Dateline Rice for April 23, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Commencement speakers 2018: President Trump, other politicians to address grads
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will speak at Rice’s spring commencement May 12, is mentioned.

History Professor Douglas Brinkley appeared on CNN to discuss the legacy of the late Barbara Bush during coverage of her funeral.

Lunula Health awarded Cisco Global Problem Solver Prize at 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (This article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


‘Hamilton’ tells the story of today, with immigrants in mind
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in a story about how the musical “Hamilton,” with a multicultural cast and perspectives, speaks to the immigrant experience.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the April 22 print edition with a different headline, “The story of today.”)

NASA engineer says God intervened in Apollo 13 explosion
Alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, the former NASA spacecraft warning system engineer for Apollo 13, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story appeared on the front of the Belief section in the April 22 print edition with a different headline, “Divine intervention.”)

US Supreme Court will decide how Texas battle lines are drawn
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 an article about Texas’ attempt to have federal court decisions that found Texas’ congressional and state house maps violated the Voting Rights Act reversed. Jones also is quoted in an article about two Republican candidates in the 5th Congressional District. Jones is also quoted in several articles and broadcasts about the legacy of the late Barbara Bush.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 22 print edition.)
Republicans in runoff to represent 5th Congressional District
Empower Texans
Dignitaries from around the world attend funeral service of Barbara Bush
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Barbara Bush leaves vivid memories as ‘first lady of Houston’
News Leader (This article appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)
Thousands pay final respects to Barbara Bush
Spectrum News Austin

Op-ed: Houston’s innovation district is ‘merely the start’
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed and blog post on plans for Houston’s innovation district.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in Coach IT.)

Why Houston does NOT have ‘basically zoning’ with deed restrictions and permitting; Austin’s foolish transit plan versus Houston’s wisdom, and more
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Meteorologist Lisa Vaughn is no longer employed at Fox 26
Alumna Lisa Vaughn was a meteorologist for KRIV-TV.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Trump’s tax plan makes donor-advised funds more valuable for big givers
A column cites an issue brief titled “Charitable Contributions and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” by Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, that determined the elimination of itemized deductions in the new tax code will substantially reduce donations to charities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 23 print edition with a different headline, “Donor-advised funds: To have your cake and eat it, too, on charitable giving.” This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Congressional reps host sexual assault forum at Rice University 
John Hutchinson, Rice’s dean of undergraduates, and former Rice Student Association President Justin Onwenu ’18 spoke at a forum hosted at Rice April 23 by congressional representatives.
Houston Patch
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Foo Fighters welcome all to their family reunion
Hanszen College sophomore Landon Mabe is quoted.
Houston Press

Many HISD students aren’t making it to college — let alone getting a degree 
Brian Holzman, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed regarding a recent study titled “Transitioning to College and Work.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared in the April 21 print edition with a different headline, “HISD students are lagging in getting degrees.” It also appeared in a previous Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Marfa Myths diary 2018, part 2
The art exhibit co-curated by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is reviewed.

Huntsville First United Methodist hosting free concert tonight
Alumnus Dominika Dancewicz ’03 is featured.
Huntsville Item


‘News 10 at 5’
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is interviewed about the legacy of Barbara Bush.
KWTX-TV (Waco) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WJBK-TV (Detroit, Mich.)
Alumna Chelsea Helm ’17, who sang a solo at Barbara Bush’s funeral, is featured. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Houston Life’
The Rice Electric Vehicle Team that competed in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas on April 19 in California is featured. Martel College senior Gigi Rill and Brown College senior Eric Voigt are interviewed.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KPRC-TV (Houston)
Rep. Jim Bridenstine ’97, recently confirmed as NASA’s 13th administrator, is featured. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WEWS-TV (Cleveland)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich mentions an April 18 appearance at Rice. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WTIC-TV (Hartford, Conn.)
Due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs, the flu vaccine for the fall 2018 season will have the same efficacy rate as that of 2016 and 2017, according to a Rice study. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment also aired on 10 other stations.)

‘Women of Power’
A feature on Ntozake Shange mentions that she formerly taught at Rice.
WYSM-TV (Lansing, Mich.) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast, which also aired on WDBD-TV in Jackson, Miss.)


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.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Converting Guide, ChemEurope, Converter News and Azo Materials.)


WVU student wins chance to pitch clean energy technology to US Department of Defense 
An article mentions the National Cleantech University Prize Competition, which Rice will host June 27.
WVU Today

John F. Kennedy Jr.’s nephew John ‘Jack’ Schlossberg is his mini-me
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

GSMST interns’ research gets published by Micrometrics
An article mentions that Patrick Aghadiuno will attend Rice.

Alumna Ellie Persellin ’18 authored two entertainment blog posts.
Calming music to set the tone for your finals studying
Her Campus
Study break: Shows with episodes no longer than 30 minutes
Her Campus


Offense gains upper hand in Rice spring football game
Rice football head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted and pictured in an article on the Owls’ annual Blue-Gray spring game. Player George Nyakwol is quoted and players Emmanuel Esukpa, Austin Walter, Aston Walter, Austin Trammell, Rhett Cardwell and Jackson Tyner are mentioned and pictured. Players Brady Wright, Graysen Schantz, Elijah Garcia, Austin Conrad, Cameron Johnson, JaVante Hubbard and Zach Abercrumbia and running backs coach Drew Svoboda are pictured. Player Aaron Cephus is mentioned. The game also is featured in several broadcasts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Oklahoma drill has Rice’s football team in right state of mind
Rice football players Brady Wright and Emmanuel Esukpa are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

After coaching change, Rice Owls are No. 127 in 2018 preseason rankings
Rice’s football program is featured. Former head coach David Bailiff is mentioned. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted. Players Emmanuel Ellerbee, Brian Womac, Miklo Smalls, Nahshon Ellerbe, Justin Walter, Zach Abercrumbia, Jack Fox, Graysen Schantz, Roe Wilkins, Emmanuel Esukpa and Aaron Cephus are mentioned. Bailiff also is featured in a KPRC-TV story.
Orlando Sentinel (This article also appeared in College and University, News Reality and World News Network.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WTVD-TV (Raleigh, N.C.)
Rice football offensive coordinator Jerry Mack is mentioned. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice blaster
Rice baseball posted two losses and a tie in a weekend series against Florida Atlantic University at Reckling Park. Catcher Matt Canterino is mentioned.
FAU Owl Access

Rice thwarts Old Dominion’s shot at Conference USA women’s tennis crown
The Virginian-Pilot

Second-seeded Rice ends WKU’s season in C-USA quarterfinals
Two articles detail the Rice women’s tennis team’s wins in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals.
Bowling Green Daily News

UTEP Golf’s corner named to 2018 InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team
Rice’s Mitchell Meissner is mentioned as one of the five student-athletes named to the InTouch Credit Union All-Academic Team in golf.
El Paso Herald-Post

Old Dominion eases into C-USA men’s tennis final with 4-0 defeat of Southern Miss
Rice is mentioned.
The Virginian-Pilot

Men’s tennis: Blue Raiders defeat Rice, advance in C-USA Tournament
The Rice’s men’s tennis team lost to Middle Tennessee State University in the Conference USA Tournament.
MTSU Sidelines

Colorado State adds Rice grad transfer V.J. Banks
Former Rice football player V.J. Banks is featured and pictured.

Rising Florida International QB Alex McGough visited Texans

Rice is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Magnolia West coach Ross thankful for support during battle with cancer
Former Rice men’s golf coach David Pierce is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Hokies mailbag: Depth concerns, QB questions, running back reps and more
Rice is mentioned.
Roanoke Times

Waiting for the phone call
Former Rice football player Trey Martin is mentioned.
Shakopee Valley News

D-backs top prospect Duplantier to debut at Jackson
Former Rice pitcher Jon Duplantier, now a prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, is mentioned.
Our Sports Central

Track and field athletes compete at three meets
Rice is mentioned.

Shrimp announce roster moves
Alumnus Skyler Ewing ’15 is mentioned.
Our Sports Central


Most Houstonians believe more regulation would have ‘significantly reduced’ Harvey damage
More than 40 percent of Houstonians surveyed in the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey were directly impacted in some way by Hurricane Harvey, and two-thirds of survey respondents believe that more stringent regulations on development would have significantly reduced the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The 37th annual survey also revealed that respondents believe traffic is still the area’s biggest problem and that significantly more money is needed for public education. Rice Sociology Professor Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, conducted the survey.

Labs developing viruses to help damaged hearts
Rice bioengineer Junghae Suh and colleagues at three partner institutions will lead a study that aims to fix damaged hearts with therapeutic genes delivered by viruses. Suh has received a prestigious R01 grant for $2 million from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to test adeno-associated viral vectors developed by her lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative to deliver therapeutic genes to sites of heart damage.

Baker Institute expert: Middle East energy subsidy reform updates ‘patronage-based autocratic governance’
A series of converging trends provided political cover for the reforms of long-standing energy subsidies launched by oil-exporting states in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a new paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. These subsidies are thought to be an important source of legitimacy for autocratic regimes.

About Stefan De La Garza

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