Dateline Rice for May 11, 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.
National Science Foundation
Gold electrons can tunnel a nanoscale gap
AZO Nano

How did Venezuela go from so rich to so poor?
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the economic crisis in Venezuela.
BBC World Service’s “The Inquiry” (This also aired on 707 radio stations.)

Freestanding ERs offer care without the wait. But patients can still pay $6,800 to treat a cut.
The rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments in Texas has been accompanied by an equal increase in use at relatively high prices that lead to sizable out-of-pocket costs to patients, according to new research by experts at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
Washington Post

Why couldn’t the Civil War have been worked out? Some smart people take the question seriously.
Graduate student William Black authored an op-ed.

The cycle, not automation, is keeping oil and gas hiring down
Graduate student Mark Agerton authored an op-ed about oil and gas hiring.

In Mexico, a cautious sigh of relief over Trump’s presidency so far
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.
MSN News (This also appeared in Miami Herald.)

Comey firing compared to Nixon’s ‘Saturday Night Massacre’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
New York Times (This Associated Press story appeared in over 250 additional media outlets)
ABC News
Washington Post
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
AP Analysis: Defiant Trump again bucks Washington norms
Washington Post (This Associated Press story appeared in over 125 additional media outlets)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
By dismissing Comey, defiant Trump again bucks Washington norms
The Quint
Nixon comparison with Comey sacking
The Australian (Subscription required.)
Andrew Buncombe: Nothing short of Nixonian
The Gulf Today
Trump lleva la presidencia a terreno peligroso
El Diario NTR (An English translation is not available.)
‘CNN Newsroom’
CNN International

In other disturbing news, the census director resigned Tuesday
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.

Talented students earn $$ and fame with online videos
Baker College senior Michael Groth, who will graduate in May with a mechanical engineering degree, is featured for being a YouTube star and entrepreneur.
VOA News

The 50 most influential mums of 2017
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is featured on a list of the most influential moms.
Elle UK (This also appeared in Harper’s Bazaar SG.)

25 must-see buildings in New Mexico
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured in a slideshow.
USA Today (This also appeared in Pal-Item, Star Gazette, Desert Sun, Des Moines Register and Statesman Journal.)


White Americans skeptical about benefits of college, new survey shows
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, discusses the Houston Area Survey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Art gallery and museum listings: May 11-17
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present 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.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will screen “Hidden Figures” May 11.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Click2Daily: Moody Center for Arts at Rice University opens

Abilene university graduations set for this weekend
An article mentions that Ray Martinez III worked at Rice.
Abilene Reporter-News

Rashomon of the bathroom bill: Were Abbott’s calls to the pastors really the pastors’ calls to Abbott?
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 firing of FBI Director James Comey and the Texas “bathroom bill.”
Austin American-Statesman
Congressman Al Green calls for investigation after firing of FBI director James Comey
President Trump fires FBI Director James Comey: Wednesday’s show
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Dallas Voice receives 7 Lone Star Award nominations
The Lone Star Awards will be handed out at Rice June 10.
Dallas Voice


Shark Tank casting call in Houston!
Shark Tank will hold a casting call at Rice May 30.


Researcher leads fruit fly study that measures genetic variation in learning 
You live, you learn — even if you’re a larva and especially if there’s a little shock involved. That doesn’t sound particularly nurturing, but the jolt was important to a Rice scientist and her team who studied common fruit fly larvae. Their strategy helped them conclude that nature and nurture do collaborate in determining the behavior of a population. Julia Saltz, assistant professor of biosciences, is mentioned.
Phys Org

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. Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and postdoctoral research fellow Diana Chirinos are mentioned.
Medical Xpress (This also appeared in Health News Digest and Health Canal.)

Fed grant backs nanofiber development: Rice University joins Department of Energy ‘Next Generation Machines’ initiative
Rice scientists who developed conductive fibers made entirely of carbon nanotubes will enhance their invention with the aid of a grant from the Department of Energy. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry and department chair of chemistry, and Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
Nanotechnology Now

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.

Marketing campaign connects students with campus chefs
An article discusses a recent Rice Dining marketing campaign designed by Duncan College senior Cassy Gibson. Susann Glenn, manager of communications for Housing and Dining, is quoted.
Food Management

Why automation in the age of AI will change the way we think of work
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

Anadarko names EVP international and deep water operations
Daniel Brown ’11 is mentioned.
Offshore Engineer

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.
Unconventional Oil & Gas Center

Black schoolchildren at higher risk for ambulance-treated asthma attacks
Black schoolchildren were significantly more likely to require emergency medical crews to treat ‘uncontrolled’ asthma attacks at Houston public schools and at home, compared with white and Hispanic students, according to recent study. Loren Raun, faculty fellow of statistics, environmental analysis and decision-making, is mentioned.


Kingma the soloist for IV Symphony Orchestra Saturday
An article mentions that Joseph Stern Kingma attended Rice.
News Tribune
Pianist Kingma to perform Schumann and Respighi at IVSO concert
The Mendota Reporter

Tyler ISD announces 2017 valedictorians and salutatorians
An article mentions a student who hopes to attend Rice.
East Texas Review

Sincerely yours, Judy Ludin
Duncan College senior Jeremy Reiskind is mentioned.
Jewish Press of Pinellas County

RWTH-Start-up erfolgreich im weltgrößten Businessplan-Wettbewerb
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Device Med (An English translation is not available.)


Texas football posts best Academic Progress Rate in program history
An article mentions that Rice athletics has the highest Academic Progress Rate in Texas.
Houston Chronicle
Texas, A&M, Baylor and others outpaced by C-USA schools in APR scores
Dallas Morning News
UNT continues to excel on NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate report
Denton Record-Chronicle

Houston’s top high school baseball recruits
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston-area products play key roles for Texas softball
Rice baseball will play Middle Tennessee State University May 12-14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

UH pitcher Seth Romero dismissed from team
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
MLB draft 2017: Elite prospect Seth Romero kicked off University of Houston team
Sportal (This also appeared in Sporting News.)
1st-round MLB draft prospect dismissed from college team after reported fight
Yahoo Sports
Seth Romero dismissed by Houston after reported fight with teammate before game
Bleacher Report
What Ole Miss has to do to make the postseason
The Clarion-Ledger
Bubble watch: Latest projections have Tech in NCAA Tournament
The News Star
Field of 64 projection: May 10
D1 Baseball

College football rankings: FAU Owls
Rice football is mentioned.
Orlando Sentinel

Thank you, San Marcos: Barrick Nealy graduates from Texas State
Rice football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
San Marcos Daily Record


University of Michigan history chair named humanities dean at Rice University
Kathleen Canning, who chairs the largest department of history in the U.S. at the University of Michigan (U-M), will become dean of humanities at Rice University Jan. 1.

Populations adapt as nature and nurture work together
You live, you learn — even if you’re a larva and especially if there’s a little shock involved. That doesn’t sound particularly nurturing, but the jolt was important to a Rice University scientist and her team who studied common fruit fly larvae. Their strategy helped them conclude that nature and nurture do collaborate in determining the behavior of a population.

Rice University commencement ceremonies are Friday and Saturday
Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be held May 12 and 13. Former astronaut Mae Jemison will give commencement address Saturday.

Fed grant backs nanofiber development
Rice University scientists who developed conductive fibers made entirely of carbon nanotubes will enhance their invention with the aid of a grant from the Department of Energy.

About Anya Bolshakov

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