Dateline Rice for July 20, 2017


More kids live in very poor 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 researchers at Rice, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Wisconsin. Rachel Kimbro, professor of sociology at Rice, is quoted.
More children living in impoverished areas following great recession, study finds
Study Finds

Nanoindentation benefits crystals in concrete: Study
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. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted and graduate student Lei Tao is mentioned.
Xinhua Net (This also appeared in Business Standard, WebIndia123, Can-India, the Statesman, India, Sify News and India Online.)
Here’s a tip: Indented cement shows unique properties
Science Daily (This also appeared in Phys Org, Nanotechnology Now and Nanowerk.)

As Trump rolls back methane rules, what should the oil and gas industry do?
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed.

Online shopping takes sales tax revenue from Texas government
An article discusses research by Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Government Technology

Saudi heir was held against his will until he gave up claim to the throne
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Sydney Morning Herald (This also appeared in WA Today, the Age, Brisbane Times, the Canberra Times and Australian Financial Review.)
The inside story of how the Saudi king’s son plotted to oust his rival
Capitol Zero
Behind this photo, a crown prince’s plot to usurp the presumptive king of Saudi Arabia
Regina Leader-Post (This also appeared in Calgary Herald, Windsor Star, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen,, Montreal Gazette and National Post.)
Arabian palace coup, literally
The Telegraph India
How Saudi king’s son altered the line of succession to become crown prince
The Star
How Saudi king’s son Mohammed bin Salman plotted midnight ‘coup’ to oust uncle
Economic Times
King Salman’s son plotted ouster of his rival
The Nation
Saudi king’s son plotted effort to oust his rival
The Hindu (This also appeared in in Africa-News.)
The major trouble in paradise caused by Saudi crown prince
The Millenium Report

Will Daesh turn into an ‘al-Qaida on steroids’?
David Cook, associate professor of religion at Rice, is quoted.
Sputnik International (This also appeared in Addiyar.)

Evan Smith incorrectly says last Anglo-majority Texas high school class graduated in 2014
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Politifact Texas (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Scientists to drill into Zealandia, the lost continent beneath New Zealand
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.
Stuff (This also appeared in the Dominion Post.)
Scientists journey to the world’s ‘lost’ 8th continent
True Viral News
Scientists will venture to world’s ‘sunken’ 8th continent
The Daily Catch
Arranca la expedición al continente oculto de Zelandia
ABC Ciencia
Arranca la expedición al continente sumergido de Zelandia
El Pais
Zelandia, el séptimo continente, a punto de revelar secretos
El Universal

Young professor makes new genome sequencer
Alumnus Jiankui He ’09 is featured.
News GD


Drake releases event rundown of Houston Appreciation Week
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned in a slideshow titled “Drake’s Unofficial Tour of Houston.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Bulldozers take down another piece of Houston history
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted about a River Oaks home.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Group rows against the current as it tries to build Buffalo Bayou boathouse
Alumnus Herman Yue ’98 and former Rice Crew volunteer coaches Mike Matson and David Alviar are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 20 print edition with a different headline, “Difficult strokes” and previously appeared in Dateline July 17.)

Kinder Morgan to boost dividend, launch stock buyback
A slideshow features a picture of Rich Kinder speaking at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in 2010 for the announcement of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Trump has kept some promises. But we should expect more.
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 mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas business leaders call on lawmakers to drop ‘bathroom bill’
Diversity Inc
In the name of liberty: Stop the political grandstanding
The Hayride

The big tease: Inprint reveals its new season, 1 author at a time
Rice’s President’s Lecture Series is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Baker Institute expert examines migration of skilled Mexicans, including physicians, to Texas, particularly Houston
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
TMC News

Texas coastal cities face rising sea levels
John B. Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Jacksonville Progress (This also appeared in Stillwater News Press, Muskogee Phoenix, Star Beacon, Daily Independent, Stanly News & Press, the Daily Star, Mankato Free Press, Huntsville Item, Palestine Herald-Press, Weatherford Democrat and the News and Tribune.)

Award-winning video focuses on Urban Pocket Prairies
Rice University is mentioned.
LMT Online (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Dancing with denial
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted about climate change.
Texas Observer

Airlines increase security for US-bound flights
Gary Hale, a nonresident fellow in drug policy and Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Brownsville Herald (This also appeared in the Monitor.)

Unique art show opens
An unidentified source at Rice comments on an effigy pot on exhibit at the Art League of Baytown.
Baytown Sun


‘Upconverted’ light has a bright future
A Rice professor’s method to “upconvert” light could make solar cells more efficient and disease-targeting nanoparticles more effective. Experiments led by Gururaj Naik, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, combined plasmonic metals and semiconducting quantum wells to boost the frequency of light, changing its color. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, are also mentioned.
iConnect 007

Event report laser world of photonics
Randall Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was presented the Herbert Walther Award at the World of Photonics Congress.
Imaging & Microscopy

State revenue declines lead to cuts in children’s Medicaid benefits, education spending
State spending cuts during economic downturns fall more heavily on children than the elderly, according to new research by Richard Boylan, professor of economics, and Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics.
Pharmacy Choice

A new application for enhanced oil recovery has been developed by university scientists
A new class of materials which are suitable agents for oil displacing in enhanced oil recovery has been developed by scientists. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.

Amazon’s open educational resources website gets off to a slow start
Daniel Williamson, managing director of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open education resources (OER) and textbooks, comments on the relaunch of Amazon Inspire.
Education Week’s “Curriculum Matters”

Seaport Global Securities expands equity research team
An article mentions that Sonny Randhawa attended Rice.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

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, is quoted and graduate student Jun Luo is mentioned.
Printed Electronics World
3-D printers as material generators?

SPE ATCE competition offers funding opportunity for energy startups
Rice and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship are mentioned.

CHC Group announces new board of managers
Alumnus Sten Gustafson ’89 is mentioned.


One 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.
Capitol Zero
Factbox: Impacts of US sanctions on Venezuelan oil
S&P Global Platts

Cristian Macelaru ready to open his tenure leading the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Around town: Jazz on tap at Festival of Arts concert Saturday
An article mentions a student who plans to attend Rice.
Daily Pilot

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.
True Viral News

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.
The Cattle Site (This also appeared on the Beef Site.)

Steven spears joins Bakerhostetler as IP litigator in Houston office
Alumnus Steven Spears ’88 is featured.
Global Banking & Finance Review

Mason Bates and the iOpera: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
Rice University is mentioned.
Santa Fe New Mexican

Jamie Vaught: Watergate, ‘fake news’ and Hemingway among topics for your late summer reading list
John Boles’ new book, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” is included on a list of recommended reading for the summer. Boles is the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History.
KY Forward


Rice football has long road back to winning ways
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, quarterbacks coach Wesley Beschorner, safeties coach Scott Vestal and players Emanuel Ellerbee and Trey Martin are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

C-USA repeat? WKU, La Tech preseason picks for title rematch
Rice football is mentioned.
Washington Post (This also appeared in USA Today.)
C-USA repeat? WKU, La Tech preseason picks for title rematch
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Panthers to take on UCF in season opener
Rice football is mentioned.
Panther Now
WKU’s White lands on O’Brien, Unitas watch lists
Bowling Green Daily News
UTEP’s Ryan Metz announced as Johnny Unitas Golden Arm candidate
Miner Rush
Metz named to Unitas Golden Arm award list
El Paso Proud
Dak’s preparation for season 2 began long before becoming Cowboys leader
Dallas Cowboys
FAU position primer: RB
FAU Owl Access
Kappy’s corner
What’s Up
UNT still looking for respect heading into Littrell’s 2nd season
Denton Record-Chronicle

Conference preview: AAC West
Former Rice football defensive coordinator Todd Graham is mentioned.
College and Magnolia

Key competition
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.

Worst to 1st: Ranking all 79 Division I-A state football games
Rice football is mentioned.

WKU, LaTech again favored in C-USA
Rice football is mentioned.
Ironton Tribune
WKU, La Tech picked to win Conference USA
West Kentucky Star

After bowl trip, Roadrunners earning newfound respect
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News

2017 football preview: Episcopal, Kinkaid run SPC 4A; John Cooper has work to do in 3A
A Rice commit is mentioned.

Officials, coaches say C-USA has case it’s the top G5 league
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Herd TE Yurachek named preseason all-conference
Rice football players Emanuel Ellerbee and Trey Martin are mentioned.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune (This also appeared in the Daily Sentinel and Point Pleasant Register.)


Scientists seek to engineer chatter among cells
Communities of cells communicate to coordinate their actions, but how do they coordinate with other communities? Scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston are preparing to find out.

About Anya Bolshakov

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