Dateline Rice for Feb. 24, 2017


Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts opens Friday night
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will open Feb. 24. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, and Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Inside the new, finished Moody Center for the Arts
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Brand new Rice University building gets recognized for its stunning design
Houston Chronicle
Photos: Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts
Houston Chronicle
1st look at Michael Maltzan’s Moody Center for the Arts in Houston
The Architect’s Newspaper
Houston’s Moody Center for the Arts debuts this weekend with Thomas Struth’s ‘Nature & Politics’ and more
The weekend guru: 5 under-the-radar events in Houston this Oscar weekend
Preview: Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
Free Press Houston
Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University in Houston opens to the public
Art Daily
Rice University’s new arts building
Top 5: Feb. 23


Bills targeting transgender bathroom access are floundering
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 Texas Senate Bill 6, town halls hosted by members of Congress, political rhetoric and the anti-vaccine movement.
Seattle Times (This Associated Press article appeared in over 300 other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Babin, Weber invited to Southeast Texas town hall meetings
Houston Chronicle
Political rhetoric gets loud
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
Trump and the anti-vaxxers
Off the Kuff
Se revitaliza en Texas el movimiento antivacunas
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)

Too ethical to get ahead?
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. Graduate student Di Di is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed

As Saudis prepare to sell shares in oil giant, some have misgivings
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Saudi Aramco.
Reuters UK (This also appeared in Yahoo Finance, the Times of India and DNA.)

You are free  —  be who you already are!
“Stretch,” by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.


Veterans to pitch their businesses to investors
The third annual Veterans Business Battle, sponsored by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and the Rice University Veterans Business Association, will begin Feb. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Historic Braeswood mansion listed for nearly $2.5M
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about Evalyn Davis.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How you can help make Houston’s streets safer
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article about a survey on bike safety that the institute is conducting March 4-10.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. A correction on Shelton’s title has been requested.)

Lawsuit seeks to end housing voucher discrimination
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about housing vouchers.
Rivard Report

IBM Austin lab looking for solutions to a growing aging epidemic
IBM Research and Rice University have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers. Graduate student George Chen is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman’s “512 Tech”


Rice University competing for $100M in grant money to help save babies in Malawi
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the institute, is featured.

What is coal’s future in the grand scheme of energy production?
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development, discusses the future of coal.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


New method for analyzing brain activity helps understand stroke impact
A new method developed by Rice psychologists for analyzing brain activity may help researchers better understand what happens to the brain following a stroke. Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
Medical Express

Evolving immunity: Controlling obesity, mood with designer gut bacteria faces obstacle
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.
Genetic Literacy Project

Trump’s enviro law impact may not be what many anticipate
Alumnus Andy Wang ’12 authored an op-ed.
HazMat Management


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.
Gloucester Times (This also appeared in CNHI.)

Briggs: Are CEOs snowflakes?
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.

PSO welcomes guest conductor for grand classics
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is mentioned.
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrates ‘Big Apple’ Feb. 24-26
Broadway World

Making communities healthier means improving health, not just health care
Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, authored an op-ed about the BUILD Health Challenge.
Orange Leader

From bottle rockets to bionic spinach
An article mentions that Michael Strano studied at Rice.
MIT Technology Review

Alabama’s newest climatologist has a heads-up for Gulf Coast
An article mentions that Rebecca Minzoni studied at Rice.

Music director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston Symphony for Concert March 3-5
Alumnus Jack Swanson ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World

New York Philharmonic to return to ‘Bravo! Vail’ July 21-28
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is a New York Philharmonic Global Academy partner.
Broadway World

George London Foundation to welcome Paul Appleby and Sarah Mesko in Recital
Alumna Sarah Mesko ’10 is mentioned.
Broadway World

Winners of the 2017 George London Awards are announced
An article mentions that Aaron Blake attended Rice.
Broadway World


Marcus Evans withstands injury scare, sinks game-winner as Rice tops Southern Mississippi
Rice men’s basketball defeated the University of Southern Mississippi 72-71. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Marcus Evans, Egor Koulechov, Chad Lott, Marcus Jackson, Marquez Letcher-Ellis, Connor Cashaw, Austin Meyer and Ako Adams are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice squeaks past Southern Mississippi in OT
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Feb. 23: Rice 72, Southern Mississippi 71 (OT)
Houston Chronicle
Evans scores with 1.9 left in OT; Rice beats Southern Miss
Houston Chronicle
Thursday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
C-USA preview: It’s the last chance to stop Middle Tennessee, while others fight for position
Mid Major Madness

Southern Miss women win fifth consecutive game
Rice women’s basketball fell to the University of Southern Mississippi 60-79. Players Nicole Iademarco and Shani Rainey are mentioned.
Lady Eagles pick up 5th straight win
Hattiesburg American

The league of living legends takes (perhaps) its final tour
An article mentions that Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham will turn 81 in April.

Cinco Ranch’s J.R. Adams thrives at Temple College after D-1 snubs
Rice men’s and women’s basketball will play Louisiana Tech University Feb. 25.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice University’s 5 bowl games in 10 years spurs $31.5M sports center
Rice’s Brian Patterson Sports Performance Center is featured.
Commercial Integrator

Nwosu, Allen and Pro Fit Houston trainers seek to mold the whole player
Former Rice football player Cameron Nwosu is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

LSUE baseball tries to catch up to 13-0 start
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Daily World

Texas hosts UConn in homestand
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Daily Texan
Baseball preview: Versus UConn Feb 24-26
Texas Sports
Weather big player this weekend in MWC baseball
Mountain West Connection
50 in 50: Countdown to the Texas spring game — baseball and football intertwined
Hook ’em
Texas set to welcome UConn’s Huskies to town for a weekendlong clash
Hook ’em
UConn baseball weekend preview: Texas
The UConn Blog
SLU rallies to defeat Tulane
Daily Star

Hokies to compete at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Tennis World

Texas A&M soccer team to host Rice for exhibition match Saturday
Rice soccer will play Texas A&M University Feb. 25. Head coach Nicky Adams and players Samantha Chaiken and Nia Stallings are mentioned.
Aggie Sports
Texas A&M faces Rice Saturday at Ellis Field

MU second in C-USA swimming
Rice swimming is participating in the 2017 C-USA Championships in Atlanta. Swimmers Hanna Huston and Jaecey Parham are mentioned.
Florida International gains lead on night 2 of Conference USA Championships
Swimming World
Herd swimming moves into 2nd place; Bendziewicz wins 200 IM
Marshall Athletics
Herd swimming and diving prepares for C-USA Championships
The Parthenon
FIU pushes lead after day 2 of C-USA Champs
College Swimming

Key questions of the offseason, part III — Can UNT reload up front defensively?
Rice football is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

2017 college football Sydney Cup
Rice football and Stanford will open the 2017 season Aug. 26 in the second annual Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
What’s on Sydney


Rice Business Plan Competition to announce 2017 competitors via Facebook Live Feb. 27
The 42 teams that have been accepted to participate in the 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business April 6-8 will be announced via Facebook Live at 11:05 a.m. CST Feb. 27.

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