Dateline Rice for May 9, 2017


‘Hot’ electrons don’t mind the gap
If they’re quick about it, “hot” electrons excited in a plasmonic metal can tunnel their way across a nanoscale gap to a neighboring metal. Rice scientists said the cool part is what happens in the gap, discovering that those electrons can create a photovoltage about a thousand times larger than what is seen if there is no gap. Douglas Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering, and of materials science and nanoengineering and department chair of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Charlotte Evans are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page.)
‘Hot’ electrons don’t mind the gap
Science Daily (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now and Science Newsline.)
Scientists find nanogaps in plasmonic gold wires enhance voltage when excited

BBC’s ‘Click’ reports on Rice nanocar race win
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.
BBC (This also aired on 707 radio stations.)
The winner of the inaugural single-molecule nanotechnology Nanocar Race
Molekül-Autorennen: Texanisch-steirisches Team erzielte ersten Platz
Science (An English translation is not available.)

Mexico decides Trump isn’t so fierce after all
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times

Houston has become the most diverse place in America. Deal with it, Texas
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted about Houston’s demographics and discriminatory immigration laws.
Los Angeles Times
The history of discriminatory immigration laws that kept Indians out of the US for 40 years

What it’s like to give up a six-figure career for a job that gives back
Alumna Noorain Khan ’06 is featured.

Kevin Shenkman: Ending democracy as we know it in Southern California?
Alumnus Kevin Shenkman ’00 is featured.

5 things to know about Texas’ sanctuary city law
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 about Texas’ “sanctuary cities” law, HISD’s Proposition 1, the Texas Legislature and Texas Rep. James White’s unlicensed-carry bill.
The Hill
More on the HISD recapture re-referendum
Off the Kuff
Texans could carry a handgun without a license under a House bill that’s stuck in the chamber
The Police News
Texas House, Senate budgets remain far apart on public education funding
Houston Public Media

US sanctions hit Exxon, not Russian oil industry
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Australian Business Review
Despite sanctions, Russia’s oil industry powers on
Netral English

Conservatives and progressives are different to the core
An article cites a research paper co-authored by John Alford, professor of political science.
Daily Kos


Highlights from the 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey
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 also appeared in LMT Online.)

How safe are Houston’s streets?
Dian Nostikasari, development, transportation and placemaking research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about the institute’s “near-miss” study.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Texas lawmakers explore needle-exchange programs in Travis and Harris counties
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Community Impact

Vivienne Tam’s Houston-inspired collection makes a high-fashion landing in Space City
Rice is mentioned in an article about New York fashion designer Vivienne Tam.
CultureMap Houston

The Woodlands business May 2017: Memorial Hermann Medical Group The Woodlands welcomes new endocrinologist
Alumna Navneet Kainth ’04 is mentioned.
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes

Bill would give university access to education fund
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Association of American Universities.
The Daily Cougar

Mensah reaches out to students on their level
Alumnus Kwabena Mensah ’00 is featured.
Katy Times

Orsak ready to lead Moody Institute
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85 is featured.
Park Cities People


A broadcast mentions a student who hopes to attend Rice.

Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the possibility that Kay Bailey Hutchison will be named ambassador to NATO.

‘New Day’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is featured on a panel of experts.
CNN International

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


Dual-channel biological function generator
Rice bioengineers who specialize in creating tools for synthetic biology have unveiled the latest version of their “biofunction generator and bioscilloscope,” an optogenetic platform that uses light to activate and study two biological circuits at a time. Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, and alumnus Evan Olson ’14 are mentioned.
Science Daily
Dual-channel biological function generator unveiled
Team unveils dual-channel biological function generator
Phys Org
Rice U. unveils dual-channel biological function generator
Health Medicine Network (This also appeared in Scienmag and Science Newsline and BioSpace.)

2017 Offshore Technology Conference concludes, more than 64,700 attend
The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup is mentioned.
World Oil

Nipple replacement startup NovoThelium sweeps pitch competitions
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.

UTA’s Ramon Lopez named fellow of the American Association of Physics Professors
Alumnus Ramon Lopez ’86 is featured. (This also appeared in Scienmag.)

Inside the head of a manipulator
Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy has an even more insidious agenda, according to Rice. Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, are mentioned.
Laboratory News

Making waves
Alumnus Michael Liga ’09 is mentioned.

Graduate student Caitlin Crotty and alumna Caitlin Goodrich ’08 are featured.
2017 best MBAs: Caitlin Crotty, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants
2017 best MBAs: Caitlin Goodrich, University of Texas (McCombs)
Poets & Quants

Bistability of the cytokine-immune cell network in a cancer microenvironment
A paper by postdoctoral fellow Xuefei Li and Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering and professor of physics and astronomy and of biochemistry and cell biology, is featured as an “editor’s choice” piece by IOP.
Medical Physics Web

Quantum dots for analytical biochemistry
Articles discuss research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
LABO Online
The next big small thing from DotzNano and Strem Chemicals
Cambridge Network

New porous solids may lead to 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. 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 mentioned.

Your guide to Houston’s Executive MBA programs
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Metro MBA


A scholar argues for an Arab alternative to democracy
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, is mentioned.
Al-Fanar Media

Open letter to President Patton
Betty Joseph, associate professor of English, and McMurtry College senior Magen Eissenstat signed an open letter to the Middlebury College president.
The Middlebury Campus

Ars Lyrica wraps up its 2016-17 season with a fantastical finale
An article mentions that the “Crumhorn Collective” was founded at Rice.
Broadway World

Rec Room Arts announces inaugural 2017-2018 season
Rice is mentioned.
Broadway World

Choreographer Jessica Lang and Architect Steven Holl team up for lecture May 19
Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, will moderate a lecture May 19.
Broadway World

Qualcuno faccia ripetizioni di storia americana a Trump
Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

Gibson Dunn adds 6 leading energy partners to newly opened Houston office
Alumnus Mike Darden ’02 is mentioned.
Kinney Recruiting (This also appeared in Kinney Recruiting’s Texas Chronicles.)

Mil-Aero Industries eye carbon nanotubes as they target cost savings
Rice is mentioned.
Connector Supplier

Rice University engineering students develop an algorithm that effectively predicts and prevents seizures
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.
Arabian Post

Architectonic harmony
Alumnus Cleary Buckley ’92 is featured.
Business People-Vermont

Laurie Haller: And I mean to be 1 too
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is mentioned.
The Metho Blog

Finleyville native Green finds sweet success on Broadway
Alumnus Alan Green ’95 is featured.
Trib Live

Political Islamist leader Erdogan’s Diplomatic visit to India with a doctorate from Jamia would not go down well with the Democratic ethos of the country as well as the university
Kadir Yildirim, research scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
New Age Islam

Why I chose a women’s college
Rice is mentioned.


What to know this week in Rice athletics
An article discusses upcoming events in Rice athletics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
What to know this week in UH athletics
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Ex-Alabama LB DeMeco Ryans transitioning into coaching role with 49ers
Rice is mentioned.
Gridiron Now

Horacio Leon takes top spot at Mackenzie Tour Q-School
Former Rice golfer Kaz Hoffman is mentioned.
Net News Ledger

Jameson Taillon, MLB pitcher from The Woodlands, treated for suspected cancer
An article mentions that Jameson Taillon committed to Rice before being drafted to the MLB.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon treated for suspected cancer
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Teammates have faith in Taillon’s resilience

Cougars beat Great Lakes 4-1
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Daily Herald

State, UNCW strengthen baseball resumes, ECU continues to stumble
Rice baseball won all three games against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
North State Journal

College football rankings: Rice Owls
Rice football is mentioned.
Yahoo Sports


Rice’s Gustavo Scuseria wins Royal Society of Chemistry award
Rice University chemist Gustavo Scuseria won the 2017 Royal Society of Chemistry S F Boys – A Rahman Award. This biennial award from the London-based international organization for chemical scientists recognizes outstanding innovative research in the area of computational chemistry, including both quantum chemistry and molecular simulations. Scuseria will complete a lecture tour in the U.K. to share his research.

About Anya Bolshakov

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