Dateline Rice for May 9, 2018


Analysis: Trump pulled in 2 directions on Iran, North Korea
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s conflicting approaches to international diplomacy. An Inside Higher Ed article mentions that Brinkley will give the commencement address at St. Edward’s University.
ABC News (This article appeared in more than 70 other media outlets.)
Commencement speakers announced: Buffalo State, Chicago Psychology, Davidson County CC, Post, Quinsigamond CC, Sage, St. Edward’s, Santa Fe CC, U Houston Downtown, Winston-Salem State, Yeshiva
Inside Higher Ed

Gulf Arab allies jubilant at US withdrawal from Iran deal
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the impact of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after U.S. quits Iran deal

Use AP credits to graduate from college in 3 years

Rice is listed among the few private institutions that will accept Advanced Placement scores for college credit.
U.S. News & World Report

4 questions for Rice’s Joshua Eyler

Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities, is interviewed about his passion for working with teachers across all disciplines as well as his forthcoming book titled “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.”
Inside Higher Ed

NASA working on planes that quietly fly faster than sound
NASA will be testing flights in November off the shores of Galveston to prove that quiet supersonic commercial travel is possible. George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York Post (This article also appeared in Greezoo.)


Legislators need to back Health and Human Services Commission
Ken Janda, an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article about the challenges posed by leadership changes at the Health and Human Services Commission of the state of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Bicycle safety advocates hold die-in to raise awareness
Recent accidents involving bicyclists are fueling local groups to find ways to promote bike safety and raise awareness about the dangers bicyclists face every day. Students at Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship are in the process of developing a safety alert system called Bike-LYTE, which utilizes a motion sensor light that alerts cyclists and motorists when the other is too close. A Houston Chronicle article quotes Mary Natoli and mentions Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice who was killed Feb. 3, 2017, in a train-cyclist accident.
Attorney files temporary restraining order in fatal collision involving bicyclist, dump truck
As bicyclists push for safer streets, spouse pursues probe into fatal crash
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 9 print edition.)

Houston lands questionable No. 2 spot on list of America’s most diverse cities
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article discussing the differences in the metrics used to determine a city’s diversity.
CultureMap Houston

In Sharpstown, new design enlivens a midcentury neighborhood [Architecture Review]
An article mentions Cite, a magazine published by the Rice Design Alliance, a community engagement program of Rice Architecture.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed, which originally was published on the Rice Design Alliance’s, appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Salman Bhojani got elected to Euless City Council. What now?
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 expected win of Salman Bhojani, Euless’ first minority city council member.
Dallas Observer

Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing Company made a friendly Rockets bet with a Salt Lake City brewery
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87 (image 6 and 8) and alumnus Kevin Bartol ’81 (image 16), who are the founders of Saint Arnold Brewing Co., are featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

40 Under 40 honoree: ‘I want to make a social impact through architecture’
An article featuring Taryn Kinney mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Victoria Fernandez named chief market strategist of Crossmark Global Investments
Alumna Victoria Fernandez ’94, who was recently named as chief market strategist for Crossmark Global Investments, is featured.
San Antonio Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Houston-area scientists headed to Antarctica to study melting glacier’s implications on sea level rise
A team of scientists from Rice, the University of Houston, the University of Alabama and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory will participate in an ambitious $25 million study aimed at determining how quickly Antarctica’s massive Thwaites Glacier could collapse. Post-doctoral research associate Lauren Simkins is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Yeah, I was there!’: HOUstorical events that Houstonians brag about experiencing
A slideshow mentions that Rice Stadium hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974 (image 13).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Paul Cordova appointed chief of HISD Police Department
Former Rice police captain Paul Cordova was sworn in as Houston Independent School District Police Chief.
Houston Patch

Bishop and Luper claim contested seats
Alumnus Brent Bishop ’98 won election to the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Bullard Banner News


Fox 26 News at 7 a.m.
Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Baker Institute’s Bonner Means Baker Fellow, is interviewed about the impact of the U.S. leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal. Barnes is also quoted and pictured in an article in the Jewish Herald-Voice.
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Baker Institute scholar views end of Iran nuclear deal
Jewish Herald-Voice

Bloomberg Radio
Rice is mentioned in a conversation about the cost of higher education.


Theory for one type of superconductor solves puzzle in another
A 2017 theory proposed by physicists to explain the contradictory behavior of an iron-based high-temperature superconductor is helping solve a puzzle in a different type of unconventional superconductor, a “heavy fermion” compound. Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in R & D Magazine, Jersey Tribune, ScienceNewsline, Newscaf and Phys.Org.)

Why more women aren’t invited to speak at conferences
An article quotes the research of Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, which found that half of invited conference speakers were women when search committees were chaired by women, compared with just 30 percent when the committees were chaired by men.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The uncertainty of taxes when it comes to death
Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute of Public Policy, is quoted in an article explaining how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 affects the exclusion amount for estate and gift taxes.
Accounting Today

How low can Venezuela oil output go?
Francisco J. 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, is quoted in an article about how mismanagement and underinvestment have contributed to Venezuela’s collapsing oil industry. Monaldi is also quoted and pictured in an article about what to expect from Venezuela’s May 20 presidential election.
Kallanish Energy
Venezuela vote: New hope or false dawn?
Business News Americas

Mexico’s LNG needs seen gradually diminishing as pipelines come online
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted in an article about the increase in the Permian basin’s capacity to import natural gas via pipeline.
Natural Gas Intelligence

Leveraging AI for cloud management
Alumnus Ajay Gulati ’05, co-founder of ZeroStack, will speak at the upcoming Cloud Computing Expo in New York City.
Sys-con Media

Universal Subsea Inc. introduces new subsea isolation cap at OTC 
An article featuring alumnus Sean Thomas ’87 mentions the Rice Alliance Startup Roundup.
Ocean News & Technology

ASCO to recognize leaders for outstanding contributions in cancer care
John Mendelsohn, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in health and technology policy, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Targeted Oncology


Ozark Life Flashback: Go inside Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Ark.
Thorncrown Chapel in Arkansas, designed by alumnus E. Fay Jones ’51, is featured.

Patrick’s People — Franklin gifts students with guidebooks, life lessons
Alumnus John Franklin ’85 is featured and pictured.
The Morning Sun

‘Noch nicht angekommen, dass das eine Wissenschaft ist’
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, received an honorary doctorate from the Vienna University of Technology

Federal government on track with pilot program to offer free textbooks
An article exploring the growing acceptance of low-cost textbook options for college students mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.


Texans excited about Christian Covington’s return
Former Rice football player Christian Covington, who now plays for the Houston Texans, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Chris Hardeman, who ran a 4.33, chasing roster spot with Bills with heavy heart

An article mentions NFL Pro Day held at Rice March 27.
Buffalo News

Damon Stoudamire talks basketball in Canada and life as a head coach

Rice is mentioned.

10 athletes we’ve lost in 2018
The late Blain Padgett, a former Rice football player, is pictured. Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
The Spun

Close match between Rice, 5 and Sam Houston State, 3 — recap, box score
Rice baseball posted a win over Sam Houston State University May 8. Baseball players Ryan Chandler, Ford Proctor, Dominic DiCaprio, Evan Kravetz, Zach Esquivel, Garrett Gayle, Kendal Jeffries, Dominic Cox, Bradley Gneiting, Chace Sarchet, Justin Collins, Braden Comeaux, Andrew Dunlap and Trei Cruz are mentioned. An article from KBTX mentions Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham and includes a video of the game. Cruz, Sarchet, Dunlap, Proctor, Chandler, DiCaprio, Collins and Comeaux are also mentioned in an article by the Huntsville Item.
HERO Sports
Rice scores twice in 9th to top Sam Houston State
Ninth-inning slipup costs Kats in 5-3 loss to Rice
Huntsville Item


Rice University commencement ceremonies are Friday and Saturday
Rice University’s commencement ceremonies will be held May 11 and 12.

Baker Institute paper: Higher-skilled Mexican migrants face uncertainty about US
Uncertainty about the status of Mexican immigrants to the United States and conditions for future migration has affected not only undocumented workers but also higher-skilled migrants, according to a new issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Leafcutter ants’ success due to more than crop selection
A complex genetic analysis has biologists re-evaluating some long-held beliefs about the way societies evolved following the invention of agriculture — by six-legged farmers. Like humans, leafcutter ants grow crops, and like humans, farming allows the ants to produce enough food to support millions of individuals who work at specialized jobs. But while people invented agriculture at the dawn of civilization about 10,000 years ago, leafcutters began cultivating massive subterranean fungus gardens more than 10 million years ago.

About Stefan De La Garza

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