Dateline Rice for March 30, 2018


‘Quest Means Business’
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, discusses the recent nomination of White House physician Ronny Jackson to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
CNN International (Click video to watch the broadcast.)


Rice announces new dean of undergraduates, tuition for fall 2018
Professor Bridget Gorman, chair of the Department of Sociology and a magister at one of Rice’s residential colleges, has been appointed dean of undergraduates. She will succeed John Hutchinson. The article also announces Rice’s tuition for fall 2018, which is also reported by the Houston Chronicle. President David Leebron is quoted in both articles about addressing the needs of students from middle-income families.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
Rice’s sticker price tops $60,000
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 30 print edition, and it was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

All you need to know about the census controversy and the question of citizenship
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, examines the potential impact of a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census. Murdock also is quoted in a Houston Chronicle editorial.
Texas Monthly
Census plans will mess with Texas [editorial]
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 30 print edition with a different headline, “Counting the cost.”)

How an ex-California mayor is helping Houston [essay]
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an essay about his transition from elected official to heading the Kinder Institute.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article was included in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Craftsmanship wows in Rice Design Alliance tour homes
Female designers will be featured on the Rice Design Alliance 2018 Architecture Tour April 7-8. Alumna Jacki Schaefer ’08, the tour co-chair, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Doctors Without Borders brings to Houston exhibit on global refugee crisis
Rice hosted “Forced From Home,” a traveling exhibit about the global refugee crisis.
Houston Public Media

29 things you must do this April in Austin
A roundup of upcoming events mentions Professor of History Douglas Brinkley and actor Sean Penn will discuss Penn’s novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” April 3 at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin.
Austin Monthly

March of Remembrance Houston honors Holocaust survivors highlighting growing beauty from ashes
Community leaders and professors will honor Holocaust survivors April 15 at an event being held at Rice. Carl Caldwell, the Samuel G. McCann Professor of History and Department Chair of History, will speak.
Benzinga (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

5 reasons every Houston foodie should attend the 2018 Tastemaker Awards
An article mentions rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
CultureMap Houston

The Flare newspaper, magazine win awards from Texas Intercollegiate Press Association
An article on the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention mentions Rice students attended.
Gilmer Mirror

Friends of the UNC Greensboro University Libraries Annual Dinner set for April 28 
Alumnus Martin Halbert ’84 is mentioned.
Yes! Weekly


KUT-AM (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 effect tariffs on imported steel and aluminum may have on small- and medium-sized manufacturers. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Exploran ideas que ayuden concientizar a la comunidad sobre los grupos supremacistas blancos
The Rice University Student Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee will host “Combating White Supremacy: A Conversation on Radicalization” March 28.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)


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 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. Baker College sophomore Caz Smith and Hanszen College sophomore Kelvin Boateng are quoted. Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen lecturers Deirdre Hunter and Matthew Wettergreen are mentioned. A Rice video is included.
Health News Digest
Put your best foot forward
Controlled Environments

NASA and Rice University create wearable exoskeleton for the shoulder
Rice and NASA collaborated on the development of the Soft Wearable Upper-Extremity Garment, which can activate shoulder and elbow joints using a cable transmission system.
Next Big Future

Parent satisfaction can be leveraged for SAT gains
Rather than putting in place complex processes and procedures, traditional public schools can easily measure their ability to make SAT gains by assessing customer satisfaction, according to a study by scholars at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Texas A&M University’s Mays School of Business.
District Administration

Opera Saratoga announces complete casting and programs for 2018 summer festival
Alumna Meghan Kasanders ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World


Record spacewalker stays close to her roots
Astronaut and Rice alumna Peggy Whitson ’86 is featured.
Creston News Advertiser

Tomás Saraceno: The Aerocene Project
A book review of “Aerocene” mentions Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is a co-author.
Core Sector Communique

Können pflanzen sprechen?
Janet Braam, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and chair of the Department of BioSciences, is quoted on circadian rhythms of plants.
Emma (An English translation is not available.)

Democrat challenges Coram for Senate
Alumnus Guinn Unger ’71 is running for a Colorado State Senate seat.
Montrose Daily Press


Southern Miss baseball begins 10-game homestand with 3-game series versus C-USA rival Rice
The Rice baseball team faces the University of Southern Mississippi March 30-April 1 in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Hattiesburg American

Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee has 42-inch vertical leap, to work out for Texans
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Bills sign former Judson player Phillip Gaines
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines ’13 joined the Buffalo Bills.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Buffalo Bills sign cornerback Phillip Gaines
Scout (A similar article appeared in the Democrat and Chronicle and Sports Media 101.)

After spurning CFL combine, Peter Godber posts impressive numbers at pro day
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured.
3 Down Nation


Financing climate change mitigation is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute April 2
Klaus Trömel, former secretary general of the European Investment Bank and a Rice alumnus, will visit the university’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 2 to discuss the bank’s work as the world’s largest multilateral provider of climate finance.

Rice U. event to highlight new book about political life in ‘all-American town’
A new book from Rice’s Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, offers an account of what life is really like for a local elected official.

About Matt Wilson

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