Dateline Rice for April 9, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


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. Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, and Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96 are featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the April 8 print edition with a different headline, “Rescuing history,” and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

More than $2M given out at 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition grand prize winner earned more than $500,000 in cash and prizes. Infinite Cooling, which uses electric fields to indefinitely recover water from the evaporative losses of cooling towers, was developed by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
Pulmotect and SpyCloud fundraise, Rice’s big contest & more TX tech


Living abroad and finding purpose in life
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self and provide a range of benefits, from enhanced life satisfaction to lower stress levels and better productivity, which may ultimately lead to one’s purpose in life, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Forbes (This article also appeared in The University Network, Quartz, Follow News and Business Insider Polska.)

Why researchers shouldn’t share all their data
Although blockchain technology has offered a promising future to secure databases with no centralized authority, sharing too much information in “open-source” research projects remains problematic. Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Should Boston be worried about Houston’s biotech push? Probably not
Houston’s potential to become biotech’s “third coast” of drug discovery is discussed. 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.
MSN (This article also appeared in the Boston Globe.)

Musician or entrepreneur? My journey began with popcorn
Alumnus Jeffrey Nytch ’94 authored an article about entrepreneurship as a musician. The late Paul Cooper, former professor at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Oxford University Press Blog

Scholar explains two reasons behind ‘militarization’ of US border with Mexico
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 interviewed about the possible reasons for  and outcomes of a National Guard buildup on the southern border. Jones is also quoted in articles about the Texas Senate race between former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, and Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio; the impact of the resignation of Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas; and the re-election campaign of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Sputnik International
At least 2,000 troops for US border
The Africom
Gallego and Gutierrez gunning for Uresti’s state Senate seat
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Blake Farenthold abruptly resigns from Congress after revelations of lewd and abusive behavior
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Blake Farenthold resigns seat after using taxpayer money to settle sexual abuse scandal
Daily Kos
Cruz gets local BP endorsement, faces uphill climb in RGV
The Monitor

Are you ready to teach?
Nonya Grenader, professor in the practice of architecture, is quoted in an article about the benefits and challenges of being a practicing architect as well as a professor.
Architect Magazine


Student activists call on politicians to pass stricter gun legislation
Democratic candidates for office fielded questions about gun laws at a “March for Our Lives” town hall April 7 at Rice. Hanszen College junior Hannah Meeks is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Development tactic questioned in post-Harvey era
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, is quoted in an article about the use of fill to lift property out of flood plains.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice University police officer dies in car crash
Detective Rommel Espinola, a nine-year veteran of the Rice University Police Department, was killed April 5 in a traffic collision. He was 48.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar articles appeared in, World News and Auto Breaking News.)
Family of Rice University police officer killed in North Freeway crash speaks out

Rice’s Moody Center doesn’t get an A+ — yet [Architecture Review]
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured. Alison Weaver, the Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director of the Moody Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Author’s talk will help Greenwich Historical Society as it moves into new era
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is featured and pictured. He will speak April 18 at the Greenwich Historical Society in Connecticut. Brinkley is also quoted and pictured in an article on a panel discussion he moderated at Texas A&M University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Former government officials talk US relations with North Korea, China at Texas A&M panel discussion
Bryan-College Station Eagle

See what some of Houston’s favorite buildings, landmarks looked like while under construction

The construction of Rice stadium (image 63) and the Jones Graduate School of Business (image 114) are pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Villager Q&A: Robert Heineman, vice president of planning, The Woodlands Development Co.
Alumnus Robert Heineman ’69 is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County and San Antonio Express-News.)

How should colleges help students get jobs? UH will host state leaders to discuss
An article mentions the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Mexican spending over Semana Santa Holy Week has been falling on weak peso, ‘Trump effect’
Mexican nationals spent less money in San Antonio in the week leading up to Easter this year than last. 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.)

Mystery Sonatas and a celebratory 50th anniversary season ahead for Houston Early Music
Described as an avant-garde experimental Baroque masterpiece, the “Mystery Sonatas” are comprised of 15 sonatas that will be played in their entirety May 5 at Rice’s Duncan Recital Hall.
Arts and Culture Texas

Marfa Myths will keep West Texas on its toes
A preview of the Marfa Myths festival opening April 12 mentions “Hyperobjects,” an exhibit co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Houston Press

Artemiss Quartett
Artemiss Quartett will play works from Schumann and Mozart April 12 at Stude Concert Hall.
Visit Houston

TISD honors distinguished alumni at annual luncheon
An article mentions Lanny Chasteen was a lecturer at Rice.
Texarkana Gazette

University of Houston Law Center conference on April 26 to focus on offshore drilling safety
Rice’s research partnership with the University of Houston and NASA to develop new predictive models to identify when an offshore drilling rig is at risk for a potentially catastrophic accident is mentioned.
University of Houston Law Center

Parks and rec success
Alumnus Lou Hodges ’65 is featured and pictured.
The Battalion eZu9


Bloomberg Radio
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed concerning the possible ramifications of sanctions against Russia.
WBBR-AM (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Speeding up executions, and trouble with the Astros’ championship banner: The good, bad and ugly of the week’s news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

KPRC tests bullet-resistant glass used in local schools
C-Bond, a chemical solution that can be applied to glass to make it bulletproof, is already in use in 70 school districts around the nation, including Cy-Fair Independent School District. Rice’s Materials Science and NanoEngineering Department helped conduct tests and refine C-Bond.


Light ‘relaxes’ crystal to boost solar cell efficiency: Rice, Los Alamos discovery advances case for perovskite-based solar cells
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.
Nanotechnology Now (Similar articles appeared in PV Magazine International, The Engineer, PV Magazine Latin America, Materialsgate and Energinyheter.)

2018 Richard Tucker Award goes to Christian Van Horn
Alumnus Jack Swanson ’16 is mentioned.
Broadway World

Kingfisher Midstream continues transformation as Craig W. Collins joins leadership team
Alumus Craig Collings ’73 is featured.
EnerCom Inc. (This article also appeared in BOE Report, MenaFn, EIN News, Market Insider Nasdaq, Globe Newswire and EconoTimes.)

Service First: STEM education and drones for service families
Rice’s Center for Engineering and Leadership Drone Camp is mentioned.
Drone Life

MIT uses mHealth to help cancer patients improve chemotherapy care
A Rice-led team utilizing a $10 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop a wearable point-of-care microscope uses blue light to measure capillaries at the base of the fingernail. The device allows individuals to check their own white blood cell counts as needed, potentially improving the outcomes for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

JupiterMLP adds industry veteran Albert Johnson to executive leadership team
Alumnus Albert Johnson ’58 date is featured
Business Wire (This article also appeared in EnerCom.)

Baker Institute expert: Idea of maritime oil blockade against China ‘strategically flawed’ 
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

White Graphene market trends estimates high demand by 2025
A research study at Rice that determined that the 3-D structure of white graphene nanotubes can overcome the limitations of heat transfer of normal graphene, allowing transfer of heat in every direction across multiple layers, is mentioned.

Offshore drilling and big, higher education numbers
Rice is mentioned.
Greenville Business Magazine (This article also appears in Columbia Business Monthly.)

Setting expectations for new city leadership
An article mentions a 2017 study titled “Who Runs for Mayor in America” by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that unopposed mayoral elections in the U.S. are on the rise.
Sioux Fall Business

Towards Openness by OPEN Architecture
A book by alumnus Li Hu ’98 is featured.

What the moon’s craters tell us about Earth’s past climate
Graduate student Sriparna Saha authored an article.
The Planetary Society


14 states’ voting machines are vulnerable: How’d 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.
Fayetteville Observer (This article also appeared in Gatehouse Media.)

Oil on his mind: Saudi crown prince heads to Texas
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye
Saudi crown prince heads to Texas with oil on his mind
Russia News Now

In France, Saudi crown prince seeks to woo Macron despite differences on Iran and Yemen
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle (This article also appeared in Dotemirates, Tempo and Brinkwire.)

Business buzz
Rice is mentioned.
Shreveport Times

The godless, leftist nature of artificial intelligence
An article mentions a study conducted from 2012 to 2015 by Rice’s Religion and Public Life program titled “Religion Among Scientists in International Context,” which conducted a cross-national survey of religion and spirituality among scientists. Washington Times   

Mansfield music graduate takes third in International Opera Competition
Graduate student Lindsay Kate Brown placed third in the Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.
Troy Pennysaver

Alumna Ellie Persellin ’18 authored two entertainment blog posts.
Weekend getaways for when you want to escape H-Town
Her Campus
Catholicism in today’s Ireland
Her Campus

Single people die faster than obese folks, study says
An article mentions a 2017 study by Rice psychologists titled “Loneliness Predicts Self-Reported Cold Symptoms After a Viral Challenge.”
Daily Nigerian News

The new civil rights movement
Alumna Megan Francis ’03 will speak April 9 at the University of Washington.
University of Washington

Brown and Caldwell to honor Dr. Pedro Alvarez with Lifetime Achievement Award at Battelle Conference
Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during Battelle’s International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds.
Brown and Caldwell

10 Jobs in Singapore that might be taken over by robots in 10 years (by 2028)
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted.
Goody Feed

Smile awhile 
Rice is mentioned.
Afternoon Despatch and Courier


Rice Athletics extends apparel deal with major sportswear retailer
Rice’s renewed apparel partnership with Adidas will extend until the 2023-2024 season.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in World News Network.)

Rice basketball facing more departures
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera and former players Malik Osborne and Connor Cashaw are quoted. Pera, Miles Lester and Austin Meyer are pictured. Owls A.J. Lapray, Dylan Jones and Josh Parrish are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Travel Breaking News.)

Rice bounces back from tough loss
The Rice baseball team posted a weekend sweep against Old Dominion University.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
Pair of Rice pitchers combine on 2-hit shutout of Old Dominion
Rice ends ODU’s Sunday success with rout
Virginian-Pilot (This article also appeared in the Daily Press.)

No drastic changes to Stanford O-line under new coach Carberry
Rice football head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned in two articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscritption is required.)
Which new FBS head coaches are most likely to succeed?

MLB Network 
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon ’12 is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
ESPN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Need for speed: Cortni Emanuel paces offense as leadoff hitter
Former Rice football and baseball player Bert Emanuel ’94 is mentioned.
Athens Banner-Herald

Draft Rewind: How 2010 changed the Vikings, NFL landscape
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo ’10, who plays for the Minnesota Vikings, is mentioned.

Ferry native receives swim coaching award for her work at Rice University
Rice assistant swimming coach Amanda Caldwell is featured and quoted.
Martins Ferry Times Leader

FPF – Goodbye, José Cruz Jr.
Former Rice baseball players Jose Cruz Jr. and Norm Charlton are featured.
Lookout Landing

Are Bob McNair and the Houston Texans in the midst of a leadership crisis?
Houston Texans owner and former Rice trustee Bob McNair is featured and pictured.
CultureMap Houston

Aggies claim 5 victories on first day of Houston Alumni Invitational
Rice track and field athletes Uche Ugwunce, Khayla Patel and Lourdes Vivas are mentioned.

Winter Spirit of Service honorees recognized

Rice swimming and diving team member Marie-Claire Schillinger is mentioned.
Conference USA

3 years in the making: The rise of Houston swimming and diving
Rice is mentioned.

David Hamilton shares the stage with other Longhorns as Texas bounces Baylor
Former Rice baseball assistant coach David Pierce is quoted. Current Rice baseball assistant coach is Paul Janish is mentioned.

CBB teams getting a boost in 2018-19 from players you’ve forgotten about
Former Rice men’s basketball player Marcus Evans is mentioned.
Bleacher Report
Projecting the VCU starting lineup for 2018-19

Timing issues muddle CFL combine results 
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned.
3 Down Nation


Rice U. tech will power first fully programmable wireless network
Rice researchers will help create the world’s first fully programmable and observable wireless communications network in Salt Lake City as part of a national effort to prepare for a rapidly approaching time when virtually everything will demand wireless data. Rice’s Reconfigurable Ecosystem for Next-gen End-to-end Wireless technology will underlie a city-scale wireless test platform for telecoms, tech companies and research institutions announced by the University of Utah.

Baker Institute expert: Idea of maritime oil blockade against China ‘strategically flawed’ 
The political, economic and financial considerations of sustaining an oil blockade against China mean that even a militarily successful blockader could find its position untenable well before a blockade could achieve its full impact, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Infinite Cooling from MIT wins 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition
Infinite Cooling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology emerged as the top startup company tonight in the 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The annual event is the world’s richest and largest student startup competition.

Rice researcher available to discuss new report on HISD college enrollment, completion rates 
Just over half of the Houston Independent School District’s graduating seniors between 2006 and 2008 went to college the fall following graduation, according to a new report from Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium. Brian Holzman, a postdoctoral research fellow at HERC and the study’s author, is available to discuss the report.

About Stefan De La Garza

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