Dateline Rice for Jan. 29, 2018 (Weekend Edition)

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Rice is mentioned in four stories on the front page of today’s Houston Chronicle:

‘Innovation Corridor’ could be lasting legacy of failed Amazon bid
An article on Houston’s “Innovation Corridor” mentions that Rice Management Co. owns the land where a now-closed Sears store sits. President David Leebron is quoted, and a report by Rice’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that ranked Houston No. 39 among U.S. cities in venture capital deals and startups is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the Jan. 29 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Amazon snub spurs innovation.”)
http://bit.ly/2njs6IS

With more bang than whimper, iconic Midtown Sears calls it an era
Reports on the closing of Houston’s first Sears store mention that Rice Management Co. owns the land on which the building sits. Allison Thacker ’96, president of the Rice Management Co. and chief investment officer, vice president for investments and treasurer of Rice University, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 29 print edition with a different headline, “End of an era for landmark Sears.”)
http://bit.ly/2nm22gm
http://bit.ly/2nkkSo1
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2Gptm5k (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2Ellm4R (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BDjAsE (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Houston Symphony takes home its 1st Grammy
The Houston Symphony’s live recording of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” won a Grammy Award Jan. 28 in the Best Opera Recording category. The chorus included students and alumni of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 29 print edition with a different headline, “Houston Symphony claims first Grammy.”)
http://bit.ly/2nk4rrX
Houston Symphony wins first-ever Grammy Award
KHOU.com
http://bit.ly/2nm5c3F
Houston Symphony wins Grammy for live recording of Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’
KPRC.com
http://bit.ly/2nk19F0
Houston Symphony wins its 1st-ever Grammy Award
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/2nod84L
Houston Symphony wins 1st-ever Grammy Award for the live recording of Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’
Houston Symphony
http://bit.ly/2njEys9
Bombast meets substance at the Grammys as Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar reap awards
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2njjORs
Barbara Hannigan leads list of Grammy Awards’ classical winners
Los Angeles Times
http://lat.ms/2nkswPl
Grammy 2018 winners: Full list
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/2nksAhY
Houston Symphony up for Grammy
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 27 print edition with a different headline, “A classical Grammy journey.”)
http://bit.ly/2BEizkk

Dreamer immigrants caught in middle of debate over reform
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, is quoted in an article on the impact of immigration reform efforts on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the Jan. 29 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Dreamers snarled in bigger fight.”)
http://bit.ly/2njlkTt

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Amateur astronomer discovers a revived NASA satellite
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article on IMAGE, a NASA spacecraft that monitored space weather before going silent in 2005. The satellite recently was detected by an amateur astronomer. Reiff was a member of the original IMAGE team at Rice.
Science Magazine (This article also appeared in Science Springs, and similar articles appeared ZME Science and Brinkwire.)
http://bit.ly/2nj8HYy
NASA image: Long-lost satellite tracked down by amateur astronomer
Newsweek
http://bit.ly/2nkwZS5
Amateur search for dead spy satellite turns up undead NASA mission
Ars Technica
http://bit.ly/2njWtPC
Long-lost ‘zombie’ NASA satellite is found by amateur astronomers after going missing for more than a decade
Daily Mail
http://dailym.ai/2njPExy
Over a decade later, NASA’s long-dead IMAGE satellite may have come back to life
Gizmodo
http://bit.ly/2nlEbgM
Long-dead NASA spacecraft wakes up
Space Weather Archive
http://bit.ly/2nmOa5B
Lost NASA satellite is discovered after going missing for a decade
Outer Places
http://bit.ly/2nkl3zN
Amateur astronomer discovers a revived NASA satellite
Newscaf
http://bit.ly/2nluaA8
Long-dead zombie satellite wakes up 13 years later
Watts Up With That?
http://bit.ly/2njMBFr

FT Global MBA ranking 2018
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business moved up 19 places to No. 45 in the Financial Times Global MBA ranking.
Financial Times
http://on.ft.com/2nluVJP
Stanford tops 2018 Financial Times MBA ranking
Poets and Quants (Similar articles appeared in World News and MBA China.)
http://bit.ly/2nlPFRm

Energy will decarbonize, Deloitte, says, even if transportation lags
Andrew Slaughter, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, was the keynote speaker at “A Sector in Transition: Transportation in the 21st Century,” hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Forbes (This article also appeared in CetUSNews and Easy Branches World News.)
http://bit.ly/2njLXbb

Trump’s immigration plan puts Democrats in a vise
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2nlJfli

10 top science minds tell what new body part they’d like to have
Scott Solomon, professor in the practice of ecology and evolutionary biology, is featured.
NBC News (This article also appeared in Capital Bay and Euronews.)
http://nbcnews.to/2njZRtV

Why is loneliness so toxic? Scientists are exploring what it does to the human body
A study by Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and his team of Rice researchers on the effect of loneliness on the way people feel when sick is featured.
Globe and Mail (This article also appeared in Dotemirates.)
https://tgam.ca/2nk9Mzn

Sanders on bonuses due to tax reform: Everybody should be pleased when a worker gets a raise
Alumnus Conor Beck ’17 wrote an article on an appearance by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Washington Free Beacon
http://bit.ly/2nlNzkw

Mohammed bin Salman, le prince qui intrigue la planete
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Les Echos (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2njirSC

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Historic La Colombe d’Or ballroom will make way for Hines’ next Montrose high-rise
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Last waltz for landmark hotel’s 18th Century ballroom.”)
http://bit.ly/2nkpZVl

Are candidates ready to face climate change? Voters are.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed on climate change’s impact on upcoming elections. Cohan is also quoted in an article on the Environmental Protection Agency, and Rice research on Houston’s ozone production rates is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2njH8OO
Most of the EPA’s pollution estimates are unreliable. So why is everyone still using them?
Scientific American (This article also appeared in Center for Public Integrity and EcoWatch.)
http://bit.ly/2nm0t25

Houston community groups start work on master plan for flood resiliency
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, leads the nonprofit Bayou City Initiative, which sponsored a meeting on flood preparedness Jan. 29. Blackburn is quoted in a KPRC article on the topic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2nkzKTy
http://bit.ly/2nm3FKU
Why curbing flooding in Houston area should be a priority
KPRC.com
http://bit.ly/2nm84xw

Proteins’ fluorescence a little less mysterious
Rice scientists have effectively quenched a debate over the mechanism behind a fluorescent biosensor that monitors neurons by sensing changes in voltage. Peter Rossky, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair in Natural Sciences, a professor of chemistry and dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Lena Simine are quoted. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair of Physics, a professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of biosciences; postdoctoral fellow Heiko Lammert; and graduate student Li Sun are mentioned.
TMC News (A similar article appeared in Science Newsline.)
http://bit.ly/2njMQ3f

Retail Wrap: Ashley HomeStore opens 3 stores
A roundup of retail news mentions Rice Athletics will open a store in Rice Village in February to sell Rice-branded merchandise.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2na19GO
http://bit.ly/2na1Wrg

Jones: Dems or GOP going too far? Tell them in the primary
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, authored an op-ed on upcoming primary elections in Texas. Jones also is quoted in an article on U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who is running for Senate against incumbent Republican Ted Cruz.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Vote in primary election to set course for your political party.”)
http://bit.ly/2nhn53N
O’Rourke outraises Cruz in last fundraising period of 2017
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times.)
http://bit.ly/2nlMVn2

BROADCAST

Full Show: Live from the Houston Auto Show (Jan. 25, 2018)
Martel College senior Gigi Rill, Rice Electric Vehicle president/team manager,  discusses the Shell Eco-Marathon competition and the future of electric vehicles during an appearance on “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2EdVIyL

‘Freakonomics Radio’
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and her husband, Zach, discuss their book “Soonish.”
KUOW-FM (Seattle)
http://bit.ly/2BCFIDo (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 40 radio stations.)

‘The Ric Edelman Show’
A piece on gene editing mentions Rice research on hearing loss from genetic mutations.
KMOX-AM (St. Louis)
http://bit.ly/2BABKLQ (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast, which aired on more than 50 radio stations.)

‘Great Day Houston’
Alumni Dustin Windham ’15 and Michael Powell ’06, co-founders of Grit Grocery, are featured.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2npU3xZ (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Women of Power’
Rice is mentioned in a feature on poet Ntozake Shange.
WSYM-TV (Lansing, Mich.)
http://bit.ly/2rNiM4J (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which aired on more than 10 TV stations.)

‘SciTech Now’
Alumna Gilda Barabino ’86 is featured.
WNET-TV (New York)
http://bit.ly/2rSq9YU (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

To counter China, White House memo suggests a nationalized 5G network
A Rice photo is featured.
Ars Technica
http://bit.ly/2nkpiLD

Why Venezuela’s new national cryptocurrency El Petro will fail
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the Petro, a virtual currency launched by Venezuela. Monaldi also is quoted in an article on the country’s oil exports.
Bitcoin News (This article also appeared in Nigeria Today, AroundWorld24 and PustakaForex.)
http://bit.ly/2nkcZ1X
Venezuela’s crude oil exports to US declining sharply
New American
http://bit.ly/2nhw6d9

What would it take to overcome exclusionary barriers and promote more affordable options in all neighborhoods?
A paper by Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured.
Housing Perspectives
http://bit.ly/2nlvu6a

A false fixation on nitrogen: How nitrogen-fixing trees may slow forest regrowth
Rice researchers were involved in a study that found areas of Costa Rican tropical forests with more nitrogen-fixing trees had a lower growth rate.
Yale Scientific
http://bit.ly/2nkKX6K

Researchers develop high-strength nanotwinned aluminum alloy
Researchers created a super-strong aluminum alloy that rivals the strength of stainless steel. Ned Thomas, professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a co-author of the study.
Green Car Congress
http://bit.ly/2nj7tNe

Tobermorite combines with white graphene to make heat- and radiation-resistant ceramic
Ultrathin hexagonal boron nitride sheets between layers of calcium-silicates could give ceramics outstanding properties. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
American Ceramic Society
http://bit.ly/2njJeOK

Bundles and access codes destroy efforts to cut textbook pricing
Nicole Finkbeiner, associate director for institutional relations at OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted in articles on textbook prices.
Campus Technology
http://bit.ly/2nmXrur
10 years of OER: What funders can learn from a historical moment
Hewlett Foundation
http://bit.ly/2njMh9D

New technique developed by Rice researchers paves the way for better 2-D catalysts
Rice researchers have taken a deep look into atom-thick catalysts that produce hydrogen to see precisely where it’s coming from. Their findings could accelerate the development of 2-D materials for energy applications, such as fuel cells. Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Rice postdoctoral researcher Jing Zhang is mentioned.
TrendinTech
http://bit.ly/2nl7JeK

Houston Grand Opera announces Concert Of Arias 2018 finalists
The 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias will be held Feb. 1 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/2njQdHo

4 novidades tecnológicas que podem transformar a sua maneira de ver o mundo
An article on technological innovations mentions Rice researchers found that a touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium metal batteries that charge faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries.
GQ Brazil (An English translation is not available.)
https://glo.bo/2nltwCL

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Ethicists explain exactly why James Comey isn’t qualified for his new gig teaching ethics
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted in an article on former FBI director James Comey.
Quartz (This article also appeared in Global Advisors.)
http://bit.ly/2nk86pF

Winning Hispanics’ trust amid health care uncertainty: Top 5 considerations
Projections by Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas that show the state will be 60 percent Hispanic by 2050 are mentioned.
Media Post
http://bit.ly/2njm4bs

Roslyn woman named to Association of Fundraising Professionals board
Alumna Anne Dalgish Koestner ’00 is featured.
The Island Now
http://bit.ly/2njYXxd

Colleagues, family remember David Oberhelman, beloved librarian, friend
Alumnus David Oberhelman ’87 died Jan. 25. He was 51.
Daily O’Collegian
http://bit.ly/2BBsJlx

Immer wieder sonntags kommt die Traurigkeit
Rice research on mood swings is mentioned.
Aachener Zeitung (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2nlP0Q5

SPORTS

Rice falls to FAU on buzzer-beater
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 63-62 Jan. 27 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Scott Pera and players Connor Cashaw and Malik Osborne are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Massey’s 3 at buzzer a tough pill to swallow.”)
http://bit.ly/2nklni1
http://bit.ly/2nnHLHx
Massey’s buzzer-beater lifts FAU past Rice 63-62
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 40 media outlets.)
http://bit.ly/2njdVDQ
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BAWGCt (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BBpnyY (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BASqTp (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice women pick up important conference win against UTEP
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 56-42 Jan. 26 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Tina Langley and players Erica Ogwumike, Nicole Iademarco and Wendy Knight are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Owls put Miners out of misery early on.”)
http://bit.ly/2nhqTSD
http://bit.ly/2BCrrqj
UTEP women fall behind early, never recover
El Paso Times
http://bit.ly/2DUvbJg
Rice women keep rolling in conference play
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2nk6CM9
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)
http://bit.ly/2nk88xI (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Women’s college basketball: No. 3 Baylor rallies past No. 20 West Virginia
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated Old Dominion University 53-45 Jan. 28 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Players Nicole Iademarco, Erica Ogwumike and Wendy Knight are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 29 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2nm2j2M
ODU women fall to Rice 53-45
13NewsNow.com
http://bit.ly/2nlRii0

Terps wrap up play at ITA Kickoff Weekend
An article about University of Maryland women’s tennis mentions Rice defeated the Terrapins 4-0 Jan. 28 in Malibu, Calif.
UMTerps.com
http://bit.ly/2nkmNJx

With 1st pitch coming Feb. 20, Davenport Field project nearing completion
An article on the University of Virginia’s baseball stadium mentions the Cavaliers face Rice Feb. 18 in Orlando, Fla.
UVA Today
https://at.virginia.edu/2njblxM

Astros have 3 prospects on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 list
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier, who now plays in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ system, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2njJzAW
http://bit.ly/2nkgFAQ

‘College Basketball on CBS’
A broadcast of a men’s basketball game between the University of Maryland and Michigan State University mentions Maryland player player Sean Obi began his career at Rice.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2njFTiC (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which aired on more than 300 TV stations.)

NEWS RELEASES

Weak hydrogen bonds key to strong, tough infrastructure 
The right mix of hydrogen bonds in polymer and cement composites is critical to making strong, tough and ductile infrastructure material, according to Rice scientists who want to mimic the mechanics of mother-of-pearl and similar natural composites with synthetic materials.
http://bit.ly/2nk58Sf

Rice U. expert available to discuss Trump’s first State of the Union address
As President Donald Trump prepares for his first State of the Union address, Rice political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss what we can expect from the country’s 45th president on this momentous occasion.
http://bit.ly/2nlvlzT

About Matt Wilson

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