Dateline Rice for July 14, 2017


Scientists simplify the incorporation of nitrogen into molecules
A Rice 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. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry; postdoctoral researchers Padmanabha Kattamuri and Jun Yin; and McMurtry College senior Surached Siriwongsup are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This is the top story on the Science 360 News home page.)
Rice scientists simplify the incorporation of nitrogen into molecules
Science Newsline
US university researchers simplify incorporation of nitrogen into molecules
Asia Pacific Daily (This also appeared in XinhuaNet.)
Simple incorporation of nitrogen into molecules
Chem Europe

Democratic congressman raises $2M in bid against Sen. Ted Cruz
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 about U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
USA Today
Underdog congressman emerges as serious contender for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat
Metro US
Abbott to unveil re-election campaign in SA
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Countdown begins for Julie Payette’s new life as governor general
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
CBC News (This also appeared on Republish.)

Beyond graphene: New nanomaterials for solar energy, computers, curing cancer and a lot more
An article mentions research by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy.
International Business Times

Venezuela oil production dives as big debt bills loom
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CNN Money
Venezuela: la producción de petróleo está por el piso y las grandes deudas no dan tregua
CNN Espanol (An English translation is not available.)

Congress to chart future of defense simulation
Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor and department chair of psychology, is mentioned.
Australian Defence Magazine
From trust falls to escape rooms: The evolution of corporate team building
Herald Times Online


Did hackers target Harris County election systems? Officials won’t say
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 14 print edition with a different headline, “County mum on prospect of election hacking.”)

Apache’s Alpine High won’t use more water than a typical farm, researcher says
An article discusses research by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rank: Best bang-for-your-buck Texas colleges and universities for 2017-18
Rice is No. 12 on Money’s list of “Best Colleges for Your Money.”
Beaumont Enterprise (This also appeared in LMT Online.)
Sen. Menéndez blasts UTSA presidential selection process
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio, LMT Online.)
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
Best colleges for your money

Rice’s Baker Institute Receives $3M Gift from Alfred C. Glassell III to Endow Fellow in Drug Policy
Rice’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. Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. William Martin the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the institute, is mentioned.
TMC News

Rice team developing flat microscope for the brain
Rice engineers are building a flat microscope, called FlatScope, and developing software that can decode and trigger neurons on the surface of the brain. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned.
TMC News
Flat microscope for brain analysis
Microscopy and Analysis
Flat microscope for the brain
Engineers developing a flat microscope for the brain
Controlled Environments

Can Sun Belt sibling cities learn from each other?
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the institute and a professor of sociology, are mentioned.
Rivard Report

UT Dallas sinks hopes of saving Art Barn and makes way for new science building
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News


4 big ideas for cutting health care costs
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.
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 radio stations and appeared online on,, Texas Public Radio and KERA News.)


EIA: For the moment, coal overpowers natural gas
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Unconventional Oil & Gas Center (This also appeared in Midstream Business and Oil and Gas Investor.)

Scientists develop imaging method for measuring glutathione in real time
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Rice have moved the field of glutathione research a step forward by developing a fluorescent probe.
Scienmag (This also appeared in and Science Daily.)

Americans more likely to vote in times of uncertainty
In their new book “The American Nonvoter,” Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and professor of political science, and Jerrold Rusk, professor of political science, examine how uncertainty regarding changing economic conditions, noteworthy national events and U.S. international interventions influence people’s decisions on whether to vote in presidential and House elections from 1920 to 2012.
Phys Org


Cleveland Institute of Music names associate dean of admissions and enrollment management
An article mentions that Jerrod Price previously worked at Rice.
Crain’s Cleveland Business

Roberto Rossellini’s ‘War Trilogy’
An article mentions that film director Roberto Rossellini spoke at Rice.
Edge Philadelphia (This also appeared in Edge Phoenix, Edge San Diego, Edge Sacramento, Edge Pittsburgh and Edge Seattle.)

OpenStax moves beyond OER, announces $10 online learning platform
Rice-based nonprofit OpenStax has launched a low-cost, personalized learning system called OpenStax Tutor Beta that studies how students learn to offer them individualized homework and tutoring.

5 talents join Metropolitan Opera’s Young Artists Development Program
Alumnus Ian Koziara ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World

New Wesleyan president starts like a student — in a dorm room
An article mentions that Joel Thierstein worked at Rice.
Record Delta


Rice’s Emmanuel Ellerbee named to Nagurski Trophy watch list
Baker College senior Emmanuel Ellerbee was named to the 2017 Nagurski Trophy watch list.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is interviewed about his caravan to talk to Rice alumni.
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas)
KEYE-TV (Austin, Texas)

Ranking the toughest games on Stanford’s college football schedule in 2017
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Australia.
Athlon Sports & Life

C-USA media days primer
An article discusses Rice football’s 2017 season. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty

C-USA releases Marshall’s 2017 men’s hoops schedule
Articles discuss Rice men’s basketball’s schedule.
Williamson Daily News (This also appeared in Herald-Dispatch.)

Lion men’s basketball earns 2016-17 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
Rice men’s basketball received a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.
Gilmer Mirror
State earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
San Marcos Daily Record
UTEP basketball schedule solid, challenging
El Paso Times

Updated: Skip Johnson completes OU baseball coaching staff
An article mentions that Clay Van Hook coached at Rice.
Norman Transcript
OU baseball: Skip Johnson completes coaching staff with Clay Van Hook, Clay Overcash
OU Sports Extra

Inside baseball NL notes — Nationals call on Orioles Britton
Former Rice baseball player Jose Cruz Jr. is mentioned.
Fanrag Sports Network

LSU football Countdown Day 50: Tigers beat a trophy namesake
Rice football is mentioned.

Project Combina combines scholastic pursuits with soccer
Alumnus Felipe Alberto Herrera ’07 is featured.
KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas)

Don’t mess with Texas: Facts and laws
An article mentions that the Heisman Trophy was named after former Rice coach John William Heisman.
Coastal Current

About Anya Bolshakov

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