Dateline Rice for May 10, 2017


AP analysis: Trump thrusts US presidency into perilous area
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Washington Post
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey is completely Nixonian
Análisis: Trump lleva la presidencia a terreno peligroso
Houston Chronicle (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in el Nuevo Herald.)
Anderson Cooper 360’
CNN International
‘New Day’

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.
National Science Foundation

The 50 most influential moms of 2017
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is featured on a list of the most influential moms.
Harper’s Bazaar
The 50 most influential mums of 2017
Red Online

DeVos to deliver commencement at Florida HBCU today
A test to measure students’ writing skills during four years of college should be used by all colleges and universities, according to James Pomerantz, professor of psychology.
Rice researcher: Measure if students actually improve while in college
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Qui est John Jack Schlossberg, le petit-fils de JFK?
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Marie Claire France (An English translation is not available.)
Conoce al nuevo, joven y guapo Kennedy
Vanity Fair Mexico (An English translation is not available.)


What I’m reading: Justin Cronin
Best-selling author Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston’s summer calendar of society events
The 42nd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition semifinals and finals will be hosted at Rice June 1 and 3, respectively.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Needle exchanges prevent disease without promoting drugs
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about needle exchanges.
Trib Talk

Mayor Turner supports Houston data science institute, urges collaboration
In his State of the City address, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he wants the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M to work with the University of Texas on a task force’s recommendations for how to use the UT System’s 300-plus acres near the Texas Medical Center.
The Daily Cougar

Semester closes with social lecture and student exhibition
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, spoke at the Heritage Society.
The Daily Cougar

Commentary: Texas’ future unravels with budget cuts to higher education
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.
Austin American-Statesman

Houston’s historic pension reform bill passes in the Texas House
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about Houston’s pension reform.
Defender Network

Kinder Survey may add transgender question after record support for gay rights
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, discusses the Houston Area Survey and the city’s demographics.
Houston, la ciudad con mayor diversidad en EU
El Diario de El Paso (An English translation is not available.)


Texas House, Senate budgets remain far apart on public education funding
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 the Texas House and Senate budgets.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 other stations.)

With grant, Rice partnership with HISD to improve education expands
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. Ruth Lopez Turley, director of the consortium, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Freestanding ERs challenge regulation, accusations of price gouging
A Rice study is mentioned.
Texas Standard (This appeared in KUOW and aired on 24 other stations.)

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. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Genome organization by the slice
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, is quoted.

Rice U. approaches veganism as a cuisine
An article discusses Rice Dining’s work to include more vegan options. Chef Johnny Curet, director of campus dining, is quoted.
Food Management

Help your own practice by educating others
An article mentions that Deborah Stavis has lectured at Rice.
Financial Advisor

Nanogaps in gold wires get excited
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.
Controlled Environments
‘Hot’ electrons don’t mind the gap
Chem Europe

Artificial intelligence, internet of things among technology discussed at d5 Forum
An article mentions that The Next Big Thing d5 event was held at Rice.

Astronomy Festival on the National Mall brings the universe down to Earth
Rice is mentioned.

Rice U. unveils 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.
Innovations Report


Texas police department implements distance measuring radar device to catch close passers
An article mentions a study on “close calls” by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Cycling Weekly

Russia’s growing presence in the Middle East, Part II
Jonathan Ludwig discusses Russia’s presence in the Middle East. The podcast mentions that Ludwig taught at Rice.
SAGE International Australia

Music Haven to celebrate 10 years of providing lessons to New Haven youth
Rice is mentioned.
New Haven Register

Area scholar honored as Academic All-Stater
A student who hopes to attend Rice is mentioned.
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

An inside look at equitable economic development in Houston
Rice is mentioned.
National League of Cities

Randall Blair Isenberg named best lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine
Alumnus Randall Isenberg ’75 is featured.
Forward Geek

Southern, Conner awarded SCICU research grants
An article mentions a student who will travel to Rice to research papers by Jefferson Davis.
The Sentinel-Progress

Trump no es tan feroz después de todo
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.
El (An English translation is not available.)


Cougars overcome slow start to beat cross-town rival Rice
Rice baseball fell to the University of Houston 6-5.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
D1 digest: Tuesday, May 9
D1 Baseball

5 Edmond students earn Rotary Club scholarships
An article mentions a student who hopes to attend Rice.
Edmond Sun

Introducing the ‘Houston Hoedown’
An article mentions that Houston FC will practice at Rice.
Dynamo Theory
Houston FC set getting ready to expand soccer in H-Town
Keeper Notes

After ace pitcher suspended, UH’s baseball coach spars with reporters
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Press
Van Horn: Regional site not a concern
Whole Hog Sports
Lamar adds Wednesday baseball game at Southern
PA News

35 UTEP student-athletes to graduate on Saturday
Rice is mentioned.
El Paso Herald-Post

Duplantier out duels opposition in home win
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Our Sports Central


Link between heart disease risk factors and depression is biological, not behavioral
Biology, rather than personal behavior, may be responsible for the link between depression and risk factors for heart disease, according to a new study from Rice University.

About Anya Bolshakov

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