Dateline Rice for July 25, 2017


Billionaire space prospectors are racing to mine the moon, and that’s a good thing
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced.
Fox News
Exploiting space: To greedily go (and that’s a good thing)
National Review
A rocket to the moon! Remembering the space race 50 years on
Sputnik News

Trump’s zig-zagging on health care back to zig. For now.
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This also appeared in Wow.)
WTOP2-DC (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

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.
Iran Daily

Climate change will heat up midterm elections
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-authored an op-ed on how climate change could influence midterm elections.
The Hill

1st ‘Islamic’ MFI eyes opening by end of year
The country’s first microfinance institution (MFI) professing to follow Islamic law may begin offering services in Cambodia by the end of the year. Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and professor of statistics, is quoted.
Cambodia Daily

Potential US sanctions may end up punishing Venezuelans indiscriminately
Erika de la Garza, program director of the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Sputnik News


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. This article appeared on the front page of the July 25 print edition with a different headline, “Public makes noise about big I-45 redo” and previously appeared in Dateline July 24.)

Rice University pushes digital edge with virtual books, Tutor initiative
Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax launched a low-cost, personalized learning system called OpenStax Tutor Beta that studies how students learn to offer them individualized homework and tutoring. Managing director Daniel Williamson is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This story appears in the July 25 print edition. The online version originally appeared in the July 21 Dateline.)
OER pioneer OpenStax launches personalized learning tool for 3 courses

Techno-News Blog

Rep. Al Green wants to remove self-pardon power from presidents
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.
KLBJ-AM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
WNYC-FM (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Teachers gear up for a new kind of 9th grade
Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education and director of Rice’s Center for Education, is quoted.
Texas Standard
KUT 90.5 (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

About $454M included in proposed Leander ISD bond
Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is mentioned.
Community Impact

Delta Aquarids meteor shower party
Christopher Johns-Krull, associate professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Houston Press
21 best things to do in Houston this week: Meteor showers and a splash bash
Houston Press


Why human smuggling thrives in Houston?
Kerry Ward, associate professor of history, is interviewed about human smuggling.
Leaders call for changes in immigration system after deadly smuggling case
KUT-FM 90.5 (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Poll: 76 percent concerned about war over next 4 years
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was interviewed about North Korea.

Alumnus Christian Covington ’15 is interviewed.

Alumna Beth Spearman ’04 is mentioned.

Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance is mentioned.

News Radio KEX
Alumnus Neal Carlson ’06 is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


A billionaire’s push to bolster 1 of the biggest K-12 systems in America
Rice’s Teacher Education program, part of the university’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, has been selected as a partner university in the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s Raising Texas Teachers program.
Inside Philanthropy

Plasmon-powered devices for medicine, security, solar cells under development
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.
Medical Design Technology
Upconverted light has a bright future
Energy Harvesting Journal

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 about Venezuelan oil production and authored an op-ed.
Petroleum World
Venezuela will be the 1st sovereign oil producer to see an ‘all-out collapse’
The Event Chronicle
Las sanciones petroleras de EE.UU. contra Venezuela
Confidencial (An English translation is not available.)

Mesh curtain allows for an arts center with vision
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Construction Specifier

A team of researchers is going to drill into Zealandia, the sunken 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.
The Inertia (This also appears in IFL Science.)

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.
Bionity (This also appeared in

There’s a long way to go in understanding the brain
Dora Angelaki, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering and of psychology, is quoted.
Science News

Oak Ridge and Rice University create new manufacturing
A new manufacturing method created by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rice University combines 3-D printing with traditional casting to produce damage-tolerant components composed of multiple materials.
3D fab+print

Laser acne treatment gets more VC support for clinical trial
A particle created by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, is mentioned.

Measles vaccine study findings a ‘wake-up call’
A study done by Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is discussed.

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.

Alumnus Flint Brenton ’84 authored an op-ed.
Enterprise Open Source Magazine (This also appears in SOA World Magazine.)


Laying the foundation for new energy technology
Alumnus Troy Van Voorhis ‘97 is featured.
MIT News

Award winning author Jeff Abbott live on authors on the air with Pam Stack
Alumnus Jeff Abbot ’85 is interviewed.
Blog Talk Radio

Taking a page from Manu Ginobili’s playbook
Alumnus Plácido Gómez ’13 authored an op-ed.
Rivard Report


Rice begins search for answers in program’s earliest fall camp start
The Owls are the first team to open fall football camp because of their Aug. 26 game in Australia. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is interviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This is also featured in My San Antonio.)
Kubiak pays a visit to Rice football practice
CBS Denver
Spectrum News Austin (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Coaches see roles changing with the times
Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 25 print edition. The online version appeared in the July 24 Dateline.)

2017 Conference USA football preview: West division
Rice’s football win-loss record is mentioned.
CBS Houston (This also appeared in CBS Minnesota, CBS St. Louis, CBS Sacramento, CBS DFW, CBS Denver, CBS Detroit, CBS Las Vegas, CBS Boston, CBS San Francisco, CBS Seattle, CBS Atlanta, CBS Cleveland, CBS Chicago, CBS New York, CBS Miami, CBS Connecticut, CBS Pittsburgh, CBS Baltimore, CBS Los Angeles, CBS Philly, CBS Local Sports and CBS DC.)

Locker talk: North Texas HC Littrell and Kingwood’s Campbell
Rice football is mentioned.

Oak Ridge, The Woodlands earn TGCA preseason rankings
The article mentions a Rice commit.
Houston Chronicle

The ascent of Patrick Mahomes to a top 10 pick
Rice football is mentioned.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WKU volleyball earns top-25 academic ranking
Rice volleyball is mentioned.

Top Katy ISD prospects making commitments
An article mentions two students who hope to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Despite upcoming series with big 12 teams, Ohio State has typically ignored the conference for its nonconference schedules
Rice football is mentioned.
Eleven Warriors
Boise State football’s newest commitment is huge — literally
Idaho Statesman
Stanford football 2017: Quarterbacks preview
Rule of Tree

Skyler Ewing sticking to the grind
Alumnus Skyler Ewing ’15 is mentioned.

Daniel Whitehead joins Red Raider staff as assistant coach
Former volunteer coach Daniel Whitehead is discussed.
Daily Toreador

Chicago White Sox Top 20 prospects for 2017: Midseason review
Alumnus Jordan Stephens ’15 is mentioned.


Human trafficking, smuggling expert available to discuss San Antonio tragedy
Kerry Ward, a Rice University associate professor of history and researcher on comparative slavery and forced migration, is available to discuss the tragic discovery of nearly 40 people — many of whom were injured and 10 of whom have died — in the back of a sweltering semitrailer in San Antonio this past weekend.

Baker Institute expert: Heroin-assisted treatment programs can help in fight against opioid deaths
Establishing heroin-assisted treatment programs, which provide severely addicted individuals with controlled access to pharmaceutical-grade heroin, could make a significant dent in the number of U.S. deaths from opioid use, according to an expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy, outlined her insights and recommendations in a new Baker Institute blog, “Want Fewer People To Die From an Opioid Overdose? Give Them Heroin (Assisted Treatment).” She is available to discuss the issue with media.

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