Dateline Rice for June 26, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


A Houston scientist’s African challenge
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is profiled. Philip Kortum, assistant professor of psychology, is mentioned.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)


Trump’s anti-NAFTA stance is on a collision course with natural gas
An article mentions that José Antonio González, chief executive of Petroleos Mexicanos, spoke at Rice.
New York Times

I found Trump’s diary — hiding in plain sight
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.

Analysis: Texas gave House GOP biggest gerrymandering bump
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.
U.S. World & News Report (This Associated Press article also appeared in Houston Public Media, McClatchy DC Bureau, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Washington Times, KTXS and a number of other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Central survives the session
Off the Kuff
Gerrymandering Texas leads GOP to House seats increase
How Texas’ sanctuary cities ban compares to Arizona’s ‘show me your papers’ law
Dallas Morning News
Texas joins majority in losing straight-ticket voting
Huntsville Item
Burkett looks on the bright side of a bad record
Empower Texans


Historic Houston estate of late Tootsies owner to hit the market
An article mentions that William Ward Watkin was Rice’s first professor of architecture.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 24 print edition with a different headline, “A home with plenty of history up for sale,” and previously appeared in Dateline June 23.)
Photos: Noteworthy Houston home of late Tootsies founder for sale
Houston Business Journal

As promised, Ellis making waves as county commissioner
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted. Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Area Survey is mentioned in the second article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 26 print edition.)
US Supreme Court could change the political map of Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 25 print edition with a different headline, “Court may alter politics in Texas.”)

Book events: June 25-July 1
An article mentions that Rice Cinema is participating in the “Summer of Austen.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

The Texan French Alliance for the Arts presents ‘We R OST’
An article mentions that Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership is one of the supporters of “We R OST.”
CultureMap Houston

Good news: A student inspired
Sid Richardson College senior Jonathan Celaya is mentioned.
OA Online

Houston tapped as 10th most joyous destination on the planet
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned.
Midtown Houston Patch


Houston is sticking with the Paris climate deal, but how much can it really accomplish?
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Identifying hidden health care costs
A Rice study on health care costs is mentioned.
‘Good Day Austin’

Members of the Rice community joined thousands of Houstonians downtown June 24 for PrideHouston 2017.

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes’
A broadcast mentions that Rice students volunteer with the PAIR organization in Houston.
KHOU (This aired on a number of other stations.)

Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.

TalkRADIO — UK National Radio
A discussion mentions letters that have been given to Rice.


Rice U. chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
Nanotechnologists from Rice and China’s Tianjin University have used 3-D laser printing to fabricate centimeter-sized objects of atomically thin graphene. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Yilun Li are quoted.
Scientists use sugar in breakthrough 3-D printing graphene foam
Chemists create 3-D printed graphene foam
3D Printing Progress (This also appeared in Printed Electronics World.)

Rice University students developing technology to help treat epilepsy
A team of Rice engineering students recently took top honors and a $5,000 prize for its development of a potential digital cure for epilepsy. Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Gary Woods, professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering; and undergraduate students and alumni Sarah Hooper, Erik Biegert, Randy Zhang, Luke Van der Spoel, Chris Harshaw, Victor Prieto, Michel Tsehaie and Emily Meigs are mentioned.
The Institute


Which accreditation body accredited Mutahi Ngunyi’s Fort Hall School of Government?
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Kenya Today

The bureaucratization of Utopia — an international workshop
Andrea Ballestero, assistant professor of anthropology, is mentioned.
Allegra Lab

This incredible 18-year-old Nigerian girl has been offered scholarships by 11 universities
Articles mention students who were accepted to Rice.
18-year-old Nigerian gets scholarships from 11 US universities
Naji (This also appeared in Nigeriana.)
San Jose Summit Schools celebrate 98 percent of students accepted to college
El Observador
Awesome! See the super brilliant 18-year-old Nigerian girl who made history as 11 universities offer her scholarships
18-year-old Nigerian shines in the US as 11 universities offer her scholarships
Nigeria Today
‘Great things’ await Glen Ridge High grads
‘Sometimes We Tell the Truth’ author Bethany Rose Click awarded June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship
Los Alamos Daily Post
Lions Club gives out $60,000 in scholarships
Wimberley View

Annual Summer Organ Festival returns to Balboa Park with 10 free concerts
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Times of San Diego

Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2017: There is no alternative to science!
Graduate student Dayne Swearer is quoted.

The top 5 timepieces created by architects and industrial designers
An article mentions that architect Michael Graves designed Martel College.

Scientists have used solar energy to turn salt water into freshwater
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment, a multi-institutional engineering research center based at Rice University. Qilin Li, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted.
Cosmic Scientist
This team of researchers just figured out how to desalinate water with solar power
Inertia (This also appeared in Alternate Home Energy.)

Business mentor reflects on astronaut ambitions, novelist career
Alumnus Austin Boyd ’49 is mentioned.


Former NBA/Alief Elsik star Rashard Lewis captain of new 3-on-3 league team
An article mentions that Rashard Lewis used to play street ball in a Rice parking lot.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the June 24 print edition with a different headline, “Helping kids in Lewis’ game plan.”)

ET Basketball: Long new girls coach at Hallsville
An article mentions that Holly Long coached at Rice.
ET Varsity (This also appeared in Longview News-Journal.)

Rice football hoping to maintain recent recruiting gains for 2018
Articles discuss Rice football’s upcoming 2017 season. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
New look Rice Owls will struggle to fly in 2017
Texas HS Football
David Bailiff, Rice surging on the recruiting trail following 8 commits in one week
Texas HS Football
C-USA preseason position reviews: Punter
Underdog Dynasty

Ranking the most profitable Texas college sports programs in the state
An article mentions that Rice is a private institution.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

California’s travel ban could impact sports in Texas
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

VCU receives commitment from JUCO transfer Corey Douglas
A Rice transfer is mentioned.

David Walker: Texas A&M football’s most overlooked tragic hero
Rice football is mentioned.
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1945 season
Hook ’em
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1946 season
Hook ’em

13 Bearkat baseball players playing in summer leagues across country
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Huntsville Item
Previewing the all-SEC College World Series Finals between Florida and LSU
The Red & Black

The Blue Sox win 9 straight, defeat SteepleCats 7-6
Baker College sophomore Kendal Jefferies is mentioned.
Mass Live

89 years ago this week the Democratic National Convention was held in Houston
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Earn & Learn drafts some big names for 2017
Milwaukee Courier

Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.

Handy man: Rendon dangerous in any count
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.


Baker Institute expert: Fuel theft from pipelines in Mexico is on the rise
The extent of fuel theft from pipelines in Mexico is now so great that it is becoming a serious financial burden for state-owned petroleum company Pemex and, more broadly, may pose a challenge to the implementation of policies aimed at the liberalization of the country’s gasoline market, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Moshe Vardi available to discuss AI and automation
Rice University’s Moshe Vardi, a leading expert on artificial intelligence and automation, was honored June 24 in San Francisco by the Association of Computing Machinery for his leadership of its flagship publication, Communications of the ACM.

About Anya Bolshakov

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