Dateline Rice for Aug. 17, 2017


New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale
A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice scientists. Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate students Tuo Zhang and Chengzu Wang are mentioned.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Terra Daily and Space Daily.)

Reusable freeze-dried foam sucks up carbon dioxide
Rice materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide. Mentioned are Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; postdoctoral researchers Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Almaz Jalilov and Rodrigo Villegas Salvatierra; graduate students Peter Owuor, Luong Xuan Duy, Sandhya Susarla and Jarin Joyner; Ok-Kyung Park, a visiting scholar at Rice; Robert Vajtai, associate research professor in materials science and nanoengineering; Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering; and James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Futurity (This article appeared in the Aug. 17 issue of Futurity Today.)
Rice researchers find new material with promising future
Sina (This also appeared in Xinhua Net.)
Boron nitride foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Scienmag (This also appeared in Nanowerk, Science Daily and Phys Org.)
Macroscale foam helps sequester carbon dioxide more efficiently than ever
World Industrial Reporter
Freeze-dried foam sponges up CO2 from the air
New Atlas (This also appeared in Nanotechnology Now.)

Rift widens between Trump and business leaders
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
MSN Money
Trump takes aim at executives leaving presidential council
Watertown Daily Times
Intolerance wrecks Trump councils
The Telegraph

Congress, it’s time to step up on climate change
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed.
The Hill

Whatever happened to Trump’s new border patrol officers?
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.
MSN Nyheter
Trump’s pledge to hire more border patrol agents is met with resistance, logistical snags
Tickle the Wire


NASA to get new administrator under Trump
The Trump administration appears close to naming alumnus and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine ’97 to become the next NASA administrator, according to two industry sources.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 17 print edition with a different headline, “Oklahoma congressman in line to head NASA.” This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Art gallery and museum listings: Aug. 17-23
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. 20 and “David Scanavino: Repeater” through Aug. 26.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Houston News Info and My San Antonio.)

Free market not the health care panacea
An article includes a photo of U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Houston leaders declare a ‘clear red line against hate or violence’ in response to Charlottesville
An article mentions that Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will seek input from experts at local universities, including Rice, about how to proceed with Houston’s Confederate monuments.
Turner gives some details on plan to consider removal of Confederate monuments
Houston Public Media

Are lawmakers’ business ties with public entities a conflict of interest?
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.
Hill Country News

New Danville founder Kathy Sanders to retire
An article mentions that Eva Aguirre received a Certificate of Achievement in Senior Human Resources Development from Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Woodlands Online

New Briargrove leadership
Alumna Thayer Hutcheson ’11 is featured.
Buzz Magazines


KPRC-TV (Houston)
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

4 Texans weigh in on how President Donald Trump handled Charlottesville
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Texas Standard (This aired on 24 radio stations and also appeared online in Texas Public Radio, KUOW, KERA and KUT.)


Yale, Stanford led endowments in paring Asia bets last quarter
Rice is mentioned.
Pensions & Investments

Successful voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure
Voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure to be successful, according to a new paper from Mike Byrne, professor of psychology.
Phys Org

Rice University materials scientists create 2-faced 2-D material
Rice University scientists made a semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide that starts as a monolayer of molybdenum diselenide. They then strip the top layer of the lattice and replace precisely half the selenium atoms with sulfur. Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, postdoctoral researcher Jing Zhang and graduate student Shuai Jia are mentioned.
Solid State Technology
2-faced 2-D Material is a 1st at Rice
I-Connect 007

Other materials stories that may be of interest
Rice researchers have learned to manipulate two-dimensional materials to design in defects that enhance the materials’ properties.
American Ceramic Society

Department of Energy invests $4.8M in projects to advance carbon-capture projects
Rice is mentioned.
Energy Business Review

Seeing the light: How Linbeck gives shape to James Turrell’s luminous art
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned.
Construction Dive
The best free things to do in Houston


Female Marine to compete in national tactical warrior competition
Alumna Kerry Hogan ’04 is featured.
Quantico Sentry

Deep background: Computer smarts from a smart computer guy
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 featured.
Kansas City Star (A correction has been requested.)

What role does your church play in racial reconciliation?
Former Rice professor Michael Emerson is mentioned.
Facts & Trends

The art of the possible
A paper co-authored by graduate student Michael Shashoua and Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing, is mentioned.
National Affairs

‘The Merry Widow,’ ‘Rocking Horse Winner’ and more set for Opera Saratoga’s 2018 Summer Festival Program
Alumna Meghan Kasanders ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World

Portable planetarium coming
Rice is mentioned.
Piqua Daily Call

San Diego can enjoy Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas at Thursday and Friday concerts
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Times of San Diego

Trump abandoned by top US business leaders
John Palizza, a former lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Ed Goldman: Tony Conley shares McCartney with the world
Alumnus Tony Conley ’71 is featured.
Sacramento Business Journal

Sanctioning Venezuela: Options and impact
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Atlantic Council

Indian origin professor Thomas Kailath to get Marconi Society Award
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 won the $100,000 Marconi Prize.
Little India

Former Virginia Historical Society CEO named vice president for development at the Virginia War Memorial Foundation
Alumnus Paul Levengood ’97 is featured.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Texas solar company wins $1M, will manufacture in Southern Tier
Rice Alliance is mentioned.
Press Connects


History of Texas college football played overseas
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 27 (Aug. 26 in the U.S.) at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech are the teams to beat in C-USA
Houston Chronicle
Stanford and Rice to kick off NCAA college football season in the ‘Land Down Under’
Huff Post
Pac-12 football preview: 20 things to know heading into the 2017 season
College football 2017: Preview of Conference USA
Standard Republic

Celebrities who will be at James Harden’s charity basketball game
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Rice’s backup QB J.T. Granato transferring to Missouri State
A Rice transfer is mentioned. Rice coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

TAMIU picked to finish 6th and 7th in Heartland Preseason Poll
The Norry Hersey Rice Invitational is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

In Texas, the last baseball-glove maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
My Palm Beach Post

The fall of another Arkansas legend
Rice is mentioned.
El Dorado News-Times

Soccer watch
Rice soccer will play the University of Texas at Austin Aug. 18.
Austin Chronicle

Texas Tech basketball to host throwback game at Coliseum
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
The practice field is near the epicenter

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 16 days
Rice football is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
Tops’ White named to Manning Award Watch List
Bowling Green Daily News

Rothstein: Rice transfer Marcus Evans out for season
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Fanrag Sports


Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Rice University materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride (h-BN) that absorbs carbon dioxide.

About Anya Bolshakov

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