Dateline Rice for Sept. 27, 2017


Lost continent of Zealandia: Scientists return from expedition to sunken land
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science at Rice, was a co-chief scientist on a two-month ocean drilling expedition to the submerged continent of Zealandia in search of clues about its history, which relates to key questions about plate tectonic processes and Earth’s past greenhouse climate.
The Guardian (Similar articles also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

DOE and net metering: Issues to consider
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development, wrote about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Initiative and the costs and benefits of net metering.

Regrets? In Alabama Senate race, Trump had a few
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on the Republican Senate primary in Alabama won by Roy Moore over President Donald Trump’s favored candidate, Sen. Luther Strange.

Supreme Court to consider drawing line on partisanship in state legislative districting
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 the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear oral arguments on Wisconsin’s general assembly district maps in October.
Washington Times
Straus challenger taps GOP discontent
Weatherford Democrat
Speaker discusses politics, ideologies
The Collegian


County to spend $20 million buying out 200 homes flooded by Harvey
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 27 print edition with a different headline: “County will buy 200 sites.”)
Texas county to spend $20M to buy out Harvey-flooded homes
McClatchy (This Associated Press story appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Rebuilding after Harvey isn’t just about the numbers
James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Eric Dane, assistant professor of management at the Jones School, wrote about decisions faced by Houstonians whose homes were flooded during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
How a historic house in Meyerland was elevated
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Mystery sand looks attractive, but don’t touch
A study of chemical and microbial contaminants in sediment left behind by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey’s flooding by Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned in an editorial.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Jennifer Egan switches gears with novel set during World War II
Novelist Jennifer Egan will discuss her latest book, “Manhattan Beach,” Nov. 6 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Tonight: An all-star flex of Houston’s artistic resilience
Rice is mentioned as hosting the Houston Symphony while Jones Hall is renovated following flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

15 horrible names for metal bands
The author description for an article by Kristy Loye mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Press


KHOU-TV (Houston)
Activists met at Rice Sept. 27 to discuss the importance of green infrastructure in mitigating future flood events. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Solving England’s murders — from McKinney, Texas
Novelist Deborah Crombie mentions attending the Rice University Publishing Program, a summer workshop that focused on the commercial publishing process.
Texas Standard

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is mentioned in a story about efforts to reduce sexual assault on college campuses.


NAMRI/SME highlights research innovations at NAMRC Conference
A Rice research team led by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, made wood into an electrical conductor turning its surface into graphene. Graduate students Ruquan Ye, Yieu Chyan, Jibo Zhang and Yilun Li; Xiao Han, who has a complimentary appointment at Rice and is a graduate student at Beihang University in Beijing; and Rice research scientist Carter Kittrell are mentioned for their work on the project.
Advanced Manufacturing


13 TV moments that defined the American presidency
A video of President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.

The 9th annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival to showcase Houston filmmakers
Rice Cinema will host screenings during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival Nov. 9-13.
Broadway World

New program in Columbia aims to test every borough home, apartment for lead
Provost Marie Lynn Miranda presented a lecture titled “Lead in Children — Leaching the Promise of our Future” Sept. 25 in Lititz, Pa.
Lancaster Online

Canterbury’s seismic lessons ripple across the globe
The University of Canterbury offered assistance to Rice after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Restoration Concert Series continues with the New Hollywood String Quartet
Violaist Robert Brophy ’04 will perform Oct. 22 in Pasadena, Calif.
Pasadena Now

Ciompi Quartet joined by Rachel Kuipers Yonan and Brent Wissick for season opener
Violinist Rachel Kuipers Yonan ’08 performed with the Ciompi Quartet Sept. 23 in Durham, N.C.
Classical Voice of North Carolina

2 solos to be held during MSO concert
Oboist Margaret Butler ’93 will perform Oct. 4 in Menominee, Mich.
EH Extra


Hopeful Rice turns attention to Pittsburgh
Rice head football coach David Bailiff and guard Peter Godber are quoted in a story on the Owls’ preparations for their Sept. 30 road game against the University of Pittsburgh. Quarterback Jackson Tyner and punter Jack Fox are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

RB Sam Stewart’s injury latest to plague Rice
Rice running back Sam Stewart will miss the Pittsburgh game with an ankle injury, and backup Nashon Ellerbe is questionable to play because of an undisclosed injury. Several other Rice players are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

5 takeaways about ODU and Conference USA from this past weekend
Rice’s Sept. 23 loss to Florida International University is mentioned.
The Virginian-Pilot
CFB Overtime: Notes, quotes, analysis from Week 4 action
Conference USA rankings and scores: After Week 4
College Football News
CFN rankings No. 1 to 130: Recaps and reaction after Week 4
College Football News
SS7 Week 4 review: Jumbled up in the middle
State of the U
Stanford’s David Shaw will wait on Keller Chryst’s status before naming QB
Rice’s Aug. 26 loss to Stanford University in Sydney is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
Bryce Love’s yards against UCLA put him in Pac-12 lead.
Houston Chronicle

This week in 1964, Colt Stadium hosted its last MLB game
The design and construction of Rice Stadium is featured in a video.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE. That should terrify the NFL.
Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance is mentioned.
Houston Press

Case Keenum just played the best game of his career
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, is mentioned.
The Villages Sun Times

D-backs honor prospects Duplantier, Cron
The Arizona Diamondbacks named former Rice baseball pitcher Jon Duplantier their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Arizona Diamondbacks name Kevin Cron and Jon Duplantier organizational player and pitcher of year

New United Soccer Coaches NCAA rankings
Rice women’s soccer received five votes in the United Soccer Coaches’ top 25 poll.
Potomac Soccer Wire

Soccer: Conference USA poses serious challenge for young Blue Raiders
Rice is mentioned in a story about Middle Tennessee State University’s women’s soccer team.

Golden Eagles lose overtime game against Marshall, 4-3
Rice’s Oct. 1 soccer game against the University of Southern Mississippi is mentioned.
Student Printz


Rice Theatre to present ‘Rumors’ Oct. 5-7, 12-14
Rice University Theatre will present “Rumors” by Neil Simon. The production will be directed by the head of the Rice Theatre Program, Christina Keefe. Students Justin Bernard and Nathaniel Williams star.

Rice expert available to comment on proposed free textbook legislation
Daniel Williamson, managing director of Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, is available to comment on a bill reintroduced yesterday by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Al Franken, D-Minn., and Angus King, I-Maine, which is “designed to help students manage costs by making high-quality textbooks easily accessible to students, professors and the public for free.” The bill, the Affordable College Textbook Act, would create a competitive grant program to support the creation and expand the use of open college textbooks — textbooks that are available under an open license, allowing professors, students, researchers and others to freely access the materials.

About Matt Wilson

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