Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2015 (Weekend Edition)


Rice University’s secret symbols, inside jokes and elaborate pranks
Photos of Rice’s architecture and info about various symbols are featured. Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted. The Visual Arts Alliance will offer a walking tour of Rice Oct. 7.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Star Explore section in Saturday’s Chronicle. Subscription required.)


Generation gap among Catholic Hispanics
An article about the decline in second-generation Hispanic Catholics cites a demographic study from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Wall Street Journal

An Oklahoma of oil at risk as debt shackles shale drillers
U.S. shale companies are running out of money and being forced to slow drilling, risking as much as 400,000 barrels a day of oil production. Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in La Repubblica, MSN News, Denver Post, Brush News-Tribune and Fuel Fix.)

US rigs flag; OPEC watches
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision to reduce production estimates.
Arkansas Online

How most states allow discrimination against LGBTQ people
Most civil rights laws don’t protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace. Michelle “Mikki” Hebl, professor of psychology and management, is cited for the study she co-authored on workplace discrimination.

Things historians can’t live without
Richard Smith, the George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and professor of history, shares an indispensable tool he can’t live without.
History News Network

Austin’s takes different tack on hiring tech talent
Internet job search company is focused on hiring students directly out of college to provide extensive training. The site recently hired graduates from Rice.
Bloomberg Business

Mob-style murder at posh golf course shocked Tulsa in 1981
The 1981 death of Rice alum Roger Wheeler ’46 in Tulsa, Okla., is mentioned in reference to a new movie, “Black Mass,” about the Boston gang leader who ordered Wheeler’s death.
Washington Times


More Americans move to Texas than any other state — see where they come from
An Austin-based data firm analyzed the most recent relocation numbers from the IRS and found that Texas had received more American migrants than any other state since 2009. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the City & State section. Subscription required.)

Mexico revamps rules in hopes of better oil auction results
Mexico made revisions to its rules in hopes of attracting more producers to a Sept. 30 auction. Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared on the front of the Business section in Sunday’s Chronicle. Subscription required.)
Mexico making changes to lure private oil producers
San Antonio Express-News

The Chronicle endorses David Robinson for Houston City Council At-Large position 2
Alumnus David Robinson ’93 received an endorsement from the Houston Chronicle for City Council At-Large position 2.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas education, political leaders lay out state’s higher education challenge, goals
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is implementing a new plan called “60x30Tx,” with the goal to have 60 percent of young adults in Texas with higher education degrees or certificates by 2030. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, comments.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This article also appeared in U.S. News University.)
Workforce stats worry business association
Amarillo Globe-News

Commentary: Protecting our Texas coast
Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush authored an op-ed about Texas’ vulnerable coast and the urgent need for hurricane protection. Bush cites storm-surge modeling by Rice showing that Ike would have delivered a 20-foot storm surge up the Houston Ship Channel if it had made landfall just west of where it did.
The Monitor (This also appeared in Transportation Maritime Infrastructure and Valley Morning Star.)

New scorecard shows Rice grads earn most in Texas
The U.S. Department of Education released data showing the average earnings of graduates of nearly every college and university in the country 10 years after they received their degrees. Rice is No. 1 in Texas and was cited as a good deal for low-income students.
TMC Today


Does a popular Houston shopping district really have enough parking?
Although many patrons of Rice Village might say that parking is a persistent problem in the popular shopping area, a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research finds that Rice Village actually has ample parking, but more can be done to improve the use of available spaces. Kyle Shelton, postdoctoral research fellow at the Kinder Institute, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Houston-Rice partnership aims to improve city operations
Rice University and the city of Houston will join forces with 20 other cities and 25 other universities from across the country to create MetroLab Network, a network of universities and city governments charged with collaborating on solutions to the challenges confronting urban infrastructure, city services and civic engagement. Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the partnership.
Houston Public Media

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, appeared on “American History TV” to discuss the Roosevelt family. Brinkley is also mentioned on “Imus in the Morning” as an upcoming guest, discusses his co-authored book, “The Nixon Tapes,” and is profiled as a visiting author for the 22nd annual Virginia Festival of the Book.
WABC-AM (New York)
Watergate dominates 1973 tapes of Nixon White House
Austin American-Statesman
Virginia Festival of the Book announces 2016 headline events
Augusta Free Press

5 rich Texans donating to support presidential candidates
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, explains campaign funding and highlights Texas’ top donors. Jones is also quoted from his interview about China’s economic and cultural impact on Latin America.
Latin pulse: 9.18.2015
Latin Pulse

National Public Radio
Mike Massimino, former executive director of the Rice Space Institute, shares a story about coming home. (This broadcast also aired on 13 other media outlets.)


Nick Snow: Political instability, debt handicap Venezuela oil
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American Energy Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted from his speech at the Global Energy Policy event at Columbia University Center in New York.
Petroleum World


Political philosophy conference attracts large international crowds
George Sher, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Philosophy, spoke at the third annual Workshop for Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy at Syracuse University.
The Daily Orange

Census: USA uninsured drops, while income stagnates
New Census data showed that the rate of uninsured New Mexicans dropped from 18.6 percent in 2013 to 14.5 in 2014. The article cites a survey from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy estimating the rate of the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.

Shakespeare’s tales inspire exciting Grand Rapids Symphony season opener
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, conducted the final concert of the Grand Rapids Symphony Classical Series.

Minot Symphony hires new director
Alumnus Efrain Amaya ’88 was named Minot State University’s new symphony director.
KXMD-TV (Minot, N.D.)


Rice beats North Texas 38-24 in C-USA opener
Rice football beat North Texas University 38-24. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Driphus Jackson uses aerial attack to lead Rice past North Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice versus North Texas in review
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
College football weekend in rewind
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice blows by North Texas 38-24
Football team loses home opener 38-24 to Rice
North Texas Daily

US women win silver at World Mtn. Championships
Will Rice College sophomore Elsa Racasan competed at the 31st World Mountain Running Championships.
New England Runner

KDRV-TV (Medford, Ore.)
Alumnus Luke Willson ’12 is interviewed. (This also aired on KING-TV and KLSR-TV.)

Angels go quietly in 8-1 loss to Twins, fall 2-1/2 back in wild-card race
Former baseball standout Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in My Informs.)
MLB: Duffey hurls Twins past Angels
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Tyler Duffey helps Twins end five-game slide with 8-1 win over Angels
St. Paul Pioneer Press


Rice announces $150 million in strategic research initiatives
Rice University is preparing to invest over $150 million in strategic initiatives aimed at increasing its research competitiveness across all departments, establishing a world-renowned program in data sciences and bolstering its position as one of the world’s leading centers for molecular nanotechnology research.

Baker Institute paper: Border violence is a public health issue
Can collective violence along the U.S.-Mexico border — covering the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León and Tamaulipas as well as Texas — be considered an “epidemic”? It can, and the issue of violence should be methodologically examined through a public health approach, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Study: It’s not cheating unless a species gets hurt
A review of dozens of key ecological studies has found very little evidence to support one of the field’s commonly held beliefs: Cheating is widespread among ‘mutualists,’ species that cooperate with one another for mutual benefit.

‘Bullied: Youth, Gender and Homophobia’ topic of Rice lecture Sept. 24
Sociologist and youth culture expert CJ Pascoe will discuss the dynamics and intersections of bullying, gender and homophobia as part of Rice University’s Gray/Wawro Lecture Series Sept. 24.

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