Dateline Rice for Nov. 7, 2017


The Catch-22 of applying for private scholarships
Student Association President Justin Onwenu authored an op-ed on private scholarships.
New York Times


What the hell just happened in Saudi Arabia?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on an anticorruption dragnet in Saudi Arabia. Ulrichsen also is quoted in articles about the arrest of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and President Donald Trump’s response to the crackdown.
An arrest in Saudi Arabia could be felt as far as Silicon Valley and Wall Street
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Morning Call.)
Trump defends Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on high-profile figures

After Texas massacre, churches and houses of worship fear shootings and tighten security
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religion and fellow,at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, where he is also director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, is quoted in an article on congregations hiring security officers and taking other steps to protect themselves following a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, that killed 26 people.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in Yahoo News.)

WAMU-FM (Washington)
Alumna Annise Parker ’78, a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders and former mayor of Houston, is interviewed about the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 700 radio stations.)

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 a Republican tax reform plan. Jones also is quoted in articles on voter turnout in Harris County and an article on Amazon’s search for a second headquarters. (Click the audio button to listen to the National Public Radio broadcast, which aired on more than 700 radio stations.)
Paltry showing expected to continue through Election Day
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Nov. 7 print edition with a different headline, “Weighty election draws thin voter interest.”)
Election Day 2017
Off the Kuff
The controversy that could hold back some Amazon HQ2 contenders
CNN Money (This article also appeared in more than 40 other media outlets.)

Trump says NY attacker should be put to death
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a story on President Donald Trump’s call for the man charged in a truck attack in New York that killed eight people.
Still Water Courier

Timeline: Babytalk
A story examining language acquisition in children mentions a 2012 article by the Shepherd School of Music and the University of Maryland that argues music comes first and language second. Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory, is mentioned as a co-author of the article.
Vermont Public Radio


GOP tweak would spare SMU and most — but not all — private schools from multimillion-dollar tax hit
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.)

Harvey’s impact extends as far as some coral reefs
Rice marine biologist Adrienne Correa is quoted in a story on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, which has not yet suffered the same level of damage from freshwater runoff caused by Tropical Storm Harvey as was observed following flooding on the Gulf Coast in 2016.
Houston Public Media

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic renames flagship clinic
Houston’s Kelsey-Seybold Clinic renamed its flagship center the Spencer R. Berthelsen M.D., Main Campus in honor of alumnus Spencer Berthelsen ’76, who retired as managing director and internal medicine physician March 10.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

21 best things to do in Houston this week: The Nutcracker Market and Cinema Arts Festival
The Houston Cinema Arts Festival will include a screening of “Bodied,” a satire by filmmaker Joseph Kahn set in the world of battle rap. Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, will discuss the film with Kahn. President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Houston Press


KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)
A story on the Houston Symphony mentions that it performed at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall while damage to Jones Hall caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey was being repaired. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
Alumnus James Moyer ’66 is developing land in Fairmount, Texas, near the shores of Toledo Bend Lake, with a goal of boosting the local economy. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on KJAC-TV in Beaumont.)


Magnetic benefit of doping 2-D alloys
Rice researchers discovered that substituting atoms in the process of making two-dimensional alloys makes them customizable and magnetic. The lab of Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is mentioned. Graduate student Amey Apte is quoted.
Materials Today

Study: ELLs less likely to take advantage of district school choice programs
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, part of Rice’s School of Social Sciences and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Education Week

This week in PNAS
In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Rice and Baylor College of Medicine explore three-dimensional chromosome structures with the help of epigenetic profiling.

Peggy Whitson: Record-holding astronaut
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured.


Billy Graham’s 99th birthday offers 12-day radio special
An article on evangelist Billy Graham mentions his biography, “A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” written by William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The book is set to be released in March.
Baptist Press (This article also appeared at
As evangelist Billy Graham turns 99, Zondervan announces definitive biography, ‘A Prophet With Honor’
Religion News Service

AIA|LA honors winners for 2017 Design Awards, Next LA and COTE competitions
Michael Maltzan Architecture Inc. received a citation in the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Design Awards for its design of the Moody Center for the Arts.

How noted scientist and best-selling author of ‘Soonish’ Dr. Kelly Weinersmith writes
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, discusses writing.

Deep in the ‘art’ of downtown’s Avenida Houston
An article on Houston’s Avenida District mentions Rice’s contributions to the arts.

Michael Repper, Christine Lamprea to debut at Carnegie Hall Nov. 19
Alumna Hilary Purrington ’13 will debut “Daylight” Nov. 19 at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Broadway World

Ensysce Biosciences Inc. to present at Human Abuse Liability & Abuse-deterrent Formulations conference in Bethesda, Md., Nov. 6-7
Technology developed at Rice by the late Richard Smalley, a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, is mentioned.


Baylor soccer hosting Rice in NCAA tournament
The Rice women’s soccer team will face Baylor University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 10 in Waco.
Waco Tribune-Herald
Baylor soccer to begin NCAA tournament Friday against Rice
Baylor soccer earns hosting bid in NCAA Tournament
Soccer to host Rice Friday in NCAA Tournament
Baylor Lariat
SOC earns hosting bid in NCAA Tournament
KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

USM quarterback Kwadra Griggs expected to start Saturday
Kwadra Griggs is likely to be the University of Southern Mississippi’s starting quarterback Nov. 11 against Rice. (This article also appeared at,, and
Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson holds weekly news conference (Nov. 6)

Former Baylor WR Josh Gordon admits he used drugs ‘probably every game of my career’
An article on football player Josh Gordon includes a photo of former Rice player Phillip Gaines ’13, who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dallas Morning News

TD Club announces scholar-athlete finalists
An article on the Touchdown Club of Houston’s scholarship program mentions the president’s office at Rice participates in the selection of finalists.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Kansas set for road contest against Texas
An article on the University of Kansas’ Nov. 11 football game at the University of Texas mentions Jayhawks coach David Beaty was once an assistant coach at Rice.
Salina Post


Rice Architecture appoints Maria Nicanor as executive director of the Rice Design Alliance
Maria Nicanor has been appointed executive director of the Rice Design Alliance, the programming public engagement arm of Rice Architecture. Until recently, Nicanor served as the inaugural director of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid and was previously an architecture and design curator at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Rice U. expert available to discuss Trump in China
What should Americans expect from President Donald Trump’s visit to China this week? Rice China expert Steven Lewis is available for interviews leading up to, during and after Trump’s visit to Beijing. Lewis is professor in the practice, research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies.

Rice expert available to discuss crisis leadership in wake of Texas tragedy
In the wake of the worst mass shooting in Texas history, Rice’s Tom Kolditz, a crisis leadership scholar and director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is available to discuss leadership in the face of devastating tragedy. Kolditz is one of the world’s foremost researchers and writers on leadership in dangerous and tragic situations. He helped design development programming for a foundation in Newtown, Conn., following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

More than 80 percent of immigants living in US without authorization have trauma history
More than 80 percent of immigrants residing in the U.S. without authorization near the California-Mexico border have a lifetime history of traumatic events, according to a new study from a psychologist at Rice University. Nearly 50 percent of these immigrants suffer from clinically significant psychological distress. “One Scar Too Many:” The Associations Between Traumatic Events and Psychological Distress Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants” will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. This is the first study to provide population-based estimates for the prevalence of traumatic events and the association with clinically significant psychological distress among Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. without authorization.

Baker Institute’s Medlock available to discuss OPEC’s 2017 World Oil Outlook
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss OPEC’s 2017 World Oil Outlook, which provides “analysis of the many challenges and opportunities facing the global oil industry,” according to the Vienna-based organization. The release takes place three weeks before the 173rd OPEC Meeting in Vienna Nov. 30. Medlock is the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and a principal in the development of the Rice World Natural Gas Trade Model, which is aimed at assessing the future of international natural gas trade.

Houston Solutions Lab announces support for Rice studies on flooding and police services
Rice faculty and postdoctoral research fellows will study flooding and police services in Houston, thanks to three new awards from the Houston Solutions Lab, a partnership to draw Rice researchers and city departments together for mutually beneficial research. The program is part of the MetroLab Network, a national network of city-university research partnerships, all of which have the goal of leveraging academic expertise to help solve critical issues facing cities. Funding for the projects comes from three Rice entities: the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Office of Research and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.

About Matt Wilson

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