Dateline Rice for Sept. 15, 2017


After the hurricane winds die down, Larry McMurtry’s Houston trilogy lives on
During Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley revisited a series of books authored by alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 in the 1970s set in Houston — “Moving On,” “All My Friends Will Soon Be Strangers” and “Terms of Endearment” — and found they continue to reflect the feel of the city.
New York Times


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 lecturer in sociology Craig Considine and published in the journal Religions, is reviewed.
Futurity (A similar article also appeared in the International Business Times,, EurekAlert, Topix, Scienmag, and

As flooded Houston neighborhoods dry out, residents wonder: Are they worth the risk?
Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law and co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in a story about Houston’s Meyerland and Greenspoint neighborhoods, which have been affected by several floods in recent years. A report by the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a Rice analysis of a potential home buyout plan are cited. Blackburn also discusses an October 2016 exercise conducted to estimate the impact of a major hurricane in Houston and compares the results with the effects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and more than 25 other media outlets.)
How did Harvey compare to researchers’ worst-case scenario storm?
Houston Public Media

In times of disaster, some businesses rise to the occasion
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is quoted in a story about how businesses responded to the needs of Houston residents during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. He also is quoted in a story examining the viability of online mattress businesses.
VOA News
Is there really money in mattresses?
The Memo

Why natural disasters are worse for poor countries
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in a blog post that argues economic growth is crucial to recovering from natural disasters.
Mises Institute

Senators oppose Trump’s pick to head NASA
A bipartisan group of senators is pushing back against President Donald Trump’s nomination of U.S. Rep. James Bridenstine ’97, R.-Okla., to head the space agency NASA. Bridenstine and his NASA nomination are also the topic of an editorial. (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
Chicken-fried news: The eagle has landed!
Oklahoma Gazette

When the US almost went to war with North Korea
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story that recalls the 1976 deaths of two Americans during an attack in the Demilitarized Zone separating North Korea and South Korea. He also comments on a New York Times story that reported President Donald Trump criticized White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Politico (This article also appeared in True Viral News.)

What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of work
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, writes that automation “will significantly change many people’s lives in ways that may be painful and enduring.”
Real Clear World

Targeting terrorists or promoting development? The US approach to foreign aid in sub-Saharan Africa
Jared Oestman, a Rice graduate student in political science, examines patterns in aid provided by the U.S. to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and whether allocating more funding to those who suffer terror attacks is an effective approach.
Center for Securities Studies


Mercury overcomes challenges of Harvey and starts new season
Alumnus Antoine Plante ’00 discusses the effects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey on Houston’s Mercury orchestra.
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared at

From CPS heroes in Harvey to voting rights battles, everything that went right and wrong this week
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)


KHOU-TV (Houston)
Cesare Wright, outreach and leadership specialist for the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, discusses his efforts to teach victims of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey about dealing with insurance companies and contractors.

KUT-FM (Austin)
Experts gathered at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 14 to discuss the effects of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.


Experts: Harvey, Texas immigration law and end of DACA create perfect storm for workforce
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, along with the Houston Immigration and Legal Services Collaborative, presented a discussion on challenges Houston is facing amid a federal crackdown on “sanctuary cities,” Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey recovery efforts and the end of a federal program that allows young, undocumented immigrants to work in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
Construction Citizen

Dr. Shawn Brooks: Cassini scientist for 5,000 days
Alumnus Shawn Brooks ’94 served as a science planner on the Cassini mission to Saturn at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The spacecraft ran out of fuel and crashed into Saturn Sept. 15 after 20 years on duty.
US Black Engineer Information Technology

Overcoming barriers to recruiting blacks/African-Americans for dementia research
A paper co-authored by researchers at Rice and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease examines efforts to include more minorities in dementia-related studies and the potential for distortion of research outcomes.
Gears of Biz

Mikos honored by International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering
Rice University bioengineer Antonios Mikos has been named a fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering.
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering


From the field: Site visits with semifinalists
Program officers from the MacArthur Foundation conducted site visits with semifinalists for the 100&Change competition for a $100 million grant “to fund a proposal that promises progress in solving a critical problem of our time,” including NEST 360°, a Rice-affiliated international team working to end preventable newborn deaths in Africa. The officers traveled to Malawi with the team and noted the impact of Rice’s engineering partnership with University of Malawi The Polytechnic.
MacArthur Foundation

Politico revisits Kennedy’s famous ‘We choose to go to the moon’ speech
Politico hosted a discussion of President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
The Commercial Space Blog

St. A’s sends rosaries to Houston
Parishioners at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in New Canaan, Conn., made rosaries for victims of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. The rosaries were sent to the Rice Catholic Student Center for distribution in Houston.
NC Advertiser

Wesleyan taps next president
An article mentions that Joel Thierstein, who will be inaugurated as the president at Wesleyan College (W.Va.) Oct. 13, worked at Rice.
The Inter-Mountain


After Harvey, football brings some more life back to Houston
The Rice football team’s delayed return from Australia following a game against Stanford University is part of a profile on the Owls and the University of Houston Cougars, who square off Sept. 16 at TDECU Stadium.

Pressure defense Rice’s goal against UH
Following a strong performance by its defense in a victory against the University of Texas at El Paso, the Rice football team hopes to put pressure on University of Houston quarterback Kyle Allen. Owls defensive end Graysen Schantz, safety J.T. Ibe, linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Rice and UH set to battle for the Bayou Bucket
Houston Press
Fox Business Network
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
Rice versus UH football: The Houston showdown
Rice Owls at Houston Cougars: Start time, how to watch, preview and prediction
Underdog Dynasty
Flashback: How the Cougars won the 2013 Bayou Bucket
UH won the 2013 football game against Rice 31-26.
The Cougar

Group of 5 conference power rankings, week 3: San Diego State on the rise
Rice is No. 9 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.

Billy Howton
Former Rice football player Billy Howton ’52, a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, is profiled.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (This article also appeared in the Sheboygan Press and Post-Crescent.)

20-point underdog Miners look for answers against Arizona
Rice is mentioned in a preview of the University of Texas at El Paso’s home football game against the University of Arizona Sept. 15.
El Paso Times
KVIA-TV (El Paso)

Californian wins New Mexico Open
Former Rice golfer James Lee ‘16, who hasn’t been back to his Houston home since Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey, won the amateur division of the New Mexico Open.
Albuquerque Journal

Ragin’ Cajun athletes reaching out and helping Harvey victims
The University of Louisiana volleyball team volunteered at the George R. Brown Convention Center helping Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey victims during its trip to play in the Rice Invitational.

Kansas, Carson-Newman lead CSCAA Open Water Championship entries
Rice is mentioned in a preview of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America National Collegiate Open Water Championship set for Sept. 16.
Swimming World

SHSU women’s cross-country a leg up on the competition
A cross-country meet held at Rice is mentioned.
The Houstonian

About Matt Wilson

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