Dateline Rice for June 22, 2018


Matt Bragga brings high hopes to Rice’s baseball program
Several articles and television broadcasts feature the official introduction of Rice’s new head baseball coach, Matt Bragga. Joe Karlgaard, Rice director of athletics, is quoted, and former head baseball coach Wayne Graham and former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr. and Bobby May are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Matt Bragga introduced as head coach of Rice University baseball team
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Deep in the heart of Texas
The Star Beacon
Tennessee Tech promotes Justin Holmes to head baseball coach
The Tennessean
Holmes ready to take control at Tech
Cookeville Herald-Citizen
Area sports notes: Roswall, Cross in State Four-Ball quarterfinals
Chattanooga Times Free Press


Trump’s Katrina moment
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the potential political fallout from the immigration detention policy.
The Atlantic

Climate change first became news 30 years ago. Why haven’t we fixed it?
Society’s inability to grasp the scope of climate change can be likened to a scene from the movie “The Empire Strikes Back,” according to Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
National Geographic


Houston’s most underrated art mecca unveils a piñata-inspired marvel
Alumna Miranda Proctor ’18 authored an article about the newly commissioned work “Crêpe Paper Carpet” 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 and Michael Maltzan, the architect who designed the Moody, is mentioned.
PaperCity Magazine (A similar version of this article also appeared in Dallas Art Dealers Association.)

Latinos will outnumber whites in Texas by 2022. What does that mean for state politics?
Even though the Texas population is projected to be predominately Latino by 2022, Anglos are more represented in the voting population by 2.5 times, according to 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. Jones is also quoted in an article from the San Antonio Express-News about the re-election challenges facing Republican Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, due to the immigration detention policy.
Dallas Observer
Hurd carries the burden of the GOP brand into November
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Higher opioid use correlated with 2016 Trump support across US 
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article exploring data that shows that the counties across the U.S. with the highest opioid prescription rates in 2015 were more likely to favor then presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The Dallas Morning News

‘Pet of the Week’: Larry the terrier talks the taco you need in your life
An article mentions the Rice University Neologisms Database.
CultureMap Houston


Mexico braces for change
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.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)

Presidential hopeful AMLO — radical or pragmatist?
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 quoted.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)

Scripps research study provides new clues to improving 
About half of all drugs, ranging from morphine to penicillin, come from compounds that are from — or have been derived from — nature. This includes many cancer drugs, which are toxic enough to kill cancer cells. Research from co-author George Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, which has illuminated how the organisms that make these toxic substances protect themselves from the harmful effects, is cited.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in ScienMag.)

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.
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Female conductor and associate principal trumpet make debuts at Miller
Graduate student Rubén Rengel is mentioned.
Broadway World

Tools for tots: On Alexandra Lange’s ‘The Design of Childhood’
Allyn West, former assistant director of communications for the Rice Design Alliance, authored a book review.
Los Angeles Review of Books

Can Squirrel become the next decentralized peer-to-peer internet protocol?
An article mentions a 2002 paper from Rice computer science researchers Sitaram Iyer and Peter Druschel about a decentralized, peer-to-peer web cache alternative called Squirrel. (This article also appeared in Inside Bitcoins.)

DOE takes concrete steps to streamline permitting and reassure global LNG markets
An article mentions a 2015 joint study by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Oxford Economics to determine the effects of liquefied natural gas exports on the domestic economy and energy markets.
JD Supra

Dave Wakefield
An article mentions the Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business.

SIG Programming at the upcoming AMA Summer Academic Conference
Baris Depecik, visiting assistant professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, will speak about sponsorships at the American Marketing Association Summer Academic Conference.


Sugar Bowl Academy graduates 9 student-athletes
Rice is mentioned.
Sierra Sun

Where are they going? The Ridgefield High college list
Rice is mentioned.
Ridgefield Patch

Joel Barlow’s top 10 graduates
An article mentions that Sumudu Dileka Gunawardana plans to attend Rice.


Rice football: 2018 Owls preview and prediction
An article quotes Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren and mentions football players Jackson Tyner, Sam Glaesmann, Evan Marshman, Shawn Stankavage, Nahshon Ellerbe, Austin Walter, Emmanuel Esupka, Aaron Cephus, Austin Trammell and former players Miklo Smalls, Dylan Silcox, Martin Nwakamma, Jack Fox, Will Harrison, Brian Womac, Preston Gordon and Calvin Anderson. The late Blain Padgett and new defensive coordinator Brian Smith are also mentioned. Anderson is also mentioned in an article from
A 10-step plan for Texas to win the Big 12 in 2018

‘DFW Elite’: Is this Mansfield ISD student the best all-around football in Texas?
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Football or baseball? Elite DFW athlete doesn’t have to pick if he goes to Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Fisher Business News

Herman: For some reason, Texas Democrats go to work on a platform
Rice football is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

Carlsbad football star commits to Oklahoma State
Rice is mentioned.
Albuquerque Journal


‘Humanism’ is an empty buzzword for AI developers
As a growing number of tech companies tout their progress in the development of “humanistic” artificial intelligence, Rice media scholar Kirsten Ostherr warns that such rhetoric is often unclear and frequently meaningless. “Unless these companies reconsider their underlying approach,” Ostherr wrote in an op-ed this week for the Washington Post, “their words will remain empty.”

Rice Alliance to host 2018 Department of Energy Cleantech University Prize National Competition
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is hosting the 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) Cleantech University Prize National Competition June 28 at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Teams consisting of students from some of the top universities in the U.S. will present their business plans to nearly 100 judges from the energy, clean-tech and investment sectors competing for $135,000 in prizes sponsored by the DOE.

About Stefan De La Garza

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