Dateline Rice for May 18, 2017


NFL No.3 draft pick Solomon Thomas back in Sydney to promote college football game
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Sydney Morning Herald (Similar articles appeared in over 100 other media outlets.)
Texan Aussie Solomon Thomas drafted by the 49ers
The Australian (Subscription required.)
Stanford grad Ed McCaffrey back Down Under, 18 years later
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
49ers’ Aussie draft pick living NFL dream
Yahoo 7 Sport (This also appeared in the West Australian and SBS.)
Sydney braced for more American football
North West Star
Episode 194 — The Sydney Cup Combine
The Woot and Wye Show


Conservatives begin to whisper: President Pence
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Early Start with Christine Romans and Dave Briggs’
CNN (This also aired on CNN International.)

Texas lieutenant governor threatens special session for bathroom bill
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 and Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti. Jones is also featured on the “Houston Matters” political roundup.
New York Times (This also appeared in Business Insider and Reuters.)
Political roundup: The Comey memo and what Trump shared with the Russians
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Uresti blasts felony indictments, says charges against him are ‘groundless’

These professors measured if students actually learned anything in college
A test to measure students’ writing skills during four years of college should be used by all colleges and universities, according to James Pomerantz, professor of psychology.
Market Watch

Adding Iranian gas to TAP, TANAP could benefit Europe
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Menafn (This also appeared in Azernews and Trend News Agency.)

Jorge Ramos: Border communities some of the safest in the United States
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.

Harvard, Yale, Stanford make big bets on exchange-traded funds
Rice is mentioned.
Bloomberg (This also appeared in Bloomberg Quint.)


Baker Institute expert examines how establishing national paid family leave would benefit US
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses policy issues that should be taken into consideration to successfully craft a nationwide paid family leave program.
TMC News
How establishing national paid family leave would benefit United States

Retired Lake Houston-area priest earns master’s from Rice University at age 81
An article features James Abernathey, who graduated with a Master of Liberal Studies at Rice’s 104th commencement ceremony.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Will Texas have a bright future, or a future of blight?
An article mentions research conducted by Rice’s Education Research Consortium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston honky-tonk celebrates George Strait’s birthday with a unique dance contest
A slideshow includes photos of George Strait performing at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Top 10 Crosby grads prepare to soar to new heights
Articles mention a student who plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in MY San Antonio and LMT Online.)
Manlius Pebble Hill student earns National Merit Scholarship
Aiken High’s Frelicia Tucker is a 2017 Presidential Scholar
Aiken Standard
Aiken High’s Tucker named US Presidential Scholar
Augusta Chronicle

Nasty is over: New guard to take over West U city hall
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is mentioned.
Instant News West U


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s offer of a transcript of the Russian meeting with President Donald Trump.

The difference between urgent care clinics and freestanding ERs
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.


Distil’s ‘Are You a Human?’ acquisition is big win for tech community
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.

Former officials say deputies could continue climate fight
Christopher Smith, the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, are quoted.
Climate Wire

Increasing entropy could signal when a mysterious quantum flip is about to occur
By precisely measuring the entropy of a cerium copper gold alloy with baffling electronic properties cooled to nearly absolute zero, physicists in Germany and the United States have gleaned new evidence about the possible causes of high-temperature superconductivity and similar phenomena. Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Science Alert

Gas gives laser-induced graphene super properties
Rice scientists who invented laser-induced graphene for applications like supercapacitors have now figured out a way to make the spongy graphene either superhydrophobic or superhydrophilic. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Chem Europe

Wealth firm grows its business through education 
An article mentions that Deborah Stavis has lectured at Rice.
Financial Advisor IQ

Pace London opens its 1st exhibition of works by Joel Shapiro
An article mentions that Joel Shapiro has exhibited his work at the Rice Gallery.
Art Daily

Scientists develop handy chiral molecular sieves
In a discovery with broad implications for the specialty chemicals industries like pharmaceuticals, researchers at Rice and the California Institute of Technology have succeeded in a decadeslong quest to make left- and right-handed versions of a molecular sieve, one of the most-used industrial, solid materials.
Materials Today

Universities and libraries move to the mobile web
An article mentions Rice’s Fondren Library’s mobile app.
Educause Review


6 reasons JFK will always be an American icon
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
8 of JFK’s most memorable quotes

UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s archaic marijuana comments
A Rice study on marijuana s mentioned.

La crisis de Venezuela beneficia a la OPEP: Menos petróleo en el país con mayores reservas del mundo
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Economica Hoy (An English translation is not available.)

Il misticismo dei matematici
A Rice study is mentioned.
Secolo Trentino (An English translation is not available.)


Rice in a rare scramble to prolong baseball season
An article discusses Rice baseball’s 2017 season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the May 18 print edition with a different headline, “Owls scrambling to prolong season.”)

Plenty of drama as UH enters final weekend of regular season
A slideshow includes a photo from a Rice baseball game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

TSU softball team relishing return to NCAA Tournament
Rice baseball will play the University of Alabama at Birmingham May 18-20.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Wednesday’s Sun Belt and SEC
The Advertiser

Houston HS baseball/softball primer: May 19
A Rice signee is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
North Shore baseball program reaching new heights
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Rice routs State in final midweek contest
Rice baseball defeated Texas State University 10-1.
San Marcos Daily Record

Marshall needs baseball sweep versus Charlotte
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Twins’ Tyler Duffey grasps new bullpen role
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
Star Tribune

Top athletes to watch tomorrow at the 2017 CrossFit Games South Regionals
Graduate student Alexis Johnson is featured.

Film study on the Ravens’ 2017 2nd-round pick: Tyus Bowser
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Baltimore Beatdown
Bob Marley’s grandson Nico Marley signs with Washington Redskins

CFB coaches under the most pressure
Rice football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Sports on Earth


CPRIT grant brings personalized-modeling expert to Rice
Bone cancer patients facing difficult pelvic surgeries at the Texas Medical Center could soon benefit from Rice University research that will use personalized computer models to predict surgical outcomes for patients.

About Anya Bolshakov

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