Dateline Rice for Oct. 13, 2017


Design collective teamLab wants to turn the world into a work of art
Tokyo-based teamLab sees the whole world as its canvas and is on a mission to turn entire cities into sprawling, interactive artworks. The teamLab exhibit at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Wired UK

How real estate agents contribute to segregation
Real estate agents in New York tend to work in white and Asian neighborhoods, in addition to neighborhoods with higher home values, according to new research. Max Besbris, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.

What America thinks of Saudi Aramco
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Arab News


Moody Center gets a ‘Prime-Time’ art exhibit
President David Leebron is pictured looking at a painting by Mickalene Thomas at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts in a slideshow that accompanies an article about the Thomas exhibit.
Houston Chronicle

Houston officials let developers build homes inside reservoirs; but no one warned buyers
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in this article, which originally appeared in the Texas Tribune.
Houston Public Media (This also appeared in Leisure Guy.)

Mike Frost will share his vast Houston hip-hop visual knowledge at Rice
Mike Frost will discuss his collection of hip-hop album covers, which he is contributing to Rice’s Woodson Research Center as part of the hip-hop collection at the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning. His talk will be 4 p.m. Oct. 14 and is part of the “Dimensions Variable” event at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, which begins at noon.
Houston Press

For HISD trustee: Districts V and VI
Alumna Sue Deigaard ’92 and Lecturer of Education Robert Lundin are mentioned in an editorial about candidates for Houston Independent School District trustees.
Houston Chronicle

Oil set for weekly gain on rebalancing signs from US to China
Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and lecturer of economics, is quoted in a photo caption.
Houston Chronicle

Book review: ‘Mutants & Mystics’ by Jeffrey J. Kripal
“Mutants & Mystics,” a 2011 book by Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is reviewed.
Red Dirt Report

DSO guest conductors this season: 1 could be our next music director
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Standing in Midtown since 1939, another one of Houston’s icons closes as part of cutbacks nationwide
Sears is closing its location on Main Street in Midtown. The story mentions that Rice Management Co. owns the land. Rice President David Leebron is quoted and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Rare Houston
What will become of midtown’s Sears? Rice is taking ideas

Midway has 11 seniors earn National Merit honors
An article mentions a high school senior would like to attend Rice.
Waco Tribune


Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley discussed Whitehouse House Chief of Staff John Kelley and the new nominee for secretary of Homeland Security. (Click the video button to view the broadcast.)

KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas)
A high school senior hopes to attend Rice. (Click the video button to view the broadcast.)

KJBF-TV (Augusta, Ga.)
Ed Egan, fellow and director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, comments on the potential for Augusta, Ga., to attract the tech industry. (Click the video button to view the broadcast.)


Petrol companies join high-octane battle over fuel in Mexico
At a Rice forum last year, Mexican Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell was asked whether his government would allow refiners to increase the concentrations of ethanol in gasoline beyond the 5.8 percent that it had just approved. Coldwell gave an emphatic no.
Petroleum World

Breakthroughs call for more debate on human embryo research
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this article on the human embryo research debate.

Houston-area home buyouts part of flood mitigation efforts
Officials decided Oct. 10 to proceed with two additional programs that would buy out more than 100 Houston-area homes that have repeatedly flooded in recent years, as the region continues its efforts to recover from Hurricane Harvey. A policy paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Insurance Journal

NERSC lends a hand to 2017 Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing
The recent Tapia Conference on Diversity in Computing in Atlanta brought together some 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers and professionals in computing from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities to learn from leading thinkers, present innovative ideas and network with peers. The conference is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics.
Inside HPC

Ultraflat magnets: Atom-thick alloys with unanticipated magnetic properties
Rice researchers have discovered that substituting atoms in the process of making two-dimensional alloys makes them customizable and magnetic. The lab of Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is mentioned. Graduate student Amey Apte is quoted.
Science Daily (This also ran in Controlled Experiments Magazine, ChemEurope, Materials Today and

Paving the way to faster power: Scientists discover adding asphalt to lithium-ion batteries makes them charge up to 20 times faster
A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge 10 to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to Rice University scientists. The lab of chemist James Tour developed anodes comprising porous carbon made from asphalt that showed exceptional stability after more than 500 charge-discharge cycles. Tour is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
News Target
On the road to fire-free, lithium-ion batteries made with asphalt
Nanotechnology Now (This also appeared in ACS Nano.)

Filter may be a match for fracking water
A new filter produced by Rice University 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. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Science Bulletin


A billionaire’s quirky quest to create a mecca for Bob Dylan fans — in Tulsa, Okla.
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley discusses the cultural impact of Bob Dylan.
The Edwardsville Intelligencer (This also appeared in the Duluth News Tribune and more than five other publications.)

NWC Forensics takes 1st in Torrington and Houston tournaments
The Northwest College Forensics Team claimed its place as top community college at both the Cougar Swing and the Rice University Invitational tournaments Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
North Wyoming News

Are we all unconscious racists?
Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, is mentioned.
Hot Air

Why Trump’s war on the media is so dangerous
An event hosted by Rice University’s chapter of the Federalist Society is mentioned.
Her Campus


Former Highlander McDaniel earns C-USA Setter of the Week honors
Volleyball player Madison McDaniel was named Conference USA Setter of the Week.
Conroe Courier

Bevan now a Rice University Hall of Famer
Rice head women’s track and field/cross-country head coach Jim Bevan was inducted into the Adams State University Hall of Fame and the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame.
Center Post-Dispatch

Long before Colin Kaepernick took a knee, Dallas Cowboy Rodrigo Barnes raised hell and lost a career
Former Rice football player Rodrigo Barnes is featured in this op-ed.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Browne out for the season following injury
Rice football is mentioned.
The Pitt News

6 that need to elevate their game for the Texans defense
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.


Harvey runoff menaces Texas’ coral reefs
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston. 

Rapid changes in health care markets are topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 20
Leading health economics and policy scholars will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 20 to discuss the rapid changes that are unfolding in health care markets — some of which will help patients and others that will harm them, according to event organizers.

About Arie Passwaters

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