Dateline Rice for June 15, 2017


‘A reckoning for our species’: The philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene
Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and professor of English, is featured.
The Guardian

The future of online voting: Hacking elections and the 1st US online voting trial
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

To study real thinking, scientists shouldn’t give easy tasks
The human brain naturally makes its best guess when making a decision, and studying those guesses can be very revealing about the brain’s inner workings. But neuroscientists at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine said a full understanding of the complexity of the human brain will require new research strategies that better simulate real-world conditions. Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dora Angelaki, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering and of psychology, are mentioned.

US urges Gulf allies to ease up on Qatar
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Doha News
Qatar slams ‘illegal siege’ as neighbors try to sway US
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Spokesman-Review.)
Natural gas built Qatar, now may protect it in Gulf dispute
Edge Media Network (This also appeared in Edge San Francisco and Edge Boston.)


29-story tower unveiled for River Oaks Shopping Center
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 15 print edition with a different headline, “Tower would replace part of historic landmark.”)

NAFTA and trade: What does the research say?
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about NAFTA.
Houston Chronicle’s “Baker Institute Blog”

Runners pick Memorial Park Loop as most popular route
Rice’s outer loop is featured on Under Armour’s list of most popular running routes in the U.S.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston trails named most popular routes in America for runners
Texas Hill Country

Gallery and museum listings: June 15-21
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is presenting teamLab’s “Flower’s and People, Cannot Be Controlled But Live Together — A Whole Year Per Hour” through Aug. 13 and “David Scanavino: Repeater” through Aug. 26.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

A startup school — for investors
An article discuses a study on local Houston startups by Edward Egan, fellow and director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

15 lessons Hurricane Ike taught Houstonians
A Rice study is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Gallery: Lessons learned from Hurricane Ike
Houston Chronicle

Emancipation Park was never dead. But now it has been reborn.
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

It’s not just avocados that millennials like. They’re also flocking to suburbs.
Michael Cline, former associate director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Experience space at Space Center Houston
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Fort Bend Star
NASA finally has road map back to moon, Mars
The Clarion-Ledger


Political roundup: Virginia shooting and Atty. General Jeff Sessions testifies
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 featured in Houston Matters’ “Political Roundup.” Jones also discusses the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, discusses the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Virginia.


Laser-Induced graphene inhibits biofouling, kills bacteria
Scientists at Rice and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered that laser-induced graphene is a highly effective anti-fouling material and, when electrified, bacteria zapper. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Photonics Media

A conversation with Rex A.W. Marco, MD
An article mentions that Rex A.W. Marco has held a faculty appointment at Rice.

A new kind of gatekeeper
The endothelial cells that line blood vessels are packed tightly to keep blood inside and flowing, but scientists at Rice and their colleagues have discovered it may be possible to selectively open gaps in those barriers just enough to let large molecules through — and then close them again. Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, is mentioned.
DDN News

Jones REMP Program provides business training to physicians
An article discusses the Rice Education in Management for Physician Trainees program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Binata Mukherjee, director of the Health Care Initiative at the Jones School, is quoted.
Metro MBA

Breakthrough in deep learning
Rice computer scientists have adapted a widely used technique for rapid data lookup to slash the amount of computation — and thus energy and time — required for deep learning, a computationally intense form of machine learning. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, and graduate student Ryan Spring are mentioned.
Electronic Product Design & Test


Bradford wins 2017 APA Book Prize, Marušić is runner-up
Gwen Bradford, assistant professor of philosophy, won the 2017 American Philosophical Association Book Prize for writing “Achievement.”
Daily Nous

The quickest route to entrepreneurship: Buying an e-commerce business
An article mentions that Rice is one of the top schools offering entrepreneurship courses.
Biz Epic

The Bay Area has 10 of top US startup accelerators — Here’s how they stack up
Seed accelerators AngelPad and Y Combinator have landed the coveted top spots in the inaugural 2017 rankings from the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, a benchmarking program run by entrepreneurship and management experts from Rice, MIT and the University of Richmond. Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor in Finance and Entrepreneurship, is quoted.
Silicon Valley Business Journal

Should HED use this popular K-12 assessment?
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.
eCampus News

NEW: RI Resource Recovery names Reposa executive director
Alumnus Joseph Reposa ’07 is featured.
Go Local Prov
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. names new executive director
Waste 360

The best data science courses on the internet, ranked by your reviews
Rice is mentioned.


Rice’s Dane Myers opts to sign with Tigers after draft selection
Rice baseball players Tristan Gray and Dane Myers were drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers, respectively.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Local players picked on Day 3 of MLB draft
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Detroit Tigers take 21 pitchers among 40 picks in 2017 MLB draft
Detroit Free Press
MLB draft 2017: Detailing the Tigers’ picks from Rounds 6-10
Bless You Boys
Tigers’ 2017 MLB draft class is heavy on college players
M Live

Chiney Ogwumike to join ESPN for Africa venture
Duncan College sophomores Erica and Olivia Ogwumike are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
On TV/radio: Lance Zierlein’s impending exit leads to more changes in Houston sports talk
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike joins ESPN to co-host SportsCenter
Our Sports Central

Houston HS sports primer: 2016-17 year in review
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Astros draft Jose Cruz Sr.’s grandson, Trei, in 35th round
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
2017 MLB draft: sons of Brett Boone, Luis Gonzalez highlight picks with family ties
CBS Sports

Only ‘rainout’ in Astrodome history occurred today in 1976
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Puckett becomes 2nd Blue Raider taken in 2017 draft
Rice baseball is mentioned.
MTSU Sidelines
Athletes of the Year: Jordy Allard, Hartford
VN Valley News
Paul Mainieri names Game 1 starter but mum on everything else
247 Sports
Rabalais: 5 burning questions for LSU heading into the College World Series
The Advocate
LSU’s ‘Fab Four’ all drafted; Lange to start Omaha opener for Tigers — after that TBA
The Advertiser
Tigers preparing for College World Series
MLB draft could impact 2018 USM pitching staff
WDAM (This also appeared in WTVM and WMC Action News 5.)

Cape Cod Baseball League: Hope springs eternal as season opens
Jones College sophomore Ford Proctor is mentioned.
Wicked Local Yarmouth

Top 5 rivalries for UNT
Rice football is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
UTEP unveils themed nights for 2017 football season
UTEP introduces 2017-18 ‘We Are Miners’ marketing theme
El Paso Proud

EncoreFX $15,000 Victoria Women’s ITF International update
Wiess College junior Wendy Zhang is mentioned.
Independent Sports News

Amateurism isn’t educational: Debunking the NCAA’s dumbest lie
Alumnus David Grenardo ’99 is mentioned.
Vice Sports

Sul Ross wraps up Ultimate Frisbee season
Rice’s Ultimate Frisbee team is mentioned.
Alpine Avalanche


Rice experts available to discuss Trump rollback of US relations with Cuba
Some reports speculate that when President Donald Trump visits Miami tomorrow, June 16, he could roll back the loosening of travel and trade restrictions President Barack Obama announced in 2014. Two Rice University experts are available to comment on the impact of such changes.

About Anya Bolshakov

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