Dateline Rice for May 13, 2016


Ryan holds out on Trump endorsement despite unity meeting
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted about House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stance on Donald Trump.
Bloomberg Politics
US Speaker Paul Ryan meets Trump but holds out on endorsement, rejecting ‘fake unification’
South China Morning Post

Theranos is at a critical turning point — What it does next could determine the company’s future
An article mentions graduate student Meaghan Bond and research that she participated in that found 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.
Business Insider (This also appeared in 13 other media outlets.)

The platinum standard
Randy Stevenson, professor of political science, co-authored an op-ed about policymakers and randomized control trials.
HuffPost Impact

Laser-like optical amplifier boosts output of captured light
Rice photonics researchers have unveiled a new nanoparticle amplifier that can generate infrared light and boost the output of one light by capturing and converting energy from a second light. The article mentions Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering; Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; alumni Yu Zhang ’11 and Jared Day ’11; graduate students Nathaniel Hogan, Linan Zhou and Liangliang Dong and postdoctoral research associate Ciceron Ayala-Orozco.
EET Asia

Watch molecule-sized nanocars race across frozen gold
An article mentions that a team from Rice will participate in a nanocar race in the fall.
Popular Mechanics
Atom-sized race cars face off in a microscopic racing series, for science
Road & Track


‘Walkable urbanism’ doesn’t seem to be available to all who want it
Findings from the 2016 Kinder Houston Area Survey are discussed. Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Kyle Shelton, postdoctoral research fellow at the institute, are quoted about urban development in Houston. Shelton is also quoted about the Next City Vanguard Conference hosted by the institute.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Young urban leaders offer insight on Houston’s strengths and weaknesses in national conference
Houston Public Media

UT regents question campus carry rules, but put off vote on changes
Rice is mentioned for opting out of the Texas “campus carry” law.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Campus concealed carry: University of Texas hears faculty concerns
The Christian Science Monitor

Upcoming classical music concerts
The Houston Symphony will perform at Stude Hall May 19 and Chamber Music Houston will have performances at Stude Hall Sept. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 8 and Dec. 6.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

HISD to vote on school name changes
A slideshow includes a photo from Rice University archives of Richard Dowling, a Confederate army officer and namesake of Dowling Middle School.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
HISD votes to rename schools with Confederate ties
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

The good/bad plans for Houston Botanic Garden
An op-ed from the Rice Design Alliance discusses the Houston Botanic Garden master plan.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

Texas Tech names new College of Architecture dean
An article mentions that Jim Williamson, the new dean of the Texas Tech College of Architecture, has taught at Rice.
Amarillo Globe-News

Builders debut models, designs in coastal community of Pomona
Rice is mentioned as an advanced educational opportunity available near the Pomona community.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero joins Houston Symphony for program of new and romantic-era works
Hector Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” will be performed at Stude Hall as part of the “Musically Speaking with Andrés” series at 7:30 p.m. May 19.
Here Houston

Houston Symphony League Bay Area meets
Alumna Rodica Gonzalez ’90 is mentioned.
The Bay Area Citizen


New president could face recession quickly
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, is quoted about a possible upcoming recession.
KTRH (This also appeared on KPRC.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Microwaved nanoribbons may bolster oil and gas wells
Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be dramatically reinforced with a small amount of modified graphene nanoribbons added to a polymer and microwaved, according to Rice University researchers. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.
Phys Org (This also appeared in Houston Style Magazine, Nanotechnology Now, Science Codex, Nanowerk, Science Daily, eScience News, Directors Talk, DailyMe and R&D.)
Microwaved nanoribbons strengthen oil and gas wells
Engineering Materials

Study probes heart of synthetic heart valves
Rice researchers are studying the characteristics of hydrogels that may be used as a tunable bioscaffold for new spongiosa, the middle tissue layer in the leaflets of heart valves. The ultimate goal is to develop synthetic replacement heart valves that mimic natural ones. Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering, and graduate student Dan Puperi are quoted.
Science Daily (This also appeared in News Medical, Medical Product Outsourcing, Health Canal and Bionity.)
Bioengineers offer tissue engineers flexibility in designing replacement heart valves

Best way to use Google AdWords when starting a PPC campaign
Alumna Amber Callan ’15 authored an op-ed about PPC campaigns.
Business 2 Community

Driving innovation with your teams
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
JFK’s Moon Speech from 1962 still applies today
Portage Life


Ted Cruz may resume 2016 campaign if he wins Nebraska Republican primary
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about the presidential primaries.
Football Reporters Online
Ted Cruz jumping back in presidential race?
You Don’t Know Football
Cruz mum on Trump support
1190 AM

Republicans divided over Trump nomination ahead of Capitol Hill visit
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 and “bathroom bills.”
Quadrangle Online
Who said Trump should get out?
Pulitzer prize columnist all wet on bathroom ordinances
Before It’s News
KRLD (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
WOAI (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

How ‘no zoning laws’ works for Houston
Alumnus Tory Gattis ’91 is mentioned.
The Federalist

Voters will decide on voter photo ID this year in Missouri
An article mentions a Rice study on voter ID laws.
St. Louis Dispatch (This also appeared in Lake Expo and eMissourian.)

Anniversary programs look at science, cultural work at Mount St. Helens
An article mentions that Rice researchers participated in a study on Mount St. Helens.
The News Tribune (This also appeared in The Olympian.)

As yearbooks die, colleges lose a link to the past
Kelley Lash, director of student publications, is quoted about trends in campus publishing.

Creation of longest mural on the East Coast kicked off in Newark
The Rice Gallery is mentioned.
Brick City Live

What do we mean when we say religion and science are (or aren’t) in conflict?
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Social Sciences, professor of sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, and her research on religion and science are mentioned.


Interview with Rice head football coach David Bailiff
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is featured.

Tom Herman has Houston thinking playoff in Year 2
An article mentions that Craig Naivar and Tom Hermann coached at Rice. Owls head coach David Bailiff is quoted.

Texans punter Shane Lechler still chasing elusive Super Bowl ring
Alumnus Larry Izzo ’96 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Administrators named to Cooper’s executive leadership team for 2016-17 school year
An article mentions that John Hoye coached at Rice.
The Paper

Men’s tennis takes on Rice in NCAA 1st round
Rice men’s tennis is mentioned.
LSU Sports
Cards face Texas in NCAA opening-round match
12 News Now
LSU tennis teams to compete in NCAA tournaments
The Advocate
TCU men, women, UT Arlington set for NCAA tennis regionals
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

TV-radio listings: May 13
Rice baseball will play Florida Atlantic University May 13-15.
Houston Chronicle
Big baseball series set this weekend for Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech
Side by side, FAU coach and catcher both battle cancer
Sun Sentinel
Rice hosts Florida Atlantic in final home series

Cougars set to face No. 14 Washington in Seattle
Rice baseball is mentioned.
WSU Athletics
Bearkats begin 3-game series with Lamar today
The Huntsville Item
Final American road series at No. 15 Tulane
Tulane Athletics
Olympic sports postseason weekend extravaganza
SB Nation
What does Ole Miss have to do to lock up a regional host?
SB Nation
LA Tech set to battle No. 16 Southern Miss in final road test
LA Tech Athletics

Here’s a path to Big 12 relevance in playoff era without expansion
Rice football is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Women’s tennis places 4 on All-Big 12 teams
Duncan College sophomore Lindsey Hodge is mentioned.
Texas Tech Athletics


Rice Athletics to host 4th annual Student Leadership Conference Friday
Rice University’s Athletics Department and Rice faculty, students and staff will host 645 students from the IDEA Public Schools charter schools May 13 for the fourth annual Student Leadership Conference from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. IDEA Public Schools are based in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. The conference will culminate with students attending the Rice-Florida Atlantic University baseball game in the evening.

NASA probe results could improve space weather forecasts
New findings from NASA’s orbiting Magnetospheric Multiscale mission could help Rice University physicists and their colleagues better predict “space weather,” magnetic storms high above Earth that can damage satellites and terrestrial power grids.

Microwaved nanoribbons may bolster oil and gas wells
Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be dramatically reinforced with a small amount of modified graphene nanoribbons added to a polymer and microwaved, according to Rice University researchers.

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