Dateline Rice for June 9, 2017


Today’s home page on Science360 News features two research projects from Rice:

Muscle-sensing prosthetics: A source of hope for amputees
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. Marcia O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, visiting researcher Edoardo Battaglia and Rice graduate student Janelle Clark are featured in the video.
Science 360 News (This is the daily video on the Science 360 News home page.)

Seismic CT scan points to rapid uplift of Southern Tibet
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.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page.)


Rice U. 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, and graduate student Ryan Spring are quoted.
National Science Foundation
How ‘hashing’ cuts deep learning computations, energy up to 95 percent
Edgy Labs

Leaders of Mexico and Germany are about to meet ‘in solidarity’ against Trump
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.
Los Angeles Times (This also appeared in Salina Journal, The Gazette and San Diego Jewish World.)

Can humans live on Mars? Colonist might find planet deadly for the immune system
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Mars colony may lead to evolution of new human species
Tech Times


Turner calls for City Council vote on ‘sanctuary city’ lawsuit
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, created a chart to rank the members of the Texas House of Representatives on the liberal-conservative dimension. Jones is also quoted about Gov. Greg Abbott calling a special session. Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored the Rivard Report op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 9 print edition with a different headline, “Council to vote on ‘sanctuary city’ suit.”)
Special session will serve Abbott well
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and My San Antonio.)
The 2017 Texas House, from left to right
Trib Talk
Houston and Harris County went even more blue in 2016. When will Texas?
Rivard Report
Texas to consider bathroom restrictions for transgender people this summer

Competitive markets have lowered Texans’ utility bills, study finds
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’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

The Christian Science Monitor takes a look at Pearland’s diversity
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Spot a rainbow in the blooming showers of the Dandelion Fountain
An article discusses the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, which was created by William Cannady, professor of architecture.
365 Things To Do in Houston


June 7: Cracked phone screens are a $4B business
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 about the health insurance marketplace.
American Public Media’s “Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal” (This also aired on 488 radio stations.)

Two of Houston’s running loops make top 20 most popular in America
Rice’s outer loop is featured on Under Armour’s list of most popular running routes in the U.S.
KIAH’s “NewsFix”


Chemists develop hydrogel strings using compound found in sea creatures
The Rice lab of chemist Jeffrey Hartgerink had already figured out how to make biocompatible nanofibers out of synthetic peptides. In new work, the lab is using an amino acid found in the sticky feet of mussels to make those fibers line up into strong hydrogel strings. Hartgerink is a professor of chemistry and of bioengineering and the associate department chair for graduate studies. Graduate student I-Che Li is also mentioned.
Phys Org

Nanoparticles to make leaky vessels
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
Science Daily (This also appeared in
Drug delivery into tissues now made easy with leaky vessels
Med India

Smarter algorithms could lead to greater understanding of the 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.
News Medical

12-hour biological clock works independently from 24-hour circadian rhythm
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.
Bioscience Technology

Rice University, Texas Heart Institute researchers test microwave-powered device
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.
iConnect 007
Researchers unveil battery-less pacemaker
iAdvance Senior Care
Researchers develop a wireless and battery-less pacemaker
Hindustan Times

The benefits of including floor vibration control for nano-tech facilities over designing ‘quiet’ buildings
The Rice University BioScience Research Collaborative is mentioned.
Azo Nano

Robert Kliment dies at 84
An article mentions that Robert Kliment taught at Rice.


New York Youth Symphony announces 55th season
Alumna Hilary Purrington ’13 is mentioned.
Broadway World

USC provost leads delegation to Yerevan for ‘End of Transition’ Conference
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, participated in “The End of Transition: Shifting Focus a Quarter Century After the Soviet Collapse” international conference held May 23-24 in Yerevan, Armenia.
‘End of Transition’ international conference concludes in Yerevan
Armenian Weekly

LAPS Foundation Scholarship winners announced
A student who plans to attend Rice is mentioned.
Los Alamos Daily Post
Summit Shasta celebrates inaugural graduating class
Pacifica Patch

Wait, what!?
There’s at least one person in the world for whom smoking has a beneficial effect, and it took an international collaboration of scientists led by a Rice University to figure out why. John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is mentioned.
Jewish World Review

Music at Penn Alps opens season
Rice is mentioned.
Cumberland Times-News

Honors for the gener8tor accelerator, which could expand to 3 more Midwest cities
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.
Wisconsin State Journal

Caps off to the Class of 2017
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Jordan Independent


NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results
Sid Richardson College senior Scott Filip finished fifth in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Federal News Radio (This also appeared in WTOP.)
Wichita State’s Veith sets school record in NCAA Decathlon
Wichita Eagle

On TV/Radio: Tough sledding for media in Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Deer Park prepares for 1st baseball state tournament in 27 years
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas’ Tom Herman tried to excuse fan from wedding for USC game
An article mentions that Tom Herman coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Cowboys’ 2016 2nd-round pick Jaylon Smith finally practicing
A slideshow features a photo from a Rice football game.
Houston Chronicle

The ultimate MLB draft: The best pick ever at every spot from 1-30
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.

Meet USA’s Youth America’s Cup team
Hanszen College senior Carson Crain is mentioned.

The Riley Factor: It’s OU’s way to tap young assistants as head coaches
Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

JSU’s Harper announces 4 spring basketball signees
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Gasden Times
Improving bottom of league a priority for C-USA men’s hoops
Bowling Green Daily News

Torrid Tigers await Mississippi State
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Plaquemine Post South
Baton Rouge Supers breakdown
LSU ready for another showdown with Mississippi State in Super Regional
Daily Reveille
2017 NCAA Super Regional preview: Mississippi State-LSU
Baseball America
Reminders of 2016 motivate LSU’s ‘Fab 4’ heading into the 2017 Super Regional
The Times-Picayune

UNT Elite Camp brings more than 1,000 high school players to Apogee
Rice football is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
LSU football countdown day 86: Ken Kavanaugh saves the day versus Rice
The Times-Picayune
C-USA West Division 2017 win totals
Underdog Dynasty

Why SEC football will miss Bob Stoops
Rice baseball is mentioned.

Catholic High to induct Coogan, Gaines, Applewhite, Jones into Athletic Hall of Fame
An article mentions that Major Applewhite coached at Rice.
Sports NOLA

Freshmen more than supporting cast at LSU
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned. Former Rice coach David Pierce is mentioned in the College Baseball Central article.
American Press
Sam Houston State’s breakthrough a product of a well-laid foundation
College Baseball Central

Nick Saban is only SEC head coach in same job after 10 years
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
SEC Country

Michigan golf duo excel at US Amateur Four-Ball
Unnamed Rice golfers are mentioned.
Hometown Life


Gee, Huie and Patterson elected to Rice Board of Trustees
Three prominent business professionals in investments, real estate and the beverage industry have been elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees. Terrence Gee, senior vice president and chief information officer for Coca-Cola Beverages Florida; Tommy Huie, former president and chief investment officer for BMO Global Asset Management; and Brian Patterson, founder of White Star Real Estate, will serve four-year terms on the board.

Mussels add muscle to biocompatible fibers
The Rice lab of chemist Jeffrey Hartgerink had already figured out how to make biocompatible nanofibers out of synthetic peptides. In new work, the lab is using an amino acid found in the sticky feet of mussels to make those fibers line up into strong hydrogel strings.

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