Dateline Rice for May 29, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


How living abroad helps you develop a clearer sense of self
Hajo Adam and Otilia Obodaru, assistant professors of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an article that details their research, which shows that the growing trend of living abroad appears to be a good thing: social science studies have shown that international experiences can enhance creativity, reduce intergroup bias and promote career success.
Harvard Business Review


Trump’s imploding world order
Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s historic break from his predecessors in foreign-policy tactics. Brinkley is also a contributor to an article about less-crowded National Parks that are worth visiting.
The New Yorker  
Want the beauty of Utah’s Bryce and Zion, without all the people? Try these less-crowded areas — or 20 others across the country

Salt Lake Tribune (Scroll down to “17. The attraction: Mount Rushmore National Memorial.”)

Women’s arrests cast doubt on Saudi Crown Prince’s reforms
The recent arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia may be an attempt by the Crown Prince to quell the belief that activism will create policy changes, according to Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ulrichsen is also quoted in Aljazeera about how the broad definition of “extremism” adopted by some Gulf nations has come to include populist movements that participate in democratic elections across the region.
CNN (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Saudi women’s rights activists are being detained weeks before driving ban scrapped, raising concerns about Crown Prince’s erratic reforms
South China Morning Post
Abu Dhabi’s problem with the Muslim Brotherhood

Facebook’s health groups offer a lifeline, but privacy concerns linger
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted in an article about lingering concerns over what health data can be gleaned from users’ posts and used for targeted ads.
Huffington Post

The best career advice from this year’s graduation speeches
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is quoted.
Santa Fe New Mexican
Listen to commencement speeches for inspiration: Letters
Orlando Sentinel
Bloomberg schools us on honesty and truth
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Washington This Week’
C-SPAN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Hinsdale Central class of 2018 share memories of football games, study sessions and school spirit
An article mentions that Sanchayana Raghuvir plans to attend Rice.
Chicago Tribune


Santa Fe unlikely to be center for gun control activism after school shooting
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 an article about the likelihood of Texas passing gun control measures in the wake of the recent school shooting in Santa Fe. Jones is also quoted in several articles about the recent runoff and primary races in Texas. The second Realty Brief article quotes Jones about how pro-business Republicans in Austin and Dallas are worried about the growing clout of social and religious conservative political groups.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Democrats are targeting these Texas districts in House takeover bid
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
With runoffs over, it’s off to the November races
Jacksonville Daily Progress (This article also appeared in Athens Daily Review.)
Now that runoffs are over, it’s off to the November races
Weatherford Democrat
Democrats buoyed by Texas voter turnout in quest to retake US House
The Realty Brief
Democrats are targeting these Texas districts in House takeover bid
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Lupe and Beto
Off the Kuff
¿Qué posibilidad tiene Lupe Valdéz, una demócrata, latina y lesbiana, de ganar la gobernación de la conservadora Texas?
Univision (An English-language version is not available.)
Progressives, including Sanders, see primaries as testing ground
How torn are Texas Republicans? Look at the fight for Amazon HQ2
The Realty Brief

Meet the largest labor and employment law firm in Houston
Alumna Kelley Edwards ’00 is featured and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg taking helm of Chronicle editorial section
Alumnus Evan Mintz ’08 is featured and pictured. Mintz will be the Houston Chronicle’s deputy opinion editor.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)

104-year-old Houston construction company invites 4th-generation into exec suite
An article mentions that Bellows Construction built Rice’s Fondren Library in 1946.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Private school’s first graduating class signals rapid growth of IB programs in Dallas-Fort Worth
Siva Kumari, former associate dean and director of programs at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is mentioned.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

St. John XXIII College Preparatory announces top seniors
An article mentions that Keegan O’Connor plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Covering Katy News.)

Rincon, Hernandez top PHS graduates
An article mentions that Lucy Hernandez plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Esports arena to open in Midtown in Houston
An article mentions that Rice has an esports team.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Artist blends photography with science
Alumnus Ian Mellor-Crummey ’17 is featured and pictured.
The Navasota Examiner


Harris County faces a challenge finding the right options for recovering drug and alcohol users
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article discussing a paper she co-authored that determined that there is a serious lack of data on treatment centers in Harris County because they are often separated from other types of medical care and unregulated.
Houston Public Media

‘Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.’
Graduate student Rustam Zufarov is featured in a broadcast for his efforts in mapping out a running route on and near the Rice campus that simulates the shape of Texas.
KENS-TV (San Antonio) (This segment also aired on KYTX-Tyler.)

History Channel
The Rice campus appears in a broadcast about the history of nanomachines. The broadcast also mentions that Rice developed the first motor driven submersible nanomachines in 2015.

What Netflix and net neutrality could mean for so-slow internet in small-town Kansas
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the necessity of the internet in today’s world and the difficulty in providing it to rural areas of the U.S. Wallach is also interviewed on KRLD-AM about the security issues facing Texas’ electronic voting machines.
Iowa Public Radio
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


3D printing for diagnosing and treating cancer and R&D tax credits
An article mentions that Rice received a $5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to create patient-specific, digital and 3D printed models that will help diagnose and treat invasive cancer surgeries. B.J. Fregly, professor of mechanical engineering and CPRIT scholar in cancer research, is quoted.

Specific language impairment in children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder

An article mentions 2015 research from Rice that determined that although the ability to write is related to the ability to speak, both are supported by entirely different parts of the brain.
Inquiries Journal

‘The Merry Widow,’ Rocking Horse winner and more set for Opera Saratoga’s 2018 Summer Festival program
Alumna Megha Kasanders ’16 is featured. Richard Bado, former professor at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned. Broadway World


A sensor that monitors gut health and beams results to a smartphone
Scientists have developed a small, ingestible capsule that mixes synthetic biology and electronics to detect bleeding in the digestive tract, but the sensors may need to be much more sensitive to reliably measure chemicals in the gut, according to Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences.
KQED (This article also appeared in SouthSouthNews and the New Delhi Times.)

BBVA Compass and the Houston Dynamo announce 4 finalists for The Pitch contest 
Software developed by Rice students called Cherrypick, which automatically analyzes volleyball game statistics in under an hour, is one of four finalists in The Pitch contest sponsored by the Houston Dynamo. (This article also appeared in 4-Traders.)

View from Mars Hill: JFK speech propelled nation to the moon
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Arizona Daily Sun
Global Toronto (This broadcast also aired on Newfoundland TV.)

Pakistani astrophysicist Dr. Sarwar Naqvi passes away at age 77
Alumnus Sarwar Naqvi ’72 recently passed away at the age of 77.

Change-Ups: Gill elected to airport trade association’s board
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Grand Rapids Business Journal

Anthony Cook: ‘My truth, our truth’
An article mentions that Ozioma Ozor-Ilo plans to attend Rice.
Anniston Star

Pleasant Valley High School
An article mentions that Keshav Wagle plans to attend Rice.
Quad City Times

EAC lands major acts for 2018-2019

Alumnus Andreas Klein ’89 is among several artists featured.
Emporia Gazette

Being lonely can actually worsen your cold
An article details a 2017 study by Rice psychologists titled “Loneliness Predicts Self-Reported Cold Symptoms After a Viral Challenge,” which showed that lonely people fared worse than others when faced with an illness, divorce or other traumatic event. Co-authors Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, and graduate student Angie LeRoy are quoted.

The Met snags a principal trombone from Texas
Alumnus John Romero ’16 is featured and pictured.
Slipped Disc

Star Student: Perkins Pringle
An article mentions that Perkins Pringle plans to attend Rice.
Akron Beacon Journal


Conference USA Dispatches: Rice 2.0
Despite initial wins against Florida Atlantic University, Rice baseball posted losses in the second round of Conference USA tournament play. Baseball player Ford Proctor is mentioned in the FAU Owl Access article. Proctor and Roel Garcia are mentioned in University Press. Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is quoted and baseball players Bradley Gneiting, Braden Comeaux and Ryan Chandler are mentioned in WMC Online. Graham is featured and interviewed by KRIV about his final game with Rice and his favorite coaching memories. Proctor and Antonio Cruz, who will play baseball at Rice, are featured in a “News at 9” segment. Graham, former player Jose Cruz Jr. and player Trei Cruz are mentioned.
D1 Baseball College Baseball News & Scores
2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Bracket, schedule, teams, seeds (This article also appeared on
Staying alive
FAU Owl Access 
Around the tournaments: Friday, May 25
College Baseball Insider
Around the tournaments: ECU wins American crown
College Baseball Insider
Baseball: Owls defeat Rice 7-4 to make it to semifinals of C-USA tournament
University Press
Florida Atlantic forces showdown with Rice
WMC Action News Online (This article also appeared in WDAM Online.)
Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with 9th-inning rally
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.’
KRTK-TV (Houston)
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Whitley: Polished Del Conte looks to restore Texas’ luster
Former Rice Athletics Director Chris Del Conte is featured and pictured. Former football offensive coordinator Tom Herman is mentioned.
Marshall News Messenger (This article also appeared in the Longview News-Journal.)

What’s Bruin: Women’s tennis and softball continue to roll
Former assistant women’s basketball coach Tasha Brown is featured.
SB Nation

International League Baseball 
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens appears in a Minor League Baseball broadcast.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago

KCEN-TV (Waco)
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is interviewed.

WEPM-AM (Clarksburg)
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.


Rice U. experts available during 2018 hurricane season
With the hurricane season beginning June 1, Rice University experts are available to discuss several storm-related topics with reporters.

Flow in the asthenosphere drags tectonic plates along
New simulations of Earth’s asthenosphere find that convective cycling and pressure-driven flow can sometimes cause the planet’s most fluid layer of mantle to move even faster than the tectonic plates that ride atop it.

Baker Institute expert: ‘Right-to-try’ legislation ‘harmful to both patients and public good by delaying the clinical trial process’
Patients with life-threatening conditions can soon have a new way to ask drug makers for medicines the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t yet approved if President Donald Trump, as is expected, signs “right-to-try” legislation that passed the House May 22. Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute, is available to discuss the origins and implications of this legislation with the media.

About Stefan De La Garza

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