Dateline Rice for Jan. 10, 2017


The ‘Paperfuge’: A 20-cent device that could transform health care
An article about Manu Prakash’s “Paperfuge” mentions an inexpensive centrifuge created by 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, and her lab. Richards-Kortum and postdoctoral research associate Meaghan Bond authored a news analysis about the “Paperfuge.” The C&EN article mentions research by Richards-Kortum and Bond which found that different drops from single fingerpricks on multiple subjects varied substantially on results for basic health measures like hemoglobin, white blood cell counts and platelet counts.
Diagnostics for global health: Hand-spun centrifuge
Blood tests at your fingertips

Putin’s other American propaganda effort: Anti-fracking news
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the U.S. intelligence report about Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election.

Carrots and sticks: Mexico is getting ready to make deals with President Donald Trump
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, is quoted about relations between President-elect Donald Trump and Mexico.
Business Insider (This also appeared in Business Insider Nederland.)
Govt is getting ready to deal with President Donald Trump

Boldly gone? Fife’s bid to lead the UK space race cut adrift
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.
The Courier

‘I urge the next chair …’: The Sec chief’s swan song on IFRS
Steve Zeff, the Keith Anderson Professorship in Business and professor of accounting, is mentioned.
Bloomberg BNA’s Accounting Blog


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 article appeared on the front of the Jan. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Tillerson trying for a smooth transition.” The online version of this article appeared in Dateline Jan. 9.)

Rice Business Plan Competition alumni make Forbes’ 30 Under 30
An article mentions that seven alumni of the Rice Business Plan Competition have been named to Forbes’ fifth annual 30 Under 30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

5 graphs that show where Houston stood in 2016
An article discusses five reports on Houston released by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research in 2016. Heather O’Connell, postdoctoral fellow at the institute, and Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the institute and a professor of sociology, are mentioned. Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at the institute, authored the article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Texas Legislature gets to work
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, comments on Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s new “bathroom bill” and President-elect Donald Trump’s tweeting.
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Major Houston nonprofit foundation names new president
An article mentions that Scott Wise, the new president of the Cullen Foundation, is the former founding president of the Rice Management Co. and a former chief investment officer for Rice.
Houston Business Journal

US News & World Report names several Houston-area online degree programs to 2017 list
An article discusses some of the recent rankings Rice received.
Houston Business Journal

Urban transformation: BBC delves into Houston, a ‘city of the future’
An article discusses a BBC broadcast which features Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, and the results of the Houston Area Survey.
Houston Patch

The modern woman and the abortion debate
A recent talk at Rice on the politics of abortion is mentioned.
Texas Catholic Herald News


Life lessons: Rocking chair breast pump
McMurtry College senior Leah Sherman discusses her research to create a low-cost breast bump for mothers in Malawi.

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


American universities are investing in new prestige arts buildings. And how about the programs?
Rice is cited along with Columbia, Stanford, Duke and other universities that are opening arts centers and museums as the importance of investing in the arts continues to grow in today’s global world. The Moody Center for the Arts is noted as an opportunity for innovative collaboration. Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
Arts Journal

System bits: Jan. 10
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.
Semiconductor Engineering
Nano-chimneys can cool circuits

For chemicals, mega is out and bio is in
Ramon Gonzalez, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, professor of bioengineering and founding director of Rice’s iBIO initiative, already knows what an entire sector of the chemical manufacturing industry is beginning to realize: That waste methane can and should be turned into profit. Senior research scientist James Clomburg and graduate student Anna Crumbley are also mentioned.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Scienmag, Health Medicine Network and Engineers Australia.)


Ice-shelf rifts could threaten glaciers, says Antarctic expert
Like ice-sheet experts the world over, Rice oceanographer John Anderson is waiting to see what will become of dramatic rifts that could signal trouble for two Antarctic ice shelves. Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and a professor of earth science, discusses a crack in the Pine Island ice shelf on the Amundsen Sea.
Knowridge Science Report

Concert review: Ken Cowan offers sturdy performance on Fresno State pipe organ
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
The Fresno Bee

Russia’s ‘silver age’? Exploring the prospects and challenges of contemporary Russian power
Jonathan Ludwig discusses Russian history and policy. The podcast mentions that Ludwig taught at Rice.
Sage International Australia

A track to the taiga: Russian-American arboreal cooperation
Alumna Kira Clingen ’16 authored an article about Russian-American arboreal cooperation. Clingen is currently a Thomas J. Watson Fellow studying familial adaptation strategies to climate change.
Sage International Australia

Houston Early Music Festival announces 2017 events
An article mentions that Rice organ students will perform at the Houston Early Music Festival Feb. 11-19. Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Broadway World

More than spam
Alumna Jaclyn Kettler ’10 authored an op-ed about campaign emails from an Idaho political party.
The Blue Review

Press Secretary Josh Earnest praises Meryl Streep for her brave Globes speech
Alumnus Josh Earnest ’97 is quoted.
Bipartisan Report

Researcher probes ways to turn cement’s weakness to strength
Concrete isn’t thought of as a plastic, but plasticity at small scales boosts concrete’s utility as the world’s most-used material by letting it constantly adjust to stress, decades and sometimes even centuries after hardening. Rice researchers are a step closer to understanding why. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted, and graduate student Ning Zhang is mentioned.
Before It’s News

If Disney princesses went to Texas schools
An opinion piece explains why the Disney cartoon character Belle would have gone to Rice.

Presentaron proyecto ‘El Sueño Mexicano’
Paulo Carreño, undersecretary for North American affairs, helped announce the launch of Sueño Mexicano, a new U.S.-Mexico study-abroad program aimed at providing Mexican-American students with the opportunity to explore their heritage through hands-on, experiential learning at designated sites across Mexico. 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, is mentioned.
Segundo en Foque (An English translation is not available.)

35 cursos gratis para cumplir con los propósitos de año nuevo
An online course provided by Rice is mentioned.
Bolsamania (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Europa Press.)


Swim and dive earns top marks over winter break
Rice swimming and Wiess College junior Kaitlyn Swinney are mentioned.
UCSD Guardian

ABCA notebook: Legislative update
Rice is mentioned.
D1 Baseball

Frazier set to rejoin team soon
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Men’s tennis adds 2 for the spring season
Rice tennis is mentioned.
UTRGV Athletics
Southern Methodist University unveil their spring schedule
Tennis World

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

Texans versus Cowboys in Super Bowl LI? Here’s how it could happen
An article mentions that Super Bowl VIII was hosted at Rice Stadium.

Cal Poly finishes Nos. 21 and 24 in final FCS football polls of 2016 season
Rice football is mentioned.
Tauaefa earns Freshman All-America honors from Football Writers Association of America on Monday
UTSA Athletics

Rosell Canudas enters ITA National Singles Rankings
Wiess College junior Wendy Zhang is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics


Rice U. lecture series to explore creativity
Three national experts on creativity, innovation and psychology will discuss “Creativity Up Close” as part of a new free public lecture series at Rice University Jan. 24, Feb. 28 and March 21.

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