Dateline Rice for July 21, 2016


‘Antenna-reactor’ catalysts offer best of both worlds
In a find that could transform some of the world’s most energy-intensive manufacturing processes, researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have unveiled a new method for uniting light-capturing photonic nanomaterials and high-efficiency metal catalysts. 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, and graduate student Dayne Swearer are quoted. Also mentioned are Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy; Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry; graduate students Michael McClain, Hangqi Zhao, Linan Zhou, Chao Zhang and Hossein Robatjazi and research scientist Sadegh Yazdi.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Space Daily.)

Gold gives titanium knees extra strength
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold. Emilia Morosan, associate professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, and former graduate student Eteri Svanidze are quoted. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; graduate student Sruthi Radhakrishnan; and postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are mentioned.
Titanium-gold alloy 4 times harder than most steels: Study
India Today (This also appeared in The Financial Express, Business Standard and The Economic Times.)
Titanium-gold alloy 4 times harder than most steels
Engineering Materials
New titanium-gold alloy brings 4 times stronger artificial knees closer
Business Standard (This also appeared in NewKerala.)
Gold standard for artificial joints can be improved by adding actual gold to titanium, study suggests
Lab discovers titanium-gold alloy that is 4 times harder than most steels
Phys Org
Titanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial joints
Nanowerk (This also appeared in Science Codex, Health News Digest, Scienmag, eScience News and Health Canal.)
Titanium and gold equals new gold standard for artificial joints
Science Daily
Titanium-gold alloy is 4 times harder than most steels
Science Blog (This also appeared in eScience News.)
Lab discovers titanium-gold alloy that is 4 times harder than most steels
Sci/Tech Nation

Ex-Trump rival Ted Cruz gets his GOP convention moment
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 Ted Cruz’s appearance at the GOP convention and voter ID laws.
USA Today
Trump’s big Texas donors not ‘whales’
Former bitter Trump rival Ted Cruz takes stage at GOP convention
KHOU (This also appeared in 35 other media outlets.)
Former Trump rival Ted Cruz to take stage at GOP convention
WKYC (This also appeared in TC Palm, 9News, 12News, WUSA and WWL.)
GOP Convention speech billed as new beginning for runner-up Ted Cruz
KRIV (This also appeared in Fox 10 Phoenix.)
Trump’s plane interrupts Ted Cruz rally, crowd boos
Learning and Finance
Appeals court trashes part of Texas voter ID law
El Paso Times

Saudi Arabia boosts natural-gas output
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Saudi Arabia’s gas shortage.
The Wall Street Journal (This also appeared in Morningstar.)
Saudi Arabia looks to gas to reduce reliance on oil
The Australian (Subscription required.)

Bullet-Train plan banks on Texas turning more urban, less cowboy
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted about population growth in Texas.
Bloomberg (This also appeared in the American Journal of Transportation.)

Father Teresa’s demise — an end and a beginning
Will Rice College sophomore Talal Almas authored this article on Abdul Sattar Edhi.
The Huffington Post

Dónde encontrar Pokémons, Pokéstops y gimnasios en Houston
An article mentions that many Pokestops are found on Rice’s campus.
C-Net en Espanol (An English translation is not available.)


QFest films spotlight social, political issues
A number of QFest films will be shown at Rice Cinema. Liz Empleton Jenkins, film program coordinator at Rice Cinema, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Here’s what’s showing outside the megaplex
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
9 QFest films you should see this weekend
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
QFest 2016 kicks off tonight in Houston
Broadway World

GOP precinct chair resigns over Trump
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Museum and art gallery listings: July 21-27
Michael De Feo’s exhibit “Crosstown Traffic” is open at Rice Gallery through Aug. 28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Family friendly: Houston World Series of Dog Shows
The Rice Farmers Market is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

NFL expert: San Antonio better economic gamble for Raiders than Vegas
An article mentions that John Vrooman taught at Rice.
San Antonio Business Journal

Tales of the city
Best-selling author Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, is mentioned.
Texas Monthly


Houston’s next moon shot: Wednesday’s show (July 20)
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
What’s Houston’s next ‘moon shot’?
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Wednesday marks anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing
The Villages Suntimes
Rocznica pierwszego lądowania na księżycu. ‘Mały krok dla człowieka, ale wielki skok dla ludzkości’
Radio Gdansk (An English translation is not available.)


Scientists break ground in a little-understood area of human genetics
Recently, scientists have shown that the Barr body contains massive superloops bringing DNA sequences at opposite ends of the chromosome together inside the nucleus of a cell. Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, is quoted.
Lab Manager
Scientists delve into ‘black box’ of DNA research
Science Daily

Why do some galaxies stop making new stars?
Images are 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.

Genetically engineered bacteria let scientists ‘see’ into soil
Rice researchers have developed gas biosensors to “see” into soil and allow them to follow the behavior of the microbial communities within. Caroline Masiello, associate professor of Earth science, and Jonathan Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted. George Bennett, the E. Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and graduate student Hsiao-Ying Cheng are mentioned.


Millennials: They’re not game-changers after all, study finds
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored this op-ed about millennials.
Gov Tech

This is how to make good decisions: 4 secrets backed by research
An article mentions a Rice study on decision-making.

Stunning images show Mexican sea ‘bell’ cave formations hidden beneath the ocean depths
André Droxler, professor of Earth science, is quoted about the decline of the Mayan Classic Period.
Capital Bay

Making graphene more practical
Nanoscale “rivets” give graphene qualities that may speed the wonder material’s adoption in products like flexible, transparent electronics, according to researchers at Rice. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.

Space explorers from around the world to land in Houston for 2019 meeting
An article mentions that part of the 32nd Planetary Congress will be hosted at Rice.
Collect Space

EIA study reaffirms CPP’s impact on US economy
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about Republicans’ stance on climate change.
Americans for Tax Return

Diverse skill set needed for successful flow assurance career
Jefferson Creek, adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned.


6 for ’16: Most favorable schedules in C-USA
Rice football is mentioned.
The News Star
Report: Texas WR transfer Ryan Newsome to visit Michigan State
M Live
Breaking down Texas: Find out who called the Longhorns a ‘dark horse’ in the Big 12 title race
Sports Day
Preseason Heisman Trophy candidates
The Sacramento Bee
Best New Orleans Saints draft choices from FBS schools: UCLA
Power move? Roadmap to Tulane’s potential role in Big 12 expansion
The News Orleans Advocate
Minium: Big 12 expansion could have huge impact on ODU and C-USA
The Virginian-Pilot

Blog: 6 Eagles nab preseason C-USA honors
McMurtry College senior Alex Lyons is a 2016 preseason Conference USA football award winner.
Hattiesburg American
3 UTSA players selected for preseason All-C-USA team
Houston Chronicle
McClain named preseason All-C-USA
Denton Record-Chronicle
4 Blue Raiders named to preseason All-C-USA list
Daily News Journal
Charlotte 49ers’ Larry Ogunjobi, Kalif Phillips on preseason All-C-USA football team
The Charlotte Observer
Tech’s Barnes picked to win C-USA Special Teams Player of the Year
The News Star
UTSA trio named preseason All-C-USA
UTSA Athletics

Former Hagerty golfer becomes latest to earn berth to US Amateur tournaments
Wiess College senior Kevin Reilly is mentioned.
Orlando Sentinel

Thursday’s Red Sox-Twins matchups: Steven Wright versus Tyler Duffey
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.

Livingston sports roundup for July 21
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Advocate


Titanium + gold = new gold standard for artificial joints
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice University physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold.

Rice U. expert: Companies can capitalize on Pokémon
Theme parks and restaurants are capitalizing on the Pokémon Go sensation, using the popular augmented reality game to promote their own offerings, according to news reports. Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to comment on this development and its implications for advertising.

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