Dateline Rice for Sept. 14, 2017


Harvey destroyed Houston’s cars – this program is giving away bikes to replace them
As flooded roads have reopened in Houston after Harvey, it’s still hard to get around. Several organizations, including Rice Bikes, aim to help people out. Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored the Houston Chronicle op-ed.
Fast Company
How bikes are helping Houstonians after Harvey
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Harvey price tag brings Texas tax, rainy day fund talk
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is likely to be the costliest weather disaster in U.S. history, and more than federal funding will be necessary for those affected to get back on their feet. Quoted are 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, and Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science.
CNHI News (This article also appeared in The Huntsville Item, Weatherford Democrat, Cleburn Times-Review, Flyer Group and Glasgow Daily Times.)

Real estate industry blocks sea-level warnings that could crimp profits on coastal properties
Some real estate lobbyists are teaming with climate change skeptics and small government advocates to keep sea-level rise predictions from the public and ensure they are not a factor in coastal planning. John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science, is quoted.
McClatchy (This article also appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and more than 25 other media outlets.)

En México nuevo libro de Gisela Heffes
“Sophie La Belle and the Miniature Cities,” a new book written by Gisela Heffes, associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, is reviewed.
Pulso Politico (English translations are not available.)
La Union
El Sol de Parral
20 Minutos
El Siglo de Torreon
AM de Queretaro
La Lectora Futura
Passion Time with Patricia Gras

USC students feel impact of Tropical Storm Irma
Duncan College sophomore Paula Rescala is mentioned in a story that quotes her sister, who is a student at the University of Southern California. Their family lives in Tampa, Fla., which was affected by Hurricane Irma.
Daily Trojan


Flood expert Jim Blackburn: Houston must plan or perish
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of Rice’s  Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, participates in a Q&A on how Houston must address development in an effort to avoid devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in the future. He also is quoted in a story about potential changes to development regulations in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey.
Texas Observer
WNYC-FM (New York) (This story was also broadcast by more than 40 other media outlets.)

Stokes: Cost must be considered in building storm-surge barrier
Bob Stokes, president of the Galveston Bay Foundation, argues for the development of more affordable alternatives to the “Ike Dike” proposed by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

White: Rebuild smart or watch an exodus from area
Alumnus Lamar White Jr. ’05 warns that Houston must learn lessons from the Dust Bowl and Hurricane Katrina as it recovers and rebuilds after Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas seems primed to land Amazon’s second headquarters
Seattle-based Amazon is considering several Texas cities, including Houston, as it prepares to set up a second hub. Rice University is mentioned.
Texas Monthly

Rice graduate George Venson expands his Voutsa wallpaper brand with textiles and luggage
Alumnus George Venson ’08 is profiled.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
San Antonio Express-News

Keep an eye on Houston’s visual arts scene
Mona Hatoum, Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ first artist-in-residence, is mentioned in a preview of upcoming exhibitions in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Spiritual leaders provide hope after Harvey
Houston religious leaders explain how faith has guided them in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey. Alumnus Rabbi Oren Hayon ’94 is quoted.

The thoughtful pastor: The more I know about the Bible, the less I know about it
The Rev. Christy Thomas ’71 answers a reader’s question about taking the Bible literally.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Baileson Brewing Co. celebrates its grand opening in Rice Village
Baileson Brewing Co., a new brewery opened by Rice alumnus Adam Cryer ’01, is featured in a photo slideshow.
Houston Press

Acclaim Physician Group, JPS Health Network and the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine hire family practice expert
Alumnus Grant C. Fowler ’80 was hired as the academic chair of family medicine at the new Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, which will open in July 2019.
Fort Worth Business Press


KXAS-TV (Dallas)
Rice is ranked No. 14 among the best national universities in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook.
KVUE-TV (Austin)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Tests of Houston floodwater from Tropical Storm Harvey conducted by researchers at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine indicate elevated levels of contamination.
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
KUT-AM (Austin)
KEX-AM (Portland, Ore.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
President John F. Kennedy’s famous “Moon Speech” at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

KRIV-TV (Houston)
A story about Houston Texans football player Brian Cushing includes an article on “overtraining syndrome” written by former Rice director of Student Health Services Dr. Mark Jenkins.


CCIX – What and why?
Alumnus Richard Solomon ’90 writes about the development Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) and its benefits, which include increasing transfer rates for high-performance applications that need more bandwidth than currently available technologies provide.
Semiconductor Engineering

Waterfall still going strong – but is it time for a hybrid approach?
Alumnus Flint Brenton ’84 writes about innovation in software development.
Perl Developer’s Journal
Python Developer’s Journal

2008 in technology
A review of technological breakthroughs of 2008 mentions a chemical detector made from carbon nanotubes that was developed by researchers at Rice.
The Future of Things


‘Landscape Journeys’ and ‘A Journey of Love and Passion’
An art exhibition at William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art by Basilios Poulos, Rice professor emeritus of visual arts, is previewed.
Houston Press

Honing their craft: Two music students attend conducting workshop in Bulgaria
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting, is mentioned as a mentor at the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofía, Bulgaria, July 25-Aug. 5.
Penn State News


Rice QB Sam Glaesmann sees a big hurdle in UH’s Ed Oliver
Rice freshman quarterback Sam Glaesmann is wary of University of Houston star defensive lineman Ed Oliver ahead of their football game Sept. 16 at TDECU Stadium. Rice coach David Bailiff and senior offensive lineman Peter Godber are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. )
Breaking down Houston versus Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
UH to wear ‘Houston’ on nameplates as tribute in home opener
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Breaking down week 3 of the 2017 college football season

Revisiting the Bayou Bucket rivalry’s memorable games
Noteworthy moments in the history of the Rice-University of Houston football series are recalled.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
UH’s Ellis Jefferson could miss three weeks with knee injury
University of Houston wide receiver Ellis Jefferson is not expected to play in Saturday’s football game against Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
San Antonio Express-News

Sydney College Football Cup: A showcase of Americana, technology
Several new mobile apps were deployed for the first time during Rice’s Aug. 27 football game against Stanford University in Sydney.

Rivalry renewed: Why the Houston Cougars are playing the Rice Owls
The return of the Rice-University of Houston football series is examined.
Underdog Dynasty

Patel, Thomas earn Examiner alumni honors
Rice sophomore distance runner Khayla Patel is recognized for her performance in leading the Owls to victory at the Norry Hersey Rice Invitational cross-country meet.
Houston Chronicle

Swimquaintences goes to Rice University
Rice swimmers talk about youth coaches who made the biggest impacts on their athletic and scholastic careers.
Swim Swam

Sapakoff: Gamecocks offensive coordinator Kurt Roper is smarter than SEC stats indicate
Alumnus Kurt Roper ’95, the offensive coordinator for the University of South Carolina’s football team, is featured.
The Post and Courier


Rice study: Islamophobia represents a form of racism mixed with cultural intolerance
“The Racialization of Islam in the United States: Islamophobia, Hate Crimes and ‘Flying While Brown,’” a paper written by Rice lecturer in sociology Craig Considine and published in the journal Religions, argues that racism is a symbolic form of Islamophobia, which has been misrepresented as a form of religious bias that oppresses U.S. Muslims on the grounds that Islam is nefarious and antithetical to American values.

Future of the energy industry in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 28
More than a dozen prominent speakers from the oil, gas and power industries will present at the first Global Energy Transitions Summit at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 28. The summit is a forum for key market players and decision-makers to gain insight into the future of the energy industry.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.