Dateline Rice for April 27, 2017


Marching for Science: We need STEM education and educated policymaking
Graduate student Melody Tan authored an op-ed about STEM education.
Medium (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s “Baker Institute Blog.”)

Odd new theory explains how early Earth got its oxygen
Rice petrologists who recreated hot, high-pressure conditions from 60 miles below Earth’s surface have found a new clue about a crucial event in the planet’s deep past. Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth science, and alumna Megan Duncan ’15 are quoted.
Yahoo News SG

Study: Higher cost complex cancer surgeries linked to worse care
Higher costs for complex cancer surgery may be an indicator for worse — rather than better — quality of care, according to new research by experts at Rice and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.

Spotify’s GC on moving from Microsoft to the music streaming service
An article mentions that Horacio Gutierrez’s daughter attends Rice.
Bloomberg Law


Rice University beats most Ivy League schools on new Forbes list
Rice is No. 14 on Forbes’ America’s best value colleges list.
Houston Business Journal

People in business
The board of advisors at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has elected three new members with expertise ranging from community development to entrepreneurship and energy: Angela Blanchard, Randa Duncan Williams and Armen Orujyan.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Gallery and museum listings: April 27-May 3
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.)

Texas senators consider bill on campus speech policies
An article mentions posters that were hung at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Senate panel considers bill protecting university free speech
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The comedian who upended Iceland politics now turns his attention to climate change
Jon Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavik and the CENHS writer in residence, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will screen “The Handmaiden” April 27, “Three” April 29 and “Kaili Blues” April 30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Pixies’ Bassist Paz Lenchantin way more than just a replacement
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press

School board races draw a crowd
Alumnus Kevin Robedee ’03 is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Harris County Commissioners Courthouse Annex to be named in honor of slain deputy Clint Greenwood
Harris County officials have voted 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.

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.

‘Imus in the Morning’
Lovett College freshman Wyatt Imus is mentioned.
WABC (This also aired on 66 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, discusses the proposed border wall with Mexico. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Rice is mentioned.


‘Business and the Blockchain’ event to explore new business technology at Rice
An article mentions the “Business and the Blockchain” event that took place at Rice.
Metro MBA

ABIE winner Lydia Kavraki awarded for invention
Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering, has received one of the most prestigious honors in her field, the Association for Computing Machinery’s Athena Lecturer Award.
Anita Borg Institute


Trump’s early actions target science, environment
An article mentions research by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Restoration Concert Series continues with the new Hollywood String Quartet
Alumnus Robert Brophy ’04 is mentioned.
Pasadena Now

Gay rower proposes to boyfriend after setting rowing record crossing Atlantic Ocean
Alumnus David Alviar ’95 is mentioned.

Calvin Griffin sings for a living
Alumnus Calvin Griffin ’13 is mentioned.
Miami Times

Algorithm predicts epileptic seizures in real time
A team of Rice engineering students recently took top honors and a $5,000 prize for its development of a potential digital cure for epilepsy. Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Gary Woods, professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering; and undergraduate students Sarah Hooper, Erik Biegert, Randy Zhang and Luke Van der Spoel are mentioned.
Value Walk

Most religious people find reproductive techs ‘immoral’
As new and more effective human reproductive genetic technologies develop, people of faith are more likely to disapprove of these tools than nonreligious people, a new Rice study found. Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is quoted.
The Free Press Journal
Most religious people morally uncomfortable with reproductive genetic technologies
Med India

God can overcome any abuse
Alumna Kathleen Shumate ’08 authored an op-ed.
Desiring God

Creative, left-brained Matthew Broussard comes to Jr.’s
Alumnus Matthew Broussard ’10 is featured.
Go Erie

Around Indies
Rice Cinema is mentioned.
American Booksellers Association


Oak Ridge’s Luken Baker experiences success, changes at TCU
Rice baseball will play the University of Texas at San Antonio April 28-30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UTSA update — Wednesday, April 26
UTSA Athletics

Injured Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller has MRI sent to Dr. James Andrews
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Arizona Republic

Preston Thomas inducted to Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
A Rice commit is mentioned.
The St. Louis American

UTSA tennis season comes to an end
Rice tennis is mentioned.
The Paisano
Promising season has Mean Green tennis itching for C-USA title
North Texas Daily
Bearkat tennis lands 3 on All-SLC Teams

Hogs score in 10th, down K-State 6-5
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Sentinel-Record

Houston travelblog: Vietnamese and quail
Rice football is mentioned.

VCU lands forward Lewis Djonkam; forward Ahmed Hamdy, guard Marquell Fraser transferring
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

County connections: Reyes solid at plate, in circle for Menlo
Rice hosted the J. Fred Duckett Twilight Meet April 22.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Hilltopper baseball travels to Louisiana Tech for weekend series
Rice baseball won all three games against Western Kentucky University.
WKU Herald

Wingnuts Stringer returns to Wingnuts infield
Former Rice baseball player Christian Stringer is mentioned.
Our Sports Central


Baker Institute immigration expert provides insights on visas
A decision by the federal government to restrict or abolish H-1B or TN visas would significantly reduce the number of skilled Mexican immigrants working in the United States, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Protein ‘spy’ gains new abilities
Rice University scientists have learned to spy on cells with a divide-and-conquer strategy to label proteins.

About Anya Bolshakov

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