Dateline Rice for March 30, 2017


Exxon Mobil says really, really super computer can improve drilling models
Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

US arrests a Mexican state attorney general on drug-trafficking charges
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 mentioned.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

‘Stretch’ explains how to achieve more with less
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.”
CBS News
Bloomberg Radio
WBBR (This also aired on WNEW.)

Will the Trump administration spur US oil and gas development?
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at the Baker Institute, authored an op-ed about oil and gas development.

Adviser brings clients into the classroom with investment lessons
An article mentions that Deborah Stavis has lectured at Rice.
Financial Times

Are we up to the hard work of reaching for the stars?
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Boston Globe

The terrifying, more than a little crazy work of a storm chaser
Rice is mentioned.

Online privacy wars: Man against ‘the man’
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Government Technology


UT’s abandoned Houston land deal might have housed data science center
Provost Marie Lynn Miranda is quoted about Rice’s data science initiative.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 30 print edition with a different headline, “Data hub shaped UT-Houston vision.” This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)

Art gallery and museum listings: March 30-April 5
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present Olafur Eliasson’s “Green Light — An Artistic Workshop” through May 6; Thomas Struth’s “Nature & Politics” through May 29; Dana Thater’s “The Starry Messenger” through Feb. 1; and teamLab’s “Flower’s and People, Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together — A Whole Year Per Hour” through Aug. 13. Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Harris: Response to fake weed must focus on public health
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about synthetic marijuana.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Senate OKs bill to force Astrodome rehab vote
A slideshow mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

A peek at Houston’s abandoned or forgotten places
A photo from the Rice Design Alliance of the former Magic Island building taken by Paul Hester, lecturer of visual and dramatic arts, is included in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Asia Society is ready for an uncomfortable public forum on racial representation on Houston stages
Shih-Hui Chen, professor and chair of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will speak at the Asia Society’s Texas Center March 31.
Houston Press (A correction on the misspelling of Chen’s last name has been requested.)

Texas should spend more of its rainy day fund
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 Texas’ rainy day fund and U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke.
Daily Texan
El Paso Democratic congressman planning to challenge Senator Cruz in 2018

Senate committee marks 6 higher education bills pending
Daniel Williamson, managing director of Rice-based publisher OpenStax, is mentioned in an article about SB 810.
The Shorthorn

Zeynep Young joins Next Coast Ventures
Alumna Zeynep Young ’92 is featured.
Silicon Hills

Former US attorney general visits Sam Houston
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 spoke at Sam Houston State University.
The Houstonian

No secret
KTRU’s 26th annual Outdoor Show will take place April 22.
The Buzz Magazines


Former Texas Children’s doctor celebrating 104th birthday
The cutline of a photo mentions that Charles Hurwitz taught at Rice.

Trump’s climate policy order stirs up criticism, approval
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.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)
ICYMI: Trump’s energy progress
Before it’s News

Area students, staff take cover during tornado warning
An article discusses how some schools responded to the March 29 tornado watch in Houston. Rice is mentioned.

Bloomberg Radio
A radio host discusses the game theory program at Rice. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, and alumnus David Rhodes ’96 are mentioned.
WBBR (This also aired on WNEW.)

A broadcast mentions that Rice participated in a regional engineering competition.


NASA announces upcoming ISS crew assignments
Alumna Shannon Walker ’87 is mentioned.
Aerotech News (This also appeared in Aero-News Network and Naptown Buzz.)

A faster single-pixel camera: New technique greatly reduces the number of exposures necessary for ‘lens-less imaging’
An article mentions that Rice engineers created the FlatCam, an extremely thin, lens-less camera system that uses sophisticated algorithms to record images and videos.
Phys Org (This also appeared in eScience News, Scienmag and Health Medicine Network.)
MIT researchers are perfecting technology that could 1 day give you cameras without lenses
India Times
New technique improves single-sensor cameras
A lens-less imaging camera
Now, a ‘faster’ single-pixel camera
New Kerala

CEOs pursue more acquisitions when they don’t win awards
An article discusses recent Rice research on CEOs.
Becker’s Hospital Review

About this canvassing of experts
Rice’s Humanities Research Center is mentioned.
Pew Research Center


The long history of racism against Indians in America 
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.

Following a passion for chamber music
Alumna Patricia Shands ’01 is featured.

Spit&vigor to stage workshop production of ‘NEC SPE/NEC METU’
An article mentions that Pat Diamond was a guest artist at Rice.
Broadway World

Amazingly fast and cheap genome sequencing
A team from Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has developed a new way to sequence genomes, which can assemble the genome of an organism, entirely from scratch, dramatically cheaper and faster. Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science and computational and applied mathematics, and Olga Dudchenko, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, are quoted.
Post Online Media

Book review: The sectarianization of the Middle East explained
An article reviews a book co-authored by Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history.

SGA meeting March 21
An article mentions that Martin Halbert worked at Rice.
The Carolinian

Argentinien: Versuchslabor der neuen Rechten
Gisela Heffes, associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, is mentioned.
Amerika21 (An English translation is not available.)


Rice hands SHSU 5-3 loss in mid-week action
Rice baseball defeated Sam Houston State University 5-3.
The Houstonian

After slow start, Houston Baptist baseball team eyes return to NCAA tournament
Rice baseball will play Florida Atlantic University March 31-April 2.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Alumni notebook: Iademarco, Rice win Women’s Basketball Invitational
Rice women’s basketball defeated the University of North Carolina-Greensboro 74-62 to win the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Sid Richardson College junior Nicole Iademarco is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)
Women’s basketball finishes as runner-up in WBI Tournament
The Carolinian

NCAA decathlon champ Victor of Texas A&M leads Texas Relays
Sid Richardson College senior Scott Filip is second in the men’s decathlon after the first day of the Texas Relays.
The Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Will Lindon Victor’s last name ring true in the Texas Relays decathlon?
Austin American-Statesman’s “MyStatesman”
Lindon Victor scores 1st day collegiate best 4,516 points in Texas Relays decathlon
Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor leads decathlon at Texas Relays
Multi events kickoff 2017 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, presented by Spectrum
Texas Sports

Ex-A-C coach Pera’s search ends at Rice
Scott Pera, the Owls’ new head coach for men’s basketball, is featured.
Lebanon Daily News

2017 MLB draft profile: RHP Glenn Otto, Rice University
Duncan College junior Glenn Otto is featured.
Minor League Ball

Houston bucket list 2017: Helping, homers and the holidays
The Houston Press’ Houston bucket list includes visiting a Rice baseball game.
Houston Press

LSU swimming and diving team looks forward with young squad
An article features a photo from a meet that Rice swimming participated in.
The Daily Reveille

Doughty College notebook: Marcus Evans, Nisre Zouzoua at the heart of UVa transfer speculation
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
The Roanoke Times

Oregon star’s choice to leave Villanova could pay off now
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
New York Post

Texas nonconference schedule is Big 12’s toughest in 2017
Rice football is mentioned.

Recap of a wild start to the offseason
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades is featured.
Ram Nation
Rhoades goes back home to VCU
Houston Forward Times

Army sets kickoff times for home football games in 2017
Rice football is mentioned.
FB Schedules

Under the radar: Old Dominion
Rice baseball is mentioned.
D1 Baseball

Husky track stars in Houston, Bridgewater
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
The Huntington News

2017 high school girls soccer capsules: IWA wants to continue district title streak, Westminster’s Davis seeks another good season
A Rice commit is mentioned.
West Newsmagazine


Baraniuk wins Defense Department’s Vannevar Bush Fellowship
Rice University compressive-sensing pioneer Richard Baraniuk has won one of the Defense Department’s most coveted basic research awards: a five-year fellowship worth up to $3 million for “blue sky” basic research that could produce revolutionary new technologies.

Bad cold? If you’re lonely, it may feel worse
Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice University researchers. A study led by Rice psychologist Chris Fagundes and graduate student Angie LeRoy indicated people who feel lonely are more prone to report that their cold symptoms are more severe than those who have stronger social networks.

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