Dateline Rice for May 7, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Saudis move to push oil prices higher, in break from past policy
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the short-term goals of the Saudis’ interest in pushing for higher oil prices.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)

John Outram: the definition of British postmodern architecture
An article on architect John Outram mentions he designed Rice’s Duncan Hall and features a photo of the building’s ceiling.
The Guardian

You CAN die from a broken heart: Widows have 40 percent higher risk of death in the first 6 months after losing their spouse
Physiological responses to bereavement increases the mortality rate of widows or widowers by 41 percent, according to a new study from Rice researchers.
Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy,ScienceAlert, Celebrity Rave Online News, Reality Express Digest, SeniorAu and BriefReport.)

Software watches sports and quickly pulls out stats
Students at Rice have designed a first-of-its-kind software called Cherrypick that provides automated sports analytics in an hour. Duncan College’s James Grinage and Will Rice College’s Connor Heggie are quoted. Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned. A Rice video is included.

Watch JFK tour NASA 6 days before his assassination
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. Two segments from C-SPAN3 about the legacy of Kennedy and one segment from the NFL Network also mention the “Moon Speech.”
NFL Network
NFL Films Presents

Here’s how much it actually costs to attend the top 17 colleges in the US
Rice is featured.
CNBC Online

Recruiters connect low-income students to elite colleges
Alumna Sayra Alanís ’15 is quoted and pictured.
Star Tribune

Kaitlyn Johnson is much, much more than Paul Johnson’s daughter
Alumna Kaitlyn Johnson ’15 is featured and pictured.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


A third act

A profile of Ruth Simmons, the new president of Prairie View A&M University, mentions that Carme Williams, a former fundraiser at Rice, is Prairie View A&M’s new vice president of development. (Editor’s note: Simmons is a Rice trustee.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page of the May 6 print edition with a different headline, “Simmons brings expectations to Prairie View A&M,” and was included in a previous Dateline when the article was published online.)

Houston enters ‘Internet of Things’ partnership with Microsoft

An article about Houston’s momentum to become a destination for high-tech startups and venture capital mentions the Houston innovation district that is being created on property owned by Rice Management Co. President David Leebron is pictured in the slideshow (images 2, 3 and 45) and mentioned in a CityBizList article. A related television report from about Houston’s new partnership with Microsoft 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 also appeared in Houston Patch.)
Surge Homes’ condo developments border Houston’s new innovation district
Houston and Microsoft announce nation’s first ‘Internet of Things’ partnership

Drilling rig count jumps in Permian, but not in Texas
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a caption accompanying an article about the number of rigs actively drilling for oil in the Permian Basin. He is also quoted in an article from the Society of Petroleum Engineers about the possible effects of higher tariffs levied on countries exporting steel to the U.S.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in, Midland Reporter-Telegram Online, the Laredo Morning Times Online and the San Antonio Express-News Online.)
How will it affect industry operations?
Society of Petroleum Engineers

Beto O’Rourke’s RGV strategy aims to connect him with voters
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article about expected voter turnout in the Rio Grande Valley for U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as he runs for Senate against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
Monitor (This article also appeared in Valley Morning Star.)

Victoria freestanding ER closes amid battle with insurers
An article about “balance billing,” the practice of insurers charging customers after the fact for uncovered services at freestanding emergency rooms, cites a study from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Victoria Advocate

Debate is high stakes for Valdez, White in race for governor
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 the May 11 debate between Democratic gubernatorial runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White. Jones is interviewed about U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as he runs for Senate against incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston. Jones is also quoted in a segment about why few Texas employers use E-Verify, which authenticates a worker’s employment eligibility.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin)

As Mexico’s presidential election nears, the dirt flies on social media
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 the effect of social media and misinformation on Mexican presidential candidates. Payan also signed an open letter calling for the United States’ help in monitoring the integrity of Mexico’s upcoming presidential election.
Dallas News (This article also appeared in AldiaDallas and Notícias de Hoy.)
US academics and civic leaders call on Congress to ensure neutrality and support for democratic norms in Mexican elections
Common Dreams

Sorry, Jersey City, Houston remains the real most-diverse city in America
According to metrics used by a recent Kinder Institute for Urban Research study, Fort Bend County is the most ethnically diverse county in the country. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Amid upheaval, Houston ISD chief of staff leaving for job in Dallas ISD
Houston Independent School District Police Chief Paul Cordova, a former Rice police captain, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Garcia: RGV will catch up in 2 education performance metrics where it lags
Rice is mentioned.
Rio Grande Guardian

Las Doñas presents Court of Magnificent Decorative Arts at Buc Days Coronation
Brown College junior Frances Marie Williamson is featured.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times


More city budget cuts, and the effect of politics on mental health: The good, bad and ugly of the news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a panel discussion in a segment of “Houston Matters” about Mayor Sylvester Turner’s budget cuts.
Houston Public Media

KUOW-FM (Seattle)
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about megachurches. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

WOUC-TV (Zanesville, Ohio)
A broadcast mentions a Rice study about the success rate of environmental programs around the world. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


The complete list of genius Black American (African-American) inventors, scientists and engineers with their revolutionary inventions that changed the world and impacted history — Part 1
Alumna Powtawche Williams Valerino ’05 is featured for her work at NASA and her efforts to encourage minorities to pursue careers in the STEM fields.
Interesting Engineering

Transport-heavy gas and oil production is destroying Texas roads
Rural roads in the Permian Basin counties of Texas are damaged due to the enormous weight of equipment necessary for oil and gas production. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article on the subject and was interviewed in a radio broadcast.
Houston Public Media

The moral dilemma to business research
Former dean Bill Glick co-authored an article about the scholarship undertaken by business school faculty members.

Decellularized muscle grafts support skeletal muscle regeneration to treat tissue loss
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Science Magazine (This article also appeared in Health Medicine Network, and News-Medical.Net.)

Kathy Ireland to interview Mark Deininger, president of FCET Inc., on Fox Business Network about fuel cell innovators positioned to impact climate change globally
An article mentions that laboratory tests for innovative fuel cells conducted at Rice set world records by powering a light bulb at 350 degrees C, 315 degrees C and then 270 degrees C.
Digital Journal

‘On the Radar’ | 5 composers step up to bat at TSO’s 2018 reading session
Alumna Alice Hong ’16 is featured and pictured. Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at the Shepherd School of Music and the music director of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music festival, is mentioned.
Ludwig-Van Toronto

Aberdeen lord provost promotes city as center of excellence
An article mentions a panel discussion at the “World Energy Cities Partnership” conference held at Rice.
Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce

Rice University: Unconventional ministry
Adam Jones, a campus missionary intern at Rice, authored an article about the experience of serving pancakes to students during the residential colleges’ public parties.
Baptist Standard

Gadgets helping those with disabilities make their lives easier
An article mentions a device developed by engineering students at Rice called the Seizure Monitoring and Response Transducer belt, which alerts patients to warning signs of an imminent seizure.
Irish Tech New


In search of the next great female thinkers: Why Johnson & Johnson is on a STEM2D mission
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is one of six women featured and pictured for receiving a research award from Johnson & Johnson.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Russia’s role in the Venezuela crisis
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is interviewed about the political and economic crisis in Venezuela.
Wilson Center

Gender balance: Moving from awareness to action
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.

Troutman, Jankovska named Bumpers College’s 2018 Outstanding Alumnae
Olivera Jankovska, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
University of Arkansas Newswire

Mike Pence’s doctor resigns days after reports she complained about Ronny Jackson
Alumnus Conor Beck ’17 authored an article.
Washington Free Beacon

Yale University student wins 2018 Young Composer Award
An article featuring Max Vinetz says that he will attend Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Study Breaks

Volunteer opportunity: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
An article mentions that the “Society of Women Engineers” held an event at Rice May 5.


Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007, is featured in a television and radio segment. Rice honored Brigance with a “Celebration of Courage” event May 5 to benefit his charitable foundation as part of ALS Awareness Month.
Fox 26 Morning News Extra
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTXX-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

McClain’s Friday Five: Cuatro de Mayo
Former Rice assistant swimming coach Amanda Caldwell will be the new head swimming coach at Georgia Southern.
The George-Anne (This article also appeared in Swimming World Magazine.)

Gulf South Outdoors
The Rice Owls baseball program is mentioned.
KLBK-TV (Lubbock) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

IWA seniors choose during Decision Day
Rice is mentioned.
South Texas Catholic

Young coach turns around YES Prep East End’s girls’ basketball team
Rice basketball head coach Scott Pera is mentioned and pictured. Lovett College senior Martin Rather, head girls’ basketball coach at YES Prep East End, is featured.

Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon to rehab with Potomac Thursday night
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.

Palma’s Joey Burlison continues family legacy on the course
An article mentions that Jay Burlison plays golf for Rice.
The Salinas Californian

What Texas A&M grad transfer Nick Harvey means for South Carolina football
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Social context matters in spread of disease
“Patient zero” isn’t entirely to blame when an infection takes root in a population. According to Rice University scientists, social context in the community has a lot to do with how a disease spreads.

Hematene joins parade of new 2D materials
In the wake of its recent discovery of a flat form of gallium, an international team led by scientists from Rice University has created another two-dimensional material that the researchers said could be a game changer for solar fuel generation.

Internationally acclaimed vocal instructor Robin Rice to join Shepherd School
Internationally acclaimed vocal instructor Robin Rice will join the Shepherd School of Music faculty this fall as a professor of voice.

Rice U. study: Reflecting on possessions can curb people’s impulse buying
Consumers who reflected on their recently used personal belongings experienced less desire for an unexpectedly encountered product, were less likely to buy impulsively and expressed a lower willingness to pay for new products, according to a new paper by marketing and consumer behavior experts at Rice University.

About Stefan De La Garza

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