Dateline Rice for March 7, 2016 (Weekend Edition)


James A. Baker III speaks to CNN about the passing of Nancy Reagan
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
James A. Baker III speaks to Fox News about the passing of Nancy Reagan
Fox News
Nancy ‘indispensable’ to Reagan’s success, Baker says
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
‘13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.’
‘13 Eyewitness News at 5:30 p.m.’

Nancy Reagan: He needed only her
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
U.S. News
Political leaders react to former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s death


Houston’s perfect storm
An investigative report published by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune argues that Houston is not well-prepared for a major hurricane. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, and Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted. The Storm Surge Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at Rice is mentioned.
The Atlantic
Galveston levees would cost less, work better than proposed ‘Ike Dike,’ report finds
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Slow p.m. clearing — spring fever watch Sunday — why is 2016 smashing heat records?
Star Tribune
‘Capital Public Radio’
KXJV (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This broadcast also aired on WBUR.)
KQED (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This broadcast also aired on WAMU.)
Protecting Gulf Coast from major storm could cost $11 billion
Program Business
The best muckreads on the Gulf Coast’s hurricane threat

Sewage plants are failing to kill lethal superbugs unleashed from hospitals
Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency recently announced they had discovered a lethal superbug in California sewage plants. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times

Winning Scotland’s job challenge
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.
Herald Scotland

Startups: What judges look for at business plan competitions
The Rice Business Plan Competition and John Reale, member of the roundtable advisory board for Rice Alliance, are mentioned.

How Paddle8 became the elite’s favorite consignment shop
A photo of Lynn Wyatt at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Rice campus is included.
W Magazine

Tech companies and human rights groups support Apple in its case against the FBI
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about Apple’s fight against the FBI. Wallach was also one of the seven experts that filed an amicus brief.
Yahoo! News Canada (This also appeared in Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Finance Canada.)
Apple CEO: US should withdraw demand for iPhone hack help
The Comment
‘Serious risk’ that Apple-made iPhone cracking code will leak
Tech World AU (This also appeared in IT World, CSO, Tech World, CIO, Computer World AU, ARN, Network World, Channel World and IT News.)


Outsiders rending Republican Party in Texas too
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, is quoted about Super Tuesday, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, the 2017 Texas Legislative session, the Detroit Republican debate and the Argentina’s economic crisis.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the March 6 print edition with a different headline, “In Texas, too, GOP tested by outsiders.”)
Trump talks, ratings soar, journalists lose focus
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section of the March 6 print edition with a different headline, “Media frenzy over Trump is putting him on the path to victory.” This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Media frenzy over Trump is putting him on the path to victory
Midland Reporter-Telegram
Is record Republican turnout a sign of things to come?
Fort Worth-Star Telegram (Subscription required. This also appeared in 27 other media outlets.)
Lawmakers have mixed feelings about 2017 session
Amarillo Globe-News
Reserved Grand Old Party a thing of the past
San Antonio Express-News
With most primaries settled, legislators look to challenges of 2017
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Outspoken education board candidate headed to runoff
Teach the Vote
Education board candidate calls Obama gay prostitute
Opposing Views
‘FOX 26 News 5 p.m.’
Mark Jones: ‘Donald Trump es el candidato más popular, pero no es mayoritario y tiene un techo’
Infobae America (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Radio Huancavilca, Entorno Inteligente, El Poder, Hoy Bolivia and La Banda Diario.)
L’Argentine et le FMI sur la voie du dégel
Le Matin (An English translation is not available.)

Science may scoff, but Rice professor and best-selling author believe the ‘inexplicable’ does occur
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is interviewed about the new book he co-authored, “The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section of the March 6 print edition with a different headline, “Professor, author join forces in exploration of paranormal.”)

Houston businesswomen to watch in 2016
A slideshow of Houston-area businesswomen to watch this year features Mary Ann Wilkins, a member of the board of directors for the Jones Partners, a committed group of business professionals working to open doors and increase collaboration between the Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and the Houston business community.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
29 Houston businesswomen to watch in 2016
Houston Chronicle

Rauf: Houston should rise above politician-stoked fear
Rabbi Reuven Firestone and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, two thought leaders in their respective faith communities who are committed to interfaith dialogue and exchange, will visit Houston March 9 to participate in a discussion about the relationship between religion and extremism. Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston are co-hosting the event.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Interfaith conversation examines relationship between faith and extremism
University of Houston News

‘Around the World in 80 Days’: Alley Theatre takes us along for the ride
Joseph Campana, the Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English and associate professor of English literature, is interviewed about the play “Around the World in 80 Days” that he is directing at the Alley Theatre.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Cancer cells’ evasive action revealed
Researchers at Rice and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have uncovered a trick used by lung cancer cells to hide from the body’s immune system. Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering, is quoted.
TMC News (This article appeared in the March 7 issue of TMC Today.)

Crowded Houston roads mean longer commute times
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about traffic in Houston. Klineberg and the “Shared Prospects: Hispanics and the Future of Houston” Kinder Institute report are mentioned on “Latina Voices.”
‘Latina Voices’

Houston Grand Opera names new leader
Jim Crownover ’65, former chair of the Rice Board of Trustees, has been named the chair of the Houston Grand Opera Board of Directors, effective Aug. 1.
Houston Business Journal

Will Clinton take a risk with Texan Julian Castro as VP pick?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Houston Press

Rice University is the best college in Texas, says Forbes
Rice was named the best college in Texas by Forbes.
Hispanic Houston

Lone Star College to host world-class book festival
The article mentions that a panel at the Lone Star Book Festival will include professors from Rice.
Kingwood News (This also appeared in The Paper.)

Houston Symphony launches first-ever podcast
The Houston Symphony’s “Musically Speaking” series at Rice is mentioned.
Your Houston News
Houston Symphony launches first podcast
Broadway World (This also appeared in GCO New.)

Students, ROTC program celebrates 100th anniversary
Rice is mentioned.
The Cougar

The 12th Man tradition
Alumnus Dick Maegle ’55 is mentioned.
Texas Monthly

Community news: Aquatic plan meetings Monday, Tuesday
The Welch Foundation presented its prestigious Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research to University of Texas scientist Christopher Ellison. The article mentions that the award is named after former Rice President Norman Hackerman.
Austin American-Statesman

American Jews and the American Civil War
Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, is mentioned.
Jewish Herald-Voice


‘KCCI 8 News at Noon’
The broadcast mentions that a student has received a scholarship to Rice.

Alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Bioengineers at Rice University recently found that different drops from single fingerpricks on multiple subjects varied substantially on results for basic health measures like hemoglobin, white blood cell counts and platelet counts.
PM 360
Embattled Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes backs out of SoCal conference amid company controversies
Bio Space


Southern perspective: Robots invade Pensacola — for good
James McLurkin, professor in the practice of computer science, was a featured speaker at the WSRE Public Square Speakers Series at Pensacola State College.
Pensacola News Journal

Kanye tweets for cheaper textbooks
College textbooks are becoming increasingly challenging for students to afford. Rice’s OpenStax College is mentioned as an example of a successful initiative that provides alternatives to expensive textbooks. David Harris, editor-in-chief of OpenStax College, is quoted.
ATG news and announcements March 5
Against the Grain

Ranking of the most popular courses on Coursera and
A Rice Coursera course is included on a list of most popular online courses.

Porter Ranch gas leak is sealed
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, is mentioned.
The Tolucan Times

Alabaster soldier’s company wins $50,000 investment at Shark Tank-style competition
The 2016 Entrepreneurs Organization-Houston Veterans Business Battle was held at Rice.

Rice joins organization focused on teaching, diversity in STEM
Rice University is one of 25 research universities that are new members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), a national initiative to increase the number and diversity of graduates in the STEM fields. Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is quoted.
University Business

2016 Steinbeck Festival: ‘From Salinas to Sea of Cortez: Steinbeck on Land and Sea’
Sergio Chavez, assistant professor of sociology at Rice and Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, will participate in the 35th annual Steinbeck Festival May 6-8 at the National Steinbeck Center.

SMU’s pioneering pedagogy, SMU-X, recognized globally for innovation, creativity and impact
Bill Glick, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Singapore Management University News

Here’s what to expect this morning from Ralph Lauren
A Rice study is mentioned.
Seeking Alpha
Will J.C. Penney finally get its sales growing again this quarter?
Seeking Alpha

Quartet coming to York redefines ensemble playing
Alumnus Matthew Detrick ’03 will perform with the Apollo Chamber Players March 13 in York, Penn.
Flip Side PA

Tom Hagemann’s ‘1946’ to premiere at Main Street Theater
The world premiere of “1946,” a play by the late alumnus Thomas Hagemann ’78, opens March 26 at Main Street Theater.
Broadway World

United appoints 3 new independent directors
Alumnus James Whitehurst ’89 has been appointed to the United Continental Holdings Board of Directors.
Aviation Tribune

New York Times best-selling author Justin Cronin coming to Florence
Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, will be a featured guest at the 2016 Writer’s Series at the University of North Alabama.
Shoals Insider

Marina Zurkow’s 2nd solo exhibition with bitforms gallery on view in New York
The article mentions that Marina Zurkow has shown art at Rice.
Art Daily

Gwinnett Chamber luncheon honors 28 STAR students
The article mentions that a student has applied to Rice.
Gwinnett Daily Post

Banner names former Zions CFO, 2 others to board
Alumnus and trustee Doyle Arnold ’70 has been named to the board of Banker Corp.
American Banker

Guns on campus: Goofy
Frederick Steiner, the dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will leave the school in part due to the new “campus carry” law. Rice is mentioned for opting out of the Texas law.
The Item

School news: March 6
Rice is mentioned.
Tuscaloosa News

OpenSSL: Impressora 3iD a laser de código aberto
Rice University bioengineering researchers have modified a commercial-grade CO2 laser cutter to create OpenSLS, an open-source, selective laser sintering platform that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials. Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Ian Kinstlinger are quoted.
Inovacao Tecnologica (An English translation is not available.)

Couple: Comment assumer la différence de taille?
A 2014 Rice study about relationships and height is mentioned.
L’Express (An English translation is not available.)

Exomundos. Capítulo 2: Nacimiento planetario
Andrea Isella, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy, presented images of the binary system known as HD 142527 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
VIU (An English translation is not available.)

Vedci objavili silnú zbraň proti nádorom: Rakovinové bunky môžu vyhľadať a zabiť atómy zlata!
Rice is mentioned.
Zivot (An English translation is not available.)

Anish Kapoor s’approprie l’’ultra-noir?’ Pas de panique: Il en existe un autre
Rice is mentioned.
L’obs (An English translation is not available.)


Charlotte 49ers top Rice Owls in Houston, 75-88
Rice men’s basketball fell to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 75-88. Brown College freshman Marcus Evans is mentioned.
The Best College Sports News Network
North Texas Mean Green versus Charlotte 49ers — March 5 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place

Rice Owls versus Old Dominion Monarchs — March 5 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Rice men’s basketball fell to Old Dominion University 67-74. Head coach Mike Rhoades and Brown College freshman Marcus Evans are quoted. Players Max Guercy, Egor Koulechov and Connor Cashaw are mentioned. Rice women’s basketball fell to Old Dominion University 52-61.
Sports Chat Place
Late surge by Rice staved off by Old Dominion
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
Old Dominion beats Rice 74-67
Houston Chronicle (Similar articles appeared in 39 other media outlets.)
Old Dominion turns back Rice’s Senior Day run
Saturday’s local interest college basketball: ODU men, women overcome Rice in regular-season finales
Daily Press

Kendall Noble leads WKU past Techsters
Rice women’s basketball will play Louisiana State University March 9.
The News Star (This also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)
Women’s conference tournament glances
The San Diego Union-Tribune
MTSU basketball teams earn No. 2 seeds in C-USA tourney
Murfreesboro Post
Lady Techsters earn No. 7 seed in C-USA Tournament
LA Tech Sports
Nobel leads W. Kentucky past Techsters
Ruston Daily Leader

Conference tournament glances
Rice men’s basketball will play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte March 9.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Tops hope magical run starts with win over North Texas
UTEP edges UTSA, caps regular season on high note
Charlotte 49ers struggle with 3-pointers in loss to North Texas
Charlotte Observer
UTSA at UTEP game thread, live radio feed, starting time, radio, streaming info
SB Nation
UAB closes regular season at FAU, goes for another school record

Charlotte women’s basketball scores win against Rice
Rice women’s basketball fell to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 63-68.
Niner Times

ECU rally comes up short against State
Rice baseball will play East Carolina University March 11-13.

Andrew Wilson, Abbey Weitzeil, Santo Condorelli shine during LCM portion of American Short Course Championships
Swimmers Marie-Claire Schillinger and Anniina Ala-Seppala are mentioned.
Swimming World

UH to host pair of weekend matches
Rice women’s tennis played Brown University March 5.
Bellaire, River Oaks and West University Examiner (This also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun, Your Fort Bend News and the Memorial Examiner.)

The Spartans’ wide receiver is 1 of 15 semifinalists
Sid Richardson College senior James Lee is one of 15 male semifinalists for the annual Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award given by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
San Jose State Spartans

RGV Capsules: Vaqueros women knock off WAC champs
Rice men’s tennis will play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 12.
The Brownsville Herald

Free agent Jared Crick could figure into Texans’ defensive plans
Alumnus Christian Covington ’15 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Andrew Sendejo agrees to 4-year deal with Vikings
Alumnus Andrew Sendejo ’10 is mentioned.
Nano News (This also appeared in Abruzzo.)
Minnesota Vikings agree to terms with 2 defensive players
End Zone Score (This also appeared in Yard Breaker.)
Vikings re-sign Andrew Sendejo
Today’s Pigskin (This also appeared in The Comment.)
Minnesota Vikings re-sign Andrew Sendejo
SB Nation

Rick Porcello goes 2 innings, Red Sox beat Twins 6-5
Alumnus Tyler Duffey ’13 is mentioned.
Wingate Wire

March Madness 2016
The article mentions that Rice will be one of the hosts for the Final Four and Championship.
Long Island Weekly

Former Jackets named to all-conference baseball teams
Hanszen College junior Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Alvin Sun-Advertiser

Strong and Texas start pressure-packed spring drills
A photo from the 2015 Rice-University of Texas football game is included.
MSN News (This also appeared in MSN Sports.)


Baker Institute report: Venture capital in Texas declining
Despite Texas having the third-largest venture capital investment in the nation just a decade ago, the state’s current venture capital investment of $1.2 billion is falling — and falling fast. It has slipped to fourth and is set to slide to sixth, likely even before 2016 is over, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Statement of James A. Baker III on the passing of Nancy Reagan
Former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, made a statement on the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

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