Dateline Rice for Oct. 18, 2017


Experts offer tips for SUSTech growth
Rice President David Leebron was one of 14 leaders of the world’s top universities who provided commentary on the Southern University of Science and Technology at the International Advisory Council meeting in Shenzhen, China.
Shenzhen Daily

Rice to celebrate opening of Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A new chapter in Houston’s entrepreneurship history begins Oct. 22 at Rice University with the opening celebration of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie), which features new and expanded entrepreneurship courses as well as a variety of co-curricular activities and resources with the goal of supporting Rice students in entrepreneurial endeavors. The lab is funded by a $16.5 million gift from Houston entrepreneur and Rice alumnus Frank Liu ’75 and his family.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


How the appetite for emojis complicates the effort to standardize the world’s alphabets
Brown College senior Mark Bramhill is mentioned in a story on the Unicode standard, which prescribes the digital letters, numbers and punctuation marks of more than 100 different writing systems.
New York Times Magazine

Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince owns the reform process, for better or worse
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, wrote an op-ed on changes in Saudi Arabia under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
World Politics Review

Robo de combustible, será el talón de Aquiles
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies in Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, is mentioned in a story on fuel theft in Mexico.
El Financiero (An English translation is not available.)

Debt, endowment draw down threaten Colonial Williamsburg’s long-term financial health
Rice University Representative Y. Ping Sun is mentioned as a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Board of Trustees.
Virginia Gazette (This article also appeared in the Daily Press.)


Scientists react to never-before-seen star collision in space
In a historic scientific first announced this week, astronomers reported the direct detection of both gravitational waves and light from the same cosmic event, a collision between two massive neutron stars. Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice and a member of the Fermi-Large Area Telescope (LAT) Collaboration that monitored the event, is quoted. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice University researcher explains why prescription heroin could fight the opiod epidemic
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about heroin-assisted treatment programs, which are used in some European countries.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Architect Charles Renfro shakes up annual Houston Parks Board luncheon
Alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 was the keynote speaker at the Houston Park Board’s 2017 luncheon.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Bun B: Law needed to fairly compensate musicians
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, authored an op-ed on music law.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

You don’t have to be all that corporate to make an impact with corporate social responsibility
A drone camp at Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared at

10 things every office tenant should be doing after Harvey
A study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galvestion that found Houston flood plain maps failed to predict roughly 75 percent of flood damage from five floods between 1999 and 2009 is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

Game on: Texas A&M’s Chillennium, a student-led challenge to develop video games in 48 hours, goes international
A story on a video game creation challenge at Texas A&M University mentions that Rice students participated.
The Eagle

Baker Institute paper: Public, private stakeholders have role to play in fixing Houston’s flooding problem
The private sector can play a major role in fixing the serious problems that all levels of government and the development community, as well as their engineers and lawyers, have created in regard to flooding in Houston, according to a paper by Jim Blackburn, a lawyer, professor in the practice of environmental law at Rice, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar and co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. Blackburn also discusses potential steps to avoid future flooding events on the scale of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey during a radio interview.
Houston Style Magazine
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

In the Examiner area
The Houston Youth Symphony opens its season with its Fall Concert Nov. 5 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Robert Flatt: Unique outlook on life in light of disease
Alumnus Robert Flatt ’69, adjunct professor in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club on living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Mexia News

Rotary Club of Richmond
Rice student Joanna Cyrus-David is pictured receiving a $500 scholarship from the Richmond Rotary Club.
Fort Bend Herald


‘Anderson Cooper 360’
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley discusses President Donald Trump’s feud with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse attack on the U.S. by North Korea. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Encore Houston, Episode 38: KINETIC
KINETIC’s final concert of its most recent season, “Made in Houston,” is featured. Brian Connelly, Rice artist teacher of piano and director of piano chamber music and accompanying program, performs.
Houston Public Media

Little Atoms Podcast 480 – David Eagleman and Anthony Brandt
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University, discuss their book “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World.”
Little Atoms


Colleges drive digital textbooks
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice-based nonprofit OpenStax, is quoted.
University Business

Rice University supporting Houston’s bid for Amazon’s massive 2nd headquarters
A story on Amazon’s consideration of Houston for its second headquarters mentions Rice’s role in the city’s bid.
Realty News Report
Amazon and Houston
Rice’s partnership with IBM to develop robotics is mentioned.
Off the Kuff

Market outlook 2018: A sunnier mood with a few caveats
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted in a story about the Valve Manufacturers Association of America’s 2018 Market Outlook Workshop.
Valve Magazine

When it comes to training, timing is everything
Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology and professor and department chair of psychology, is quoted in an article on employee training.
HR Dive

Need for speed makes genome editing efficient, if not better
Rice University researchers have developed a computational model to quantify the mechanism by which CRISPR-Cas9 proteins find their genome-editing targets. Anatoly Kolomeisky, a Rice professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, and alumnus Alexey Shvets adapted a system they developed earlier to show how proteins generally find their biological targets. CRISPR, which stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats,” is the biological mechanism by which bacteria protect themselves from viral infections.
Science Newsline (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Why are cicadas such clumsy fliers?
Lovett College sophomore John Gullion is quoted.
Science News for Students


For the 3rd consecutive year, 5th-graders in Texas school districts using STEMscopes from Accelerate Learning achieve higher passing rates on STAAR science test
An article on Texas students’ test scores mentions that the STEMscopes curriculum was developed by Rice.
Digital Journal

Why is there a mental health crisis?
Research from Rice that found family support and socio-economic resources (such as education and employment) may be more likely to prevent suicide when a person has both is mentioned.
Mercator (This article also appeared in Ciencias Medicas News and Los Marginados.)

New Urbanism isn’t dead — but thanks to climate change, it is evolving
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned in a story on New Urbanist thinking.

The Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!)
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, will speak at the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAH!) Oct. 27 in San Francisco.
CBS SF Bay Area

‘The War on Rats: (Mis)representing the Bubonic Plague in Houston’
Melissa Bailar, associate director of Rice’s Humanities Research Center and a professor in the practice of humanities, will discuss literary works that have influenced public perception and medical intervention in regard to the Bubonic Plague.

‘Venezuela: Scenarios and Next Steps’
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will take part in a panel discussion on Venezuela Oct. 26 in Washington.
Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Jesus Labarta from BSC to receive Ken Kennedy Award
An article mentions that the Ken Kennedy Award was established in 2009 in honor of the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice’s computer science program and a renowned expert on high-performance computing.
Inside HPC

Celebrate JFK’s accomplishments in education during his centennial
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is referenced.

Michael Maltzan designs custom partition for Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured in a story on Michael Maltzan Architecture’s work.

Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Li 3710 laptop battery
Rice research that found three-dimensional structures of boron nitride sheets and nanotubes may offer a way to keep small electronic devices cool is featured. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.


Wave of injured Rice players return to field
Quarterback Sam Glaesmann and running back Sam Stewart are among several players who have recovered from injuries and will play in Rice’s Oct. 21 football game against the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
UTSA coach defends play-calling in heartbreaking loss
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Amid losing streak, UTSA holds players-only meeting
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
UTSA ponders last-second loss to North Texas
Watch: Frank Wilson’s Rice game week press conference (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Morning Dose’
Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is mentioned.
KIAH-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
Rice is mentioned in a story on University of Texas at San Antonio football player Greg Campbell Jr. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Roadrunners celebrate homecoming with a week full of activities
UTSA Today

Conference USA power rankings Week 7
Rice is No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.
Underdog Dynasty (A similar article appeared in the Virginian-Pilot.)
State of Texas power rankings: Week 7 chaos edition
Rice is No. 10 in a ranking of Texas’ college football teams.
Frogs O’ War

San Antonio Stars purchased by MGM to play at Mandalay Bay Events Center
Former Rice football player Weldon Humble ’47 is mentioned in a slideshow of notable athletes from San Antonio.
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Beaumont Enterprise and Laredo Morning Times.)

Inside the OA archives
Rice’s 1976 football game against Texas Tech University and a 1994 matchup against the University of Texas are mentioned.
Odessa American

Tennis teams experience success over the weekend
Members of the Rice women’s tennis team are mentioned.
Baylor Lariat
Women’s tennis competes at ITA Texas Regional Championship
The Battalion

Farnham: Florida, Texas A&M to challenge Kentucky for SEC crown
Former Rice basketball player Egor Koulechov ’17, now at the University of Florida, is mentioned.

UCSB men’s basketball to open practice for public on Sunday
A story on the University of California at Santa Barbara basketball team mentions former Rice player Marcus Jackson.

About Matt Wilson

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