Dateline Rice for April 2, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


US-Russia tensions trickle down to Houston
Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Public Media


Explaining Poland’s coal paradox
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed on Poland’s coal industry.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Global Gas Perspectives and Natural Gas World.)

The Conservatory Project: Rice University and Eastman School of Music
The Conservatory Project presents musical artists from the nation’s leading undergraduate and graduate conservatories, colleges and universities. A video performance by students from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is featured.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


Story of Dominique and John de Menil is focus of book 16 years in the works
John and Dominique de Menil’s work at Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the April 1 print edition.)

Candidates for president of Mexico launch official campaigns
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Rice costs $46,600, but many graduate with no debt
Rice has announced tuition for 2018-19. President David Leebron is quoted. Yvonne Romero da Silva, vice president for enrollment, is mentioned.

Is it time to legalize? Debate set on campus
“The Economic, Social and Cultural Impact of Legalizing Marijuana” will take place April 4 at Rice’s McNair Hall. Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will moderate the panel discussion.

Rice experts: Trump has little warmth for Iran
All signs point to rocky times ahead for U.S.-Iranian relations, according to an 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.

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. This article appeared in the April 1 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Creating a jewel,” and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

America’s pastime brings a new season of immigrant dreams
Alumnus Plácido Gómez ’13 authored an op-ed reflecting on immigrant dreams both on and off the baseball field.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared in the April 1 print edition with a different headline, “Welcome home World Series champs.”)

Let’s have the right discussion about the Ike Dike 
Research by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)

Students compete with chemical reactions at “Chem E-Car” contest
An article on the “Chem E-Car Competition” in Corpus Christi mentions students from Rice attended.

As March Madness sweeps through SA, players won’t see a penny
Alumnus David Grenardo ’99, a former Rice football player, is quoted.
Rivard Report

Olympic journey to South Korea
Claire Sewell, database and metadata management coordinator at Rice’s Fondren Library, and alumnus Johnny So ’01 are featured.
The Buzz Magazines

Mayor Turner celebrates 11th annual Family Day at Sylvester Turner Park
Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena will perform April 14.
African-American News & Issues


Professor of History Douglas Brinkley participates in the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Thinking out loud: John Boles for (University of Missouri’s) Kinder Institute
John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History and author of “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” is interviewed.

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

The C-suite’s quiet leader
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is featured on a podcast.
CFO Thought Leader


Trump rails at Amazon over taxes, USPS, local retail
Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
E-Commerce Times

New uterine contraction monitor that will help moms in labor
Expectant mothers at low-asset clinics in places like Malawi, where patients may outnumber nurses 15 to 1, face life-threatening complications during labor. Bioengineering students at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed a simple device to monitor contractions and alert staff to any emerging problems. Leah Sherman and Catherine Schult are quoted. Sherman, Schult, Shannon Fei, Aniket Tolpadi, Patricia DaSilva and Mildred Antwi-Nsiah are pictured. A Rice video is included.
Tech Explorist

Researchers strengthen aluminum alloy
A team of Rice and Purdue University researches partnered to develop a process to strengthen aluminum alloys.
Fender Bender

Student engineers create foot inspection device for people with diabetic neuropathy
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. The device Rice students developed to help those individuals find early signs of ulceration is mentioned. Baker College sophomore Caz Smith and Hanszen College sophomore Kelvin Boateng are quoted in a Rice video.

Learning robot objectives from physical human interaction, with Andrea Bajcsy and Dylan P. Losey
Humans interact with robots with a purpose, though robots cannot yet infer intent. Graduate student Dylan Losey is interviewed about his collaborative research in this field.

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.

Statisticians leading with justice for all
Kathy Ensor, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform, is mentioned.

Jax Chamber: Jacksonville Symphony brings together Brahms and Bruckner
Alumnus Jeffrey Dyrda ’17 will perform with the Jacksonville Symphony April 5-7 and April 13-14 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Florida Business Daily

Curriculum approved for Mississippi science textbook adoption
The STEMscopes digital science curriculum has been approved by the Mississippi State Board of Education as part of the state textbook adoption in science. The article mentions that the program was incubated at Rice.
District Administration

Stock market success down to AI and homework, not luck
A Rice study that shows doing research before investing can increase profits is mentioned.
Talk Markets

Three pillars of DevOps success in 2018 
Alumnus Flint Brenton ’84 writes about three essential aspects of success for software development and delivery.
Sys-Con Media

Anonymity in scientific publishing
Henry Roediger, the former Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Psychology, writes about greater transparency and anonymity in scientific research and publishing.
Association for Psychological Science


James Walker: Hope? It’s not supposed to have barriers
Rice research that found more children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods following the Great Recession is mentioned. Rachel Kimbro, professor of sociology and founding director of the Urban Health Program at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
New Haven Register (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and Middletown Press.)

Breaking rules of pricey textbook market pays off for FlatWorld
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Boston Inno
The textbook market exploits students. We shouldn’t accept that.
The Diamondback

Writer Amber Dermont will present at Lit House April 10 and 11
Amber Dermont, the Gladys Louise Fox Associate Professor of English, is featured.
Chestertown Spy

Environmentalist Shivaji Rao dead
Alumnus T. Shivaji Rao ’62, director of the Centre for Environmental Studies of Gitam, died Mar 31. He was 85.
The Hindu (This article also appeared in Nyoooz.)

NW business people
Alumna Lisa Montez ’89 is featured.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in Arkansas Online.)

Concerto Competition winners take center stage in April, May
An article mentions clarinetist Silvio Guitian will attend Rice.
Oberlin College and Conservatory News

Chorus performs based on ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ 
Alumna Alissa Rose ’00 will perform as a soloist in “The Diary of Anne Frank” April 7-8 in Mansfield, Pa.
Westfield Free Press-Courier (This article also appeared in the Wellsboro Gazette.)

Great heights and spectacular sights: The 17 coolest buildings on earth
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Digital Trends

David, Eric Halen to perform together in concert at UCM 
Eric Halen, a former faculty member at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.

Han er det nye Kennedy-håpet
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article on Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass.
Dagbladet (An English translation is not available.)


Sandlin twirls pitching gem as USM routs Rice, 12-1
The Rice baseball team went 1-2 during a weekend series against the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. Owls player Matt Canterino is mentioned in the article. (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
D1 Digest: Saturday, March 31

Top private schools bring in the power elite
Former Rice basketball player Eric Singletary ’98, who is the head boys basketball coach at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., is featured.
New York Times (Subcscription is required. This article appeared in the April 1 print edition.)

Column: Jalen Brunson’s coach at Stevenson goes way back with Porter Moser
Rice basketball player Connor Cashaw is mentioned.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in The World News.)

KRIV-TV (Houston)
A scrimmage by the Rice football team is featured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Texans’ Christian Covington buys dad a Corvette
Former Rice football player Christian Covington, who now plays for the Houston Texans, is featured in a Houston Chronicle article and a KTRK-TV story.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on KDBC-TV in El Paso.)

Former Ricebird pro day mixed bag
Former Rice football player Trey Martin is featured.
El Campo Leader-News (Subscription is required.)

Otto, Nelson accentuate impressive RiverDogs pitching staff to open 2018 season
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto ’18 is featured. (This article also appeared in and Pinstriped Prospects.)


Students’ monitor will help moms in labor
Rice seniors are developing an efficient and inexpensive uterine contraction monitor to help save the lives of mothers in labor and their newborns in resource-poor settings.

April events at Rice U.’s Shepherd School of Music
April events at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music include performances of the Shepherd School chamber and symphony orchestras, the spring performance by The Rice Chorale, the Chamber Music Festival and more. All performances are free and open to the public.

About Matt Wilson

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