Dateline Rice for Jan. 23, 2018


Marathoner raises over $8,000 for Houston Food Bank
To help Houstonians who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, alumnus Mike Sohaskey ’93 raised more than $8,000 for the Houston Food Bank by asking people to pledge dollars for each runner he passed in the Chevron Houston Marathon, where he started at the back of the pack.

Shop Rice Owls coming to Rice Village
Rice Athletics will open a store in Rice Village in February to sell Rice-branded merchandise.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Study finds more than 9,000 brothels masquerading as legit businesses
Kerry Ward, associate professor of history, is quoted in an article on a three-year study titled “Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses.”


Why are cancer drugs more expensive than ever?
Hagop Kantarjian, nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How the US government is underestimating the global growth of renewable energy
Dan Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about the Energy Information Administration’s statistics on wind and solar energy. (This article also appeared at
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Protecting the Castner Range
An article on El Paso’s Castner Range being granted permanent federal protection mentions that Professor of History Douglas Brinkley wrote an op-ed in the New York Times urging former President Barack Obama to make the range a national monument.
Texas Monthly

Music in the Making: ‘New Ears’
A 2011 performance of composer Steven Stucky’s “Ad Parnassum” at Rice’s Duncan Recital Hall is featured.
Houston Public Media

Looks like the House just totally solved its sexual harassment problem
Associate Professor of Psychology Eden King’s research on sexual harassment training programs is mentioned in a blog post on the Texas House of Representatives.
Off the Kuff


White graphene makes ceramics multifunctional
Ultrathin hexagonal boron nitride sheets between layers of calcium-silicates could give ceramics outstanding properties, according to Rice researchers.
National Science Foundation (This article was featured on the NSF’s home page Jan. 23.)

Houston, we have problems: Where Houston’s Amazon HQ2 pitch fell short
Ed Egan, fellow of the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is quoted in an article on Amazon leaving Houston off its list of 20 finalists to land the company’s second headquarters. Research by the McNair Center is cited.

A product at every price: A review of MOOC stats and trends in 2017
An article on massive open online courses mentions Rice has an agreement with eight other elite universities around the world that will allow students from the participating schools to enroll in select online courses from the other member schools and receive transfer credits for them.
EdSurge (This article also appeared at Class Central.)

The invisible victims of deportation: Older adults who stay behind
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, is quoted in an article on the impact of deportation on mental health.
Aging Today

Microfluidics probe ‘cholesterol’ of oil industry
Things get worse before they get better when oil and gas lines are being cleared of contaminants, according to Rice researchers. A photo from the lab of Sibani Lisa Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured.
Pipeline and Gas Journal

Peak oil review
Analysis of Venezuela’s oil output by Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Venezuela’s oil industry is finished
Sparta Report

How to get a job at finance AI firm Kensho Technologies
Alumnus Colin Carroll ’10 is mentioned.

Balancing cost-benefit in ‘well-treated’ malignancies
Research by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on chronic myeloid leukemia survival rates in the U.S. versus Europe is mentioned.

SaleScout Data Solutions announces new vice president of marketing
Alumna Jean Chen ’91 is featured.

Burrell joins Mercy Medical Center radiology
Alumnus Marc Burrell ’06 is featured.
Midwest Medical Edition


BreakPoint: Scientists and Christianity
“Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think,” a book co-authored by Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, is reviewed.
BreakPoint (This article also appeared in Christian Post and Christian Headlines.)

What’s on at Trent University
Rosemary Hennessy, the L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities and the English Department chair, wil present “Intimate Environments: Considering the Muriel Rukeyser Archive” Feb. 8 in Peterborough, Ontario.
Trent University

ExxonMobil-funded program credited with expansion of AP at capital region high schools
Articles on an educational program in Louisiana mentions a student plans to attend Rice.
The Advocate
La. first lady recognizes statewide education program

Joydrive raises $500,000 in equity
Alumnus Hunter Gorham ’08, founder and CEO of online car retailer Joydrive, is mentioned.

Musikken blev et kald for Anthony
Alumnus Anthony van Buren ’91 is featured.
JydskeVestkysten (An English translation is not available.)


Women in Leadership Conference to be held at Rice’s Jones School Feb. 9
Local women business and thought leaders will gather at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business Feb. 9 for the annual Women in Leadership Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Deliberate Leadership: Forging Your Path With Purpose.” The conference is open to the public and registration is $95.

Rice’s Kinder Institute releases updated dashboards of Hurricane Harvey-related 211 calls and FEMA data
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research released updated dashboards containing information about Hurricane Harvey-related calls to the 211 helpline operated by the United Way of Greater Houston and Federal Emergency Management Agency data for Harris County, Texas. Jie Wu, director of research management for the Kinder Institute, is available to discuss the dashboards.

About Matt Wilson

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