Dateline Rice for April 14, 2017


Glasses offer vision of eye damage from diabetes
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. Maria Oden, director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and a professor in the practice of engineering education, research scientist Richard Schwarz and undergraduate students Anna Klineberg, Truce Pham, Caroline Brigham and Catherine Levins are mentioned.
Simplest vision demo? The eyes have it
Health News Digest

Obama said there was never a better time to be alive. Trump thinks a ‘nasty’ world offers nothing but problems.
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Washington Post (This also appeared in MSN News.)
Where Obama saw a world filled with hope, Trump sees ‘a mess’
Sydney Morning Herald (This also appeared in the Age, Brisbane Times, Canberra Times, the Daily Millbury and the Standard Examiner.)

What’s new in civic tech: Open gov groups voice concern over removal of Trump transition data
An article mentions a voting machine project at Rice.
Government Technology

Commentary: Chicago should annex adjoining suburbs
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune

Girls with single parents twice as likely to be obese
A Rice study is mentioned.
Yahoo Beauty

Home visiting supporters push for funding
Rice will replace the title “college master” with “college magister” at the beginning of academic year 2017-18.


Texas Medical Center’s No. 2 guy takes top job
Edward Egan, fellow and director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is quoted about William McKeon’s promotion to CEO of the Texas Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 14 print edition with a slightly different headline, “Medical center’s No. 2 gets top spot.”)

Voter ID education was a massive failure
A Rice study on voter ID is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Kuff’s World” (This also appeared in Off the Kuff.)

During Texas visit, Rick Perry touts Houston-area carbon capture system
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted about Petra Nova and carbon capture.
Texas Tribune (This also appeared in KERA News and Fort Worth Business Press.)
Coal, once king in Texas, sees wind as ‘real competition’
E&E News’ ClimateWire (Subscription required.)

Music, art to take over downtown Victoria
Rice is mentioned.
Victoria Advocate

Olson for Congress posts historic 1st quarter fundraising results and retains well over a half million for re-election campaign
U.S. Rep. Pete Olson ’85, R-Texas, is featured.
The Katy News

Rice study shows HISD pre-K kids more prepared for kindergarten
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. Erin Baumgartner, a HERC postdoctoral fellow, is quoted.
Defender Network

Show up: HJ Bott
An article mentions HJ Bott was accepted to Rice.
Arts + Culture


Rice costume designed to help NASA evaluate human interaction with robots
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.
Robot costume to help NASA astronauts learn to work with their artificial helpers
AZO Robotics
KPRC (Similar broadcasts also aired on WFAA, WVEC and KJAC.)

New space race heating up regarding commercial spaceflight
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Houston designer customizes Astros-themed Budweiser can
An article mentions that Eddie Martinez is a graphic designer at Rice.

Podcast: Matt Patrick with Dr. Joe Barnes about Tillerson’s trip to Russia
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.
KTRH (This also appeared in Talk Radio 1190.)

Mapping Houston’s gay community
Brian Scott Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, discusses the history of the gay community in Houston.
Passion Time with Patricia Gras


Electrodes in batteries turn glassy to the handle volume changes during the recharging and charging process
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.
Electronics 360
How some battery materials expand without cracking
Science Daily
How battery materials expand without cracking
My Broadband
Glass-like phase found in electrode for sodium batteries prevents it from cracking
AZO Materials

A wealth of information at Offshore Technology Conference
An article mentions that The Next Big Thing d5 event will be held at Rice May 5.
Hydraulics & Pneumatics


TX roundup: RetailMeNot, Gaurav Khandelwal, Zilliant, Xbiotech and More
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.
Innovative bone healing technology wins over $700,000 from TiE at the Rice Business Plan Competition
Indo American News

Currency manipulation: Donald Trump’s disorderly blame game
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
World Finance

New UMD center will research how 3-D printing can re-engineer human organs
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.
The Diamondback

How many US kids have asthma? Numbers are climbing
A Rice study is mentioned.

Trump’s already lost
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Congress.
Bullion Vault
Heavily armed swamp critters
International Man (This also appeared in Before It’s News.)
Get ready for inflation! Lumber logs a 12-year high
Advisor Perspectives

Self-reported loneliness contributes to sickness
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.
John Hopkins News-Letter

Puget Sound Piano Trio next in UPS Concert Series
Alumna Maria Sampen ’99 is mentioned.
The Suburban Times


Against the odds, Jackson Ryan continues family tradition 1 pitch at a time
Jimmy Disch, associate professor of sport management, is quoted about baseball player Jackson Ryan.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the April 14 print edition. This also appeared in My San Antonio, LMT Online and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Weekend preview: Oregon State streaks into Washington
Rice baseball will face the University Southern Mississippi April 14-16.
Baseball America
Prairie View softball team emerges as SWAC contender
Houston Chronicle

High schools: Outside the box, April 13
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

ODU’s Jennie Simms, Lake Taylor’s Feyonda Fitzgerald picked in WNBA draft
An article includes a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.

Brian McTaggart talks Astros with Greg and ND
The author description for a broadcast by N.D. Kalu mentions that he played football at Rice.
Sports Talk

Vote: D1 men’s tennis hero of the week
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Hero Sports

La. Tech visits Old Dominion
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The News Star (This also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)

Watch: Longhorn Extra with Texas safeties coach/special teams coordinator Craig Naivar
An article mentions that Craig Naivar coached at Rice.
Burnt Orange Nation

Drunken driver death of Mike Rhoades’ dad caused epiphany: Make coaching, basketball and life fun
An article mentions that Mike Rhoades coached at Rice.
Penn Live

The SVC interview: Big picture and big sound
An article discusses a recent video display and audio system installation at Rice Stadium.
Sound & Video Contractor

OU basketball: Young a big addition for Sooners, Buford asks for transfer
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.

Sports stars spotted playing a different sport
A slideshow includes a photo from a Rice football game.
MSN Sports (This also appeared in MSN Sports Malaysia.)


Georgia Tech’s civil and environmental engineering chair named dean of engineering at Rice University
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will become dean of Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering July 1.

About Anya Bolshakov

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