Dateline Rice for April 17, 2018


When companies make people choose between their career and their spouses’
Companies tend to have fixed paths to leadership roles, creating rigid barriers for employees — and recruitment and retention challenges for their employers. Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Harvard Business Review

3-D printed cervixes teach how to screen for cancer
A low-cost, interactive training model that mimics the cervix was developed by senior design students enrolled in the global health design course at Rice in collaboration with the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Doctors and nurses in developing countries and low-resource areas of the U.S. could use this device to practice different cervical cancer screening and treatment procedures. Brown College’s Elizabeth Stone, Will Rice College’s Christine Luk, Wiess College’s Rachel Lambert and graduate student Sonia Parra are quoted. A Rice video is included.
Futurity (This article was featured in the April 17 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and a similar article appeared in Health News Digest.)

In photos: Barbara Bush through the years
Former President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush are pictured as they awaited the arrival of world leaders to the 16th Group of Seven Summit held at Rice in 1990. 
Town and Country


Workers begin to reveal Midtown Sears’ deco exterior
Renovations began on the 190,000-square-foot retail center days after Rice and city officials revealed their plans for the Midtown innovation district. A related article defines eight criteria, gleaned from similar projects around the country, needed for a successful “innovation hub.” A Houston Business Journal article details the process of finding an operator for the site. President David Leebron is quoted in an article in Xconomy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
How do you make an ‘innovation district’ work?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine, and a similar article appeared in Coach IT.)
How a downtown incubator became the future operator of Houston’s innovation district
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
Seeking to join top tech hubs, Houston plans an innovation district

Fort Bend ISD finds historic cemetery near construction site
Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted in an article about a recently discovered burial ground.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 17 print edition with a different headline, “Fighting to bring history to light.”)

Many HISD students aren’t making it to college – let alone getting a degree
Brian Holzman, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed regarding a recent study titled “Transitioning to College and Work.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Houston Defender.)

Harvard-affiliated angel investor network to launch Houston chapter
An article mentions a 2016 issue brief by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “The State of Venture Capital in Texas,” which determined that venture capital in Texas was declining.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Drop the lawsuits and improve health care access for Texans
Karen Tseng, a nonresident fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, co-authored an article arguing that dismantling the the Affordable Care Act in Texas may have a range of consequences.
The Texas Tribune

Houston should rightfully be called the weirdest big city in Texas
Valhalla, Rice’s underground bar with a distaste for ties, is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Marfa Myths defies expectations
“Hyperobjects,” an exhibit co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is mentioned.
Houston Press

Incoming WC president lays out priorities
Rice is mentioned.
Weatherford Democrat

A brief survey of experimental music in Houston
A roundup of experimental music in Houston mentions Chapman Welch, electro-acoustical specialist at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Arts and Culture Texas

5 must-do things near the Texas Medical Center 
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston


KPRC-TV (Houston)
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 interviewed about former first lady Barbara Bush’s legacy. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to the listen to the broadcast.)

KNOW-FM (Minneapolis)
Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and chair of the Department of BioSciences, is featured in an interview on the circadian rhythms of plants. (Click the audio button to the listen to the broadcast.)

KPAM-AM (Portland, Ore.)
“R-one swarm robots” created by Rice’s Multi-Robot Systems Lab are mentioned. (Click the audio button to the listen to the broadcast.)


Quantum shift shows itself in coupled light and matter
A team led by Rice scientists used a unique combination of techniques to observe, for the first time, a condensed matter phenomenon about which others have only speculated, a discovery that could aid in the development of quantum computers. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Xinwei Li are quoted. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Trump rails at Amazon over taxes, USPS, local retail
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about sales tax for internet-based companies.
E-commerce Times

OER vendor Top Hat commits to CARE; opens content
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Campus Technology

Augmented reality app can aid Parkinson’s patients overcome ‘freezing’
Engineering students at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed an app to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a symptom known as “freezing,” in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain’s command to lift and move forward. Hanszen College seniors Gaby Perez and Jeremy David and Brown College senior Theresa Sonka are quoted.
Business Standard (Similar articles appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

2018 ACM General Election slate
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is mentioned.
Association for Computing Machinery

New engine president at Caterpillar
Alumnus Tom Pellette ’85 is featured and pictured.
Diesel Progress

Urban sophistication, tropical paradise
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.

Adafruit explores AIY with Google #AIYProjects
James McLurkin, senior hardware engineer at Google and a former Rice professor, is featured.

Simplifying talent management for higher ed with PeopleAdmin and Ellucian systems integrations
Rice Director of Recruitment and Operations Wayne Robinson is quoted.
Solutions Review


5 healthy habits that are making you sick
A Rice study is cited.

Architecture photography put into focus at Parrish Art Museum during April 20 conversation
An article mentions that Therese Lichtenstein formerly taught at Rice.

LSD turns 75: What a long, strange trip it’s been
Rice is mentioned.
Real Clear Life


Son of Lance Armstrong to play his college football at Rice
Luke Armstrong, who has signed to play football at Rice, is featured and pictured.
NBC Sports (This article also appeared in CBS Sports and USA Today High School Sports.)

CUSA: The toughest nonconference schedules ranked
Rice football head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Orlando Sentinel

Madisonville’s marathon man
Alumnus Jeff Wells ’76, who ran cross-country at Rice, is featured.
Madisonville Meteor

Florida International QB Alex McGough visits Texans
Rice is mentioned in a photo.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

Graduate transfer cornerback V.J. Banks to join CSU football
Former Rice football player V.J. Banks is featured.
Rocky Mountain Collegian (This article also appeared in The Coloradan.)

Earned, not given: Palma’s Jack Richardson gets Stanford scholarship
Rice is mentioned.
The Californian

NFL draft scouting report: Marcus Davenport, edge, UTSA
Rice is mentioned.

Greatest games from every season: 1968
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

About Stefan De La Garza

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