Dateline Rice for Dec. 7, 2016


‘Bickering’ flies make evolutionary point
When a male fruit fly gets aggressive, he rears up on his back four legs and batters his foe with his front pair. Neither fly seems particularly damaged by the encounter, but their subsequent actions are telling about the ways of social evolution, according to Julia Saltz, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
National Science Foundation

Scotland’s £320M spaceport dream moves closer with Houston partnership
The Houston Spaceport has signed a memorandum of understanding with a counterpoint in the U.K. to share relevant policies, processes and other information relating to commercial spaceport licensing and operations. The Rice Space Institute is mentioned. David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in some of the articles.
Daily Record
Agreement signed in Prestwick Spaceport bid
BBC News
Houston Spaceport partners with UK spaceport
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Another giant leap toward Prestwick Spaceport
The National
Space travel from Scotland by end of decade as Prestwick secures Nasa tie-in
Evening Times
Glasgow Prestwick Airport signs Houston Spaceport deal
Evening Times (This also appeared in The Herald.)
Glasgow Spaceport 1 step closer to launch
Business Quarter
Houston Spaceport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport Spaceport to cooperate in space launch activities
Stat Trade Times

Boomtown, flood town
An investigative report published by ProPublica and the Texas Tribune argues that Houston is not well-prepared for a major hurricane. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, is quoted. This story is part of an ongoing investigation; the first story was published in March.
The Texas Tribune

Head case
The combination of graphene nanoribbons made with a process developed at Rice University and a common polymer could someday be of critical importance to healing damaged spinal cords in people. Graduate student William Sikkema is quoted.
National Post


Exxon chief offers mixed track record for Trump as potential secretary of state
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet picks.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Dec. 7 print edition with a different headline, “Exxon chief in running for State.”)
5 things about Rex Tillerson, secretary of state player
Opposing Views

Listen: Houston suburbs’ big draws and drawbacks
Houston’s suburbs must share innovations, successes and lessons learned from mistakes to ensure long-term prosperity, according to a new study commissioned by Urban Land Institute — Houston and conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle’s “Looped In” (Subscription required.)

Pumps and pipes: Matching minds
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
TMC News

How much do Texas college presidents get paid?
Rice President David Leebron is included in a slideshow comparing the salaries of university presidents in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise and My San Antonio.)

Q&A: US Chamber’s Karen Harbert on Obama, the Dakota Access Pipeline and a Trump presidency
Alumna Karen Harbert ’87 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Shelburne, Shamoo and Arias: We must be smarter about antibiotics use
Yousif Shamoo, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and Rice’s vice provost for research, coauthored an op-ed about the dangers posed by antibiotic resistance.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Will I still have health insurance in 2017?
Kenneth Janda ’77, adjunct professor in management, authored an op-ed about health insurance coverage.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. Subscription required.)

3 of the Alamo Colleges receive accreditation warnings
A slideshow mentions that Rice is the best private university in Texas and No. 6 in the United States, according to
Houston Chronicle

Crazy idea!
Rice is mentioned.
Valley Town Crier

Scientists find persistent infections in mice exhaust progenitors of all blood cells; potential treatment possible
Having persistent infections can eventually exhaust the immune cells in charge of fighting disease. In a mouse model, scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University Health Science Center and Rice reveal that long-lasting infections trigger the loss of the progenitors of all blood cells and suggest a strategy that may help prevent or treat this condition in the future. Marek Kimmel, professor of statistics, and graduate student Siyi Chen are mentioned.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This also appeared in Medical Xpress.)

Incorporation planning gains momentum
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Community Impact


Why did FDR use the word ‘infamy’ in his famous Pearl Harbor speech?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)

Are robots taking our jobs?
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.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Trump already impacting economy
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, is quoted about President-elect Donald Trump.
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

‘Imus in the Morning’
Rice is mentioned.
WABC (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on 66 other stations.)

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, discusses conventions of states and constitutional conventions. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


3 rule-of-law issues threaten Mexico’s energy reform
Three major issues with Mexico’s weak rule of law threaten to foil the successful implementation of the new reforms made possible when Mexico opened its energy sector to private and foreign investment in 2013, according to a paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper was co-authored by Tony Payan, the institute’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center.
Phys Org (This also appeared in, Health Medicine Network, Scienmag and Arizona Daily Independent.)

F2G appoints chief medical officer
Alumnus John Rex ’79 is mentioned.
Pharma Times
F2G Ltd. announces the appointment of John H. Rex, MD, FACP, to the position of chief medical officer
Manufacturing Chemist Pharma

Blog: Trump no ‘silver bullet’ for oil, gas industry
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 President-elect Donald Trump.
Downstream Today


Research center physicist recognized by his peers
Henry Everitt, adjunct professor in electrical and computer engineering, is featured.
Redstone Rocket

Rice Shepherd School musicians selected for 2017 Global Academy Fellowship
Six Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. Shepherd School students John Diodati, Tamer Edlebi, Daniel Egan, Kayla Faurie, Robert O’Brien and Benjamin Roidl-Ward are mentioned.
Broadway World

CSUN’s legendary Dean Ed Peckham left a wide and lasting impact
An article mentions that the late Edmund Peckham worked at Rice.
CSUN Today

The challenges of being a ‘climate change heretic’
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Legal Insurrection


Rice baseball returns from trip to Cuba
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham discusses the team’s recent trip to Cuba. Brown College freshman Cody Staab is also quoted.
KHOU (A correction on the misspelling of Staab’s last name has been requested.)

Rice’s Emmanuel Ellerbee named 1st-team all-C-USA
Rice football players Emmanuel Ellerbee, Calvin Anderson, Jack Fox, Alex Lyons, Tabari McGaskey and Trey Martin have received postseason honors from the C-USA. Former Rice football players Larry Izzo and Brian Raines are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
T.J. Ricks only Monarch to be named 1st-team all-C-USA
Blog: Eagles land on all-CUSA team
Hattiesburg American

O’Leary: Jordan Reed’s 3-point stroke gives UNH a needed lift
A Rice transfer is mentioned. (This also appeared in

Vanderbilt 90, High Point 63: Hot shooting covers a multitude of sins
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Anchor of Gold/SB Nation

Up their sleeve
Will Rice College senior Senthil Natarajan and Sid Richardson College junior Alex Dzeda are developing a high-tech sleeve to help prevent arm injuries in young pitchers.
Training & Conditioning

St. John’s leads with 20 all-SPC fall selections
The Kinkaid School played St. John’s School Oct. 28 at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Rice musicians chosen for New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program
Six Rice University students have been selected to participate in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program. The program is part of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy partnership between Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the New York Philharmonic that was launched in fall 2015.

Decoding cement’s shape promises greener concrete
Bringing order to disorder is key to making stronger and greener cement, the paste that binds concrete. Scientists at Rice University have decoded the kinetic properties of cement and developed a way to “program” the microscopic, semicrystalline particles within. The process turns particles from disordered clumps into regimented cubes, spheres and other forms that combine to make the material less porous and more durable.

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