Dateline Rice for April 19, 2017


College, cheaper than you think
An op-ed discusses a new online calculator created to help families get a more accurate estimate of the actual cost of attending college. Rice is cited as one of the universities that offers the calculator, and the columnist uses Rice University as an example to demonstrate how the calculator works.
The New York Times

Rice receives $10.7M research grant to study Houston-area schools
The Kinder Foundation has awarded a $10.7 million grant to Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium to expand its innovative work to additional school districts in the Greater Houston region. Ruth Lopez Turley, director of the consortium, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is quoted in the Scienmag article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice to receive $10.7M from Kinder Foundation for education research


NSF director with Neal Lane at Rice University
A photo of National Science Foundation Director Dr. France A. Córdova and Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is featured.
National Science Foundation

Board of Regents: Georgia’s 28 public campuses will raise tuition by 2 percent
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scientists want to freeze and pulverize your old computers
Researchers at Rice and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea for how to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust.
Smithsonian Magazine
Dealing with e-waste the nanotech way
All Africa (This also appeared in SciDevNet.)


Survey: Texans less eager to deport
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 partisan politics and the Texas “bathroom bill.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 19 print edition.)
Governor throws support behind Texas House version of bathroom bill
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Poll: Texans overwhelmingly back immigration, oppose border wall
San Antonio Express-News

Rice University student a ‘coach’ to east end girls in more ways than 1
An article discusses Lovett College junior Martin Rather’s work as a girl’s varsity basketball coach at a YES Prep East End.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Bellaire, River Oaks and West University Examiner section and also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

The limits of laissez-faire housing policy in Houston
An article mentions a report by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Katy ISD principal named a finalist for national honor
Alumnus Kwabena Mensah ’00 has been named a Texas National Distinguished Principal finalist by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Rice tops the list of 25 hardest colleges to get into in Texas
Niche ranked Rice the most selective school in Texas. Rice is also named the best college in Texas that is worth the money by PayScale.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Niche: 25 hardest universities to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle
Ranking shows S.A. university is one of the hardest to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Niche: 10 hardest universities to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My Plainview.)
The best college in every state that’s worth your money

Nano-SPEARs gently measure electrical signals in small animals
The Rice lab of electrical and computer engineer Jacob Robinson has invented “nanoscale suspended electrode arrays” — aka nano-SPEARs — to give researchers access to electrophysiological signals from the cells of small animals without injuring them. Robinson is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
TMC News (This also appeared in Laboratory Equipment, ECN and Medical Design Technology.)
Nano-SPEARs track animals’ electrical signals
Controlled Environments
Researchers invent nanoscale suspended electrode arrays for testing nematodes
AZO Nano

Meet the candidates running for Katy City Council this May election
The Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is mentioned.
Community Impact

KTRU and MKT Bar team up to honor station’s 50 years
KTRU’s 26th annual Outdoor Show will take place April 22. The article mentions the Rice roles of KTRU DJs Kenny Evans, Andrew Klein, Ethan Hasiuk, Matthew Wettergreen and Ian Wells. Evans is a postdoctoral fellow for science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Klein is a lecturer for the Program in Writing and Communication. Hasiuk, a Jones College senior, is programming coordinator for KTRU’s 50th anniversary celebration. Wettergreen is a lecturer for the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.
Houston Press

Amid sexual assault scandal, Baylor hires 1st female president in its 172-year history
Will Rice senior Shelby Livingstone is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News

Sol Lewitt at Rice Gallery
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Rice University Art Gallery exhibits Sol LeWitt’s ‘Glossy and Flat Black Squares (Wall Drawing #813)’
Art Daily


Wind ‘pushing coal off the grid’ in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Climate change and risk to fossil fuel industry: Sustainability train has left the station
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Phys Org (This also appeared on World Coal,, Cambridge Core Blog and Science Daily.)
Energy experts predict global sustainability will continue to grow, threatening fossil fuels
Renewable Energy Magazine

Rice University researchers tackle indoor location detection
Rice computer scientists are mapping a new solution for interior navigational location detection by linking it to existing sensors in mobile devices. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science; Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics; and graduate students Juan Jose Gonzalez Espana and Chen Luo are mentioned.
Fierce Wireless
Indoor location detection that is twice as accurate as GPS services
Innovation Toronto
New indoor location detection technology consumes 27x less energy than GPS
Everything RF
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
ECN (This also appeared in Microwave Journal.)

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 is featured. Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, graduate student Yicheng Wu and alumnus Jason Holloway ’13 are mentioned.

Houston’s gourmet food trucks cooperate, compete to elevate group’s prestige
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. Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones School, Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at the Jones School, and research analyst Kristen Nault are mentioned.
Science Newsline

The death and possible rebirth of DSP
Gene Frantz, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, authored an article.

Brittle electrodes turn to glass
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.
New Electronics


Bizarre superfluid with negative mass created in a lab
Han Pu, professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Live Science

Executive order signals end to war on energy
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about energy policy.
The Business Times

Stuff we like: Tuesday, April 18
There’s at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice professor to figure out why. John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is mentioned.
Kokomo Tribune

Ballet Hispanico opens 2017 season with all-female choreographers
Rice is mentioned.
Edge Media Network

Texas A&M to host NSF GENI workshop
Lin Zhong, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be a keynote speaker at the National Science Foundation’s Global Environment for Network Innovations regional workshop and camp May 22-26.
TAMU Engineering

Criterion in July 2017: Albert Brooks’ ‘Lost In America,’ Rossellini’s War Trilogy, Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker,’ Bresson’s ‘L’Argent’
Rice is mentioned.
Screen Anarchy
Blu-ray news roundup: July criterion titles, ‘The Shack’ and More
High-Def Digest

LAUSD moves to ban McDonald’s fundraisers, develop vegan items
A Rice study is mentioned.

Careers with the highest projected employment growth
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, expects that within 30 years machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.
WiscNews (This also appeared in the Journal Times, STL Today,, Quad-City Times and Missoulian.)

Chris Latham leaves Holly Hunt, Chicago
Alumnus Chris Latham ’91 is mentioned.
Fabric & Furnishings

Cientista da NASA visita a UMinho
Alumnus Jared Espley ’04 is featured.
Correio do Minho (An English translation is not available.)


Houston’s top high school baseball recruits
Rice commits are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston area’s top high school baseball recruits
Houston Chronicle
Melissa trio sign for track and field
Nueces County Record Star
Pepperdine transfer A.J. Lapray has committed to Rice
Fanrag Sports Network

College basketball transfers 2017-18: The best grad players available
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
SB Nation
Florida lands star transfer Egor Koulechov from Rice
Only Gators
Rice transfer Marquez Letcher-Ellis has committed to Nevada
Fanrag Sports Network
Rice transfer Letcher-Ellis commits to play basketball at Nevada

Road to Biloxi: Southern Miss on top at halfway point
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Sun Herald

Grading the 2017 coaching carousel: Who made the best hires?
Former Rice basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
NBC Sports

Tossed and turned: 3 Texans took on the Atlantic with nothing but a rowboat and a will to endure
Alumni David Alviar ’95 and Mike Matson ’90 are part of a team that became the first Texans to row across the Atlantic. They also earned two Guinness World Records for being the first and fastest three-man crew to row the Atlantic.
Dallas Morning News
New Baylor president, Abbott on ‘bathroom bill,’ Ross Avenue makeover: Your Tuesday evening news roundup
Dallas Morning News

Does the Big 12 have its next Dez Bryant? 5 takeaways from Big 12 coaches conference call 
Former Rice coaches Tom Herman and David Beaty are mentioned.
Dallas Morning News
Herman era: Coach forms family culture with heartbreak, joy
The Daily Cougar

Houston travel blog: Lunch at Mandola’s, dinner with Nancy Sue
Rice is mentioned.

Brigance hosting championship race
Alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 is featured.
Before It’s News

History of Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL Draft
Former Rice football player Cheta Ozougwu is mentioned.
Thought Co.

InTouch Credit Union C-USA Tennis All-Academic Teams announced
Students Lindsey Hodge, Katherine Ip and Tommy Bennett have been named to the InTouch Credit Union C-USA Tennis All-Academic Team.

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services open in new state-of-the-art facility on Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital campus
An article mentions that Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provides health care for Rice Athletics.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)


Refugee crisis in Greece to be in focus at Rice Media Center April 22
A film screening and discussion at Rice University April 22 will put the refugee crisis in Greece in focus and provide information on how to volunteer to support the refugees.

About Anya Bolshakov

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