Dateline Rice for Aug. 15, 2017


Scientists just found Earth’s 57th tectonic plate
A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice scientists. Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate students Tuo Zhang and Chengzu Wang are mentioned.
Baby tectonic plate discovered hiding in the Ring of Fire
IFL Science
New plate helps resolve geological misfit under Pacific Ocean
Global Times (This also appeared in Xinhua Net, Sina and
Scientists discover new tectonic plate
United Press International (This also appeared in Newsline.)
New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale
Science Daily (This also appeared in Science Newsline.)
Scientists say Malpelo microplate helps resolve geological misfit under Pacific Ocean
Phys Org
Researchers discover new tectonic plate
Iran Daily
57th tectonic plate solves geological misfit under Pacific Ocean
Before It’s News

Trump’s ‘John Wayne’ presidency struggles with tragedy
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
Politico (This also appeared in Africa-News and AFL Net.)
Trump’s NYC visit spurs protesters against the president’s stances on Charlottesville, N. Korea
AM New York
Legal scholars dispute whether monuments are permanent
High Country News

Texas ‘bathroom bills’ stall 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.
NY Daily News (This also appeared in Business Insider, the Fiscal Times, Daily Kos, Political Mann and Raw Story.)
Transgender bathroom debate favoring gender identity
Efficient Gov
WTAQ-AM (Green Bay, Wis.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Doctors have a change of heart on single payer
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Aug. 15 print edition with a different headline, “Doctors swing to single-payer support.”)
Survey: In change of heart, most doctors now favor single payer
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

How Houston stars in ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine. This also appeared in True Viral News.)

Neo-Nazi group linked to fatal Charlottesville car crash spread hate flyers in Houston
An article mentions flyers that were hung up at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio and True Viral News.)

Gert strengthens into season’s 2nd hurricane in Atlantic
A Rice study is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in News Times, SF Gate, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, Beaumont Enterprise, New Canaan News, CT Post, Midland Daily News, Seattle PI, Stamford Advocate, Westport News, Darien News, San Antonio Express-News, Greenwich Time, Fairfield Citizen, My San Antonio and Times Union.)

Everything you need to know about NAFTA ahead of Wednesday’s talks
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News and LMT Online.)

Houston’s melting pot: How diversity unites the Bayou City
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Houston Patch

Robotics & AI Day provides a showcase of what is, what can be
An article mentions that Rice is collaborating to help host Robotics & AI Day.
UHCL The Signal

Drink up, book lovers: It’s Literary Libations Week
Valhalla on Rice’s campus is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Greater Houston’s vibrant wildlife and conservation movement the spotlight of Aug. 23 film festival
Rice’s Environmental Club is mentioned.
Katy News


How have major ‘paradigm shifts’ changed Houston and what’s next?
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Solar eclipse: Where to watch
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the upcoming solar eclipse. (This also appeared in True Viral News.)
Teacher preparing to see her 14th solar eclipse offers viewing tips

How much do you know about Houston rapper ‘Bun B’?
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is mentioned. (This also appeared in Houston News Info.)

Comedian Joe Wong
Alumnus Joe Wong ’00 is featured.
Indiana Public Media

KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice is mentioned as the local institution with the lowest average student loan debt.

‘Imus in the Morning’
Radio personality Don Imus mentions that his son attends Rice.
WABC-AM (New York) (This also aired on 66 other stations.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee safety: Study
Higher concentrations of streetlights do not guarantee fewer nonviolent crimes in Houston neighborhoods, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Graduate student Julia Schedler is quoted.
Phys Org (This also appeared in Houston Style Magazine.)

2-faced 2-D material is a 1st 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. The laboratory has made a semiconducting transition-metal dichalcogenide that starts as a monolayer of molybdenum diselenide. They then strip the top layer of the lattice and replace precisely half the selenium atoms with sulfur.
Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, postdoctoral researcher Jing Zhang and graduate student Shuai Jia are mentioned.
Nanotechnology Now (This also appeared in Product Design & Development, Controlled Environments, Phys Org and Nanowerk.)
2-faced 2-D material: Flat sandwich of sulfur, molybdenum and selenium
Science Daily

John S. Chase: A trailblazing Texas architect
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.

Venezuela’s debt could be more powerful than protests in ousting the government
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Hellenic Shipping News
Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy
Could Venezuela’s debt crisis force regime change?
Daily Times PK (This also appeared in the Daily Star.)

Boron nitride foam absorbs CO2
An article mentions research by Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary.
Nanotech Web

Understanding the dearth of women in STEM: A look at academia
Postdoctoral research fellow Cayce Hughes authored an op-ed.
LSE Business Review

Nearly 1.5M college students to use free textbooks this school year
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.
Edu Wire


SIUE student body president stands in support of students at the University of Virginia
University student body presidents from around the country put out a statement in support of the student body at the University of Virginia. Rice Student Association President Justin Onwenu is mentioned as one of the supporters.
KTVI (This also appeared in KPLR.)

Devlin Medical Scholarship Fund presents awards
Alumna Shakera Headley ’10 is mentioned.
Wicked Local Wakefield


Rice to become 5th Texas school to play football overseas
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 26 at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Cliff Branch, Casey Hampton headline 2017 Gridiron Legends class
Former Rice football player Chase Clement is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Texas Bowl Gridiron Legends Class of 2017 announced
Houston Style Magazine
What it takes to play quarterback for Tom Herman

What did Houston sports look like in 1992?
Rice Stadium is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

In Texas, the last baseball-glove maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Albuquerque Journal, Stars and Stripes, LMT Online, My San Antonio and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.)
Made in America: The last baseball-glove maker refuses to die
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Industry Week.)
US-made baseball glove one of a kind
Northwest Arkansas-Democrat (This also appeared in Arkansas Online.)
Still at bat
The Bulletin
Last US baseball glove maker defies odds, keeps production in Texas
The Oregonian

Katy, Manvel lead Houston area in AP football poll
A Rice commit is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Owls add PVAMU Panthers to 2018 football schedule
Rice football will play Prairie View A&M University in 2018.
FB Schedules
Prairie View, Rice to meet in 2018
Fox Sports (This also appeared in Yahoo Sports.)

SEC Network releases lovely tribute to legendary Arkansas coach Frank Broyles
Rice is mentioned.
Registrar Journal
Razorbacks’ Broyles dies at 92
Arkansas Online

Tech men’s basketball unveils 2017-18 nonconference schedule
Rice men’s basketball is mentioned.
South Carolina and Rice highlight Texas Tech nonconference slate
The Best College Sports News Network

Prospect rundown: California collegiate
Rice baseball is mentioned.
D1 Baseball

UTEP volleyball preps for 1st tournament
Rice volleyball will play the University of Texas at El Paso Sept. 22.
El Paso Inc.

It’s August: Former Southern Miss star Brian Dozier heating up for Twins
Former Rice baseball players Tyler Duffey and Anthony Rendon are mentioned.
Hattiesburg American

Rocky Harris named USA Triathlon CEO
An article mentions that Rocky Harris attended classes at Rice.
Sports Destination Management

USD announces Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Rice football assistant coach Wesley Beschorner is mentioned.
Hub City Radio

About Anya Bolshakov

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