Dateline Rice for Aug. 23, 2017


Why Donald Trump likes to surround himself with generals
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s appointment of former generals to top administration positions.
National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” (This broadcast aired on more than 50 other outlets.)


Qatar’s plucky plan to outlast the Saudi embargo
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the tension between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Bloomberg Businessweek

Humankind by Timothy Morton review – no more leftist defeatism, everything is connected
The Guardian writer Stuart Jeffries reviews the book “Humankind” by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and professor of English.
The Guardian


Rice researcher gives hydrogen boost as fuel of the future
Rice materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and founding chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is mentioned. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle column, and both he and postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are quoted in the Indian Express article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front of the Business section in the Aug. 23 print edition with a different headline, “One road to efficient transportation may be paved with hydrogen.”)
Scientists create reusable boron nitride foam that soaks up carbon dioxide
The Indian Express (This also appeared in Space Daily.)

President Trump’s Afghan strategy: The ‘forever war’ will continue
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan strategy.
Houston Chronicle

Watching the eclipse
Rice hosted a community-sponsored event on campus to safely view the partial solar eclipse Aug. 21.
Village News (This appeared on page 4 of the Aug. 22 print edition.)

Partisan redistricting in Texas: How much is too much?
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, co-authored an analysis of the current delegation to the U.S. House.
Are Houstonians more satisfied with local government or the state?
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Rice professor highlights benefits of economic, ecological partnership
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, spoke at the Port Lavaca Noon Day Rotary Club meeting.
Port Lavaca Wave (Subscription required.)

Another female-focused STEM program to launch in Houston this fall
ChickTech, a nonprofit that encourages high school girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, partnered with Rice to expand in Houston.
Houston Business Journal

Performing Asia: Artists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and the Asia Society will present programs focusing on the music in China.
Asia Society

South Texas keeps eye on Harvey moving into Gulf
A Rice study is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News, Africa News and LMTonline.)

Rice University and Asia Society Texas presents Performing Asia — Music of Turkey with Hoppa Project
Rice is hosting a Turkish music festival in September. Melissa Marschall, professor of political science, will give a lecture.
CultureMap Houston

Record number of students hit the books today at UTSA
Classes resumed for the 2017-18 academic year at University of Texas at San Antonio. Rice is mentioned.
UTSA Today


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted about the potential effects of a Mexican border wall on endangered species.

WNYC-FM (New York)
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This aired on 42 other outlets.)


Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice
Using the most precise seafloor maps ever created of Antarctica’s Ross Sea, Rice University researchers have discovered a long-dead river system that once flowed beneath Antarctica’s ice and influenced how ice streams melted after Earth’s last ice age. The research appears online this week in Nature Geoscience. Postdoctoral research associate Lauren Simkins and John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, are quoted.
Science 360 News (This article is featured on the home page. This also appeared in Sci-News, Science Newsline, Breaking Science News, Environment Guru, POST Online Media, Science Bulletin and Domain-B.)
Hidden rivers found underground in Antarctica
R&D Magazine

Analysis: Saudi Arabia making inroads into U.S. oil and gas industry
Saudi Arabia’s Aramco became the sole owner of Motiva Enterprises LLC, the largest oil refinery in the U.S. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Energy Digital

Laser sheds light on heart attack plaques
Rice is mentioned as part of an international team of doctors and scientists who discovered a laser technique for detecting arterial plaques that cause heart attacks and strokes.


“Harvey” to launch a new season at A.D. Players
Julia Traber, director and lecturer in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, directed “Harvey” at A.D. Players in Houston.
Broadway World

New books in American religious history: 2017 year in preview, part three
Graduate student William Black is mentioned.
Religion in American History

20 private college that help you afford tuition – and avoid debt
Rice is included in Student Loan Hero’s ranking of the top 100 well-rounded private universities based on affordability and student debt.
Student Loan Hero

A last ‘first day’
Rice’s “Urban Edge” blog is cited.
The Lunch Tray


Rice football team taking in the sights in 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 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
Rice’s new quarterback tries to stay relaxed
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Stanford coach Shaw: Replacing McCaffrey to be a team effort
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Mail on Sunday and more than 50 other media outlets.)
Number 14 Stanford opens with Rice
Fox Sports (This also appeared in CBS Sports, KGO-AM, MSN Sports and Yahoo! Canada Sports.)
Sydney Cup college football: Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
Sydney Morning Herald
Stanford is a big favorite over Rice in football team’s opening game
San Francisco Chronicle
With Washington in North and USC in South, Pac-12 has playoff contenders at the poles
The Washington Post
Bet on whether Mayweather-McGregor will be more competitive than that night’s CFB game
Behind enemy lines: Rice Owls (This also appeared in MyHeadlinez.)
Number 14 Stanford ready for Down Under opener
Sydney set for college football fanfare
Travel and Tour World
Reuters U.S. sports schedule
DNA India
Rice 2017 season preview
Underdog Dynasty
Behind enemy lines: Rice Owls
Stanford Daily
College football stars settle in sun-soaked Sydney
The Border Mail (This also appeared in Examiner Tasmania.)
Cardinal goes Down Under: Stanford opens season against Rice in Sydney
Get Sports Focus
Seedy K’s peerless pigskin prognostications: The prelude
Top 25 heat check: Who is most likely to flop in 2017?
The Washington Times (This Associated Press article also appeared in Sports Talk Florida and more than 50 other media outlets.)

Ranking CFB fan happiness
Rice football fans are ranked #125 on ESPN’s list of happy college football fan bases in 2017.
ESPN ranks happiness of Texas college football fan bases in 2017
Houston Chronicle

In Texas, the last baseball-glove-maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News

Alumnus Jack Burke ’60 is featured.

BAR: Reggie Sanders deserves Reds Hall of Fame nod
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff.
Wade Miley turns in strong start in 7-3 Orioles win
Press Box Online
Rehabbing Hardy, Tides fall to Charlotte
Pilot Online

Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.

Astros lose series opener to Nationals
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and LMTonline.)
Aug. 22: Nationals 4, Astros 3
Houston Chronicle

Christian Covington doesn’t want to let Texans’ No. 1 defense down
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

About Arie Passwaters

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