Dateline Rice for June 28, 2017


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.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Environment Guru.)


Memorial Hermann lays off another 350 workers
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 about health care costs.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 28 print edition with a different headline, “Memorial Hermann to lay off 350 more.”)
Memorial Hermann laying off 350 employees

The future of civil-military relations in an age of heightened populism
Abdullah Aydogan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle’s “Baker Institute Blog”


Houston is sticking with the Paris Climate Deal, but how much can it really accomplish?
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 radio stations.)

NAFTA on agenda for Sen. Flake’s meeting with Mexican senators
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Arizona Public Media

Classical Classroom, Episode 70: Piano versus orchestra, with Jon Kimura Parker
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is featured.
Houston Public Media


Ruthenium rules for new fuel cells
Rice scientists have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to 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.
Phys Org
Ruthenium atoms on graphene to match platinum standard for fuel cells

‘Pompom’ stars may solve quasar puzzle
An image is credited to Rice and alumna Kerry Handron ’96.
Phys Org

New guidelines for teaching religion in schools
Rice is mentioned.
Education Week

EIA conference panel examines produced water, induced seismicity
Linda Capuano, fellow in energy technology at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Oil & Gas News


Olson: Rediscovering JFK’s legacy
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Hoya

Reconcile partners with RMG Amplify for new mixtape
Alumnus Ronald “Reconcile” Lillard ’12 is featured.
The Christian Beat

How we come apart
Rice is mentioned.
National Review

Author Andrew Bledsoe is at Chickamauga Battlefield Saturday
Alumnus Andrew Bledsoe ’10 will speak at the visitor center at Chickamauga Battlefield July 1.
The Chattanoogan


Do blades give runners an unfair advantage?
An article mentions a Rice study on athlete Oscar Pistorius.
Deseret News

Rhoades’ roots run deep
An article mentions that Mike Rhoades coached at Rice.
Standard-Speaker (This also appeared in the Republican Herald.)

Remember when the Big 12 was going to expand …
Rice football is mentioned.
Commentary: Call your Texas rep! We need a vote on Longhorns versus Aggies in football!
ET Final Score
The most overrated college football team from each preseason AP Poll ever
SB Nation
Dave Campbell’s Texas football: Mag’s arrival means football is on the horizon
Baytown Sun (Subscription required.)
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1949 season
Hook ’em

Baseball: Goldschmidt having All-Star caliber season for Diamondbacks
Former Rice baseball player Kevin McCanna is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Draft profile: Mom’s sacrifices led Myers to Tigers
Former Rice baseball player Dane Myers is mentioned.
The Detroit News

Ole Miss releases nonconference basketball schedule for upcoming year
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Ole Miss basketball announces nonconference schedule for 2017-18 season
Red Cup Rebellion

The 5 worst fall college football wedding weekends for 2017
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Comeback

Kansas State athletics, 1925-26: 4 Cats to the NFL
Rice is mentioned.
Bring on the Cats


OpenStax’s 2016 partner schools expected to save students $8.2M
Eleven U.S. colleges and universities that partnered last summer with Rice University-based nonprofit publisher OpenStax to boost the use of freely available textbooks and learning materials on their campuses expect the program to save their students nearly $8.2 million — about $4 million more than projected — in the coming academic year.

Baker Institute paper: Mexico’s Southern Border Program lacks ‘structure and a clear-cut road map’
Mexico’s Programa Frontera Sur (Southern Border Program or PFS) is not meeting its goals of containing the mixed migration flows from Central America to Mexico and the United States, according to a paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Ruthenium rules for new fuel cells
Rice University scientists have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to graphene.

About Anya Bolshakov

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