Dateline Rice for Sept. 18, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-founder of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, discusses policy lessons learned in the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of SSPEED, and Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, are also interviewed in the KHOU story. Bedient is quoted about the death toll from Harvey in the front-page Houston Chronicle story.
National Public Radio (This interview aired on nine other NPR stations.)
Harvey’s heartbreaking losses
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 17 print edition.)
As support for Ike Dike grows, we still need stubborn boosters
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This column appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Sept. 17 print edition.)
Global effort needed to address climate change: US environment expert (This article also appeared in Xinhua News Agency, EnvironmentGuru and
KHOU-TV (Houston)
KXJZ-FM (Sacramento, Calif.)
No denying fundamental truths: Climate change and endangered cities
A report by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on recommendations for dealing with future floods is cited.
Nonprofit Quarterly

Graduates from these colleges earn the highest salaries in every state
Rice leads all other Texas universities in average earnings by its graduates, according to data compiled by career services website Zippia.
Yahoo! Finance

‘Hidden Heroes’ — Defining love
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance discuss love on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.” Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at the institute, Rabbi Kenny Weiss and students Sophie D’Amico, Akhil Jonnalagadda, Sawyer Knight, Romil Patel, Daniel Koh, David Yalacki and Leah Sherman are featured. (Editor’s note: Jonnalagadda’s name is misspelled in the program.)


Thumbs up, thumbs down
Rice is mentioned for its No. 14 ranking among the best national universities in the 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook. The football game against against University of Houston is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

For Houston’s immigrants, fear and uncertainty are the new rules
Leah Binkovitz, staff writer for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, writes about the fears undocumented immigrants are facing. Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law and the coming end of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also could make filling jobs critical to Houston’s recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey more difficult, according to some in the construction industry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Report: 70 percent of flooded properties uninsured
A recent study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston on Houston flood plain maps is cited.

Channel 2 Investigates collects water samples in some areas during Harvey
Rice research that discovered high levels of contaminants in floodwaters following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is cited. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Health concerns rise for Houstonians in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Houston Style Magazine

Cornell Tech island campus, once a model for UT in Houston, opens
Cornell University’s new campus on Roosevelt Island in New York could provide a template for the University of Texas System. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked the University of Houston, Rice University and Texas A&M to work with UT to develop a plan for the 300-plus acres it purchased near the Texas Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

After Harvey, Houston Symphony temporarily out of Jones Hall
The Houston Symphony’s upcoming performances at the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Concert Hall are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Top 14 things to do this week in Houston: Sept. 18-24
The Dover Quartet’s Sept. 19 performance at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall is mentioned.
365 Things To Do In Houston

How Facebook is changing Fort Worth
Alumnus Sadie Murray ’14 is quoted in a story about the social media network’s role as a vehicle to rally civic support for various causes in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

117th anniversary of a murder
Columnist Wanda Orton examines Baytown’s connections to the murder of Rice founder and namesake William Marsh Rice.
Baytown Sun

Herman: A family password and a mystery man. Who was Joe Swan Lusby?
Alumnus Randy Kerbow ’64 is mentioned in a story about a family seeking information on Joe Swan Lusby, whose name is on a marker at the base of a tree in Rosedale and inspired a secret code.
Austin American-Statesman
‘Dinner at the Center of the Earth’ is a spy novel set on a battleground
Author Nathan Englander will hold a reading of his novel Sept. 18 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

A conversation with the author of ‘The Boy Who Loved Too Much’
Author Jennifer Latson will discuss her book about a 12-year-old boy whose genetic disorder makes him unconditionally loving, but vulnerable. David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in the Office of Public Affairs, is moderating the Sept. 19 event.
TMC News

Confronting climate change: What can the US and Japan contribute to creating sustainable societies?
Ronald Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and fellow in global climate change at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will moderate a panel of scholars and experts Oct. 18.
Asia Society

Huffington Award Luncheon
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, will moderate a luncheon Oct. 18 to honor U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.
Asia Society


WABC-AM (New York)
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley’s review of a series of books authored by alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 — “Moving On,” “All My Friends Will Soon Be Strangers” and “Terms of Endearment” — is mentioned.

Texas Democrats remain silent about who will lead their 2018 ticket
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, says Democratic candidates are wary of taking on Gov. Greg Abbott in the face of almost certain defeat.
Texas Public Radio


Pension storm warning
In an op-ed, alumnus John Mauldin ’72 writes that a “bubble in government promises” will bring economic changes over the next 20 years that will be painful to a large portion of the U.S. population. Alumnus Gary Haubold ’80 is mentioned.
Mauldin Economics (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Midstream IPOs making comeback, but sector struggles dampen enthusiasm
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted.
Market Intelligence

Hurricane Harvey, FOIA, Google News, more: Saturday buzz
The Houston Community Data Connections dashboard created by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Research Buzz

Break out: Ultima III and the familial origins of Origin Systems
Alumnus Robert Garriott ’79 is mentioned in a story about Ultima III, a video game created by his brother Richard. The Garriotts started Origin Systems together to publish the game.
Venture Beat


Young engineers step into big footprints at GE
Engineer Kori Macdonald ’16 is featured for her work in robotics at General Electric, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
The Daily Gazette

Oklahoma education notes
Tulsa Community College partnered with Rice-based nonprofit OpenStax, which provides free, high-quality, openly licensed textbooks to nearly 1.5 million college students per year.

There’s a new maestro in town: Alastair Willis debuts as the SBSO’s new music director
Alumnus Alastair Willis ’99, music director of the South Bend (Ind.) Symphony Orchestra, is profiled.
South Bend Tribune

Cost of college
Rice’s policy of not awarding honorary degrees is mentioned.
A Writer’s Garden plans announced with a taste of ‘Authentic Texas’
Alumnus Pamela Walker ‘91 will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Nov. 2.


UH beats Rice in emotional Bayou Bucket showdown
The Rice football team lost to the University of Houston 38-3 Sept. 16 at TDECU Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Slow start dooms Rice in loss to Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Rice’s offense struggles in loss to UH
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
UH cranked up offense against Rice with Texas Tech looming
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Game balls: Houston claims Bayou Bucket for 4th consecutive time
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Cougars devour Owls in 38-3 Bayou Bucket win
Houston Press
Cougars dominate on both sides of the ball for victory against the Owls
The Daily Cougar
KPRC-TV (Houston)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
Bayou Bucket: UH 38, Rice 3 (slideshow)
Houston Chronicle
Photos: Fans at TDECU Stadium for Bayou Bucket
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Rice versus Houston (slideshow)
Best of college football week 3 (slideshow)
Des Moines Register (This slideshow also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
The Cougars and Owls shared a pregame moment before their 1st game in Houston in 2017
SB Nation (This article also appeared in Daily Read List and Follow News.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KPRC-TV (Houston)
KDFW-TV (Dallas)
Bayou Bucket revival has special meaning for UH and Rice this week
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
College football preview: UH versus Rice
Houston Chronicle
When it comes to Houston stars, Ed Oliver is second to none
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
UH, Rice set for ‘Bayou Bucket’ rivalry game Saturday
Rice and UH set to battle for the Bayou Bucket
Houston Press
By the numbers: Rice easy on paper, victory not guaranteed
The Daily Cougar
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KIAH-TV (Houston)

Best in Texas: Did Texas rise or fall after losing to USC?
Rice ranks 10th among Texas college football teams, according to a poll of sports writers.
Dallas Morning News

KTRK-TV (Houston)
Former Rice football standout Christian Covington, who now plays for the Houston Texans, is featured. (This also aired on KFDM-TV, KDBC-TV, KGBT-TV, KZTV-TV, KXVA-TV, KIDY-TV and KFXK-TV.)

Q&A with 2006 Rose Bowl player, Rice assistant Frank Okam
Frank Okam, the Rice football team’s defensive line coach, discusses his memories of the University of Texas’ Rose Bowl victory against the University of Southern California in 2006.
Houston Chronicle

The Battle of the Sexes was an important time for women’s tennis
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs at Houston’s Astrodome is remembered as a movie about the event is set to open Sept. 22. The story mentions that four “buff” Rice track and field athletes carried King to the court on a throne.
Virgin Islands Daily News (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Salukis take part in CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Swimming Championship
The Rice women’s team placed third at the event held Sept. 16 in Lawrence, Kan.
Daily Egyptian


NSF backs ‘rapid’ study of Harvey’s environmental wake
Rice scientists will research the short- and long-term impact of extreme flooding in and around Houston during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey with support from the National Science Foundation.

Rice graduate student earns Department of Energy honor
Andrea Miranda, a doctoral candidate in the Rice lab of chemical engineer Rafael Verduzco, is one of 52 nationwide selected by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science to participate in its graduate student research program.

About Matt Wilson

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