Dateline Rice for April 12, 2017


Scientists add to theory about Huntington’s mechanism
Rice researchers are starting to understand how protein fragments influence the fiber aggregation suspected as a cause of Huntington’s disease. Peter Wolynes, the D.R.Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Mingchen Chen are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page.)
Adding to theory about Huntington’s mechanism
Rice U. scientists add to theory about Huntington’s mechanism
Science & Technology Research News
Scientists add to theory about Huntington’s mechanism
Medical News Today (This also appeared in Bioscience Technology Online.)

Will swallowing microbes replace the colonoscopy?
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in the April 12 issue of Futurity Today.)

Russia could soon control a US oil company
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Venezuela’s state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela.
Malaysian Digest
Russland kurz vor Übernahme von US-Ölunternehmen — USA alarmiert
Sputnik News (An English translation is not available.)
Russia could soon control US oil company Citgo

The hardest college to get into in every state
An article features Rice as the hardest college to get accepted into in Texas.
Business Insider (This also appeared in Business Insider Nordic, Business Insider Singapore, Insider, Business Insider Malaysia and Business Insider Indonesia.)

‘Bloomberg Markets: Americas’
A broadcast mentions a study conducted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Being lonely could make your cold worse
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 mentioned in the Statesman article.
Loneliness worsens cold
The Statesman (New Delhi)


Echoes of slave-owning past bring change to Rice’s college masters
Rice will replace the title “college master” with “college magister” at the beginning of academic year 2017-18. Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson and Brown College senior James Carter are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 12 print edition with a different headline, “Rice updates its lexicon, leaving ‘master’ in past.” This also appeared in the San Antonio-Express.)
Another college stops using the word ‘master’ because of slavery ‘connotation’
National Review
KIRO-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

How United got in a PR mess. And how it could get out.
Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management, discusses the aftermath of United Express Flight 3411.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine and in the April 12 print edition with a different headline, “Can United find a soft landing?”)
Houstonians paying close attention to fallout from United video

Retiring dean and 50 years of education celebrated at this top Texas college: And all the power players turn out
A slideshow features photos from the 50th anniversary celebration of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Education Studies. President David Leebron; Rice University Representative Y. Ping Sun; Rice donor Linda Clarke Anderson; alumni Susie ’62 and Mel Glasscock ’61, Anne and Charles Duncan ’47, Elle ’00 and Clarke Anderson ’01; Rice Board of Trustees Chair Bobby Tudor ’82 and Phoebe Tudor; Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and his wife, Francoise Djerejian; Annise Parker ’78, professor in the practice and a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders; and Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychology.

Texas demographer has given the same speech for 25 years. Is anyone listening?
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is featured.
Texas Observer

Bill could bring more historic buildings under the wrecking ball
A slideshow features bas-reliefs on Rice’s Keck Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise, LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

Why ‘informal’ housing could be on the rise
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about informal housing.
Rivard Report

From student to stage: Writer Donald Barthelme’s impact on UH, literature
An article mentions that Donald Barthelme taught at Rice.
Daily Cougar

Voter ID education was a massive failure
A Rice study is mentioned.
Off the Kuff


For the 2nd time, judge rules Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminates
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 voter ID laws and school choice laws.
Texas Standard (This also appeared online on, Texas Public Radio and KUOW and aired on 24 radio stations.)
Study: Texas voter education campaign failed to prevent ID confusion
Houston Public Media (This also appeared in KERA News, the Voting News, KOXE, 4ValleyCentral, Longview News-Journal, Dallas Morning News and My High Plains.)
It’s not lack of an ID but the ‘uninformed and misinformed state of the Texas nonvoting electorate’ that tamps down turnout
Austin American-Statesman’s “MyStatesman”
A look at the impact of school choice on rural America
Voter ID law confused Texans
Vote Riders
UH study finds confusion about voter ID kept some voters home
Defender Network

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about North Korea.

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.”


10 African-Americans selected for new administrative posts in higher education
Rice has named James Tate, chief of police at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, as its new chief of police and director of public safety, effective May 1.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Updates from Prof. James Tour’s graphene lab at Rice University
An article features updates from the lab of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Graphene Info

STEM camps for 8-12 graders offered at Rice University
Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity will host a summer camp for teens at Rice June 4-July 29. Jaime Rodriguez, executive director of the Tapia Center, and Richard Tapia, founder and director of the center, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics, are mentioned.
Campus Technology

How some battery materials expand without cracking
A team of researchers at Rice, MIT, the University of Southern Denmark and Argonne National Laboratory has determined that the secret to why fairly brittle electrode materials don’t crack under the strain of these expansion and contraction cycles. Postdoctoral research associate Liang Hong and Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
ECN (This also appeared in Phys Org.)

NIH grant funds Center for Engineering Complex Tissues at Rice
Bioengineers at Rice, the University of Maryland and Wake Forest University have received a $6.25 million National Institutes of Health grant to establish the Center for Engineering Complex Tissues (CECT). Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, professor of materials science and nanoengineering and director of the CECT, is quoted.
Technology Networks
National Institutes of Health funds $6.25M center for 3-D bioprinting and tissue engineering
3D Printing Industry

Dealing with e-waste the nanotech way
Researchers at Rice and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea for how to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust.
Sci Dev Net

System bits: April 11
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.
Semiconductor Engineering

Strange forces acting on nanoparticles discovered
An article mentions that Alejandro Manjavacas was a postdoctoral research associate at Rice.
Chem Europe

Coles promises Easter shoppers 24,000 extra checkouts: How should you deliver customer service this weekend?
A Rice study is mentioned.
Smart Company


Business briefs: PPG takes stake in Taiwan firm
Forest Devices from Carnegie Mellon University emerged as the top startup company April 8 in the 2017 Rice Business Plan Competition hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Oklahoma business briefs for April 12
News OK

Writing about Muslim women in sport
Sid Richardson College junior Rebecca Godard is featured.

LCCC students participate in Ohio Branch of American Society of Microbiology
An article features a student who will attend Rice.
The Morning Journal

Heavily armed swamp critters
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Congress.
Capital & Conflict

Courier earns record awards
Rice is mentioned.
Brookhaven Courier

Candidate Sue Tatem’s platform
An article mentions that Sue Tatem attended Rice.
The Aspen Times

National Symphony Orchestra gives the North American premiere of tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain’s Peshkar in the Kennedy Center on April 21
An article mentions that Cristian Măcelaru taught at Rice. Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, is also mentioned.
India New England News

Manatee nonprofit launches 7 new summer camp programs
An article features a school that is using content developed by Rice.
Bradenton Patch

Rice University physicists learn more about ‘quark gluon plasma’
Findings from Rice physicists working at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider are providing new insight about an exotic state of matter called the “quark-gluon plasma” that occurs when protons and neutrons melt. Wei Li, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Kong Tu are mentioned.
University Herald

University debater earns national speaker honors
Rice is mentioned.
Patriot Talon

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.


Owls take down Cougars to win Silver Glove Series
Rice baseball defeated the University of Houston in two out of three games to win the Silver Glove Series.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the April 12 print edition with a different headline, “2-run rally in 9th temporarily lifts Owls’ dark cloud.” This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Gallery: Silver Glove Series, rematching Rice
Daily Cougar

Rice opts for refresh, unveils new athletics brand
Rice athletics unveiled new branding standard April 11. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice debuts new logo, word marks
NBC Sports
Rice rolls out fresh new branding
The Rice Owls have a new logo, and it’s pretty sweet
SB Nation
The new Rice logos are legit
Hero Sports
Rice unveils new Owl-centric logos, because owls are awesome
The Comeback

Why does this giant Rice Owls mascot have a gun, a sword and 2 hats and look like he’s about to drop the most fire mixtape of 1917?
Rice’s mascot Sammy is discussed.
SB Nation

The 19 football teams with all-time winning records against Alabama
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation

C-USA: The toughest nonconference schedules ranked
An article discusses Rice football’s 2017 season.
Orlando Sentinel
Ranking college football’s top 25 toughest schedules for 2017
Athlon Sports & Life

ECU-UH heading different places
Rice baseball is mentioned.
D1 Baseball

Rice thrower: Jon Duplantier looks good in pitching debut for Cougars
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured.
Naperville Sun

Ole Miss sweeps season series from USM
Rice baseball will face the University Southern Mississippi April 14-16.

Transfer epidemic? College basketball players are exercising freedom of choice
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
The Comeback

Record-setting jumper sets high mark for teammates
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
Daily Cougar

Eisenhower senior George Nyakwol has eyes set on 22-year-old track record
A Rice commit is featured. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.


Rice University students to showcase inventions
The public is invited to see inventions by Rice University students at the annual George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase April 13 at Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.

Rice U. expert: Companies ‘can no longer reactively manage their reputations every time a crisis occurs’
As United Airlines responds to public reaction to an incident on one of its flights Sunday evening, Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, views the development as a case study in modern reputation management.

Rice U. team cultivates ideas for indoor farming
Some engineering design projects click, hum or make no sound at all. Lettuce Turnip the Beet may be the first at Rice University to gurgle.

Rice engineer Richard Baraniuk elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Rice University professor and engineer Richard Baraniuk has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of 228 new members announced today by the academy, which honors some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists and civic, business and philanthropic leaders.

HISD pre-K program participants more prepared for kindergarten, says Rice researcher
Students who attended one or two years of Houston Independent School District (HISD) pre-K were significantly more likely to be prepared for kindergarten than peers who did not attend HISD pre-K, according to a new research brief from Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium.

About Anya Bolshakov

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