Dateline Rice for Aug. 21, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


The benefits of standing by the president
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York Times (This also appeared in and

After seeking God at Harvard, Jim Hackett is back in the oil patch, with a higher calling
Rice trustee Jim Hackett, lecturer in humanities, is featured.
From divinity school to oilfield, Anadarko architect is back
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Longview News-Journal and Midland Reporter-Telegram.)

Cities can start to tackle climate change by plugging in their vehicles
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about the many ways states and cities can reduce their carbon footprints.

Call for removal of Confederate plaque in Ireland
Rice University archives are cited.
Irish Central
Ireland has only one pro-slavery Confederate memorial — Is it next to fall?
Irish Central

Being lonely will kill you faster than being obese – Study
Loneliness is deadlier than obesity and should be considered a public health risk, experts have warned. A study by Rice found that while lonely adults were no more likely to catch a cold, they felt far worse when they did.
Nigerian Bulletin (This article also appeared in Information Nigeria and Uncova.)

CNN historian compares Jim Acosta to fake news godfather Dan Rather
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.


Ted Cruz’s barnstorming tour across Texas is a sure sign his campaign is ramping up
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.
Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in and Texarkana Gazette.)
Ted Cruz campaign ramps up with tour across Texas
Denton Record-Chronicle
An Arlington man has a message for President Trump. It’s not very nice
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in Grande Communications, Consolidated Communications and TruVista.)
With rejection of special session core agenda, is GOP civil war next?
Austin American-Statesman
For Abbott, a balancing act between Catholic faith and politics
Amarillo Globe-News
Texas goes LGBT on bathrooms
The long view of the bathroom bill
Off the Kuff
Rep. Dale earns conservative credentials

Drwenski: Let’s rid ourselves of Confederate statue
Alumnus Matthew Drwenski ’08 authored an editorial about the “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Energy bust dings executive pay, but some CEOs still get nice raises
The average compensation among the highest-paid executives in Houston fell by nine percent. David De Angelis, assistant professor of finance, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Saturday letters: Faith leaders, inaccurate monuments
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Business calendar
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in My San Antonio.)

Latino Health Summit on Wednesday, Sept. 6
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 the keynote speaker for the Latino Health Summit 2017.
Hispanic Houston

Seven things to know this week in Richmond, Aug. 21-25
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, will give a presentation at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Aug. 24.
Community Impact

Typhus making a comeback in Texas
Former Rice graduate student Sara Strickland is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in San Antonio Express-News, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Plainview Daily Herald and My San Antonio.)

Texas colleges land on the top 25 richest universities
Rice is one of three schools in Texas on a list of the world’s 25 wealthiest universities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared in Midland Reporter-Telegram, True Viral News and EIN News.)
25 richest universities in the world in 2017 include Texas A&M, University of Texas and Rice
Houston Chronicle

Where, when and why to watch the eclipse in San Antonio
Rice is mentioned.
Rivard Report


Researchers attempt to develop smarter prosthetic hand
Engineers working to add “muscle sense” to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded test subjects to more than double their ability to discern the size of objects grasped with a prosthetic hand. Graduate student Janelle Clark is quoted.
Voice of America (This article also appeared in Follow News, My Headlinez and

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes’
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance discuss love on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.” Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at the institute, Rabbi Kenny Weiss and students Sophie D’Amico, Akhil Jonnalagadda, Sawyer Knight, Romil Patel, Daniel Koh, David Yalacki and Leah Sherman are featured.
WCBS (This aired on 35 other television stations.)

Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the upcoming solar eclipse.

Rice begins its new school year today.

8 Houston Instagram spots you haven’t seen
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is included in a list of Instagram-worthy spots in Houston. (This also appeared in Latin Life.)

An investment adviser mentions he completed an accreditation program at Rice.

Tony Payan on the first round of NAFTA renegotiations
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 interviewed about NAFTA.
Long Island Tech News

TalkRADIO — UK National Radio
A lifeguard who has a Ph.D. in medieval literature from Rice is mentioned.

Robots Podcast #241: Tensegrity control, with Kostas Bekris
Alumnus Kostas Bekris ’04 is interviewed. (This also appeared on My Informs.)


Hawaii’s magma ‘hot spots’ are super slow
Rice University geophysicists use a new model to conclude that volcanic hot spots around the globe aren’t moving as fast as recently thought. Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Hot spots around globe do not move as quickly as thought: Study
Business Standard (This article also appeared in IBC World News, Week Online, Daily News & Analysis, New Kerala, DNA India, Tribune India and Outlook India.)
Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast (This article also appeared in Science Daily,, MyInforms, Health Medicine Network, Houston Style Magazine, Science Springs, and MTNV News.)

Freeze-dried foam developed to soak up carbon dioxide
Rice materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide. Mentioned are Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; postdoctoral researchers Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Almaz Jalilov and Rodrigo Villegas Salvatierra; graduate students Peter Owuor, Luong Xuan Duy, Sandhya Susarla and Jarin Joyner; Ok-Kyung Park, a visiting scholar at Rice; Robert Vajtai, associate research professor in materials science and nanoengineering; Jun Lou, professor and associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering; and James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Digital Journal (This article also appeared in Electric Vehicles Research, My Informs, Gears of Biz and
Five coolest things on Earth this week
Three ways nanomaterials could help combat climate change and prevent pollution
Carbon dioxide absorption by boron nitride foam
Tech Fragments
2-faced 2-D material is a first at Rice
Photonics Online
This week in tech: Another blackest black paint on the market
Architectural Lighting Technology
New laser technology allows you to turn wood into graphene (An English translation is not available.)
New promising double layer material (An English translation is not available.)

Novel approach eases amine production
A Rice laboratory that specializes in synthesizing reagents and intermediate molecules for the design and manufacture of drugs and other fine chemicals has delivered on a promise to generalize the synthesis of electrophilic (electron-poor) aminating agents. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Chemical Processing

Taking lithium-ion batteries to the extreme
Lithium-ion batteries are popular power sources for cellphones and other electronics, but problematic in extreme heat or cold. A Rice laboratory has suggested ways to extend their range. Postdoctoral research associate Hemtej Gullapalli is quoted.
Electronic Design

Why an eclipse is better viewed from Earth: An astronaut’s perspective
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering, authored an op-ed.


Graduate Owls enjoy barbecue with the President and other O-Week activities
Rice University President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun welcomed Rice’s new graduate students to their home at the Wiess House Aug. 17 to sample one of the Lone Star State’s favorite foods: barbecue!

Rice University: ‘DREAMers at greater risk for mental health distress’
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 posttraumatic stress disorder. Postdoctoral research fellow Luz Garcini is quoted.
Daily Kos (This article also appeared in Daily Read List and Follow News.)

Donald Trump attacks CEOs who resigned after Charlottesville attack
John Palizza, a former lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Normangee Star
CIO head resigns from manufacturing council: Trump ‘tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism’
Wisdom Save
Exec resigns from president’s council, and Trump lashes out
Equilibrio Informativo

Software helps instructors stop mangling hard-to-pronounce student names
McMurtry College senior Tresor Brill is featured.

New books in American religious history: 2017 year in preview, part three
Graduate student William Black is mentioned.
Before It’s News

Music in the gallery: Anila Agha
Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Dayton Local.)

UNAM y UdeG traerán música de la Intervención Francesa al Degollado
Rice is mentioned.
El Occidental (An English translation is not available.)


How Rice is preparing for football trip to Australia
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. Head coach David Bailiff and Ryan Bucher, associate athletics director in facilities and event management, and Brown College senior Calvin Anderson are quoted. Martell College sophomore Joseph Dill is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Aug. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Trip to Australia down to final planning stages.”)
Stanford eager to open against Rice in Australia
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Stanford Cardinal coach says Sydney Cup ‘like a Bowl game for us’
The Daily Telegraph
Rice University’s Calvin Anderson can solve a Rubik’s cube in under 20 seconds
The Daily Telegraph
Sydney college football game: Rice Owls, Stanford Cardinal bring show to town
Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared in Brisbane Times and
Joseph Dill and his Rice University linemen ready to take big bite out of Sydney for Stanford clash
Herald Sun
Rice versus Stanford — Aug. 26 college football picks, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
Watch: Harden finds CP3 for two-handed flush in charity game
The Score (This article also appeared in My Informs, Toshiba Start, Midco and MyWave.)
‘Sydney Cup like a Bowl game for us’
Gold Coast Bulletin (Subscription required.)

Social lites: Bentwater
Former Rice Athletic Director Bobby May is featured.
Houston Chronicle

The last baseball-glove-maker in America refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
South China Morning Post
Made in America: Nation’s last baseball-glove-maker refuses to die in Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in The Denver Post, MSN Money and From Press.)
The last American glove-maker
Sentinel & Enterprise
Homebase for American-made In Texas, the last baseball-glove-maker refuses to die
Watertown Daily Times
In Texas, the last baseball-glove-maker refuses to die
Columbia Daily Tribune (This article also appeared in Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.)
The little glove-maker that refuses to die
The Valley Dispatch (This article also appeared in The Sun and Lowell Sun.)

James Harden slimmed down, fired up for upcoming season
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
USA Today (This article also appeared in, Death Rattle Sports, SBNation and Gears of Biz.)
James Harden, Chris Paul team up for charity basketball tournament
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise Online.)
James Harden assists local kids with charity basketball tourney at Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Photos: Fans at James Harden’s charity basketball tourney
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in World News Network and Beaumont Enterprise Online.)
Attendees of James Harden’s charity basketball tournament
Houston Chronicle
James Harden gives back to Houston during JH-Town Weekend
James Harden shows some H-Town love with JH-Town weekend
Houston Press (This article also appeared in
Harden, Paul team up for charity basketball tournament
MSN (This also appeared in MSN Sports Canada.)

A how-to lesson with the Baylor volleyball team
Rice volleyball was defeated by Baylor University 3-0.
Baylor Lariat

Former Rice baseball player Kevin McCanna is featured.

USD announces 2017 Hall of Fame class
Rice football assistant coach Wesley Beschorner is mentioned.
Vermillion Plain Talk

MLB next: B/R’s top 100 prospect rankings at the three-quarter mark
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Bleacher Report

Burks, UH on world stage
Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Invitational March 23-25.
Kilgore News Herald

About Arie Passwaters

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