Dateline Rice for May 1, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Rice-ex Anthony Rendon has 10-RBI game for Nationals
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Anthony Rendon has 3 HRs, 10 RBIs in Nationals’ 23-5 rout of Mets
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Creating a digital cure for epilepsy
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.
Science 360 News (This is the top story on the Science 360 News home page.)
Rice University engineering students develop an algorithm that effectively predicts and prevents seizures
Tech Times

On ‘sanctuary cities,’ Trumpian hyperbole runs up against legal precision
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.
Christian Science Monitor (This also appeared in Yahoo News, Daily Magazine and Viet Reader.)

A dim 100 days
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump. A broadcast also mentions the new book, “JFK: A Vision for America,” which Brinkley co-authored.
U.S. World and News Report
Donald Trump is growing into his power role
The Australian (Subscription required.)
‘Erin Burnett OutFront’
‘The Rita Cosby Show’
WABC (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Astronaut breaks space record
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 broke the American record for the most cumulative days in space. She surpassed the previous figure of 534 days.
National Geographic AU

Nobody likes to admit being lonely, but you should
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, is quoted.
USA Today (This appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)

How easy would it be to rig the next election?
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Think Progress

Small businesses are returning to Groupon
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.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

How this wearable smart patch analyzes your sweat to monitor your body
An article mentions that Wei Gao spoke at Rice.

The South’s most stunning college dining halls
Rice’s Seibel Servery is featured on Southern Living’s list of the South’s most stunning college dining halls.
Southern Living (A correction on the name of Seibel Servery has been requested.)

The great oxidation event
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.


Art workshop lights way for refugees
An article discusses Olafur Eliasson’s “Green Light — An Artistic Workshop,” which is on display at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through May 6. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the April 30 print edition.)

15 tips for getting in 15,000 steps a day
Cardiologist John Higgins authored an article about healthy habits. The byline mentions that he works as a sports cardiologist for Rice Athletics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the StarHealth section in the May 1 print edition. The print article mentions Higgins’ Rice connection.)

Flashback to 1975 combines with a look to the future at record-breaking Chinquapin Spring Gala
David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, was honored at the Chinquapin Spring Gala April 27. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is mentioned in the CultureMap Houston article. Medina also discusses his work in diversity and education in the Passion Time video.
CultureMap Houston
How can multicultural ed be effective with David Medina 
Passion Time with Patricia Gras

These are the name origins of Houston’s iconic streets, buildings and other features
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Trails to explore on foot or by bike
Rice’s outer loop trail, the Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum and the Rice Farmers Market are featured on lists of things to explore around Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Find local produce and goods at Houston farmers markets
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston nature centers to explore
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston street art fan documents the area’s artwork with his smartphone
A slideshow features the artwork on the wall of Baker College.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Vivienne Tam brings Houston-inspired collection to town
Rice is mentioned in an article about New York fashion designer Vivienne Tam.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

UC Berkeley tops Forbes list of best value colleges
Rice is No. 14 on Forbes’ America’s best value colleges list.
Houston Chronicle

OTC events cover full range of oil and gas interests
The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Texas A&M, Blackstone LaunchPad team up for entrepreneurial program
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
The Eagle

Author to present ‘The Art of the Book’ May 9
Alumnus John Osterhout ’74 is featured.
San Angelo Standard-Times

Austin Symphony: Young composers rule!
An article reports that Paul Novak from Rice University won first prize in the Sarah and Ernest Butler Texas Young Composers Competition.
Austin 360

Protein ‘spy’ gains new abilities
Rice scientists have learned to spy on cells with a divide-and-conquer strategy to label proteins. Graduate students Emily Thomas and Sarah Knudsen; Jonathan Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology; alumnus Naresh Pandey ’14; and Zachary Ball, associate professor of chemistry and associate department chair of chemistry for undergraduate studies, are mentioned.
TMC Today

Live music in Houston this May
An article features a photo from KTRU’s 26th annual Outdoor Show.
The Buzz Magazines

The Dallas Architecture Forum presents award-winning architect Enrique Norten
An article mentions that Enrique Norten was a visiting professor at Rice.
Preston Hollow BubbleLife (This also appeared in Dallas Uptown BubbleLife, Park Cities BubbleLife and Garland BubbleLife.)


‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes’
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance are featured on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.” Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at the institute, and students Sophie D’Amico, Jaskeerat Gulati, Mishi Jain, Aziza Salako, Neethi Nayak, Timothy Chang, Reagan Kapp, Daniel McNamara, Sawyer Knight, Iqra Dada, Paul Mayer and Simbarashe Dzinamarira are featured.
KHOU (This aired on over 10 other stations.)

Classroom champions: Harmony Science Academy’s Jaece Rogers
An article mentions a student who will attend Rice.

The BARK for BARC Pet Walk will take place at Rice May 6.

Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Rice vehicle 1st in nanocar race
The Rice and University of Graz team finished first in the inaugural international Nanocar Race in Toulouse, France, April 28. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and former Rice graduate student Victor Garcia-Lopez are mentioned.
Science & Technology Research News
Sub-sub-sub-compact: The 1st international nanocar race starts today
The Truth About Cars

Rice’s Lydia Kavraki wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award
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.
Communications of the ACM
Trailblazer in robotics research named ACM 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer
Athena Lecturer Award for women researchers goes to Rice prof who really gets robots moving
Network World

Quantum experiments probe underlying physics of rogue ocean waves
By precisely controlling the quantum behavior of an ultracold atomic gas, Rice physicists have created a model system for studying the wave phenomenon that may bring about rogue waves in Earth’s oceans. Randy Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, research scientist Jason Nguyen and graduate student De “Henry” Luo are mentioned.
Phys Org
Ultracold atom waves may shed light on rogue ocean killers
Space Daily (This also appeared in R&D, Science Daily and Nanotechnology Now.)
Explaining the formation of rogue waves and tsunamis based on principles of quantum physics; using atomic waves to understand ocean waves
Science World Report

Could fiber optic probes replace traditional biopsies?
Rice is mentioned.
Med Device Online


Finals are pointless and should be scrapped, says leading education expert
Brown College freshman Phil Hedayatnia is featured.
The Tab

April 30-May 1
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, will speak in San Francisco May 1.
San Francisco Examiner

Lessons learned about scientists and faith from the March for Science
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is mentioned.
All Christian News

New space-proof materials use old ceramics tech for next-gen propulsion
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, is mentioned.
Edgy Labs

John Garner selected as Marines’ new program executive officer for land systems
Alumnus John Garner ’74 is featured.

Editorial: Caring for the young, part 5
An op-ed mentions a Rice study.
Pagosa Daily Post

A literary star in Las Cruces
An article mentions that Lee Abbott taught at Rice.
Las Cruces Sun-News

DFA mentors collaborate to take studios to the next level
Rice is mentioned.
Design for America

Jefferson versus Trump: How their 2 inaugurations differed
John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, authored an op-ed about former President Thomas Jefferson and President Donald Trump.
History News Network

Houston Symphony announces 2017 Ima Hogg Competition semifinalists
The 42nd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition semifinals and finals will be hosted at Rice June 1 and 3, respectively.
Broadway World


College baseball: No. 7 Texas Tech routs No. 4 TCU 21-3 in finale
Rice baseball won two out of three games against the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: South Florida rallies past Houston; Rice tops UTSA
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College baseball: No. 4 TCU stops No. 7 Texas Tech in top-10 showdown
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UTSA-Rice: Owls continue quest to survive
College Baseball Central
UTSA-Rice: Owls survive late-inning rush from Roadrunners
College Baseball Central
Rice outlasts UTSA on Saturday, 7-4
UTSA Athletics
UTSA rally comes up short in 6-5 loss to Rice on Sunday
UTSA Athletics
5-run 9th lifts UTSA past Rice on Friday night, 10-6
UTSA Athletics
On NCAA Tournament bubble, FAU baseball streaks into final 10 games
Sun Sentinel
Rice closes series against UTSA with a 6-5 Win
The Best College Sports News Network

Recap: Local players selected in 2017 NFL draft
An article mentions that Rice hosted an NFL Pro Day March 27.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Southern’s Derrick Griffin to try out for Vikings
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice and C-USA spring football recaps
An article discusses Rice football’s spring game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Prairie View A&M spring football recap
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Southern spring football recap
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Big 12 spring football recaps
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Staying offensive: 49ers select WR Trent Taylor
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Houston Chronicle

Forrest Lamp will give boost to Chargers’ offensive line
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation

5 Herd tennis members earn All-Conference accolades
Rice tennis players Lindsey Hodge and Wendy Zhang are mentioned.
Marshall Athletics

Texas CB coach ‘can’t wait’ to put Longhorns in the NFL
Former Rice coach Tom Herman is mentioned.
247 Sports

Creighton freshman Kobe Paras receives scholarship release, plans to transfer
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Blue Jays Today

UNT tennis team honors players at annual banquet
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Baylor’s Mills named coach at Oral Roberts
An article mentions that Paul Mills worked at Rice.
Bears Extra

Cardinals drop series in nail-biter
Rice baseball will play Lamar University May 3.

Old Dominion’s Karen Barefoot expected to leave for UNC Wilmington
An article includes a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.

Chicago Cubs move on from prospect who has a way with words
Former Rice baseball player John Williamson is mentioned.

A portion of ticket sales from Rice baseball’s April 30 game were donated to Baseball for Babies.

Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance is mentioned.
WBAL-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Most residents would stay in Houston even if given a choice to move
The majority of area residents don’t just feel okay about living in Houston – they would choose to stay in the Bayou City even if given a choice to move, according to the 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey. The 36th annual survey also revealed that traffic continues to be the dominant concern, people are less worried about crime and are increasingly supportive of immigration and gay rights.

Christopher Smith named Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies
Christopher Smith, former assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, has been named the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, the institute announced today.

About Anya Bolshakov

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