Dateline Rice for Feb. 21, 2017


This nontraditional graduate program at Rice University appeals to students of life
An article discusses the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Mary McIntire ’75, dean of continuing studies, is quoted and Elizabeth Barre, assistant director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct assistant professor in religion; Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center; alumna Sravana Borkataky-Varma ’14; and Alma Moon Novotny, lecturer of biochemistry and cell biology, are mentioned.
Houstonia (This appeared in the March issue.)


Being ethical may be ‘double-edged sword’ for female scientists
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, discusses her research on gender and ethics.
Times Higher Education

Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas
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 the anti-vaccine movement and voter turnout.
Washington Post (This also appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)
Latino turnout was up in 2016
Houston Chronicle

Trump is being compared to Nixon
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Camp David.
U.S. News & World Report
Jay Inslee for president? Governor’s profile is on the rise
Seattle Times
Mar-a-Lago 3, Camp David 0. With Trump as president, is the rustic Md. retreat doomed?
Washington Post (This also appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)
The top 20 presidents in US history, according to historians
Houston Chronicle
Antes de Trump otros presidentes han atacado a la prensa
Houston Chronicle (An English translation is not available.)
C-SPAN survey lists top presidents: Lincoln, Washington, FDR
Houston Chronicle
Trump dibuja paralelos con el legado de Andrew Jackson
Houston Chronicle (An English translation is not available.)
Trump dibuja paralelos con presidencia de Jackson
Houston Chronicle’s “La Voz” (An English translation is not available.)
‘Anderson Cooper 360’

Welcome to Shark Tank U
An op-ed discusses the increase of entrepreneurship programs at universities. Rice is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed

Human Diagnosis Project named semifinalist in MacArthur Foundation competition
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
India West


‘The gap is huge’
Kyle Shelton, postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about affordable housing in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Where the streetlights are brightest in Houston
A report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is shining light on Houston’s streetlight situation. It found that Houston’s 173,724 streetlights (as of August 2015) are concentrated more heavily in black and Hispanic neighborhoods than white neighborhoods. Heather O’Connell, postdoctoral fellow at the institute, is quoted. Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at the institute, authored the article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

‘Sermon safeguard’ bill is all about preaching to the choir
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, authored an op-ed about Senate Bill 24.
Texas Observer

For photographer Lynn Lane, it’s about supporting the arts
Graduate student Brandon Bell is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Pension teamwork
An editorial mentions the “12th-man tackle” of former Rice football player Dicky Moegle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Walk raises funds to help end breast cancer
An article mentions that the Avon 39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer will come through Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas college weekly roundup: Funding worriment; TSU employee thefts
The life and legacy of Houston rapper Chad “Pimp C” Butler was the focus of a panel discussion at Rice Jan. 31.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Local Jewish center 1 of 11 targeted nationwide with bomb threats
An article mentions acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The state of Texas: 10,000 Texans contact Dan Patrick to oppose bathroom bill
An unnamed Rice professor is quoted.
Texas Monthly

Report: After recession, metro areas are losing businesses
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about cities losing business after the Great Recession.
Rivard Report


Rice students outsmart armed robbers
Two Rice University students who were robbed at gunpoint Friday used an iPhone app to help campus police arrest the robbers and recover their stolen goods. One of the students is interviewed but not identified.


Researchers reveal how the brain retrieves memories linked to fearful experiences
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University reveal for the first time the specific patterns of electrical activity in rat brains that are associated with specific memories, in this case a fearful experience. Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
News Medical
Research reveals how the brain remembers fearful experiences
Medical Xpress
¿Cómo recuerda el cerebro experiencias de miedo?
Infosalus (An English translation is not available.)
Averiguan cómo se recuerdan las experiencias aterradoras
ABC Ciencia (An English translation is not available.)

Inner structure of the Earth can be revealed by mathematics
Maarten de Hoop, the Simons Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science, professor of computational and applied mathematics and professor of Earth science, is quoted.
AZO Mining

Why your next pitch should follow TED’s 18-minute rule
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Inc. (Registration required.)


A case where smoking helped
There’s at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice professor to figure out why. John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is quoted.
Científicos demuestran que fumar puede ser bueno para la salud
Periodista Digital (An English translation is not available.)
El inesperado y único caso en que fumar ayuda a tu salud
ATV (An English translation is not available.)

Why liberals should accept a conservative carbon tax plan
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about carbon tax plans.
The Hill


College baseball: Rice splits with UT; UH, TCU earn sweeps
Rice baseball won two out of four games against the University of Texas. Players Dominic DiCaprio and Zach Esquivel are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The doctor is out: Hunter S. Thompson left us 12 years ago today
A slideshow mentions that Super Bowl VIII was hosted at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

UTEP again has its way with Rice
Rice men’s basketball was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso 71-79.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Artis, UTEP beat Rice for 7th straight time, 79-71
Houston Chronicle
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle

Women’s basketball: Oklahoma ends UT’s 19-game win streak
Rice women’s basketball defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 80-76. Head coach Tina Langley and players Maya Hawkins and Nicole Iademarco are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The maturation process of Dylan Ennis
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Addicted to Quack

Patience, please — Stoudamire settles in as college head coach
Former Rice Athletics Director Chris Del Conte and former Rice coach Ben Braun are mentioned.
Portland Tribune

What Tom Herman expects from his TEs at Texas
Alumnus James Casey ’11 and former Rice coach Tom Herman are mentioned.
Burnt Orange Nation
Tim Beck prepared for the pressure at Texas

The inside read: Are Todd Graham’s days numbered in Tempe?
Former Rice coach Todd Graham is mentioned.

Seniors power Alamo Heights to silver
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Capsule look at Saturday’s UTSA-North Texas game
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
Paul Thomas’ big week leads to C-USA Player of the Week Honors
Miner Rush
Today in Memphis and world history: Feb. 20
Commercial Appeal

2 NCAA titles highlight Mark Marquess’ Stanford coaching career
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
Honkers add a pair of Texas Longhorns for 2017 season
Why No. 1 TCU needs Tuesday starter Mitchell Traver
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

UTEP’s Taylor is C-USA player of the week
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
El Paso Times
Taylor Tabbed C-USA Player of the Week
El Paso Proud
Thomas and Taylor named C-USA Players of the Week
The Prospector


Rice U. study probes microbe, virus co-evolution
A Rice University study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune system.

Media Advisory: ‘Want secure elections? Then don’t cut security funding’
Eliminating the Election Administration Commission could create another crisis when voting systems around the country are vulnerable. Dan Wallach, a Rice University computer scientist and voting security expert, made this point in a commentary titled “Want Secure Elections? Then Maybe Don’t Cut Security Funding” in Wired magazine.

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