Dateline Rice for August 31, 2016


Rice University home to nation’s happiest college students, according to 2017 Princeton Review list
The happiest students in the country are at Rice University, according to the Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges.” The new college guide ranks Rice No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction. Rice also ranked No. 9 for quality of life and No. 20 for best health services in the new rankings. Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Here’s how Texas colleges ranked in Princeton Review’s 2017 Best Colleges list
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and Beaumont Enterprise)
Princeton Review ranks best Texas colleges
Houston Chronicle
The 20 best colleges in America that accept the fewest students
Houston Chronicle
Houston universities take top spots in Princeton Review’s 2017 best colleges report
Houston Business Journal
Rice ranked No. 1 for happiest students and lots of race/class interaction
Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
Texas universities don’t crack the Top 20 party schools list this year
KOA (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Drone pilots start getting their licenses
New Federal Aviation Administration regulations require drone pilots who want to use their devices for business purposes to be certified. Brandon Martin, manager of videography, is featured for passing the certification exam.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. A photo of Martin appeared on the front page of the Aug. 31 print edition.)


Could hackers tip a US election? You bet.
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about election security.
The Washington Post (This also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

‘Teammates’ Qatar and Turkey assert post-coup ties
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about relations between Qatar and Turkey.
The Times of Israel (This also appeared in Business Recorder and World Bulletin.)

Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Kingdom of Speech’ takes aim at Darwin and Chomsky
Rice is mentioned in an excerpt from the book “The Kingdom of Speech.”
The New York Times
Tom Wolfe: Science can’t explain our gift of gab
The Daily Beast
‘The Kingdom of Speech’: In defense of language (Darwinism be damned)
Malay Mail

The 20 best colleges in America that accept the fewest students
Rice is No. 19 on Business Insider’s list of top 20 hardest colleges to get in to.
Business Insider (This also appeared in Tech Insider, Business Insider Singapore and Business Insider Malaysia.)


In Houston and elsewhere, segregation along school-district lines
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about segregation in school districts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice University to get a new flying-saucer-looking lounge on campus
The SI and Susie Morris Lounge at the Rice University School of Architecture will be unveiled at 4 p.m. Sept. 1 in the Anderson Hall courtyard. The lounge is a sculptural bench that encircles the large tree in the Rice School of Architecture’s courtyard. The lounge was designed by Charles Renfro ’89 of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The project is named by its benefactors, the Morris family, for late Rice alumnus Seth Irwin “SI” Morris ’35 and his wife, Susie, who died Aug. 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Girl’s senior pictures photo-bombed by naked man and his dog
A slideshow mentions that Rice was named the best university in Texas by Forbes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Yates at home
An article mentions that Chuck Yates attended Rice.
Fort Bend Herald

Top 10 plays and arts performances this month: Sept. 2016
The Miró Strong Quartet will perform at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall Sept. 20.
365 Things To Do in Houston


Big data’s prospects for big results
Genevera Allen ’06, the Dobelman Family Junior Chair and assistant professor of statistics, discusses big data.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

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 about Donald Trump. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Can belief in science and miracles coexist? Scholars respond
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is quoted in an article about science and religion.
Deseret News

Study: Some Texans are using their pets’ antibiotics
An article mentions a Rice study on the Affordable Care Act. Elena Marks, a nonresident health policy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, is quoted.
Opposing Views

Racial Inequality: A ‘fallacious narrative’
A Rice study on Nigerian-Americans is mentioned.

Fact-checking Trump’s on immigration
An article mentions that Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at Rice.
Tucson Sentinel

Contracts pose no roadblock to SGA Open Textbooks bill
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
The Crimson White
The professor and the pragmatist
Oregon Business

Tiki Barber and Jerry Rice have very different reactions to Colin Kaepernick’s protest than Jim Brown
A tweet that mentions Rice is featured.
Atlanta Black Star


Sports calendar, Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Rice football will play Western Kentucky University Sept. 1 and Army Sept. 10. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned in the San Antonio Express-News article and the KPRC broadcast. Players Tyler Stehling, Temi Alaka, Zach Wright, Parker Smith, Darik Dillard, Jowan Davis and Lance Wright are mentioned in the Sports Chat Place article.
Houston Chronicle
College football TV schedule Sept. 1-5
The Tennessean
Football’s back! Every game you can watch on TV this weekend
Detroit Free Press
College football 2016: Week 1 TV schedule
The Daily Gazette
How you can watch 50 college football games on TV in 5 days
The Desert Sun
Expanded football preview: Army at Temple
The Philadelphia Inquirer
TV-radio listings for Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
The Sacramento Bee
State of the state: Ranking Texas’ 12 FBS teams
San Antonio Express-News
24 things you need to know about the week 1 college football schedule
FB Schedules
Sports on the air — Aug. 31
The Kansas City Star
Kaz’s fearless forecast
The Record Live
How to football: Week 1
SB Nation
Balance at heart of Hilltoppers’ explosive offense
Rice Owls at Western Kentucky Hilltoppers — Sept. 1 college football pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
Hilltoppers wrap preparation for Rice with Tuesday practice
LEX 18

Samford’s Borman named SoCon Player of the Week
Rice soccer will play Samford University Sept. 2.

Roadrunners counting the days before kicking off 6th season
Rice football is mentioned.
USA Today reranks the entire NCAA FBS 1-128; Oklahoma checks in at No. 6, Texas at No. 25
Sports Day
Arizona State has reasons for optimism and concern
High school roundup: Terry’s McLain named captain at North Texas
Fort Bend Herald

This one goes to 11 for Dash’s Stephens
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is featured.

Jordan Taylor ready to take lessons learned on Broncos’ scout team to the playing field
Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is featured.
BSN Denver

Oklahoma football: Sooners face a familiar foe in Houston OC Major Applewhite
An article mentions that Major Applewhite coached at Rice.
OU Sports Extra

24 hours at Houston: Behind the scenes as Tom Herman preps the Cougars for chaos
An article mentions that Tom Herman coached at Rice.
CBS Sports


Baker Institute experts: Without pushing deregulation, the Japanese economy cannot grow
Japan’s once-booming economy has been sluggish, mainly as a result of deflation and decreased productivity, according to international economics experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In a new issue brief, the experts argue that without pushing deregulation, the Japanese economy cannot grow.

Mexico Center director available to discuss Trump’s immigration speech
On Sunday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced that he will give a “major” immigration speech Wednesday in Arizona. Tony Payan, the director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available for interviews prior to and after Trump’s remarks.

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