Dateline Rice for Aug. 7, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


2 sides to this energy story
Rice chemists have produced a catalyst based on laser-induced graphene that splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other side. They said the inexpensive material may be a practical component in generating the hydrogen for use in future fuel cells. 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 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page. This also appeared in Science Newsline.)
Researchers develop dual-surface graphene electrode to split water into hydrogen, oxygen
XinhuaNet (This also appeared in
Laser-induced graphene electrode splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other
Innovation Toronto
Dual-surface graphene electrode splits water into hydrogen and oxygen
Science Daily

Mineral rights start gushing cash for colleges
An article mentions that Rice invests in Black Stone Minerals LP.
Bloomberg Markets

John Kelly’s big challenge: Controlling the tweeter in chief
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
KMOX-AM (St. Louis, Mo.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Our academic book tour
A book tour that included a presentation at Rice is mentioned.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Qatar to offer permanent residency to some foreigners
Kristian Coats Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the reasoning behind Qatar extending residency to foreign expats.
Al Arabiya


Blue Origin passes over Houston Spaceport in favor of Alabama
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted about Blue Origin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 5 print edition with a different headline, “Spaceport refocuses after losing major bid,” and previously appeared in Dateline Aug. 4.)

Texas congressmen raise competing Russian meddling theory
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about U.S.-Russia relations.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Conspiracy theory draws new interest.”)

What the Sunset Coffee Building can teach us about Houston history
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Inprint announces new season of readings
Viet Thanh Nguyen will present his debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” at Rice’s Stude Hall Nov. 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Where Texas schools rank on Forbes’ list of top colleges
Rice is No. 22 on Forbes’ top 25 universities list, No. 6 on Niche’s list of best colleges in America and No. 15 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of top national universities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online, MRT, My Plainview and My San Antonio.)
Gallery: Forbes ranks top colleges in America
Houston Chronicle
The top 25 private colleges in the US 2017
MSN Money

Montrose District’s Southwest Freeway bridges to light up for nonprofits
A slideshow features the artwork on the wall of Baker College.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online.)

Money Makers: 3 Houston universities and an energy tech co. raise funds
The National Science Foundation has awarded a total of $5 million to two Houston-based research teams to develop new tools to better understand the behavior of neural networks. Rice is mentioned, along with Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)

Yale scientists developing low-energy method to desalinate seawater
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the New Haven Register.)

Houston Early Music focuses on classical pieces
Boston Baroque will perform at Rice May 5.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Courier of Montgomery County.)

Haile: Texan dropped the bomb that ended the war
Rice alum Kermit Beahan ’40 is featured.
Houston Chronicle
Haile: When a Texan dropped the bomb that won the war
Seguin Gazette

Fritch city manager to challenge Rep. Four Price in 2018 Republican primary
A Rice study is mentioned.
Amarillo Globe-News

‘This seat can be flipped’: Sanchez holds fundraiser, forum in search of Democratic nominee
Alumna Jana Lynne Sanchez ’86 is featured.
Waxahachie TX Daily Light

Entitled to a decent respect of the opinions of mankind
John Boles’ new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” is reviewed. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History.
Victoria Advocate


KHOU-TV (Houston)
Annise Parker ’78, professor in the practice and a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted about the role of consulates in Houston.

KIAH-TV (Houston)
A group of Houston-area business leaders signed a letter asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to rethink the so-called “bathroom bill” that is under consideration in the Texas Legislature. Rice is mentioned as a member of the group.

Happy Friendship Day! 8 things to do with your best friend in Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured on a list of things to do in Houston.


Is this the future of electricity?
Rice scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into 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 students Ruquan Ye and Yieu Chyan are mentioned.
Oil Price (This also appeared in Yahoo Finance and Yahoo 7 Finance.)

How financially vulnerable are you?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, authored an op-ed.
Psychology Today

Quantum gases cooled to long-range antiferromagnetic order
Randall Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is mentioned.
Physics Today

Glaciers may have helped warm Earth
It seems counterintuitive, but over the eons, glaciers may have made Earth warmer, according to Mark Torres, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.
Archaeology News Network

Magnetized viruses can break through biofilms, attack bacteria
Magnetic nanoparticle clusters have the power to punch through biofilms to reach bacteria that can foul water treatment systems, according to scientists at Rice. The nanoclusters developed through Rice’s Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Engineering Research Center carry bacteriophages and deliver them to targets that generally resist chemical disinfection. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is quoted.
Terra Daily

Printable and rewritable color images on the same piece of paper
A chemical process that allows color images to be printed on specially coated paper and then erased so that different images can be printed on the same paper has been developed by researchers at Rice. Ned Thomas, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is quoted.
Innovation Toronto
Technique enables printable and rewritable color images
Space Daily

2017 MBAs to watch: Winston Elliott, Rice (Jones)
Graduate students Winston Elliott and Sylvia Okechukwu are featured.
Poets & Quants
2017 MBAs To Watch: Sylvia Okechukwu, Rice (Jones)
Poets & Quants

Rice scientists map ways forward for lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments
Lithium-ion batteries are popular power sources for cellphones and other electronics, but problematic in extreme heat or cold. A Rice laboratory has suggested ways to extend their range. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and postdoctoral research associate Hemtej Gullapalli are quoted.
Battery Power


Portable planetarium to stop in Tipp
Rice is mentioned.
Weekly Record Herald

Experts find cyber holes at state level
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about vulnerabilities in voter registration databases.
Arkansas Online (This also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)

Brilliant strings and pianos at La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest 2017
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Times of San Diego (A correction on Lin’s last name has been requested.)

California firms receive AIA Awards
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts received a 2017 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects, California Council.
The Registry

Graf still synonymous with speed at 60
Rice is mentioned.

Research shows reusable, carbon nanotube-reinforced filters clean toxic heavy metals from water
Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from water, according to researchers at Rice. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Gears of Biz

Scientists to study huge underwater continent Zealandia
Thirty scientists sailed from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate. Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Gears of Biz

Transformation unfolding quickly in EaDo District, CREW Houston told
Alumnus Anton Sinkewich ’06 is featured.
Realty News Report

Genius plaza unveils new English language course
Rice is mentioned.
Language Magazine

From exhaustion to ecstasy: An extraordinary day in the life of a TMC fellow
Graduate student Fanny Spangaro is mentioned.
Berkshire Eagle

In Texas, everything is bigger — except the separation of church and state
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, is quoted.

Geoff Caldwell: Reflect more, resist less
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Joplin Globe


Rice football coach David Bailiff remains calm amid rising pressure
Rice football head coach David Bailiff discusses the upcoming season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Owls hold media day before opener in Australia
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Inside College Football: The season of ‘more’ and why preseason polls do matter
CBS Sports
Stanford football team finding its new identity
Houston Chronicle
KPRC-TV (Houston)

What college football scholarship letters look like these days
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice football is mentioned.
Murrell column: Sun Belt, C-USA need distinction
PA News
Parr feeling ‘more decisive’ in FAU’s offense as he pushes for more snaps
Sun Sentinel
LSU football countdown Day 27: Jamie had a 300-yard-plus gun versus Rice
Ranking best college football conferences entering 2017 season
Bleacher Report
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1989 season
Austin American-Statesman’s “My Statesman”

New Arizona State defensive line coach Michael Slater building toughness up front
An article mentions that Michael Slater coached at Rice.
AZ Central

Former Baylor standout receiver K.D. Cannon signs with new team
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Dallas Morning News

Ogle powers Explorers’ comeback
Former Rice baseball players Kevin McCanna, Jon Duplantier and J.T. Chargois are mentioned.
Sioux City Journal
Hops throw combined 1 hit shutout over Vancouver in 6-0 win
McCanna helps Hillsboro flirt with no-hitter
Who’s in line to replace Brandon Kintzler as Twins’ long-term closer?
Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Roundup: Duplantier named minor league pitcher of the month
Visalia Times-Delta
KPOJ-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Rockets star James Harden to host 1st JH-Town Weekend in August
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
What is ‘JH-Town Weekend’? Fans weigh in

Adams State announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class
Jim Bevan, head coach of women’s track and field, is mentioned.
Valley Courier

GR-based Paralympian talks about the power of competing
Rice is mentioned.
GR Mag

FastRecruit app saves coaches time and money in recruiting
Rice men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Final evaluation period brings coaches, recruits to Vegas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

WITI-TV (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Mark Murphy mentions that he worked at Rice Stadium.

Athletics director announces hiring of new staff member
An article mentions that Simon Dover previously worked at Rice.
Dominion Post


Zachary Ball to lead Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering
Rice University chemist Zachary Ball has been named director of Rice’s Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering. The institute promotes interdisciplinary research and education encompassing physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.

About Anya Bolshakov

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