Dateline Rice for March 15, 2018


Drug delivery gel can heal without the 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.
Futurity (This article was featured in the March 15 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and a similar article appeared in
Hydrogel helps heal without additives
Science 360 News

Need to negotiate? A little anger may help
Rice researchers found that the effects of anger expressions in negotiations depend on the intensity of the emotional display. Overall, moderate-intensity anger elicits larger concessions than no anger because moderate-intensity anger is perceived as tough.
Futurity (This article was featured in the March 15 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)

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.
Associated Press (Similar articles appeared in more than 350 publications.)


In a tweet of condolence, Rep. Briscoe Cain trolls Stephen Hawking
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 articles on a tweet by Texas Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Deer Park, following the death of physicist Stephen Hawking and on a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling on Texas’ “sanctuary city” ban. He is also quoted in an article on the race for a Mississippi state Senate seat and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Austin American-Statesman (Similar articles appeared in more than 100 other publications.)
US Appeals Court upholds most of the Texas’ ‘sanctuary city’ ban
Texas Standard (This appeared in 25 NPR stations across Texas.)
Chris McDaniel will run for Cochran seat in special election, and other nation and world news in brief
Herald Democrat
KLBJ-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which also aired on KRLD-AM in Dallas.)

Q&A: George W.S. Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center, on the moon and mars
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Mustafa Amin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the legacy of Stephen Hawking. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


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.
Science Daily

Developing a low-cost diagnostic for HIV drug-resistance mutations
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, and graduate student Mary Natoli co-authored an article on the development of low-cost testing for HIV drug-resistance mutations.
Science Trends

Meet gallenene: Gallium joins graphene in the second dimension
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. Ajayan is also mentioned in an article about a program for young innovators.
Infosurhoy (A similar article appeared in
Kerala-DISC arrives with Young Innovator plan
Deccan Chronicle

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 and Fuel Cell Works.)

The shale boom: 100 million years in the making
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. Graduate student Hehe Jiang, and Rice undergraduates Elli Ronay, Jackson Stiles and Matthew Neal are mentioned.
Oil Price
Ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas
R&D Magazine

Sustainable material for interior design
Rice research is mentioned.
Boston Commons


Royal Roussel, 79, revived UB’s Department of Media Study
Alumnus Royal Roussel ’59, the chairman who revived the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, died Feb. 26.
Buffalo News

Facial recognition market 2018 global size, growth, profit analysis segments and trends by forecast to 2022
A Rice partnership with IBM is mentioned. (This appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)

Gnostic America Conference
The Gnostic America Conference will be held at Rice March 28-31.

2 UMD courses will have free online textbook access in the fall
Two University of Maryland biology courses will be among many in the University System of Maryland to offer students free online textbook access next year with the help of a system grant program. OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
The Diamondback


UH, Rice women set for NIT 1st-round matchups
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription required.)

Alumni notebook: Cook, McKernan to dive at NCAA championship
Rice women’s basketball player Nicole Iademarco is mentioned.
The Courier

USU golf competes at Spring Break Challenge
An article on the Utah State men’s golf team mentions Rice was in first place at the Oral Roberts University/Stephen F. Austin Spring Break Challenge in Irving, Texas.
Utah Statesman

Swimming preview: Top competitors, season story lines
Brown College junior Sarah Nowaski is mentioned.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Koulechov’s unconventional journey to Florida
Former Rice men’s basketball player Egor Koulechov ’17, who now plays at the University of Florida, is mentioned. Head basketball coach Scott Pera is mentioned.

OCR athlete Nicole Mericle backed by Sur AltRed for 2018
Former Rice cross-country and track runner Nicole Mericle ’10 is quoted.
Obstacle Racing Media

New running backs coach AJ Steward brings discipline, attention to detail to BYU’s offense
Former Rice assistant football coach A.J. Steward is featured.
Salt Lake Tribune


Is climate change an engineering problem? Clough to speak at Rice U. March 21
Is climate change a science problem or an engineering problem? That is the question Wayne Clough will address when he visits Rice as the guest speaker of the School of Engineering Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. CDT March 21. The event is free and open to the public.

Imaging technique pulls plasmon data together
Rice scientists have developed a novel technique to view a field of plasmonic nanoparticles simultaneously to learn how their differences change their reactivity.

Rice U. study: A little anger in negotiation pays
During negotiations, high-intensity anger elicits smaller concessions than moderate-intensity anger, according to a new study by management and business experts at Rice and Northwestern University.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.