Dateline Rice for April 17, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Dirt-free indoor garden grows a year of weekly salads
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in the April 17 issue of Futurity Today and also appeared on

The Daily 202: Trump doesn’t know much about history. It’s making his on-the-job training harder.
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump. Brinkley also discusses the President Historians Survey.
Washington Post (This also appeared in Standard Examiner.)
Interest in where and when Trump may attend church services
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in over 20 other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Barack Obama thinks there is never a better time to be alive, Donald Trump thinks the world is ‘a mess’
New Zealand Herald

New camera technology uses laser, ‘bullet time’ to capture fingerprint details from 1 meter away
A unique camera that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance uses a laser and techniques that borrow from holography, microscopy and “Matrix”-style bullet time. A prototype built and tested by engineers at Rice and Northwestern University reads a spot illuminated by a laser and captures the “speckle” pattern with a camera sensor. Raw data from dozens of camera positions is fed to a computer program that interprets it and constructs a high-resolution image. Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, graduate student Yicheng Wu and alumnus Jason Holloway ’13 are mentioned.
International Business Times
SAVI camera ditches long lens for distant images
Phys Org


Rice University student dresses up as convincing robot … for science
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Q&A: Chris Whipple’s ‘The Gatekeepers’ examines a key White House role
Chris Whipple will discuss his new book, “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency,” with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, April 19 at the Baker Institute.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Book events: April 16-22
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Report: Houston artist tapped to create Astros design for Budweiser beer can
An article mentions that Eddie Martinez is a graphic designer at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise and LMT Online.)

When downtown becomes a playground, where can its workers afford to live?
An article mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 16 print edition with a different headline, “Downtown boom puts service workers in dilemma.”)

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. 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.
TMC News (This also appeared in Eye Wire Today.)

Rice U. scientists add to theory about Huntington’s mechanism
Rice University 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.
TMC News (This article appeared in the April 17 issue of TMC Today.)

My top 5: Mary McIntire of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies
Mary McIntire, dean of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, discusses her top five things to do in Houston.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Fearless new ensemble Loop38 performs in complete darkness
Article mentions that Loop38 performed at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus.
Houstonia (This appeared in the May issue.)
Houston welcomes new music ensemble Loop38
Arts + Culture

How state agency-funded research often tilts toward development
Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

‘God is with me more than grief,’ says Dallas pastor diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
William Bryan III ’74 is profiled. His wife, alumna Corinne Clemons Bryan ’74, is also mentioned, along with an unnamed Rice alum who is the physician treating William for pancreatic cancer.
Dallas Morning News


Friends don’t let friends time the market
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.”
Investing Sense (This aired on 63 radio stations.)

Houston’s Korean community calls for diplomacy
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about recent uses of military force by the U.S.

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes’
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance discuss kindness on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.” Meredith McCain, Karen Qiang, Shreekumar Kale, Shlok Sobti, Paul Mayer, Dan McNamara, Sonia Hamer, Avery Johnson, Sophie D’Amico and Zahra Jamal are featured.
WIVB (This also aired on over 10 other media outlets.)


Researchers at Rice and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea for how to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust. Postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is quoted.
AAAS’ Science Update

Velcro-inspired fibers may make spacecraft stronger
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.
Chemistry World

The rise of wind power in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted about coal energy in Texas.
Scientific American

Study: Credit transaction amounts fall — along with cash use
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted.
ATM Marketplace
Why the glut of local mattress stores: Marketing, health, hype?
Lexington Herald-Leader

Video: Students invent sensing shoes for patients with peripheral neuropathy
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.

The 20 best college towns to buy an investment property
Houston is No. 6 on a list of the 20 best college towns in which to buy an investment property. Rice is mentioned.
Redfin (This also appeared in Housing Wire.)

Weatherford takes control of groundbreaking nanotube technology
Rice is mentioned.
Oil & Gas Technology


A stethoscope and a badge
Alumnus Faroukh Mehkri ’12 is featured.
Now, and Next

‘Risk off’ making some headway
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted about Congress.
Safe Haven

Artificial intelligence has changed our world forever
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, is mentioned.
Punch (Nigeria)

Methodist parsonage up for sale
Alumnus Joshua Hale ’02 is mentioned.
The Liberty County Vindicator

Home of the week: Marta Hansen’s lookout at Tower House
Alumna Marta Hansen ’88 is featured.
Capital Gazette

Islamophobes and their safe spaces
Craig Considine, a lecturer in Rice’s Department of Sociology, authored an op-ed.
New Age Islam

Why women’s peace activism in World War I matters now
Alumna Anya Jabour ’94 authored an op-ed.
Truth Out

6 unusual medical advances baby boomers might appreciate
IBM Research and Rice have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers.
Bangor Daily News

‘S-Town’ original score shines behind narrative
Brown College senior Mark Bramhill is quoted.
Columbia Chronicle

Feature: Famed heart transplant surgeon a heart pump pioneer
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Xinhua Net (This also appeared in Sina.)
Famed heart transplant surgeon a heart pump pioneer
News GD

Beethoven and his cellist friends
Alumna Cherry Kim ’10 is featured.
Boston Musical Intelligencer

Alumnus Bradford Moody ’83 is mentioned.
Savannah Morning News (This also appeared in Business in Savannah.)

Salisbury Forum speaker to discuss refugees; fundraiser benefits school; artists sought for juried show
Former Rice President George Rupp is mentioned.
Register Citizen

4 formas en las que ciertos organismos vuelven zombis a otros
Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy has an even more insidious agenda, according to Rice scientists. Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, are quoted.
El Comercio (An English translation is not available.)
Cuatro formas en que ciertos organismos convierten en ‘zombis’ a otros animales
W Radio (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Entorno Inteligente.)
Perú: 4 formas en las que ciertos organismos vuelven zombis a otros
Entorno Inteligente (An English translation is not available.)


Around sports: Wesley Bryan wins RBC Heritage in South Carolina homecoming
Rice won one out of three games against the University of Southern Mississippi.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: UH rallies to take series from Memphis
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: Baylor rallies in 9th to beat Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Southern Miss thumps Rice to take series
Sun Herald
Southern Miss pummels Rice, claims series win
Hattiesburg American
Rice Owls answer back with 11 runs, even series with Southern Miss
College Baseball Central

James Harden’s mom also his biggest fan
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

NCAA approves proposal for earlier college football signing day
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Former Rice football player Christian Covington discusses his friendship with the late James Ragan, a Rice student who died from cancer in 2014.

College notebook: Simpson to receive NCAA postgraduate scholarship
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.

Mance departs for Rice
An article mentions that Omar Mance has joined Rice Athletics.
247 Sports
Friday’s sports scoreboard
Shreveport Times

Rice baseball’s remarkable postseason streak on the verge of ending
An article discusses Rice baseball’s 2017 season. Head coach Wayne Graham is quoted.
Houston Press

WATCH: Longhorn extra with Texas WR coach and passing game coordinator Drew Mehringer
Former Rice coaches Drew Mehringer, Carlos Mainord, Ted Unbehagen and Major Applewhite are mentioned.
Burnt Orange Nation
Spike Dykes’ coaching connections built him as a coach, mentor
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This also appeared in Red Raiders.)
Major Applewhite looks to make his mark at Houston

Oregon Ducks to play Baylor series starting in — wait for it — 2027
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
The Oregonian
Stanford football spring game 2017: 5 things to watch for

Offense wins Red and White Game as Houston wraps up spring workouts
Rice football will play the University of Houston Sept. 16.
Yahoo Sports

After Rice loss, Cougars, Tigers will claw in conference clash
Rice baseball defeated the University of Houston in two out of three games to win the Silver Glove Series.
Daily Cougar
Rice takes down No. 11 Houston to claim Silver Glove
The Best College Sports News Network

Bears rally to take series over Longhorns baseball team
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Hook ’em
WKU swept by Charlotte with 3-1 extra inning loss
Bowling Green Daily-News
Marshall’s Niggemeyer throws complete game shutout win at FAU
The Logan Banner

Vanderbilt’s most effective recruiting tactic: Fishing
An article mentions that a football player committed to Rice after a recruiting letter was sent to his cat.
SEC Country

50 in 50: How the last 5 Texas football coaches fared in their 1st season
Rice football is mentioned.
Hook ’em

Longhorns track team takes 2 wins at Texas Invitational
Rice track and field is mentioned.
Hook ’em

Offense ‘Burns’ field in Stanford spring football game
Rice football and Stanford will open the 2017 season Aug. 26 in the second annual Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
Palo Alto Online
Ranking every week of the 2017 college football season
The Comeback

Piercing speed: Ryan coach picks up where he left off, set to run Boston
Alumnus Keith Pierce ’02 plans to run in today’s Boston Marathon.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Rothstein: Marcus Jackson commits to UC Santa Barbara as grad transfer
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
FanRag Sports Network
UCSB hoops is getting Rice graduate transfer Marcus Jackson who is immediately eligible
Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball rallies in the 9th for comeback win over Vanderbilt
Alligator Army

Perez signs with Rice University
A Rice commit is mentioned.
The Boerne Star


New $1.5 million grant to fund national research on faith and work
A $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enable researchers from Rice University and Seattle Pacific University to examine the relationship between faith and work. The researchers hope to gain an understanding of how people from diverse workplaces and socio-economic backgrounds integrate religious views and their work.

Nano-SPEARs gently measure electrical signals in small animals
Microscopic probes developed at Rice University have simplified the process of measuring electrical activity in individual cells of small living animals. The technique allows a single animal like a worm to be tested again and again and could revolutionize data-gathering for disease characterization and drug interactions.

Multifamily and townhome housing growing to meet Houston needs
Although single-family detached homes constitute 61 percent of Houston’s housing stock, the number of multifamily properties and townhomes is growing at a faster rate and is consistent with Houstonians’ living preferences, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. However, the report noted, the area’s growth has eclipsed housing production and resulted in a tighter market.

Houston’s gourmet food trucks cooperate, compete to elevate group’s prestige, Rice U. finds
New research by management and organizational behavior experts at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business finds that gourmet food trucks in Houston cooperate extensively and engage in friendly competition to promote the group members’ excellence and uniqueness. The study, published in Administrative Science Quarterly, focuses on 41 food trucks in Houston, the fourth-most populous city in the United States.

Researchers working toward indoor location detection
Rice University computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Their results were presented in a paper at last month’s 2017 Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

SAVI camera ditches long lens for distant images
A unique camera that can capture a detailed micron-resolution image from a distance uses a laser and techniques that borrow from holography, microscopy and “Matrix”-style bullet time. A prototype built and tested by engineers at Rice and Northwestern University reads a spot illuminated by a laser and captures the “speckle” pattern with a camera sensor. Raw data from dozens of camera positions is fed to a computer program that interprets it and constructs a high-resolution image.

About Anya Bolshakov

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