Dateline Rice for March 2, 2017


Humans may quickly evolve on Mars, biologist claims
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Human colonists on Mars could undergo ‘dramatic evolutionary changes’
Verizon (This also appeared in Toshiba.)

Meet discusses energy policy challenges
An article mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy helped organize the Energy and Economic Diversification Policies Roundtable. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, is quoted, and a photo of Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the institute and lecturer of economics, is featured.
Qatar Peninsula

How to solve riddle of Venezuela’s economy
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the Venezuelan economy.
Emirates Business

Protect Your Lungs
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 in some of the articles.
Men’s Health
Inhaler study: How much medicine makes it to lungs?
Health News Digest (This also appeared in Science Research & Technology News.)
Inhaler users get about half as much medicine as they should from each puff
Medical News Today
Inhaler users get only half medicine per puff
Counsel & Heal
Estos pequeños errores provocan que la mitad de la dosis de los inhaladores se pierda
El Espanol (An English translation is not available.)

University of Texas nixes Houston expansion plan
The University of Texas System has cancelled plans to expand into Houston. Rice is mentioned.
Wall Street Journal

‘Memorias del futuro’
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.
Huffington Post (An English translation is not available.)


Art gallery and museum listings: March 2-8
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present Olafur Eliasson’s “Green Light — An Artistic Workshop” through May 6; Thomas Struth’s “Nature & Politics” through May 29; Dana Thater’s “The Starry Messenger” through Feb. 1; 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 LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

New Handbook of Houston tells the city’s story
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “Saving Mes Aynak” March 3.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houstonians no longer going to jail for possessing marijuana
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.
Galleria Patch

Guest column: Texas a leader in cancer prevention, research
Rice President David Leebron co-authored an op-ed about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Lufkin News

Story behind the cross
An article discusses churches designed by architect Frank Dill, a former instructor at Rice.
Wimberley View

Bill of the week: The war on the war of northern aggression
Unnamed Rice professors are mentioned.
Austin Chronicle

‘Mother’s room’ opens in the LSC
An article mentions that Rice has a “mother’s room.”
The Houstonian

My top 5: Katie Mehnert of Pink Petro
The second HERWorld Energy Forum will be held at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business March 8.
365 Things To Do in Houston

OutSmart’s leading ladies of 2017: Celebrating Houston’s LGBTQ women of power
Graduate student Kendall Toarmina is featured.

Hitchhike love: The best of the week
The group Caddywhompus will perform at Rice’s Valhalla March 3.
Free Press Houston


The science fiction writers of Valence Street
Alumna Joyce Corrington ’58 is featured.

Composer David Colson’s music takes center stage tonight
Ben Kamins, professor of bassoon, and Matthew Strauss, associate professor of percussion, are mentioned.

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.)

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 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.

A closer look at the Houston Texans at the 2017 NFL Combine
The author description for a broadcast by N.D. Kalu mentions that he played football at Rice.
Sports Talk


Looking at Trump’s quick request for border-wall plans
Ron Witte, associate professor of architecture, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s border wall.
Architectural Digest

Racial gaps in children with asthma may be result of social inequalities in 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.
News Medical
Racial gap in children’s asthma linked to social inequality
Science Daily

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. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Research reveals 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.
PsyPost (This also appeared in Scienmag and ADI.)

MBA specializations: Landing the job you want
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.

What does Scott Wise, the Cullen Foundation’s new president, bring to the Houston funding scene?
An article mentions that Scott Wise, the new president of the Cullen Foundation, is the former founding president of the Rice Management Co. and a former chief investment officer for Rice.
Inside Philanthropy


Was Pope Francis wrong about Islam?
Alumnus Roger Olson ’82 authored an op-ed.

Working with a Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner
Alumna Caroline Shaw ’04 is mentioned.
Grecourt Gate

Randolph String Parents Association host annual Stringfest concert
An article mentions that Sophie Shao has performed at Rice.
Randolph Reporter

Dan Egan, VHS ’10, to perform at New York Philharmonic
Dan Egan, a graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
My Verona NJ

Soprano loves scaling musical heights with orchestra
Alumna Erin Wall ’00 is mentioned.
Dispatch Argus

Still no proof on secondhand smoke
An article mentions research by Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics.
Standard Speaker

Colorado aims to expand a main artery, but beleaguered neighbors balk
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about a transportation project in Colorado.

A rare medical case where smoking actually helped a patient
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.
Real Clear Life
News of the weird March 1
Planet Jackson Hole (This also appeared in Erie Reader.)
U-S-A! U-S-A! 
Salt Lake City Weekly
News of the weird: March 2
Herald Times Online

Secure our schools
An editorial mentions acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
5 Towns Jewish Times

PSO Concert March 12 at Valley Forge Auditorium
Alumnus Tomasz Robak ’13 is mentioned.
Parma Observer

Estudo viabiliza uso de nanotubos de carbono em estruturas aeroespaciais
Rice is mentioned.
FAPESP (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Revista Amazonia.)

El Consejo Regulador de los Vinos de la D.O. Somontano, España, y CESSA Universidad, organizaron el concurso para alumnos ‘El mejor maridaje’
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Diario Imagen (An English translation is not available.)


20-win Rice makes its bid for the postseason
Rice men’s basketball is featured. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Marcus Evans and Marcus Jackson are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston Baptist men surging in Southland Conference
Rice men’s basketball will play Marshall University March 2 and Western Kentucky University March 4.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
5 WKU seniors prepare for their final games in Diddle
WKU Herald
Browning feels blessed for his time with Herd
WKU’s uncommon quintet of seniors plays final home games this weekend
Hilltopper forward Waters nearing graduation after academic recovery
Bowling Green Daily-News

Lady Toppers playing for No. 1 seed, regular season title at North Texas
Rice women’s basketball will play Marshall University March 2 and Western Kentucky University March 4.
Bowling Green Daily-News
Lady Toppers go for league title this weekend
Drake and Belmont lead way in final ESPNW mid-major poll of the season
WKU looks to finish strong before postseason
WKU Herald
Final road trip takes MU women to Texas

UTEP women’s basketball travels to face Old Dominion
Rice men’s and women’s basketball is mentioned.
El Paso Proud
Old Dominion and UTEP battle for No. 3 seed in C-USA Tournament live
beIN Sports
College hoops action
93.7 The Beat
Pronostici College Basket NCAAB: analisi e scommesse sulle partite del 2 e 3 marzo
Bet Italia Web (An English translation is not available.)

Early offense sets tone for Frogs in 13-5 victory over Rice
Rice baseball fell to Texas Christian University 13-5.

Houston Baptist defeats Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for 8th straight win
An article mentions that Willis Wilson coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
HBU cruises past A&M-Corpus, runs winning streak to 8
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Alumni notebook: Conroe represented as North Lake College wins region title
Brown College senior Charlie Warren is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Rebels juggle sickness and travel with Minute Maid event up next
The Rice Invitational is mentioned.

TCU starter Traver could miss 2 weeks, Schlossnagle says
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Umpires overshadow 2017 Texas baseball opener
Sports Media 101
Texas baseball struggles to score in series finale versus Rice
Sports Media 101
5 takeaways from Texas baseball’s opening series
Sports Media 101
Longhorns win in their 1st visit to Sam Houston St.
Sports Media 101

50 in 50: Facts and figures to know about Royal-Memorial Stadium before the spring game
Former Rice coach Jason Washington is mentioned. The second article includes a photo from a 2005 Rice football game.
Hook ’em
Style and substance: Jason Washington ready to coach Texas’ cornerbacks
Hook ’em

Panther preview: Tennis team prepares to hit the courts
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Panther Now

Houston punter is also school’s valedictorian
An article mentions a high school football player, whose father attended Rice.
Collierville Independent

Athletes sign letters of intent on national signing day 2017
Rice commits are mentioned.
Cy-Fair Lifestyles & Homes


New path suggested for nuclear fusion
Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal.

Report: Treat synthetic cannabinoids as public health issue
A rise in the use of synthetic cannabinoids (syncans) in Houston has prompted law enforcement officials to target sellers and users of the drug. However, taking a public-health-based approach toward curbing the use of syncans, which have caused dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects in extreme cases, may be a more effective use of city resources, according to a new report from a drug policy expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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