Dateline Rice for July 12, 2016


Rice University-based OpenStax expands program for free college textbooks
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax selected 11 universities and colleges to be members of its national Open Educational Resource Institutional Partnership Program starting in the 2016-17 academic school year. The program could potentially save students at partner schools a combined $4.2 million through further adoption of open educational resources, such as OpenStax textbooks.
Houston Public Media
TCC instructors could choose to use free e-textbooks through OpenStax
Tulsa World
WSU chosen for low-cost, open-access resources program
WSU News


Money’s best colleges
Rice is ranked No. 4 nationally and the best college in Texas by Money magazine. In other rankings, Rice is No. 16 on Money’s list of 50 most affordable private colleges, No. 33 on Money’s list of 50 colleges that add the most value, No. 20 on Forbes’ list of largest college endowments and No. 2 on Business Insider’s list of colleges with the best off-campus dining options.
Which Texas colleges give the best return on investment?
Houston Public Media
The 50 most affordable private colleges
The 50 colleges that add the most value
Top 25 largest school endowments 2016
The 10 best colleges for your money in 2016, ranked by Money magazine
The Huffington Post
The 25 best colleges for your money 2016
MSN Money
Forbes: Connecticut university among the nation’s ‘1 percenter’ schools
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in The Hour, CT Post, NewsTimes, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time.)
Forbes: Top 25 largest school endowments in 2016
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in CT Post, Greenwich Times, Stamford Advocate, The Hour and NewsTimes.)
ACC leads all conferences with 9 schools in Money’s top 100
Sports Illustrated
2 Georgia colleges named best values in Money’s rankings
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Louisiana Tech ranked No. 1 in state by Money’s 2016-17 Best Colleges report
KNOE (This also appeared in KTBS, LA Tech News and MyArkLaMiss.)
Report: La. Tech ranked No. 1 in state for value
The News Star
UD a ‘best value’
NJ university tops ‘best college for your money’ ranking in the US
Here are the top 10 US colleges that aren’t a huge waste of money
Elite Daily
Here are the 10 best colleges for your (parents’) money
Bro Bible
Money names Princeton best college In America
Hillsborough Patch
Where to eat near the 25 colleges with the best off-campus dining
Business Insider (This also appeared in Business Insider Singapore and Business Insider Malaysia.)

This molecule glows when it binds to amyloid fibrils
A metallic molecule being studied at Rice begins to glow when bound to amyloid protein fibrils of the sort implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. When triggered with ultraviolet light, the molecule glows much brighter, which enables real-time monitoring of amyloid fibrils as they aggregate in lab experiments. Angel Martí, an assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Amir Aliyan are quoted.
Futurity (In addition to appearing on Futurity’s home page today, this article appeared in the Today’s Topic section in the July 12 issue of Futurity Today.)
Metallic molecule offers real-time monitoring of amyloid plaques in patients with Alzheimer’s
Amyloid probes gain powers in search for Alzheimer’s cause
Science Daily (This also appeared in Drug Discovery & Development.)

Texas passes ‘campus carry’ laws, along with 8 other states
An article mentions that Rice opted out of the Texas “campus carry” law. An email written by Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
Teen Vogue

Getting water from Mexico has pros and cons
An article mentions that the Puentes Consortium of border universities is headquartered at Rice.


Who decides Texans will depend on cars? Old white guys.
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted about Houston’s demographics.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

Beloved Houston restaurateur Frankie B. Mandola a congenial force to be remembered
Alumnus Frank Mandola ’69 died Friday.
CultureMap Houston

Houston’s own lighthouse: This stunning museum district home brings the outdoors in with fantastical flair
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.

Chocolate secrets: Local chocolatier shares sweet taste of success
Alumna Pam Eudaric-Amiri ’80 is featured.
The Dallas Examiner

Kyle Kretsinger joins The J. Beard Real Estate Co. as director of research
An article mentions that Kyle Kretsinger was a guest lecturer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Woodlands Online

My top 5: Pastry chef Karla Espinosa of KUU Restaurant
The Rice Farmers Market is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Olympic Committee pursues cybersquatting suit against Humble man Steven Frayne Jr.
An article mentions a video of Steven Frayne Jr. speaking at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)’


Physician payment reform has led to decrease in home-based dialysis
The Medicare program’s transition in 2004 to tiered fee-for-service physician reimbursement for dialysis care had the unintended consequence of reducing use of home dialysis, according to a paper co-authored by a nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and colleagues from Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine. Kevin Erickson, nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is mentioned.
Medical Xpress (This also appeared in Science Codex, Scienmag, InfoBek, Med India and Science Daily.)

CNTs and diamond spins make nanomechanical hybrid device
In a step that could bring perovskite crystals closer to use in the burgeoning solar power industry, researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University and Rice have tweaked their crystal production method and developed a new type of two-dimensional layered perovskite with outstanding stability and more than triple the material’s previous power conversion efficiency. Graduate student Hsinhan Tsai is quoted.
Nano Tech Web
Deutsche Bank is the latest financier to pull out of the coal industry
Green Tech Media
Power/performance bits: July 12
Semiconductor Engineering


The top reason why Trump would pick Christie for vice president
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about the presidential primaries and U.S. President Gerald Ford.
Experiments in Republicanism
Sierra Vista Herald
Shribman — Experiments in Republicanism

Clipping, cutting and scanning: How to use coupons effectively
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted about coupons.
The Christian Science Monitor

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it
Rice is cited as one of the elite universities where courses in U.S. history are not required for history majors.

SDCC ’16: All the Saturday panels from Little Lulu to Lucifer
Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, will appear at San Diego Comic Con.
The Beat

Why do some galaxies stop making new stars?
An image is credited to Rice and researchers Robert O’Dell, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics and former chief scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope and alumna Shui Kwan Wong ’96.
The Conversation (This also appeared in Business Daily.)

Is there a link between terrorism and engineering?
Research by Erin Cech, former assistant professor of sociology, is mentioned.
Australian Mining

Ochoa Reza: ¿podrá el alfil de la Reforma Energética llevar al PRI, debilitado como nunca, al triunfo en 2018?
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Sinembargo (An English translation is not available.)

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, Presidente del Consejo de AACSB International
Bill Glick, the H. J. Nelson III Professor of Management, is mentioned.
IE (An English translation is not available.)


Texans assistant Larry Izzo impressed with Shane Lechler’s longevity, skill
Alumnus Larry Izzo ’96 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Back on track, Port Arthur Olympian Inika McPherson marked for success
An article mentions that Patrick Pyle was a volunteer coach at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees
Alumna Valerie Tulloch Cramer ’96 is featured.
Del Ray Mounts, sparkplug on 2 NCAA tournament teams, selected for SWC Hall
Red Raiders (This also appeared in Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)

Rutgers has to rebuild after a decadelong slide, but at least it’s got athletes
Alumnus Andrew Mehringer ’10 is mentioned.
SB Nation

Home Run Derby: What is your all-time NCAA derby lineup?
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.

Around the CFB landscape with the voice of Texas A&M Football Dave South
A photo from a 2013 Rice-A&M University football game is included.
CBS Atlanta

WKU to host Austin Peay in 2018, Chattanooga in 2020
Rice football is mentioned.
FB Schedules

An article mentions Trevor Simms played baseball at Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Rice wins interdisciplinary ‘big data’ grant
Rice University has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring together computer science and statistics for the greater benefit of data science.

Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to environmentally friendly consumer decisions
Some people have perceived that the combination of religion and political conservatism exacerbates environmental concerns in the United States. But researchers from Rice University and Baruch College have found evidence that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.

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