Dateline Rice for June 22, 2017


Dramatic reshuffle reshapes Saudi Arabia’s leadership
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.
Financial Times (Subscription required.)
Saudi king names son heir as new generation encircles throne
McClatchy DC (This Associated Press article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and over 100 other media outlets.)
The latest: Oman’s sultan congratulates Saudi crown prince
Houston Chronicle
Saudi Arabia has a new crown prince — and here’s why it matters
Town & Country Mag
Aislamiento a Qatar pone en duda la continuidad de su ciudad universitaria
El Mercurio (An English translation is not available.)

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. 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.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page June 21.)
Scientists have used solar energy to turn salt water into freshwater
IFL Science
Solar energy can be used to produce clean water
Hydrogen Fuel News
New technology could give 1 billion people clean water
The Fifth Estate
Scientists can now use solar energy to convert salt water into freshwater

Scientists 3-D-print graphene foam, a first
Nanotechnologists from Rice 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, and graduate student Yilun Li are quoted.
Chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Controlled Environments (This also appeared in Domain-B, R&D and Science Daily.)
Laser 3-D printing helps Rice, Tianjin researchers create atomically thin graphene
Researchers use 3-D printing to potentially produce graphene in bulk quantities
3D Print
Scientists use lasers to 3-D print graphene foams
Using 3-D laser printing to print graphene foam
Chem Europe
Metal 3-D printing unlocks 3-D graphene foam from a mixture of sugar and nickel
3D Printing Industry
Rice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Health Medicine Network
3-D-printed graphene foam
Idea Connection

Amazon-Whole Foods merger: Silicon Valley lawmaker wants regulators to review Bezos deal
A Rice study is mentioned.

In Georgia, an election ends and a proxy war continues
Wiess College junior Isaiah Rodriguez authored two op-eds about politics.
No, we’re not going to fix political rhetoric


Gallery and museum listings: June 22-28
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 and “David Scanavino: Repeater” through Aug. 26.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Things to know about Houston’s favorite meteorologists from KHOU, KPRC, KTRK, KRIV, KTMD
Alumna Lisa Vaughn is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Things to know about Houston’s meteorologists
Houston Chronicle

Presidential historian talks Trump and risk at UConn-Stamford conference
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, spoke at the University of Connecticut’s Risk Management Conference June 21.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Stamford Advocate, Darien News, The Hour, Westport News, Greenwich Time, News Times, New Canaan News, CTPost, My San Antonio and Fairfield Citizen.)

Rice’s Jones School joins Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business will officially join the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management July 1. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted.
TMC News

The Texas Medical Center prepares for Tropical Storm Cindy
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.
TMC News
Cindy’s impact on Texas

Supreme Court case on partisan gerrymandering could touch Texas
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.
San Antonio Express-News
Valley democratic legislators seen as mostly moderate to conservative

Houston joins sanctuary cities lawsuit
An article mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Patch

Will Texas have a bright future? Watch its minority populations to find out, demographer says
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News

Showtime at the Alamo
Alumni Tim and Karrie League ’92 are featured.
Texas Monthly

Young musicians play for a gold medal in Houston
An article mentions that the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition Finals were held at Rice.


Saudi Arabia’s beef with Qatar reflects long simmering tensions
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the tensions in the Gulf.
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” (This also aired on 707 radio stations.)

Why are there so many close calls on Houston streets?
A broadcast discusses findings from a report on close calls between cyclists and drivers on Houston streets by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the institute, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Amazon buys Whole Foods Market
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted about Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.
Houston Public Media


President Choi to announce new initiative on affordable higher education
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Free textbook initiative headed to the University of Missouri system
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The 9:01: Memphians gather to launch movement against Confederate monuments
Graduate student William Black is mentioned.
Commercial Appeal

Silicon Valley’s congressman has questions for Jeff Bezos
A Rice study is mentioned.
Raw Story

Bay Area CIO of the Year Lifetime Achievement winner Dan Morales: eBay’s CIO revamps IT ecosystem
Alumnus Dan Morales ’89 is featured.
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Stockbridge: Music on Main series features pianist YeeJin Yuk
Martel College sophomore YeeJin Yuk is mentioned.
Berkshire Eagle

So what’s a business accelerator, anyway?
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor in Finance and Entrepreneurship, is mentioned.
The Startup Magazine

Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand
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. The results will be presented next month in Germany by researchers from Rice and the Research Center “E.Piaggio” of the University of Pisa and the Italian Institute of Technology. Marcia O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, and graduate student Janelle Clark are mentioned.
Design Inspiration
Tactile feedback to the skin could help add ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand
Rehab Management

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.
OIA News

25 must-see buildings in Indiana
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured in a slideshow under the heading “25 must-see buildings in Texas.”
Des Moines Register (This also appeared in the Statesman Journal, the Desert Sun and Pal-Item.)

Follett and Rice University: A look back at the 1st year of partnership
An article discusses the partnership between Follett and Rice. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, and Beth Leaver, senior project manager for administrative programs, are quoted.
Follett Features


Washington Nationals — PlayerWatch
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.

Pasternack leads the pack
An article mentions that Louis Reynaud coached at Rice.
Santa Barbara Independent

USM baseball’s Braley, McCarty going pro
Rice baseball is mentioned.

When does the 2017 college football season start?
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

MU runner gets postgrad scholarship
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.

Nine Pirates draftees join Black Bears
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray has joined the West Virginia Black Bears.
Times WV

3 Owls headed to USATF Championships
Three Rice Owls will participate in the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., June 22-23.
Yahoo Sports

About Anya Bolshakov

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