Dateline Rice for June 18, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Rice hires Matt Bragga as next baseball coach
Matt Bragga has been hired as Rice’s new head baseball coach. He and Joe Karlgaard, Rice director of athletics, are quoted. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham and former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr. and assistant baseball coach Paul Janish are mentioned. Former assistant coach David Pierce is quoted in the Daily Texan. Former Rice baseball player Tim Byrdak is interviewed on WQAD.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared on the front of the Sports section with a different headline, “Bragga leaving Tenn. Tech to succeed Graham,” in the June 16 print edition. Similar articles appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Rice AD Joe Karlgaard makes huge move by bringing in Matt Bragga
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Tennessee Tech coach Matt Bragga taking over at Rice 
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Longhorns arrive in Omaha with aura of Augie all around them
The Daily Texan
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRTK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston)  (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WATE-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WKRN-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WQAD-TV (Davenport, Iowa) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


‘Dictator envy’: Trump’s praise of Kim Jong Un widens his embrace of totalitarian leaders
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s seeming admiration of totalitarian leaders and in an article about the warnings of climate change voiced by a NASA scientist in 1988.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article appeared in 25 other media outlets.)
Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’
U.S. News & World Report (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 450 other media outlets.)

An oil giant is taking big steps. Saudi Arabia can’t afford for it to slip.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the Saudi Crown Prince’s ambitious plan to diversify Saudi Arabia’s oil-dependent economy in part by selling a stake of the state-run Saudi Aramco to the public.
The New York Times (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Texas cemeteries contain hidden history
Alumna Marie Hernandez ’01 is featured in an article about uncovering the history of Fort Bend County through its long-forgotten cemeteries.
U.S. News & World Report (This Associated Press article appeared in Dateline earlier this month when the story was originally published in the Houston Chronicle. The AP version appeared in 30 other media outlets.)

Eid Mubarak: What does Eid Mubarak mean? When is Eid al-Fitr 2018 in the UK?
A. Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, is quoted in an article about Eid al-Fitr, meaning “festival of breaking the fast,” which occurs at the end of Ramadan.
The Daily Star (Editor’s note: A correction on Yildirim’s name has been requested.)


Dallas Rep. Pete Sessions’ race rated ‘toss-up’ as Allred closes in on US House seat
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 two articles about the November elections and the power of straight-ticket voting by Republican supporters. An article from Houston Public Media on what role the immigration debate may have on Republicans in November also quotes Jones. Jones is interviewed in a television broadcast and quoted by ABC13 about the recent charity basketball game between comedian Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in the Realty Brief.)
Outside Texas GOP convention, political parties are becoming less
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Vulnerable Texas Republicans in Congress take different approaches to immigration bills
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared in the Texas Tribune, The Eagle, and the Victoria Advocate.)
Ted Cruz prepares for basketball showdown with Jimmy Kimmel
KRTK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment also aired on KAVU-Victoria.)

Why some Baptists weren’t happy with Mike Pence’s stump speech at Texas gathering
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the debate over whether politics should play a role in the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Texas Observer

For Linda Livingstone, Baylor’s future is tied to research
An article mentions that Rice is one of the universities classified as having the highest level of academic research.
Waco Tribune-Herald


Virtual advisers help out with college admissions
A radio segment about how virtual advisers can help students make decisions about college features Johnny Dang’s decision to attend Rice.
NPR (This “Weekend Edition Sunday”segment also aired on over 700 other affiliate stations.)

‘Women of Power’
A feature on Ntozake Shange mentions that she formerly taught at Rice.
WAAY-TV (Huntsville, Ala.)

‘Latina Voices’
Alumna Annise Parker ’78, a fellow at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders and former mayor of Houston, is featured in a broadcast that originally aired when she was in office.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Rice University engineers advance NMR models for oil and gas
Rice researchers improve the ability of NMR to differentiate oil and gas from water and measure the amount present in the rock, even in tight pore formations. George Hirasaki ’67, the A. J. Harsook Professor Emeritus and research professor, is mentioned. Walter Chapman the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and associate dean for energy in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, and Rice research scientists Philip Singer and Dilip Asthagiri are quoted.

Nearly 70 percent of undocumented Mexican immigrants report discrimination
An article cites the research of Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in psychology, which determined 69 percent of undocumented Mexicans living in high-risk neighborhoods near the California-Mexico border reported interpersonal discrimination due to being undocumented.

Record-breaking astronaut Peggy Whitson retires from NASA
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, an astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American, is retiring from NASA. (This article appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Venezuela oil production may sink to 1 million barrels per day as early as this year
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 Venezuela’s continuing drop in oil production. (This article also appeared on Yerepouni Daily News.)


Hover energy announces new management roles in preparation for market entry
An article mentions that Derrick Parkhill attended Rice.

Former CNN host blasts network president Jeff Zucker for unpaid wages
Alumnus Conor Beck ’17 authored an article.
Washington Free Beacon

8 products for seniors that are a complete waste of money
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
The Cheat Sheet (Scroll down to “2. Ionic foot spa.”)

8 graduate from SCGSSM
Rice is mentioned.
The Times and Democrat

‘Greatest rocket scientist in history’ had something to say about God
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Former Rice lineman Peter Godber adjusts to life in the CFL
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured and pictured. Former players Brandon Hamilton and Trey Martin are pictured (image 3). Martin, former Rice player Calvin Anderson and Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren are mentioned. The Dallas Morning News mentions Anderson and former Rice head football coach David Bailiff.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Oklahoma has to replace Baker Mayfield, but could the Texas Longhorns have an even bigger void to fill?
The Dallas Morning News

McClain: Memories of my father and his passion for sports
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Canadian men down US on aggregate to advance to World Rugby Junior Trophy
An article mentions that the World Rugby Junior Trophy was held at Rice. (A similar article appeared on

Famous fathers, slugging sons: Vlad Jr., Bichette and Biggio
An article mentions that Conor Biggio attends Rice.

Q&A with 3-star WR Khyheem Waleed, 1 of Arizona’s top targets
Rice is mentioned.
Arizona Desert Swarm

Ranking the Big 12’s college football coaches for 2018
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is featured. (Scroll down to “5. Tom Herman, Texas.”)

Aggies getting worker at quarterback in Calzada
Rice is mentioned.

A not so brief history of all of the Longhorns’ 36 trips to the College World Series: Augie Garrido era
Rice baseball’s 2003 College World Series win is mentioned.

109th Texas amateur: Fast finish wins it for Meissner
Former Rice men’s golf player Mitchell Meissner, who recently won the Texas Amateur Championship, is featured and pictured.

Brewers working to sign Chinese teen pitcher with 95 mph fastball
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Spurlin is mentioned.
Montrose Daily Press (This article appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

Broadneck’s Elian Ahmar, Old Mill’s Diamond Moore earn outdoor track honors
An article featuring Elian Ahmar mentions that he plans to attend Rice.
Baltimore Sun (This article also appeared in Capital Gazette Online.)

SPAAT honors the excellence of Oakland’s student-athletes at the 5th Annual Oakland ESPY Awards
Male High School Student of the Year Antonio Faaeteete plans to attend Rice.
The Oakland Post

MLB Network
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Cementless fly ash binder makes concrete ‘green’
Rice engineers have developed a composite binder made primarily of fly ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants, that can replace Portland cement in concrete. The material is cementless and environmentally friendly, according to Rice materials scientist Rouzbeh Shahsavari, who developed it with graduate student Sung Hoon Hwang.

About Stefan De La Garza

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