Dateline Rice for Feb. 9, 2018


Rice University knows higher education is in a tough spot. Its new plan aims to show its value.
Building on the success of the Vision for the Second Century launched 12 years ago, the Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2) is intended to elevate Rice’s mission of teaching, research and service to even higher levels. Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Tudor ’82, President David Leebron and Student Association President Justin Onwenu are quoted, and a photo of Rice students studying at Fondren Library is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 9 print edition with a different headline, “Rice unveils $2 billion strategic plan,” and a teaser for the story appeared on the front page.)


Los Angeles, Houston and the rise of the unreadable city
“The Continuous City: Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization,” a new book of essays by Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times

It phoned home: Spacecraft that went dead is sending signals back to Earth
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.
Boston Globe
NASA confirms: Its undead satellite is operational
Ars Technica


Energy lobbyists increase pressure on Congress to speed up permitting
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer of economics, is quoted in an article on lobbyists calling for Congress to do more to encourage companies to build energy infrastructure.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Feb. 9 print edition with a different headline, “Energy lobby accuses New York of ‘abuse,’” and it was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Inside three of the congressional districts Texas Democrats hope to turn blue in 2018
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. Jones also is quoted in a story on Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Andrew White and an article on Texas Republicans’ efforts to regulate transgender bathroom use.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
No, the bathroom bill issue hasn’t gone away
Off the Kuff

Report: ISIS reduced, not beaten
Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on President Donald Trump’s Middle East policy.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Modern day farmer: Why one Houston co. is investing in blockchain, cryptocurrency
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 40 other media outlets.)

Sen. Cruz: It will be an American who 1st steps foot on Mars
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, mentioned President John F. Kennedy’s “Mon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, during his address at the Federal Aviation Administration Commercial Space Transportation Conference Feb. 7 in Washington.
Katy News


WGBH-FM (Boston)
Rice is mentioned in a story on the U.S. Navy recruiting women to be codebreakers during World War II. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is mentioned in a discussion on George H.W. Bush’s presidential library. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Nanoscale systems’ secrets spilled by fast-spinning spheres
Spin a merry-go-round fast enough and the riders fly off in all directions. But the spinning particles in the Rice lab of chemical engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal do the opposite. Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Elaa Hilou, co-author of the study, are quoted. Rice graduate alumnus Di Du, now a research statistical analyst at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and graduate student Steve Kuei, co-authors of the paper, are also mentioned.
Controlled Environments (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets, and it was featured in the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter Feb. 9)

EIA downplays solar and wind in future projections
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on the latest Annual Energy Outlook released by the Energy Information Administration. An op-ed Cohan authored on the subject is mentioned in other articles, and he is quoted in an article on Fiat Chrysler’s emissions testing.
PV Magazine
EIA ups renewables projections but avoids big questions
Overnight Energy: EPA data shows drop in enforcement | Budget deal sets up largest oil stockpile sale in history | Canadian companies sue over Trump solar tariff
The Hill (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)
Baffled by Dieselgate, emails reveal Fiat Chrysler struggled with revamped emissions tests
Jalopnik (This article also appeared in Cars News.)

Russian LNG cargo sparks doubts about US energy dependence
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Current oil prices offer lesson in supply and demand, Rice business prof breaks it down
An op-ed by Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Beat the GMAT

My 1st semester using GitHub at Rice University
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.


WTES students receive a special learning experience
A mobile planetarium developed by Rice is featured.
Mountain Statesman

Real-time in vitro diagnostic results at the point of care? Possible? One San Diego-based IVD developer says ‘yes!’
A Rice study that found fingerprick test results can vary significantly from drop to drop is mentioned.
Dark Daily

Papoutsakis elected to National Academy of Engineering
An article mentions that Eleftherios Papoutsakis was previously a member of Rice’s faculty.
University of Delaware Daily

Stevens welcomes new SSE dean
An article mentions that Yehia Massoud was previously a member of Rice’s faculty.
The Stute


Middle Tennessee hits 15 3-pointers, beats Rice 94-75
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to Middle Tennessee State University 94-75 Feb. 8 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Player Connor Cashaw is mentioned.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 60 media outlets, and a portion was included in a college basketball roundup in the Feb. 9 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
Blue Raiders whip Rice to move to 11-1 in C-USA
Murfreesboro Post
Middle Tennessee basketball extends winning streak to 6 with 94-75 win over Rice
Daily News Journal
MTSU basketball walk-on Chase Miller makes 1st basket, Murphy Center crowd goes bonkers
Daily News Journal
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KIAH-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WZTV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

National signing day notebook: Ranking top 12 FBS teams in Texas after recruiting hauls
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren and signees Juma Otoviano and Jacob Doddridge are mentioned. Otoviano also is mentioned in an Arlington Voice article.
Lamar’s Brown flips commitment, signs with Texas A&M
Arlington Voice

Rejuvenated Rice eyes quick start this baseball season
The Rice baseball team is featured. Players Ryan Chandler and Dominic DiCaprio and head coach Wayne Graham are quoted. Players Matt Canterino, Dane Acker, Evan Kravetz, Ricardo Salinas, Trei Cruz and Braden Comeaux are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Samford baseball picked to finish 3rd this season in the SoCon
An article on Samford University’s baseball team mentions the Bulldogs face Rice Feb. 16 at the UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Former track star? Nope, this bobsledder played football
Former Rice football and track and field athlete Sam McGuffie ’14, a member of the U.S. men’s bobsled team that is competing in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is featured. (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Bobsledder Sam McGuffie, of Cypress, celebrates the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
Houston Chronicle
Borders crossed: Growing up in Texas heat didn’t stop this trio from reaching the Winter Games
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Six Olympians that Texans should keep their eyes on in Pyeongchang
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
From Cy-Fair HS to Pyeongchang: Sam McGuffie aims for gold at Olympics
How former viral football highlight star Sam McGuffie became a US Olympic bobsledder
SB Nation
Who is Sam McGuffie? 5 things to know about the former Michigan RB turned USA bobsledder
Land of 10
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Former Cy-Fair HS football star now living Winter Olympic dreams
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District

WKU pushes through lack of energy to beat Old Dominion
An article on Western Kentucky University’s women’s basketball team mentions the Lady Toppers face Rice Feb. 10 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Bowling Green Daily News

Tom Herman play-called everywhere on his way to Texas. So, why not in Austin?
An article on University of Texas head football coach Tom Herman mentions he is a former Rice assistant coach.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

The 2018 6th-year minor leaguers
Former Rice baseball players JT Chargois ’13 and Tyler Duffey ’13 are mentioned.
Twins Daily


Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts to celebrate its 1st birthday with a bang
The Moody Center for the Arts will celebrate its first birthday Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. with a festive, fun and free party that is open to the public. Guests are invited to enjoy the Moody Center’s newest exhibitions, which opened Feb. 2, and dance along to a live performance by Houston indie-pop favorite Wild Moccasins while enjoying beverages, birthday cake and Big Bang-inspired art.

About Matt Wilson

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