Dateline Rice for Feb. 6, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Trump travel ban is ‘dimming the lamp of liberty’
Rice President David Leebron and 47 other college and university presidents sent a letter to President Donald Trump about his recent executive order.
Times Higher Education
Hanlon, 47 other college and university presidents, send Trump letter on executive order
The Dartmouth

All the kings men cannot put king coal together again
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at the Baker Institute, authored an op-ed about the coal industry.

Sportshour at the Super Bowl LI
Sid Richardson College freshman Isabela Walkin, graduate student Kaitlin Senk, Will Rice College senior Alex Haer and Baker College senior Jena Lopez discuss the state of politics in the U.S.
BBC World Service’s “Sportshour” (This also aired on 707 radio stations.)

Coal fire gives a boost to antibiotic
Chemists scouring Appalachia for exotic microorganisms that could yield blockbuster drugs have reported a unique find from the smoldering remains of a coal mine fire that’s burned for nearly a decade in southeastern Kentucky. In new findings this week in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, a research team from Rice, the University of Kentucky and the University of Oklahoma made new — and in some cases more effective — versions of the antibiotic daptomycin using an enzyme from a soil bacterium found in smoke vents of the Ruth Mullins coal fire. George Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is quoted.
The Australian
Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Phys Org (This also appeared in

4 ways to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions
“Stretch,” by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured. Sonenshein also authored an article about dealing with bosses who say “no.”
Working under constraints can unleash the best in people
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the Feb. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Rice professor suggests new approach to life and business in ‘Stretch.’”)
Book events: Feb. 5-11
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
What to do when your boss says no
Harvard Business Review

Houston rapper ‘Bun B’ on Super Bowl, ‘Pimp C’ and education
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.
The Seattle Times (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and New Delhi Times.)
Rapper ‘Bun B’ on Super Bowl, ‘Pimp C,’ business, education

9 superb owl facts you need to know
Rice’s Marching Owl Band is featured.

Swastika scrawlings unnerve 3 US cities
Articles discuss acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice. Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson and President David Leebron are quoted in some of the articles.
Swastika chalked on statue of founder of Rice
Inside Higher Ed
‘We will not let hate win’: New Yorkers erase subway swastikas with hand sanitizer
The Washington Post
Multiple hate speech reports have civil rights activists worried
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston’s ‘BE SOMEONE’ graffiti is changed … again
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Swastika found at Rice University — 3rd vandalism case in a month
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Anti-Defamation League tracking ‘disturbing uptick’ in Houston-area hate incidents
Houston Public Media
Oh no. More hate graffiti at Rice U.
Swastikas and racist vandalism hit the campus of Rice University

After A/L results higher education pros and cons
Alumnus Aimin Huang ’11 is featured.
Nation (Sri Lanka)


Beloved Rice scientist dies in bicycle-light rail accident
Rice physicist and beloved faculty member Marjorie Corcoran was killed Feb. 3 when a light-rail train struck her while she was bicycling across the tracks on Fannin Street. Rice President David Leebron, Provost Marie Lynn Miranda and Doug Natelson, professor and department chair of physics and astronomy, are quoted in some articles. Corcoran’s accident is also referenced in several articles about another cyclist who was struck by a light-rail train Sunday night.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice professor dies in collision with Metro train near Hermann Park
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Bicyclist hit by light-rail train near NRG stadium, taken into surgery
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Bicyclist struck by Metro train near NRG Stadium taken to surgery
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Bicyclist dies after being struck by Metro train near NRG Stadium
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice professor on bike killed by METRORail near Houston Zoo
Woman hit, killed by METRORail train near Hermann Park identified as Rice professor
For second time in a week, cyclist killed by METRORail train
Rice University professor struck and killed by METRORail train
Rice professor struck, killed by METRO light rail train
Bicyclist hit by METRO train near NRG Stadium
Houston Patch
Another bicyclist struck, killed by Metro Light Rail train on red line
Houston Press
Profesora universitaria muere atropellada por tren de Metro
KTMD (An English translation is not available.)
Una maestra de astronomía de la Universidad Rice murió atropellada por un tren ligero de Metro
KXLN (An English translation is not available.)
UD grad, Rice professor killed in Texas metro train accident 
Springfield News Sun (This also appeared in myDayton Daily News and WHIO.)

Baylor College of Medicine lab gets $3.3M to continue studying how the human genome folds
The National Institutes of Health today announced eight mapping centers that will help lead the next four-year phase of its Encyclopedia of DNA Elements Project, whose purpose is to identify all of the functional elements contained in the human genome. Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, will lead the Baylor lab.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Former President Bush ‘fired up’ for coin toss at Houston’s Super Bowl
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about former President George H. W. Bush.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
3p weekend: This policy news didn’t make headlines, but it still matters
Triple Pundit

Owl-themed modern sculpture lands in Rice Village
A new sculpture in the Rice Village was inspired by Rice’s mascot, an owl.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice professors: Super Bowl commercials could attract investors
Spending millions of dollars on Super Bowl commercials could do more than boost company awareness and product sales. Rice University professors say it could also attract investors. James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

10-year-old Texas boy invents device to prevent hot car deaths
A slideshow features the best inventions to come out of local universities. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

16 veteran-owned firms to compete for investor dollars at Rice University
The third-annual Veterans Business Battle, sponsored by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and the Rice University Veterans Business Association, will begin Feb. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Summit to look into area future
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, will speak at the Hill Country Economic Summit Feb. 16.
Hill Country Community Journal

Think big
Rice Gallery is featured. Kimberly Davenport, director of the gallery, is quoted.
Texas Monthly

What the military taught UT Chancellor William McRaven about business leadership
William McRaven spoke at a Veterans in Business Association event at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 2.
Houston Business Journal

PolitiFact: How to get a history degree without US history
Rice is cited as one of the elite universities where courses in U.S. history are not required for history majors.
Austin American-Statesman

Dallas and Houston both have pension problems, but Houston is actually solving theirs
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about Houston’s pension problem.
Dallas Morning News

Patrick pushes to repeal DREAM
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 former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.
Amarillo Globe-News
No sanctuary: On Gov. Abbott’s promise that ‘Texas will hammer Travis County’
Austin American-Statesman


The case for keeping tax-exempt churches from endorsing political candidates
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the separation of church and state.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations and appeared online in KUT, Texas Public Radio and KERA News.)


Carbon nanotubes as X-ray contrast agents to track stem cells inside body
Rice researchers have synthesized a new and greatly improved generation of contrast agents for tagging and real-time tracking of stem cells in the body.
Med Gadget

Scientists simulate a new material that could be even weirder than graphene
A Rice team that simulated one-dimensional forms of boron — both two-atom-wide ribbons and single-atom chains — found they possess unique properties. For example, if metallic ribbons of boron are stretched, they morph into antiferromagnetic semiconducting chains, and when released they fold back into ribbons. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Science Alert

Large endowments struggled with returns in fiscal 2016
An article discusses Rice’s endowment.
Pensions & Investments


Winners announced for startup contest at Super Bowl 51
Edward Egan, fellow and director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, served on the judges’ panel for the National Football League’s annual Super Bowl business startup competition.
Building healthier athletes: NFL’s 1st and future contest in Houston

Politics and protests come to Super Bowl LI
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Medill Reports Chicago

Faculty musicians take the stage in February
Alumnus Glenn Einschlag ’99 is featured and Benjamin Kamins, professor of bassoon, is mentioned.
UB Now

The new ‘Life’ trailers are eerie, claustrophobic and … crunchy?
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Mary Sue

Gov. Martin O’Malley to speak at Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research Forum in Houston
Martin O’Malley will speak at Rice’s Kinder institute for Urban Research Feb. 15.
Realty News Report

Offbeat: Area musicians aspire to engage community through unique projects
Alumna Sonja Harasim ’08 and Richard Lavenda, professor of composition and theory, are mentioned.

Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned in an article about electric cars.
Hydrogen Fuel News

#AskAMogulAnything: Gilda Barabino
Alumna Gilda Barabino ’86 participated in a #AskAMogulAnything live chat.

Trump order pits Muslims against Christians
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order.
The Korea Herald (This also appeared in the Holland Sentinel.)

Mark Durcan sur le départ de la tête de Micron Technology
Alumnus Mark Durcan ’83 is mentioned.
L’usine Nouvelle (An English translation is not available.)

Around the state
Rice is mentioned.
Times Daily

How NASA sent the winning Super Bowl LI team’s jersey to space — before game day
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is mentioned. (This also appeared in BruDirect.)

Gonzales becomes 1st Hispanic US attorney general
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 is featured.
Bowie News


Area men’s college basketball: Kansas St. upsets No. 2 Baylor
Rice men’s basketball defeated the University of North Texas 95-80. Players Marcus Evans and Marcus Jackson are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Marcus Evans, Marcus Jackson lead Rice over North Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
Evans, Jackson combine for 35; Rice beats North Texas, 95-80
Houston Chronicle
Men’s basketball loses 11th straight despite big game from Lawson, Woolridge
North Texas Daily

Women’s basketball: Baylor tops Tech to extend winning streak to 21
Rice women’s basketball fell to the University of North Texas 69-77.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Criner sparks women’s basketball to overtime win
North Texas Daily

Houston Oilers Warren Moon and Mike Rozier reunite after 20 years
A slideshow of Houston’s most beloved sports figures features Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham, former Rice football player Dicky Maegle and former Rice football coach Jess Neely.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Drone grounded during Falcons practice ahead of Super Bowl
An article mentions that the Super Bowl teams practiced at Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Falcons C Alex Mack ready to go in Super Bowl
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Calm before the Super Bowl storm
The Australian (Subscription required.)

Danny Amendola makes it count in hometown Super Bowl
An article mentions that a Class 5A Division I state title game was held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Super Bowl history of Texas college football players
Former Rice football players Rodrigo Barnes, O.J. Brigance, Earl Cooper, Darryl Grant, Courtney Hall, Larry Izzo, Luke Willson, Andrew Sendejo and Frank Ryan are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Stars clown around and put on a red carpet show at Rolling Stone Super Bowl party
CultureMap Houston
Doerschuk: Bronze busts and Sam Houston statues
Canton Rep

Fort Bend area signings by school
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Examiner area signings by school
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Photos: Southeast Texas 2017 national signing day class
Houston Chronicle
Where Houston’s top 100 football recruits signed
Houston Chronicle
National signing day: 10 Plano East athletes ink letters of intent
Plano Star Courier

Northwest Flyers celebrated 30th anniversary Saturday
Former Rice athlete Fred Newhouse is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Dallas developer plans Waco shopping center on 200 acres at I-35, Loop 340
Alumnus Ford Stainback ’15 is mentioned.
Waco Tribune-Herald

UTA men and women brush aside opponents!
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Tennis World
Tigers suffer tough loss against Michigan and Indiana
The Daily Princetonian
Men’s, women’s tennis teams sweep weekend matches
The Shorthorn

Super Bowl LI: The last Super Bowls played in Houston
An article mentions that Super Bowl VIII was hosted at Rice Stadium.
Green: How the Super Bowl went from cowpoke to chic
The Detroit News

Nationals: Anthony Rendon’s intriguing fantasy value in 2017
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Fox Sports

In business
A Louisiana Tech University faculty member was presented an award during halftime at a Rice men’s basketball game against Louisiana Tech.
Shreveport Times


Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Chemists scouring Appalachia for exotic microorganisms that could yield blockbuster drugs have reported a unique find from the smoldering remains of a coal mine fire that’s burned for nearly a decade in southeastern Kentucky. This week in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, a research team from Rice University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Oklahoma report that they made new — and in some cases more effective — versions of the antibiotic daptomycin. They used an enzyme from a soil bacterium found in smoke vents of the Ruth Mullins coal fire.

Rice Theatre to present ‘Proof’ March 1-5
Rice University Theatre will present “Proof” by David Auburn, winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play in 2001.

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