Dateline Rice for Oct. 4, 2016


Expert: Trump could be the last attempt to replicate Texas model nationwide
Author, scholar and Rice alumnus Luis Ricardo Fraga ’81 presented “The Changing American Voter in 2016 and Beyond” at the Sept. 22 President’s Lecture. Fraga was interviewed by the Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Houston News Info.)


Argentina’s Macri still standing after poor month of statistics
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 Argentina.
Bloomberg (This also appeared in The Washington Post.)
Presidente de Argentina aún en pie tras mes de débiles estadísticas
La Republica (An English translation is not available.)

Opposition in Venezuela seek referendum to recall Pres. Maduro
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the oil industry’s influence on Venezuela’s economy.
CCTV America

QLC executive leaders wrap up Harvard module
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Gulf Times
Qatar Leadership Centre’s Executive Leaders bolster leadership knowledge
Qatar is Booming
QLC’s Executive Leaders bolster knowledge
Qatar Tribune

Steve Maharey: It’s time for our very own ‘moon shot’
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.

Erik Larson on the art of storytelling
An article describes the murder of William Marsh Rice and the establishment of Rice University.

We’re about to get regional forecasts for solar storms
Starting this month, forecasts of the regional effects of solar storms will help protect the power grid and communications satellites, thanks to a new tool developed by researchers at the University of Michigan and Rice.
MSN Weather (This also appeared in MSN News.)
Forecasts now tell when a solar storm threatens your local power grid
Daily Sun


Sommelier’s pick: Shade and Canopy/Woodbar’s Brendon Fetzer recommends a syrah
Alumnus Brendon Fetzer ’95 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

What makes a great city? Great public spaces. And these 6 rules
Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article about what makes a city great.
Rivard Report

Need student aid for college? Here’s which colleges have the biggest return on your investments
Rice is featured in a slideshow of the return on investment for students who attend Texas universities .
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)
Gallery: Cost versus salary of Texas universities
Houston Chronicle

Guest view: Innovation in energy: A new kind of moonshot
Rice is mentioned.
OA Online

Houston music highlights: Week of Oct. 3
Alumna Caroline Shaw ’04 is mentioned.
Houston Public Media

David Snyder’s work at the GAR tackles Trump and guano
Joshua Fischer, curator at Rice Gallery, is mentioned.
Houston Press

Explore your postgraduate options at the QS World Grad School and MBA Tour Houston
An article mentions that Rice will be one of the featured schools during the QS World Grad School Tour.
365 Things To Do in Houston


The state of Mexican energy reform: A conversation with Tony Payan
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, discusses Mexican energy reform.
Pemex no tiene para invertir en la producción actual; 2017 será un año muy díficil: Tony Payan
FinancieroMexico (An English translation is not available.)

‘Imus in the Morning’
Radio host Don Imus mentions that his son attends Rice.
WABC (This also aired on 67 other stations.)

Scary clowns; Tax code loopholes; No. 30 issues on immigration; Penn station reboot; Veeps
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses the Oct. 4 vice presidential debate.
The Brian Lehrer Show


Computer simulations explore how Alzheimer’s disease starts
A new Rice University study uses computer simulations to explore the initial steps of the molecular process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and research scientist Weihua Zheng are quoted.
Medical Xpress (This also appeared in Health Canal,, Neuroscience News, Health Medicine News and PsyPost.)

Cement gets its close-up
Rice scientists working to develop a deeper understanding of the world’s most widely used man-made material, concrete, have detailed previously unexplored aspects that affect the energy required to make it and the greenhouse gases released. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
R&D (Similar articles appeared in The Exception, AZO Build, Space Daily, World Industrial Reporter and Science Newsline.)

Nanoscale electronic motion sensor could be used as a DNA sequencer
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and collaborators have proposed a design for the first DNA sequencer based on an electronic nanosensor that can detect tiny motions as small as a single atom. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Scienmag and Nanowerk.)

A mystery comet impact triggered the evolution of our earliest ancestors, say geologists
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, is mentioned in an article about methane and climate change.
Science Alert

Physicists probe magnetic fluctuations in heavy fermions
New findings from researchers at Rice, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of California at San Diego suggest that condensed-matter physicists need to rethink how magnetic fluctuations arise in both unconventional and high-temperature superconductors. Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Yu Song are quoted.
Science & Technology Research News

Rice University graphene-based de-icer melts — and prevents ice from forming
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 and alumnus Abdul-Rahman Raji ’14, postdoctoral researcher Yonghao Zheng and graduate students Yilun Li, Tuo Wang and William Sikkema are mentioned.
Trailer Body Builders

A forming solar system with spiral arms
Astronomers thought it likely they would find a spiral of particles hidden in the cloudy disks that orbit and feed newborn stars. They have now found one, even though they weren’t looking for it. Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Earth Sky

‘Aesthetic Activism’ (really?)
Timothy Morton, a philosopher and the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, will speak at the J. Irwin Miller Symposium.
World Architecture Community

Algorithm could enable visible-light-based imaging for medical devices, autonomous vehicles
MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human tissue. Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Medical Design Technology


UNL alumna named a MacArthur Fellow, receives $625,000 grant
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
The Daily Nebraskan
Pew biomedical scholar wins MacArthur Fellowship
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Is changing one’s race a sign of mental health problems?
Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is mentioned.
Econo Times

Give us cybersecurity or give us war
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Why we fail to report sexual harassment
Alumna Stefanie K. Johnson ’02 co-authored an article.
Harvard Business Review

How can social media be used to measure pollution?
Residents of China’s megacities who post comments about air quality to social media can give environmental scientists a window into pollution levels there. A multidisciplinary study by Rice researchers showed that the frequency of key words like dust, cough, haze, mask and blue sky can be used as a proxy measurement of the amount of airborne particulate matter in the country’s urban centers at any given time.
Pollution Solutions

The incredible quest to find African slave ships that sank in the Atlantic
Rice alumnus Ibrahima Thiaw ’99 is featured for his efforts to locate sunken wreckage from the transatlantic slave trade.
Daily Trust (NG)

Former White House chief of staff to receive Byrd Award at VMI
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will receive the Harry F. Byrd Jr. ’35 Public Service Award Nov. 2.
Augusta Free Press

Fun things you must do in Mumbai — Oct. 4
Rice is mentioned.
Afternoon Despatch & Courier


Still young, deeper Rice team begins season with 1st official practice
An article discusses Rice men’s basketball’s 2016 season. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Andrew Drone, Marcus Jackson, Chad Lott and Marcus Evans are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

WKU splits pair of matches over weekend
Rice soccer fell to Western Kentucky University 0-1.
WKU Herald
Leone named C-USA keeper of the week
WKU’s Leone named C-USA goalkeeper of the week
Bowling Green Daily News

Ex-Spur Horry headlines latest S.A. Sports Hall of Fame class
Former Rice football player Weldon Humble is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Men’s tennis freshman goes undefeated in doubles
The Rice Invitational is mentioned.
The Shorthorn

Hoge’s week 4 rewind: Bears may have long-term solution at cornerback
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is mentioned.
WGN Radio

Anniversary of Georgia Tech’s historic blowout coming up
Former Rice coaches John Heisman and Tom Herman are featured.
The Telegraph
Is Texas or LSU a better coaching job?
Fox Sports

Chuck Landon: MU needs to disguise coverages better
An article mentions that the American Athletic Conference may be interested in Rice.
The Herald-Dispatch

Weekend replay: Football rushes to victory in Shula Bowl XV
Rice volleyball will play Florida International University Oct. 9.
FIU News


Rice Business Plan Competition winner to ring Nasdaq opening bell Oct. 10
The 2016 winner of the Rice University Business Plan Competition — TriFusion Devices from Texas A&M University — will ring the Nasdaq Stock Market opening bell Oct. 10.

Long may you wave, borophene
Though they’re touted as ideal for electronics, two-dimensional materials like graphene may be too flat and hard to stretch to serve in flexible, wearable devices. “Wavy” borophene might be better, according to Rice University scientists.

Computer simulations explore how Alzheimer’s disease starts
A new Rice University study uses computer simulations to explore the initial steps of the molecular process that leads to Alzheimer’s disease.

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