Dateline Rice for April 24, 2018


Several articles and broadcasts featured the results of the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey recently issued by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Key findings show that although traffic remains Houston residents’ greatest concern, 40 percent of respondents were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey and 66 percent believe more stringent regulations would have reduced the damages caused by Harvey. The survey project was led by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, who is quoted and pictured in several articles and broadcasts.
Rice survey: City must become flexible in 21st century
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Study: Traffic, Hurricane Harvey among Houston’s biggest challenges, residents say
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
Harvey impact gauged in annual Kinder Houston Area Survey
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Hurricane Harvey impacts outlook for citizens in 2018 Houston Area Survey
CW39 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Harvey impacted Houstonians in more ways than one: Houston Area Survey
Houston Public Media
Survey: Flooding rises to rival traffic as Houstonians’ greatest concern
Houston Public Media
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Halliburton writes off remaining $312 million invested in Venezuela
Companies that maintain and operate Venezuela’s oil and gas wells continue to withdraw from the country due to the deepening political and fiscal turmoil there. Francisco 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.
New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared at

Jim Bridenstine sworn in as NASA administrator
Jim Bridenstine ’97, recently confirmed and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator, is featured and pictured in several articles.
CBS News (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Remarks by Vice President Pence at swearing-in ceremony of NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and call to the International Space Station
Oklahoma congressman sworn in as new NASA leader
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 23 print edition with a different headline, “NASA gets new leader after wait of over a year.”)

This exhibition uses $586 to tell the story of American eviction
An article discussing a new exhibit built with just $586, the amount of money the artist earns in one month, mentions a 2015 study by Rice, in collaboration with Harvard University, titled “Eviction’s Fallout: Housing, Hardship and Health.”

Assets and obstacles in the fight to prevent HPV-related cancers
An article mentions that the high-resolution microendoscope, a novel imaging tool to improve cervical cancer screening and diagnosis in resource-limited settings,
was developed at Rice. It also mentions collaborative research involving Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, to develop new technologies and explore community outreach strategies.
MD Anderson Cancer Center


A popular Rice program uses music to inspire underserved students in Houston
David Medina, director of multicultural community relations at Rice, authored an article about a program that brings musicians and young students together for concerts and discussions. Alumnus Caen Thomason-Redus ’99, creator of the JUMP! program, is quoted. Graduate student Rachel Mooers and Janet Rarick, associate professor of music career development at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, are also quoted. Rachel Buchman, lecturer in music and head of the Young Children’s Division in the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Artist turns Houston skyline into beautiful vintage video game-inspired scene
Graduate student Ronan O’Connell is quoted, and Caleb Bashor, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)

The Texas House districts most vulnerable to flipping in 2018
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, authored an article detailing which Democrat- and Republican-held Texas House seats are potentially vulnerable to being flipped in 2018.

Style roundup: The contemporary’s art dinner
Alumna Suzanne Deal Booth ’77, whose gift made it possible for Rice to commission James Turrell to design the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace, is featured and pictured.
Texas Monthly

Kevin Prufer explains why poetry is important
Poet Kevin Prufer will close out the 2017-18 season of the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series April 24 at Rice’s Stude Hall.

Mexican presidential hopeful visits Juárez
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about Mexican presidential candidates.
El Paso Inc.

Texas added some 3 million people between 2010 and 2017. Here’s where they came from.
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article about how “domestic migrants” who move to Texas settle in newer suburbs and exurbs close to the fringe of Texas’ big metropolitan areas.
Rivard Report

Learning from Harvey: Researchers use data to predict future storm impacts
An article mentions that researchers from Rice and Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston campuses) comprise the Texas COAstal Storm Rapid Response (COASTRR) team, which aims to forecast the impact to coastal morphology once hurricane paths are determined.
Texas A&M Today


‘Erin Burnett OutFront’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is interviewed on the recent hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush.
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice’s transformation of the iconic Sears property in Midtown into a new innovation district, part of an effort to spur a vibrant local startup community, is featured. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, highlights steps Rice has taken to prevent sexual assault on campus during a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. John Hutchinson, Rice’s dean of undergraduates, and former Rice Student Association President Justin Onwenu ’18, who spoke at a forum hosted at Rice April 23 by congressional representatives, are mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


40 signs you’re an adult even if you feel like you’re not
An article mentions research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina on the positive aspects of living abroad.
Business Insider

Two-time Ima Hogg Semifinalist and Texas residents among this year’s contestants
An article mentions that one of the 10 semifinalists of the 43rd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, Michael Ferri, is a student in Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. The final round of competition will be a concert at Stude Hall June 2.
Broadway World

Rice University: Middle East energy subsidy reform updates ‘patronage-based autocratic governance’
An article mentions a study by Rice titled “Political enablers of energy subsidy reform in Middle Eastern oil exporters.”
4-traders (This article also appeared in Follow News, Brinkwire, Tech Xplore and Health Medicine Network.)


Harvard’s Wyss Institute launches NuProbe to facilitate global precision medicine
NuProbe Global co-founder David Zhang, the Ted Law Jr. Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is quoted.
Harvard Office of Technology Development (This article appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)

What Netflix and net neutrality could mean for so-slow internet in small-town Kansas
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 in an article about the necessity of the internet in today’s world and the difficulty in providing it to rural areas of the U.S. (This article also appeared at

Robot revolution
“R-one swarm robots” created by Rice’s Multi-Robot Systems Lab are mentioned.
Portland Mercury

Breaking the glass ceiling for female cantors
Alumna Rebecca Garfein ’89 is featured and pictured. A video of one of her performances is included.

For Muldoon, prestigious grant began with a backyard telescope 
Alumnus Tim Muldoon ’09 is featured and pictured.
University of Arkansas News

Are international students seeking US jobs better or worse off under Trump?
An article mentions Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business among a list of
business schools that provide their international MBA students with individualized analyses of their profiles, which helps them to improve their readiness to secure U.S. jobs in their desired fields.

Area musician, artist to feature talents in upcoming concert
Alumna Kenya Patzer ’02 will perform April 29 in Hiawatha, Kan.
The Sabetha Herald


South Side Sox prospect vote: Round 18
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens ’15 is mentioned.
South Side Sox


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 U. study: Broadband internet access in Texas schools improves SAT scores but leads to more disciplinary placements
Internet access in public schools is a double-edged sword, according to a study by scholars at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. On one hand, it can positively affect academic performance as measured by SAT scores; on the other, it also negatively affects student behavior in school as measured by disciplinary placements, specifically the number of students who are removed from the classroom for at least one day.

Heart is where the chips are, helping keep the beat
A Rice student team’s demonstration of a next-generation, wireless pacemaker array could point to the future of medical sensors. The Love and Pace team of Rice electrical and computer engineering seniors demonstrated its design for a pacemaker that would place a network of chips the size of a grain of rice in various places inside the heart. These would communicate with a base station located under a patient’s skin and charge via radio frequency.

Baker Institute experts: US shale gas can counterbalance Russia in Europe 
The unconventional (shale) gas revolution offers an opportunity to re-think how the United States applies power in Europe, according to experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, and Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies, outlined their insights in a new working paper, “Gas Geoeconomics in Europe: Using Strategic Investments To Promote Market Liberalization, Counterbalance Russian Revanchism and Enhance European Energy Security.”

About Stefan De La Garza

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