Dateline Rice for May 30, 2018


Saudi activists’ arrest revives concerns about reform agenda
The recent arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia reinforces the perception that policymaking now is more unpredictable and concentrated in the hands of one person, according to Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Save money by thinking like a college student
Alumna Kay Rodriguez ’14 is quoted in an article about how to save money.
Associated Press (This article appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)

‘Decorated’ nanotubes may be ready for next-gen materials
Scientists have found a way to enhance a unique class of nanotubes using a chemical process pioneered at Rice, making next-generation composite and polymer materials based on this new discovery possible. Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Carlos de los Reyes are quoted. Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Edward Billups is mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in One News Page and Nano Daily.)

Innovative zero-emissions power plant begins battery of tests
Dan Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about a prototype energy-efficient power plant.

What politics and religion could learn from science
An article about recent scientific advancements mentions the research of Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, whose team successfully used gene editing to repair 20 to 40 percent of stem and progenitor cells taken from the peripheral blood of patients with sickle cell disease.
Slate Magazine


Abbott to release school security proposals today
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 articles and a radio broadcast about recently released school safety proposals by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott, as well as an article about moderate Republican candidate wins in recent runoff and primary elections. Jones is interviewed by Houston Public Media about the benefits and drawbacks of the possible annexation of The Woodlands and is quoted in the second WOAI article about the growing trend of illegal Asian immigrants attempting to enter the U.S. via Mexico.
Texas governor set to release school safety proposals
Texas Public Radio
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on KUIK-Portland and KRLD-Dallas.)
Moderate Republicans could temper caucus’ choice for House speaker
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
The Woodlands’ residents to weigh pros and cons of becoming a city
Houston Public Media
Arrests of Bangladeshis at Laredo Port show changes in illegal immigration

Will the Gulf of Mexico protect its coral? [Opinion]
Graduate student Elaine Shen authored an op-ed about the effort to pass Coral Amendment 9, which would name each of the 23 designated sites in the Gulf of Mexico as a Habitat Area of Particular Concern, safeguarding the deep-sea coral by restricting the use of harmful fishing gear.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH Law Center Dean Baynes discusses education and innovation at US-China Summit
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is mentioned and pictured in a photo caption.
University of Houston Law Center News

‘Right-to-try’ law may be medical salvation or come with hidden danger
The national “right-to-try” legislation ultimately perpetuates the idea that an experimental drug is worth the risk and potential danger, despite the fact that 85 percent of experimental drugs fail during clinical trials, according to Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Laredo Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Audit: UH’s financial aid systems didn’t properly vet students
An article about the University of Houston’s financial aid systems is accompanied by a slideshow that compares tuition and fees at Texas universities, including Rice, for 1999 and 2017.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston 4 Refugees: World Refugee Day
The World Refugee Day Houston 2018 forum June 20 will consist of a panel of experts who will discuss the magnitude of the global refugee crisis and how Houston is responding to it. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will be a participant.
Houston Eventful

Top Katy seniors graduate over weekend
Several high school graduates who plan to attend Rice are featured in a photo slideshow: Piper Mackenzie Harris (image 4), Sachi Khemka (image 13) and Hachem Bey El-Murhbi (image 14).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Flow in the asthenosphere drags tectonic plates along
New simulations of Earth’s asthenosphere find that the planet’s most fluid layer of mantle moves even faster than the tectonic plates that ride atop it. Rice’s Center for Research Computing ran the simulation on the DAVinCI supercomputer. Graduate student Alana Semple and Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, are quoted. (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Terra Daily and NewsCaf.)

HMNS weekly happenings
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.
Beyond Bones (Scroll down to “Lecture — ‘Texas’ Own Coral Reefs: Weathering the Storm’ by Adrienne Correa.”)

It’s complicated: CCA hosts conversations on architecture and environment
Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, was one of eight researchers selected to complete an 18-month collaboration to investigate and build links to larger problems in architecture, history and beyond. Boyer will speak at the conference in June.
Canadian Architect

New initiatives bring hope for K-12 curriculum changes
An article that highlights the benefits of partnerships between research universities and school districts to advance outdated curricula mentions a partnership between the Houston Independent School District and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

3D printing news briefs: May 29, 2018
An article mentions that biotech company BIOLIFE4D is partnering with Houston-area colleges and universities, including Rice, to make its core mission of 3D printing a viable human heart for transplant a reality. (Scroll down to “BIOLIFE4D setting up operations at JLABS in Houston.”)

From Columbia University the XENON1T experiment via ‘XENON1T probes deeper into Dark Matter WIMPs, with 1300 kg of cold Xe atoms’
The international collaboration of more than 165 researchers from 27 institutions, including Rice, has successfully operated XENON1T, which is the world’s largest and most sensitive detector dedicated to a direct search for dark matter in the form of weakly interacting massive particles. Assistant Research Professor of Physics and Astronomy Petr Chaguine is mentioned.
Science Springs


Want to train yourself to succeed? Science says these 3 things matter most
An article mentions research by Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, which found that developing a sense of belonging and being socially integrated are among some of the most important factors for college students to earn good grades, stay in school and graduate.

100th class graduates from Providence College
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting, received an honorary degree from Providence College.
The Rhode Island Catholic

5 ways JFK was a visionary leader remarkably ahead of his time
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
IrishCentral (This article also appeared in
Life and times of JFK

25 best things to do in Minneapolis
An article mentions that the virtual forensics game titled “CSI: The Experience” at Mall of America in Minneapolis was designed by Rice.

Hyderabad student bags admission in multiple global universities
Rice is mentioned.

The future of double bass youth education
An article mentions that Paul Ellison, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will take part in the 2018 Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference.

Coolidge scholarship gives Union High junior free ride
Rice is mentioned.
The Columbian

Why sweating acts like a detox
An article mentions Rice research that studied how exposure to sweat produced by human fear impacted the speed and accuracy of cognitive performance.

Washington Foster joins Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business joined the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an organization dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in business education and corporate leadership, in 2017.

Textbooks of the living dead 
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 quoted about prebiotic synthesis of complex organic molecules.

Albo named chair of the MCG Department of Surgery
An article featuring Daniel Albo mentions that he received a certificate in medical and health care management from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Photos: Riverside County valedictorians for the Class of 2018
A photo caption mentions that Audrey Yao plans to attend Rice.
The Press-Enterprise

Los jóvenes pueden ser clave: Rice University
According to 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, citizens between 18 and 35 years of age make up about 45 percent of eligible voters and may influence the upcoming Mexican presidential election.
El Heraldo de México (An English-language version is not available.)


‘6News Tonight’
Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
KFDM-TV (Beaumont, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

NFL Network
Former Rice football players Klein Kubiak and Chris Boswell are mentioned.

Sure, football will fix it

Rice is mentioned.
Arkansas Online (This article also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Gazette.)

College football top 25 rankings for 2018
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Athlon Sports and Life

Strickland’s pitching gem puts USM in C-USA title game
Rice is mentioned.

Conference USA basketball is trying the most innovative schedule system in college sports. Here’s how to do it in football, too
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

UTSA and Houston could build a sneaky-great rivalry
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

Florida State lands Rice transfer Malik Osborne
Former Rice men’s basketball player Malik Osborne is featured and pictured. (This article also appeared in My Palm Beach Post, ClearAdmit, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Daily Nole.)

Oaks charity memorial golf tourney set for this weekend
Alumnus Scott Wagoner ’88 is featured and pictured.

TLA Worldwide PLC full-year results
Rice is mentioned.

At 74, Santa Fe tennis player still making racket on court
Alumnus Jimmy Parker ’65 is featured and pictured.
Santa Fe New Mexican

About Stefan De La Garza

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