Dateline Rice for Aug. 16, 2017


Rift widens between Trump and business leaders
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
 New York Times
With racial clashes rattling the country, the ‘Hamilton’ message of inclusion marches on
Los Angeles Times
Trump aides nix idea of going to Charlottesville
Outside the Beltway
Walmart chief joins CEO protests
Trump takes aim at executives leaving presidential council
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in Business Mirror, Standard Republic, ACQ5, Report News Today and
4th executive quits Trump’s manufacturing advisory council

Macri erodes Peronist strongholds in boost to reform agenda
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.
Bloomberg Quint (This also appeared in the Bloomberg Politics, Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, LMT Online and Standard-Examiner.)
Texas goes LGBT on bathrooms
WND (This also appeared in Conservative Angle.)
Texas ‘bathroom bills’ stall in special legislative session
KAT (This also appeared in WIN, JACK-FM, WNFL, Mix Fargo, KDAL, The Touch, WHBL, WTVB, WTBX, Radio USA, WTAQ, WSAU, WHTC, KWSN, The Van and KELO.)
Macri erosiona bastiones peronistas e impulsa reforma económica
El Mostrador (An English translation is not available.)

Whatever happened to Trump’s new border patrol officers?
Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
CBS News (This also appeared in MSN News.)
Otros Odebrecht tentarán a PRI y PAN en 2018: El modelo corruptor ya se enquistó, afirma Tony Payán
Sin Embargo (An English translation is not available.)

Yale, Stanford led endowments in paring Asia bets last quarter
Rice is mentioned.
Bloomberg Markets

Cost shouldn’t keep students from taking AP exams
OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials, is mentioned.

Survey says: More doctors now favor single-payer health care
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.
Seattle Times

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.
Seattle Times

Why are companies like Lyft and Fiverr promoting unhealthy work-life balance?
Alumna Cassandra Gibson ’17 authored two op-eds.
Collaborative design thinking in hospitals and the value of the MVP

Audience development: The long-haul model
Alumna Aubrey Bergauer ’05 authored an op-ed.

Trump’s border wall could threaten more than a hundred endangered species
Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about the potential effects of a Mexican border wall on endangered species.

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 scientists. Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate students Tuo Zhang and Chengzu Wang are mentioned.
Science 360 News (This appeared in the Headlines section on the Science 360 News home page.)
Scientists just found Earth’s 57th tectonic plate
Futurity Today (Scroll down to the headline.)
Baby tectonic plate discovered hiding in the Ring of Fire
True Viral News
New tectonic plate discovered off the cost of Ecuador
ZME Science
New plate adds plot twist to ancient tectonic tale
Geology Page
Nueva placa tectónica ayuda a resolver enigma geológico en océano Pacífico
Spanish (An English translation is not available.)
Ny tektonisk plade opdaget ud for Ecuadors vestkyst
Ingenioren (An English translation is not available.)

Two scientists of Indian origin to receive prestigious American science awards
Alumnus Arun Netravali ’69 won the $100,000 Marconi Prize.
News India Times


Tensions put spotlight on Confederate monument in Houston park
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 16 print edition.)

A new center for architecture in downtown Houston
An article that originally appeared in, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, is reprinted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Breakneck US drilling creates ‘industrial inventory’ of untapped wells waiting to flow
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. This also appeared in MRT and My San Antonio.)

New leadership will help move UTSA to next level
An article mentions that Rice is among several Texas schools designated as having the highest research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in My San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News and LMT Online.)

OLQP, BCS gear up for new school year
An article mentions that Rice hosts trainings for Advanced Placement teachers.
The Facts

The neo-Nazi group tied to Charlottesville riot distributed hate flyers at 2 Houston synagogues earlier this summer
An article mentions flyers that were hung on the Rice campus last January.
Rare Houston

Congressional candidate Sanchez to host meet and greet
Alumna Jana Lynne Sanchez ’86 is featured.
Corsicana Daily Sun


Joining a presidential council gets you access. Quitting it risks public shaming.
John Palizza, a former lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
American Public Media’s “Marketplace” (This aired on 488 radio stations and also appeared online in WVTF, WWNO, WUWM, WUNC, WESA, WCAI, WBFO, KWBU, KCBX, KERA and WVPE.)

North Korea backed down, but for how long?
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Standard (This aired on 24 radio stations and also appeared online in KUOW, KUT and Texas Public Radio.)

Billionaire Dan Friedkin expresses interest in buying Rockets
An article mentions that Dan Friedkin attended Rice.

Hardest colleges to get into in Texas
Rice is that hardest college to get into, according to a ranking.

CBS News Radio
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KRLD (This also aired on 401 other media outlets.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


New wireless pacemaker could prevent common complications
A wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart was introduced by researchers from Rice and their colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute at the IEEE’s International Microwave Symposium in Honolulu June 4-9. Aydin Babakhani, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
Scientific American

A holistic approach to vegan plates
Chef Johnny Curet, director of campus dining, discusses Housing and Dining’s efforts to make Rice’s serveries focus on creating more plant-based options.
FoodService Director

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.
R&D (This also appeared in Science Newsline and Space Daily.)

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’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Graduate student Julia Schedler is quoted.

NEETs are prime suspects in breast cancer proliferation
An international team including Rice researchers has discovered a way to fight the overexpression of a protein associated with the proliferation of breast cancer. Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Physics and professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Science Bulletin

Single catalyst could split water into oxygen and hydrogen to produce clean energy
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.
Gears of Biz

An MIT professor’s bittersweet departure for astronaut training
Rice is mentioned.
Science (This also appeared in Tech2.)


Teacher preparing to see her 14th solar eclipse offers viewing tips
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the upcoming solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse is ‘America’s Woodstock,’ says leading RI astronomer on LIVE
An unnamed Rice professor is mentioned.
Go Local Prov

Jenny (McCravey) and Terry Cloudman celebrate 50th anniversary
Rice alumni Jenny ’67 and Terry Cloudman ’65 are featured.
Daily Camera

Being single will kill you faster than obesity, study says
A Rice study is mentioned.
Ghana Vibes (This also appeared in Graphic Online.)

Between leaks and politics, negotiators will meet to update NAFTA
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Hot pursuit
The late Rice professor Joseph Chamberlain is mentioned.
University of Chicago Magazine

Texas-sized lessons in Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed.
Planetizen (A correction on Cohan’s last name has been requested.)

Hats off to the Class of 2017
An article mentions a student who plans to attend Rice.
West Linn Tidings

Stormwater Education Programs
Rice is featured on a list of universities that offer stormwater-related programs or courses.
Forester Daily News

Could Venezuela’s debt crisis force regime change?
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Borneo Bulletin
¿Está Venezuela al borde de un default?
El Colombiano (An English translation is not available.)
Las razones por las que la deuda puede acabar con el régimen de Maduro
Economia Digital (An English translation is not available.)
¿Venezuela está al borde de un default?
El Diario de Los Andes (An English translation is not available.)


Rice running game has upside, but ball security being stressed
Articles discuss Rice football’s upcoming season. Head coach David Bailiff and a number of players are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice cornerback D’Angelo Ellis to miss season with broken wrist
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice names Sam Glaesmann starting quarterback for opener
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)
KCEN-TV (Waco, Texas)

US college football returns Down Under for 2nd year in a row
Rice and Stanford will open the 2017 football season Aug. 27 (Aug. 26 in the U.S.) at the Sydney Cup at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in Miami Herald, Daly Republic and Houston Chronicle.)
Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech are the teams to beat in C-USA
Washington Post
Toledo and Ohio stand out in the deep Mid-American Conference
Washington Post
Pac-12 preview: 20 things to know
Sports on Earth

In Texas, the last baseball-glove maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
Daily Republic (This also appeared in the Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Kitchener Post, Morning Call and Jewish World Review.)
Texas manufacturer of baseball gloves refuses to ship jobs overseas
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Down but not out
Oman Tribune

Para Adelante: A shared heritage and speed helped these momma-docs win gold
Alumna Ana Ramirez-Chapman ’04 is featured.
Runner’s World

Rocky Harris named USA Triathlon CEO
An article mentions that Rocky Harris attended classes at Rice.
Triathlon Business

Baylor athletics did not conduct random drug tests, book says
A slideshow includes a photo from a Rice football game.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

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


Future of NAFTA is focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 6
Trade and industry experts and current and former government officials will gather at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 6 to discuss the controversy behind the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the risks and opportunities of revising the agreement and the likely outcome of renegotiation.

Successful voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure
Voting systems must be accurate, usable, accessible and secure to be successful, according to a new paper from a voting behavior expert at Rice University.

About Anya Bolshakov

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