Dateline Rice for Feb. 16, 2018


Medical careers may influence Christians’ sense of faith and health
Eighty percent of black and Latino Americans interviewed in a recent Rice study said they believe in the potential healing power of religious faith, while nearly two-thirds of Korean-Americans interviewed said that a religious environment mainly provides support for individuals with regard to health decisions, but made few mentions of prayer or divine healing. Co-authors Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, and Cleve Tinsley, a graduate student in religious studies, are quoted. Ecklund also discussed the relationship between religion and science on the “Conversation with NAE President Leith Anderson” podcast.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Feb. 16 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
Religion versus science
National Association of Evangelicals

Guyana is about to open up Pandora’s barrel
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an op-ed on Guyana’s oil reserves.

How I Made It: Ann Dashiell on selling some of L.A.’s most noteworthy homes
An article on real estate agent Ann Dashiell mentions her father was a landscape architect whose projects included work on Rice’s campus.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.)


Could President Trump be the best thing that ever happened to political activism?
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. Jones also is quoted in a story on a controversial campaign ad for Texas congressional candidate Kathaleen Wall.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Local candidate’s campaign ad draws criticism

Outdated flood zone maps, growing Corpus Christi could lead to disaster
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

SensorRX proves its product by giving it away, but now it’s time to make money; Health-tech app aims to tame migraines
Former Provost George McLendon, professor emeritus of chemistry, is mentioned.
Austin Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Blinn College students showcase skills at intercollegiate speech and debate tournament
An article on the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association Tournament mentions Rice students participated.
The Eagle


‘Houston Newsmakers’ Feb. 15: Harvey recovery, film festivals, slavery history
Fay Yarbrough, associate professor of history, discusses the Choctaw Indian Nation siding with the Confederacy during the Civil War during this week’s episode of “Houston Newsmakers.”

KWKT-TV (Waco, Texas)
A Belton High School student plans to attend Rice.


Graphene on toast? Edible electronics could help shield you from food poisoning
Rice scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene 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. Tour also is quoted in an article on nanorobots programmed to deliver cancer treatment.
Yahoo! Finance (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
DNA nanorobots programmed to kill tumors: The latest weapon against cancer
Junior College
Arizona State University creates cancer-fighting nanorobots
Click Lancashire

Fast-spinning spheres show nanoscale systems’ secrets
Spin a merry-go-round fast enough and the riders fly off in all directions. But the spinning particles in the Rice lab of chemical engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal do the opposite. Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Elaa Hilou, co-author of the study, are quoted. Rice graduate alumnus Di Du, now a research statistical analyst at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and graduate student Steve Kuei, co-authors of the paper, are also mentioned.
Nano Daily

Genes offer clues to nanoparticle mysteries
Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s NEWT Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Controlled Environments (Similar articles appeared in Nanowerk, and Infosurhoy.)

Glass production in Nigeria between the 11th and 15th century AD
Scholars from Rice, University College London and the Field Museum found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans. Alumnus Abidemi Babatunde Babalola ’14, lead author of the study, is featured.
Global Black History

The surprising innovations taking place in plastics
Rice scientists plan to employ the power of the sun to build functional synthetic polymers using photosensitive quantum dots as a catalyst.

How a diabetes drug might stop breast cancer
An international team including Rice researchers has discovered a way to fight the overexpression of a protein associated with the proliferation of breast cancer. Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and postdoctoral fellow Fang Bai are quoted.
Knowridge Science Report

Meet India’s top MBAs from the class of 2019
Graduate student Vishruti Jakhar is featured.
Poets and Quants

Cho-Liang Lin joins Si-Yo Music Society Foundateion roster as master artist
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Broadway World

Resolving interfacial protein dynamics by STReM
Christy Landes, professor of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering, is interviewed.

Why you should feel good about the future of computer science
Graduate student Jeffrey Dudek is featured.

Sri Kulkarni files for the Democratic Party nomination, District 22 seat, which covers Sugar Land, Pearland and parts of Katy
Sri Kulkarni, son of the late Venkatesh Kulkarni, a novelist who taught in Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Texas’ 22nd Congressional District.
Indo American News


Perception, not elections, threatens Mexico reforms
A panel discussion on energy reform and political uncertainty in Mexico was held at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Nonprofits that treat
NEST360°, an international team of engineers, doctors and global health experts, won $15 million through the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change competition and will continue to raise money for its visionary effort to end preventable newborn deaths in Africa. NEST360° is a collaboration of Rice, the University of Malawi, Northwestern University, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and 3rd Stone Design of San Rafael, Calif.
Red Lake Nation News

A quiet Lunar New Year in Prague
Wiess College senior Christine Lo, who is studying abroad at New York University Prague this semester, is quoted.
Washington Square News


Rice runs out of gas in conference loss to Marshall
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to Marshall University 93-80 Feb. 15 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Scott Pera and players Malik Osborne and Connor Cashaw are quoted. Players Ako Adams and Bishop Mency are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Owls succumb to Herd’s 3-point acumen.”)
Burks scores 36, Marshall overtakes Rice 93-80
Fox Sports (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Burks fires in 36 as Marshall rallies past Rice
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Burks, Elmore shoot down Owls, 93-80
Burks’ career night pulls Herd past Owls (This article also appeared in the Register-Herald and at
Herd’s win streak continues, thanks to late run at Rice
WV Metro News

Tough Tops revitalized heading to Rice
The Rice men’s basketball team faces Western Kentucky University Feb. 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse.

No. 17 Texas A&M women rally in 4th quarter to top Florida
A roundup of women’s college basketball games mentions Rice lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 70-63 Feb. 15 in Birmingham, Ala. Players Erica Ogwumike, Nicole Iademarco, Alexah Chrisman and Wendy Knight are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Feb. 15 print edition.)

Rice looks for quicker start in baseball
The Rice baseball team, which opened its season Feb. 16 against Samford University at the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla., is featured. Head coach Wayne Graham and players Ryan Chandler and Dominic DiCaprio are quoted. Players Matt Canterino, Dane Acker, Evan Kravetz, Ricardo Salinas, Trei Cruz and Braden Comeaux and former player Tristan Gray are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Another slow start something Rice plans to avoid.”)
Samford baseball travels to face Rice, Virginia & UCF in season-opening tournament
Cavaliers open baseball season in Orlando
Free Lance-Star (This article also appeared in the Daily Progress, and the News and Advance.)
Virginia baseball opens 2018 season this weekend in Orlando
Augusta Free Press

Close call from last season fuels UH’s drive for Omaha
The Rice baseball team is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Falling short fuels UH’s drive for Omaha.”)

Rice Owls 2018 prespring rankings and analysis
The Rice football team is featured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren and former players Emmanuel Ellerbee, Calvin Anderson and D.J. Green are mentioned.
College Football News

Calderon signs with Rice University
San Marcos High School football player Prudy Calderon signed to play at Rice.
San Marcos Daily Record (Subscription is required.)

Men’s golf heads to All-American Intercollegiate
The Rice men’s golf team will participate in the All-American Intercollegiate Feb. 16-18 at the Golf Club of Houston.

Filling Houston’s Sports Hall of Fame no easy task
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham, former baseball player Lance Berkman ’98, former football coach Jess Neely, former football player Dickie Maegle ’55 and former track and field athletes Emmett Brunson ’29, Bob McKinney and Fred Wolcott ’41 are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Texas Sports Nation section of the Feb. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Seeing lots of stars.”)
Who are the no-brainer future Houston Sports Hall of Famers?
Houston Press


Rice U. graduate student wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Rice’s Brett Gutstein is one of 35 American students awarded a 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Gutstein, a Houstonian, obtained his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Rice last year and will complete his master’s degree in computer science this May.

Rice has two recipients among inaugural cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars
Rice alumna Sonia Garcia and senior Brandi Ransom have been named Knight-Hennessy Scholars. They will join the pioneer cohort of 49 winning scholars at Stanford University, where the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program aims to develop a new generation of international leaders by providing full funding to pursue a graduate education at the California university.

Rice U. expert on voting machines to testify in Austin about election security
Dan Wallach, Rice professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, will testify before the Texas Senate Select Committee on Election Security at a Feb. 22 hearing about recent election irregularities in Texas, a review of voting security protocols and the responsibilities and duties of members of the Electoral College.

About Matt Wilson

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