Dateline Rice for June 1, 2018


Sins of admission: A flawed but fixable process
Yvonne Romero da Silva, vice president for enrollment, participates in a discussion about the challenges and improvements needed in the college admission process.
The New York Times Conferences


5 wage gap myths about women at work
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted in an article about her recent review paper, which draws on existing psychological research to highlight myths regarding the wage gap between men and women and to offer explanations for why it exists. Graduate students and co-authors Abby Corrington, Shannon Cheng and Linnea Ng, and lab manager Ivy Watson are mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Jersey Tribune, Science Daily, Infosurhoy, ScienceNewsline and

‘The Heat’: US to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on EU, Mexico and Canada
If the U.S. levies steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Mexico will likely impose a dollar-for-dollar tariff of its own, 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. A video of the CGTN interview is also included.
CGTN America
The massive implications of the impending NAFTA deadlines

Historic Mission Control Center in Houston is restoring, recreating its Apollo era
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Is the Texas House conservative enough? This lawmaker spent $300K to push it right
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 recent efforts of the Freedom Caucus to make the Texas House more conservative.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

New meditation center opens at the Awty International School
Alumnus Alejandro Chaoul ’99 is mentioned and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Colleges could see fewer Chinese students
The State Department plans to shorten the length of visas issued to some Chinese students.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.)

Want to run across the state of Texas? This Houston student has a way
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.

University of Texas at Austin towers over the rest on list of world’s best schools
Rice is mentioned.
CultureMap Austin


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about Mayor Sylvester Turner’s interest in using Texas’ “rainy day” funds to aid the Hurricane Harvey recovery effort.
Mayor, governor still at odds over Harvey relief


40 years of designing urban Houston: Q&A with Scott Ziegler of Ziegler Cooper Architects
Alumnus Scott Ziegler ’76 is featured and pictured.

Houston’s post-Harvey reckoning
An article about new housing design initiatives to prevent future residential flooding in Houston quotes Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture and Ron Witte and Will Cannady, both professors of architecture. Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, is mentioned in a photo caption.
Architect Magazine

Advertising inspiration from Pinnacle winners
The Rice Thresher’s “Housing Guide 2017” won second place in the Pinnacle Awards for “Best Ad Supplement/Special Section” from the College Media Association, which honors the best individual work from college media organizations. A link to the special section is included below.
College Media Matters

Ima Hogg Competition finalists announced
Four finalists in the Ima Hogg Competition will perform at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music June 2.
Broadway World

X-ray laser scientists develop a new way to watch bacteria attack antibiotics
Graduate student Jose Olmos is part of an international research team that developed a new technique to examine changes in biological molecules as they happen and have observed how an enzyme from drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria damages an antibiotic molecule.
The Department of Energy’s Newswise (This article also appeared in

Houston: An energy capital looks to evolve
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about Houston’s future in a new and evolving economy.
E&E News

Discovery will impact design of drug delivery systems at the molecular level
Researchers at Houston Methodist and Rice have made a discovery that will impact the design of not only drug delivery systems, but also the development of newer applications in water filtration and energy production. Rice theoretical physicist and co-author Alberto Pimpinelli, faculty fellow in materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.

‘Natural Selection’: Mapping the startup genome
An article detailing the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystems report, which determines the cities that cultivate the best startup environment in the health and life sciences sector, mentions that Rice has one of the best biomedical engineering programs in the world.
Site Selection Magazine

ASCO honors MD Anderson faculty with awards
John Mendelsohn, nonresident fellow in biomedical research policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

What causes meningitis? 3 pathogens responsible for the infection
An article cites OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.


Pancakes, Port Angeles and Poppins on the week’s menu
An article mentions 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.
Peninsula Daily News

Jackson named among 17 Library Senior Fellows at UCLA 2018 residential program
Melinda Reagor Flannery, assistant university librarian for technical services, has been named one of the Library Senior Fellows at UCLA.
Penn State News

Numerous Indian American entrepreneurs named EY Entrepreneur of the Year regional finalists
Alumnus and CEO of Cohesity Mohit Aron ’98 is a regional finalist for Ernst & Young’s U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year.
India West

Don’t miss the boat, keep it safe on the water: Your say
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is mentioned.

Annual festival making spring appearance
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, performed at the Spring Organ Festival May 31.
The Henderson News
Spring Organ Festival — ‘Silent Movies and More!’
County Line Magazine

Wells High School Class of 2018 top 10
An article mentions that Channing Wang plans to attend Rice.

Top-ranked graduating seniors excited for future
An article mentions that Robert Walsh plans to attend Rice.
South Texas Catholic

Local girl competes in national spelling bee
Rice is mentioned.

Quick family getaway to Houston
Rice’s azalea-lined campus is mentioned.
Austin Moms Blog


One of the Texas schools that’s produced the most pro athletes is not where you’d think it’d be
Former Rice football player and alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 (image 11) is featured in a photo slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH kickoff times announced
Rice will host crosstown rival University of Houston Sept. 1. Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Prime Property.)
Mark your calendars. College football fans, kickoff times are here.
KVUE Online (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Tomball’s Douglas Rush upholds program’s tradition
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UT coach knows better than to overlook TSU in NCAA opener

Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is featured and pictured. Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned. Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber ’05 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Local track and field stars ready for 91st Texas Relays
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Victor Lopez Classic Relays. Rice track and field signees Alyssa Balandran and Thomas Pratt are mentioned.
Katy Times

Zach Shackelford named to 2018 Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned. Former football offensive coordinator Tom Herman is featured in the second article.
Play-calling not top of mind as Tom Herman, Texas enter summer

Haylee Swayze in Faith 7
Rice women’s basketball signee Haylee Swayze is featured and pictured.
The Purcell Register

Rice forward transferring to FSU basketball
Former Rice men’s basketball player Malik Osborne is featured and pictured.
Yahoo! Sports

‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
The late Rice football player Blaine Padgett is mentioned in a feature about his cousin at University of Houston.
KPRC-TV (Houston)


Social impact of Mexico’s energy reform is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute June 7
Experts from Mexico and the United States will explore the social impact of Mexican energy reform at a June 7 conference at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Intersection of faith and science to be discussed at June 6 Rice U. event
The intersection of faith and science will be the subject of a June 6 talk hosted by Rice University’s Religion and Public Life Program. Greg Cootsona from the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University, Chico, will share his insights on the topic.

About Stefan De La Garza

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