Dateline Rice for May 19, 2017


Developing algorithms to predict 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.
Science 360 News (This was the featured video on the Science 360 News home page May 18.)

Microscopic crystalline shapes that yield the strongest, most durable cement
Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses his research on concrete.
Science360 Radio’s Science Update Daily (This was featured on the Science 360 News home page May 18.)

24 inspiring college grads who exemplify black excellence
Recent Rice graduate James Carter ’17 is included on a list of “24 inspiring black graduates” highlighted by HuffPost Black Voices.
Huffington Post

Here’s the most beautiful college campus in every single state
Rice is featured as the most beautiful college campus in Texas.

NASA’s idea for a space station in lunar orbit takes humanity nowhere
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Faster economic growth is the ‘moon shot’ of this generation

Texas Lieutenant Governor threatens special session for bathroom bill
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.
NBC News
How Republicans could help Democrats break their 23-year losing streak
Expert: Rough road ahead for Uresti, TX Dems

Does U2’s Bono support Donald Trump?
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is mentioned.
Huffington Post

US not withdrawing from Mideast
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
Arab News

Researchers discover exactly how useless college really is
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.
New York Post


Fox 26 meteorologist Lisa Vaughn sews up a storm
Alumna Lisa Vaughn is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Remembering presidential science adviser Edward E. David Jr.
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, authored an article about the late presidential science adviser Edward E. David Jr.
Houston Chronicle’s “Baker Institute Blog”

TiE Houston holds May mentoring, networking meeting
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Indo American News

Frisco ISD honors top 10 graduates and their selected teachers
Articles mention students who will attend Rice in the fall.
Tucker named best and brightest
Augusta Chronicle


Study examines how and where ‘near-misses’ happen on Houston roads
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Dian Nostikasari, development, transportation and placemaking research fellow at the Kinder Institute, discuss the institute’s “near-miss” study.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Idaho’s 1st medical school slated to open in 2018
The Rice Management Company is mentioned.
Boise State Public Radio

Rice University and nonprofit team up for animal welfare study
A broadcast mentions that Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership partnered with Houston PetSet to research Houston’s stray animal population.

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.


Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Rice scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem. The battery stores lithium in a unique anode, a seamless hybrid of graphene and carbon nanotubes. The material first created at Rice in 2012 is essentially a three-dimensional carbon surface that provides abundant area for lithium to inhabit. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Rodrigo Villegas Salvatierra are mentioned
ECN (This also appeared in Phys Org, Health Medicine Network, Revolution-Green and Scienmag.)
Researchers solve dendrite problem, boost Li-ion performance
New Electronics
Graphene-nanotube anode resists formation of dendrites in batteries
World Industrial Reporter
Rice team devises Li metal anode that completely suppresses Li dendrite formation
Green Car Congress

Takeout goes fast, fresh and eco-friendly
Chef Johnny Curet, director of campus dining, discusses Housing and Dining’s efforts to make Rice’s serveries more eco-friendly.
Food Service Director

Rice University complements students’ health with ‘nirvana sessions’
An article discusses the programs Rice provides to help students relax mentally. Alex Faris, assistant director for fitness and wellness at Rice’s Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, is quoted.
Campus Rec

Protection and place
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center; Charles Penland, lecturer of civil environmental engineering; and alumnus Rob Rogers ’81 are mentioned in an article about Galveston Bay.
Texas Architect

Michelle Chang’s A,B 1:2
Visiting Wortham Fellow Michelle Chang is featured.
Texas Architect

AIA Corpus Christi’s Triennial Design Awards
Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, and Nonya Grenader, professor in the practice of architecture, are mentioned.
Texas Architect

Book review: ‘Beyond Documentation: Photography’s Role in Contemporary Architectural Production’
Jesús Vassallo, assistant professor of architecture, is mentioned.
Texas Architect

Tradition[alism] resurgent
Rice’s Reckling Park Stadium is mentioned.
Texas Architect

Moody blues
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is reviewed.
Texas Architect

Rice University opens DS+R-Designed SI and Susie Morris Lounge
An article discusses the SI and Susie Morris Lounge located in Anderson Hall courtyard. A photo of President David Leebron and alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 is featured and Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is mentioned.
Texas Architect

Rice University receives $5M grant for 3-D printed cancer research
Rice has been awarded a $5 million grant by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to recruit mechanical engineering researcher B.J. Fregly to Rice’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Fred Higgs, the John and Ann Doerr Professor in Mechanical Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and faculty director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, is mentioned.
3D Printing Industry

IMCA appoints representative in North America
Alumnus Eric Roan ’12 is mentioned.
Offshore Shipping Online

Sandra Bishnoi: A patient’s voice for metastatic inflammatory breast cancer
Sandra Bishnoi, lecturer at the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is featured.
Health Central


How becoming an educator can help you reach niche clients
An article mentions that Deborah Stavis has lectured at Rice.
Wealth Professional

Harvard, Yale, Stanford make big bets on exchange-traded funds
Rice is mentioned.
Wealth Management

Pining for ‘President Pence’: Why has Mike Pence formed his own PAC?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is mentioned.
Red State

Retired Lake Houston-area priest earns master’s from Rice University at age 81
An article features James Abernathey, who graduated with a Master of Liberal Studies at Rice’s 104th commencement ceremony.
Joy 105

Transwestern strengthens health care services with project, construction management
Alumnus Peter Stojkovic ’09 is mentioned.
Commercial Property Executive

St. Timothy’s music festival begins June 25
Brown College junior Brice Todd is mentioned.
Montana Standard

Scott Pruitt is the hypocritical liar that Trump deserves
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
New Republic

Making the case for Houston: Spotlight on this Texan metropolis, with state film incentives on the line
An article mentions that Rice has a film program.
Movie Maker

The most wasted brain ever
An article mentions that William Sidis taught at Rice.
The Island


College baseball: Texas Tech, Baylor top Kansas schools; Rice routs UAB
Rice baseball defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 12-4.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Baylor erases 9-run deficit with hitting explosion in 21-13 win over K-State
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Bears Extra
Early hitting paves way for Theriot’s save against UTA
San Marcos Daily Record

Baseball’s Cooper named 2017 Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
Texas Sports

Twins’ Tyler Duffey grasps new bullpen role
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Star Tribune

49ers’ Aussie draft pick living NFL dream
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
MSN Sport AU
Solomon Thomas set to rock the NFL with San Francisco 49ers, talks about childhood in Australia
Fox Sports
San Francisco 49ers recruit Solomon Thomas spent his early years in Sydney
The Daily Telegraph
Millions of visitors traveling to NSW for major sporting events
ETB Travel News
Millions of visitors traveling to NSW for packed calendar of major sporting events
eGlobal Travel Media

The most important out of conference game for every D1 FBS Texas college
Rice football is mentioned.
Texas HS Football

LSU and the case of the disappearing satellite camp invites
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated

Fort Bend ISD honors athletes earning scholarships  
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star

Blake Schultz pitches a gem in Clear Springs’ shutout of Deer Park
Articles discuss high school baseball games that were played at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baseball playoffs; Clear Springs edges Deer Park, 1-0
Houston Chronicle
May 18: Clear Springs 1, Deer Park 0
Houston Chronicle
Baseball playoffs; Clear Springs edges Deer Park, 1-0
My San Antonio
Photos: Clear Springs versus Deer Park regional quarterfinal game 1
Galveston County Daily News


Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by resolving something that has long stumped researchers: the dendrite problem.

About Anya Bolshakov

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