Dateline Rice for March 1, 2017


Tiny mistakes cause inhalers to deliver half doses
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in the March 1 issue of Futurity Today.)
Inhaler users get about half as much medicine as they should from each puff
World Pharma News (This also appeared in Medical Xpress, Laboratory Equipment and Scienmag.)
Inhaler users get half the medication they need per puff, study says
Gephardt Daily (This also appeared in UPI.)
Inhaler patients’ common mistakes can impact amount of medicine that reaches the lungs
News Medical
Inhaler study: How much medicine makes it to lungs? (This also appeared in Health Canal.)
Inhaler patients need to puff harder
Inhaler users get half the medication they need per puff
Updated News

Could a graphene ‘sandwich’ improve sensors?
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.
Nano ‘sandwich’ offers unique properties
Chem Europe (This also appeared in Wireless Design & Development and Science Newsline.)
System bits: Feb. 28
Semiconductor Engineering
Don’t eat this sandwich!
Controlled Environment

Trump addressed joint session of Congress for the 1st time
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump. Brinkley will speak at Purdue University March 1, on Sanibel Island March 14 and at Florida Southern College March 16.
New York Times
Trump dibuja paralelos con presidencia de Jackson
Houston Chronicle’s “La Voz” (An English translation is not available.)
‘Ding’ to host private dinner lecture with historian Douglas Brinkley
Fort Myers Florida Weekly
Hunter S. Thompson in Trump era? A historian smiles
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Trump election has parallels to Andrew Jackson’s presidency
Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Q&A with historian and author Doug Brinkley
The Exponent
Got plans?
The Ledger

Life in the universe? Colonizing Mars may make humans evolve into new species, suggests scientist
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
International Business Times
Can colonizing Mars turn us into a new species?
Raw Story

20 iconic late-night spots at colleges across the country
An article mentions that Rice students frequent House of Pies.
Refinery 29


Chicago rapper, R&B singer headline KTRU Outdoor Show
KTRU’s 26th annual Outdoor Show will take place April 22.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online.)

Investors extend $610,000 to veteran-owned businesses
The third annual Veterans Business Battle, sponsored by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and the Rice University Veterans Business Association, is discussed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston kids go behind the camera
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.
Local Houston

DFW Beauty Guide: 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.
DFW Beauty Guide

Woodlands schools, sports, students: March 2017
Michael Carambas, department chair and adjunct professor of naval science, is mentioned.
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes

Trinity conservatives file ‘harassment’ claim against students who returned their event fliers
An article discusses fliers that have been posted at Texas college campuses, including Rice.
San Antonio Current


Houston firefighter’s retirement fund opposes latest version of Mayor Turner’s pension plan
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 Houston’s pension plan. Jones also authored an op-ed about the Texas delegation to the U.S. House.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
The Brief: Texas Supreme Court will hear same-sex marriage case today
Texas Tribune
The Texas delegation to the US House, from right to left
Trib Talk

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. This also aired on WOLB.)

An unnamed Rice professor is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Racial gap in children’s asthma linked to social inequality in Houston neighborhoods
African-American and poor children in the United States suffer disproportionately from asthma. But according to a new study from sociologists at Rice, racial and socio-economic gaps in the proportion of children in Houston who have asthma may be a result of social inequalities in the neighborhoods where children live.
Ashley Kranjac, postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Sociology and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, is quoted.
Medical Xpress

New is better at the 2017 Offshore Technology Conference
Rice Alliance is mentioned.

Enhanced 3-D scaffolds for cancer studies
Testing treatments for bone cancer tumors may get easier with new enhancements to sophisticated support structures that mimic their biological environment, according to Rice scientists. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
3D Fab+Print


Pineville native Tudor breaks down oil industry future at weekly Rotary meeting
Rice Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor ’82 is featured for a speech he gave to the Alexandria Downtown Rotary Club in Louisiana.

Slushmageddon today — fleeting winter flashback — near 60F on Sunday?
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about carbon capture.
Star Tribune

News of the weird: $4B bail, alarming headlines and some undignified deaths
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.
News of the weird
Fort Myers Florida Weekly (This also appeared in Encore and Valley Advocate.)

The numbers behind Houston’s affordable housing demand
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned in an article about affordable housing in Houston.

3 candidates vying for 2 seats on Shorewood School Board
Alumna Paru Shah ’05 is featured.
North Shore Now

AI kan se hur folk röstar med hjälp av Google Street View
Rice is mentioned.
Computer Sweden (An English translation is not available.)

INL acolhe conferência sobre micro e nano engenharia
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Correio do Minho (An English translation is not available.)


D1 digest: Tuesday, Feb. 28
Rice baseball fell to Texas Christian University 13-5. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Dane Myers, Ryan Chandler, Willy Amador, Charlie Warren, Ford Proctor and Brad Gneiting are mentioned.
Traver exits early, offense explodes as Frogs defeat Rice 13-5
TCU starts fast with Skoug homer, races past Rice 13-5
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Frogs rout Owls 13-5 in Fort Worth
Frogs O’ War
TCU versus Rice preview: Frogs take on flailing Owls
Frogs O’ War
TCU news: Frogs remain No. 1
Frogs O’ War
College roundup: Rebels stumble for 1st time
Baseball America

5 things to look for in Rice’s spring practice
Articles discuss Rice football’s spring practice. Players J.T. Granato, Jackson Tyner and Nate German and assistant football coaches Brian Stewart, Wesley Beschorner and Scott Vestal are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Rice spring football: 5 things to watch
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Weaknesses in the Pac-12 North
Rice football is mentioned.
Around the dog park: It’s time to start thinking about C-USA’s next TV contract
Underdog Dynasty

Johnny Manziel tells reporters: ‘I want to play football’
A slideshow mentions that Johnny Manziel was suspended for half of the 2013 Rice-A&M football game.
Houston Chronicle

Texas baseball faces Lamar in key mid-week game
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Burnt Orange Nation
2017 prespring college football rankings and lookaheads: No. 1 to 130
MSN Sports

Herd’s record-setting Loop not finished yet
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Marshall basketball’s Browning healthy, happy to be back in Herd lineup
Charleston Gazette-Mail
West Alabama heroes: Feb. 28
Tuscaloosa News
Charlotte 49ers’ path to C-USA tournament begins — once again — through Texas
Charlotte Observer
Southern Miss gets lift with emergence of freshman hurler
Sun Herald
Miner men seek 1st-round bye in C-USA tournament
The Prospector

No. 11 Baylor men’s golf takes 2nd place at Querencia
Rice golf is mentioned.

James Harden to grace March 6 cover of Sports Illustrated
Rice men’s basketball assistant coach Scott Pera is mentioned.

Creighton volleyball quartet heading to US Women’s National Team Open tryouts
McMurtry College junior Madison McDaniel will participate in the 2017 U.S. Women’s National Team open tryouts.
Creighton volleyball quartet heading to US Women’s National Team tryouts

SportzBuzz — March 2017
A Rice commit is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines


Racial gap in children’s asthma linked to social inequality in Houston neighborhoods
African-American and poor children in the United States suffer disproportionately from asthma. But according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University, racial and socio-economic gaps in the proportion of children in Houston who have asthma may be a result of social inequalities in the neighborhoods where children live.

Rice University announces tuition for fall 2017
Undergraduate tuition at Rice University for the 2017-18 school year will be $44,900, an increase of $1,680 from the current year. The total cost, which includes $13,850 for room and board and $708 in mandatory fees, will rise 3.1 percent to $59,458. The university will enhance the financial aid budget by more than 4 percent to help meet the increased cost of attendance, including additional resources for other costs, such as books, personal expenses and travel.

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