Dateline Rice for April 6, 2018


5 questions for Luz Garcini
Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychology, is interviewed about her research on the prevalence of mental health issues among undocumented Mexican immigrants and deportees.
American Psychological Association

City, city everywhere
Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, is featured. Lerup is quoted from his recent book of essays, “The Continuous City: Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization.” Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, and former Rice assistant professor Keith Krumwiede are mentioned.
Texas Architecture Magazine 


Shale boom is in the 3rd inning; investors to decide how game plays out 
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed.
The Hill

Here’s what we know about private-college police departments
Rice is mentioned.
The Chronicle of Higher Education


Rice University police officer identified as victim of deadly North Freeway crash
Detective Rommel Espinola, a nine-year veteran of the Rice University Police Department, was killed April 5 in a traffic accident. He was 48.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice University creating archive to preserve history of city’s Jewish community 
Rice’s newly-created Houston Jewish History Archive houses documents and historical records, including those almost lost during Hurricane Harvey. Late alumni Hyman Rosenzweig ’28 and Haskell Sheinberg ’41 are mentioned. Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies at Rice, and Rice’s Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Small on funding, big on dreams — these students love building robots
Rice students mentored a high school robotics teams competing in the FIRST Robotics global competition. Jones College senior Cannon Lewis and McMurtry College senior Kai Holnes are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

After Trump announcement, what impact do National Guard deployments have?
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 story on a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Jones is also quoted in articles about new construction requirements to mitigate flooding in Houston, Texas’ primary runoff elections and Latinas running for Congress.
Houston sees ‘defining moment’ with new regulations
E&E News
Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 primary runoff election in Texas
Fisher Business News

Texas is close to sending 2 Latinas to Congress. What took so long?
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Author Justin Cronin guest-speaks during Gulf Coast gala in Hermann Park
Best-selling author Justin Cronin, writer-in-residence at Rice, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

2018 Rice Business Plan Competition underway with over 40 teams competing
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is featured. Rice’s entry, Noleus Technologies, is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in Stock Markets Pettinga.)

Homeowners sue Costello Engineering Firm over Harvey flood damage
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.
Houston Public Media

Here’s what greater Houston can do to mitigate future flooding, according to a new study
Articles about a consortium’s recommendations to mitigate future flooding in Houston mention Rice.
Houston Business Journal
Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium releases report on flood mitigation strategies
Community Impact Newspaper

UTA electrical engineering, computer science professors rated among the best in the world
Alumnus Frank Lewis ’71 is featured and pictured.
University of Texas at Arlington

Meet the alumni who helped get Ellsworth Kelly’s massively popular ‘Austin’ to UT
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
The Alcalde


KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice Design Alliance’s 2018 Architecture Tour is featured. Angie Chen, interim executive director of RDA, is interviewed. Jacki Schaefer ’08, the tour co-chair, discusses the event on an episode of “Houston Matters.” (Click the video button to watch to the broadcast.)

Annual architecture tour highlights Houston’s women designers
Houston Public Media

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is mentioned in connection with the development of an innovation district in Houston’s Midtown. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


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. Graduate student Hsinhan (Dave) Tsai is mentioned. Aditya Mohite, a staff scientist at Los Alamos who will soon become a professor at Rice, is quoted. Co-authors Bo Chen, research scientist at Rice’s Shared Equipment Authority; Rafael Verduzco, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; and Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, are mentioned.
R&D Magazine (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Curing the world with CRISPR: Where we are at and where we’re headed
Graduate student Thomas Clements authored an article on gene editing.

Students’ monitor will help moms in labor
Expectant mothers at low-resource 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.

The ‘unfortunate’ reactions to diverse CEOs
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
Human Resource Executive

Texas Music Festival to pack star power with ‘Cosmic Beginnings’
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Broadway World

Device helps patients detect early signs of ulceration
A device Rice students developed to help individuals with diabetes find early signs of ulceration is featured. Baker College sophomore Caz Smith is quoted.
Medtech Intelligence

Texas: 10th-largest economy in the world
Rice is mentioned.
Business Xpansion Journal

Poland’s love affair with coal: Can the EU do anything about it?
Anna Mikulska, senior research analyst for energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed.
The Energy Collective

Grammys and curds: Elk Mound native sings in Grammy-winning opera
Alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09 is featured and pictured.
Volume One

How to take hydrogen out of water
Rice is mentioned.
Boston Commons


Bin Salman’s wooing of top US universities raises concerns
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

Mary Ellen Lane appointed dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Former Rice faculty member Mary Ellen Lane is featured and pictured.
UMass Med Now                           

Old Main concert Saturday, April 14 to celebrate women in the arts
Alumna Satako Hayami ’14 is featured.
Winona Daily News

Wash U. to hold Israeli Literary Festival
Melissa Weininger, the Anna Smith Fine Senior Lecturer in Jewish Studies, will participate.
St. Louis Jewish Light

A brilliant whiteboard animation of President John F. Kennedy’s iconically prescient 1962 ‘Moon Speech’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned
Laughing Squid

Bolton’s challenges
Alumnus Richard Best Jr. ’65 authors an article about John Bolton’s recent appointment as national security adviser to President Donald Trump.
Small Wars Journal

Organist plays Stambaugh concert
Alumnus Daryl Robinson ’14 is featured.
Tribune Chronicle

University of Maryland partners with White House Correspondents’ Association to host presidential pool reports collection
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted.
University of Maryland Merrill College of Journalism News

50 by 2050 April Events 
The “50 by 2050” initiative to elect more women to Congress will take place April 14 at Rice.
College Magazine

‘The Second Peking University Frontier Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Forum’
José Nelson Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will be a keynote speaker.
Nanchang University (An English translation is not available.)

Hè này trẻ em TPHCM tập làm ‘doanh nhân nhí’ ở đâu?
TEKY Academy launched the International Summer Study program. Rice will host courses.
Baomoi (An English translation is not available.)


Chris Boswell signs tender with Pittsburgh Steelers
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell is featured and pictured.
Last Word on Sports

Rays prospects: Affiliates set to open minor league season
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray ’18 is mentioned.
Sports Talk Florida

Greater Houston athletic activities listings: April 5
Rice senior Lindsey Hodge and sophomore Priya Niezgoda are mentioned as earning Conference USA Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week honors in March.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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