Dateline Rice for Feb. 1, 2018


FBI and White House in open conflict over classified GOP memo
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on the FBI’s concerns about the accuracy of a Republican memo on secret surveillance that President Donald Trump has said he will release.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Meet the amateur astronomer who found NASA’s lost satellite in space
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in articles on IMAGE, a NASA spacecraft that monitored space weather before going silent in 2005. The satellite recently was detected by an amateur astronomer. Reiff also is quoted in an article on a recent total lunar eclipse dubbed the “Super Blue Blood Moon.”
Washington Post
Amateur astronomer rediscovers NASA satellite lost for 12 years
The Independent (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)
Set your alarm clocks early, Houstonians: A total lunar eclipse will be visible Wednesday
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The bizarre American lobbying war over Turkish-run schools
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the Turkish government hiring a law firm to lobby in opposition to a network of American charter schools.
Politico (This article also appeared in the Center for Public Integrity.)

Rex Tillerson urged to raise Russian meddling in Mexico election on upcoming trip to region
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 in an article on U.S. senators writing a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ahead of his trip to Mexico. Payan also is quoted in an article on the reaction to President Donald Trump’s immigration reform proposal.
The Independent
‘Nace muerto’ plan migratorio de Trump
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)

The Democrats’ massive, foolish omission
An article on the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address mentions an op-ed on climate change’s impact on upcoming elections authored by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
New Republic

Fire and fury in the Gulf — analysis
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on relations between the White House and Gulf nations.
Gulf States Analytics (This article also appeared in Eurasia Review.)


Does believing in God make it harder to believe in science?
Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, participates in a Q&A. She is the co-author of a new book, “Religion vs. Science: What Religious People Really Think.”
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

After Harvey’s floods, Friendswood will allow residents to rebuild at ground level
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

When refugees in Houston need a ride, Free Wheels is here to help
An article on Free Wheels Houston, a charity that provides bicycles to refugees in need, mentions Rice Bikes participates in the program by providing repairs.

Baker Institute: The 2017 Texas House and Senate, from left to right: Post special-session edition
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, ranked members of the Texas Legislature from most liberal to most conservative based on analysis of voting.
Pratt on Texas

Khator’s climb
Rice is mentioned in an article about Renu Khator’s first decade as president of the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Must List: Barry Manilow says ‘bye, BBQ for Super Bowl
“Pile the Wood High!” by Lisa Lapinski, Rice assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, and Hirsch Perlman and Anna Helm is part of the spring show at the Moody Center for the Arts, which is mentioned in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Preview Houston section in the Feb. 1 print edition of the Chronicle.)

What movies are showing outside the megaplex?
Rice Cinema will screen “24 Frames” Feb. 2 and “When God Sleeps” Feb. 3.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Preview Houston section in the Feb. 1 print edition of the Chronicle and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Live music in Houston this February
Baker College senior Haley Kurisky authored an article. She and fellow Baker College seniors Renisa Ramnath, Emily Rao, Adam Kassir and Hayley Clark are pictured.
The Buzz Magazines

The arts and happenings, February 2018
The Houston Grand Opera’s 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias is Feb. 1 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Lifestyles

Surfside musician receives lifetime achievement award
Alumnus Aubrey Tucker ’89 is featured.
The Facts


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, discusses President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is mentioned in a story on former computer company Compaq. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

El impacto que DACA tiene en la salud mental
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, discusses the impact of the uncertain future facing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients on their mental health.
Telemundo (An English translation is not available.)


USBE’s top trending stories feature engineers and scientists
Reginald DesRoches’ appointment as dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering is cited as one of the trending stories in 2017.
U.S. Black Engineer

Nanotube fibers made by hand to cut production time
Researchers at Rice developed a method to quickly produce strong, conductive fibers from carbon nanotubes.
Tech Briefs

Nanofibers make their way through the 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 Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, and Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned. A Rice video is featured.

New process could slash energy demands of fertilizer manufacture
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, are mentioned.
Grain Central

Hearing is believing in gene therapy’s promise
Gene editing could someday help people at risk of hearing loss from genetic mutations. 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.

Building facades and vertical shade
An article on building shades includes a photo of the Cambridge Office Building on Rice’s campus.
Specialty Fabrics Review

Spero announces appointment of David P. Southwell to its board of directors
Alumnus David Southwell ’84 is featured.
The Financial (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

6 forces disrupting the power sector
A lecture at Rice by economist Robert J. Gordon is mentioned.


Researchers find first evidence of sub-Saharan Africa 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.
Heritage Daily (A similar article appeared in Medievalists.)

Changing dynamics in the Gulf: A conversation with Qatari deputy prime minister and foreign minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani
Andrew Bowen, formerly the Baker Institute scholar for the Middle East and director of the Levant Program at the Baker Institute, was part of a discussion on U.S.-Qatar relations.
American Enterprise Institute

Violinist brings ‘singing style’ to Zion orchestra
Alumna Ann Miller ’03 will play a solo during the Zion Chamber Orchestra Festival’s closing performance Feb. 3 in Stockton, Calif.
Stockton Record

Area briefs for the week of Feb. 2
Alumnus John Lott ’74 will give a lecture titled “How Gun Control Hurts the Most Vulnerable” Feb. 23 in Lakeville, Minn.
Sun Thisweek

Talking with Lisa Rosenblum, the new director of the King County Library System
An article on Lisa Rosenblum mentions she formerly worked at Rice.
Seattle Review of Books


Trio of juniors shine for swimming in the Lone Star State
An article on Tulane University swimming mentions Rice competed in the Houston Quad Meet Jan. 26-27.
Tulane Hullabaloo

Houston names James Casey special teams coach
Former Rice football player James Casey ’11 is featured. A photo of Casey playing for Rice is included in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Best of Hal: Top 25 Cincinnati Reds All-Stars
Former Rice baseball player Norm Charlton ’86 is mentioned.
Dayton Daily News (This article also appeared in Journal-News.)

2018 Seahawks free agents: Luke Willson looking for another go-around
Former Rice football player Luke Willson ’12, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, is featured.
Field Gulls

Göttinger Schwimmerin startet Studium in den USA
Phillis Range, who will join the Rice swimming team next season, is featured.
Goettinger Tageblatt (An English translation is not available.)

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