Dateline Rice for April 7, 2017


Analysis: Trump’s Syria strike sends message, carries risks
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel and a former assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, is quoted.
New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 200 other publications. A correction on Djerejian’s title has been requested.)
CNN ‘Inside Politics’

Higher ed leaders make pitch for federal research dollars on Trump’s terms
Against the backdrop of Trump trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, higher education groups are urging the president to take a wider view of economic development, saying his proposal to slash research funding undermines his goal of making the U.S. more competitive with China. President David Leebron is quoted.

Synthetic biologists engineer inflammation-sensing gut bacteria
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.
Science 360 News (This is today’s “Top Story” on the Science 360 News home page.)
Glow-in-the-dark poop is medicine’s next diagnostic tool
Uproxx (This also appeared in more than 10 other publications.)


Why is no one trying to stop the war in Yemen?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the war in Yemen.
BBC World Service (This also aired on 707 radio stations.)

Device could buzz feet to 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. Undergraduate students Megan Kehoe and Suzanne Wen are quoted.
Futurity (This article appeared in the April 7 issue of Futurity Today.)
Hear the buzz about seniors’ sensor-laden shoes
Science & Technology Research News (This also appeared in Orthopedic Technology, AzoSensors and Design Magazine.)

Wrong-way crash on Route 28 in Allegheny County cuts short 2 young lives
Alumna Clara Katherine Roberts ’15 died April 6. She was 24. Alumni Ali Pineiro ’17, Jake LaViola ’15 and Mary Anderson ’15 are quoted.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

IIT Kharagpur App reaches finals of B-plan competition
A team that will compete in the Rice Business Plan Competition is featured.

Opinión: Dame más gasoline … ¿Pero cómo lo logrará México?
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Expansion (An English translation is not available.)

Science briefs: Cardiac disease-dementia link found
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.
Singapore Times
Loneliness worsens cold symptoms
News Blaze
Sentirsi soli peggiora i sintomi del raffreddore
Benessere (An English translation is not available.)


Slain lawman Greenwood praised as ‘hero’ with full honors at Thursday funeral
Funeral services were held for alumnus Clint Greenwood ’83, who was killed April 3 in the line of duty as an assistant chief deputy constable for Precinct 3 in Harris County.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Remembering fallen Harris County Asst. Chief Deputy Clinton ‘Clint’ Greenwood
Police ID suspect vehicle in fatal shooting of Harris County deputy
Houston Public Media
Funeral services for assistant chief deputy constable shot, killed in Baytown

Statewide red-light camera ban would end area suburban programs
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, discusses the use of mounted cameras to document and cite motorists who run red lights.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the April 7 print edition under a different headline: ‘Green light from Senate on red-light camera ban renews debate.’)

Boom! Crash! ‘Lucía’ is a smash
Alumna Cynthia Leonor Garza ’00 is featured for her book, “Lucia the Luchadora.”
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Daily Digital section.)

Downtown Houston is in the midst of a transition that could change its DNA
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “The Contact” April 11.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Things to do in Houston and beyond that cost less than $10
An article that features inexpensive things to do in Houston includes exploring the Rice University campus.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in New York News.)

Flood prevention discussed at Houston symposium
Meyerland has flooded twice in the past two years, and the rainy season is here again, so many residents there — and elsewhere in the Houston area — are concerned. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, is quoted.


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discuss the House probe of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Stoll also appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss the U.S. airstrike on Syria.

Family relieved after arrest in fatal shooting outside Club Panda
A man was arrested for the murder of Essence Derouen, a cook at Baker College who was killed March 19.


Rise of the thought leader
Daniel Lee, postdoctoral fellow in entrepreneurship and innovation at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, reviewed the book “The Ideas Industry.”

Templar Energy names CFO
Alumnus Joseph Pukaite ’01 is featured.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
Plugging in: Oklahoma Energy briefs for Friday, April 7
The Oklahoman


Glitz, glam and giving at the 22nd Pratham Houston’s Annual Gala
The Rice Rasika dance group is mentioned.
Indo-American News

STEM undergraduates named 2017 Goldwater Scholars, receive $7500 scholarships
Jones College junior Rohan Palanki was named a Goldwater Scholar March 31.
India West

NASA astronaut to share space flight and science experience with campus
Alumna Tammy Jernigan ’89 is featured.
UC Merced News

University of St. Thomas Houston honors goodness, discipline and knowledge
Rice is mentioned.
National Catholic Register

Podcast No. 293: Stretch — using less to achieve more
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
The Art of Manliness

David Brockman discusses religion in Texas public schools
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, was the speaker for Central Methodist University’s annual Gilbert and Ruth Fleer Lecture on Values-based Education April 4.
CMU News

Go go go … go Pagal… Holi Hai!
A Rice student is quoted.
Indo-American News

How Dorothy Rice helped transform health care in America and inspired a generation of researchers
Alumna Karen Davis ’65 authored this blog entry on Dorothy Rice.
Health Affairs

Da Nang girl gets full PhD scholarships from 8 US universities
Rice is mentioned.
Vietnam Net (This also appeared in four other publications.)

ATG people in the news
An article mentions that Martin Halbert worked at Rice.
Against the Grain

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


Lane Kiffin’s FAU debut versus Navy moved up a day, to be on ESPNU
Rice football is mentioned.
Sun Sentinel

Diamond Dogs head to Rice for crucial C-USA series
Rice baseball will play Louisiana Tech April 7-9.
Yahoo Sports

ESPN picks up Rice-Stanford opener in Australia
Rice football and Stanford will open the 2017 season Aug. 26 in the second annual Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. ESPN will air the game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rugby community spotlight: Stewart Morris
Alumnus Stewart Morris ’71 is featured.
USA Rugby

Marshall puts 211 student-athletes on C-USA honor roll
Rice has 255 student-athletes on the C-USA honor roll, the most of any other school in the conference.
The Herald-Dispatch

Rice basketball player Marcus Evans intends to transfer.


Former US ambassador to Syria available for interviews
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria and to Israel and a former assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, is available for one-on-one interviews Friday to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a military strike at a Syrian airfield.

About Anya Bolshakov

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