Dateline Rice for May 26, 2016

FEATURED ITEM

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
http://bit.ly/1sAH7WP

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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.)
http://1.usa.gov/1XzRHJl

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
http://bit.ly/1Ue6C9o

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.)
http://bit.ly/25mybG8

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.”
Nature
http://bit.ly/1TETHgT

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
http://bit.ly/1TGyOBZ

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.
Examiner
http://exm.nr/1WmGpch

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.)
http://bit.ly/1RrqAZP

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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
http://bit.ly/2483BdG
Conspiracy theorist loses race for influential education gig
Governing
http://bit.ly/247u3nK
Texas school board candidate who alleged Obama had been ‘male prostitute’ loses
Gay Star News
http://bit.ly/27SOf1k
Towing company’s contracts with city terminated after Channel 2 investigation
KPRC
http://bit.ly/1OXM5qQ
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.)
http://bit.ly/1Ue36Mk
GOP leaders find good news in runoff results
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1scDHcO
Ellis defeats Bruner in board of education race
KETR
http://bit.ly/1scEx9m
Racist anti-Obama Texas school board candidate loses election by a humiliating landslide
Winning Democrats
http://bit.ly/25jSAIF
Woman known for conspiracy posts loses Texas education race
Tri-County Sun Times
http://bit.ly/1qLB54u

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.)
http://bit.ly/1TLuLWm
http://bit.ly/1TCXAGc

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.)
http://bit.ly/27SQkKv
Houston neighborhood recruits help to slow gentrification
Gov Tech
http://bit.ly/249knZZ

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.)
http://bit.ly/2487sr2

Houston dominates Texas cities for CPRIT awards
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/27TS0n8

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.)
http://bit.ly/2483r5Q
http://bit.ly/1Z2FRGz

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.)
http://bit.ly/20DdEGA
http://bit.ly/1sA9xQI
Houston Baptist University to remain gun-free
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/1TC58nl
Houston Baptist opts out of campus carry
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/1NPJ6Ao
KRIV
http://bit.ly/1NPLiIf
http://bit.ly/1TGBdMR
http://bit.ly/22qlp4i

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
http://bit.ly/1XzuG9s

Round Rock student to plan mock mission to Mars
An article mentions a student who plans on applying to Rice.
Austin American-Statesman
http://atxne.ws/1TD6bbQ

Video: ‘Glasstire Off Road’ with William Wegman
Artist William Wegman spoke at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies April 30.
Glasstire
http://bit.ly/1OPMWoe

BROADCAST

KUT
An unnamed Rice political scientist is quoted.
http://bit.ly/1sAKxsy (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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.)
http://bit.ly/1VjUK8h

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.)
http://bit.ly/1Wmju0W

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
http://bit.ly/1sAR1rk

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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
http://bit.ly/1sAJU2g

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.)
http://bit.ly/1TLzVS4

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
http://bit.ly/25mBkpq

Hudson HS’s Class of 2016 graduates 410 students
Articles mention students who plan to attend Rice.
Hudson Hub-Times
http://bit.ly/1ViGSev
Class of 2016 — Poteet
Ion Mesquite
http://bit.ly/1sA8HmR

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.
Source
http://bit.ly/1VjVaLT

Honors for scholars
Alumna Elisabeth Kincaid ’02 has been chosen as a 2016 Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow.
The Living Church
http://bit.ly/1TGTx8D

What’s your inbound marketing game plan?
Alumna Amber Callan ’15 authored an op-ed about inbound marketing plans.
Business 2 Community
http://bit.ly/1P0TmWL

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
http://nydn.us/1ViFb0L
Watch President Kennedy convincing America to do, 55 years ago, what ISRO is doing in space
Scroll
http://bit.ly/1XxE3X4

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
http://bit.ly/249haJT

(Dis)locados presenta sus libros más recientes
Rice is mentioned.
Noti-America (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1qLPGgh

Programozási nyelv lett a ‘TrumpScript’
An article mentions “TrumpScript,” a programing language Rice students created during HackRice.
Maszol (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1TD4kDQ

Voici comment la science va rendre les vaches obsolètes
Rice is mentioned.
Up Magazine (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/1TGvGWy

SPORTS

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.)
http://bit.ly/1Wm7pc7
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.)
http://bit.ly/1Z0y8IQ
Southern Miss hosts C-USA tournament
Daily Leader
http://bit.ly/1sQtVhk
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.)
http://tnsne.ws/1U8NAhL
Rice edges Louisiana Tech, FAU advances past Charlotte
Hattiesburg American
http://hatne.ws/1XV4nLj
Wednesday’s college baseball scores
The San Diego Union-Tribune
http://bit.ly/1sRxXWx
Herd has late start to tourney
Herald-Dispatch
http://bit.ly/22qjlJx
Tech on the losing end of another wild game with Rice
The News Star
http://tnsne.ws/1TGyKSy
Diamond ’Dogs open C-USA tourney play
Ruston Daily Leader
http://bit.ly/1WPI4ah

The Rhodes to victory
Rice baseball will play Florida Atlantic University May 26.
FAU Owl Access
http://bit.ly/1WWrTZp
FAU beats Charlotte 7-5 in C-USA tournament
WDAM
http://bit.ly/1OPjSwS

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.”)
http://bit.ly/249eziY
Berkman, Pettitte win title — as coaches
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/1OPhvu3

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.)
http://bit.ly/1TXfyxn
http://bit.ly/1XxBrbP
Baylor’s nonconference tilt at Rice rescheduled for national broadcast
Sports Day
http://bit.ly/27SPU74
Baylor football’s road game at Rice moved to Friday
247Sports
http://bit.ly/1Z0z6oH
Football game at Rice moved to Friday for ESPN telecast
Baylor Athletics
http://bit.ly/1TEU3UO
Baylor versus Rice football moved to Friday on ESPN
WacoTrib
http://bit.ly/1XV45Ee
Baylor Football game at Rice moved to Friday for ESPN Telecast
KXXV
http://bit.ly/1scAavf
C-USA announces television package
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://bit.ly/1sRxPX2
C-USA announces comprehensive television packages
WBKO
http://bit.ly/20GoJGY
Rice and Baylor move to Friday night for ESPN
C-USA
http://bit.ly/1U9mvLm

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
http://bit.ly/22qjmgJ
Woolcock advances on day 1 of NCAA Singles Championships
Florida Gators Athletics
http://bit.ly/1Wn1DXu

Winston holds it down on the mound for Golden Eagles
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Natchez Democrat
http://bit.ly/1U9elmm
C-USA Baseball Tournament headquarters
WHLT
http://bit.ly/1sAIrZI
Southern Miss routs ODU in C-USA Tourney opener
WTVA
http://bit.ly/27TQ6CS
Louisiana college baseball RPI report: 5 from state could make NCAAs
Sports NOLA
http://bit.ly/1P09yrl

Were Nebraska’s feelings about leaving The Big 12 validated with a simple book excerpt?
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation
http://bit.ly/1Rtr5CK
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.)
http://bit.ly/27TPEEF
Marshall-WKU football game to be aired by ESPN platform as C-USA announces TV deal
Herd Zone
http://bit.ly/1TYCHPX

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.)
http://bit.ly/1TYDsIX

On the market: Wichita State is researching conference options and these homes might listen
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
The Wichita Eagle
http://bit.ly/1TGyfYE

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.)
http://bit.ly/1NPJ0sx

ODU placekicker Ricky Segers transferring to Richmond
A photo from the 2014 Rice-Old Dominion University football game is included.
The Virginian-Pilot
http://bit.ly/1WWuRNt

NEWS RELEASES

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.
http://bit.ly/1TD76E1

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.
http://bit.ly/1NQdz1r

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