Dateline Rice for Feb. 2, 2018


Exxon Mobil plans to invest big, expect other energy companies to follow suit
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed on Exxon Mobil’s plans to expand operations in the United States.
The Hill

Fear and diplomacy fuel Qatar’s military spending
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Qatar’s increase in defense spending.
Agence France-Presse (This article appeared in more than 30 media outlets.)

The EPA’s pollution estimates stink. But everyone uses them anyway.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mother Jones

Why we need to rebrand black communities
A Rice study that found African-Americans are the most likely of all ethnic groups to emphasize the importance of postsecondary education is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times

Showcasing the Texas ‘all of the above’ energy model to the world
Rice is mentioned as participating in a public-private partnership to provide training on energy issues to U.S. Department of State officers.
U.S. Department of State Blog


At least 17 Democratic Socialists seek office in 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, is quoted in an article on candidates from the Democratic Socialists of America. Jones’ Texas House liberal-conservative index is mentioned in an article on a “Meet the Candidate” forum in Marshall.
Texas Observer
Boersma questions Paddie’s conservatism in forum
Marshall News Messenger

New $10M effort to improve health by improving neighborhoods
A slideshow mentions Rice research on ethnic disparities in childhood asthma.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The people who brought Houston some of its favorite things
A slideshow mentions that alumni Brock Wagner ’87 and Kevin Bartol ’81 founded Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How a STEM education could help students
An article on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education mentions Rice offers a program for K-12 students.

Blinn lecture to focus on founding fathers’ lives
John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History and author of “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” will speak Feb. 5 in Bryan, Texas, as part of a lecture on the religious lives of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
The Eagle

Montrose Trio not missing a beat after quartet history
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Montrose Trio Feb. 11 in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Wichita Falls Times-Record-News

Dishing with Dai
Baker College senior Haley Kurisky authored a Q&A with Buzz dining columnist Dai Huynh. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines


‘Freakonomics Radio’
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution, and her husband, Zach, discuss their book “Soonish.”
WBEZ-FM (Chicago) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


2-stage gas sensor reports on soil dynamics
A gene “genie” developed by Rice scientists grants researchers valuable data about microbes through puffs of gas from the soil. Mentioned are Jonathan Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology; Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; graduate student and lead author Hsiao-Ying (Shelly) Cheng; graduate student Ilenne Del Valle; research scientist Xiaodong Gao; and George Bennett, the E. Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
BrightSurf (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 media outlets.)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the gift of travel
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice is mentioned.
Travel and Tour World

Nieuwe nanocoating sluit ruitschade nagenoeg uit
An article on nanoshield coating for car windshields mentions Rice was involved in the development of the technology.
Automotive Werkplaats (An English translation is not available.)


Alexander native earns prestigious award in Houston
Graduate student Emily Helenbrook won the Richard E. McGinty Director Emeritus Award at the Saengerbund Awards Competition Jan. 20.
The Daily News (This article also appeared in the Batavian.)

Thomas Glass, a rising opera star with Type 1 diabetes
Alumnus Thomas Glass ’16 is featured.
A Sweet Life

2018 kicks off with spotlight on Cohesity’s Mohit Aron
An article mentions alumnus Mohit Aron ’98 received membership in the 2018 Class of Outstanding Engineering Alumni at Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.


Rice hires Pete Lembo away from Maryland to be associate head coach.
Pete Lembo joined the Rice football coaching staff as associated head coach and special teams coordinator.
Sports Illustrated
Pete Lembo has left Maryland football coaching staff, and 2 others have joined it
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Pete Lembo leaving Maryland to take similar job with Rice

Rice hires Ashfield, Picazo as assistant coaches
The Rice football team named Joe Ashfield offensive line coach and Robbie Picazo quarterbacks coach. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
Sports Xchange

Southern Miss downed 62-56 at Rice
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated the University of Southern Mississippi 62-56 Feb. 1 at Tudor Fieldhouse.

KTRK-TV (Houston)
Kinkaid High School’s Jasmine Smith, who has signed to play basketball at Rice, is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Aggies host 9-team Charlie Thomas Invitational this weekend
The Rice track and field team will compete in the Charlie Thomas Invitational Feb. 2-3 in College Station, Texas.
Tech heads to Texas for Charlie Thomas Invitational

Atlantic 10 faces an unfamiliar label for NCAA tournament: One-bid league
Former Rice men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
Washington Post

Ranking the top prospect for all 30 MLB teams entering 2018
Former Rice pitcher Jon Duplantier, now a prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, is mentioned.
Bleacher Report

Aleksander Perka wybrany Sportowcem Torunia 2017 roku. Rozmowa z koszykarzem Polskiego Cukru Toruń
Former Rice basketball player Aleksander Perka ’09 was voted Athlete of Toruń in Poland.
Sportowy24 (An English translation is not available.)


Two-stage gas sensor reports on soil dynamics
A gene “genie” developed by Rice scientists grants researchers valuable data about microbes through puffs of gas from the soil. The latest version is a robust two-stage microbial sensor that will help bioengineers, geobiologists and other researchers observe gene expression and the bioavailability of nutrients in laboratory facsimiles of environments like soil and sediments without disturbing them.

Baker Institute’s Medlock available to discuss the market implications of major oil company earnings reports
Three of the world’s largest publicly traded oil companies and major Texas employers — Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Shell — are announcing their fourth-quarter 2017 earnings this week. Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss what to watch for as earnings are released.

About Matt Wilson

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