Dateline Rice for May 31, 2017


Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand
Engineers working to add “muscle sense” to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand. The results will be presented next month in Germany by researchers from Rice and the Research Center “E.Piaggio” of the University of Pisa and the Italian Institute of Technology. Marcia O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, and graduate student Janelle Clark are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This is the top story on the Science 360 News home page.)
How stretching skin makes prosthetic hand more useful
Haptic feedback gives prosthetics ‘muscle sense’
Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand
Science Daily (This also appeared in ECN and Tasnim News Agency.)
Haptic feedback will let users control prosthetic devices better, study says
Adding tactile feedback to prosthetic hand


In Trump’s wake, lawmakers’ staunchly conservative agenda may alienate voters
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.
USA Today (This appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)
‘A good friend in the White House’: How Texas became Trump’s frontline
The Guardian
Education journalists gather in D.C., but DeVos won’t be there
Gov. Abbott will decide this week whether to call special session
‘Cool Nerd’ now Jasper’s youngest councilman, won as write-in
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Lawmakers working to clean up bathroom business
Jacksonville Progress
House fracas foreshadowed by Matt Rinaldi’s Pledge of Allegiance fight
Austin American-Statesman
Will Gov. Greg Abbott call a special session?
Austin American-Statesman
Will the governor call a special session?

These 3 factors get people through college
Recent research suggests that U.S. college students could succeed if they are encouraged to develop a sense of belonging, a growth mindset and salient personal goals and values, according to a new national report co-authored by Fred Oswald, professor of psychology.
Futurity (This article appeared in the May 31 issue of Futurity Today.)
Rice University researcher helps map how to succeed in college
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Study identifies factors that lead to greater college success
Phys Org

Mathew: Time for Texas to end involuntary annexation
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.


Rice lab creates tough, but tender, cancer fighters
Rice University scientists have developed and evaluated analogs of potent anti-tumor agents known as epothilones using designs and methods that both improve their biological properties and simplify their manufacture. K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, and László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, are mentioned.
TMC News
Lab creates tough, but tender, cancer fighters
Phys Org (This also appeared in Bioscience Technology.)
Rice University scientists develop and evaluate analogs of potent cancer fighters
News Medical

2017 LEO Torch Run raises funds
An article mentions that the Summer Games Gulf Coast Law Enforcement Torch Run will begin at Rice.
Navasota Examiner

Val and sal are lifelong friends
Articles mention student who will attend Rice.
Austin American-Statesman
Oyster River High School announces top 10 graduates


OOPEAA wins 2017 Spotlight Prize for Emerging Architects
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.
Arch Daily

Experts call for shareholder action on climate ahead of ExxonMobil and Chevron annual meetings
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, moderated a panel with Andre Droxler, professor of Earth science, on climate action.
Union of Concerned Scientists

Halas wins Weizmann Women and Science Award
Rice plasmonics pioneer Naomi Halas has won a 2017 Weizmann Women and Science Award from the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Photonics Media


Inaugural Bloch Symposium will highlight new science and engineering department
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, will speak at the Erich Bloch Symposium in Materials Design and Innovation May 31-June1.
UB Now


What to know about Rice athletics this week
An article discusses recent accomplishments of Rice baseball and golf.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

‘Bucket list’ item pushes coach to get UH to College World Series
Rice baseball defeated the University of Southern Mississippi 5-4 to win the Conference USA Tournament and gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The team will play Southeastern Louisiana University June 2.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
TSU needs all to pitch in against LSU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Southern Miss set for ‘insane’ regional
Daily Journal
A shot at history? Texas Southern knows where it stands in Baton Rouge regional
The Advocate
LSU has luxury of deep pitching entering NCAA postseason
The Daily Advertiser
Record-breaking week proves Biloxi can be long-term home of C-USA Tourney
Sun Herald
USM’s baseball success an opportunity for South Mississippi
Sun Herald

High school’s top plays of the week for May 29
Articles mention high school baseball games that were played at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Horton nears new deal with Ducks
Rice baseball is mentioned.
The Bulletin
Texas looks to its defense as Big 12 tournament begins in Oklahoma City
Hook ’em

ASU’s Graham, 9 other NCAA football coaches on the hot seat entering the 2017 season
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
12 News

UCLA has the pieces for a Pac-12 rebound. But it did last year, too.
Rice football is mentioned.
SB Nation

Bohls: Texas takes a huge risk by bringing on recruit Leitao
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

Minor League ball game day, Tuesday, May 30
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Minor League Ball

About Anya Bolshakov

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