Dateline Rice for March 2, 2018


Full Show: Steel and aluminum tariffs, and Rice University President David Leebron
President David Leebron discussed the state of the university on “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media


Billy Graham is remembered in what’s his final crusade
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 articles on the late Rev. Billy Graham. A Houston Chronicle article mentions Graham’s eight-day crusade at Rice Stadium in 1981.
CNN (This article appeared in more than 80 other media outlets.)
In ‘Oiltown, U.S.A.,’ Houston serves as backdrop for Billy Graham’s message
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

US sanctions, low oil prices doomed Exxon’s Russian projects
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 the end of a joint venture between Exxon Mobil and PAO Rosneft.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Morningstar and ADVFN.)

There’s 1 pro-choice Republican in the Texas Legislature. Soon there could be zero.
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 multiple articles on upcoming primary elections in Texas.
Mother Jones
Texas sets early voting record in nonpresidential year
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, and it appeared in the March 2 print edition with a different headline, “Record early voting in state.”)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
More Latinos than ever are running as candidates in Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
In Texas Republican judicial primaries, do Hispanic-sounding surnames spell loss?
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Houston Public Media, The Eagle, Valley Morning Star, Central Mirror and Eagle Pass Business Journal.)
Texas judicial candidate embraces Trump and hot-button issues while raking in out-of-state donations
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle.)
Outgoing House Speaker Straus spends big to support Republican allies in tough primary races
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
A ‘blue wave’ without much green
Texas Observer
Top stories: Early voting ends tonight; reconnecting Puerto Rico after Maria
Leal: Restaurant experience ‘prepares us to serve,’ Senate candidate says
Texas Insider

Will flood-stricken Republicans vote against a Texas incumbent?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article on Texas’ 7th Congressional District Republican primary.


Rice among top 20 U.S. public and private universities with largest endowments
An article mentions Rice has the 17th-largest endowment in the United States in 2017.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Oil companies to reap windfall in tax cuts, but shareholders get the lion’s share
Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article on Houston energy companies benefiting from a recent tax overhaul.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Room for one: Houston millennials feel right at home alone
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article on the percentage of households occupied by one person in Houston outpacing the national percentage.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

George P. Bush absent from candidate forums as rivals gun for a runoff
George P. Bush ’98, who is running for re-election as Texas land commissioner, is featured.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

God and guns: Courting the Christian fringe in the Texas GOP primaries
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Texas Observer

Main Street reimagined
An article on the redevelopment of Houston’s Main Street mentions Rice’s role.
Downtown Houston

More than $5 million in donations trigger a party at a grand old River Oaks home
Joshua Harris, a consulting physician for Rice Athletics, spoke at the Houston Methodist Society for Leading Medicine cocktail reception.
Paper City Houston

Here are the top 8 things to do in Houston this weekend
Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, performed March 1 as part of the Bayou City Music Series at Discovery Green.
CultureMap Houston

Has India’s time come for the world podium? Author Ayres says ‘yes’
An article on a book discussion featuring author Alyssa Ayres mentions Rice students attended.
Indo American News

Houston city scope March 2018
A roundup of Houston news mentions the Houston Symphony’s live recording of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” won a Grammy Award Jan. 28 in the Best Opera Recording category. The chorus included students and alumni of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Lifestyles and Homes

The arts and happenings March 2018
“Garrick Ohlsson Plays Beethoven,” scheduled for March 2 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall, is mentioned.
Houston Lifestyles and Homes

Woodlands schools, sports, students March 2018
The Houston Ethics Bowl, held Jan. 3 at Rice, is mentioned.
The Woodlands Lifestyles and Homes


WHYY-AM (Philadelphia)
Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, comments on the relationship between religion and science. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WWJ-AM (Detroit)
Rice research on the impact of corporate mergers on consumers is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


The industry keeping Venezuela afloat is under pressure from both inside and outside the country
Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Venezuela’s struggling oil industry.
Business Insider (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

1 atom to rule them all: A new class of quantum matter observed
Using lasers, U.S. and Austrian physicists have coaxed ultracold strontium atoms into complex structures unlike any previously seen in nature. Tom Killian, professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Laser can create edible graphene electronics on food
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 mentioned in a Search for the Good article on the technique.
Springwise (Subscription is required.)
How this toast is paving the way for edible electronics
Search for the Good (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Chemists test computer-planned syntheses for the 1st time
K.C. Nicolaou, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, is quoted.
Chemical and Engineering News

Politics at play: Uncertainty awaits Mexico’s energy reform efforts
An event held Feb. 15 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, “Political Uncertainty and Mexico’s Energy Reform,” is mentioned.
Oil and Gas Investor

Researchers are developing a camera that can see through skin
The National Science Foundation awarded $10 million to a Rice-led team that hopes to create wearable and point-of-care microscopes that use on-chip illumination and sensing to non-invasively aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of nearly 100 health conditions that today require a biopsy or blood test. Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
ZDNet (A similar article appeared in HPC Wire.)

A sickle cell cure gets closer
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. Bao is quoted.
Innovation Toronto

Religion in Europe, Facebook, TechCrunch, more: Thursday afternoon buzz
A news roundup mentions Rice researchers have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to build data analysis tools and analyze how exposure to mixed toxins in the environment affects a population, especially children. The four-year $1.7 million R01 grant will allow a team led by Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, to analyze the massive set of data she and her colleagues gathered for the entire state of North Carolina over more than 20 years.
Research Buzz

Screenings of ‘The Rational Middle’ immigration documentary series next week in Houston
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host screening of short films from the “Rational Middle of Immigration” series March 7. Featured speakers include Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the institute’s Mexico Center.
Construction Citizen

Lessons learned from 2017 disasters in Mexico City, Houston and California
Rice is mentioned as a partner in Water Innovation Hub, which is seeking new technologies that can treat and produce water after a flood.
The Planning Report

Heinrich Biber’s ‘The Mystery Sonatas’ closes Houston Early Music season
Boston Baroque will perform “The Mystery Sonatas” May 5 at Rice’s Duncan Recital Hall.
Broadway World


Deeper look at biopsy exposes mutation ready to ambush drug combination
Co-authors David Zhang, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Ping Song, a research scientist in Rice’s Department of Engineering, are mentioned.
Newswise (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Paradoxes of UNRWA
Graduate student Esmat Elhalaby authored an op-ed on recent cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

WIU Libraries highlights textbook heroes to celebrate Open Education Week
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned
Western Illinois University

El Camino de Cotuit proves a success for library
An article mentions late alumnus Tarik Toukan ’04.
Barnstable Patriot


Rice defeats UTEP to keep postseason hopes alive
The Rice men’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 76-70 March 1 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Owls head coach Scott Pera and player Najja Hunter are quoted, and Hunter is pictured. Players Ako Adams, Bishop Mency, J.T. Trauber, Malik Osborne and Connor Cashaw are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the March 2 print edition with a different headline, “Owls keep alive hope for conference berth.”)
Rice tops UTEP 76-70 behind Hunter’s 24
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 80 media outlets.)
Rice Owls derails UTEP Miners Conference USA basketball tournament hopes
El Paso Times
Rice tops UTEP in Houston
El Paso Proud
Rice beats UTEP for the 1st time in 6 years, 76-70
Miner Rush
Miners lose to Rice 76-70; need win versus North Texas saturday to make C-USA tourney
El Paso Herald-Post
Men’s hoops: UTEP drops key contest on the road against Rice
KIAH-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

A&M routs Arkansas in SEC tourney action
A women’s basketball roundup mentions Rice lost to Louisiana Tech University 70-62 March 1 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Owls Erica Ogwumike and Nicole Iademarco are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 2 print edition.)
Kierra Anthony’s big night lifts Techsters to win
Shreveport Times (This article also appeared in the News Star.)
@LATechWBB snaps Rice’s 15-game home winning streak

Brandon Wulff supplies the power as Stanford baseball enjoys hot start
An article on the Stanford University baseball team mentions the Cardinal faced Rice earlier this season.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Laredo Morning Times.)

HCHSA Insider: Olympian Sam McGuffie can’t stand still
Former Rice football and track and field athlete Sam McGuffie ’14, a member of the U.S. men’s bobsled team that competed in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, is featured. He is competing in the Las Vegas Invitational-USA Sevens Tiger rugby tournament and hopes to make the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Texas Sports Nation section of the March 2 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Can’t stop, won’t stop,” and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Girardi pleased with Season 2 of unique coaching situation
Former Rice basketball player Mike Girardi, the head coach of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, Calif., is featured.
Modesto Bee

Former Rice basketball player Marcus Jackson is mentioned in a broadcast of a game between the University of California at Santa Barbara and Long Beach State University. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Rice University experts available at CERAWeek
Ten experts from Rice will be speaking at CERAWeek, an international gathering of energy industry leaders and experts, government officials and policymakers, and leaders from the technology, financial and industrial communities as well as energy technology innovators. For the second year in a row, Rice is an academic partner for the event. This year marks the 37th anniversary of the gathering, which will be March 5-9 at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St.

Nobel Prize winner Carl Wieman to talk about taking a scientific approach to STEM education
Having won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, Carl Wieman subsequently turned his attention to an equally important pursuit: educating future generations of scientists. Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting Wieman March 22 for a lecture titled “Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education,” scheduled for 4 p.m. in Duncan Hall’s McMurtry Auditorium, 6100 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

March events at Rice U.’s Shepherd School of Music
Events at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music in March include the spring opera production of Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera,” faculty recitals, Sharing the Spotlight series, the Shepherd School concerto competitions and more.

About Matt Wilson

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