Dateline Rice For March 7, 2017


Many asthma patients use their inhalers incorrectly, research shows
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.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)
Inhaler users’ biggest mistakes
Wall Street Journal Video


Can lasers make controlled nuclear fusion happen?
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.
Shaped femtosecond laser pulses might be able to improve muon catalyzed fusion for energy generation
Next Big Future
El santo grial de la fusión nuclear halla una nueva ruta con los pulsos láser
Las Provincias (An English translation is not available.)
Ny metod rekommenderas för kärnfusion (An English translation is not available.)

Trump’s Sisyphean coal revival requires a battle with the free market
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s plans for the coal sector.

Behind the scenes: What’s next on Obamacare — the next playbook power list — first in playbook: J.B. Poersch to run Senate Majority PAC — b’day: Alan Greenspan is 91
Stephanie Linder, director of development, is mentioned.

IITKGP students’ team reaches finals in top global business competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Times of India
Purdue teams heading to global competition
Inside Indiana Business

Texas lieutenant governor calls on Christians to support bathroom bill
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 the Texas “bathroom bill.”
New York Times
Pastors trade the pulpit for politics as they stand against immorality
Charisma News

Opinión: No llores por Trump, el mapa mexicano tiene más luz que sombra
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Expansion (An English translation is not available.)

Cientistas criam novo supersólido que atinge os três estados da matéria de uma só vez
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Gizmodo Brazil (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in MSN Brazil.)


GOP health bill favors a system of tax credits
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted about the House Republican health care bill.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 7 print edition with a different headline, “GOP offers health plan.”)

Photo collection captures Houston ‘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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

New center focuses on weighty emissions issue
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Sol LeWitt work is last exhibit at Rice Gallery before the big move
An article discusses Rice Gallery’s final installation, Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares,” which will be on display until May 14. The article quotes David Krueger, preparator of the gallery; Kimberly Davenport, director of the gallery; Joshua Fischer, curator of the gallery; and Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. A Rice Thresher op-ed by McMurtry College junior Lenna Mendoza is mentioned.
Houston Press

Syringe exchange for drug users hopes to emerge from the shadows
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in an article about drug policy.
Reporting Texas

Memorial Hermann Medical Group The Woodlands welcomes new physician
Alumna Navneet Kainth ’04 is featured.
The Paper

Veterans attract investment money in Houston startup competition
The third annual Veterans Business Battle, sponsored by Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and the Rice University Veterans Business Association, is discussed.
Houston Business Journal

Events to celebrate Women’s History Month
Annise Parker ’78, professor in the practice and a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, will present “Women on Top: Top-Lessons in Politics and Leadership” in Huntsville March 30.
Huntsville Item

The most liberal, conservative colleges in Texas
Rice was featured on Niche’s list of the top 100 most liberal colleges in America.
Beaumont Enterprise

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.”
My San Antonio

ADL: Texas sees most white supremacist materials on college campuses
An article mentions acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)


New study looks at ‘close calls’ for cyclists and pedestrians
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is working on a study to see how often near-misses between pedestrians and bikers and cars actually happen. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the institute, and Dian Nostikasari, development, transportation and placemaking research fellow at the institute, are quoted.
Houston Public Media


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.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Medical Xpress and PsyPost.)
Novel statistical approach reveals details about brains’ internal networks in patients with epilepsy
News Medical

Unique protein partly to blame for worm’s digestive distress
Results of a Rice University study of the Orsay virus unique to nematodes, the worms that make up 80 percent of living creatures on Earth, have revealed the molecular structure of a fusion protein that forms unusual fibers and attaches the virus to cells and infects them. Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Weiwei Zhong, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted. Graduate students Yanlin Fan and Yusong Guo are also mentioned.
Science Daily (This also appeared in Scienmag and Health Medicine Network.)
Unique protein partly to blame for worm’s digestive distress, study finds
Youth Health

High school interns find real-world culinary experience at Rice
An article discusses a paid internship program collaboration between the Houston Independent School District’s culinary arts program and Rice’s Housing and Dining department. Johnny Curet, director of campus dining, is quoted.
Food Management

Thomas Struth on documenting invisible systems
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present Thomas Struth’s “Nature & Politics” through May 29. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
American Photo

Rice University researchers develop flat camera technology
Rice University engineers introduce FlatCam, an extremely thin, lens-less camera system that uses sophisticated algorithms to record images and videos. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are quoted.
Security Info Watch

The Apollo formula
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Space Review
JFK’s ‘Moon Speech’ from 1962 still applies today
Portage Life


Haines manager applicants include man fired from position 3 months ago
Alumnus Truitt Rounsavall ’17 is mentioned.
Haines manager applicants include Seward, who was fired from job 3 months ago

Good vibrations help reveal molecular details: Rice University scientists combine disciplines to pinpoint small structures in unlabeled molecules
Five years of hard work and a little “cosmic luck” led Rice researchers to a new method to obtain structural details on molecules in biomembranes. Jason Hafner, associate professor of physics and astronomy and of chemistry, is quoted.
Internet Medicine

Achieve more with fewer resources
An article discusses Scott Sonenshein’s new book, “Stretch.” Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones School.
IT Daily Advisor

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra world premieres Julia Adolphe work
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is mentioned.
Sequenza 21

Missouri S&T chancellor accepts Wright State presidency
Cheryl Schrader is profiled. The article mentions Schrader was previously an adjunct professor at Rice.
Rolla Daily News

Suicide and the sensitive heart: Why it is time for us to be vigilant
An unnamed Rice professor is mentioned.
Feminine Collective

Riveting retrospective revisits president’s defining moments
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is one of the experts featured in the documentary “The Obama Years: The Power of Words.”
St. Augustine News (This also appeared in News in Greater Atlanta and Monterey City News.)

Houston: Learn to listen
Alumnus Jonathan Price ’16, a campus missionary intern at Rice’s Baptist Student Ministries, authored an op-ed.
Baptist Standard

5 low-cost medical innovations that save lives in developing countries
Rice students and their mentors have created a sterilization station for surgical instruments that can help minimize the risk of infections to patients anywhere in the world. The Sterile Box is featured on a list of low-cost medical innovations that save lives in developing countries.
Real Clear Life

HarvestPlus sets sights on MacArthur Foundation’s $100M grant
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
This Day Live

Do trees sleep at night? New research might surprise you!
Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and Department Chair of BioSciences, is quoted.
Homestead Guru

Ussama Makdisi on the invention of sectarianism in the modern Middle East
An article discusses a keynote address delivered by Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, in 2016.

Concert calendar: Week of March 5-13
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Naples Daily News

1 reason why so many Republicans prefer a ‘dying white America’ to David Brooks’ Houston — the GOP is dying in Houston
A Rice census study is mentioned.

Future economy needs future-ready social safety net
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.
The News Today

Weekend: Mental health moment
Alumnus Ken Podratz ’02 is mentioned.
The Courier

Barnard architecture students: ‘We won’t build your wall’
An article mentions posters that were hung at Rice.
Campus Reform

La vulnerabilidad del sector energético atrae a los hackers
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity.
El 19 (An English translation is not available.)


Trending upward, Rice women set for conference tourney
Rice will play the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Conference USA Championship March 8. Head coach Tina Langley is quoted and players Nicole Iademarco, Maya Hawkins, Adaeze Obinnah and Jasmine Goodwine are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

PAC-12 baseball roundup
Rice baseball will play Stanford University March 9-12.
Pacific Takes
Walk-off wonder Brodey powers baseball past Texas
Stanford Daily

2017 C-USA women’s basketball All-Conference Team
Martel College senior Jasmine Goodwine has been named to the All-Conference USA Second Team.
beIN Sports

3rd-team All-C-USA honor is nice, but ODU’s Caver would ‘rather have a ring’
Brown College sophomore Marcus Evans and Wiess College senior Egor Koulechov have been named to the All-Conference USA first team.
Doug Smock: The moral issues of the C-USA ballot
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Marshall’s Elmore seeks to do better in C-USA tournament
Charleston Gazette-Mail

The next generation
Hanszen College junior Carson Crain is featured.
Sailing World

KFOX14 to air UTEP men’s basketball game Thursday
Rice will play the University of Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA Championship March 8. The winner of the game will face the University of Texas at El Paso March 9.
Miners headed for C-USA Championship Quarterfinals
Predictions, expectations and numbers of the C-USA tournament
The Prospector
Miners confident heading in to C-USA Tournament
El Paso Proud
Miners excited, eager for conference tournament
El Paso Times

MAAC final appearance represents more than a game for Siena
Rice men’s basketball head coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
518 Sports

Rendon wants to be in Nats’ lineup every day
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
MLB Nationals

The weekend roundup: Week 10
Rice tennis is mentioned.
The Dartmouth

From March 7 to April 7, schools will put their best foot forward
Rice football’s pro day will be March 27.

Puerto Rico yearns for another golden era in Major League Baseball
An article mentions that Henry Ramos was accepted to Rice.
Washington Post

West University shares America’s pastime with sister city in Croatia
An article mentions that David Moss coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

March madness: Hilltopper edition
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
WKU Herald

King senior breaks 53-year-old CCISD shot put record
Former Rice athlete Gerald Holtzman is mentioned.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Women’s basketball: FAU fires head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
University Press

Random thoughts from around the country: Spring college football tease
Rice football is mentioned.
Roll Bama Roll
50 in 50: Texas’ highest scorers by the numbers
Hook ’em
Conference realignment expansion draft: Day 3
Underdog Dynasty

Aggie athletics notes: Texas A&M baseball team in good spot despite losses, but must eventually face TCU in postseason
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Aggie Sports
TCU’s Schlossnagle says best case for Traver still 2 weeks out
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Field set for 2018 Shriners Classic, including UL
The Advertiser
Frogs home from Houston energized by 3 wins, young bullpen
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
LSU baseball: Kramer Robertson’s insane catch; Jared Poché stays dominant
SEC Country

Pepperdine briefs: Waves win Southwestern Invitational
Rice baseball won one out of three games against Pepperdine University.
Malibu Surfside News

Lady Tops enter C-USA Tournament as favorites
Rice women’s basketball fell to Western Kentucky University 80-75.
WKU Herald

Rice is mentioned.


Orm-way’s Orsay ummy-tay? Unique protein partly to blame
A protein unlike any other appears to be partially responsible for upsetting the stomachs of the most common animal on the planet. Results of a Rice University study of the Orsay virus unique to nematodes, the worms that make up 80 percent of living creatures on Earth, have revealed the molecular structure of a fusion protein that forms unusual fibers and attaches the virus to cells and infects them.

About Arie Passwaters

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