Dateline Rice for July 25, 2018


Water is buried beneath Martian landscape, study says
Although the recent discovery of what appears to be a huge lake of salty water buried deep in Mars has renewed the possibility of finding life on the red planet, the conditions are still far from ideal for life to form, according to Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice.
The New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 420 other media outlets.)


How a diplomatic crisis among Gulf nations led to a fake news campaign in the United States
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on propaganda efforts related to Gulf nations.
USA Today (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets, including Public Radio International.)

The 20 best-value colleges of 2019
A CNBC article about the 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges notes that Rice University is among the 10 best-buy private colleges. Other articles cite Rice’s No. 2 ranking among the best universities in Texas by College Consensus and Rice’s No. 4 ranking for most beautiful campuses in the U.S. by College Magazine. Susann Glenn, communications manager for Housing and Dining, is quoted and a video tour of Rice is included in the College Magazine article. Palmetto Business Daily published a ranking of U.S. universities with the highest in-state tuition for the 2017-18 academic year based on Higher Education Tribune’s analysis of federal data; Rice is No. 101.
University of Texas at Austin hooks top 5 spot in new ranking of best colleges in Texas
CultureMap Austin
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
‘TWC News All Morning’
Spectrum News Austin (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Top 10 most beautiful campuses 2018
College Magazine  (A correction on the spelling of Lovett Hall has been requested.)
Sticker shock: Which 4-year U.S. schools charge the highest in-state tuition?
Palmetto Business Daily (This article also appeared in the Illinois Business Daily.)

3-year plan to improve cancer care in T&T
An article and television and radio broadcasts mention that the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Health has partnered with Rice and other institutions on a three-year initiative to improve cancer care in the nation.
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Television 6 — Trinidad (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WEFM-FM (Trinidad) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Is Houston finally making a place for its public?
An article about the development of Houston’s public spaces quotes two faculty members from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business: Karlston Nasser, lecturer in management, and Jefferson Duarte, the Gerald D. Hines Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance.

Rediscover our city’s lost history through the eyes of early Houston artists
An article mentions that Rice will lend artwork to The Heritage Society Museum Gallery to mount an exhibit of Houston artists who have documented the city’s landscape from as early as 1852.
Houston Press

60 ways to make Houston a better place
Rice is cited as a local institution that resulted from the generosity of a citizen.


’13 Eyewitness News at 4 p.m.’
A hitch in the swing of a protein that delivers the flu virus may be a useful target to stop the virus from infecting cells, according to Rice and Baylor College of Medicine researchers. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy and co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is quoted in a article on the research.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Researchers find new way to target flu virus (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


In borophene, boundaries are no barrier
Rice’s research into borophene, the atomically flat form of boron with unique properties, appeared as a “University Research” headline July 25 on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science homepage. Graduate student Luqing Wang, who led a theoretical analysis of atom-level energies to explain the observations, is quoted in American Laboratory.
U.S. Department of Energy
Unique polymorphisms of borophene uncovered
American Laboratory

Fall 2019: MBA application deadlines for US business schools now online
A roundup of MBA program deadlines includes Rice.
Find MBA

Synthetic biopolymers from egg white albumen
An article mentions Rice researchers used the polymerized protein of egg white, albumen, to make a synthetic biopolymer that might have a role to play in “green” technologies. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Materials Today 

DOE grant to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts
An article mentions that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has awarded Rice researchers $1.1 million to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts. Stephan Link and Christy Landes, both professors of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering, are quoted and pictured.

Science: Sulfur analysis supports timing of oxygen’s appearance [report]
A Rice study that analyzes the sulfur record hidden in ancient rock supports the theory that oxygen first appeared in Earth’s lower atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, is quoted.

Construction material innovations augmented by G8 nations market outlook: Ken Research
An article mentions that researchers at Rice’s Multiscale Materials Laboratory created “programmable cement” with greater packing density than conventional cement structures.
Research News Today

Brookings survey finds only 21 percent willing to ride in a self-driving car
An article cites a 2016 Rice analysis of Google Consumer Surveys.
Porsche Auto World


2 young Las Vegans to play Carnegie Hall
An article featuring Alex Gonzalez mentions that he attended Rice.
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Dr. Fredy Zypman receives prestigious award
An article mentions that the 2018 Materials Today Embracing Challenge Award judging panel, chaired by the editors of the journal Materials Today, included Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering.
Yu News

2018 Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series
An article mentions that alumna Amanda Halstead ’98 and alumnus Jacob Fowler ’10 will perform in the 2018 Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series Aug. 24 in Manteo, N.C.
Outer Banks Sentinel

C60s: The antioxidant causing a health care and longevity revolution
An article mentions research by Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
What Doctors Don’t Tell You

La Uader otorgará el Título de Doctora Honoris Causa para Rita Segato
An article featuring Rita Segato, who received the distinction of Doctor Honoris Causa from the Universidad Autónoma de Entre Ríos, mentions that she is a former postdoctoral visiting researcher at Rice.
APF Digital (An English translation is not available.)


‘Fox 26 News at 9’
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is interviewed in a television broadcast featuring the Owls, who will travel to Spain next week to play exhibition games.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Top players to watch versus Rice in 2018
Rice football players Jackson Tyner and Sam Glaesmann are cited in slideshow captions (images 1 and 2, respectively). Tyner is also pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Radio Boomers Live’: July 23, 2018, David Eugene Andrews/football coach Cedric Calhoun
Rice defensive line coach Cedric Calhoun is featured in an interview and pictured. Head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned. (Comments begin at 28:25.)

’13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.’
A television broadcast about the University of Houston football team mentions that the Cougars will play Rice Sept. 1.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

2018 Prairie View A&M Panthers season preview
An article on Prairie View A&M’s football team mentions that the Panthers will play Rice Aug. 25.
The Roost

Texas history: 60 years this October, Darrell Royal took a big step in becoming a legend

Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

UTRGV volleyball aiming high in 2018
An article featuring the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley volleyball team mentions that the Vaqueros will play Rice.


Harvey samples saddled with antibiotic-resistant genes
Rice scientists have released the first results of extensive water sampling in Houston after the epic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. They found widespread contamination by E. coli, likely the result of overflow from flooded wastewater treatment plants.

Feds back Rice U. study of nanoscale electrocatalysis
The Rice laboratories of Christy Landes and Stephan Link, both professors of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering, received a $1.1 million grant to develop and use single-particle spectroscopy techniques to understand how nanoparticles can be improved for use as electrocatalysts that facilitate chemical reactions.

About Matt Wilson

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