Dateline Rice for Aug. 11, 2017


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Reader’s Digest

Free textbooks to save US college students $145M
Nearly 1.5 million U.S. college students are expected to save an estimated $145 million in the 2017-18 academic year by using free textbooks from OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials. Managing director Daniel Williamson is quoted.
Global Times (This also appeared in XinhuaNet,, CQ News and Sina.)
Nearly 1.5M college students to use free textbooks this school year
Phys Org (This also appeared in eCampus News and What They Think.)
Stepinac to showcase acclaimed academic and extracurricular programs at open house
Rivertowns Patch
ATG news and announcements Aug. 10
Against the Grain
Libros gratuitos ahorrarán 145M de dólares a universitarios de EEUU
Xinhua Espanol (An English translation is not available.)

Experts: Venezuelan sanction strategy must foster diplomacy
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
United Press International
Changing Nicolás Maduro’s calculus in Venezuela
Atlantic Council

2 sides to this energy story
Rice chemists have produced a catalyst based on laser-induced graphene that splits water into hydrogen on one side and oxygen on the other side. They said the inexpensive material may be a practical component in generating the hydrogen for use in future fuel cells. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
National Science Foundation

The Pakistani/Muslim diaspora — Lessons from a Catholic professor
Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology, is mentioned.

Trump’s agencies are learning to ignore their boss
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
HuffPost (This also appeared in WOW and True Viral News.)
A Trump cada vez ‘lo pela’ menos su gobierno
HuffPost Mexico (An English translation is not available.)
Hysterical drive-bys use North Korea panic as vehicle to portray Trump as insane
The Rush Limbaugh Show (This broadcast aired on 556 stations.)
Even in North Korea crisis, retired Gen. John Kelly is an apolitical force in a White House divided by ideology

Tinder puede mejorar la especie, pero las mujeres parten con desventaja
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is mentioned.
El Pais (An English translation is not available. This also appeared in MSN Estilo de Vida.)


Research: The psychological distress of Dreamers
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
As fear of deportations rises, children show signs of PTSD
Texas Standard (This also aired on 24 radio stations and also appeared online in Houston Public Media, Texas Public Radio, KERA News, and KUOW.)

Julián Castro forms new political action committee
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.
San Antonio Express-News
State GOP leaders say Texas is still Trump country
Salem News (This also appeared in News Aegis, Sharon Herald, Edmond Sun and over 20 other media outlets.)

Gay couples push to preserve Houston city spousal benefits
Former Rice staff member Kerim Davis is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and LMT Online.)

Here’s your back-to-school college checklist
Rice student O-Week coordinators Carey Wang, Tanvi Varadhachary and Thuc Truong are featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle

Around the world in Houston: Discovering Korea
Rice’s Korean Student Association is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Crude rises above $50 after OPEC boosts oil demand outlook
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted in a slideshow.
My San Antonio

Amon Carter Museum: Archiving Eden exhibit holds seeds to survival
Alumna Dornith Doherty ’80 is mentioned.
Fort Worth Business Press


Houston Newsmakers Aug. 13: HISD police ready for school, expert on Trump foreign policy and more
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.

Could security cameras someday spot crime before it happens?
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and professor of English, is featured.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Quality Hill: A tour of Houston’s 1st — and forgotten — upscale neighborhood
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
Beyonce’s dad sells Houston-based property where Destiny’s Child recorded some of their biggest hits
Architectural Digest

Widowed early, a cancer doctor writes about the harm of medical debt
The late alumnus Andrew Ladd ’03 is mentioned.
National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” (This also aired on 707 radio stations and appeared online in WBOI, NPR Berlin, KRCB, Texas Public Radio, Houston Public Media, WUWM and over 50 other media outlets.)


A new language for math
An article mentions that Rice scientists are partnering with Auburn University at Montgomery to study how well process-driven math works for undergraduate students with disabilities and for undergraduate students without disabilities.
Science (Subscription required.)

Scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects
Rice researchers have learned to manipulate two-dimensional materials to design in defects that enhance the materials’ properties. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Controlled Environments
Landscapes give latitude to 2-D material designers
I-Connect 007 (This also appeared in Science Newsline.)
Scientists show growing atom-thin sheets on cones allows control of defects in 2-D material
AZO Nano

Affirmative action for wealthy students
An article mentions that Rice’s early decision acceptance rate is higher than Rice’s regular acceptance rate.
Wealth Management

Delayed action raises Houston-Galveston area’s storm surge risks
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is mentioned.
Engineering News-Record


Study claims being single will kill you faster than obesity
A Rice study is mentioned.

Festival de musique d’orgue francais
Alumnus Paul Meier ’03 is mentioned.
The Catholic Key

Charles Dellschau: The visionary artist found in a dumpster
An article mentions that Dominique de Menil was the art director at Rice in 1969.

Calendar of events — Aug. 12
An article mentions that Joe Novak lectures at Rice.
The Leader News

Why black men walk away from black women
Alumna Aundrea Matthews ’11 is mentioned.
Blog Talk Radio

UHV announces fall American Book Review series authors
Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, is mentioned.
Crossroads Today


College football schedule
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Hugh Freeze is out, but Ole Miss still pins NCAA issues on this career assistant
An article mentions that Barney Farrar coached at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

New Alvin ISD stadium is named
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

USM’s Staggers working on refining his game
Rice is mentioned.
WDAM (This also appeared in WSFA, WTVM, WMC Action News 5 and WAFB.)

JH-Town Weekend to benefit Houston students with charity tournament, supplies giveaway 
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.

Collin Johnson, fellow Texas receivers are being challenged to be more physical
Former Rice coach Tom Herman and former Rice football player Drew Mehringer are mentioned.
My Statesman

UA women’s tennis releases schedule
The Rice Invitational is mentioned.
Tide Sports

Quest to keep the kicking game cookin’
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.

Goss: Enns starts for Twins in major league debut
Former Rice baseball player Kevin McCanna is mentioned.
KPOJ-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

For Stanford, depth in secondary key to survival in Pac-12
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Mercury News

Stanford seeks to replace top 10 picks McCaffrey, Thomas
An article includes a photo from a Rice football game.
MSN Sports


The role of energy in India is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Aug. 25
Suman Bery, the former chief economist at Royal Dutch Shell, will discuss India’s recent energy policy initiatives in the context of the larger forces shaping the country’s energy policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Aug. 25.

About Anya Bolshakov

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