Dateline Rice for Nov. 6, 2017 (Weekend Edition)


In the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters, will universities tip the scale?
An article on Amazon’s search for a second headquarters includes a chart that lists Rice as having a Computer Science Department ranked among the top 15 (No. 7).
Chronicle of Higher Education

Saudi princes, ex-ministers arrested in anti-graft purge
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the arrest of princes, military officers, businessmen and other top officials in Saudi Arabia.
Yahoo Finance (Similar articles appeared in more than 500 media outlets.)

Venezuelan oil too big to fail, at least for China and Russia
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Venezuela’s debt and its effect on the most important customers of its oil industry, China and Russia.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared at Petroleum World, Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide and

Texas loses 2 all-star lawmakers in 1 week
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, authored an op-ed on announcements by Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, that they won’t seek re-election. Jones also is quoted in an article on voter turnout in Harris County and an article on the role of Rep. Lloyd Doggett, R-Austin, in tax reform efforts. Jones also commented on possible changes to the process by which the Texas Speaker of the House is selected and Democratic fundraising.
The Hill
Lamar Smith won’t seek re-election, retiring from Congress
Texas Standard (This story aired on 30 radio stations.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Paltry showing expected to continue through Election Day
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Austin’s Lloyd Doggett to get spotlight in US tax reform push?
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
With Straus out, caucus considers Speaker selection rules change
Texas Monitor
More on Democratic Congressional candidate fundraising
Off the Kuff

Neuroscientist David Eagleman and composer Anthony Brandt explain how creativity works
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.”
The Verge (This article also appeared at Techtly, Orion Africa News, USA Online Journal and
KQED-FM (San Francisco) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

3 easy money-saving tips you wish you thought of first
An article by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, is mentioned.
Huffington Post

In ‘Soonish,’ a scientist/cartoonist couple predict tomorrow’s technologies
“Soonish,” a book by Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and her husband, Zach, is reviewed and featured.
‘Weekly Space Hangout’
Universe Today

Richard Linklater on ‘Last Flag Flying,’ confidence and the film that launched his career
Film director Richard Linklater, a Houston native, mentioned watching films at the Rice Media Center during his youth.
Variety (This article also appeared on Internet Movie Database.)

Richmond-area couple featured on HGTV’s ‘House Hunters’
Newlyweds Rich and Lauren Spain, former Duncan College resident associates, will be featured on an episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters” Nov. 16.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

What the undocumented immigrant experience means for mental health
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, is quoted in a story about a Rice study that found nearly a quarter of Mexican immigrants who live near the California-Mexico border without legal authorization have a mental disorder, particularly depression or anxiety.
Pacific Standard

Worldwide hate epidemic
An article authored by Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is mentioned in a column on anti-Muslim sentiment.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Why Americans don’t give a damn about mass shootings
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. Also, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett mentions the speech. (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
‘NFL Films Presents’
NFL Network (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Rice fellow nominated to Energy Dept. post
A roundup of energy news includes the White House’s announcement that Linda Capuano, fellow in energy technology in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be nominated to serve as administrator of the Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the Department of Energy. EIA is the department’s statistical and analytical agency.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Nov. 4 print edition with a different headline, “Trump picks Rice official for data post.”)

Baha’i community celebrates bicentennial, shares its inclusive message
Alumna Melanie Mouzoon ’77 is quoted in an article on the Baha’i faith.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Belief section in the Nov. 5 print edition with a different headline, “The divine oneness.”)

SMU, TCU, other private colleges would lose millions under GOP plan to tax high-dollar endowments
Rice is cited as one of the private universities in Texas that would be impacted by the GOP plan to tax private schools that have large endowments.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

How would the GOP tax plan change your tax bill?
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, is quoted.
Texas Public Radio
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

3 questions for choreographer Karen Stokes
Choreographer Karen Stokes mentions that her father taught history at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Downtown’s future
An editorial on The Plan Downtown, a development proposal for downtown Houston, mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Book events: Nov. 5-11
Novelists Claire Messud and Jennifer Egan will discuss and sign copies of their new books Nov. 6 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall as part of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Jennifer Egan’s new novel has special meaning in Harvey aftermath as Inprint ensures reading will go on
CultureMap Houston

New Haven Symphony, soloists, Yale Glee club team on ‘Beethoven’s Ninth’ Nov. 9
Alumna Jennifer Johnson Cano ’08 will perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra Nov. 9 in New Haven, Conn.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Middletown Press, Connecticut Post, Fairfield Citizen, News-Times, Greenwich Time, New Milford Spectrum, The Advocate, New Canaan News, Darien News and Westport News.)

A donation drive brought Melanie Pang and Kendall Toarmina together
An article on Kendall Toarmina ’10 and Melanie Pang, who were married in May in the Rice Chapel, mentions the couple met at Willy’s Pub.
OutSmart Magazine


‘Anderson Cooper 360’
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley comments on a secret FBI document on Martin Luther King Jr., which was part of a release of files related to the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy. Brinkley also commented on Pres. Donald Trump’s trip to Asia.
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘CNN Newsroom with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul’
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

UH, Rice launch 5-year survey to track post-Harvey recovery
Researchers from Rice University and the Hobby School of Public Affairs at University of Houston will survey as many as 2,000 people in the Houston area over five years to record the human impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Houston Public Media
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KHOU-TV (Houston)
The Rice Marching Owl Band participated in a parade Nov. 3 honoring the Houston Astros’ World Series victory. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Erin Baumgartner, a researcher for the Houston Education Research Consortium, part of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and School of Social Sciences, commented on the quality of pre-K programs. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WGBH-FM (Boston)
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 quoted in a story on automation in the medical field. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WAMU-FM (Washington)
A Rice study on flooding potential ahead of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which also aired on WESA-FM in Pittsburgh, WEAA-FM in Baltimore and WUNC-FM in Raleigh, N.C.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
An experiment at the Children’s Museum of Houston features a process Rice researchers use to create nanocapsules, a process called “self-assembly.” (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
A certified financial planner certification course at Rice is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Ultra-thin cameras for thinner smartphones
FlatCam, an extremely thin, lensless camera system developed by Rice engineers that uses sophisticated algorithms to record images and videos, is featured. Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Display Daily

Lazard’s latest energy cost report draws mixed opinions on implications
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development, is quoted in an article on Lazard’s latest Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis.

UTA professor wins Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Alumnus Frank Lewis ’71, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Liaoning China Friendship Award.
Science Magazine

Who’s News: Residential appointments and promotions
Alumnus David Menendez ’89 joined Douglas Elliman Real Estate in New York.
Real Estate Weekly

Group show at Midway Contemporary Art
Lisa Lapinski, an assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, organized an art show at Minneapolis’ Midway Contemporary Art that will move to Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts in 2018.
Contemporary Art Daily

Artificial insulin-releasing cells may make it easier to manage diabetes
Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Science News (This article also appeared at


MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition
An article about the MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million 100&Change grant mentions that a project from Rice is among the four finalists.

Health roundup: Alzheimer’s edition
A roundup of Alzheimer’s-related news mentions that a probe invented at Rice that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing the disease — has identified a specific binding site on the protein that could facilitate better drugs to treat the disease.

The Deciduous Trio — Deeply rooted
The Deciduous Trio, Amulet Strange ’14, Stephanie Mientka ’13 and Hope Cowan ’15, will play Nov. 14 at the State Theatre in McComb, Miss.


UAB bowl-eligible with rout of Rice
The Rice football team lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 52-21 Nov. 4.
Houston Chronicle (This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KIAH-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WVTM-TV (Birmingham, Ala.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) instant analysis: UAB blows out Rice to become bowl-eligible (A similar story appeared at,,,, and
How UAB throttled Rice for huge home win
Slumping Rice preps for UAB’s unique success
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Rice looks to end losing streak, while UAB eyes bowl bid
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Best in Texas: TCU remains No. 1; How far did Texas Tech fall?
Rice is No. 11 in a ranking of Texas college football teams.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Conference USA power rankings Week 10
Rice is No. 13 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.
Underdog Dynasty

‘NFL on CBS’
Rice Stadium was featured during the Houston Texans’ Nov. 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts.
CBS (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

USM wins yardage battle, loses scoreboard war at Tennessee
A story on the University of Southern Mississippi football team’s Nov. 4 loss to the University of Tennessee mentions USM’s Nov. 11 game at Rice. (This article also appeared at,,,,, and
WJTV-TV (Jackson, Miss.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WILM-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

College basketball preview: Rice opens under first-year coach Scott Pera
The Rice men’s basketball team’s season is previewed. Coach Scott Pera and players A.J. Lapray, Dylan Jones and Connor Cashaw are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)

OVC Basketball: EKU tops Georgetown 91-69
An article on the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team mentions the Colonels face Rice Nov. 10.
Richmond Register

Everything you need to catch up on for college basketball season
Former Rice basketball player Egor Koulechov ’17, who now plays at the University of Florida, is mentioned.
New York Post (This article also appeared in College and University.)
Everyone in college basketball is chasing the blue bloods
New York Post
Chomping at Bits: Florida men’s basketball picks up exhibition win; Chris Chiozza suffers injury
Alligator Army

UCSB pulls away to exhibition win in Joe Pasternack’s coaching debut
An article on the University of California at Santa Barbara men’s basketball team mentions former Rice player Marcus Jackson.

Gov. Abbott proclaims Houston Astros Day in Texas
A photo of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott shaking hands with President David Leebron at Tudor Fieldhouse at halftime of a men’s basketball exhibition between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University is featured in a slideshow that accompanies a story about Abbott declaring Nov. 3 as Houston Astros Day.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Beaumont Enterprise, Laredo Morning Times and News Hub.)

Lady Toppers roll to road sweep over Rice
The Rice volleyball team lost to Western Kentucky University Nov. 3.
Bowling Green Daily News
WKU wins 22nd straight, sweeps Rice
(RV) Western Kentucky sweeps Rice for 22nd straight victory

A track star returns to her trail roots
Alumna Becky Wade ’11 authored an article about Olympian Julia Bleasdale.
REI Co-op Journal

Astros catcher has most inspirational story in baseball
A story on Houston Astros player Evan Gattis mentions that the Rice baseball team once recruited him.

Christian McCaffrey talks rookie season, his football family and ‘Call of Duty’
An article on former Stanford University football player Christian McCaffrey, who now plays for the Carolina Panthers, includes a photo from a 2016 game against Rice.

Oklahoma hasn’t missed a beat under Lincoln Riley, 34, the youngest coach in the country
A story on University of Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley mentions he considered a position at Rice.
Oklahoma Gazette


Rice U. report finds English-language learners less likely to participate in school choice
English-language learners in the Houston Independent School District are less likely to attend “non-zoned” schools, according to a new report from the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), part of Rice University’s School of Social Sciences and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Madeline Mavrogordato, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University, co-authored the study for HERC and is available to discuss the research.

About Matt Wilson

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