Dateline Rice for April 6, 2017


Scientists want to use color-changing rainbow poop to diagnose your bowel problems
Synthetic biologists at Rice have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis, an inflammation of the colon, in mice. The research points the way to new experiments for studying how gut bacteria and human hosts interact at a molecular level and could eventually lead to orally ingestible bacteria for monitoring gut health and disease. Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, postdoctoral research associate Kristina Daeffler and alumnus Ravi Sheth ’15 are mentioned.
Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria
Phys Org
Engineered E. coli could color-code your poop to diagnose gut problems
New Atlas

Here’s how they play Monopoly in America, and who wins
An article mentions research by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance.
Bloomberg Quint
Así se arman los monopolios en Estados Unidos y estos son los ganadores
Gestion (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in El Comercio and Entorno Inteligente.)

World’s longest gas pipeline could be built by 2025
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Arab Today


Being lonely makes you feel sicker, Rice and University of Houston study finds
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Cold symptoms feel worse when people feel lonely
Industrial Safety & Hygiene News
Un corazón solitario podría empeorar un resfriado
La Prensa (An English translation is not available.)

What Houston can learn from Austin’s approach to flood management
An article mentions that Thomas Phifer and Partners designed Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Family friendly events: April 6-9
Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will celebrate “A Festival of Curiosity” April 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

What’s in the art galleries/museums
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; 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.)

National Arab American Month celebrations kick off in Houston, drawing international art stars
An article features Mona Hatoum, the Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ first artist-in-residence.

A whopping $1.3M dinner proves there’s still major support for education in Houston
An article mentions that President David Leebron and Rice University Representative Y. Ping Sun moderated discussions at a Teach For America benefit event.

Surveillance video released showing possible suspect, vehicle connected to murder of Pct. 3 asst. chief
Alumnus Clint Greenwood ’83 was killed April 3 in the line of duty as an assistant chief deputy constable for Precinct 3 in Harris County.

A new Cruz calls for teamwork in health care overhaul, but agitator past leaves some skeptical
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 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Texas SB 28 and former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman. Jones also participated in Houston Matters’ weekly political roundup show.
Dallas Morning News
Political roundup: Trump and the Chinese president, and legal troubles for former Rep. Steve Stockman
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Proposed state legislation could help Texas ports prepare for larger ships
Transport Topics
Stockman says he’s too broke to pay lawyer

Ghost bike memorial put up for beloved Rice scientist Marjorie Corcoran off of Main Street
An article discusses a memorial set up for Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy who was killed Feb. 3 in a train-cyclist accident. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering, and of materials science and nanoengineering and department chair of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
LMT Online


Missouri researchers join hunt for one of medicine’s elusive quarries: Artificial blood
John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is quoted about artificial blood research.


Seniors’ sensor-laden shoes may help prevent falls
Rice bioengineering students are building a device that can help people who have impaired sensation in their feet stay upright and avoid falls. Eric Richardson, lecturer of bioengineering, and undergraduate students Megan Kehoe, Yuqi Tang, Suzanne Wen, Daniel Zhang and Allen Hu are mentioned.
Health News Digest

How physical attractiveness influences our judgment
An article mentions research by Michelle “Mikki” Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology and professor of psychology and management. Hebl is also mentioned in the Clear Admit article as the keynote speaker for the second HERWorld Energy Forum held at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business March 8. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is interviewed.
Psychology Today (A correction on the misspelling of Hebl’s last name has been requested.)
The HERWorld Energy Forum at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business
Clear Admit

New filter finding gives pores for thought
Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon dioxide as possible and could use filters that optimize either carbon capture or methane flow. No single filter will do both, but thanks to Rice scientists, they now know how to fine-tune sorbents for their needs. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Materials Today

‘Fuzzy’ fibers can take the heat of next-generation 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 Hart and postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are quoted.
Design Fax


Vanderbilt University, 30 other schools file brief in opposition of travel ban
Rice is one of the 31 universities that signed an amicus brief in the 4th Circuit about President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

The best of college pranking
An article discusses college pranks. The article mentions that Rice students turned the statue of William Marsh Rice in 1988.

Edinburg Housing Authority STEM’s up for spring break
An article features a STEM camp hosted by Rice students over spring break.
Danika Brown, director of curriculum and fellowships at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership, Martel College junior Estefani Perez and Will Rice College sophomore Smeet Madhani are mentioned.
Edinburgh Review

Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari and the Carnegie Hall Notables host 13th Annual Notable Occasion
Rice’s former quartet-in-residence, the Dover String Quartet, is featured.
Broadway World

Houston Symphony revives concerto with performance with Brinton Averil Smith April 13-15
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Broadway World

Where to eat in Berlin — a food and drinks travel guide
Alumna Joanna O’Leary ’12 authored an article about food in Berlin.
The Taste

New library dean
An article mentions that Martin Halbert worked at Rice.
The Carolinian

Army engineers advancing component miniaturization
Rice is mentioned
Design Fax

Lecture on humans, machines and the future of work April 13
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, will speak at the University of Kentucky April 13.
The Lane Report

What to watch for in April: Migrating birds and birders
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, will speak in Austin April 20.

The touching 1,800-year-old letter from a Roman legionary to his family
Alumnus Grant Adamson ’12 is mentioned.

The Carter Center selected as a semifinalist in $100M MacArthur Grant Competition
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and its partners are among the semifinalists for the MacArthur Foundation’s innovative 100&Change competition. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the institute, is quoted in the Alphr article.
Global Atlanta
The low-tech inventions saving lives in the developing world

Faster genome sequencing aids study of Zika
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.
John Hopkins News-Letter

App developed by IITians reaches finals of B-plan competition
A team that will compete in the Rice Business Plan Competition is featured.
Indian Express
App developed by Indians reaches finals of B-plan competition
Business Standard (This also appeared in Outlook India, DNA India and India Today.)

Academic amnesia: Why Is WWI disappearing in higher education?
Rice is mentioned.
Washington Examiner

LSU Jewish Studies Department holds talk in Holliday Forum
Melissa Weininger, the Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, spoke at Louisiana State University’s Holliday Forum.
Daily Reveille

Gnostic cinema
An article discusses a movie series that was held at Rice.

Impresión 3-D para hacer prótesis mejores y más baratas
Alumna Nicolette Chamberlain-Simon ’16 is mentioned.
NCYT (An English translation is not available.)

Jacques Sagot ofrecerá recital educativo en el Teatro Eugene O’Neill
Rice is mentioned.
La Nacion (An English translation is not available.)

Atención departamentos de emergencia independientes EEUU puede costar 10 veces más que en otros centros
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
Yahoo Noticias (An English translation is not available.)


Carousel of pitchers leads Cougars to scoreless disaster against Rice
Rice baseball defeated the University of Houston 9-0.
Daily Cougar

Daily roundup: Big Ten hates Friday football
Former Rice coach Tom Herman is mentioned.
Burnt Orange Nation

College baseball RPI watch list: West Virginia, McNeese, Old Dominion, ECU
Rice baseball is mentioned.
College Baseball Central
Purdue baseball Q&A with ‘Hammer and Rails’
The Crimson Quarry

North Texas tennis using time off to rest and recover from injuries before C-USA tournament
Rice tennis is mentioned.
North Texas Daily

Atascocita’s Shelby McGlaun thriving for Baylor softball
Rice baseball will play Louisiana Tech April 7-9.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Thursday letters: Bail reform, Memorial Park, Trump believers
An op-ed mentions Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Alumni notebook: TWHS grad Zach Gartner hits pair of grand slams in single game
Brown College senior Charlie Warren and McMurtry College freshman Addison Moss are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

College basketball’s best available grad transfers
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Hero Sports

Ducks top list of teams hoping for recovery from bowl-less season
Rice football’s 2017 season is discussed. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.

Skeeters to host a pair of University of Houston games
Rice baseball will play the University of Houston May 9.
Fort Bend Star


2 Rice University students awarded Watson Fellowships
Two seniors from Rice University are among the 40 students who were named a 2017 Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Madhuri Venkateswar and Allison Yu will each receive $30,000 for a year of international travel to study their field of choice. They were chosen from 149 finalists nominated by private liberal arts colleges and universities across the United Sates.

Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria
Synthetic biologists at Rice University have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis, an inflammation of the colon, in mice. The research points the way to new experiments for studying how gut bacteria and human hosts interact at a molecular level and could eventually lead to orally ingestible bacteria for monitoring gut health and disease.

Rice’s Jones School talk: Will millennials outearn parents?
An April 11 panel discussion at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business featuring Rice and McKinsey and Co. experts will explore the question “Will millennials ever outearn their parents?”

National Science Foundation Director France Córdova to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 10
France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, will discuss the foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” that emerged from a national science planning effort, many of which cut across disciplinary boundaries and require novel methods and approaches, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 10.

Hear the buzz about seniors’ sensor-laden shoes
Rice University bioengineering students are building a device that can help people who have impaired sensation in their feet stay upright and avoid falls.

About Anya Bolshakov

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