Dateline Rice for June 21, 2017


You asked: Why do summer colds feel so much worse?
Suffering through a cold is annoying enough, but if you’re lonely, you’re likely to feel even worse, according to Rice researchers. Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.

Scientists can use the sun to make seawater safe to drink
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. 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.
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Science Daily (This also appeared in PV Magazine, Chemeurope, DailyMe, Before It’s News, True Viral News and New Atlas.)

The latest: Bahraini royals congratulate Saudi crown prince
An analyst who studies the Gulf says the appointment of Saudi King Salman’s son as crown prince could have a big effect on the kingdom. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Associated Press (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 150 publications.)
Saudi King Salman ousts nephew as crown prince, installs son
Fox News
Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir
Houston Chronicle
The latest: Expert says Saudi succession signals big changes
Lancaster Online (This also appeared in the Journal Times Online, West Yellowstone News, WAOW-TV and KAUZ-TV.)
5 things to watch for Wednesday
Fox 34
Rei saudita designa filho Mohammed bin Salman primeiro herdeiro ao trono
Sábado (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in eight other publications.)

Stretching vs. chasing, the MacGyver way
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is profiled for his book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
The Globe and Mail


The typical college president is white, male and in his 60s. Houston’s leaders don’t fit the bill.
The results of the American Council on Education’s 2016 college presidency demographic study are compared with the demographics of university presidents in Texas. President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Community briefs: Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg calls for tolerance at Ramadan dinner
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle


Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, discusses Tropical Storm Cindy. (Similar broadcasts aired on KXAN, KBTV and KETK.)


Aramco, il tesoro del giovane principe in gioco il destino dell’Arabia Saudita
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
La Repubblica (An English translation is not available.)

Chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China’s Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.


Highway planners pause to consider the effect of road widening on Detroit neighborhoods
Rice research is mentioned.
Streets Blog


Jones named C-USA Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship recipient
The C-USA announced the 2017 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarships, which are named after the late former Rice faculty member and coach.
Wirth named recipient of Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship award
ODU Sports
Ex-Lady Topper Jones wins postgrad scholarship
Bowling Green Daily News

Black Bears stock roster through draft signings
Rice baseball player Tristan Gray is mentioned.
The Exponent Telegram

Twins from Cinco Ranch committed to playing football at Rice.


Moshe Vardi wins ACM Presidential Award
The Association of Computing Machinery has honored Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi with the 2017 ACM Presidential Award in recognition of his efforts to transform the association’s flagship publication, Communications of the ACM, into “a monthly must-read for a global audience.”

Rice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Nanotechnologists from Rice University and China’s Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene.

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