Dateline Rice for May 3, 2018


The immigrant doctors who saved Ronald Reagan’s life
Claudia Kolker, associate director of intellectual capital, marketing and communications at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article on the doctors who saved President Ronald Reagan’s life following an assassination attempt in 1980. Kolker notes that every doctor on Reagan’s anesthesia team was foreign-born.
Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Kanye West tweeted a fake Harriet Tubman quote after saying slavery is a ‘choice’
A 2016 blog post by Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted. McDaniel wrote that sharing the fake quote is harmful to Tubman’s legacy and to today’s anti-slavery activism efforts.
Kanye West’s Tubman tweet turns out to be rooted in erroneous fiction

Rice scientists study ants in the Big Thicket after Hurricane Harvey
Rice ecologists are checking to see if Hurricane Harvey’s unprecedented floods gave a competitive boost to fire ants and crazy ants, two of southeast Texas’ least favorite uninvited guests. A Rice video is featured.
NSF Science360 News (This article was the top story in the May 3 edition.)

5 tricks for surviving in Trump’s Cabinet
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article on the unprecedented level of turnover in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.


Cyclists, Rice University students to rally for better safety after woman’s death
A report noted that some Rice University students and faculty members were expected to join the Houston cycling community Thursday morning to advocate for better bike safety on Houston streets as the result of a cyclist who was killed on Main Street near Sunset Boulevard last week.

Storied Montrose compound could be history
A historic Montrose compound built by a World War I veteran-turned-thespian faces the threat of demolition following a pending sale. Danny Samuels, professor in the practice of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Power restored at Rice University
Damage to a lightning protector left about one-third of the Rice campus without power Wednesday afternoon, but CenterPoint Energy restored electricity by 2 p.m.
Houston Chronicle

Art Daybook: Karin Broker presses history into a pretty show with a steely theme
“Second Wives,” consisting of 11 antique irons and wired metal flowers with crystals on a steel table, is among the works in Karin Broker’s show “Love Me, Love Me Not” at McClain Gallery. Broker is professor of visual arts.
Houston Chronicle

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 about the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.
Is the NRA convention in Dallas a gift for Democrats?
San Antonio Express-News
Most Texas employers are skipping E-Verify when hiring
Athens Review
Dallas Democrat launches unlikely bid for Texas House speaker
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Parent calls on UH to investigate Katy superintendent for academic dishonesty
KTBC-TV (Austin)

Baker Institute paper: Tax reform could reduce corporate tax revenue by as much as 40 percent
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, outlined his insights in a new research paper, “Long-term Macroeconomic Effects of the 2017 Corporate Tax Cuts.”
Houston Style Magazine

Hispanics in Houston underrepresented at the ballot box and in local offices
Just more than half of Hispanic voting-age citizens in the Houston metropolitan area are registered to vote, according to a new report on civic health from the Center for Local Elections in American Politics at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the National Conference on Citizenship. John Lappie, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Kinder Institute’s Center for Local Elections in American Politics, is quoted.
Houston Style Magazine

Art galleries: ‘Fractured Balance’ and ‘Innards’
“Josiah McElheny: Island Universe,” “Leo Villareal: Particle Chamber” and “Pile the Wood High!” are on view at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through June 2.
Houston Chronicle

Dallas Museum of Art League hosts Art in Bloom 2018
Work on display at the Rice University Art Gallery by Michael De Feo is mentioned.
Dallas Uptown BubbleLife

Richard Prets is equipped to advance Galveston College
Alumnus Richard Prets ’06 authored this column announcing his campaign for a position on the Galveston College Board of Regents.
Galveston County Daily News

Election Day for BISD races Saturday
Alumnus Brent Bishop ’98 is seeking election to the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees
Bullard Banner News

The Full Menu: Houston’s best options for low-carb meals
A broadcast of “Houston Matters” mentions that David Leftwich has written for Rice Magazine.
Houston Public Media

5 things you must do this weekend, May 4-6
Portions of the Palestine Film Festival will take place at Rice’s Media Center.

Who’s speaking where? Looking at 2018 commencement speakers
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will speak at Rice’s spring commencement May 12.
College Media Network


Geoscientists collaborate to understand silicic magma systems
Postdoctoral research associate Jonathan Delph authored this article on the evolution of silicic magma systems.

Model predicts new H3N2 flu vaccine component will be just as ineffective
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. Co-author Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Melia Bonomo are quoted.

Labs developing viruses to help damaged hearts
Junghae Suh, associate professor of bioengineering, 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.
Science and Technology Research News

Standing up for safety in the Permian
Postdoctoral fellow Claudia Ziegler Acemyan is quoted in an article on oil patch safety.
The Permian Basin Petroleum Association Magazine

Rice University hosts Army research summit
Eighteen academic institutions gathered at Rice University April 24 and 25 for the first Partnership Summit 2018: Universities of the Southwest.
Textile World

EARL London keynote speaker announcement: Garrett Grolemund
Alumnus Garrett Grolemund ’12 will be a keynote speaker at the Enterprise Applications of the R Language Conference in London Sept. 11-13.

Gas geoeconomics in Europe: Make Russia a ‘normal’ gas supplier again
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies, authored an article on steps the U.S. could take to protect Europe from Russian gas coercion.
The Energy Collective

Watch Stewie the Steed, a hippotherapy robotic device
Equine-assisted therapy, also known as hippotherapy, can help patients develop coordination, balance and posture. Seniors at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed an open-sourced app that will be available to those without access to a real horse. A Rice video is included.
Electronics 360

This new AI can write its own code and develop apps
Computer scientists at Rice have created a deep-learning, software-coding application that can help human programmers navigate the growing multitude of often-undocumented application programming interfaces, or APIs. Swarat Chaudhuri, an associate professor of computer science; Chris Jermaine, an associate professor of computer science, and Vijay Murali, a research scientist in computer science, are quoted.


Happy birthday Eduard Schmieder 
An article mentions that Eduard Schmieder taught at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Strad

HOK speaking events: May 2018
A presentation at the Tradeline University Facilities Conference in Austin May 7 will demonstrate strategies used by institutions including Rice University and George Washington University to rethink their approach to academic workplace design.

My apology to art students
A blog post mentions the author’s daughter attended Rice.

2018 CIO 100 winners: Recognizing IT excellence
Rice is one of 100 organizations and their IT teams recognized by for driving digital business growth through tech innovation.

A guide’s life
Alumnus Tommy Countz ’72 is featured.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine

Hill Country violinist entertains Blanco
Alumnus Blake Turner ’13 is featured and pictured.
Blanco County News

Friends of South Pasadena Library’s Restoration Concert Series presents the New Hollywood String Quartet 
Alumnus Wen Zhou Li is featured.
Pasadena Now

Imagine: 13 associate members’ annual exhibition at the 3rd Street Gallery
Alumna Elynne Rosenfeld ’75 is mentioned.

University of Limerick lecturer delivers his inaugural lecture
An article mentions that Kevin Murphy served on the faculty at Rice.
Limerick Post

Why James Cone was the most important theologian of his time
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. A correction on the misspelling of Pinn’s name has been requested.

TEDxUofW encourages students to reach for the stars
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Daily

22 GCPS seniors receive Questbridge scholarships
Five students from Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia have been named QuestBridge National College Match Recipients.
Gwinnett Daily Post
UMD hosts Rice University professor for talk on discrimination and bias
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, gave a lecture titled “Gender and Race Gatekeepers” at the University of Maryland.
The Diamondback

SLO County supervisor Bruce Gibson seeks 4th term. Here’s where he stands on the issues
Alumnus Bruce Gibson ’89 is seeking election to a fourth term serving as San Luis Obispo County supervisor for District 2 in California.
The Tribune

Fracking: Humanities degrees helping out the issue in the North and Centre
Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, is quoted.
The Weekly Times (Subscription is required.)


Very deep sleeper: Luke Willson (fantasy football)
Former Rice football player Luke Willson ’12 is mentioned.
Fantasy Pros

Primer: What you need to know about the 2018 CFL draft
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned.
Mock 3.0: One last look at the 2018 CFL draft

Houston Texans 2018 draft ranking is very low
Rice football player Justin Bickham is pictured.

2018 DI women’s tennis championship field unveiled
Head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt is quoted.

A&M women’s tennis faces Rice in NCAA opener
Rice received an at-large bid to the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championship and will open the tournament against Texas A&M University at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Texas Tennis Center in Austin. (This also appeared on and

2018 UTSA volleyball slate announced 
Rice is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics

Peterson: If you’re Iowa State, even the slightest national preseason football buzz is significant
Rice football is mentioned.
Des Moines Register

Miners garner C-USA Athlete of the Week 
Rice will host the C-USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 10-13.
El Paso Post-Herald


First-of-its-kind software designed by Rice U. students quickly automates sports analytics
New software designed by Rice students working in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship can provide automated sports analytics in an hour.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.