Dateline Rice for June 7, 2018


These risk-predicting tools may add to the US prison population
Risk assessment tools are used to predict the likelihood of convicts reoffending and help determine parole and how closely or not closely to supervise people who are paroled. These risk assessment instruments ultimately consider everyone who is assessed a risk, which in turn may lead to higher levels of people getting involved in the criminal justice system, according to new research by Robert Werth, senior lecturer in sociology.
Futurity (This article also appeared on and Infosurhoy.)

‘Hashing’ gives more accurate estimate of Syrian war dead
Researchers from Rice and Duke University, in collaboration with Human Rights Data Analysis Group, used a data-indexing method called “hashing with statistical estimation” to efficiently estimate the number of identified victims killed in the Syrian civil war. Graduate student Beidi Chen and Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, are quoted.

Is Earth heading for extinction?
Dan Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The Guardian


How well do you know Bay Area history?
A photo caption mentions that land owned by Rice was leased to NASA.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Here’s where you can celebrate Pride all month in Houston
Rice is mentioned in a photo caption for the fifth annual Intercollegiate Pride Mixer that will feature all LGBTQ alumni from the University of Houston, Texas A&M, Rice and more.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

A ‘Cosmic Evening’ with tomorrow’s stars at Texas Music Festival
Alumnus Lucas Sanchez ’16 is quoted, and Matthew Strauss, associate professor of percussion at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Art Galleries

“Crêpe Paper Carpet,” a site-specific installation by the Dutch art collective We Make Carpets, will open June 9 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “Moody Center for the Arts.”)

6 vital things to know about the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon
An article about the Houston marathon mentions Rice’s tree-lined streets.
CultureMap Houston (Scroll down to “5. Marvel at Houston’s best.”)

Texas History Minute: Dr. Richard Smalley: Texas chemist and Nobel Prize winner
An article features the life of the late Rick Smalley, co-discoverer of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs.”
Runnels County Register

Tilman Fertitta opens his Post Oak Presidential Suite — 5,000 square feet fit for any VIP
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘JFK — The Last Speech’
WFYI-TV (Indianapolis)


Why Houston’s energy industry leaders are watching Mexico’s upcoming presidential elections
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, is interviewed about the possibility of likely Mexican presidential election winner Andrés Manuel López Obrador favoring investment in Mexican energy companies and reducing dependence on Texas’ oil and gas industry.
Houston Public Media

KUT-AM (Austin)
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about energy policy.


4 Jacobs School faculty named SUNY Distinguished Professor
Alumnus Steven Fliesler ’80 has been appointed to the rank of SUNY Distinguished Professor.
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences News

‘CIO Leadership Live’ episode 7: Klara Jelinkova
Klara Jelinkova, Rice’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is interviewed on a range of topics, including the responsibility of senior women in IT to mentor the next generation of professionals.

Yale School of Music graduate student Ji Su Jung wins Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Broadway World

‘Expert Viewpoint’: The intersection between VR, imaging and machine learning and what’s next for the emerging technologies
An article mentions that Rice research played an important role in advancing compressed sensing imaging technology.
R&D Magazine

Scientists capture molecular structures on the fly
An international research effort developed a new technique to examine changes in biological molecules as they happen and has observed how an enzyme from drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria damages an antibiotic molecule. George Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and graduate student Jose Olmos are quoted.
Science and Technology Research News

New college ranking and review aggregator publishes list of Best Campus Recreation Centers at top colleges
Rice’s Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center is ranked as No. 5 in the country by College Consensus.
Triad Business Journals (This article also appeared in Club Industry.)

UH ranks among top 100 global universities for patents
An article mentions that the National Academy of Inventors ranked Rice as No. 79 in the world for the number of utility patents issued in 2017.
University of Houston News

‘America First’ meets AI: White House announces select committee on artificial intelligence
Alumnus Alex Amari ’18 authored an article about the White House select committee on artificial intelligence.
Open Data Science

Puerto Rico, Texas still recovering, not resilient as hurricane season starts
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, is quoted in an article about how funding shortages, lack of political will and federal policies are all obstacles to rebuilding to be more resilient to the next round of tropical storms and hurricanes that may affect Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Engineering News-Record

Now is the time for integrative psychiatry
Alumnus Gregory Brown ’07 authored an article about the role of integrative medicine techniques in psychiatry.
Psychology Today


Professor Anthony Pinn on gender, race, and humanism
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Good Men Project

UCSI, nation’s top private university
An article mentions that Rice is listed as No. 87 in the world by QS World University Rankings.
The Star Online

Dad asks her to sing a song, but what she chooses to sing? My heart exploded
An article cites research from Rice that determined that singing helps children develop listening and cooperative skills, coordination of the tongue and lip and fine motor skills.

St. Mary’s Dominican High School
An article mentions that Abigail Webb plans to attend Rice and was awarded the Anne Jones Brice Memorial Scholarship
The Advocate

Apesar da queda recente, preço do petróleo não cai tão cedo, dizem especialistas
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about the influence of geopolitics on the price of oil.
Folha de S.Paulo (An English-language version is not available.)


Greater Houston athletic activities listings: June 8-10
An article mentions that Linda Huang and Anastasia and Victoria Smirnova will join Rice’s women’s tennis team.
Houston Chronicle (This article also in San Antonio Express-News and the Laredo Morning Times.)

McNeese basketball adds North Texas transfer AJ Lawson
Rice is mentioned.
KPLC Online

AJ Lawson joins Cowboys from North Texas
Beauregard Daily News (This article also appeared in the Leesville Daily Leader.)

Ford Proctor leads Rice’s 2018 MLB Draft class
Rice baseball player Ford Proctor, who was drafted recently by the Tampa Bay Rays, is featured in the Houston Chronicle. Proctor is mentioned in the Barnstable Patriot. Rice baseball players Ricardo Salinas was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and Cody Staab was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. The article also mentions Trei Cruz and his brother Antonio, who plans to play baseball at Rice. The Cruzes are mentioned in the Sports Illustrated article; additionally, the Cruzes and former Rice baseball player Jose Cruz Jr. are mentioned in the Click2Houston and Runner Sports articles and broadcasts from MLB Baseball and Astros Bases Loaded. Antonio Cruz is featured in a segment on KRIV and Trei Cruz and Jose Cruz Jr. are also mentioned. Antonio Cruz is mentioned on KPRC.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
THE SPORTING GOODS: Cape Leaguers see success in MLB Draft
Barnstable Patriot
Watch: Alex Bregman tells brother AJ he was drafted by the Astros
Sports Illustrated (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and
‘Stros bros: The brothers of Correa, Bregman drafted by Astros
Astros 2018 Draft: Houston goes ‘Stros bros, select AJ Bregman, JC Correa, Antonio Cruz
The Runner Sports
MLB Baseball
AT&T SportsNet Southwest
‘Astros Bases Loaded’
AT&T SportsNet Southwest (This segment was also broadcast on the “Astros Postgame.”)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

‘Astros Pregame’
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon appears in a broadcast of highlights from the Washington Nationals.
AT&T SportsNet Southwest

Cy Ranch steeped in baseball tradition at a young age
An article mentions Rice baseball pitching coach John Pope.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

MLB Baseball
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is mentioned.
AT&T SportsNet Southwest


Researchers available to discuss new Rice U. report on Houston refugees
A new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research finds that an emphasis on short-term, rapid employment, which forces people to accept any job offered to them within weeks of arrival, has prevented Texas refugees from accessing opportunities for education and language acquisition.

Letters of recommendation for women more likely to raise doubts
Letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than letters written for men, according to new research from Rice and the University of Houston.

About Stefan De La Garza

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