Dateline Rice for May 2, 2016 (Weekend Edition)


Stricter rules for voter IDs reshape races
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 voter ID laws and the presidential primaries.
The New York Times (This appeared on the front page of today’s print edition. It also appeared in Honolulu Star-Advertiser and MSN News.)
Cruz facing last stand in California primary
USA Today (This appeared on the front of the April 29-May 1 print edition. The online version of this article previously appeared in Dateline April 29.)
Election 2016: Republican vote suppression tactic takes hold
Arkansas Times
How stricter rules for voter IDs are reshaping races
The Bulletin
Primary takeaways: Clinton, Trump pick up steam in Amtrak states
State of the State Ks
Texas under Trump: Experts see economic trouble, uncertain on energy and abortion
The Dallas Morning News
Ted Cruz getting Indiana governor’s endorsement
Sacred Heart
Trump vows to put ‘America first’ in foreign policy
The Waltonian


The top 10 schools for a degree in applied mathematics
Rice is No. 10 on a list of the top 10 schools for a degree in applied mathematics in the U.S. complied by College Factual.
USA Today College

Would Donald Trump be the richest president in history?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about the presidential primaries and Walt Whitman.
Yahoo! Beauty
UH student uncovers Walt Whitman’s ‘Manly Health and Fitness’ writings on sex, diet and exercise
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the April 30 print edition with a different headline, “UH student’s electric find opens new window into Whitman’s life.”)

Necesitamos más tecnología para enfrentar inundaciones
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, is quoted about the recent flooding in the Houston area.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)
At least 9 killed in Houston floods, 1,150 homes damaged
The Indian Panorama
Storm caused the worst flooding Houston has seen in 15 years
State of the State Ks
Houston flooding: 8 dead — and more rain to come
Fait Religieux
Indian-American woman amongst 6 dead in Houston floods
Catastrophic floods hit Houston


Rice’s Baker Institute hosts Global Health in a Globalized Texas Conference
Leading local and national experts gathered at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 22 to discuss Texas’ unique vantage on international health issues.
TMC News (This article appeared in the May 2 issue of TMC Today.)

Powerful magnet gives pediatric patients a break
A simple device created by Rice engineering students may shield young children from much of the pain of having a stent removed after a urinary tract procedure. Baker College senior Allen Zhao, Martel College senior John Chen, Jones College senior Valeria Pinillos, Brown College senior Eric Yin and McMurtry College senior Margaret Watkins are quoted, and Eric Richardson, lecturer in bioengineering, and Matthew Elliott, lecturer in mechanical engineering, are mentioned.
TMC News (This article appeared in the May 2 issue of TMC Today.)

Astrodome could dazzle again with light show
An article mentions that alumni Alex Weinheimer ’13 and Joshuah Jest ’13 are working on a light show for the Super Bowl. The Centennial Celebration’s Spectacle at Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the May 2 print edition with a different headline, “Light show could make Astrodome dazzle again.”)

Fracturing is an unsung hero in fighting climate change
An article mentions a study on U.S. gas production by Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, and Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice’s Baker Institute and professor of economics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the May 1 print edition with a different headline, “Hillary Clinton ought to embrace the green side of fracking.”)

Different motives, but a shared goal for jails
Findings from the 2016 Kinder Houston Area Survey are reported. Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the May 2 print edition and appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine and was written by Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The online version of this article previously appeared in Dateline April 28.)

UT land deal quietly unites a fractured acreage
An article mentions that a representative from Rice will serve on a task force planning the use of more than 300 acres in southwest Houston that the University of Texas is purchasing.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Art installation on Rice University campus gives residents a place to reflect, meditate
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured. Molly Hubbard, the former director of Rice Public Art, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
James Turrell Skyspace
Houston Chronicle

If Malia Obama can take a year off before going to Harvard, so can you
Richard Crosby ’01 and Lance Berkman, who attended Rice, are featured in a slideshow of famous celebrities who attended college in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Reddit users share facts about Houston
An article mentions that John Heisman coached at Rice. The article also discusses the murder of William Marsh Rice and the establishment of Rice University. James A. Baker and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III are also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Video of League City police chief removing sign with swear word goes viral
Photos of Marina Zurkow’s installation “Dear Climate” at Rice are featured in a slideshow of funny signs.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

‘The Christians’ is saved despite packing a whole lot into sermon
Joseph Campana, the Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English and associate professor of English literature, authored a review of “The Christians,” a play staged by the Alley Theatre.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Week in photos, April 23-May 1
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at Rice April 26 about the role of religion in foreign policy during an event hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle
US State Department working with Jewish communities in Europe suffering from anti-Semitism
European Jewish Press
The positive role religion plays in furthering foreign policy goals
Deseret News
Hindu tailor hacked to death in Bangladesh; government says ISIS has ‘no presence’ there
How religion affects US foreign policy
Advocate Tribune (This also appeared in 147 other media outlets.)

In the city with the world’s largest medical center, there’s still no biotech –yet
Jack Gill, professor of the practice of entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured in an article about the biotech and pharmaceutical industries in Houston.

‘Music in the Nave’ concert set in Kent
Alumna Laurel Larsen ’97 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in The Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Texas schools spare no expense for huge football stadiums
Rice Stadium is No. 3 on a list of largest college football stadiums in Texas by capacity.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

11 signs Houston will succeed, cheap traffic reduction, winning at affordable housing, TIFs, MUDs and more
Proximity to Rice and other research universities is cited as one of the reasons Houston will succeed.
Houston Chronicle

Socialism fails in Venezuela, again
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about drought-stricken Venezuela.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Texas A&M Commerce president Dan Jones passes away
Texas A&M University-Commerce president and Rice alumnus Dan Jones ’78 died April 30.
A&M-Commerce announces death of President Dr. Dan Jones
Herald Banner (This also appeared in The Commerce Journal.)
Dr. Dan Jones, Texas A&M University-Commerce president, dies

Analysis: In just 4 years, total pay grows 70 percent for Texas university leaders
An article discusses Texas university presidents’ salaries. Rice is mentioned.
Valley Central
Pay is climbing fast for Texas university leaders
The Gilmer Mirror
Leaders’ pay spikes
Denton Record-Chronicle
Salary is climbing fast for Texas university leaders
My High Plains

You and your pet can strut your stuff at Rice while raising money for BARC
The inaugural Bark for BARC Pet Walk was held at Rice April 30.
Houston Press

Homecoming for Heroes gearing up for 2nd year
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Killeen Daily Herald

Beckoned by charity in their hearts, couture captivates fashionistas
Rasika Dance Troupe from Rice is mentioned.
Indo American News

Kerrville resident to be honored by Association of Rice Alumni
Alumni Gus Schill ’55 and Karen Ostrum George ’77 will receive the Association of Rice Alumni’s highest honor for service to Rice at the 2016 Laureates Dinner in Houston May 14.
Daily Times

Startup receives $400,000 prize for business idea
TriFusion Devices from Texas A&M University won nearly $400,000 in cash and prizes as the grand prizewinner of the 2016 Rice Business Plan Competition.
The Battalion

“Who was…?” | George R. Brown
Rice is mentioned.
Local Houston

Oral history project capturing the history of AIDS in Houston
The Woodson Research Center at Rice is mentioned.
Out Smart

William Wegman today in Houston: Rain or shine!
Artist William Wegman spoke at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies April 30.
Bayou City Art Festival is going to be a soggy one


‘FOX 26 Morning News Weekends 7 a.m.’
Kim McGaw, director of professional programs at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, discusses the “Lego Serious Play” workshop.

‘Key Capitol Hill Hearings’
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is featured.


Nano power: A new boost for solar?
Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology, which is described in the journal Nano Letters, uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles. Isabell Thomann, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Researchers Chloe Doiron, Hossein Robatjazi and Shah Mohammad Bahauddin are pictured.
Power Technology

5 things to do at OTC 2016
The Offshore Technology Conference d5 event will be held at Rice May 6.
Rig Zone

Study shows HBOT as reliable treatment for fibromyalgia
A proof-of-concept trial led by researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel finds hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help patients with fibromyalgia. The late Eshel Ben-Jacob, an adjunct professor of biosciences at Rice and a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is mentioned.
Collective Evolution


If mouse mothers run, offspring are more likely to, too
Findings from a recent study hint at the possibility that to some extent a child’s willingness to work out may be influenced by the mother’s exercise habits during pregnancy. Rice participated in the study. Hanszen College senior Jesse Eclarinal and Martel College senior Shaoyu Zhu are mentioned.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (This also appeared in Arkansas Online.)

Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call “Teslaphoresis.” Research scientist Paul Cherukuri ’08 is quoted in the Novosti IT article.
Beta News
Searching for a nanotech self-organizing principle
I, Cringely
Влияние трансформатора Тесла позволяет дистанционно собрать электронные схемы из углеродных нанотрубок
Novosti IT (An English translation is not available.)

Big Pimpin’ meets big data in a unique Jay Z class at UTA
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is mentioned.
Guide Live

Ending racial segregation in the American church by promoting diversity
An article mentions research on churches by Michael Emerson, a fellow at the Kinder Institute.
About News

Smarthistory: No grand strategies needed, just openness
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Open Source

Conflict with Kurds in Turkey complicates fight against ISIS in Syria, Iraq
Kadir Yildirim, research scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the Kurdish conflict in Turkey.
World Magazine

New spin on fun
Rice is mentioned in a story about disc golf.
Hollis Brookline Journal (This also appeared in Bedford Journal.)

Mercury to conclude 15th anniversary season with Beethoven’s Ninth
Alumna Sarah Mesko ’10 is mentioned.
Broadway World

Higher education: Talks on fashion shows, octopus brains enliven event
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Press Enterprise

Charles Robinson appointed to lead newly aligned student affairs division
Alumnus Charles Robinson ’90 has been named vice chancellor for the newly aligned Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas.
University of Arkansas News

MUWAA recognizes distinguished individuals for contributions
An article mentions that Doris Taylor holds a graduate faculty appointment at Rice.
The Dispatch

Un mundo sin infratrabajo (y más feliz)
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.
Bez (An English translation is not available.)


Baylor’s Andrew Billings selected by Bengals in the 4th round
A photo of Wiess College senior Driphus Jackson is included.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Bengals grab safety Fejedelem in 7th round
Dayton Daily News
NFL draft: 7 things to know about the Bengals 7 picks
My Dayton Daily News
Highly rated defensive tackle Andrew Billings of Baylor lands in Bengals’ lap

Dallas Cowboys make Dak Prescott 1st QB drafted by team since 2009
A photo form the 2013 Liberty Bowl Rice-Mississippi State football game is featured.
Houston Chronicle

Power-hitting Lamar baseball looks forward to road games
Rice baseball will play Lamar University May 4.
Houston Chronicle
UIW gets by Lamar, 3-2
12 News Now

Baseball: Owls win 2-of-3 against C-USA leading Southern Miss
Rice baseball is mentioned.
University Press
Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey says RPI ‘out of whack’
The Oregonian
‘WLOX News’

Would you buy stock in Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey?
Alumnus Tyler Duffey ’13 is featured.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Saturday’s college baseball scores
Rice baseball played the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Players Jon Duplantier, Blake Fox, Ricardo Salinas, Tristan Gray and Glenn Otto are mentioned.
San Diego Union Tribune
Jon Duplantier dominates once again in Rice win over Charlotte
College Baseball Central
Sorenson: The ouch list for May Day
D1 Baseball
Quite a relief
FAU Owl Access
Southern Miss falls to Florida Atlantic; LSU holds off Ole Miss
Sun Herald
10 thoughts: Friday, April 29
D1 Baseball
Charlotte loses 2 out of 3 in Houston
Niner Times

Which rivalries should be back on the schedule?
Rice football is mentioned.
ABC News

Cowboys select talented, injured LB in 2nd round
A photo of Jones College senior Darik Dillard from the 2014 Rice-University of Notre Dame football game is included.

What a long, cruel, winless week it’s been for the Rockies’ High-A affiliate Modesto Nuts
An article mentions that Shane Hoelscher attended Rice.
SB Nation


Alumna and former Houston Mayor Parker to teach at Rice
Rice University alumna and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker has returned to Rice to teach. Fresh off a semester as an Institute of Politics Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Parker joined the Rice faculty May 1 as a professor in the practice. Parker will work with students through Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, where she has been named a Doerr Institute Fellow, and will teach for the School of Social Sciences.

Grants totaling nearly $2M support Rice research of NASA training and selection process
Rice University psychology researchers will play a role in NASA’s future deep-space exploration, thanks to two new grants from the space agency totaling $1.8 million.

Eat, drink and be chemists
Rice University students are helping a high-profile Houston chef take a scientific approach to making custom vinegars and beverages called shrubs. The products are intended to be not only delicious, but also to support local farmers by preserving what they grow.

Two sculptures by Jesús Bautista Moroles to be dedicated May 3 at
Rice University will dedicate “Musical Stele” and “Waves Column,” two permanent installations by acclaimed Texas sculptor Jesús Bautista Moroles, May 3. The installations were previously on long-term loan to the university.

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