Dateline Rice for March 17, 2017


Houston’s 50 most influential women of 2016: Marie Lynn Miranda
Houston Woman Magazine has named Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda one of “Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2016.” The magazine staff selected the honorees from nominations submitted by subscribers. Publisher Beverly Denver said the honorees are “knowledgeable, credible and trustworthy. The thoughts and actions of these women influence the thoughts and actions of others.”
Houston Woman Magazine


James Baker on Trump’s budget proposal, climate change and N. Korea
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses President Trump’s budget proposal, climate change and threat from North Korea.
CBS This Morning

Scientists found a new window into the hellish ancient Earth
Postdoctoral research associate Ming Tang is quoted in an article about ancient Earth.
Gizmodo (This also appeared in Gizmodo AU and Gizmodo IN.)

Buckyballs and buildings
An 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.
New Indian Express

Is robotics a solution to the growing needs of the elderly?
An article mentions that IBM is working with researchers at Rice to develop a robot to help elderly people who are homebound.

Why Houston should be your next long weekend destination
An article mentions art exhibits hosted at Rice as one of the things that makes Houston a perfect long-weekend destination.
W Magazine

Japan’s stability is both strength and liability
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Japan.
U.S. News & World Report

Trump promised to end the opioid epidemic, but his budget will make it worse
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Trump’s budget proposal.
Vice’s “Motherboard”


Cuts to Texas universities advance through Senate finance
A slideshow discusses tuition at Texas universities. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Rarely seen photos from Houston’s history will dazzle history buffs
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Mysterious bones, a missing woman and the ordinary life she lived
The article mentions Ellsworth Milburn, a founder of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The repeal plan’s rationale doesn’t wash
A Rice study on insurance is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and San Antonio Express-News.)

Comedy, politics, climate change and television
Jón Gnarr, the CENHS writer in residence, is featured.
University of Houston News

Le pianiste Philippe Bianconi de passage à Houston
Philippe Bianconi will perform at Rice March 29-30.
French Morning Texas (An English translation is not available.)


Nuclear power in Texas: The challenges, risks and potential
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, discusses nuclear energy. McConnell also spoke at the ABB Customer World conference in Houston.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Bright oil and gas future will rely on innovation, efficiency
Control Global

Doctor: Boston evictions tantamount to a public health crisis
A Rice study is mentioned.

Welcome to the High Museum, where life is impermanent
Broadcast mentions a student who will attend Rice.

Alumna Joyce Hooper Corrington ’58 is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


New lasers could power communications, computing
Researchers at Rice and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Advanced Manufacturing

Delve into Bo Bardi’s archives, take a VIP tour with Robert A.M. Stern and more, with Van Alen’s Auction of Art + Design Experiences
Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture, the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, are mentioned.
The Architects Newspaper

How 1 enslaving wasp eats through another
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. Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, is quoted.
Science News

Energy players
Alumnus Craig Collins ’03 is mentioned.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal


Want to be happier? Stop chasing after more possessions and start ‘stretching’
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
Star Tribune
Art & Soul — The art of better living: Stretching your mind and your attitude
Set your own credit card limits and improve your life
Wicked Local Mashpee

Voted Trump? 10 weird ways it predicts how you manage money
An article mentions Rice research.
Cheat Sheet

Russia’s Tass identifies short-notice US astronauts for additional ISS-bound Soyuz seats
Alumna Shannon Walker ’87 is mentioned.
America Space

The surprising way humans would evolve if they moved to Mars
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Ninja Journalist

Leaving the adjunct track
Alumna Jill Carroll ’94 authored an op-ed in which she mentions her previous role as director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

The people’s vegan
An article mentions that Ron Picarski is working with Rice on vegan recipes for students.
Boulder Weekly

UA startup team wins $15,000 in competition at University of Manitoba
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Talk Business & Politics

In the Engineering School Bracket Challenge, round 2 is on!
Rice is mentioned.
Machine Design

Film review: ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ 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 is also quoted about President Donald Trump and former President Andrew Jackson.
The Skanner
Why America’s Founding Fathers wanted the president to take a salary
History News Network

Student news: Linden school is going to the dogs, for reading
Martel College sophomore Astitva Soni is mentioned.
My Central Jersey
Student news: Ring tradition embraced again at Delaware Valley High School
My Central Jersey

NOTW: Child marriage in the US, idiotic fraud and people who steal toys from poor children
There’s at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice professor to figure out why. John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is mentioned.
Maui Time

Polish researcher in the group of women who can change the world
Rice is mentioned.

Dix nouveaux docteurs honoris causa à l’Université de Liège
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 mentioned.
RTL (An English translation is not available.)
Strange but – True!
Waterford Today

I giovani jihadisti raccontati dai romanzi arabi
David Cook, associate professor of religion, is mentioned.
Internazionale (An English translation is not available.)


Rice advances, UH loses, but the college hoops future is bright in Houston
Rice men’s basketball defeated the University of San Francisco in their first-round meeting of the College Basketball Invitational 85-76. The team will face Utah Valley University March 20.
Houston Press
CBI bracket 2017: Packed opening night sees GW, Loyola, UMKC and others advance
Mid Major Madness

Lady Cards edged by Rice in WBI opening round
Rice women’s basketball defeated Lamar University in the Women’s Basketball Invitational 73-72. The team will face the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 19.
LU women fall in WBI to Rice 73-72
LU comeback falls short at Rice
PA News

A&M versus UT remains rivalry that must be tapped
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the March 17 print edition with a different headline, “Suppressed rivalry is healthy. Let it out.”)

TSU coach Mike Davis on David versus Goliath
An article includes a photo from a Rice men’s basketball game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

UH, TSU negotiating football game in 2018
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Battle Rages On
Owl Access

The college report: Hallsville’s Reich earns pitching win for Texas State
An article mentions that the Shirley Crowe Invitational was hosted at Rice.
ET Varsity (This also appeared in Longview News-Journal.)

Weather forces ODU to alter weekend baseball schedule
Rice baseball will play Old Dominion University March 17-18.
Weekend spotlight: USM-La Tech
D1 Baseball
ODU baseball hosts Rice to open C-USA slate

Red-hot Kats host Islanders
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Huntsville Item
Road to Biloxi: C-USA competition begins with all eyes on MGM Park
Sun Herald
Texas State snaps skid against Rice
Corridor News

LSU notes: Lady Tigers wrote down all 64 teams in last year’s NCAA bracket as they sat at home
An article includes a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.
The Advocate

Oklahoma State roundup
An article mentions that the Big Ball Sports Classic was hosted by Rice in 1997.
Stillwater News Press

The 5: Big-time NCAA tournament performances for Wildcats under Sean Miller
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Arizona Sports

About Anya Bolshakov

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