Dateline Rice for Nov. 29, 2017


GOP tax plan rattles higher education
Rice President David Leebron is quoted in an article on a Republican tax plan that would place new taxes on colleges and universities. A photo of Rice’s Lovett Hall is included.


Trump shares inflammatory anti-Muslim videos
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted in an article on President Donald Trump sharing videos on Twitter that allegedly portray Muslims committing acts of violence.
New York Times

Obama returns to global stage, now as a private citizen
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on former President Barack Obama’s three-day international tour.
CBS News (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 100 media outlets.)

Saudi prince freed in ‘billion-dollar deal’ after graft probe
Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Saudi Arabian authorities releasing Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was arrested as part of a anti-corruption crackdown.
Yahoo News (This Agence France Presse article appeared in more than 100 media outlets.)

For Congress, corporate world holds lessons on harassment      
Associate Professor of Psychology Eden King is quoted in an article on the effectiveness of sexual harassment training.
Hurriyet Daily News (This Agence France Presse article appeared in more than 20 media outlets.)


Emmett calls for more funding from state, less interference
Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article on the annual State of the County speech by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ’71. Stein and graduate student Andrew Menger also co-authored an article reporting their research finding that messages emphasizing how government is responding to citizens’ demands can influence public behavior, a conclusion based on voting patterns in Colorado.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Nov. 29 print edition with a different headline, “Emmett clashes with state leaders.” )
Officials can nudge public behavior by showing that they are responding to people’s demands
LSE US Centre

Judge Emmett reiterates flood control and mitigation is ‘job 1’ after Harvey, Harris tax payers will have to fund it partially
Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena, which performed before Emmett’s State of the County address, is featured in a photo.
Houston Public Media

Rice Business accepting applications for inaugural online MBA program
The 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Houston Style, and a portion appeared in the Nov. 29 print edition of the Chronicle in a roundup of business news.)

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. This article appeared in the Nov. 29 print edition and was included in a previous Dateline when the article was posted online. A similar article appeared in Broadway World.)

Venezuelan virus turns Citgo into a zombie
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a column on the arrest of Citgo’s top managers in Venezuela and an article on the country’s oil production.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Nov. 29 print edition with a different headline, “Venezuela’s president is turning Citgo into a zombie company.”)
OPEC over-producers can look to faltering Venezuela for cushion
Platts (Subscription is required.)

Multi-institutional biomedical informatics training grant wins 6th competitive renewal
The National Library of Medicine Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science, managed by the Gulf Coast Consortia and the Keck Center, was awarded a $3.1 million renewal. Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering, is quoted. Risa Myers, a lecturer in computer science, and Tony Gorry, the former Friedkin Chair in Management and professor of computer science, also are mentioned.
TMC News (This article also appeared in MilTech.)

Michael Diehl, PhD: ‘Resolving Integrated Scaffold Protein Functions in Living Cells’
Michael Diehl, associate professor of bioengineering and of chemistry, will give a lecture Nov. 30 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
TMC News

CD6: While Barton mulls options, the left and right sense weakness, opportunity
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 U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, after a sexually explicit photo of Barton was released online.
TXElects (Subscription is required.)

#GivingTuesday: You want to give but you’re not sure whom to trust. Here Is some guidance
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article on how to select trustworthy charities.
Houston Public Media

What movies are showing outside the megaplex?
“Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt” is showing Dec. 2 at Rice Cinema.
Houston Chronicle

Perfect illusion: The best of the week
Peter Silberman will perform Dec. 2 in the Rice Memorial Center’s Ray Courtyard.
Houston Press

2017 Holiday Outlook: Shoppers embracing online shopping to save time
Vikas Mittal, Rice’s J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing, and graduate student Kyuhong Han were part of a research team that found the number of consumers doing more than 40 percent of their holiday shopping online has increased from 52 percent to 62 percent over this time last year.
Texas A&M University


Jobs program needed to improve Houston income inequality, report says
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Quianta Moore, a fellow in child health policy in Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, are quoted in stories on Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Task Force on Equity.
Houston Public Media
How can Houston be a more equitable city?
Houston Public Media
How early childhood programs can help solve Houston inequality
Houston Public Media

‘Great Day Houston’
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, discusses the H-Town Sneaker Summit.
KHOU-TV (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WBEN-AM (Buffalo, N.Y.)
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.)


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. Co-authors Dian Nostikasari, a research fellow at the Kinder Institute; Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships for the Kinder Institute; Rice junior Taylor Morin; and Kelsey Walker, a former postbaccalaureate fellow for the Kinder Institute, are quoted.

5 technology trends for 2018
Alumnus Kyle Voosen ’01 authored an article on the National Instruments Trend Watch, which examines the future of technology.
Control Engineering

Kant, Hume, and the retailer’s dilemma
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and a marketing and consumer behavior expert, co-authored a paper titled “When Ethical Transgression of Customers Has Beneficial Long-Term Effects in Retailing: An Empirical Investigation,” which examines how merchants react to customers who violate company policy or norms of ethical behavior. (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

3-D printing: Prototype bumper fascia produced quickly; Rice ‘schwarzites’ could make structural car parts
An article mentions Rice engineers are using 3-D printers to turn structures that have until now existed primarily in theory into strong, light and durable materials called schwarzites. Postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary and graduate student Peter Owuor are quoted.
Repairer Driven News


Palm Springs Opera Guild’s annual competition features 8 singers vying for $40K in prize money
Anne Marie Stanley, a graduate student in voice performance at the Shepherd School of Music, is one of eight who will compete in the Dorothy Nocita Memorial Palm Springs Vocal Competition Dec. 3 in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Broadway World

Obituary: Patricia Jacobs, Bayer chemist and Kenyan nonprofit
Alumna Patricia B. “Pat” Jacobs ’69 died Nov. 19.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Florida Atlantic finishes atop final Conference USA power rankings
Rice is No. 12 in a ranking of Conference USA football teams.

Texas A&M women’s basketball breezes past Prairie View A&M, 98-70
Articles on the Texas A&M women’s basketball team mention the Aggies face Rice Nov. 29 in College Station.
No. 18 Women’s basketball cruises to 98-70 win over PVAMU
The Battalion

Lahnert: My 2 cents
A roundup of news mentions former Rice football player Sterling Elza ’97, who died Nov. 25.
Amarillo Globe-News


Rice U. study: Public schools lagging in family and community engagement
Although schools’ family and community engagement is the top driver of overall satisfaction among parents, public schools nationwide get poor marks for it, according to a new study by scholars at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The inaugural 2017 Collaborative for Customer-Based Execution and Strategy (C-CUBES) Benchmark K-12 School Study was based on a nationally representative online survey of 7,259 parents conducted during October through November. The goal of the ongoing study is to provide an evidence-based approach to incorporate the stakeholder input in strategic planning and execution for public schools.

Rice U. expert available to discuss financing of disaster response
A new report by Rice and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi outlines the process of financing disaster response on the Gulf Coast. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Katya Wowk of the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are available to discuss the report.

About Matt Wilson

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