Dateline Rice for May 31, 2018


Trump oversells new ‘right to try’ law
An article about the recent passing of the national “right to try” legislation cites a paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “The Impact of Right to Try Laws on Medical Access in the United States,” which determined that obtaining medicine from manufacturers can be more cumbersome than going through the Food and Drug Administration’s existing program.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in,, Standard Republic and Las Vegas News.)

Highlights from the best commencement speeches of 2018
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is featured in a video from The Wall Street Journal and mentioned in an article from The Weekly Standard.
The Wall Street Journal (Excerpt begins at 0:33.)
College commencement speeches go hyperpartisan. They are still boring.

The Weekly Standard

Why is Saudi Arabia restricting German business in the Kingdom?
A recent cooling of international business relations between Germany and Saudi Arabia will likely disproportionately affect Saudi Arabia, according to Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ulrichsen is also quoted in an article about Qatar’s effort to rebuild its image.
Qatar looks to boost its talent pool by offering citizenship to foreign workers
International Business Times, India Edition

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 India


Poll: Perceptions about immigrants improve
Perceptions of new immigrants in the U.S., including in Houston, have significantly improved despite the political rhetoric on immigration, according to the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Area Survey. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of the institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Hurricane season is starting, and here’s how many Texas houses are at risk
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, comments on potential storm surges. A related article in E&E News also quotes Blackburn and mentions that the early warning system at the Texas Medical Center was developed in conjunction with Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Houston hits a turning point after storm’s devastation
E&E News

New poll reveals long odds for Valdez and O’Rourke as they chase November dreams
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 possibility of Democratic candidates for governor and senator unseating their Republican counterparts in November given new polling data that shows double-digit deficits.
Dallas Observer

Chinese college enrollment-prominent in Texas-may decline after US visa policy shift, groups warn
The State Department plans to shorten the length of visas issued to some Chinese students.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 30 print edition with a different headline, “Visa rules shift may curb Chinese in college.”)

Remembering Houston’s lost restaurants
A photo caption mentions that Ye Old College Inn, which was built in 1920 opposite Rice Field, was popular among Rice students.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the May 30 print edition and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Growing young writers in an urban park setting
An article mentions that Rice collaborates with Writers in the Schools, a program that gives kids the chance to learn storytelling and story development from local writers.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

A good old-fashioned music showdown keeps Houston Symphony tradition alive
The 43rd annual Ima Hogg Competition will be held at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. The semifinals begin May 31 and the finals concert takes place June 2.
On stage: ‘Daddy Long Legs’ and a lot of dance
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “Classical/Opera.”)

Tufton Academy teacher recognized for achievements in computer science education
Rice University’s School Mathematics Project partnered with an eighth-grade math instructor to create a Fundamentals of Computer Science program at Tufton Academy.
Village News

Photos of Clear Lake from the time of its birth in the 1960s
A photo caption mentions that land owned by Rice was leased to NASA.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Community Briefs’
An article mentions that Rice is collaborating with several colleges and universities to compare the adverse effects of Hurricane Harvey’s runoff with those recorded after Houston’s 2016 Tax Day flood.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “Biotechnologist eyeing damage to Gulf coral reefs.”)

HSHP top of the class are role models
An article mentions that Jaime Ramirez plans to attend Rice.
Valley Morning Star

Rim Aboulhassane is the valedictorian for the Class of 2018 at George Ranch High School 
An article mentions that Rim Aboulhassane plans to attend Rice.
Fort Bend Herald


‘Houston Life’
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


International Conference on Big Data and Research Synthesis Methods in Psychology
Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, will be a keynote speaker at the Big Data conference at the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information.

The talent magnet
Alumnus Jiankui He ’09, CEO of Direct Genomics, is one of three researchers featured.
Beijing Review

Instant MBA
An article about the performance of internally versus externally hired CEOs cites a paper titled “Once an Outsider, Always an Outsider?” by Yan Anthea Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management.

Acclaimed actor David Rainey joins Mercury in the theatrical premiere of ‘Four Seasons’
Alumnus Jonathan Godfrey ’00 is featured.
Broadway World

UCT ranks as the top SA University — report
A listing of the top 1,000 universities in the world mentions that Rice is ranked No. 129 by the Center for World University Rankings.

ACCESS Distinguished Lecture Series, Professor Behnaam Aazhang
Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will give a talk titled “Information and Graph Theoretical Machinery for Neuroengineering” at KTH Royal institute of Technology in Sweden.


Still making waves
Krista Comer, professor of English, will speak at Nick Gabaldón Day in Santa Monica, Calif.
Argonaut Online

Pearce’s decision opens door for 4 GOP candidates
An article featuring Gavin Clarkson mentions that he attended Rice.
Las Cruces Sun-News

Bun B keeps it 100 on why America is not being made great 
An article mentions rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Ambrosia for Heads


Game management 
Rice baseball is mentioned is several articles about the Owls’ recent trip to the Conference USA baseball tournament. Rice baseball players Braden Comeaux and Trei Cruz are mentioned in the second FAU Owl Access article, while Comeaux, Cruz, Dominic Cox, Evan Kravetz and Justin Collins are mentioned and Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is quoted. Graham is quoted in the second article and players Kendal Jefferies, Matt Canterino and Ford Proctor are mentioned.
FAU Owl Access
Southern Miss-Charlotte provides walk-off drama in the C-USA semis for the 2nd-straight season
Monthly archives 
FAU Owl Access
BASE: Championship — Day 3
The C-USA baseball tournament is struggling with rain delays. Is single-elimination an option?
LA Tech’s C-USA Tournament opener set to resume this morning
KTBS Online (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Schedule changes at C-USA Championship

C-USA closes out productive spring meetings
The effort by Conference-USA to help the Rice community after Hurricane Harvey is mentioned.

Florida State football, recruiting news: FSU’s enviable, but complicated, QB competition
Former Rice men’s basketball player Malik Osborne is mentioned.
Tomahawk Nation

What does Athlon’s All-C-USA team tell us about the league?
Rice is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Rendon in Atlanta? In 2008, Braves took a shot
Anthony Rendon is featured and pictured.
Revisiting MLB’s most notable Draft ‘what ifs’ (Scroll down to “Braves: Anthony Rendon.”)

2018 Duluth Huskies season preview: New manager has eye of the Tyger
Rice baseball player Cade Edwards is quoted and player Blair Lewis is mentioned. Edwards is also quoted in the second Duluth News Tribune article.
Duluth News Tribune
Folman making his pitch for Huskies … again
Duluth News Tribune

Columbia baseball took unlikely path to latest NCAA Tournament berth
Rice is mentioned.
AM New York

Spring check-in: Rice
Rice football player Cyrus Smith is featured and pictured. The late Rice football player Blain Padgett and former players Calvin Anderson, J.T. Ibe and Preston Gordon are mentioned. Football players Nahshon Ellerbe, Austin Walter, Samuel Stewart, Emmanuel Esukpa, Jackson Tyner and Miklo Smalls are mentioned. Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff and head football coach Mike Bloomgren are mentioned.
SB Nation

Longhorn Links (May 30): 2018 signees begin summer conditioning

Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

LSU vs. Alabama at night again? CBS sets key doubleheader date, picks up Auburn game too

An article mentions that Louisiana State University football will play Rice Nov. 17. (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

This date in baseball
Former Rice baseball player Leon Byrd is mentioned.
Arkansas Online (This article also appeared also in The Reflector and

Wiltfong’s Weekly Buzz: Why Texas’ 2019 class could be special
Former football offensive coordinator Tom Herman is mentioned.


Rising prescription drug prices in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute June 8
Health economist Vivian Ho will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 8 on the rise of prescription drug prices and describe policy options to control increases being recommended by policymakers, researchers and clinicians.

Psychologists: Women are not to blame for the wage gap
Women should not be blamed for the gender wage gap in the United States, according to psychologists at Rice University. To eliminate the gap, organizations must provide training, support and opportunities for growth, the researchers said.

About Stefan De La Garza

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