Dateline Rice for May 9, 2017

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

‘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.)
http://bit.ly/2prCSeB
‘Hot’ electrons don’t mind the gap
Science Daily (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now and Science Newsline.)
http://bit.ly/2pgAEmY
Scientists find nanogaps in plasmonic gold wires enhance voltage when excited
ECN
http://bit.ly/2qW5VYQ

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.)
https://youtu.be/Gnc5W3w6RIM
The winner of the inaugural single-molecule nanotechnology Nanocar Race
Nanowerk
http://bit.ly/2qn8GWZ
Molekül-Autorennen: Texanisch-steirisches Team erzielte ersten Platz
Science (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2pnCn5m

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
http://lat.ms/2pvo0g2

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
http://lat.ms/2pvvEHe
The history of discriminatory immigration laws that kept Indians out of the US for 40 years
Swarajya
http://bit.ly/2q2js1G

What it’s like to give up a six-figure career for a job that gives back
Alumna Noorain Khan ’06 is featured.
Elle
http://bit.ly/2q2vM1U

Kevin Shenkman: Ending democracy as we know it in Southern California?
Alumnus Kevin Shenkman ’00 is featured.
Breitbart
http://bit.ly/2pcX6xn

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
http://bit.ly/2q2nDuq
More on the HISD recapture re-referendum
Off the Kuff
http://bit.ly/2pYcY5r
Texans could carry a handgun without a license under a House bill that’s stuck in the chamber
The Police News
http://bit.ly/2pgEWuP
Texas House, Senate budgets remain far apart on public education funding
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2pY01so

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
http://bit.ly/2pgCHHQ
Despite sanctions, Russia’s oil industry powers on
Netral English
http://bit.ly/2qn0vKm

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
http://bit.ly/2qTwVc7

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qn5Tgh
http://bit.ly/2q03VkX
http://bit.ly/2qXN7cu
KTRK
http://bit.ly/2qKrBuo

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.)
http://bit.ly/2pXY6nV

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
http://bit.ly/2qNZNp3

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
http://bit.ly/2qnd9ZO

The Woodlands business May 2017: Memorial Hermann Medical Group The Woodlands welcomes new endocrinologist
Alumna Navneet Kainth ’04 is mentioned.
The Woodlands Lifestyles & Homes
http://bit.ly/2pibFM8

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
http://bit.ly/2qSS6KA

Mensah reaches out to students on their level
Alumnus Kwabena Mensah ’00 is featured.
Katy Times
http://bit.ly/2prscxa

Orsak ready to lead Moody Institute
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85 is featured.
Park Cities People
http://bit.ly/2qSQKAh

BROADCAST

KPRC
A broadcast mentions a student who hopes to attend Rice.
http://bit.ly/2qTvZUr

WOAI
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.
http://bit.ly/2pgMTzS
http://bit.ly/2qWavGu

‘New Day’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is featured on a panel of experts.
CNN International
http://bit.ly/2qOuPNw

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

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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
http://bit.ly/2qXKOGv
Dual-channel biological function generator unveiled
R&D
http://bit.ly/2prqKuc
Team unveils dual-channel biological function generator
Phys Org
http://bit.ly/2pZWgTZ
Rice U. unveils dual-channel biological function generator
Health Medicine Network (This also appeared in Scienmag and Science Newsline and BioSpace.)
http://bit.ly/2q2rYxC

2017 Offshore Technology Conference concludes, more than 64,700 attend
The Rice Alliance Startup Roundup is mentioned.
World Oil
http://bit.ly/2pWOwSp

Nipple replacement startup NovoThelium sweeps pitch competitions
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Xconomy
http://bit.ly/2qSE0ZY

UTA’s Ramon Lopez named fellow of the American Association of Physics Professors
Alumnus Ramon Lopez ’86 is featured.
Bioengineer.org (This also appeared in Scienmag.)
http://bit.ly/2pWI5yV

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
http://bit.ly/2qO1V0b

Making waves
Alumnus Michael Liga ’09 is mentioned.
W&WD
http://bit.ly/2q051NK

Graduate student Caitlin Crotty and alumna Caitlin Goodrich ’08 are featured.
2017 best MBAs: Caitlin Crotty, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants
http://bit.ly/2qSQyjJ
2017 best MBAs: Caitlin Goodrich, University of Texas (McCombs)
Poets & Quants
http://bit.ly/2pU6TXG

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
http://bit.ly/2qJKdYM

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
http://bit.ly/2pex7R8
The next big small thing from DotzNano and Strem Chemicals
Cambridge Network
http://bit.ly/2pner1M

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.
Scienmag
http://bit.ly/2p5uVAf

Your guide to Houston’s Executive MBA programs
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Metro MBA
http://bit.ly/2q2ujJ1

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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
http://bit.ly/2q2immF

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
http://bit.ly/2pd9j50

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
http://bit.ly/2pgr17N

Rec Room Arts announces inaugural 2017-2018 season
Rice is mentioned.
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/2q2nmrr

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
http://bit.ly/2pYlWQf

Qualcuno faccia ripetizioni di storia americana a Trump
Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, is quoted.
AGI.it (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2pnaL0c

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.)
http://bit.ly/2pP1kIx

Mil-Aero Industries eye carbon nanotubes as they target cost savings
Rice is mentioned.
Connector Supplier
http://bit.ly/2qJdiDD

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
http://bit.ly/2qB6ue4

Architectonic harmony
Alumnus Cleary Buckley ’92 is featured.
Business People-Vermont
http://bit.ly/2pP9CSF

Laurie Haller: And I mean to be 1 too
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is mentioned.
The Metho Blog
http://bit.ly/2q21ooE

Finleyville native Green finds sweet success on Broadway
Alumnus Alan Green ’95 is featured.
Trib Live
http://bit.ly/2prFA3v

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
http://bit.ly/2qXV810

Why I chose a women’s college
Rice is mentioned.
FBomb
http://bit.ly/2prxoR9

SPORTS

What to know this week in Rice athletics
An article discusses upcoming events in Rice athletics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2prdgP0
http://bit.ly/2pvsL9r
What to know this week in UH athletics
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2q2mnay
http://bit.ly/2q2gLgF

Ex-Alabama LB DeMeco Ryans transitioning into coaching role with 49ers
Rice is mentioned.
Gridiron Now
http://bit.ly/2pYlekq

Horacio Leon takes top spot at Mackenzie Tour Q-School
Former Rice golfer Kaz Hoffman is mentioned.
Net News Ledger
http://bit.ly/2pWBRza

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.)
http://bit.ly/2q2lBKH
http://bit.ly/2pvlIh1
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon treated for suspected cancer
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2q00M4O
http://bit.ly/2pvnFKr
Teammates have faith in Taillon’s resilience
MLB.com
http://atmlb.com/2pZZHtN

Cougars beat Great Lakes 4-1
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Daily Herald
http://bit.ly/2qXMDmM

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
http://bit.ly/2pvEowQ

College football rankings: Rice Owls
Rice football is mentioned.
Yahoo Sports
https://yhoo.it/2pYpbao

NEWS RELEASE

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.
http://bit.ly/2qYFjYa

About Anya Bolshakov

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