Dateline Rice for May 21, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


How Conoco’s fight with Venezuela landed in Curacao: QuickTake
Francisco 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 an article about Conoco’s recent asset seizure of Venezuela’s oil and gas equipment as well as in an article about the likely economic fallout of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s re-election victory.
Bloomberg (Scroll down to “9. Who’s going to win?”)
Venezuela vote: Maduro re-elected as opponents denounce ‘farce’
Business News Americas

The 8 most popular graduation speech tropes in 2018
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is referenced.
Corrupt OC courts: WRONG venue for the Golden State Killer trials
City Watch
Letters to the editor: May 19 
Akron Beacon Journal (Scroll down to “Slinging lies and mud.”)
Letters to the editor for Sunday, May 20, 2018
The News and Advance (Scroll down to “Why that article?”)
Facts matter: Manure dumped on boss’s suburban lawn ­– false

Brookings survey finds worries over AI impact on jobs and personal privacy, concern US will fall behind China
An article about a recent survey of individuals’ concerns over artificial intelligence mentions a 2016 study from Rice political science researchers titled “Survey Experiments with Google Consumer Surveys: Promise and Pitfalls for Academic Research in Social Science.”
Brookings Institution

Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats’ midterm strategy
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 several articles and broadcasts about runoff elections and primaries in Texas. Jones is interviewed in a KPRC segment about the partisan divide on gun safety facing legislators.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in Daily Press.)
Texas Democrats look to single-payer in congressional races
5 Republican runoffs to watch in Texas
TX-Sen., 07 and 21: Texas Dems are using single-payer to unseat diehard repeal-and-replace GOPers
Daily Kos
Williamson County Democrats square off in congressional runoff
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Early voting in primary runoff elections ends with low turnout
Rivard Report
‘KPRC Local 2 News Houston Newsmakers’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Research universities quietly collaborate with Facebook. What are they working on?
Rice is mentioned as being one of the 16 original universities that entered into an agreement with Facebook to help the company quickly develop new technologies.
Inside Higher Ed


California’s solar rooftop mandate doesn’t make economic sense
Ted Temzelides, professor of economics, co-authored an op-ed on the economics behind California new law requiring all new housing development to include rooftop solar panels.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Eager students need counselors as guides [Opinion]
An article about methods to increase college application rates for Houston Independent School District students mentions a 2015 Rice study that determined that hiring more college counselors increased rates by 23 percent. Research from the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is also mentioned. HERC and Rice’s initiative called Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade, which is intended to elevate Rice’s mission of teaching, research and service to even higher levels, are mentioned in an article from Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Partnerships between K-12, higher education pay dividends in variety of ways
Education Dive
The future of higher education is social impact
Stanford Social Innovation Review

Houston officials to find, fix most dangerous intersections after several fatal bike crashes
Graduate student Trenton Piepergerdes is pictured. The article mentions Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice who was killed in a train-cyclist accident Feb. 3, 2017.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

With a presidential race underway in Mexico, relations with the US could change
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 interviewed in a “Texas Standard” segment and quoted in a Dallas Morning News article about Mexico’s upcoming presidential election.
Texas Public Radio (This article also appeared in and KERA News.) (This segment aired on 25 other affiliate stations.)
US-Mexico ties, Trump, wall, likely to take center stage in Mexico’s second presidential debate
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Al Día Dallas.)

HBJ names 2018 Health Care Heroes as outstanding practitioners
Alumnus Tom Nguyen ’87 is featured and pictured as one of 15 medical practitioners in Houston to receive Houston Business Journal’s 2018 Health Care Heroes award.
Houston Business Journal

Back to Vietnam
Alumnus James Neeley ’68 is featured and pictured.
Cleburne Times-Review

Texas’ most expensive universities, ranked
Rice is mentioned.
San Antonio Business Journal


Houston’s student congress launches new civic fellowship
The Institute of Engagement, a summer program designed for civic-minded high school students, will be hosted by Rice June 10.
Houston Public Media (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KUT-AM Austin
Alumnus Bill Broyles Jr. ’66 is interviewed about his experiences in Vietnam and writing screenplays. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KUFM-TV (Missoula, Mont.)
A broadcast mentions a Rice study about the success rate of environmental programs around the world.
Americas Now (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


How artificial intelligence is re-shaping our world
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 quoted in an article about how advanced robotics and artificial intelligence may affect the landscape of human productivity.
The Punch (This article also appeared in CFAtech and Yohaig.)

Gulf Arab allies hail triumph after US quits Iran deal
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

‘No-loan’ financial aid targets student debt
Rice is among a list of universities that have replaced loans with grants in the financial aid packages of low-income students.


Kilauea volcano: First human injury caused by projectile lava spatter
A 2012 research paper from Rice gave some insight on why Kilauea and another volcano on the island, Mauna Loa, may be linked making one active while the other stays dormant.

Friday marks 38th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption
An article about the history of Mount St. Helens mentions the joint effort by Rice and other universities to place 3,500 seismic sensors around the volcano in 2014.
CBS Denver

Mover of the week: Kristin Nicole Dukes
Alumna Kristin Nicole Dukes ’05 has been named dean for institutional diversity at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn.

Air Force Junior ROTC teams ‘stellar’ at competition
An article mentions that Jos Malig-on will attend Rice.
Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base

Opinion: This man is getting attention for defeating asphalt plant

Alumnus Dave Kisker ’74 is featured and pictured.
The Coloradoan

Bun B net worth 2018
An article mentions rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Gazette Review

NASCAR Diversity Internship Program welcomes largest class since inception
Hanszen College senior Henry Lanear is mentioned.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Canada Sports and Speedway Digest.)

Mohit Aron honored by Rice University alma mater for engineering accomplishments
Alumnus and CEO of Cohesity Mohit Aron ’98 is featured in two articles. Aron was honored among seven other recipients of Rice’s engineering alumni awards. Other award recipients pictured include Melbern Glasscock ’61, Ber Pieper ’53, Mark Dankberg ’76, Wendy Hoenig ’86, Michelle Williams ’95, Garrett Grolemund ’12 and Christopher Powers ’02.
Why Glassdoor named Cohesity as a top 50 employer

A look ahead-May 21-25 — Committee on Foreign Affairs
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be an invited witness to a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee meeting on “Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade” May 22.
Foreign Affairs

Preservation Personals: Queen Anne House rooted in Houston’s oldest neighborhood
A house once owned by William Marsh Rice is featured.
National Trust for Historic Preservation

Can surf learn from streetwear? The importance of diversity and representation in brand-building
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Hundreds

Princess of Thailand celebrates Nigerian graduates
An article mentions that the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey issued by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research determined that Nigerian youth are the most-educated immigrants in the U.S.
The Guardian

Partnership in Education Program begins 10th year
Rice is mentioned.
Sail World

Dr. Gavin Clarkson receives unanimous endorsement of the Coalition of Large Tribes
An article featuring Gavin Clarkson mentions that he attended Rice.

Pesquisadora americana apresenta atlas interativo sobre a ocupação urbana da cidade do Rio de Janeiro
Alida Metcalf, the Harris Masterson Jr. Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, is featured and pictured. Metcalf gave a talk titled “ImagineRio and Water Supply in the City of Rio de Janeiro” May 15 at the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences in Brazil.
Centro de Pesquisa em História Social da Cultura realiza palestra sobre ImagineRio e abastecimento de água

Nope, octopuses probably didn’t come from outer space
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
ZME Science


The Wayne Graham era at Rice draws to a close
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured and pictured. Rice baseball pitcher Dane Acker (image 3) is pictured in a slideshow. Former Rice baseball players Bobby May, Patrick Hallmark, Vincent Sinisi, Wade Townsend and assistant coach Paul Janish and former assistant coach David Pierce are quoted. Former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr., Enrique Cruz, Kenny Baugh, Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann, David Aardsma and Anthony Rendon are mentioned. Baseball player Trei Cruz and Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard are mentioned. The article also mentions that Antonio Cruz will attend Rice. Graham and baseball player Ford Proctor are mentioned in The Sun Herald. Janish is mentioned in a Lookout Landing article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 20 print edition with a different headline, “Ripples from the fall of a giant.”)
Here’s all you need to know about the Conference USA baseball tournament in Biloxi
The Sun Herald
About last night: 2 years
Lookout Landing

College Baseball Central Top 25

Rice posted a loss to cross-town rivals the University of Houston.   
College Baseball Central

‘Sports Sunday’
Rice baseball player Luis Avila, who hit a ninth inning grand slam to extend the Owls’ season, is featured in a television broadcast.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KSLA News 12
Rice is mentioned as the seventh seed in Conference USA.
KSLA-TV (Shreveport, La.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

UH baseball set for AAC tourney, softball season ends
Rice is mentioned.
Galveston Daily News

Texas Southern wins another SWAC baseball tournament title
Rice is mentioned in photo caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

CBS Austin Sports Sunday
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured and interviewed in a television broadcast. Former Rice head football head coach David Bailiff is mentioned and pictured. Bloomgren is mentioned in an Athlon article.
Ranking Conference USA’s college football coaches for 2018 (Scroll down to “12. Mike Bloomgren, Rice.”)

Charlie Brewer following Baker Mayfield’s path to college success
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Texas Football: 5 grad transfers the Longhorns should still pursue
Hook ‘Em Headlines
5 reasons to be pessimistic about Texas heading into 2018 season: Can anybody protect Longhorns’ QBs?

Texas extends offer to Oregon CB commit
Former Rice football coach Jason Washington is mentioned.

FINAL: US Open local qualifying roundup
Rice men’s golf player Mitchell Meissner is mentioned.

2018 FCS vs. FBS: SWAC
Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)

Alec Bohm named Player of Year semi-finalist
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.

Graduation to mark the end of soccer player Mikayla Flores’ athletic career at Texas
Rice is mentioned

Cincinnati and UConn win as Houston wins the AAC outright
Rice is mentioned.
Best College Sports News Network

Southern Miss will be the No. 1 seed at the Conference USA tournament
An article mentions that Rice baseball has the most Conference USA league championships with nine.
Jackson Clarion Ledger

AARON SNYDER (notes): McIntyre Topper indeed
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Independent

Martins Ferry grad Caldwell hired as swimming coach at D1 Georgia 
Former Rice assistant women’s swimming coach Amanda Caldwell and head swimming coach Seth Huston are quoted.
The Times Leader

Lions sign first-round pick Godber; Lewis retires

Former Rice football player Ryan Godber is featured in several articles.
Lions ink deal with first rounder Godber just ahead of opening of CFL training camps
The London Free Press (This article also appeared in National Post online, The Province Online and The Windsor Star Online.)

1959 Heisman Trophy winner, LSU legend Billy Cannon passes away at 80
The late former Rice football player Blain Padgett is pictured in a slideshow.
MSN Sports

2018 DI Women’s Tennis Championships: Schedule, live updates and scores
Rice’s head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt is quoted.


Study finds snap-lock mechanism in bacterial riboswitch
In a discovery that points to potential new antibiotic medicines, scientists from Rice University and the University of Michigan have deciphered the workings of a common but little-understood bacterial switch that cuts off protein production before it begins.

Baker Institute paper: Harris County lacks reliable data on drug treatment services 
Harris County lacks reliable data on the number and quality of drug treatment services in the county — data that is needed to improve local efforts to combat substance use disorders in the community, according to a working paper by drug policy experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition and co-authored by Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the institute, and Jay Jenkins, the coalition’s Harris County project attorney.

New nano building block takes a bow
Boron nitride nanotubes are primed to become effective building blocks for next-generation composite and polymer materials based on a new discovery at Rice University – and a previous one. Scientists at known-for-nano Rice have found a way to enhance a unique class of nanotubes using a chemical process pioneered at the university. The Rice lab of chemist Angel Martí took advantage of the Billups-Birch reaction process to enhance boron nitride nanotubes.

Brookings Institute program director to discuss post-disaster resilience at May 23 Rice Kinder Institute Forum
Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, will discuss how to stay resilient after disasters during her May 23 talk, “Resilience and Opportunity Following Disruptive Events,” part of the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s lecture series.

Experts recommend 4 key priorities Texas must take to secure voting
With Texas poised to soon receive $23.3 million in federal funding earmarked specifically for improving election security, Rice University computer scientist Dan Wallach and eight academic colleagues in Texas have outlined in a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos and Keith Ingram, director of the Elections Division in the secretary’s office, “reasonable, but critical, measures that Texas must undertake to make its elections more secure and reliable.”

About Stefan De La Garza

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