Dateline Rice for Feb. 9, 2017


Leaving the adjunct track
Alumna Jill Carroll ’94 authored an op-ed in which she mentions her previous role as director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Can Trump really weaken the dollar?
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about how the value of the dollar can be influenced.
Huffington Post

$2.8B deal latest land acquisition in energy-rich Permian
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 the Permian Basin.
Salon (Similar articles appeared in over 50 other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The most essential things you need in a business accelerator
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, is quoted about startups and accelerators.
Entrepreneur (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Turkish opposition subsidizes scores of state lawmakers’ trips
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 Gulen movement.
USA Today
Scores of state lawmakers took trips subsidized by controversial Turkish opposition movement
Center for Public Integrity (This also appeared in Yahoo News.)

¿Qué tiene que pasar en México para que baje el precio de la gasolina?
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Huffington Post (An English translation is not available.)


Tuition hike proposed for out-of-state A&M students
A slideshow features the top degrees that Texas universities offer, according to College Factual. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Gallery and museum listings: Feb. 9-15
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14. Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will open in February.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

18 years ago this week Wes Anderson’s Houston-filmed ‘Rushmore’ debuted
An article mentions that scenes from the film “Brewster McCloud” were shot at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Could your high-tech gadgets send you to jail?
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted about election security and voice recognition software.
Austin American-Statesman

The real music stars of Super Bowl week: Who killed it, who surprised and who will never be forgotten
The life and legacy of Houston rapper Chad “Pimp C” Butler was the focus of a panel discussion at Rice Jan. 31.

Valentine’s date ideas around Houston that aren’t dinner
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured on a list of date ideas for Valentine’s Day.


‘Houston Life’
An article 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.

‘Ground Zero’
In a broadcast, Whitley Strieber mentions he co-authored a book with Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion.
KXL (This also aired on KLBJ, WFLA and KTRH.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


The promise of 1-D boron chains
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; postdoctoral research associate Vasilii Artyukhov and Rice researcher Mingjie Liu are mentioned.

Intrepid invaders adapt fast
Just a little bit of help from evolution allows invasive species to disperse farther and faster, according to Rice scientists. Graduate student Brad Ochocki and Tom Miller, the James and Deborah Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, are mentioned.

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. 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.
Science Daily
Bacterium from Kentucky coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Science Blog

Better scaffolds help scientists study cancer
Testing treatments for bone cancer tumors may get easier with new enhancements to sophisticated support structures that mimic their biological environment, according to Rice scientists. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is quoted.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Phys Org.)
Testing treatments for bone cancer may get easier with enhanced 3-D printed scaffolds
News Medical
Porous 3-D printed scaffolds help Rice University scientists tackle bone cancer
Better 3-D printed scaffolds help scientists study cancer
Lifeboat Foundation (This also appeared in Nanowerk.)
3-D printed bone scaffolds help Rice University researchers understand how cancer spreads
Testing treatments for bone cancer may get easier with enhanced 3-D printed scaffolds
3D Printing

Simple ways for leaders to cut through today’s tangle of complexity
“Stretch,” by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Investor’s Business Daily
10 tips for achieving more with fewer resources, from the new book ‘Stretch’
Tech Republic

Rice University to host Women in Leadership Conference
The Women in Leadership Conference 2017 will take place at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of business Feb. 10.

Scientists develop computer models to predict mutations’ effect on pairs of proteins
According to new research, the key to a successful, long-term relationship is for each partner to adapt to the other’s changes over time. At least, that’s what appears to be true for pairs of proteins in bacteria. Researchers from Rice participated in the study.
News Medical

Smaller and smarter MEMS and electronics for bullets that can monitor a building during urban warfare
Rice is mentioned.
Next Big Future


MSO concert is ‘thoroughly Romantic’
Alumnus Andrew Staupe ’10 is mentioned.
Herald-Mall Media

A growing (but controversial) idea in open-access textbooks: Let students help write them
Daniel Williamson, managing director of Rice-based publisher OpenStax, is quoted.
EdSurge News

‘High 5 4 Kids’: Frelicia Tucker
An article features a student who will attend Rice.
Live 5 News

MasterVoices presents ‘St. John Passion’ at Carnegie Hall, today
Alumnus Adam Lau ’10 is mentioned.
Broadway World
MasterVoices to present Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’ at Carnegie Hall this winter
Broadway World

Does college radio even matter anymore?
KTRU Rice Radio is mentioned.


Rice trying to take step up C-USA ladder
Rice men’s basketball’s 2017 season is discussed. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Marcus Jackson and Marquez Letcher-Ellis are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Alumni notebook: College Park alum earns 2nd straight C-USA honor
Lovett College senior Katie Jensen was recognized as the Co-C-USA Female Track Athlete of the Week.
Houston Chronicle

Exclusive: Stephen Curry responds to Trump-praising Under Armour boss
An article includes a photo taken at Rice.
Mercury News

Women’s basketball preview: FAU will travel to North Texas and Rice in hopes of snapping its 11-game losing streak
Rice women’s basketball will play Florida Atlantic University Feb. 11 and the University of Texas at San Antonio Feb. 16.
University Press
UTSA Update — Wednesday, Feb. 8
UTSA Athletics

Men’s basketball preview: Owls looking to build on 3-game winning streak as they host North Texas and Rice this week
Rice men’s basketball will play Florida Atlantic University Feb. 11.
University Press
Florida Atlantic versus North Texas — Feb. 9 College basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
Florida International versus Rice — Feb. 9 College basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place

Women’s basketball: UNT’s Criner playing 2nd season with stress fracture in leg
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Miners hit road for longest road swing in 11 years
El Paso Proud

Former Vanderbilt QB and assistant coach is Browns’ new QBs coach
Articles mentions that David Lee, Todd Graham and Todd Dilbeck coached at Rice.
The Tennessean
Browns add David Lee as quarterbacks coach
Norwalk Reflector
Browns hire former Buffalo Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee to fill same role
Akron Beacon Journal
Browns hire former Buffalo assistant David Lee to coach QBs
Houston Chronicle
Browns add former Bills QB coach David Lee
Browns add David Lee as quarterbacks coach
Cleveland Browns
Todd Dilbeck retires from Choctaw coaching post to accept OSSAA staff position

Tigers football announces 2017 schedule
Rice football is mentioned.
University of Memphis Athletics

2017 College Baseball preview: Preseason rankings, prospects, what and how to watch
Rice baseball is mentioned. The Baseball America article mentions head coach Wayne Graham; assistant coach John Pope; players Glenn Otto, Ford Proctor, Willy Amador, Dane Meyer, Jackson Pathasarathy, Ricardo Salinas, Tristan Gray, Ryan Chandler, Charlie Warren, Dominic DiCaprio, Addison Moss and Nick Siber; and former players Jon Duplantier and Blake Fox.
CBS Sports
2017 conference previews: C-USA
Baseball America

UTEP doubles tandem ranked by ITA
Tennis players Lindsey Hodge and Wendy Zhang are mentioned.
El Paso Proud


Better scaffolds help scientists study cancer
Testing treatments for bone cancer tumors may get easier with new enhancements to sophisticated support structures that mimic their biological environment, according to Rice University scientists.

Rice takes deeper look at unconventional oil and gas
Understanding how oil and gas molecules, water and rocks interact at the nanoscale will help make extraction of hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing more efficient, according to Rice University researchers.

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