Dateline Rice for May 3, 2016


Rice University faculty were featured in four reports on Houston Public Media today:

Rice professor spurs students to create high-impact medical designs for low-resource African hospitals
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is interviewed about her students’ work in Africa and the importance of having more women and diversity in science and engineering. She recently received the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering’s highest honor, the 2016 Pierre Galletti Award.
Houston Public Media

New study examines relationship between hospital volume and patient outcomes
Current medical research and literature may be overemphasizing the role that hospital volume plays in patient outcomes, according to a study by researchers at Rice. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, discusses the implications of the study for patients.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Are robots taking our jobs?
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.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Former Mayor Annise Parker joins Rice University faculty
Rice University alumna and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 has returned to Rice to teach. Parker, Provost Marie Lynn Miranda and Tom Kolditz, director of Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, are quoted and Rice alumni Ann Doerr ’75 and John Doerr ’73 are mentioned.
Houston Public Media
Former Houston Mayor Parker returns to Rice University as professor
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Wopular.)
Texas Take: May 3
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Former Mayor Annise Parker gets new gig
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)
Alumna and former Houston Mayor Parker to teach at Rice
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (This also appeared in Houston Style Magazine.)
Former Houston Mayor Parker to teach at Rice
Annise Parker now teaching at Rice
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Former Mayor Parker to teach at Rice University
Fox 26
Former Mayor Annise Parker will join Rice as leadership institute fellow next fall
Houston Press
Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker returns to Rice to teach
‘Eye Opener’


Why we refuse to stop talking about voter ID laws
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.
15 states wielding new or stricter voter ID laws in run-up to presidential election
All Gov
Indiana is ‘do-or-die’ for Ted Cruz
Austin American-Statesman
Now you can play your very own woman card
Investment Underground
Identificaciones oficiales para votar redefinen contiendas
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)

Conservative think tank president says voter ID helps conservatives win elections
An article mentions a Rice study on voter ID laws.
Think Progress

The environmental toll of storing fossil fuels
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about fossil fuel stockpiles.
The Hill

As yearbooks die, colleges lose a link to the past
Kelley Lash, director of student publications, is quoted about trends in campus publishing.
The Baltimore Sun (This also appeared in the Carroll County Times.)

Sir Harold Kroto — obituary
Sir Harold Kroto died this past weekend. Articles mention that Kroto won the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry, jointly with University Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, for their discovery in 1985 of fullerenes, popularly known as “buckyballs.” Popular Science reposted their 1991 cover story about the discovery in honor of Kroto.
The Telegraph
Buckyball: The magic molecule
Popular Science
FSU’s Nobel-winning chemistry professor Kroto dies
The Marion Star
Harold Walter Kroto y el descubrimiento de los fullerenos
El Pais (An English translation is not available.)
Chimica: addio ad Harold Kroto, premio Nobel nel 1996
MeteoWeb (An English translation is not available.)


Halliburton, Baker Hughes breakup a trophy for regulators
Gustavo Grullon, professor of finance at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about the failed Halliburton-Baker Hughes merger.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the May 3 print edition with a different headline, “Merger of oil field services giants ‘was not fixable.’”)

‘What Wings They Were’ soars when it breaks from tradition
Joseph Campana, the Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English and associate professor of English literature, authored a review of Houston Grand Opera’s production of “What Wings They Were: The Case of Emeline.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Klineberg at 35: Houston and America’s future
Findings from the 2016 Kinder Houston Area Survey are reported. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article and quoted in the KTRH and CultureMap Houston articles. Rice President David Leebron is also mentioned in the CultureMap Houston article.
Houston Chronicle
Is Harris County turning blue?
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Study reveals Houstonians surprisingly optimistic even in light of energy downturn
CultureMap Houston
Do you identify more as a Republican, Democrat or neither? Weigh in on our poll
Fox 4
Is Texas turning blue? Some regions show proof of political shift
‘The Morning Show’

I-Team: City trash piles havens for mosquitoes
Graduate student Shannon Carter is quoted about mosquito populations in Houston.

How did Houston fare in the annual ‘State of the Air’ report?
Loren Raun, faculty fellow of statistics, environmental analysis and decision-making, discusses efforts to improve air quality in Houston.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Air pollution report and Sean Patrick Flanery: Tuesday’s show (April 26)
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Study examines which students drop out and why
A broadcast mentions a study on dropouts by the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
METRO chair, dropouts, and NFL draft: Monday’s show (May 2)
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Commentary: Hillary Clinton ought to embrace the green side of fracturing
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.
Midland Reporter-Telegram

UTEP senior develops travel app
An article mentions that Rice students were on a team that created an app.
El Paso Herald-Post

UTEP Professor of Mathematical Sciences Larry Lesser Ph.D. honored as 14th Piper Award recipient
Alumnus Larry Lesser ’86 is featured.
El Paso Herald-Post

Houston ISD official named San Marcos CISD superintendent finalist
Rice’s Jones School of Business is mentioned.
San Marcos Mercury

Students draw inspiration from plants to solve water woes
An article mentions that the Global Water Technologies Competition was hosted at Rice.
TAMU Engineering News

Al Green leads African-Americans for Allen Owen
The article mentions that a Rice study found Missouri City to be America’s most ethnically diverse cities.
Houston Style Magazine

International workshop on autonomous underwater vehicles
Rice is mentioned.
Texas A&M Today

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.
Beaumont Enterprise (This also appeared in SF Gate.)


‘KHOU 11 News’
A broadcast mentions that two Rice graduates have proposed a new use for the Astrodome.

According to a new report, approximately 25 percent of Texans say they lack confidence in understanding some of the most basic terminology about health insurance plans. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Earlier cancer detection, thanks to magnetic nanoparticles
Three Rice computational and applied mathematics students are refining a program to analyze magnetic relaxometry signals from iron-oxide nanoparticles that find and attach themselves to cancerous cells. Martel College seniors Brian Ho and Rachel Hoffman and Lovett College senior Eric Sung are quoted and Beatrice Riviere, the Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics and department chair of computational and applied mathematics, is mentioned.
Controlled Environments

Rice creates sintering laser from cheap Chinese cutter
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, is mentioned.
3D Printing Industry

Shepard’s Mercury Flight was 1st step on the long journey to Mars
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.

Cool refreshing beverages on trend for summer
Johnny Curet, director of residential dining, is quoted about how Rice Dining helps students cope with the Houston heat.
Food Management

Ebola, Zika and a globalizing Texas
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed about dangerous tropical infectious diseases in Texas.
Center for Strategic & International Studies

OTC 2016 kicks off today
The Offshore Technology Conference d5 event will be held at Rice May 6.
Society of Petroleum Engineers


Houstonians clamor for more walkable communities
Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about the findings from the 2016 Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Gov Tech

Concord Thoreau Society to host CNN presidential historian
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, will speak in Concord, Mass., May 13 and in Twin Falls, Idaho, May 5.
Wicked Local Concord
Noted historian to speak Thursday
Magic Valley

From KC to DC: How Josh Earnest became the White House press secretary
Alumnus and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest ’97 is featured.

Feehan’s Riley receives Shamrocks’ Hall call
Graduate student Joe Riley is featured.
The Sun Chronicle

The 20 richest universities in America — Is yours on the list?
Rice is No. 14 on a list of the wealthiest private colleges in America.

BVHS grad wins awards
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 Chaffee County Times

Executive of the month: Question-and-answer session with Dan Flanigan, managing partner at Polsinelli
Alumnus Daniel Flanigan ’73 is featured.
New York Real Estate Journal

Local Sarah Lasko stars in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ beginning tonight at National Theatre
Alumna Rachel Womble ’12 will perform in the new stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” at the National Theatre.
Broadway World

Occidental Petroleum names Vicki A. Hollub president, CEO
An article mentions that Vicki Hollub serves on the Board of Advisers of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Post Online Media

Alan Gilbert leads NY Philharmonic on California 2016 tour this week
Rice is mentioned.
Broadway World

2016 commencement honorary degrees and award recipients announced
Alumna Margarita Simon Guillory ’10 is mentioned.
University of Rochester Newscenter

Simply Self Storage hires senior vice president of corporate growth
An article mentions that Joe Robinson has an MBA from Rice.
Inside Self-Storage

How religion affects US foreign policy
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.
The Examiner
Джон Керри: США исподволь ‘вооружает’ евреев Европы
Sem40 (An English translation is not available.)

Wie is Ted Cruz, de meedogenloze Prince of Darkness?
Sen. Ted Cruz’s mother, alumna Eleanor Darragh ’56, is mentioned.
Elsevier (An English translation is not available.)


2016 MLB draft full count trends: May 2
Lovett College junior Jon Duplantier is featured.
Scouting Baseball

Keyarris Garrett’s 2015 season provides blueprint for Texas WRs John Burt, Collin Johnson
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation

Study abroad in soccer
Rice is mentioned.
Kalamazoo College News

CCISD taps Long as new Carroll football coach
Jones College sophomore Trevor Long is mentioned.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
‘6 News at Six’


Rice engineering students develop fish-rewarding enrichment device for sea lions at Houston Zoo
Thanks to the efforts of six Rice University students, the Houston Zoo’s fish-loving sea lions — Cali, Jonah, Kamia and Rockie — have a new enrichment device to provide mental and physical stimulation during breaks from training sessions, shows and exploring their habitat at the zoo.

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