Dateline Rice for April 4, 2018


MBA students compete for cash in rapid-pitch contests
The Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), scheduled for April 5-7 at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured. Mary Lynn Fernau, marketing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Catherine Santamaria, director of the RBPC, are quoted.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)

After Villanova beats Michigan, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says keep an eye on Rice
The Rice Owls are the team to watch for next year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, according to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will speak at Rice’s spring commencement. President David Leebron is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)


A Twitter rant that rails and misleads on immigration policy
A 2016 study titled “Mexico’s Not-So-Comprehensive Southern Border Plan” by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the National section in the April 4 print edition and also appeared in World News and WRAL-TV Online.)

How MBA students can get more international experience
Immersive study-abroad trips broaden the skills of MBA students seeking to compete in the global marketplace and are a core requirement of Rice’s MBA programs. Barbara Ostdiek, senior associate dean of degree programs and associate professor of finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in CetUSNews.)

Voting machines in 14 states — including Kansas — are highly vulnerable
Security issues in electronic voting machines, like a lack of paper records, persist despite millions spent to replace outdated devices. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Kansas City Star (This article also appeared in McClatchy Washington Bureau and Richmond Times-Dispatch.)

DOJ’s civil rights workers have lost faith in leaders’ integrity
A Rice study that determined a correlation between Texas voter ID law and significant negative effects on the Latino vote is mentioned.


Exclusive: Houston’s tech innovation district slated for former Sears building in Midtown
An article on the development of an innovation district in Houston’s Midtown mentions Rice.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription required.)

Blackburn: Harris County residents need to learn to live with water 
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, authored an op-ed discussing ways Houston may both mitigate and accept future flooding.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Fight over Houston floodplain rules taps into city’s resistance to regulation
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and 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, are quoted. Jones also is quoted in a San Antonio Express-News article on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew White’s proposals for job creation in Texas. Jones also is quoted in a Dallas Observer article and KRLD-AM radio stories on the race between U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
Houston Chronicle
White proposes $1 billion-plus state fleet of self-driving vehicles, ‘Made in Texas’ fuel signs
San Antonio Express-News
Despite unprecedented fundraising haul, Beto O’Rourke still faces uphill climb against Ted Cruz
Dallas Observer
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Energy drinks: Health risks behind the boost
Energy drink use has led to an increase in cardiovascular incidents. John Higgins, sports cardiologist for Rice Athletics, is featured and pictured.
Texas Medical Center

The 3 things you need to know today in Austin
History Professor Douglas Brinkley interviewed Academy Award winner Sean Penn about his new book April 3 at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Brinkley also is quoted in an Alternative Nation article.
Time Out Austin
Alice In Chains, Sean Penn & Big Name announce huge Seattle shows
Alternative Nation

Date set for annual fundraiser to benefit new Fort Hood Museum
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff will speak at the Fort Hood Museum fundraiser April 28.
The Killeen Daily Herald

HMNS weekly happenings
Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, will give a lecture titled ‘‘Cosmic Origins of Life on Earth’’ at the Houston Museum of Natural Science April 4. The event is co-sponsored by Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Beyond Bones

Q&A: ‘Too many have died already’ for student protest leaderz
A March For Our Lives town hall meeting April 7 at Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Mayor Sylvester Turner celebrates 11th Annual Family Day
Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena will perform April 14.
Houston Defender Network


WTAQ-AM (Green Bay, Wis.) 
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


March’s top news stories
A Rice study that determined that the composition of shale gas and oil fields extending from Texas to Montana are ash layers from a volcanic eruption 100 million years ago is mentioned.
Hydrocarbons Technology

Watch how engineering students step up with imager for diabetics
A device Rice students developed to help those individuals find early signs of ulceration in diabetes patients is mentioned. Baker College sophomore Caz Smith and Hanszen College sophomore Kelvin Boateng are quoted in a Rice video.

Chemists test computer-planned syntheses for the first time
Computer program Chematica could increase speed and productivity in chemistry labs by accurately determining paths to synthesis. K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, is quoted.
Chemical and Engineering News

Banner Health CFO Dennis Laraway’s top piece of advice: Give back
Dennis Laraway, former adjunct professor in management and health care management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed.
Becker’s Hospital Review

Houston ISD aims to address students’ nonacademic needs through community schools
Houston Independent School District seeks to provide more nonacademic services like social-emotional support, nutrition, housing assistance and on-site health services for students. Quianta Moore, a fellow in child health policy in Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Education Dive

Are fire ants worse this spring because of Hurricane Harvey?
Scientists at Rice are trying to measure the impact of Hurricane Harvey on fire ant populations, an invasive species common throughout the South. Tom Miller, the James and Deborah Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Sarah Bengston, a Huxley Faculty Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Department of BioSciences, and Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, are quoted.

IIT Kharagpur Foundation USA awards 14 students with international internship awards
Rice is mentioned.
Canadian Business Tribune

Life can exist on worlds without plate tectonics
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.
Space Reporter

Supporting women across the organization: What we can do as leaders
An article noting the benefits and needs of gender equality in business mentions a Rice diversity conference.
Marketplace (This article appeared in more than 10 other outlets.)

Mahindra North America names VP & CFO
An article mentions Padam Pandit participated in a finance leadership program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Morning Ag Clips (A similar article also appeared in Total Landscape Care.)

Structural instabilities-announcements 
Graduate student Nikki Moore will be a presenter at PennDesign April 5-6 in Philadelphia.

Boron nitride ‘skyscraper’ offers great potential for hydrogen storage
Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Graduate student Shuo Zhao is mentioned, and an image by graduate student Lei Tao is featured.
Materials Today

Mark of the feast: Researchers invent edible graphene, paving the way for food that can be tracked through embedded RFID patterns
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.
Natural News (This article also appeared in Health Breaking News.)


Astronaut Peggy Whitson relentlessly pursued her dream to go into space
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured.
The Gazette

The Brookline Youth Awards: Not your average awards ceremony
Rice’s chapter of Engineers without Borders is mentioned. Alumnus Ben Hoff ’17 is quoted.
Wicked Local Brookline

Winners of Summit Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition to perform May 20
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin, is mentioned.

MU Festival Chorus to present two performances of Annelies
Alumna Alissa Rose ’00 is featured and pictured.
Mansfield University News  

Hope? It’s not supposed to have barriers
Rice research that found more children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods following the Great Recession is mentioned. Rachel Kimbro, professor of sociology and founding director of the Urban Health Program at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Register Citizen


Carlisle family left towering legacy in Bay Area sports, education
The late George Carlisle, head coach of the Rice men’s basketball team from 1963-1966, is quoted and pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UTEP football needs the safeties to serve as anchor for defense
Rice football player Kylen Granson is pictured.
El Paso Times


Baker Institute expert: New tax laws could have negative impact on charitable giving, tax-exempt organizations 
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is intended “to revitalize our nation’s economy and deliver historic tax relief to workers, families and local job creators,” according to the legislation’s sponsors. If overall macroeconomic conditions indeed improve and people have more to give, the additional income would mitigate the potential negative impact of the act’s elimination of the charitable deduction, according to Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.