Dateline Rice for Sept. 8, 2017


Residents cough, rub eyes in Harvey pollution spike
Houston-area residents are reporting headaches, nausea and itchy skin and throats, which are common symptoms of chemical exposure. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
ABC News (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Seattle Times and the Houston Chronicle.)

Can ‘period leave’ ever work?
Eden King, associate professor of psychology, is quoted in an article about menstrual leave.

How to rebuild post-Harvey Houston with an entrepreneurship ecosystem
Forbes contributor John Reale mentions that he met Loren Feldman, senior editor at Forbes, at Rice’s Business Plan Competition.

Who is Jim Bridenstine, the climate change denier Trump picked to head NASA?
President Donald Trump appointed U.S. Rep. James Bridenstine ’97, R.-Okla., to head the U.S. space agency NASA.

Why Mexico, Canada can discount Trump’s remarks on NAFTA?
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.
AzerNews (This also appeared on
Unforced error: Trump’s plan to kill NAFTA isn’t good for anyone
Think Progress

US imposes first economic sanctions against Venezuela
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the Trump administration’s recently placed restriction on Venezuela’s ability to borrow money from American creditors.
Sacramento Bee (This also appeared in Olympian.)

Fact check: Did NASA confirm 15 days of darkness in November?
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, comments on the false claim that Earth will experience 15 days of darkness in November.
Florida Times-Union

Why health care is broken in the US
Marah Short, associate director of the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted about the health care dysfunction in the U.S.

Electric cars are taking off. Why not electric pickup trucks?
Electric pickup trucks are currently in production and will be unveiled in the next few years. Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Chicago Daily Herald (This also appeared in the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer.)

Conservative groups seen as crucial allies on tax reform
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady will discuss tax reform at Rice Sept. 1.
Bloomberg BNA

A road map for defending free speech: After backlash, SMU restores 9/11 memorial
Rice is mentioned in an article about free speech on university campuses.
Forbes (This also appeared in Public Now.)

What historians can contribute to current public debates
The late Thomas “Tom” Haskell, the Samuel G. McCann Professor Emeritus of History and a former chair of the Department of History, is mentioned.
History News Network

Spotlight: College students in US have a thin line of safety to cross 
Rice student Molly Hurley is quoted in a story about campus safety.

Mandela: The sinner who kept on trying
Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to Rice and the Baker Institute in 1999 is mentioned.
Zambia Daily Mail


Update: Senate passes $15.3 billion Harvey aid package
The Senate passed a $15.3 billion Harvey aid package. 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 Public Media

FEMA considers faster way to buy out Houston homes swamped by Harvey
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wants to buy homes that repeatedly flood to help homeowners and the federal government save money. 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. Blackburn also comments on the damage that could have been prevented in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Is Rockland ready for the next big storm?
The alligator in the water. On Hurricane Harvey and the lurking threat to the Texas way of doing business.
Austin American-Statesman

Teachers help parents with child care as schools remain out
Rice hosted a science camp for children affected by the flood.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

DeVos: ‘Failed’ Title IX system shows ‘unraveling of justice’
Rice’s required sexuality course for freshmen is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Texas limits Mexico Harvey aid to mobile kitchens
Texas is limiting aid from Mexico to community and mobile kitchens. 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 quoted.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required.)

Invest wisely after Hurricane Harvey — and focus on real solutions
Rice and Texas A&M are mentioned for their proposed Coastal Spine to protect from hurricane storm surge.

Welcome to the neighborhood
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is cited for his study about Houston’s diversity.
The Buzz Magazines

A recommendation revolution is underway in MBA admissions: What you need to know
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned in an article about simplifying the process for letters of recommendation.
Beat the GMAT

Experts weigh in on ‘future of health care’ at Houston Business Journal panel
Five panelists discussed the status of health care at the Houston Business Journal’s Power Breakfast Series. Rice is mentioned.
TMC News

Student government launches initiative to bring free textbooks to Texas State
Legislation has been proposed to offer open education resources at Texas State University. Rice is mentioned.
The University Star

Houston Bike Share presents Gateway on Cullen BCycle Station ribbon cutting
A ribbon-cutting celebration for the new Gateway on Cullen BCycle Station will be held Sept. 13. Rice is mentioned.
CultureMap Houston

9 ways to go back to school in style
The Rice campus is pictured in an article about back-to-school outfits.

After Harvey, our September issue will remind you what makes Houston great
Artist Mickalene Thomas’ “Waiting on a Prime-Time Star” exhibition will be on display at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts Sept. 28 to Jan. 13.

The Rev. Bill Bryan, retired Dallas Methodist minister and Perkins professor, dies at 65
Alumnus William Bryan III ’74 died of cancer at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required. This also appeared in Your Plano.)

Art survives! How Houston arts groups are coming back from the storm
Literary arts organization Inprint moved its season-opening reading to Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
CultureMap Houston


Year 1 for Ann Arbor’s new UMS president, Matthew VanBesien
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, is mentioned in an interview.


This week in nature
Rice’s co-authored study about the detection of rare DNA variants is mentioned.
Genome Web

Is space tourism really the best way to test rocket technology?
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about Jeff Bezo’s comments on space tourism.


Poor government policy leads to Hurricane Harvey devastation
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 flood-prone homes in Houston.
The Lamron

Jefferson expert to speak at MSU for Constitution Day
John Boles ’65, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, will speak at Mississippi State University’s Constitution Day program.
Mississippi State University

The Montrose Trio presenting a diverse menu of music
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Montrose Trio at Knox Metropolitan United Church in Canada.
Regina Leader-Post

Former Emory College Dean David Minter remembered as scholar, academic leader
David Minter, a former English Department chair, interim vice provost and university librarian, interim provost and longtime English professor, died Aug. 21.
Emory News Center

President Donald J. Trump announces 7th wave of judicial candidates
Alumna Karen Scholer ’79 will serve as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, if she is confirmed.

Amazon really wants Echo devices in the hands (and dorm rooms) of college students
Amazon is giving an Echo Dot device to every student in a dorm at Arizona State University. Rice is mentioned.
New In Street

Group awards $25K in scholarships
Graduate student Erin Graham received a graduate scholarship from the Lewisburg Area High School Alumni Association.
The Daily Item

Forged by fire
Jarrod Beck will be an artist-in-residence at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts in October.
Telluride Daily Planet

Princeton Symphony Orchestra opens season with Beethoven’s 9th
Anne Marie Stanley, former graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra at Princeton University.
Broadway World

Seattle Symphony announces appointment of new section violinist
Andy Liang, former graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, has been appointed to the second-violin section for the Seattle Symphony.
The Violin Channel

Jo Ling Kent wiki: Age, husband, net worth, journalistic ventures and more
Alumna Jo Ling Kent ’06 is featured.
Earn The Necklace

Sunday profile: Gary Meade
Alumnus Gary Meade ’83 is profiled.
State Gazette

Why Houston is an entrepreneur’s dream
Rice is mentioned for its entrepreneurship studies program and support of startups.

The 20 most selective small colleges in America
Rice is No. 11 on StartClass’ ranking of the most selective colleges in America.
Beatrice Daily Sun

Free classical music performance to feature talented musicians
Rae Shannon, who has accompanied recitals for graduate students at Rice, will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Yazoo Herald

Hurricane Harvey hits community members
Rice is mentioned.
The Chronicle

Badal joins BioBlend executive team
Alumnus Len Badal ’04 joined the senior executive team of BioBlend Renewable Resources LLC.


After the devastating record storm, Rice University digs out, moves forward
Conference USA is taking donations to help Rice student-athletes. The Rice Owls will play against the University of Texas at El Paso Sept. 9 in El Paso. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
El Paso Times
C-USA aids in relief for Rice players affected by storm
El Paso Times
Rice eyes bounce back against UTEP after drubbing in opener
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Sun Metro offers park+ride to UTEP-Houston Rice game
El Paso Herald-Post
The Rush podcast replay
Miner Rush

Women’s soccer to host Memphis tournament this weekend
Rice women’s soccer will play against the University of Tulsa at the Memphis Tournament.
Go Tigers Go

Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Volleyball at Rice Adidas Invitational
The Rice Adidas Invitational is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
KATC-TV (Lafayette, La.)


Rice U. flooding, storm surge experts available to discuss Irma
On the heels of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, which struck Texas Aug. 26, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Cuba and Florida this weekend. Flooding and storm surge experts from the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuations from Disasters (SSPEED) Center are among the Rice University hurricane experts available to comment on Irma.

Rice U. architecture experts available to discuss Harvey, Irma
In the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and anticipating Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Florida, members of the Rice University School of Architecture faculty are available to discuss the storms’ impact.

Mexican presidential candidate Derbez to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 11
Luis Ernesto Derbez, who is seeking the National Action Party’s nomination for president of Mexico, will offer his vision for Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico relationship at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 11.


About Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans is a senior editor in the Rice's Office of Public Affairs.