Dateline Rice for June 19, 2018


‘All Things Considered’

Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Saudi Arabia’s plan to sell a stake of the state-run Saudi Aramco in the world’s largest initial public offering. Krane is quoted and Farhan Majid, the institute’s L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy, is mentioned in a article on the Saudi government ending its ban on women driving.
National Public Radio (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment aired on over 700 other affiliate stations.) 
Lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving poses policy challenges (This article also appeared in Eurasia Review, ScienMag and Parallel State.)


Cement-free material paves the way for ‘green’ concrete
More than 20 billion tons of concrete are produced around the world every year in a manufacturing process that contributes 5 to 10 percent of carbon dioxide to global emissions, but Rice engineers have developed a cementless and environmentally friendly material. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Futurity (This article appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

Kuwait will not follow Saudi Arabia on Palestine. Here’s why.
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Kuwait’s diverging political stances with other Persian Gulf nations over Palestine.

Tariff threat from China may shift global oil flows
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the likely impact that tariffs imposed on China will have on the U.S. oil and gas industry.

Cook Political Report got it wrong: Reps. Sessions and Culberson’s districts are not ‘toss-ups’
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, authored an op-ed rejecting a report that stated the 32nd Congressional District in Dallas and the 7th Congressional District in Houston are “toss-ups” for possible Democratic wins in November. Jones is also quoted in an article about the goals of the Texas Democratic Convention taking place in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Hill
Texas: Republicano Pete Sessions es vulnerable en Norte de Dallas, según analistas
Al Día Dallas (An English-language version is not available.)
Donald Trump or Beto O’Rourke: Who will motivate Texas Democrats more?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

From freshman to resident: 3 BS/MD programs you can complete in only 6 years
An article about accelerated direct medical programs mentions Rice’s partnership with Baylor College of Medicine for students completing the B.S./M.D. degree program.

Global warming cooks up ‘a different world’ over 3 decades
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the warnings of climate change voiced by a NASA scientist in 1988.
MSN (This Associated Press article has appeared in more than 100 additional media outlets since its initial inclusion in the June 18 Dateline.)


‘Field Notes’
Graduate student Muhammad Saad Shamim was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.
TMC Pulse

Cooper invites students from KIPP:3D Academy to experience weeklong STEM camp to explore, create, build and innovate

The John Cooper School and the Rice University School Mathematics Project developed Camp Innovation and featured hands-on learning activities in math, science, technology and engineering.
The Paper Magazine (This article also appeared in

How Houstonians have beaten the heat over the years
The fountain at the Lee and Joe Jamail Plaza at Rice is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

2 from BISD earn Gates Scholarships
An article mentions that Leslie Arrazolo plans to attend Rice.
The Brownsville Herald


Researchers develop modern 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.
AZo Materials (A similar version of this article appeared in Converter News.)

Rice scientists create 3D objects using 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 mentioned. A video of the process is included.
World Industrial Reporter (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Lots of news and lots of contacts at ZPID Twin Conference
Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, who was a keynote speaker at the Big Data conference at the Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, is quoted.
ScienMag (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Viewpoint: Watching a quantum magnet grow in ultracold atoms
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, authored an article.
American Physical Society

Mendelsohn shares Tang Prize for leadership in developing targeted therapy
John Mendelsohn, nonresident fellow in biomedical research policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will share the 2018 Tang Prize in Biopharmaceutical Science for his leadership in developing antibodies to block cancer-promoting growth factor receptors on the surface of cancer cells.

Beyond team building: researchers evolve team intervention theory with expansive review
An article about team development intervention cites research from co-author Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Psychology.
The Newsstand

Is gene editing dangerous? 4 things you should know

Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, is quoted in an article about concerns of germline gene editing in humans.
Motley Fool

Will AI take over your programming job?
An article mentions that computer scientists at Rice have created a deep-learning, software-coding application called Bayou that can help human programmers navigate the growing multitude of often-undocumented application programming interfaces, or APIs.

Trends in science education take center stage at APS Institute on Teaching and Learning
Robin Paige, adjunct associate professor of sociology and assistant director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, will speak at the American Physiological Society Institute on Teaching and Learning Conference June 19.

White graphene market significant growth during 2017-2025
An article about the graphene market mentions Rice research to determine the properties of white graphene nanotubes.

Abraxas announces hiring of Steven P. Harris as director of finance and capital markets
An article mentions that Steven Harris attended Rice.
Digital Journal (This article appeared in more than 80 other media outlets.)

‘We need to become better at explaining the power of architecture,’ says new AA director Eva Franch i Gilabert
A feature of Eva Franch i Gilabert, the first female director of the Architectural Association, mentions that she taught at Rice.

UQ leads global law, science and tech research network
An article mentions that Rice will be a member of an international consortium of experts to help address global issues such as cybercrime, food security and climate change.
UQ News

Babies cry in the womb and 18 other surprising facts I learned when I became a dad
Rice is mentioned.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider Indonesia)

The story of the ‘White Coat Investor’: Part 1
Rice is mentioned.
The White Coat Investor


NJ legislature looks to throw the books at high cost of college education
Nicole Finkbeiner, associate director of institutional relations for OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted.
NJ Spotlight

Record year: See where TC Williams’ grads are headed!
Rice is mentioned.
The Zebra

Statewide online public school celebrates 10-year anniversary, holds graduation in Columbia
Rice is mentioned. 
Moultrie News (This article also appeared in the Chronicle Independent.)

See where our record number of college-bound students are heading
Rice is mentioned.
Alexandria News

An editor’s strange love: Or how I learned to stop worrying about deadlines
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Business Times of Western Colorado


San Antonio’s Meissner wins 109th Texas Amateur; Van’s Logan Lockwood finishes as top East Texan
Former Rice men’s golf player Mitchell Meissner, who recently won the Texas Amateur Championship, is featured and pictured.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Rice promotes Jessica Rodriguez to full-time assistant coach
An article mentions that Jessica Rodriguez will be the new assistant women’s swimming coach. The former assistant women’s swimming coach, Amanda Caldwell, is mentioned and head women’s swimming coach Seth Huston is quoted.
Swim Swam

Double hurdle gold for Cory Poole at USATF Junior Outdoor Championships
An article mentions that Hanszen College freshman and men’s track and field member Hociel Landa won the men’s 10,000-meter race at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
USA Track & Field

The 2018 CFB preseason schedule superlatives
A roundup of college football “oddities” features Rice’s away-game schedule.
ESPN (Scroll down to “Longest road trip (Group of 5): Rice Owls.”)


Baker Institute experts: Asia, not US, will shape energy demand for the foreseeable future 
In the wake of the shale revolution, the United States is well on its way to becoming the world’s top oil and gas producer and a major exporter of both products. However, the U.S. will play “second fiddle” to the developing world, especially Asia, which will shape energy demand for the foreseeable future, according to experts in the Center for Energy Studies 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.