Dateline Rice for Aug. 22, 2017


Hawaii’s magma ‘hot spots’ are super slow
Rice University geophysicists use a new model to conclude that volcanic hot spots around the globe aren’t moving as fast as recently thought. Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.

You may feel effects of Venezuela’s crisis at the pump
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the effect of the crisis in Venezuela on OPEC, oil markets and the U.S.
The Hill

A thorny debate in plate tectonics may finally be resolved
Cin-Ty Lee, professor of Earth science, is quoted about tectonic plates.
The Atlantic

Iraqi American receives Humanitarian Award
Milton Boniuk, whose gift to Rice established the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, is listed as a previous humanitarian award recipient.
Islamic Monthly

Houston man accused of attempting to damage Confederate monument
Rice library researchers’ findings about Richard Dowling are cited.
ABC News

Harvard taught John F. Kennedy this crucial lesson about success (and you can learn from it, too)
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Editorial: The eclipse effect: America looked up together (This also appeared in Record & Herald News.)

Stand up to cybercrime with a cybersecurity degree
Alumnus Stephen Miller ’98 is featured.
Alamogordo Daily News (This also appeared in Ruidoso News.)


Festive locals gather together for eclipse show
Houstonians experienced a partial eclipse Aug. 21. Sid Richardson College senior Akash Gupta; Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; graduate student Shah Bahauddin; Sid Richardson College sophomore Si Qi Tong; and financial aid counselor Anthony Barnes are pictured in a slideshow. The photo of Bahauddin also appeared in the Aug. 22 print edition. Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in the Houston Public Media report.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston takes in great American solar eclipse
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Solar eclipse provides some business opportunities
Houston Public Media (This also appeared in Houston News Info.)

Jenkins, Harris: Leading the way to sensible policy on drug use
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy, co-authored an op-ed about the drug policy Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

My lunch with Holocaust survivors
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about her lunch with five Holocaust survivors.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

New Katy Buc-ee’s has gas pumps as far as the eye can see
The new Buc-ee’s convenience store in Katy will open Aug. 28. Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas universities launch name changes, removals of artifacts linked to white supremacists
An article notes that Rice does not have any statues or monuments that honor Confederate leaders.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
University of Houston renames dorm as universities react to backlash over Confederate monuments
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and Houston News.)
UH to rename Calhoun Lofts after violence in Charlottesville
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)

Architecture buff
The Rice campus is included in a list of interesting architecture in Houston.
Visit Houston


President Trump says US can’t afford quick Afghanistan withdrawal
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy.

Full show: State versus local government, and hate crimes 
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, discusses the history of state and local government interaction and is quoted about President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy and Republican primary candidate Cindy Burkett.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
President Trump to address nation on Afghanistan strategy
Houston News
Boos again challenge Burkett in Republican primary
Empower Texans

Podcast: How $100 million can breathe new life into preterm infants
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, explains how winning the MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million 100&Change prize would help develop and distribute Newborn Essential Solutions & Technologies (NEST). Richards-Kortum is a semifinalist in the competition.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy


2017 Women in Architecture Awards honor pioneering professionals
Architectural Record magazine has honored Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, with a Women in Architecture Design Leadership award.
Architectural Record

Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Using the most precise seafloor maps ever created of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, Rice University researchers have discovered a long-dead river system that once flowed beneath Antarctica’s ice and influenced how ice streams melted after Earth’s last ice age. The research appears online this week in Nature Geoscience. Postdoctoral research associate Lauren Simkins and John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, are quoted. (This also appeared in Science Codex, ScienceMag, My Informs, Health Medicine Network, Terra Daily, Science Daily and Gears of Biz.)

Cheng and McNamara student team wins Richard Diehl Award as part of 2017 Vectorworks Design Scholarship Program
Graduate students Ningxin Cheng and Kalen McNamara won the prestigious Richard Diehl Award for their project, “Open Pocket.” Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted.
Informed Infrastructure (This article also appeared in ProductionHUB, Visual Merchandising & Store Design, Lighting & Sound America and DailyCADCAM.)
Winners of the Vectorworks Design Scholarship announced
Building Enclosure
Design scholarship winners announced: Rice University School of Architecture student team wins grand prize
Planet Vectorworks

Laser sheds light on heart attack plaques
Rice is mentioned as part of an international team of doctors and scientists who discovered a laser technique for detecting arterial plaques that cause heart attacks and strokes.
The Engineer

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. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is mentioned and postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is quoted.
Business Standard (This article also appeared in Outlook India, and Daily News and Analysis.)
Three ways nanomaterials could help combat climate change and prevent pollution (This article also appeared in BioVoice News.)

Power/performance bits: Aug. 22
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. Postdoctoral research associate Hemtej Gullapalli is quoted.
Semiconductor Engineering

Dave Bartram joins Aon’s Scientific Advisory Board on Assessment
Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, is mentioned as a distinguished member of the Aon Scientific Advisory Board.
Personnel Today

Dieser Schwamm befreit Wasser von Schwermetallen
Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from water, according to researchers at Rice University. (This also appeared in An English translation is not available.)


Four things firms should consider when bringing back remote workers
Companies are rethinking the remote work practice. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior, director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.
Talent Economy

Lessons in convergence
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in computational and applied mathematics and in computer science, will give a lecture at the University of Delaware in October.

October book club: The Dinner Party
Rice Alumni of Houston is hosting a book club gathering Oct. 11 at Hungry’s.

Marketing to college students
Rice is mentioned.

Open textbooks: ‘Student and faculty perceptions of OpenStax in high enrollment courses’
OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials, is mentioned.


Stanford Cardinal and Rice Owls settle in sun-soaked Sydney
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. Head coach David Bailiff and Ryan Bucher, associate athletics director in facilities and event management, and Brown College senior Calvin Anderson are quoted. Martell College sophomore Joseph Dill is mentioned.
Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared in Brisbane Times, The Northern Daily, One News Page and Advertiser Lake Times.)
No rest for jet-lagged Rice: Straight to practice Down Under
USA Today (This Associated Press article also appeared in Daily Mail Australia, Yahoo! News, Miami Herald and 95 other news outlets.)
College football Sydney Cup Live and only on Fox Sports
Fox Sports
Joseph Dill and his Rice University linemen ready to take big bite out of Sydney for Stanford clash
Fox Sports (This article also appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Courier Mail, The Mercury, Perth Now, and Geelong Advertiser.)
Sydney college football game: Rice Owls, Stanford Cardinal bring show to town (This article also appeared in Canberra Times and The Age.)
Rice University’s Calvin Anderson can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds
Herald Sun (This article also appeared in Courier Mail and Hobart Mercury Online.)
2017 U.S. college football Sydney Cup: Launch
The Rice Owls 2017 team preview
Get More Sports
Football preview: Quarterbacks
Stanford Daily
Football ranks No. 14 in AP preseason poll
Stanford Daily
Sydney set for college football fanfare
Destination NSW
USF Bulls versus San Jose Spartans NCAA football week one odds and picks
Best Online Sports Books
No. 14 Stanford ready for Down Under opener
Gwinnett Prep Sports (This also appeared in Lyndy’s Sports Annuals.)
Rice’s best-case scenario is being average
Bill Everett: College football picks, week 1
Crestview News Bulletin

Paul Janish retires
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff.
NBC Sports (This article also appeared in News Channel 3.)
Paul Janish: Granted release from Orioles
CBS Sports
Paul Janish to retire, join Rice University coaching staff
MLB Trade Rumors
Orioles notes: Third baseman Manny Machado wins AL Player of the Week
Baltimore Sun (This also appeared in Carroll County Times.)
Showalter on Machado’s award and shortstop debate (O’s lead 7-3)
Mid-Atlantic Sports Network

Rockets’ James Harden serious about wanting to be taken seriously
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston Rockets star James Harden donates $100,000 to Texas Southern University
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
James Harden and Chris Paul enjoy a wild Houston weekend
Paper City
Photos: Fans at James Harden’s charity basketball tourney
Yahoo! Sports
Houston Rockets: James Harden’s JHtown Weekend recap
Space City Scoop
Video: John Wall put on a show in James Harden’s charity basketball game
CSN MidAtlantic
Chris Paul catches alley-oop dunk from James Harden at charity game + CP3’s best oop dunks

Ace helps Wagoner-Bowers win Oak Creek tourney
Alumnus Scott Wagoner ’88 and Julian Bowers won the annual Oak Creek Charity Memorial golf tournament in Greenville, S.C.
Herald Banner (This article also appeared in My Informs.)


Baker Institute expert on Afghanistan: ‘America’s ‘forever war’ will continue’
Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy.

Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Using the most precise seafloor maps ever created of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, Rice University researchers have discovered a long-dead river system that once flowed beneath Antarctica’s ice and influenced how ice streams melted after Earth’s last ice age. The research appears online this week in Nature Geoscience.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.