Dateline Rice for May 19, 2017

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qC82SJ

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qC82SJ

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
http://bit.ly/2q3K94n

Here’s the most beautiful college campus in every single state
Rice is featured as the most beautiful college campus in Texas.
Buzzfeed
http://bzfd.it/2pTlNzm

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.
Forbes
http://bit.ly/2q3CMKv
Faster economic growth is the ‘moon shot’ of this generation
AEI
http://bit.ly/2q3LI2t

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
http://nbcnews.to/2q06Ur2
How Republicans could help Democrats break their 23-year losing streak
TribTalk
http://bit.ly/2rzA1l0
Expert: Rough road ahead for Uresti, TX Dems
KTSA
http://bit.ly/2pT1Zfp

Does U2’s Bono support Donald Trump?
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is mentioned.
Huffington Post
http://bit.ly/2qyGIWS

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
http://bit.ly/2qB5BBU

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
http://nyp.st/2pTdKCs

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Fox 26 meteorologist Lisa Vaughn sews up a storm
Alumna Lisa Vaughn is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2qZOvyz

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”
http://bit.ly/2q3JZde

TiE Houston holds May mentoring, networking meeting
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Indo American News
http://bit.ly/2rziV75

Frisco ISD honors top 10 graduates and their selected teachers
Articles mention students who will attend Rice in the fall.
Frisco-Online
http://bit.ly/2pSYYvz
Tucker named best and brightest
Augusta Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2qET0vf

BROADCAST

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”
http://bit.ly/2rzlaqN

Idaho’s 1st medical school slated to open in 2018
The Rice Management Company is mentioned.
Boise State Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2q0JjWY

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.
KHOU
http://bit.ly/2qBrrF9

WFAA
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.
http://bit.ly/2q4cGqt

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qEPml4
Researchers solve dendrite problem, boost Li-ion performance
New Electronics
http://bit.ly/2qETEJq
Graphene-nanotube anode resists formation of dendrites in batteries
World Industrial Reporter
http://bit.ly/2rlKHY9
Rice team devises Li metal anode that completely suppresses Li dendrite formation
Green Car Congress
http://bit.ly/2q3y3IM

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
http://bit.ly/2rlQXyZ

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
http://bit.ly/2rzi7Pw

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
http://bit.ly/2pQERhs

Michelle Chang’s A,B 1:2
Visiting Wortham Fellow Michelle Chang is featured.
Texas Architect
http://bit.ly/2rjOpBz

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
http://bit.ly/2pYIAWv

Book review: ‘Beyond Documentation: Photography’s Role in Contemporary Architectural Production’
Jesús Vassallo, assistant professor of architecture, is mentioned.
Texas Architect
http://bit.ly/2rjHsjS

Tradition[alism] resurgent
Rice’s Reckling Park Stadium is mentioned.
Texas Architect
http://bit.ly/2qBU8A5

Moody blues
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is reviewed.
Texas Architect
http://bit.ly/2rwPqDQ

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
http://bit.ly/2pQjxc5

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
http://bit.ly/2qB80fY

IMCA appoints representative in North America
Alumnus Eric Roan ’12 is mentioned.
Offshore Shipping Online
http://bit.ly/2qB3YnI

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
http://bit.ly/2qBqEnL

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

How becoming an educator can help you reach niche clients
An article mentions that Deborah Stavis has lectured at Rice.
Wealth Professional
http://bit.ly/2rzlfem

Harvard, Yale, Stanford make big bets on exchange-traded funds
Rice is mentioned.
Wealth Management
http://bit.ly/2rz5xjd

Pining for ‘President Pence’: Why has Mike Pence formed his own PAC?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is mentioned.
Red State
http://bit.ly/2pSXotF

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
http://bit.ly/2qEL3Gs

Transwestern strengthens health care services with project, construction management
Alumnus Peter Stojkovic ’09 is mentioned.
Commercial Property Executive
http://bit.ly/2q3CBin

St. Timothy’s music festival begins June 25
Brown College junior Brice Todd is mentioned.
Montana Standard
http://bit.ly/2qEPW2p

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
http://bit.ly/2q3E5sT

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
http://bit.ly/2pT0yxF

The most wasted brain ever
An article mentions that William Sidis taught at Rice.
The Island
http://bit.ly/2rzhCF8

SPORTS

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qyE8QK

Baylor erases 9-run deficit with hitting explosion in 21-13 win over K-State
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Bears Extra
http://bit.ly/2q3H7gR
Early hitting paves way for Theriot’s save against UTA
San Marcos Daily Record
http://bit.ly/2q0F8dK

Baseball’s Cooper named 2017 Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
Texas Sports
http://bit.ly/2qB92bB

Twins’ Tyler Duffey grasps new bullpen role
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Star Tribune
http://strib.mn/2q0hCOh

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
http://bit.ly/2rm3Nxr
Solomon Thomas set to rock the NFL with San Francisco 49ers, talks about childhood in Australia
Fox Sports
http://bit.ly/2qBaqee
San Francisco 49ers recruit Solomon Thomas spent his early years in Sydney
The Daily Telegraph
http://bit.ly/2rzu0Fi
Millions of visitors traveling to NSW for major sporting events
ETB Travel News
http://bit.ly/2rz1WCy
Millions of visitors traveling to NSW for packed calendar of major sporting events
eGlobal Travel Media
http://bit.ly/2qyZkWW

The most important out of conference game for every D1 FBS Texas college
Rice football is mentioned.
Texas HS Football
http://bit.ly/2q3Srt5

LSU and the case of the disappearing satellite camp invites
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated
http://on.si.com/2r01q3r

Fort Bend ISD honors athletes earning scholarships  
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star
http://bit.ly/2q3FMq7

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.)
http://bit.ly/2qZLyy6
http://bit.ly/2qEMnsS
Baseball playoffs; Clear Springs edges Deer Park, 1-0
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2qyPYdR
May 18: Clear Springs 1, Deer Park 0
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2qEMPY6
Baseball playoffs; Clear Springs edges Deer Park, 1-0
My San Antonio
http://bit.ly/2rz4IqD
Photos: Clear Springs versus Deer Park regional quarterfinal game 1
Galveston County Daily News
http://bit.ly/2q3Pqct

NEWS RELEASE

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.
http://bit.ly/2pTk1xV

About Anya Bolshakov

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