Dateline Rice for June 20, 2017

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Concerns over NAFTA: Much ado about (nearly) nothing
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about NAFTA.
The Hill
http://bit.ly/2sjE1cJ

HOUSTON/TEXAS

A&M steps up with plans for data center
During his State of the City address in May, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he wants the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M to work with the University of Texas on a task force’s recommendations for how to use the UT System’s 300-plus acres near the Texas Medical Center. The article also mentions that Rice started a data science program in 2015.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 20 print edition with a different headline, “A&M seeks data center.”)
http://bit.ly/2sLzkcw
Texas A&M University wants partner in Bryan data center
My San Antonio
http://bit.ly/2tosAPz

Departure of Memorial Hermann CEO surprises Texas Medical Center
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 20 print edition with a different headline, “Hospital CEO out in sudden move.”)
http://bit.ly/2swrr8o

Suburbs invest aggressively in parks projects
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2swvba6

Komen foundation’s old Planned Parenthood flap haunts candidate in costly US House race
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.
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/2rwNdYE

My top 5: The Nice Winery’s Ryan Levy
Alumnus Ryan Levy ’97 mentions that visiting Rice is one of his top five things to do in Houston.
365 Things To Do in Houston
http://bit.ly/2rznlLm

BROADCAST

Summer camp exposing kids to art, science in Houston’s Second Ward
An article mentions a summer camp for science, technology, engineering, arts and math which Rice, Talento Bilingue Houston and Houston Ballet are hosting.
KPRC
http://bit.ly/2sISKPa

Houston area residents prepare for possible storms
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
KTRK
http://abc13.co/2rMw4Ov
http://bit.ly/2sPBpF2 (Similar broadcasts aired on KWES, KAMC, KSLA, KXAN, KGBT, KVII, KLTV, KTEN, WPMI, KXAN, KFDX, KTVT, KAMC, WDBD, WLUK and KMPH.)

Distanciamiento de EU con Cuba, un gesto electoral de Trump con consecuencias para el mundo
Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, discusses President Donald Trump’s new Cuba policy.
El Financiero Bloomberg (An English translation is not available.)
https://youtu.be/fSMWVZV_dV8

3-D bioprinting: The future of regenerative medicine
Bioengineers at Rice University, the University of Maryland and Wake Forest University have received a $6.25 million National Institutes of Health grant to establish the Center for Engineering Complex Tissues. The center will help move tissue engineering from the lab to the clinic by both developing new technologies and serving as a collaborative hub for the fast-growing community of surgeons, biomaterials experts and engineers focused on regenerative medicine.
WYPR
http://bit.ly/2sx0u4M

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Fuzzy fibers could help rockets take the heat
To stand up to the heat and pressure of next-generation rocket engines, the composite fibers used to make them should be fuzzy. A Rice laboratory, in collaboration with NASA, has developed “fuzzy fibers” of silicon carbide that act like Velcro and stand up to the punishment that materials experience in aerospace applications.
Scientific American
http://bit.ly/2sOMar8

Creating freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University. Qilin Li, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted.
R&D (This also appeared in Domain-B.)
http://bit.ly/2sjAewb
Researchers can now desalinate seawater with the power of the sun
Engadget
http://engt.co/2ryTliR
New off-grid desalination nanotechnology uses solar energy to convert salt water into drinking water
AZO Nano
http://bit.ly/2sSe1q6
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Innovations Report (This also appeared in Health Medicine Network, Scienmag and Science Springs.)
http://bit.ly/2to33WD
Researchers can now desalinate seawater with the power of the sun
AIVA
http://bit.ly/2tJ45vF
Solar desalination technology could supply families and towns
Solar Thermal Magazine
http://bit.ly/2rMtvfq
Researchers use sunlight to desalinate seawater
Ubergizmo
http://bit.ly/2tJy5b4
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy and nanotechnology
Nanowerk
http://bit.ly/2smekIv
US researchers develop new method for solar desalination
PV Magazine
http://bit.ly/2rRbkRb
Texas researchers develop new method for solar desalination
PV Magazine
http://bit.ly/2ryTt24
Scalable solar-powered desal system could supply water to homes and towns
New Atlas
http://bit.ly/2sSpiH0
New solar technology promises safe drinking water in a compact off-grid footprint
Treehugger
http://bit.ly/2sOQarQ

2017’s most and least independent states
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is featured from a panel of experts and answers questions about state dependence on the U.S. federal government.
Wallet Hub
http://bit.ly/2rN1cxF

Houston FD’s Emergency TeleHealth and Navigation solution modernizes EMS with mobile video teleconferencing
Alumnus Michael Gonzalez ’93 authored an op-ed.
9-1-1 Magazine
http://bit.ly/2smeiAw

Power/performance bits: June 20
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart was 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.
Semiconductor Engineering
http://bit.ly/2sPScbd

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Jasper String Quartet to play at Pastorius June 21
Alumnus John Freivogel ’08 is mentioned.
Chestnut Hill Local
http://bit.ly/2rwYloj

Baker Institute expert urges focus on larger light-duty trucks and SUVs to reduce gasoline use, emissions
Larger trucks and SUVs with powerful, high-displacement engines are the low-hanging fruit for any policymaker seeking the most efficient path to reducing gasoline use and the associated emissions, according to an issue brief by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Green Car Congress
http://bit.ly/2ryW4sR
Focus on pickup trucks, not Priuses, to reduce gasoline use, emissions
Phys Org
http://bit.ly/2todDNx

The Age of AI, and what that means for Nepalis
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, expects that within 30 years machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.
Online Khabar
http://bit.ly/2tp25tc

Highway planners pause to consider the effect of road widening on Detroit neighborhoods
Rice’s Urban Edge blog is mentioned.
Streetsblog USA
http://bit.ly/2swtOIy

Indian-American digital video pioneer Arun Netravali wins $100,000 Marconi Prize
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 won the $100,000 Marconi Prize.
India West
http://bit.ly/2tJ9RNW
Indian-American HDTV tech pioneer Arun Netravali wins Marconi Prize
American Bazaar
http://bit.ly/2sSjpJV

Houston will experience increasingly catastrophic flooding over the coming decades — how will residents and industry respond?
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in an article about flooding.
Clean Technica
http://bit.ly/2toobMA
KTRH
http://bit.ly/2smKROR (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
http://bit.ly/2sx2Q3u (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
http://bit.ly/2tKipEn (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Report: Trump has chosen the next NASA administrator
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Blasting News
http://bit.ly/2stH5Bv

On the passing of Helmut Kohl
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died June 16.
US Daily Review
http://bit.ly/2sS6oA5

Resource Recovery appoints new leadership
Alumnus Joseph Reposa ’07 is featured.
Waste Advantage
http://bit.ly/2tovuDO

SPORTS

Cinco Ranch High School twins commit to Rice University
Two Rice commits are mentioned.
KTRK
http://abc13.co/2rz1HXM
Rice Owls unexpectedly soar to the top of C-USA recruiting rankings
Underdog Dynasty
http://bit.ly/2smhITS

Baylor soccer releases 2017 fall schedule
Rice soccer’s 2017 schedule is discussed.
KXXV (This also appeared in KCEN.)
http://bit.ly/2sQ9X9F

Baylor volleyball announces 2017 fall schedule
Rice volleyball’s 2017 schedule is discussed.
KXXV (This also appeared in KCEN.)
http://bit.ly/2ryONco

Predicting 2017 W-L records for every college football team under new direction
Rice football is mentioned.
The Bleacher Report
http://ble.ac/2tlwvg9
Fans for the UTEP Miners are gearing up for a winning season
KFOX
http://bit.ly/2tJmSHe
C-USA preseason position reviews: Kicker
Underdog Dynasty
http://bit.ly/2sm3jqz
Rice football: 2017 Owls preview and prediction
Athlon Sports & Life
http://bit.ly/2smp0a7

1st-game win is good omen
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Rivals
http://rvls.co/2sP71L2
LSU placing utmost trust in Eric Walker to take the ball in showdown with Oregon State
WWL
http://bit.ly/2rMua0A
Composure: Walker not sweating his big moment
American Press
http://bit.ly/2rR3TsW
College World Series pressure? Don’t expect it to affect LSU’s Eric Walker
NCAA
http://on.ncaa.com/2sLYffP
Now, LSU’s survival depends on Jared Poche, who is suddenly the No. 2 starter again
The Advertiser
http://bit.ly/2tJ5oLi

NEWS RELEASE

Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment, a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University.
http://bit.ly/2smIL17

About Anya Bolshakov

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