Dateline Rice for Feb. 16, 2017


MacArthur Foundation picks 8 projects that could change the world
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
New York Times
MacArthur names 8 semifinalists in $100M grant competition
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Meet 8 teams competing for $100M and a chance to change the world
CNBC (This also appeared in Yahoo Business & Finance New Zealand and Yahoo Finance.)
Catholic Relief Services named among 8 MacArthur semifinalists for $100M grant
Baltimore Sun
MacArthur names 8 semifinalists for $100M grant
Orlando Sentinel
8 finalists named for the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change
Eastern Daily News
Carter Center up for $100M to cure disease
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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 a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
National Science Foundation

Trump’s wall likely to be more tech than mortar
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 Donald trump’s proposed wall and Latino voters in Texas. Jones also participated in Houston Matters’ political roundup discussing politics on the local and national levels.
Irish Times
Political roundup: Flynn resigns and the NFL weighs in on the ‘bathroom bill’
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Report: Number of Latinos who voted in 2016 surged from 2012
San Juan Daily Star (This appears on Page 10.)
Aumenta en Texas número de hispanos que votaron en 2016
El Manana (An English translation is not available.)

‘Muslim-free America’ posters turn up on multiple college campuses
Articles mention that the group American Vanguard placed posters at Rice.
USA Today
A white supremacist group aims to recruit on college campuses
Texas Monthly

Qatar played crucial role in rebalancing oil market: Al Sada
Articles mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy helped organize the Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in some of the articles.
The Peninsula
Qatar’s commitment to infrastructure, economic diversification: Al-Sada
Gulf Times
Qatar is committed to economic diversification
Energy sector is at the heart of global economy, says Qatar minister
BQ Magazine
Parleys initiated by Qatar helped OPEC strike oil freeze deal: Sada
Qatar Tribune
QLC and Baker Institute organize 1st Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable
Qatar is Booming

No, Republicans. We are not about to move on. This is more dangerous than Watergate
The author of an op-ed mentions hearing an unnamed Rice professor on Houston Public Media.
Daily Kos


Art gallery and museum listings: Feb. 16-22
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

The story behind who Texas’ most famous colleges are named after
A slideshow discusses the namesakes of schools within Texas universities. Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Brown School of Engineering are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)
Gallery: What famous Texas colleges are named after
Houston Chronicle

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “1432” Feb. 16, “We Are In It” Feb. 18, “The Gold Line” Feb. 21 and “The Sound of Old Rooms” Feb. 22.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Global Teen Medical Summit offers hands-on experience
An article mentions that participants of the Global Teen Medical Summit will stay on Rice’s campus.
LMT Online

How 21 Houston suburbs got their names
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
LMT Online

Blind attorney in Waco knows about the law, life challenges
Alumnus Will Conrad ’05 is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Historian, author Brinkley to share the story of National Park System
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, spoke at Trinity University Feb. 15.
Rivard Report


Houston bracing for ‘Day Without Immigrants’
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, discusses immigrants in Houston.
KHOU (This also appeared in Houston News Info.)

Carolyn Nichol, director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and lecturer of chemistry, discusses STEM education.

‘Environment Now’
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses environmental issues during the Trump presidency.
Green Watch TV


Graphene foam gets big and tough
A chunk of conductive graphene foam reinforced by carbon nanotubes can support more than 3,000 times its own weight and easily bounce back to its original height, according to Rice University scientists. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Chem Europe (This also appeared in Materialsgate, SPE and Space Daily.)
Rebar graphene supports 3-D structures 3,000 times their own weight
World Industrial Reporter
Graphene reimagined: Development and manufacturing explained
Manufacturing Talk Radio
Graphene foam gets big and tough: Nanotube-reinforced material can be shaped, is highly conductive
Before It’s News
Graphene foam gets big and tough
Science Daily

Good vibrations help reveal molecular details: Rice University scientists combine disciplines to pinpoint small structures in unlabeled molecules
Five years of hard work and a little “cosmic luck” led Rice researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes. Jason Hafner, associate professor of physics and astronomy and of chemistry, is quoted.
Nanotechnology Now
Good vibrations help reveal molecular details
Science Daily (This also appeared in Scienmag and Science Daily.)
Scientists combine disciplines to pinpoint small structures in unlabeled molecules
Phys Org

If OPEC cheats on its production cuts, here’s when that oil probably starts flowing
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about OPEC.
Hellenic Shipping News (This also appeared in Bunker Ports News Worldwide.)

Graphene nano-chimneys could cool future circuits
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, is quoted.
All About Circuits
Modifiziertes Graphen kann auch Wärme sehr gut leiten
Elektronik Informationen (An English translation is not available.)

Oil and gas news: Hydraulic fracturing efficiency, growing leak detection market
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 researchers.
Flow Control


Alumnus Bevan wins prestigious award
Jim Bevan, head coach of women’s track and field, was named recipient of the annual Elizabeth Gillis Award for Exemplary Service at Rice’s town hall meeting Feb. 7.
Center Post-Dispatch (Subscription required.)

Portraits for a young musician
Alumnus Kimball Gallagher ’02 is featured.
San Francisco Classical Voice

96 stranger (than usual) things to do in Seattle this week: Feb. 15-19
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “Stretch” in Seattle Feb. 15.
The Stranger
O que fazer quando seu chefe diz não
Epoca Negocios (An English translation is not available.)

Study: Link between face, credit score
Jefferson Duarte, the Gerald D. Hines Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance, discusses his research on credit.
Georgia Newsday

Why are Republicans making it harder to fight voter fraud?
An article mentions an op-ed co-authored by Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, about election security.
Fiscal Times

Natural gas is back: British Columbia drilling surge is behind $5B in 2017 investment
Rice is mentioned.
Resource Works

Study examines ‘ripple effect’ of CEO awards
A recent study by a business professor at Indiana University finds that the CEOs of major companies target new acquisitions after competitors win awards, but those moves aren’t always well-received by the market. Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management, and Robert Hoskisson, the George R. Brown Professor of Strategic Management, co-authored the study.
The Business Journal (A correction on the misspelling of Hoskisson’s last name has been requested.)

8 winners awarded in 2017 Archiprix International student competition
Alumnus Yuan Jin ’16 is one of the eight winners of the Archiprix International/Hunter Douglas Awards 2017.

Students play key biomedical research role — in space
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
CU Boulder Today

Read what top US university mathematics professor Luis Melara had to say about IIT Bhubaneswar students
Alumnus Luis Melara ’01 is featured.
Bhubaneswar Buzz

This company’s ‘tiny dots’ promise to turn the entire renewable energy industry on its head
Michael Wong, professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and professor of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned.
Stock Gumshoe

Osäker framtid för vetenskapen under Trump
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Universitets Lararen (An English translation is not available.)

Bacterie verrezen uit brandende kolenmijn versterkt antibioticum
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. 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.
Laboratorium (An English translation is not available.)

PERÚ: Analistas del mercado venezolano necesitan una bola de cristal
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Entorno Inteligente (An English translation is not available.)


Capsule look at Thursday’s UTSA-Rice game
Rice men’s and women’s basketball will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Feb. 18.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Rice versus UTSA — Feb. 16 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
UTSA update — Wednesday, Feb. 15
UTSA Athletics
UTSA to open 4-game road trip at Rice on Thursday night
UTSA Athletics
Roadrunners to host Rice, North Texas this weekend to start final home stand of season
UTSA Athletics

Houston FC named new PDL franchise
Alumnus Jeff Fetzer ’97 is mentioned.
Our Sports Central

Rehab in rearview, Taillon ready for next step
An article mentions that the Pittsburgh Pirates sometimes use Rice facilities to practice.

Brook, Rascals add 8 more to deep 2017 roster
Rice baseball is mentioned. Duncan College junior Glenn Otto is mentioned in the University Press article.
Our Sports Central
Baseball: Owls eager after quiet offseason
University Press
Reminiscing how far college baseball has come in my lifetime
Sun Herald
Romero looks to lead Cougars to the postseason
Daily Cougar

Foes familiar and new for Applewhite’s 1st season
Rice football will play the University of Houston Sept. 16.
Daily Cougar

Tom Kelly absent from Twins camp for 1st time in nearly 50 years
Former Rice baseball player J.T. Chargois is featured.
West Central Tribune (This also appeared in Wells Fargo Pioneer, Grand Forks Herald, Inforum, WDAZ, WDAY, Morris Sun Tribune and Twin Cities Pioneer Press.)

ASU football: Slater named DL coach, as Likens, Simon promoted
An article mentions that Michael Slater coached at Rice.
House of Sparky
ASU fills football coaching vacancies with Sale, Slater
Fox News

Women’s basketball preview: FAU to host Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss, seeking conference tournament push
Rice men’s and women’s basketball are mentioned.
University Press
Herd wants to be on top of its game
UTEP men look for tough road win at North Texas
El Paso Proud
Louisiana Tech versus Florida Atlantic — Feb. 16 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
The next 4 road games will determine UTEP’s fate
El Paso Times
H-P sports in depth: Miners hit the road, take on North Texas Thursday
El Paso Herald-Post
La. Tech looks to extend win streak against FAU
The News Star
Lady Toppers ready for showdown at MTSU on Thursday
UTEP at North Texas game preview
Miner Rush

No. 15 Auburn men’s golf set to play at All-American Intercollegiate
Rice golf is mentioned.
Auburn Athletics

Texas notebook: Ex-Longhorns impressed by new baseball coach David Pierce
Rice baseball will play the University of Texas Feb. 17-19. Articles mention David Pierce coached at Rice.
Hook ’em
Pierce announces weekend rotation ahead of 1st Texas series
Texas sets pitching rotation for season-opening series against Rice
Hook ’em
KTXX (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
Pierce bringing swagger back to Texas
Daily Texan
2017 Texas baseball preview — a new look
Horn Sports
Sports on the air — Feb. 16
Kansas City Star

What went right, wrong with defense in 2016
Rice football is mentioned.

Gow Media acquires CultureMap
An article mentions radio stations that cover the Rice Owls.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)


Paper: Mexico’s energy reform must follow the best sustainability practices
For the new energy sector in Mexico to spearhead the economic development of the country, it must follow the best international practices of sustainability, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Paper: Inter-American Development Bank impacts understanding of Latin American policymaking
The Inter-American Development Bank’s efforts to improve understanding of the domestic policymaking process in Latin America are having a positive impact, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The Washington, D.C.-based institution is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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