Dateline Rice for Nov. 10, 2017


How the Saudi Arabia corruption crackdown will play out
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vision for Saudi Arabia’s future.
The Guardian (This article also appeared at Exec Review.)

A prison for princes: The Ritz-Carlton’s Saudi Arabian scandal
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Saudi Arabian princes arrested in an anti-corruption purge who are being held in the Ritz-Carlton Riyadh.
Jerusalem Post

Teaching newsletter: One way to fight fake news
Jordan Trachtenberg, a writing and communication lecturer, is mentioned in a note on holding individual conferences with students.
Chronicle of Higher Education

NASA’s most powerful moon rocket Saturn V completes 50 years of its maiden voyage
An article on the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Saturn V booster’s first launch mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
International Business Times (Similar stories appeared at and Space Coast Daily.)

War on press isn’t new with Trump, but it’s much more dangerous
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on President Donald Trump’s criticism of the press.


As Houston rebuilds, we need amenities, not eyesores
An article on Houston’s plans to mitigate future flooding mentions recommendations issued by 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, and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine, and it appeared on the front of the StarLiving section in the Nov. 10 print edition.)

Developers who want to build in Houston floodplain show contempt for facts, city
A column on a proposal to build 800 homes in a West Houston neighborhood that sits in a floodplain mentions Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Nov. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Floodplain plans show a disregard for reality.”)

Rep. Zerwas may be in crosshairs of PAC’s $100,000 ‘Dirty Dozen’ bounties
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 an article on Texas House Republicans being targeted by the New Leadership PAC ahead of 2018 elections.
Texas Monitor

What you need to know about flooding, buying a new home
An article mentions a study by Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston that found Houston floodplain maps failed to predict roughly 75 percent of flood damage from five floods between 1999 and 2009. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of the SSPEED Center, are quoted.

‘One Great Night’ for the men, not so much for the World Series trophy
An article on “One Great Night in November,” an annual fundraiser at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, includes photos of President David Leebron and trustee emeritus Harry Reasoner in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Ars Lyrica celebrates ‘Italian Sirens’ and Houston women
Vocalist Alexandra Smither ’16 will perform “Italian Sirens” Nov. 12 at Houston’s Hobby Center.
Houston Public Media

Tiny paintings and golden carpets unveiled in MFAH’s ‘Bestowing Beauty’
Associate Professor of History Lisa Balabanlilar will give a lecture titled “Love Has Befriended Me: Persian Art and Culture in World History” Feb. 8 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Houston Press

Trinity visits Rice University for GCURS presentation
The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium, held Nov. 4 at Rice, is reviewed.

Poster presentation, speakers spotlight Rice research opportunities
Joff Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of bioengineering, and Rafael Verduzco, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, spoke about Rice’s summer research programs Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College.
San Jacinto Times


Houston Newsmakers Nov. 12: Helping a community heal after tragedy
Tom Kolditz, a crisis leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, discusses coping with the mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KABC-AM (Los Angeles)
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. Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology and the study’s lead author, comments. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Study finds massive trauma among undocumented immigrants
Rising Up With Sonali
NTN24 (Spanish)

425: Paul Ellison and his students
Paul Ellison, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings, is featured in a podcast.
Contrabass Conversations


Russia wields the oil diplomacy card
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Russia’s risk amid ally Venezuela’s debt crisis and a new drilling rights deal with Kurdistan.
Gulf News

Guest artists add a new dimension to hip-hop studies
An article on hip-hop studies programs mentions 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, and Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Revisiting the Warnock rule
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, interviewed former U.K. House of Lords member and philosopher Mary Warnock about the Warnock Report, which established that research on human embryos should be limited to the first 14 days of development.

How activity in the Guyana mini basin is booming with 5 exciting discoveries since 2015
Alumnus Siddhartha Sen ’09 co-authored an article on offshore oil and gas exploration off Guyana.
IHS Markit


Solving the equation
Graduate student Austen James is quoted in an article on women in the Mathematics Department at Yale University, where she earned an undergraduate degree.
Yale Herald

2017 Carter Manny Awards given to Columbia GSAPP and UC Berkeley Ph.D. students
Graduate student Nikki Moore received a citation for her dissertation, “Agritectures of the Green Revolution: Architecture, Art and the Agrilogistics of Transnational Aid From the United States to the Caribbean Region, 1930-1978,” in the Graham Foundation’s Carter Manny Awards.

Concert to spotlight strings and piano
Violinist Heather Haughn ’97 will perform with the West Shore Piano Trio Nov. 13 in Socorro, N.M.

Being single will kill you faster than obesity, study says
An article on the effects of loneliness mentions a study by Rice that found that while lonely adults were no more likely to catch a cold, they felt far worse when they did.
Daily Trust


After offseason exodus, Rice begins anew under Scott Pera
Rice’s men’s basketball team is featured in a season preview ahead of the Owls’ Nov. 10 season opener against Eastern Kentucky University at Tudor Fieldhouse. Coach Scott Pera and players Bishop Mency and Connor Cashaw are quoted. Players A.J. Lapray, Dylan Jones, Robert Martin, Tim Harrison, Ako Adams, Austin Meyer, Najja Hunter and Malik Osborne are mentioned, as is former coach Mike Rhoades and ex-Owl Marcus Evans.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article, which also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, was on the front of the Sports section in the Nov. 10 print edition of the Chronicle.)
Lots of changes greet the start of college basketball in Houston
Houston Press
New-look Rice Owls ready to make a winning mark
Nick Mayo looks to the season, and his hoops future

College basketball preview: Rice women
Rice’s women’s basketball team is featured in a season preview. Coach Tina Langley and players Nicole Iademarco, Erica Ogwumike and Olivia Ogwumike are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Baylor soccer hosts NCAA tournament opener
The Rice women’s soccer team will face Baylor University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Nov. 10 in Waco.
KWKT-TV (Waco, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Soccer looks to take down Rice Owls in first NCAA Tournament roundoff
Baylor Lariat
SOC hosts opening round of NCAA postseason

KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)
The Rice football team faces the University of Southern Mississippi Nov. 11. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Southern Miss heads to Rice

Sam Houston baseball unveils loaded 2018 schedule
The Rice baseball team faces Sam Houston State University April 3 and May 8.
SHSU baseball unveils 2018 schedule
Huntsville Item

UTSA to close out regular season at home against Charlotte, Rice
The Rice volleyball team plays against the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 11.

Ozougwu bursts onto scene for UNT
Former Rice football player Cheta Ozougwu is mentioned in a story on his brother, University of North Texas player Joe Ozougwu.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Monster of a game: Big Green calls Fenway home for a night
A story on Dartmouth College football mentions Brian Mann, Rice’s associate athletic director for development.
Valley News


OpenStax textbooks now available through bookstore digital access programs
Rice-based publisher OpenStax announced today that its textbooks are now available through VitalSource and RedShelf, the digital textbook providers for the majority of campus bookstores in the U.S. Colleges and universities participating in inclusive access programs — programs where students are billed for all their digital textbooks and resources at registration — will include OpenStax content for free or for no additional cost beyond a marginal platform fee.

Rice lecture to focus on ‘new political reality’ in US
The “new political reality” of the United States will be the focus of the third Scientia lecture Nov. 14 in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium. Rice political scientist Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology and director of the Scientia Institute, will examine this new reality, in which alternative facts are a meaningful part of political dialogue. He will also discuss the power of political conspiracies.

About Matt Wilson

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