Dateline Rice for Sept. 6, 2017


Houston, Texas university leaders respond to DACA announcement
Rice University President David Leebron’s letter to the campus about the end of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program is included in a compilation of Texas university presidents’ responses to the news.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)
Teachers, students and tech giants push back against decision to end DACA


Rice students continue to help Hurricane Harvey victims with cleanup and restoration at churches and businesses.
Jewish and Israeli groups rally to help hurricane victims in Houston
The Jerusalem Post
South grad working to help Houston flood victims
Journal Review
Help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts
The Daily Illini

STEM camps showcase PBL
Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity is featured for its weeklong summer camps in physics, math and computer science for teachers and students.
NSTA Reports (This article appears on pages 12-13.)

What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, authored an op-ed about the role artificial intelligence may play in the future.
The Conversation (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and 20 other media outlets.)
No need to worry about robots replacing human workers? Look at history
Fast Company

Qatar crisis shakes East Africa, a home to Gulf militaries
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about Qatar’s diplomatic crisis and Kuwait-Iran relations and is quoted about Iran and Saudi Arabia’s embassy visits.
New York Times (This Associated Press article also appeared in ABC News, the Houston Chronicle and more than 200 other media outlets.)
The Qatar standoff and US interests
CSS Resources
Walking the tightrope in Kuwaiti-Iranian relations
Fair Observer
Iran, Saudi Arabia to exchange diplomatic visits
Qatar diplomatic crisis spreads to East Africa
Africa News

Aspirin-like drug may block protein needed for hearing
A Rice University study has found that the aspirin-like drug diflunisal blocks the action of prestin, a key protein that is required for hearing. Guillaume Duret, research scientist in Rice’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Rob Raphael, associate professor of bioengineering, are quoted.
Aspirin-like pain reliever diflunisal blocks hearing protein
Science Blog (This also appeared in Medical Xpress, Health News, Science Codex and Public Now.)
Mild pain killer blocks action of key protein required for hearing

‘Universal cassette’ modifies antibodies for drug delivery
Rice chemists have designed a plug-in metalloprotein to simplify the task of making targeted antibody therapies. Zachary Ball, associate professor of chemistry and associate department chair of chemistry for undergraduate studies, is quoted. Graduate student Jun Ohata is mentioned.
Metal simplifies synthesis of antibody drugs
TMC News (This also appeared in Science 360 News, and
Nanomachines that drill into cancer cells killing them in just 60 seconds developed by scientists
Motorized molecules that target diseased cells may deliver drugs to or kill the cells by drilling into the cell membranes. Scientists at Rice, Durham (U.K.) and North Carolina State universities have demonstrated them on cancer and other 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.
The Telegraph
These tiny, light-driven nanomachines can destroy cancer cells in minutes
International Business Times
Molecules drill into cells to deliver drugs or kill
Motorized molecules drill through cells
TMC News (This also appeared in, BioSpace, Science Daily,, Medical Design Technology, Novus Light Technologies, medGadget, True Viral News, Durham University News and Boing Boing.)
Nanomachines can bore cancer cells to death
Chemistry World
Drilling cancer cells away
Independent Online
Scientists develop tiny robots that drill into cancer cells to kill them
Motorized molecules driven by light to cut into cancer cells
Nanomachines drill through cancer cells and kill them
Scientists create molecular nanodrills that destroy cancer cells
Big Think (This also appeared in Gears of Biz.)
Molecular nanosubmarines can target and kill specific cancer cells
New Atlas
Single-molecule nanomachines drill into cells to fight cancer
Cosmos Magazine
Molecular motors can penetrate specific cellular targets
Krebs: Forscher greifen Tumorzellen direkt mit Nanorobotern an
Trends der Zukunft (An English translation is not available.)

Happening today: Harvey relief, Hurricane Irma, DACA, Chipotle, Beyonce, Richard Simmons
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is helping to organize a one-hour telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims.
NBC New York (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon
Houston Chronicle
Beyonce, Streisand to headline Harvey relief telethon
New Jersey Herald

As Harvey’s floodwaters recede, how should Houston rebuild?
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, is interviewed about the best ways Houston can recover from Hurricane Harvey and protect itself from future storms.
Yale Environment 360

Harvey an ‘equal opportunity’ hurricane: Why racial optics differ greatly from Katrina’s wrath
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted in an article about the different racial impact Hurricane Harvey had compared with Hurricane Katrina.
The Advocate
Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Washington Times Herald and more than 25 other media outlets.)
Doublespeak used by college professor and CNN to further DACA agenda
Center for Immigration Studies

Astronaut Peggy Whitson has returned to Earth, a couple more NASA records in hand
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 set a new mark of 665 days in space — the most by a U.S. astronaut — upon returning Sept. 3 from her third long-endurance mission aboard the International Space Station.
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Peggy Whitson: Five fast facts you need to know
Seven things to know about record-busting astronaut Peggy Whitson​
Sentinel-Echo (This also appeared in the Herald Bulletin and more than 50 other media outlets.)
Soyuz MS-04 lands as Peggy Whitson ends record-breaking mission
Astronaut Peggy Whitson comes down to Earth

Trump finally nominates new leader for NASA
President Donald Trump appointed former U.S. Rep. James Bridenstine ’97 to head the U.S. space agency NASA.
Scientific American
Trump nominates Oklahoma congressman as next NASA administrator
USA Today (This appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Why Donald Trump’s NASA chief pick is a controversial choice
Newsweek (This also appeared in MSN.)
The Trump administration finally nominated the NASA administrator: Who is Jim Bridenstine?
Trump names former Navy aviator to head NASA
Yahoo! News Canada (This also appeared in and more than 30 other media outlets.)
Breaking: Trump picks NASA chief, NOAA second-in-command (This also appeared in, HiTechFacts and My Informs.)
Trump has picked a politician to lead NASA. Is that a good thing?
Your guide to Jim Bridenstine, the new nominee for NASA administrator (This also appeared in Space Flight Insider and


How the Barker and Addicks dams work
Florence Tang, executive board member of the Rice Design Alliance, co-authored an op-ed about the Addicks and Barker reservoirs in west Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Colleges resume with students facing new financial, psychological needs
Rice and other Houston universities offered emergency relief funds to students struggling after Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Will climate change make storms more severe?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about how Houston can prepare for future destructive storms. Cohan is also quoted about maintaining the safety of workers despite the pollution increase from oil refineries in Houston and the effect of global warming on storms.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Harvey and the future of energy
E&E News
After closing for Harvey, the nation’s second-largest refinery is set to reopen
National Public Radio’s “Marketplace”
More problems in Texas — Chemical plants start leaking after Harvey
Climate change experts weigh in on why Houston flooded during Hurricane Harvey
Texas Monthly
What Hurricane Harvey says about risk, climate and resilience
Texas A&M Today

Can DACA be saved?
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, authored a blog post about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Houston Chronicle

The Rice School/La Escuela Rice hosts an eclipse watch party
The Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) and the Rice School PTO hosted students from The Rice School/La Escuela Rice for solar eclipse activities Aug. 21. Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy; Richard Parr, executive director of RUSMP; Susan Troutman, RUSMP associate director for secondary programs; Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation for RUSMP and clinical assistant professor of mathematics; and Anne Papakonstantinou, director of RUSMP, are mentioned.
Village News (This appeared on page 8 of the Sept. 5 print edition.)

21 best things to do in Houston this week: David Spade and Houston Fringe Festival
John Sparagana, professor and chair of visual and dramatic arts, is mentioned for his exhibit, “Breather,” at the Sicardi Gallery.
Houston Press

Textbooks should not be a factor that holds students back
OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials, is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar


KUT 90.5’s ‘Texas Standard’
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, is interviewed about the draining process after Hurricane Harvey. Blackburn is also mentioned for his quote about Harvey in the Daily Beast.
Planners can learn from places that didn’t flood, using other areas to mitigate climate change
Texas Standard
Politicizing Harvey in the Houston Chronicle
Master Resource (This also appeared in Before It’s News.)


Rice U. solubility study could impact energy, biology, environment
Rice University chemical engineers have used the most realistic computer model yet devised to simulate the precise atomic and molecular interactions that come into play when water mixes with alkanes, a family of hydrocarbons that includes methane, propane and other refined products. Research scientist Dilipkumar Asthagiri and graduate student Arjun Valiya Parambathu are mentioned. Walter Chapman, the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate dean for energy in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, is quoted.
Science Codex (This also appeared in Science Newsline.)
Solubility study could impact energy, biology, environment

Harvey could financially hurt struggling Houston hospitals
The financial impact of Tropical Storm Harvey on the Texas Medical Center is discussed. 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.
Healthcare Facilities Today

Guest blog: The BLAsT class and Earth’s space weather forecast
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is featured.
Astronomy Magazine

Hidden river once flowed under Antarctica
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, environmental and planetary sciences, are quoted.
The Event Chronicle

Famous astronomers | List of great scientists in astronomy
Rice’s Galileo Project is mentioned.


How transit can speed Houston’s recovery
Christof Spieler ’97, senior lecturer of architecture, is quoted about Houston’s potential need to depend on public transportation while the city recovers.
Route Fifty

U of A grad Jankovska honored by UNICEF, working as advocate for children
Olivera Jankovska, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, is featured.
University of Arkansas

Architects organize as Harvey recovery begins
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center is mentioned as an institution planning and designing a solution for future storms.
The Architect’s Newspaper
WNYC-FM (New York) (This also aired on WDET-FM, KOPB-FM, WDDE-FM, Capital Public Radio and WDET-FM.)

Diorama in the running for yearbook of the year
Rice is in the running for top yearbook of the year, which will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention Oct. 25-29 in Dallas.
The Flor-Ala

Lycoming welcomes new faculty members to campus for 2017-18 academic year
Alumni Carolyn Fornoff ’08 and Michael Heyes ’13 joined the Lycoming College faculty.
Lycoming College

King’s University College: A singer with ties to Houston will perform at a Hurricane Harvey fundraising concert Friday
Alumna Alexandra Smither ’16 will perform at King University College in London to help raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims. (This also appeared in the Mitchell Advocate Online.)

New director of WCU’s School of Music
Western Carolina University’s School of Music appointed alumnus Milton Laufer ’98 as its director.
Smoky Mountain News


12 Rice Owls football players lose everything during Harvey
Head coach David Bailiff reports the hardships some football players are facing after Hurricane Harvey. The Rice Owls will play against the University of Texas at El Paso Sept. 9 in El Paso.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice football players pick up pieces after return to Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
One area the Miners can improve before facing Rice
El Paso Times

When does summer end? You know it when you see it, hear it, taste it
Rice football fell to Stanford University 62-7 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
USA Today (This appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Best in Texas rankings after week 1: How far did Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor plummet with losses?
Sports Day
Stanford tries to continue recent mastery of USC
Houston Chronicle
Blind American football player makes winning debut
Click Lancashire
Stanford versus USC football odds: Point spread, college football schedule, week two prediction
AP poll: Stanford stays at No. 14, turns to Pac-12 opener against USC
Stanford DieHards

Soccer drops second straight at Rice
Rice women’s soccer beat the University of Houston 4-1.
The Cougar

UTEP falls to Oklahoma 56-7 in season opener
Rice football will play against the University of Texas at El Paso Sept. 9.

Bulls announce basketball operations additions and promotions
Shawn Respert, formally the director of basketball operations at Rice, has been named the director of player development for the Chicago Bulls.
Bulls announce front office moves, including naming of Shawn Respert as director of player development
Inside Hoops

UH-Rice soccer match rescheduled for Labor Day
Rice soccer’s game against the University of Houston was rescheduled for Sept. 4.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Volleyball travels to Jonesboro for crucial early season tournament
Rice women’s volleyball defeated Southern Methodist University 3-1 in Dallas.
The DM Online

Bartczyszyn receives Sun Belt Setter of the Week award
The Rice Adidas Invitational is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at Tudor Fieldhouse.

This, that and the other
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff.

NBC Sports Bay Area
Former Rice cross-country and track runner Nicole Mericle ’10 is featured as a competitor in Spartan Race. (San Francisco)

Texans react to playing at NRG Sunday
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is quoted.
Houston Texans

Miners refocus ahead of huge home game
Alumnus Nathan Poss ’77 is mentioned.
El Paso Proud

Anthony Rendon wears pro-Houston cleats, as Harvey on the minds of many MLB athletes
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in the Washington Times.)
Sports stars rally for Houston as teams eye alternative sites
The Washington Times

Michael Buttacavoli takes the lead in Nicaragua
Alumnus Michael Buttacavoli ’10 won the Flor de Caña Open in Nicaragua.

Syracuse pitcher honors victims of Hurricane Harvey
Alumnus John Simms ’14 is featured.
Houston Chronicle
Houston native John Simms pitches Chiefs to win over IronPigs

Morning sports report
A Rice transfer is featured.
KOZL-TV (Springfield, Mo.)


Media advisory: ‘Faith During and After Harvey’ panel tonight at Rice
In light of the recent devastation Houston has faced, the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University will host a program tonight titled “Faith During and After Harvey: What Religious Communities Did and Could Still Do.”

About Arie Passwaters

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