Dateline Rice for Oct. 6, 2017


US halts military drills with allies over Qatar crisis
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on the U.S. trying to use its influence to end the monthslong diplomatic conflict targeting Qatar over alleged support of extremists and ties to Iran. (This Associated Press story also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)

Ecuador remains out of compliance with its OPEC oil reduction target — minister
Carlos Perez, Ecuador’s minister of hydrocarbons, discussed the country’s key objectives and goals for increasing investments in its energy sector Oct. 6 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The event was hosted by the Baker Institute’s Latin America Initiative and Center for Energy Studies.
Kitco (This Reuters story appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

New test opens path for better 2-D catalysts
Rice University researchers have taken a deep look into atom-thick catalysts that produce hydrogen to see precisely where it’s coming from. Their findings could accelerate the development of 2-D materials for energy applications, such as fuel cells. The Rice lab of materials scientist Jun Lou, with colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory, developed a technique to probe through tiny “windows” created by an electron beam and measure the catalytic activity of molybdenum disulfide, a two-dimensional material that shows promise for applications that use electrocatalysis to extract hydrogen from water.
Futurity (Similar stories also appeared in Xinhua, Science Daily, R&D Magazine,, Space Weekly, Science Newsline, Scienmag, and Nanowerk.)


Analysis: How do they cheat thee? Count the ways
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 in an analysis of Texas’ congressional maps.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, KERA News and San Angelo Live.)

If recruiting matters in Amazon’s HQ2 decision, Dallas is the nation’s biggest talent magnet
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted in a story on Amazon’s search for a second headquarters.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)


Trump faces dual tragedies in Las Vegas and Puerto Rico
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley discusses the 1900 Galveston hurricane, former President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the history of the National Rifle Association and former President Barack Obama’s failure to pass gun control legislation following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook. He also participated in a panel discussion titled “President Trump and the Presidency.”


4-D movies reveal 2 mechanisms for DNA loops
A multi-institutional team spanning Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, Stanford University and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard created the first high-resolution 4-D map of genome folding, which tracks an entire human genome as it folds over time.
Bio IT World (A similar article also appeared in Technology Networks and

Does where freestanding EDs operate change hospital payer mix?
Freestanding emergency departments (EDs) have proliferated over the last decade, and in Texas, “the epicenter of this movement,” they tend to be located in areas with higher profit potential rather than in areas with a higher demand for emergency care, a study  conducted by researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine found.
RevCycle Intelligence

World’s top 100 colleges and universities to study business and economics, 2018
Rice is No. 64 on the Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s top colleges and universities at which to study business and economics.
CEO World Magazine

Cristle Collins Judd to become 11th president of Sarah Lawrence College
Alumna Cristle Collins Judd ’82 is the new president of Sarah Lawrence College.
The Business Journals


Deepak Srivastava appointed president of Gladstone Institutes
On Jan. 1 alumnus Deepak Srivastava ’86 will become president of Gladstone Institutes, which focuses on unsolved diseases.
Hawaii News Now (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Vivakor appoints new member to team
Alumnus Daniel Hashim ’14 was named chief scientific officer at Vivakor, an asset acquisition company focused on natural resources. He also was appointed to its advisory board.
Digital Journal (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Music by Handel, Vivaldi on Bachtoberfest program
Richie Hawley, professor of clarinet at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with violinist Zachary Carrettin and pianist Mina Gajic Dec. 9 in Longmont, Colo.
Daily Camera

5 ways the internet of things is revolutionizing health care
A collaboration between IBM Research and Rice University to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers, is mentioned.
Make Use Of

Seaside students get new online science curriculum
An article on Seaside High School in Seaside, Ore., mentions that the STEMscopes curriculum was developed by Rice.
Cannon Beach Gazette

Meet the Rice Jones MBA Class of 2019
The Jones Graduate School of Business’ incoming MBA Class of 2019 is featured. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted.
Poets & Quants
Inside the consortium application process
Clear Admit

Economics professor elected fellow to Game Theory Society
Former Rice faculty member William Zame was elected as a fellow of the Game Theory Society, which aims to promote the investigation, teaching and application of game theory.
University of California at Los Angeles

Rice University presents Nobel Laureate Vernon L. Smith
Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences Vernon L. Smith will discuss “On Learning from Proving Yourself Wrong: Two Cases from Experimental Economics, with Implications and Insights for the Economy” Nov. 9 at the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Auditorium.

Rice Alumni in Medicine Fall Social – New York City Rubin Museum
The Rice Alumni in Medicine will hold its fall New York social event Oct. 6 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.


College football preview: Army at Rice
Rice’s Oct. 7 football game against Army at Rice Stadium is previewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Weekend TV/radio listings
Houston Chronicle

Texas punter Michael Dixon earns Ray Guy weekly honor
Rice football player Jack Fox is on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given to the the nation’s best punter.

C-USA reset: Where the league stands as UNT sits idle in its bye week
Rice is mentioned in a Conference USA roundup.
Denton Record-Chronicle

New Texans LB Ben Heeney could bolster special teams
A photo of former Rice football player Darik Dillard is part of a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Katy Cinco Ranch makes emphatic statement with victory over Richmond Foster
Katy Cinco Ranch High School football player Brant Kuithe, who has committed to play at Rice, is mentioned.

NFL1000: The most underrated stars in the NFL
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is mentioned.
True Viral News

Rockets working on rotation of James Harden, Chris Paul
A slideshow includes photos of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Rockets players James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela from an Aug. 20 charity basketball game at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
Rockets’ Bobby Brown discusses growth of Chinese Basketball Association
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Conner, Marshall, McCardall star on NCAA courts
A story about Fort Bend/Katy-area former high school volleyball standouts mentions the University of Southern Mississippi’s Nov. 5 match against Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Volleyball travels to Houston Friday
Rice’s Oct. 6 volleyball game against the University of Memphis is previewed.

Soccer to play at Rice, North Texas this weekend
Rice’s Oct. 6 women’s soccer match against the University of Texas at San Antonio is previewed.

College swimming preview
The Oct. 7 Rice Fall Splash Invitational is mentioned.
Swim Swam

Virginia baseball announces 2018 schedule

Rice faces the University of Virginia Feb. 18 in Orlando, Fla.

The Orioles had no good backup infielders and their regulars paid the price
A story on the Baltimore Orioles mentioned former Rice baseball player Paul Janish, who will be an assistant coach with the Owls during the upcoming season.
Camden Chat

Surviving the tapering phase of marathon training
Alumna Becky Wade ’11 wrote a blog post about her preparation for the Oct. 8 Chicago Marathon.
Citius Mag

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