Dateline Rice for May 24, 2018


The most controversial commencement speeches of 2018
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is quoted. A video of the speech is featured.
The best career advice from this year’s graduation speeches
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in The Morning Call Online, IT Breaking News Online, Tidewater Parent, Napa Valley Register and Seattle Times.)

Texas women roar onto November ballot
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 about the possibility of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez defeating Gov. Greg Abbott in November and if that race will affect the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston. PoliceOne quotes Jones in an article about Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo’s social media conflict with the National Rifle Association and the Newburgh Gazette quotes Jones in an article about Abbott’s first of three roundtable discussions following the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex.
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 5 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez to vie for Texas governor’s seat
With runoffs over, it’s off to the November races
Huntsville Item (This article also appeared in the Corsicana Daily Sun.)
Valdez squeezes past White, faces big Abbott challenge next
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in
Low turnout, zero drama seen in today’s primary runoff
Will Lupe Valdez help or hurt Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat Ted Cruz?
Dallas News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Denton Record Chronicle.)
Houston chief battles NRA in heated exchanges after Santa Fe massacre (This article also appeared in
Gov. Abbott convenes gun violence panels
Newburgh Gazette


Houston mayor names members of Commission Against Gun Violence
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is one of 37 people appointed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to serve on the Commission Against Gun Violence, which is tasked with providing recommendations for preventing gun violence before the start of the next school year.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in

Welcome to Boomtown. This city is now the 15th largest in the country, census says

Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is quoted in an article about recent population changes to some of Texas’ largest cities.
Fort Worth Star Telegram

Baker Institute expert examines valuing groundwater in Texas
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, cites seven methods of economically valuing groundwater in Texas.
Houston Press

Skip the plastic and help save the planet on World Oceans Day 2018
Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, will speak at the Houston Museum of Natural Science about the ecological impact of severe weather events on southeast Texas June 5.
Houston Press

Houston jogger runs a Texas-shaped running trail around Rice 
Graduate student Rustam Zufarov mapped out a running route on and near the Rice campus that simulates the shape of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Why do we love the shape of the state of Texas so much?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Meditation for Entrepreneurs
Alumnus Supryo Sen ’15 is featured.
Eventful Houston

2018 Personal Finance Educator Conference
Rice will host the 2018 Personal Finance Educator Conference June 5.
Eventful Houston

Art galleries: ‘Three Sisters’ and a ‘Solar Eclipse’
“Josiah McElheny: Island Universe,” “Leo Villareal: Particle Chamber” and “Pile the Wood High!” are on view at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through June 2.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.) (Scroll down to “Moody Center for the Arts.”)


State of Houston
An episode of “Red, White and Blue” features a discussion with Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, about the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey issued by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Public Media


The McNair Scholar spotlight: Dr. Xaq Pitkow
Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is featured and pictured in a Q-and-A. Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
From the Labs

The future of higher education is social impact
An article about social engagement by higher education institutions highlights one of the goals for Rice’s Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2), which aims to “engage Houston and empower its success.” An extension of this initiative is the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which has produced 25 research reports intended to address the challenges of educating Houston’s urban population.
Otras Voces en Educación

Synthesizing and testing nanoparticles of abundant material
Rice researchers have synthesized and isolated plasmonic magnesium nanoparticles that show all the promise of their gold, silver and aluminum cousins with none of the drawbacks. Emilie Ringe, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, is quoted. Rice postdoctoral fellow Sadegh Yazdi is mentioned.
Controlled Environments Magazine

2D electronics market size estimated to observe significant growth between 2017-2027
An article mentions that Rice research advanced 2D electronics by creating a product that combines graphene and hexagonal boron nitride.
The Financial Analyst

RFID — Case studies and articles about radio frequency identification
Research from James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, which produced a nano RFID-enabled printable tag that can be embedded in almost any product or good, is mentioned. Tour is also quoted in a article. (Scroll down to “Is nanotechnology the next leap for RFID?”) 
Russian Foreign Ministry thinks Skripals may be kept in UK against their will

Copland House names 2018 Cultivate Fellows
Graduate student Theo Chandler is mentioned as one of six fellows selected to participate in Cultivate 2018 for emerging composers. Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Broadway World

Cheniere to build third LNG train in Corpus, snapping sluggish US export expansions
An article mentions that the Department of Energy will use studies from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to make policy decisions about natural gas exports in Texas.
Natural Gas Intelligence


How to command and demand respect
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.

Army, universities collaborate to find future solutions for soldiers
Yousif Shamoo, vice provost for research, professor of biosciences and the Wiess Career Development Chairis quoted. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory conference held at Rice is mentioned.
APG News

Lyon College president keeps an eye on mission, sustainability
Joseph King, former executive director of Connexions at Rice, is featured and pictured in an interview.
Arkansas Business Online

Sophomore biochemistry/anthropology major awarded Goldwater Scholarship
The Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium held at Rice is mentioned.
Baylor News

Having children on Mars will be ‘a titanic challenge’
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor of biosciences, is cited.
Celebrity Rave

Da Camera presents Dianne Reeves in concert
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

7 graduation speeches to inspire your communications
A video of President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is included.
PR Daily (Scroll down to “Bonus: John F. Kennedy, Jr. — Rice University.”)

Charla abierta en la Escuela de la Costa, por el historiador y doctor en literatura Prof. Nicolas Shumway
Nicolas Shumway, the Frances Moody Newman Chair in Humanities and professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, is featured and pictured. (An English-language version is not available.)


‘WLOX News at 10 p.m.’
Rice’s opening game in the Conference USA baseball tournament is featured in a broadcast and several articles. Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham and baseball player Chase Sachet appear in the WLOX television broadcast. Ford Proctor is featured and Graham is mentioned in a KBMT segment.
WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Miss.)
Day one of the C-USA baseball tournament (This article also appeared in WXXV25 Online.)
Weather bumps USM’s tourney opener to Thursday
WDAM-TV (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
NO. 3 FAU outlasts No. 6 FIU, 7-4, at C-USA tourney
WDAM-TV Online (This article also appeared in WMC-TV Online.)
‘Channel 12 News at 10’
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

No. 20 ranking by Athlon Sports, Tom Herman, Todd Orlando, Sam Ehlinger
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

Acker named to All-Freshman C-USA Team
Rice baseball player Dane Acker has been selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team.

About Stefan De La Garza

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