Dateline Rice for June 19, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


All hail ggplot2 — the code powering all those excellent charts is 10 years old
An article mentions that Hadley Wickham taught at Rice. He is now an adjunct associate professor of statistics.

5 places that made me: Lisa Weightman, marathon runner
Alumnus Lachlan McArthur ’02 is mentioned.
Traveller AU

Babies cry in the womb — and 18 other surprising facts I learned when I became a dad
Rice research is mentioned.
Business Insider (This also appeared in Business Insider Indonesia, Business Insider Singapore, Yahoo Finance Singapore, Business Insider Nederland, Insider and Business Insider Malaysia.)
19 surprising facts I learned when I became a dad
Science Alert


Trump’s Cuba stance complicates trade, travel ambitions
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, created a chart to rank the members of the Texas Senate on the liberal-conservative dimension. Jones is also quoted about Cuba, straight-ticket voting, Texas craft breweries and Mike Collier.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 17 print edition with a different headline, “Cuba policy change leaves business questions in Houston.” This also appeared in Aviation Pros and San Antonio Express-News.)
Trump’s proposed Cuba policy stirs business concerns in Houston
My San Antonio
A boon to democracy in eliminating straight-ticket voting
The Daily Texan
The 2017 Texas Senate, from right to left
Trib Talk
Texas craft breweries find new law hard to swallow
Mike Collier: ‘Nobody better to run against Dan Patrick than me’
Austin American-Statesman
KRLD (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
KUT (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Family tradition: Son releases John Lomax Jr.’s unearthed folk recordings
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the June 18 print edition with a different headline, “Family tradition.”)

Startup 101: Investors learn to fund young tech companies
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 article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 19 print edition with a different headline, “Startups 101 for investors.”)

Timothy Morton, Houston’s white knight of the dark Anthropocene
Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and professor of English, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Whole Foods and Amazon: Can their corporate cultures coexist?
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Does Houston have enough parks to go around?
Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Our friend, Walter Hopps
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Briefs: UH-Clear Lake still has camp openings
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

No. 10: Kinder Morgan slogs through slump, raises profits
A slideshow includes a photo of Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas A&M University wants partner in Bryan data center
During his State of the City address in May, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he wants the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M to work with the University of Texas on a task force’s recommendations for how to use the UT System’s 300-plus acres near the Texas Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Hacking, lower funding raise worries about next census
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News

Houston among top 10 on new list of America’s 50 best large cities
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

Summer camp teaches music, cooking
Graduate student Natalie Burns is mentioned.
Bryan-College Station Eagle

New Permian principal says the campus needs tweaks, not shake-up
An article mentions that Danny Gex earned a master’s in business administration from Rice.
OA Online

Discussion focuses on climate change
An article mentions a panel discussion that was held at Rice.
Katy Times (Subscription required.)

Summertime heats up for the Hot Undies Run in Houston
A slideshow mentions that the Hot Undies Run ended at Rice.
Houston Press


Episode 778: What the Falcon’s up with Qatar?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the dispute in the Gulf.
NPR’s “Planet Money”

How might new Trump administration policies on Cuba affect Houston?
Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, discusses new Cuba policies from President Donald Trump’s administration. 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 also quoted.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Anita Bryant protests 40 years later: Revisiting the ‘Stonewall’ moment for Houston’s LGBT community
Annise Parker ’78, professor in the practice and a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, discusses the Anita Bryant protests in 1977.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Father’s Day with sons
A broadcast mentions that David Chadwick attended Rice.

The immersive world of artist Soo Sunny Park
An article mentions that the Rice Gallery featured an installation by Soo Sunny Park.

Report: Texas power providers minimize costs
Residential electricity rates in competitive areas in Texas have declined relative to wholesale electricity prices, which suggests that Texas electricity providers are minimizing costs to meet market demands, according to a new paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
KTRH (This also appeared in 1190-AM.)

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A Rice study is mentioned.


2016 Journal Impact Factors released
Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Materials Today

Which colleges have the happiest students?
An article mentions that the Princeton Review named Rice the college with the happiest students in 2017.
Poets & Quants

Historic Houston: Perkins+Will’s Emancipation Park celebrates the past with an eye to the future
An article mentions that William Ward Watkin helped design the master plan for Rice.


Natural gas may protect Qatar in Gulf dispute
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Detroit News
Invasion, coup or muddle through? How the Qatar crisis could end
Stars and Stripes

Houston fears warming will cause catastrophic flooding
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in an article about flooding.
Climate Central (This also appeared in Houston News Info and Environment Guru.)

Delivering drugs through leaky vessels
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.
Idea Connection

Magnificent melody
Alumna Kimia Ghaderi ’12 is featured.
San Benito

El precio del gas LP también sube y deja mal parado al Gobierno de EPN, que prometió lo contrario
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Sin Embargo (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in Noroeste.)

BHS graduate wins position with Houston Symphony
Graduate student Andrew Pedersen is featured.
Kane County Chronicle

Class of 2017
A student who plans to attend Rice is mentioned.
Scarborough Leader

What are dental assistants really worth to a practice? You’ll be surprised!
Alumna Alitta Boechler ’14 authored an op-ed.
Dentistry IQ

The perils of sectarianism
An article mentions a book by Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history.
Counter Punch

India-born, US-based Arun Netravali wins 2017 Marconi Prize for Digital Video Technology
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 is featured.
India-born Arun Netravali wins $100,000 Marconi Prize
Hindu Business Line
Kannadiga Dr Arun Netravali, HDTV tech pioneer, wins Marconi award
Asianet Newsable
2017 Marconi Prize to Arun Netravali
Sakshi Education

Cities can jump-start climate progress by plugging in their vehicles
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about climate progress.
Energy Collective

Ramazan heralds the coming together of various fragments to become a whole
The author description for an article by Talal Almas mentions that he attends Rice.
Dunya News

OSU startup earns investments
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
GTR Newspapers

BWW interview: David Holloway shepherds Santa Fe apprentices
Rice is mentioned.
Broadway World

Covington Corner: Covington Lake POA fees due by July 1
A Rice summer program is mentioned.
My Horry News

Dizzee Rascal samples JFK on his new single ‘Space’
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.

Rice lab creates tough, but tender, cancer fighters
Rice University scientists have developed and evaluated analogs of potent anti-tumor agents known as epothilones using designs and methods that both improve their biological properties and simplify their manufacture. K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, and László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, are mentioned.
Let Life Happen


Vancouver’s Covington a perfect fit for Hustle Town, anchoring Texans’ tough D
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.
The Province

Rice beefs up offensive line with commitment of Walker Hankinson
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty
UTSA lands commitment from 3-star offensive lineman Terrell Haynes
Underdog Dynasty
Clemens, Traver, Cruz among area draftees
Houston Chronicle
Cinco Ranch brothers Blake and Brant Kuithe commit to Rice
Texas HS Football
Rice lands Coppell QB Brady McBride
Texas HS Football
3-star Cibolo Steele RB Brenden Brady commits to Rice
Texas HS Football
Ohio State football now No. 1 in recruiting for 2018; LSU adds teammates
USA Today
Coppell quarterback Brady McBride commits to Rice
Dallas Morning News
Jackson’s Limberg is The Herald’s Girls Athlete of the Year
Herald Net

Florida State’s meltdown in field helps LSU post win in CWS
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Seminoles’ meltdown in field helps LSU post 5-4 win in CWS
Houston Chronicle
C-USA tourney back in Biloxi for ’18, Southern Miss president gets prominent role
Sun Herald
Louisville defeated Texas A&M 8-4 on Sunday afternoon
A closer look at the LSU Tigers
Building the Dam

When picking Butler head coach, Barry Collier rarely needs mulligan
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Indy Star

Will Mike Neu replace David Esquer as Cal’s head baseball coach?
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.

Katy area lands 5 on MLB draft board
Former and current Rice baseball players Tristan Gray, Darryn Sheppard, Jon Duplantier, Khevin Brewer and Dane Myers are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)
8 FBISD alumni selected in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle

Stanning failure: Morris Almond
Former Rice basketball player Morris Almond is featured.
SLC Dunk

The Broncos have had some talented fathers
Former Rice football player Klein Kubiak is mentioned.
Mile High Sports

Berry Tramel: Ranking college football’s nonconference schedules
Rice football is mentioned.
Column: Marshall’s football career also worthy of honor
Temple Daily Telegram
A look at Baylor’s nonconference opponents: Schedule gets tougher for Bears in the future
Dallas Morning News
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1940 season
Hook ’em

Questions abound as Kevin Sumlin talks Aggies, Horns in Austin area
Rice football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
What’s the best G5 job in Texas?
Underdog Dynasty

Corey Douglas commits to VCU
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Ram Nation
Florida gives raises, extensions to Jim McElwain, Mike White
St. Augustine Record
UF coaches Mike White, Jim McElwain rewarded with raises, extensions
Orlando Sentinel (Similar articles appeared in over 60 other media outlets.)
NBA draft profile: Oregon’s Dylan Ennis
Addicted to Quack

Rover roulette: Mark Allen
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.
The News & Advance

VCU transfer Samir Doughty has committed to Auburn
An article mentions that Mike Rhoades coached at Rice.
Fanrag Sports Network

Best in Texas stadiums: Can anyone offer a college football experience like the Aggies’ Kyle Field does? 
Rice Stadium is featured.
Dallas Morning News

2017-18 college basketball early season tournaments, events and neutral-site games
Rice is mentioned.
Blogging the Bracket


With Gulf of Mexico storm likely, Rice experts available
Forecasters have given a tropical system currently located over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm or depression in the Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours. Early models leave the entire U.S. Gulf Coast — from Texas to Florida — open to being affected by a potential storm. A number of Rice experts are available during the 2017 hurricane season.

Baker Institute expert: Focus on pickup trucks, not Priuses, to reduce gasoline use, emissions
Larger trucks and SUVs with powerful, high-displacement engines are the low-hanging fruit for any policymaker seeking the most efficient path to reducing gasoline use and the associated emissions, according to an issue brief by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Statement from James A. Baker III on death of Helmut Kohl
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, released a statement on former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who died June 16.

About Anya Bolshakov

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