Dateline Rice for Feb. 28, 2017


Incorrect use of asthma inhaler could waste medication
Tens of millions of Americans with lung disease use metered-dose inhalers each day, and new studies by Rice electrical engineers and pulmonologists at Baylor College of Medicine have identified critical errors that are causing many inhaler users to get only about half as much medicine as they should from each puff. Graduate student Rajoshi Biswas and Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, are quoted.


Will Mars colonists evolve into this new kind of human?
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
NBC News

Trump fails to unify nation as he sticks to campaign mode
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump, former President Barrack Obama and Bob Dylan.
Financial Times (Subscription required.)
‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ premieres tonight
Bob Dylan book to get 1st talk at 2018 Rancho Mirage Writers Fest
Desert Sun

Emprendedores mexicanos sin temor a Donald Trump
An article discusses a paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Forbes Mexico (An English translation is not available.)


Houston voices join national archive of African-American experience
Raymond Johnson ’69, the first African-American admitted to Rice and the first African-American to graduate from Rice, and Nancy Glenn Griesinger ’02, the first black person to earn a doctorate in statistics at Rice, are included in HistoryMakers, a national archive of oral histories of African-Americans across the country.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Houston voices join African-American archive.”)

Battle lines are fading on Armand Bayou Preservation
Rice is mentioned in a reprint of a 1971 Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice Business Plan Competition announces finalists
The 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition announced 40 of its 42 finalists Monday morning on Facebook Live. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice Business Plan Competition announces 2017 finalists
Houston Business Journal

Next moves for Discovery Green and downtown Houston?
Ernesto Alfaro, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

21 best things to do in Houston this week: Elvis tribute and Bobby Lee from MADtv
Dana Thater’s “The Starry Messenger,” will be shown at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through Feb. 1, 2018. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the center, is quoted.
Houston Press
Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University opens to public
Visit Houston

A Texas energy company offers a glimpse of what carbon capture could look like
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity and carbon capture.
Texas Monthly
In the increasingly high-tech oil business, cybersecurity is becoming essential
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)


A closer look at decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession in Houston
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 Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Bush 43 backs free press on national stage
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 comments made by former President George W. Bush, President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress and “bathroom bills.”
Trump’s 1st address to Congress
KLBJ (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

‘In the Eyes of Our Children’
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.

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


2-dimensional hybrid ‘sandwich’ offers unique properties for optoelectronics
Rice University researchers have modeled a nanoscale sandwich, the first in what they hope will become a molecular deli for materials scientists. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
AZO Nano
Nano ‘sandwich’ offers unique properties
iConnect007 (This also appeared in Science Daily, Solid State Technology, Nanotechnology Now and Phys Org.)
Material scientists create super-strong nano ‘sandwich’
Nanoscale sandwich for molecular sensing
New Electronics

Why digital publishing is the future of education
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice-based publisher OpenStax, is quoted about the textbook industry.
Inc. (Registration required.)

Understanding NMR logs in shales
Understanding how oil and gas molecules, water and rocks interact at the nanoscale will help make extraction of hydrocarbons through hydraulic fracturing more efficient, according to Rice researchers. George Hirasaki, research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Walter Chapman, the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate dean for energy in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, are quoted.
E&P Hart Energy

5 steps to personalize your mobile experience for better customer engagement
Alumnus Arun Bhattacharya ’95 authored an op-ed about mobile applications.
Adobe Digital Marketing Blog


Jason Perlioni named chief investment officer at Johns Hopkins
Alumnus Jason Perlioni ’94 has been named chief investment officer at Johns Hopkins University.

Reinhold Niebuhr and Stanley Hauerwas: Can their approaches to Christian ethics be bridged?
Alumnus Roger Olson ’82 authored an op-ed.

Social engineering for Nigeria’s economic development
A Rice study is mentioned.

Equestrian team rides high in recent contest
An article mentions that the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association was hosted at Rice.

Houston-based shows ‘Louisiana roots’ in DeRidder
Rice‘s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is mentioned.
Beauregard Daily News

In rural western Maryland, fracking divisions run deep
A Rice study on fracking is mentioned.
Frederick News-Post

Studiato il meccanismo della paura: ecco come si attivano i neuroni nei pressi dei luoghi dello shock
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.
La Stampa (An English translation is not available.)
Paura nel cervello: una recente ricerca scientifica dimostra come la paura abbia un proprio nascondiglio nel cervello dell’individuo
Extraquotidiano (An English translation is not available.)
Averiguan cómo se recuerdan las experiencias aterradoras
Investigacion y Desarrollo (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Asi Sucede.)


Top-ranked TCU up next as Rice runs schedule gantlet
Rice baseball will play Texas Christian University Feb. 28. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Ford Proctor, Willy Amador and Dane Myers are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
TCU baseball’s No. 1 ranking about to take a 9-game test
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rice coach David Bailiff has somehow managed to average 5-7 records for a decade
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is featured. A number of former and current Rice players are mentioned, as well as former Rice coaches.
SB Nation

No. 23 Rice downs Roadrunners on Friday
Rice tennis is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics
UTSA to continue road trip at I-35 rival Texas State on Tuesday
UTSA Athletics

Rice men win 1st Blue Gray title
Rice men’s tennis won the team’s first Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Feb. 25. Head coach Efe Ustandag is quoted and players Jake Hansen and Eric Rutledge are mentioned.
Montgomery Advertiser
Bobby Reynolds returns to SEC country to lead Auburn
Montgomery Advertiser
Tennis: South Florida, Stanford and Rice roll into March matches
Hero Sports

Basketball: Sheffield Sharks recruit point guard Max Guercy
Former Rice basketball player Max Guercy is featured.
The Star

Lady Tops finish undefeated against C-USA at home
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
WKU Herald

Q&A with ‘Run the World’ author Becky Wade
Alumna Becky Wade ’12 is featured for her book about her research on running communities around the world.

FIU panthers win 3rd consecutive C-USA title
Rice swimming finished second in the 2017 C-USA Championships in Atlanta. Swimmers Marie-Claire Schillinger, Kaitlyn Swinney and Alicia Caldwell are mentioned.
Swim Swam

No. 11 Baylor men’s golf climbs to 3rd at Querencia
Rice golf is mentioned.

Bishop: Stansbury making no excuses for toughest season of his career
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Slowly building
Owl Access
C-USA men’s tournament picture clearer
UTEP Basketball: The turnaround timeline
Miner Rush
WKU’s postseason hopes hang in a familiar balance
WKU Herald
Southern Miss G/F Quinton Campbell named C-USA Player of the Week
MS News Now
Southern Miss senior wins C-USA Player of the Week
Sun Herald
USM’s Campbell nabs C-USA weekly honor
Hattiesburg American

The beard: James Harden untangles his life and game
Rice men’s basketball assistant coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated

Ahead of Stanford showdown, Texas ranked 21st in national poll
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Hook ’em
Unbeaten Arkansas gets 1st midweek test versus unbeaten Louisiana Tech
SEC Country

50 in 50: 2016 freshman stats to know before the spring game
An article mentions a 1985 Rice football game.
Hook ’em

Faces of A&M black history
An article mentions a 1971 Rice football game.
The Battalion


Inhaler study: How much medicine makes it to lungs?
Tens of millions of Americans with lung disease use metered-dose inhalers each day, and new studies by Rice University electrical engineers and pulmonologists at Baylor College of Medicine have identified critical errors that are causing many inhaler users to get only about half as much medicine as they should from each puff.

Future of education reform is topic at Rice’s Jones School panel March 2
Chester Finn, who for more than four decades has been in the forefront of the national debate about education reform, and local education leaders will participate in a panel on the future of this reform at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business March 2.

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