Dateline Rice for May 25, 2017


In these 6 states, half of mayors run against no one
Approximately half of mayoral elections in six U.S. states are unopposed, and unopposed elections are on the rise, according to a report from the Center for Local Elections in American Politics, part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, is quoted.
Half of mayoral elections in 6 US states are unopposed
Phys Org

Trump’s energy budget leaves coal country in the cold
Christopher Smith, the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s energy budget.

Texas’ ‘Bathroom Bill’ Could Mean Economic Disaster
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, authored an op-ed about Texas’ “bathroom bill.”
Lawsuits challenging legislature’s hateful agenda have already begun
Out Smart

What are the hot research areas that might spark the next big bang?
An article discusses research on green hydrogen by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Times Higher Education

Caroline Kennedy on JFK: I miss him every day
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
CNN Politics
What would JFK have said about clean energy?
Union of Concerned Scientists
John F. Kennedy’s hunky grandson Jack and his 2 sisters lead family tributes to the former president in new video ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday
Daily Mail
What would JFK have said about the energy challenges of our times?
Eco Watch
WBUR (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’
CNN (This also aired on CNNI.)

Stable Afghanistan in the interest of peace in region: Aizaz Chaudhry
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Online News
Pakistan, US need close cooperation to fight terrorism: Aizaz
Daily Times (This also appeared in Pakistan Link.)
Modi finished ministerial corruption: Former US Ambassador David Mulford
News Bharati


What Brays Bayou needs: Ice house-like buildings for hanging out
Alumnus David Richmond ’13 authored an op-ed about improvements that can be made to the Brays Bayou waterway.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Gallery and museum listings: May 25-31
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

The most popular bars in Houston may not be what you think they are
Valhalla on Rice’s campus is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Frisco, McKinney in battle for nation’s fastest-growing city, but a Texas rival edges them out
Michael Cline, associate director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News

Texas Monthly wins big at the City and Regional Magazine Awards
Alumnus Paul Burka ’63 is mentioned.
Texas Monthly

Border wall can’t be built in flood plain, South Texas rancher says
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.
Fort Worth Star Telegram

‘Sanctuary’ law will make Texans less secure, less safe
Alumnus Alex Triantaphyllis ’06 authored an op-ed.
Trib Talk

Q&A with David Vassar, ConTex director of programs
An article mentions that David Vassar worked at Rice.
UTSA Today

New UHS student regent makes history
An article mentions that Neelesh Mutyala interned at Rice.
Katy News


Texas leads the country when it comes to booming cities
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
KUT News (This also appeared in KERA News and KUOW.)

Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

A broadcast mentions a student who will attend Rice.

John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, discusses artificial blood. (This also aired on WDDE, WBUR and KUT. Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Readying your robots and workforce for industry 4.0
Rice is mentioned.
Robotics Online

New battery prototype stores 3 times as much energy
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, is mentioned.
Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries
Energy Daily

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. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Yilun Li are mentioned.
Science Daily
Researchers show laser-induced graphene kills bacteria, resists biofouling, Rice University study

Subsea Systems Institute launches digital upstream project
Rice is mentioned.
World Oil

Nanocar is the 1st step toward a controlled transport system at the molecular scale
The Rice and University of Graz team finished first in the inaugural international Nanocar Race in Toulouse, France, April 28.
Phys Org
‘Bobcat nanowagon’ is a 1st step toward creating a new academic field

New tool could help predict, prevent surging waters in flood plains
U.S. and Chinese geologists studying China’s Yellow River have created a new tool that could help Chinese officials better predict and prevent the river’s all-too-frequent floods, which threaten as many as 80 million people. The new tool, a physics-based formulation to calculate sediment transport, can also be applied to study the sustainability of eroding coastlines worldwide. Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth science, and postdoctoral research associate Hongbo Ma are mentioned.
Environmental Research Web


Q&A: 57 questions for soprano Alexandra Smither
Alumna Alexandra Smither ’16 is featured.
Musical Toronto

Freestanding emergency rooms offer costly convenience
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. Ho is also quoted about the American Health Care Act.

Gene-editing technology may replace antibiotics in the future
Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor in Bioengineering, is quoted about CRISPR technology.

Texas University students growing lettuce, spinach and kale indoors
A team at Rice, cleverly named Lettuce Turnip the Beet, has designed a produce cultivation machine — a hydroponic garden that grows plants without soil. Instead, a pump recirculates 55 gallons of water through tiers of PVC pipe, using little energy and no waste to grow lettuce, garlic and other vegetables. Undergraduate students Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan, Dominique Schaefer Pipps, Jared Broadman and George Dawson are mentioned.
Fresh Plaza

Daily news briefs, May 24, 2017
A news roundup mentions an op-ed written by Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, about Texas highways.
Tolls Roads News

New provincial council appointed for US province
An article mentions that Raymond Cook is director of the campus ministry and chaplain at St. Mary’s at Rice.
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Peggy Whitson: Groundbreaking, record-holding astronaut
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured.
Bear Essential News


Rice tops FAU to open C-USA Tournament
Rice baseball defeated Florida Atlantic University 5-3 first round of the C-USA Tournament. The team will play Old Dominion University May 25.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Young delivers Monarchs to playoff victory
Prince George Citizen
ODU rallies for 3-2 win over FIU at C-USA Tournament
ODU, Rice pick up wins to begin play in C-USA Tourney
Sun Herald
Baseball: FAU unable to complete comeback, fall to Rice in 1st round of C-USA Tournament
University Press
Fans turn out for 1st day of C-USA Tournament
WLOX (This also appeared in WDAM.)
UTSA update — Wednesday, May 24
UTSA Athletics
Owls fall in C-USA Tournament opener to Rice
Sun Sentinel
C-USA Baseball Championship schedule and lineup
The Best College Sports News Network
Endless odyssey: The stumble, brief fall and frantic comeback of Rice Owls baseball
College Baseball Central
Biloxi’s MGM Park gets positive reviews from C-USA coaches
Sun Herald
Base: Championship — Day 1
ODU rallies for 3-2 win over FIU at C-USA Tournament
WTVM (This also appeared in WAFB and WMC Action 5 News.)

Tech’s Hargrove among semifinalists for Bragan Slugger award
Will Rice College sophomore Dominic DiCaprio has been added to the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award Watch List.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Vintage pictures show Houston as it was in 1977
A slideshow includes a photo of Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)
Astrodome architect’s home for sale in Houston’s Museum District at newly-reduced price
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
See what Houston was up to 40 years ago
Houston Chronicle

Houston HS baseball/softball primer: May 26
Articles mention high school baseball games that were played at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Bulldogs sweep Evadale in region quarterfinals
The Cameron Herald
Dawgs rally to down Evadale, No. 1 Refugio on deck next
Rockdale Reporter (Subscription required.)
Rickett leads Travis over Katy and into regional semi-finals
Fort Bend Star

Texas looks to its defense as Big 12 baseball tournament begins
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Examining the national seed race
Frogs O’ War

Summer traveling trivia from the towns of Texas
An article mentions that the Heisman Trophy was named after former Rice coach John William Heisman.
Bandera County Courier

Mariners routed again, 10-1, by Nationals
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.

How I became a fan of the Mountain West
Rice football is mentioned.
Mountain West Connection
2017 C-USA football helmet schedule
FB Schedules

Arizona State’s Todd Graham can build coaches, but what about a program?
Former Rice coach Todd Graham is featured.
SB Nation

‘Good Morning Football’
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
NFL Network


Rice U. experts available during 2017 hurricane season
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, and Rice University has experts available for media interviews about storms as they approach the United States and their aftermath.

About Anya Bolshakov

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