Dateline Rice for March 9, 2017


NBC Sports Network
Rice University was a category on “Sports Jeopardy!” Contestants begin that category at 1:21:46.


The cost of college today versus 18 years ago
Rice is included in a slideshow of tuition costs at Texas colleges.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

As oil exports boom in Iran, investment questions loom
More than a year after the United Nations lifted sanctions against Iran, crude exports from the country have come roaring back. Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and professor of statistics, is quoted.
Fuel Fix

Rice’s Baker Institute receives $3.2M grant from Koch Foundation to study effects of US tax and spending policies
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund a program to examine the dynamic effects of major fiscal policies. John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the institute; George Zodrow, a Baker Institute Rice Scholar and the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics; and Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian are quoted.
Guidry News

Bush: Consensus is behind TAMUG’s coastal spine
Rice is mentioned.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription required.)

Kelsey-Seybold clinic managing director and health care visionary Spencer Berthelsen announces retirement
Alumnus Spencer Berthelsen ’76 is profiled.
The Katy News (This also appeared on The Enhanced Online News and 4-Traders.)

Orm-way’s Orsay ummy-tay? Unique protein partly to blame
Results of a Rice University study of the Orsay virus unique to nematodes, the worms that make up 80 percent of living creatures on Earth, have revealed the molecular structure of a fusion protein that forms unusual fibers and attaches the virus to cells and infects them. Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Weiwei Zhong, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted. Graduate students Yanlin Fan and Yusong Guo are also mentioned.
TMC News


Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is mentioned during a discussion about President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claim. In the CNN International report, he discusses the relationship between Trump and former President Barack Obama.
An article about the documentary “The Obama Years: The Power of Words” notes that Brinkley shares his analysis.
CNN International
‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words’ – riveting retrospective revisits president’s defining moments
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

Channel 2 Investigates responds to complaints about contacting legislators
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 on how constituents can communicate with local lawmakers. He also participates in a roundtable discussion of local, state and national politics on “Houston Matters.”
Political roundup: Allegations of wiretapping and travel ban No. 2

Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”


Terabytes of government data copied
A movement among librarians, environmental and computer scientists and supporters of access to public data to create archives of environmental information is discussed. Kathy Weimer, head of Fondren Library’s Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, is mentioned.
The Scientist

Texas energy expert explains why no true shale breakeven exists
A Q&A features 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.
North American Shale Magazine

Overhaul of US drug policy is long overdue, expert says
A new report from the Office of the Surgeon General, “Facing Addiction in America,” suggests that an overhaul of U.S. drug policy is long overdue, according to a new issue brief from Katharine Neill, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Medical Xpress

Rice lab expands palette for color-changing glass
Rice University’s latest nanophotonics research could expand the color palette for companies in the fast-growing market for glass windows that change color at the flick of an electric switch. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, graduate student Adam Lauchner and McMurtry College senior Grant Stec are quoted. Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Photonics Online (This also appeared in Nanotechnology News, Science Daily,, Space Daily, Follow News, AZoNano,, and Electronic Component News Online.)

Hackers drawn to energy sector’s lack of sensors, controls
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted about cybersecurity.
The Edge (This Associated Press article appeared in more than two dozen other publications.)
Security fail: Hackers drawn to energy sector’s lack of controls

Houston’s biotech innovation community reacts to Robbins exit at TMC
An article on Texas Medical Center CEO Robert Robbins, who has been named the new president of the University of Arizona, mentions Rice.

Black Stone Minerals LP (BSM) VP Dawn Smajstrla sells 7,851 shares
Rice investments are mentioned.
Cerbat Gem

How you can make a great impression before you meet your interviewer
An article discusses Scott Sonenshein’s new book, “Stretch.” Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate  School of Business.
Monster (This also appeared on Life Works.)

Overqualified workers can be a boon for employers, though only up to a point, new research finds
Research by Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, is mentioned.
Academy of Management


Mozart, you scamp! BSO takes on genius, wit of composer
Alumnus Kolio Plachkov ’12 will perform with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra.

Tatum High principal leaving for East Chambers ISD
Alumnus Allen Koch ’91 is featured.
Longview News-Journal


Rice women beat UTSA in C-USA tournament opener
Rice’s Jasmine Goodwine scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, and 10th-seeded Rice women’s basketball beat No. 7 seed UTSA 75-63 Wednesday night in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
Houston Chronicle

Rice wins opening game of C-USA tournament
Fifth-seeded Rice University scored its final 15 points from the foul line to seal an 86-75 victory over the 12th-seeded Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the opening round of the 2017 Conference USA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Houston Chronicle
Southern Miss men’s basketball season comes to an end at C-USA tournament
WDAM-TV (This also appeared on WLBT-TV, KLTV-TV, WALB-TV, WTVM-TV and WSFA-TV.)

Leal’s grand slam carries Lamar past Rice
With one swing on a 3-1 count, Lamar pinch-hitter Mike Leal drove a sixth-inning grand slam over the right-field fence for the go-ahead score in the Cardinals’ 10-4 win over the Rice Owls at Vincent-Beck Stadium Tuesday night.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Local hoopster eclipses 1,000-career point mark
A Rice commit is mentioned.

Nats’ early camp roster: J.D. Martin and John Simms
Alumnus John Simms ’14 is mentioned.
MASN Sports

Cleveland Indians 2017 top prospects: No. 22, Luke Wakamatsu
Rice is mentioned.
Fansided (This also appeared on Sports Media 101 and MyInforms.)

Taylor Bannister named to top 50 volleyball list
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star

Rice’s Baker Institute receives $3.2M grant from Koch Foundation to study effects of US tax and spending policies
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation to fund a program to examine the dynamic effects of major fiscal policies. Given the complexity of the U.S. tax system and the unsustainability of current U.S. fiscal policy, the goal of the program will be to inform policymakers and the general public about the potential effects of reforming U.S. tax and expenditure policies.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.