Dateline Rice for Sept. 19, 2017


M-103 study should explore how Islamophobia is a form of racism: Paradkar
Columnist Shree Paradkar writes that when studying discrimination against Muslims in Canada, the House of Commons should examine a new paper in the journal Religions by Rice lecturer in sociology Craig Considine, who argues that Islamophobia is a form of racism.
Toronto Star (This column also appeared in

Can Houston find path to recovery that doesn’t leave poor behind?
A 2016 report on the rise of Harris County’s poverty rate by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited in a story on Houston’s rebuilding efforts following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, architects focus on rebuilding and resiliency
Ron Witte, professor of architecture, says minimizing impermeable ground through density of population is key to minimizing flooding.
Architectural Record

Princeton joins brief to Supreme Court challenging Trump administration travel ban
Rice and 30 other universities submitted a friend-of-the-court brief challenging the White House’s ban on entry into the U.S. by people from six Muslim-majority countries.
Princeton University

Some female spiders sacrifice themselves for the children of others
Nick Keiser, a Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in biosciences, comments on findings by a study of spiders’ behavior.

Explore online programs at top 20 national universities
Rice is ranked No. 14 by U.S. News & World Report in its 2018 “Best Colleges” guidebook. A list of online degrees and course offerings notes that Rice will launch an online MBA program in 2018.
U.S. News & World Report
America’s 26 hardest top-ranked universities to get into, US News rankings 2018
CEO World
College rankings aren’t telling the whole story
Daily Cougar


After hurricanes, climate change resurfaces in Washington
The climate change debate is back on the front burner among U.S. political leaders following a pair of major hurricanes. Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 19 print edition with a different headline: “Climate change no longer a punch line.”)

The uncertain future of Texas’ Senate Bill 4
Baker Institute for Public Policy research analyst Pamela Lizette Cruz examines the potential consequences of Senate Bill 4, which was designed to ban “sanctuary cities” and signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on May 7 but delayed by an injunction.
Houston Chronicle (This appeared in the Chronicle’s Baker Institute Blog.)

Quack medicine: Selling hope for profit and glory
A seminar co-presented by Rice Sept. 19 at The Health Museum in Houston will explore the history of quack medicine.
TMC News

Communication shapes collective information encoding of chemosensing
A Sept. 19 seminar of the Rice Ph.D program in systems, synthetic and physical biology at the BioScience Research Collaborative featured a presentation by Oregon State’s Bo Sun on how cells communicate with each other and the impact of those interactions.
TMC News

Now what? City of Houston suspends curbside recycling
Cleancat, a mobile app created by alumnus Aaron Rondina ’15, is mentioned as an alternative option for Houston residents until curbside recycling resumes.

Lighten up: 5 other places in Texas to see James Turrell’s work
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion on the Rice campus is mentioned. (The skyspace is closed for construction until November).
Austin American-Statesman
KTTW-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

Class of 2017: Teachers who made a difference
An article mentions that St. Thomas Episcopal School graduate Calvin Wong is attending Rice this year, due to the influence of his chemistry teacher, Rice alum David Castillo ’02. (The print edition includes a photo of Wong and Castillo.)
Tanglewood/River Oaks Buzz


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, discusses the sticker shock often encountered by patients who visit free-standing emergency rooms or urgent care facilities. The issue was researched by experts at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
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, discusses Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s next moves after failing to achieve several key goals in the Legislature. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) 


Applying lessons from Apollo for a smart space agenda at a time of increased international tension
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Space Review

Capitol update
President Donald Trump’s appointment of U.S. Rep. James Bridenstine ’97, R.-Okla., to head the U.S. space agency NASA is mentioned.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Colliers appoints new senior managing director
Thomas Shirocky ’84 joined commercial real estate firm Colliers International as a senior managing director in its regional consulting group.
New York Real Estate Journal


What Hurricane Harvey taught us about risk, climate and resilience
An article co-written by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, addresses the impact of climate change on the severity of natural disasters.
Clean Technica (This article was originally published in The Conversation.)

The centrality of science to sustainability
A blog post that discusses environmental policy mentions tests of Houston floodwaters conducted by Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University that showed some neighborhoods were highly contaminated.
Columbia University
Oh my, look what the Cat 4 dragged in
Legal Reader

Preserving the past in the wake of a storm
Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, is among those organizing preservation efforts for irreplaceable documents from Beth Yeshurun and United Orthodox synagogues threatened by floodwaters.
My Jewish Learning

Where MBA apps are way up — and down
A rise in applicants to Rice’s Jones School of Business is mentioned in a story about top schools maintaining or increasing their application numbers as MBA applications in the U.S. overall have fallen for three consecutive years.
Poets & Quaints

Texas engineers and scientists to launch $15.6 million center for materials research
A researcher from Rice will be part of an effort to discover and advance new types of materials for use in energy storage, medical devices and information processing, among other applications.
UT Research Showcase

UCF researchers’ work pushes battery tech forward
Graduate students Yilun Li and Ruquan Ye were named as members of a research team on an energy storage project.
UCF Today

IUPUI religious studies professor named editor of Journal of the American Academy of Religion
Andrea Jain ’09 was appointed editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.
News at IUPUI

Stem cell summit brings top minds in regenerative medicine to Vail
Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, is mentioned in a story about the Steadman Philippon Research Institute’s Scientific Summit held in August.
Vail Daily

Shepherd professors spearhead effort to bring humanities symposium to NCTC
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley will speak at Shepherd University in West Virginia Oct. 26-27. An article notes that the new manager of the Bob Dylan Archive used to work as a research assistant for Brinkley.
UC Santa Cruz music alumnus lands job as head archivist of Bob Dylan Archive
University of California at Santa Cruz

ACO presents premiere of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor
Alumnus Clara Rottsolk ’02 is mentioned.
Broadway World

New interim director appointed to Dance Presenting Series
Ellen Chenoweth ’01 was appointed interim director and lead curator at Columbia University’s Dance Presenting Series.
The Columbia Chronicle

Prospect of synthetic embryos sparks new bioethics debate
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Newscaf (This article also appeared in True Viral News.)

Dr. Rob Kiefl is awarded 2017 Yamazaki Prize
Alumnus Tom Estle ’53 is mentioned in an interview with Rob Kiefl, a physics professor at the University of British Columbia and recipient of the 2017 Yamazaki Prize.


Houston beats Rice 38-3, scoring all points in the first half
Fox Sports (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Houston runs away from Rice 38-3
Underdog Dynasty
Houston, Rice hold pregame moment of silence for Hurricane Harvey victims
10 topics in college football this week
The Roar

Texas coach Tom Herman has adopted a Lone Star state of mind
Texas head football coach Tom Herman, a former Rice coach, is featured.
Los Angeles Times

Stats across Texas: Week 3 sees full slate of games
Rice football recruits Brenden Brady and Brendan Harmon are mentioned.
FBS Texas college football power rankings: Week 4

Charlotte’s Janell Sparks headlines C-USA weekly award winners
Rice volleyball player Nicole Lennon is Volleymob’s freshman of the week after helping the Owls to a 4-0 record at the Rice Adidas Invitational, where she was named most valuable player.

The best college baseball programs in America
The Rice baseball program is ranked No. 10.
Cheat Sheet

Rice University reaches out to Harvey-affected swim family
The Rice women’s swimming team’s volunteer efforts following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey are featured.

Utah State men’s tennis concludes doubles play
Rice tennis player Jacob Eskeland is mentioned.
Sooners complete day one at Napa Valley
Rice tennis player Mohamed Abdel-Aziz is mentioned.


NEST360° is finalist for $100 million MacArthur grant
NEST360°, a visionary 10-year effort to save the lives of 500,000 African babies per year, is a finalist for the MacArthur Foundation’s first $100 million 100&Change grant, which drew more than 1,900 applications. The winner of the competition, which aims to solve one of the world’s critical problems, will be announced in December.

About Matt Wilson

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