Dateline Rice for March 10, 2017


Rice’s Baker Institute receives grant to study US tax, spending policies
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund a program to examine the dynamic effects of major fiscal policies. John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)


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.
National Science Foundation

Trump finds he needs friends on the Hill
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about the fight to repeal and replace Obamacare. Brinkley will speak at Stephen F. Austin State University April 24.
Financial Times
SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature noted historian Douglas Brinkley
Gilmer Mirror

How you can make a great impression before you meet your interviewer
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his new book, “Stretch.”
‘Stretch: The Power of Doing More with Less’
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


IBM wants to protect senior citizens by tracking nearly their every move
IBM Research and Rice University have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)

EPA cuts could hurt Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted about the effects of possible Environmental Protection Agency budget cuts.
Huntsville Item (This also appeared in Palestine Herald-Press, McAlester News-Capital, Enid News and Press Republican.)
Environmental Protection Agency cuts could hurt Texas
Weatherford Democrat

Emmure’s Frankie Palmeri doesn’t care if you hate his music or not
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press

Local young artists perform at Pink Petro HERWorld Energy Forum
An article mentions that the 2017 Pink Petro HERWorld Energy Forum was hosted at Rice March 8.
Fort Bend Herald

Kelsey-Seybold leader stepping down after 37 years
Alumnus Spencer Berthelsen ’76 is featured.
Community Impact


Glass changes colors at flick of a switch
Rice University’s latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, graduate student Adam Lauchner and McMurtry College senior Grant Stec are quoted. Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Controlled Environment
Lab expands palette for color-changing glass
Color-changing windows get a palette upgrade
Rice lab expands palette for color-changing glass

What does the rise of AI mean for L&D?
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, is quoted about the rise of artificial intelligence.
Learning & Development Professional
Technology and Human Rights Symposium features Opal Tometi
The Scarlet & Black

Trinity University names Craig Crow director of investments
Rice Management Co. is mentioned.
Institutional Investor

IOP Publishing Reviewer Awards 2016: New Journal of Physics
Han Pu, professor of physics and astronomy, is featured as one of the NJP Outstanding Reviewers of 2016.
IOP Science

MIT named the top in the Global University Rankings for Architecture
Rice’s School of Architecture is featured on Quacquarelli Symonds’ list of the world’s top universities for the study of architecture and built environment.
World Architecture Community


PI presents: World-class performance highlights from 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition
Alumna Alison Lee ’15 is mentioned.
Iowa Public Radio

Zan Guerry to be honored by Kiwanis Club with Distinguished Service Award
Alumnus Alexander Guerry III ’71 has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga.
The Chattanoogan

LSU Equestrian continues streak of regional dominance
An article mentions that a club from Rice participated in a regional equestrian competition.

Learning about science with MakerSpace
Steve Cox, professor emeritus of computational and applied mathematics, is featured.
Rio Grande Sun

Fardon joins Riley Warnock & Jacobson
Alumna Mary Balthrop ’07 is mentioned.

Burnet County Dems to host speaker on Bridging the Political Divide March 21
Alumna J. McNeil ’73 is featured.
Burnet Bulletin

Free viola recital Wednesday
Rice is mentioned.
Lincoln Journal-Star


The 25 best colleges for sports lovers
Rice is No. 13 on a list of the best colleges for sports lovers.
Sports Illustrated (This also appeared in Money.)

UTEP uses 1st-half run to knock off Rice in C-USA tourney
Rice men’s basketball fell to the University of Texas at El Paso 76-86 in the Conference USA tournament. Head coach Mike Rhoades and players Connor Cashaw, Marcus Evans and Egor Koulechov are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UTEP’s fast start finishes Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice routed by No. 16 Stanford to open series
Rice baseball fell to Stanford University 6-16. Players Willy Amado, Addison Moss, Darryn Sheppard and Dominic DiCaprio are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Lady Raiders begin tournament play tonight against Rice
Rice women’s basketball fell Middle Tennessee State University 59-61 in the Conference USA tournament.
MTSU Sidelines

Alumni notebook: Luken Baker shines at Minute Maid Park, earns Big 12 honor
Brown College senior Charlie Warren and McMurtry College Addison Moss are featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)

Bears resign Brown, tender 2 others
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is mentioned.
Chicago Bears


Paper: Mexico’s energy reform may increase socio-environmental conflict
The opening of Mexico’s energy sector to private investment, along with more critical public attitudes on the environmental and community toll of energy extraction activities, may increase the incidence and visibility of socio-environmental conflict in Mexico, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Anya Bolshakov

Anya Bolshakov is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.