Dateline Rice for Aug. 9, 2017


France backs away from first-lady role for Brigitte Macron
Recent first ladies have had staffs of 16 to 25 people, according to a report on the office of the first lady by Rice University’s Baker Institute in 2016.
New York Times

So the eclipse is coming and you suddenly want to be an astronomer. Here’s what they actually do.
An article about the upcoming total solar eclipse is accompanied by a video that uses a portion of an animation produced by Rice University. The Rice segment is credited from 0:32 to 0:41.
Washington Post

John Kelly is an apolitical force in a White House divided by ideology
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and
Trump has escaped Washington, but don’t call it a vacation
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report, the Miami Herald and more than 150 other publications.)
It’s not a vacation, really: Trump holding a ‘major briefing’ on opioid crisis – a day after phoning his secretary of state for an hour from his New Jersey golf course
Daily Mail

Experts: US needs Latin America for pressure on Venezuela to work
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
NBC News
Houston’s energy industry keeps an eye on Venezuela
Houston Public Media
Main Venezuelan opposition leaders have been taken from their homes 

No, city pledges to get 100 percent renewable energy are not misleading
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.

The best college dorms in America
Some of Rice’s placements in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges” rankings are mentioned.
Ranking colleges by racial and class interaction among their student bodies
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
Why is George smiling?
Talbot Spy
Rice in Houston ranked No. 19!
Southwest Food Service

Through this beige office runs the Kremlin cash that funds US anti-fracking activists, Republicans say
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Research Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
National Post (This also appeared in four other publications.)

New evidence suggests humans may have been dipping crunchy things into gooey things earlier than previously thought 
A satirical article uses a fictitious person at Rice to poke fun at scholarly research.
The Onion


UT, A&M students latest to push against campus sexual assault procedures
A new course piloted at Rice University last spring that outlines sexual consent and healthy relationships is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 9 print edition.)

There are many good colleges. Find one that’s a good fit.
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Freedmen’s town Tamina rich in history, family tradition
An article mentions that portraits from the freedmen’s town of Tamina have been featured at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Are lawmakers’ business ties with public entities a conflict of interest?
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.
Texas Tribune (This also appeared in the Eagle.)
Property tax reform could be the big compromise of the special session 
Texas Public Radio

New Danville’s founder Kathy Sanders retires; new executive director is Eva Aguirre 
An article mentions that Eva Aguirre received a certificate of achievement in senior human resources development at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
The Paper

Seguin native, former Navarro ISD top student falls to his death during hiking accident
Alumnus Barney Cruz ’11 died July 29 in a hiking accident.
Seguin Today

Experience James Turrell’s glowing underground tunnel ‘The Light Inside’ at MFAH
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston


Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science, discusses the rhetoric exchanged between North Korea and the United States and North Korea’s nuclear program.

Texas matters: Concerns build on border wall environmental impact
Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about the potential effects of a Mexican border wall on endangered species.
Texas Public Radio

Religious groups run ad blitzes both for and against ‘bathroom bill’
David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, is quoted.
Houston Public Media
Special session a ‘battle royal’ for dominionists who seek Christian rule
Texas Observer


New shapes solve infinite pool-table problem
Ronen Mukamel, assistant professor of mathematics, is mentioned.

Reusable carbon nanotube and quartz fiber water filter removes 99 percent of heavy metals
Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from water, according to researchers at Rice. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Clean Technica
Researchers find novel filtration method for heavy metals removal
Treatment Plant Operator Magazine

Another new water-splitting catalyst
Scientists at Rice and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have predicted and created new two-dimensional electrocatalysts to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost.
New Energy and Fuel

Graphene made from wood
Rice University scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into graphene. Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues used a laser to blacken a thin film pattern onto a block of pine.
Electronics Online

Reasons why cannabis is not a gateway drug
A study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
All Bud

Scientists develop new method to distill seawater by using solar power
Rice is mentioned.
Asia Pacific Daily


Breaking free: To save students money, colleges are looking to the Open Education Resources movement 
Rice-based publisher OpenStax is mentioned.
The Cap Times
FIU joins national movement to reduce cost of books
Miami’s Community Newspapers

Study: Millennial illegal immigrants at highest risk for psychological distress, ‘live in constant fear of deportation’
Researchers at Rice University looked at nearly 260 people of Mexican heritage between the ages of 18 to 25 who fall under the qualifications of the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as DREAMers. Postdoctoral research fellow Luz Garcini is quoted.
CBS New York
Nearly two-thirds of millennial DREAMers are mentally distressed, study finds
Study Finds

Community Learning Center Schools welcome new management 
Alumnus Jeremy Goodreau ’11 is mentioned.
Alameda Patch

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2017 edition
Alumna Alexandra Smither ’16 is featured.
CBC Music


A segment covers the Rice Owls’ first scrimmage. Coach David Bailiff comments.

Dekaney tight end Malcolm Epps commits to Texas
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
TE Malcolm Epps’ commitment elevates Texas’ 2018 class to No. 2 in nation
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
Calderon commits to Rice 
San Marcos Daily Record

College football legends who shaped Texas programs
Former Rice football player Tommy Kramer is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle

Stanford QB Keller Chryst to start; David Shaw likes what he sees
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Houston Chronicle

Comcast SportsNet Chicago
Former Rice cross-country and track runner Nicole Mericle ’10 is featured as a competitor in Spartan Race.

Black Bears down Brooklyn 7-3, 5 named New York-Penn League All-Stars
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray is mentioned.

Vikings finally settled at strong safety spot with Sendejo
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo is featured. Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Austin Daily Herald (This also appeared in The Republic.)

‘What’s an Xbox?’ – Why Big 12, college football’s tech are ‘a huge concern for the future’
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Dallas Morning News

Boswell gives Hawks 5 at the plate
Rice baseball is mentioned.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.