Dateline Rice for Jan. 11, 2017


Where Houston stood in 2016
Five graphs illustrate findings from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Heather O’Connell, postdoctoral fellow at the institute, and Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the institute and a professor of sociology, are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the print edition of today’s Chronicle. The online version has a slightly different headline and originally appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine; it was written by Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at the Kinder Institute, and appeared in the Jan. 10 Dateline.)


What Obama’s address has in common with memorable farewells from past presidents
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses President Barack Obama’s farewell address and Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson.
The Washington Post
What presidential scholars say we might hear in Obama’s farewell address
The Washington Post
Rex Tillerson’s work outside of boardroom offers clues to state style
The Wall Street journal
‘Erin Burnett OutFront’
CNNI (This also aired on CNN.)

Tony Chen: 30 under 30 in marketing and advertising
Tony Chen is on Forbes’ list of 30 change-makers and innovators in marketing and advertising who are under the age of 30. The article mentions that Chen attended Rice.

New election cyberprotections cause confusion and concern
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted about election security.

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.
Bloomberg Quint (This also appeared in Newsmax, Yahoo 7 Finance and Yahoo Finance UK.)

‘Memorias del futuro’
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.
El Huffington Post (An English translation is not available.)


Café College part of growing effort in Houston to assist students navigate the path to post-high school education
An article mentions that the nonprofit fellowship Emerge held an event at Rice. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned for reaffirming Rice’s commitment to making high-quality educational opportunities available to more students from lower-income families.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Border patrol officers rescue 44 people from ‘stash house’
A slideshow mentions the Houston Area Survey, which is conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

Rice Village reworks parking plan, changes to start next month
An article mentions a report on parking in the Rice Village completed by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Business Journal

Material expressions: The hidden agenda
Rice’s Matchbox Gallery will host an opening reception for Emily Fens’ installation “Rainbow Room” Jan. 12. The exhibit will be on view through Feb. 1.
Free Press Houston


Straus, re-elected to his 5th term as speaker talks 1-on-1 about legislative priorities
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,” the Texas Legislature and President-elect Donald Trump’s tweeting.
Texas Public Radio
Lawmakers find less money, more problems
Weatherford Democrat
WOAI (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

‘Great Day Houston’
Urban Harvest’s 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale will take place at Rice Jan. 14.

A broadcast discusses an opinion piece on why the Disney cartoon character Belle would have gone to Rice.


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.
Chem Europe (This also appeared in Chem.Info and Science Newsline.)

Nano-chimneys offer innovative cooling solution for graphene in 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.

There’s a new window into the human brain
Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted about his research on carbon nanotubes.

Cement is stronger when its molecules are busted
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.
Construction Equipment Guide
Defects can make concrete stronger and tougher
Materials Today
Scientists look for ways to turn cement’s weakness to strength


President Obama honors federally funded early career scientists
The White House has awarded Rice University physicist Wei Li a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the government’s highest honor for people who have recently begun their research careers. Li is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy.
Before It’s News

Darwin, Marx and Freud: The genealogy of ‘posthumanism’
A number of option pieces discuses a New York Times interview with Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, about his views on humanism.
Evolution News and Views
Now it’s ‘posthumanist ethical pluralism’
Evolution News and Views

Why ed. scholarship could soon be sidelined
The byline of an op-ed mentions that Frederick Hess has taught at Rice.
Education Week

Vivian May, visionary humanist
An article mentions that Vivian May spoke at Rice in December.
Syracuse University News

BakerHostetler announces new partners in New York
Alumna Melinda McLellan ’00 is mentioned.
CityBizList (This also appeared in CityBizList New York.)

Your chance to ask HCRP Chair Paul Simpson a question!
Harris County Republican Party Chair Paul Simpson ’76 will speak at a meeting of the Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club Jan 12.
Before It’s News

Matemático Richard Tapia busca ser ejemplo para jóvenes hispanos
Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics, is featured.
Mundo Hispanico (An English translation is not available.)

Cursos gratuitos universitarios ‘online’ para cumplir con los propósitos de año Nuevo
An online course provided by Rice is mentioned.
20minutos (An English translation is not available.)


Winner of Wendy’s High School Heisman is honored in Aiken
A Rice commit is mentioned.
The Augusta Chronicle
It’s her day: City honors Aiken High senior Frelicia Tucker
Aiken Standard
Whitehead, Wallace building chemistry
This Week News

Want a selfie with Johnny Manziel? It will cost you.
An article mentions that Johnny Manziel was suspended for half of the 2013 season opening game against Rice football.
Gridiron Now

Sugar Bears start road trip at HBU Wednesday afternoon
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Central Arkansas Athletics
Lady Toppers host defensive UAB squad for Education Day
Bowling Green Daily News

Texas’ college teams shut out of final AP football poll
Rice football is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Today in history
An article mentions that Todd Graham coached at Rice.
Tulsa World

No. 7 Texas A&M Women begin 2017 against North Texas
Rice swimming is mentioned.
Swim Swam
No. 7 Texas A&M women open spring schedule versus UNT, at Arena Pro Swim Series

UNT notebook: C-USA bye could help UNT with ending skid
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Big 12 hoops: TCU Horned Frogs at Texas Longhorns preview
The Best College Sports News Network
New year, same Niners?
Niner Times

Report: Hue Jackson not going to hire Art Briles
An article includes a photo of Art Briles at a Rice football game.
Yard Barker

College baseball countdown: 38 days to go — Pat Krall
Duncan College junior Glenn Otto is mentioned.
College Baseball Central

Winters named to AFCA Board Of Trustees
An article mentions that Rice head football coach David Bailiff is a member of the 2017 AFCA Board of Trustees.
WSU Athletics


Rice University physicist earns White House honor
The White House has awarded Rice University physicist Wei Li a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the government’s highest honor for people who have recently begun their research careers.

Media Advisory: Rice to celebrate MLK Day
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Rice University community will hold a candlelight vigil and program titled “The Dream Lives On.”

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