Dateline Rice for May 11, 2018


Trump’s instinct in Korea crisis and elsewhere is ‘go big’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s approach to international diplomacy.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 120 other media outlets.)

Iraq elections: What role will gender quotas play?
Marwa Shalaby, fellow for the Middle East and director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the perceptions of women in Iraq.
CNN (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)

PDVSA learns that Conoco pain may be worse than US sanctions
ConocoPhillips assumed control of Venezuela’s Caribbean terminals, which are the logistical key to the country’s ability to export. 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 at Rice, is quoted.

Down on the farm … in your apartment
Seniors from Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed an automated, modular, indoor greenhouse to provide high-throughput food growth aimed at young professionals in urban settings. McMurtry College’s Mary Bao, Duncan College’s Mike Hua, Baker College’s Jack Kaplan and Lingbo Chen, Brown College’s Harrison Lin and Martel College’s Colin Losey are mentioned. Lin, Hua and Kaplan are quoted. Matthew Elliott, lecturer in mechanical engineering, and Gary Woods, professor in the practice of computer technology and electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Houston Style Magazine.)

Leafcutter ants’ success due to more than crop selection
Rice research by co-author Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is featured in “Picture of the Day” on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and in the May 11 issue of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter.
National Science Foundation


After 7 years, Hays Democrats seek to recapture Texas House seat
According to research by 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, Blanco and Hays counties haven’t seen a Democratic state representative in seven years but the district they’re in is now one of 15 that are most vulnerable to a Democratic flip. Jones is interviewed in a television broadcast to discuss the benefits and challenges for Houston as it prepares a bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Jones is also quoted in a radio broadcast about what to expect from the May 11 debate between Democratic gubernatorial runoff candidates Lupe Valdez and Andrew White.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Channel 2 News at 5 p.m.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcastThis segment also aired on KLBJ-AM in Austin and KUIK-AM in Portland.)

Rice University expands partnership with 2U Inc. to deliver business-focused online short courses
An article mentions that 2U Inc. will partner with Rice for business-focused online, master’s-level short courses, which are expected to launch this fall. 2U currently partners with Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to power MBA@Rice, an online MBA program.
San Antonio Business Journal (Similar versions of this article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance, WKRB News, WRCB-TV Online and

Upcoming classical music performances in Houston
A roundup of upcoming classical music performances mentions Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston nature centers and preserves
An article about nature centers in Houston mentions Rice’s Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


After Harvey, is Houston heeding the call to change its growth model?
An article mentions that the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey issued by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research determined that two-thirds of Houston residents believe stricter regulations would have reduced the damage from Harvey, and 71 percent want to prohibit new construction in flood-prone areas. However, a recent unanimous vote by City Council members supported a developer’s plan to build homes in a west Houston flood plain. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, are interviewed.
Houston Public Media

Alumnus Rep. Pete Olson ’85, R-Texas, and alumna Jennifer Curran ’94 appear in a broadcast. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

There may be a way to curb impulse spending; but should we?
An article and related broadcast mention recent findings by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which determined that reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to pay for new items by about 14 percent compared with the control group.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


New York Youth Symphony Season 2018/19 announcement

A roundup of upcoming performers mentions graduate student Theo Chandler and Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Broadway World


Can God bridge the divide? Religious beliefs move political parties closer together, study finds
Postdoctoral research fellow Robert Thomson is quoted.

Texas Tech University students win regional engineering competition
Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared on Texas Tech Today, KLCW-TV, CW Lubbock Online, KLBB-FM Online, and

46er re-enacts postman’s 50-mile ‘JFK Challenge’ walk, in reverse
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in several articles.
Lake Placid News
Rory Kennedy Talks AFI docs centerpiece film ‘Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow’
American Film Institute Magazine
Marshall Space Flight Center director addresses Snead State graduates at spring commencement ceremony
Snead State Community College News

Big Squid Inc. welcomes Jorge Zuloaga as senior director of data sciences
Alumnus Jorge Zuloaga ’10 is featured. (This article also appeared on KVVU-TV Online.)

Focus on: Michael Angino
An article featuring Michael Angino mentions that he will attend Rice.
Winston-Salem Journal


Four Lady Raiders named All-Big 12
An article mentions Rice women’s tennis players Lindsey Hodge and Wendy Zhang.

Texans ink third-rounder Justin Reid
Rice football player Justin Bickham is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas a top school for 4-star DB Jalen Catalon

An article mentions that Craig Naivar coached at Rice.

Baseball back on road for Old Dominion series
Rice is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Date, schedule, projected field
An article mentions that Rice baseball appeared in the 2008 College World Series tournament.

KPRC-TV (Houston)
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured and interviewed in a number of broadcasts. Rice baseball player Ryan Chandler is also interviewed. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Fox 26 News at 9
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU 11 News
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Fox 26 news at 9
Former Rice student Carter Tomsu is featured in a television broadcast about the struggle overcoming ulcerative colitis.
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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