Dateline Rice for June 25, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Rice students working to preserve LGBTQ community history
A project conducted by Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, which has recorded the stories of Houstonians active in the city’s LGBTQ community since 2007, is featured. Baker College senior Luis Adame and Wiess College junior Zoe Clark are quoted in the corresponding article and appear in the television broadcast. (Editor’s note: A correction on Riedel’s name has been requested.)
Houston celebrates pride and striving for equality (This segment also aired on “KHOU 11 News Saturday Morning.”)


The next challengers of US role in the Middle East
Co-authors A. Kadir Yildirim and Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellows for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the rising specter of Islamist support in the Middle East due to the changing diplomatic policy of the U.S.
The Hill

Regions with highest opioid use strongly backed Trump in 2016, study finds
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.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The Supreme Court protects privacy in the digital age
An article mentions that Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. spoke at Rice in 2012 about the challenges of adapting old, established rules to new technology.
The Los Angeles Times

It is time for Trump to start selling space exploration
Several articles mention President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Stadium Sept. 12, 1962.
The Hill
Climate change disputers are actually innovation pessimists
The Hill
The ‘Final Frontier’ gets closer with President Trump’s new ‘Space Force’ directives
What we learn from a moonshot


Rice and UH play part in saving lives
An op-ed mentions medical devices created by Rice 360º Institute for Global Health to help save newborns and preemies in low-resource nations. USAID has provided grants to Rice 360 to conduct testing to ensure that the new technologies are safe and effective.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Growing secular movement could indicate change in political tide — even in Texas
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 growing political prominence of secular voters in Texas.
The Texas Observer

Trump backlash in November would affect DFW economy
The likely Democratic strategy for Texas midterm elections in November will be to turn it into a referendum on President Donald Trump’s administration, 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 about a disturbance at the recent state Democratic convention held in Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
‘I think it’s funny’: Republican prankster booted from Texas Democratic convention
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in Law & Crime.)

Rice researcher finds risk assessment tools may increase incarceration rates
Robert Werth, senior lecturer in sociology, is featured in a Q&A about his research that determined risk assessment tools ultimately consider everyone who is assessed a risk, which in turn may lead to higher levels of people entering the criminal justice system.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

The legacy of Sally Ride
A photo caption mentions the ExxonMobil Sally Ride Science Festival that was held at Rice in 2012.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters online magazine.)

Girl Scouts awards $30,000 in scholarships to 24 graduating seniors
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Laredo Morning Times.)

UTSA Academic Affairs announces leadership changes
Alumna Heather Shipley ’06 has been appointed vice provost for academic affairs and dean of University College at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
UTSA Today


‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today 6 a.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that Rice has a tobacco-free campus.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Latina Voices’
A television broadcast features a study from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research about the Hispanic population in Houston and mentions Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of the institute.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

101.5 Word FM (Pittsburgh)
Rice is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Rice University’s Ming Tang earns early career award
Rice materials scientist Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is one of 85 “outstanding scientists early in their careers” awarded a prestigious grant by the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Research Program. His lab will use the funds to examine morphological instability mechanisms observed during the electrodeposition of active metals.

Mexico’s presidential elections have big implications for US energy companies
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 in an article about how President Donald Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric buoyed the nationalist campaign of Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador.

In Ballroom Marfa’s ‘Hyperobjects,’ the scale of ecological crisis stretches human perception
An article features “Hyperobjects,” a group exhibition co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Can realistic training devices help make a blockbuster?
An article mentions two studies from Rice that determined device misuse in patients who use metered-dose inhalers may limit their medication’s efficacy by delivering only half the medication they require.
Pharmaceutical Executive

10 best integrated development environment (IDE) for Java
An article mentions that Dr. Java software is maintained by Rice’s JavaPLT group.
The Indian Wire (Scroll down to “7. Dr. Java.”)

This week on the Space Show
Alumnus John Cramer ’57 is featured in a podcast.
The International Space Fellowship

Supervisors to consider approving Lucerne Hotel proposal, Pawnee fire emergency declaration
An article mentions that Rice will participate in a Global Studies program in Lakeport, Calif.
Lake County News

Lyryx becomes an OpenStax ally
An article mentions that Lyryx Learning’s online homework system has partnered with OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Digital Journal


These are the college dorms that are nicer than most people’s apartments
Rice’s residential colleges, which are part of a housing system that creates friendly, close-knit communities, are ranked No. 2 in the nation by Niche.
The Cheat Sheet

Alex Mills: Worldwide energy demand expected to keep growing
Crude oil and natural gas will continue to provide a major portion of the world’s energy needs for the next 20 years, according to a study 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. (A similar article appeared in Oilman Magazine.)

H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr. RIP
An article features the late Tristram Engelhardt Jr., professor of history and philosophy of medicine, who died June 21 at the age of 77. (Similar versions of this article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Mulvaney impresses Trump with impassioned speech on the country’s ‘Byzantine’ regulatory system
Alumnus Conor Beck ’17 authored an article.
Washington Free Beacon

‘Business Notes’: Pearson named new CEO, Bethesda hires new doctor and more
Alumnus Jathan Cantu ’80 is featured.
Tyler Morning Telegraph b

The hills come alive
Alumna Lydia Pion ’18 is featured.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

‘The Lowe Down’: Is the VSO summer tour just music for picnicking?
Graduate student Rubén Rengel is featured.
Rutland Herald

Adding context to life’s punctuations
An article mentions that Paul Glenski plans to attend Rice.
Yakima Herald-Republic

Parsippany Hills High School posts graduate plans of Class of 2018
An article mentions that Steven Feng plans to attend Rice.
Parsippany Focus

Former mentors inspire ‘pay it forward’ approach
Rice is mentioned.
The Japan Times


3T — With new Rice baseball coach Matt Bragga
Rice’s new head baseball coach Matt Bragga is featured in a radio interview and mentioned in the Daily Herald.
New leaders for Tech, MTSU
The Daily Herald

‘International League Baseball’
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens appears in a broadcast of a minor league baseball game. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned. Graham is also quoted in an article by
Comcast SportsNet Chicago (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Heroes became legends and bluebloods faded, but college baseball thriving behind new leaders (This article also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)

‘Dayton’s CW’
Former Rice baseball player Austin Orewiler appears in a broadcast of a minor league baseball game. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Pete Hughes adds Austin Wates to the K-State baseball staff
An article mentions that former Rice baseball player Cody Staab was drafted by the Seattle Mariners.
Best College Sports News Network

Best in Texas offseason edition: TCU still the team to beat; Are the Aggies ahead of the Longhorns?
Rice football player Austin Walter is pictured. Rice football is ranked No. 11 in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News

How Fobbs’ new deal with Grambling stacks up to others in SWAC, FCS
Rice football’s offensive coordinator Jerry Mack is mentioned.
News Star (This article also appeared in the Shreveport Times.)

Passion for broadcasting drives Lyn Rollins to Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
An article mentions the 2016 LSU-Rice semifinal game of the NCAA Baton Rouge baseball regional.
News Star (This article also appeared in The Daily Iberian.)

Conference USA preseason position previews: Linebacker
Rice football player Anthony Ekpe is featured.
SB Nation (Scroll down to “13. Rice: Anthony Ekpe.”)

Summer of Dax is well underway
Rice is mentioned.

Arkansas in-state target releases top 5
Rice is mentioned.

Marshall’s Tahj Washington offered by Memphis
Rice is mentioned.

Nobody appreciated Omaha and the CWS more than State’s Rusty Thoms
Rice is mentioned.
Mississippi Today


DOE funds field test of Rice’s solar desalination technology
The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $1.7 million to a Rice University-led team for further development and field testing of an innovative desalination technology. Rice’s “nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation” technology, or NESMD, is one of 14 projects funded through the DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office’s Solar Desalination program.

About Stefan De La Garza

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