Dateline Rice for June 4, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


‘NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt’
NBC’s compilation of scenes from 2018 commencement ceremonies includes video of Rice graduates at 1:51 and fireworks over Lovett Hall at 4:10. Manager of Videography Brandon Martin provided the video to NBC.
NBC Nightly News (Click on the video button to watch to the broadcast.)


Qatar crisis creates ‘new’ Gulf with no winners
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in two articles about the heightening tension and political fallout of the yearlong dispute between Qatar and other Gulf nations.
MSN (This article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Un an après, un Golfe instable et une nouvelle donne au Moyen-Orient
MSN Actualité (An English-language version is not available. This article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
FIFA World Cup expansion plan threatens Qatar tournament
The National (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

The disingenuousness of ‘right to try’
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 these laws do not provide patients with a new mechanism to access investigational drugs and can be harmful to patients and the public good by delaying the testing process.
The Atlantic
Patient advocacy groups scratch their heads over Trump’s ‘right to try’ act
Salon (This article also appeared in Follow News.)

Newfound optimism for Turkey’s opposition
Abdullah Aydogan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the tenuous state of democracy ahead of upcoming elections in Turkey.
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs

50 years after RFK’s death, legacy endures
Professor of History Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy as well as an article about John F. Kennedy.
The Boston Globe (This article appeared in 15 other media outlets.)
JFK learned to fly seaplanes at Embry Riddle (Versions of this article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Pill combines biology, electronics to recognize diseases
Scientists have developed a small, ingestible capsule that mixes synthetic biology and electronics to detect bleeding in the digestive tract. Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences, is quoted.

The best freshman year is a gap year

An article about the merits of a gap year for high school graduates mentions that Rice has a program for accepted students to defer enrollment for one year.
The Chronicle of Higher Education


Texas benefits most in a collaborative US-Mexico relationship [Opinion]
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, authored an op-ed about the upcoming Mexican presidential elections and how the nationalistic undercurrents on both sides of the border will impact Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Outlook section in the June 3 print edition with a different headline, “Separated by a border, linked by destiny.”)

Houston program to focus on startups in cybersecurity, robotics, Internet of Things
Ed Egan, fellow of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is quoted in an article about the importance of connecting startups with larger enterprises in Houston’s innovation district.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 4 print edition with a different headline, “Houston lures innovator from Minsk.”)

Bonus Barack
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama will take part in a moderated conversation at the 25th anniversary gala of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 27.

Hidden cemetery in Sugar Land tells story of its Latino history
Alumna Marie Hernandez ’01 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 4 print edition.)

While sometimes an obstacle, smaller size can be big advantage for area rural schools
Alumnus Allen Koch ’91, principal of East Chambers High, is quoted and pictured in a photo slideshow (images 16 and 17).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Despite disadvantages, Pilgrim Academy designated as gold-ribbon middle school
An article mentions that Rice recently hosted students from Pilgrim Academy to educate them about the college’s Hispanic scholarship fund.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How 21 Houston suburbs got their names
A photo slideshow of the origins of Houston-area neighborhoods pictures Rice (image 34) and mentions its founder, William Marsh Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Students and parents opt in to success at Project Chrysalis
Project Chrysalis Middle School Principal Jose Covarrubia credits a course at Rice for helping the school find its voice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Nearly 500 Woodlands residents file flood-related lawsuit against developers, engineering firm
A lawsuit has been filed in Harris County District Court over the design of a Woodlands neighborhood in the Tomball area that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit cites a certificate of merit from an unnamed Rice professor.
Houston Business Journal

2018 Top 10 grads from Summer Creek High School
An article mentions that Isabell Beasley plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Ray HS valedictorian: ‘My parents gave up everything to give me a better life in US’
An article mentions that Juan De La Garza plans to attend Rice.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Patch congratulates top Dallas ISD graduates
An article mentions that Odnan Galvan plans to attend Rice.
Dallas Patch (This article also appeared in The Hub.)

Meet the African-American and Hispanic valedictorians of 2018
An article mentions that Angie Estrada plans to attend Rice.
Houston Style Magazine

Intersection of faith and science to be discussed at June 6 Rice U. event
Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program will hold a talk titled “Science at a Particular Crossroads: Bringing the Religious Implications of Mainstream Science to Evangelical Christians” June 6.
Houston Style Magazine

Ima Hogg Competition finalists announced
An article mentions that the Ima Hogg Competition was held at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Style Magazine (Similar versions of this article appeared in Broadway World and Katy News.)


WATCH: How did the Texas primary elections shake down?

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, appears in a broadcast of “Red, White and Blue” discussing the results from the recent runoff and primary elections in Texas.
Houston Public Media

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas delays controversial change after backlash

The growth of freestanding emergency rooms, which tend to be considered out-of-network by insurance companies, is likely contributing to the delayed policy changes for visits to the ER, according to Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences
Houston Public Media

More people move to San Antonio than any other US city
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 interviewed in a segment for “The Source” about the various socioeconomic effects of population growth in San Antonio.
Texas Public Radio

WTVN-AM (Columbus, Ohio)
Rice is mentioned. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Designing more resilient coastal communities
An article mentions that researchers from Rice and Texas A&M University (College Station and Galveston campuses) comprise the Texas COAstal Storm Rapid Response (COASTRR) team, which aims to forecast the impact to coastal morphology once hurricane paths are determined.
Civil and Structural Engineer

Rice University to co-host ARL Library Management Skills Institute 
Rice’s Fondren Library will hold a “Library Management Skills Institute” workshop July 10.
Association of Research Libraries

Scientists develop new way to watch bacteria attack antibiotics
Graduate student Jose Olmos is quoted in an article about an international research effort 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.
Laboratory Equipment

In appreciation of AGU’s outstanding reviewers of 2017

Melodie French, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is pictured and mentioned as a reviewer of Eos.

Time to enlist in the analytics army
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted.
Journal of Petroleum Technology

The cloud — or, rather, the clouds
Rice is mentioned.
Embedded Computing Design


Executive summary for June 1
An article cites a recent paper from Rice researchers titled “Victim Precipitation and the Wage Gap,” which debunked five common misconceptions about the gender pay gap.
News Deeply

Gavin Clarkson says he is the candidate to keep NM congressional seat Republican
An article featuring Gavin Clarkson mentions that he attended Rice.
Deming Headlight

Joe Thompson, PrimeLending South Texas regional manager, named 2018 Housing Wire Rising Star
Alumnus Joe Thompson ’02 is featured.
Watertown Public Opinion (This article also appeared in Enhanced Online News.)

Contra a aventura autoritária
Sergio Fausto, contributing expert for the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Estadão (An English-language version is not available.)

Ali Koç kimdir? Ali Koç Fenerbahçe yönetim listesi
Alumnus Ali Koç ’90 is featured and pictured.
Skor (An English-language version is not available. This article also appeared in and


‘Honorary Owl,’ who developed special bond with Rice football, dies at 10
Fre’derick “Ziggy” Stovall-Redd, who was signed by Rice football in 2015 as an “Honorary Owl,” died at the age of 10. Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff and former players Matt Simonette and Driphus Jackson are quoted. Rice football’s offensive coordinator Billy Lynch is mentioned. Jackson is also pictured in an article from SportsDay.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 4 print edition with a different headline, “‘Honorary Owl’ leaves legacy of love, respect.”)
Boy who battled leukemia and honorary member of Rice football team has died
KTRK Online
13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m. 
KTRK-TV (Houston)
‘Eyewitness News Extra’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
‘KPRC Local 2 News Weekend’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Best in Texas: Which college football uniform is the best?
SportsDay DFW (Scroll down to “10) Rice Owls, 23 points.”)

NFL policy is about divide and conquer

Former Rice football player David Grenardo authored an op-ed about the NFL’s new policy regarding kneeling during the national anthem.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Kingham dominates Texas A&M in ‘flu game’
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is quoted. Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
The Daily Texan

Albemarle’s Helmers runs to 2 state championships at Class 5 meet
An article mentions that Ryann Helmers will be a member of the women’s track and field team.
The Daily Progress

NBA Daily: Egor Koulechov: 3 schools, 5 years, 1 NBA dream
Former Rice men’s basketball player Egor Koulechov is featured and pictured.
Basketball Insiders

BREAKING: VCU guard Marcus Evans suffers Achilles injury
Former Rice men’s head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned. Former Rice men’s basketball player Marcus Evans is featured and pictured.
VCU Ram Nation

‘KTXS News 12 @ 10’
Former Rice baseball pitcher MacKenzie Mueller is featured.
KTXS-TV (Abilene, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Former Bulldog Mack Mueller to return to DI baseball at Baylor
KTXS Online

At 69, this coach lives on the front line of baseball’s revolution
Former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman and Matt Anderson are mentioned. Anderson is also mentioned and pictured in articles by, the Houston Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in
Auburn’s Mize, Florida’s Singer among best in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Tigers’ last No. 1 draft pick was a ‘can’t-miss’ who missed
Detroit Tigers’ No. 1 draft pick isn’t a guaranteed home run
Detroit Free Press

Astros’ best and worst 1st-round draft picks
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is pictured in a slideshow (image 11.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Red Sox bounce back to take finale vs. Astros, split series
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is mentioned.
Boston Herald 
Red Sox rock Charlie Morton, knock Astros out of 1st

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas A&M faces uphill battle after loss to UT at Austin Regional
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas Southern eliminated from NCAA Tournament
Rice is mentioned in a photo caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Sports Views column: It’s always hot for Oaks’ charity tourney

Former Rice men’s golfer Scott Wagoner is mentioned.

It just means more when Texas, A&M play
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Golden: Pierce a 1st timer in NCAA regional winner’s circle
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is featured and pictured and Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.

Bobcats announce 2018 volleyball schedule
An article mentions that Rice volleyball will host Texas State Sept. 4.
San Marcos Daily Record

About Stefan De La Garza

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