Dateline Rice for June 27, 2017


Reassessing Thomas Jefferson
John Boles and his new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” are featured. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Finding comfort, and North Korea, in a tiny restaurant
Sonia Ryang, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center Professor of Asian Studies and director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in ABC News, Inquirer, Colorado Springs Gazette, CBS News, Fox News and a number of other media outlets.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How culture, passion and genetics are fueling a Nigerian takeover of US sports
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted.
CBS Sports

As Saudi Aramco listing gets closer, debate rises over its valuation and risks
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Star Tribune

Listed: The lavish waterworks temple that defied Thatcher
An article features a photo  of Duncan Hall’s ceiling, designed by John Outram.
The Guardian

American students are experiencing Korea while volunteering in a community center
Rice is mentioned.
Yonhap News (An English translation is not available.)


Texans react to Supreme Court decision on travel ban
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 Supreme Court’s ruling on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Texas politics and the U.S. ban on beef imports from Brazil.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 27 print edition with a different headline, “Texans react: Move seen as both attack on diversity, crucial ‘time-out.’”)
Houston reacts to Supreme Court decision on Trump’s travel ban
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)
Trump declares clear victory after travel ban ruling
Normangee Star
President Trump’s travel ban partially unblocked
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Texas cattle ranchers laud new ban on fresh beef from Brazil
Houston Public Media
Texas joins majority in losing straight-ticket voting
Corsicana Daily Sun
Redrawing America
Weatherford Democrat
Analysis: Texas gave House GOP biggest gerrymandering bump
KWTX (This also appeared in Waco Tribune-Herald.)
SB4: ¿En que se parece ‘ciudades santuario’ a la HB70 de Arizona?
Al Dia Dallas (An English translation is not available.)

‘Elite’ mobile dating comes to Houston with arrival of The League
Alumnus Philip Tarpley ’12 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Mexican gasoline thieves steal $1B from Pemex every year
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 Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies in Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Baker Institute expert: Fuel theft from pipelines in Mexico is on the rise (This also appeared in Mexico Star.)

Green, Flores: US must better manage nuclear waste storage
An article mentions that Rice has a program in nuclear energy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston gets $445,000 from the NEA, and here’s every project being funded
Rice and several local refugee settlement agencies are collaborating on the Houston in Motion Refugee Artist Program with Firestarter Group, which received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Electricity reform in Texas
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, discusses a recent Baker Institute study on electricity reform and retail pricing.
Texas Monthly

Fabiola Lopez-Duran, assistant professor of art history, is mentioned in an op-ed.
Big Bend Now

Fifty and fabulous
A slideshow includes photos from Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies’ “Festival of Curiosity.”
Houston CityBook

Ellis shakes things up
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Off the Kuff

District 128: Cain announces re-election bid
A Rice study is mentioned.
Baytown Star


Rice is mentioned.

Trippy, a Rice squirrel, is mentioned.


Patient-inspired research uncovers new link to rare disorder
James McNew, professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is mentioned.

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.
Innovations Report (This also appeared in Science Newsline.)

How former astronaut Leroy Chiao turned his dream of space into a reality
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering, authored an op-ed.

New tech helps amputees feel
Engineers working to add “muscle sense” to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand. Marcia O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, is quoted.


Will AI create a ‘useless class’ of humans?
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.
World Health Net

Top US senator to block arms sales to Gulf states over Qatar crisis
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

NAFTA on agenda for Sen. Jeff Flake’s meeting with Mexican senators
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.

Bay Area CIO of the Year Lifetime Achievement winner Dan Morales: EBay’s CIO revamps IT ecosystem
Alumnus Dan Morales ’89 is featured.
San Francisco Business Times

Dean Kochevar leading Tufts to a new future
Deborah Kochevar ’78 is featured.
The Grafton News

EIA: Earthquake trends in some states likely related to wastewater injection
Linda Capuano, fellow in energy technology, will speak at the 2017 EIA Energy Conference June 26-27.
Fuel Oil News

Aspen Institute names BBVA Compass executive 1 of its 2017 First Mover Fellows
Alumnus Reymundo Ocañas ’91 is featured.

State fair announces new board members
An article mentions that Robert D. Lawler is a member of Rice‘s Jones Graduate School of Business Council of Overseer.
Morning Ag Clips

Beauty and brain! 18-year-old Nigerian make history in the US as 11 universities offer her scholarships
Articles mention students who were accepted to Rice.
Photo: 18-year-old Nigerian girl gets scholarships from 11 US universities
Metro Najia
Read how this 18-year-old Nigerian makes history
Information Nigeria
The Ledger’s 2016-17 All-Academic Team
The Ledger
Rye High School Class of 2017
The Rye Record

Grandsons of former Harrison County JP growing up
Alumnus Austin Kyle Williams ’12 is mentioned.
Marshall News Messenger

Game changer for billions? Solar energy device turns salt water into fresh!
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, is mentioned.
Science Vibe

Graduation speeches: Wilton High School 2017
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is discussed.
Wilton Bulletin
Starboy: Rideau Ferry astronomer gets starry-eyed over Hubble Space Telescope
Inside Ottawa Valley

Festival wrap: Literally short film festival is pequeño pero poderoso — small but mighty
Rice is mentioned.


Houston Texans defensive end wins big at IW Marks Charity Challenge and brings special date
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.
CultureMap Houston

Best in Texas: Can anyone catch TCU’s Gary Patterson as best coach? 
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News

WKU soccer announces 2017 fall schedule
Rice soccer’s 2017 schedule is discussed.
Lex18 (This also appeared in Bowling Green Daily News.)
Western Kentucky soccer announces 2017 schedule

Kinkaid graduate leads Oregon women to history
Duncan College senior Austin Riddle is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Column: Former East Central star hopes to shine at Gonzaga
A Rice transfer is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Long named girls basketball coach at Hallsville
An article mentions that Holly Long coached at Rice.
Marshall News Messenger

Mavericks 2017-18 nonconference schedule released
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
The Shorthorn
Rudy Gobert named NBA All-Defensive 1st Team; Utes announce basketball schedule
The Spectrum

Countdown to Texas’ kickoff: 67 days
Rice football is mentioned.
Hook ’em

Rick Peterson: Which local athlete deserves to be enshrined next?
Tanner Gardner, senior associate athletics director and chief revenue officer, is mentioned.
Topeka Capital-Journal

USM’s Wallner named Freshman of Year by Baseball America
Former Rice baseball players Joe Savery and Anthony Rendon are mentioned.
WDAM (This also appeared in WMCactionnews5.)

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