Dateline Rice for June 7, 2017


New pacemaker doesn’t need wires or a battery
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in the June issue of Futurity Today.)
Look ma, no wires! A smart pacemaker controls heart rhythms without a battery
Digital Trends
Battery-less pacemaker developed
The Hindu
Researchers test microwave-powered pacemaker
New Electronics
This wireless, battery-free pacemaker can be directly implanted into the heart
Researchers in the US develop battery-less pacemaker
Your Story
Battery-less pacemaker that harvests energy wirelessly
Deccan Chronicle
Researchers develop a wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into patient’s heart
The Health Site
New wireless, battery-free pacemaker is powered by microwaves
Cardiovascular Business
Battery-less pacemaker: Researchers test microwave-powered device
Wireless, battery-less pacemaker developed
Zee News
New pacemaker doesn’t need batteries

Why a Persian Gulf feud is a gas importer’s worst nightmare
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the Persian Gulf feud and is quoted in various articles about the feud.
The Hill
Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar has 22-year history rooted in gas
Houston Chronicle
‘Forget terrorism’: The real reason behind the Qatar crisis is natural gas
Global Research
Saudi dispute with Qatar has 22-year history rooted in gas
Vestnik Kavkaza
Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar has 22-year history rooted in gas
Salt Lake Tribune
Las cartas sobre la mesa: por qué Arabia Saudí pelea con Catar
Sputnik Mundo (An English translation is not available.)

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

With the White House trying to ignore him, Trump’s tweets once again sabotage US foreign policy
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Toronto Star
Gulf crisis leaves allies in difficult spot: Expert
Daily Mail
Gulf crisis puts World Cup at risk
The Standard
Gulf crisis leaves allies in difficult spot
Issue in the Gulf leaves allies in difficult spot — expert says
World Cup faces new disaster over Qatar’s support of terrorism
Gulf crisis could hit Qatar 2022
Manila Times
‘Trump is a big baby’: As White House tries to ignore him, Trump’s tweets sabotage US foreign policy
The Hamilton Spectator

Texas to consider bathroom restrictions for trans people this summer
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.
Abbott pleases conservatives with wide-ranging call for summer special session
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 7 print edition with a different headline, “Abbott calls special session to push conservative issues.”)
Abbott calls for summer special session
San Antonio Express-News
Gov. Abbott has long list of items for special legislative session


Houston startup community struggles to attract venture capital
An article discuses a study on local Houston startups by Edward Egan, fellow and director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Public colleges failing to teach critical thinking
The 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey is discussed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Around Fort Bend County
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, will speak at the Sugar Land Marriott June 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Solutions: Under pressure
Rice is mentioned.
TMC News

Celebrate a summer of (Jane) Austen
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will participate in the “Summer of Austen.”
Houston Press


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses alleged National Security Agency leaker Reality Winner.

NASA to announce new astronaut class
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Trump: A never-ending story
Jonathan Ludwig discusses Russia and President Donald Trump. The podcast mentions that Ludwig taught at Rice.
SAGE Int’l Aust.


Mammals may have a 12-hour clock
A team of scientists from various institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, has revealed that in addition to 24-hour clocks, mammals and other organisms have 12-hour clocks that are autonomous, work independently from 24-hour clocks and can be modified by external factors. Athanasios Antoulas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
The Scientist
A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions
Medical Xpress

Subsea Systems Institute launches digital upstream project
An article mentions that Rice is a partner of the Subsea Systems Institute.
Your Oil and Gas News (This also appeared in Your Subsea News.)

Latest NSA leak reveals exactly the kind of cyberattack experts had warned about
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
MIT Technology Review

Ambassador and OpenStax partner
Rice-based publisher OpenStax has partnered with Ambassador.
University Business


Dr. Bill Brookshire: A life well-lived
An article mentions that the late William Brookshire had been a member of the Rice Engineering Board of Review.
Construction Citizen

Lake Hollingsworth: The most popular running route in Florida?
Rice’s outer loop is featured on Under Armour’s list of most popular running routes in the U.S.
The Ledger (This also appeared in News Chief.)

7 things to know today and UCF among top 50 for patents granted in 2016
Rice is mentioned.
Orlando Business Journal
UCF among top 50 universities worldwide for US patents granted in 2016
Orlando Business Journal

2 Owasso students receive scholarships from ConocoPhillips
A student who plans to attend Rice is mentioned.
Owasso Reporter

Process for adjudicating student conduct cases draws criticism
Alumnus Brian Baran ’15 is featured.
Stanford Daily

Ted Cruz ’92 emphasizes moral leadership in conversation with his thesis adviser Robert George
Sen. Ted Cruz’s mother, alumna Eleanor Darragh ’56, is mentioned.
Daily Princetonian

Fraga to address Hispanic Chamber June 16
Alumnus Luis Ricardo Fraga ’81 is mentioned.
Dispatch Argus

Gener8tor again named 1 of nation’s top accelerator programs
An article mentions the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project produced by experts at Rice and other universities.
Milwaukee Business News

‘Nanopolvo’: descubren una forma sencilla y barata para reutilizar chatarra electrónica
Postdoctoral research associate Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is mentioned.
El Confidencial (An English translation is not available.)


Houston’s top high school baseball recruits
Rice commits are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Q&A with Rice football commit James Bagnell
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice women add Oklahoma transfer Nancy Mulkey
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Technical tidbits June 7: Cink qualifies for US Open, new faculty athletics representative
An announcement of the new faculty athletics representative at the Georgia Institute of Technology mentions that the previous rep was Reginald DesRoches, who will become dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering July 1.
From the Rumble Seat

Best in Texas: Are Longhorns or Aggies more dominant right now? See which team beat both
Rice football is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News
Which ACC teams play the toughest nonconference schedules in 2017?
Roanoke Times
C-USA preseason position previews: Defensive line
Underdog Dynasty

Teddy Renois’ column: Bearkats carrying SLC flag in Super Regionals
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Daily Comet
Unique offensive philosophy drives Sam Houston State to Super Regional against FSU
Tallahassee Democrat
Freshmen take control for LSU
LSU Tigers keep rolling
My New Orleans
Bulldogs facing dream matchup in Baton Rouge
Daily Journal

Foresters go big with Texans on 2017 roster
Rice baseball is mentioned.

Watchpoints: Twins’ turnaround tour pulls into Safeco Field
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
The News Tribune


Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet
Using seismic data and supercomputers, Rice University geophysicists have conducted a massive seismic CT scan of the upper mantle beneath the Tibetan Plateau and concluded that the southern half of the “Roof of the World” formed in less than one-quarter of the time since the beginning of India-Eurasia continental collision.

About Anya Bolshakov

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