Dateline Rice for Jan. 9, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Top colleges in the South for student-to-faculty ratio
Rice undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 6-to-1 is the lowest among Southern schools in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

Is humanism really humane?
Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, is interviewed about his views on humanism.
The New York Times

Lydia Kisley: 30 Under 30 in health care
Alumna Lydia Kisley ’13 is on Forbes’ list of 30 change-makers and innovators in health care who are under the age of 30.


Russia engineered election hacks and meddling in Europe
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted about election security.
USA Today

Obama’s legacy: Assessing climate policies on the American West
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Barack Obama’s legacy.
Newsweek (This also appeared in Newsweek Europe.)
Obama’s climate legacy will be harder to undo than Trump thinks
Mother Jones
How Obama transformed clean energy in the West

Historians in the age of Trump
Nathan Citino, associate professor of history, is quoted about President-elect Donald Trump.
Inside Higher Ed

US universities collaborate with industry to train Costa Ricans
An article mentions that Rice has participated in a multicultural learning initiative with Costa Rica.
Costa Rica Star


For Tillerson, transition from Exxon to US diplomacy poses test in Senate
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Houston’s top students discuss higher education road blocks
An article mentions that the nonprofit fellowship Emerge held an event at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Houston entrepreneurs named to Forbes’ ’30 Under 30′ list
A slideshow notes that Genevera Allen ’06, the Dobelman Family Junior Chair and assistant professor of statistics, was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in science and health care in 2014. The slideshow also mentions that Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics, was the first Latino to receive all three of the United States’ most prestigious science and engineering awards.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Weekly Texas college news roundup: Strutting for Trump; building secure voting machine
A news roundup mentions about Rice’s “Critical Thinking in Sexuality” and STAR-Vote, a voting machine designed by researchers at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

New Humble cafe aims to be a top hangout spot for gamers
A slideshow of “Houston’s nerdy hangouts” includes two places on the Rice campus: Valhalla and James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Ray Perryman, board of contributors: Economic growth, oil-price hike should continue in 2017
Alumnus Ray Perryman ’78 authored an op-ed.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Top stories: New statewide report cards released; economic uncertainty in Texas under Donald Trump
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 President-elect Donald Trump’s potential effect on the Texas economy and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
Gavel to gavel: Of great moment, but with little drama, it remains the House of Straus
Austin American-Statesman
Will Joe Straus be blamed for foiling best laid tea party plans — again?
Austin American-Statesman

Hispanic Heritage Foundation honors outstanding local students
An article mentions a student who may attend Rice.
Valley Town Crier

Rice class combats sexual assaults
An editorial about Rice’s “Critical Thinking in Sexuality” course quotes Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Get a nightlife: Jan. 11-15
The opening reception of “Willful Wondering” at the Rice Media Center Jan. 12.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Top 10 things to do this week in Houston: Jan. 9-15
Urban Harvest’s 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale will take place at Rice Jan. 14.
365 Things To Do in Houston
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

AIA Houston presents Rice University: Quads, courts and axis walking tour
The American Institute of Architects Houston chapter will host a tour of Rice Jan. 7.
CultureMap Houston

Houston’s local businesses you should support in 2017
A list of local businesses to support mentions that ReelPeople: UPAbilities, a series of group discussions about the impact of video games on the lives of people with varying abilities, is held at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.


James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.

An article mentions that Super Bowl VIII was hosted at Rice Stadium.

A broadcast mentions that Troy Sharpe secured his certified financial planner status from Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

A feature on an organist mentions his stomping ground were at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Graphene nano-chimneys offers cooling solution for nano-electronics
A few nanoscale adjustments may be all that is required to make graphene-nanotube junctions excel at transferring heat, according to Rice scientists. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry, and postdoctoral research associate Alex Kutana are quoted and graduate student Ziang Zhang is mentioned.
Tech Times
Rice U probes ways to turn cement’s weakness to strength
Nanotechnology Now

UMass-Dartmouth is latest college station to be sold.
Rice’s KTRU Radio is mentioned.
Inside Radio


Test your Obamacare knowledge: Can you pass this quiz?
An article mentions a Rice study about the public’s understanding of health care terms.
Bloomington Pantagraph

Outkast college course to be taught in Georgia
An article mentions that Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, taught at Rice.
Hip-Hop DX

Boone and Crockett Club introduces new club president
Alumnus Ben Hollingsworth ’64 has been elected president of America’s first conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club.
Ammoland Shooting Sports News (This also appeared in Before It’s News.)

Watch NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson break spacewalk records
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured.
Astronaut Peggy Whitson became oldest woman to walk in space
Digital Journal

Apollo Chamber Players to continue concert season with ‘Ex Nihilo: Out of Nothing’
An article mentions that Rice faculty and alumni performed with the Apollo Chamber Players Jan 7.
Broadway World

SFA’s Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition receives many applications
Alumnus Ying Fu ’09 is mentioned.
The Light and Champion

The 10 most exciting healthy books to read in 2017
“Stretch,” by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured on a list of books to read in 2017.
Well + Good

‘Gasolinazo’ atizó la política en México
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about gas prices in Mexico.
La Prensa (An English translation is not available.)

El Samsung Galaxy S8 puede llegar con 8GB de RAM de alta densidad pero, ¿qué significa esto?
Rice is mentioned.
Xataka Movil (An English translation is not available.)


Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse set for renovation
Work is set to commence on a series of renovations to the back section of Tudor Fieldhouse that will create dedicated men’s and women’s locker rooms and team lounges for Rice’s golf, soccer, track and field and cross-country teams as well as additional space for future enhancements. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Renovations for Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse set to begin
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice falls short again, loses to UAB in overtime
Rice men’s basketball fell to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 81-88. Head coach Mike Rhoades is quoted and players Egor Koulechov, Marcus Evans, Chad Lott and Marquez Letcher-Ellis are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice falls to UAB in overtime
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UAB finishes strong in OT, beats Rice 88-81
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle

Battling injuries, men’s basketball falls to Middle Tennessee; losing streak extended to 5 games
Rice men’s basketball will play the University of North Texas Jan. 14.
North Texas Daily

Women’s basketball loses hard fought game on road at Middle Tennessee
Rice women’s basketball will play the University of North Texas Jan. 14.
North Texas Daily

Looking back: January 9
Articles mention that Major Applewhite, Tom Herman and Jess Neely coached at Rice.
Tuscaloosa Times
14 knee surgeries later, Tom Herman still misses skateboarding
Hook ’em
Dabo Swinney’s roots run deep
SC Now

Boys HS Hoops: Hornets hand Coyotes 65-56 loss
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Alice Echo News journal
No surprise, McAuley makes most of hoops talent, depth

Texas A&M men’s tennis team opens ITA rankings at No. 16
Rice men’s tennis will play Texas A&M University Jan. 21.
Aggie Sports
Texas A&M Men’s tennis ranked No. 16 in ITA preseason rankings

Rice Owls 2016 season review
Rice football’s 2016 season is discussed. Head coach David Bailiff and a number of players are mentioned.

Recovered Willson likely to play a part in the Seahawks’ passing attack
Former Rice football player Luke Willson is mentioned.
The Bellingham Herald

Brian Mann, associate athletic director for development, discusses his time as Adam Sandler’s body double in the movie “The Longest Yard.”


Internationally renowned vanguards named to Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders advisory board
Teach For America Founder Wendy Kopp, Save the Children CEO and President Carolyn Miles and CBS News President David Rhodes have been named to the advisory board for Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Their three-year terms began Jan. 1.

Baker Institute expert: Texas Legislature must uphold church-state separation
Baker Institute nonresident scholar David Brockman, who teaches courses in religion and religious studies as an adjunct professor at both Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University, is available to speak with media about proposed legislation in the Texas Legislature — including anti-Shariah, anti-abortion and pro-Israel bills — and its implications.

Intersection of business, diversity and inclusion is topic at Rice’s Jones School Jan. 20
Bringing together leading local business and thought leaders, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host a conference on “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Business and Diversity and Inclusion” at the school’s McNair Hall Jan. 20.

Rice U. Antarctic expert available to discuss ice-shelf breaks
Rice University oceanographer John Anderson, a veteran of 24 research expeditions to the Antarctic, is available to discuss the potential causes and impacts of dramatic rifts that have developed in two Antarctic ice shelves, the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula and the Pine Island ice shelf in western Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea.

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