Dateline Rice for Dec. 1, 2017


Determining health effects of hazardous materials released during Hurricane Harvey
Provost and Professor of Statistics Marie Lynn Miranda is working on setting up an environmental health registry to gather information on toxic exposures and health outcomes in the aftermath of flooding caused by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
JAMA Network


Saudi Arabia drives OPEC to extend oil production cuts
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on OPEC and other major oil producers reaching a deal to extend output cuts through the end of 2018 in an effort to boost prices.
New York Times

Venezuela arrests 2 former oil officials, claiming corruption
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the arrest of two former top officials from Venezuela’s state oil company.
New York Times (This article also appeared in Easy Branches World News.)

Teenagers in The Times: November 2017
An op-ed by Student Association President Justin Onwenu is mentioned, and a photo of students touring Rice is featured.
New York Times

These GOP lawmakers voted to tax their alma maters
An article on U.S. House members who voted in favor of a Republican-proposed tax reform bill that would tax endowments at private universities mentions that Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., and Pete Olson, R-Texas, are Rice alumni.
Washington Post

House tax bill threatens to make housing even less affordable for poor
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned in an article on the House tax reform bill’s impact on housing. Shelton also discusses Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey recovery funding in an episode of “Houston Matters.” The segment also includes a segment featuring Tim Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Professor of English; Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, discussing a “second notice” issued by world scientists to detail various problems the planet is facing.
Full Show: Hurricane season ending, and Greg Louganis
Houston Public Media
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

GOP tax plan could hit students hard
Graduate student Charlotte Evans is quoted in an article on graduate students’ concerns over the House tax reform bill, which would tax tuition waivers.
Fox Business (This Dow Jones News article also appeared at ADVFN.)

Test aims to detect tumors with tiny, light-up tubes
Researchers at Rice and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have refined and, for the first time, run in vivo tests of a method that may allow nanotube-based probes to locate specific tumors in the body. Their ability to pinpoint tumors with submillimeter accuracy could eventually improve early detection and treatment of ovarian cancer. Mentioned are Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate student Ching-Wei Lin, the paper’s lead author; Stephen Sanchez, graduate student and co-author; and Kathleen Beckingham, professor of biochemistry and cell biology.
Futurity (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

On Tybee Island, a glimpse of why flood insurance is a vexing US challenge
An article on Hurricane Irma flooding Tybee Island, Ga., mentions a recent 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.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared at Yahoo News.)

Wind farms can now produce more electricity than coal plants in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on wind power capacity exceeding coal in Texas. Cohan also is quoted in articles on a coalition of industry groups sending a letter to U.S. senators to express worry about parts of a proposed tax plan that would subject renewable energy tax credits to a new tax and a court battle over an Environmental Protection Agency haze cleanup plan.
Wind and solar advocates have ‘urgent concerns’ about GOP tax plan
Houston Public Media
Fight over Texas regional haze plan continues

‘Incitement to violence’: Trump slammed for retweeting Islamophobic videos
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted in a story on President Donald Trump sharing videos on Twitter that allegedly portray Muslims committing acts of violence. Considine also is mentioned in a roundup of U.S. news.
Middle East Eye
30 Kasım Amerikan basınından özetleri
Voice of America Turkey (An English translation is not available.)

From the community: Dudok Kwartet, Rolston String Quartet and Jennifer Koh make Winter Chamber Music Festival debuts in 2018
The Rolston String Quartet, formerly the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform Jan. 14 in Evanston, Ill.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Evanston Review.)


Can Sunday Streets help the Energy Corridor recover after Harvey?
Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, authored an article on Sunday Streets HTX, which temporarily closes a street to motorized vehicles and opens it to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

The Houston Symphony receives its first Grammy nomination
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 Public Media (A similar article appeared in San Francisco Classical Voice and Hello! Online.)

AAV Gene Therapy Symposium
The inaugural AAV Gene Therapy Symposium is Dec. 5 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.
TMC News

Book signings add a touch of history to First Friday
Peter Brown, instructor of photography for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, will sign copies of his book “Hometown Texas,” produced in collaboration with the Washington Post’s Peter Holley, Dec. 2 in San Antonio.
Rivard Report

A chat with author and filmmaker Steven Fenberg
Steven Fenberg’s research on Jesse H. Jones mentions an archive of Houston’s early business years is housed at Rice’s Woodson Research Center. The Jones Graduate School of Business also is mentioned.
Houston Lifestyles & Homes

The arts and happenings December 2017
Boston Baroque will perform “Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas” May 5, 2018, at the Shepherd School of Music’s Duncan Recital Hall.
Houston Lifestyles & Homes

Around the Bend December 2017
Rice student Joanna Cyrus-David is pictured receiving a $500 scholarship from the Richmond Rotary Club.
Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes


Rice University mascot ‘Sammy the Owl’ costume for sale
A recently retired Sammy the Owl costume is being auctioned by Rice Athletics. (A similar story appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Beaumont Enterprise, Rare Houston, College and University, Ad Hoc News and Prime Property.)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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, comments on reports that President Donald Trump plans to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Understanding how plants keep time could have impacts for our health
An article mentions research on Arabidopsis plants by the lab of Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and chair of the Department of BioSciences.
World Economic Forum

Aalund named WSJ deputy coverage chief for life and arts
Alumna Dagmar Aalund ’83 was named deputy coverage chief for life and arts at the Wall Street Journal.
Talking Biz News

The state of the MBA
Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior, director for Asian management research and education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of psychology, is mentioned.
Talent Economy

Preventing body armor failure
Rice research on graphene is mentioned in an article on ballistic body armor.
Materials World


‘Why do they keck at our cookery?’
Rice’s Keck Hall is mentioned in an examination of the word “keck.”
Anecdotal Evidence

St. Andrew’s to host Händel’s Messiah concert in December
Alumnus Christopher Holloway ’98 will perform with the Qol Quartet Dec. 19 in Boca Grande, Fla.
Boca Beacon


Bobcats win first postseason game in school history over Rice University
The Rice volleyball team lost to Texas State University Nov. 30 in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in San Marcos.
The University Star
Texas Tech volleyball advances/first postseason win since 2001

NCAA Division I women’s All-Americans: 9 College Cup players make first team
Rice senior Samantha Chaiken was named to the United Soccer Coaches’ All-American third team.
Soccer America

Jones named to InTouch Credit Union C-USA All-Academic Team
An article on University of Texas at San Antonio football mentions Rice’s D.J. Green was named to the Conference USA All-Academic team.

Houston announces future schedule additions, changes
An article on University of Houston football mentions the Cougars will face Rice Sept. 1, 2018.

Inside the field: 2017 Shell Championship
Alumnus Michael Buttacavoli ’10 is mentioned in a preview of the PGA Tour Latinoamérica’s Shell Championship.

Swim and dive travel to Rice for last fall meet
Articles on Texas A&M University’s swimming team mention the Aggies will compete against Rice Dec. 2.
The Battalion
Bultman named SwimSwam Coach of the Month

1,000 Words: The best teams to ever play the Pack in Reno
A column on University of Nevada sports mentions the 2003 Rice baseball team, which won the College World Series.
Reno Gazette-Journal

Water resiliency challenges are topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Dec. 4
Leading local, regional and international experts will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 4 for a forum to share lessons they have learned in responding to extreme water challenges. The conversation will span immediate emergency response, longer-term planning strategies, and innovations and partnerships to help achieve water resiliency in the 21st century, according to event organizers. Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies and Accelerate H2O, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

About Matt Wilson

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