Dateline Rice for April 10, 2018


Powering advances in wireless connectivity for the future 
The National Science Foundation will support Rice researchers, in collaboration with the University of Utah, who will help create the world’s first fully programmable and observable wireless communications network in Salt Lake City. Rice’s Reconfigurable Ecosystem for Next-gen End-to-end Wireless technology will underlie a city-scale wireless test platform for telecoms, tech companies and research institutions to  continue research into some of the fundamental aspects of 5G and advance the state of wireless technology beyond today’s 4G and LTE.
National Science Foundation (Similar articles appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
KUTV-TV (Salt Lake City) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Today’s must-reads for entrepreneurs: Rice’s winners, Stewart’s convenience-store millionaires
The Rice Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured. Video of elevator pitches is included.
$2M awarded during 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in

Science says living abroad is good for life and career confidence
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self and provide a range of benefits, from enhanced life satisfaction to lower stress levels and better productivity, which may ultimately lead to one’s purpose in life, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Vogue Australia

How to become more creative — the expert view
Embracing your mood, either positive or negative, can stimulate creative ideas. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior, director for Asian management research and education at the Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.


Houston’s future leaders tackle the new Hurricane Harvey reality: And former Mayor Bill White and his wife Andrea take a lead role
A recap of The Center for Houston’s Future Leadership Luncheon for arts groups affected by Hurricane Harvey includes a photo of President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun in a slideshow.

Texas’ top colleges, according to the Wall Street Journal
Based on its No. 14 national ranking by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Rice is the highest-ranked school in Texas. A slideshow features the top colleges and universities in Texas from the WSJ/THE national ranking.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in World News.)
Gallery: WSJ college rankings 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How the Astrodome was saved [Essay]
Allyn West, former assistant director of communications for the Rice Design Alliance, authored an article about the past and future significance of the Astrodome, which became a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. Courtney Tardy, associate director of fundraising for the RDA, is quoted. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Texas Legislature bears responsibility for college tuition hikes
Rice is pictured in a slideshow.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Citizenship query sparks questions about impact on Texas census outcome
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. Jones also is quoted in a story on a special election to replace U.S. Rep Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, who resigned April 6.
Jacksonville Daily Progress
KUT-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. A similar broadcast aired on Houston Public Media.)


WSCL-AM (Salisbury, Md.)
Alumnus Aaron Perdue ’11 is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Making monitors brighter
Peter Rossky, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair in Natural Sciences, a professor of chemistry and dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Lena Simine are mentioned in an article on OLED displays.
I-Connect007 (This article also appeared in Science and Technology Research News.)

Agglomeration versus isolation for science-based economic development
Graduate student Marcel LaFlamme authored an article.
New Geography


Artificial emotion intelligence: How it can enhance our lives, advances over the past few decades and some valid concerns
Former Adjunct Professor of Psychology Mary Czerwinski is featured.
The Future Organization

Making salt water drinkable using solar power and nanoparticles 
An article mentions the nanophotonic desalination system developed by the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment, a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice.
Korea Times

Renita Miller named graduate school associate dean for access, diversity and inclusion
Alumna Renita Miller ’07 is featured and pictured.
Princeton University

MOOCWatch #17: MOOCs become big business
Rice’s participation in “Credits for MOOCs,” a program offering massive open online courses that can be used for transfer credit among 10 other member institutions around the world, is mentioned.
Class Central

Visiting professor discusses same-sex relationships, moving forward in Africa
Elias Bongmba, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor in Christian Theology and professor of religion, spoke at the University of Tennessee.
The University of Tennessee Daily Beacon


KTRK-TV (Houston) 
Rice football and head coach Mike Bloomgren are featured. (Click the video button to watch to the broadcast.)

Mud pits, red tape and the Texas turnaround long in coming
Former Rice Athletics Director Chris Del Conte is featured and quoted. Former football offensive coordinator Tom Herman is quoted and former head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated

Rice and Arkansas headline Generals’ latest roster additions
Rice baseball players Dominic Cox and Parker Osburn are mentioned.
Crossroads Today (This article also appeared in OurSports Central.)


Augmented reality app may aid patients with Parkinson’s
It’s appropriate that during Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a team of Rice seniors will show how augmented reality may help patients with the disease. Six Rice engineering students have designed an iPhone app to help patients overcome a symptom known as “freezing,” in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain’s command to lift and move forward.

Rice University students to showcase inventions

The public is invited to see inventions by Rice students at the annual George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase April 12 at Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice campus. The free event will be open to the public from 4:30 to 7 p.m.; awards will be announced at 6:30 p.m. Rice engineering alumni and representatives of local industry will judge the teams, and the top prize for excellence in engineering will earn the winning team $5,000.

About Stefan De La Garza

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