Dateline Rice for March 21, 2018


‘Computing’s Nobel Prize’ winners paved the way to smartphone chips
Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, is quoted in an article on winners of this year’s Turing Award, computing’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize.

Healing hydrogel may totally change diabetic injury treatment
A hydrogel that can help the body heal may also be particularly good at treating wounds related to diabetes, new research suggests. Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and bioengineering, and graduate student Nicole Carrejo are quoted.
Futurity (This also appeared in the March 21 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
MDP hydrogel could accelerate healing of diabetic ulcers
Reliawire (This article also appeared at and R&D Magazine.)

Ohio tops Gulf Coast for oil, gas in study
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted in an article on potential oil and gas in shale formations in Ohio.
Columbus Dispatch

New technology being developed for pacemakers
Scientists are now working on better, more effective and less-shocking ways to get a heart to start beating again. Aydin Babakhani, former assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Voice of America

Rice University researchers: Clinton may have lost election due to ‘systemic gender discrimination’
Despite being described by former U.S. President Barack Obama as the most-qualified presidential nominee in U.S. history, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 campaign for the highest office in the land. That outcome may have been the result of systemic gender discrimination, according to psychologists at Rice. Authors Abby Corrington, a graduate student, and Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology and professor of psychology and of management, are quoted.
Op-ed says Clinton may have lost election due to ‘systemic gender discrimination’

Hedge-fund managers that do the most research will post the best returns, study suggests
Hedge funds that frequently accessed SEC filings such as annual reports posted better-than-average returns in the following month compared with non-users, according to a working paper from Rice. Findings by co-authors Alan Crane, Kevin Crotty and Tarik Umar, assistant professors of finance, are discussed.
CNBC (This also appeared at


Here’s how Houston graduate programs ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 lists
U.S. News & World Report ranks Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business No. 23 among Masters in Business Administration programs.
Houston Business Journal
The 25 best business schools in America
San Antonio Express-News (Similar articles appeared in The Hours, Connecticut Post, The Advocate, Greenwich Times, News-Times and Latest Nigerian News.)
The best business schools in America, according to U.S. News
Market Watch

State Rep. John Zerwas and his place in the Texas House Speaker race
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 an article in the Texas Monitor on the Texas House Speaker race and appears on Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” to discuss celebrities running for public office.
Full show: Mixing politics and culture, and studying Houston dialects
Houston Public Media

Young Texas Artists
Justin Douté and Yena Lee, graduate students at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and senior Jacqueline Audas took top honors at 34th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition.
Montgomery County News
Marimba player takes top honors at 2018 YTA
The Woodlands Villager

Houston Exponential sets target for first close on $50M venture fund
A report from the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center Houston that found Houston risks being “shut out” of America’s future innovation economy due to a lack of growth venture capital investment is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

After Tempe fatality, self-driving car developers must engage with public now or risk rejection
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in more than 15 publications.)

10 Texas celebrities who should seek office
A column suggests that rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, should run for public office.
Dallas Observer


Full show: Mixing politics and culture, and studying Houston dialects
Nancy Niedzielski, associate professor of linguistics, discussed her research on how different people speak in Houston based on where they live, their age and their ethnicity on “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the effects of solar flares. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Francisco Monaldi — Where is Venezuela’s rock bottom?
Venezuela’s oil sector is in free fall, but where will it stop? Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Petroleum World

Living abroad tied to clearer sense of self
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Psych Central (This also appeared in the Deccan Chronicle, Science Daily, Daily Excelsior and Tech Explorist.)

Community College League touts connections and partnerships
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Diverse Education

Houston Grand Opera announces new opera web series ‘Star-Cross’d’ 
A Rice performance is cited.
Broadway World


IHME Contemporary Art Festival
Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, will speak at the IHME Contemporary Art Festival at the University of Helsinki May 17.


2018 Winter All-Met: Boys’ basketball 1st team, 2nd team, honorable mention
Quentin Millora-Brown, a Rice basketball signee, is featured.
Washington Post

Tight end Luke Willson tweets a goodbye to Seattle
Former Rice football player Luke Willson ’12 is expected to sign a one-year contract worth $2.5 million with the Detroit Lions.
NBC Sports (This also appeared on Yahoo! Canada.)
Lions to sign Luke Willson
LaSalle’s Luke Willson to play for Detroit Lions
CBC News
KOMO-AM (Seattle) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Running backs coach A.J. Steward embracing new role
Former Rice assistant football coach A.J. Steward is featured.
The Daily Universe

Texas signs offensive lineman Calvin Anderson as graduate transfer
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson, who previously committed to transfer to the University of Texas for his final season of athletic eligibility after graduating in May, signed his letter of intent.
Best College Sports News Network


Rice U. event to focus on resilient housing
Local and national experts will discuss how resilience strategies can shape Houston’s affordable housing system at a March 27 event hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Houston office of the Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Baker Institute expert available to discuss Trump’s plan to stop opioid abuse
Several of the proposals President Donald Trump announced in his “Initiative To Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand” are unlikely to effectively address the epidemic, according to a drug policy expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Arie Passwaters

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