Dateline Rice for Aug. 23, 2017

FEATURED ITEM

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.)
http://n.pr/2veHM20

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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
https://bloom.bg/2xs9FED

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
http://bit.ly/2vXIKT8

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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.”)
http://bit.ly/2w2gdKx
Scientists create reusable boron nitride foam that soaks up carbon dioxide
The Indian Express (This also appeared in Space Daily.)
http://bit.ly/2v4wlOp

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
http://bit.ly/2w2wPln

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.)
http://bit.ly/2ujJL49

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.
TribTalk.org
http://bit.ly/2wDDuVR
Are Houstonians more satisfied with local government or the state?
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”
http://bit.ly/2v5PO1h

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.)
http://bit.ly/2wDROxj

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
http://bit.ly/2g4iVLT

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
http://bit.ly/2uqyr9C

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.)
http://bit.ly/2wxMY5E

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
http://bit.ly/2v583Eb

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
http://bit.ly/2vo4zrs

BROADCAST

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.
http://bit.ly/2wn2UqI

WNYC-FM (New York)
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
http://bit.ly/2xbYCQJ (This aired on 42 other outlets.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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.)
http://bit.ly/2wn4f0T
Hidden rivers found underground in Antarctica
R&D Magazine
http://bit.ly/2vY2FRS

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
http://bit.ly/2ve3FyI

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.
OFweek.com
http://bit.ly/2wyf1BM

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

“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
http://bit.ly/2vegoBk

New books in American religious history: 2017 year in preview, part three
Graduate student William Black is mentioned.
Religion in American History
http://bit.ly/2wEidex

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
http://bit.ly/2wxWg1A

A last ‘first day’
Rice’s “Urban Edge” blog is cited.
The Lunch Tray
http://bit.ly/2vYaGX0

SPORTS

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.)
http://bit.ly/2wxx3o0
http://bit.ly/2vexLlr
Rice’s new quarterback tries to stay relaxed
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2wEx5cK
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.)
http://bit.ly/2g5GHHa
Number 14 Stanford opens with Rice
Fox Sports (This also appeared in CBS Sports, KGO-AM, MSN Sports and Yahoo! Canada Sports.)
http://foxs.pt/2w2D2Os
Sydney Cup college football: Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
Sydney Morning Herald
http://bit.ly/2xbG1nK
Stanford is a big favorite over Rice in football team’s opening game
San Francisco Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2g4vWoO
With Washington in North and USC in South, Pac-12 has playoff contenders at the poles
The Washington Post
http://wapo.st/2vYec3J
Bet on whether Mayweather-McGregor will be more competitive than that night’s CFB game
SBNation
http://bit.ly/2wnBst2
Behind enemy lines: Rice Owls
WN.com (This also appeared in MyHeadlinez.)
http://bit.ly/2wmVVhr
Number 14 Stanford ready for Down Under opener
LindysSports.com
http://bit.ly/2xbQuzE
Sydney set for college football fanfare
Travel and Tour World
http://bit.ly/2v52HsA
Reuters U.S. sports schedule
DNA India
http://bit.ly/2iopHga
Rice 2017 season preview
Underdog Dynasty
http://bit.ly/2g3OnK7
Behind enemy lines: Rice Owls
Stanford Daily
http://bit.ly/2wDk96S
College football stars settle in sun-soaked Sydney
The Border Mail (This also appeared in Examiner Tasmania.)
http://bit.ly/2wxTjxL
Cardinal goes Down Under: Stanford opens season against Rice in Sydney
Get Sports Focus
http://bit.ly/2vXZ8TK
Seedy K’s peerless pigskin prognostications: The prelude
SeedyKSports.com
http://bit.ly/2vXvtdk
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.)
http://bit.ly/2wy4eaZ
KTRK-TV 
http://bit.ly/2wxRBwB
KPRC-TV 
http://bit.ly/2w2GbxD
http://bit.ly/2g50V3S
KHOU-TV
http://bit.ly/2vny4Kg

Ranking CFB fan happiness
Rice football fans are ranked #125 on ESPN’s list of happy college football fan bases in 2017.
ESPN
http://es.pn/2vXFfMF
ESPN ranks happiness of Texas college football fan bases in 2017
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2wn14pX

In Texas, the last baseball-glove-maker refuses to die
Former Rice baseball player Roberts Storey is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/2w3mBkT

GOLF-TV
Alumnus Jack Burke ’60 is featured.
http://bit.ly/2xbSqbk

BAR: Reggie Sanders deserves Reds Hall of Fame nod
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish will join the Rice Owls coaching staff.
Cincinnati.com
http://cin.ci/2ip39vE
Wade Miley turns in strong start in 7-3 Orioles win
Press Box Online
http://bit.ly/2vX4KO8
Rehabbing Hardy, Tides fall to Charlotte
Pilot Online
http://bit.ly/2vYCwmd

KHOU-TV
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2wxHJmv

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.)
http://bit.ly/2wE4oNd
http://bit.ly/2xckhbE
Aug. 22: Nationals 4, Astros 3
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2wm3uFu

Christian Covington doesn’t want to let Texans’ No. 1 defense down
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
http://bit.ly/2ioEszA

About Arie Passwaters

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