Dateline Rice for March 9, 2018


Sugar cubes solve big problem with lithium metal batteries
Scientists at Rice and Arizona State University got a bit of sweet satisfaction from their solution to a long-standing conundrum: the formation of dendrites that degrade and ultimately destroy lithium metal batteries. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang is quoted, and former Rice postdoctoral researcher Liang Hong and graduate student Fan Wang are mentioned.
Futurity (This article was featured in the March 9 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)

Cancer-killing hydrogel stays in place until the job is done
An immunotherapy drug embedded in STINGel, a slow-release hydrogel invented at Rice in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, appears to be highly effective at killing cancer cells. Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and of bioengineering, is quoted.
New Atlas (Similar articles appeared in Pharmaceutical Technology, The Engineer and Brinkwire.)

In Texas midterms, ‘blue wave’ may look more like a ripple
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 multiple articles on politics.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
National Democrats stick with aggressive primary strategy despite Texas results (This ABC News Radio article appeared in more than 10 media outlets.)
North Texas Republican enters House speaker race
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Democrat turnout surges 87 percent in Texas primary since 2014


Wishing trees, Asian fare take Tiger Ball to the stars
Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Tudor ’82, President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun attended Asia Society’s Tiger Ball. Tudor and Sun are pictured in a Houston Chronicle slideshow, and Leebron and Sun are pictured in a PaperCity slideshow. Leebron also is mentioned in a KUT-FM story on a group of about 50 college presidents who co-signed a letter sent to U.S. lawmakers criticizing a new tax on private university endowments.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Houston’s own Taj Mahal hosts a wild Tiger Ball
Guests toast the diversity of Asia at 2018 Tiger Ball, exceeding fundraising goal and honoring Sylvia and Gordon Quan
Indo American News
KUT-FM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

An article on sexual abuse and harassment mentions Rice programs to prevent sexual misconduct and to provide support and services to survivors.
TMC News

President’s perspective: Planning for green space and outdoor activity at the TMC
An article by Texas Medical Center President and CEO William F. McKeon mentions bike-share stations on the Rice campus.
TMC News

The Woodlands named 7th best city to live in USA
Alumnus Robert Heineman ’69, vice president of planning for the Woodlands Development Co., is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Courier of Montgomery County.)

Drink craft beer for a good cause at the Houston Zoo’s first-ever Brew at the Zoo event
A slideshow mentions that alumni Brock Wagner ’87 and Kevin Bartol ’81 founded Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Peggie Miller: Houston Early Music brings classical violin sonatas
Boston Baroque will perform “The Mystery Sonatas” May 5 at Rice’s Duncan Recital Hall.
Houston Chronicle

Karen Scholer sworn in as United States district judge for the Northern District of Texas
Alumna Karen Gren Scholer ’79 is featured.
Texoma’s Homepage


‘One-of-a-kind’ cricket complex to rise northwest of Houston
Research on the growth of Houston’s Asian population is mentioned. (This article originally appeared in Houston Business Journal.)

Walk with pets to raise money during the 3rd annual Bark for BARC Pet Walk
The Houston BARC Foundation’s Bark for BARC Pet Walk will be April 28 on the Rice campus.


What’s behind Gazprom’s decision to cut off supply to Ukraine
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on Russian state energy company Gazprom.
Energy Post (This article also appeared in Energy Collective.)

Breaking the mold of fluorescence imaging
Lenses are no longer necessary for some microscopes, according to Rice engineers developing FlatScope, a thin fluorescent microscope whose abilities promise to surpass those of old-school devices. Quoted are Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering; and Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Space Daily (Similar articles appeared in and Zenopia.)

Rational Middle begins screenings of immigration documentary series, prompting gears and discussion
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy hosted a screening of short films from the “Rational Middle of Immigration” series March 7.
Construction Citizen

Bridging the gender wage gap
Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation and assessment in Rice’s School of Engineering, is quoted.
American Society of Civil Engineers News

Back to the future of high-performance computing
The 11th annual Rice Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference, hosted by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and scheduled for March 12-13, is featured. Jan Odegard, executive director of the Kennedy Institute, is mentioned.
Vertical Industries Blog

Interview with the CFO: Spero Therapeutics Inc.
Alumnus Joel Sendek ’89 is featured.
Wall Street Transcript


Big Squid Inc. welcomes Jorge Zuloaga as senior director of data sciences
Alumnus Jorge Zuloaga ’10 is featured. (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Democrat hoping to unseat Reese
Alumna Clare Dooley ’91 is running for state representative in Pennsylvania.
Bradford Era (This article also appeared in Daily American.)

Female engineering pioneers
Alumna Sandra Carberry ’70 is featured.
University of Delaware

‘The Badness of Pain’
Gwen Bradford, assistant professor of philosophy, will present a lecture March 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
University of British Columbia

Battle for Europe
Ewa Thompson, research professor of Slavic studies, is mentioned.
First Things

Soloists to join WMSO April 7
Alumnus Tomasz Robak ’13 will perform with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra in Show Low, Ariz.
White Mountain Independent

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Bin Huang, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is mentioned as a co-founder of Pheramor, a genetics-based dating app.
El Nuevodia (An English translation is not available.)


Family, friends, teammates mourn Hardin-Jefferson, Rice football player
The Rice football team attended the funeral service for Lovett College junior Blain Padgett, a member of the Rice football team who died March 2. Former Owls player J.T. Granato is quoted in a Houston Chronicle article. He and former assistant coach Frank Okam are quoted in, KABB-TV and KFDX-TV stories, head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in a KRIV-TV story and player Jack Fox is quoted in a article.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
Rice Owls football star Blain Padgett remembered
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Funeral held for Rice University football player Blain Padgett
KABB-TV (San Antonio) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Family and friends celebrate the life and mourn the loss of football star Blain Padgett (This article also appeared in
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on KJAC-TV in Beaumont.)
KFDX-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice gets revenge, in semifinals
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated Middle Tennessee State University 61-53 March 8 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament in Frisco, Texas. Owl Erica Ogwumike is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 9 print edition.)
MTSU women’s basketball falls to Rice in Conference USA tournament
Daily News Journal
Women’s basketball: Lady Raiders eliminated by Rice in C-USA quarterfinals
MTSU Sidelines

CSCAA announces Jean Freeman Scholarship recipients
Rice assistant swimming coach Amanda Caldwell received a Jean Freeman Scholarship from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America to cover the cost of attending the CSCAA Convention and Clinic May 6-8 in Evanston, Ill.
Swimming World
CSCAA selects 6 Freeman Award winners

Baseball preview: Head coach Machtolf swings for fourth conference title in six years despite lacking go-to player
An article on Gonzaga University’s baseball team mentions the Bulldogs face Rice March 9-11 at Reckling Park.
Gonzaga Bulletin

Pioneers set for matches against Wyoming, Rice
The Rice women’s tennis team will face Denver University March 10 in Denver.

Salisbury’s Nelson earns lacrosse honor
McMurtry College junior Davis Nelson, a member of Rice’s club lacrosse team, earned the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II Under Armour Commanding Performance of the Week.
Salisbury Post

KHOU-TV (Houston)
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon, who plays for the Washington Nationals, is featured. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Chicago White Sox prospect preview: Nos. 22-24
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens ’15 is featured.

South County boys’ basketball wins 1st-ever Virginia state championship
An article mentions high school basketball player Quentin Millora-Brown is signed to play at Rice.
Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Veteran coach hired to take over local high school program
An article on Killeen Ellison High School football coach Todd Wright mentions he was a graduate assistant coach at Rice.

About Matt Wilson

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