Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Trump was making friends in Latin America — before he raised Venezuela ‘military option’
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about U.S. sanctions against Venezuela and the Venezuelan debt crisis.
McClatchy DC (This also appeared in Miami Herald.)
Venezuela’s debt could be more powerful than protests in ousting the government
Business Insider
Could Venezuela’s debt crisis force regime change?
Digital Journal (This also appeared in BSS News and
Could Venezuela’s debt crisis force regime change?
Mena FN

Texas ‘bathroom’ bills stalled in special legislative session
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.
Reuters (This also appeared in Metro US, Reuters India, U.S. News & World Report, Thomas Reuters Foundation News, MSN News, NBC News and over 11 other outlets.)
Bathroom bill fight has been in the making for years, with no end in sight
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 14 print edition with a different headline, “Fight over bathroom issue far from over.”)
Texas is still Trump country, GOP leaders say
Palestine Herald-Press (This also appeared in the Huntsville Item and
State GOP leaders say Texas is still Trump country
Cleburne Times-Review
State GOP leaders: Texas still Trump country
Weatherford Democrat
What Castro’s new PAC says about his intentions
San Antonio Express-News
Are town halls more trouble than they’re worth? Two-thirds of Texas reps are skipping them
Dallas Morning News
GOP Rep. Will Hurd fights for survival as a centrist in the Trump era
Austin American-Statesman
Texas lawmaker’s business ties spark ethics concerns
International edition
VOA News

Earth won’t go dark for days
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, comments on the false claim that Earth will experience 15 days of darkness in November.
Fact Check


What the Sunset Coffee Building can teach us about Houston history
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the Aug. 12 print edition with a different headline, “Building on the past,” and previously appeared in Dateline Aug. 7.)

Is Houston missing the next energy wave?
An article mentions Rice University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 13 print edition with a different headline, “Houston lags as energy evolves.”)

Oil caps weekly drop amid shaky OPEC compliance, weaker demand
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
US rig count drops by 5
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

A little dorm direction
Will Rice College senior Carey Wang offers advice on what freshmen should bring to campus. A photo of Wang and Will Rice College juniors Tanvi Varadhachary and Thuc Truong is included in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Every freshman’s back-to-school college checklist
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Times Union.)

Music, art expo lifts the spirit of Liberty community
Duncan College freshman Lidia Ochoa is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. A correction on Ochoa’s first name has been requested. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Liberal colleges are recruiting conservative professors to ‘stir up some trouble’
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Mineral rights start gushing cash for colleges
Rice is mentioned as an investor in Black Stone Minerals LP.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio and MRT.)

Here’s the average student loan debt at Houston colleges and universities
Rice is mentioned as the local institution with the lowest average student loan debt.
Houston Business Journal

Creating literary sparks: Inprint’s authors reflect Houston’s diversity
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen will speak Nov. 13 at Stude Concert Hall.
Arts + Culture

LeTourneau professors discuss their methods at kickoff conference
An article about free, open-source alternatives to costly college textbooks mentions OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials.
Longview News-Journal

UHV announces fall American Book Review series authors
Lacy Johnson, an assistant professor of creative writing, is scheduled to participate in the University of Houston-Victoria/American Book Review Fall Reading Series Sept. 7.
Victoria Advocate

In retail, convenience comes at a cost
A research study on freestanding emergency care centers by Rice and Baylor College of Medicine is referenced.
Rivard Report


KPRC-TV (Houston)
Move-in day at Rice University is featured.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRIV-TV (Houston)

WGMD-FM (Salisbury, Md.)
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 interviewed. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

KPRC-TV (Houston)
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses foreign policy.

Houston researcher studies Zealandia — The (mostly) underwater continent
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is featured. He is one of 30 scientists 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.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Legal cannabis oil coming soon
Cannabis oil for medical uses will be legally available in Texas as of January. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Young undocumented immigrants showing signs of PTSD
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 and found many of them show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Postdoctoral research fellow Luz Garcini is interviewed.

Digging deeper: Race relations in Houston
A story on race relations in the Greater Houston area mentions the 2017 Kinder Houston Area Survey. (This also appeared in True Viral News.)

AARP video chat: Digital help for caregivers
Former Rice student Josh Reynolds participates in a live video chat on ways caregivers can use technology.


Trump has no science adviser. Will that politicize climate?
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
E&E News

Graham Foundation awards over $400,000 in 2017 grants to organizations
The Rice School of Architecture is mentioned as a recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation.
Arch Daily

Graphene breakthrough may lead to wooden electronics
Rice scientists have made wood into an electrical conductor by turning its surface into graphene. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Ruquan Ye are quoted.
Smart Brief

‘5 questions for …’ Rice Entrepreneurship Professor Yael Hochberg
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, is featured.

Catalytic activity bubbles up in 2-D materials
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. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and professor of chemistry; Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; and Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
Materials Today

3-D printing with foam provides opportunity for R&D tax credit
Nanotechnologists from Rice University 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.
3D Print

Fabricating hexagonal boron nitride foam for CO2 absorption
An image is credited to Rice.

US poised to become leader in gas exports, but some fear price impacts
A Rice study is mentioned.
Utility Dive


Yale scientists developing method to distill seawater
Rice is mentioned.
Alva Review-Courier

John Kelly is an apolitical force in a White House divided by ideology
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.

A perfect meeting of minds at the music house revisited
Alumna Meredith Harris ’06 is mentioned.

Beyonce’s dad sells Houston property where Destiny’s Child recorded some of their biggest hits
Rice is mentioned.
Latin Life

Ray Vines of Turningpoint Communications reappointed to Dallas Association for Financial Professionals Board
An article mentions that Raymond Vines teaches courses at Rice.
CityBizList (This also appeared in CityBizList Dallas.)

From trust falls to escape rooms: Team building evolves
Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor and department chair of psychology, is quoted.
From trust falls to escape rooms: The evolution of corporate team building
La Crosse Tribune

Merrillville doctor: Women can experience pain differently than men
A Rice study on fibromyalgia is mentioned.
NWI Times

Peruvian Roots at this year’s ESS
Alumna Gabriela Lena Frank ’94 is mentioned.
The Sheet

Texas campus carry enters 2nd phase
An article mentions that Rice opted out of the Texas “campus carry” law.
Shooting Illustrated


Former Rice shortstop Paul Janish to join coaching staff next season
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff. Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Paul Janish expected to join Rice Owls staff
AL notes: Sale, Hardy, Orioles, Twins
MLB Trade Rumors
Orioles notes: Starters impressing new teammate Hellickson; Tillman staying ready
Capital Gazette (This also appeared in Carroll County Times and Baltimore Sun.)
Orioles’ Paul Janish: To retire at season’s end
CBS Sports
Norfolk Tides shortstop Paul Janish to retire, join Rice University coaching staff
Orioles’ Chris Tillman waits for his 1st relief appearance
Tides infielder Paul Janish will retire after season, take coaching job
Sunday bird droppings — K Train keeps chugging
Camden Chat
Orioles score 7 runs in the first inning at Oakland
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Stanford football preparing to face Rice in Sydney
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Houston Chronicle
‘Week Zero’ looms for college football on ESPN
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Friday at 4: Human nature and opponents’ momentum
NBC Sports
Paly grad Chryst one of Stanford football team captains
Palo Alto Online
The most important fall camp storylines so far
Sports Illustrated
Seedy K’s ready for some pigskin
Card Chronicles
Notre Dame’s opponents: Temple
NBC Sports
KPRC-TV (Houston)
KTXX-FM (Austin) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Prominent new faces add sizzle to C-USA
Rice football’s upcoming season is discussed. Head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice eyes rebound after recent decline
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texans’ Bill O’Brien sees improvement in Christian Covington
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Volleyball: CCISD teams jell in Turner Classic
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
GCM baseball player commits to Rice Owls
Baytown Sun (Subscription required.)
TE Malcolm Epps’ commitment elevates Texas’ 2018 class to No. 2 in nation
San Antonio Express-News

USD announces 2017 Hall of Fame class
Rice football assistant coach Wesley Beschorner is mentioned.
KELO (This also appeared in KWSN.)
Olson, Boots, Beringers among 8 to enter USD Hall
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan

USM’s Staggers working on refining his game
Rice is mentioned.
KLTV (This also appeared in MS News Now.)

Visalia’s Duplantier fans 9 in 5 scoreless
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.

Greatest football coaches in Clemson history: No. 5 Jess Neely
Former Rice football coach Jess Neely is featured.
Shakin’ the Southland

Under Drew Mehringer, Texas receivers embracing physicality
Former Rice football player Drew Mehringer is mentioned.
My San Antonio

C-USA tight while adding high-profile coaches
Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is mentioned.
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Tech men’s hoops releases nonconference home schedule, including ‘throwback game’
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Tech men’s basketball announce nonconference home schedule
Texas Tech basketball releases nonconference schedule that includes Final Four team

Mapping out Arkansas’ football schedule until 2025
Rice is mentioned.
Arkansas Fight
Former USM standout Dozier making most of opportunity with Twins
Southern Miss Now

Longhorns soccer team tops Incarnate Word in exhibition
Rice soccer will play the University of Texas at Austin Aug. 18.
Austin American-Statesman

UTEP, UNLV schedule football series for 2018 and 2023
Rice football is mentioned.
FB Schedules
Daily Longhorn football history: The 1994 season
Austin American-Statesman
Litmus tests loom
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Baseball for Babies: Help bring more babies home
Former Rice baseball player Vincent Sinisi is mentioned.
Woodlands Online

The last American baseball-glove maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.

KPOJ-AM (Portland, Ore.)
Former Rice baseball player Kevin McCanna is featured. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


2-faced 2-D material is a first at Rice
Like a sandwich with wheat on the bottom and rye on the top, Rice University scientists have cooked up a tasty new twist on two-dimensional materials.

Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee safety
Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee fewer nonviolent crimes in Houston neighborhoods, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale
A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists.

About Anya Bolshakov

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