Dateline Rice for March 31, 2017


The reason that cold is so bad: You’re lonely
Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice researchers. Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and graduate student Angie LeRoy are quoted.
USA Today (Similar articles appeared in over 100 other media outlets.)
Loneliness can worsen a common cold
CBS News
Why your cold feels worse when you’re lonely
Time (This also appeared in
Being lonely makes getting a cold way worse, study says
Fox News
A cold may feel more miserable if you’re lonely
Futurity (This article appeared in the March 30 issue of Futurity Today.)
Lonely people report more severe cold symptoms, study finds
National Public Radio’s “Health Shots” (This article appeared in over 100 other media outlets.)
A lonely heart could worsen a cold
U.S. News & World Report (This also appeared in WebMD and Health.)
Loneliness can worsen common cold symptoms, so call me, k?
The lonelier you are, the worse your cold symptoms might be, study suggests
Dr. Oz The Good Life
The surprising reason your cold sucks so much right now
Men’s Health
Loneliness can make your cold even worse
Bad cold? If you’re lonely, it may feel worse
TMC News
KTRK (Similar broadcasts aired on 40 other media outlets.)


North Carolina ‘bathroom bill’ replacement could doom similar bills in other states
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 “bathroom bills” and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
New York Times
Repeal of North Carolina’s ‘bathroom bill’ puts Texas SB 6 in jeopardy
Houston Public Media
North Carolina bathroom law compromise will only deepen divisions in Texas
Dallas Morning News
El Paso Democratic congressman planning to challenge Sen. Cruz in 2018

Fuzzy fibers for rocket engines can take the heat
To stand up to the heat and pressure of next-generation rocket engines, the composite fibers used to make them should be fuzzy. A Rice laboratory, in collaboration with NASA, has developed “fuzzy fibers” of silicon carbide that act like Velcro and stand up to the punishment that materials experience in aerospace applications. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, graduate student Amelia Hartand postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are quoted.
Futurity (This article appeared in the March 31 issue of Futurity Today.)
Researchers create tough material for next generation of powerful engines
Phys Org
‘Fuzzy’ fibers bring next-gen rocket engines closer to reality
DNA India (This also appeared in OURNCR.)
Fuzzy fibers of silicon carbide can make rocket engines stronger, lighter and better able to withstand extreme heat
Next Big Future
‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take rockets’ heat
Nanowerk (This also appeared in NewKerala and Microscopy and Analysis.)
Velcro-like material may protect future rocket engines

Advisory group proposes continuation of scrapped University of Texas data center plans
Provost Marie Lynn Miranda is quoted about Rice’s data science initiative.
Government Technology

LA Times crossword March 30
Rice was featured in the Los Angeles Times crossword March 30.
Los Angeles Times


7 generations collide at Lamar High groundbreaking ceremony
Alumna Grace Wise ’43 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

2 Houston couples. 1 townhouse.
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Black women in power
Alumna Julie Griffith ’04 is featured.
Defender Network

Texas History Minute: Gov. Jimmy Allred made his way by fighting corruption
An article mentions that James Allred attended Rice.
Herald Democrat

Cy-Fair ISD administrators remove racist graffiti from high school bathroom
A slideshow discusses acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Amazon’s Houston distribution centers ‘not good news’ for traditional retailers
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, discusses Amazon’s plans to build a Katy distribution center.
Houston Public Media

Great Day Houston’
Alumnus Rassul Zarinfar ’04 is featured.


Baraniuk wins Defense Department’s Vannevar Bush Fellowship
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 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.

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.
MIT scientists working on tech that could pave way for cameras without lenses
A faster single-pixel camera (This also appeared in Medical Design Technology and Opli.)
Now, a ‘faster’ single-pixel camera
Fast Mail

Vehicles, not farms, are likely source of smog-causing ammonia
Agriculture has long been blamed for smog-causing ammonia in the atmosphere, but vehicle tailpipes actually are a more important source of ammonia’s contribution to the haze that hovers over big cities, according to new research by a team that includes Robert Griffin, professor and department chair of civil and environmental engineering, postdoctoral research associate Henry Wallace and alumnus Yu Jun Leong ’15. (This also appeared in Phys Org. A correction on the misspelling of Griffin’s and Leong’s names has been requested.)

Nanotechnology could see big future in water cleanup
Nanotechnology could have a big future as a tool for upstream oil and gas and other industries to use to clean up contaminated water. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering and department chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.

Report recommends public health initiatives to fight use of synthetics in Houston
An article mentions an op-ed authored by Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Addiction Professional


Trump can’t stop US emissions from dropping — but they’re still not dropping fast enough
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted about the Clean Power Plan.
Fast Company

5 questions for … Hesam Panahi, Rice University entrepreneurship lecturer
Hesam Panahi, lecturer in entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.

$1.3M fundraise means Cleantech Startup Smart OES is coming to an office near you
Alumnus Bryan Hassin ’01 is mentioned.

Talking with the SLC violinist before PechaKucha Night on March 31
Alumna Mary Jeppson ’10 is featured.
Salt Lake City Weekly’s Daily Feed

SACO conference attracts top global speakers
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science and computational and applied mathematics, will speak at the South African Cultural Observatory in May.

Indian American engineer to head Houston’s Public Works Department
Rice is mentioned.
Indian Panorama

What, me worry?
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, expects that within 30 years machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.
Globe Advisor

Kirkland Arts Center announces new executive director
Alumna Kelly Dylla ’97 is featured.
Kirkland Reporter (This also appeared in Broadway World.)

Violist to lead program of classical music in State College
Graduate student Erberk Eryilmaz is featured.

Puntos cúanticos de grafeno: los nuevos ‘todo en uno’ contra el cáncer, la falsificación o el deterioro del agua
Rice is mentioned.
TekNLife (An English translation is not available.)


Wednesday’s roundup: #BIG5 Performances, former Catholic swimmer earns college award, results
Wiess College junior Lauren Rhodes has been named the 2017 Conference USA Swimming Newcomer of the Year.
Charlotte Observer

Matt Thomas having ‘time of my life’ in dual role with Rockets
An article mentions that Matt Thomas was a public address announcer for Rice Athletics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Lamar baseball shuffles weekend game schedule
A slideshow features a photo from a Rice baseball game.
Houston Chronicle

The college report: Kilgore’s Burks sets Houston triple-jump mark
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
Longview News-Journal
Manvel standout Jolivette returns with a vengeance
Defender Network

St. John’s targets, part 1: Transfers eligible in the future
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Rumble in the Garden

Harbor Hawks boost improvement plan for Hyannis ballpark
Jones College sophomore Ford Proctor is mentioned.
Barnstable Patriot

East Central-ex’s hoop transformation has him Final Four-bound
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News

Lindon Victor breaks college decathlon record at Texas Relays
Sid Richardson College senior Scott Filip is second in the final standings of the Texas Relays.
Texas A&M’s Victor set college decathlon record
The Washington Post

Myles Garrett says he must be more consistent against top competition
Rice football is mentioned.

Better know an opponent: Texas A&M
Rice baseball is mentioned.
And the Valley Shook!
Sorenson: Off the top of my head
D1 Baseball

Trey Hendrickson makes impressive NFL draft case at FAU pro day
An article features a photo from a Rice football game.
PalmBeachPost (This also appeared in MyPalmBeachPost.)
2017 NFL mock draft: 5 QBs, Christian McCaffrey goes early, 1 missing big name
The Denver Post

Ivies prepare for Ancient Eight slate
Rice tennis is mentioned.
The Ivy League
Ivies set for Ancient Eight play
The Ivy League

‘Playing Fore a Cure’ FootGolf Fundraiser next Tuesday
An article mentions that Rice soccer players are hosting a fundraiser for former teammate Maddie Lundberg.
Keeper Notes

ICYMI: Canuck Taillon starts for Bucs in Montreal
An article mentions a student who has been accepted to Rice.
Canadian Baseball Network


‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take rockets’ heat
To stand up to the heat and pressure of next-generation rocket engines, the composite fibers used to make them should be fuzzy. The Rice University laboratory of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, in collaboration with NASA, has developed “fuzzy fibers” of silicon carbide that act like Velcro and stand up to the punishment that materials experience in aerospace applications.

Stand-up students design aid for prosthetic patients
Getting a prosthetic leg will be a little more comfortable for patients with a device assembled by Rice University freshmen.

About Anya Bolshakov

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