Dateline Rice for August 29, 2016 (Weekend Edition)


Rice University, Aug. 28
Peter Rodriguez is interviewed about his role as the new dean of Rice’s Jones School of Business.
CBS Houston


Obama the monument maker
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, authored an op-ed about national parks and is quoted about the 2016 elections.
The New York Times
‘The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer’

Is doomsday inevitable for Venezuela?
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about oil in Venezuela.
USA Today (This also appeared in 35 other media outlets.)

In 1 Texas congressional race, there’s a 3rd candidate — and his name is Trump
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 2016 elections.
Los Angeles Times
Hillary playing ‘keep away’
Fighting to get on the presidential ballot in Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Pride of Pakistan: Bapsi Sidhwa
An article mentions that Bapsi Sidhwa taught at Rice.
Daily Times


Thumbs up, down
An editorial mentions that Rice is No. 5 on most diverse Top 100 school on a diversity index published on
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Worms are different. They’re helping researchers understand how viruses infect the intestines of animals.
Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health R01 grant to study how the Orsay virus infects a specific worm. Tao and Zhong are quoted.
TMC News (This article appeared in the Aug. 29 issue of TMC Today.)

Week in review
The percentage of young adults ages 18 to 34 in Texas without health insurance has dropped by 35 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, according to a report released by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rate of uninsured young adults drops by more than one-third in Texas
TMC News

Texas Tech’s new president wants university to be elite
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Association of American Universities.
The Texas Tribune (This also appeared in The Gilmer Mirror, El Paso Herald-Post and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)

Halliburton leads local job cuts among largest energy companies
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted about Houston-based energy companies.
Houston Business Journal

100 sunsets at the Menil Collection
Tish Stringer, lecturer and film program manager in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, will preside over showings of Andy Warhol’s film “Sunset.”

National parks: 100 years of America at its best
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines

Top 10 public art pieces in Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is featured on a list of the best public art in Houston.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Republican Women roundup for September
Alumna Sarah Cortez ’72 is mentioned.
The Woodlands Villager (This also appeared in The Courier of Montgomery County.)


New heroin laced with elephant tranquilizer is 10,000 more potent than morphine
Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about drug patterns.

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about the 2016 elections. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This also aired on KUIK.)

‘Money Talk with Bob Brinker’
A broadcast discusses the late Richard Smalley and his team’s discovery of fullerenes, popularly known as “buckyballs.”
KKOH (This also aired on 230 other radio stations.)


Would guns be allowed in Texas classrooms if they were more like stadiums?
An article mentions that Rice opted out of the Texas “campus carry” law.

How optimism can affect our financial decisions adversely
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, authored an article about optimism.
Psychology Today

Rice University receives citation for chemical breakthroughs award for discovery of carbon 60
The American Chemical Society has presented Rice University the Citation for Chemical Breakthroughs Award in recognition of the discovery of carbon 60, or the buckyball, at Rice in 1985. University Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and Matteo Pasquali the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, chair of the Department of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, are featured.
AZO Nano

New condensed matter state paves the way for scalable quantum computers
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 scientists. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Qi Zhang ’15 are quoted. Graduate students Xinwei Li and Minhan Lou are mentioned.
Best of last week — Converting CO2 to fuel, rocky planet found orbiting nearest star and possible remedy for a fatty diet

Rice University fellow creates half house that pushes boundaries and challenges perspectives of light and space
A new installation by Michelle Chang, the Visiting Wortham Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture, has taken over the school’s jury room. It’s a twisted half-a-house that plays mind games with the observer.
Arch Daily


Scientists are dueling over whether waste from human excrement should be disposed of on farmland, a common practice in parts of Southwestern Ontario
Jorge Loyo Rosales, lecturer at the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center, is mentioned.
Woodstock Sentinel Review (This also appeared in 16 other media outlets.)

Opioid epidemic greatly exaggerated?
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.
40-year study seemingly proves alcohol is more of a gateway drug than marijuana
Weed Weekly
Vast majority quit illegal drug use on their own within 1st year, study finds
The Fix

The pros and cons of a universal basic income
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, expects that within 30 years machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.
Brink (This also appeared in EdAccessible.)
A demographic time bomb about to detonate
Equity Master

A call to armor: Army explores stronger, lighter, cheaper protection
Designers are developing materials using the potential to offer unprecedented defense from bullets. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering is quoted.
Solider of Fortune

Study: School closures disproportionately harm black, poor students
The Houston Independent School District’s school closures between 2003 and 2010 disproportionately displaced poor and black students, according to a research brief from Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). Kori Stroub, a postdoctoral research fellow at HERC, is quoted.
News One (This also appeared in Majic 102.3, Real Times Media and Spirit 1340.)
School closures aims at displacing black poor students: Study reveals
Black Matter US

Opera tenor Brenton Ryan receives award in 2016 Operalia competition
Alumnus Brenton Ryan ’11 is featured.
Sedalia Democrat (This also appeared in NewsOK.)

Census racial categories aren’t so black-and-white
Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology, is quoted in a story about race in Texas.
The Washington Times (This also appeared in Native Times.)

On a quest to find sunken slave ships
Rice alumnus Ibrahima Thiaw ’99 is featured for his efforts to locate sunken wreckage from the transatlantic slave trade.
Winnipeg Free Press

Neurable leaves Michigan for offer in Massachusetts
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.

Kanye West’s MTV VMAs speech and his idols: What you should know
An article mentions that Howard Hughes attended Rice.
Rolling Out

New Israeli treatment for fibromyalgia helped 100 percent of sufferers in new study
A proof-of-concept trial led by researchers at Rice University and institutes in Israel finds hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help patients with fibromyalgia. The late Eshel Ben-Jacob, an adjunct professor of biosciences at Rice and a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is mentioned.
Health Aid US

The mystery of how cancer cells barrel through your body
Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering, and the late Eshel Ben-Jacob, an adjunct professor of biosciences at Rice and a senior investigator at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, are mentioned.
Interrete (This also appeared in Ablik.)

10 best places to visit in Texas
Rice is mentioned as one of the attractions in Houston.

Smart digital textbooks aim to enhance learning
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.

Did you know that a tax attorney is vital to estate planning?
Alumna Gillian Kruse ’09 authored an article about estate planning.
CBS Los Angeles

Obama’s new job-creation plan: Bring more foreign entrepreneurs to US
Alumna Karen Lozano ’96 is mentioned.
CNS News

Dash and Bowden to open Lee Performing Arts Series
Alumnus David Dash ’01 is featured.
Cleveland Daily Banner

Major expansion of Houston bike share program
An article mentions that Houston’s bike share system, Houston B-cycle, will add stations and bikes at Rice.
Post Online Media

Corporate demand for green power grows, but what will increased supply look like?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about green power.
The Hill


Rice head football coach David Bailiff and players Brian Womac, Tyler Stehling and Alex Lyons are featured.

My NCAA sophomore crush: Rice’s Marcus Evans
Brown College sophomore Marcus Evans is featured.

Latest Kentucky and Tennessee sports
Rice football will play Western Kentucky University Sept. 1.
UH-Oklahoma only 1 of marquee matchups on opening weekend
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Lincoln Riley’s Air Raid likely better than ever for OU
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sports on TV
Houston Chronicle
White will start at quarterback in Western Kentucky’s opener
Houston Chronicle
White will start at quarterback in WKU’s Opener
Western Kentucky Star
WKU names starting quarterback for season opener
Kentucky New Era
College football news and notes
College football schedule
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Bishop: The pride of Kentucky? WKU boasts more players from state than FBS brethren
Doug Smock: Games that could flip ‘The Script’ for Marshall
Charleston Gazette-Mail
WKU versus Rice — Sept. 1 college football pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place

UTSA to face Houston Baptist on Sunday evening
Rice soccer defeated Houston Baptist University 2-1.
UTSA Athletics
Auburn’s 3 1st-half goals prove to be too much for Samford soccer, 4-3

UVU volleyball: Utah Valley drops BYU Invitational finale to Rice
Rice volleyball defeated Utah Valley University 3-0 and was defeated by Brigham Young University 2-3. The team will play the University of Missouri Sept. 3.
Deseret News
Miller propels No. 13 Cougars to BYU Invitational title
Daily Herald
Utah Valley drops BYU Invitational finale to Rice
UVU Athletics
MU volleyball sweeps slate at Kennesaw State Invitational
Columbia Daily Tribune
BYU volleyball: No. 13 Cougars rally to defeat Rice in 5 sets
Deseret News
No. 13 Cougars rally to defeat Rice in 5 sets
BYU Athletics
Mizzou volleyball tallies sweep, earns Kennesaw State Invitational Championship
MU Athletics
Record-breaking WR Taylor ready for final year at WKU
Bowling Green Daily News
5 things to do in Utah Valley this weekend
Daily Herald

Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo proves hard work, perseverance pay off in NFL
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo is featured.
Fox News Latino

Former NASA employee fulfilling her dream coaching football at Woodberry Forest
Alumna Abbie Ryan ’09 is featured.
The Daily Progress

Area baseball standouts climbing professional ranks
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey and Anthony Rendon are featured.
Memorial Examiner (This also appeared in Bellaire, River Oaks and West University Examiner.)

Texas-Notre Dame chronicles: Part 2 — Upset in South Bend
Rice football is mentioned.
Texas Sports
2016 SWAC football schedule
Montgomery Advertiser
Cajuns to be challenged early at home in 2016
The Advertiser
Where will Texas land in the final 2016 Big 12 standings?
SB Nation
Texas countdown to football: 5 times Texas won on ABC
Hook ’em
K-State opens 2016 slate with primetime matchup
Analyzing Tech’s floor, ceiling for 2016 season
The Shreveport Times
Fresno State AD on lack of a pitch to Big 12: Timing wasn’t right
The Fresno Bee
Football: 2016 game predictions
University Press
Top 10 retirement cities for football fans

Oklahoma football: Tom Herman’s genuine personality makes difference at Houston
An article mentions that Tom Herman coached at Rice.
News OK

High school football is back: Stats across Texas
A Rice commit is mentioned.

Texans’ Christian Covington gives up Pokemon Go during camp
Former football player Christian Covington is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

No. 11 Texas A&M shuts out Tulsa 2-0
Rice soccer is mentioned.
The Battalion
Texas A&M soccer team shuts out Tulsa
Aggie Sports

Preseason CFB rankings: 128 to 1
McMurtry College senior Alex Lyons is mentioned.
Sports on Earth

Beaty ball: Year 2: KU coach seeks 1st win in 2nd season
An article mentions that David Beaty coached at Rice.
Salina Journal

UT’s Jefferson makes no promises, but exudes plenty of confidence
A slideshow features a photo from a Rice football game.
San Antonio Express-News

A breakdown of C-USA in ’16
Rice head football coach David Bailiff is featured.
Hattiesburg American
A look at Southern Miss’ football schedule
The Clarion-Ledger

Parrish McDonald’s: Student athlete of the week
Rice women’s basketball is mentioned.
The Dallas Weekly

Kevin Haskin: Those involved in football usually place QB on pedestal
Former Rice football player Chase Clement is mentioned.
The Topeka Capital-Journal

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