Dateline Rice for May 25, 2018


Gut sensor could monitor health — and beam results to a smartphone
Scientists have developed a small, ingestible capsule that mixes synthetic biology and electronics to detect bleeding in the digestive tract, but the sensors may need to be much more sensitive to reliably measure chemicals in the gut, according to Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences.
Scientific American (This article also appeared in Street Level Pundit, The Scientist and Voice of America.)

American firms reveal the gulf between bosses’ and workers’ pay
An article about pay gaps between executives and average workers mentions research by Rice that determined that banks with massive ratios of boss-to-worker pay tend to receive fewer votes of support from shareholders on executive-pay packages.
The Economist (This article also appeared in Street Level Pundit and Small and Medium Enterprises.)

Axios science
A roundup of science news mentions a recent conference at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “Drawing the Line: Ethical, Policy and Scientific Perspectives on U.S. Embryo Research,” which urged scientists and ethicists to further debate the current 14-day limit on research on human embryos. Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Daniel Wagner, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted.
Scientists call for renewed talks on human embryo research limits

Will Mauna Loa erupt next?
With the recent eruption of Mount Kilauea, concerns are growing that Mauna Loa will erupt next. However, an article cites 2012 research by Helge Gonnermann, associate professor of Earth Science, which suggests that as one volcano erupts, the other quiets down.
Daily Beast

The latest from Bloomberg Philanthropies
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is cited. A video of the speech is also featured.
New York Nonprofit Media


Leftward lurch if Lupe Valdez, Beto O’Rourke win? It’d be unusual for Texas
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 possibility of Democratic candidates for governor and senator unseating their Republican counterparts in November.
The Dallas Morning News

UH professor leads $1M research effort to understand Thwaites Glacier
Postdoctoral research associate Lauren Simkins is one of the Rice faculty members participating in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. Simkins will travel to Antarctica in 2020 to analyze the sea floor Thwaites used to be in contact with so the glacier’s retreat in the past century can be evaluated — something necessary to improve ice sheet models that predict sea level rise.
The Daily Cougar (This article also appeared in

Noble Energy hires general counsel from BHP
Alumna Rachel Clingman ’89 is featured and pictured.
Houston Business Journal

Rice University student designs running route after shape of Texas
Graduate student Rustam Zufarov is featured in an article and broadcast for his efforts in mapping out a running route on and near the Rice campus that simulates the shape of Texas. (This article also appeared in
‘KVUE News Daybreak’ 
KVUE-TV (Austin) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Texas History Minute: Edgar Lovett had big impact on Rice University
Edgar Lovett, Rice’s first president, is featured.
Herald Democrat

New book remembers Houston’s lost restaurants with history, recipes
A slideshow caption (image 4) mentions that Ye Old College Inn, which was built in 1920 opposite Rice Field, was popular among Rice students.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


‘What matters?’
A recent commencement speech at Harvard Medical School titled “What matters?” mentions a 2014 research initiative by Rice 360º Institute for Global Health that created a low-cost, handheld reader for diagnosing anemia in pregnant mothers living in low-resource nations like Malawi.
Harvard Medical School News

Why we won’t get to Mars without teamwork
An article mentions that Eduardo Salas, professor and the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology, co-guest edited a special issue of American Psychologist.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in SpaceRef, Medical Xpress, Newswise, Times of News, Brinkwire, and Infosurhoy.)

Experts: Shale revolution has improved US energy security and is ‘shifting the geopolitical balance’
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Medlock was an invited witness to a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee meeting on “Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade” May 22.
Energy Depth

Study finds snap-lock mechanism in bacterial riboswitch
Scientists have deciphered the workings of a common but little-understood bacterial switch that cuts off protein production before it begins. T-box riboswitches are common in many bacteria, but not in humans, making them such attractive targets for new antibiotics. Edward Nikonowicz, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted and pictured. Research assistant and co-author Malgorzata Michnicka is mentioned.
Science and Technology News

Industrial Systems and Engineering welcomes its new chair
Alumnus Luis Vicente ’95 is featured and pictured. Vicente will be named the Timothy J. Wilmott Endowed Faculty Professor and Chair of Lehigh University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.
Lehigh University Engineering News


Chicago criminals are ‘handshakes’ away from illegal guns, study finds
An article mentions that Elizabeth Roberto, an assistant professor of sociology, is a co-author of a study that shows that only a few degrees of separation stand in the way of criminals and someone who could supply them with a gun.
The Trace

6000 participants from 50 nations convene at March of Nations
In April, Rice hosted the “The March of Remembrance,” which honored survivors of the Holocaust. Carl Caldwell, the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History and Department Chair of History, spoke at the event and appears in the included video.
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (This article also appeared in Benzinga.)

Engineers unite through luncheon
Alumnus Antonios Kontsos ’02 is featured and pictured.
The Triangle Online

Area graduates take the stage next two weeks
An article mentions that Preston Tracy will attend Rice.
Pleasanton Express

Long Island salutatorians 2018: Paul D. Schreiber to Wyandanch
An article mentions that Melodi Doganay will attend Rice.

New list of universities for Amiri Scholarship Program announced
An article mentions that Rice is among 29 higher education institutions approved for the Amiri Scholarship Program in Qatar.
The Peninsula

Congregation Shir Shalom to host Charles Ives Concert Series on June 3

Rice is mentioned.


Conference USA honors legendary Rice head coach Wayne Graham
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured in a broadcast highlighting the Owls’ first win in the Conference USA baseball tournament. Rice posted a 6-2 win over Louisiana Tech. A recap of the game from WMC Actions News quotes Graham and mentions baseball players Ford Proctor and Matt Canterino. Proctor, Canterino, Justin Collins and Chace Sarchet are mentioned in the News Star. FAU Owl Access mentions that Florida Atlantic University will face Rice in the second matchup of the tournament. D1 Baseball features the Rice baseball team, mentions Graham, Collings, Sarchet and  Kendal Jeffries. The article also pictures Graham, Jefferies and Dominic DiCaprio.
No. 7 Rice takes down second-seeded Louisiana Tech
WMC Action News 5 (This article appeared also in WBRC FOX6 News Online and WDAM-TV Online.)
La. Tech falls in weather-delayed C-USA tourney opener
News Star
More Miednik
FAU Owl Access
Auburn uses late push to beat Ole Miss
The Dispatch
Conference USA dispatches: Wayne’s World
D1 Baseball College Baseball News & Scores

White Sox catcher Welington Castillo suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s joint drug agreement, same PED Lance Armstrong took
An article about performance enhancing drugs mentions a 2005 Rice study about the effects of erythropoietin in the body.
New York Daily News

Tasha Brown named women’s basketball assistant coach
Former assistant women’s basketball coach Tasha Brown is featured and pictured.
UCLA Bruins Athletics

Concordia Lutheran’s Bobby Lindquist leads program to back-to-back state titles
An article featuring and picturing Corbett Fong mentions that he will be a member of the men’s track and field team at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH schedules home-and-home football series with Utah, Rice
The dates of two more Rice football games against cross-town rivals the University of Houston have been added to the 2022 and 2023 schedule.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in

Lamar soccer to host LSU, Houston in 2018
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s soccer team will play an exhibition game against Lamar Aug. 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Port Arthur News.)

Boise State roster countdown 2018: Day 100, Scale Igiehon

Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

Western Kentucky Football: Q&A with edge rushing target Tyler Guidry
Rice is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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