Dateline Rice for Nov. 21, 2017


2017 AAAS Fellows recognized for advancing science
Rice professors Janet Braam and José Onuchic have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Braam and Onuchic are among 396 AAAS members elected by their peers to this year’s class of fellows. Fewer than 1 percent of the association’s members are elected each year. Fellows are selected for their distinguished efforts to advance science or scientific applications.


Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed on Nebraska officials’ recent approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project in their state.
The Hill (This article also appeared at

Does sexual harassment training work? Here’s what the research shows
Associate Professor of Psychology Eden King is quoted in an article on the effectiveness of sexual harassment training in the workplace.

Applause, and a caution, for the planned Museum and Institute of California Art
An article on the University of California at Irvine’s plans to build a Museum and Institute of California Art mentions that Michael Maltzan Architecture designed Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.)

Long read: Why the Alabama Senate race is now everyone’s problem
Alumnus Andrée Reeves ’84 wrote about the race between former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and former state Attorney General Luther Strange to replace Jeff Sessions, whose U.S. Senate seat was vacated when he became U.S. attorney general under President Donald Trump. Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
LSE USCentre

NIH awards Fannin phase 1 SBIR grant for pediatric stent removal device
Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and Department of Bioengineering worked with Chester J. Koh, a pediatric urologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and the Fannin Innovation Studio to find a simpler way to remove stents in children after kidney surgery. Fannin Innovation Studio was awarded a grant for development and testing by the National Institutes of Health.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (This article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)


Houston BCycle rolls out new stations on Rice University campus and offers $25 student memberships
Richard Johnson, director of Rice’s Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management, and Lisa Lin, transportation demand management program manager, are quoted in an article on the expansion of Houston BCycle to Rice’s campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

Veterans Business Battle accepting applications for its 2018 event
Veterans Business Battle, which is hosted by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization-Houston and Rice’s Veterans in Business Association, is accepting applications for the next edition of the annual event.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Business section of the Nov. 21 print edition with a different headline, “Entries accepted for Veterans Business Battle.”)

Newly launched study will survey effects of Harvey
Researchers from Rice University and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at University of Houston will survey as many as 2,000 people in the Houston area over five years to record the human impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is mentioned.
Daily Cougar

‘From Sainthood to Sickness: The Medicalization of Anorexia’
Graduate student Els Woudstra will present “From Sainthood to Sickness: The Medicalization of Anorexia” Nov. 21 at The Health Museum.


Full show: Conversations we’re thankful for (Nov. 21, 2017)
A roundup of stories from 2017 includes a feature on the Farm-to-Fork Dinner hosted at Rice. Susann Glenn, manager of communications for Housing and Dining, and Jones College senior Meredith Glaubach are interviewed.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories, thanks to a one-of-a-kind instrument that allowed them to hear what the atmosphere is saying with rare nitrogen molecules. Yeung and colleagues at Rice, UCLA, Michigan State University and the University of New Mexico counted rare molecules in the atmosphere that contain only heavy isotopes of nitrogen and discovered a planetary-scale tug-of-war between life, the deep Earth and the upper atmosphere that is expressed in atmospheric nitrogen.
Science Newsline (This article also appeared on the front page of Science360 News, at Labroots and at Scienmag.)
L’antica lotta per la vita dell’azoto: messo in luce per la prima volta un antico processo
MeteoWeb (A similar article appeared at Zazoom.) (An English translation is not available.)

‘One Scar Too Many: The Associations Between Traumatic Events and Psychological Distress Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants’
More than three-fourths 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 Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Can Trump nudge Texas to dip into its rainy day fund?
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 an article on President Donald Trump’s attempt to convince Texas Republican leadership to tap into the state’s $10 billion rainy day fund to supplement federal funding for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey recovery efforts.
E&E News

US academics predict buildings will be 3-D-printed as a single structure
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. Postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is quoted.
Global Construction Review

Latest startups aim to revolutionize industry with advanced technology
A roundup of energy startups mentions Rice engineers worked with Strode Pennebaker to develop solar-powered sensors for monitoring stripper wells, which are oil or gas wells nearing the end of their usefulness.
American Oil & Gas Reporter


McCoy, Juiston lead UNLV to 95-68 win over Rice
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas Nov. 20 in the MGM Resorts Main Event.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 30 media outlets, and a portion appeared in the Sports section of the Nov. 21 print edition of the Houston Chronicle as part of a college basketball roundup.)
UNLV cruises past Rice 95-68 for 4th-straight blowout win
Las Vegas Review-Journal
3 takeaways from UNLV’s 95-68 win over Rice
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Brandon McCoy leads UNLV to dominant win over Rice
Las Vegas Sun
No, it wasn’t just another inferior opponent — Rebels are a good team
Las Vegas Sun
KVVU-TV (Las Vegas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KNPR-FM (Las Vegas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Conference USA power rankings Week 12
Rice is No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.
Underdog Dynasty

Invitational week recap: Northwestern, Missouri, Houston, Rutgers events
The Rice women’s swimming team is mentioned in a roundup of meets.
Swimming World (This article also appeared in Houston News.)

UTA tennis serves up 2018 season schedule
The Rice women’s tennis team will face the University of Texas at Arlington during the upcoming season.
The Shorthorn


Rice MBA ranked among top 10 in US
The Master of Business Administration program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 10 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s new analysis of the best full-time MBA programs in the nation. This marks the second year in a row that the school is ranked among the top 10. To create the ranking, Bloomberg Businessweek surveyed recruiters and the programs’ alumni and students. It also looked at graduates’ success in finding jobs with high starting salaries.

Shepherd School Chamber Players to perform Nov. 30
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will host the inaugural performances of the Shepherd School Chamber Players, a new initiative and extension of the Shepherd School Chamber Orchestra, Nov. 30. The three mini-performances will be held at 5:30, 7:30 and 9 p.m. with intermissions between the concerts. These new performances will feature larger chamber music ensembles such as sextets, septets, octets and nonets, giving Shepherd School students the opportunity to perform repertoire not typically explored in a chamber setting.

About Matt Wilson

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