Dateline Rice for March 29, 2018


Baker: Trump White House needs better ‘message discipline’
James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, is interviewed. The Baker Institute hosted its inaugural Presidential Elections Program conference March 28. A Houston Chronicle story previewed the event.
Rice to host Axelrod, Rove at conference on presidential elections
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Invisible no more: How advising programs are finding new talent for top colleges
Alumna Sayra Alanís ’15 is quoted and pictured.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle.)

What you need to know about the census’ citizenship question
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is quoted in multiple articles on the addition of a citizenship question to the census. He is also quoted in a KUT-FM story. 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 a Univision story on the census question and a Texas Monitor article.
Cruz crows credit for census citizenship count that could cost Texas clout
Austin American-Statesman
NY lawmakers push to scrub citizenship question from census
Click Lancashire
KUT-FM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Organizaciones hispanas rechazan la pregunta sobre ciudadanía que incluyeron en el censo de 2020
Univision (An English translation is not available.)
Pressure mounting on Texas to sue on ‘citizenship question’ on 2020 census
NAACP says Census Bureau is unprepared for 2020 census
Wisdom Save
NAACP sues Trump admin over census citizenship question
The Austin Chronicle

Here’s what happened during the Saudi crown prince’s international debut
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Atlantic Council

Hurricane Harvey woke Houston up. Now things have to change.
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 (SSPEED); Antonia Sebastian, a research associate at the SSPEED Center; and Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, are quoted.

US experts say future of US-Iranian relations looks bleak
All signs point to rocky times ahead for U.S.-Iranian relations, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Baker Institute’s Bonner Means Baker Fellow, and Robert Barron, the former policy assistant to the institute director, are quoted.

¿Puede López Obrador cancelar la reforma energética?
Changes in the Mexican energy industry may be implemented with the election of a new president. Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
Expansión MX (An English translation is not available.)


Did Harvey bring more fire ants to SE Texas?
Scientists at Rice are trying to measure the impact of Hurricane Harvey on fire ant populations, an invasive species common throughout the South. Tom Miller, the James and Deborah Godwin Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted and pictured. Sarah Bengston, a Huxley Faculty Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Department of BioSciences, is mentioned and pictured. Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is mentioned. Solomon also is quoted in Texas Standard and KUT-FM stories.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
News roundup: Friends and family gather to remember Austin bombing victim Draylen Mason
Texas Standard
KUT-FM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Longtime UHLC adjunct professor in admiralty law, Gus Schill, dies at 85
Alumnus Gus Schill ’55, a former member of the Rice Board of Trustees and president of the Association of Rice Alumni, died March 25. He was 85.
University of Houston Law Center

Rice’s sticker price tops $60,000
Rice has announced tuition for 2018-19.
Houston Chronicle

Indian tech company unveils Plano tech hub, could make up to 450 hires
Wipro Limited, with relationships to Rice and other Texas colleges, plans to open its Texas Technology Center
Dallas Business Journal

The little-known theology behind white evangelical support of Donald Trump
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

Exhibit: See refugee crisis through doctors’ eyes
Doctors Without Borders is bringing its traveling exhibit about the global refugee crisis to Rice’s campus March 29-30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Ad Hoc News.)

Now in galleries and museums: March 29-April 4
“Josiah McElheny: Island Universe,” “Leo Villareal: Particle Chamber” and “Pile the Wood High!” at the Moody Center are mentioned in a roundup of gallery and museum listings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it was included in the March 29 print edition of the Chronicle.)

Who watches the watchers? Nobody, after Texas high court favors impunity for all
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 a 2017 Texas Supreme Court decision known as Hall v. McRaven.
Texas Monitor

MUSIQA presents ‘Playing Havoc’ at The Match
Alumna Kate Soper ’03’s “Voices from the Killing Jar” is featured.
Broadway World

Stories of recovery: My personal story is one of success — and mental illness
Alumna C. Kelly Rentzel ’97 authored an op-ed about mental illness and the process of recovery.
Texas Bar Blog


KUT-FM (Austin)
Ed Egan, fellow of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is quoted in a broadcast about the role of President Donald Trump’s tariff policies are playing in steel and aluminum production. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WOKV-AM (Jacksonville)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Protein shape-sifting
A team of Rice researchers has developed a technique to compute protein conformations for paths around autoimmunity. Cecilia Clementi, professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

Antonios Mikos will be the recipient of the 2019 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is featured.
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Gated, aligned nanotube films will advance lasers and optoelectronic devices
A novel quantum effect observed in a carbon nanotube film could lead to the development of unique lasers and other optoelectronic devices, according to scientists at Rice and Tokyo Metropolitan University. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Weilu Gao are quoted. Kono and graduate student Fumiya Katsutani are pictured in a photo by Rice photographer Jeff Fitlow.
AZO Nano

What to see in Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Flower Magazine

‘100&Change’ Solutions Bank: A unique resource for funders
An article mentions that NEST360°, an international collaboration of engineers, doctors and global health experts, including those from Rice, won $15 million through the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change competition.
Philanthropy News Digest

New study says it’s time for us to expand our criteria for finding alien-life-hosting planets
Scientists looking for life on distant planets are making plans to search non-Earth-like planets based on discoveries within our solar system that are challenging long-standing ideas about habitable zones, plate tectonics and more. Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Outer Places
Life beyond Earth: No plate tectonics, no problem
Laboratory Equipment (This article also appeared in Brinkwire and Tech Explorist.)
‘Exploding the Habitable Zone’ — Looking for alien life on weird planets
The Daily Galaxy

Nationwide Children’s starts CEO search as Steve Allen sets retirement date
Alumnus Steve Allen ’73 is featured.
Columbus Business First

How hydrogels are changing treatment
An article mentions 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, that appears to be highly effective at killing cancer cells. Jeffrey Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and bioengineering, and graduate student Nicole Carrejo are quoted. A photo by Rice photographer Jeff Fitlow is featured.

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A news roundup mentions that Rice scientists have discovered that chemically altered graphene powder can be pressed into pellets of graphite.
American Ceramic Society (This article also appeared in AZO Nano.)

‘Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment: A Vision to Enable Decentralized Water Treatment and Address Growing Challenges of the Water Energy Nexus’
Pedro J.J. Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice, where he also serves as director of the National Science Foundation’s Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT), will give a seminar at the University of California, Berkeley.
Earth and Environmental Sciences (This article also appears in Today at Berkeley.)

Pandit joins Mahindra North America as VP and CFO
An article mentions Padam Pandit participated in a finance leadership program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Farm Equipment (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other news outlets.)

Understanding the earth under Hawaii
By determining the composition of the mantle under Hawaii, scientists gained new insights into Earth’s evolution. Rice research, in collaboration with MIT, Imperial College and the Institute of Earth Sciences in France, is mentioned.

VMblog’s expert interviews: SolarWinds discusses its latest free tool — Traceroute NG
Alumnus Denny LeCompte ’90 is interviewed.
Virtualization Technology News and Information


Revealed: New study highlights how living abroad helps your sense of self
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Lonely Planet (This article also appeared in The Citizen.)

What’s in a textbook?
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Georgia State University Library Blog (This article also appeared in

Teaching with Wikipedia: A high-impact open educational practice
Participating in content production and management in Wikipedia creates a greater sense of civic responsibility. Martel College junior Katie Webber is quoted.
WCET Frontiers

Consumer robotics: What can we expect to see in 2018?
Rice and IBM’s plan to develop a robot companion for the elderly is mentioned.
Know Techie

Why there are so many online mattress-in-a-box companies
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Parental satisfaction with schools linked to higher SAT scores
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Education Dive

Seattle School Board selects finalists for superintendent
An article mentions Andre D. Spencer holds a strategic marketing management certificate from Rice.
Seattle Medium

Alleged talk of rising meal plan prices stirs upset
Rice was represented at a “Best Campus Food Celebration” event held by the Princeton Review at the University of Massachusetts.
Daily Collegian

Can we really trust our intuition when making difficult decisions?
An article mentions a Rice study on intuitive decision-making effectiveness.
Bulletproof Musician

The Rolston String Quartet in Blacksburg
The Rolston String Quartet, former quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.

Full transcript: Journalist and author Joanne Lipman on Recode Decode
A Rice study that used a computer simulation to predict gender bias against promoting women in business is mentioned.


Greater Houston athletic activities listings: March 28
Rice golfer Mario Carmona was named Conference USA Golfer of the Week after winning the ORU/SFA Spring Break Challenge.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Alumni notebook: Former Oak Ridge softball player earns weekly honor for UHV
Rice baseball player Addison Moss is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee trusts his instincts in bid for NFL
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is featured. Former Owl Christian Covington, who plays for the Houston Texans, is mentioned. Covington is featured in an article about his Sunshine Kids football camp.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texans’ Covington leads Sunshine Kids training camp

Local track and field stars ready for 91st Texas Relays
Rice signee Alyssa Balandran is mentioned.
Katy Times

Former Ricebirds pro days this week
An article mentions former Rice football player Trey Martin.
El Campo Leader-News

Chuck Landon: C-USA coaching hires are getting younger
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
The Herald Dispatch


Device for patients with diabetes puts feet first
Patients with diabetes are often at risk of cuts or other injuries to their extremities that they may not be able to feel or easily check. Rice University students have developed a device to help them find early signs of ulceration that, left untreated, could endanger their health and even lead to amputation.

Rice U. expert: Political polarization affects brands
Companies and their executives who engage in corporate activism risk taking stances that reflect the values of their management but alienate key segments of a politically divided customer base, according to a marketing expert at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

About Matt Wilson

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