Dateline Rice for April 7, 2016

FEATURED ITEMS

Rebecca Richards-Kortum has broken her share of glass ceilings and is showing others the way
An editorial praises Rebecca Richards-Kortum for her career accomplishments and for serving as a role model for young girls who might be interested in science. Richards-Kortum is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health. She recently received the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s highest honor, the 2016 Pierre Galletti Award.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1SCkuXG

Rice University explores coral reef restoration
Adrienne Simoes Correa, a marine biologist in Rice’s Department of BioSciences, discusses her ocean ecology class focused on the precarious health of coral reefs worldwide.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
http://bit.ly/1VbhVBW
University endowments and petrochemical boom: Wednesday’s show (April 6)
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
http://bit.ly/1Mh4UEh

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Are robots taking our jobs?
Several media outlets have reposted Moshe Vardi’s op-ed in The Conversation about the future of robots. Vardi is 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.
U.S. News & World Report (This also appeared in UPI, Epoch Times and eScience News.)
http://bit.ly/1UZ4Ufj

Shandong University plans global innovation education
An article mentions that Rice President David Leebron will participate in the Sino-U.S. business-maker forum in Qingdao, China.
China Daily
http://bit.ly/1qvSYEI

Trade pacts under scrutiny in 2016 US presidential race
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about the presidential primaries.
Voice of America
http://bit.ly/1MUKa5b
Despite streak, Cruz still headed for convention clash with Trump
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the April 7 print edition with a different headline, “Cruz’s hopes still hang on convention.”)
http://bit.ly/1oEQyCb
Cruz win keeps GOP race on track toward contested convention
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/1Mh3jyc
http://bit.ly/1oEUTFo
After Wisconsin win, Ted Cruz presses Donald Trump on his home turf
Austin-American Statesman
http://atxne.ws/23eAoCz
Despite win, Ted Cruz faces uphill climb to catch Trump
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/1VbkqUZ

HBKU students visit Rice University’s Baker Institute
Students from Hamad bin Khalifa University visited Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy as part of the Public Diplomacy and Global Policymaking Program.
Qatar Tribune (This also appeared in Gulf Times and Qatar Is Booming.)
http://bit.ly/1RRy9KM

Paris Saint-Germain versus Man City: ‘El Cashico’ is also a Gulf clash
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the relationship between Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
AS
http://bit.ly/1PWh00m

HOUSTON/TEXAS

How Fort Bend County became a model for diversity
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a sociology professor, will release findings from the 2016 Kinder Houston Area Survey at a downtown luncheon April 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/1PWac2B
http://bit.ly/1MUDq7A

White Oak Music Hall ‘temporary stage’ raises questions
Kerry Whitehead, visiting critic of architecture, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/20agh39
http://bit.ly/1qvPzWv

Love, passion, betrayal and lies take place in ‘The Room’
Rice Cinema will show “A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans” at 7 p.m. April 8 and “The Tree Of Life” at 7 p.m. April 9.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1UYOZhd
http://bit.ly/1RRhoPQ

Defending urban freeways, smart growth wrong approach to climate change, efficient spending, big Texas and more
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about urban highways. The Houston Chronicle article mentions the op-ed.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1qviCtH
In defense of the urban freeway
Governing
http://bit.ly/1UYRj7R

Museum and galleries: April 7-13
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann’s exhibit “The Great Cape Rinderhorn” is open through May 15 at the Rice Gallery.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1WeHqls
http://bit.ly/1Ygzw9K

Body discovered on University of Texas campus sparks homicide investigation
A slideshow features crime statistics that Texas universities, including Rice, reported to the U.S. Department of Education.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise and My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/1ozuGbv
Austin police still working to determine identity of woman found dead on University of Texas campus
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://bit.ly/1VzWnhe

New attorneys join Brown and Fortunato PC
An article mentions that Tracey G. Toll attended the Paralegal Certificate Program at Rice.
Amarillo Globe-News
http://bit.ly/1oF0Ke2

Real estate agent responds to personal profile questions
Will Rice sophomore Courtney Wang is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
http://atxne.ws/1oF36JU

Spotlight Austin: Our highest highs and lowest lows from March 2016  
Austin leads all other cities in Texas for venture capital in the state, according to a report by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Austin.com
http://bit.ly/1VbpxV3
Quick! Nominate your innovative startup for the A-list awards!
Austin.com
http://bit.ly/1UKx90T

BROADCAST

Why do more people move to Houston than to Minneapolis?
Kyle Shelton, postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses migration trends in the U.S.
MPR News
http://bit.ly/1q8TgB8

‘Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.’
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 Donald Trump’s proposal for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
KENS
http://bit.ly/1MUWRgo

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas
A Rice lab reported that soured hydrocarbons found in the Bakken Formation underneath the Northwest United States and Canada are caused primarily by geochemical reactions rather than microbial ones. The researchers questioned the need to pump costly biocides into the well to kill sulfide-producing microbes. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and graduate student Jason Gaspar are quoted.
Chem Europe
http://bit.ly/20atFnY

Rare DNA will have nowhere to hide
David Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, has won a pair of prestigious National Institutes of Health R01 grants to develop novel therapeutic tools. Zhang is quoted.
Health Canal
http://bit.ly/1RRuIne

Consumer education key for health insurance marketplace success
Texans who bought their own health insurance were less likely to understand basic terms and how to use their plans compared with those who have Medicare, Medicaid or employee-sponsored health insurance, according to a report released by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, and Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at the Baker Institute, are quoted.
HealthPayer Intelligence
http://bit.ly/1UKpjo3
Understanding health insurance plans
Daily Sentinel (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1TDTzQb

How data science is changing the energy industry
The energy industry uses data science to cut costs, optimize investments and reduce risk. Rice is mentioned.
CIO (This also appeared in IT World and CIO Australia.)
http://bit.ly/1VbmWdC

Nanotubes line up to form films
A simple filtration process helped Rice University researchers create flexible, wafer-scale films of highly aligned and closely packed carbon nanotubes. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, and Wade Adams, senior faculty fellow in materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted. Graduate students Xiaowei He and Weilu Gao are mentioned.
iConnect 007 (This also appeared in MaterialsToday.)
http://bit.ly/1YgPtwv

New questions about nanotechnology risks
The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice is mentioned.
Ed Accessible
http://bit.ly/1qvFZ6v

New terahertz material characterization system installed in Brown University lab
An article mentions that Daniel Mittleman taught at Rice.
Physics World
http://bit.ly/1UYUwnN

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Historian Douglas Brinkley to speak in Twin Falls
Historian Douglas Brinkley will deliver the second annual Magic Valley Distinguished Humanities Lecture in Twin Falls, Idaho, May 5.
Magic Valley
http://bit.ly/1qvwDHS

3 South Asians named 2016 Truman Scholarship finalists
Baker College senior Anjali Bhatla has been named a finalist for the 2016 Truman Scholarship.
India West
http://bit.ly/1RZAXru

Daybook — Wednesday — General
Russell Green, an international economics expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be a speaker at the Peterson Institute and Centre for International Governance Innovation “The Plaza at 30” conference.
NewsOK
http://bit.ly/23kQsPX

Does engineering allow for compassion?
Research by Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is mentioned.
Her Campus
http://bit.ly/1q91dX1

Desperate in Dairyland: ‘Bun B’ goes inside Wisconsin’s fight to stop Donald Trump
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, covers the Wisconsin primary for “Vice.”
Live Leak
http://bit.ly/1VAjc4o

Artfully Edmonds: Lots of laughs in Edmonds this week
Alumna Yuh-Pey Lin ’00 will perform with Spiritus Winds in Lynnwood, Wash., April 9.
My Edmonds News
http://bit.ly/1S51lDC

Urologist Geraldine Sheu M.D. to begin visiting PMC April 27
Alumnus Geraldine Sheu ’05 is featured.
The Valierian
http://bit.ly/1qvp0kG

NASA granted $5.7M in funding to investigate astronaut health and performance on future space missions
An article mentions that Rice will help conduct a study to determine what kind of astronauts should go to Mars.
Albany Daily Star
http://bit.ly/1YgEhQy

Doing this while you’re pregnant could turn your kid into a fitness lover
Findings from a recent study hint at the possibility that to some extent an offspring’s will to work out may be influenced by a mother’s exercise habits during pregnancy. Rice participated in the study.
Elite Daily
http://elitedai.ly/22eXnrs

Ingleside resident success in science studies
The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice is mentioned.
The Ingleside Index
http://bit.ly/1TDOKXd

May: Do you remember when?
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
News and Tribune
http://bit.ly/1S4UOIX

Oljetopper på Fornebu ga sin «medisin» mot krisetider
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is mentioned.
Budstikka (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1MhaNS1

SPORTS

Celebrating Rice’s Wayne Graham’s 80 birthday with photos
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured for his 80th birthday. A number of alumni and students are pictured in the slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/1RG6G1Z
http://bit.ly/1oEUEKH
Wayne Graham through the years
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/23etVaQ
Wayne Graham, Rice Owls legendary head coach, turns 80
Examiner
http://exm.nr/1qvToLu

Rice Owls deal Texas A&M a midweek loss
Rice baseball defeated Texas A&M University April 5. Players Glenn Otto, Dane Myers, Connor Teykl, Dayne Wunderlich, Hunter Kopycinski and Willy Amador are mentioned.
The Best College Sports News Network
http://bit.ly/1S4TNR9
A&M baseball’s midweek win streak snapped at Rice
WTAW
http://bit.ly/1PWhQtO
TexAgs radio: Wednesday full show podcast
TexAgs
http://bit.ly/1RGgEAD

Official numbers from Aggies’ NFL pro day
A photo of Wiess College senior Driphus Jackson is included.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/25MXaQS
http://bit.ly/25MXS0y

UH lineman Alex Cooper invited to Texans prospect day
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1PWaEOs
http://bit.ly/1UYQo7e

College roundup: Seminoles look sharp, Aggies Lose
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Baseball America
http://bit.ly/1YgCs6j

QB competition heating up on the 40 Acres
Rice football is mentioned.
Horn Sports
http://bit.ly/1Xj8FJT
WR Marcus Johnson talks Texas Longhorns pro day
SB Nation
http://bit.ly/25N07ko
Offensive line leads Hilltoppers though spring practice
WKU Herald
http://bit.ly/1TDQOyo

MLB’s biggest playoff race X-factors as 2016 season gets underway
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.
Bleacher Report
http://ble.ac/1RGcc4H

The Kubiaks are turning the Broncos into a family affair
Alumnus Klein Kubiak ’14 is mentioned.
ESPN
http://es.pn/1RRtwk1

ITA collegiate tennis men’s team rankings — April 5: North Carolina stays in front
Rice men’s tennis is mentioned.
Tennis World
http://bit.ly/1qvFCsp

NEWS RELEASES

Rare DNA will have nowhere to hide
Rice University bioengineer David Zhang recently won a pair of prestigious National Institutes of Health R01 grants to develop novel therapeutic tools.
http://bit.ly/1SCmwY3

Cuban ambassador to the US to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 12
José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez, Cuba’s first ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years, will speak on “The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 12.
http://bit.ly/1RRhW8t

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