Dateline Rice for April 18, 2018


Reports on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush included quotes from Rice History Professor Douglas Brinkley (CNN); James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state (; and 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 (Houston Chronicle, KRIV-TV, KPRC-TV and WJXT-TV).
‘Anderson Cooper 360’
CNN (Click to watch the broadcast.)
See how Houston and the world are reacting to Barbara Bush’s death
Mark Jones shares political legacy of Barbara Bush
Houston Chronicle (This broadcast originally aired on KRIV-TV.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click to watch the broadcast.)
WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) (Click to watch the broadcast.)
Barbara Bush, mother and wife of presidents, dies at 92
An article mentions that former President George H.W. Bush taught at Rice.
The Federalist

Facebook knows a ton about your health. Now they want to make money off it.
Facebook collects scores of non-anonymized data from all of its users, including personal health information, which is not protected by privacy laws. Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, authored an op-ed on the topic.
Washington Post


Imagining climate (and) change
Gisela Heffes, associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, authored an article examining literature’s link to the past and future of climate change. Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is mentioned. Morton is also quoted in an article about his exhibit “Hyperobjects.”
ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America
Marfa Myths brings art and music to the Texas desert

Meet the Brits who ditched their city jobs to work in paradise
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 research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina. An article in Equinox quotes Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Find yourself abroad
Equinox (A similar article appeared in Esquire Philippines.)

US farmers, ranchers bracing for tough times amid US, China trade dispute
Steven Lewis, professor in the practice and senior research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted in an article about the effects of a U.S.-China trade war on Houston’s petrochemical industry.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in and Global Times.)


Houston looks inward for tech innovation leadership
An article about the momentum of Rice’s transformation of the Sears property in Houston’s Midtown into a new innovation district with the appointment of executive leadership quotes Ed Egan, fellow of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Business section of the April 18 print edition with a different headline, “City looks inward for its tech leadership.”)

Why’s it so important to protect ‘data’?

Jennifer Latson, an editor for the Jones Graduate School of Business’ Rice Business Wisdom, authored an op-ed about ways in which businesses can use personal data to manipulate the thoughts and actions of their consumers. Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at the Jones School, and 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, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Energy firms could lose out on Mexican market under Trump’s proposed NAFTA changes
An article mentions a recent conference held at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “NAFTA Negotiations and North American Energy Trade.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 18 print edition with a different headline, “Proposed NAFTA changes raise worries.”)

Investors extend $550,000 during Veterans Business Battle

Rice’s Veterans in Business Association, an organization for MBA students at the Jones Graduate School of Business, recently co-sponsored the 2018 Veterans Business Battle competition.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 18 print edition.)

Houston’s most expensive mansion ever just got a price cut of about $13 million
An article mentions that Wilbur Bosarge Jr. formerly taught at Rice.
Austin Business Journal

Wide awake: The best of the week in Houston’s music
The 27th Annual KTRU Outdoor Show will take place April 22 at Rice.
Houston Press


Gov. John Kasich discusses Mueller investigation, current politics and 2020 prospects
Ohio Gov. John Kasich mentions in an interview that he will speak April 18 at Rice. Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, will take part in the discussion.
News 5 Cleveland


Quantum shift shows itself in coupled light and matter
A team led by Rice scientists used a unique combination of techniques to observe, for the first time, a condensed matter phenomenon about which others have only speculated, a discovery that could aid in the development of quantum computers. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Graduate student Xinwei Li is quoted and pictured.
R&D Magazine (A similar version of this article was featured in the April 18 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 News, and other versions of the article also appeared in Controlled Environments Magazine and Purdue News Service.)

Houston wants to become a top city ‘for startups and imaginative endeavors’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Smart Cities Dive

Zap! Laser tattoos could create electronics to eat or wear
Rice scientists used a laser to inscribe a layer of graphene, which forms from carbon atoms that are already part of the material, onto a range of different materials, including bread. Graduate student Yieu Chyan is quoted. 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 and pictured. A Rice video is included.
Science News for Students

Rice U. students create training device for cervical cancer screening
A low-cost, interactive training model that mimics the cervix was developed by senior design students enrolled in the global health design course at Rice in collaboration with the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Doctors and nurses in developing countries and low-resource areas of the U.S. could use this device to practice different cervical cancer screening and treatment procedures. Brown College’s Elizabeth Stone, Will Rice College’s Christine Luk, Wiess College’s Rachel Lambert and graduate student Sonia Parra are quoted. A Rice video is included. (This article also appeared at

The CII renaissance: The state of nonresidential construction
Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation and assessment in Rice’s School of Engineering, is quoted in an article about sustainable, resilient and green construction.
Electrical Contractor

AAAS connects scientists and students with Classroom Science Days
Baker College senior Lucrecia Aguilar is featured in an article about “Classroom Science Days,” which aims to connect underserved students with practicing scientists.
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Danger zone: Fund managers that don’t analyze details in 10-Ks
Hedge funds that frequently accessed SEC filings such as annual reports posted better-than-average returns in the following month compared with those that didn’t, according to a Rice paper titled “Do Hedge Funds Profit From Public Information?” Findings by co-authors Alan Crane, Kevin Crotty and Tarik Umar, assistant professors of finance, are featured.
Seeking Alpha

Flat gallium joins roster of new 2-D materials
The Rice lab of 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, and colleagues in India created two-dimensional gallenene, a thin film of conductive material that is to gallium what graphene is to carbon. Former Rice postdoctoral researcher Vidya Kochat and Indian Institute of Technology assistant professor Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, also formerly of Rice, are mentioned.
Space Daily


Republicans hear from three party primary candidates for the 2nd Congressional District
An article mentions that Gavin Clarkson attended Rice.
Ruidoso News

Two graduate students win fellowship for children of immigrants
Alumnus Benjamin Chou ’13 is featured.
The Daily Northwestern

USG says no tuition hike during 2018-2019
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Albany Herald (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Challenging the status quo in the energy industry
Jyo Chandrapati, who completed Rice’s Leadership and Decision-Making in the Energy Industry certificate course, authored an article.
Schneider Electric

Down the years: Fruit association product of commissions debate
Rice is mentioned.
Sunraysia Daily

Silky Malik’s victorious loss: 5 things to know about a fierce candidate
Graduate student Zohaib Qadri authored a blog post.

20 top colleges with highest salary for tech graduates
Rice is featured.
Gadgets Now

Candidates for dean of honors college to come to SU
Alumnus Laurence Carlin ’00 is mentioned.
The Flyer


Karl-Anthony Towns looking to make adjustments, find rhythm in game 2
An article mentions that the Minnesota Timberworlves practiced at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse. (This article also appeared in ABS-CBN Sports.)

Graham has no plans to retire if not offered new contract by Rice
Rice baseball head coach Wayne Graham is featured and pictured.

Spring’s Eisenman hoping for potential break-out season next year
The Rice Invitational track meet is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Track & field midseason review
An article mentions Rice will host the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 10.


Rice U. expert: Facebook knows about your health, wants to profit off of it
On the heels of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Congress about the data breach tied to Cambridge Analytica, in which the British firm compiled Facebook user data to target American voters, Rice medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr warns that the “scandal alerted users about what personal data Facebook routinely collects and shares with third-party apps” in an opinion piece appearing in the Washington Post, “Facebook knows a ton about your health. Now they want to make money off it.” But many questions were left unanswered. Among them: How many apps are collecting this data, and what are they doing with it?

Salt boosts creation of 2-D materials
A dash of salt can simplify the creation of two-dimensional materials, and thanks to Rice scientists, the reason is becoming clear. Boris Yakobson, a Rice professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, was the go-to expert when a group of labs in Singapore, China, Japan and Taiwan used salt to make a “library” of 2-D materials that combined transition metals and chalcogens. These compounds could lead to smaller and faster transistors, photovoltaics, sensors and catalysts.

Rice University to host STEM fest for girls
Record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson will speak at this year’s Reach for the Stars STEM Festival at Rice April 21. The festival is free for girls in grades 5 through 8 who pre-register. It will include a street fair, lunch and 30 women-led science and engineering workshops.

Rice U. expert: Starbucks CEO followed first rule of reputation management
The recent arrest of two African-American men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia upset other customers, who quickly shared video of the incident. Almost as swiftly, the company’s CEO, Kevin Johnson, agreed their treatment was “reprehensible.”Johnson clearly knew the first rule of reputation management, according to a public relations expert at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business: Much of a company’s value is intangible.

Rice U. expert: Southwest pilot exemplifies ‘in extremis’ leadership

Navy veteran pilot Tammy Jo Shults’ actions in the cockpit of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 April 17 exemplified “in extremis” leadership, in that passengers’ lives depended upon her ability to execute under pressure following the in-air failure of an engine, said Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and executive director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.

About Stefan De La Garza

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