Dateline Rice for Aug. 18, 2017

2-faced 2-D material is a 1st at Rice
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.
National Science Foundation

Defiant Trump digs in as racial, GOP tensions flare
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
America suffers from ’history deficit disorder,’ Brinkley says
Bloomberg Surveillance (This also aired on 55 affiliate stations. The Brinkley interview starts around 22:50.)
Why Trump could be gone before 2020

Spotlight: Texas universities: Security service keeps students safe on campus
Rice students Molly Hurley and Li Yuntong and postdoctoral research associate Ma Zhiwei discuss campus safety features at Rice.
Xinhua Net (This also appeared in Prokerala and New China.)
Texas universities: Security service keep students safe on campus
Global Times

From divinity school to oil field, Anadarko architect is back
An article mentions that Rice trustee James Hackett will teach a course at Rice this semester.
Bloomberg Quint (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Standard-Examiner and Washington Post.)
Former Anadarko CEO back in the oil game
World Oil

Los Bush y Trump en la lucha por el ‘control moral’ del Partido Republicano despúes de Charlottesville
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.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)


Monument sits in shadows of Richmond’s historical divide
An article quotes a thesis authored by alumna Leslie Lovett ’94.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 18 print edition with a different headline, “Monument to a forgotten ‘war.’”)

Newest state cancer grants lure back former Houston research star
K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

NASA official with Houston ties gets nod for UNT chancellor
The Trump administration appears close to naming alumnus and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine ’97 to become the next NASA administrator, according to industry sources.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Likely NASA administrator has big space ambitions — but Trump may hinder them
Houston Press
Trump said ready to name US Rep. Jim Bridenstine NASA boss
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Pearland draws attention of Democrat seeking suburban votes
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Don’t remove Houston’s Confederate statues. Put them in context.
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Free market not the health care panacea
An article includes a photo of U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz at Rice.
San Antonio Express-News


Will Obamacare really collapse and what will that mean for Houston?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, discusses the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

In the moment … NAFTA negotiations and South Dakota
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the North American Free Trade Agreement.

President Trump calls removal of Confederate monuments ‘so foolish’
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is interviewed.

Flashback: 40 years Bulgarian program on SBS Radio
Alumna Holly Karapetkova ’96 is mentioned.

An eclipse made this atheist photographer find God
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the upcoming solar eclipse.
WLOV-TV (Columbus, Mo.)
WTVA-TV (Columbus, Mo.)


After a coma left him blind and in a wheelchair, this undergrad invented a new way of teaching math
An article mentions that Rice scientists are partnering with Auburn University at Montgomery to study how well process-driven math works for undergraduate students with disabilities and for undergraduate students without disabilities.

What is undisciplined spending?
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

New research shows graphene can grow on trees
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 student Ruquan Ye are quoted.
Materials Today

Software helps instructors stop mangling hard-to-pronounce student names
McMurtry College senior Tresor Brill is featured.

Magnets turn viruses into bacteria-killers
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 mentioned.
Asian Scientist Magazine

Boron nitride foam soaks 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.
Science Newsline (This also appeared in Chem Europe, Product Design & Development and R&D.)
Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide
Controlled Environments


Libraries to hold eclipse events
Rice is mentioned.
My Leader Paper

A-level results are in for Loughborough and Charnwood schools
McMurtry College freshman Jake Benson is mentioned.
Loughborough Gazette

Biochar could enhance crop growth, help clear the air of pollutants
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice researchers. Ghasideh Pourhashem, postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; Carrie Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, of chemistry and of biosciences; and Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.
Fence Post

Focusing through a lattice structure: The JKU presents a lens-less camera
Rice is mentioned.

1 week left to purchase tickets for United Way’s annual meeting
Alumnus Alberto Gonzalez ’79 is mentioned.

Indian American scientist Thomas Kailath receives Marconi Society Lifetime Achievement award
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 won the $100,000 Marconi Prize.
American Bazaar

Being single will kill you faster than obesity — Study
A Rice study is mentioned.


Houston Chronicle preseason top 25: Once again, Alabama sets the standard
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.)
After short training camp, what comes next for Stanford football?
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in SF Gate.)
Joseph Dill and his Rice University linemen ready to take big bite out of Sydney for Stanford clash
Daily Telegraph (This also appeared in Herald Sun.)
Ranking the 7 biggest games of 2017 college football’s opening week
SB Nation
Corn Flakes: Less than 10 days to college football
Corn Flakes
KTVU-TV (San Francisco)
KCBA-TV (Monterey, Calif.)

Redshirt freshman Sam Glaesmann elevated to Rice QB 1
Martel College sophomore Sam Glaesmann was chosen as starting quarterback for Rice football’s game against Stanford University Aug. 27 (Aug. 26 in the U.S.) at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty

J.T. Granato accepts MSU offer; visits Missouri for the first time
A Rice transfer is featured.
The Standard
Experienced Rice quarterback J.T. Granato to transfer to MSU, reports say
The Standard
New quarterback says he didn’t transfer to Missouri State to be a backup
Springfield News-Leader
Two weeks before season opener, Missouri State recruits quarterback from Rice, report says
Springfield News-Leader
Report: Rice QB transfers to Missouri State
Ozarks First

Rice University to host James Harden charity event
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
CBS Houston
James Harden’s celebrity tournament is this weekend
The Dream Shake
Rice University to host 1st JH-Town Weekend
The Bull
Join James Harden as he inaugurates his charity event
95.7 The Spot
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Tides infielder Paul Janish prepares for life after playing baseball
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff.

Several with Big 12 connections make 247Sports’ 30Under30 list
Former Rice football player Drew Mehringer is mentioned.
2 Longhorns appear on 247Sports’ ’30Under30′ rising stars
College football’s rising stars: The 30Under30 for 2017

Home opener versus Notre Dame highlights Lady Toppers’ schedule
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
WKU women’s basketball releases schedule

Sports briefs
Rice volleyball was defeated by Baylor University 3-0.
Waco Tribune-Herald
Baylor sweeps Rice in preseason action, 3-0
Bears Extra


Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast
Through analysis of volcanic tracks, Rice University geophysicists have concluded that hot spots like those that formed the Hawaiian Islands aren’t moving as fast as recently thought.

About Anya Bolshakov

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