Dateline Rice for April 19, 2017

FEATURED ITEMS

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
http://nyti.ms/2pSsk8H

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.)
http://bit.ly/2oOAGiJ
http://bit.ly/2o3KyI3
Rice to receive $10.7M from Kinder Foundation for education research
Scienmag
http://bit.ly/2oLNQyf

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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
http://bit.ly/2pRJbZx

Board of Regents: Georgia’s 28 public campuses will raise tuition by 2 percent
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
http://bit.ly/2on92rX

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
http://bit.ly/2o3Qpxb
Dealing with e-waste the nanotech way
All Africa (This also appeared in SciDevNet.)
http://bit.ly/2pC6IRL

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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.)
http://bit.ly/2osagRL
Governor throws support behind Texas House version of bathroom bill
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/2pBM5VN
Poll: Texans overwhelmingly back immigration, oppose border wall
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/2pgbgNU

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.)
http://bit.ly/2oVd1PE
http://bit.ly/2oscsJ0

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.)
http://bit.ly/2pC19Qw

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.)
http://bit.ly/2o3vyKg
http://bit.ly/2oO6MLu

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.)
http://bit.ly/2o3B7IQ
http://bit.ly/2pC9Qub
Niche: 25 hardest universities to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2oVcqxl
Ranking shows S.A. university is one of the hardest to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/2pC8VK4
Niche: 10 hardest universities to get into in Texas
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My Plainview.)
http://bit.ly/2oLA0vU
The best college in every state that’s worth your money
PayScale
http://bit.ly/2onjTlF

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.)
http://bit.ly/2omYbhP
Nano-SPEARs track animals’ electrical signals
Controlled Environments
http://bit.ly/2o3MksS
Researchers invent nanoscale suspended electrode arrays for testing nematodes
AZO Nano
http://bit.ly/2pC2tmr

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
http://bit.ly/2oOwFuh

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
http://bit.ly/2oLuR7i

Amid sexual assault scandal, Baylor hires 1st female president in its 172-year history
Will Rice senior Shelby Livingstone is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/2pgbqVr

Sol Lewitt at Rice Gallery
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Glasstire
http://bit.ly/2os9FzA
Rice University Art Gallery exhibits Sol LeWitt’s ‘Glossy and Flat Black Squares (Wall Drawing #813)’
Art Daily
http://bit.ly/2pC9EL7

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Wind ‘pushing coal off the grid’ in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
IEEFA
http://bit.ly/2o3CJ5a

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, Mining.com, Cambridge Core Blog and Science Daily.)
http://bit.ly/2oVAjER
Energy experts predict global sustainability will continue to grow, threatening fossil fuels
Renewable Energy Magazine
http://bit.ly/2o3NZyB

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
http://bit.ly/2pRNROP
Indoor location detection that is twice as accurate as GPS services
Innovation Toronto
http://bit.ly/2pgkwBy
New indoor location detection technology consumes 27x less energy than GPS
Everything RF
http://bit.ly/2pCzGxR
Researchers working toward indoor location detection
ECN (This also appeared in Microwave Journal.)
http://bit.ly/2pRNSCy

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.
ECN
http://bit.ly/2pRPEng

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
http://bit.ly/2oVv0VQ

The death and possible rebirth of DSP
Gene Frantz, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, authored an article.
CTN
http://bit.ly/2pCaiZ8

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
http://bit.ly/2omKSOo

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Bizarre superfluid with negative mass created in a lab
Han Pu, professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Live Science
http://bit.ly/2pRToFh

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
http://bit.ly/2pCbN9E
WWNO
http://bit.ly/2pS7FBE
http://bit.ly/2pgbqEW

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
http://bit.ly/2pCmDg8

Ballet Hispanico opens 2017 season with all-female choreographers
Rice is mentioned.
Edge Media Network
http://bit.ly/2oOpt1t

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
http://bit.ly/2pC4X3V

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
http://bit.ly/2pgmoKN
Blu-ray news roundup: July criterion titles, ‘The Shack’ and More
High-Def Digest
http://bit.ly/2oOCFDm

LAUSD moves to ban McDonald’s fundraisers, develop vegan items
A Rice study is mentioned.
LAist
http://bit.ly/2oVoDlx

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, Madison.com, Quad-City Times and Missoulian.)
http://bit.ly/2os76NW

Chris Latham leaves Holly Hunt, Chicago
Alumnus Chris Latham ’91 is mentioned.
Fabric & Furnishings
http://bit.ly/2oshRQp

Cientista da NASA visita a UMinho
Alumnus Jared Espley ’04 is featured.
Correio do Minho (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2pC8Vd8

SPORTS

Houston’s top high school baseball recruits
Rice commits are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2os8HDw
http://bit.ly/2oLtzcn
Houston area’s top high school baseball recruits
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2on2QAa
Melissa trio sign for track and field
Nueces County Record Star
http://bit.ly/2o3Aejq
Pepperdine transfer A.J. Lapray has committed to Rice
Fanrag Sports Network
http://bit.ly/2pBIZkJ

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
http://bit.ly/2pRzUkd
Florida lands star transfer Egor Koulechov from Rice
Only Gators
http://bit.ly/2o3LBYq
Rice transfer Marquez Letcher-Ellis has committed to Nevada
Fanrag Sports Network
http://bit.ly/2orYUNP
Rice transfer Letcher-Ellis commits to play basketball at Nevada
KOLO
http://bit.ly/2oOyibm

Road to Biloxi: Southern Miss on top at halfway point
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Sun Herald
http://bit.ly/2pgqH8X

Grading the 2017 coaching carousel: Who made the best hires?
Former Rice basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
NBC Sports
http://bit.ly/2o3StFt

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
http://bit.ly/2pCdXWW
New Baylor president, Abbott on ‘bathroom bill,’ Ross Avenue makeover: Your Tuesday evening news roundup
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/2oOF3dl

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
http://bit.ly/2oViA0r
Herman era: Coach forms family culture with heartbreak, joy
The Daily Cougar
http://bit.ly/2onbJK0

Houston travel blog: Lunch at Mandola’s, dinner with Nancy Sue
Rice is mentioned.
NewsOK
http://bit.ly/2pC2Ltg

Brigance hosting championship race
Alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 is featured.
Before It’s News
http://bit.ly/2oVEmkP

History of Mr. Irrelevant in the NFL Draft
Former Rice football player Cheta Ozougwu is mentioned.
Thought Co.
http://bit.ly/2pC1ple

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.
C-USA
http://bit.ly/2o47RkX

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.)
http://bit.ly/2on4qSz

NEWS RELEASE

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.
http://bit.ly/2oLHTl4

About Anya Bolshakov

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