Dateline Rice for Nov. 16, 2017

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Harvard is ranked best business school for third straight year
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is No. 10 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s ranking of top MBA programs.
Bloomberg
https://bloom.bg/2AMSXlb

What the latest Senate tax plan could mean for you
John Diamond, director of the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Senate Republicans’ proposed tax overhaul.
Consumer Reports
http://bit.ly/2AShAgW

As electronics shrink, add wrinkles to 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, and alumnus Navid Sakhavand ’15 found that manipulating the joints between the nanotubes and graphene has a significant impact on the material’s ability to direct heat.
Futurity
http://bit.ly/2A3ukV5

Russia shores up Venezuelan ally, but lifeline may not be enough
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Russia’s agreement to reschedule Venezuela’s debt.
Bloomberg
https://bloom.bg/2hw9HoX

Jacksonville’s poorest residents live in the worst flood zones
An article on flooding in Jacksonville, Fla., mentions a study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston that found Houston floodplain maps failed to predict roughly 75 percent of flood damage from five floods between 1999 and 2009.
CityLab
http://bit.ly/2in4UY2

Richmond-area couple featured on HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’
Newlyweds Rich and Lauren Spain, former Duncan College resident associates, will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” Nov. 16.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
http://bit.ly/2AOozGO

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Texas college leaders worry about impact of federal tax overhaul
Graduate Student Association President Sydney Gibson is quoted about how graduate students might be impacted by the proposed federal tax overhaul.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Nov. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Tax plan worries colleges in Texas.”)

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Owning a car is expensive. Having options helps people save money.
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, wrote about a study of 148 midsize U.S. cities that showed income inequality declined when the percentage of commuters using transportation other than single-occupancy vehicles increased.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. It originally appeared on the Kinder Institute’s blog, “The Urban Edge.”)
http://bit.ly/2ALnTlz

A Dallas executive tries to replicate past success with CrossFirst Bank
Tom Kolditz, a crisis leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted in an article on CrossFirst Bank Chairman George Jones.
D Magazine
http://bit.ly/2hy2Lb6

On the go: Murals, dog yoga and a bluegrass ‘Tommy’
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and alumnus David Eagleman ’93, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, will discuss their book “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World” Nov. 16 at Houston’s Christ Church Cathedral.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://bit.ly/2hxamGM
http://bit.ly/2AU0HCI

Quality of care for older Texas patients with colon cancer on the rise, still room for improvement
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is a co-author on a study that examined adherence to treatment guidelines among older Texas colon cancer patients since 2001.
Katy News (A similar article also appeared in Newswise.)
http://bit.ly/2A3ykVg

BROADCAST

City Club of Chicago: ‘Make New History — Discovering the Chicago Architecture Biennial’
An article on a panel discussion mentions that Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee held the Cullinan Visiting Chair at Rice.
WGNRadio.com
http://bit.ly/2myzfr6

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Rice researchers to demonstrate water desalination technology
Rice researchers who pioneered a solar water desalination project, SNOWater, will participate in the inaugural University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in Washington, D.C. SNOWater was invented by Rice graduate student Pratiksha Dongare and Rice postdoctoral research fellow Alessandro Alabastri in Rice’s Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Research Center.
Water Online
http://bit.ly/2zM2c5F

How not to gain weight over the holidays
With the holidays coming up, how can a person avoid gaining a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Roberta Anding, lecturer in kinesiology at Rice, a dietitian and sports nutritionist for Rice Athletics and the Houston Astros, and the performance dietitian for Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs, is quoted.
Health News Digest
http://bit.ly/2AMbQo8

Trauma greets many illegal immigrants in US
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. Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
HealthDay
http://bit.ly/2jvd9of

Serving low-income kids requires multiple local agencies
An article on educating low-income youth mentions a Rice study that found children living in high-poverty neighborhoods are a year behind academically based on standardized assessments.
Cabinet Report
http://bit.ly/2zMuD3q

Houston Cinema Arts Festival opening night is a success!
An article on the Houston Cinema Arts festival mentions events were held at Rice Cinema. Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, also is mentioned.
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/2mwM6tJ

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

University of Wyoming calendar for Nov. 20-26
Rice coastal geologist Jeffrey Nittrouer, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, will speak Nov. 20 in Laramie, Wyo.
UW News
http://bit.ly/2z6NDfZ

The health benefits of activated charcoal — carbon C60 anti-aging discovery
Research by Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with British chemist Sir Harold Kroto for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon, is mentioned.
Before It’s News
http://bit.ly/2zJPEyi

SPORTS

Breaking down Rice versus Old Dominion
Rice football players Nahshon Ellerbe, Aaron Cephus and Emmanuel Ellerbee and former player Darik Dillard are mentioned in a preview of the Owls’ Nov. 18 game against Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yNP3Id

130-team S&P+ rankings, where Ohio State somehow remains the safest bet in college football
Rice is mentioned in a ranking of college football teams.
SB Nation
http://bit.ly/2z6gcKv

Andre Johnson and the pantheon of Houston’s longest-tenured athletes
A slideshow of Houston athletes includes former Rice baseball star Lance Berkman.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2jxfjnm
http://bit.ly/2AL2OYI

No. 2 seed Lady Toppers prepared to defend title in E.A. Diddle Arena
The Rice volleyball team faces the University of Southern Mississippi Nov. 17 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament in Bowling Green, Ky.
WBKO.com
http://bit.ly/2ALy9KH
Lady Toppers get home-court edge for C-USA tournament
Bowling Green Daily News
http://bit.ly/2hICMkR

Falcons head to Houston for Phill Hansel invite
The Rice women’s swimming team will compete in the Phill Hansel Invitational Nov. 16-18 at the University of Houston.
GoAirForceFalcons.com
http://bit.ly/2AMGgqk

Tuloso-Midway star distance runner Castillo chooses Rice
Tuloso-Midway High School’s Ace Castillo signed to run track and cross-country at Rice.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
http://bit.ly/2A3eeL4
‘3 News at 10’
KIII-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2mvHtQQ

NEWS RELEASES

Math gets real in strong, lightweight structures
Rice engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials with complex, repeating patterns. The porous structures called schwarzites are designed with computer algorithms, but Rice researchers found they could send data from the programs to printers and make macroscale, polymer models for testing. Their samples strive to use as little material as possible and still provide strength and compressibility.
http://bit.ly/2AMbD4s

How not to gain weight over the holidays
With the holidays coming up, how can a person avoid gaining a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Roberta Anding, lecturer in kinesiology at Rice, a dietitian and sports nutritionist for Rice Athletics and the Houston Astros, and the performance dietitian for Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs, is available to discuss the topic.
http://bit.ly/2hCtO8G

About Matt Wilson

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