Dateline Rice for March 8, 2018


Rice, Baylor College of Medicine presidents sign letter to Congress on endowment tax
Rice President David Leebron was among a group of about 50 college presidents who co-signed a letter sent to U.S. lawmakers criticizing a new tax on private university endowments. Leebron is quoted, and a photo of Fondren Library is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times.)


Slow-release hydrogel doses tumors with drugs
An immunotherapy drug embedded in STINGel, a slow-release hydrogel invented at Rice in collaboration with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, appears to be highly effective at killing cancer cells. Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and of bioengineering, is quoted.
Futurity (A similar article was featured in the March 8 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter.)
Slow-release hydrogel aids immunotherapy for cancer
TMC News (Similar articles appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Why is Ted Cruz — given name Rafael — picking on nicknames?
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 Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chiding his election opponent, Rep. Beto O’Rourke, R-Texas, for going by a nickname. Jones also is quoted in several other articles on this year’s elections. Jones and Ed Egan, fellow of the Baker Institute and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are quoted in a Cleburne Times-Review article on President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. Jones and Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, are quoted in a Leader News article on Kathaleen Wall, a Republican candidate for Congress from Houston who failed to reach a runoff.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 250 media outlets.)
Democrats’ tough slog in Texas
U.S. News and World Report (This article also appeared at
Democrats enjoy rise in turnout, but still lag far behind Republicans in Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 8 print edition with a different headline, “Primary delivers shock, reality check.”)
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Tariffs could hit Texans where they live
Cleburne Times-Review (This article also appeared in the Weatherford Democrat.)
Donald Trump may make some businessfolk cringe
The Economist
Primaries turn Texas a deeper shade of red
Democrats set record turnout numbers, but Republican still casting more ballots
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Psst. FYI: In Texas primary, the ‘red riot’ eclipsed the ‘blue wave’
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
After night of celebrating, Democrats wake to cold Texas reality
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Bush dynasty continues after upset averted in land commissioner race
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 8 print edition with a different headline, “Bush defies predictions of dynasty’s end.”)
Republican lawmakers who survived Abbott’s opposition fight back
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Political roundup: Remembering Council Member Green, and Texas primary results
Houston Public Media
Costly Congressional District 2 race heads to runoff
Wall falls short after $4.3 million campaign
Leader News
Seliger, King among area lawmakers holding off challengers
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This article also appeared in the Amarillo Globe-News.)
National Democrats stick with aggressive primary strategy despite Texas results
¿Qué pasa ahora con las proposiciones demócratas y republicanas incluidas en las primarias de Texas?
Univision (An English translation is not available.)
Una alta participación demócrata catapulta a las primeras candidatas latinas al Congreso por Texas: así fueron las primarias
Univision (An English translation is not available.)
El periodismo necesita inversión. Para compartir esta nota utiliza los íconos que aparecen en la página.
El Heraldo (An English translation is not available.)

Reality check: Has the rate of executions doubled in Saudi Arabia?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Indian-American congressional candidate Sri Kulkarni advances to runoff in Texas primary, others falter
Sri Kulkarni, son of the late Venkatesh Kulkarni, a novelist who taught in Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Texas’ 22nd Congressional District.
India West


Cannady: High-speed rail station belongs in downtown Houston
William Cannady, professor of architecture, authored an op-ed on plans to build a high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 8 print edition with a different headline, “High-speed rail project steaming ahead.”)

Rice team designs lens-free fluorescent microscope
Lenses are no longer necessary for some microscopes, according to Rice engineers developing FlatScope, a thin fluorescent microscope whose abilities promise to surpass those of old-school devices. Quoted are Ashok Veeraraghavan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering; and Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Graduate students Jesse Adams, Vivek Boominathan, Daniel Vercosa and Fan Ye are mentioned.
TMC News

Currently in the galleries and museum
“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 it appeared in the March 8 print edition of the Chronicle’s Preview Houston section.)


KRIV-TV (Houston)
An International Women’s Day event at Rice is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Scientists win and lose in Texas primary contests
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article on scientists running for office.

MBA full-tuition scholarships: Myth or reality?
Katie Radcliffe, director of admissions at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Nancy LeGros joins Bracewell as health care partner in Dallas
Alumna Nancy LeGros ’88 is featured.
Markets Insider

Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’ brightens University of Texas campus
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice is mentioned.


Promoting gender balance wisely
An article cites research from Rice, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the City University of New York that found male professors gave more than twice as many talks as female professors in departments at the country’s 50 most prestigious universities during the 2013-2014 academic year. Michelle Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology, is mentioned.
INSEAD Knowledge

After a reunion, author revisits his Glens Falls memories
“Memory’s Encouragement,” a memoir by Tony Gorry, the former Friedkin Chair in Management and professor of computer science, is featured.
Post-Star (This article also appeared in the Olean Times Herald.)

One-sixth of computer science class caught cheating
Rice’s Honor Code is mentioned in an article on cheating at the University of Illinois.
Daily Illini

Port Jeff area students, parents and districts weigh in on gun legislation ‘walkout’
An article mentions a high school student will attend Rice.
TBR News Media

Richard Baraniuk
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will present a lecture, “A Probabilistic Theory of Deep Learning,” March 26 at Harvard University.
Harvard Data Science Initiative

The lectern
Reginald DesRoches, dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, will present “Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Earthquake Risks” March 13 in Corvallis, Ore.
Corvallis Gazette-Times

Poster child: Michael M. Parker
Gabby Parker ’17, an archivist at Rice’s Fondren Library, is mentioned.
Turnaround Management Association

Concerts announced at McGregor Hall
Pianist John Noel ’03 will perform March 18 in Henderson, N.C.
Warren Record

German pianist takes to the Ross Ragland Sunday
Pianist Andreas Klein ’89 will perform March 11 in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Herald and News


Funeral service today for Rice Owls football star Blain Padgett
Lovett College junior Blain Padgett, a member of the Rice football team, died March 2. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in a article.
Rice football standout Blain Padgett, 21, to be laid to rest
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice women win by 22
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated Old Dominion University 70-48 March 7 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament. Head coach Tina Langley is quoted. Langley also is mentioned in a Virginian-Pilot article on the game, and Owls Erica Ogwumike and Nicole Iademarco are mentioned in a Daily Press article and also in a Houston Chronicle article about postseason honors.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 8 print edition.)
ODU women make a run, but come up short against Rice at Conference USA tournament
Wednesday’s college basketball roundup: Rice women end ODU’s season in Conference USA tournament first round
Daily Press
Raiders and Lady Raiders open up C-USA tourney play
Alumni notebook: TWHS grad Iademarco earns C-USA postseason accolade
Houston Chronicle

KBTV-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
The Rice baseball team defeated Lamar University 6-2 March 7 in Beaumont. Owls player Ford Proctor is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
LU baseball comes up short against Rice in battle of the birds

Baseball to head to Texas for spring break trip
An article on Columbia University’s baseball team mentions the Lions will face Rice March 14 at Reckling Park. Proctor is mentioned.
Columbia Spectator

Local notes: March 8
A roundup of upcoming events mentions the Rice men’s tennis team faces the University of Texas March 10 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Loverro: If there’s life after Harper, Rendon is a big reason why
A column on the Washington Nationals features former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon.
Washington Times

Creating BYU’s new offense through the eyes of only retained coach on that side of the ball
An article on Brigham Young University’s football team mentions former Rice assistant football coach A.J. Steward.
Deseret News


Axelrod, Rove to host Presidential Elections Program conference at Rice U.’s Baker Institute March 28
Two of America’s premier political consultants, David Axelrod and Karl Rove, will gather leading political experts – from campaigns, the media and academia – at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 28 for the inaugural conference of the institute’s Presidential Elections Program. The conference will focus on the roles social media and changing demographics played in the 2016 election. Registration for the general public costs $30 and will open March 12. Seating is limited.

New Orleans mayor to share hurricane recovery lessons
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will share lessons learned from the Crescent City’s road to recovery following Hurricane Katrina at a March 14 event hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Auditorium Theater.

Sweet relief for lithium batteries’ dendrite problem
Sugar may not be good for your health, but the wrinkle it provides to researchers could be great for the future of battery technology. Scientists at Rice and Arizona State University got a bit of sweet satisfaction from their solution to a long-standing conundrum: the formation of dendrites that degrade and ultimately destroy lithium metal batteries. As reported this week in Nature Energy, the team uses sugar cubes as a key component in building dendrite-quenching substrates for lithium anodes.

About Matt Wilson

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