Dateline Rice for Oct. 4, 2017


Houston leaders start providing grants for Harvey recovery
A story on the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund mentions that the fund’s board has asked Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research to review Houston’s greatest needs to help determine how to best spend the money.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)

Trump hails ‘incredible’ response in ‘lovely’ trip to storm-torn Puerto Rico
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on President Donald Trump’s trip to survey damage in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria.
Washington Post (This story appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Targeting Islam after San Bernardino, Trump calls Las Vegas terrorist ‘sick,’ ‘demented’
Rice lecturer in sociology Craig Considine compares President Donald Trump’s reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas with the president’s statements following other deadly attacks.
Daily Sabah (This article also appeared in NTV, Haber Mat, Sputnik News and The Current Hollywood.)

The right and wrong ways to pitch for Amazon headquarters HQ2
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced in a story on cities bidding to become Amazon’s second headquarters.

Oil-rich but cash-starved Venezuela could be close to bankruptcy
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about a worsening debt crisis in Venezuela.
Deutsche Welle

Who says these colleges and universities are the ‘best’?
Rice’s No. 5 ranking on Niche’s “Best Colleges in America” list is mentioned.
Voice of America


Hedge fund takes over North Texas ER chain revived from bankruptcy
A study by Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, and Cedric Dark of Baylor College of Medicine that found business decisions are driving emergency department locations is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Interview with Robert Lundin
Alumnus Robert Lundin ’00 is seeking to win a Houston Independent School District trustee seat.
Houston Chronicle

President’s perspective: How the TMC survived Harvey
A sonar-based system designed by Rice researchers that tracks and measures rainfall is mentioned in an article written by Texas Medical Center President and CEO William McKeon.
TMC News

Filing date for Abbott opponent approaches
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 on potential Democratic challengers to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Huntsville Item (This story also appeared in the Weatherford Democrat.)

Organization empowers refugee youth
The Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees, a nonprofit organization established at Rice in 2007, is featured.
The Cougar

Musical tribute to Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ arrives in Houston
Alumnus Clara Rottsolk ’02 is mentioned in a story about “Myths & Allegories,” a program by Cleveland-based ensemble Les Délices that will be performed Nov. 3 in Houston.
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in The Paper.)

Reading the signs of the 1918 ‘Spanish’ Influenza in Houston
Judith Roof, the William Shakespeare Chair in English and professor of English, will outline the factors and effects of the 1918 “Spanish” Influenza in the U.S. Oct. 17 at The Health Museum.


Pasadena drops appeal of Latino voting rights lawsuit
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a story about the Pasadena City Council’s approval of a request by Mayor Jeff Wagner to pay about $1 million to settle a lawsuit and drop an appeal of a judge’s ruling that an election plan approved in 2013 diluted Latino voting influence.
Houston Public Media
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Full show: Political roundup, and the full menu
A class at Rice titled “City in a City: Community Identity and Houston’s Sprawl” will be featured on today’s program.
Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters”

Sputnik launch celebrated after 60 years
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in a story about the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the space race between the U.S. and Russia.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


After Harvey, Texas hospitals likely to lose money
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
MedPage Today

Anadarko announces leadership changes
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. named alumnus Daniel Brown ’11 executive vice president of U.S. Onshore Operations.
LNG Industry

Firestone Industrial Products names new president
Alumnus Craig Schneider ’06 was named president of Firestone Industrial Products.
Markets Insider

Sidewinder announces changes to its senior management team
Alumnus J. Anthony Gallegos Jr. ’02 was promoted to CEO and member of the board of directors at Sidewinder Drilling LLC.
Markets Insider

9 protein myths you should stop believing
A story on protein intake mentions research from Rice that recommends people who don’t exercise eat about half as much protein as those who do.
Eat This, Not That!


Band gaps, made to order
Rice researchers contributed to a major advance in precision superlattices materials. The findings appear in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
UCSB Current

Seed dispersal increases local species richness and reduces spatial turnover of tropical tree seedlings
Amy Dunham, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, co-authored a paper on the impact of the loss of native seed dispersers on the island of Guam.

‘Humanities in the 21st Century’ new biennial symposium
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley will speak at Shepherd University in West Virginia Oct. 26-27.
In the Panhandle

Guy Nordenson to receive 2017 Richard Neutra Award at Cal Poly Pomona
Engineer Guy Nordenson, who worked on Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, will be honored Oct. 9 by the Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture. The Richard Neutra Award for Professional Excellence recognizes individuals for their dedication to the research and development of new environments in everyday life.

Student liaison program debuts at SIGIR 2017
An article on the flaws of the manuscript peer-review process by Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is mentioned.
Communications of the ACM

New York Youth Symphony to honor Alan Fletcher and Dani Bedoni
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Broadway World

Professor Daniel Whiteson – Ask the physicist all night!
Alumnus Daniel Whiteson ’97, experimental particle physics professor at the University of California at Irvine, will answer questions Oct. 4 on “Midnight in the Desert.”
Dark Matter Digital Network


Plenty of high hopes left for Rice
Head football coach David Bailiff, receiver Austin Walter and defensive tackle Zach Abercrumbia are quoted about the Rice football team, which faces Army Oct. 7 at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Breaking down Rice versus Army
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Jeff Monken press conference quotes: Rice

Plenty of shuffling in Week 6 Conference USA Power Ratings
The Rice football team is ranked No. 12.
The Virginian-Pilot

UF coach Mike White calls college basketball scandal sobering
A notebook on the University of Florida men’s basketball team mentions former Rice player Egor Koulechov ’17, who is playing for the Gators as a graduate transfer.
Orlando Sentinel (This article also appeared in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.)
Rice basketball games to be broadcast live on FloHoops in 2017-18


Nanoscale islands dot light-driven catalyst

Individual nanoscale nuggets of gold, copper, aluminum, silver and other metals that capture light’s energy and put it to work are being employed by Rice University scientists who have discovered a way to build multifunctional nanoscale structures.

About Matt Wilson

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