Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2017


Hurricane Harvey versus Katrina: History shows Americans are still exposed to bacteria and chemical risks after floods
Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in a story about the dangers facing residents of flood-affected regions and the response of the federal government to those concerns.

Spotlight: US needs to improve emergency preparedness system: Expert
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, says a flood-alert system at the Texas Medical Center designed by Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of SSPEED, and others sets a good example for making improvements to the U.S. emergency preparedness system.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in CNC News and Chongqing News Net.)
Hurricanes propel forward thinking on risk, resilience
Engineering News-Record

Nikki Haley defends Trump’s ‘Rocket Man’ speech to United Nations
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story about President Donald Trump’s warning to North Korea during an address to the United Nations.
Junior College
Trump vows to ‘destroy’ North Korea during United Nations speech
Senegal Actu

Erdogan’s volte-face
A. Kadir Yildirim, research scholar in the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for the Middle East, wrote an op-ed about Turkey’s shift away from the West since a 2016 coup attempt.  


Local real estate firm to gain a potent parent
Jefferson Duarte, the Gerald D. Hines Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance, is quoted in a story about Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ acquisition of Houston-based Lionstone Investments.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appears on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 21 print edition and in Invest Money UK.)

What lurks in the sludge that Harvey left behind?
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in a story about the contaminants left behind by Harvey’s floodwaters.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine, and it also appears in the Sept. 21 print edition with a different headline, “Experts concerned with sludge mix left behind by flooding.”)

Commentary: Fix up the Gulf Coast — but not at the expense of safety
An op-ed on risks involved with recovery efforts following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey mentions tests of Houston floodwaters conducted by Baylor College of Medicine and Rice that showed some neighborhoods were highly contaminated.
Austin American-Statesman

Houston NASA chief: If Trump wants ‘we’re very well set up’ to go to the moon
Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa’s comments during a Sept. 12 event at Rice are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Ars Technica, Tech Report Now, Follow News and MyInforms.)

Top House Republican says Capitol Confederate plaque should go: Your Texas roundup
A recent study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston that showed Houston flood plain maps failed to predict roughly 75 percent of flood damage from five floods between 1999 and 2009 is mentioned.
Texas Monthly (A similar Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
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State Bar of Texas Harvey media reports
Texas Bar Blog

John Sharp, Texas’ new straight-talking recovery czar, charges ahead
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 in a story about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointing John Sharp, a lifelong Democrat, to oversee the state’s recovery from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (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. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.) 


2-dimensional optical platform made from 4 components
An article summarizes research by Rice scientists to produce a two-dimensional, four-component alloy with an optical bandgap that can be tuned by the temperature used to grow it via chemical vapor deposition.

Failure is an option, but who’s willing to take the risk?
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s recent Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum is mentioned in a story about accelerated technology adoption to meet future energy needs.

MG&Co. creates ‘Rooms for Books’ and spaces for dialogue about architecture on paper
A project by Houston’s MG&Co. will connect multiple book collections and involve the public in deciding how to approach them. Reto Geiser, the Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture, is quoted.
Chicago Architecture Biennial (This article also appeared in Architizer.)

Low cost selective laser sintering: The innovator’s dilemma in powder?
OpenSLS, a creation of the Miller Lab at Rice’s Department of Bioengineering that can print intricate 3-D objects from powdered plastics and biomaterials, is mentioned.

Buzz Aldrin and Greg Autry: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to run NASA
In an op-ed, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin and former White House liaison to NASA Greg Autry support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Rep. James Bridenstine ’97, R.-Okla., to head the U.S. space agency.
Space News


Texas crew works for ‘Hidden Heroes’ in Houston
A crew member for the TV program “Hidden Heroes” mentions covering a student event at Rice called “Sermon Slam” and getting video of Rice students making sandwiches and delivering them to Houston’s homeless.
Go To Team

Corps only PEO inducted into Senior Executive Service
Alumnus John Garner ’74 officially became the Marines’ program executive officer for land systems, a position he has served in since May.
Marines (This article also appeared in CHIPS.)

Grant gives Texas A&M funds for further cancer research
A story about a series of Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grants awarded to Texas A&M University mentions Rice will have access to a facility shared by the Texas A&M Institute of Biosciences and Technology and Baylor College of Medicine.
The Battalion

Danny Kamins / Damon Smith / Alvin Fielder / Joe Hertenstein — ‘After Effects’
“After Effects,” an album on which Rice jazz instructor Danny Kamins is bandleader, is reviewed.
The Free Jazz Collective

ULM hosts pianist Joseph Kingma
Alumnus Joseph Kingma ’11 will perform at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Sept. 28.
Ouachita Citizen

Eastman School of Music to host music college fair
A Sept. 28 event at the University of Rochester for high school and college students interested in studying music will include representatives from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
School Band & Orchestra Magazine

Board of Visitors honors Ezra A. ‘Bud’ Brown of mathematics with emeritus status
Alumnus Ezra Brown ’65 was given the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Virginia Tech News


Rice eyes turnaround after disappointing showing versus UH
The Owls football team, coming off a loss to the University of Houston, plays host to Florida International University Sept. 23 at Rice Stadium. Head coach David Bailiff, linebacker Brian Womac and punter Jack Fox are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
As injuries hit Rice backfield, Nahshon Ellerbe steps up
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Breaking down Rice versus Florida International
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
College football picks: Predicting every game in Week 4
FIU football provides a helping hand and shows support to the Hurricane Irma victims

Rice commit Quentin Millora-Brown brings along Hurricane Harvey aid
Basketball recruit Quentin Millora-Brown, a native of Virginia, collected shampoo, soap, toothpaste, clothes and other items to deliver to Houston during his visit to Rice’s campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Kings news: De’Aaron Fox donates $25,000 to Rice University men’s basketball flood relief fund
Sacramento Kings rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox, a Houston native, donated $25,000 to the Rice men’s basketball flood relief fund and planned to organize a charity basketball game to raise funds for the Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey relief effort.

The true story behind ‘Battle of the Sexes’
A slideshow of photos from Billie Jean King’s 1973 tennis match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome features members of the Rice track and field team carrying King to the court on a throne. (A similar article appears in
McCollum’s Column: Reflections on ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 44 years later
Log Cabin Democrat

Lady Techsters travel to Houston to battle Owls
The Rice women’s soccer team will play host to Louisiana Tech Sept. 21 at Holloway Field.

Women’s tennis kicks off fall action
The Rice Invitational, which begins Sept. 21, is mentioned.

Man who died while jogging in downtown Little Rock identified as former state legislator
Alumnus Robert Johnston ’62, a former football star who was the recipient of the Bob Quin award as the top senior male athlete at the university and was a Rhodes Scholar in 1963 after graduating, died Wednesday at 77. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for eight years before serving as chairman of the state’s public service commission under then-Gov. Bill Clinton.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Arizona baseball loses one of its finest
Dave Hilton, who played baseball at Rice and was the No. 1 pick in the 1971 amateur draft by the San Diego Padres, died. He was 67.
The Arizona Diamond Report

About Matt Wilson

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