Dateline Rice for Oct. 24, 2017


Gore: Global warming will cause more hurricanes like Harvey
Former Vice President Al Gore, a member of the board of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, spoke on climate change Oct. 23 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Democratic Underground.)
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Disasters can turn mild depression into inflammation
People who exhibit even a few depressive symptoms before a major life stressor, such as a disaster, may experience an increase in inflammation — a major risk factor for heart disease and other negative health conditions — after the event, according to new research from Rice. Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and one of the study’s authors, is quoted. Lead author Kyle Murdock, a former postdoctoral research fellow in Rice’s Department of Psychology, is mentioned.
Futurity (This story also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Ohio State president elected chair of national university group
Ohio State University’s Michael Drake was elected to succeed Rice President David Leebron as chair of the Association of American Universities Board of Directors.
Dayton Daily News

The 10 best colleges in America for English majors
A story on Niche’s ranking of the top 10 universities for English majors mentions Rice is No. 10 on the list.
Town & Country

UAE: The Middle East’s power broker flexes its muscles
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on the influence of the United Arab Emirates in Middle East affairs. Ulrichsen also is quoted in a story on a reported trip to Israel by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman amid speculation that relations between the countries are improving.
Financial Times
Did Saudi Crown Prince make a secret visit to Israel?
Asia Pacific Daily

In praise of Houston, my home
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
National Geographic
Successes in artist and songwriter advocacy show the importance of fighting back
The Trichordist
Clio Cloud Conference 2017: The moonshot
Legal Talk Network

Indian techies in US seek Congressional help for green card
Alumnus Harshit Chatur ’08 is quoted in a story on a group of Indian IT professionals on H-1B visas working to have country-specific quotas for permanent U.S. residency removed. (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Embracing the hackathon in higher education
Rice is mentioned in a story on the growth of hackathons at universities.
Huffington Post

The stealth architect behind Jon & Vinny’s and LA’s most surprising serene spaces
Architect Jeff Guga ’94 is featured.
W Magazine

Editorial: Johnny Cash archives would be the perfect addition for Tulsa
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Tulsa’s efforts to acquire the Johnny Cash archives.
Enid News

Life of auto-tune: The history of voice modulation in music
An article mentions that Andy Hildebrand, whose company Antares Audio Technologies developed auto-tune technology, studied at Rice.
FSU News

Global energy transition: Here’s why it’s India’s opportunity to leapfrog
A global energy transitions summit organized by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned in a story on the future of renewable energy in India.
Outlook India

Editorial: Lessons from the World Series cities
An editorial comparing Houston and Los Angeles ahead of the World Series between the Astros and Dodgers mentions Rice.
Roanoke Times

Rolston Quartet connects with Kelowna audience
The Rolston String Quartet, formerly the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, performed Oct. 18 in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Kelowna Capital News

Necesario promover reforma estructural que alcances a los partidos
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, was a panelist in a discussion on the North American Free Trade Agreement and the future of Mexico.
El Heraldo (An English translation is not available.)


Houston’s Amazon bid turns on ‘Innovation Corridor’
Rice is mentioned as being part of Houston’s “Innovation Corridor” that the city hopes will attract Amazon’s second headquarters.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the Oct. 24 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Houston pitches ‘Innovation Corridor’ as prime spot for Amazon’s 2nd home.”)

Houston Exponential to harness startup potential
Ed Egan, fellow and director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is quoted in a story on a new nonprofit, Houston Exponential, that is part of a citywide initiative to boost Houston’s appeal to technology investors and innovators. A report that ranked the city No. 39 in the U.S. in terms of venture capital investment is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front of the Business section in the Oct. 24 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Tech center to merge into new organization.” )

Houston artist scares up cool Halloween costumes
Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Texas: 1997-2017” at the former Rice University Gallery is reviewed.
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared on the front of the Star Home section of the Oct. 24 print edition with a different headline, “Artist unmasks his playful side.”)

Historian examines the Heights area
Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies’ new series, “City in a City: Community Identity and Houston’s Sprawl,” is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

Houston’s best colleges, determined by alumni salary
Rice ranks No. 4 among Houston colleges and universities in average earnings of students after graduation, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)
Gallery: Houston colleges whose graduates earn the most after school
Houston Chronicle

4 Houston-area universities among the best in the world
Rice is tied for 81st in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of “Best Global Universities” for 2018.
Houston Business Journal

‘Cyber-bullying’ PAC starts campaign war over Straus
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 a story on a new political action committee that has taken aim at Republican Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.
Texas Monitor

Secret science act, supported by future NASA head, could hurt space research
Rep. Jim Bridenstine ’97, R-Okla., who is President Donald Trump’s choice to become NASA administrator, has shown support for legislation that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose scientific and technical data used to create regulations.
Houston Press

Next generation of Fort Bend County innovators geek out at technology workshop
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, was a panelist at the Ten80 Education STEMFest, a workshop focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the New Haven Register and the Register Citizen.)

EndHipEndIt Festival gives Houston a stoner-metal reckoning
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press


KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, discusses health care policy. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Kirsten Ostherr, professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, discusses concerns about the lack of regulation of health and wellness mobile apps by the Food and Drug Administration and the potential for personal health data to be collected, saved and shared.


Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. The research appears in Applied Physics Letters.
Science Springs (This story also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Halas wins American Physical Society’s Lilienfeld Prize
The American Physical Society awarded Rice nanoscientist Naomi Halas the prestigious 2018 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize. Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering. She also is director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute.
Nanotech Now

Microfluidics probe ‘cholesterol’ of the oil industry
Things get worse before they get better when oil and gas lines are being cleared of contaminants, according to Rice researchers. Asphaltene, a complex of hydrocarbon molecules found in crude oil, is the source of valuable asphalt and can also be made into waterproofing and roofing materials, corrosion inhibitors and other products, but when it builds up in a pipeline, it’s trouble. Sibani Lisa Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Peng He; lecturer Mohammad Tavakkoli and Francisco Vargas, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are mentioned.
Chem Info (This story also appeared in Science Newsline and Technology Networks.)

The underwater continent of Zealandia could predict Earth’s future
Researchers from Rice were part of a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate. Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science, is quoted.
Inverse Science

Private sector projects one solution to fill gap of wetland restoration funds shortage
A model created by 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 mentioned in a story on wetland restoration (Editor’s note: A correction on Blackburn’s first name has been requested.)
Water Online

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University includes a 150-seat black box theater
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ Lois Chiles Studio Theater is featured.
Stage Directions (This story also appeared in Front of House.)

Hack your company without quitting your job
Comments on artificial intelligence’s impact on the workforce by 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, are mentioned.


Delgani Quartet preview: Cascadian perspectives
Composer Benjamin Krause ’14 will debut “String Quartet No. 1 ‘Cascades’” this month with the Delgani Quartet Oct. 29 in Salem, Ore.
Oregon Artswatch

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes
Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, a former adjunct professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice, heads a research team at Chalmers University of Technology that found exosomes in healthy people prevent clumping of the protein that leads to Type 2 diabetes.

Nominerade till Nordic Architecture Fair Award 2017
Alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 and former Rice guest professor Julien De Smedt were on the nominating committee for the 2017 Nordic Architecture Fair Award, which highlights projects in Nordic countries.
My Newsdesk Sweden (An English translation is not available.)


KTXX-AM (Austin)
The men’s basketball teams from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas will square off Oct. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse with proceeds from the game going to the Rebuild Texas Relief Fund. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Texas A&M, Texas men’s basketball to hold exhibition game to benefit Rebuild Texas Relief Fund.
Texas A&M basketball: Aggies to play Longhorns in charity game
Texas, Texas A&M exploring future men’s basketball series
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Best in Texas (10/23): TCU is unanimous No. 1 for 8th straight week; 2 teams tie for 5th
Rice is No. 10 in a ranking of Texas college football teams.
Dallas Morning News

Win puts ’Runners back in C-USA race
Rice lost to the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 21.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Homecoming victory: UTSA pulls 20-7 victory over Rice
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

2017 CUSA power rankings Week 7
Rice is No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.
Mean Green Nation

Dallas has plenty to root for in the 2017 World Series, which kicks off tonight
A story on the World Series mentions that the Rice baseball team once recruited Houston Astros player Evan Gattis.
D Magazine

Astros have plenty of fans on the Texans
Houston Texans player and Rice alumnus Christian Covington ’15 is mentioned.

Fresh basketball talent abounds in emerging SEC
Former Rice basketball player Egor Koulechov ’17, now playing at the University of Florida, is mentioned.

Behind-the-scenes look at Houston company supporting NFL teams with H-Town pride
A story on football equipment manufacturer Douglas Pads mentions Rice.

Do the Twins need a proven closer?
Former Rice baseball players Tyler Duffey and JT Chargois, now with the Minnesota Twins, are mentioned.
Twins Daily

UNT soccer team to close out regular season at home
The Rice soccer team faces the University of North Texas Oct. 27 in Denton.
Denton Record-Chronicle

NCAA volleyball: Texas wins, USC rebounds, NC State knocks off Pitt
A roundup of college volleyball matches mentions Rice beat the University of Texas at El Paso Oct. 22.
Volleyball Magazine

Texas A&M’s Arconada and Lam fall in ITA Texas Regional doubles final
Rice’s men’s tennis team is mentioned in a story on the ITA Texas Regionals in College Station.
Texas A&M men’s tennis wins 5 matches on ITA Texas Regional 2nd day
Men’s tennis advances to ITA Regional quarterfinals

Processing a marathon: How to win a little bit without actually winning
Alumna Becky Wade ’11 wrote about her experience at the Chicago Marathon.
Citius Mag


Rice technology licensed by Siemens Healthineers enhances MRI scans
Patients who have to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan may be spared the ordeal of having to lie still in the scanner for up to 45 minutes, thanks to new technology patented by Rice University, also known as “compressed sensing” technology. The technology was recently licensed by Siemens Healthineers. MRI scanners equipped with the novel compressed sensing technologies operate much more quickly than MRI scanners currently in use.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.