Dateline Rice for May 26, 2016


Flame of Hope Torch Run gets underway
The kickoff for Special Olympics Texas Summer Games took place at Rice May 25. Rice police officers Juan Alejandro and Chris Bick are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University scientists identify ‘smoking gun’ in metastasis of hybrid cells
Two-way communication between cancer cells appears to be key to their becoming motile, clustering and spreading through metastasis, according to Rice scientists. Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering; Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; and former Rice researcher Marcelo Boareto are quoted.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Environment Guru.)

Harvard student drives undocumented mother from Texas
Alumna Norma Torres Mendoza ’13 is featured. She drove 3,000 miles round-trip from Boston to Houston to pick up her mother so that she could attend Mendoza’s commencement ceremony at Harvard University. Her mother cannot travel by plane because of her status as an undocumented immigrant.
Boston Globe

Special guests end chamber concert seasons
An article mentions the Rolston String Quartet is the ensemble in residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Vancouver Sun (This also appeared in The Province, Canada, Windsor Star, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette and Regina Leader-Post.)

Harry Kroto (1939-2016)
Sir Harold Kroto died April 30. 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.”

Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 factory workers with robots
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.
International Business Times

Colleges not using the Coalition Application for 2016-17
An article mentions that Rice is one of the universities that will continue to use the Coalition Application and support the mission of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.

Justin Cronin reflects on ‘The City of Mirrors’
Best-selling author Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, is interviewed about his new book, which concludes the trilogy that began with “The Passage.”
The Record (This also appeared in Waterloo Chronicle, National Post, New Hamburg Independent, Hamilton Community News, The Hamilton Spectator, Guelph Mercury Tribune and Kitchener Post.)


8 insights from the Texas primary runoffs
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, authored an op-ed about the primary runoffs in Texas. Jones is also quoted in articles about the primary runoffs in Texas and a recent undercover HPD investigation.
Houston Chronicle
Conspiracy theorist loses race for influential education gig
Texas school board candidate who alleged Obama had been ‘male prostitute’ loses
Gay Star News
Towing company’s contracts with city terminated after Channel 2 investigation
Candidate who called Obama a gay prostitute loses education board race
KUOW (This also appeared in KUT, My High Palins and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)
GOP leaders find good news in runoff results
Denton Record-Chronicle
Ellis defeats Bruner in board of education race
Racist anti-Obama Texas school board candidate loses election by a humiliating landslide
Winning Democrats
Woman known for conspiracy posts loses Texas education race
Tri-County Sun Times

Greenway Plaza ahead of its time while being timeless
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about the developments in the Greenway Plaza-area of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The Third Ward’s fight to manage gentrification
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about gentrification in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston neighborhood recruits help to slow gentrification
Gov Tech

Tall tales of ‘Big Fish’ prove hard to swallow
Joseph Campana, the Alan Dugald McKillop Chair in English and associate professor of English literature, authored a review of Stages Repertory Theatre’s “Big Fish.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston dominates Texas cities for CPRIT awards
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)

Here’s what’s showing outside the megaplex
The Houston Palestine Film Festival will be held at the Rice Cinema May 26-28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston Baptist to remain gun-free
An article mentions that Rice opted out of the Texas “campus carry” law. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Houston Baptist University to remain gun-free
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston Baptist opts out of campus carry
Houston Press

UNT’s partnership with the Cowboys could be great for academics
An article mentions that Rice is among several Texas schools designated as having highest research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Texas Monthly

Round Rock student to plan mock mission to Mars
An article mentions a student who plans on applying to Rice.
Austin American-Statesman

Video: ‘Glasstire Off Road’ with William Wegman
Artist William Wegman spoke at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies April 30.


An unnamed Rice political scientist is quoted. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Graphene-based de-icing material upgraded
Rice scientists have advanced their graphene-based de-icer to serve a dual purpose. The new material still melts ice from wings and wires when conditions get too cold. But if the air is above 7 degrees Fahrenheit, ice won’t form at all. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Engineering Materials (This also appeared in Electronic Specifier.)

Rice University spore research could boost food safety efforts
A team led by Rice bioengineering researchers has decoded the mechanism that some bacteria use to make life-or-death decisions during extremely tough times. Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted and graduate student Jatin Narula is mentioned.
Food Safety News (This also appeared in Before It’s News.)

New cancer fighters emerge from lab
The lab of K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, has reported the streamlined total synthesis of delta12-prostaglandin J3, a molecule previously claimed to kill leukemic cancer cells. Nicolaou is quoted.
Technology Networks


Chevron shareholders reject climate items
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about resolutions and climate strategies being brought up in oil company shareholder meetings.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

ExxonMobil, Chevron face shareholder pressure to address risk, adopt new reporting metric
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, is quoted in an article about energy-producing assets.
Sustainable Brands (This also appeared in Environment Guru.)

OpenStax partners with panOpen to expand OER access
An article mentions that books from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax will now be available through the panOpen platform.
Campus Technology

Hudson HS’s Class of 2016 graduates 410 students
Articles mention students who plan to attend Rice.
Hudson Hub-Times
Class of 2016 — Poteet
Ion Mesquite

4th annual Organ Week returns with unforgettable performances, instruction
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at the Shepherd School of Music, will be a guest performer at the fourth annual Organ Week presented by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University.

Honors for scholars
Alumna Elisabeth Kincaid ’02 has been chosen as a 2016 Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow.
The Living Church

What’s your inbound marketing game plan?
Alumna Amber Callan ’15 authored an op-ed about inbound marketing plans.
Business 2 Community

On the 55th anniversary of JFK telling Congress we’re going to the moon, the current state of man going to Mars
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
NY Daily News
Watch President Kennedy convincing America to do, 55 years ago, what ISRO is doing in space

El Pabellón de España en la Bienal de Arquitectura de Venecia 2016
Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture, the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Blouin Artinfo

(Dis)locados presenta sus libros más recientes
Rice is mentioned.
Noti-America (An English translation is not available.)

Programozási nyelv lett a ‘TrumpScript’
An article mentions “TrumpScript,” a programing language Rice students created during HackRice.
Maszol (An English translation is not available.)

Voici comment la science va rendre les vaches obsolètes
Rice is mentioned.
Up Magazine (An English translation is not available.)


College baseball: Rice outlasts La. Tech; No. 1 A&M falls to Vandy
Rice baseball defeated Louisiana Tech University. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Ford Proctor, Jon Duplantier, Dane Myers, Connor Tekyl, Hunter Kopycinski, Glenn Otto, Charlie Warren, Tristan Gray, Grayson Lewis and Dayne Wunderlick are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice defeats La. Tech 13-12 in round 1
WDAM (This also appeared in WBRC, WSFA, Live 5 News, WMC Action 5 News and WAFB.)
Southern Miss hosts C-USA tournament
Daily Leader
Live updates: Louisiana Tech versus Rice in C-USA tourney
The News Star (A correction on the misspelling of Kopycinski’s last name has been requested.)
Rice edges Louisiana Tech, FAU advances past Charlotte
Hattiesburg American
Wednesday’s college baseball scores
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Herd has late start to tourney
Tech on the losing end of another wild game with Rice
The News Star
Diamond ’Dogs open C-USA tourney play
Ruston Daily Leader

The Rhodes to victory
Rice baseball will play Florida Atlantic University May 26.
FAU Owl Access
FAU beats Charlotte 7-5 in C-USA tournament

State title culminates reunion for Second Baptist coaches Lance Berkman, Andy Pettitte
Former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman and Andy Pettitte are featured. Berkman and Pettitte coached the Second Baptist baseball team to a state title.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section of the May 26 print edition with a different headline, “Like old times.”)
Berkman, Pettitte win title — as coaches
San Antonio Express-News

Rice-Baylor set for ESPN; C-USA TV deals made official
Rice football will play Baylor University Sept. 16, and the game will air on ESPN. A photo of former player Driphus Jackson is included in the Houston Chronicle article and a photo of Duncan college sophomore J.T. Ibe is included in the Sports Day article. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted in the C-USA article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baylor’s nonconference tilt at Rice rescheduled for national broadcast
Sports Day
Baylor football’s road game at Rice moved to Friday
Football game at Rice moved to Friday for ESPN telecast
Baylor Athletics
Baylor versus Rice football moved to Friday on ESPN
Baylor Football game at Rice moved to Friday for ESPN Telecast
C-USA announces television package
Denton Record-Chronicle
C-USA announces comprehensive television packages
Rice and Baylor move to Friday night for ESPN

Baylor’s Generette, Shankle ready for NCAA doubles action
Rice tennis players Katherine Ip and Emily Smith will play in the NCAA Doubles Championship. Ip won her singles round May 25.
News West 9
Woolcock advances on day 1 of NCAA Singles Championships
Florida Gators Athletics

Winston holds it down on the mound for Golden Eagles
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Natchez Democrat
C-USA Baseball Tournament headquarters
Southern Miss routs ODU in C-USA Tourney opener
Louisiana college baseball RPI report: 5 from state could make NCAAs
Sports NOLA

Were Nebraska’s feelings about leaving The Big 12 validated with a simple book excerpt?
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation
Jon Wefald’s book revisits Big 12’s origins, K-State’s football rise and controversy
The Wichita Eagle (This also appeared in The Kansas City Star.)
Marshall-WKU football game to be aired by ESPN platform as C-USA announces TV deal
Herd Zone

Bengals sign 4th-round pick Billings
A photo of former Rice football player Driphus Jackson is included.
Dayton Daily News (This also appeared in Journal-News.)

On the market: Wichita State is researching conference options and these homes might listen
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
The Wichita Eagle

Baseball: Oak Ridge looking for revenge against Dallas Jesuit
Game one of the Region II-6A baseball semifinals will take place at Rice’s Reckling Park May 26.
The Courier of Montgomery County (This also appeared in The Woodlands Villager.)

ODU placekicker Ricky Segers transferring to Richmond
A photo from the 2014 Rice-Old Dominion University football game is included.
The Virginian-Pilot


3 Rice University alumni and a former trustee elected to board
Three prominent Rice University alumni from the commercial investment and nonprofit sectors and a former Rice trustee from the energy industry have been elected to the Rice Board of Trustees. Rice alumni Ann Doerr, chairman of Khan Academy; Robert Ladd, managing partner and chief investment officer of Stellus Capital Management; and Scott W. Wise, president and chief investment officer of Covariance Capital Management, and former trustee James T. Hackett, a partner of Riverstone Holdings LLC, will serve four-year terms on the board, starting July 1.

Astronomers find giant planet around very young star
In contradiction to the long-standing idea that larger planets take longer to form, U.S. astronomers today announced the discovery of a giant planet in close orbit around a star so young that it still retains a disk of circumstellar gas and dust.

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