A few only tangentially Texas politics links
I enjoyed this New Yorker piece on John Mackey of Whole Foods fame. I've never shopped there regularly, but it is one of the best places in Houston to find microbrews. He's a unique character And look, a Rice connection:
Mackey was brought up in a conventional middle-class home in a suburb of Houston. His father, Bill Mackey, was a professor of accounting at Rice University, and his mother gave up school teaching to raise John and his two siblings.
The Chron profiles Rice chemist James Tour.
Four years after Nobel laureate Rick Smalley's untimely death, it is the prolific Tour who as much as anyone has carried on Smalley's groundbreaking legacy in the science of nanotechnology.I've had the pleasure to talk to Tour a few times, and I was always impressed by how he manages to simplify his research when talking to laypeople. They mentioned how hospitable he is, and while true, it fails to mention that his wife is the nicest, sweetest person in the world.
Confirmation came last month when, among the more than 720,000 scientists who authored chemistry papers in academic journals during the last decade, Tour found himself among the 10 most-cited authors in the world.
This means the 135 papers he wrote during the last decade had one of the 10 highest rates at which other scientists “cited” them in the references of subsequent research papers.
Ten years ago friends told me that one should bet on him as a future Nobel laureate if the committee has any since at all.
Finally, Cory Crow offers a Houston-flavored "things you won't hear in 2010." I found a few of them quite funny.
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