Dateline Rice for Feb. 12, 2018 (Weekend Edition)

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Rice experts were quoted in three articles that appeared in a special section of Sunday’s Houston Chronicle called “The STEM Future.”

College STEM researchers in Houston learn to write, talk like non-experts
Carolyn Nichol, director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and lecturer of chemistry, is quoted. A workshop on the communication of science co-hosted by Rice and a STEM outreach class on campus are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Researchers ditch jargon, find clarity,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2Bi8rks
Gender, diversity gaps persist in STEM
Nichol also is quoted in this article. Design Connect Create, a physics camp held at Rice, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Working to close STEM’s gender, racial gaps,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2BhAtN4
Programs, workshops, even graduate degrees help K-12 teachers get fluent in STEM
An article on STEM training for teachers mentions programs offered by the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and the Rice Office of STEM Engagement. Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and director of Rice’s Master of Science Teaching Program for K-12 teachers, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Programs, workshops build fluency,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2BiKrxN

Happy Darwin Day! 3 signs we’re still evolving
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted in an article on evidence that humans are still evolving. He also authored an op-ed on the topic.
Futurity (This article was the top story in the Feb. 12 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
http://bit.ly/2BmgTiR
Are humans still evolving?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
http://bit.ly/2BSRLBb

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Keeping a bag at the ready for when she gets the call
Alumna T. Bella Dinh-Zarr ’93, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, is featured.
New York Times
http://nyti.ms/2Bp3uX3

A couple wants to go all in on a startup. Can they afford to?
Alumnus Dustin Windham ’15, co-founder of Grit Grocery, is featured.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in CetUSNews.)
http://on.wsj.com/2BTPoOO

The promise of indoor, hurricane-proof ‘vertical’ farms
Ana Buckman, temporary language consultant at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is a co-founder of Acre in a Box.
The Atlantic
http://theatln.tc/2BV7gso

New UMKC chancellor promises ‘something spectacular’ for Kansas City
An article on University of Missouri-Kansas City chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal mentions his Rice ties. His daughter, Serena Agrawal, is a Baker College senior; his son, Ethan Agrawal, is a 2016 graduate.
Kansas City Star
http://bit.ly/2BSkC8I

Efectele schimbării climatice cer soluții urgente
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, participates in a Q&A on efforts to mitigate the effects of future weather disasters. Blackburn also will speak at Matagorda Bay Birdfest Feb. 17 in Palacios, Texas.
RFI (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2Bn4RFU
Lawyer, activist to speak at Birdfest
Victoria Advocate
http://bit.ly/2BTBQ5U

HOUSTON/TEXAS

After Harvey, slight majority still opposes more taxes for flood control projects, survey says
Rice political scientists helped conduct a survey of residents of Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria and Montgomery counties on potential measures to address flooding. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the Feb. 12 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Locals back flood fixes.”)
http://bit.ly/2BVGQqr
http://bit.ly/2BTIQj2
Flood control bond could prove tough sell for Harris County voters, survey says
Houston Public Media
http://bit.ly/2BUUfz8

Can Houston become better at buying out flooded homes?
Grant Patterson, a staff researcher for development, transportation and placemaking at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine and originally appeared on the Kinder Institute’s blog, “The Urban Edge.”)
http://bit.ly/2BSnaUk

For the 2nd Congressional District
The Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed alumnus Todd Litton ’01 in the Democratic primary for U.S. representative in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2Bmet3L

SpaceX success gives Texans reason to cheer
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles on the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “SpaceX brings cheers in Texas.”)
http://bit.ly/2BVFe00
With Falcon Heavy launch, should NASA continue building its own rocket?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BTM1as
http://bit.ly/2BYu7mW

Cryptominers in Houston spin virtual currency with video cards
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 quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “To coin a phrase,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2BhtjIB

Even with demographic shift, Democrats face uphill battle in Harris County
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 Democrats’ prospects in upcoming primary elections. Jones also is quoted in an article on the race for Texas land commissioner; is mentioned in two articles for his liberal-conservative ranking of members of the Texas Legislature; and is quoted on Texas Republicans’ efforts to regulate transgender bathroom use in a recap of political news.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Blue shift may not be enough for big gains.”)
http://bit.ly/2BqDvyr
Alamo takes center stage in race for state land commissioner
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BUxV8y
The far-right is staging an ouster of moderate Republicans in the Panhandle. Will incumbents outlast the attack?
Texas Observer
http://bit.ly/2BTNugY
Comparing ideology: How conservative are Price and Seliger?
Amarillo Pioneer
http://bit.ly/2BqBVwR
The week in quotes (Feb. 4-10)
Texas Freedom Network
http://tfn.org/week-quotes-feb-4-10/

Houston billionaire couple gives Memorial Hermann $25 million
Rice benefactor Fayez Sarofim and his wife, Susan, made the largest donation to Memorial Hermann Health System in the system’s history. Kristen Schlatre, director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice’s Glasscock School Continuing Studies, is quoted about recent major gifts to Houston health care institutions.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article was featured in the Feb. 12 edition of the Texas Medical Center’s TMC Today newsletter and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2EaiaIa

Rice University to now host annual Veterans Business Battle
Applications are being accepted for the Veterans Business Battle, which was established by a group of Houston entrepreneurs and Rice University’s Veterans in Business Association.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2BTLw04
http://bit.ly/2BTcwg5

Here are the 7 Houston Democrats who want a chance to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson
Alumnus Alex Triantaphyllis ’06, a Democrat running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2BTVAWJ

Judicial Q&A: Jason Luong
Alumnus Jason Luong ’97, who is running for judge of the 185th District Court in Harris County, is featured.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2BUi6yH

Local literati and worldly wordsmiths regale at Inprint’s annual soiree
President David Leebron attended the Inprint Poets and Writers Ball.
CultureMap Houston
http://bit.ly/2BTDswu

24 beautiful duchesses, a jaunty king and a sellout crowd make for a rollicking Galveston night
McMurtry College senior Ari Brown was Momus Queen at the Knights of Momus Coronation Ball in Galveston.
PaperCity
http://bit.ly/2BUKvVu
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2CfPgEI (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

News and notes: The Woodlands — Feb. 9
The Houston Ethics Bowl held Jan. 3 at Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)
http://bit.ly/2Bqe2FB
Cooper Ethics Bowl team captures 1st place at regionals, moves forward in competition
The Paper
http://bit.ly/2BWJSKY

BROADCAST

KDKA-AM (Pittsburgh)
David Warden, adjunct professor of engineering and economics, discusses a book he co-authored with the late Father T.J. Martinez titled “Miracle in Motion: How To Live a Meaningful Life.”
http://bit.ly/2BWDdjW (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KIAH-TV (Houston)
The Rice Farmers Market is mentioned.
http://bit.ly/2BVNdKn (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KRIV-TV (Houston)
Brown College senior Calvin Anderson solves a Rubik’s Cube behind his back.
http://bit.ly/2BWo5TX (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

What chance Permian becoming the poster child for US shale?
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, was a guest on the “Capital Crude” podcast.
S&P Global Platts
http://bit.ly/2BUT0zY

Fast-spinning spheres show nanoscale systems’ secrets
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.
ChemEurope
http://bit.ly/2BURE8g

Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University launches online MBA
MBA@Rice, the Jones Graduate School of Business’ new online Master of Business Administration degree for professionals across the country, is featured.
FindMBA
http://bit.ly/2BTwCXG

Billy Graham: ‘A Prophet with Honor’
A Billy Graham biography, “A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” written by William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured. The book is set to be released in March.
Charisma News
http://bit.ly/2BSnMJC

YBCA presents Open Workshop with Bay Area architect Neeraj Bhatia
Neeraj Bhatia, a former Visiting Wortham Fellow and professor of architecture at Rice, is featured.
Broadway World
http://bit.ly/2BV15EU

Violinista venezolano gana primer lugar en la competencia Sphinx Organization
Graduate student Rubén Rengel, a violinist, won first place in the senior division of the Sphinx Competition in Detroit.
El Estímulo (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2BUqkHf

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Houston Jewish History Archive with Joshua Furman
Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, discusses the new Houston Jewish History Archive, which is under the auspices of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice in collaboration with the Woodson Research Center at Fondren Library. Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies and professor of religion, and Melissa Kean, Rice’s centennial historian, are mentioned.
Jewish History Matters
http://bit.ly/2BSMTfn

Run for a reason: The 46th Chevron Houston Marathon
To help Houstonians who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, alumnus Mike Sohaskey ’93 raised more than $8,000 for the Houston Food Bank by asking people to pledge dollars for each runner he passed in the Chevron Houston Marathon, where he started at the back of the pack.
Paper Blog
http://bit.ly/2BTIqJE

North Carolina Campus Compact’s Lambert Award presented to Davidson College president
Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives, is featured.
Elon University
http://bit.ly/2BTP16O

Lihong Wang elected to National Academy of Engineering
Alumnus Lihong Wang ’92 is featured.
Caltech
http://bit.ly/2BUiBZA

ARCOmadrid 2018 reactiva el coleccionismo
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is mentioned.
Noroeste Madrid (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2BVFMD1
Más de 200 galerías de 29 países se darán cita en ARCOmadrid 2018, una de las ferias más importantes de arte contemporáneo
Extraconfidencial (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2BSqwGU

Forças sociais e políticas do PT precisam entender de que há vida depois de Lula
Sergio Fausto, contributing expert for the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
HenriqueBarbosa.com (An English translation is not available.)
http://bit.ly/2BU6qvR

SPORTS

Rice extends contract for AD Joe Karlgaard until 2021
Joe Karlgaard, director of Rice Athletics, signed a three-year contract extension. President David Leebron and head football coach Mike Bloomgren are mentioned. Leebron is quoted in a Fox 26 article that mentions head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera and women’s head basketball coach Tina Langley.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition with a different headline, “AD Karlgaard gets 3-year extension.”)
http://bit.ly/2BTFyMO
http://bit.ly/2BTjhyA
Rice director of athletics Joe Karlgaard signs extension
Fox26Houston.com
http://bit.ly/2BUc7dc
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2sp85pk (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

UAB rallies past Rice 61-56
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 61-56 Feb. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. Players Ako Adams, Bishop Mency and Connor Cashaw are mentioned.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 60 media outlets.)
http://wapo.st/2BUgUeJ
Area men’s basketball: Baylor posts rare win over Kansas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Lecomte’s treys help Baylor trip up Kansas; Tech takes Big 12 lead.”)
http://bit.ly/2BSCIaE
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2suhNHe (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Women’s college basketball: No. 3 Baylor beats TCU for 23rd straight time
The Rice women’s basketball team’s Feb. 10 victory over Western Kentucky University at Tudor Fieldhouse is included in a roundup of women’s college basketball games. Players Erica Ogwumike, Lauren Grigsby and Gabrielle Stanton are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 11 print edition.)
http://bit.ly/2BV3eAg

Rice women have mixed week; men’s struggles continue
The Rice men’s and women’s basketball teams are featured.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BU8rIt
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BVNP2H (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

1 Fort Worth high school of 100 seniors had 10 Division I football signees
Rice football signees Andrew Bird and Brendan Harmon are mentioned.
USA Today
http://bit.ly/2BVsw1m
This DFW school has fewer than 100 seniors but is sending 10 to D1 football programs
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://bit.ly/2BUN1eo

KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice Baseball Fanfest is featured.
http://bit.ly/2BSzcgs (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BTcS6D (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

2018 preseason projected field of 64
Rice is mentioned in a projection of the NCAA baseball tournament field.
Baseball America
http://bit.ly/2BVp1ba

Klein ISD athletes announce their college choices
Rice baseball signee Blake Brodgon is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BT8ILP
http://bit.ly/2BV4TG0
Cy-Fair ISD athletes announce their college choices
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BVQidt
http://bit.ly/2BUiwVN

Everything you need to know about the Texans in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics
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 in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2BWhtok
http://bit.ly/2BU55Wa
Houston’s Sam McGuffie aims for gold on US bobsled team
Houston Patch
http://bit.ly/2BVtyKI
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2BSRdLB (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

UTA tennis wins, loses matches
An article on the University of Texas at Arlington tennis teams mentions the women lost to Rice 5-2 Feb. 9. The Rice women’s team also is mentioned in an article on Texas A&M University tennis.
The Shorthorn
http://bit.ly/2Borwla
Texas A&M women’s tennis equals best start with win over Louisiana
KBTX.com
http://bit.ly/2BqdLCz

Kingwood Mustangs and Kingwood Park Panthers among student athlete signees
Rice volleyball signee Anota Adekunle is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2BT8fJH
http://bit.ly/2BUi89N

5 free agents Dallas Cowboys could target at TE: Is it time to look beyond the draft for Jason Witten’s backup?
Former Rice football player Luke Willson ’12, who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, is featured.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2BTJywS

Chicago White Sox top 20 prospects for 2018
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens ’15 is mentioned.
Minor League Ball
http://bit.ly/2BTdOaV

Dick Harmon: Getting to know BYU football’s long-awaited 10th coach AJ Steward
Former Rice running backs coach AJ Steward is featured.
Deseret News
http://bit.ly/2BUO1za

NEWS RELEASES

Some black and Latino Christians rely on religion for healing
Christians who are comparatively well-represented in the medical field, like Korean-Americans, understand the relationship between faith and health differently than those who are not, like African-Americans and Latinos. Eighty percent of black and Latino Americans interviewed in a recent Rice study said they believe in the potential healing power of religious faith, while nearly two-thirds of Korean-Americans interviewed said that a religious environment mainly provides support for individuals with regard to health decisions, but made few mentions of prayer or divine healing.
http://bit.ly/2BYv1Qm

New guide for finding genes linked with behavior
Scientists interested in finding specific genes that influence the behavior of humans and animals have a new tool, thanks to a two-year research effort aimed at describing how to apply the latest techniques of molecular genomics to the study of complex behavior. Rice behavioral ecologist Sarah Bengston is the lead author.
http://bit.ly/2BVTaHd

About Matt Wilson

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