Dateline Rice for May 3, 2017


Art meets science
Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is interviewed. The Moody Center for the Arts is featured on a list of art centers on the rise.
Blouin Artinfo
An instrument to be played
Richmond Mag


‘Sieve’ sorts mirror-image molecules for new 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. Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering, professor of physics and astronomy, department chair of bioengineering and director of graduate program in systems, synthetic and physical biology, is quoted in the AZO article.
Researchers invent innovative technique to synthesize chiral molecular sieves
AZO Materials
New porous solids may lead to better drugs
Science & Technology Research News

Microscopic cars square off in big 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, is quoted.
National Public Radio’s “The Two-Way” (This appeared in over 100 other media outlets.)
Sieg im ‘kleinsten Rennen der Welt’ geht an Uni Graz
Tiroler Tageszeitung (An English translation is not available.)

Study: Early organic carbon got deep burial in mantle
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.
National Science Foundation

Ultracold atom waves may shed light on rogue ocean killers
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.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Innovations Report.)

‘I would be your president’: Clinton blames Russia, FBI chief for 2016 election loss
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump.
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Du kan være for uvitende til å vite at du er uvitende
Nettavisen (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in MSN Nyeter.)

Methane CRA’s fate remains unclear as time runs down
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’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Carbon tax funds should go toward energy innovation — nowhere else
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, authored an op-ed about a carbon tax.
The Hill

November’s election shows why Texas and other Southern states can’t be trusted to protect voting rights
An article mentions a Rice study on Texas voter ID laws.
Raw Story
Texas voter ID law led to fears and failures in 2016 election
Moneylife (This also appeared in the National Memo.)
Nation’s strictest: Texas voter ID law led to fears and failures in 2016 election
Mint Press News


Why Houston is becoming more accepting of immigration
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. Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about the results of the survey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Kinder Institute releases findings from 2017 Houston Area Survey
Houston Style Magazine

UH needs to toughen up and play in the big leagues
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared in the May 3 print edition with a different headline, “UH’s handling of UT proposal puts inferiority complex on display.” This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Here’s what’s next for Houston’s growing startups and the technology sector
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)

The death of the art barn
An article mentions that Rice had an “art barn.”

Someone really doesn’t like the Paxton case judge
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.
Off the Kuff
Mailer attacks judge presiding over Paxton’s criminal case
LMT Online
KRLD (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

5 LGBTQ Asian-Americans leading Houston
Alumna Naushaba Patel ’13 is featured.

Anything’s possible: PrintHouston 2017 reflects a medium’s multiplicity
Karin Broker, professor of visual arts, is mentioned.
Arts + Culture

Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition 2nd-place winner Christine Lee
The 42nd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition semifinals and finals will be hosted at Rice June 1 and 3, respectively.
The Katy News


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses President Donald Trump and NATO. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Program connects Rice University with 5th Ward to reduce poverty
A broadcast discusses Rice’s Community Bridges program.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

8 people have been killed by METRO trains in 5 years
An article mentions that Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy who was killed Feb. 3 in a train-cyclist accident.

Encore Houston, Episode 17: KINETIC
Rice students are mentioned.
Houston Public Media

El impacto ecologico del muro de Trump
Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, discusses the impact a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico would have.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)

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


Biology’s need for speed tolerates a few mistakes
Biology must be in a hurry. In balancing speed and accuracy to duplicate DNA, produce proteins and carry out other processes, evolution has apparently determined that speed is of higher priority, according to Rice researchers.
Postdoctoral fellow Kinshuk Banerjee; Oleg Igoshin, associate professor of bioengineering; Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, are mentioned.
Phys Org (This also appeared in Scienmag.)

Adaptive learning and the economics of liberal arts colleges
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Educase Review

Corps realigns officers, role seen on Trump wall
Reginald DesRoches, chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will become dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering July 1.
Engineering News-Record


Here’s what happens when the US and Mexico fight
Nicolas Shumway, dean of humanities, the Frances Moody Newman Professor of Humanities and professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, authored an op-ed.
Americas Quarterly

5 ways to deal with being a child (or adult) of divorce
Rice research is mentioned.
Her Campus

10 things no one tells you about … Houston
An article mentions that a Rice study named Houston the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the nation.
The Points Guy

Alastair Willis succeeds Tsung Yeh as SBSO music director
Alumnus Alastair Willis ’99 is mentioned.
South Bend Tribune

IVSO wraps up season with May 13 concert
An article mentions that Joseph Stern Kingma attended Rice.
The Times
IVSO will present music of Schumann and Respighi on May 13
BCR News (This also appeared in Putnam County Record.)

College media geek: Andrew Grottkau, Rice University
McMurtry College junior Andrew Grottkau is featured.
College Media Matters

CISD candidate profile: Rogers hopes to continue work on board
Alumnus Kent Rogers ’67 is featured.
Corsicana Daily Sun

This study shows ISIS’s claims of mistreating Christians is against the teachings of Prophet Muhammad
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, is mentioned.

Blank Rome names new corporate litigation partner in Houston
An article mentions that Elizabeth Klingensmith attended Rice.
General Counsel News

Higher costs for complex cancer surgery may be an indicator of lower-quality 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.

Expertes: Les députées marocaines encore sous-représentées dans les ‘commissions de pouvoir’
Marwa Shalaby, fellow for the Middle East and director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and research associate Laila Elimam are mentioned.
Lemag (An English translation is not available.)


Rice’s men and women’s tennis programs ready for NCAA Tournament
Rice men’s tennis will face Cornell University and Rice women’s tennis will face Texas Christian University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Around sports: Concussion sidelines Penguins star Sidney Crosby
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baylor men’s tennis earns 20th straight NCAA Championship berth
Lamar men’s tennis to face No. 7 Baylor in Waco
Conference squads selected for NCAA Championship
Big 12 Sports
LU tennis faces Baylor in the NCAA Championships
Men’s tennis earns 20th straight NCAA Championship berth
Baylor Athletics
10: Rice tennis programs set for NCAA action

Pair of Longhorns featured as 1st-round picks in 2018 NFL mock drafts
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Houston Chronicle

Baseball travels north for final game with Bearkats
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar
College baseball RPI watch list — Southern Miss, NC State, Cal State Fullerton
College Baseball Central

Arizona Diamondbacks honor prospects Marcus Wilson + Jon Duplantier
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured.
AZ Snake Pit
Cougars sweep Diamondbacks Player of the Month honors
Our Sports Central

New facility and USA club team arrives in Houston
Rice is mentioned.
Swimming World

UTEP to host C-USA Track and Field Championships beginning on May 11
The Rice track and field teams are mentioned.
The Prospector

5 things: A tale of 2 cities, from 1st to worst
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
CBS Sacramento


Biology’s need for speed tolerates a few mistakes
Biology must be in a hurry. In balancing speed and accuracy to duplicate DNA, produce proteins and carry out other processes, evolution has apparently determined that speed is of higher priority, according to Rice University researchers.

Paper: Legal framework governing Mexico’s energy industry has changed dramatically
The general legal framework governing Mexico’s energy industry has dramatically changed since the implementation of the country’s energy reform in 2013, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Anya Bolshakov

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