Dateline Rice for May 4, 2017


Rice’s Efe Ustundag repeats as C-USA tennis Coach of the Year
Rice men’s tennis head coach Efe Ustundag was named the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year for a second consecutive year. Players Tommy Bennett, David Warren, Jake Hansen and Eric Rutledge are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online.)


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.
National Science Foundation

Does Donald Trump have dementia?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
The Root
Hardball with Chris Matthews’
Gazette editorial: President Trump’s odd leaps
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Clinton blames Russia, FBI chief for 2016 election loss
The Bulletin 225


In the age of Trump, Democrats zero in on a longtime GOP House seat
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the May 4 print edition with a different headline, “Democrats zero in on GOP seat.”)

Houston: Should I stay or should I go?
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. Alumnus Steeltoe Rigney ’86 is quoted in the first article; Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted in the second.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Survey: Houstonians actually like living in Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

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.
TMC News (This also appeared in Science Daily and Bioscience Technology Online.)

Rice Village’s Morningside Plaza to host Cinco de Mayo celebration with Mariachi band
Mariachi Luna Llena will perform at in Rice Village’s all-new Morningside Plaza May 5 for Cinco de Mayo.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Art gallery and museum listings: May 4-10
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. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

St. Mark’s kicks off quarterly reading series on First Thursdays
Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, will speak at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church May 4.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will host the Houston Palestine Film Festival May 6-7.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The little things
An article mentions that Rice students frequent the Encore Hair Design & Boutique.
TMC News
TMC Pulse (This article appeared on Page 33.)

On the side: Steven Powell, RN
An article mentions that Steven Powell is a DJ at Rice’s KTRU.
TMC News
TMC Pulse (This article appeared on Pages 31-32.)

Mr. Plow: Houston’s best-kept sludge-rock secret
An unnamed Rice graduate is mentioned.
Houston Press

Radio jingle tells lawmakers to take it easy on pot smokers
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about punishment for marijuana possession and Rev. Billy Graham.
Dallas Morning News
Billy Graham urges anti-gay vote in N.C.
Wisconsin Gazette

$400,000 graduation dinner takes over River Oaks Country Club
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.

Run, jog or walk in the shade of towering oak trees on the Rice University Loop
An article discusses the Rice outer loop trail.
365 Things To Do in Houston


The power of less
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
Think (This also aired on 12 radio stations.)
Top stories: Shooting at Irving Community College; the city’s fight over West Dallas

When robots do low-level jobs, will employees really take on new roles?
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, discusses automation.
Tech Republic
What politicians aren’t saying about declining manufacturing jobs
Silicon Valley Globe

Rice is mentioned.


World’s 1st nanocar race a success for science and engagement
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.
Chemistry World

Grants roundup: $25M from Bloomberg aims to curb drowning deaths
The Kinder Foundation has awarded a $10.7 million grant to Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium to expand its innovative work to additional school districts in the Greater Houston region.
Chronicle of Philanthropy

‘Walking’ catalyst shows carbon dioxide the way
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted about new research from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia.
Chemistry World

New research: Go ahead and hire that overqualified candidate
A Rice study on hiring overqualified candidates is mentioned. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.

About this canvassing of experts
Rice’s Humanities Research Center is mentioned.
Pew Research Center


Consider hiring veterans into leadership roles in STEM careers
Cesare Wright, a Rice Center for Engineering Leadership lecturer and outreach/leadership specialist, is interviewed.

Around Needham
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, will speak in Needham, Mass. May 9.
Wicked Local Needham

Look around Lubbock: Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Alumnus David Cho ’03 is mentioned.
FOX 34

South Bend Symphony Orchestra names new music director
Alumnus Alastair Willis ’99 is mentioned.

Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX receives the 2015 Marcus Prize
An article mentions that Joshua Prince-Ramus was a visiting professor at Rice.
Architecture Lab

LSU students, graduates receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
An article mentions a student who will attend Rice.
The Advocate

Understanding the faith-work connection
A $1.5 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will enable researchers from Rice and Seattle Pacific University to examine the relationship between faith and work. Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is quoted.
Bill’s ‘Faith Matters’ Blog

‘Could they fire me? No!’ The Warren Robinett interview
Alumnus Warren Robinett ’74 is featured.
US Gamer

Today’s email announcements
Alumnus Joseph Causby ’08 is mentioned.
High Country Press

Texas voter ID law led to fears and failures in 2016 election
An article mentions a Rice study on Texas voter ID laws.
Nation of Change

A cautionary tale from Texas about how cities hide debt and deflate the economy
An article mentions research on Houston’s pension liability from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
The Federalist

Warren Wilson College student, professor plan exhibition boxing match
An article mentions that Jay Miller was a professor at Rice.
Black Mountain News

Strengthening our community’s security
An article mentions acts of vandalism that occurred at Rice and across the country.
Jewish Press


Rice baseball moves Wednesday start time to 5 p.m.
Rice baseball defeated Lamar University 9-8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice walks off Lamar baseball
Houston Chronicle
Game time changed for Lamar baseball at Rice
Houston Chronicle
Chandler belts game winner as Rice defeats Lamar
The Best College Sports News Network
Lamar-Rice: Robbie Lammons holds Cardinal tide
College Baseball Central
Rice walks off to beat LU baseball 9-8

TSU softball team finds its groove after early slump
Rice baseball will face the University of North Carolina at Charlotte May 5-6.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Mahanoy Area board sets new graduation date
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
Republican Herald

Old Dominion’s Karen Barefoot hired by UNC Wilmington
An article features a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.

Gilbert Legaspi launches new team in new pool in Southwest Houston
Rice is mentioned.
Swim Swam

Blondes versus Brunettes
The Alzheimer’s Association’s Blondes versus Brunettes Powder Puff Game will take place at Rice May 6.

Low student test scores may be sign of concussion
Former Rice soccer player Britton Cartwright is featured.


Rice and International Energy Agency sign MOU
Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and the International Energy Agency, Gas and Oil Technology Collaboration Programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work in collaboration with a focus on gas and oil technologies.

Health economics expert available to comment on today’s House vote
Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is available for news media interviews on the repeal and replacement bill for “Obamacare” today.

About Anya Bolshakov

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