Dateline Rice for March 28, 2017


Josh Earnest joins NBC News, MSNBC as analyst
Alumnus Josh Earnest ’97 has joined NBC News as a political analyst.
Fox News (This also appeared in WCSI.)
NBC hires 1 of its own, while Fox hires an outsider
Downtrend (Similar stories appeared in over 10 other media outlets.)
Ex-White House press secretary Josh Earnest, a Kansas City native, joins NBC News
Kansas City Star
Josh Earnest lands gig with NBC News after ‘10-year run’ with Obama
Washington Times
Josh Earnest named NBC news analyst, says Obama would take Trump call despite wiretap claim
Josh Earnest, former Obama press secretary, joins NBC News, MSNBC as analyst
Yahoo TV

Canada, Australia woo international students
An article discusses how Canadian and Australian universities are attempting to attract more international students. Rice is mentioned.
U.S. News & World Report

Ask LH: How can I delegate work to an unreliable person?
A Rice study is mentioned.
Lifehacker AU


Houston seeks ways to kick-start its innovation sector
Hesam Panahi, lecturer in entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted about entrepreneurship in Houston. The article mentions that Rice offers startup incubators for students.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the March 28 print edition with a different headline, “More support flowers for city’s tech startups.” The online version previously appeared in Dateline March 27.)
‘Entrepreneurship is a very lonely activity’
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)

Tuesday letters: Regional boost, repeal plan, Russia’s dictator
An op-ed mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Dan Rather comes to Houston to honor Red Cross volunteers, donors
Lovett College junior Martin Rather is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Study: Freestanding emergency departments in Texas deliver costly care, ‘sticker shock’
The rapid growth of freestanding emergency departments in Texas has been accompanied by an equal increase in use at relatively high prices that lead to sizable out-of-pocket costs to patients, according to new research by experts at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute and professor of economics, is quoted.
TMC News
Freestanding emergency dept. care significantly costlier than urgent care
Health Leaders Media

Texas House, Senate at odds over using state’s rainy-day fund to cover ‘ongoing expenses’
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 Texas Legislature.
Dallas Morning News

Education savings accounts would bring choices to Texas education
Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Axelrod, Rove to lead fall conference at Rice
Two of America’s premier political consultants, David Axelrod and Karl Rove, will serve as honorary directors of the first conference of the Presidential Elections Program hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of the institute, is quoted.
My San Antonio

Color into sound: Loop38 at Turrell Skyspace
An article discusses a Loop38 performance that was hosted at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus. Graduate student Yvonne Chen and Jerry Hou, associate conductor at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, are mentioned.
Arts + Culture

Summer STEM programs keep young brains blooming
An article mentions summer camps hosted at Rice.
HCDE News Blog

21 best things to do this week: ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and Shell Houston Open
Rice Gallery will present Sol LeWitt’s “Glossy and Flat Black Squares” until May 14.
Houston Press

Houston bucket list 2017: Lights, libations and Latin dancing
An article features James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus as an item on Houston’s bucket list.
Houston Press

Analysis: The outsider dealmaker faltering in White House
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted about President Donald Trump.


Ambulances treat asthma attacks in Houston school zones, costing millions
“Preventable” asthma attacks among schoolchildren cost millions in health care dollars over 10 years, according to a new study by Rice, the city of Houston and the Houston Independent School District. Loren Raun, faculty fellow of statistics, environmental analysis and decision-making, is quoted.
Houston Public Media


Nanotechnology could see big future in water cleanup
Nanotechnology could have a big future as a tool for upstream oil and gas and other industries to use to clean up contaminated water. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering and department chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.

Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light
Rice scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen. Kenton Whitmire, associate dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Science & Technology Research News

New study defines best materials for carbon capture, methane selectivity
Natural gas producers want to draw all the methane they can from a well while sequestering as much carbon dioxide as possible and could use filters that optimize either carbon capture or methane flow. No single filter will do both, but thanks to Rice scientists, they now know how to fine-tune sorbents for their needs. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and research scientist Saunab Ghosh are mentioned.
Oil Gas Daily
Rice U. refines filters for greener natural gas
Science & Technology Research News (This also appeared in Materialsgate.)

How graphene quantum dots can fight cancer, counterfeiting and wine spoilage
An article mentions research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
New Atlas

A closer look at kindergarten readiness in city schools
Paula Arce-Trigatti, director for National Education Research-Practice Partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Education Week (Subscription required.)

3 hurdles Trump still faces to finalize Keystone XL Pipeline
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned in an article about the Keystone XL pipeline.
Eco Watch


Guerrillas versus robots in online privacy wars
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Kansas City Star

Pay less for hotel, motel, travel lodging
A Rice study is mentioned.
Daily Worth

Carnegie Mellon University’s Girls of Steel: Successful approach to get more girls to study STEM
An article includes a screenshot from a Rice YouTube video.
University Herald

Notre Dame professor to speak at Goshen College commencement
Alumnus Luis Ricardo Fraga ’81 is mentioned.
South Bend Tribune

Vanden, Armijo robotics squads qualify for world championship
A student who has been accepted to Rice is mentioned.
The Reporter

Honens appoints Jon Kimura Parker as artistic director
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, has been named the artistic director of the Honens Piano Competition.
The scoop: Jon Kimura Parker named artistic director of Honens Piano Competition
Musical Toronto
Pianist Jon Kimura Parker becomes artistic director of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition
Broadway World

New Orleans woman could become 1st African-American saint
An unnamed Rice graduate is mentioned.
Club of Mozambique

NFL’s J. Kraft, also head of MLS expansion committee, bullish on St. Louis soccer
Rice is mentioned.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Next Coast Ventures hires Zeynep Young as venture partner
Alumna Zeynep Young ’92 is featured.

Kennedy achava que Hitler tinha sobrevivido à Segunda Guerra Mundial
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Zap.Aeiou (An English translation is not available.)
Kennedy creía que Hitler sobrevivió a la Segunda Guerra Mundial
Pueblo y Sociedad Noticias (An English translation is not available.)

El sacerdote que se enfrenta al presidente de Honduras
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 mentioned.
El Periodico de Mexico (An English translation is not available.)
Entre pánico e incertidumbre viven miles de migrantes mexicanos en EU
El Heraldo de Chihuahua (An English translation is not available.)
Miles de migrantes mexicanos viven en la incertidumbre en EEUU
La Gente (An English translation is not available.)


HS roundup: Heights boys soccer to face Southlake Carroll in 2nd round
Rice women’s basketball defeated the University of North Carolina-Greensboro 74-62 to win the Women’s Basketball Invitational. Martel College senior Jasmine Goodwine is mentioned.
KDH Pressbox

Kats wrap homestand, host Rice on Tuesday
Rice baseball will play Sam Houston State University March 28.

Rice’s leading scorer Marcus Evans to transfer
An article mentions Rice men’s basketball players who have announced intentions to transfer.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. Similar articles appeared in seven other media outlets.)

Scott Pera, the Owls’ new head coach for men’s basketball, is featured.

Texas Basketball: VCU home-and-home series to begin next season
Former Rice coach Mike Rhoades is featured.
Rothstein: VCU and Texas to begin home-and-home series
Mike Rhoades ushers in new era for VCU Basketball

How Johnny Manziel factors into Kevin Sumlin’s choice for Texas A&M’s next starting QB
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Dallas Morning News

Justin Seely recaps A&M’s 2-2 week, looks ahead to TSU on Tuesday
Duncan College junior Glenn Otto is mentioned.
TexAgs (Subscription required.)

Aggie baseball team travels to play Texas State
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Aggie Sports
Texas A&M baseball notes: Aggies playing from behind with 1-5 start to SEC play
Aggie Sports
Frogs’ leadoff hitter earns Big 12 player award after OSU series
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Diamond notes: Aggies must turn a corner during tough road stretch
TexAgs (Subscription required.)
A&M baseball preview: Texas State
Aggies head to San Marcos to face red-hot Texas State team
247 Sports
Aggies Travel to Texas State Tuesday
KBTX (This also appeared in KXXV.)

Illinois Basketball: Sean Obi would be a great option for the Illini
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Duke forward Sean Obi to transfer
247 Sports
The latest: LFA’s Ennis playing in Final Four
Daily North Shore

Watch those Webfoots
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.

Wildcats break top-3 as a team through 2 rounds
Rice golf is mentioned.
The Optimist

Derrick Griffin meets with Washington Redskins at Pro Day
An article mentions that Rice hosted an NFL Pro Day March 27. A number of former Rice football players are mentioned.
Sports Media 101
Closer to the dream: NFL scouts turn out for Pro Day across Houston
TSU’s Derrick Griffin has disappointing Pro Day workout
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio, LMT Online and Beaumont Enterprise.)
Rice players take advantage of lone NFL shot at Pro Day
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

Simms earns honorable mention All-American status from the AP
An article features a photo from a Rice women’s basketball game.

John Cooper student in The Woodlands ranks 17th in state triple jump
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
Woodlands Online
Setting new standards
Huntsville Item


University of St. Thomas’ Tate named chief of police at Rice
Rice University has named James Tate, chief of police at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, as its new chief of police and director of public safety, effective May 1.

Paper: Mexican government must to take measures to support small and medium-sized electrical companies
The Mexican government must take measures to improve and solidify the participation of small and medium-sized companies in the country’s electrical market, according to a new paper from the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Anya Bolshakov

Anya Bolshakov is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.