Dateline Rice for Nov. 16, 2016


2-D material a brittle surprise
Scientists at Rice University have discovered that an atom-thick material being eyed for flexible electronics and next-generation optical devices is more brittle than they expected. Jun Lou, associate professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral research associate Yingchao Yang are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page. This also appeared in, Science Newsline, Materialsgate and Space Daily.)
Rice University researchers reveal brittle nature of 2-dimensional molybdenum diselenide
AZO Nano
2-D materials may be brittle
Semiconductor Manufacturing & Design
2-D semiconductor more brittle than expected
Compound Semiconductor


Light drives single-molecule ‘nanoroadsters’
Scientists at Rice University and at the University of Graz, Austria, are driving three-wheeled, single-molecule “nanoroadsters” with light and, for the first time, seeing how they move. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
National Science Foundation

Rice U. lab creates open-source optogenetics hardware, software
Graduate student Karl Gerhardt and Rice colleagues have created the first low-cost, easy-to-use optogenetics hardware platform that biologists who have little or no training in engineering or software design can use to incorporate optogenetics testing in their labs. Jeff Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate students Evan Olson, Lucas Hartsough, Brian Landry, Felix Ekness and Sebastián Castillo-Hair are mentioned.
National Science Foundation

The 22 MBA programs where students go on to earn the most money
Rice is No. 3 on Princeton Review’s list of the best graduate programs for entrepreneurship.
MSN Money (This also appeared in MSN Money Philippines.)

The top private university in every state
A slideshow mentions that Rice is the best private university in Texas and No. 6 in the United States, according to
MSN Money

An open letter from 1,500+ Fulbrighters regarding the election of Trump
Graduate students Arti Qormemeti, Magnús Örn Sigurðsson and Maki Kodama are among 1,539 past and current Fulbright grant recipients who signed an op-ed letter to President-elect Donald Trump.
The Huffington Post


In matters of energy security, gas could be the new oil
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about the United States’ ability to frack.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Nov. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Gas could be the new oil for U.S. energy security.”)

Preservationists to celebrate Houston’s growing penchant for saving what’s old
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about preservation in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How Houston stopped tearing down its history
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle. The article mentions that Rice helped create the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

New uBreakiFix in Sugar Land is 6th for Houston area
Alumnus Brian Hess ’09 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Texas legislators file bills aimed at decriminalizing marijuana
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about drug policy.

As long as we’re talking about improving our voting machines
An article discusses STAR-Vote, a voting machine designed by researchers at Rice. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Off the Kuff


EPA removes Texas from requirements of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about President-elect Donald Trump. Cohan is also quoted about the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations. This also appeared online in KWBU.)

Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Alumnus Neal Carlson ’06 is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on WOAI and KEX.)


Energy players
Regina Mayor, former adjunct professor in management, alumni David French ’91, Ken Sill ’83 and Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Tudor ’82 are mentioned.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

These office cubicles are slowly sucked into a tiny hole in the wall
Jonathan Schipper’s exhibit “Cubicle” is open at Rice Gallery through Dec. 4.
Design Boom

Long-term energy boom not expected in the US, energy expert says
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 about the 2016 election.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report


Historian Douglas Brinkley talks about Franklin Roosevelt’s environmental ethic 
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, will speak in Penn. Nov. 21.
Pittsburgh City Paper

Whitson makes return to space station; Iowa Wesleyan to host launch party
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is mentioned.
The Hawk Eye

ASO to present ‘Dance Mix’ Masterworks Concert
Alumnus Christopher McKiggan ’12 is featured. The article mentions that McKiggan studied with Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano.
Bay Times and Record Observer

Essay featuring a painful childhood memory gave student entry to 14 colleges including Harvard
A student who was accepted by Rice is mentioned.
University Herald

This is how to invent radical solutions to huge problems
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Singularity Hub

Jewish historians speak out on the election of Donald Trump
Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, and Diane Wolfthal, the David and Caroline Minter Professor of Humanities and professor of art history, signed an open letter from Jewish historians to President-elect Donald Trump.
Jewish Journal


Miners travel to Houston to face Rice Saturday
The Rice Owls football team will play the Miners from the University of Texas at El Paso in Rice Stadium Nov. 19.
El Paso Proud
Miners prepare for trip to Rice
The Prospector
Win against Charlotte energized the Rice Owls
Miner Rush/SB Nation

8 pro football players from Loudoun County
Alumnus Larry Izzo ’96 is featured.
Ashburn Patch

UWGB goes cold in loss to Pacific
An article mentions that Damon Stoudamire coached at Rice.
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Lady Tigers host Rice in mid-week matchup
Rice women’s basketball will play Louisiana Sate University Nov. 16.
LSU Sports


Rice’s graduate entrepreneurship program ranked among top 3 in US
Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 3 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S. (up from No. 6 last year), according to rankings announced Nov. 15 by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks the Jones School’s highest ranking and the eighth year in a row the school has been ranked as a top 10 graduate program in entrepreneurship, one of only three schools to be consistently among the top 10 for that period.

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