Dateline Rice for Sept. 28, 2017

Editor’s note: An incorrect link was used in the following item in the Sept. 27 Dateline. We apologize for the error, which has been corrected below.

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 (Registration required.)


CNN Tonight with Don Lemon
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley participated in a discussion about the legacy of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, who died Sept. 27 at 91. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WABC-AM (New York) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. A similar story also aired on more than 10 other radio stations.)
Douglas Brinkley participated in a panel discussion titled “President Trump and the Presidency.”
In the know
Douglas Brinkley will speak at a conference on humanities and the environment Oct. 26-27 at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va.
The Journal

World needs new offshore investments to avoid shortages — Hess
An article about a Sept. 28 energy conference at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy quotes Bobby Tudor, chairman of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Tudor is chair of the Rice Board of Trustees. 
New York Times (This Reuters article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Chevron names Michael Wirth chairman, CEO
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Fox Business (This article also appeared in MarketWatch.)

Almost 17,000 people prevented from voting in key swing state won by Trump, study finds
A survey by two University of Wisconsin political scientists found nearly 17,000 registered voters in the state were kept from the polls in November. A 2014 Rice study on the effect of Texas’ voter ID law is mentioned.
Yahoo! News

Children’s Hospital names president, chief executive officer
John R. Nickens IV, who holds a certificate in medical and health care management from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, was named president and CEO of Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.
New Orleans Advocate

The 50 best US colleges for international students 2017
Rice is No. 16 in MSN Money’s rankings.


Experts: Houston should use more natural means of managing stormwater runoff
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center, spoke during a news conference held on the Harris Gully Natural Area at Rice. Experts called for increased use of soil and plants for water management. Richard Johnson, director of Rice’s Administrative Center for Sustainability and Energy Management, is quoted about green roofs at Rice in the Houston Public Media story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Report urges Houston to incentivize ‘green infrastructure’
Houston Public Media

Houston may not have an exodus, but it does face ‘moment of truth’
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a professor of sociology, is quoted in a story about Houston’s steps to prevent population loss or slowed growth in the aftermath of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Chronicle critics offer entertainment suggestions
An exhibit by artist Mickalene Thomas opens Sept. 28 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, and Trenton Doyle Hancock’s 2017 Artist of the Year show opens Sept. 29 at Sewall Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Reddit calls out Google for Rice University photo as profile picture of the University of Houston
Reddit users called out Google for mistakenly putting a photo of Rice University’s Lovett Hall as the leading image for the University of Houston’s Google information profile.
Houston Chronicle

Theater, classical music and dance listings: Sept. 28-Oct. 4
The Houston Symphony will present Russian Masters, featuring works by Borodin, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, Sept. 28, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Houston News.)
Houston Symphony announces date of Jones Hall return; schedule updates
Houston Press

Texas Tech’s Spanish-style architecture stands the test of time
The design of Rice’s campus is mentioned in a story on Texas Tech University’s architecture.
Daily Torreador

Bun B is coming to the Korova
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, will perform Nov. 4 at The Korova in San Antonio.
San Antonio Current

San Angelo Writers’ Club to discuss legal issues for authors
Alumna Manning Wolfe ’80 will speak on copyright, use of photos, tax obligations and specific mentions of products with the San Angelo Writers’ Club Oct. 10.
San Angelo Standard-Times


KHPR-AM (Honolulu)
Researchers from Rice were part of 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. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
A class at Rice titled “City in a City: Community Identity and Houston’s Sprawl” is featured on “Houston Life.” (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WNYC-FM (New York)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. A similar story also aired on more than 10 other radio stations.)


Bicameral act promotes federal grants for OER
Daniel Williamson, managing director of Rice University-based nonprofit OpenStax, is quoted in a story about 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 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.
Campus Technology
Textbooks fill backpacks but empty wallets
The Crimson White
Stepinac High School to hold fall open house
Tarrytown Patch

How long does public empathy last after a natural disaster?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, wrote about empathy typically wearing off soon after a natural disaster.
Psychology Today

5 research-backed lessons on major gifts fundraising
Melissa Bank Stepno, director of professional services for Target Analytics and an instructor at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies’ Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, wrote on identifying potential donors during a fundraising campaign.

Friday profile: Life, the universe and everything
The work of Craig O’Neill, a former Rice postdoctoral research associate, is featured.

Molecular origin of the weak susceptibility of kinesin velocity to loads and its relation to the collective behavior of kinesins
Qian Wang, postdoctoral fellow in Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics; Michael Diehl, associate professor of bioengineering and of chemistry; Margaret Cheung-Wyker, adjunct associate professor of bioengineering; Anatoly Kolomeisky, a professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Physics and professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of biochemistry and cell biology, researched the sensitivity of a motor’s velocity in response to a force.

Fundamental breakthrough in 2-decade-old algorithm redefines big data benchmarks
Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, wrote about alternatives to old algorithms such as minwise hashing.
KD Nuggets

It’s time to stop PTAB gamesmanship
Alumnus Gerald Holtzman ’68 wrote that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board is not the correct place to adjudicate patents.
IP Watchdog


Hipwell aims to bridge gap between academia and industry
Alumna M. Cynthia Hipwell ’92 joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University as a distinguished research professor.
Texas A&M University

Strange but — true!
A collaboration between IBM Research and Rice University to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant, a first-of-its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers, is mentioned.
Waterford Today

Can invoking god change the minds of climate change deniers?
A survey by Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, is cited.

Global innovation growth slowed down in 2016 despite improvement in the largest sector, IT
In an article that analyzes patent activity, Rice was touted as the most influential academic research institute in telecommunications in 2016.
Open Gov Asia

Art previews
Pianist Andreas Klein ’89 will open the Crooked Tree Arts Center Performing Arts Series Oct. 7 in Petoskey, Mich.
Petoskey News

Playing the field
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, was part of Dallas-based Chamber Music International’s season-opening performance.

Reflections on the state of medieval studies: An interview with Dr. Jane Chance
Jane Chance, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, participated in a Q&A.

What to take to college
Rice’s policy of not awarding honorary degrees is mentioned.


Under-the-radar Rendon enjoying anonymity
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon, who plays for the Washington Nationals, is featured. He is quoted about his fundraising efforts following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Rice, Pittsburgh have plenty in common entering matchup
Rice’s Sept. 30 football game against the University of Pittsburgh is previewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Breaking down Rice versus Pittsburgh
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Preview: Rice at Pittsburgh (This story also appeared in, and
College football picks: Predicting every game in Week 5
Film breakdown: Rice will bring a familiar look to Heinz Field
Tiger Illustrated
Prediction: Panthers’ improvements could inspire victory
The Pitt News
College notebook: Bickering over blocking in the ACC
The Roanoke Times

A chance for Rice offense, Sam Glaesmann to reset
Rice quarterback Sam Glaesmann is featured. Rice quarterbacks coach Wesley Beschorner and offensive coordinator Billy Lynch are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

ODU drops a spot in Week 5 Conference USA power rankings
Rice is No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.
The Virginian-Pilot

Finding his groove: Tech punter Panazzolo making adjustment to new team
A story on Texas Tech University football player Dominic Panazzolo, who is from Australia, mentions Rice’s Aug. 26 game against Stanford University in Sydney.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

How Rockets players spent their time in the offseason
A slideshow includes photos of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Rockets players James Harden, Chris Paul and Clint Capela from an Aug. 20 charity basketball game at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise.)

E-N Game of the Week: Steele at Judson
Cibolo Steele running back Brenden Brady, who has committed to play football at Rice, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Why the Battle of the Sexes was a big deal in more ways than one
A story on Billie Jean King’s 1973 tennis match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome mentions members of the Rice track and field team carried King to the court on a throne.

WKU looking for 1st win in nearly a month
Western Kentucky University’s women’s soccer team plays host to Rice Sept. 28.
College Heights Herald

Practice + Pancakes: Rice University
A video provides an inside look at the Rice women’s swimming team’s daily routine.


The impact of gentrification on health is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 29
Four leading national experts will take part in a panel exploring the impact of gentrification on health at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 29, hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The event, moderated by Baker Institute fellow in child health policy Quianta Moore, is free and open to the public but registration is required.

About Matt Wilson

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