Dateline Rice for June 6, 2017


A new formula to help tame China’s Yellow River
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.
New York Times


Researchers develop wireless and battery-less pacemaker that can be placed directly into the heart
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu June 4-9. Aydin Babakhani, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; graduate student Yuxiang Sun; Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Joseph Cavallaro, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, are mentioned.
The pacemaker that doesn’t need a battery: Implant can be placed directly into the heart and be charged wirelessly
Daily Mail
Battery-free pacemaker harvests wireless energy
The Engineer
Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker
TMC News (This also appeared in American News Report.)
Battery-less pacemaker: Researchers test microwave-powered device
Science Daily
Introducing the wireless pacemaker
Microwave-powered pacemaker ditches the wires
New Atlas
Pacemaker without batteries and wires uses microwaves to power itself
Crazy Engineers
Researchers develop battery-less pacemaker
Net India 123 (This also appeared in and Phys Org.)
Rice and THI researchers introduce wireless, battery-less pacemaker
News Medical
Scientists develop wireless, battery-less pacemaker
Indian Express
Scientists develop wireless, battery-less pacemaker to implant directly into patient’s heart
News Nation
Tiny wirelessly powered pacemaker can reside heart and double as defibrillator
Wireless and battery-less pacemaker invented by Texas researchers
Knowridge Science Report
Wireless, battery-less pacemaker developed

Exxon’s LNG ventures could be at risk as Saudis lead sanctions against Qatar
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Crisis in Qatar
Inside Higher Ed
Qatar: Le PSG, le Mondial et les autres investissements sont-ils menacés par la crise?
HuffPost FR (An English translation is not available.)
A secular opposition group is the latest victim of Bahrain’s ‘ruthless’ crackdown
World Politics Review
What does the political crisis engulfing Qatar mean for the 2022 football World Cup?
Fox Sports AU
As Gulf diplomatic crisis intensifies, doubts being raised over Qatar hosting 2022 FIFA World Cup
India Times
World Cup 2022 under threat as diplomatic crisis hits Qatar
The Week
Diplomatic row: Qatar World Cup hosting now in doubt
Qatar ‘looking over their shoulder’ ahead of 2022
Times Live

Saudi dispute with Qatar has 22-year history rooted in gas
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg Politics (This also appeared in NDTV and World Oil.)
Saudi beef with Qatar may be about gas, not terrorism
Los verdaderos motivos de Arabia Saudí para aislar a Qatar
La Vanguardia (An English translation is not available.)

Edward Djerejian: Capitalize on Armenian identity
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Media Max

‘Deep learning’ goes faster with organized data
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, and graduate student Ryan Spring are quoted.
Futurity (This article appeared in the June 6 issue of Futurity Today and also appeared in


No Texas university joins national letter supporting Paris climate agreement
A nonprofit organization called Second Nature has asked universities to sign a letter expressing support of the Paris climate agreement. No Texas universities have signed the letter. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Frank Lloyd Wright influence still evident in Houston
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

A cash course for Texans rookies
Alex Butler, professor of finance, gave a presentation to Houston Texans rookies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the June 6 print edition.)

Upcoming: Bob Seger, Jacuzzi Boys, Junior Brown, Lil Keke, Lost ’80s Live, Marc Anthony, Ringo Deathstarr, Unsane, etc.
The Danny Kamins Trio will perform at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts June 15.
Houston Press

Voices of Valor: Tom Oliver
Alumnus Tom Oliver ’61 is featured.
Waco Tribune-Herald

More girls pursuing STEM careers
Students who plan to attend Rice are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
2 Owasso students receive scholarships from ConocoPhillips
Tulsa World
Girls’ track athlete of the year: 3 Hornets stood out all season
Aiken Standard

‘Repeater’ makes an instagrammable arrival at the Moody. But why is it here?
An article reviews David Scanavino’s “Repeater,” on view at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through Aug. 26.


Whatever happened to the Astrodome bill?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Public Media
Commissioner says El Paso County loses millions housing federal inmates
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 radio stations.)

Is Abbott trying to dodge the 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.


A guide to the butterflies (book review)
Jeffrey Glassberg’s book “A Swift Guide to Butterflies of North America” is reviewed. Glassberg is an adjunct professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Science Blogs


This bank executive wants to help underdogs
Trustee emerita Teveia Rose Barnes ’75 is featured.
Sacramento Business Journal (Subscription required.)

In Houston icehouses, a designer sees a model for public space
Alumnus David Richmond ’13 is mentioned.
Next City

United Airlines strikes sour note with Columbia-bound violinist
Alumna Yennifer Correia ’10 is mentioned.

Brain waves: Art and science in dialogue
Steven Cox, adjunct professor of computational and applied mathematics, is mentioned.
Los Alamos Daily Post

Commentary: It’s time to end homelessness in Cumberland County
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Daily Journal

With passing glance at president’s request, Congress continues work on FY 2018 appropriations
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, will be a witness at the House Budget Committee June 7.
National Review


Rice’s Wayne Graham has no plans to walk away anytime soon
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

UH adds Washington State to schedule for 2019, 2020
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.) all-access: No wonder Auburn suffers from Little Brother Syndrome
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Paul Mainieri talks to Bobby and Deke on Sports Talk
Impressions from the Baton Rouge Regional
Sports NOLA

MLB’s Top 5 No. 16 overall draft picks by WAR
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.

Quick take: Golfer withdraws from US Open Qualifier after American Airlines loses his clubs
Former Rice golfer Michael Buttacavoli is mentioned.
Global Golf Post

Southern League pitcher and player of the week May 29-June 4
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Our Sports Central
Jordan Stephens named Southern League Pitcher of the Week
Our Sports Central

USF the new home for transferring Rice WR Temi Alaka
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
NBC Sports

Breaking down the Iowa State football schedule, part 1 of 3
An article mentions that Tom Herman coached at Rice.
Iowa State Daily


Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart is being introduced by researchers from Rice University and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu June 4-9.

About Anya Bolshakov

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