Dateline Rice for Feb. 27, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


US role as global intellectual beacon is under threat
Rice President David Leebron, board chair of the Association of American Universities, co-authored an op-ed about the importance of international students and faculty to American higher education and global competitiveness.
Houston Chronicle


In rural Western Maryland, fracking divisions run deep
A Rice study on fracking is mentioned.
Washington Post

Misgivings remain as Saudis prepare to relinquish ‘crown jewels’
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Saudi Aramco.
Arabian Business
As Saudis prepare to sell shares in oil giant, some have misgivings
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide (This also appeared in Times of Malta and Reuters.)
Ölriese drosselt Förderung in Kanada
Berner Zeitung (An English translation is not available.)

Rice University studied which parts of Houston are most lit so you don’t have to
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.


Former mayoral candidate Bill King not giving up fight with Turner on pension reform
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 former Mayoral candidate Bill King’s involvement in Mayor Sylvester Turner’s pension initiative, vaccines and “bathroom bills.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 25 print edition with a different headline, “Pension reform battle pits mayoral foes again.”)
Transgender and gay rights face key hurdles this week in Texas
Some dude opposes pension reform
Off the Kuff
In the age of Donald Trump, vaccine policy is becoming politicized, with potentially deadly consequences
Before It’s News
CBS News Radio 
WBBM (This also aired on 401 other media outlets.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
Proyectos de ley dirigidos al acceso a baños transgénero continúan batallando en EEUU
Ayre Venezuela (An English translation is not available.)

Harris County joins vanguard of marijuana policy
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg’s new marijuana policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 27 print edition with a different headline, “County joins vanguard of pot policy.”)
Harris County moves to forefront in relaxing marijuana-possession punishment
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas’ growing Latino population underscores need to focus on education
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted about Texas’ population.
Dallas Morning News
Inversión en educación determinará futuro de Texas: Mercedes Olivera
Dallas Morning News’ “Al Dia Dallas” (An English translation is not available.)

It’s Mardi Gras time! Here’s where to celebrate Fat Tuesday in Houston
The Rice Farmer’s Market is mentioned.
Houston Press

LULAC banquet welcomes thankful students
Rice is mentioned.
The Facts (Subscription required.)


‘Great Day Houston’
Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, in conjunction with the Pozos Art Project, is presenting an exhibition, “In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City,” that will feature photos and monoprints. Geoff Winningham ’65, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities and professor of visual arts, discusses the project.

In the increasingly high-tech oil business, cybersecurity is becoming essential
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity.
Houston Public Media

Veterans battle it out for startup capital
The third annual Veterans Business Battle, sponsored by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and the Rice University Veterans Business Association, is discussed.
Houston Public Media
KTRH (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

DiverseCity: Natalie Lin, a musician’s profile
Graduate student Natalie Lin is featured.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Rice is mentioned.

‘Education Today’
Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education and co-director of Rice’s Center for Education, discusses education policy.
Kiwi6 (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Week 5: Can President Trump’s policy claims be taken seriously?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses President Donald Trump and is mentioned on Don Imus’ radio show.
Indivisible Radio (This aired on 164 radio stations.)
‘Imus in the Morning’
WABC (This also aired on 66 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts opened to the public Feb. 25.

A broadcast discusses Rice’s history with NASA.


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.

Charged Up! podcast: The art of stretching
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones School, discusses his new book, “Stretch.”

How a diabetes drug might stop breast cancer
An international team including Rice researchers has discovered a way to fight the overexpression of a protein associated with the proliferation of breast cancer. Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and postdoctoral fellow Fang Bai are quoted.
Knowridge Science Report

Students play key biomedical research role in space
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Space Daily

Big data bust: MD Anderson-Watson project dies
Rice is mentioned.
Medscape (Subscription required.)


News of the weird
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 mentioned.
Daily Herald

Black church leaders say people upset about the election of Donald Trump must overcome their feelings of helplessness through prayer and action
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Faith leaders advise action to combat ‘Trump-ocrisy’
Los Angeles Sentinel

Houston Solutions Lab: Making the city work better
An article mentions Houston Solutions Lab, a partnership between the city of Houston and Rice.

Randolph Township Schools to host Stringfest Feb. 27
An article mentions that Sophie Shao has performed at Rice.
TAP into Randolph

Future economy needs future-ready social safety net
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.
The Straits Times

5 languages that could change the way you see the world
Alumnus David Fleck ’02 is mentioned.

LC artist to show watercolor pieces at reception in DeRidder
Rice‘s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is mentioned.
American Press

Musica Viva’s upcoming concert, ‘The Next Generation,’ welcomes the Rolston String Quartet
An article mentions that the Rolston String Quartet is the ensemble in residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Roanoke Times

Collection of works highlighted in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at Heinz Hall
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is mentioned.
Trib Live

Effects of Trump’s travel ban on Southwestern University
An article mentions that Rice is one of over 600 colleges and universities that has signed a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly about President Donald Trump’s executive order.
The Megaphone

Hutchinson: Auburn Education Foundation eyes positive 2017
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, was added to the Auburn Alumni Hall of Distinction.
The Citizen

Windy City Gay Chorus, Windy City Treble Quire to perform Faure’s ‘Requiem’
Alumnus Eric Esparza ’00 is mentioned.
Windy City Times

Run! The old world is behind you! — Christopher Sperandio
Christopher Sperandio, associate professor of visual and dramatic arts, is mentioned.
Art Connect

Rock climbing group ‘Brothers of Climbing’ answers the question: ‘Do black people climb?’
Graduate student Fred Campbell is mentioned.

Free young person’s concert: Haven String Quartet
An article mentions that members of the Haven Quartet graduated from Rice.
Fairfield Sun

Lehigh offices use benchmark schools to evaluate progress
Rice is mentioned.
The Brown and Right

Port Townsend Library’s kids’ choir to launch season Monday
Rice is mentioned.
Peninsula Daily News

Paseños, en la mira de ICE
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 mentioned.
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)

Las citas en linea tienen más beneficios para los hombres que para las mujeres
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is mentioned.
Eju! (An English translation is not available.)

Ali Koç kimdir Fenerbahçe’de Ali Koç sesleri yükseliyor
Alumnus Ali Koc ’90 is mentioned.
Yeni Ufuk (An English translation is not available.)


Improving Owls win 20 games for 1st time since 2004
An article discusses Rice men’s basketball’s 2017 season. Head coach Mike Rhoades and Brown College sophomore Marcus Evans are quoted.
Houston Press

Rice beats Louisiana Tech for 20th win of the season
Rice men’s basketball defeated Louisiana Tech University 88-81. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Marcus Evans, Marcus Jackson, Connor Cashaw, Marquez Letcher-Ellis and Egor Koulechov are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Feb. 25: Rice 88, Louisiana Tech 81
Houston Chronicle
Rice slips past Louisiana Tech for 88-81 win
Houston Chronicle
Rice snaps La. Tech win streak
The Shreveport Times (This also appeared in the News Star.)
La. Tech looks for road sweep at Rice
The Shreveport Times (This also appeared in the News Star.)

Women’s college basketball: Baylor tops Texas Tech to clinch Big 12 title; Mulkey gets 500th career win
Rice women’s basketball fell to Louisiana Tech University 51-62. Sid Richardson College junior Nicole Iademarco is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
2nd-half surge lifts Techsters to victory
The News Star (This also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)
Techsters to honor seniors against Rice
The News Star (This also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)
Lady Techsters down Rice, 62-51

Marshall holds 3rd place in C-USA swimming
Rice swimming finished second in the 2017 C-USA Championships in Atlanta. Swimmers Kaitlyn Swinney, Rylee Lindhardt, Marie-Claire Schillinger, Alicia Caldwell, Hanna Huston, Jaecey Parham, Kiley Beall, Kaitlin Benjamin and Lauren Rhodes are mentioned.
FIU cruising to C-USA title after day 3
College Swimming
FIU snags 3rd-straight C-USA crown
College Swimming
Florida International clinches C-USA Championship
Swimming World
Florida International piles on to lead after 3 nights of C-USA Championships
Swimming World
MU swimming and diving team take 3rd in C-USA
Herald-Dispatch (Subscription required.)
FIU swim dive claims 3rd-straight C-USA title
Florida Swim Network
Marshall moves into 2nd place at C-USA Championships; Bendziewicz wins 200 IM
Huntington News
4 school records set by Herd swimming; Rowe swims an NCAA qualifying time
Marshall Athletics
Herd swimming finishes 3rd at C-USA Championships
Marshall Athletics

College baseball: Seth Romero strikes out 12, but UH falls to Missouri
Rice baseball won one out of three games against Southeastern Louisiana University. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Dominic DiCaprio, Matt Canterino, Glenn Otto, Charlie Warren, Brad Gneiting, Ryan Chandler, Ricardo Salinas, Roel Garcia, Willy Amador, and Nick Silber are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: UH beats A&M-Corpus Christi; Baylor reaches 8-0
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
SLU-Rice: Lions leap to series win
College Baseball Central
Rice Owls bats wake up, hang 15 on SLU Lions
College Baseball Central

Cephus embracing pressure of being Cy Ranch’s new head coach
John Pope ’90, assistant baseball coach, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Texas universities that profit the most, least off sports
The Texas Tribune compiled data on the expenses of sports teams for Texas’ eight public universities that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The article mentions that private schools, including Rice, were not tracked.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

No. 20 A&M takes series versus Pepperdine with Sunday win
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Janczak, big 5th inning power Frogs to series sealing win
Frogs O’ War

No. 11 Baylor men’s golf heads to Querencia Cabo Collegiate
Rice golf is mentioned.
No. 11 Men’s golf heads to Querencia Collegiate
Baylor Athletics
No. 11 Baylor men’s golf in 4th place at Querencia

Campbell leads Southern Miss past North Texas, 76-53
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
USM clinches spot in C-USA Tournament
Student Printz

College Basketball: UNH men, UMBC ready for rematch
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
New Hampshire Union Leader

Lopresti: Delta was last small high school to experience single-class magic
Rice football offensive coordinator Billy Lynch is mentioned.
Indianapolis Business Journal

What should the Red Sox Do with Brock Holt?
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is mentioned.
Baseball Prospectus

Shannon Rowbury gets altitude, warmth and family in Mexico
Alumnus Pablo Solares ’08 is mentioned.
Run Blog Run

‘Imus in the Morning’
Rice football is mentioned.
WABC (This also aired on 66 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Nano ‘sandwich’ offers unique properties
Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists.

International leadership expert Bruce Avolio to join Rice’s Doerr Institute
Internationally known leadership expert Bruce Avolio, the Mark Pigott Chair in Business Strategic Leadership and Executive Directorship in the Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking at the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, will join Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders as a fellow. His appointment is effective March 1.

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