Dateline Rice for May 12, 2017


Academic study questioning ER pricing sparks fight
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, discusses her research on the cost of freestanding emergency departments.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article was the top story on the front page of the May 11 print edition with a different headline, “ER pricing study sparks fight.”)
Free-standing emergency rooms offer costly convenience


Texas lawmakers spar over ‘anti-vaccine measure’
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 anti-vaccine legislation and voter turnout.
CNN (This appeared on more than 50 CNN affiliates.)
Why was voter turnout so low in Beaumont?
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in LMT Online, My San Antonio and Beaumont Enterprise.)
US Census numbers say Hispanic turnout barely budged; state data says they’re wrong. Who’s right?
Austin American-Statesman

Counting on the Census
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research are mentioned.
The Nation

Morning Education
A columnist mentions he is attending a friend’s graduation at Rice this weekend.


Houston Newsmakers May 14: Immigration, segregation, Kinder Houston Area Survey for urban research
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, discusses the Kinder Houston Area Survey.

Fortune hunter slowed by paper chase
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
History with Phil: Presidential firings
Ravalli Republic
Analysis: Trump thrusts US presidency into perilous area
Daily Tribune
By dismissing Comey, defiant Trump again bucks Washington norms
The Quint (This also appeared in Daily Journal Online.)

Young immigrant’s amazing Houston story tugs at the heartstrings, inspires record giving
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned as one of the people who attended KIPP Houston Public School‘s 16th annual dinner. He is also pictured at the event.

Buzz Aldrin says NASA should ditch the ISS and make the Mars jump
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Houston Press
Conoce al nuevo, joven y guapo Kennedy
MSN Mexico (An English translation is not available.)

A collection of myths and urban legends about Houston
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle

Houston-native Dennis Quaid coming to Clear Lake to rock with his band
A slideshow mentions that Howard Hughes attended Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Next phase of Rice Village transformation begins
Rice Village, a shopping district near Rice University, has begun the next phase of its ongoing makeover.
Houston Business Journal


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan.


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 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.
Scienmag (This also appeared in Life Sciences World, Health Medici Net and My Informs.)
Researcher leads fruit fly study that measures genetic variation in learning
Science Daily

Trump’s right: A Mars mission by 2024 is possible
Alumnus Carl Rosene ’83 authored an op-ed.
Space News

Fed grant backs nanofiber development
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.
iConnect 007

Anadarko announces leadership changes
Daniel Brown ’11 is mentioned.
Drilling Contractor


A legacy of learning
An article mentions that Yeuliang Chen attended Rice.
Hutch News

Before Trump, Mexicans really liked the US
Jesús Velasco, the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University and nonresident scholar in the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, authored this op-ed.
The Conversation

Is the human sense of smell just as good as a dog’s?
An article discusses research by former Rice faculty member Denise Chen.
Ablik (This also appeared on CBC News.)

Christus Trinity Clinic-Douglas welcomes new provider Ellen Walraven, M.D.
Alumnus Ellen Walraven ’79 is profiled.
Gilmer Mirror


Fort Bend ISD sends 130 to college athletics
High school student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Owls.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Cougars extend partnership with IMG
Rice football will play the University of Houston Sept. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston, set to play Tulane this weekend, dismisses ace pitcher Seth Romero
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Marshall baseball playing at La. Tech
Herald Dispatch

Rascals, Grizzlies begin Frontier League play Friday
Alumnus Connor Teykl ’16 is mentioned.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Ehlen resigning from Xavier, stepping away from basketball after 42-year career
Head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley is mentioned.


Entropy landscape sheds light on quantum mystery
By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena.

Rice Athletics to host 5th annual Student Leadership Conference Friday
Rice University’s Athletics Department and Rice faculty, students and staff will host 600 students from IDEA Public Schools’ charter schools May 12 for the fifth annual Student Leadership Conference from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.