Dateline Rice for May 18, 2018


Europium points to new suspect in continental mystery 
Rice research that brings new insight into tectonics and volcanoes is featured in “Top Story” on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and in the May 18 issue of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter. Researchers Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and Ming Tang, postdoctoral research associate in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, are quoted in Cosmos.
National Science Foundation
Findings challenge standard theory for continental iron content
This could be the real reason Earth doesn’t look like Mars: Life, oxygen and all


Michael Bloomberg at Rice University commencement: ‘Honesty matters’
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is quoted.
WBUR On Point (This segment aired on more than 300 other affiliate stations.)
Editorial: Do voters have a threshold regarding politicians’ lies?
Washington Times-Reporter
Daily Kickoff: Scene in Jerusalem for embassy opening; Republican Senators on lack of Dems
Jewish Insider
Bloomberg warns of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’
Sentinel (This article also appeared in Vos Iz Neias? and STLNewsOnline.)
KMOX-AM Online (Scroll down to May 14th TIAM Overtime.)

Theory accounts for weird ‘heavy fermion’ superconductor
A 2017 theory to explain the contradictory behavior of an iron-based high-temperature superconductor is helping solve a puzzle in a different type of unconventional superconductor, the “heavy fermion” compound known as CeCu2Si2. Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and alumnus Emilian Nica ’13 are quoted.

Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela May empower US rivals
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 two articles about Venezuela’s plunging oil production and its impact on international relations.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in Independent Recorder, and ACQ.)
US sanctions on Venezuelan crude off the table for now: Analysts
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide
PDVSA failed to set firewalls to contain $2 billion assault
BNN Bloomberg

We must have it both ways: Affordable and environmentally responsible energy
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, authored an op-ed calling for the need for energy to be reliable and affordable as well as environmentally responsible.
The Hill


Democrats are geared up for primary runoff D-Day in Texas
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, authored an op-ed in The Hill about the Texas House seats most vulnerable to Democratic flipping. Jones is also quoted in two articles and interviewed in a radio broadcast about probable voter turnout in upcoming runoff elections. Jones is quoted in an article from the Forth Worth Star-Telegram about the challenges and successes of a student-athlete from Venezuela.
The Hill
Third election in 3 months? Yep, but the one Tuesday could be the most important
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With Texas runoff numbers still low, Dem governor candidates heat it up
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Paralyzed fighting guerrillas in Venezuela, he graduated a star student-athlete at UTA
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Mexico frontrunner could stymie US cooperation on cartels, migration
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 and interviewed in a radio broadcast about the upcoming Mexican presidential elections.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
KUT-AM Austin (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

City of Houston announces first-of-its-kind alliance with Microsoft to expand innovation and computer literacy
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.
Houston Forward Times

SMU just lost its independent student newspaper. Is your college next?
Brown College senior Drew Keller, former co-editor-in-chief of the Rice Thresher, is quoted.
The Texas Observer

The warrior wants peace
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
San Antonio Express-News

American aviation legends and heroes soar at ‘Flights of Fancy’ gala
The late alumnus Noel Parrish ’28 was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame. The honor was accepted by Ira Gruber, the Harris Masterson Jr. Professor Emeritus, who is pictured.
CultureMap Houston

Midlander serves as guest professor at Texas Tech
An article mentions that Chris Cuyler attended Rice.
Midland Reporter-Telegram (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine name chair of medical education
Alumnus Stephen Scott ’94 is featured and pictured. Scott has been named as academic chair of medical education and director of the longitudinal integrated clerkship of Texas Christian University.
Fort Worth Business Press


UH moment: How the Thwaites Glacier is affecting global sea levels
Rice is mentioned as a research partner in the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.
Houston Public Media


Discovery will impact design of drug delivery systems at the molecular level
Researchers at Houston Methodist and Rice have made a discovery that will impact the design of not only drug delivery systems, but also the development of newer applications in water filtration and energy production. Rice theoretical physicist and co-author Alberto Pimpinelli is quoted. Pimpinelli and Rice are mentioned in several international outlets as research partners with the University of Turin to study these “ultra-nano” channels. (This article also appeared in Scicasts, Nanowerk, Drug Discovery and Development Online, EnvironmentGuru and
Ultra-nanoscala: Le nanoparticelle scoperte da PoliTO e Rice University
Retrò Online (An English translation is not available.)
Politecnico di Torino: Ai confini del piccolo: l’ultra-nanoscala, dove la fisica classica e fisica quantistica si incontrano
Le Scienze (An English translation is not available.)
Fisica, nell’ultra-nanoscala interazioni uniche tra le molecole (An English translation is not available.)

Dance Center hires Ellen Chenoweth as permanent DPS director
A feature of Ellen Chenowith mentions that she attended Rice.
Broadway World


Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy becomes first school in California to earn National Certificate for STEM Excellence
An article mentions that STEM professional development originated at Rice.
Pasadena Now

Living abroad helps you figure out your priorities
Research by Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which determined that living abroad can clarify your sense of self, is cited.

Review essay: ‘New Perspectives on Energy’
Matthew Wolf-Meyer, who formerly taught at Rice, authored a book review.

Essential opportunity
Rice is mentioned as a collaborator in new materials skills improvement and device design.
Site Selection Magazine

It’s like a jungle sometimes
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Freitag-Das Meinungsmedium (An English translation is not available.)

Сланцевые бурильщики теряют деньги на дорогой нефти
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. (An English translation is not available.)


New Rice coach Mike Bloomgren wants to duplicate his Stanford success

Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured and pictured.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

Purdue hosts Oral Roberts in final nonconference game
Rice is mentioned.
Hammer and Rails

Sports roundup: RHS sidelined in playoffs by The Woodlands
An article mentions that Calista Ukeh signed with Rice’s women’s track and field.
Rockwall County Herald Banner

Washington, Wallace set tone for Tech defensive tackles
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is mentioned.

Alabama adds to impressive upcoming Texas nonconference slate
Rice is mentioned.

2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Date, schedule, projected field 
Rice is mentioned as participating in the 2008 College World Series.

College Baseball Central Mid-Major 12
Rice is mentioned.
College Baseball Central

Has Texas won the transfer lottery?
Former Rice football players Calvin Anderson and Tre Watson are mentioned in several articles. Watson is mentioned in a Hook ’Em Headlines article. Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is also mentioned in the second Burnt Orange Nation article.
Burnt Orange Nation
Texas Football: Which grad transfer has the most immediate impact in 2018?
Hook ‘Em Headlines
Grad transfer arrives at Auburn
Texas is not the only Big 12 school improving through the transfer market
Burnt Orange Nation

11 teams honored by NCAA for APR achievement
Rice is mentioned.
Notre Dame receives 13 NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards
Notre Dame Official Athletic Site

UTSA to wrap up home stand against Charlotte
An article mentions that Rice baseball is seventh in Conference USA league play.
UTSA Athletics

Season ends for UNCW Men’s Golf in NCAA Regional
Rice men’s golf player Mitchell Meissner is mentioned. He tied for eighth place in the NCAA Regional tournament.
WWAY NewsChannel 3

-San Antonio is rebuilding its offense, No. 103 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
The Orlando Sentinel’s 2018 College Football rankings mention Rice.
Orlando Sentinel

Origin of Ben Franklin quote is not so certain

An op-ed mentions a quote from a former Rice golf coach.
Loveland Reporter-Herald

Rugby legend Doddie Weir’s plea to fight ALS front and center in Houston
Former Rice football player O.J. Brigance, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2007, is mentioned. Brigance founded the Brigance Brigade Foundation to fight ALS and raise awareness.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


‘Bloggers’ and ‘spies’ will clarify marine processes
Rice University researchers who have developed sophisticated gas-sensing microbes to report on conditions within soil are making tools for similar tasks in marine environments. Rice biogeochemist Caroline Masiello, synthetic biologist Jonathan Silberg and microbiologist George Bennett are leading the development of tools to extend the soil technologies they’ve established in recent years.

About Stefan De La Garza

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