Dateline Rice for Nov. 8, 2017

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

The world-famous Louvre museum starts a lucrative new chapter in Abu Dhabi
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Louvre Abu Dhabi, the centerpiece of a multibillion-dollar art complex in the United Arab Emirates. Ulrichsen also is quoted in an articles on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s efforts to transform the way the world views his country.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2Al2Rdu
Prince Mohammed bin Salman aims to rebrand Saudi Arabia
NBC News
http://nbcnews.to/2hmCOP7
KSA’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrests, despotism or wisdom?
Daily News Egypt
http://bit.ly/2zoIBdQ

Trump pleas for Saudi Arabia to list Aramco in US
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on President Donald Trump urging Saudi Arabia to choose the New York Stock Exchange for its initial public offering of Saudi Aramco.
Arab News
http://bit.ly/2hkbAZx

House panel takes up campus anti-Semitism
A roundup of education policy news mentions a report from the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice’s School of Social Sciences and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, that English-language learners in the Houston Independent School District are less likely to attend “non-zoned” schools.
Politico
http://politi.co/2Alz9Fk
English-language learners less likely to attend magnet programs, charter schools
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2AuOLHu
http://bit.ly/2hds5Tm

Accepting the America we have
Alumna Annise Parker ’78, a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders and former mayor of Houston, is quoted in stories about the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the 1977 National Women’s Conference.
KQED.com (This story also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2zrCKSQ
‘A heady time for feminism in Houston.’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2zqI1Ms

Buried in the tax bill: Provisions to woo social conservatives
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 Republican tax reform plan.
WBFO.org (This story also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2zrKAxP

Immigrants living in US near California-Mexico border have history of trauma
More than 80 percent of immigrants residing in the U.S. without authorization near the California-Mexico border have a lifetime history of traumatic events, according to a new study from a psychologist at Rice University. Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology at Rice and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
Scienmag (Similar articles appeared in La Opinión and more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2znuXYS

HOUSTON/TEXAS
Rep. Ted Poe won’t seek re-election
Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article on Rep. Ted Poe, R-Humble, who announced he won’t run for an eighth term in Congress.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)
http://bit.ly/2zrJEHJ
http://bit.ly/2zsYCNy

Preservation’s not easy. But it’s important at NASA’s Space Center
An article on NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center mentions 1,000 acres of Rice land, through a Humble Oil Company donation, was used for the project.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2j98JTJ

Houston Grand Opera announces winter productions at George R. Brown
The vocal competition and performance by Houston Grand Opera Studio artists during the 30th annual Eleanor McCollumn Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias will take place Feb. 1 in Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2m4y9Df
http://bit.ly/2hUxOi1

Your guide to the 2017 Houston Cinema Arts Festival
The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will include a screening of “Bodied,” a satire by filmmaker Joseph Kahn set in the world of battle rap. Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, will discuss the film with Kahn.
Houstonia
http://bit.ly/2yIVvE9

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Solutions lab partnership tackles Houston’s biggest problems
Rice University faculty and postdoctoral research fellows will study flooding and police services in Houston, thanks to three new awards from the Houston Solutions Lab. Quoted are Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center; Andrew Schaefer, the Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics; and Illya Hicks, professor of computational and applied mathematics.
Government Technology
http://bit.ly/2yf69hE

Nanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effects
Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, and Rice alumna Amanda Goodman ’13, lead author of the study, are quoted. Co-authors Oara Neumann, a postdoctoral research associate, and Luke Henderson, a graduate student in chemistry, are mentioned.
Nanotechnology Now
http://bit.ly/2AkhA8q

Scientists use machine learning to predict DNA binding rates from sequence
A paper published in Nature Chemistry that includes Rice research on the binding rate of DNA strands is featured. David Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, is mentioned.
Microsoft Research Blog
http://bit.ly/2yhfdCE

Wrinkles give heat a jolt in pillared graphene
Pillared graphene would transfer heat better if the theoretical material had a few asymmetric junctions that caused wrinkles, according to Rice engineers. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted, and fellow researcher Navid Sakhavand ’15 is mentioned.
Science & Technology Research News
http://bit.ly/2ydUGPj

Transforming energy use in the wake of a natural disaster
Alumnus Andrew Campbell ’97 authored an op-ed on energy efficiency in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Metering & Smart Energy International
http://bit.ly/2zrH1pm

Meanwhile, back in Barcelona …
Alumnus Kyle Voosen ’01 authored an article on the IoT Solutions World Congress.
Semiconductor Engineering
http://bit.ly/2iFHZ9N

Ask the pros: Cellist Norman Fischer — ‘Importance of new music during a student’s formative years’
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, comments.
The Violin Channel
http://bit.ly/2hdhkRi

White graphene market predicted to witness surge in the near future
Rice research on transfer of heat through white graphene nanotubes is mentioned.
Military Technologies
http://bit.ly/2yI8JB2

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Changes at the Winter Antiques Show
Rice Trustee Emeritus Michael R. Lynch ’73 will co-chair the Winter Antiques Show in New York.
Maine Antique Digest
http://bit.ly/2zrNnar

BC hosts ‘Walden’ premiere
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley will moderate a discussion on “Walden,” a documentary by Ken Burns that examines the relationship between the philosophy of author Henry David Thoreau and contemporary societal and environmental challenges, Nov. 8 in Boston. Brinkley also will speak Nov. 14 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Boston College News
http://bit.ly/2AhLIS5
Bucksbaum Lecture to feature history as main focus
Times-Delphic
http://bit.ly/2hkJeye

Balancing nature and growth
Alumnus Skye Schell ’05, the executive director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, is featured
Jackson Hole News & Guide
http://bit.ly/2zp5Swm

Snabba Hus vinnaren av Nordic Architecture Fair Award
Alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 and former Rice guest professor Julien De Smedt were on the judging committee for the 2017 Nordic Architecture Fair Award, which highlighted projects in Nordic countries.
MyNewsdesk Sweden (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2AkfS75

Faculty additions and promotions at the School of Architecture and Planning
Alumna Ana Miljacki ’99 was promoted to associated professor with tenure in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Architecture.
MIT News (This article also appeared at Environment Guru.)
http://bit.ly/2hmC64r

Nasser Kehtarnavaz celebrates 35 years of engineering experience
Alumnus Nasser Kehtarnavaz ’84 was included in Marquis Who’s Who.
NB Herald
http://bit.ly/2m4fgAp

Académico UDLAP recibe el nombramiento Non Resident Scholar en el Centro México del Baker Institute
Juan Antonio Le Clercq Ortega of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla received an invitation to become an affiliated professor or non-resident scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Diario Momento (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2zoQmR6

SPORTS

Desperate for a win, Rice may already be looking ahead to next year
The Rice football team hosts the University of Southern Mississippi Nov. 11. Coach David Bailiff is quoted. Players Miklo Smalls, Sam Glaesmann, Sam Stewart, Nahshon Ellerbe, Aston Walter, Emmanuel Esukpa, Austin Walter, Austin Trammell, Aaron Cephus, Ozuma Osuji, Joseph Dill, Cole Thomas, J.T. Ibe, Calvin Anderson, Ken Thompson, Jordan Myers, Lance Wright, V.J. Banks, Carl Thompson, Blaine Padgett, Graysen Schantz and Cory Klingler are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2hTJlxY
http://bit.ly/2zFWntc
Rice increasingly relying on young depth
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2iERE01
FB: Week 11 preview
ConferenceUSA.com
http://bit.ly/2iEtCCm

State of Texas power rankings: Week 10
Rice is No. 10 in a ranking of Texas’ college football teams and No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA teams.
Frogs O’ War
http://bit.ly/2ycX09x
Florida Atlantic stays on top of Conference USA Power Rankings
Virginian-Pilot
http://bit.ly/2Al2y2d

Baylor soccer finishes nationally ranked
The Rice women’s soccer team will face Baylor University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 10 in Waco.
KXXV.com
http://bit.ly/2iEDhc2
SOC checks in at No. 23 in final regular season poll
BaylorBears.com
http://bit.ly/2AtIw6q

Southern Miss drops 4-set match against Rice
The Rice volleyball team defeated the University of Southern Mississippi 3-1 Nov. 5.
Student Printz
http://bit.ly/2zrEXQa
Pine Crest sweeps defending state champion Westminster Christian
An article on Florida high school volleyball mentions Pine Crest High School’s Maddie Fowler has committed to play at Rice.
Miami Herald
http://hrld.us/2znKPKY

Hogs to battle for regional crown in College Station
The Rice cross country teams will compete in the NCAA South Central Region Championships Nov. 10 in College Station, Texas.
ArkansasRazorbacks.com
http://bit.ly/2zGbfrT
http://bit.ly/2AuqnWf

NEWS RELEASE

Nanoshells could deliver more chemo with fewer side effects
Researchers investigating ways to deliver high doses of cancer-killing drugs inside tumors have shown they can use a laser and light-activated gold nanoparticles to remotely trigger the release of approved cancer drugs inside cancer cells in laboratory cultures.
http://bit.ly/2m491MZ

About Matt Wilson

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