Dateline Rice for Feb. 14, 2018


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak at Rice University’s commencement
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, who served as New York City’s mayor for three consecutive terms, will present the 2018 commencement address at Rice May 12. President David Leebron is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Graphene on toast could lead to edible electronics
Rice scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene (LIG) have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted and co-lead author Ruquan Ye ’15 is mentioned in the Futurity article. Tour, Ye, graduate student Yilun Li and postdoctoral fellow Swantantra Pratap Singh are mentioned in the Textile World article. Tour also is quoted in an article on using nanorobots to deliver cancer drugs directly to tumors.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Feb. 14 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
Rice University scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard
Textile World (Similar articles appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Nanorobots successfully kill cancerous tumours
News Trend Today

Abraham Lincoln’s secret visit to slaves
Graduate student William Black authored an article on an oral account of alleged visits by Abraham Lincoln to plantations in the South before becoming president.
The Atlantic (This article also appeared in History News Network.)

After more than a year, Trump still doesn’t have a science adviser
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Boston Globe (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)
Trump’s science adviser, age 31, has a political science degree
Scientific American (This article also appeared in Climatewire and E&E News.)
Still available
Genome Web

Texas after the storm: How Hurricane Harvey swept in a war between industry and environment
John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science, is quoted.

Milwaukee Symphony to perform Pierre Jalbert’s new violin concerto
Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto will be performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Feb. 16-17. Jalbert is a professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


Famed author takes Houston crowd on a whirlwind journey
President David Leebron attended the Inprint Poets and Writers Ball.

Making knowledge an open book with no-cost educational resources
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Rivard Report


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is ranked as the most difficult university to be admitted to in Texas by 24/7 Wall St. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

How to avoid surprise doctor’s bills
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on doctors charging extra fees for physical exams.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WJFW-TV (Wausau, Wis.)
A story on the University of Wisconsin System mentions high school student Hadley Cruse will attend Rice. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


2018 best Southwestern colleges and universities
Rice is No. 1 on The Edvocate’s ranking of best colleges and universities in the Southwest.
The Edvocate

Tepper, Kelley, Hough and Jindal top our debut online MBA ranking
The Jones Graduate School of Business’ online MBA program is mentioned.
Poets and Quants

The tax credit passed. But will it be used?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on Congress’ passage of a tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration.

Rethinking the Caribbean rebuild
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article on reconstruction efforts on islands damaged by hurricanes in 2017.
Travel Weekly

Quantum dots catalyze polymer creation
Rice scientists plan to employ the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive quantum dots — microscopic semiconducting particles — as a catalyst. Eilaf Egap, an assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher and lead author Yiming Huang and graduate student Yifan Zhu are mentioned.
Photonics (A similar article appeared in Global News Connect.)

The Heat: Oil power
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, participates in a panel discussion on projections by the International Energy Agency that the United States will pass Saudi Arabia to become the world’s No. 2 oil producer behind Russia.
CGTN America (This also appeared in Long Island Tech News.)

Anxiety ‘chain reaction’ opens door to diabetes
Scientists have uncovered a link between emotional stress and diabetes, with roots in the brain’s ability to control anxiety. Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and Kyle Murdock, a postdoctoral research fellow in psychology, are quoted.
Knowridge Science Report

The soul of Houston has been saved — the Astrodome will be reborn
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Realty News Report

Rice cleanroom position
Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering and department chair of physics and astronomy, authored a blog post.
Nanoscale Views

Da Camera presents pianist Garrick Ohlsson, March 2
“Garrick Ohlsson Plays Beethoven” is March 2 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Broadway World

Künstliche embryonen
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted in an article on stem cells’ ability to form structures that resemble human embryos.
Technology Review (An English translation is not available.)


Rice scientist shares $20M in grants from the US Air Force
Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, was one of 45 scientists and engineers to be awarded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Young Investigator Research Program.
India Abroad

Roderick McIntosh appointed the Stephenson Professor of Anthropology
Former Rice faculty member Roderick McIntosh is featured.
Yale News

Brosman to be keynote speaker
Alumna Catharine Savage Brosman ’55 will speak at the Upcountry Literary Festival in Union, S.C.

Meet the latest members of the ABAA
Alumnus William Allison ’75 joined the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America.
New Antiquarian


2018 preseason projected field of 64
Rice is mentioned in a projection of the NCAA baseball tournament field.

Here are our top picks for the Houston Sports Hall of Fame
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
CultureMap Houston

WKU playing confidently into second Texas road swing
An article on the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team mentions the Hilltoppers face Rice Feb. 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Bowling Green Daily News
Back to Texas: Tops face tricky test at UNT on Thursday

Aggie women’s tennis team to face Owls looking for record start
The Rice women’s tennis team takes on Texas A&M University Feb. 14 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
The Eagle
Aggie women’s tennis eyes record start at Rice

Week 7: The weekend roundup
An article on Dartmouth College sports mentions the men’s tennis team defeated Rice Feb. 11.
The Dartmouth

Best in Texas: Which college football uniform is the best?
The Rice football team’s uniforms are mentioned.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

UH Cougars release 2018 football schedule
The Rice football team’s Sept. 1 game against the University of Houston is mentioned.
Houston 2018 football schedule released
Underdog Dynasty
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Cougs on Cougs: #BYUValentines
An article on Brigham Young University sports mentions former Rice running backs coach AJ Steward was hired for the same role with the Cougars. (This article also appeared in SB Nation.)

NBC Sports Bay Area
Former Rice cross-country and track runner Nicole Mericle ’10 is featured as a competitor in the Spartan Race. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Michael R. Bloomberg named Rice University’s 2018 commencement speaker
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, who served as New York City’s mayor for three consecutive terms, will present the 2018 commencement address at Rice May 12.

Public religion across the world topic of Rice U. talk Feb. 21
The global impact of Christianity, particularly in China and other Asian countries, will be addressed by a panel hosted by Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in Herring Hall, Room 100. Titled “Public Religion From West to East,” the event is free and open to the public.

About Matt Wilson

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