Dateline Rice for Feb. 22, 2017


The recluse who hunts assassins (the insect variety)
Alumnus Hugh Brown ’69 is featured.

Hydrocarbons depletion inescapable reality, al-Attiyah says
Articles mention that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy helped organize the Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Gulf Times
Qatar played crucial role in rebalancing oil market: Al Sada 
Mena FN

Smoking was actually good for this man’s health
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.
Fox News
Smoking cigarettes may prevent anemia, plus nicotine benefits for schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease
Medical Daily
Intriguing case proves smoking can have benefits
Herald Sun
News of the weird Feb. 23-March 1
Arizona Daily Sun

Barack Obama ranked 12th best US president ever in major survey of historians
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump and former President Barrack Obama.
Donald Trump echoes Chairman Mao by attacking media as ‘enemy of the people’
The Telegraph
Donald Trump revives the legacy of populist Andrew Jackson
The Australian (Subscription required.)

Repealed rule would do nothing to end energy industry corruption
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s recent action to repeal a Dodd-Frank securities disclosure rule.
The Hill

Campus news of the week: A snow day, a swastika, new furry friends
Articles mention acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
USA Today
Trump should show moral courage
The Star Press
Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
School security must be a priority
New York Jewish Week
Fascism is still in the building


Texas campuses face delicate balance between free speech and hateful public expression
An article mentions that the group American Vanguard placed posters at Rice. President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The history of Houston’s Rice Hotel
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
The history of Houston’s Rice Hotel
Houston Chronicle

How Texas would look split into 7 states
A slideshow mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in LMT Online.)

Democrats targeting Bob Hall
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 policies of President Donald Trump, Sen. Carlos Uresti and constituents contacting their legislators. An article also mentions Jones’ ranking of political leanings in the Texas Senate.
Empower Texans
New rules coming for asylum seekers?
Questions of Uresti’s effectiveness arise following federal raid
Texas Public Radio
Keep those calls and letters coming
Off the Kuff
Patrick’s office deluged with emails, calls, letters against bathroom bill
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)

Putting numbers on Houston’s demand for more affordable housing
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about affordable housing in Houston.
LMT Online (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)


Attitudes toward marijuana legalization are shifting in Texas
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about public opinion on marijuana use.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)


The 9 best new university buildings around the world
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured on a list of the best new university buildings.
Architectural Digest
A new Houston arts hub
Dance Teacher
6 of the best university buildings around the world
University Herald
Houston se prepara para dos grandes estrenos
La Patilla (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Press Peru and Agencia Orbita.)

Microbe, virus co-evolution: Model of CRISPR, phage co-evolution explains confusing experimental results
A Rice 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. Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering, professor of physics and astronomy, department chair of bioengineering and director of graduate program in systems, synthetic and physical biology, is quoted. Graduate student Pu Han is mentioned.
Science Daily
Rice University study probes microbe, virus co-evolution
Infection Control Today
Model of CRISPR, phage co-evolution explains confusing experimental results
Phys Org

Good, good, good, good vibrations
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.
Controlled Environment

Anxiety ‘chain reaction’ opens door to diabetes
Scientists have uncovered a link between emotional stress and diabetes, with roots in the brain’s ability to control anxiety. Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and Kyle Murdock, a postdoctoral research fellow in psychology, are mentioned.
Knowridge Science Report


Energy Club hosts 4th annual expo
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, spoke at the Georgia Tech University’s Energy Expo.

Texas Roundup: Joseph Kopser, data refuge, TMC, uShip, EO2 concepts
The Rice and University of Houston library systems are working together to help preserve online federal data as part of a national project aimed at safeguarding scientific research.
DataRescueDC seeks to preserve environmental data
The Georgetown Voice

A world-changing idea is about to get $100M
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
8 semi-finalists emerge in MacArthur’s $100M competition
The Cable
MacArthur Foundation picks 8 semifinalists for $100M prize
Impact Alpha

Hospitality industry welcomes helpful automation
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 hombre más rico del mundo propone cobrar impuestos a robots
Publimetro (An English translation is not available.)

Faculty spotlight: Nathan Wight
An article mentions that Nathan Wright attended Rice.
Jacksonville State University

Lesbians less likely to get tested for cervical cancer than straight or bisexual women
Lesbian women are less likely than heterosexual and bisexual women to get timely pap smears, according to a new paper from sociologists at Rice. Graduate student Alexa Solazzo is quoted.
Kitsch Mix

Keep exploring
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Observer


Amador’s outing short-lived, Rice drops home opener to Dallas Baptist
Rice baseball fell to Dallas Baptist University 4-8. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Glenn Otto, Darryn Sheppard, Charlie Warren, Willy Amador, Kendall Jefferies, Brent Schwarz, Nick Orewiler, Roel Garcia, Dayne Wunderlich and Nick Silber are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice bows to Dallas Baptist 8-4
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Dallas Baptist breaks losing skid against Rice
College Baseball Central
D1 Digest: Tuesday, Feb. 21
D1 Baseball

C-USA InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team announced
Rice swimmers Anniina Ala-Seppaela, Alicia Caldwell and Marie-Claire Schillinger were selected for the C-USA Swimming and Diving All-Academic team.
Swim Swam

Baseball: Pearland to be young, but talented
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Bohls: Texas falls but Rice’s Graham sees big upside
Rice baseball won two out of four games against the University of Texas. Head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Hook ’em
D1 Digest: Saturday, Feb. 18
D1 Baseball
Sorenson: Off the top of my head
D1 Baseball
Texas Takes: Rice-Texas analysis
D1 Baseball (Subscription required.)
Takeaways from Austin: Rice and Texas
D1 Baseball (Subscription required.)
2017 projected field of 64 and crystal ball
Baseball America
Longhorns fans embrace new coach, change as baseball season starts
TWC News Austin
UT baseball opens season with new coach against Rice
TWC News Austin
Pierce heads back to Huntsville as Texas takes 1st trip to Sam Houston State in program history
Daily Texan
Bohls: Texas-Baylor, Mulkey-Aston rivalries look to be full throttle
Austin American-Statesman
Kats primed for midweek test against Texas
Huntsville Item

Texas State women’s tennis went 0-3 in weekend play
Rice tennis is mentioned.
University Star

Brown’s block party not enough as Dacula girls’ basketball falls to Harrison
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Gwinnett Prep Sports

Men’s basketball heads into final games of season with tournament seeding in mind
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
The Prospector
Justin Johnson playing large as WKU enters final stretch
H-P sports in depth: UTEP prepares for make-or-break road trip to Florida
El Paso Herald-Post

Techsters showing no signs of slowing down
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Shreveport Times (This also appeared in the News Star.)

Cowgirls looking at Tech game as big occasion
An article includes a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.
Stillwater News Press

Texas football Coach Tom Herman was once fired from Subway for eating too much pastrami
Former Rice coach Tom Herman is mentioned.
Washington Post

Duff enough: Duffey ready to start or relieve
Alumnus Tyler Duffey ’13 is featured.
Twins Baseball


Shepherd School Opera to present ‘Julius Caesar’
The Rice University Shepherd School of Music’s Opera Department and Chamber Orchestra will present Handel’s “Julius Caesar” at Rice’s Wortham Opera Theatre in Alice Pratt Brown Hall March 6, 8 and 10.

Rice scientists available to discuss NASA exoplanet discovery
Rice University experts are available to discuss NASA findings about a “discovery beyond our solar system” following the space agency’s press conference today, which is scheduled for noon Central time on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

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