Dateline Rice for July 7, 2017


Thoreau’s wilderness legacy, beyond the shores of Walden Pond
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, authored an op-ed about Henry David Thoreau and the modern American conservation movement.
New York Times

Stretch: The power of doing more with less
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses his book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


Dragonflies reveal how biodiversity changes
An ecological filter in a pond, such as voracious fish that feed on dragonflies and damselflies, can help ecologists predict how biodiversity loss may impact specific habitats, according to Rice researchers who spent four years studying seasonal changes in ponds across East Texas. Volker Rudolf, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and alumni Nick Rasmussen ’12, Chris Dibble ’14 and Benjamin Van Allen ’14 are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page.)

Venezuela oil ventures questioned by Maduro’s constitution aide
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg Markets (This also appeared in Bloomberg Quint.)

From trust falls to escape rooms: The evolution of corporate team building
Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor and department chair of psychology, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune

How will Vietnamese students be affected by US immigration rules?
Articles mention students who plan to attend Rice.
Vietnam Net
Kinder college? Some schools are striving to make applying less stressful

11 songs that sample presidential speeches
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.


Houston-area communities strive for ‘small-town feel’
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted about downtown revitalization projects in the Houston area.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Survey: Fewer international students choose to enroll at Texas colleges
An article mentions a student who wanted to apply to Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Retailers strive to be near Houston’s most affluent residents
The Rice Management Co. is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


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.
Science Bulletin

Greener molecular intermediates may aid drug design
Scientists at Rice have simplified their approach to synthesize a highly versatile family of precursors en route to biologically active compounds. Their method should make drug design and development cheaper and more environmentally friendly. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, and postdoctoral researchers Zhiwei Ma and Zhe Zhou are mentioned. Kürti is also mentioned in an article for helping come up with a series of imines and an oxime — all derived from malonate — in which normally nucleophilic nitrogen becomes an electrophile.
Chem Europe
Arylamines made easy

GGP: Australia’s conflicting natural gas policies
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at the Baker Institute, co-authored an op-ed about Australia’s natural gas policies.
Natural Gas World

Expanding the 4th state of matter
Graduate student Thomas Langin is mentioned.
APS Physics

Middle East states and IOCs tread carefully
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Interfax (Subscription required.)

ORNL combines 3-D printing and metal casting to create stronger components
Rice is mentioned.
3D Print


5 things to watch: Rice Owls football
A slideshow discusses Rice football’s upcoming 2017 season.
Houston Chronicle

The D10 Decathlon is back, and it’s already time to start training
The Houston D10 Decathlon will be held at Rice Nov. 4.

Gray white-hot in 1st week with Black Bears
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray is mentioned.
Dominion Post

IFTLE 342 2017 ECTC part 2: Chip embedding at Infineon; UCLA SuperCHIPS
The Rice track is mentioned.
Solid State Technology

LSU pitcher Eric Walker to miss 2018 season
Rice baseball is mentioned.
LSU pitcher Eric Walker to miss 2018 season, scheduled to have Tommy John surgery next week
The Advocate
LSU pitcher Eric Walker to miss 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery
SEC Country
Walker’s injury forces LSU to re-evaluate 2018 pitching rotation
Daily Reveille
LSU’s Walker to miss 2018 Season
Darwin Barney: The 1st, final piece to Beavers’ dominance
Bend Bulletin


Rice University’s Kinder Institute appoints Bacon, Chao, Prochazka to advisory board
Three Houston leaders — Tom Bacon of Lionstone Investments, Anne Chao of Rice University and Scott Prochazka of CenterPoint Energy — will begin three-year terms July 1 serving on the advisory board of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

About Anya Bolshakov

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