Dateline Rice for July 24, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Venezuela’s perfect storm for oil may be about to break
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This also appeared in Hellenic Shipping News.)
‘All options are on the table’ for Trump to go after Venezuela, but the side effects could be severe
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Business Insider, Business Insider Malaysia, Business Insider Singapore, Business Insider Nordic, Business Insider Australia, LMT Online, Stamford Advocate, The Hour, Times Union, Bullfax, Metals News, Greenwich Time Seattle PI, Beaumont Enterprise, CT Post, My San Antonio, News Times, SFGate, Latest Nigerian News, Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! News.)
Venezuela’s perfect storm for oil
The Edge Markets
Venezuela economy in free fall
Financial Tribune
Venezuela will be the first sovereign oil producer to see an ‘all-out collapse’
Capitol Zero (This also appeared in People’s Trust Toronto and Zero Hedge.)

Why there’s a growing rift in GOP over law and order
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.
Christian Science Monitor (This also appeared in Daily Magazine, True Viral News, and Yahoo! News.)
Bathroom bills in Texas show city-state divide
LA Times
Inside the race to be certified most conservative in the Texas House
Statesman (This also appears in the Austin American-Statesman.)
2017 Texas house, ranked from lib left to cons right
Education News

El plan de un heredero al trono para dejar fuera a su rival en Arabia Saudita
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York Times
Saudi king’s son plotted effort to oust his rival
Daily Trust
Saudi manufacturing to see ‘modest’ boost from defense deals
Views on the news —  22 July 2017
The Khilafah

The 50 things you need to do in Houston before you die
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned.

La ciencia de un nuevo Sename
Cunha Flávio, associate professor of economics, is mentioned.
Entorno Inteligente

En busca del continente perdido
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.
La República

Why meticulously made decisions motivate us to persist
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed.
Psychology Today

Musk’s hyperloop plan is fantasy, we should make it reality anyway
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced.
Billionaire space prospectors are racing to mine the moon, and that’s a good thing
Digital Trends (This also appears in AIVAnet and Yahoo! News.)


Securing our election
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in a Houston Chronicle editorial and quoted in an Off the Kuff column.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. A correction on the first reference to Wallach’s last name has been requested.)
Was the Harris County election system hacked?
Off the Kuff

University town
Kim Yackel, assistant director of career development, is quoted about four-year degrees.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the July 23 special section, “Getting Ahead.”)

Texas Southern University’s law school knocked for gender discrimination
Rice’s sexual assault statistics are mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appears in LMT Online and My San Antonio.)

The next big idea in the fight against climate change
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

TxDOT taking new steps with I-45 widening project
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Staub-designed house was home to power brokers
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How to sell a professional sports team
Tom Stallings, professor in the practice of sport management, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Site where Beyoncé, Solange Knowles recorded demolished in Houston
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio, Greenwich Time, Westport News, Darien News, Beaumont Enterprise CT Post and The Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Legendary wildcatter Boone Pickens takes a Texas-sized fall
Pictures from Boone Pickens’ Tuesday presentation at Rice are shown.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Faith communities should lead on path to hospitality
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio, LMT Online and San Antonio Express-News.)

Making room for makers
Alumnus Alexander Wesley ’16 and Owlspark are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Preservation Houston event held at historic Broadacres home
William Ward Watkin, an early architect of Rice buildings, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Book events: July 23-29
An event hosted by Christopher Johns-Krull, associate professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Top 12 things for kids in Houston: July 24 to 30, 2017
35 Things To Do in Houston

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 and the University of Houston are preparing to find out. Matthew Bennett, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is mentioned.
TMC News

Baylor regents raise tuition 4 percent, receive updates on investigations
Rice’s tuition is mentioned.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Hey, Texplainer: Will Texans ever get a remedy for the state’s alleged illegal redistricting?
John Alford, professor of political science, is quoted.

Senate hopefuls could give Kel Seliger a run for his money
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Amarillo Globe News

Warm winter makes for early wine harvest in Texas Hill Country
Alumnus David Kuhlken ’94 is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News


Research shows more children suffer from poverty after the 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.
Houston Public Media

Teachers gear up for a new kind of ninth grade
Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education and director of Rice’s Center for Education, is quoted.
Houston Public Media


Russia’s use of the ‘energy weapon’ against Western European countries 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 Gabriel Collins, fellow in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Oil Gas Daily

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts li-ion batteries
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 former graduate student Abdul-Rahman Raji are quoted. Postdoctoral research associate Rodrigo Villegas Salvatierra, postdoctoral researcher Nam Dong Kim, visiting researchers Xiujun Fan and Junwei Sha and graduate students Yilun Li and Gladys López-Silva are mentioned.
Advanced Manufacturing (This also appeared in Science Bulletin.)

New OpenStax Tutor beta offers personalized learning
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
Elearninginside News
OER pioneer OpenStax launches personalized learning tool for 3 courses
Educational Technology

Nigeria´s Diezani Alison Madueke corruption saga
Diezani Alison-Madueke’s 2010 keynote address at Rice is mentioned.
Petroleum World

This chip beams images onto the brain to help the blind see again
Rice engineers are building a flat microscope, called FlatScope, and developing software that can decode and trigger neurons on the surface of the brain.
Impact Lab
Gracias a este chip muchas personas ciegas podrían volver a ver
Actualidad Gadget
Chip cerebral que controla neuronas activas para revertir ceguera y sordera
El Canal de las Noticias 44

Rice U professor developing plasmon-powered devices for medicine, security, solar cells
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.

Here’s a tip: Indented cement shows unique properties
Rice 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.
The Concrete Producer

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.
The Energy Collective


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

P.E.O gives scholarship to Xie
An article mentions a student who hopes to attend Rice.
Wilton Bulletin

If President Kovind can follow in Gov. Kovind’s footsteps, India’s higher education will be well-served
Rice’s sponsorship of NASA is mentioned.

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.
Northern Kentucky Tribune
Thomas Jefferson, slavery, and religion: Rethinking an American icon
Before It’s News (This also appears in U.S. Religion.)

Blu-ray review: Rossellini’s ‘War Trilogy’ gets much needed HD upgrade from criterion
A 1970 discussion by Roberto Rossellini at Rice is mentioned.

A new form of matter: Scientists create the 1st supersolid
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
True Viral News

Student visa as a tool to migration
Rice is mentioned.

Robots are replacing workers where you shop
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.

Alberto Gonzales fast facts
Alumnus Alberto Gonzalez ’79 is mentioned.
AZFamily (This also appeared in Erie News Now, 92Q Nashville, 99.7 WTN, KTVQ, KITV, EIN Newsdesk, Fox 40 WICZ-TV, ABC 7, KXLH, NBC-2, KRTV, KXLF and 8KPAX.)

American premiere review: A musically appealing, theatrically arresting ‘Siege of Calais’ links Donizetti and Zambello — July 16, 2017
Alumnus Michael Hewitt ’17 is mentioned.
Operal Warhorses

Performing Asia: Music of Turkey with Hoppa Project
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Asia Society

Performing Asia: Artists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Asia Society

News from Patrick Henry High School — July 21, 2017
IScholar, a scholarship program founded by Irina Chukhray, a research assistant in sociology, is mentioned.
Mission Times Courier


Texas FBS coaches tackle sexual assault issues at THSCA Convention
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

FBISD football season tickets on sale Aug. 1
Rice defensive back Jordan Oliver is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

‘1st family of women’s basketball’
Duncan College sophomores Erica Ogwumike and Olivia Ogwumike are mentioned.
Bella Naija

Arizona Diamondbacks top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.

The ascent of Patrick Mahomes: From competing for high school starts to top 10 NFL pick
Rice football is mentioned.
Kansas City Star
C-USA finally has full roster of football programs
Bowling Green Daily News

Egos aside, when could the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry realistically restart, anyway?
The University of Texas home game against Rice Sept. 18 is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

Phil Steele’s summer college football betting guide
Rice football is mentioned.
ESPN (This also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
GC Football: Texas Football picks Rice and Mildred to make playoffs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Hilltoppers embrace 1st-place pick in Conference USA East
The Richmond Register
Former Tigers hope charity game adds to Mizzou basketball buzz
St. Louis Post Dispatch

3-Star North Forney ATH Corey Mayfield Jr. commits to UTSA
Rice is mentioned.
Texas HS Football


New books detail Gulf of Mexico before the spill
Herb Ward, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and ecology and evolutionary biology and presently a scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, edited “Habitats and Biota of the Gulf of Mexico: Before the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” at the behest of BP Exploration and Production, which leased the platform. BP paid for production of the books and the open-access fees.

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