Dateline Rice for Nov. 9, 2017


The Saudis go for broke against Iran
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on reform efforts by Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Middle East.
Foreign Policy

Laser triggers ‘nanoshells’ to deliver drugs inside tumors
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.
Futurity (Similar articles appeared in Drug Discovery & Development, Science Daily, European Pharmaceutical Review, Controlled Environments Magazine, Photonics Online, Medgadget, Nanowerk and News-Medical.)
Nanoshells could deliver cancer drugs directly to tumors with fewer side effects
United Press International

Gene cluster lets microbes eat dioxane
Rice researchers have discovered a bacteria-borne gene that helps degrade a form of dioxane, a groundwater contaminant and suspected carcinogen. The discovery could be the basis for a much-needed tool to decide how contaminated sites should be treated. Research by the Rice lab of Pedro Alvarez, director of the NEWT Center at Rice University and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, found a novel gene cluster in Mycobacterium dioxanotrophicus PH-06, a mold-like bacterium capable of using 1,4-dioxane as its sole source of carbon and energy.

Trump in Asia: China determined to win the protocol race
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on President Donald Trump’s visit to Asia. Also, Brinkley will give a lecture Nov. 10 in Erie, Pa.
The Diplomat (This article also appeared at
Historian Brinkley headlines Global Summit in Erie on Friday

What do real estate agents have to do with segregation?
An article on factors that cause segregation in cities mentions research from Max Besbris, an assistant professor of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, and Jacob William Faber at New York University that found real estate agents in New York tend to work in white and Asian neighborhoods, in addition to neighborhoods with higher home values.


As college students flee Puerto Rico after storm, they stay put in Houston area following Harvey
An article on Puerto Rican college students relocating to universities on the continential U.S. following Hurricane Maria mentions Rice’s response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Director educated on the streets of Houston
The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will include a screening of “Bodied,” a satire by filmmaker Joseph Kahn set in the world of battle rap, Nov. 9 at the Rice Media Center. Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, will discuss the film with Kahn. Freeman also will perform “Singin’ in the Rain: A Houston and Cinema Arts Celebration” Nov. 11 at White Oak Music Hall, and “Horace Tapscott: Musical Griot” plays Nov. 10 at the Rice Media Center as part of the festival.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
What to wear: Bun B makes it rain for Cinema Arts Festival
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
Houston Cinema Arts Festival guide: Local filmmakers, Oscar movies, ‘Singin’ celebration
CultureMap Houston
‘Musical Griot’ puts spotlight on Third Ward jazz legend Horace Tapscott
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Houston News Info.)
KPRC-TV (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

What movies are showing outside the megaplex?
A roundup of movie listings includes Rice Cinema.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Art gallery and museum listings: Nov. 9-15
Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Texas: 1997-2017” at the former Rice University Gallery and “Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

10 things to do in Houston for $10 or less (8 free), Nov. 9-15
The Nov. 11 Islamic Arts Festival, co-sponsored by Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and the Islamic Arts Society, is mentioned.
Houston Press

Leadership in the church shooting aftermath?
Tom Kolditz, a crisis leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted in an article on the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Final results: New faces at Bellaire council table, HISD board — but incumbents prevail otherwise
Alumna Sue Deigaard ’92 was elected to the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Instant News Bellaire


Harnessing the sun for clean water
Scientists at Rice, Arizona State University and the University of Texas at El Paso are working with Yale University researchers to improve a solar-powered desalination method called membrane distillation, which could be less energy-intensive than reverse osmosis and suitable for underdeveloped areas.
Yale Scientific

Saturn V at 50: NASA moon rocket lifted off on maiden mission 50 years ago
An article on the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Saturn V booster’s first launch mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.

Of humans and robots: Artificial intelligence and the future of work event at MIT brings together Google, IBM and more
A review of “AI and the Future of Work,” hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, mentions Rice was represented.
EdTech Times

Nov. 8 — 2 upcoming events by SCWA
Todd Moss, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will lead a forum discussion on U.S.-Africa relations Nov. 16 in Savannah, Ga.
Savannah Business Journal

Dalian University of Technology dean earns fellow status
Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned in an article on Dalian University of Technology’s Hong-Nan Li.
American Society of Civil Engineers


UTHealth scientists help explain how dietary fat affects stem cell differentiation
You really are what you eat … especially when it comes to fats, according to a study this week in the journal Science Advances that was co-authored by Rice undergraduate Allison Skinkle and colleagues at the Laboratory of Membrane Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s McGovern Medical School. The study examined how the type of fat a person consumes may determine whether stem cells are converted into bone cells or fat cells.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (A similar article appeared at

7 leaders join MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors
Cyvia Wolff, a member of the Shepherd School of Music’s advisory board, was named to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors.
MD Anderson

When MBA apps hit their peak
An article on MBA applications mentions Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business received a record number of applications.
Poets & Quants

Music from Motor City to Med Bow
Alumna Pam Glasser ’82 is profiled.
Saratoga Sun


Breaking down Rice versus Southern Mississippi
The Rice football team faces the University of Southern Mississippi Nov. 11. Owls players Miklo Smalls, Austin Walter, Emmanuel Ellerbee, Jack Fox, Austin Trammell, Sam Glaesmann and Aaron Cephus are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Southern Miss looks to right itself versus reeling Rice
Rice coach David Bailiff and player Brian Womac are mentioned.
Hattiesburg American (This article also appeared in the Clarion Ledger.)

Any type of bowl a success for UT this season
An article on the University of Texas football team mentions Rice has won as many bowl games since 2010 as the Longhorns have.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

College basketball preview: A capsule glance at Houston-area teams
Rice’s men’s basketball team is featured in a season preview. Coach Scott Pera and players Connor Cashaw, A.J. Lapray and Dylan Jones are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Houston News Info.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Last year’s Final Four teams expecting boost from transfers
Former Rice basketball player Egor Koulechov ’17, who now plays at the University of Florida, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

VCU hoops inks 4 on signing day, led by Texas standout guard P.J. Byrd
An article on Virginia Commonwealth University’s men’s basketball team mentions former Rice coach Mike Rhoades.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Early signing period commitment list
A list of high school athletes who have signed with universities mentions volleyball player Carly Graham, baseball players Brandon Deskins and Antonio Cruz and basketball player Jasmine Smith signed with Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Signing day: 16 War Eagles announce college choices
Houston Chronicle
High school stars focus in on future on signing day
Basketball player Chris Mullins signed to play at Rice.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Signing day, Nov. 2017: Who’s signing where?
High school swimmer Shannon Jelley signed with Rice.
Cincinnati Enquirer
National Signing Day for area high school athletes
High school baseball player Caleb Burgess signed to play at Rice.
Cross Timbers Gazette

About Matt Wilson

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