Dateline Rice for April 3, 2018


‘Caravan’ marches on unimpeded, despite Obama administration spending millions to help Mexico control border
A 2016 study titled “Mexico’s Not-So-Comprehensive Southern Border Plan” by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is quoted.
Fox News (This article also appeared in World News.)

How US ‘energy revolution’ shakes up global market
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured in an episode of the institute’s “Policy Matters” podcast.
Futurity (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

This contraction monitor could save lives in Malawi
Expectant mothers at low-resource clinics in places like Malawi, where patients may outnumber nurses 15 to 1, face life-threatening complications during labor. Bioengineering students at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed a simple device to monitor contractions and alert staff to any emerging problems. Leah Sherman and Catherine Schult are quoted. Sherman, Schult, Shannon Fei, Aniket Tolpadi, Patricia DaSilva and Mildred Antwi-Nsiah are pictured. A Rice video is included.
Futurity (This article also appeared in TMC News, Medical Health News and Medical Product Outsourcing.)


Baker Institute study: Consumerism in health care increasing
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, co-authored a study that shows that factors such as convenience and personalization are driving a trend toward greater consumer control in health care.
TMC News

Rice students build upside-down dorm room
Rice’s Martel College built a replica of Peter Parker’s bedroom as part of Willy Week festivities. Rice students Gigi Rill and Amanda Suarez are quoted. Rill and Jonathan Bunt are pictured.
TMC News

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.7 million, more than any US Senate candidate in modern history
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 about the grassroots fundraising initiative by U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who is running for Senate against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
El Paso Times

Chamber Music Society marks its 30th with a first: A commissioned work
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, discusses the five-month process of writing a piano quintet. Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at the Shepherd School and the music director of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music festival, is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Austin to host first NGA Global Graphene Expo and Conference Oct. 15-17
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, will speak.
Kaplan Herald


KIAH-TV (Houston)
President Vladimir Putin visited Rice with President George W. Bush in 2001.
(Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on KDAF Dallas.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted concerning the wider use of robots in commercial venues.
(Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Texas Matters: FLDS Ranch raid remembered and impact of citizenship question on census
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, discusses the impact of low census response scores on the state.
Texas Public Radio (Click the video button to listen to the broadcast.)


Los Angeles Master Chorale & Wild Up perform world premiere of Ellen Reid’s ‘Dreams of the New World’
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Broadway World

Using CRISPR to introduce beneficial but rare gene mutations in sickle cell
The prospect of using gene editing to introduce beneficial mutations to cure certain diseases is closer to reality. Similar work being conducted by Rice researchers is mentioned.
Fierce Biotech

Symposium on data science and statistics promises solid program, networking
David Scott, the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics, is mentioned.
Amstat News

New tech could be the next step in food transparency
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.
Winsight Grocery Business

Un nuevo teléfono Google Pixel de gama media llegará a India
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Digital Trends Español (An English translation is not available.)


Veterans Business Battle names 18 finalists for competition
The Fourth Annual Veterans Business Battle, co-established by Rice’s Veterans in Business Association and hosted by the university, is featured. The event is set for April 13-14.
Benzinga (This article also appeared in IT Business Net.)

The next boomerang? More 25- to 34-year olds live with their parents
Alumna Kathleen Landholt ’07 is quoted.
St. Louis Public Radio

Library, student government hoping for solution to expensive book prices
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
The Daily Toreador

HP’s focus on education: The value of shared purpose
HP will be partnering with OpenStax to improve worldwide learning outcomes.
The Buffalo News (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Boko Haram and amnesty: Put the horse before the cart, by Abdulbasit Kassim
Graduate student Abdulbasit Kassim authored an op-ed questioning the efficacy of amnesty for members of Boko Haram, an extremist militant organization based in Nigeria.
Daily Nigerian News

April 4: Google engineer to speak on end of Moore’s Law
Alumnus Partha Ranganathan ’97 is featured.
Washington State University News

Living abroad leads to a clearer sense of self: Rice University
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.
Business Insider (A similar article also appeared in the Yucatan Times.)

‘Natural Disasters, Stakeholder Engagement and Dispute Resolution’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will appear on a panel to discuss dispute resolution after natural disasters.

Behind the branding: 1-on-1 with FullyRawKristina, Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram
Alumna Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram ’09 is interviewed.
Thrive Global

Device for patients with diabetes puts feet first
Patients with diabetes are often at risk of cuts or other injuries to their extremities that they may not be able to feel or easily check. The device Rice students developed to help those individuals find early signs of ulceration is mentioned. Baker College sophomore Caz Smith and Hanszen College sophomore Kelvin Boateng are quoted and pictured.
TMC News (Similar articles appeared in Medical Product Outsourcing and Atman.)

Sabre befördert Roshan Mendis zum chief commercial officer für Travel Network
Sabre Corp. has appointed alumnus Roshan Mendis ’97 as chief commercial officer of its Travel Network business.

Three years on, Yemen war at deadly impasse
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Kaplan Herald

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey: Planners will have to make room for nature while designing cities
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 (SSPEED); Antonia Sebastian, a research associate at the SSPEED Center; and Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, are quoted.


Top Yankees prospects headline RiverDogs pitching staff
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto ’18 is featured.
Moultrie News

Rice coach Wayne Graham talks Southern Miss
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is interviewed.
WMC-TV (This broadcast also aired on WMC-TV, WDAM-TV and WBRC-TV.)


Rice U. to host ‘The Kaepernick Effect: A Discussion on Protest in Sport’ April 11
Rice students enrolled in the sociology course “Social Problems” will host “The Kaepernick Effect: A Discussion on Protest in Sport” April 11 at 7 p.m. in Keck Hall on the Rice campus. The event will explore the controversial form of protest first displayed by American football quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick, who became a national figure and ignited controversy by refusing to stand while the United States national anthem was being played before the start of NFL games.

About Matt Wilson

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