Dateline Rice for Feb. 23, 2017


Will phages complicate quest for designer gut bacteria?
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.
Rice U. study probes microbe, virus co-evolution
Health Medicine Network (This also appeared in Science Newsline.)
Rice University study probes microbe, virus co-evolution
Study probes microbe, virus co-evolution
Bioscience Technology Online

Tillerson, Kelly hope to ease US-Mexico tensions
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 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to Mexico, campaign finance laws, town halls hosted by members of Congress and Latino voting.
Warrick erred in his campaign loan
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News, LMT Online and My San Antonio.)
Babin, Weber invited to Southeast Texas town hall meetings
Beaumont Enterprise (This also appeared in MSN News.)
Latino turnout was up in 2016
Off the Kuff
Aumenta número de hispanos que votaron
El Manana (An English translation is not available.)

Donald Trump’s disastrous reality show: Master trash-talker turned flailing president searches for a new villain
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Brinkley will speak at Purdue University March 1.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s profile is on the rise
Best-selling author will continue spring Presidential Lecture Series
The Exponent

Al Sada underlines pivotal role of energy sector in global economy
Articles mention that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy helped organize the Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable.
Arab Today

Energy companies face crude reality: Better to leave it in the ground
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about fossil fuels.
Wall Street Journal
Oil moves higher on expectations of tighter market
Oil Price (This also appeared in Yahoo 7 Finance, Yahoo Finance Canada, Yahoo Finance UK and Yahoo Finance Singapore.)
Oil companies begin to consider ‘eventual abandonment’ of reserves

Nigeria to benefit from MacArthur Foundation’s global reach projects
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
Africa News
Carter Center among 8 semifinalists worldwide to win MacArthur $100M Grant
Metro Atlanta CEO


Scientists announce discovery of 7, Earth-size ‘exoplanets’
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, is quoted about a recently announced discovery of seven Earth-size planets orbiting a star about 40 light years away.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Art gallery and museum listings: Feb. 23-March 1
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will open Feb. 24. “Vespertine Awakenings,” a site-specific commission for the opening of the center will be shown Feb. 25-27. Olafur Eliasson’s “Green light — An artistic workshop” will be shown through May 6; Thomas Struth’s “Nature & Politics,” through May 29; Dana Thater’s “The Starry Messenger,” through Feb. 1, 2018; and teamLab’s “Flower’s and People, Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together — A Whole Year Per Hour,” through Aug. 13. 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.)
Theater, classical music, dance listings: Feb. 23-March 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)
Free stuff: The Beginning of Everything opening night
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice U’s Moody Center is almost reality!

Ranked: The safest colleges in Texas
An article discusses crime statistics at Texas universities. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “Sweet Dream” Feb. 28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Huge competitive field for West U city council
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is mentioned.
Instant News West U

Economic Summit speakers spotlight Kerr, world
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is mentioned.
Hill Country Community Journal

Opinion — Why do we tolerate sexual assault?
An op-ed discusses campus sexual assault statistics in Texas. Rice is mentioned.
Daily Toreador

The history of Houston’s Rice Hotel
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
LMT Online (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Young opera virtuosos make Houston Symphony debuts under the direction of former music director Christoph Eschenbach
Alumnus Jack Swanson ’16 is mentioned.
Katy News

Young American and Cuban classical musicians team up for 1st collaborative concert
Alumnus Matthew Detrick ’03 is mentioned.
Katy News

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.
My San Antonio

Form and fiction: The hidden agenda
Rice’s Matchbox Gallery is mentioned.
Free Press Houston

Are city employee pensions at risk?
A study on pensions by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Austin Chronicle

Professors on climate change
An article mentions that a number of faculty members from Texas universities have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging continuing U.S. support for action against climate change under the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. Rice is mentioned.
Austin Chronicle

Texas starts to count the cost of deportation
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted about deportation policies.
Mineral Wells Index

Architecture scavenger hunt!
An article discusses the architecture on Rice’s campus.
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston’s interfaith leaders condemn JCC bomb threat and similar incidents elsewhere
Articles mention acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston interfaith leaders gather to address JCC bomb threat
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
News poem: ‘Static’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Bigots run wild, and Trump needs prodding to condemn them: Editorial


Houston music highlights: Week of Feb. 20
A concert performed a Rice’s Duncan Recital Hall will air on Houston Public Media Feb. 24.
Houston Public Media

Quiz Central
Rice is mentioned.

Justin Denney, associate professor of sociology, is quoted about life expectancy. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


This week in tech: Sidewalk ‘lightlines’ to protect smartphone users
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 in the iConnect007 article.
MM: Super strong graphene foam and thermally conductive rubber
Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation Magazine
MM: Thermally conductive rubber
Manufacturing Business Technology
Graphene foam gets big and tough

How the brain remembers 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.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Neuroscience News and Med India.)
Research reveals how the brain remembers fearful experiences
Science Newsline
Study sheds light on how the brain remembers fearful experiences

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.
Science & Technology Research News (This also appeared in Knowridge Science Report.)
News of the weird
Anchorage Press
A case where smoking helped
There is 1 case in the world where smoking helped
Med India
Fumer peut parfois vous sauver la vie
Sputnik France (An English translation is not available.)


Is Schlumberger warming on Venezuela?
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
BNamericas (Subscription required.)

Column: DeVos’ marketplace turns kids into commodities
Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education and co-director of Rice’s Center for Education, authored an op-ed about U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Salem News

New York Times reports automation-fueled job loss in the oil patch
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.

Blind attorney knows about the law, the challenges life puts you through
Alumnus Will Conrad ’05 is featured.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Why online dating is perfect for men but terrible for women
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, discusses the ways online dating and apps are changing evolution.
Concept Central

Chicago’s Holabird & Root names new principal
Alumnus Rusty Walker ’99 is mentioned.
RE Journals

Glenn Korff School of Music names new director
Alumnus Sergio Ruiz ’04 is mentioned.
Lincoln Journal-Star

WindSync wants to change the way you think about wind quintets
WindSync, a quintet formed at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.

Full list of every school’s spring break 2017 schedule
An article discusses spring break schedules at various universities. Rice is mentioned.


New UT baseball coach David Pierce works his way into dream job
Rice baseball won two out of four games against the University of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Alumni notebook: Fisbeck named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week
Houston Chronicle
D1 digest: Wednesday, Feb. 22
D1 Baseball
Texas baseball is back — the David Pierce Era begins versus No. 23 Rice
Burnt Orange Nation
Look: Texas baseball has rendering for player development facility
Burnt Orange Nation
Texas baseball takes on Sam Houston State
Burnt Orange Nation
Texas baseball is back! — 2017 preview ahead of Friday’s opener
Sports Media 101
Former SHSU baseball coach David Pierce returns to Huntsville as Longhorns coach
Huntsville Item
No. 18 Kats host No. 16 Texas tonight
Texas sports notebook: Horns to unleash 2 Olympians for Big 12 indoor meet
Hook ’em
Rice’s 9th-inning score spoils David Pierce’s debut at Texas
Hook ’em

Major Applewhite’s buyout at UH includes assistant coaches’ salaries
An article mentions that Major Applewhite coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Memorial baseball anticipates competitive district
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Perras named American Conference Golfer of the Week
Rice golf is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Herd swim dive sets 2 school records in 1st day of C-USA Championships
Rice swimming is participating in the 2017 C-USA Championships in Atlanta. Swimmers Jaecey Parham and Marie-Claire Schillinger are featured on a list of swimmers to watch; swimmers Rylee Linhardt, Alicia Caldwell, Kiley Beall, Kate Nezelek are also mentioned.
Marshall Athletics
Day 1 in the books at C-USA Champs
College Swimming
MU in 3rd after day 1 of C-USA swimming meet
5 swimmers to watch at the 2017 C-USA Championships
Swimming World Magazine
Florida International sweeps opening relays of C-USA Championships
Swimming World Magazine

Rice versus Southern Mississippi — Feb. 23 college basketball pick, odds and prediction
Rice women’s and men’s basketball will play the University of Southern Mississippi Feb. 23.
Sports Chat Place
3 things to look for: USM at Rice
Hattiesburg American
USM’s Lee-McNelis back on basketball court
WDAM (This also appeared in WSFA, WAFB, WMC and WTVM.)

Max Hinnisdaels SEC Men’s Tennis Player of Week
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Auburn Athletics
Roadrunners to travel to Houston for pair of weekend matches
UTSA Athletics

Seahawks’ Luke Wilson says his free-agency decision won’t be all about money
Former Rice football player Luke Wilson is featured.
ESPN Seattle

UTEP Basketball: Here come the Miners
Rice men’s and women’s basketball are mentioned.
Miner Rush
Forde minutes: Coaching carousel edition
Yahoo Sports
UTEP’s Taylor Tabbed C-USA Player of the Week
EL Paso Herald-Post
North Texas athletics department trying to revive men’s basketball attendance
North Texas Daily
ODU prepares for a rematch with high-scoring Marshall
UTSA update — Wednesday, Feb. 22
UTSA Athletics
UTSA back on the road to face FIU on Thursday
UTSA Athletics
Roadrunners to host FIU, Florida Atlantic in final home games of campaign
UTSA Athletics
Women’s basketball: UNT forging identity as team able to claw back from adversity
Denton Record-Chronicle
H-P sports in depth: UTEP continues homestand Thursday versus Florida Atlantic
El Paso Herald-Post
Chuck Landon: Herd is capable of winning last 4
Women’s basketball suffers 4th straight loss
The Paisano
Techsters, North Texas look to extend win streaks
The News Star
Lady Miners in need of a win to get back on track
El Paso Times
Men’s basketball preview: Possible tournament scenarios for FAU entering the last four games
University Press

Minium: ODU’s recruiting class ranked as 1 of the worst in the nation. But experts have been wrong before
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.

American League Central Division sleepers
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Minor League Ball

Georgia softball players learn from athletic fathers
Alumnus Bert Emanuel ’94 is mentioned.
The Red & Black

TD top prospects: No. 5 Tyler Jay
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Twins Daily

Man about Canton: All in the family
The football that Lady Gaga caught at the end of her halftime performance in Super Bowl LI was thrown by Rice’s Brian Mann, associate athletic director for development.
Canton Citizen

A&M opens spring slate with 6-0 win over Incarnate Word
Rice soccer is mentioned.
A&M University Athletics

Cheslor Cuthbert’s move to 2nd base is crazy enough to work
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
Royals Review

10 things you might not know about Cowboys’ mysterious draft guru, talent evaluator Will McClay
Alumnus Will McClay ’89 is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News


Paper: Mexico’s energy reform requires new governance model for country’s northeastern region
A new governance model is needed for the implementation of Mexico’s energy reform in the local government entities of the country’s northeastern region, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Data Rescue Houston to convene at Rice’s Fondren Library March 4
Programmers, librarians, scientists, students, archivists, technologists and other volunteers will gather at Rice University’s Fondren Library March 4 for Data Rescue Houston, an event to identify, download and help preserve federal online data resources with the goal of protecting the public interest and ensuring the long-term accessibility of these resources.

New method for analyzing brain activity helps understand stroke impact
A new method developed by Rice University psychologists for analyzing brain activity may help better understand what happens to the brain following a stroke.

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