Dateline Rice for July 12, 2017


Understanding Sectarianism in the Middle East
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, authored an op-ed.
Cairo Review of Global Affairs

Woody Harrelson gets insanely candid on sex, drugs, ‘Apes’ and those Han Solo firings
In an interview, actor Woody Harrelson mentions that his mother attended Rice.
Hollywood Reporter

JUMPSTART 2017 will be held on 4 and 5 August 2017 at the India International Centre, New Delhi
Rice is mentioned.


Good news, bad news for electricity deregulation
Residential electricity rates in competitive areas in Texas have declined relative to wholesale electricity prices, which suggests that Texas electricity providers are minimizing costs to meet market demands, according to a new paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 12 print edition with a different headline, “Twist emerges on power prices.”)
Report finds ‘mixed results’ from electric market deregulation
Houston Public Media
KUT-FM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Rice top Texas school on latest ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’ list
Rice is No. 12 on Money’s list of “Best Colleges for Your Money.”
Houston Business Journal
3 Texas schools make top 50 ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’
UT, Texas A&M make top 40 ‘Best Colleges for Your Money’
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
25 best US colleges and universities for your money: Princeton, Baruch, UMich, Berkeley and UCLA top 2017 list
CEO World Magazine

Criticism of Trump is piling up. But what has he done right?
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, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump. Jones is also quoted about Texas’ voter ID law and bathroom bill.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
‘Bathroom bill’ or ‘horse manure’? Divisive bills test Straus in Texas special session
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KRLD-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
KLBJ-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

How hot could climate change make Houston?
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

How Ford F150s have lowered US gasoline use
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about his paper on gasoline usage.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Art gallery and museum listings: July 13-19
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.)

Photos: The iconic home styles of Houston neighborhoods
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Seattle PI.)

What’s showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will show “Clueless” July 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The rhetoric of border walls: From Israel to the United States
Baker College sophomore Jolen Martinez authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle’s “Baker Institute Blog”

Another survey shows Republican support fading from higher education
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted about the findings of the 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Katy Prairie Conservancy Pocket Prairies program is focus of award-winning video
An article mentions that the Katy Prairie Conservancy hopes to establish a pocket prairie on Rice’s campus.
The Katy News

HEB boss Charles Butt gives $50M to train Texas teachers
Rice’s Teacher Education program, part of the university’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, has been selected as a partner university in the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s Raising Texas Teachers program. The program will provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarship funding for students committed to a career in teaching and technical support for premier Texas teacher preparation programs.
San Antonio Business Journal (This also appeared in Houston Business Journal.)
H-E-B CEO’s funds help launch ‘Raising Texas Teachers’
The Shelby Report
Court hearings begin in Texas redistricting case
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 radio stations. Scroll down to “A new initiative.”)
Charles Butt gives $50M more for TX education
Progressive Grocer
Raise Your Hand Texas receives $50M for teaching scholarships
Philanthropy News Digest

Rising seas may cause constant flooding in Galveston, report says
John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

8 places to take selfies and photos In Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured.
Visit Houston

Voting rights battle in Pasadena could have Texas-wide legal ramifications
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
KCEN (This also appeared in Houston Public Media.)

The rarest pumpkin patch in the world is headed to Dallas
An article mentions that Yayoi Kusama’s art was displayed at Rice Gallery. Kimberly Davenport, director of Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is mentioned.


What’s that old blue house next to Minute Maid Park?
An article mentions that businessman Arthur Benjamin Cohn was instrumental in the establishment of Rice in 1912.

A story about a child cancer research grant mentions that the recipient will work with a doctor (unnamed) at Rice University.

A story cites statistics on religious diversity in Houston from Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

Voting rights battle in Pasadena
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, discusses the redistricting of Texas’ electoral maps.


Researchers work to grow capillaries inside 3-D printed molds
In their work toward 3-D printing transplantable tissues and organs, bioengineers and scientists from Rice and Baylor College of Medicine have demonstrated a key step on the path to generate implantable tissues with functioning capillaries. Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering; Mary Dickinson, adjunct professor of bioengineering; graduate student Gisele Calderon; and Brown College senior Patricia Thai are mentioned.
Med Gadget (This also appeared in BioSpace.)
Houston team one step closer to growing capillaries
Innovations Report
Rice University initiates capillary growth with 3-D printable gelatin hydrogel
3D Printing Industry
Houston researchers grow functioning capillaries, move 1 step closer to 3-D bioprinting organs
Researchers closer to working capillaries in 3-D-printed organs
Singapore Star (This also appeared in New Delhi News.)
One day, scientists could grow the human cardiovascular system from stem cells

Researchers create nature-inspired liquid-solid composites
Materials scientists at Rice found they could increase the stiffness, or “elastic modulus,” of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium. Graduate student Peter Owuor; research scientist Chandra Sekhar Tiwary; Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and department chair of materials science and nanoengineering; and Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
Azo Nano
Nature-inspired material uses liquid reinforcement (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now.)

Cannibalism: A new way to stop the spread of disease
Cannibalism may be just what the doctor ordered, according to a new study that will be published in American Naturalist that featured researchers from Volker Rudolf’s lab at Rice. Rudolf is an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
Bioscience Technology Online (This also appeared in Laboratory Equipment.)
US researchers find way to stop disease spread
Can-India (This also appeared in Hans India.)
New way which will stop spread of disease discovered!
News 24 Online

2017’s most and least energy-expensive states
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is featured as an expert in a Q&A about energy prices.
Wallet Hub

Small package, big impact
Rice is mentioned.
DDN News

OpenStax moves beyond OER, announces $10 online learning platform
Rice-based nonprofit OpenStax, which is already changing the economics of higher education by providing free textbooks to more than 1 million college students per year, has launched a low-cost, personalized learning system called OpenStax Tutor Beta that studies how students learn to offer them individualized homework and tutoring.

When you should and shouldn’t hire overqualified candidates
A Rice study on hiring overqualified candidates is mentioned. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.


Former Micron CEO Mark Durcan to receive semiconductor industry’s top honor
Alumnus Mark Durcan ’83 is featured.
City Biz List (This also appeared in City Biz List Washington, Chip Design and EMS Now.)

On Russia, White House struggles to stick to a script
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.

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.
Verizon (This also appeared in ArcaMax, the Gazette and Windstream.)
The evolution of corporate team building
The Gulf Today

From 3-D printers to big data: How university libraries are evolving
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Daily Tribune (This also appeared in Oakland Press, Macomb Daily, News-Herald, The Voice and Press & Guide.)

‘Roberto Rossellini’s War Trilogy’
An article mentions that film director Roberto Rossellini spoke at Rice.
Edge Media Network (This also appeared in Edge Miami, Edge Chicago, Edge Boston, Edge San Francisco, Edge Fire Island, Edge Dallas, Edge Las Vegas, Edge Washington and Edge Palm Springs.)
July 11, 2017: This week on Blu-ray, DVD, 4K and Digital HD
Coming Soon

Bike rentals soaring as dozens more locations roll out
An article mentions that BCycle will install bike rental stations at Rice.

Opera singer Amy Owens of Brookfield enjoying day-to-day life on the grandest stages
Alumna Amy Owens ’12 is featured.
Brookfield Elm Grove Now

Rep. Steve Pearce to seek New Mexico governor’s office
Rice is mentioned.
Silver City Sun-News

Moved aside
An article mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
City Beat


Nat Geo gauges the Astrodome’s place in history
Rice Stadium is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Football season not that far away
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The Record Live

Men’s basketball: Top 5 C-USA opponents to watch in 2017-18
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
MTSU Sidelines

Trans Miss Amateur: Crouch, Richardson share round 1 lead
Duncan College Trevor Brown is mentioned.
Amateur Golf

LSU football countdown Day 53: Roca rocks Rice
Rice football is mentioned.

Underdog watch lists: Mackay Award and Rimington Trophy
Rice football player Trey Martin is on the Rimington Trophy watch list.
Underdog Dynasty

Stanford commit Lauren Pitzer pulls off 800/50 double in Austin
Baker College senior Alicia Caldwell is mentioned.
Swim Swam


Rice’s Baker Institute receives $3M gift from Alfred C. Glassell III to endow fellow in drug policy
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $3 million gift from the Glassell Family Foundation led by Houston philanthropist Alfred C. Glassell III to endow a fellow in drug policy and advance the research of the institute’s Drug Policy Program.

Rice scientists simplify the incorporation of nitrogen into molecules
A Rice University laboratory that specializes in synthesizing reagents and intermediate molecules for the design and manufacture of drugs and other fine chemicals has delivered on a promise to generalize the synthesis of electrophilic (electron-poor) aminating agents.

About Anya Bolshakov

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