Dateline Rice for June 23, 2017


6 questions with Rice University’s 1st female dean who’s retiring after 31 years
Mary McIntire, who is retiring after serving 31 years as dean of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is interviewed.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)


Who is Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince. Ulrichsen is also quoted about the new crown prince in the Bloomberg article.
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Saudi Arabia’s new heir leads revolution of powerful millennials
Bloomberg Politics (This also appeared in Arabian Business.)

Turning salt water into … fresh water
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.
National Geographic AU
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page again.)
Freshwater from salt water using only solar energy
Chem Europe (This also appeared in Lab Manager and Science Newsline.)

Here’s why Big Oil would back a carbon reduction plan
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about the Climate Leadership Council.
The Hill

Italian scientist plans to transplant human head in China
Researchers in Korea have used graphene nanoribbons made with a process developed at Rice for their research into repairing spinal cord injuries.

Saudi shakeup: New prince will try to transform the oil kingdom
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince. Krane is also quoted about the new crown prince in a number of articles.
The Hill
Prince’s ego can hole Saudi Aramco’s $100B float
The Australian (Subscription required.)
The prospects for the world’s biggest IPO
The Economist
Saudi crown price faces shifting power dynamics in bid to wrangle oil
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 23 print edition with a different headline, “Changing oil dynamics confront new crown prince.”)
The one man who could stop oil market’s plunge
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Scientists create world’s first graphene foam ‘wonder material’ from a 3-D-laser printer
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.
How 3-D printing, lasers and sugar add up to industrial-scale graphene production
New Atlas
Rice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Nanotechnology Now (This also appeared in Science & Technology Research News.)
Chemists create 3-D-printed graphene foam
iConnect 007
Use of 3-D laser printing technique to synthesize 3-D-printed rebar graphene
AZO Nano


Texas not alone in its efforts to limit local control
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 23 print edition with a different headline, “Texas seeking control of cities.”)
Full speed ahead for a Texas bullet train? Lawmakers let the market decide — for now
Dallas Morning News
Analysis: Texas gave House GOP biggest gerrymandering bump

Historic Houston estate of late Tootsies owner to hit the market
An article mentions that William Ward Watkin was Rice’s first professor of architecture.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

What Houston-area icons need streets named after them?
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Openings and closings: You snooze, you don’t lose
Alumnus Adam Cryer ’01 is mentioned.
Houston Press

A&M pride on display as Aggies march in Houston LGBT event for 1st time
An article mentions that Rice participates in the Houston Pride Parade.
Bryan-College Station Eagle

Advisory committee recommends school bond vote for Leander ISD
An article mentions that Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is analyzing bond research data for Leander Independent School District.
Hill Country News

Arkansas High announces top 10 graduates
A student who plans to attend Rice is mentioned.
Texarkana Gazette


Where students are happy with their financial aid
Rice is No. 7 on the Princeton Review’s list of colleges with “great financial aid.”
Poets & Quants

Scientists discover how to ‘crush’ the e-cycling problem
Researchers at Rice and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea for how to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust.
Recycling International

Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker
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. 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.
Today’s Medical Developments

Scientists discover link between sugar metabolism and peroxisomal biogenesis disorders
James McNew, professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is mentioned.
Patient-inspired research uncovers new link to rare disorder
Domain-B (This also appeared in Medical Xpress, Science Daily and

3-D-printing redefining higher ed: Great examples and case studies
A Rice study is mentioned.
Ed Tech Review


The movie that shocked Canada
Kirsten Ostherr, professor of English, is quoted.
The Walrus

FlatCam is a tiny lensless camera that can soon come to smartphones
Rice University engineers introduce FlatCam, an extremely thin, lensless camera system that uses sophisticated algorithms to record images and videos. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are quoted.

Exascale on the far horizon for cash-strapped oil and gas
Jan Odegard, executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is mentioned.
The Next Platform

RIRRC appoints new leadership
Alumnus Joseph Reposa ’07 is featured.
Johnston Sunrise

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.”

Alex Triantaphyllis talks to TNH about running for Congress
Alumnus Alex Triantaphyllis ’06 is featured.
National Herald

Antibleeding aids: The need for innovation
Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative is mentioned.
Medical Device-Network

We need to give our brains difficult tasks to understand ‘real thinking’
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.
World Economic Forum

305 United molds young philanthropists in Miami Community
Baker College sophomore Gabi Gomez is mentioned.
Miami’s Community Newspapers

CTOs to know: Meet the top techies at 4 leading Chicago tech companies
Alumna Rebecca Parsons ’90 is featured.
Built in Chicago
To ThoughtWorks’ CTO, talent doesn’t always come with an Ivy League degree
Built in Chicago

Turning low-income housing into art
An article mentions Rice’s partnership in Project Row Houses.

Silicon Valley’s congressman has questions for Jeff Bezos
A Rice study is mentioned.
San Diego Jewish World

SUNY Geneseo instrumental in new SUNY partnership with OpenStax
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Livingston County News


Rivera highlights Tigers’ latest draft signings
Former Rice baseball player Dane Myers is mentioned.

Roundup: Saints’ Sean Payton to play in Greenbrier Classic Pro-Am
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.
Charleston Gazette-Mail


Rice’s Higgs to testify before Congress Wednesday
Rice University’s Fred Higgs, the John and Ann Doerr Professor in Mechanical Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and faculty director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Joint Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Research and Technology at the hearing “Materials Science: Building the Future” June 28.

About Anya Bolshakov

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