Dateline Rice for Feb. 23, 2018


US energy dominance: Markets trump policy in 2017
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, co-authored an article.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Natural Gas World.)

Dems see big Texas turnout early for first primary of 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 in an article on early voting in Texas. Jones also is quoted in articles on the Texas State Board of Education and LGBTQ candidates running for office.
ABC News (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)
1 Texas Board of Education primary result could spell a return to culture wars
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle.)
LGBTQ candidates increase across Texas

NASA doubles down on deep space exploration, but uncertain future for International Space Station
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in stories on NASA’s proposed 2019 budget.
Fox News (This article also appeared in Swengen USA.)
KQFX-TV (Columbia, Mo.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on WFGX-TV in Augusta, Ga., KTBC-TV in Austin, KPEJ-TV in Odessa and KVVU-TV in Las Vegas.)

These electronic food tattoos could protect you from food poising
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, is quoted in a video and articles.
Edible electronics are here, thanks to researchers at Rice University
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Graphene burnt onto toast with laser precision
Chemistry World

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted. Vardi also authored an article on the world’s dependence on the internet. (This article originally appeared in Vox.)
A declaration of the dependence of cyberspace
Communications of the ACM

Fears acid rain could dissolve 4,000-year-old Mayan temples in Mexico within the next century
An article mentions a study co-authored by André Droxler, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, that found drought was a likely cause of the decline of Mayan civilization.
Daily Mail


Researchers assess long-term impact of Harvey
“Urban Flooding and Infrastructure: Moving Forward From Harvey,” a conference hosted by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center at the BioScience Research Collaborative, is featured. Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of the SSPEED Center, is quoted in multiple stories on the conference.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Schools studying environmental effects of Harvey.”)
According to Judge Emmett, Houston’s politicians are too focused on property tax relief, neglecting flood control
Rare Houston
Army Corps plans to study improvements to Addicks and Barker reservoirs
Houston Public Media
Second day of Harvey conference focuses on lessons learned and new flood policies
Houston Public Media
KUT-FM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KLTV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Voter fraud, election hacking top of mind for Texas lawmakers
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. He testified on the issue before a Texas Senate panel Feb. 22.
Spectrum News Austin
Weaknesses in Texas’ voting systems put under microscope
El Paso Proud (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
KWKT-TV (Waco) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on KLST-TV in San Angelo, KTSM-TV in El Paso and KCIT-TV in Amarillo.)

How Texas shaped Rev. Billy Graham, and Rev. Billy Graham shaped Texas
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 stories on the death of the Rev. Billy Graham, who held an eight-day crusade at Rice Stadium in 1981.
Texas Standard (This story also appeared in and
Graham biographer: Many ‘little Billy Grahams’ succeed evangelist
Religion News Service

New Texas A&M financial aid grant proposal is latest to target middle-class students
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Tiger Ball 2018 — Celebrating the Diversity of Asia
President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun are mentioned.
Asia Society Texas

How the core controls us all. The earth’s core, that is.
Building Planet Earth, a course offered by Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, and Linda Welzenbach, a science writer in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice, are mentioned.
Houston Museum of Natural Science

Around the world in Houston: Discover Guatemala
Rice’s Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Software company with former Enron CFO picks Houston for US HQ
An article mentions Andy Fastow spoke at Rice.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Greenwich Symphony Orchestra returns with ‘comfort food’ program
Violinist Emily Uematsu ’16 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Greenwich Time.)

Conroe High School Choir joins the Houston Symphony in educational family friendly concert
David Kirk, associate professor of tuba at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and alumna Kathryn Ladner ’12 are mentioned.
Katy News


A successful cancer researcher confronts a new challenge: Getting elected to Congress
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on Jason Weston, who is running for the Democratic nomination in the race to represent Texas’ 7th Congressional District.
Science Magazine

Venezuela in freefall — an interview with Francisco Monaldi
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, participates in a Q&A on Venezuela’s oil industry. (This article also appeared in Yerepouni Daily News.)

Progress in pursuit of sickle cell cure
Scientists have successfully used gene editing to repair 20 to 40 percent of stem and progenitor cells taken from the peripheral blood of patients with sickle cell disease, according to Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering.
Science Daily


Defects and surface reactions boost batteries
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects — and capitalizing on them. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang is mentioned.

Manson appoints Dr. Robert Lavinsky of the Arkenstone as an adviser
Alumnus Robert Lavinsky ’95 is featured.
Junior Mining Network (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Republican fundraiser featuring John Lott
Alumnus John Lott ’74 will give a lecture titled “How Gun Control Hurts the Most Vulnerable” Feb. 23 in Lakeville, Minn.
Hometown Source

Allegheny College hosts visiting English professor
An article mentions Ayanna Thompson spoke at Rice.
The Campus

Spazio: Il docufilm ‘Expedition’ conquista Houston, premiere alla NASA
Astronaut Paolo Nespoli, a member of Expedition 52/53 to the International Space Station, will appear at the Rice Media Center Feb. 23 for the free screening of “Expedition,” a documentary about his training for and participation in the mission.
MeteoWeb (An English translation is not available.)
L’Expedition di Paolo Nespoli in scena a Houston
Airpress (An English translation is not available.)

Comunicat de presă – Centrul Naţional de Artă ‘Tinerimea Română’
Alumnus Cristian Măcelaru ’06 and Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting, are mentioned.
Agerpres (An English translation is not available.)


Adams’ buzzer-beating trey gives Rice 79-76 OT win over FAU
The Rice men’s basketball team defeated Florida Atlantic University 79-76 in overtime Feb. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla. Players Ako Adams, Connor Cashaw, Najja Hunter and Bishop Mency are mentioned. Adams’ game-winning 3-pointer was featured on ESPN.
Fox Sports (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)
Men’s basketball: Rice beats Florida Atlantic on buzzer-beater in OT
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Adams’ trey lifts Rice at buzzer.”)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
ESPN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Women’s basketball: No. 17 A&M tops century mark in rout at Arkansas
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated Marshall University 87-44 Feb. 22 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Nicole Iademarco, Wendy Knight, Sydne Wiggins and Lauren Grigsby are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 23 print edition.)

Head of USA Swimming says no tolerance for sexual misconduct
A roundup of sports news mentions the Rice baseball team lost to Stanford University 7-2 Feb. 22 in Stanford, Calif.
Houston Chronicle

Dale Robertson’s Tweets and Takes: Feb. 23
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 23 print edition.”)

Aggies open spring slate with 2 matches Saturday
The Rice women’s soccer team will face Texas A&M University Feb. 24 in College Station. Head coach Nicky Adams, players Maya Hoyer, Louise Stephens and Annie Walker and former player Samantha Chaiken are mentioned.

3 to watch
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 mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 23 print edition.)

Boys basketball teams embark on playoff paths
An article on Louisiana high school basketball mentions Rice football signee August Pitre.
Daily World

Former Elkins, Rice product Tristan Gray dealt to Rays
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray ’18 was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Rays acquire pitcher Daniel Hudson from Pirates in exchange for Corey Dickerson
Fox Sports (This article also appeared in
Another day, another trade: Rays deal Dickerson to Pirates
Rays deal Corey Dickerson to Pirates, optics were bad but necessary
Sports Talk Florida
Rays trade Corey Dickerson to Pirates
Lone Star Ball

Source: Twins clear spot, outright Chargois
Former Rice baseball player J.T. Chargois ’13 was placed on waivers by the Minnesota Twins.


Free CPR training this Saturday at Rice University
Rice Emergency Medical Services and Baylor College of Medicine will be teaching how to perform hands-only CPR Feb. 24 as part of the Texas Two-Step initiative to educate communities around the state about the importance of manual chest compressions for cardiopulmonary resuscitation while waiting for medical professionals to arrive. The free training takes only about 10 minutes and will be offered between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Central Quad near Brochstein Pavilion on the Rice campus.

About Matt Wilson

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