Dateline Rice for April 7, 2016


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.)

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”
University endowments and petrochemical boom: Wednesday’s show (April 6)
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


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.)

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

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
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.”)
Cruz win keeps GOP race on track toward contested convention
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
After Wisconsin win, Ted Cruz presses Donald Trump on his home turf
Austin-American Statesman
Despite win, Ted Cruz faces uphill climb to catch Trump
San Antonio Express-News

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.)

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.


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.)

White Oak Music Hall ‘temporary stage’ raises questions
Kerry Whitehead, visiting critic of architecture, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

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.)

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
In defense of the urban freeway

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.)

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.)
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.)

New attorneys join Brown and Fortunato PC
An article mentions that Tracey G. Toll attended the Paralegal Certificate Program at Rice.
Amarillo Globe-News

Real estate agent responds to personal profile questions
Will Rice sophomore Courtney Wang is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

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.
Quick! Nominate your innovative startup for the A-list awards!


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

‘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.


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

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

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
Understanding health insurance plans
Daily Sentinel (Subscription required.)

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.)

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.)

New questions about nanotechnology risks
The Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology at Rice is mentioned.
Ed Accessible

New terahertz material characterization system installed in Brown University lab
An article mentions that Daniel Mittleman taught at Rice.
Physics World


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

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

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.

Does engineering allow for compassion?
Research by Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is mentioned.
Her Campus

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

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

Urologist Geraldine Sheu M.D. to begin visiting PMC April 27
Alumnus Geraldine Sheu ’05 is featured.
The Valierian

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

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

Ingleside resident success in science studies
The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice is mentioned.
The Ingleside Index

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

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.)


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.)
Wayne Graham through the years
Houston Chronicle
Wayne Graham, Rice Owls legendary head coach, turns 80

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
A&M baseball’s midweek win streak snapped at Rice
TexAgs radio: Wednesday full show podcast

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.)

UH lineman Alex Cooper invited to Texans prospect day
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

College roundup: Seminoles look sharp, Aggies Lose
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Baseball America

QB competition heating up on the 40 Acres
Rice football is mentioned.
Horn Sports
WR Marcus Johnson talks Texas Longhorns pro day
SB Nation
Offensive line leads Hilltoppers though spring practice
WKU Herald

MLB’s biggest playoff race X-factors as 2016 season gets underway
Alumnus Anthony Rendon ’12 is featured.
Bleacher Report

The Kubiaks are turning the Broncos into a family affair
Alumnus Klein Kubiak ’14 is mentioned.

ITA collegiate tennis men’s team rankings — April 5: North Carolina stays in front
Rice men’s tennis is mentioned.
Tennis World


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.

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.

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