Dateline Rice for August 22, 2016 (Weekend Edition)


The incredible quest to find the African slave ships that sank in the Atlantic
Rice alumnus Ibrahima Thiaw ’99 is featured for his efforts to locate sunken wreckage from the transatlantic slave trade.
The Washington Post (This also appeared in 32 other media outlets.)


As the number of freestanding ERs grows, so does scrutiny
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted in an article about freestanding ER centers.
U.S. News & World Report (This also appeared in 333 other media outlets.)

Floods, wildfires, extreme heat: Is the climate fighting back against the fossil fuel industry?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article about climate change. Krane is also quoted in an article about energy subsidies.
Middle East ready to give up energy subsidies
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Turning textbook highlighting into time well-spent
College students love highlighting textbook passages while they study, and a team of researchers in three states will apply the latest techniques from machine learning and cognitive science to help turn that habit into time well-spent. Phillip Grimaldi, research scientist at the Rice-based nonprofit textbook publisher OpenStax, and Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are quoted.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page. This also appeared in


Voters have good reasons to be angry this election year
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 about the electoral process in Texas and the 2016 elections.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
It’s not crazy to think that a down-ballot Democrat could win statewide this year
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Donald Trump to hold rally Tuesday at Travis County Expo Center
Austin American-Statesman
Donald Trump is holding a rally in Austin! Says who?
Austin American-Statesman
Texas leaders mum on Trump’s plan to enlist election observers
Longview News-Journal (This also appeared in KOXE.)
Who watches the election watchers?
Off the Kuff
¿Qué se necesita para ganar la presidencia?
Univision (An English translation is not available.)

Andy Warhol’s vision of ‘Sunset’ is perfectly imperfect
Photos taken at a Rice exhibition are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

One Hermann Place developers hope park, free rent will lure renters
An article mentions that the developers of One Hermann Place, a new luxury midrise apartment, used bricks and stones matching Rice buildings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Book events: Aug. 21-27
Writers will read the poetry and prose they’ve written in response to Michael De Feo’s exhibit “Crosstown Traffic” at Rice Gallery Aug. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Arts guide: Opera season features exceptional shows
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Houston Chamber Choir Sept. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

FDR, the unsung protector of wild California
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, authored an article about Franklin D. Roosevelt. Brinkley will speak in Scranton, Pa., Sept. 8.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in SF Gate.)
Presidential historian coming to Scranton
The Times-Tribune

New Baker Institute charts provide picture of drug use in the United States
An extensive and easy-to-use collection of charts that present findings from decades of government survey data of drug use in the United States is now available on the website of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, are mentioned.
TMC News (This article appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of TMC Today.)
Marijuana versus alcohol: 40-year study reveals which is the real ‘gateway’ substance
Marijuana is not a gateway drug, scientists conclude
The Daily Meal

Nanoribbons in solutions mimic nature
Graphene nanoribbons bend and twist easily in solution, making them adaptable for biological uses like DNA analysis, drug delivery and biomimetic applications, according to scientists at Rice. Ching-Hwa Kiang, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and alumna Sithara Wijeratne ’13 are quoted.
TMC News (This article appeared in the Aug. 22 issue of TMC Today. This also appeared in

The face of change
Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology, and Bridget Gorman, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, is quoted in a story about race in Texas.
Dallas Morning News

Houston’s groundbreaking new concert complex opens with a bang: Music in the city will never be the same again
Troy Schaum, an assistant professor of architecture, is mentioned for his work designing the White Oak Music Hall.

Texas’ Hazlewood Act funds tuition for veterans and their children, costing UT Tyler, TJC millions
An article mentions a Rice study on the Hazlewood Act.
Tyler Morning Telegraph


Big insurers say Obamacare a money loser in Texas and other states
Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at the Baker Institute and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, is quoted about Obamacare.
Houston Public Media

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about recent polls that show Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry would defeat Sen. Ted Cruz in a 2018 senate race. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

‘The Jim Bohannon Show’
Alumna Becky Wade ’12 is featured for her book about her research on running communities around the world.
KTAR (This also aired on 246 other radio stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

A broadcast mentions that “Mad About Hoops” will have a halftime show at Rice Nov. 19.

Author Talmage Boston will introduce his new book, “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents,” at Rice Aug. 31. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

A broadcast mentions that William Sidis taught at Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Radio host Don Imus mentions that his son is a student at Rice.
WABC (This also aired on 74 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Scientists study efficiency of adsorbents for natural gas sweetening
A careful balance of the ingredients in carbon-capture materials would maximize the sequestration of greenhouse gases while simplifying the processing — or “sweetening” — of natural gas, according to researchers at Rice. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Phys Org

New gold compound to be used in replacement knee and hip joints
Titanium is the leading material for artificial knee and hip joints because it’s strong, wear-resistant and nontoxic, but an unexpected discovery by Rice physicists shows that the gold standard for artificial joints can be improved with the addition of some actual gold.
Trend in Tech

How carbon nanotubes could give us faster processors and longer battery life
Scientists at Rice have discovered that the strong force field emitted by a Tesla coil causes carbon nanotubes to self-assemble into long wires, a phenomenon they call “Teslaphoresis.” Research scientist Paul Cherukuri ’08, executive director of the Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, is quoted.
Tech Crunch

Forget Paris: Climate report sees greater changes ahead
A report by an unnamed Rice expert is mentioned.
Natural Gas Intel

Foreign Muslim funding of Western universities
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Muslim governments’ donations to Western universities.
Middle East Forum

NSF funds new integrative approaches to study the brain
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will work on one of the 18 newly funded projects stem from the cross-disciplinary NSF Integrative Strategies for Understanding Neural and Cognitive Systems program.

The start up pacesetter: Product development specialist, Dialexa COO, Brad Bush
Alumnus Brad Bush ’89 is featured.
B2B News Network

Study finds ‘missing evolutionary link’ of a widely used natural drug source
A well-known family of natural compounds called “terpenoids” has a curious evolutionary origin. In particular, one question relevant to future drug discovery has puzzled scientists: Exactly how does Nature make these molecules? A study from scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute has now filled in a missing piece of the evolutionary puzzle, determining a previously unknown structure of a family of proteins that are key to making these compounds. George Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is mentioned.


Uncertainty regarding Chavez leaves Venezuelan expatriates with questions
Luis Duno-Gottberg, professor of Spanish and Portuguese, is quoted about Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez.

13 colleges that get you paid the highest salary
Rice is No. 12 on a list of universities with the highest earning potential for graduates compiled by the Brookings Institute.
Cheat Sheet

Dalton State faculty contribute to college affordability
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Dalton Daily Citizen

Mattress buying part 1: Why are there so many online-only brands? Do they deliver value?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted about the “mattress-store bubble.”

WaPo forgets to make argument in asserting Trump ad ‘dishonest’
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Thompson hopes to become astrophysicist
A student who hopes to attend Rice is featured.
American Press

Farmington startup seeks mechanical solution to dry mouth
An article mentions that researchers at Rice are looking for a solution to dry mouth.
Hartford Business

Religion briefs Aug. 20
Hanszen College sophomore Nils Aardahl is mentioned.
Wyoming Tribune Eagle

We choose to do the hard things … for the common good
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
The Express-Star


On the rebound: Rice is ready to return to a bowl game
Articles discuss Rice football’s 2016 season. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted. Also mentioned are players Alex Lyons, Tyler Stehling, Zach Wright, Connor Cella, Emmanuel Ellerbee, Jordan Myers, Aaron Cephus, Dasharm Newsome, Sam Glaesmann, Sam Stewart, James Mayden, Lance Wright and Darik Dillard and former players Driphus Jackson and Dennis Parks.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
C-USA: Southern Miss, Western Kentucky look to meet again
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Ranking every FBS team, part 1: U-Mass. started from the bottom and it’s still there
The Washington Post
Rice eager to regain bowl-worthy form
San Antonio Express-News
C-USA teams on the rise
San Antonio Express-News

Why don’t C-USA schools want early week football games?
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted about early week games.
Daily News-Journal

Pounds’ hat trick leads Aggie soccer team past Rice, 4-1
Rice soccer was defeated by Texas A&M University 1-4.
Aggie Sports (This also appeared in WTAW, KBTX, A&M Athletics and SEC Sports.)
No. 8 Texas A&M soccer cruises to victory over Rice, 4-1
No. 8 Texas A&M breezes by Rice for 1st win of season
The Battalion
No. 8 Aggie soccer team drops season opener to top-ranked Florida State
Aggie Sports
Aggie soccer drops season opener to top-ranked Florida State
Aggies host Rice on Youth Soccer Night Sunday
Match day preview: Rice
A&M Athletics
No. 8 Texas A&M drops 1-0 nail-biter to No. 1 Florida State
A&M Athletics
No. 8 Aggies drop opener to No. 1 Florida State 1-0
No. 8 Texas A&M falls short versus No. 1 FSU
SEC Sports

Texans report: J.J. Watt making steady progress in rehab from surgery
Former Rice football Player Christian Covington is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texans-Saints rewind: 5 up, 5 down
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texans’ Christian Covington disrupts Saints’ offense
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
1st glance: Texans versus Saints
Houston Texans News

Super Bowl: Ultimate game comes to Houston a 3rd time
Rice is mentioned for hosting the 1974 Super Bowl VIII game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The Goodyear Blimp used to call the area home
An article mentions that the Goodyear Blimp would occasionally fly over Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Port Arthur Olympian Inika McPherson clears high jump, advances to finals
An article mentions that Patrick Pyle was a volunteer coach at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

2016 preseason super gold football
Rice commits are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
Questions before kickoff: 4 burning questions for PISD, Allen football
Plano Star Courier
Team preview: Plano East Panthers
Plano Star Courier

Defense has a leg up on offense again in Stanford scrimmage
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
WKU to hold 2nd scrimmage of fall camp Saturday
What the heck is a ‘TV market,’ really?
2016 Oklahoma Sooners football countdown to kickoff
SB Nation
Gordo: Big 12 expansion recalls better days at Mizzou
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Why 2016 might already be the year of the quarterback in the Big 12
Sports Day
Watch: New Broncos defensive lineman Henry Melton played running back at Texas
Broncos Wire
Football: UK defense takes a step forward
The State Journal
Ranking the 10 biggest preseason AP Top 25 poll flops over the last 10 years
CBS Sports

From pages past Aug. 22
Former Rice assistant sports information director Todd Kober is mentioned.

Browns sign Josh Boyce, waive Dennis Parks
Former Rice football player Dennis Parks is mentioned.
Today’s Pigskin

Storm Chasers drop 2nd straight with lopsided loss to Nashville
Former Rice baseball player Josh Rodriguez is mentioned.
Omaha World-Herald

Quarterback High: Rider’s signal-callers leaving mark at next level
Former Rice football player Greg Henderson is mentioned.
Wichita Falls Times Record News

Herd Tennis releases 2016-17 schedule
Rice tennis is mentioned.
Herd Zone

MadFriars daily farm report: Aug. 21
Former Rice baseball player Zech Lemond is mentioned.


Strong external governance makes top managers more prone to cheat
When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they’re more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper by strategic management experts at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

Light and matter merge in quantum coupling
Where light and matter intersect, the world illuminates. Where light and matter interact so strongly that they become one, they illuminate a world of new physics, according to Rice University scientists.

Map helps maximize carbon-capture material
A careful balance of the ingredients in carbon-capture materials would maximize the sequestration of greenhouse gases while simplifying the processing — or “sweetening” — of natural gas, according to researchers at Rice University.

About Rice News Staff

The Rice News is produced weekly by the Office of Public Affairs at Rice University.