Dateline Rice for March 19, 2018 (Weekend Edition)

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March 19, 2018

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

An invisible artwork reminds Austria of its Nazi past

Daniel Cohen, the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, is quoted in an article on “The Voices” by artist Susan Philipsz.
New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 17 print edition with a different headline, “A response to the sound of Hitler.”
http://nyti.ms/2tYNysL

Houston mattress maker donated items after Hurricane Harvey

Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at the Jones School and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted in an article on Texas Mattress Makers. Dholakia also is quoted in a KTRH-AM story on the bankruptcy and liquidation of Toys R Us.
Kansas City Star (This article, which originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle, was published by more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2u1OnRl
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2u0LHn9 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Venezuela’s oil industry: Can it survive?

Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, participated in a panel discussion March 13. His new policy brief, “The Collapse of the Venezuelan Oil Industry and its Global Consequences,” was discussed. Monaldi also is quoted in other articles on Venezuela.
Atlantic Council
http://bit.ly/2tX0gIi
Where is Venezuela’s rock bottom?
Platts
http://bit.ly/2GGOq7T
The oil crisis that can’t be stopped
OilPrice.com (This article also appeared in Wolf Street, ETF Daily News and Daily Herald.)
http://bit.ly/2u335aM
Producción de petróleo disminuye a menos de la mitad que cuando Hugo Chávez
El Nacional (An English translation is not available. A portion of this article appeared in El Venezolano News)
http://bit.ly/2FMkSsn
El colapso del petróleo en Venezuela: Hoy se produce menos de la mitad quie cuando asumió Hugo Chavez
Infobae (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2tZ2gzZ
Venezuela produce hoy menos de la mitad de petróleo que en 1999
TRT.net (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2FKZpjj

You can use anger to your benefit, just don’t overdo it

Rice researchers found that the effects of anger expressions in negotiations depend on the intensity of the emotional display. Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a KTRH story.
Orange County Register (This article also appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and Pasadena Star-News.)
http://bit.ly/2GIDabe
Control your anger in negotiations
KTRH.com
https://ihr.fm/2FKC55i

TKI dipancung: Jumlah eksekusi di Arab Saudi naik dua kali lipat sejak 2017

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the execution rate in Saudi Arabia.
BBC Indonesia
http://bbc.in/2FOEv2T

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Report touting Houston’s live-theater rank fails to look backstage

Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article on Houston’s theater scene.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the March 18 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2u2SJrq

Q&A: George W.S. Abbey, former director of the Johnson Space Center, on the moon and mars

George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the March 18 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “How to avoid going backward on nation’s space policy.” The article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2pfhLxP

Houston must attract more venture capital or be left behind in America’s innovation economy, expert says

Ed Egan, fellow of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, appeared on “Bauer Business Focus.”
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2tZlCFb

Marks: Learn the difference between health care and health

Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 18 print edition with a different headline, “Shift medicine’s focus to making patients healthy.”)
http://bit.ly/2FM3HqZ

Why we need to keep short-term insurance plans short

Ken Janda, an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2GIKKCN

People in business

A roundup of business news mentions David Vassar was named director of professional development programs at Rice’s Glasscock School for Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the March 18 print edition of the Chronicle.)
http://bit.ly/2u4X2mm

UT System latest to consider raising college tuition

An article on the University of Texas System’s tuition rates mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2GIaDCH
http://bit.ly/2FLAbBy

2 votes could make all the difference for Texas Senate Democrats in 2019

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.
Dallas Observer
http://bit.ly/2GJiAHI

Marimba player Justin Doute takes top honors at 2018 YTA competition

Percussionist Justin Douté, a graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, won the grand prize at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Shepherd School graduate student Yena Lee, a violinist, won the strings division gold medal, and graduate student Jacqueline Audas, also a violinist, won silver.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)
http://bit.ly/2GJV0KI

Samsa wins Capital Factory’s 100K blockchain challenge at SXSW

Alumnus Chris Georgen ’15 and graduate student Kim Raath are quoted.
Silicon Hills
http://bit.ly/2tXCCvn

BROADCAST

‘What’s Your Point?’

Ruth Lopez Turley, director of Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is mentioned in a discussion about the Houston Independent School District.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2posZRN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Texas addresses opioid epidemic with research and new therapies

Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, participates in a Q&A.
Crain’s
http://bit.ly/2GMLJlv

Scientists create microscopic ‘swimmers’ controlled by a magnetic field

Rice scientists have discovered what may be the simplest form of locomotion in the travels of micron-scale particles linked and driven by a magnetic field. Sibani Lisa Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Rice alumnus Di Du, now a research statistical analyst at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, are quoted.
Phys.org (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2FOLR6v

Plasmons triggered in nanotube quantum wells

A novel quantum effect observed in a carbon nanotube film could lead to the development of unique lasers and other optoelectronic devices, according to scientists at Rice and Tokyo Metropolitan University. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Weilu Gao are quoted.
Science Codex (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2tZ9bJv

Edible electronics? Lasers are bringing ‘super material’ graphene to everyday surfaces

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, and graduate student Yieu Chyan are mentioned and pictured.
Physics Buzz
http://bit.ly/2FOGXGD

George Foreman III pioneers a luxury boxing gym

Alumnus George Foreman III ’06 is featured.
Boston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/2u0njC3

Get to know the Coinbase co-founder: Brian Armstrong

Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, is mentioned.
Tradebuddy
http://bit.ly/2GJtDAP

In a big surprise, a hydrogel helps healing without additives

Sometimes when you’re invested in a project you fail to notice things that turn out to be significant. Researchers in the Rice lab of Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and bioengineering, had just such an experience with the hydrogels they developed as a synthetic scaffold to deliver drugs and encourage the growth of cells and blood vessels for new tissue. Hartgerink is quoted.
Innovation Toronto
http://bit.ly/2FMpEpQ

Use of sugar in anode substrate can reduce formation of dendrites in lithium battery

Ming Tang is quoted in an article on a new method to mitigate dendrite formation in lithium-metal batteries, which could extend battery life and diminish safety risks. Tang is assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering.
Energy Trend
http://bit.ly/2FP6VcY

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Tenor Joseph Leppek takes 2nd place at young vocalists competition in Michigan

Alumnus Joseph Leppek ’17 placed second in the William C. Byrd International Young Artist Competition for Voice March 3 in Flint, Mich.
DePauw University News
http://bit.ly/2tYPEJ9
Michigan vocalists win annual young artist competition
MLive.com
http://bit.ly/2u0tS7D

Enabling the pursuit of entrepreneurial dreams

Alumna Grace Ng ’09 is featured.
Harvard Business School News
http://hbs.me/2tZh9SV

This time, the revolution will be televised

Graduate student LaTreshia Hamilton authored an article.
African-American News and Issues
http://bit.ly/2u3dun3

‘Sweet spot’ in sweet material for hydrogen storage

Rice engineers have zeroed in on the optimal architecture for storing hydrogen in “white graphene” nanomaterials — a design like a Lilliputian skyscraper with “floors” of boron nitride sitting one atop another and held precisely 5.2 angstroms apart by boron nitride pillars. 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.
Global News Connect
http://bit.ly/2u1pkOj
Descubren la fórmula perfecta para almacenar hidrógeno usando grafeno blanco
Híbridos y Eléctricos (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2GHqVM3

Graphene grows stronger opposite a wind

Is there a way to make big sheets of pristine graphene or other two-dimensional materials? The answer is blowing in the wind. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Global News Connect
http://bit.ly/2FNmVMZ

‘Gunpowder Moon’ is a chillingly realistic book about the fight to control the Solar System

President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Verge (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2GJGuTe

Authors, poets and musical artists

Alumna Catharine Savage Brosman ’55 will speak at the Upcountry Literary Festival in Union, S.C.
Union Daily Times
http://bit.ly/2GGv16Y

SPORTS

Louisiana Tech completes sweep of Rice

The Rice baseball team went 0-3 in a series against Louisiana Tech University March 16-17 in Ruston, La.
Newport Plain Talk (This article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2GGzG93
Diamond dogs sweep Rice in weekend series
KSLA.com (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2GIowR4
KSLA-TV (Shreveport, La.)
http://bit.ly/2u0My7l (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Bulldogs open C-USA play with convincing 8-2 win over Rice
ArkLaTexHomepage.com (This article also appeared in LaTechSports.com.)
http://bit.ly/2u1nwov

Rice faces high-scoring New Mexico team next in NIT

The Rice women’s basketball team takes on the University of New Mexico March 20 in Albuquerque, N.M.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2FL91uC

Aggie golf set for Lone Star Invitational

An article on New Mexico State University’s men’s golf team mentions Rice will compete in the Lone Star Invitational March 19-20 in San Antonio.
NMStateSports.com
http://bit.ly/2GK6yOr

Women’s tennis closes out road trip with loss at Rice

The Rice women’s tennis team defeated the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 4-0 March 16 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center. Owls Lindsey Hodge, Wendy Zhang, Michaela Haet, Savannah Durkin, Priya Niezgoda, Fernanda Astete, Anna Bowtell and Sofie Moenster are mentioned.
GoUTRGV.com
http://bit.ly/2u56equ

Perfect score logged on tennis league’s opening night

A roundup of sports news mentions Duncan College senior Ashton Duke joined the Rice men’s tennis team.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2FJJ5j3

Reports: LaSalle’s Willson meets with Lions

Former Rice football player Luke Willson ’12 is featured.
BlackburnNews.com
http://bit.ly/2GHVUaK

NEWS RELEASES

Rice U.’s Simon Fischer-Baum wins NSF CAREER Award 

Rice psychologist Simon Fischer-Baum has won a coveted National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which includes a five-year grant that will support his research on understanding the brain processes involved when people read written words. The knowledge gained from this project could impact the understanding of people with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, and help in the treatment of brain injuries.
http://bit.ly/2u2gvE4

These micro-robots do the breaststroke

What are those tiny spheres doing as they move across that slide? They’re doing the breaststroke. Rice scientists have discovered what may be the simplest form of locomotion in the travels of micron-scale particles linked and driven by a magnetic field.
http://bit.ly/2u82eWD

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