Dateline Rice for June 20, 2018


Machine makes squishy 3D stuff from 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.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Space Daily and Energy Daily.)

10 universities where the most alumni donate
An article about new 2017 tax laws affecting endowments features Rice (image 2 in the slideshow).
U.S. News & World Report (Scroll down to “15 private universities with large endowments.”)


Amid outcry, Ted Cruz pivots on family separation issue
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 interviewed in a radio broadcast about the reasons Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston, changed his position on the current immigration detention policy.
Austin American-Statesman
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

US oil production grows, but China, India will drive global demand
Although demand for fossil fuels will grow most on the Asian continent, energy must be produced as sustainably as possible with more reliance on renewable sources to meet global goals to combat climate change, according to a new report by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Co-authors Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at the institute, and Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies, are cited.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Flood recovery plan focuses on long-term resilience for Lake Houston community
Lester King, lecturer at Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences and member of the Technical Review Board for Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, is featured giving his presentation at the State of Lake Houston Luncheon June 12.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Crêpe paper meets carpet at this piñata-inspired exhibition
An article features the opening of the newly commissioned work by the Dutch art collective We Make Carpets at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. Kim Davenport, chief curator for the Moody, is quoted.
Houstonia Magazine

See a whole different side of Houston with this new fitness tour
An article mentions the “fascinating story” of Rice’s founding.
CultureMap Houston

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.
MD Anderson Newsroom (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy.)

Great expectations: 8th-grader strives to succeed
Rice is mentioned.
Valley Morning Star


KUT-AM (Austin)
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about likely increases in domestic goods prices due to tariffs levied on China. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

KUT-AM (Austin)
Because of the high global demand for oil, domestic oil producers are unlikely to be affected by a trade war with China, according to Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. A related article quotes Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Tariff threat from China may shift global oil flows
Hellenic Shipping News


EdX partners support fees for online courses
EdX is charging a fee for some of its online courses. Caroline Levander, vice president for global and digital strategy, the Carlson Professor in the Humanities and professor of English, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed’s “Inside Digital Learning”

Study finds recommendation letters inadvertently signal doubt about female applicants more than they do for men
Letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than are letters written for men. Co-author Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted and co-author Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed

Gene expression analysis gets gassy
Rice researchers developed a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria. Jonathon Silberg, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and associate professor of bioengineering, and Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth science, chemistry and bio-sciences, are quoted.
The Scientist

Partnering with daily deal websites
An article mentions a 2012 study by Rice researchers that tracked the activity of daily deal websites for one year.
Hotel Executive

Cement fly ash binder makes concrete ‘green’
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 and graduate student Sung Hoon Hwang is mentioned.
Chem.Info (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Department of Energy announces $21 million to advance solar desalination technologies
An article mentions that Rice was awarded $1.7 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to research advancements in solar-thermal desalination technologies.
Electric Power News Today

University of Houston launches center for data science
An article mentions Rice’s $43 million investment in a data science initiative.
Center for Digital Education

A-State joining OpenStax to increase use of free textbooks
Related articles mention that Arkansas State University and Santa Monica College are two of nine schools chosen to participate in the 2018-2019 OpenStax Institutional Partnership Program to encourage use of free, peer-reviewed textbooks on campus. OpenStax is a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources. SMC quotes Nicole Finkbeiner, associate director of institutional relations for OpenStax.
ASU News (This article also appeared on KARK and
SMC partners with OpenStax to increase use of free textbooks on campus

How virtual advisers help low-income students apply to college
An article about how virtual advisers can help students make decisions about college mentions Johnny Dang’s decision to attend Rice.

Amplify Energy announces additions to its leadership team
Alumna Polly Schott ’93 is featured.
Nasdaq (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)

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.


Meet 5 U of T women who are on list of ‘Engineering Graduates To Watch’
An article mentions a collaborative internship opportunity among Rice, the American Health Alliance and Jimma University in Ethiopia.
U of T News

Hudson family raises dogs for Guiding Eyes for the Blind
An article mentions Duncan College junior Maggie Cox.

Our autonomous moonshot
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

Spindle items
An article mentions Jones College junior Jarod Yap.
Clarence Bee

Data protection tips offered
Alumnus Scott Relf ’82 is quoted.
Overton County News

Local attorney recognized for pro bono work
Alumnus John Koch ’05 is featured and pictured.
Lake Oswego Review

‘The data thugs’
An article mentions that Peter Tillman attended Rice.
Watts Up With That

‘Underground’ — Matthew Grabelsky portraitiert NYC-subway-riders als Tiere
The artwork of alumnus Matthew Grabelsky ’02 is featured.
Whudat (An English-language version is not available.)

ANC designa a Calixto Ortega Sánchez como presidente del BCV (+Perfil)
Alumnus Calixto Ortega Sánchez ’11 is featured.
Descifrado (An English-language version is not available.)


Report: Former Rice star Blain Padgett died from opioids
The Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences determined that the cause of death of former Rice football player Blain Padgett was an accident due to the toxic effects of carfentanil, a synthetic opioid. Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff appears in several television broadcasts.  
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)
Blain Padgett, Rice Owls football star, died of effects from synthetic opioid, coroner rules
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
CW39 (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Rice DE Blain Padgett’s death caused by potent synthetic opioid
The Sporting News
Synthetic opioid blamed for Rice defensive end’s death
Yahoo! Sports
Cause of death for Rice star Blain Padgett has been revealed
The Spun
Blain Padgett cause of death: How did Rice football star die?

Bragga gets chance at ‘dream job’ with Owls
Rice’s new head baseball coach Matt Bragga is featured and pictured. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.

Ballard’s beginning: Newly hired head coach implementing culture change 
Rice is mentioned in two photo captions.
Panther Now

Baylor volleyball announces 2018 fall schedule
An article mentions that Rice volleyball will play Baylor Sept. 8.

Maverick McIvor’s a Red Raider
Rice is mentioned.

Gators vs. Longhorns in CWS elimination matchup
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is featured.


Boring barnacles prefer the shallow life on coral reefs 
Rice marine biologist Adrienne Correa and her former undergraduate student, alumna Rebecca Maher, leaped into a project counting barnacles on coral reefs to understand how barnacles infest stony coral over a variety of conditions and reduce calcium carbonate on reefs.

About Stefan De La Garza

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