Dateline Rice for April 5, 2018


‘Ordinary chemists’ know about Novichok – chemical weapons expert refutes ‘state actor’ claim 
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 quoted on the likelihood that Russia was behind a chemical attack in Britain.
RT (This article also appeared inRINF Alternative News, Mo4ch News, Travelwire News and F3 News.)


14 states’ voting machines are highly vulnerable. How did that happen? 
Security issues in electronic voting machines, like a lack of paper records, persist despite millions spent to replace outdated devices. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in over 60 media outlets.)

Saudis and Houstonians share an oil-based fate [opinion]
Rice is mentioned.  
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Student leaders remain active after march, rally
A town hall is scheduled for April 7 at Rice as part of “Town Hall for Our Lives.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Latinos fear census citizenship question
Should an estimated 1.5 million undocumented immigrants refuse to return the 2020 census due to the inclusion of a citizenship question, Texas may lose U.S. House seats and billions in federal funding. 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. Jones is also quoted in an article on the race between U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
CNHI News (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Ted Cruz is here to remind you that he’s a tough Texan
Texas Observer
O’Rourke raises $6.7M, keeping flush his bid to upset Cruz

Teacher dinner raises a whopping $1.3 million
A recap of a Teach for America fundraiser mentions President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun. Leebron and Sun are also pictured.
Paper City

The A+C TX Top 10: April 2018
A roundup of events in April includesthe group exhibition “Hyperobjects,” which opens April 13 in Marfa and is co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Arts and Culture Texas

Eskimo curlew to be remembered with island statue
Alumnus Victor Emanuel ’62 is featured and quoted. The late George Williams ’23, former professor emeritus and distinguished alumnus, is mentioned.
Galveston County Daily News

East Texas educators honored for inspiring young minds with music
Alumna Allison Adkins ’10 won Young Audiences of Northeast Texas’ Rising Star Award. She is featured in a video.
East Texas Matters


As Venezuela oil sanctions approach, US Gulf Coast refiners diversify
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 for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
Platts (This article also appeared in DieselGasoil.)

Need to negotiate? A little anger may help
Rice researchers found that the effects of anger expressions in negotiations depend on the intensity of the emotional display.
Government Executive

470 free online programming and computer science courses you can start in April
A roundup of free online English-based coding courses mentions Rice.
Free Code Camp
Milhares de cursos online gratuitos para começar agora mesmo
Hype News


CNN presidential historian featured at Greenwich fundraiser
History Professor Douglas Brinkley will speak about the fundamental tension between economic growth and environmental stewardship through the eyes of former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Martin Johnson chosen as new dean of LSU journalism school
Alumnus Martin Johnson ’02 is quoted and pictured.
The Advocate (This article also appeared in the Daily Advertiser.)

Council votes to increase downtown height limit, considers design review task force
Alumnus Dan Bennett ’74 is mentioned.
Auburn Plainsman

Design Field Notes: Melissa Cefkin
Alumna Melissa Cefkin ’93 will speak at the University of California, Berkeley April 10.
Berkeley Events

A general tells CFOs what people want from leaders in crisis times
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, was the keynote speaker at the MIT Sloan CFO Summit, where he discussed important lessons for business leaders in crisis situations.
Search Security

Alumna Ellie Persellin ’18 authored several entertainment blog posts.
Songs perfect for summer road trips
Her Campus
Spring pieces to prolong the Easter aesthetic
Her Campus
Products that just might soothe your ailing skin
Her Campus
10 apps we’re loving right now
Her Campus

TEKY ra mắt Trại hè công nghệ 2018 Vui hè Sáng tạo, Thổi lửa Đam mê
TEKY Academy launched the International Summer Study program. Rice will host courses.
Vietbao (An English translation is not available.)

Y usted ¿ya practica lo suficiente? 
An article mentions a 2014 Rice study in collaboration with Princeton University and Michigan State University on the correlation between practice time and performance.
Economíade Mallorca (An English translation is not available.)

Wie forscher die farben über polymere steuern
Peter Rossky, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Chair in Natural Sciences, a professor of chemistry and dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Lena Simine are mentioned in an article on OLED displays.
Elektronik Praxis (An English translation is not available.)

A Lucera il debutto italiano di Sarunas Jankauskas
Alumnus Sarunas Jankauskas ’07 will perform April 8 in Lucera, Italy.
Mediterra News (An English translation is not available.)


The Longhorns have made progress under Tom Herman, but a few familiar issues remain
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned and pictured. He is also mentioned in a Bleacher Report article.
Dallas Morning News

Biggest college football stories you likely missed during March Madness
Bleacher Report

Post-spring Gamecocks defensive outlook
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned in multiple articles.
SEC Country
Will Muschamp still looking for answers in South Carolina secondary
SEC Country
Javon Charleston wants to prove Will Muschamp wrong about safety depth
The State
South Carolina’s outlook at safety; Gamecocks receive pledge from 4-star QB
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
South Carolina football: Post-spring defensive outlook for Gamecocks
Dayton Daily News

Whitecaps grapple with snow before opener
Former Rice baseball player Dane Myers ’18 is quoted and pictured in a slideshow.
Holland Sentinel

Cliff and Nancy Richey, tennis’ shining sibling stars
Former Rice tennis coach George Richey is mentioned.
Hays Free Press

D-line looks like night and day from start of spring
Former Rice football player  Frank Okam ’17 is featured and pictured.


Rice’s Zoë Wool wins NSF CAREER Award
Rice anthropologist Zoë Wool has won a coveted National Science Foundation CAREER Award, which includes a five-year grant that will support her research on informal caregiving for war-injured veterans and alternative models of caregiving more generally. The knowledge gained from this project could impact the understanding of long-term care for both injured veterans and other people in need.

Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency
Some materials are like people. Let them relax in the sun for a little while and they perform a lot better. A collaboration led by Rice and Los Alamos National Laboratory found that to be the case with a perovskite compound touted as an efficient material to collect sunlight and convert it into energy.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.