Dateline Rice for June 5, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


The future of prostheses
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/or graduate student Janelle Clark are mentioned.
National Public Radio’s “13.7 Cosmos & Culture”
Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand
National Science Foundation
Grasp feedback technology to help prosthetic users feel what they’re holding
Med Gadget

Study identifies factors that lead to greater college success
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.
National Science Foundation
Rice University researcher helps map how to succeed in college
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared in the June 3 print edition. The online version was previously in Dateline May 31.)

Can superhuman mutants be living among us?
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.

Suburbia’s new face
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.
Christian Science Monitor (This also appeared in Yahoo News UK.)
Afrolatinos en Estados Unidos: una visión que va más allá de la raza
Houston Chronicle’s “La Voz” (An English translation is not available.)

Federal budget cuts to science and research could bring back peak oil concerns for the US
The author description for an article by Julia Wellner mentions that she taught at Rice.

Exhibition highlights legacy of US-Japan baseball ties
Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, the Dunlevie Family Chair in History and Professor of History, is mentioned.
Japan Times

The graphene gambit
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Seattle Business

Football: Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Business Standard
FIFA responds after Arab countries cut diplomatic ties with Qatar
Times Now
Arab states sever ties with Qatar, jeopardizing Trump’s anti-Iran axis
Daily reads: Attacks on the media central to GOP’s 2018 midterm strategy; Is it Watergate or Iran/Contra?
Moyers & Company
The dangers of indulging reckless clients
American Conservative

This startup helps medical students get into the US — and they just won the New Venture Challenge
Rice research is mentioned.
Chicago Tribune

Houston: Sprawling energy capital of the world that no longer sweats over ‘crude’ stuff
Rice is mentioned as one of Houston’s “centers for learning.”


Texas Children’s to expand to Austin with clinics
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The American Health Care Act: A civic and moral failure
Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Q&A: Urban density in Houston? Not really
Alumna Mary Lou Henry ’60 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

‘Summer of Austen’ celebrates beloved author
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will participate in the “Summer of Austen.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s legendary architecture lives on in Houston
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the June 4 print edition with a different headline, “Wright’s legendary architecture lives on in Houston.”)

All bills targeting the Texas Dream Act died, but DACA students feel like they didn’t dodge the bullet
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.
San Antonio Express-News
Gov. Greg Abbott’s turn at bat
San Antonio Express-News
Election laws discussion will continue — in court
Port Lavaca Wave
Texas House floor fracas: Was Rinaldi’s ICE call about immigration, or discrimination?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
How Texas became Trump’s front line
Taipei Times

Kingwood High names top-10 graduates
Students who will attend Rice are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Castilleja School casts graduates into the world
Palo Alto Online
Aspen High seniors ready to ‘shoot for the moon’ following graduation
Aspen Times

4 construction updates for Houston nonprofits
An article mentions that the Rice School of Architecture developed a concept for the new Big Brothers Big Sisters headquarters in Houston.
Houston Business Journal

Today in Houston: Buy a bowl, get a free lunch!
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts hosted a family event, “Summer Jam,” June 3.

Osteoporosis is a surprising health concern for men
An article mentions that Rice is one of the collaborators in the Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Bone Disease Program.
Dallas Morning News

Beilue: In ’93, Amarillo’s Urban was 1 word from spelling immortality
Alumnus David Urban ’02 is featured.
Amarillo Globe-News

Justin Cronin brings his ‘plot slut’ tendencies to Fox in ‘The Passage’ pilot
Best-selling author Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, is featured and quoted about his book trilogy that began with “The Passage.”

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth gets intimate for the big 3-0
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Leander ISD to seek community feedback on bond plans
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is mentioned.
Community Impact

Texas history minute: Case concerned butler, crooked lawyer, widower’s fortune
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Herald Democrat


Antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’ prevalent in Houston
A 2016 “Houston Matters” conversation with Yousif Shamoo, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and Rice’s vice provost for research, was recently rebroadcast.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Rice University releases findings on danger for cyclists, pedestrians on Houston roads
An article discusses findings from a report on near-misses by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the institute, is quoted.


Scientists slash computations for deep learning
Rice University computer scientists have adapted a widely used technique for rapid data lookup to slash the amount of computation — and thus energy and time — required for deep learning, a computationally intense form of machine learning. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science; Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, and graduate student Ryan Spring are quoted.
Science Daily
Rice U. scientists slash computations for ‘deep learning’
Science and Technology Research News

Tough, but tender, cancer fighters created in lab
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.
Science Daily

Mice will help reveal roles of human brown fat
Rice is mentioned.
Science Blog

New cell technology … 3 or 15 times today’s energy density
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.


The best data science courses on the internet, ranked by your reviews
An online course offered by Rice through Coursera is mentioned.

1 father will never hurt you
Alumna Kathleen Shumate ’08 authored an op-ed.
Desiring God

Jere Allen among MIAL honorees
Samuel Jones, professor emeritus of music and the founding dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Oxford Eagle

Temianka Scholars continue to inspire
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, is mentioned.
Chapman University Happenings

Entrepreneurs don’t need international treaty changes to start ‘spacesteading’
Alumnus Carl Rosene ’83 authored an op-ed.
The Federalist

Some Mexican residents in Texas feel unwelcome, return home
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.
Washington Times
Wealthy Mexicans living in The Woodlands feel unwelcome, return home

Texas middle school to re-open as STEM-certified campus
Rice is mentioned.
THE Journal

Fei Xie appointed principal bassoon of the Minnesota Orchestra
Alumnus Fei Xie ’06 is featured.
Asian American Press
Minnesota Orchestra appoints principal bassoon; Open Streets is Sunday on Lyndale

Naval War College professor calls for strong bonds between military, community
An article mentions that Gabriel Soltero attended Rice.
Foxboro Reporter

10 tweets worth reading on World Environment Day
Lisa Lin, transportation demand management program manager at Rice, is mentioned.
Eco Watch
World Environment Day 2017: Connecting people to nature
Food Tank

United Airlines supervisor attempts to ‘wrestle away’ instrument from violinist
Alumna Yennifer Correia ’10 is mentioned.
The Strad

BWW Feature: Kenn McLaughlin highlights morality in ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ at Stages Repertory Theatre
An article mentions that Kenn McLaughlin taught at Rice.
Broadway World

Clarinetist Joseph Morris named winner of 2017 Ima Hogg Competition
An article mentions that the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition Finals were held at Rice.
Broadway World

7 creative economy trends from Saco Conference
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, is mentioned.
Biz Community

Costa Rican chosen to work for the New York Metropolitan Opera
Graduate student Hugo Valverde is featured.
The Costa Rica News

Patrick Kennedy salutes veterans, champions ideals of his father and uncles
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Beach Comber
John F. Kennedy’s space legacy honored by NASA on his 100th birthday
Science Times


LSU ends Rice’s season at Baton Rouge Regional
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Survivors: Wayne Graham and Rice baseball
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Walker shuts down Rice, LSU claims 23rd NCAA Regional
Houston Chronicle
Davidson ousts UNC, wins regional in 1st NCAA Tournament
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice stays alive with win over Southeastern Louisiana
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice rallies to dispatch Texas Southern in NCAA Regional
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Five years after getting hit with NCAA sanctions, TSU is excelling on and off the field
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Blunders sink Rice in NCAA Regional loss to Southeastern Louisiana
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Southern’s upset bid falls short in NCAA loss to LSU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sam Houston State baseball rights ship, sails into NCAA Regional
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Familiar demons plague Rice in season-ending NCAA loss to LSU
Houston Press

UH’s Jake Scheiner smashing home run expectations
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
NCAA baseball: 5 players to watch at UH regional
Houston Chronicle

Mack Brown, Jacob Green among College Football Hall of Fame candidates
Former Rice football player Trevor Cobb is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Port Neches-Groves snags series opener against Brenham
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston HS baseball/softball primer: June 2
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Watch baseball playoffs live: Fort Bend Travis versus Deer Park (Game 2 of 3)
Articles mention high school baseball games that were played at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Watch baseball playoffs live: Fort Bend Travis versus Deer Park (Game 1 of 3)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Deer Park, Travis clash with trip to state tourney on the line
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Mr. Met gives fan the finger, employee out as team mascot
Rice’s mascot Sammy is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Banner year for SEC: League lauds recent basketball success
Rice transfers are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
USF lands Rice graduate transfer Temi Alaka
Tampa Bay Times
USF lands Rice wide receiver grad transfer Temi Alaka
Daily Stampede

College Hotline: Ranking the Pac-12 schedules (defending champ Washington faces a loaded lineup … err)
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Mercury News

Showalter on bullpen, Castillo, Manfra and more (we’re tied)
Former Rice baseball player Lucas Luetge is mentioned.

White Sox Minor League update: June 3
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
South Side Sox

We can rebuild it: Creative bullpen fixes
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Twins Daily

Golfer withdraws from US Open sectional qualifier after airline loses his golf clubs
Former Rice golfer Michael Buttacavoli is mentioned.
The Loop


2017 Seed Accelerator Rankings released
Seed accelerators AngelPad and Y Combinator have landed the coveted top spots in the inaugural 2017 rankings from the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, a benchmarking program run by entrepreneurship and management experts from Rice University, MIT and the University of Richmond.

Training organizations benefit Houston entrepreneurs
New entrepreneurs need many things to start out: ideas, talent, money and a support system to guide them through the rigors of launching a business. A Rice University study maintains that public and private entities can and should help Houston realize its potential as a prime launch pad.

About Anya Bolshakov

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