Dateline Rice for June 15, 2018


World Cup 2026: Minnows Saudi Arabia push to be football power player
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article examining Saudi Arabia’s multibillion-dollar push into world soccer governance.
AFP (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

SCOTUS cake shop ruling bodes well for religious school choice
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the implications of the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s “cake shop” ruling on school choice and fundamentalist education.
The Hill

Venezuela crude oil output careens toward 1 million barrels per day
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted in an article about the projections for Venezuela’s oil output over the next year.
Platts (This article also appeared in DieselGasoil.)


Treatment in prison would curb overdoses
Increasing funding for drug treatment programs in prison may help reduce the opioid epidemic, according to an op-ed authored by Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 14 print edition.)

This Father’s Day, let’s celebrate dads who take paternity leave [Opinion]
Eden King, associate professor of psychology, authored an op-ed about how the lack of paternity leave and the cultural perception of a man who takes leave unfairly limit both women’s career advancement and men’s family involvement.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas mothers want action on gun violence. Will their senators listen?
A photo caption mentions that a forum on gun violence sponsored by the March For Our Lives organization was held at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

For Texas Dems, Cowtown convention an opportunity to craft platform beckon 
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 and radio broadcast about the goals for the State Democratic Convention that will be held in Fort Worth June 21.
The Huntsville Item (This article also appeared in the Athens Review and the Weatherford Democrat.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)

UH names 3 associate deans of new medical school
An article featuring David Buck, who was recently appointed as associate dean for community health at the University of Houston, mentions that he is a former adjunct professor at Rice.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in UH News.)

Andy Dennis: ‘Training a generation of cultural shapers’
Andy Dennis, the Baptist Student Ministry director at Rice, is featured and pictured.
The Baptist Standard


Sculpting with graphene foam
Rice scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Duy Xuan Luong are quoted. A video of the process is included.
Nanowerk (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

The schools with the highest return on investment in every state
Rice is the university with the highest return on investment in Texas, according to the metrics of

Why 2U Inc. stock jumped 17.8 percent in May
Rice’s partnership with 2U to provide online courses in the fall is mentioned.
The Motley Fool (This article also appeared in CityBizList, Nasdaq and

New imaging technology sees 10 times deeper than X-ray
Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about a new era of optics.

Repair and regeneration of peripheral nerves possible with new dual polymer hydrogel adhesive
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in ScienMag and Infosurhoy.)

MBMA remembers the contributions of Gilliam Harris to the metal building industry
The late Gilliam Harris ’64 is featured.

‘Unless you learn this you are not going to be a great architect’: An interview of Laura Carrara-Cagni by Andrew Albers 
Andrew Albers, lecturer in architecture, interviewed Laura Carrara-Cagni, who was the project architect for the building of Duncan and McMurtry colleges and helped master plan wings and adjustments to Baker, Will Rice, Lovett and Syd Richardson colleges. Images include Duncan Dining Hall and Duncan Commons.

Kristen Kulinowski to lead Chemical Safety Board
An article mentions that Kristen Kulinowski was a senior faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice.
Chemical & Engineering News

Kristin Nicole Dukes
Alumna Kristin Nicole Dukes ’05 has been named dean for institutional diversity at Allegheny College in Meadville, Penn.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (This article also appeared in

Flu fighters
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about his research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine.
The Journal of Healthcare Contracting (Scroll down to “H3N2 a formidable foe.”)


MSU professor wins Civil War book prize
Alumnus Andrew Lang ’13, who won the Tom Watson Brown Book Award for his new book, is featured and pictured.
Starkville Daily News

CNN president, Trump media adversary Jeff Zucker to stay on through 2020 election
Alumnus Conor Beck ’17 authored an article.
Washington Free Beacon

Komal Luthra, an inspiring intern for Hindus of Greater Houston
Alumna Kumal Luthra ’17 is featured and pictured.
Indo American News

Lucius Pooser: Brothers by blood and service
An article mentions that James Pooser attended Rice.
Jackson County Times

Timeless love
An article mentions a wedding that recently took place at Rice’s Cohen House. A link to a photo in the slideshow is also included.
Modern Luxury

Reminiscences of the UCMM
An article mentions that Francisco Camarena attended Rice.
Acento (This article also appeared in (An English-language version is not available.)


Rice product Ford Proctor to make pro debut Friday with Rays affiliate
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor, who was recently drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays, is featured. Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham and assistant coach Paul Janish are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Lance Armstrong looking forward to son joining Rice football team
An article mentions that Luke Armstrong will play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Baylor football 2016 recruiting class: Where all 12 departures are now
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Baylor DieHards

The most important game for each Conference USA team in 2018
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty (Scroll down to “Rice Owls – Prairie View A&M, week 0.”)

Southern Miss releases 2018 volleyball schedule
An article mentions that Southern Mississippi University volleyball will play Rice in October.

Taking a closer look at Texas
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is mentioned.

WTEN: Hodge named to academic all-America team
Rice women’s tennis player Lindsey Hodge, who was named to the Second Team 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division I Women’s At-Large teams, is featured and pictured. (A version of this article also appeared in Swim Swam.)

John Jensen’s grand slam powers Foresters to 5th-straight victory
Rice baseball player Dane Acker is mentioned.


Sculpting with graphene foam
Rice University scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive, three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam. The squishy solids look and feel something like a child’s toy but offer new possibilities for energy storage and flexible electronic sensor applications, according to Rice chemist James Tour.

Rice U. engineers advance NMR models for oil and gas
New work by Rice chemical engineers may make it easier to characterize unconventional oil or gas shale formations. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) tools are common in the oil industry to find rich veins of crude oil and methane for extraction, particularly through hydraulic fracturing of deep shale deposits.

Lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving poses policy challenges, say Baker Institute experts
This month Saudi Arabia will put an end to its ban on women driving, opening the way for millions of new drivers to navigate a country three times bigger than Texas. While the policy shift provides relief to women who lacked freedom of mobility, the long-term effects of ending the ban are far from clear and will present the Saudi government with several policy challenges, according to an issue brief by experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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