Dateline Rice for March 14, 2017

Correction: Lane Kauffmann’s name was misspelled in yesterday’s Dateline. We apologize for the error.


Habitat for Humanity spring project
Students from Rice are spending spring break volunteering with Habitat for Humanity Corpus Christi. Martel College sophomore Gigi Rill and McMurtry College senior James Siriwongsup are featured.

From mentee to mentor, Annise Parker shares lessons on female leadership
In honor of Women’s History Month, Annise Parker ’78, professor in the practice and a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is profiled and discusses mentorship experiences that influenced her career.


Mars colonists who alter their bodies to survive on the red planet could one day evolve into a new species
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Daily Mail
Hidup di Mars, Manusia Bisa Jadi Spesies yang Berbeda
Viva (An English translation is not available.)
Así evolucionarían los humanos si tratasen de colonizar Marte
ABC (An English translation is not available.)

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.
Orlando Sentinel

Smaller can be better — here are America’s 30 most-selective small colleges
Rice is No. 11 on a list of America’s 30 most-selective small colleges.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The 30 most-selective small colleges in America
MSN Money

Rice University advances glass that enables changing window color with the flip 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.
MSN Livsstil (This also appeared in Verizon.)


Houston schools, charters reach out to anxious immigrant community
An article mentions that Rice is one of the schools that signed KIPP co-founder Mike Feinberg’s letter endorsing the BRIDGE Act.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 14 print edition with a different headline, “Districts enter immigration fray.” This previously appeared in Dateline March 8.)

Political climate worries potential college students
An article discusses international students’ concerns about President Donald Trump’s immigration order when applying to Texas universities. Dan Warner, director of admission, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

New Baker Institute fellow to advance research on global health issues
Farhan Majid joined Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in the fall as the first L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted, and Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the institute, is mentioned.
TMC News

‘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.
TMC News (This also appeared in Drug Discovery & Development and Medical Xpress.)

Upcoming: The Cult, The Guillotines, J. Cole, James Taylor, Lil Keke, Lita Ford, The Revolution, Shonen Knife, The Zombiess
KTRU’s 26th annual Outdoor Show will take place April 22.
Houston Press

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.
Downtown Austin Patch

Texas A&M law school cracks US News’ top 100 list
In the 2018 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering is tied for No. 29 nationally (up from No. 31 last year), and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is in a three-way tie for No. 29 based on its full-time MBA program ranking.
Texas Tribune (This also appeared in KHOU.)
The big surprises in US News’ 2017 MBA ranking
Poets & Quants
Which Georgia university has the top-ranking MBA program?
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Site-specific sightings: Laura Gutierrez at the Rec Room and Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre at Rice’s Skyspace
An article mentions that the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre performed at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus Feb. 25-27.
Arts + Culture


The 1 startup school every founder should consider
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, is quoted.
Inc. (Registration required.)

Study shows racial gap in medical honor society membership
Alumnus Dowin Boatright ’08 is featured.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Perovskite edges can be tuned for optoelectronic performance
Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and graduate student Hsinhan Tsai are mentioned.
Surprise! New 2-D perovskite solar cell exceeds expectations for solar cell efficiency
Clean Technica

TX: 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.
Mass Transit Magazine

Want creative, dedicated employees? Hire overqualified candidates
A Rice study on hiring overqualified candidates is mentioned. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.
Business News Daily
There’s a very good reason to hire overqualified workers
MSN Money

Perkins+Will names Diana Davis new managing director of Houston office
Alumna Diana Davis ’98 is featured.
Medical Construction & Design


‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ — riveting retrospective revisits president’s defining moments
An article about “The Obama Years: The Power of Words” notes that Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is among the experts included in the documentary. Brinkley will speak at Florida Southern College March 16.
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Famed historian returns to Florida Southern
The Ledger (This also appeared in News Chief.)

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.
The Independent

SmithGroupJJR’s Butcavage, D’Amico, Kranz and Varner Elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows
Alumnus David Varner ’82 is featured.
Michigan Contractor & Builder

Navy band in Ohio this week
Alumnus Carl Lindquist ’04 is featured.
Norwalk Reflector

The worst argument for TrumpCare
A Rice study on insurance is mentioned.
Patriot Post (This also appeared in National Review.)

Opening up virtual reality development with WebVR
Graduate student Rabimba Karanjai authored an op-ed.

How much do we learn in college?
James Pomerantz, professor of psychology, co-authored an op-ed about the effectiveness of college programs.

The Royal Oak Symphony presents: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
Graduate student Timothy Steeves is mentioned.
Royal Oak Patch

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.”
Bucks County Courier Times

Politics and the lies we tell about grief
Brianne Donaldson, the Bhagwaan Mahavir/Chao Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Jain Studies, authored an op-ed.

Meet new Avenir Museum Curator Katie Knowles
Alumna Katie Knowles ’08 is mentioned.
Colorado State University Source

Clothes with a Texan feel
Rice is mentioned in an article about New York fashion designer Vivienne Tam.
The Nation (Bangkok)

Top 6 colleges with the best financial aid — 2017 ranking
Rice is featured on AdvisoryHQ’s list of the top six best college financial aid schools.

Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas to host LHS students for special evening
Students from Liberty High School will attend a concert at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, and graduate student Ben Manis are mentioned.
Liberty County Vindicator

IU professor takes us into mind of CEO
A recent study by a business professor at Indiana University finds that the CEOs of major companies target new acquisitions after competitors win awards, but those moves aren’t always well-received by the market. Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management, and Robert Hoskisson, the George R. Brown Professor of Strategic Management, co-authored the study.
Journal Gazette
Social status desires may prompt CEOs to consider wrong acquisitions
Journal Gazette

University students to compete in Global Venture Capital Competition
The Venture Capital Investment Competition South Regional Finals were held at Rice Feb. 10.
The Hoya

Sergio Ruiz named Glenn Korff School of Music director
Alumnus Sergio Ruiz ’04 is mentioned.
Lincoln Journal-Star

US violinist brings music advocacy to Phl
Alumnus Noel Martin ’00 is mentioned.
Phil Star

California going off the deep end — the largest insane asylum in the world
Donald Huddle, professor emeritus of economics, is mentioned.
Trumpville Report

Quale sarà il futuro dell’oro nero nell’éra di Trump e Putin
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Il Foglio (An English translation is not available.)

México: Platts prevé alza de 30 por ciento en ventas de gas a México
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Entorno Inteligente (An English translation is not available.)

Ofrece concierto ‘Los tiempos galantes’
Alumnus Eliezer Jáuregui Arrazate ’06 is mentioned.
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)

W Lublinie coraz młodsi zdobywają tytuł doktora. Niektórzy jeszcze przed trzydziestką
Rice is mentioned.
Dziennik Wschodni (An English translation is not available.)

El futuro incierto
An article mentions that Rose Mary Salum has taught at Rice.
Laberinto (An English translation is not available.)

Buscando un futuro para los ‘Ni Ni’
A proof-of-concept trial led by researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel finds hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help patients with fibromyalgia.
Urgente 24 (An English translation is not available.)

Estelle Dubernard rejoint Hachette Education
Rice is mentioned.
ActuaLitte (An English translation is not available.)

Лучшие онлайн-курсы для начинающих инвесторов
An article mentions massive open online courses offered by Rice.
Рамблер (An English translation is not available.)

Die ersten Bauern
Rice is mentioned.
Die Presse (An English translation is not available.)

La ricerca: cervello? Scoperta la ‘mappa del terrore’
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University reveal for the first time the specific patterns of electrical activity in rat brains that are associated with specific memories, in this case a fearful experience.
Consulenza Benessere (An English translation is not available.)

Asthmaspray: Kaum ein Patient inhaliert richtig
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 is mentioned.
Aponet (An English translation is not available.)
Asthmasprays: Kaum ein Patient inhaliert richtig
Pharmazeutische-Zeitung (An English translation is not available.)

La fattoria metropolitana di Matthew Grabelsky
Alumnus Matthew Grabelsky ’02 is featured.
Urban Contest Magazine (An English translation is not available.)

La reforma energética de México debe seguir las mejores prácticas de sostenibilidad
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Ecoticias America (An English translation is not available.)

Interessantes 2-D Material für eine flexible Elektronik
Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Elektronik Informationen (An English translation is not available.)

NY, cimitero ebraico danneggiato. È il terzo in poco tempo
An article mentions acts of vandalism that took place across the country and at Rice.
Tiscali (An English translation is not available.)


Lamar women’s basketball to play in postseason tournament
Rice women’s basketball will play Lamar University in the Women’s Basketball Invitational March 16.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)
LU women headed to the WBI tournament
KBMT/12 News Now
Cardinals draw Owls for Thursday WBI opener
PA News

Bearkats manufacture way to series sweep versus Lamar
Rice baseball will play Sam Houston State University March 14.

Houston, Rice to host postseason match-ups Wednesday
Rice men’s basketball will play the University of San Francisco in the College Basketball Invitational March 15.
CBS Houston
HU to play at Coastal Carolina in College Basketball Invitational; NSU goes to Liberty in CIT
Daily Press
Why play in the CBI? CCU coach Ellis can reward his players with a basketball ‘bowl game’
Myrtle Beach Online
TSU gets a lowly No. 16 seed, but they’re the only Houston team dancing
Houston Press
Not a great debate about NCAA tournament’s No. 1 seeds
Houston Chronicle

Aggies, Longhorns renew baseball rivalry in Austin
Articles mention an NCAA tournament regional hosted at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Aggies battle Longhorns Tuesday
Aggie baseball team’s game against Texas today should have electric atmosphere
Aggie Sports
No. 12 A&M heads to Austin for first time since joining SEC
247 Sports

Central opens district with dedication to former great Henson
The late alumnus Ronnie Henson ’68 is featured.
San Angelo Standard-Times

Former TCU coordinator Doug Meacham provides energy boost at Kansas
Former Rice coach David Beaty is mentioned.

Sebastien Bourdais wins IndyCar opener in an upset
Rice baseball won two out of four games against Stanford University.
Houston Chronicle

Altoona student gets amazing experience working Super Bowl security
An article mentions that the Super Bowl teams practiced at Rice and the University of Houston.
Penn State News

TCU baseball, bogged down by slow starts again, falls from No. 1
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
College baseball: Laws has become Charlotte’s ace
Salisbury Post

50 in 50: Who did it better? Jordan Shipley or Wane McGarity?
Rice football is mentioned.
Hook ’em

Women’s tennis rallies to 4-3 win over Rice
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Texas Sports
UTSA to open 3-match home stand on Tuesday
UTSA Athletics


Rice’s Tour to testify before Congress March 15
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection at the hearing “Disrupter Series: Advanced Materials and Production” Wednesday, March 15.

About Anya Bolshakov

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