Dateline Rice for Oct. 23, 2017 (Weekend Edition)

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October 23, 2017

FEATURED ITEMS

Jones School kindles entrepreneurial dreams at Rice
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and its graduates are featured in a story on the school’s successful efforts to build a nationally recognized department with a focus on entrepreneurship. Alumni Craig Ceccanti ’08, Sean Self ’93, Jay Zeidman ’11 and Kevin Green ’07 are quoted along with Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, and Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor in Finance and Entrepreneurship, former deans Bill Glick and Gil Whitaker and former professors Al Napier and Ed Williams are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story ran on the front page of the Oct. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Jones School at Rice kindles dreams of entrepreneurship.”)
http://bit.ly/2yCj8et


Former VP Gore speaking at Rice on climate and extreme weather
Former Vice President Al Gore will speak on climate change Oct. 23 at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse.
ABC13.com
http://abc13.co/2h1qO2o
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2z2aGIf (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2yM6rzY (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2isFnPR (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2y10Pxx










NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

A giant blob of floodwater from Harvey is still moving through the Gulf
The more than 13 trillion gallons of floodwater from Hurricane Harvey have created a massive plume of freshwater in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary about 100 miles offshore of Galveston. Rice marine biologist Adrienne Correa is quoted.
The Atlantic
http://theatln.tc/2l5ANbe


Nanotubes make flexible antennas lighter than copper
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. The research appears in Applied Physics Letters.
Futurity (A similar story appeared in Phys.org.)
http://bit.ly/2h2Gjae


Repealing the Clean Power Plan could backfire for coal
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, wrote an op-ed on the potential effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to end the Clean Power Plan.
The Hill
http://bit.ly/2yMmJIP


The old guard in revolt: Why ex-presidents are violating code of silence to fight ‘Trumpism’
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on former U.S. presidents’ criticism of President Donald Trump. Brinkley also comments on Trump’s assessment of his response to the crisis in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria and the impending release of government documents related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
CBC News
http://bit.ly/2yKBI6d
WAMU-FM (Washington)
http://bit.ly/2yLmKwK (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on more than 10 other stations.)
http://bit.ly/2gBmbPq (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on more than 10 other stations.)
CNN’s Cuomo: Trump’s Puerto Rico comments are ‘laughable’
Daily Caller
http://bit.ly/2yGHMud
Bloomberg Radio
http://bit.ly/2z0HAch (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on WLS-AM in Chicago and KOH-AM in Reno, Nev.)










Trump says he won’t stop release of secret JFK files
A story on the impending release of includes a photo of Kennedy’s 1962 appearance at Rice.
1News Now
http://bit.ly/2h0vWUi


Texas Democrats smell blood in the water for 2018
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, wrote an op-ed on Democrats’ hopes to win seats in the House of Representatives currently held by Republicans. Jones also is quoted in articles on Democratic challengers in Central Texas, Republican state Sen. Kel Seliger declining to endorse the re-election bid of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and new advertisements backing Houston’s five bond measures on the November ballot.
The Hill
http://bit.ly/2xgUZZl
Central Texas congressional challengers tapping into Trump outrage
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in Democratic Underground.)
https://atxne.ws/2yHmqNo
Seliger opts not to back Patrick in bid for re-election
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News and Midland Reporter-Telegram.)
http://bit.ly/2zK0NMu
Backers of Houston bond items launch TV ads as voting starts
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yL4Iea
http://bit.ly/2iuImHC












HOUSTON/TEXAS

People in business
Robert Bruce Jr. has been named the new dean of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yIe6wZ


Need for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not better
Rice researchers have developed a computational model to quantify the mechanism by which CRISPR-Cas9 proteins find their genome-editing targets. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, and alumnus Alexey Shvets adapted a system they developed earlier to show how proteins generally find their biological targets. CRISPR, which stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” is the biological mechanism by which bacteria protect themselves from viral infections.
TMC News
http://bit.ly/2zwxCMj


2 ways of thinking about ‘resilience’ after Harvey
Rice School of Architecture graduate student Xiangcheng Xing illustrates an article on defining resiliency in Houston and moving forward after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2yDiGMW


‘During Harvey, height made all the difference’
A Rice Design Alliance architecture tour titled “H20uston: Living in Floodplains” is mentoned in a story examining three Houston buildings and how they fared during Tropical Storm Harvey. Alumna Jacki Schaefer ’07 is quoted. Rice Professor in the Practice of Architecture Nonya Grenader is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

http://bit.ly/2h1W8xM

To lure Amazon, Houston leaders point to ‘innovation corridor,’ disruption and diversity
Rice is mentioned in a story on Houston’s pitch to land Amazon’s second headquarters.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yLC9Nv
http://bit.ly/2y0OREh



Field notes from Santa Ana
Scott Egan, assistant prtoofessor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about the potential effects of a Mexican border wall on wildlife at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.
Texas Observer
http://bit.ly/2l9OlT9


Thumbs-up, thumbs-down
Alumnus Tim Faust ’09 is mentioned for his T-shirts depicting Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as the Zodiac Killer.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2hYp75c


Majority of Houston ISD board seats up for election as district faces turbulent time
Lecturer of Education Robert Lundin is mentioned in an editorial about candidates for Houston Independent School District trustees.
Houston Chronicle (Subscripion is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2yIos1l
http://bit.ly/2yMVE8D



How Georgetown’s GOP mayor became a hero to climate change evangelists
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted in a story on the mayor of Georgetown, Texas.
Austin American-Statesman
https://atxne.ws/2h1zohp


Why Texas isn’t really a democracy
Rice research on the effects of Texas’ voter ID law is mentioned.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
http://bit.ly/2hZklEF


‘Mechanics of Epithelial Tissues: Structure, Rigidity and Fluidity’
A seminar titled “Mechanics of Epithelial Tissues: Structure, Rigidity and Fluidity” will be held Oct. 24 at the BioScience Research Collaborative.
TMC News
http://bit.ly/2yCpFbo


Symphony’s return to Jones Hall a reminder Theater District will rebound from Harvey
A story on the Houston Symphony mentions that it performed at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall while damage to Jones Hall caused by Tropical Storm Harvey was being repaired.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2itbgbb


Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock unmasks his playful side
Trenton Doyle Hancock’s “Texas: 1997-2017” at the former Rice University Gallery is reviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2le51Jp


How Houston has changed since 2007
A slideshow mentions a 2017 Rice study that found 18 percent of respondents feared becoming a victim of crime, down from 30 percent in 2007.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
http://bit.ly/2yIy0cQ
http://bit.ly/2hZNO1s



Father Martinez’s book serves as guide to ‘his kids’
David Warden, adjunct professor of engineering and economics, is quoted in a story about a book he co-authored with the late Father T.J. Martinez of Brownsville, Texas, titled “Miracle in Motion: How To Live a Meaningful Life.”
Brownsville Herald (This story also appeared in The Monitor and Valley Morning Star.)
http://bit.ly/2xYXIv4


Muse on Artful Women with Ars Lyrica’s ‘Italian Sirens’ concert at Hobby Center
Vocalist Alexandra Smither ’16 will perform in “Italian Sirens” Nov. 12 at Houston’s Hobby Center.
365 Things To Do in Houston
http://bit.ly/2h00WDU


BROADCAST

Flyover: How can we get everyone necessary health care?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, discussed health care policy.
Minnesota Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2zLUBUq
http://bit.ly/2h1RBeK (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 700 stations.)



Recovery in Houston: ‘Money has a lot to do with it’
Research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned in a story on economic inequality in Houston.
NBC News
http://nbcnews.to/2y1hDJB


Digging in the mud to see what toxic substances were spread by Hurricane Harvey
Testing of sediment left by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey by Rice scientists is mentioned in a story on contamination in the Houston area following the storm.
National Public Radio (This story also appeared in more than 25 affiliates.)
http://n.pr/2l9aSzn


‘Hidden Heroes’
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance discuss kindness on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.”
WGFL-TV (Gainesville, Fla.)
http://bit.ly/2y0h6b3 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Hurricane Harvey: Coastal storm surge modeling
Clint Dawson, former Rice associate professor of computational and applied
mathematics, discusses storm surge simulations performed at the University of Texas at Austin.
Science360 News
http://bit.ly/2y0pFCE



KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Houston flood plain maps failed to predict roughly 75 percent of flood damage from five floods between 1999 and 2009, according to a recent study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston.
http://bit.ly/2xiPgCo (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
A certified financial planner certification course at Rice is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2y17EUM (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Rice hosting 2017 World Air Hockey Championships
The World Air Hockey Championships were held Oct. 20-22 at Rice Stadium.
ABC13.com
http://abc13.co/2yLL5lV


TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Health apps should be held to high regulatory scrutiny, researchers say
As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Kirsten Ostherr, professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, the Food and Drug Administration regulates only a fraction of those. Americans should be concerned about how these apps collect, save and share their personal health data, she said.
India International Times (A similar story also appeared in Becker’s Hospital Review.)
http://bit.ly/2hZ2Xjp


3 ways nanomaterials could help combat climate change and prevent pollution
Rice’s development of a nanosponge that can absorb oil from the water’s surface is cited. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is mentioned.
Ensia
http://bit.ly/2xgwNGb


For carbon capture, utilization is key
Chuck McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, was part of a panel discussion on carbon dioxide capture, utilization and storage technology at a dinner held by the Society of Petroleum Engineers CCUS Technical Section.
HSE Now
http://bit.ly/2iuG0IV


Long-term osteoporosis treatment
Alumnus Michael McClung ’65 was the guest on a podcast about osteoporosis.
Health Professional Radio
http://bit.ly/2y03jfA


OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

2018’s best universities ranking
Rice is No. 10 on WalletHub’s list of top U.S. universities.
WalletHub
http://bit.ly/2xZpmmP


These science cartoons depict our terrifying and thrilling future
“Soonish,” a new book by Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and her husband, Zach, is reviewed.
Futurism (This story also appeared in NewsCaf.)
http://bit.ly/2yIsebh
The future of the future
Washington Free Beacon
http://bit.ly/2y02enZ





Tangled up in gray: Shifting relationship between flexibility and modularity in brain discovered
A new study by Rice researchers takes a step toward what they see as key to the advance of neuroscience: a better understanding of the relationship between the brain’s flexibility and its modularity.
Scribblin’
http://bit.ly/2yNbKie


Big wheels for little cars
Nanocars created by the lab of chemist James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, are featured.
About My Planet
http://bit.ly/2gD4Jde


Religion at the US intellectual history conference
Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel and graduate student William Black will participate in panel discussions Oct. 27 at a conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History in Dallas.
Religion in American History
http://bit.ly/2yEFhLm


Eliezer Jáuregui en el Festival de Órgano
Organist and pianist Eliezer Jáuregui Arrazate ’06 will perform at the International Festival of Zaragoza Saltillo.
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2xiL3yB


Community Connections to address changing workplaces
Alumnus Tony Crider ’98, associate professor of physics at Elon University, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Technology, the Workplace and the Future” Oct. 23 in Elon, N.C.
The Times-News
http://bit.ly/2xZj2k2


SPORTS

Texas A&M, Texas to play basketball exhibition at Rice
The men’s basketball teams from Texas A&M University and the University of Texas will square off Oct. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse with proceeds from the game going to the Rebuild Texas Relief Fund.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Conexión.)
http://bit.ly/2yCkDuB
http://bit.ly/2itIXt7
Texas, Texas A&M to play hoops exhibition in Houston to benefit Harvey relief efforts
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/2hY3bHm
Gov. Greg Abbott praises Texas, Texas A&M, Rice officials for staging game, helping Harvey victims
Austin American-Statesman
https://atxne.ws/2yLqqyo
KXAS-TV (Dallas)
http://bit.ly/2z1vpw9 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2h3rynq (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Texas to play Texas A&M in exhibition benefit basketball game
KXAN.com
http://bit.ly/2isTg0B
Texas A&M, Texas men’s basketball to hold exhibition game to benefit Rebuild Texas Relief Fund
KBTX.com
http://bit.ly/2hYmYq8
Report: Texas A&M and Texas to renew basketball rivalry in exhibition for Hurricane Harvey relief
SEC Country (This story also appeared in the Dayton Daily News.)
http://sec.news/2h15M3J
Texas-Texas A&M to play for Harvey relief
Daily Texan
http://bit.ly/2zwekXc

























Around sports: Lewis Hamilton wins US Grand Prix for 4th consecutive time
The Rice women’s soccer team’s 1-0 victory over the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 1-0 Oct. 22, which clinched the Conference USA regular season championship, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2y0IoJy
The 49ers fall to Rice
Niner Times
http://bit.ly/2hYKBim





Mistakes plague Rice in loss to UTSA
The Rice football team lost 20-7 to the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 21.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2ithEiI
Davenport, Sturm lead UTSA past Rice
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
http://bit.ly/2zvMASG
http://bit.ly/2z1JUzI
Despite loss, defensive effort kept Rice in the game
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2z262dF
http://bit.ly/2l9GrJp
Rice quarterback Sam Glaesmann returns as Owls visit UTSA
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2zxtU4Z
Davenport, Clay lead UTSA past Rice 20-7
GoUTSA.com
http://bit.ly/2irTwgb
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2yMnEZO (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
http://bit.ly/2zw74L0 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2z2KPAg (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Hometown Heroes: Rice defensive coordinator Brian Stewart loves coaching in the ‘Football Mecca’
Rice defensive coordinator Brian Stewart is featured.
CW39.com
http://bit.ly/2yDjS4J
http://bit.ly/2yIIGIs (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


























Boswell is 1st kicker to make 5 FGs in 1 game at Heinz Field
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell made all five of his field goal attempts in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 29-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Oct. 22, becoming the first player to make five in one game at Heinz Field.
247Sports.com
http://bit.ly/2hYKgfK


‘Redskins Chronicles’
Former Rice football player Darryl Grant, who later played for the Washington Redskins, is featured.
Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic (Washington)
http://bit.ly/2h3LAhU (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


USA men’s bobsled national team roster announced for 2017-18 season
Former Rice football player Sam McGuffie was named to the U.S. bobsled team’s roster.
TeamUSA.org
http://go.teamusa.org/2xgPvxM


Lamar baseball releases 2018 schedule
Rice is mentioned in a story about Lamar University’s baseball team.
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://bit.ly/2iuLKlK


Rice slips by UTEP in 5 sets
The Rice volleyball team defeated the University of Texas at El Paso Oct. 22.
El Paso Herald-Post
http://bit.ly/2z2BAQw


UTSA volleyball falls on the road against Rice
The Rice volleyball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 20.
GoUTSA.com
http://bit.ly/2yJ1SV1


Rice tops SMU at home dual
The Rice women’s swimming team defeated Southern Methodist University Oct. 21.
SwimSwam
http://bit.ly/2zxhSIW


NEWS RELEASES

Kolditz available to discuss Gore visit to Rice
Tom Kolditz, founding director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is available to discuss Doerr Institute board member Al Gore’s visit to Rice. The former vice president will speak at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Gore, who is chairman of the Climate Reality Project, will present “The Climate Crisis and Extreme Weather.”
http://bit.ly/2yLOscX

Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper
Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice University researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. The research appears in Applied Physics Letters.
http://bit.ly/2z1z2lp

Randy Hulet elected fellow of the Optical Society
Randy Hulet, Rice’s Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society, the leading U.S.-based professional society dedicated to advancing the study of light in both theory and application. Hulet is one of 101 newly elected 2018 fellows announced by the society this month. He was honored “for pioneering achievements in the field of ultracold atomic gases, including the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation with attractive interactions and groundbreaking studies of atomic fermions.”
http://bit.ly/2yKSe6h

Halas wins American Physical Society’s Lilienfeld Prize

The American Physical Society has awarded Rice University nanoscientist Naomi Halas the prestigious 2018 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize. She was honored for her “pioneering research at the intersection of optics and nanoscience, and groundbreaking applications of those findings in the field of plasmonics, and for her exceptional impact communicating the excitement of scientific discoveries and their vital role in improving people’s lives.” Halas is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering. She also is director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute.
http://bit.ly/2lbhwoJ

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