Dateline Rice for Jan. 24, 2018


Exhibit explores comic-book curiosities known as microcuentos
“Between Love and Madness,” an exhibition of “microcuentos” (small comic books) organized by Christopher Sperandio, associate professor of visual and dramatic arts, in collaboration with Rice students is featured. Jane Grande-Allen, professor of bioengineering, and the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop at Rice are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
More than lines on paper: Lawndale Art Center presents vintage, contemporary Mexican comic art
Rare Houston


Trump’s solar tariffs won’t boost the government’s bottom line
Dan Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed on U.S. tariffs on imported solar equipment.
The Hill (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)
Overnight Energy: Trump signs solar tariffs | Energy official say ‘bomb cyclone’ justifies coal push | Trump chemical safety pick leaving EPA
The Hill

‘White oil’: Saudi Arabia seeks place on tourism map
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Saudi Arabia’s upstart tourism industry.
Agence France-Presse (This article appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)

US sanctions weapon is under threat — but not from Bitcoin
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on virtual currencies such as the Petro launched by Venezuela.
Foreign Policy

Siege against Qatar a ‘strategic failure’
A report by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
The Peninsula (This article also appeared in MENAFN and EIN News.)
Global think tank calls siege against Qatar a ‘strategic failure’
Qatar Scoop

The economic and political dissatisfaction behind Tunisia’s protests
A survey by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on the origins of protests in Tunisia is mentioned.
Tunis Daily News

Beginning of glassmaking
Scholars from Rice, University College London and the Field Museum have found the first direct evidence that glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa centuries before the arrival of Europeans, a finding that the researchers said represents a “new chapter in the history of glass technology.” Alumnus Abidemi Babatunde Babalola ’14, lead author of the study, is quoted.
The Hindu

Electric cars shock fossil industry
A report by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Nepali Times


These are the hardest colleges to get into in 2018
A slideshow mentions Rice is No. 17 on Niche’s “2018 Hardest Colleges To Get Into in America” list.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Interview with Allison Lami Sawyer
Alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10, a candidate for state representative of Texas House District 134, is interviewed.
Houston Chronicle

Outside the megaplex: ‘Vertigo’ and ‘School of Rock’
“Vertigo” is showing Jan. 25-26 at Rice Cinema.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Houston Music Highlight’ — The Dancewicz-Doucet Duo
Alumna and violinist Dominika Dancewicz ’03 participates in a Q&A, and a sample from the Dancewicz-Doucet Duo’s self-titled album is included.
Houston Public Media

3 lawyers with notable tech, finance experience switch firms in Austin
Alumnus Pierre Hubert ’92 has joined Duane Morris LLP.
Austin Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Op-ed: The promise of open education resources
Rice-based publisher OpenStax, which develops open educational resources, is mentioned.
El Paso Herald-Post

HPU Baptist Student Ministry leaders attend state summit
An article on students from Howard Payne University attending the annual Texas Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) Winter Summit in Waco mentions alumnus Adam Jones ’17, a BSM assistant at Rice, attended.
Brownwood News

Harmony students receive Questbridge College Match Scholarships 
An article mentions Rice partners with Questbridge, a college application and scholarship program that assists low-income high school students.
Garland Texan


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Jie Wu, director of research management for Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted on the institute’s 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. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
John Diamond, director of the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted on wealth distribution. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
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, discusses Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s endorsements of candidates challenging incumbents in state Republican primaries. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Radio Physics: Dr. Randall Hulet explains cold atoms and super conductivity
Randy Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is interviewed.

Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives, participates in a panel discussion on free speech on college campuses. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Imus in the Morning’
Host Don Imus mentions his son attends Rice.
WABC-AM (New York) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 65 radio stations.)


Nanoshells provide new approach to targeted chemotherapy delivery
An article on a new technique to deliver cancer treatment directly to tumor cells via gold nanoshells that can be remotely triggered mentions that the study included scientists at Rice and that the nanoshells were invented by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute.
Northwestern Medicine

Biomechanical mapping method aids development of therapies for damaged heart tissue
An article on a technique to capture detailed biomechanical properties of heart tissue mentions a group of Rice researchers is working to use optical coherence elastography to assess heart valves.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in BrightSurf and Infosurhoy.)

The 100 most influential people in crypto
Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, is mentioned.
Crypto Weekly (A similar article appeared in Fintek News.)

5 women working to change the world of crypto
Alumna Meltem Demirors ’09 is mentioned.
The Next Web (This article also appeared in TechGig.)

Teaching artificial intelligence and humanity
The 2016 De Lange Conference at Rice titled “Humans, Machines and the Future of Work” is mentioned.
Association for Computing Machinery

3 prominent architects join Harvard Design School’s faculty
An article on the Harvard University Graduate School of Design mentions that Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee held the Cullinan Visiting Chair at Rice.
Boston Real Estate Times

National School Choice Week: Public schools gear up for the competition
Rice research on the relationship between parent satisfaction and engagement at public and private schools is mentioned.

This Fort Value pupil received the Davey O’Brien Excessive College Scholarship Award
An article mentions a high school student hopes to attend Rice.
Kaplan Herald

Accelerate Learning transforms science education worldwide with STEMscopes Science powered by CNN
An article mentions that Accelerate Learning and STEMscopes originated at Rice.
Mobility Tech Zone


Engineers develop flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics
Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, was part of a research team that developed new graphene printing technology that can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water-repellent.
Nanotechnology Now (This article also appeared in Graphene-Info and Before It’s News.)
Superhydrophobic inkjet printed flexible graphene circuits via direct-pulsed laser writing
Royal Society of Chemistry

How a VR startup meant for the living room found new life in arcades
Virtuix CEO Alumnus Jan Goetgeluk ’10, CEO of virtual reality company Virtuix, is featured.
The Daily Dot

ISIS persecution of Christians not justified by Prophet Mohammed’s teachings, says study
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
AWD News

RealtyMogul hires REIT industry executive Aaron Halfacre as president
Alumnus Aaron Halfacre ’00 was named president of RealtyMogul.
Digital Journal (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Talkin’ Broncos parliamentary debate squad earns top honors
An article mentions that Rice’s debate team competed in the Mile High Swing Jan. 4-7 in Salt Lake City.
Boise State University

2018 convention calendar
OwlCon, hosted by Rice gaming club FastWarp, is mentioned.

Antonio Merlo un genio della politica
Antonio Merlo, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, dean of the School of Social Sciences and the founder and director of the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics, is featured.
Abruzzo Independent (An English translation is not available.)


2018 UTSA football schedule released
An article on the University of Texas at San Antonio football team mentions it will face Rice Oct. 6. The Owls also are mentioned in several other articles about next year’s football schedule.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
UTSA athletics announces 2018 Conference USA football schedule
UTSA Today
Conference USA 2018 schedule released
Texas HS Football (A similar article appeared at
Which Conference USA teams will be on Southern Miss’ football schedule in 2018?
Hattiesburg American
Southern Miss releases 2018 football schedule
Hub City Spokes
Old Dominion opens its 2018 home football schedule against Florida International
3 thoughts on ODU’s football schedule
Old Dominion releases 2018 football schedule
ODU football releases 2018 schedule with Virginia Tech visiting Foreman Field
Southside Daily
Rematch with Florida Atlantic highlights UNT’s 2018 schedule
Denton Record-Chronicle
North Texas announces 2018 football schedule featuring home rematch against Florida Atlantic
North Texas Daily
2018 football schedule released
Mean Green Nation
2018 Miner football schedule released
El Paso Herald-Post
UTEP football announces upcoming 2018 schedule
Miner Rush
UTEP releases 2018 football schedule
El Paso Proud
UAB football’s 2018 schedule includes 6 home games and SEC foe
UAB football releases complete 2018 schedule
UAB releases 2018 football schedule
UAB football announces 2018 schedule
Birmingham Patch
Breaking down La. Tech’s 2018 football schedule
Shreveport Times
A look at Louisiana Tech’s 2018 football schedule
Monroe News Star
Louisiana Tech announces 2018 football schedule
Underdog Dynasty
MTSU football to play 3 SEC teams, 7 bowl teams in 2018
Murfreesboro Post
Raiders face 7 bowl teams in 2018
Cannon Courier

Former Rice offensive tackle Calvin Anderson gets top offers
Rice football players Calvin Anderson and Preston Gordon, who plan to transfer for their final season of athletic eligibility after graduating in May, are featured. Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren, offensive line coach Joe Ashfield and player Graysen Schantz are mentioned.
Houston Chroncile (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Calvin Anderson and the law of supply and demand in college football
The Athletic

MTSU men’s basketball wants attendance title
An article on Middle Tennessee State University men’s basketball mentions it will face Rice over the final weeks of the season.
Murfreesboro Post

Women’s basketball hits the road for Texas swing
An article on the University of Texas at El Paso women’s basketball team mentions it will face Rice Jan. 26 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
The Prospector

BASE: 2018 preseason awards
The Rice baseball team was picked to finish second in Conference USA in a poll of coaches. Players Matt Canterino, Dominic DiCaprio and Ford Proctor were named to the preseason all-conference team.

Preseason college baseball rankings chat 2018
Rice is mentioned.
Baseball America

SEC weekly preview: Tennessee faces Florida with momentum
An article on Southeastern Conference swimming mentions Louisiana State University’s women’s team will face Rice Jan. 26.
Swimming World

Former Michigan RB-turned-Olympian Sam McGuffie glad ‘things are on the right track’ with Wolverines
Former Rice football and track and field athlete Sam McGuffie ’14 was named to the U.S. men’s bobsled team that will compete in the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Land of 10

UK to hire Michael Smith as wide receivers coach
The University of Kentucky football team will name former Rice running backs coach Michael Smith as its wide receivers coach.


Rice U. expert: ‘Trust is the basis of leader influence in times of uncertainty’
The resolution to the recent federal government shutdown was premised on trust between the negotiating parties. Rice’s Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is available to discuss the importance of trust in leaders and organizations, including government.

Baker Institute’s Collins: Russia’s use of the ‘energy weapon’ against Western European countries a strategic threat
Many European countries rely heavily on Russia for energy, especially natural gas. However, Moscow has used energy as an instrument of coercive diplomacy since the early 1990s, and these countries face potential exposure to Russian gas price and supply manipulation, according Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. He is available to speak with media about the issue.

Rice expert available to discuss new book on Houston’s transportation history
“Power Moves,” a new book from Kyle Shelton, the director of strategic partnerships and a fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, explores the history of transportation, politics and development in the Bayou City. Shelton is available to discuss the social and political history of Houston’s transportation decision-making and how those decisions shaped the city.

About Matt Wilson

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