Dateline Rice for May 17, 2018


This could be the real reason Earth doesn’t look like Mars: Life, oxygen and all
Research from Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences; Ming Tang, postdoctoral research associate in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences; and graduate student Graham Eldridge is cited.
Europium points to new suspect in continental mystery
Phys.Org (This article also appeared in Terra Daily, NewsCaf, Science Daily and Science Magazine.)


Regulation has helped, not hindered California’s green economy
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about the growth of California’s “green economy.”
Engadget (This article also appeared in WorldProNews and F3News.)

PDVSA failed to set firewalls to contain $2 billion assault
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 in several articles about Venezuela’s dwindling oil production and asset forfeiture.
Bloomberg (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Oil is above $70, but frackers still struggle to make money
Modern fracking jobs now require 500 tons of steel pipe, enough water to fill 35 Olympic swimming pools and enough railcars filled with sand to stretch for 14 football fields, according to the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This also appeared on

Blockading states don’t accept our independence and freedom, says Attiyah
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Qatar Tribune

Welcome to the era of hypercorruption
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is quoted.
The Hill Times (Subscription is required.)
How much is Bolton worth to Trump?
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Suggested reading: ‘Is there honor beyond honesty’ 
The Talbot Spy (This article also appeared in The Chestertown Spy.)

British government landmarks 17 postmodern buildings
A photo caption mentions that architect John Outram designed Rice’s Duncan Hall.


Opioid crisis began with a lie about the risks [Opinion]
Hagop Kantarjian, nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed about the opioid crisis facing the nation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston cyclists ride in silence to honor, raise awareness for those who’ve died
An article on cyclists raising awareness about bike safety mentions two accidents that happened near Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘Ride of Silence’ remembers cyclists killed on the road
Graduate student Mary Natoli is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Public Media

San Antonio may be on the cusp of developing Texas’ only legitimate needle exchange
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possibility of Texas’ first needle exchange program.
The San Antonio Current

Moderate Republicans are outspending their more conservative counterparts 

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 two Dallas Morning News articles about the differences in campaign spending between moderate and conservative Republican candidates and the Democratic gubernatorial runoff. Jones is interviewed in a Fox26 television broadcast about recent endorsements in the Republican runoff for Texas Congressional District 2 and a Houston Matters segment about the week’s political stories.
The Dallas Morning News
How the ‘bathroom bill’ helped push a Republican PAC to spend millions on moderates in Texas
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Fort Worth Business Journal and The Eagle.)
Is it over? Andrew White sits on $1 million loan as Lupe Valdez starts targeted radio blitz
The Dallas Morning News
Valdez versus White and the definition of a low budget campaign
Michael Berry, ‘Mattress Mack’ endorse Crenshaw in runoff
KTRH-AM (Houston)
Political Roundup: US Embassy opens in Jerusalem and Supreme Court strikes down sports betting law
Houston Public Media

Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine 
Geospatial medicine studies how location affects our health and well-being. Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and professor of statistics, is quoted about how geographic information has to be taken into account to help people achieve good health outcomes. The National Center for Geospatial Medicine at Rice is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Virgin Islands Daily News, Carroll County Times, Huron Daily Tribune Online, Midland Daily News Online and the Baltimore Sun Online.)

Justin Onwenu: Plan B is not an option
Former Rice Student Association President Justin Onwenu ’18 is featured and pictured.

My top 5: The Jung Center’s Dr. Alejandro Chaoul 
Alumnus Alejandro Chaoul ’99 is featured and pictured.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Beyond ‘Firebird,’ Stravinsky changed the rules
Walter Bailey, associate professor of musicology at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

80-year-old former Bastrop mayor to graduate from the University of Texas
Alumna Patricia Orr ’85 is quoted.


Considering shifting demographics, how will Houston meet demand for skilled workers?
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed in a segment about Houston’s growing need for skilled workers.
Houston Public Media

KUT-AM (Austin)
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

‘FOX 8 News at 9:00 a.m.’
Research from Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which shows 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, is mentioned in television and radio broadcasts.
WGHP-TV (Greensboro, N.C.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KOH-AM (Reno, Nev.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. Similar segments also aired on KINK-AM Portland and KPLA-FM Columbia.)

Natural versus artificial intelligence and doing unexpected work
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, is mentioned in a segment about artificial intelligence. Vardi is also interviewed in an Austrian radio broadcast about the consequences of automation.
Talking Machines
‘Wir müssen uns große Sorgen machen’
Österreichischer Rundfunk


Weebit Nano looks to production stage for cutting-edge 40nm memory array ReRAM technology
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Small Caps


Best colleges for music in America 2018
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is listed among the best in the nation.
University Magazine

‘Living drug factories’ may one day replace injections
Injections for diabetes patients may soon be obsolete. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering and co-founder of Sigilon Theraputics, is mentioned.
MIT News (This article also appeared in Medical Xpress News.)

Finding common ground
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted in an article about dispelling the misperceptions of the Islamic culture.
Florida Weekly

QCT salute to academics and achievements celebrates 300 area high schoolers
An article mentions that Keshav Wagle will attend Rice.
Quad City Time

Lexington Philharmonic features Mahler, Bernstein in season finale May 19 at Singletary Center for the Arts 
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.

What you need to know about conductor Cristian Măcelaru as he makes Pittsburgh Symphony debut
Alumnus Cristian Măcelaru ’06 is featured and pictured.

Opinión: ¡Ahi viene el amlobo! ¿Que sera de los contratos petroleros?
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the upcoming Mexican presidential elections.
Expansión (An English translation is not available.)

Fadlo Khuri: L’AUB fête ses 150 ans en investissant dans l’avenir
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
L’Orient Le Jour (An English translation is not available.)

Prof. Thompson dla ‘Sieci’: “Im potężniejsza będzie Polska, tym lepszy będzie wizerunek Polaków za granicą”
Ewa Thompson, research professor of Slavic studies, is featured and pictured. (An English translation is not available.)


Joey Rodriguez rounds out FIU men’s basketball coaching staff
Former Rice video coordinator Joey Rodriguez is featured. Former Rice men’s head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.

LSU’s Ed Orgeron might be a bit crazy, but it’s whatever gets the job done 
Former Rice head football coach Al Conover is mentioned. Former Rice football player Bruce Gadd is quoted. (This article also appeared in The Times-Picayune.)

Luke Willson comes full circle with deep Lions ties

Former Rice football player Luke Willson will be joining the Detroit Lions. Former Rice football tight end coach David Sloan is mentioned.

No contract offers for Canadian players invited to NFL rookie mini-camps
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned.

Inaugural Diversity Fellowship class announced
Former Rice baseball player Chad Tatum is mentioned.

LA Rams sign 6 undrafted free agents after rookie minicamp tryout
Former Rice football player Brian Womac is mentioned.
Yahoo! Sports

About Stefan De La Garza

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