Dateline Rice for Nov. 28, 2017


Grammy nominations: The good, the bad and the Houston
The Houston Symphony’s recording of “Berg: Wozzeck,” which included a chorus of students and alumni from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, was nominated for a Grammy for best opera recording.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in Slate.)


Samsung develops a graphene battery-booster that could fully charge phones in just 12 minutes
A story on Samsung researchers using graphene balls to boost battery performance and charge time mentions Rice research on graphene’s electrothermal properties.
Daily Mail

La première pierre du royaume spatial d’Asgardia est en orbite
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned in a story on Asgardia, a proposed space nation.
Usbek & Rica (An English translation is not available.)


Conservative coalition blasts House ‘obstructionists’
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 conservative leaders calling for GOP House candidates to support voting as a bloc for Texas House speaker.
Texas Monitor

Don Willett: Elite universites mostly don’t require history majors to take American history
Rice’s course requirements for history majors are mentioned.
Politifact Texas

UH to host DeRay Mckesson for Black Lives Matter discussion
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, was the keynote speaker at last year’s “social justice solutions” forum at the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston Open pursues alternate sponsorship model ahead of 2018 event
Tom Stallings, professor in the practice of sport management, discusses the Houston Open golf tournament’s efforts to secure sponsorship after Shell discontinued its partnership with the PGA Tour event.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)


KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
John Diamond, director of the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses Republican tax reform efforts. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a story on sexual misconduct allegations against politicians. Stein also is mentioned in an article on Amazon’s search for a second headquarters; the article also mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Space City’s case for Amazon’s $5 billion headquarters
Business Xpansion Journal

‘CNN Dinero’
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the political situation in Venezuela.
CNN en Español (An English translation is not available.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KLBJ-AM (Austin)
A 2005 Rice study that found obese shoppers experience discrimination from sales clerks is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WSCL-FM (Salisbury, Md.)
Flutist Aaron Perdue ’11 and pianist Christopher McKiggan ’12 are featured.


From SLAC: ‘SLAC-led study shows potential for efficiently controlling 2-D materials with light
Rice, a partner of the Materials Genome Innovation for Computational Software center led by the University of Southern California, was involved in a study of the effect of laser light on 2-D materials.
Science Springs (This article also appeared at Lab Manager Magazine, MilTech and Nanowerk.)

OER textbooks join ‘day-1 access’ programs in campus bookstores
Richard Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted in an article on OpenStax textbooks being made available at bookstores run by Follett and Barnes & Noble Education. OpenStax is a nonprofit initiative of Rice.
Campus Technology


Wharton dislodges Harvard to top 2017 P&Q MBA ranking
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

World’s top 100 universities for studying physics
Rice is mentioned in Times Higher Education’s ranking.

Best free MOOCs in business in December
A Rice course titled “Finance for Non-Finance Professionals” is mentioned in a list of massive open online courses.
Poets & Quants

Mattawan Hall of Honor inductees recognized
Alumna Chelsea Shephard ’11 was inducted to the Mattawan Hall of Honor in Mattawan, Mich.

Faith, fellowship at YMCA prayer breakfast
Former Rice football coach Fred Goldsmith spoke Nov. 22 in Lincolnton, N.C.
Lincoln Times-News

Brief: UI professor to discuss global allies at LWV forum
Alumna Lisa Carlson ’94 will speak Nov. 29 at the League of Women Voters of Moscow forum in Moscow, Idaho.
Moscow-Pullman Daily News


Rice fires football coach David Bailiff
Rice will conduct a national search for a new football coach after relieving David Bailiff of his duties Nov. 27. Owls defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will serve as interim head coach.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Bailiff let go after 11 season guiding Owls,” and was included in a previous Dateline when the article was posted online.)
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Coaching job profile: Pluses and minuses of the Rice vacancy
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

UTA Mavericks lock in win against UT-Dallas
The Rice men’s basketball team plays the University of Texas at Arlington Nov. 29.
The Shorthorn

Aggies play on back-to-back nights
The Rice women’s basketball team faces Texas A&M University Nov. 29.
The Eagle

Texas State to host 1st, 2nd rounds of NIVC tournament
The Rice volleyball team takes on Texas State University Nov. 30 in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in San Marcos.
San Marcos Daily Record


Rice U.’s Jones Graduate School of Business now accepting applications for new online MBA program
The top-ranked Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice is now accepting applications for MBA@Rice, a new online Master of Business Administration degree for professionals across the country. Rice Business is ranked among the best business schools in the nation. The school placed 10th among the 2017 Best Business Schools, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Rice Business has also earned notable rankings from Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review.

Only 11 percent of Harris County census tracts home to some low-income housing projects
Only 11 percent of Harris County’s census tracts are home to the area’s 126 competitive, low-income housing tax credit projects for the general population; this finding suggests more needs to be done to increase access to affordable housing options across the nation’s third-largest county, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The report, “Growing But Unequal: Mapping High-Opportunity Areas and Implications for Affordable Housing in Houston,” examines affordable housing options in the Greater Houston area (Harris County) as of September 2016. It focuses on the opportunity side of the discussion about where to place LIHTC properties and informs a larger debate between high-opportunity areas and revitalization areas.

Baker Institute’s Diamond available to discuss GOP tax plan
President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Capitol Hill today to visit with Republicans in Congress who are currently working to pass the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986 by the end of this calendar year. John Diamond, director of the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss the House and Senate tax bills and their implications.

About Matt Wilson

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