Dateline Rice for May 2, 2017

FEATURED ITEM

Despite oil slump, an upbeat view of Houston’s job prospects
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. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared in the Business section in the May 2 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2pTzNIK
Survey: Houston has made up its mind on immigration and view is strongly positive
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2p4Scyv
Kinder survey shows racial divides even as immigration attitudes improve
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)
http://bit.ly/2pBNmd7
http://bit.ly/2pEEyFb
Decreased fear of crime and growing LGBT support highlight annual Houston survey
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
http://bit.ly/2pBMu80
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2qAiXuO
Fear of crime on the wane across Greater Houston, Rice survey finds
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2pBLeBX
Rice University reveals findings of 36th Kinder Houston Area Survey
KPRC
http://bit.ly/2p54BlG
Kinder study highlights traffic concerns, optimism for economy
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2p1GJPk
Kinder Institute releases findings from 2017 Houston Area Survey
KHOU
http://bit.ly/2oU8WMT
Houstonians are becoming more supportive of immigration and gay rights, according to survey
KIAH
http://bit.ly/2qAk3qm
Traffic is still the worst, but Houstonians are bullish on jobs and safety in annual Rice survey
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/2pECRaG
Report: Most residents would stay in Houston even if given a choice to move
Defender News Network
http://bit.ly/2qpiz65
Houston gets new group for LGBT Asian-Americans
OutSmart
http://bit.ly/2pEGXj4

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Historians see a dark underside to Trump’s Civil War riff
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.
Politico
http://politi.co/2qoUOuT
Top presidential historian: Trump’s ‘confused mental state’ creating ‘surreal disarray’ in US government
Raw Story
http://bit.ly/2pTKjQb
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’
CNN
http://bit.ly/2qAw53h
Happy (100th) birthday, Mr. President
The Brian Lehrer Show
http://bit.ly/2oUcX3Q
‘Morning Joe’
MSNBC
http://bit.ly/2pTYCEJ

Texas voter ID law led to fears and failures in 2016 election
An article mentions a Rice study on Texas voter ID laws.
ProPublica
http://bit.ly/2qoKUJR
State’s failures led to voter ID problems in 2016
Texas Tribune
http://bit.ly/2p4Na4L

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Mailer attacks judge presiding over Paxton’s criminal case
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2pBHekU
http://bit.ly/2qs6a18

An oral history of Alamo Drafthouse
Alumni Tim and Karrie League ’92 are featured.
Austin Monthly
http://bit.ly/2pEHkdx

Texas conservation pioneer’s ’90s words echo in 2017’s environmental debates
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is mentioned.
Texas Climate News
http://bit.ly/2psbNLB

Gabriela Lena Frank shakes up classical music with the world premiere of ‘Conquest Requiem’
Alumna Gabriela Lena Frank ’94 is featured.
Houstonia
http://bit.ly/2qoUBYr

21 best things to do in Houston this week: Cinco de Mayo and Dragon Boat Festival
Rice Cinema will host the Houston Palestine Film Festival May 6-7.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/2p1UXj0

Rice’s Moody Center packs in exhibits — and performers — in its new space
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. The center will also present 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.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/2pEvRus

BROADCAST

Student loan debt situation not improving
Alumnus Michael Parmet ’77 is quoted.
KTRH (A correction on Parmet’s Rice affiliation has been requested.)
http://bit.ly/2qAtAxX
http://bit.ly/2qAghh1 (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Video: How to think like an engineer, Chapter 1
A video features an introductory-level engineering course at Rice.
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2p1TQQu

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Electronic nose, Nanocar Race declares winner, ingestible electronics: ICYMI
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. Rice is mentioned and Tour is pictured in a video that accompanies the Science article.
Controlled Environments
http://bit.ly/2qoWSTx
Watch the world’s smallest cars race along tracks thinner than a human hair
Science
http://bit.ly/2pTFjLt
World’s 1st nanocar race crowns champion
C&EN
http://bit.ly/2pBQSnz
Texanisch-steirisches Team gewinnt das erste Molekül-Rennen der Welt
Der Standard (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2p218DF

The geological treasure of the Sierra Madre
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, is mentioned.
GeoExPro
http://bit.ly/2quGm1C

New chiral molecular sieves may lead to production of better drugs
In a discovery with broad implications for the specialty chemicals industries like pharmaceuticals, researchers at Rice and the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in a decadeslong quest to make left- and right-handed versions of a molecular sieve, one of the most-used industrial, solid materials.
News Medical
http://bit.ly/2psmGNz
New porous solids may lead to better drugs
Nanowerk (This also appeared in Science Daily.)
http://bit.ly/2pEwHrj
Decades-long research culminates in a new way of creating left- and right-handed molecules
Phys Org
http://bit.ly/2quyDjZ

Open-source tool to put optogenetics in more labs
Graduate student Karl Gerhardt and Rice colleagues have created the first low-cost, easy-to-use optogenetics hardware platform that biologists who have little or no training in engineering or software design can use to incorporate optogenetics testing in their labs. Jeff Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Evan Olson are also mentioned.
Labroots
http://bit.ly/2qoLLtY

March 2017 issue of Becker’s Hospital Review
A Rice study is mentioned.
Becker’s Hospital Review
http://bit.ly/2pTIPWk

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Wellesley’s tool to help students and parents estimate college costs goes national
An article 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.
College Planning & Management
http://bit.ly/2qAxZ3B

Derb’s April diary: Righting the world’s wrongs, automation and the Hu-White Cliffs of Dover
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.
Vdare
http://bit.ly/2p1To4C

Japan House hosting Japanese band Duo Yumeno tomorrow night
Alumnus Hikaru Tamaki ’98 is featured.
Smile Politely
http://bit.ly/2qtYnwW

Making college tuition free is not a problem
The author of an op-ed mentions that their brother attended Rice.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise
http://bit.ly/2pTSagC

MPI is 25 years old!
Rice is mentioned.
HPC Wire
http://bit.ly/2qAo6mK

Education newsmakers: May 1
A student who hopes to attend Rice is mentioned.
Transverse City Record Eagle
http://bit.ly/2pEEntz

SPORTS

What to know about Rice athletics this week
An article discusses the recent accomplishment of Rice tennis, baseball and basketball.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2p1PU2l
http://bit.ly/2pEoQtJ

LRCC appoints Larry Turville as director of tennis and head tennis professional in 2017
Former Rice coach Larry Turville is mentioned.
The Mountaineer
http://bit.ly/2qAecRU

College baseball weekend takeaways
Rice baseball is mentioned.
College Baseball Central
http://bit.ly/2pBP0LF
Bombers add more arms to the pitching staff
KBTX
http://bit.ly/2quaw55

Graduate transfers a double-edged sword for schools
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Daily Commercial
http://bit.ly/2oU6aXZ

C-USA honors big hitters and a 3-time Pitcher of the Week
Sid Richardson College sophomore Matt Canterino was C-USA Pitcher of the Week March 13.
The Best College Sports News Network
http://bit.ly/2qAvL4e

Andrew Sendejo donation fuels Rice’s nutritional impact
Former Rice baseball player Andrew Sendejo is featured.
Minnesota Vikings
http://bit.ly/2psmyxb

MWF goes virtual with Homecoming for Heroes III gala
Rice is mentioned.
Copperas Cove Leader Press
http://bit.ly/2qoOeo7

ESPN2
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2p4N9xP (This also appeared on MLB Network.)

KTXX
Rice is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2pUdF1d (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

NEWS RELEASES

Rice’s Richards-Kortum elected to American Philosophical Society
Rice University bioengineer and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States.
http://bit.ly/2psAgjK

Opportunities for growth abound
Freshmen in two Rice University classrooms teamed up this spring to make a joyful contribution to Recipe for Success’ Hope Farms in Houston and learn basic scientific method along the way.
http://bit.ly/2pEB19V

Rice, Caltech finish quest for mirror-image porous solids
In a discovery with broad implications for the specialty chemicals industries like pharmaceuticals, researchers at Rice University and the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in a decadeslong quest to make left- and right-handed versions of a molecular sieve, one of the most-used industrial, solid materials.
http://bit.ly/2psyEXd

About Anya Bolshakov

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