Dateline Rice for Dec. 15, 2017


Climate change made Harvey’s rainfall more intense
Antonia Sebastian, a research associate at Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and a postdoctoral researcher at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, is quoted in an article on research that found climate change contributed significantly to rainfall totals during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Sebastian was co-author of a study by World Weather Attribution, an international coalition of scientists.
Hurricane rains 15 percent worse due to climate change, scientists find
Reuters (This article appeared in more than 30 media outlets.)
Global warming tied to Hurricane Harvey
Scientific American
Global warming amplified Hurricane Harvey, new research shows
United Press International (This article appeared in more than 10 media outlets.)

University of Houston to lead new hurricane research center
Rice is a partner in the Hurricane Resilience Research Institute.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 30 media outlets.)

The Texas Republican who settled a sexual harassment suit with taxpayer money won’t seek re-election
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 on Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, opting not to run for re-election.
Mother Jones (This article also appeared in True Viral News.)
‘Family values’ Republican to leave Congress after paying $84,000 in taxpayer money to silence sexual harassment accuser
Political Dig

New fuel retailers eye PEMEX market
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, authored an op-ed on Mexico’s fuel sector.

US interest rate hike has greater impact on world energy market
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Global Times (This article also appeared in Xinhua.)

Powering up: The biggest battery breakthroughs of 2017
Rice research on lithium-ion batteries is mentioned.
New Atlas

Doug Jones’ surprise win in Alabama may also boost the national fortunes of the Democratic Party
Alumnus Andrée Reeves ’84 authored an op-ed.
LSE USCentre


Malls struggle to keep pace with online shopping boom
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a story on shopping malls’ efforts to increase business.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

CC Hooks announce new general manager
Rice graduate student Wes Weigle was named general manager of the Corpus Christi Hooks, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Streaking thru Texas
Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured. His goal is to run every day until he turns 100 years old.
Texas Runner and Triathlete

Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend
The Houston Children’s Chorus will perform its “Kids and Christmas” concert Dec. 16 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
CultureMap Houston


KTRK-TV (Houston)
Public-school parents who are “very dissatisfied” with their child’s school are 2.5 times more likely to switch to a charter school than parents who are “very satisfied,” according to a new study by scholars at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Specifically, among parents who are “very dissatisfied,” 57 percent were “very/somewhat” likely to switch to a charter school, compared with 22 percent of the parents who are “very satisfied.” (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Where psychological science and cancer research unite
Rice research on stress’ contribution to the onset and progression of cancer is mentioned.
Association for Psychological Science

Researchers study deepwater gas formation to prevent accidents
Rice is a partner in an effort to develop new ways to predict when a drilling rig is at risk for a catastrophic accident.

PrimeLending names Joe Thompson regional manager for South Texas
PrimeLending named alumnus Joe Thompson ’02 senior vice president and regional manager of the South Texas region. Thompson played football at Rice.
MilTech (This article appeared in more than 10 media outlets.)

Rajala reappointed dean of ISU engineering college
Alumna Sarah Rajala ’77 was reappointed dean of engineering at Iowa State University.
Business Record

A conversation with Guy Nordenson, recipient of the 2017 Richard Neutra Award
A photo of construction of the Moody Center for the Arts is featured.


Doing Houston wrong
Alumnus Tory Gattis ’91 co-authored an op-ed on Houston’s role in flooding during Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
New Geography


Rice holds off St. Edward’s 91-86
The Rice men’s basketball team defeated St. Edward’s University Dec. 14 at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Owls face Texas Tech University Dec. 16 in Lubbock.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Dec. 15 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Owls avert late collapse, end skid.”)
Cashaw, Mency lead Rice past D-II St. Edward’s 91-86
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)
KIAH-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KLBK-TV (Lubbock, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KCBD-TV (Lubbock) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KHOU-TV (Houston)
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated the University of Louisiana at Monroe Dec. 14 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Owls players Gabrielle Stanton and Erica Ogwumike are mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Myers earns spot on Conference USA All-Freshman team
Rice football player Jordan Myers is featured.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)

2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I women’s Scholar All-America teams
Rice’s Samantha Chaiken made the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America first team.
United Soccer Coaches

Dale Robertson’s ‘Tweets & Takes: Dec. 15’
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Dec. 15 print edition.)

Former Oriole Paul Janish heads back to school
Rice assistant baseball coach Paul Janish is featured.
Press Box

About Matt Wilson

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