Dateline Rice for June 16, 2017


White House aides fret over Trump’s Russia probe obsession
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.

Artificial intelligence and the future of work
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in an article about automation.

Invasion, coup or muddle-through? How the Qatar crisis could end
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg Politics (This also appeared in The Economic Times.)
Natural gas built Qatar, now may protect it in Gulf dispute
Philadelphia Tribune

India-born Arun Netravali wins Marconi Prize for digital video technology
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 is featured.
WebIndia 123 (This also appeared in Silicon India News.)

Houston fears climate change will cause catastrophic flooding: ‘It’s not if, it’s when’
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, authored an op-ed about carbon footprints. Blackburn is also quoted in an article about flooding.
The Guardian
Blackburn: We don’t need the government to show us how to limit our carbon footprint
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Mutantes super-humanos podem estar vivendo entre nós?
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about evolution.
Gizmodo Brazil (An English translation is not available.)


Trump’s proposed Cuba policy stirs business concerns in Houston
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Surprise: Texas Republicans love Trump and Democrats don’t, poll shows
Dallas Morning News
Texas opposes gambling, but keeps its hands off bingo
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How electric vehicles can help cities like Houston fight climate change
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about climate progress.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. This also appeared in Houston News Info.)
Cities can jump-start climate progress by plugging in their vehicles

With new bio, Rice professor hopes to lend ‘nuance’ to Thomas Jefferson’s image
John Boles and his new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” are featured. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star Living section in the June 16 print edition with a different headline, “Rice professor wants to introduce a nuanced Jefferson.”)

Could Travis County have the best bet against election hacking?
An article discusses STAR-Vote, a voting machine designed by researchers at Rice. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, and Michael Byrne, professor of psychology, are mentioned.
Texas Monthly

Pearland is home to the most expensive restaurant in Texas!
A Rice study is mentioned.
The Bull


Energy players
Alumni Daniel Brown ’11 and Elizabeth Klingensmith ’87 are mentioned.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Is there a better way to be a boss?
An article mentions Scott Sonenshein’s book “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.” Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Business Ethics

Why this microwave-powered pacemaker ditched the wires
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart was introduced by researchers from Rice and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu June 4-9. Aydin Babakhani, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; graduate student Yuxiang Sun; Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Joseph Cavallaro, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, are mentioned.
Electronic Products
Texas team debuts battery-less pacemaker
Intern Daily


Want to be rich? 25 colleges with the highest-paid graduates
Rice is No. 24 on PayScale’s list of colleges with the highest-paid graduates.
Cheat Sheet

School board approves new science curriculum
An article mentions a curriculum created by Rice.
Petoskey News-Review

Eat a boar, save the planet?
A Rice study is mentioned.
LA Weekly

Interview with Tony Chen, CEO at Channel Factory
An article mentions that Tony Chen attended Rice.
Martech Series

ParkerGale Capital hires Myra D’Souza as principal
Alumna Myra D’Souza ’07 is mentioned.

Creating ‘leaks’ in blood vessels could aid in drug delivery
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.
Genetic Literacy Project

Arts Around Town: ‘Evita’ kicks off 26th season of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Alumna Kathryn Felt ‘12 is mentioned.

Famous scientist’s research confirmed belief in God
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.

Where are 2017 Orange County instrumental music students going to college?
A student who hopes to attend Rice is mentioned.
Orange County Register


2017 MLB draft: American League Central Division review
Rice baseball players Glenn Otto, Tristan Gray and Dane Myers were drafted by the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Detroit Tigers, respectively.
Minor League Ball
2017 MLB draft: American League Eastern Division reviews
Minor League Ball
Tigers select 30 players on final day of 2017 MLB draft
CBS Detroit

‘NFL Total Access’
Rice is mentioned.
NFL Network
John McClain: Memories of my father and his passion for sports
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
WKU leads C-USA in championships
Glasgow Daily Times

WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike joins ESPN to co-host ‘SportsCenter Across Africa’
Duncan College sophomores Erica and Olivia Ogwumike are mentioned.
Broadway World

An Aggie comes to Austin, gives Tom Herman some love, predicts a game with Texas
Rice football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Hook ’em

2017 Cape Cod League preview
Duncan College sophomore Ford Proctor is mentioned.
Baseball America

Top 10 games you need to watch in 2017 college football season
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Sports Illustrated

Sailing to become Tulane’s 17th varsity sport
Rice is mentioned.
Sports NOLA

MLB draft could impact 2018 USM pitching staff
Rice baseball is mentioned.

About Anya Bolshakov

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