Dateline Rice for June 8, 2017


Southern half of the Tibetan Plateau formed by rapid uplift, seismic data shows
Using seismic data and supercomputers, Rice 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. Research scientist Min Chen and Fenglin Niu, professor of Earth science, are mentioned.
Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet
Science Daily (This also appeared in R&D and Phys Org.)
Rapid uplift of Southern Tibet
Space Ref (This also appeared in Geology Page.)

The best startup accelerators of 2017
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, MIT and the University of Richmond.
AngelPad, Y Combinator top study of US accelerators
PE Hub Network
UpTech named one of the top accelerators in the country
The Lane Report
UpTech named 1 of top accelerators, along with The Brandery, by Seed Accelerator Rankings
Northern Kentucky Tribune
Capital Innovators, Yield Lab land on ranking of nation’s best accelerators
St. Louis Business Journal
2 St. Louis accelerators win national recognition
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Subscription required.)

Can America comply with the Paris Accords without Trump? Only if red states join in
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

NASA sending probe to ‘touch’ the sun — here’s why
An image is credited to Rice and researcher Robert O’Dell, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics and former chief scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope.
National Geographic

Scientists worry about plan to cap individual labs’ federal funding
An article quotes Omid Veiseh, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering, and mentions that he will head a lab at Rice in 2017.
Boston Globe


Houston jogging routes among the most popular in the nation
Rice’s outer loop is featured on Under Armour’s list of most popular running routes in the U.S.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
On National Running Day, guess which Austin trail makes list of top running routes in US?
Austin 360 (This also appeared in Austin American-Statesman.)
These are the top 20 running routes in the United States

Gallery and museum listings: June 8-14
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will present teamLab’s “Flower’s and People, Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together — A Whole Year Per Hour” through Aug. 13, “David Scanavino: Repeater” through Aug. 26 and Dana Thater’s “The Starry Messenger” through Feb. 1.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Museum District Highlights
Local Houston
Small Expressions: The hidden agenda
Free Press Houston
L`invito di Olafur Eliasson all`integrazione con l`arte
Rai (An English translation is not available.)

How much money is needed to put a Texas kid through college and still live comfortably
A slideshow mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston student to study Chinese in China on US Department of State NSLI-Y scholarship
Articles feature students who plan to attend Rice.
Village News (This article appears on Page 12.)
Subiaco Academy graduates 2017
Arkansas Catholic
Around the park: Severn School fellows explore technology, ecology, photography
Capital Gazette
Athletes to watch: Saying goodbye to 5 of Coppell’s best
Coppell Gazette

Public colleges failing to teach critical thinking
The 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey is discussed.
My San Antonio

Rice community gathers to celebrate Dean of Continuing Studies Mary McIntire
In honor of Mary McIntire’s 31 years as dean of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, members of the Rice community came to the Anderson-Clarke Center’s light-filled central gathering space May 18 for an “all-access backstage pass to celebrate the leadership of … McIntire on her farewell tour,” as the event invitation read. McIntire will officially retire as dean at the end of June. The article mentions Rice President David Leebron; Susanne ’62 and Melbern ’61 Glasscock; trustee emeritus Kent Anderson ’62; trustee emeritus Robert Clarke ’63; James Pomerantz, professor of psychology; and Jennifer Gigliotti-Labay, associate dean of the Glasscock School and executive director of the school’s Center for College Readiness.
TMC News

CPRIT grant brings epigenetics researcher to Rice
Bioengineer Isaac Hilton will join Rice University as an assistant professor with the support of a $2 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). Alumna Veronica Gough ’16 and Junghae Suh, associate professor of bioengineering, are mentioned. The article also mentions that CPRIT funding will also bring bone-modeling expert B.J. Fregly to Rice.
TMC News

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.
TMC News
Laser-induced graphene exhibits antibacterial and anti-fouling properties
AIChE’s “ChEnected”

Simple tasks don’t test brain’s true complexity
The human brain naturally makes its best guess when making a decision, and studying those guesses can be very revealing about the brain’s inner workings. But neuroscientists at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine said a full understanding of the complexity of the human brain will require new research strategies that better simulate real-world conditions. Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dora Angelaki, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering and of psychology, are mentioned.
TMC News (This also appeared in Medical Xpress.)

Under Pressure
Rice is mentioned.
TMC Pulse (This article appears on Page 28.)

The arts and happenings June 2017
An article mentions that the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition Finals were held at Rice.
Houston Lifestyles & Homes

Chevron CEO Watson says Permian is here for long haul
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted.
El Paso Times (This also appeared in Deming Headlight and Ruidoso News.)

Gish at the movies: Short film festivals in Houston
The Rice Department of Classical and European Studies is mentioned.
Local Houston

Teacher candidates hope to land jobs with ECISD
Alumna Ashauna Bell ’13 is mentioned.
OA Online

Party with Jane Austen all summer long with Brazos Bookstore
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will participate in the “Summer of Austen.”


Happy Best Friends Day! 8 things to do with your best friend in Houston
Visiting James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured on a list of things to in Houston.


Want to train yourself to succeed? Science says these 3 things matter most
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.
Study identifies factors that lead to greater college success
Science Newsline (This also appeared in the Arizona Daily Independent.)

Scientists reveal 12-hour autonomous biological clock that coordinates bodily functions
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.
News Medical
A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential bodily functions

Lab chat: Making leaky blood vessels on demand
The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists at Rice and their colleagues have discovered it may be possible to selectively open gaps in those barriers just enough to let large molecules through — and then close them again. Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, is mentioned.
Making vessels leaky on demand could aid drug delivery
Phys Org (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now.)
Rice scientists use magnets and nanoparticles to make vessels temporarily ‘leaky’
News Medical

System bits: June 6
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.
Semiconductor Engineering
Scientists slash computations for deep learning
Scientific Computing
Rice U. scientists slash computations for deep learning
Hashing the computational complexity of deep learning
Electronics 360

Researchers debut 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 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.
Laboratory Equipment
Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker
Energy Harvesting Journal (This also appeared in
Wireless pacemaker reduces risks
Idea Connection
Wireless pacemakers could make life easier for heart patients
New pacemaker doesn’t need wires or a battery
Value Walk
RF-powered pacemaker cuts risks by eliminating wire leads
EE News


Which colleges give you the best value for your money?
Rice is featured on Forbes’ list of best-value colleges.
Investment Watch Blog

Professor launches research
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is mentioned.
The Falcon

SPCO to begin streaming live concert videos; 4 questions with composer Pierre Jalbert
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, participates in a Q&A feature.

Eddie Degerman: From the minor leagues to medicine
Alumnus Eddie Degerman ’05 is mentioned.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

2017 Rice Design Alliance Spotlight Prize goes to OOPEAA
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.

Kensington names Ben Thacker vice president and general manager
Alumnus Ben Thacker ’06 is mentioned.
CIO Today

With a passing glance at the 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, was a witness at the House Budget Committee June 7.

Effects of fasting while pregnant
Farhan Majid, fellow in health and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

Violinist considers legal action against United Airlines
Alumna Yennifer Correia ’10 is mentioned.
Columbia Daily Tribune

Women in tech: ‘Erfolg in der Tech-Branche ist männlich besetzt’
Alumna Rebecca Parsons ’90 is featured.
Jax Enter (An English translation is not available.)


Game times announced for Rice football schedule
Article discuss Rice football’s 2017 schedule.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Notebook: 8 UNT games picked up for broadcast
Denton Record-Chronicle
C-USA announces football TV schedule
UTEP updates 2017 football schedule
El Paso Herald-Post

Enthusiasm, spelled D-U-K-E: Former VAHS Principal Duke Sparks still spreads the love after 47 years
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Nueces County Record Star

NCAA Baseball: Super Regionals preview
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Teddy Renois’ column: Bearkats carrying SLC flag in Super Regionals
Houma Today

Metallica provides the soundtrack to my life
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Metallica in Houston through the years
Houston Chronicle

UT coach Tom Herman to feature on cover of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine
Articles mention that Tom Herman coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle
Bob Stoops versus Tom Herman: Let’s take you back to 1999

This is 30: Houston’s Brian Johnson is back home, an OC again
An article mentions that Major Applewhite coached at Rice.

Looking back on the greatest wide receivers in UNT history
Rice football is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Bitter: The ups and downs of the ACC nonconference football schedules
Roanoke Times

7 former Fayetteville SwampDogs have reached the majors
Former Rice athletes David Aarsdma, Luke Willson, Jon Duplantier, Jim Ellington and Andrew Benak are mentioned.
Gate House Media
Sweetness in Seattle: Luke Willson loves life as a Seahawk, Rooney fan
The Province
2017 Midwest League All-Star Game rosters
Baseball America
MiLB announces May Players of the Month
5 years later: The 2012 draft
River Ave Blues
Badgers Football: A closer look at incoming Wisconsin freshman Cade Green

Thompson ’13 joins Hobart coaching staff
Rice men’s basketball assistant coach Mark Linebaugh is mentioned.
D3 Hoops

Any mid-major baseball teams left?
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Mountain West Connection


Texas electricity providers minimizing costs to meet market demands
Residential electricity rates in competitive areas in Texas have declined relative to wholesale electricity prices, which suggests that Texas electricity providers are minimizing costs to meet market demands, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Making vessels leaky on demand could aid drug delivery
The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists at Rice University and their colleagues have discovered it may be possible to selectively open gaps in those barriers just enough to let large molecules through — and then close them again.

Simple tasks don’t test brain’s true complexity
The human brain naturally makes its best guess when making a decision, and studying those guesses can be very revealing about the brain’s inner workings. But neuroscientists at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine said a full understanding of the complexity of the human brain will require new research strategies that better simulate real-world conditions.

About Anya Bolshakov

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