Dateline Rice for Aug. 25, 2017


Is Texas ready for hurricane Harvey?
Harvey is now a category 2 hurricane expected to make landfall early Saturday morning. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, and Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, discuss potential flooding from hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle cites a 2010 Rice Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters study.
The Atlantic
Hurricane Harvey strengthens off Texas coast
CBS News (This also appeared in CBS New York and CBS Miami.)
CBS’ “This Morning” (This also appeared on KHOU-TV and more than 100 other media outlets.)
The Daily 202: Hurricane Harvey will be Trump’s first major natural disaster test
Washington Post (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Providence Journal and the Washington Post.)
Houston’s heavy industry gears up for Harvey
Houston Public Media
Will Meyerland flood again? Residents not hopeful
15 lessons Hurricane Ike taught Houstonians
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
In phone call with Gov. Abbott, Trump pledges support for Texas ahead of Hurricane Harvey
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
Thursday letters: Exploring space, storm protection, party politics
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston ISD, local universities cancel Monday classes as Hurricane Harvey approaches
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Houston readies for hurricane Harvey; Galveston residents evacuate
The Weather Channel
Corpus Christi residents urged to evacuate ahead of Harvey
CBS Miami
Hurricane Harvey on track to slam Houston refineries, could cause ‘major gap’ in gasoline
Hurricane Harvey path: ‘Life-threatening’ monster storm is set to batter US
Evening Standard
How Texas colleges are bracing for Hurricane Harvey
USA Today (This also appeared in True Viral News.)
Five hurricane Harvey predictions that tell you everything you need to know about the storm
KDFW-TV (Dallas)
KMTV-TV (Omaha, Neb.)

Even with affirmative action, Blacks and Hispanics are more underrepresented at top colleges than 35 years ago
After decades of affirmative action, the amount of Black and Hispanic freshman at elite schools has not changed. Rice is mentioned for its decline in White freshman and growth in Asian students.
New York Times 
Affirmative action yields little progress on campus for blacks and Hispanics
Santa Fe New Mexican

Douglas Brinkley: What it takes to stand up to bigotry
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s alliances and is interviewed about politics.
Salt Lake Tribune (This also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
WABC-AM (New York)

U.S. space company makes history with client from China
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted about NanoRacks, a commercial space transportation program.
Voice of America

Qatar sending ambassador back to Iran, ignoring Arab demands
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 Mainichi (This also appeared in New Jersey Herald.)
Qatar restores full diplomatic relations with Iran, despite demands from Saudi Arabia and other countries (Similar articles appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Trump’s trans military ban is facing the same fight as his travel ban
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s ban against transgender people in the military.
Vice News

Nanomaterial combats climate change
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 quoted.
Millennium Post


UT regents to pick finalist for top MD Anderson job
The University of Texas System is expected this week to name the next president of MD Anderson Cancer Center. 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Why are fewer people riding the bus?
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed about the decline in bus riders.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

MBA alternatives grow in Texas to satisfy student, employer demand
Alumnus Rajiv Shah ’76 is featured.
Austin Business Journal


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.
Science 360 News (This appeared on the homepage. This article also appeared in Science Technology Research News and Science Daily.)

Metal simplifies synthesis of antibody drugs
Rice chemists have designed a plug-in metalloprotein to simplify the task of making targeted antibody therapies. Zachary Ball, associate professor of chemistry and associate department chair of chemistry for undergraduate studies, is quoted. Graduate student Jun Ohata is mentioned. (This also appeared in Science Daily, Science Newsline, Health Medicine Net, Science Mag, My Informs and European Pharmaceutical Review.)

Hidden river once flowed under Antarctica
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, environmental and planetary sciences, are quoted.

Archipelago-building volcanic hot spots moving scarcely if at all
Rice University geophysicists use a new model to conclude that volcanic hot spots around the globe aren’t moving as fast as recently thought.
Raising Islands

Researchers: biochar may cut health costs
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice researchers. Ghasideh Pourhashem, postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; Carrie Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, of chemistry and of biosciences; and Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.

Manu Prakash: A pocketful of inventions
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, is mentioned for her development of lifesaving medical technology.

Promoting scientific temper in India
Rice is cited for its 2014 survey about religious identities.


Confederate monument controversy makes way to Ireland
Rice library researchers’ findings about Richard Dowling are cited. (This article also appeared in Siouxland Matters and more than 25 other media outlets.)


Down Under: Rice’s Australia journal
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. Brown College sophomore Dylan Silcox is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice University scholarship saved defensive end Dylan Silcox from wrestling alligators
Daily Telegraph (This also appeared in Geelong Advertiser, Northern Territory News, Cairns Post and Gold Coast Bulletin.)
Stanford Cardinal and Rice Owls to showcase wild world of college football
Sydney Morning Herald
Stanford Cardinal coach David Shaw hopes to honor memory of Dennis Green
Sydney Morning Herald
Before Jarryd Hayne demands ‘the truth’ from the media, he should first look at himself
Sydney Morning Herald
Rice defense at a glance
Stanford versus Rice: The business of bringing American college football to Sydney
Financial Review (Subscription required.)
What to watch on Sunday if you hate Mayweather-McGregor
Sporting News
Top 10 NCAA football storylines for 2017-18
Calgary Sun (This also appeared in Calgary Herald and Edmonton Sun.)
Rice versus Stanford: Preview, how to watch, game time, betting odds and more!
Stanford versus Rice, Week 1: Game time, TV channel, how to watch online
Stanford Diehards
Stanford Cardinals versus Rice Owls: Odds, analysis, college football betting pick
Bleacher Report (This also appeared in Latest Nigerian News.)
Stanford versus Rice: Preview, predictions, TV channel
Stanford football: Three things to watch versus Rice Owls
The wild and wacky world of college football
Redland City Bulletin (This also appeared in Northwest Star and Jimboomba Times.)
College football in Sydney pic special
Inside Sport
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Daily Bears report Aug. 25 football, volleyball and soccer
Rice women’s soccer tied with Baylor University at Holloway Field.
Our Daily Bears
Soccer draws with Rice in Houston
Baylor Bears
Baylor soccer earns draw at Rice (This also appeared in KCEN-TV.)

UH’s Steve Elkington, Rice’s Bobby May headed to SWC Hall of Fame
Former Rice Athletic Director Bobby May will be conducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in Prime Property.)

Smith, Haseley forge similar path to Minors
A story mentions that former Rice baseball players Philip Humber and Jeff Niemann were selected with the third and fourth overall picks in Major League Baseball’s 2004 draft.

Otto transitioning to starter roll
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is featured.
Pinstriped Prospects
Yankees draft class 2017: First ten update
Bronx Pinstripes


Rice University to provide new study-abroad opportunity in Australia
Rice will offer study-abroad opportunities in Australia beginning in 2018.

About Arie Passwaters

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