Dateline Rice for May 22, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Could this battery keep your phone on longer?
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.
What’s up with graphene stocks? Remember graphene?
Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Science Daily (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now, Innovations Report, Science Newsline, Product Design & Development, IEN, Smart2zero, Materialsgate and Chem Europe.)
Graphene-nanotube hybrid aids lithium metal batteries
Controlled Environments
Lithium metal batteries improved by using hybrid graphene nanotubes as anode
AZO Nano
Safer, longer-lasting batteries for smartphones from lithium metal
AZO Materials
Graphene-nanotube hybrid improves performance of lithium metal batteries 3 times better than lithium-ion
The Science Times
Rice U team demonstrates a graphene-CNTs hybrid that could give lithium batteries a major boost
Graphene-Info (This also appeared in Before It’s News.)
Researchers solve dendrite problem, boost Li-ion performance

Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia: High stakes, low expectations
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia.
The Hill

The 2nd coming of televangelist Jim Bakker
An article mentions William Martin’s 1996 book “With God on Our Side: The Rise of the Religious Right in America.” Martin is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Buzzfeed News

Texas podría exigirle a los estudiantes aprobar un examen de ciudadanía para graduarse de high school
Linda McNeil, professor of education and director of Rice’s Center for Education, is quoted.
Univision Noticias (An English translation is not available.)


Thumbs up, down
John Boles’ new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” got a thumbs-up from the Chronicle. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Jefferson’s many legacies
Valley News

Barbecue lists are wildly popular — and hard to get right
Alumni Griffin Smith Jr. ’63 and Paul Burka ’63 are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

609 Main: A different skyscraper
Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Youngest learners: Harlingen’s prekindergarten program showing great strides
An article mentions that the STEMscopes curriculum was developed by Rice.
Valley Morning Star

Tapping the brakes on public-private partnership in Texas
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about Texas highways.
Rivard Report

When UT denied this valedictorian, she got it to change admissions rules
An article mentions a student who applied to Rice.
Texas Tribune

Church finds new path to growth with a mission of diversity
Former Rice professor Michael Emerson is quoted.
Reporting Texas

Proliferan salas de emergencias médicas
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 Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
El Diario de El Paso (An English translation is not available.)


Texas to face multiple lawsuits over sanctuary cities
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.
Who wins if straight-ticket voting goes away?
Texas Standard (This also appeared in KUT, KERA News, KUOW and Texas Public Radio and aired on 24 radio stations.)

The Rice Flood Alert System is mentioned.

A broadcast mentions an unnamed Rice employee who was sprayed with mace by a robber in Rice Village.


Grandma’s little robot
IBM Research and Rice University have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers.
Scientific American

Going with the flow
Synthetic biologists at Rice have engineered gut bacteria capable of sensing colitis, an inflammation of the colon, in mice. The research points the way to new experiments for studying how gut bacteria and human hosts interact at a molecular level and could eventually lead to orally ingestible bacteria for monitoring gut health and disease. Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering, is mentioned.

New porous solids may lead to better drugs
In a discovery with broad implications for the specialty chemicals industries like pharmaceuticals, researchers at Rice and the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in a decadeslong quest to make left- and right-handed versions of a molecular sieve, one of the most-used industrial solid materials.
Pharmacy Choice


Canada’s devastating financial defeat
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development, is mentioned.
Pinnacle Digest

US shale roars back at OPEC
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is mentioned.

Resilience and optimism: Lessons from a 1st-gen immigrant executive
Alumna Subha Barry ’85 authored an op-ed in which she notes the advantages made possible by getting an advanced degree from Rice after graduating from a school in India.
Ivy Exec

Carnegie Hall announces Youth Orchestra musicians
An article mentions a student who was accepted to Rice.
Rowlett Lakeshore Times

Profit from corporate earnings after the fact: Launching my new post drift trader options service
An unnamed Rice professor is mentioned.
Seeking Alpha

2017 best and brightest winner: Frelicia Tucker
Articles mention students who will attend Rice.
Augusta Chronicle
College bound
The Weekly Northside Sun
SFBRHS graduation ceremony Thursday — to present 123 diplomas
Seven Washington County graduates receive full scholarships
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Links of Aiken awards more than $5,000 in scholarships
Aiken Standard

America’s most diverse city: A (former) local’s guide to visiting Houston
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Meal

Pay inequality standard practice in US workforce, report says
An article mentions research Kristen Schilt and Matthew Wiswall completed at Rice.
Baltimore Post-Examiner

Canady to hold book signing Sunday
Alumnus Andrew Canady ’09 is mentioned.
The Robesonian (This also appeared in the St. Paul’s Review.)

American workers beware: Robots are getting cheaper and more capable of replacing human labor
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, is quoted.
News Target
As máquinas podem tomar o lugar dos humanos um dia?
Academia Brasileira de Ciencias (An English translation is not available.)


Rice among college basketball teams hit hardest by transfer trend
An article discusses the transfer trend in college basketball. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard and men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the May 22 print edition with a different headline, “Rice among the programs hit hardest by transfer trend.”)

College baseball: Texas Tech clinches share of Big 12 title
Rice baseball won two of three games against University of Alabama at Birmingham. The team will face Florida Atlantic University in the C-USA Championship May 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Southern Miss prepares to open the 2017 C-USA Championship
The Best College Sports News Network
Owls win on Senior Day, head to C-USA Tournament next week
Sun Sentinel
Baseball: FAU seeded 3rd in the C-USA Tournament after winning series versus Old Dominion
University Press

10-year ALS survivor O.J. Brigance returns to Rice University
Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance was honored at Rice May 20.
Former Ravens LB O.J. Brigance hits 10-year mark with ALS
USA Today

High school baseball/softball playoff pairings
Articles discuss high school baseball games that were played at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Fort Bend Travis rallies late to eliminate Katy in baseball playoffs
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Aguilar spectacular in knotting series at a game apiece
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

‘Playoff beard’ keeps growing as Nashville Predators play on in Western Conference finals
Rice baseball player Kendal Jefferies is mentioned.
Mass Live

Super Bowl champion Ed McCaffrey expects more NFL scouts to start searching Australia
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Sydney Morning Herald (This also appeared in Brisbane Times.)
Guilty and Bistro Morgan are catering College Football Sydney Cup with special burgers and donuts
The AU Review

‘Texans 360’
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.

VCU basketball roster changes with new coach
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades and Rice transfers are mentioned.
Richmond Free Press
Johnn Egbunu returning to Florida
NBC Sports


CPRIT grant brings epigenetics researcher to Rice
Bioengineer Isaac Hilton will join Rice University as an assistant professor with the support of a $2 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria
Scientists at Rice University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered that laser-induced graphene is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper.

About Anya Bolshakov

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