Dateline Rice for Sept. 11, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


The professor with a genius for global health
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 featured for her work developing high-performance life-saving technologies for poor countries.


Houston after Harvey
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, is quoted in an op-ed about the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, the link between climate change and large storms and the potential damage from Hurricane Irma. Bedient and graduate student Andrew Juan co-authored an op-ed about Houston’s weak flood control.
Lack of infrastructure, regulation made Houston vulnerable
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Reaganomics made Harvey worse
Worst Florida damage from Irma could be from storm surge (This also appeared in The Truth 24.)
Other view: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma stir debate on development
The Clarion-Ledger
Worst Florida damage from Irma could be from storm surge
NBC San Diego

Let’s fund disaster relief — and fight climate change — with a tax on carbon
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the benefits of applying a federal carbon tax to fund post-Harvey cleanup.

Stories of support: How Coca-Cola scholars are helping their communities, post-Harvey
Duncan College junior Emily Ashkin is featured as a Coca-Cola Scholar who is helping Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey victims. The article includes a photo taken by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering..
Coca-Cola Company

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about Houstonians’ transportation problems post-Harvey.
ABC News (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and more than 25 other media outlets.)
SEPTA looks to Texas for ideas for bus route redesign

Case of missing Argentine protester boosts Fernandez’s Senate bid
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 disappearance of an Argentinian protester supporting former President Cristina Fernandez’s bid for a congressional seat.

Saudi sabotages Qatar’s talk offer with false claim
An article about a diplomatic crisis involving Saudi Arabia and Qatar quotes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Trump hails Kuwait mediation efforts
Kuwait Times
Saudischer Kronprinz telefoniert mit dem Emir von Katar
Südostschweiz (An English translation is not available.)

Cardinal DiNardo: Christ’s presence was felt amid disaster
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.
National Catholic Register

Oprah, Beyonce, Richard Gere, George Clooney, Justin Bieber join Bun B’s Hurricane Aid Telethon
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is helping organize a one-hour telethon to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims.

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia
Jerry Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted about his research on Zealandia.
The Conversation

King’s University College holds benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey victims
Alumna Alexandra Smither ’16 performed at King University College in London and helped raise $3,200 for Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey victims.
Global News
King’s charity concert raises $3,200 for Hurricane Harvey victims
Western Gazette

ALEF reimagines K-12 education with a breakthrough solution
Rice is mentioned as a team member of the education technology company Alef.

KTRU celebrates 25 years of its South Asian music show ‘Navrang’ with free concert
Rice’s KTRU radio station celebrated 25 years of its ‘Navrang’ specialty show.
Indo American News

A leap ahead
Alumni Neeraj Salhotra ’13, Juanita Parra, Karthik Soora ’11 and Shiroy Aspandiar are featured for their nonprofit, One Jump, which was selected by Rice’s Startup Accelerator Owlspark.
Indo American News

First string-quartet festival highlights difficulty of maintaining this art form
The Rolston String Quartet, which is currently enrolled as graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Toronto Star


Houston must plan for the coming storm
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 in an op-ed about how Houston can plan for the next storm. Blackburn is also featured for his paper titled “Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey: Policy Perspectives.”
Texas Monthly
Paper offers ideas to design a post-Harvey Houston for the future

Harvey’s toll on Texas will be predictably immense — but will we learn the lessons?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-authored an op-ed about the importance of addressing climate change to prevent future devastating storms. Cohan is also quoted in an analysis of news outlets that reported a link between climate change and hurricanes like Harvey and the post-storm air pollution in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)
Study: ABC and NBC drop the ball on covering the impact of climate change on hurricanes
Media Matters
Harvey pollution spike raising health ills in Texas
The Philadelphia Tribune
Harvey-hit residents say the air is bad
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Higher education facing challenges left by Harvey
Rice and other Houston universities offered emergency relief funds to students struggling after Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

After Harvey, Houston needs its ice houses
Alumnus David Richmond ’13 authored an op-ed about Houston’s ice houses.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Tank failures during Harvey reveal Houston’s vulnerabilities in storm
According to an Associated Press analysis, more than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other contaminants ruptured when Harvey reached the Texas coast. Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This Associated Press article also appeared in The Item and more than 25 other media outlets.)
Fuel tank failures in Harvey reveal vulnerabilities in storm
Herald Net

Trump nominates 5 lawyers for Texas federal judgeships
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.
Dallas Business Journal

Baileson Brewing Co. opening in Rice Village this weekend
Alumnus Adam Cryer ’01 opened a new brewery in Houston called Baileson Brewing.
Houston Business Journal


Will Texans displaced by Harvey return to the Gulf Coast?
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is interviewed about Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey’s impact on communities.
Texas Standard

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, is quoted about the effect of social media on storm coverage.

In post-Harvey Houston, extent of water contamination largely unknown
Government officials and academic scientists are studying Harvey’s polluted floodwater. Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Big Country Homepage

Will humans have the wisdom to manage artificial intelligence effectively?
Rice and IBM developed a robot designed to aid the elderly and caregivers. Graduate student George Chen is pictured.

WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.)
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religion, is interviewed.


3 tips to donate effectively after a natural disaster
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, authored an op-ed about how to maximize the effectiveness of a donation.
Psychology Today

New wireless pacemaker is powered by microwaves
Researchers from Rice, the Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine created a wireless, battery-less pacemaker that can be implanted directly into a patient’s heart.
Healthcare Packaging

Energy outlook considers a range of scenarios for the global energy future
Eirik Wærness, senior vice president and chief economist at Statoil, spoke at an event hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies.
E&P Magazine


Historian Douglas Brinkley to deliver next Bucksbaum Lecture at Drake University
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, will deliver the 39th installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Des Moines University. Brinkley is also mentioned in an article about the removal of Confederate statues.
Des Moines Register
Not just singing Dixie – anymore
The Leader News

Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invests $100,000 in Forest Devices
The Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse invested in stroke treatment innovator Forest Devices, which has already received nearly $700,000 of investments through Rice’s 2017 Business Plan Competition.

UM-Flint librarians on a mission to save students money on textbooks
OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open education resource materials, is mentioned.

Water scientist: Jude Benavides
Alumnus Jude Benavides ’01 is featured.
Valley Morning Star


Rice shows expected improvement in win over UTEP
Rice football beat University of Texas at El Paso 31-14 in El Paso.
Houston Chronicle
Rice spoils UTEP’s C-USA opener 31-14
El Paso Herald-Post
Rice flies past floundering Miners
El Paso Times
Rice pounds UTEP in lackluster conference opener for the Miners
Texas HS Football
Rice runs over UTEP to get into the win column
Underdog Dynasty
3 things we learned from Conference USA in week 2
Underdog Dynasty

Roundtable: Cougars who shined in Arizona
Rice football will play against University of Houston Sept. 17 at TDECU Stadium.
The Cougar (This also appeared in My Informs.)
UH beats Arizona in opener, 19-16
Houston Press

Rice head coach Genny Volpe talks Hurricane Harvey in Houston
Rice women’s volleyball fell to University of California 3-1. Head coach Genny Volpe is quoted.
Volley Mob
High-velocity Cal offense overcomes stone-cold Rice defense 3-1
Volley Mob

Soccer hopes to defend winning streak in Memphis
Rice women’s soccer beat the University of Tulsa 5-2 in Memphis.
The DM Online

Cross-country opens season at Rice Invitational
Rice hosted the Norry Hersey Invitational Sept. 8.
The Cougar

Best in Texas (9/11): TCU remains at the top; how far did Baylor fall?
Rice football fell to Stanford University 62-7 at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Dallas News
No. 14 Stanford opens Pac-12 play at No. 6 USC
The Mercury News
Stanford Cardinal faces USC Trojans in top-15 matchup

Lamar Jackson 1st in Power 5 with back-to-back 300-yard passing, 100-yard rushing games
Former Rice football player Chase Clement is mentioned.
ABC News

Gonzalez has perfect NFL debut, scoring 4 points for Browns
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Far from baseball, Norm Charlton looks to rebuild his hometown after Hurricane Harvey
Former Rice baseball player Norm Charlton is featured.
Sports Illustrated

D-back’s Duplantier named Pipeline Pitcher of the Year
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier was named Pipeline Pitcher of the Year.

NBC Sports Bay Area
Former Rice cross-country and track runner Nicole Mericle ’10 is featured as a competitor in the Spartan Race.


In the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, Houston needs to alter planning regulations
In the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, it is crucial to understand Houston’s land-development regulations and their limitations. To effectively respond to the storm and plan for a more resilient future, Houston may need to alter its existing land-development system, according to experts from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Decade of data shows FEMA flood maps missed 3-in-4 claims
An analysis of flood claims in three Houston suburbs from 1999 to 2009 found that the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 100-year flood plain maps failed to capture 75 percent of flood damages from five serious floods, none of which reached the threshold rainfall of a 100-year event.

About Arie Passwaters

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