Dateline Rice for June 12, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Could ‘leaky’ blood vessels deliver drugs?
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
TMC News (This also appeared in Controlled Environments.)
Leaks, magnetically induced between cells, could promote drug delivery
Magnets and nanoparticles for on-demand leaky vessels
Med Gadget
Magnets, nanoparticles open and close blood vessels for targeted drug delivery
Mass Device

What the hell is happening with Qatar?
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York
Crisis in the Gulf: Qatar faces a stress test
Financial Times
School goes on at Texas A&M branch in Qatar amid terrorist accusations
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
US urges Gulf allies to ease up on Qatar
Doha News
Natural gas built Qatar, now may protect it in Gulf dispute
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This Associated Press article appeared in the Seattle Times and over 50 other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Can this nano-particle turn into gold standard ‘Big C’ treatment?
Rice is mentioned.
The Hindu Business Line


Quirky facts about Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston’s 1st craft brewery
A slideshow mentions that alumni Brock Wagner ’87 and Kevin Bartol ’81 founded Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Love, marriage and a baby carriage
An article mentions a wedding that took place at Rice’s Cohen House.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

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. 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.
TMC News (This also appeared in the June 12 issue of TMC Today and in Science Daily and Nanotechnology Now.)
Chemists develop hydrogel strings using compound found in sea creatures

The Latest: Ticket sold in California matches all 6 numbers
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
The Latest: California mayor hopes local has winning ticket
Houston Chronicle

Report: Millennials are flocking to the suburbs
Glissette Santana, web and social media editor for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about housing trends.
Rivard Report

What the passage of ‘sanctuary cities’ bill says about the state of Texas politics
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 and Texas’ “sanctuary cities” bill.
Dallas Morning News
Out from Capitol shadows, Gov. Abbott looms large with special session
Austin American-Statesman
The 2017 Texas House, from left to right
Bryan-College Station Eagle

MAP: See how Houston area’s demographics have changed since 1980
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, discusses the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Community Impact

Houston’s best art galleries and museums
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts and James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus are featured on a list of Houston’s best art galleries and museums.
Paper City


Saudi allies ramp up sanctions on Qatar
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the sanctions on Qatar.
American Public Media’s “Marketplace” (This also aired on 488 radio stations.)

‘Anderson Cooper 360’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses President Donald Trump.
‘CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin’
‘CNN Newsroom with Ana Cabrera’
‘CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow’

Former Rice rowing coach Mike Matson is featured.

Houston among best running routes in the US
Rice’s outer loop is featured on Under Armour’s list of most popular running routes in the U.S.

Mobile grocery store brings local food to Houston neighborhoods
Alumnus Dustin Windham ’15 is featured.
Houston Public Media

SPCO live: World premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Classical MPR

The Houston Museum of Natural Science hosts ‘World Ocean Day’
A broadcast features students wearing their Rice T-shirts during their presentation to families at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as part of World Oceans Day.
KIAH’s “News Fix”

Woman loses house in fire months after daughter is shot and killed
An article mentions the late Essence Derouen, a cook at Baker College who died March 19. She was 21.

‘Tommy’s Garage’
Rice is mentioned.

A student who hopes to attend Rice is mentioned.
Paying it forward in Hanover
VN Valley News

Alumnus Jimmy Powell ’65 is mentioned.

Graduate students Daniel Knaggs and Monica Czausz are featured.


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.
Science Daily

A 12-hour biological clock coordinates essential 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.
Science Daily

Magnetized nanoparticles attractive way to separate oil from produced water, say UT Austin researchers
Rice is mentioned.
NGI’s Shale Daily

Battery-free leadless pacemaker can be placed directly in 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.

Singles experience more severe symptoms from the common cold
Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice researchers. Graduate student Angie LeRoy is mentioned.
Counsel & Heal

Hat grab: Cells take extreme measures to rescue their DNA
Rice research is mentioned.
Evolution News

NASA to take cancer fight into space with bioprinted cells
An article mentions that Rice has received a grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
3D Printing Industry

Surviving solo with independent practice association support
An article mentions research from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
RevCycle Intelligence


Making Pepper walk: Understanding Softbank’s purchase of Boston Dynamics
IBM Research and Rice University have collaborated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers.

XLR8UH makes list of best startup accelerator programs 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.
Pacific Business News

Fallbrook Historical Society announces annual awards
Alumnus Bruce Ganoe ’57 is mentioned.
Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News

Several Indian-American students named to Washington Leadership Program
Rice alumna Mishi Jain ’17 and Lovett College senior Nicky Joseph are mentioned.
India West

The entire World of Photonics in a single event
Randall Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is mentioned.


Astros’ best, worst 1st-round picks
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Former Rice kicker kicked out at Stanley Cup Finals
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Kevin Sherrington’s a la carte: Why Yu Darvish doesn’t get ‘ace’ results like Astros’ Keuchel
Dallas Morning News

Metallica pop-up shop opens Friday in Houston
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Stanford pitchers top area’s MLB prospects list
A slideshow features a photo from a Rice baseball game.
Houston Chronicle

Pampa celebrates 1950s hoop titles
An article mentions that Gary Griffin and E. Jay McIlvain played basketball at Rice.
Amarillo Globe-News

The overshadowed star that is Anthony Rendon
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Fan Rag
Friday’s High Country sports report…
Go Blue Ridge

WSU’s Borman, Yetter earn All-American Honors
Sid Richardson College senior Scott Filip finished fifth in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

LSU could play Florida State, Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State in College World Series
Rice baseball’s season ended with a 5-0 NCAA Regional loss to Louisiana State University.
Freshman Jake Slaughter happy to contribute for LSU after long lapse
SEC Country
Torrid Tigers await Mississippi State
Donaldsville Chief

MLB draft 2017: A few possibilities for Tigers picks in the middle rounds
Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is mentioned.
Bless You Boys

Elvis’ cousin? A potential Hall of Famer? What can the Phillies expect with 8th pick in MLB draft?
Former Rice baseball player Wade Townsend is mentioned.
Press of Atlantic City

85 Days until kickoff: Longhorns need juice from return game
Rice football is mentioned.
247 Sports
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1930 season
Hook ’em
2017 Rice Owls football schedule: Games and dates
Gridiron Now
2017 North Texas Mean Green football schedule: Games and dates
Gridiron Now

Oregon extends offer to impressive Texas receiver
An article mentions a football camp held at Rice.
247 Sports

Sooners lose Mulkey to Rice
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Norman Transcript
Feeling right at home, John Jensen leads Foresters to opening-day victory at Pershing Park

Golf notebook: Lost clubs spark Twitter tirade
Former Rice golfer Michael Buttacavoli is mentioned.
Gwinnett Prep Sports

Omaha bound! Aggies take down Davidson 12-6
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Longhorns’ season ends just how it started
Daily Texan
Southern Miss baseball stands tall nationally in postseason attendance
Sun Herald

High school football All-Star Game
Former Rice football player Todd Thompson is mentioned.

Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.

Former Rice football player Bert Emanuel is mentioned.


Yvonne Romero da Silva named vice president for enrollment at Rice University
Yvonne Romero da Silva, vice dean and director of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named vice president for enrollment at Rice.

Traffic-light-controlled intersections in Houston attract fatal accidents
Traffic accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists have increased both in Houston and nationally in recent years, and a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research found that intersections with traffic lights are nine times more likely to see fatal car crashes with pedestrians and bicyclists.

About Anya Bolshakov

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