Dateline Rice for Feb. 15, 2018


Commencement speakers announced: Alvernia, Bridgewater, Emmanuel, Hartwick, Hobart, Kent State, Nichols, Rice, Stanford, St. Norbert
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, who served as New York City’s mayor for three consecutive terms, will present the 2018 commencement address at Rice May 12.
Inside Higher Ed
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Why Americans don’t give a damn about mass shootings
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
CNN (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)

The blurring of Olympics and Paralympics
An article mentions a Rice study on former track and field athlete Oscar Pistorius.
Daily Beast

Another mission accomplished for astronaut Peggy Whitson
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured. She spoke at Iowa Wesleyan University Feb. 14.
The Hawk Eye


Field of 18 GOP candidates fighting for runoff in primary for Lamar Smith’s seat
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 the U.S. House race in Texas’ District 21. Jones also appeared on “Houston Matters.”
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Political roundup: President Trump’s proposed budget, and Astrodome renovation approval
Houston Public Media

What’s showing in the galleries
“Josiah McElheny: Island Universe,” “Leo Villareal: Particle Chamber” and “Pile the Wood High!” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise, and it appeared in the Preview Houston section of the Feb. 15 print edition of the Chronicle.)

Houston ISD: Our officers train for school shootings
Marian Reed, formerly a police officer with the Rice University Police Department, is pictured taking part in a mock school shooting drill at Atascocita High School.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston rap legend Bun B and his queen reveal their proven tips for romance
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, participates in a Q&A.
CultureMap Houston

Around the world in Houston: Discover Iran
The Rice Iranian Society and the Houston Iranian Film Festival, co-established by Rice Cinema, are mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

John Cooper ethics bowl team captures 1st place at regionals
The Houston Ethics Bowl was held Jan. 3 at Rice.
Woodlands Online


Should Houston take tap into its special tax zones to pay for Harvey recovery?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article on Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones.
Houston Public Media


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. Lead author Sarah Bengston, a Huxley Faculty Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Rice’s Department of BioSciences, is quoted.
R&D Magazine (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets and was featured in the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter Feb. 15.)

Graphene on toast, anyone?
Rice scientists who introduced laser-induced graphene have enhanced their technique to produce what may become a new class of edible electronics. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Yieu Chyan are quoted. Co-lead author Ruquan Ye ’15, graduate student Yilun Li and postdoctoral fellow Swantantra Pratap Singh are mentioned.
Chem Europe (Similar articles appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

What for-profit businesses can teach nonprofits about customer satisfaction
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing, authored an op-ed.
American Marketing Association

2018 Sonoma County Barrel Auction panel of masters revealed
Alumnus David Keck ’09 is featured.
Wine Industry Advisor

Interview with violinist Rubén Rengel, winner of 2018 Sphinx Competition
Graduate student Rubén Rengel, a violinist, won first place in the senior division of the Sphinx Competition in Detroit.

Architectural Association announces 3 candidates for its director shortlist
An article notes that Eva Franch i Gilabert taught at Rice.
The Architect’s Newspaper (This article also appeared in De Zeen.)


To untangle the effects of nanoparticles on microbes, look at the genes
Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s NEWT Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Virginia Tech News

Marwa M. Shalaby — ‘Female Political Representation Under Authoritarianism’
Marwa Shalaby, fellow for the Middle East and director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will give a lecture Feb. 21 at Brown University.
Brown University

Looking back: The evolution of HPC power, efficiency and reliability
An article notes that Robert Fowler worked at Rice.
The Next Platform

Award-winning string quartet plays Sunday
The Rolston String Quartet, formerly the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform Feb. 18 in Sechelt, British Columbia.
The Local Weekly

Cardinals in Clemson
Alumnus Andrew Levin ’83 is mentioned.
Clemson University Newsstand

Politólogos alertan que el 1 de julio se juega estabilidad del país por posible ‘elección de Estado’
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 Mexico’s upcoming presidential election.
Sin Embargo

Rice University, modelo de cooperação internacional
Rice’s partnership with the University of Sao Paulo is featured.
Auspin (An English translation is not available.)


Texas A&M suffers first loss in 4-3 setback at Rice
The Rice women’s tennis team defeated Texas A&M University 4-3 Feb. 14 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Aggie women’s tennis suffers loss to Rice

Men’s golf set for All-American Intercollegiate this weekend
The Rice men’s golf team will participate in the All-American Intercollegiate Feb. 16-18 at the Golf Club of Houston.
No. 8 men’s golf to play at All-American Intercollegiate

Marshall basketball begins Texas trip at Rice
The Rice men’s basketball team faces Marshall University Feb. 15 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Scott Pera and player Connor Cashaw are mentioned in a Charleston Gazette-Mail article, and Cashaw, Ako Adams, Bishop Mency, Malik Osborne and Robert Martin are mentioned in a Herald-Dispatch article.
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Marshall still looking to improve down the stretch

Chuck Landon: This time, D’Antoni brothers get together
An article on brothers Danny D’Antoni, who is the head men’s basketball coach at Marshall, and Mike D’Antoni, the head coach of the Houston Rockets, mentions Rice’s game against Marshall.

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.

Jets promote QB coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator
Former Rice football and baseball player Jeremy Bates ’00 was named the offensive coordinator of the New York Jets.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 140 media outlets.)
New York Jets promote Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator

Report: Baylor lands ex-Longhron Frank Okam as DL coach
Former Rice assistant football coach Frank Okam is joining Baylor University’s coaching staff.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman and DieHards.
Report: Former Longhorn Frank Okam hired as Baylor D-line coach


Baker Institute study: Harris County’s large uninsured population limits TMC spending on community health improvement
The large uninsured population in Harris County may be limiting the ability of Texas Medical Center institutions to spend funds on community health improvement or subsidized health services, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Matt Wilson

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