, Lexie Ducat and Maya Hawkins are mentioned. Head coach Tina Langley is quoted. Rice played Middle Tennessee State University Jan. 23.
The Atascocita Observer
Cold shooting late dooms Rice in 64-55 loss to UAB
The Examiner
Jan. 23 looking south into the SunBelt and CUSA

Men’s tennis falls to No. 13 USF at ITA kickoff
Rice men’s tennis will play LSU Jan. 31.
LSU Sports

College Basketball: Westmnister grad Byers enjoys coaching sport he loves
Assistant men’s basketball coach JD Byers is profiled for his 11 years coaching college basketball. Head coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
Carroll County Times (This article also appeared in the Baltimore Sun.)

Saturday classes cancelled at MTSU
Rice men’s basketball played Middle Tennessee State University Jan. 23.
Murfreesboro Post (Similar articles appeared in the Daily News Journal and WBRY.)

D1 Baseball lists 3 Wildcats on 2016 top 300 prospects
Rice baseball will play the University of Arizona Feb. 19.
Arizona Wildcats

Texans announce addition of 3 new coaches
Alumnus Larry Izzo ’96 will be the new Houston Texans special teams coordinator after spending the last five years as the assistant special teams coach for the New York Giants. Rice is mentioned.
NFL: Texans make coaching changes
The Atascocita Observer
Texans add Izzo, Ryan and Weaver to staff
Houston Texans

Surrey’s ‘King’ Kongbo making top US college football coaches drool
Alumnus Christian Covington ’15 is quoted about his experience being recruited by Rice.
The Vancouver Sun (Similar articles appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, the Leader Post, the Calgary Herald and


Rice’s Jones School to host Empower Global Health Conference Feb. 12-13
Leading interdisciplinary health professionals and educators in the Greater Houston and Gulf Coast region who are working in the field of global health will gather at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 12-13 to discuss their concerns.

Graphene composite may keep wings ice-free
A composite of graphene nanoribbons and epoxy proves effective at de-icing a helicopter blade in an experiment at Rice University. The new material may be suitable for keeping aircraft, wind turbines and transmission lines free of ice.

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