Dateline Rice for July 19, 2017


Saudi king’s son plotted effort to oust his rival
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (This also appeared in Public News and Haaretz.)
Saudi king’s son plotted to oust his rival as crown prince
Hindustan Times
Latest news: Saudi king’s son plotted effort to oust his rival
Standard Republic

More kids living in high-poverty areas after Great Recession
More children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods following the Great Recession — a troubling shift because children in these neighborhoods are a year behind academically, according to new research from Rice, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin. Rachel Kimbro, professor of sociology and founding director of the Urban Health Program at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
DNA India (This also appeared in Deccan Herald, India Today, India and Business Standard.)
More children living in high-poverty neighborhoods following Great Recession

US beef producers welcome renewal of exports to China
Steven Lewis, professor in the practice, research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted.
Ecns (This also appeared in Dalian News, China Economic Net, China Daily, Sina and XinhuaNet.)


Online sales taking bite out of state revenue just when Texas needs it
An article discusses research by Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute of Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 19 print edition with a different headline, “A taxing problem for states.”)

House passes legislation delaying ozone standard until 2026
A Rice study is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Republican incumbents have big campaign accounts for 2018 races
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.)
Special session: Bathroom bill could stall again
News and Tribune (This also appeared in Palestine Herald-Press, Weatherford Democrat, the Edmond Sun, Jacksonville Progress, McLeansboro Times-Leader, Star Beacon, Stanly News & Press, Commerce Journal, Richmond Register and the Herald.)
Trump administration: Trust Texas on voter education spending
Texas Tribune (This also appeared in The Eagle.)
Texas business leaders call on lawmakers to drop ‘bathroom bill’
Yahoo 7 News (This also appeared in Sowetan Live.)
Tea party takes charge, but special session poses challenges
San Antonio Express-News
City faces heavy campaign lift for bond measures
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in LMT Online.)
What are the priorities for the legislature’s special session?
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Harris County’s vote isn’t safe from the Russians
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

What is Houston’s Zika risk?
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about Houston’s Zika virus risk.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

All EcoHub wanted was Houston Mayor Turner’s garbage
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Award-winning video focuses on Urban Pocket Prairies
An article mentions that the Katy Prairie Conservancy will partner with Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Fiske Guide to Colleges ranks Texas A&M among best values
Rice is one of two Texas universities — and the only private school in Texas — included in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges.
The Eagle
Texas A&M state’s only public college to make Fiske college rankings for 2018
A&M Today

Baker Institute expert examines migration of skilled Mexicans to Texas, particularly Houston
While skilled Mexican migrants as a group have integrated into the economy and society of Texas, they continue to network with colleagues back home, according to Camelia Tigau, a visiting scholar in the Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center.
Houston Style Magazine

Storied Texas mansion completely demolished
An article mentions that Hanszen College is named after Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Hanszen.

Historic River Oaks home built for George R. Brown asks $10M
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about a River Oaks home. The Houstonia article mentions the late alumni John Thomas Rather Jr. ’19 and George R. Brown ’20.
My San Antonio (This also appeared in LMT Online.)
George R. Brown’s River Oaks mansion is for sale

The ultimate team sport
An article mentions that Helix, Houston’s youth ultimate Frisbee team, held tryouts at Rice.
The Buzz Magazines

Brookings ranks UH as a ‘leader’ in student opportunity, research
An article about the Brookings Institution’s ranking of public universities is accompanied by a slideshow of public and private universities that includes Rice.
My San Antonio

Aggies Invent hosts EnMed and USRG students
Martel College senior Jordan Murley participated in an Aggies Invent event.
A&M Today

Say yes, please, to these local goat cheeses
The Rice Farmers Market is mentioned.
Houstonia (This appeared in the August issue.)


WWNO-HD2 (New Orleans)
Rice is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

WSCL-FM (Salisbury, Md.)
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business announced plans to launch a new online Master of Business Administration program, subject to Rice Faculty Senate and accreditor approval. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Scientists journey to the world’s ‘lost’ 8th continent
Thirty scientists will sail from Australia July 27 on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate. Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Live Science
Zealandia should hold answers about tectonics, past climate

New materials discovered by Swansea University and Islamic Azad University scientists have important applications in enhanced oil recovery
A new class of materials which are suitable agents for oil displacing in enhanced oil recovery have been developed by scientists. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Azo Materials

Fluorine grants white graphene new powers
A little fluorine turns an insulating ceramic known as white graphene into a wide-bandgap semiconductor with magnetic properties. Rice scientists said that could make the unique material suitable for electronics in extreme environments. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary; and graduate student Sruthi Radhakrishnan are mentioned.
Space Daily (This also appeared in Solid State Technology.)

Fireside chat: How to think ‘unicorn’
Alumnus Mohit Aron ’98 is interviewed.
IT Briefcase

Oil up as Saudis consider deeper output cuts
A Rice study is mentioned.
Oil Price

Former Micron CEO Mark Durcan to receive semiconductor industry’s top honor
Alumnus Mark Durcan ’83 is mentioned.
Solid State Technology


Cristian Măcelaru: Classical music needs a ‘now’
Alumnus Cristian Măcelaru ’06 is mentioned.
San Francisco Classical Voice

The best fusion restaurants in Houston
A Rice study is mentioned.
Trip Savvy

1 way or another — Venezuela will send oil prices up
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Oil Price (This also appeared in Baystreet and Yahoo Finance CA.)

Shell executive director who stole Nigeria’s oil money
An article mentions that Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s former immediate past minister of petroleum resources, spoke at Rice in 2010.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC
Diezani, Omokore, Aluko bribe saga: US court papers reveal what each person got from stolen Nigeria’s oil money
247 Nigeria News Update

Brain: A chip that is implantable to find the view
Rice engineers are building a flat microscope, called FlatScope, and developing software that can decode and trigger neurons on the surface of the brain. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned.
The Siver Times
This tiny microscope can restore eyesight as it will transmit data directly to your brain

Lembit Beecher debuts ‘Sophia’s Forest’ Sept. 8-9
Alumnus Lembit Beecher ’05 is mentioned.
Broadway World


The University of Incarnate Word hires Patrick Hallmark as head baseball coach
An article mentions Patrick Hallmark coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
MU’s Hallmark to take head coaching job at University of the Incarnate Word
The Salamanca Press

C-USA media days: Full schedule, how to watch and more
Rice football head coach David Bailiff and players Trey Martin and Emmanuel Ellerbee appeared at the Conference USA media days.
Underdog Dynasty

Rice football picked 5th in C-USA preseason poll
Rice football was picked to finish fifth in the C-USA preseason poll.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
UTSA picked to finish 2nd in C-USA West Division
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Herd picked 4th in C-USA East
Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky are C-USA preseason picks
The Advocate
MTSU football tabbed to finish 2nd in C-USA East
Daily News Journal
C-USA preseason media poll
C-USA media predicts a 6th-place finish for UTEP football
Miner Rush
Southern Miss receiving corps should be a strength in 2017
Sun Herald
FAU, Lane Kiffin predicted to finish 5th in C-USA East Division
Sun Sentinel
Media picks La. Tech to win C-USA West
The News Star (This also appeared in The Shreveport Times.)
ODU football picked 3rd in C-USA

5 storylines for C-USA media days
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
The News Star (This also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)

Kentucky offers 2020 quarterback at camp
A Rice satellite camp is mentioned.

Big 12 media days wrap up with Texas and Baylor raving over East Texas
Rice is mentioned.

Hernandez paves the way for the offense
Rice football is mentioned.
The Prospector
Worst to 1st: Ranking all 79 Division I-A state football games
Tampa Bay Times
Marshall football picked to finish 4th in C-USA East Division
Charleston Gazette-Mail
2017 college football win total over-unders
The Big Lead
College football 2017: Win projections for Alabama, Ohio State, USC, national title contenders
International Business Times

College Basketball: 2017 MGM Main Event bracket features solid teams
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.

Marquette basketball will play VCU to start the 2017 Maui Invitational
An article mentions that Mike Rhoades coached at Rice.
Anonymous Eagle

Magnolia High football star went on to NFL, helped found FCA
Former Rice football player Gilbert “Buddy” Dial is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in The Courier of Montgomery County, My San Antonio and LMT Online.)


Could math method for students with visual impairments help others?
A method developed to help students who are blind or have visual impairments learn algebra and other advanced mathematics is being studied by Rice University and Auburn University at Montgomery to determine whether that approach can improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for all students.

Baker Institute expert: Russia’s use of the ‘energy weapon’ against Western European countries still a strategic threat
Although it has not been widely successful to date in the former Soviet zone, Russia’s use of the “energy weapon” against Western European countries in various forms still constitutes a strategic threat that warrants close attention from policymakers in Washington and throughout Europe, according to an issue brief by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Here’s a tip: Indented cement shows unique properties
Rice University scientists have determined that no matter how large or small a piece of tobermorite is, it will respond to loading forces in precisely the same way. But poking it with a sharp point will change its strength.

About Anya Bolshakov

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