Dateline Rice for Oct. 26, 2017

FEATURED ITEMS

New science suggests the ocean could rise more — and faster — than we thought
Scientists from Rice and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have discovered that Earth’s sea level did not rise steadily but rather in sharp, punctuated bursts when the planet’s glaciers melted during the period of global warming at the close of the last ice age. Rice marine geologist André Droxler, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted. A graphic by Rice graduate student Pankaj Khanna, the lead author of the study, is included.
Washington Post (This story also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2z9rqNZ

On JFK documents, Trump squeezed over disclosure
Rice Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on President Donald Trump’s plan to release government documents related to former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Brinkley also appeared on CNN to discuss the documents and Trump’s feuds with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. Brinkley also is interviewed on Andrew Jackson and the historical significance of the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812.
Washington Post (This Associated Press story appeared in more than 300 other media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2iyqDz8
‘Erin Burnett OutFront’
CNN
http://bit.ly/2zFHqDE (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow’
CNN
http://bit.ly/2yMgGV3 (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
How Andrew Jackson’s victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans saved America
Fox News Radio
http://bit.ly/2iyYBna (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Texas Speaker, seen as moderate Republican, won’t seek re-election
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 stories on Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, who announced he will not seek re-election. Jones also appeared on Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” to discuss the issue.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. Similar articles appeared in more than 25 other media outlets. )
http://on.wsj.com/2iBPpOX
Joe Straus departure a political earthquake in clubby Austin
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story appeared on the front page of the Oct. 26 print edition with a different headline, “Political earthquake: Insiders express shock, say more changes in store.”)
http://bit.ly/2yLJoW7
http://bit.ly/2iwFhqp
Straus earthquake could shake up Texas politics for years
Texas Tribune (This story also appeared in The Eagle, ValleyCentral.com and Rivard Report.)
http://bit.ly/2gIYmVN
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2yMYeM7 (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Houston Matters’
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2zCYmKR
Texas Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2zPkTVT
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2zRgyBk (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://bit.ly/2iBxXd4 (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2iBLi5t (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2y8m2dW (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Brazil versus Mexico: Latin America’s fight for Big Oil’s money
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on Mexico’s competition with Brazil for investment dollars of major oil companies.
Reuters (This story appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://reut.rs/2y6pZzL

Yale-led study to examine health disparities in senior population
Provost Marie Lynn Miranda is a partner in a Yale University-led research team that received a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine environmental health disparities within the U.S. senior population.
Yale University
http://bit.ly/2gKmcAR

Saudi Arabia’s grand plan to move beyond oil: Big goals, bigger hurdles
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on Saudia Arabia’s efforts to diversify its economy.
New York Times (This story also appeared in the Straights Times.)
http://nyti.ms/2h8XYNj

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Emmett issues 15 recommendations to boost regional flood control
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 in a story on Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s plan to prevent disasters such as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story appeared on the front page of the Oct. 26 print edition with a different headline, “Emmett pushes 15-point plan on flood control.” An Associated Press version of the story appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2lhJaR9
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
Blackburn discussed flood control and storm surge and his new book about a plan for the Texas coast.
http://bit.ly/2yOHWQv (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

The void of political courage in Texas carries a heavy economic cost
An op-ed by Texas Rep. César Blanco, D-El Paso, mentions Steve Murdoch, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology.
Texas Tribune
http://bit.ly/2yToQup

Andrew White, son of late Gov. Mark White, explores 2018 gubernatorial campaign
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 Andrew White, son of the late Texas Gov. Mark White, exploring a run for governor. Jones is also quoted about protected speech on college campuses.
ValleyCentral.com
http://bit.ly/2yMTQdE
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://bit.ly/2hd1iaz (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Poll: Texans’ support for higher education firm despite GOP digs
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found supporters of President Donald Trump were more likely than those who backed Democrat Hillary Clinton to say there are many ways to succeed with only a high school diploma is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2zb1KAF
http://bit.ly/2gGDYB6

The rain has stopped: So why are so many Harvey survivors feeling worse?
Claudia Kolker, associate director of intellectual capital, marketing and communications at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article examining Acute Stress Disorder. Matthew Wettergreen, lecturer for the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at the Jones School, are quoted.
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2zGDp1B

University of Texas beats Rice, Texas A&M in ranking of world’s best colleges
U.S. News & World Report ranks Rice No. 14 among best national universities and No. 81 among best global universities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2zFHOC0
http://bit.ly/2zR8hh3
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Rice is No. 10 on WalletHub’s list of the top colleges and universities for 2018.
http://bit.ly/2i6Sqmj (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

C&J Energy buys Midland’s O-Tex Pumping
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 mentioned in a photo cutline.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yNjJKr
http://bit.ly/2yOIfe6

BROADCAST

National Public Radio
According to a Rice report, the loss of oil and gas from Pemex pipelines is more than $1 billion a year. Tony Payan, the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, comments.
http://bit.ly/2yMb5Oz (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 700 stations.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses Houston traffic.
http://bit.ly/2hcry4w (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Q&A: An expert sounds the alarm about unchecked sharing of health app data
Kirsten Ostherr, professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, discussed concerns about the lack of regulation of health and wellness mobile apps by the Food and Drug Administration and the potential for personal health data to be collected, saved and shared.
STAT News
http://bit.ly/2iA97KH
Health, wellness apps pose risk to consumer privacy
Health Data Management
http://bit.ly/2yTLyCL

Grappling with the health consequences of floods
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in a story on diseases that often follow major storms such as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Graduate student Seth Pedersen is quoted, and a photo by Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured.
IEEE Pulse
http://bit.ly/2y6JdoO

BCRA
Alumna Jana Simison ’98 was hired as an associate architect at BCRA in Seattle.
Daily Journal of Commerce
http://bit.ly/2yMIAQQ

November events presented by California Lutheran University
Clarinetist Micah Wright ’12 will perform Nov. 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Citizens Journal
http://bit.ly/2yRO1hb

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Simple steps your small organization can take to defend itself against cyberattacks
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a guide on guarding against cyberattack.
Boing Boing
http://bit.ly/2gLAxNl

Tucker Carlson: If robots are killing jobs, why allow 1 million low-skilled workers to immigrate legally?
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.
Vdare
http://bit.ly/2zFmGvE

SPORTS

Rice soccer clinches 1st outright regular season conference title
The Rice women’s soccer team’s 1-0 victory over the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Oct. 22 clinched the Conference USA regular season championship. The story includes a photo of the Owls’ Louise Stephens.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2ldUe1H
http://bit.ly/2zPsx2s

Aggies, Longhorns renew rivalry in scrimmage benefiting Harvey victims
The University of Texas men’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M University 73-69 in an exhibition Oct. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Proceeds from the game will benefit Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey victims. A slideshow with the Houston Chronicle stories includes four photos of President David Leebron with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2yStzMZ
http://bit.ly/2yNnwXV
Oct. 25: Texas 73, Texas A&M 69
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2hbqZZ0
Gov. Greg Abbott aims to ‘reunite the Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar story appeared at NBCSports.com, The Eagle and SEC Country.)
http://bit.ly/2yMES9V
http://bit.ly/2z8udXB
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2gGvBWc (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2iBve3E (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2i6BaO7 (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2zRpgjj (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KXTT-AM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2iySn6x (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2z8pWnc (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Breaking down Rice versus Louisiana Tech
The Rice football team faces Louisiana Tech University Oct. 28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2iArnUm

Breaking down Prairie View A&M versus Bacone College
A photo of Rice football player Parker Smith is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2gIGtGY

Longhorns’ Tom Herman is the highest paid coach in Texas
A slideshow featuring the highest-paid college football coaches in the country mentions Rice’s David Bailiff.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2h9aBIt
http://bit.ly/2yK0pQD

Inside the Texans versus Seahawks matchup
Former Rice football player Luke Willson, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2gLdKBo

Alumni notebook: Former War Eagle earns Southland Conference honor
Rice volleyball player Madison McDaniel was named Conference USA Setter of the Week for the second time in three weeks.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2y5GYSB

NEWS RELEASE

Baker Institute expert: Trump’s public health emergency must be ‘followed up with additional action’
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency to deal with the opioid epidemic.
http://bit.ly/2zSrnTZ

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.