Dateline Rice for Aug. 24, 2017


Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Qatar’s restoration of full diplomatic relations with Iran.
The Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in ABC News, Houston Chronicle and more than 100 other media outlets.)

Donald Trump wrongly says U.S. is a net energy exporter
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an analysis of claims made by President Donald Trump in a recent speech.

Ex-treasury official claims Trump yet to reveal strategy in NAFTA talks
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s NAFTA strategy.
Sputnik News

‘Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East’
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, is cited for his contribution to the book, “Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East.”
Kashmir Reader

Steadman Philippon Research Institute to host third annual Vail Scientific Summit
Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, will give a keynote speech at the third annual Vail Scientific Summit.

Scholarly memorabilia: Which item in your office would you save from a fire?
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, shared which items she would rescue in her office from a fire.
Times Higher Education

Opinion: Integrated market or damned neighborhood in energy NAFTA 2.0?
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Expansion (An English translation is not available.)


What would an ideal office look like?
Despite updates in design and technology, renovated office spaces have not seen an increase in employee productivity. Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior, director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Challenges facing the U.S.-Mexico border wall expansion
Pamela Lizette Cruz, research analyst for the Rice Baker Institute Mexico Center, co-authored a blog post about the consequences of constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Houston Chronicle

Princeton Review: Colleges with the best quality of life
Rice is No. 1 on the Princeton Review’s ranking of colleges with the best quality of life.
Houston Chronicle

Thursday letters: Exploring space, storm protection, party politics
In a letter to the Chronicle, a reader suggests Rice’s Ike Dike as a solution for storm protection.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)

Everything you wanted to know about lovebugs but were afraid to ask
Evan Siemann, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted about the lifespan of lovebugs.
Houston Chronicle

Gallery and museum listings: Aug. 24-30
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ “David Scanavino: Repeater” is included in a list of current ongoing exhibitions.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News and LMTonline.)

When considering partisanship, analysis suggests Texas Congressional redistricting plan is unconstitutional 
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 about the University of Houston’s analysis of Texas’ redistricting plans and is cited for his analysis and ranking of the members of the Texas House.
University of Houston
Dallas County GOP passes anti-Straus resolution
Empower Texans

Bank of America Women’s Leadership Series
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, will speak at Bank of America’s Women’s Leadership Series.
Asia Society

Five bars and breweries we’re looking forward to in Houston this fall
Alumnus Adam Cryer ’01 is opening a new brewery in Houston called Baileson Brewing.
Houston Press

This week in Houston history: Racially integrated art exhibition opens, Camp Logan Riot
Rice is mentioned for its contribution to the first racially integrated exhibitions of contemporary artists in the U.S.

Students form volunteer emergency response team on campus
Students at the University of Texas at Dallas organized a team of student volunteers with emergency medical training experience to provide quick medical assistance on campus. The team is modeled after similar teams at Rice and Duke universities.
University of Texas at Dallas

New hires at Houston Chronicle for Aug. 2017
Reporter Glynn Hill has been assigned to cover Rice and other Houston-area college sports events.


KPRC-TV (Houston)
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is interviewed about potential flooding from tropical storm Harvey. Bedient is also mentioned for his creation of the Rice University and Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted about the alert system in TMC News.
Preparing for severe weather in Houston
TMC News

KPCC-FM (Los Angeles)
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, discusses American politics.

August will close with a bang, thanks to exciting local events
Rice is mentioned as a collaborator of the planetarium show “Earth’s Wild Ride.”
KRQE-TV (Albuquerque)

WABC-AM (New York)
Rice is mentioned.


More continental rock found beneath Andean Plateau
Seismologists investigating how Earth forms new continental crust have compiled more than 20 years of seismic data from a wide swath of South America’s Andean Plateau and determined that processes there have produced far more continental rock than previously believed. Postdoctoral research associate Jonathan Delph is quoted.
R&D Magazine (This also appeared in, Science Daily, Health Medicine Net, Laboratory Equipment and Gears of Biz.) Just

Divination by program committee
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, authored an op-ed about divination.
Communications of the ACM

Hot spot at Hawaii? Not so fast
Rice University geophysicists use a new model to conclude that volcanic hot spots around the globe aren’t moving as fast as recently thought.
National Science Foundation (This also appeared in Public Now.)

Nanotechnology, climate change and pollution
Rice materials scientists have created a light foam from two-dimensional sheets of hexagonal-boron nitride that absorbs carbon dioxide.
Daily Pioneer
Two-faced 2-D material: Flat sandwich of sulfur, molybdenum and selenium

From AAS NOVA: ‘2017 HEAD: Day 2’
Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Science Springs


Rice professor earns Lifetime Achievement Award
The American Accounting Association announced that Stephen Zeff, the Keith Anderson Professor of Accounting at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is the recipient of its 2017 Lifetime Service Award.

Liberal historian praises ‘brave’ Corker for questioning Trump’s ‘stability’ – Breitbart
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, is quoted.
True Viral News

GU students have hundreds of internship opportunities after GU joins internship network
Rice is mentioned as a member of the Internship Network “iNet.”
The Gonzaga Bulletin

College welcomes new faculty members
Former Rice music student Andrea Moore is an assistant professor at Smith College.

Haygood will address fall convocation at BCC
Alumna Jennifer Haygood ’97 will welcome fall semester students at Bladen Community College.
Bladen Journal

ELHS graduate attends prestigious science camp
Eagle’s Landing High School graduate Andrea Augustine plans to attend Rice.
Henry Herald


American football players concerned by alarming head injury research
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. Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is featured.
Sydney Morning Herald (This also appeared in Brisbane Times and Bayside Bulletin.)
Fox Sports’ ‘Bill and Boz Show’
Breaking down Rice versus Stanford
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Emmanuel Ellerbee seeks fitting finish at Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice football players enjoying Australia
Houston Chronicle
Sydney Cup college football: Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
Brisbane Times
Stanford Cardinal versus Rice Owls preview and prediction
Athlon Sports
Swans veteran Jarrad McVeigh still no certainty to get new deal
The Australian
#OwlsDownUnder: Rice travels to Australia to kick off football season
CultureMap Houston
From the vault: Stanford-Rice 2016
Rule of Tree
Key duo back for Stanford to take on Rice
Jimboomba Times
Kangaroos welcome Stanford football team to Australia
SFGate (This also appeared in and My Informs.)
Before Jarryd Hayne demands ‘the truth’ from the media, he should first look at himself
KCBA-TV (Monterey, Calif.) (This also appeared on KTVU-TV.)

Football fan advice from the Texanist
Rice football is mentioned.
Texas Monthly

Motor, variety highlights Westfield’s haven of defensive tackles
Alumnus Brian Stacey ’11 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Soccer faces first road test of 2017
Rice soccer will play against Baylor University Aug. 24 at Holloway Field.
Baylor Bears
Baylor soccer shifts schedule to avoid tropical storm
KXXV-TV (Waco) (This also appeared in, Baylor Lariat and

ESPN Radio 
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon and Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham are mentioned. (This also aired on WROC-AM.)
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

Prep volleyball: Bountiful overwhelms Davis in season opener
Martel College freshman Seyvion Waggoner is mentioned.


Metal simplifies synthesis of antibody drugs
Rice chemists have designed a plug-in metalloprotein to simplify the task of making targeted antibody therapies.

Data mining finds more than expected beneath Andean Plateau
Seismologists investigating how Earth forms new continental crust have compiled more than 20 years of seismic data from a wide swath of South America’s Andean Plateau and determined that processes there have produced far more continental rock than previously believed.

About Arie Passwaters

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