Dateline Rice for March 6, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Librarians, ‘hactivists’ gather to secure federal data
On Saturday, about 100 librarians, academics, coders and socially minded “hactivists” showed up at Rice’s Fondren Library to help preserve online federal data as part of a national project aimed at safeguarding scientific research. Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth science; Carrie Masiello, associate professor of Earth science; Kathy Weimer, head of Fondren’s Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services; and Lisa Spiro, executive director of digital scholarship services at Fondren Library, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Hackers drawn to energy sector’s lack of sensors, controls
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and over 100 other media outlets.)
Hacked: Energy industry’s controls provide an alluring target for cyberattacks
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 5 print edition with a different headline, “Hacked: Energy industry an alluring target for sophisticated cyberattacks.” The online version previously appeared in Dateline March 3.)
Reporte: Vulnerabilidad de sector energético atrae a hackers
Houston Chronicle (An English translation is not available.)


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.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page. This also appeared in Lifeboat Foundation.)

This wild new supersolid is 3 states of matter at once
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Gizmodo (This also appeared in Gizmodo UK and Gizmodo AU.)
Scientists create new form of matter: Solid and superfluid at the same time
A new form of matter: Scientists create the 1st supersolid

3 reasons why budget cuts could help (not hurt) America
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about budget cuts. Sonenshein also discusses his new book, “Stretch.”
Being a jack-of-all-trades can make you a better — and higher-paid — executive
Business Insider (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Scott Sonenshein: ‘Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less […]’ | Talks at Google
Value Walk
When it comes to our money, there’s one thing we’re all getting wrong.

The trouble with underestimating clean energy
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about clean energy.
The Hill


Art Daybook: Wildflowers on overdrive
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present teamLab’s “Flowers and People, Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together — A Whole Year Per Hour” through Aug. 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Beating civil charges will help AG Ken Paxton in court of public opinion
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 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott, a new tax break bill and the University of Texas’ failed expansion into Houston.
Dallas Morning News
‘Be a leader,’ implores 1 writer to Abbott
San Antonio Express-News
UT’s expansion plans in Houston stepped on toes
Huntsville Item
Tax holidays in Texas for guns, LED light bulbs, computers and more?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Legislature roundup: UT System expansion plans stepped on toes
Jacksonville Progress

Historical record(maker): Celebrated professor and author Dr. George Chauncey doesn’t just teach gay history, he makes it
The Chauncey lectures will be presented in the new Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts April 3-5.

25 years later, buckyball a big find on small scale
A reprint of a 2010 Houston Chronicle article discusses the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry, which was awarded to University Professor Emeritus Robert Curl, the late Richard Smalley and the late Harold Kroto for their discovery in 1985 of fullerenes, popularly known as “buckyballs.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Master Sommelier David Keck to open a honky-tonk in Montrose
Alumnus David Keck ’09 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

Family friends tie the knot at Four Seasons, 1 floor above bride’s office
Alumnus Blake Helfman ’13 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Burned orange
An editorial discusses the University of Texas’ decision not to expand into Houston. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The most liberal, conservative colleges in Texas
Rice was featured on Niche’s list of the top 100 most liberal colleges in America.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Gallery: Most liberal, conservative colleges
Houston Chronicle

Mydolls keep giving back, inspiring younger rockers
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press

Haynes: Alister McGrath defends concept of God
An unnamed Rice professor is mentioned.
Amarillo Globe-News

The trans teacher: Brandon Beck educates Texas
Alumnus Brandon Beck ’99 is featured.
San Antonio Current

These are Houston’s most popular running and biking routes
Rice’s outer loop is featured on a list of Houston’s most popular running and biking routes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston’s most popular running and biking routes
Houston Chronicle


Houston Metro to make safety upgrades after recent crashes
A broadcast mentions that representatives form Rice and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research are part of a group brainstorming safety upgrades to Houston’s MetroRail system.

‘In the Eyes of Our Children’: Art and photography created by Houston kids
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.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

A broadcast mentions that Troy Sharpe secured his certified financial planner status from Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

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, discusses problems with automation. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Moshe Vardi: ‘Les hommes se soulèveront avant les machines’
L’obs (An English translation is not available.)


Michael Maltzan lightens the mood in Houston with his 1st brick project
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the center, is quoted.

Statistics method shows networks differ in epileptic brains
A novel statistical approach to analyzing patients with epilepsy has revealed details about their brains’ internal networks. The findings may lead to better understanding and treatment of the disease, according to Rice researchers. Marina Vannucci, the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics and professor and department chair of statistics, and Sharon Chiang, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine, are quoted.
Health News Digest

Diagnostic laboratory reduced to the size of a microwave
Rice is mentioned.
Crisis Response

These cultural institutions are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts
An article mentions that Rice receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Architectural Digest

Bacterium from coal mine fire could aid drug targeting
Chemists scouring Appalachia for exotic microorganisms that could yield blockbuster drugs have reported a unique find from the smoldering remains of a coal mine fire that’s burned for nearly a decade in southeastern Kentucky. A research team from Rice, the University of Kentucky and the University of Oklahoma made new — and in some cases more effective — versions of the antibiotic daptomycin using an enzyme from a soil bacterium found in smoke vents of the Ruth Mullins coal fire.
Pharmacy Choice

‘Cedric Price works 1952-2003: A forward-minded retrospective’ celebrating Cedric Price’s illustrious career
An article mentions that British architect Cedric Price helped students during the Rice Design Fete in 1967.
Bigmat International Architecture Agenda

Alex Cestero leaves a string of successes in his wake
Alumnus Alejandro Cestero ’96 is featured.
Hispanic Executive

Gibson Dunn adds 2 partners in Houston
Alumnus Michael Darden ’02 is featured.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Study: Patient error cuts dose in half for inhalers
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.
Medical Design & Outsourcing (This also appeared in Drug Delivery Business News.)


Islander to serve on destroyer
Sid Richardson College senior Emma Gray is featured.
Bainbridge Island Review

Pursuing, sharing truth is focus of Star tent at Tucson Festival of Books
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, will speak at the Tucson Festival of Books March 11. Brinkley spoke at Purdue University March 1.
American historian sits down with Mitch Daniels
The Exponent

Flood by emojis: New risk model could aid Baton Rouge residents, but it’s not all smiles
Rice is mentioned.
The Advocate

Faculty in focus: Ariel Strichartz
Alumna Ariel Strichartz ’91 is featured.
Manitou Messenger

Candidate announcement: Michael Mullaley to run for Hingham Light Board
Alumnus Michael Mullaley ’80 is mentioned.
Wicked Local Hingham

Q&A with Dartmouth tech transfer expert Nila Bhakuni
An article mentions that Nila Bhakuni worked at Rice.
New Hampshire Business Review

Islamophobes and their safe-spaces
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, authored an op-ed about Islamophobia.
Islamic Monthly

My 2 cents: UA presidential candidate Bob Robbins could help Cats move upward
Rice is mentioned.

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.
Hispanic Trending

Music director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston Symphony for concert March 3-5
Alumnus Jack Swanson ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents world premiere of ‘Shiver And Boom’ March 18-19
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is mentioned.
Broadway World

The 1st real New Orleans saint? Henriette Delille’s path to canonization
Rice is mentioned.

Dartmouth native plays during presidential inauguration
An article mentions that Matthew Harding studied at Rice.
South Coast Today

Manusia di Mars Bakal Berevolusi Lebih Cepat
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Viva (An English translation is not available.)


Western Kentucky tops Rice behind Justin Johnson’s 24 pts
Rice men’s basketball fell to Western Kentucky University 79-72. Players Egor Koulechov, Marcus Jackson, Ako Adams and Marcus Evans are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Area men’s basketball: Motley, No. 11 Baylor top UT
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
W. Kentucky tops Rice 79-72 behind Johnson’s 24 pts
Houston Chronicle
Saturday’s college basketball
Houston Chronicle
Late game heroics send Rice past Marshall
Logan Banner
Hilltoppers finish as No. 8 seed in C-USA
Hilltoppers answer Rice rally, finish regular season with 79-72 win
Bowling Green Daily News

College baseball: Rice splits with Pepperdine
Rice baseball won one out of three games against Pepperdine University. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Ford Proctor, Chace Sarchet, Matt Canterino and Darryn Sheppard are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
D1 digest: Saturday, March 4
3-up, 3-down and the DQ Classic

UTSA opens C-USA tournament Wednesday versus Western Kentucky
Rice will play the University of Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA Championship March 8.
Houston Chronicle
MTSU seniors go out in style with big win over FAU
Murfreesboro Post
UTSA to face 10th-seeded Rice in opening round of C-USA Tournament
UTSA Athletics

College basketball: Baylor women advance to Big 12 Tournament semifinals
Rice women’s basketball fell to Western Kentucky University 80-75. McMurtry College senior Maya Hawkins is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
WKU wins regular season title with 80-75 win at Rice
Bowling Green Daily News
Lady Tops play for outright regular season title at Rice
Bowling Green Daily News
Lady Toppers celebrate another championship before C-USA tournament
Bowling Green Daily News
Lady Toppers claim C-USA championship
Hilltoppers seek ‘effort and toughness’ versus Rice
Bowling Green Daily News

Taylor named to 2017 All-C-USA 2nd Team
Martel College senior Jasmine Goodwine has been named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.
El Paso Herald-Post
Sparkle Taylor caps off senior season with All-C-USA selection
Miner Rush
Three local Lady Raiders earn all-conference honors
Daily News Journal

AP sportlight
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Beloit Daily News
WKU’s Noble, Ivy Brown and Tashia Brown named all-conference
Herd women wrap up at North Texas before postseason

Herd gets 6th seed for C-USA
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.

Tennis splits to Houston and Arkansas for the weekend
Rice tennis is mentioned.
The Optimist
Women’s tennis defeats Rice in 4-0 sweep
Everything Lubbock
No. 31 women’s tennis shuts out Fresno State, 7-0
Texas Sports
No. 8 men’s tennis defeats Rice, 6-1
Texas Sports
Texas Tech tops UT at the Rawls Course
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
No. 19 South Carolina edges No. 20 Texas A&M
No. 8 Lady Raiders sweep Rice, 4-0
Daily Toreador

UH football coach Major Applewhite has big needs to address this spring
A slideshow includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Stanford runner Christian McCaffrey plays with ‘chip on shoulder’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

McAuley wins district hoops title
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Aiken High standout wins $20,000 scholarship
Augusta Chronicle

D1Baseball top 25 rankings: March 6
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Horned Frogs complete undefeated weekend in Houston with 5-3 win over Ole Miss
Top-rated Frogs hammer No. 4 LSU in Houston opener
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
College baseball rankings: TCU stays atop Top 25
The 10 strangest things about TCU’s marathon win over Texas A&M
College Baseball Central
Another Frog miracle: TCU scores 5 in 9th to tie, beats Texas A&M in 15th
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Cards split Sunday doubleheader at UTRGV
Rice baseball will play Lamar University March 7.
12 News Now
Cardinals bested by Vaqueros, 3-1
12 News Now

5 reasons why Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not late
Former Rice coach Tom Herman is featured.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Golden: 5 reasons why Tom Herman will turn Texas around sooner, not later
Hook ’em


Rice University experts available at CERAWeek
For the first time, Rice University is an academic partner at CERAWeek, the premier international gathering of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers, leaders from the technology, financial and industrial communities as well as energy technology innovators. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the gathering, which will be at the Hilton Americas-Houston March 6-10.

Statistics method shows networks differ in epileptic brains
A novel statistical approach to analyzing patients with epilepsy has revealed details about their brains’ internal networks. The findings may lead to better understanding and treatment of the disease, according to Rice University researchers.

‘Julius Caesar’ among spring events at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music
Events at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music during March and April include the Shepherd School Opera’s production of “Julius Caesar,” faculty recitals and season finale orchestra concerts.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.