Dateline Rice for March 14, 2018


Cabinet chaos: Trump’s team battles scandal, irrelevance
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on turnover and turmoil in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.
New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 200 media outlets.)

10 ways health care team training benefits patients
When implemented correctly, health care team training can reduce patient mortality by 13 percent, according to a new review paper by a psychologist at Rice. Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.

Thank volcanoes from T. rex era for America’s oil dominance
Nutrient-rich ash from an enormous flare-up of volcanic eruptions toward the end of the dinosaurs’ reign kicked off a chain of events that led to the formation of shale gas and oil fields from Texas to Montana. Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted in a Terra Daily article.
Ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas
Terra Daily

I usually hate Pi Day, but I don’t this year
Alumna Evelyn Lamb ’09 authored an op-ed.
Chicago Tribune


The long road to President Trump’s tweet firing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the March 14 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Rocky road leads to ouster at State.”)

Teams selected for Rice University tech startup competition
Forty-two teams hailing from some of the world’s top universities will vie for more than $1 million in prizes at the 18th annual Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business April 5-7.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A portion of this article appeared in a roundup of business news in the March 14 print edition under the headline, “Modest rise in price index.”)

The things we carried during Harvey
Claudia Kolker, associate director of intellectual capital, marketing and communications at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article on items people chose to take with them while evacuating their homes during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at the Jones School and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, and Rice research on the effect clothes have on the wearer are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Prominent Houston women you need to know about in 2018
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Everhart: What can lawyers learn from pi? It depends
Alumnus Ian Everhart ’06 authored an op-ed. A 2012 photo of pies in the Academic Quad as part of a Pi Day celebration is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 14 print edition with a different headline, “They may hate math, but lawyers can learn a lot from pi.”)

HBJ names David Harvey as 2018 Landmark Awards Lifetime Achievement winner
David Harvey Jr., a member of the Rice Design Alliance Board of Directors, is featured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Listening rituals: Hans Tutschku at the Moody Center
Composer Hans Tutschku will perform April 5 at the Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ Lois Chiles Studio Theater and April 7 at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Arts and Culture Texas

Upcoming Bullard ISD election to feature 8 candidates vying for 3 seats
Alumnus Brent Bishop ’98 is running for a seat on the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Bullard News

Expert on North and South Korea to talk about issues
Alumnus Scott Snyder ’87 will speak March 14 in San Angelo.
Concho Valley Homepage


Houston transit: Why rail lines may not be enough to eliminate gridlock
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about the history and future of transportation in Houston. His book, “Power Moves: Transportation, Politics and Development in Houston,” which examines the history and impact of Houston’s transportation decisions, is featured, and an extended interview is included.

KRIV-TV (Houston)
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses President Trump’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KHOU-TV (Houston)
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will speak at a March 14 event hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the challenges of traveling to Mars. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WTKS-FM (Orlando, Fla.)
Rice’s student enrollment is mentioned during a trivia contest. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Peptide hydrogel promotes tissue growth to heal without drugs
Sometimes when you’re invested in a project you fail to notice things that turn out to be significant. Researchers in the Rice lab of Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and bioengineering, had just such an experience with the hydrogels they developed as a synthetic scaffold to deliver drugs and encourage the growth of cells and blood vessels for new tissue. Hartgerink is quoted.
Drug-delivery system can help heal even without drugs
Technology Networks

Rice team designs lens-free fluorescent microscope
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. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, and graduate students Vivek Boominathan and Jesse Adams are featured in a Rice video.
Medical Developments
Un microscopio sin lentes crea imágenes del interior del organismo en alta resolución
Con Salud (An English translation is not available.)

Flat gallium joins roster of new 2-D materials
The Rice lab of Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and colleagues in India created two-dimensional gallenene, a thin film of conductive material that is to gallium what graphene is to carbon. Former Rice postdoctoral researcher Vidya Kochat and Indian Institute of Technology assistant professor Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, also formerly of Rice, are mentioned.

White graphene solves hydrogen storage problem
Rice engineers have zeroed in on the optimal architecture for storing hydrogen in “white graphene” nanomaterials — a design like a Lilliputian skyscraper with “floors” of boron nitride sitting one atop another and held precisely 5.2 angstroms apart by boron nitride pillars. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
R&D Magazine (A similar article appeared in V3 Hardware.)

Improvements stormwater modeling software
Rice researchers’ analysis of flood claims in the Houston area from 1999-2009 that found Federal Emergency Management Agency 100-year flood plain maps failed to reflect 75 percent of damage from five major floods is mentioned. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center at the BioScience Research Collaborative; and Antonia Sebastian, a research associate at the SSPEED Center, are mentioned.
Forester Daily News

Experts say steel tariffs will stunt US oil production
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Courthouse News Service

University College London spins out ReRAM startup
Research by 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 mentioned.
EE News Analog

Weatherford names new director
Alumna Angela Minas ’86, who serves on the Council of Overseers for Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, was named to the Weatherford International Board of Directors.
Russian Oil and Gas Technologies (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Boron nitride could be the 2-D material of the future
An article mentions Rice materials scientists created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide.
AZO Materials

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music announces its 56th season
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be a featured composer during the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, Calif. A San Francisco Classical Voice article mentions Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will present “Parizade and the Singing Tree.”
Broadway World
Cabrillo Festival announces 2018 lineup
San Francisco Classical Voice


‘The Collapse of the Venezuelan Oil Industry and its Global Consequences’
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a brief. Monaldi also is quoted in an article on the petro, a virtual currency launched by Venezuela.
Atlantic Council
Análisis: El petro, ¿apuesta económica o estafa criminal?
La Patilla (An English translation is not available.)

Opinión: ¡Alerta Sísmica! Los últimos resultados financieros de Pemex
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company.
Expansión (An English translation is not available.)


Rice tops TCU with big inning; UTA, A&M scoreless into 15th
The Rice baseball team defeated Texas Christian University 7-3 March 13 at Reckling Park. Owls Roel Garcia and Justin Collins are mentioned. Garcia, Collins and Ryan Chandler are mentioned in a Houston Chronicle roundup of sports news. Garrett Gayle is mentioned in a Frogs O’ War article, and Garcia is mentioned in a roundup.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Venus, Halep reach quarters at Indian Wells
Houston Chronicle
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Rice drops TCU baseball 7-3 in Houston
Frogs O’ War
D1 Digest: Tuesday

Texas State set to take on Rice in WNIT opening round
The Rice women’s basketball team will play in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Owls face Texas State in the first round March 15 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Players Erica Ogwumike and Nicole Iademarco are mentioned.
San Marcos Daily Record
WNIT bracket set, TXST to play at Rice
San Marcos Corridor News

Greater Houston athletic activities listings
A roundup of upcoming events mentions the Rice women’s tennis team faces the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 16 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

Cal State Fullerton men’s golf takes 5th-place finish in the 2nd day of the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge
An article on the California State University, Fullerton men’s golf team mentions Rice was in first place through two rounds at the Oral Roberts University/Stephen F. Austin Spring Break Challenge in Irving, Texas.
Daily Titan
Bears in 10th at Spring Break Challenge
How Texas mined Rice for its new star on the offensive line
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson, who has committed to transfer to the University of Texas for his final season of athletic eligibility after graduating in May, is featured. Owls head coach Mike Bloomgren and former head coach David Bailiff are mentioned.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Las Vegas Aces re-sign Sydney Colson
An article on Las Vegas Aces player Sydney Colson mentions she was an assistant coach at Rice.


Rice University’s architecture lectures view state of an ancient art
An urban environment of wood, brick, steel and concrete makes mud seem anachronistic. But some architects suggest earth has advantages that should be taken seriously when other options are not nearly as energy-efficient or environmentally friendly – or easy to come by. This month, Rice’s architecture lecture series will take a close look at modern construction techniques that draw upon the abundant resource right under our feet.

Intersection of faith and social media to be discussed at March 19 Rice U. event
The intersection of faith and social media will be the subject of a March 19 panel discussion hosted by Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program. Professors Heidi Campbell from Texas A&M University and Felicia Song from Westmont College will share their expertise on social media and religion. “Religion and Social Media: Is There an App for That?” is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.

Rice U. study: To boost sales, energy companies should focus on customer satisfaction, not just technology
To experience the sales gains expected as a result of the increased price of crude, companies in the oil and gas sector need to go back to basics of increasing customer satisfaction, according to a study by scholars at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School.

About Matt Wilson

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