Dateline Rice for May 2, 2017


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.)
Survey: Houston has made up its mind on immigration and view is strongly positive
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Kinder survey shows racial divides even as immigration attitudes improve
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)
Decreased fear of crime and growing LGBT support highlight annual Houston survey
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Houston Public Media
Fear of crime on the wane across Greater Houston, Rice survey finds
Houston Public Media
Rice University reveals findings of 36th Kinder Houston Area Survey
Kinder study highlights traffic concerns, optimism for economy
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)
Kinder Institute releases findings from 2017 Houston Area Survey
Houstonians are becoming more supportive of immigration and gay rights, according to survey
Traffic is still the worst, but Houstonians are bullish on jobs and safety in annual Rice survey
Houston Press
Report: Most residents would stay in Houston even if given a choice to move
Defender News Network
Houston gets new group for LGBT Asian-Americans


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.
Top presidential historian: Trump’s ‘confused mental state’ creating ‘surreal disarray’ in US government
Raw Story
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’
Happy (100th) birthday, Mr. President
The Brian Lehrer Show
‘Morning Joe’

Texas voter ID law led to fears and failures in 2016 election
An article mentions a Rice study on Texas voter ID laws.
State’s failures led to voter ID problems in 2016
Texas Tribune


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.)

An oral history of Alamo Drafthouse
Alumni Tim and Karrie League ’92 are featured.
Austin Monthly

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

Gabriela Lena Frank shakes up classical music with the world premiere of ‘Conquest Requiem’
Alumna Gabriela Lena Frank ’94 is featured.

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

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


Student loan debt situation not improving
Alumnus Michael Parmet ’77 is quoted.
KTRH (A correction on Parmet’s Rice affiliation has been requested.) (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


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
Watch the world’s smallest cars race along tracks thinner than a human hair
World’s 1st nanocar race crowns champion
Texanisch-steirisches Team gewinnt das erste Molekül-Rennen der Welt
Der Standard (An English translation is not available.)

The geological treasure of the Sierra Madre
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, is mentioned.

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
New porous solids may lead to better drugs
Nanowerk (This also appeared in Science Daily.)
Decades-long research culminates in a new way of creating left- and right-handed molecules
Phys Org

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.

March 2017 issue of Becker’s Hospital Review
A Rice study is mentioned.
Becker’s Hospital Review


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

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.

Japan House hosting Japanese band Duo Yumeno tomorrow night
Alumnus Hikaru Tamaki ’98 is featured.
Smile Politely

Making college tuition free is not a problem
The author of an op-ed mentions that their brother attended Rice.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

MPI is 25 years old!
Rice is mentioned.
HPC Wire

Education newsmakers: May 1
A student who hopes to attend Rice is mentioned.
Transverse City Record Eagle


What to know about Rice athletics this week
An article discusses the recent accomplishment of Rice tennis, baseball and basketball.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

LRCC appoints Larry Turville as director of tennis and head tennis professional in 2017
Former Rice coach Larry Turville is mentioned.
The Mountaineer

College baseball weekend takeaways
Rice baseball is mentioned.
College Baseball Central
Bombers add more arms to the pitching staff

Graduate transfers a double-edged sword for schools
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Daily Commercial

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

Andrew Sendejo donation fuels Rice’s nutritional impact
Former Rice baseball player Andrew Sendejo is featured.
Minnesota Vikings

MWF goes virtual with Homecoming for Heroes III gala
Rice is mentioned.
Copperas Cove Leader Press

Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned. (This also appeared on MLB Network.)

Rice is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


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.

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.

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.

About Anya Bolshakov

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