Dateline Rice for Sept. 25, 2017 (Weekend Edition)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Douglas Brinkley to be presidential scholar for NY museum
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley was named an in-house scholar for the New York Historical Society, which was founded in 1804 and is regarded as the city’s oldest museum. In the newly created role of presidential historian, he will oversee a panel of scholars. Brinkley is also mentioned in an article about a 1937 visit by President Franklin Roosevelt to Boise, Idaho.
New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)
http://nyti.ms/2humiJ0
When FDR came to Boise: His five-minute love letter to our city stands the test of time
Idaho Statesman
http://bit.ly/2fmCGuh

Filter may be a match for fracking water

A new filter produced by Rice scientists has proven able to remove more than 90 percent of hydrocarbons, bacteria and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at shale oil and gas wells. The work by Rice chemist Andrew Barron and his colleagues’ work is featured. Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is also quoted in a story about ShayoNano, a nanotechnology company based in Stafford, Texas. Nobel Prize-winning research from Rice is mentioned.
Futurity
http://bit.ly/2xFKamI
Tiny town lands tiny technology startup
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 25 print edition with a different headline,”Tiny town lands tiny tech startup.”)
http://bit.ly/2wPegVN

Military play huge role during Hurricane Harvey
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in stories about Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Xinhua
http://bit.ly/2wO7TBW
Spotlight: Experts say Hurricane Harvey unleashes toxic gumbo into Texas waterways
Xinhua (This article also appeared in Sina.)
http://bit.ly/2xAeDSE
Let’s review those flood control regulations
Off the Kuff
http://bit.ly/2xG2oUW
WDEL-FM (Philadelphia)
http://bit.ly/2fMOMhg (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Spotlight: Houston city planner should consider environment seriously: US expert
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of the SSPEED Center, are quoted in an article on Houston’s efforts to mitigate future flooding.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in China.org.cn.)
http://bit.ly/2y3zDTq

Greek-American candidate urges no on Graham-Cassidy health care bill
Alumnus Alex Triantaphyllis ’06, a Democrat running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, released a statement in opposition to a Republican-backed Senate health care bill.
The National Herald
http://bit.ly/2wgOXrf

This Latina Air Force veteran is changing the face of STEM and the drone industry
Dyan Gibbens, an Air Force Academy graduate, pilot and founder of Trumbull Unmanned, a Houston-based firm that helps energy companies adopt drone technology, mentions participating in drone camps at Rice in a Q&A. A video of the camp is featured.
Huffington Post
http://bit.ly/2htZxFf

The stormy season of ‘outer and inner weather’
An op-ed about storms both natural and political mentions Rice.
Huffington Post
http://bit.ly/2xrmnHq

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Dr. William Butler, former Baylor College of Medicine president, dead at 85
William Butler, a former president of Baylor College of Medicine, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. The article mentions he was interim president during negotiations to merge with Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2hrc8MU

Rice University’s hackathon work to solve health care problems
Hundreds of hackers participated in HackRice, the university’s seventh annual hackathon, which focused on health care. Avery Jordan, a junior in computer science and the director of the event at Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2y2SHBk

It’s time to vacate the 100-year floodplain
Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, wrote an op-ed that argues Houston must prohibit further building in its 100-year floodplain and remove many of the structures that stand there.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2fM17SR

13 investigates: Testing near Arkema plant raises concerns for neighbors, scientists
Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in a story about the presence of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, which do not occur naturally in the ground, at the site of Arkema’s Crosby plant that caught fire in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
ABC13.com
http://abc13.co/2jZSzMK
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2xwj27m (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

New maps show how contaminated Houston surface water was following Hurricane Harvey
Data from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Rice and Baylor College of Medicine indicated high amounts of E. coli in the floodwaters after Harvey.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2xvZxw4

UT system prepares Los Alamos bid to manage US nuclear facility
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article on the University of Texas System’s pursuit of a contract to manage the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Lane once served on a Los Alamos review board.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared in True Viral News.)
http://bit.ly/2fLr3he

Straus remains confident about role as speaker despite allies now running to unseat him
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, is quoted in a story about five-term Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.
Texas Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2y3WA8W

Charlie’s Law: Increased access to stem cell interventions in Texas
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will moderate a panel discussion Oct. 4 on Texas House Bill 810, or “Charlie’s Law,” which expands right-to-try laws that give patients with chronic and terminal illnesses access to experimental stem cell treatments. The event will be held at James A. Baker Hall’s Doré Commons.
TMC News
http://bit.ly/2yodZ8z

Standing ovation for the arts community
Rice is cited in an editorial about Houston arts groups finding new homes after flooding from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey damaged their facilities. The Houston Symphony performed Beethoven and Piazzolla Sept. 22 at Stude Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2hsnoFh
Houston Symphony lifts community spirits while settling into Rice University

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2ftoeVd

Under Amazon rule, will Whole Foods still be ‘Austin’s thing’?
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 in an article about Amazon’s takeover of Whole Foods and the impact it will have on the store’s local feel that attracts many Austin shoppers.
Austin American-Statesman
http://bit.ly/2fF8FXk

Believe it or not, lovebugs have a purpose
Evan Siemann, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted in a story about “lovebugs” and the role they play in their ecosystems.
Beaumont Enterprise
http://bit.ly/2flYKcf

There’s a tiny college outside Los Angeles whose graduates out-earn Harvard and Stanford alums
Rice is part of a slideshow on universities that provide the biggest return on investment for students.
San Antonio Express-News (This slideshow also appears in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Connecticut Post, News-Times Online, The Advocate and Greenwich Times.)
http://bit.ly/2hu2x4j

Lawlor: Irma, Harvey and Fairfield
Rice student Shane DiGiovanna is featured in a column about his and other college students’ experiences during recent hurricanes and tropical storms in the U.S.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the Fairfield Citizen.)
http://bit.ly/2xw99qq

What did Houston look like in 1997?
Photos of visits to Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat are featured in a slideshow. James A. Baker III, honorary chair of the institute, is included in the photos. A photo of Rice football player Michael Perry is featured in the slideshow too.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2xre52g
http://bit.ly/2fuGqh3

This American Voice: Reconstructing after Harvey
“Fly Away I” by alumna Caroline Shaw ’04 was part of a Sept. 24 concert by the Houston Chamber Choir.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/2wfm5Qd

BROADCAST

Collaborations abound with MUSIQA’s upcoming season
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the artistic director of Houston’s MUSIQA, participates in a Q&A.
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2wg624v

WSCL-FM (Salisbury, Md.)
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2wNQI3p

KPHR-AM (Honolulu)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced.
http://bit.ly/2xrSbvP (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Metallopeptide catalyst eases synthesis of antibody-drug conjugates
Zachary Ball, associate professor of chemistry and associate department chair of chemistry for undergraduate studies, and colleagues made a new metallopeptide catalyst that can reliably link drug molecules to antibodies at the same location on the antibody every time. The aim is to target and kill cancerous cells while sparing healthy ones.
Chemical & Engineering News
http://bit.ly/2wN3S0B

Artificial human embryos are coming, and no one knows how to handle them
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted about an experiment he conducted while working at Rockefeller University.
MIT Technology Review
http://bit.ly/2xrz3xR

Drilling cancer cells away
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is co-author of a paper published in Nature on nanomachines that can kill cancer cells by drilling into them.
Gears of Biz
http://bit.ly/2huvixW

Beam me up! An astronaut’s take on ‘Star Trek’
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering, wrote an op-ed on his affinity for the original “Star Trek” television series.
Space.com
http://bit.ly/2xusto7

DesignIntelligence announces top architecture schools for 2017-18
Rice ranks sixth on a list of top undergraduate architecture schools in the U.S.
Arch Daily
http://bit.ly/2wSelDf

Huge space rocks could have helped start Earth’s plate tectonics
Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in an article on the genesis of the process that shapes Earth’s surface and causes earthquakes.
New Scientist
http://bit.ly/2fmLmRo

Houston COPRI conference in October
The Houston chapter of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute will hold its annual conference Oct. 5 at Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall.
DredgingToday.com
http://bit.ly/2flmEBb

After the Houston flood, 1,000 turn out to commemorate Kennedy moon address
An event on the 55th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is reported. Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
Executive Intelligence Review
http://bit.ly/2xFi8I0

New duties in the academic world for 8 black faculty members
Alumna Margarita Simon Guillory ’10 was named a Wilmot Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, where she has taught since 2011.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
http://bit.ly/2wHvyUJ

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Public forum sponsored by University of Louisville explores benefits, costs of athletic achievement
Gwen Bradford, Rice assistant professor of philosophy, will be a panelist at an Oct. 12 event titled “Sports, Risk and the Human Ideal: A Public Forum” at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky.
KyForward.com
http://bit.ly/2xFTln1

Dance hall days: Texas preserves a treasured tradition
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is part of a slideshow of Texas architecture.
Staunton News-Leader (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
https://stnva.nl/2wgBiQL

Self-driving cars are cool, but they’re not for everyone
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, is quoted in a column on the limits of self-driving cars and public transportation in rural areas.
Reason.com
http://bit.ly/2yoiXls

Houston, the global city
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is featured in a blog post about the pros and cons of Houston’s sprawl.
BrandonDonnelly.com
http://bit.ly/2htVgBl

Pianist opens concert season Sunday
Alumnus Andreas Klein ’89 performed the season-opening concert of the Friends of Music Sept. 24 in Brookings, Ore.
Curry Coastal Pilot
http://bit.ly/2wOdyId

From judging beer competitions to the trapeze, here’s how 4 tech employees like to unwind
Channel Factory CEO Tony Chen, who attended Rice, is featured.
Built in Los Angeles
http://bit.ly/2xG6E6Y

SPORTS

Rice’s offense takes step backward in loss to Florida International
The Owls football team lost to Florida International University 13-7 Sept. 23 at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2y3f8WY
http://bit.ly/2hsYbdO
Offensive woes continue for Rice in loss to FIU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yB7gZC
http://bit.ly/2xujK5l
Rice misses chance for redemption in loss to FIU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2xqofjS
http://bit.ly/2fL8SIm
FIU rides Alex McGough, 2 field goals to beat Rice in Conference USA opener
FoxSports.com (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://foxs.pt/2wRep6b
Good night, Owls: FIU’s late defensive stand puts Rice to bed in 13-7 victory
FIUSports.com
http://bit.ly/2xvAxoH
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2jXN553 (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2xAwhWl (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2fMhoaj (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Florida International 13, Rice 7 (slideshow)
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2jZ9XAX
Florida International versus Rice (slideshow)
Zimbio
http://bit.ly/2yo1oSJ
Rice’s secondary looking to bounce back against Florida International
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2wSet5n

Best in Texas: TCU keeps its top spot; how far did Texas A&M rise after win over Arkansas?
Rice is No. 10 in a ranking of Texas’ college football teams.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2xuPt6b

Pitt has chance to regroup against Rice
The Rice football team faces the University of Pittsburgh Sept. 30.
Cardiac Hill
http://bit.ly/2huUQe3
Pat Narduzzi stops short of committing to Ben DiNucci as Pitt’s QB
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://bit.ly/2wPtt9l

Conference USA football all-name team: Let’s hear it for Blaze, Jaegar and Wolfgang
Rice tight end Jaegar Bull is mentioned.
Hattiesburg American
http://hatne.ws/2flYx57

Vikings defense smothers Bucs, compliments play of ‘baller’ Case Keenum
Alumnus Andrew Sendejo ’10, playing safety for the Minnesota Vikings, had a key fourth-quarter interception and deflected a pass to set up another turnover in a 34-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sept. 24. He also made five tackles.
Sporting News (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
http://bit.ly/2jWV9CR

Ready, set and hut! Top teams you should watch this high school football season
Cinco Ranch High School’s Blake and Brant Kuithe, who have committed to play football at Rice, are mentioned.
ABC13.com
http://abc13.co/2hpIdET
Rangers put another chink in Knights’ armor
Rice football pledge Brenden Brady rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as Smithson Valley High School defeated Cibolo Steele Sept. 22.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2fMNiDD

Before the Nationals were postseason bound
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon, who plays for the Washington Nationals, is featured.
MLB.com
http://atmlb.com/2fLC6qB

C-USA thanks supporters of Harvey relief effort
Conference USA’s YouCaring.com initiative raised almost $50,000 to assist the Rice community in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Rice Athletics is mentioned.
ConferenceUSA.com
http://bit.ly/2xr8XLr
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)
Rice head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned in a discussion of the hardships the team faced in the aftermath of Harvey.
http://bit.ly/2yosOYv (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Techsters fall to Rice, 3-1, in C-USA opener
The Rice volleyball team defeated Louisiana Tech University in four sets Sept. 24 in Ruston, La.
LaTechSports.com
http://bit.ly/2jV0meq
Miners edge Rice in C-USA volleyball opener
The University of Texas at El Paso beat visiting Rice in five sets Sept. 22.
El Paso Times
http://bit.ly/2xB9oly

Aggies sweep Texas A&M Invitational team titles on Watts course
Rice’s cross-country teams took part in the Texas A&M Invitational Sept. 23 in College Station.
WTAW.com
http://bit.ly/2hunQTs

Women’s tennis closes out Rice Invitational
The University of Alabama competed in the Rice Invitational Sept. 22-24 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
The Crimson White (A similar article appeared in TideSports.com.)
http://bit.ly/2fmbego

NEWS RELEASE

Filter may be a match for fracking water

A new filter produced by Rice scientists has proven able to remove more than 90 percent of hydrocarbons, bacteria and particulates from contaminated water produced by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations at shale oil and gas wells.
http://bit.ly/2fktNBA

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.