Dateline Rice for Jan. 2, 2018 (Holiday Edition)

FEATURED ITEMS

NEST360 wins $15 million in 100&Change finals
NEST360°, an international team of engineers, doctors and global health experts, won $15 million through the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change competition and will continue to raise money for its visionary effort to end preventable newborn deaths in Africa. NEST360° is a collaboration of Rice, the University of Malawi, Northwestern University, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and 3rd Stone Design of San Rafael, Calif. Quoted are NEST360° co-leads Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; and Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering. Pictured are Richards-Kortum and Rice President David Leebron.
TMC News
http://bit.ly/2lHjzhn
WGN-TV (Chicago)
http://bit.ly/2lJ6RPt (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice University is among the best-value colleges for 2018, according to Kiplinger
Rice is No. 8 on Kiplinger’s combined list of best-value public and private colleges and universities for 2018. Rice is No. 5 among private universities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
http://bit.ly/2lGVKGo
http://bit.ly/2lGYi7B
Kiplinger’s best college values for 2018
Houston Chronicle (Slideshow)
http://bit.ly/2lINO7x
Rice University named among Kiplinger’s top 10 best value colleges
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/2lGH4Y8
Rice named among nation’s top 10 best value for college
Patch
http://bit.ly/2lGf4nb
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lHjQB8 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://bit.ly/2lHZl78 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://bit.ly/2lJspeq

Glasstire’s Best of 2017
Glasstire cites 2017 as a “seismic year” for the arts at Rice. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center for the Arts, and Kim Davenport, chief curator for the Moody, are mentioned.
Glasstire
http://bit.ly/2CyJUbS

Defects explain why Roman concrete was so tough
Concrete isn’t thought of as a plastic, but plasticity at small scales boosts concrete’s utility as the world’s most-used material by letting it constantly adjust to stress, decades and sometimes even centuries after hardening. Rice researchers are a step closer to understanding why. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted, and graduate student Ning Zhang is mentioned.
Futurity (This article was featured in Futurity’s “Top 5 in 2017.”)
http://bit.ly/2lGXq2E

Best of 2017: Creating a digital cure for epilepsy
A team of Rice engineering students developed an algorithm to predict when epileptic seizures might occur.
Science 360 News (This was the top story in their “Best of 2017” collection.)
http://bit.ly/2lHlSB2

Hearing is believing in gene therapy’s promise
Gene editing could someday help people at risk of hearing loss from genetic mutations, according to research by a new Rice faculty member. Xue (Sherry) Gao, the Ted N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is co-lead author of a new Nature paper that reports on the promise of gene editing to treat autosomal dominant hearing diseases.
TMC News (This was the featured article in the Texas Medical Center’s “TMC Today” Jan. 1.)
http://bit.ly/2lIVWoR

Texas university libraries renovate to keep student interest
Changes at Fondren Library are mentioned. A photo of the library is featured. Debra Kolah, Fondren’s head of user experience, and student Reagan Hahn, who works as a library ambassador, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lHtl3e

Texan of the Year finalist: Astronaut Peggy Whitson inspires American values
An editorial cites astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 as a finalist for the 15th annual Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. Whitson is pictured.
Dallas Morning News
http://bit.ly/2lELyOO

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Dozens more selective colleges join pledge to add lower-income students
Rice is one of 86 colleges and universities participating in the American Talent Initiative, which has a goal of adding 50,000 high-achieving students with significant financial need by 2025.
Washington Post (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2CrF801

8 simple habits to change for a healthier 2018
Roberta Anding, lecturer in kinesiology at Rice, a dietitian and sports nutritionist for Rice Athletics and the Houston Astros, and the performance dietitian for Baylor College of Medicine Corporate Programs, is quoted. Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is also quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
CBS News (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://cbsn.ws/2lH1RdO
Houston’s not eating that well. Can a new mobile grocery help?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2lJ6JiD

15 top science and tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, predicts that the public view of Silicon Valley will erode in 2018. Vardi also is quoted in an article on the effect of automation on society.
NBC News
http://nbcnews.to/2lH6HrD
When hundreds of millions will be fired: ‘People will have to go back to school in middle life’
The Marker (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2lGp9AI

Once a cash cow, Venezuela’s oil company now verges on collapse
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Petróleos de Venezuela. Monaldi also is quoted in an article on Venezuela’s efforts to offset financial sanctions imposed by the United States.
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a similar article appeared in the St. Kitts and Nevis Observer.)
http://nyti.ms/2lG4mgE
Un petro, un barril de petróleo: Así será respaldada la criptomoneda
El Nacional (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Mundo Oriental.)
http://bit.ly/2lGN6rr

Physics: Scientists accidentally discover completely new kind of quantum material whose electrons act like rays of light
U.S. and European physicists searching for an explanation for high-temperature superconductivity were surprised when their theoretical model pointed to the existence of a never-before-seen material in a different realm of physics: topological quantum materials. Rice research is mentioned, along with Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in Yahoo News.)
http://bit.ly/2lGPzCw
Scientists discover strange new kind of quantum material
Science Trends (Similar articles appeared in Space Daily, Brinkwire and Interesting Engineering.)
http://bit.ly/2lFJuWX

Lupe Valdez is a gay Latina sheriff running for Texas governor, and she could win even if she loses
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. Jones also is quoted in multiple articles on Texas politics and appeared on “Houston Newsmakers” and “What’s The Point?”
Los Angeles Times
http://lat.ms/2lHbr0p
‘Conservative movement’ Keough challenges Doyal for Montgomery County leadership
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 2 print edition with a different headline, “Judge race reflects Montgomery County tensions.”)
http://bit.ly/2lIbHfw
Cruz taps Texas mistrust of ethanol
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lHhMsG
Texas officials go to Israel, with taxpayers footing security bill for top 3
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Dec. 27 print edition of the Chronicle.)
http://bit.ly/2lGdy4N
Farenthold’s foibles aren’t new to Congress, but the consequences are suddenly more severe
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the McAllen Monitor, and it appeared in the Dec. 26 print edition of the Morning News.)
http://bit.ly/2lImmqN
Bathrooms, baseball and poetry: The Best of TribTalk 2017
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Central Mirror and KOXE.com.)
http://bit.ly/2lGydW5
Texas Democrats’ recruiting slump could be over, thanks to Trump
KUT.org
http://bit.ly/2lIuGGZ
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2lIgSw7 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
http://bit.ly/2lJFMLE (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Houston Newsmakers Dec. 24: Politics of Trump administration, City Council Member Amanda Edwards
KPRC.com
http://bit.ly/2lHweko
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lJHnB8 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘What’s Your Point?’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lH2K6s (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Political strategy notes
The Democratic Strategist
http://bit.ly/2lG0SLd
Filing roundup: Other Congressional races, part 1
Off the Kuff
http://bit.ly/2lIwSON

Follow Latin America’s lead to improve maternal, child health
Farhan Majid is the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
The Hill
http://bit.ly/2lKojTI

Trump seems to prefer his own resorts over Camp David for the holidays
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted on President Donald Trump’s vacation habits compared with those of past presidents. Brinkley also discussed Trump on “Smerconish” and “Imus In The Morning.”
NPR.org
http://n.pr/2lGD8q1
‘All Things Considered’
National Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2lJh4v8 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 700 radio stations.)
‘Smerconish’
CNN
http://bit.ly/2lHLRsi (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which later aired on KYW-AM in Philadelphia.)
‘Imus In The Morning’
WABC-AM (New York)
http://bit.ly/2lInwT9 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 60 radio stations.)
Donald Trump has spent a year lying shamelessly. It hasn’t worked.
Toronto Star
http://bit.ly/2lJk76y

How Texas’ Harris County went from ‘capital of capital punishment’ to zero executions
A 2016 poll by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found 27 percent of Houston-area residents think death should be the penalty for first-degree murder is mentioned.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared in Yahoo News.)
http://bit.ly/2lHrawt

Evangelicals’ surprising view of science and what it may mean
Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, co-authored an op-ed.
Religion News Service
http://bit.ly/2lLjRnI

To infinity and beyond: Trump has big plans for Nasa – but is it just a fantasy?
Alan Steinberg, associate director of Houston programs and partnerships at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership, is quoted.
The Guardian
http://bit.ly/2lIO7PX

L.A. Parker: Hard work and sticking to her convictions prove rewarding for Grace Field
Alumna Grace Field ’08 is featured.
The Trentonian
http://bit.ly/2lHdW2Y

The 4 fundamental aspects of leadership
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ’71 recently spoke to students in Houston’s Youth Leadership Development Program.
Indo American News
http://bit.ly/2lGJk1f

Debate over amnesty for ‘Dreamers’ is leading to mental health concerns
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, is quoted in articles on concerns about the mental health of recipients of the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump said last year will not be extended by executive order.
WOAI.com
http://bit.ly/2lK2d3k
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://bit.ly/2lHcjCp (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Diez herramientas para cuidar tu salud en la era post-DACA
La Opinión (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in El Diario and La Prensa.)
http://bit.ly/2lHUWBo
2017: El año que cambió la vida de los inmigrantes y sus familias
La Opinión (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2lISlqC

HOUSTON/TEXAS

In Harvey’s wake, Dutch have much to teach Houston

An article on flood mitigation efforts in Houston mentions a proposed “coastal spine” of levees and barriers Rice researchers have been involved with.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Dec. 24 print edition with a different headline, “In ‘eternal struggle’ with water, Dutch have much to teach.”
http://bit.ly/2lIrniT

Low salinity, poor water quality from Hurricane Harvey could impact coral reef Flower Garden Banks
Rice marine biologist Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted in a story on Rice research on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Baker College senior Anna Knochel and graduate student Lauren Howe-Kerr are pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lHNWo3
http://bit.ly/2lHmEyc

Notable Houston deaths in 2017: Mourning courage, creativity and vision
Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice who was killed Feb. 3 in a train-cyclist accident, is included on a list of notable Houston deaths in 2017.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Dec. 31 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2lJvQ54
http://bit.ly/2lH6ftq

Storm warning
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, is quoted in an editorial on Houston’s response to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Blackburn also is quoted in an article on lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over Harvey flooding.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 24 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2lHIMZ9
Federal judge denies DOJ request for yearlong delay in suits over Harvey flooding
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2lHq440

David Leebron has Rice’s campus to himself over winter break
President David Leebron is pictured jumping on a trampoline on Rice’s campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Cxk344
http://bit.ly/2CwboiE

Why you need health insurance after Harvey
Ken Janda, an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, wrote an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2lKd25s

Rice pulls out from UH hurricane research center
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 27 print edition. Similar articles appeared in Houston Business Journal and Rare Houston.)
http://bit.ly/2lGstfh
http://bit.ly/2lGVTJX

City, county announce $27.6 million more in Harvey relief
A story on Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund distributions mentions that a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research provided guidance to officials in Harris County and Houston.
Patch
http://bit.ly/2lJQHW3

Genetic-based dating app works to find true love using your DNA
Bin Huang, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is mentioned as a co-founder of Pheramor, a genetics-based dating app.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Dec. 27 print edition with a different headline, “The love of your life may be just a cheek swab away.”)
http://bit.ly/2lJFNiH
New app uses your DNA to help find true love
The Blaze
http://bit.ly/2lIdX6x
Hey, nice genes: Dating app hopes to find a match using your DNA
KETV.com
http://bit.ly/2lJ6lAR

Men are crucial for Texas’ graduation goals. But they’re increasingly skeptical of college.
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found black and Hispanic local residents were more likely than whites to say education beyond high school is necessary is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in Idaho Ed News.)
http://bit.ly/2lH7au0
http://bit.ly/2lI3vvM

UH group helps underrepresented communities graduate
An article on the Achievement Initiative for Minority Males at the University of Houston mentions Rice’s Black Male Leadership Initiative.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 27 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2lHmV4a

Trinity Episcopal: As neighborhood changed, so did its church
An article on Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston mentions William Ward Watkin worked for architectural firm Cram and Ferguson, which designed the church and Rice’s campus. Watkin later became an instructor at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 31 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2lH1wYB

Only half of Latino college students graduate. What are Texas schools doing to help?
An article on Latino college students mentions Rice had the highest graduation rate among Texas schools, according to a study by Ed Trust.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lIeYLT

Houston’s most beautiful (and intense) Christmas house
A 14-foot Christmas tree adorned with owl ornaments at the home of Rice trustee Bucky Allshouse ’71 is featured and pictured.
PaperCity
http://bit.ly/2lHVaID

Retired doctor Barbara Taylor educates women on menopause
Alumna Barbara Taylor ’81 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lHOqdL
http://bit.ly/2lGyRDh

Whatever happened to Miss Photoflash and Miss Sylvan Beach?
Alumnae Sue Verheyden ’58 and Bonnie Assad ’69 are featured and pictured in an article on former Houston beauty pageant winners.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lIGUiL

Examiner-area business roundup
Alumna Kristin Schuster ’03 was awarded a Presidential Citation by the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lI4JXW
http://bit.ly/2lHRbvK

Conference geared toward STEM learning for girls
An article on the Expanding Your Horizons conference mentions the inaugural event was held at Rice in 1993.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Ce8ETo
http://bit.ly/2lJdpNN

Take in art at these galleries and museums
“Mickalene Thomas: Waiting on a Prime-Time Star” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lJYTph
http://bit.ly/2lJYVgT

Historic Waco Foundation looks to future after Davis retires
Alumnus Don Davis ’65 is featured.
Waco Tribune-Herald
http://bit.ly/2lJ4OuF

Lewisville Lake Symphony to feature Korean cellist
Cellist Seulki Lee ’16 performed Dec. 28 in Flower Mound, Texas.
Lewisville Leader
http://bit.ly/2lHDoW4

BROADCAST

WHYY-AM (Philadelphia)
Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and chair of the Department of BioSciences, discusses circadian rhythms of plants.
http://bit.ly/2lKSA4O (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

‘With Good Reason’
Composer and violinist Caroline Shaw ’04 discusses her career.
WAMU-FM (Washington)
http://bit.ly/2CwN404

WTMJ-AM (Milwaukee)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2CwQdNk (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Particle size matters for porous building blocks
Porous particles of calcium and silicate show potential as building blocks for a host of applications like self-healing materials, bone-tissue engineering, drug delivery, insulation, ceramics and construction materials, according to Rice engineers who decided to see how well they perform at the nanoscale.
Science Daily (This article also was featured at Science360 News.)
http://bit.ly/2lHTxKT

Plate tectonics: The hidden key to life on Earth
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, and alumnus Matt Weller ’15 are mentioned.
Cosmos
http://bit.ly/2lKoAWm

Medgadget’s best medical technologies of 2017
A roundup of new technologies in 2017 mentions students at Rice developed a device that rapidly detects jaundice from a drop of blood.
Medgadget
http://bit.ly/2lJj4n7

Presurgical imaging may predict whether epilepsy surgery will work
Surgery to remove a part of the brain to give relief to patients with epilepsy doesn’t always result in complete seizure relief, but statisticians at Rice have developed a method for integrating neuroimaging scans to identify patients at high risk of continued seizures before the surgery takes place.
Epilepsy Research UK
http://bit.ly/2lKWKJY

Scientists engineer microbes to form ‘memories’ of their environment
Rice researchers successfully engineered microbes to report on their environments and form genetic “memories” of the event. Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Emily Fulk are quoted.
Phys.org
http://bit.ly/2lKqLcu

Stacked semiconductors can become cool topological insulators
Rice physicists dedicated to creating the working components of a fault-tolerant quantum computer have succeeded in creating a previously unseen state of matter. The “topological excitonic insulator” was observed in tests at Rice by an international team from the United States and China. Study co-authors Rui-Rui Du, professor of physics and astronomy, and alumna Lingjie Du ’14 are quoted.
Materials Today
http://bit.ly/2lHTWwQ

Carbon nanotubes offer safer method of implanting electrodes into brain
Rice researchers have invented a device that uses fast-moving fluids to insert flexible, conductive carbon nanotube fibers into the brain, where they can help record the actions of neurons. Study co-authors Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, are quoted.
American Ceramic Society
http://bit.ly/2lK8a0z
Flexible electrodes can improve the efficacy of deep brain stimulation device
Coherent News
http://bit.ly/2lKZYNA

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Does raising your arm to the sky improve your cell reception?
Lin Zhong, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
The Verge
http://bit.ly/2lInTgy
Is raising your phone toward the sky to get better cell reception a good idea? Mystery solved
Wonderful Engineering
http://bit.ly/2lF2EMu

Poverty eradication, new educational orientation and school for life
Marc Epstein, former distinguished research professor of management in Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Vanguard
http://bit.ly/2lIjREI

Sights and sounds: The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
Violinist Kyra Davies ’07 of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in New Bedford, Mass., is quoted.
South Coast Today
http://bit.ly/2lIky0M

Frost Brown Todd elects Sartin chairman
A roundup of news mentions alumna Emily Salomon Duncan ’11 joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP.
Nashville Ledger
http://bit.ly/2lIpLG6

Applications available for Longwood Organ Academy
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be a guest instructor for the Longwood Organ Academy at Longwood Gardens in Chester County, Penn.
The Times of Chester County (This article also appeared in the Unionville Times.)
http://bit.ly/2lJXoHw

SPORTS

New Rice coach Mike Bloomgren still has recruiting work to do
Rice football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured in articles on recruiting and the addition of former Stanford assistant coach Joe Ashfield to his staff.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 24 print edition with a different headline, “Bloomgren, Owls still have work to do.”)
http://bit.ly/2lHPBdm
Stanford assistant Joe Ashfield joins Rice staff after Alamo Bowl
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 30 print edition with a different headline, “Bloomgren, assistant espousing innovative ideas for offense.”)
http://bit.ly/2lI849x

State of Texas power rankings: The Horned Frogs do indeed run this state
Rice is No. 11 in a final ranking of Texas college football teams.
Frogs O’ War
http://bit.ly/2lIi2HO

UTEP pulls away in 2nd half, beats cold-shooting Rice 80-62
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to the University of Texas at El Paso Dec. 30.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets, and a portion of the article appeared in the Dec. 31 print edition of the Houston Chronicle with a different headline, “Bama thumps A&M in conference opener.”)
http://wapo.st/2lKD6NQ
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lH9AZy (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lIf46n (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lKhj9p (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KINT-TV (El Paso, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2lIyB6x (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which is in Spanish.)

Jackson’s 20 sparks UTSA past Rice, 79-66 in C-USA opener
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to the University of Texas at San Antonio Dec. 28.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets, and a portion of the article appeared in the Dec. 29 print edition of the Houston Chronicle with a different headline, “UTSA downs Rice in C-USA opener; HBU falls to Lamar.”)
http://wapo.st/2lJnvyl

Pearson, Texas State hand Rice 3rd straight defeat, 74-66
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to Texas State University Dec. 22.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2lIzRGN
Rice falls to Texas State as conference play looms
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 23 print edition with a different headline, ‘Turnovers kill Owls’ chances.”)
http://bit.ly/2lI32K0

Youthful Rice hopes early growing pains lead to conference wins
The Rice men’s basketball team is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Owls’ youthful transformation undergoes a rocky start.”)
http://bit.ly/2lIYFOX

Women’s college basketball: UH defeats SMU in AAC opener
A roundup mentions the Rice women’s basketball team defeated Columbia University Dec. 30 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 31 print edition with a different headline, “UH defeats SMU in conference opener; Rice routs Columbia.”)
http://bit.ly/2lIoEWI
Women’s basketball suffers setback at Rice, 67-44
GoColumbiaLions.com
http://bit.ly/2lFb4U6

Ball State makes big jump, but still chasing Green Bay in mid-major rankings
The Rice women’s basketball team is mentioned.
ESPN.com
http://es.pn/2lIbjxJ
‘ESPN College Basketball’
ESPNU
http://bit.ly/2lIceOH (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Texans get a lump of coal from Steelers on Christmas
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2lIVxT9
http://bit.ly/2lJ7bgO
‘Fox 26 Morning News Extra’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2lHnjiR (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Chris Boswell had a December to remember
Steelers Depot
http://bit.ly/2lIqffh

Mike Tomlin: It was ‘fun getting Vance McDonald involved’ as TE plays start to finish for first time in months
Former Rice football players Vance McDonald and Jordan Berry, who play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, are featured. McDonald also was mentioned during a broadcast of “Thursday Night Football.”
Steelers Depot
http://bit.ly/2lJ0N9p
Holiday Houston humbling ‘felt like a home game’ for visiting Steelers
Steelers Depot
http://bit.ly/2lI4T1q
‘Thursday Night Football’
NBC
http://bit.ly/2lHmJ4F (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

NFL Network
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan, who plays for the Chicago Bears, is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2lIxWCi (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

NEWS RELEASES

Kiplinger ranks Rice as a top 10 best-value university
Rice ranks No. 5 among private universities in Kiplinger’s “300 Best College Values for 2018.” On the combined list of private and public colleges and universities, Rice is No. 8.
http://bit.ly/2lHAUa0

Rice U. expert available to discuss mental health of ‘DREAMers’
Last year President Donald Trump announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. And this past week Trump tweeted that no deal would be made for a “DACA fix” without a deal to fund a wall along the U.S. southern border. Rice psychologist Luz Garcini, whose recent research focuses on how living in the U.S. without proper documentation affects mental health as a result of facing constant institutional and societal exclusion, is currently conducting a survey assessing the health needs of immigrants following the termination of DACA and is available for news media interviews.
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About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.