Dateline Rice for March 29, 2017


Easing coal rules unlikely to make US energy-independent
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, comments on President Donald Trump’s executive order to put a halt on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in over 50 other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
White House issues sweeping executive order on energy, climate
President’s order rolls back climate-change rules
Oil & Gas Investor (This also appeared in Unconventional Oil & Gas Center and Midstream Business.)
Some praise, others decry climate policy order
Houston Public Media
Trump’s energy progress
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)
KUT (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
El presidente Trump firmó una nueva orden ejecutiva en la que desecha medidas para combatir el cambio climático
Univision Houston (An English translation is not available.)

Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Rice scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen. Kenton Whitmire, associate dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Solar Daily.)
Weighed by nuke construction costs, Westinghouse files for bankruptcy: ‘This is a fairly big deal’
Green Tech Media

Boffins give ‘D.TRUMP’ an AI injection
Unnamed academics from Rice are mentioned.
The Register

Against student shaming
Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, authored an op-ed about interacting with students.
Inside Higher Ed


Why growing up with public transportation matters
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about public transportation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How City Hall could boost startups, even in free market-loving Houston
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Conroe couple’s 75 years of marriage ‘an inspiration to all’
Alumnus Nick Peet ’41 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)

2 for HISD V
Alumna Sue Deigaard ’92 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Kuff’s World”

Body Count’s Ernie C. makes no apologies for ‘Bloodlust’
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press

Former Enron exec advises TCU students to do the right thing
An article mentions that Andy Fastow spoke at Rice.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Harris County’s growth slows
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is mentioned.
Off the Kuff

Harris County no longer leads country in population growth
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about Houston’s population growth.
Rivard Report


Think you know how to use an inhaler? Study shows most people make mistakes
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.

Where ya been, Ébène?
Quatuor Ébène will perform at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall March 28.
Houston Public Media

‘Imus in the Morning’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is featured.
WABC (This also aired on 66 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Does Texas have a ‘freestanding emergency department’ problem?
The rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments in Texas has been accompanied by an equal increase in use at relatively high prices that lead to sizable out-of-pocket costs to patients, according to new research by experts at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
Healthcare Business

Graphene quantum dots expand role in cancer treatment and bio-imaging
An article mentions research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Tech Times

Scientists learn how to turn electronic wastes into nanodusts
Researchers at Rice and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea for how to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is mentioned.
Gineers Now
Temuan penanganan sampah elektronik dengan teknik cryo
Beritagar (An English translation is not available.)

The shift away from metals in orthopedics
Flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may be suitable for bone implants, according to a study led by Rice scientists. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are quoted.

OSTP pick could be coming soon
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 mentioned.
Greenwire (Subscription required.)

Washington tips the balance
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Oil Magazine

NASA announces upcoming International Space Station crew assignments
Alumna Shannon Walker ’87 is mentioned.
Space Ref (This also appeared in Cerebral Overload.)


Hong Kong architect Belinda Ho on the challenges of building sustainably in the city
Alumna Belinda Ho ’90 is featured.
Post Magazine

Latino political pioneer to address GC graduates
Alumnus Luis Ricardo Fraga ’81 is mentioned.
Goshen News

The death of the daily deal
An article mentions research by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Chair of Marketing and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Knowledge @ Wharton
Groupon — the death of the daily deal
Value Walk

Next Coast Ventures taps Young as a venture partner
Alumna Zeynep Young ’92 is featured.
PE Hub Network

Amazing Pakistani startup set to revolutionize health care, with a little help from you
A Rice Business Plan Competition team is featured.
Daily Pakistan
This Pakistani startup is competing for $1.5M prize money
Pro Pakistani

Alberto Gonzales to speak at Webb School April 12
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 will speak at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tenn., April 12.

Networking 101 for introverts
Duncan College senior Gabriela Balicas authored an op-ed.

Imposter syndrome as a barrier to library use
The author description for an article by Ian Harmon mentions that he taught at Rice.
Hack Library School

Music fills the Jansen Center in April
Rice is mentioned.
Lynden Tribune

Setting Poland on fire
Ewa Thompson, research professor of Slavic studies, authored an article about Poland.
American Thinker

Comienza la era del grafeno, un material revolucionario
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
E-Duque (An English translation is not available.)


Around sports: Dempsey’s goal helps US earn tie at Panama
Rice baseball defeated Sam Houston State University 5-3.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
D1 digest: Tuesday, March 28
D1 Baseball
Struggles continue for Sam Houston baseball in loss to Rice
Owls edge Kats, 5-3, in homestand finale

Rice loses 2 more to transfers, total grows to 5
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Fan fiction: A day with imaginary Duquesne head coach Mark Titus
Mid-Major Madness

C-USA upcoming schedule, stats and more
Rice baseball is mentioned.
beIN Sports
TCU baseball versus UTRGV: Frogs look to continue their solid play at home
Frogs O’ War

Silver Glove Series: Battle for Bayou City
Rice baseball will face the University of Houston April 4.
The Daily Cougar

Meet Reem Moussa: 1st Egyptian basketball player to win European Championship
Former Rice basketball player Reem Moussa is featured.
Egyptian Streets

Harry Giles leaves Duke after 1 year to enter NBA draft
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

What VCU fans like about their new coach 
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades is featured.
Style Weekly

UTSA to face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for 3rd time this season on Wednesday
Rice tennis is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics

Book on Myles Garrett: Like Julius Peppers, a generational talent
Rice football is mentioned.


Yitzhak Rabin’s life, legacy to be highlighted at Rice’s Baker Institute March 30
Itamar Rabinovich, one of the closest aides to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, will discuss Rabin’s life as recounted in his newly released book, “Yitzhak Rabin: Soldier, Leader, Statesman,” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 30.

Rice expert available to comment on Trump’s environmental executive order
Rice University energy and environment policy expert Charles McConnell was available for news media interviews yesterday to comment on President Donald Trump’s executive order to put a halt on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP was at the center of President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

About Anya Bolshakov

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