Dateline Rice for April 13, 2017


Today’s must-reads for entrepreneurs: Winning big at Rice Business Plan Competition
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.


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.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Laboratory Equipment.)

For a German medical device startup, the road to being acquired went through Houston
Adhesys Medical, which won the Rice Business Plan Competition in 2014, has also been purchased by a German pharmaceutical firm.

Rusia tomaría el control de una petrolera de EE.UU. por culpa de Venezuela
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CNN (An English translation is not available.)

Can loneliness make your cold symptoms 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 quoted.
Women’s Health


Judge pushes Paxton’s trial date into heart of election season
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 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s upcoming trial and “bathroom bills.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
1st Paxton trial set for Sept. 12 in Houston
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News, LMT Online and My San Antonio.)
‘Bathroom Bills’ beyond North Carolina: Here’s where 10 other states stand on public school legislation
The 74

OPEC cuts, and the oil market shrugs
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Thursday letters: Tattoo policy, political power, the READ Act
Rice will replace the title “college master” with “college magister” at the beginning of academic year 2017-18
Rice University is changing how officials are addressed because of this insane reason

Gallery and museum listing: April 13-19
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.)

Pollution and possibility on the Ship Channel
Hanszen College senior Geneva Vest authored an op-ed about the Houston Ship Channel.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. This also appeared in the April 13 print edition.)

Houston writer Donald Barthelme was mastermind behind ‘Snow White’
An article mentions that Donald Barthelme taught at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Stage is set for experimental art to shine at CounterCurrent 17
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Harris County officials push to name courthouse in Baytown after Clint Greenwood
Harris County officials are pushing to name a courthouse annex in Baytown for 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. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “La Nube,” “Velas” and “Nadie” April 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Rice students help NASA with human-robot interactions
A group of Rice students has created a convincing lookalike of NASA’s humanoid robots Valkyrie and Robonaut that the agency can use to easily assess human-robot interactions and help future astronauts develop everyday protocols with their artificial helpers on missions to Mars and beyond. Jane Grande-Allen, professor of bioengineering, and undergraduate students Rebecca Francis, Pedro Lozano, Pedro Regino, Christina Rincon and Grant Wilkinson are mentioned.
KHOU (Similar broadcasts aired on WUSA, KVUE, KIDY, KXVA and KYTX.)

Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the relationship between the U.S. and Russia. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

New push made for safety along METRO’s light rail
An article mentions that Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy who was killed Feb. 3 in a train-cyclist accident.

A broadcast features Rice as the hardest college to get accepted into in Texas.


Baraniuk elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also has won a five-year fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense, valued at up to $3 million for “blue sky” basic research that could produce new technologies.
Baraniuk receives DoD Bush Fellowship
Photonics Media

Bioprinting and tissue regeneration in focus: Center for Engineering Complex Tissues opens this weekend, thanks to NIH Grant
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 mentioned.
3D Print
University of Maryland will be a research center for 3-D bioprinting (This also appeared in CityBizList Baltimore and CityBizList.)

How some battery materials expand without cracking
A team of researchers at Rice, MIT, the University of Southern Denmark and Argonne National Laboratory has figured out the secret to why fairly brittle electrode materials don’t crack under the strain of expansion and contraction cycles. Postdoctoral research associate Liang Hong and Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
iConnect007 (This also appeared in Science & Technology Research News, Scienmag and Health Medicine Network.)
Solving the mystery of how battery materials expand without cracking
Solar Thermal Magazine

Sky’s the limit for ‘fuzzy fibers’
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.
Materials Today

Rice U. team cultivates indoor garden
A team at Rice, cleverly named Lettuce Turnip the Beet, has designed a produce cultivation machine — a hydroponic garden that grows plants without soil. Instead, a pump recirculates 55 gallons of water through tiers of PVC pipe, using little energy and no waste to grow lettuce, garlic and other vegetables. Undergraduate students Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan, Dominique Schaefer Pipps, Jared Broadman, and George Dawson are mentioned.
Precision Agwired

The effects of good looks on professional success: It’s complicated
Alumna Stefanie Johnson ’02 co-authored an op-ed about attractiveness in the workplace.

Don Lincoln wins 2017 Gemant Award from AIP
Alumnus Don Lincoln ’90 won the 2017 Andrew Gemant Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimension of physics.

Proton-nuclei smashups yield clues 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.
Space Daily


What is nanomedicine? What are the applications of nanomedicine in the field of medicine or health
The late Richard Smalley is mentioned.

LeTendre new historian at Museum of the Islands
An article mentions that Dennis LeTendre attended classes at Rice.
Pine Island-Eagle

Symphoria to perform at Smith Opera House
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Gates-Chili Post (This also appeared in Fairport-East Rochester Post and Daily Messenger.)

Check out the lineup for the 4th annual Beyond the Professoriate
Rice is mentioned.
University Affairs


Rice athletics unveils new branding elements
Rice athletics unveiled new branding standard April 11. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
CBS Houston
Check out Rice’s new look, which features a blend of the past and the future
Texas HS Football
Rice unveils new Owl-centric logos, because owls are awesome
MSN Sports

Video: James Harden’s high school coach discusses using hamburgers to get him to free-throw line
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera discusses coaching James Harden.
USA Today

Rice adds Alec Spence as basketball signing period opens
A Rice commit is mentioned. Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is quoted in the Houston Chronicle story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
WJBF scholar athlete: Aiken’s Frelicia Tucker

5 things to expect during this year’s spring game
Assistant football coach Brian Stewart is mentioned.
Daily Nebraskan

2 JMU men’s basketball players leave program
An article includes a photo from a Rice men’s basketball game.
The Breeze

Nibert resigns
Articles mention that Gregg Nibert and Louis Reynaud coached at Rice.
UCSB’s Joe Pasternack hires Louis Reynaud as basketball assistant coach
Louis Reynaud named assistant basketball coach at UC Santa Barbara
Hoop Dirt

Coach known for memorable quotes, speeches
Rice football is mentioned.
Daily Toreador
HP sports in depth: UTEP football to host spring game Friday
El Paso Herald-Post
Watch: Skip Bayless calls Myles Garrett potential ‘bust,’ would take Deshaun Watson No. 1 overall
SEC Country

Putting it all together
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Battalion
And the valley projects: March 12
And the Valley Shook!
McCann continues to rewrite his story at Texas
Daily Texan

Bailey Williams looks back on the season and her career
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
The Carolinian

Florida guard Eric Hester has decided to transfer
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.

Ole Miss sweeps season series from USM
Rice baseball will face the University Southern Mississippi April 14-16.
WAFB (This also appeared in WTVM, WSFA and WMC5.)

Sports stars spotted playing a different sport
A slideshow includes a photo from a Rice football game.
MSN News


Robot costume with a cause
It sounds easy: Build a robot costume that the wearer can use to convince someone the robot is real. But the task wasn’t so simple. A team of Rice University freshmen calling themselves NotBot took on the challenge and created a contraption they hope will suit NASA. The agency asked them for a convincing lookalike of its humanoid robots Valkyrie and Robonaut that it can use to easily assess human-robot interactions and help future astronauts develop everyday protocols with their artificial helpers on missions to Mars and beyond.

Simplest vision demo? The Eyes have it
A set of snap-together glasses designed by students at Rice University lets people with diabetes see into the future and know that without proper care, the future does not look good. The educational tool developed by the Eye See You See team will help doctors show patients how their vision could deteriorate over time due to diabetic retinopathy, an eye disease that can result from uncontrolled diabetes and lead to blindness. They hope the tool will encourage patients to follow their doctors’ protocols.

About Anya Bolshakov

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