Dateline Rice for March 13, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Rice’s Baker Institute lands multimillion-dollar grant from Koch Foundation
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 Business Journal
Rice’s Baker Institute receives grant to study US tax, spending policies
My San Antonio
College roundup: McRaven’s Houston choice, UH student gets visa back from Iran
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Trump’s biggest obstacle in pushing clean coal could be his own White House
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about carbon capture, utilization and sequestration.
CNBC (This also appeared in Yahoo Finance UK.)

1 big thing that Trump’s government is missing: Scientists
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s cabinet.
Washington Post

There’s a very good reason to hire overqualified workers
A Rice study on hiring overqualified candidates is mentioned.
Quartz (This also appeared in the Balance.)

Blade runner tests limits of prosthetics, years after Oscar Pistorius
An article mentions a Rice study on athlete Oscar Pistorius.
New York Times (This also appeared in myAJC.)
Blade Runner II
Business Mirror

What if mcmansions ruled the world?
In an Q&A, architect Keith Krumwiede mentions he taught at Rice.
The Atlantic’s “City Lab”

Real-life zombies that are stranger than fiction
Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy has an even more insidious agenda, according to Rice researchers. Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, is quoted.
BBC Earth


Metro pledges action after collision record draws concerns
An article mentions Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy who was killed Feb. 3 in a train-cyclist accident.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 13 print edition with a different headline, “Metro pledges action on rail safety.”)

After chief resigns, all eyes on COO at MD Anderson
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, and alumnus Stephen Hahn ’80 are quoted in an article about MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 12 print edition with a different headline, “Aiding an ailing hospital.”)

A weekend in Detroit: architecture, kayaking and Faygo cocktails
Ryan Holeywell, senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored op-eds about Detroit and economic opportunities in cities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared in the March 12 print edition, which mentions Holeywell’s Rice affiliation.)
America’s conundrum: The cities with jobs are too expensive to live in
Rivard Report

Rethinking Houston
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about making Houston more pedestrian and bike friendly.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Gross: Hate can’t take root if we don’t let it
An op-ed mentions fliers that were hung up at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How Montrose became gay
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about the Houston Montrose neighborhood. Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

What Homeland Security will feed to border detainees in Texas
A slideshow mentions the Houston Area Survey conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

SXSW 2017: The simple lessons reshaping the cities and cars of the future
An article mentions a parking app developed by Rice students.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Entrepreneur.)

Larry McMurtry’s typewriters sell at auction for $37,500
Alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 is featured.
Houston Chronicle

At SXSW, Joe Biden pledges to work with Trump to ‘end cancer as we know it’
An article mentions that former Vice President Joe Biden spoke at Rice.
Texas Tribune (This also appeared in KUOW, KUT, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business Press.)

Save the data: Houstonians join a national effort to archive federal data sets
On March 4, 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. Kathy Weimer, head of Fondren’s Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services; Lisa Spiro, executive director of digital scholarship services at Fondren; and postdoctoral research associate Erendira Quintana Morales are quoted. The article features a photo of Weimer, Spiro and Kim Ricker, head of Fondren’s GIS/Data Center.
Week in review: March 6-10
The Scientist

Energy, innocence and originality: Geoff Winningham and Janice Freeman explore Houston children’s perspective at Rice Media Center
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, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities and professor of visual arts, discusses the project.
Arts + Culture

LDE wins the Rather Prize
Lovett College sophomore Martin Rather is mentioned in an article about the Rather Prize, which is being offered in partnership with Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership.
Lake Cities Sun

Texans: How much did your vote cost in November?
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 money spent in the 2016 election.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Board discusses survey process
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about the study process for a possible bond.
Hill Country News

Texas State students participate at the Innovation Lab
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
University Star


Moody Center for the Arts: Part classroom, part art gallery, park workshop
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center, takes reporter Michael Hagerty on a tour of the new center in the Houston Matters piece. Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14. Alumna Rainey Knudson ’94 comments on the Moody Center in a Glasstire podcast.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
The 5 best things to do in Houston this weekend: Rodeo then regatta
Houston Press
Art Daybook: The messy business of ingenuity
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Art Dirt: Political art, The Moody Center, party Padre

Wind: The No. 1 renewable energy source in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses wind power in Texas.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Encore Houston, episode 9: MUSIQA
An article mentions that Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School; and Karim Al-Zand; associate professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School, are on the board of MUSIQA.
Houston Public Media

Houston police launch enforcement and information campaign to protect bicyclists
An article mentions a study being conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research on “close calls” for pedestrians and cyclists.
Houston Public Media

A broadcast mentions Rice research. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


‘Preventable’ asthma attacks in Houston cost millions
“Preventable” asthma attacks among schoolchildren cost millions in health care dollars over 10 years, according to a new study by the city of Houston, Rice University and the Houston Independent School District. Katherine Ensor, professor of statistics, and Loren Raun, faculty fellow of statistics, environmental analysis and decision making, are mentioned.
Science Daily

Reactions from the architecture community to Trump’s travel ban
An article discusses the effect of President Donald Trump’s travel ban on students studying architecture. Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted.

Expanding palette for color-changing glass
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.
Chem Europe
Rice lab expands palette for color-changing glass
Nanotechnology Now (This appeared in Science Newsline.)
Lab expands palette for color-changing glass
A little zap turns this glass from clear to black

Nanomaterial sandwich offers delicious 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.
Materials Today

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’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Phys Org (This also appeared in eScience News.)

MacArthur Foundation moves from ‘genius grants’ to global problem-solving
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition.
Modern Healthcare

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.
Med India


How the mind works
Lane Kauffmann, professor emeritus of Spanish, is mentioned.
Creative Nonfiction

Concert calendar: Week of March 12-19
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Naples Daily News

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.

At SXSW, Joe Biden recruits others to join cancer-fighting mission
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Windsor Locks Patch

Interview with the COO: ARCA biopharma Inc.
Alumnus Thomas Keuer ’84 is interviewed.
Wall Street Transcript (Subscription required.)

Life on Mars: Colonists could evolve quickly, become separate human species
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Wissenschaftler erklärt, was passiert, wenn Menschen sich auf dem Mars ansiedeln
Big FM (An English translation is not available.)

Platts prevé alza de 30 por ciento en ventas de gas a México
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El Financiero (An English translation is not available.)

Prevé EU nuevo TLC hasta finales de 2018
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
El Vigia (An English translation is not available.)
El principal problema de México
El Heraldo de Chihuahua (An English translation is not available.)

Por qué el BM anuló la compensación de $1.4M a ExxonMobil
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El Nacional (An English translation is not available.)


Rice headed to College Basketball Invitational
Rice men’s basketball will play the University of San Francisco in the College Basketball Invitational March 15.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UH to host Akron in NIT opener; Rice selected for CBI
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College results for March 12
Kansas City Star
Not a great debate about NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 seeds
SF Gate

Record-breaking Katie Jensen has sights set on NCAA glory for Rice
Lovett College senior Katie Jensen is featured for breaking the longest-standing record in Rice women’s indoor track and field history.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

College baseball: UH’s John King blanks Baylor on 3-hitter
Rice baseball won two out of four games against Stanford University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: UC Irvine wins second straight over No. 1 TCU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baseball splits 4-game series at Rice
Stanford Daily
Brodey, Stanford strongly impress
D1 Baseball
D1 digest: Friday, March 10
D1 Baseball
Around the bases: No. 5 Louisville stays unbeaten with ACC sweep of Pitt
College Baseball Insider
Around the bases: Gahagan homers to lead No. 12 UNC past No. 8 UVa
College Baseball Insider
Cardinal corner: Stanford men claim another quality tennis win
Palo Alto Online
Cardinal corner: Stanford women a hit at ASU tournament
Palo Alto Online
Stanford-Rice: The Quinn Brodey show stuns Rice
College Baseball Central
Rice Owls bounce back against Stanford
College Baseball Central
Rice Owls and Stanford Cardinal split series
College Baseball Central
This week in Pac-12 Baseball
PAC-12 News
Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar opener in an upset
SF Gate

Cal Baseball at Pepperdine for a 3-game series
Rice baseball won one out of three games against Pepperdine University.
California Golden Blogs

Q&A with D-backs prospect Duplantier
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplaniter is featured.

Bearkats beat Lamar, complete series sweep to begin Southland play
Rice baseball will play Sam Houston State University March 14 and Texas State University March 15.
Huntsville Item
Bearkats battle, sweep Lamar with 3-1 win
Bobcats sweep series against Alabama A&M
University Star
Strong pitching efforts propel TXST past Bulldogs
Corridor News

TSU men gain berth in NCAA tournament
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the March 11 print edition with a different headline, “Tigers capture berth in NCAAs.”)
TSU to tackle another giant in matchup with North Carolina
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
No. 16 seed TSU opens NCAA Tournament against North Carolina
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
TSU beats Grambling, secures spot in NCAA tournament with Alcorn State win
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Think the NCAA bracket’s too easy? Try 1 of these pools
New York Times

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi loses Southland final in OT to New Orleans
Former Rice coach Willis Wilson is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, New Orleans to play for Southland title
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas A&M Corpus Christi set to face New Orleans in Southland final
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Women’s swimming: Deist completing collegiate career
Rice swimming is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
LSU swimmer competes in 4th straight NCAA Championship
Daily Reveille

Berwick alum Mayon works with Falcons for Super Bowl
An article mentions that Cory Mayon works with Rice Athletics.
St. Mary Now

Women’s tennis splits weekend matches, break losing streak
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Daily Wildcat
No. 6 Tech defeats Wichita State, 4-2
Daily Toreador

Delbarton grad helping NBA build new audience
Alumnus Jonathan Yardley ’05 is featured.
Daily Record (This also appeared in Asbury Park Press and Daily Record.)

Eskimos staff hit the road for US tryout circuit
The Edmonton Eskimos will be at Rice for open tryouts April 2.
Edmonton Sun

Report: The Texans in trade discussions with the Cowboys for Tony Romo
The author description for a broadcast by N.D. Kalu mentions that he played football at Rice.
Sports Talk

UTEP men’s golf set to compete in Border Olympics
Rice golf is mentioned.
El Paso Herald-Post
Roadrunners to head to Laredo for Border Olympics
UTSA Athletics
Rain forces round 1 of Border Olympics to end early, UTEP men’s golf in 11th
El Paso Herald-Post
Border Olympics concludes day 1
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in LMT Online.)

Another year, another receivers coach; Texas’ Drew Mehringer rejoins Tom Herman’s staff
Former Rice football player Drew Mehringer is featured.
Hook ’em

Lane Kiffin, Butch Davis add intrigue to FAU-FIU football rivalry
Rice football is mentioned.

All-Louisiana baseball rankings — March 10
Rice baseball is mentioned.
My New Orleans

North Texas QB pecking order all but set
An article includes a photo from a photo from a Rice football game.
Underdog Dynasty

Today’s sports highlights in history provided
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Frederick Press-Leader


‘Preventable’ asthma attacks in Houston cost millions
“Preventable” asthma attacks among schoolchildren cost millions in health care dollars over 10 years, according to a new study by the city of Houston, Rice University and the Houston Independent School District.

Baker Institute experts: Texas has opportunity to improve marijuana policy
With the Texas Legislature considering several bills that would decrease penalties for marijuana possession and legalize the use of medical marijuana to treat a variety of conditions, the state has the opportunity to improve drug policy, according to experts 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.