Dateline Rice for March 3, 2017


Disturbing new facts about American capitalism
An article mentions research by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

‘Some of our friends couldn’t make it’
Brett Ashley Leeds, International Studies Association’s president and professor and department chair of political science, is quoted about the association’s international conferences.
Inside Higher Ed

Sharpen your analytics skills with these 5 free book sources
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.

Snapchat’s earliest employees: Where are they now?
A slideshow mentions that Mary Ritti attended Rice.
Business Insider (This also appeared in Business Insider Australia, Insider, Business Insider Singapore, Business Insider Nordic, Business Insider Nederland, Yahoo Finance Singapore and Business Insider Malaysia.)


Hacked: Energy industry’s controls provide an alluring target for cyberattacks
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Help the homeless
An editorial about helping Houston’s homeless population advocates that urban design experts from Rice be involved with Mayor Sylvester Turner’s vision to explore new, useful purposes for spaces under freeway overpasses.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston’s streets, reimagined
An article mentions that Ernesto Alfaro, lecturer of architecture, and Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, were judges at the “X-Change: EaDo Crossroads” program.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

A football pitch
Edward Egan, fellow and director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was on the panel of judges for the National Football League annual Super Bowl business startup competition.
TMC News
TMC Pulse (This article appears on Pages 24-25.)

UT System expansion plans stepped on toes
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 in articles about the University of Texas’ decision not to expand into Houston and “bathroom bills.”
Weatherford Democrat
Representative targets bills in weekly Facebook videos
Daily Texan
Vaccinmotståndarna på besök i Trump Tower
ETC (An English translation is not available.)

How proximity to clinics affects teen birth rates
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about teen birth rates.
Rivard Report

Ask the hearing expert: Hearing-aid adjustments
Alumnus Saleem Assaf ’88 is featured.
Austin American-Statesman

Celebrating 15 years of the Buzz Magazines
Baker College junior Haley Kurisky is mentioned.
Buzz Magazines

See which Central Texas startups were named finalists in 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition
The 17th annual Rice Business Plan Competition announced 40 of its 42 finalists Monday morning on Facebook Live. The Shreveport Times article mentions the competition excels at transforming companies and then connecting them with investors
Austin Business Journal
Louisiana Startup Prize launches
Shreveport Times

Houston’s grandmother of green: Betty Heacker’s iconic Wabash Feed and Hardware Store isn’t going away — it’s growing
Alumna Betty Heacker ’70 is featured.

Pieces of history on Main Street
Rice is mentioned.
Absolutely! Memorial

Desecrate the Faith’s ‘Unholy Infestation’ pours on the brutality
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press


Houston is trying to improve its standing as an innovation hub
Rice is mentioned as a place where talent is flourishing in Houston.
Houston Public Media

Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Humans may quickly evolve on Mars, biologist claims
Mars Daily

Alumna Joyce Hooper Corrington ’58 is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


6 ASME nominees named for the 2017 New Faces of Engineering program
Alumna Cynthia Sung ’80 is one of six finalists in the ASME’s 2017 New Faces of Engineering program.

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, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chile offered a glimpse into a possible new path toward that goal. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Chem.Info (This also appeared in ChemEurope, Science Daily, ECN, Phys Org, Scienmag, Energy Daily, Innovations Report, Science Newsline and R&D.)
Patch morning briefing: Sessions recuses; Noor Salman’s release blocked; Pence’s emails
Middleburg Heights Patch (This also appeared in Aurora Patch and Doylestown Patch.)

Treat synthetic cannabinoids as public health issue, report says
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’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the institute, is quoted.
Medical Xpress

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.
Scienmag (This also appeared in Opli and Innovations Report.)


5 secrets about the Soviet Space Program
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
How Stuff Works
Meet the Republican Congressman obsessed with sending America back to the moon


Chuck Landon: Herd lets No. 5 seed slip away
Rice men’s basketball defeated Marshall University 89-88. Players Egor Koulechov, Marcus Evans, Marcus Jackson and Marquez Letcher-Ellis are mentioned.
C-USA: Chesapeake’s Marcus Evans makes history at Rice
Owls beat Herd, 89-88
Koulechov’s 3-pointer gives Rice win over Marshall
Fox Sports
Rice edges Marshall
The News Center
College roundup: Rice steams Herd with late 3-pointer
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Rice wins 89-88 to end 7-game losing streak versus Marshall
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Rice sinks Herd with help of late 3-pointer
Thursday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
Marshall hosts high-scoring Rice Owls

Decisive 3rd quarter fuels Rice win over Marshall women
Rice women’s basketball defeated Marshall University 84-74. Players Nicole Iademarco, Shani Rainey, Wendy Knight and Jasmine Goodwine are mentioned. The team will play Western Kentucky University March 4.
Logan Banner
Herd women clinch C-USA berth despite 84-74 loss
WKU clinches No. 1 seed in C-USA with 75-55 win at North Texas
Bowling Green Daily News

Dallas Wings add 6-time WNBA All-Star to coaching staff
Former Rice coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Western Kentucky cruises past North Texas 74-63
Rice men’s basketball will play Western Kentucky University March 4.
Houston Chronicle
Tops close out rocky regular season against Rice on Saturday
Tops ease past Mean Green, 74-63
Tops close out rocky regular season against Rice on Saturday
Toppers takes care of Mean Green 74-63
Blowing Green Daily News

Cokley scores 19 points off bench, leads UAB past FAU, 79-59
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Centre Daily Times

Golden: 5 reasons why Tom Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not later
Former Rice coach Jason Washington is mentioned.
Hook ’em

50 in 50: 5 longest rushes in Texas history
Rice football is mentioned.
Hook ’em

Baseball heads to Houston for prestigious tournament
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Tigers facing 1st major test of the year against No. 1 TCU
Huskers look to take momentum into loaded Frisco Classic
Husker Online
TCU baseball has met high expectations so far, but big weekend awaits
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Aggies head to Houston for big test in loaded College Classic
Aggies head to Houston for Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic
Weekend preview: Texas Christian, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Texas A&M converge for Classic
Baseball America
UL pitcher Lee: ‘I made a mistake and it was a mess’
Daily World


Paper: Creation of Mexico’s energy reform lacked key stakeholders’ input
While Mexico’s energy reform will most likely produce vigorous activity, progress and growth in the country’s energy sector, the reform was not the result of the participation of all relevant players, nor were all relevant policy options discussed, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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