Dateline Rice for April 3, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Got a cold? Your symptoms will be worse if 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.
Huffington Post AU (This also appeared in Huff Post Tech UK and Huff Post UK.)
Cold and flu season: Being lonely makes you feel worse
Psychology Today
Studies suggest loneliness, vitamin C affect cold symptoms
Find a friend: Feeling lonely might worsen your cold, study reveals
Sputnik International
Lonely people report more severe cold symptoms, study finds
Houston Public Media
No budget yet
Being lonely could make your cold worse
Loneliness can make your cold symptoms seem even more severe
Harper’s Bazaar

Rep. Beto O’Rourke will challenge Ted Cruz for Senate in 2018
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,” Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Legislature and the relations between the U.S. and China.
USA Today
O’Rourke taking on Cruz, but targets Trump in Houston visit
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Amid discord, Abbott predicts legislative success
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman and Midland Reporter-Telegram.)
Bill’s sharp teeth would defend monuments to Confederacy
San Antonio Express-News
Interview: Expert says win-win cooperation between US, China the only right choice
Xinhua (This also appeared in Asia Pacific Daily.)
Is the ‘bathroom bill’ movement stalling?
O’Rourke will challenge Cruz for Senate in 2018
El Paso Times
Beto O’rourke vista Houston para adelantar su campaña al senado federal
Univision Houston (An English translation is not available.)

VN student gets full PhD scholarships from 8 US universities
Students who have been accepted to Rice are featured.
Vietnam Net (This also appeared in VBN.)
Parsippany resident Elijah Lipkin accepted to Rice University
Parsippany Focus

Moscow and Mongolia, bridged by Skype
Alumna Christine Ning-Chiun Yarng ’04 is featured in the “Weddings” section.
New York Times


US oil industry surges while OPEC cuts
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the oil industry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 2 print edition with a different headline, “Shale’s recovery may stall oil rally.”)

In Iranian nuclear deal review, Tillerson’s worlds collide
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about U.S. relations with Iran.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 3 print edition with a different headline, “Iran nuclear deal put to test.”)

Kristina Carillo-Bucaram lives life rawfully
Alumna Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram ’09 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star Health section in the April 3 print edition with a different headline, “A raw enthusiasm for life.”)

Rice’s odd Beer Bike competition celebrates 60th anniversary
Articles discuss Beer Bike’s 60th anniversary. Marthe Golden, assistant vice president of alumni relations and executive director of the Association of Rice Alumni; Lovett College sophomore Helena Martin; and alumnus Scott Corron ’88 are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Beer, bikes and alumni: Rice takes to track for friendly competition
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Beer Bike 2017
Houston Chronicle

Art daybook: Seeing black
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

The challenges for Houston’s changing Hispanic community
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored op-eds about Houston’s Hispanic population and transit habits.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Study: Past transit habits shape future ones in dramatic ways
Rivard Report

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 students. Renata Ramos, lecturer of bioengineering, and undergraduate students Michael Young, Isabel Gonzalez, Brian Ying, Regina Barcio and Chinwe Appio-Riley are mentioned.
TMC News (This also appeared in ODT.)
Castaway stand built by undergrads to help fit prosthetics/orthotics for legs

Book events: April 2-8
Cynthia Leonor Garza, author of “Lucia the Luchadora,” will discuss writing for children and why adults should read picture books at Rice April 5.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Revived vision?
An op-ed mentions President David Leebron’s reaction to the University of Texas’ Houston campus proposal.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Ford and Moreau topic for Dayton historians
An article mentions that M.W. Ford attended the Rice Institute.
Houston Chronicle

Roland Schmitt, leader at GE, RPI, dies at 93
Alumnus Roland Schmitt ’51 died March 31.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Times Union and the Daily Gazette.)

The best and worst of Houston Whatever Fest 2017
Paul Ellison, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings, is mentioned.
Houston Press

Race and representation in Houston’s arts community takes center stage
Shih-Hui Chen, professor and chair of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, spoke at the Asia Society’s Texas Center March 31.
Houston Press

Business notebook April 2
Alumnus Scott Gilreath ’91 is mentioned.
Abilene Reporter-News

Elon Musk is changing the rules of space travel
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
KPRC (This also appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)


Considering the economics of the Keystone XL Pipeline
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted about the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Houston Public Media
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)

National poetry month: ‘Snapshot’ by Kristi Beer
A poem by Kristi Beer mentions Rice.
Houston Public Media

Bayou building renovated to prevent flooding
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the U.S.’s relationship with Russia.


Guillermo: Halted or not, travel ban already impacting higher ed
Rice is one of the 31 universities that signed an amicus brief in the 4th Circuit about President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
CMU among 31 schools filing amicus brief on Trump travel ban
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
U. files second amicus brief in response to revised immigration ban
Brown Daily Herald

Philanthropic partnerships: Companies working together to do good
IBM Research and Rice University have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers.
Boss Magazine
Russian businesspeople become interested in artificial intelligence
Realnoe Vremya

City smog caused by vehicles, not farms
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; Henry Wallace, postdoctoral research associate, and alumnus Yu Jun Leong ’15.

Pakistani Smart Bandage Startup is competing for $1.5M prize money
An article features a team that will participate in the Rice Business Plan Competition.
Tech List

A cool method for industrial water reuse
Former Rice facilities project manager Erik Knezevich is mentioned.
Water Online

IISc researchers’ novel, eco-friendly way of recycling e-waste
Postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is mentioned.
Science Chronicle

Tracking the evolutionary history of a tumor
An article features four different ways of generating tumor trees based on single-nucleotide variations in single-cell sequences. Luay Nakhleh, professor of computer science and assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and graduate student Hamim Zafar are mentioned.
The Scientist


A+ is a plus in the workplace
A Rice study on hiring overqualified candidates is mentioned.
Weekend Post

Fuzzy fibers developed to resist heat produced by next-gen rocket engines
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.
The News Minute
Fuel made from grass may power jets in future
EnergyWorld (This also appeared in Times of India.)
SiC nanotubes help strengthen rocket engines
The Engineer

MIT speeds up the single-pixel camera
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.
What makes a camera lens-less?
Daily Tech
MIT speeds up its futuristic lens-less single-pixel camera by 50 times
Extreme Tech

Freestanding ERs may give patients sticker shock
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.

Rice varsity award for Indian scientist
Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation.

Spiritual life calendar
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s
Religion and Public Policy Program, will speak at Central Methodist University April 4.
Columbia Daily Tribune

Wright, Cooke among artists heading to LU
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is mentioned.

Classical music takes spotlight in Monday Musical program
An article mentions that Peter VanBeck attended Rice.

Geneva Concerts will present Symphoria later this month
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is mentioned.
Daily Messenger (This also appeared in Gates-Chili Post and Brighton-Pittsford Post.)

Check it out: Mashpee Public Library — March 31
Alumna Jane Scarborough ’64 is mentioned.
Mashpee Enterprise

‘Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less’: Scott Sonenshein
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.”

Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine leads new $20M effort
Rice is mentioned.
WRAL TechWire

HFF acquires Hentschel & Company LLC
Alumnus Chris Allen ’90 is mentioned.
New York Real Estate Journal

Who owns compassion? We all do.
A Rice study is mentioned.
Journal Advocate

Oil in Venezuela: A new pragmatism?
An article mentions that Alejandro Grisanti spoke at Rice.
BN Americas


College baseball: No. 23 UH, Rice drop series finales
Rice baseball won one out of three games against Florida Atlantic University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: No. 23 UH wins at Central Florida
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baseball: FAU takes 2-of-3 versus Rice
University Press
Saturday’s battle of the Owls ends in Rice’s favor; McCormack still 1 short of 300 Wins
Rice cooked
FAU Owl Access
USM dispatches WKU behind McCarty’s career day
Hattiesburg American
Even series
FAU Owl Access

Out for jog, Texas woman finds mysterious lost photo
A slideshow features a photo of the Rice football team.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

GreenJackets and Giants release 2017 roster
Former Rice athletes Skyler Ewing, Anthony Rendon and Luke Wakamatsu are mentioned.
The Nationals talk about Anthony Rendon like he’s a star. He’d rather talk hoops.
Washington Post
10 Cleveland Indians prospects who could break out in 2017
Let’s Go Tribe

Texas A&M opens spring season at Rice
Rice volleyball is mentioned.

Kilgore’s Burks sets UH triple jump mark
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
Kilgore News Herald

Drew Smyly’s arm has drowned, he’s out 6-8 weeks
A Rice study is mentioned.
Lookout Landing

After Rice basketball coach leaves, star players follow him out the door
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer. Former coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
Houston Press
No. 1-rated prospect in Class of 2018 has KU on current list
Kansas City Star
OU basketball: Kruger expects big improvement in 2017-18

College baseball RPI watch list
Rice baseball is mentioned.
College Baseball Central

Collegiate record victory for Aggie senior Lindon Victor in Texas Relays decathlon
Sid Richardson College senior Scott Filip is second in the final standings of the Texas Relays.

Our mini-mock draft: Jets chart a course to Lattimore Island
Rice football is mentioned.

Meet the Bobcat baseball team’s 1st baseman: Ryan Newman
Rice baseball is mentioned.
University Star

Saturday’s ‘360’: ODU, W&M split baseball doubleheaders; U.Va., Hokies prevail; CNU stays unbeaten in CAC baseball
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Daily Press

Top 13 things to do this week in Houston: April 3-9
Rice baseball will play the University of Houston April 4.
365 Things To Do in Houston
Top 10 games and sports events this month: April
365 Things To Do in Houston


Rice’s Baker Institute receives $1M gift from Baker Botts to host annual energy conference
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $1 million gift from Baker Botts LLP, a leading international law firm, to host an annual energy conference for key industry and government stakeholders.

‘Smart’ dumbbells allow for solo workouts
Rigging standard dumbbells to keep a user from getting hurt during a solo workout is pretty smart. So the Rice University students who invented the system call themselves “Smart Bells.”

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