Dateline Rice for June 26, 2018


Found: Rosa Parks’ arrest warrant and more traces of civil rights history
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about what officials believe is the largest surviving trove of legal records related to the Montgomery bus boycott, which involved such civil rights icons as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Brinkley is also interviewed on CNN about the political and societal ramifications of a restaurant refusing to serve White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in WRAL Online and Black News Zone.)
‘Anderson Cooper 360’

States using election security grants for new voting machines that won’t be ready for 2018
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how federal grants designed to help prevent cyberattacks may not provide much protection in time for the midterm elections as Congress intended. (Editor’s note: A correction on Wallach’s name has been requested.)
McClatchy Washington Bureau (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)

Hitting refresh: The Menil Collection’s subtle, substantial redo in Houston
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.

US researchers to further field testing of solar desalination technology
The Department of Energy has awarded $1.7 million to a Rice-led team to further advance the “nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation” technology, or NESMD, which was developed at Rice’s Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment. Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Xinhua (A similar article appeared in  

After Hurricane Harvey, Rice University preserves Houston’s Jewish past
The Houston Jewish History Archive, which is part of Rice’s Woodson Research Center, houses documents and historical records from Houston’s Jewish community, including those almost lost during Hurricane Harvey. Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, is featured and pictured. Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96 is mentioned.
The Times of Israel


Is Texas backing the wrong Obamacare lawsuit?
Ken Janda, an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the possible effects of the “Texas lawsuit,” which is aimed at invalidating the protections for people with pre-existing conditions in the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Girl Scouts welcomes new members to board of directors
Leah Bennett, who serves on the oversight board for the M.A. Wright Fund at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs?
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about how infrastructure projects can affect the population of Texas’ urban centers.
Texas Tribune

Trailblazing female conductor and Houston Symphony associate principal trumpet make debuts at Miller Outdoor Theatre
Graduate student Rubén Regel is mentioned.
The Katy News

Kingwood High School names new principal
An article mentions that Michael Nasra participated in the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellowship for School Leaders, which focused on building the leadership capacity of current and aspiring professionals in the education sector.
Kingwood News

Lone Star Family Health Center launches Access the Arts program
An article mentions a Fotofest exhibit that was held at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

10 underrated Houston views
The architecture of Lovett Hall and James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion are featured.

Mom, in touch
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Monthly

A year in review for the video game industry in Houston
Rice is mentioned.


Ramifications of toxic political climate
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 interviewed in several articles and broadcasts about how the heightened polarization that exists within our political system is seeping into broader society and about the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld Texas’ drawing of state and congressional districts. Jones is also quoted by Texas Public Radio about Texas’ 2019 budget.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Funding limits place Texas agencies in holding pattern prior to legislative session
Texas Public Radio
SCOTUS decision on Texas redistricting is major Republican victory
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

What will Harris County’s flood bond projects entail — and what else is needed?
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” about Harris County’s proposed $2.5 billion bond measure for flood protection.
Houston Public Media (Comments begin at 20:57.)


Implantable 3D-printed organs could be coming sooner than you think
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
TechCrunch (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Cheaper textbooks and better access for higher ed students
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.

24 of the richest and most powerful women in 2018
Alumna Randa Duncan Williams ’85 is featured.
The Richest (Scroll down to “17– Randa Duncan Williams — 6.3 billion.”)

Graphmatec develops 3D printable graphene filament
An article about advances in graphene mentions that Rice researchers developed graphene foam.
3D Printing Industry

EverybodyFights is coming to Philadelphia
Alumnus George Foreman III ’06 is featured.
Markets Insider


3 author events at Towne Center Books in July
Graduate student Suzanne Rindell will discuss her book “Eagle and Crane” at a book-signing July 11 in Pleasanton, Calif.
Pleasanton Weekly

ILS Director Luis Fraga honored with MALDEF lifetime achievement award
Alumnus Luis Ricardo Fraga ’81 received a lifetime achievement award for excellence in community service from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Chandler Davidson, research professor and Tsanoff Chair of Public Affairs Emeritus, is mentioned.
Notre Dame News

‘Career Briefs’: Soni Gupta joins the Boston Foundation as director of neighborhoods and housing
An article mentions that Padam Pandit completed the Finance Leadership Program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.


Rice football adds 3 transfers
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren, former head football coach David Bailiff and football players Will Phillips and Blaze Alldredge are mentioned. Recently recruited players Jacob Doddridge, Nate Richards and Stuart Mouchantaf are mentioned and Giovanni Gentosi (images 1, 3 and 4) and Andrew Mike (image 2) are mentioned and pictured. Rice football’s training camp starts July 26.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Battlefield graduate Jake Agnos selected to compete with USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Matt Canterino was named to the 2018 Collegiate National Team.
Inside NoVA

Van Vleck’s Koliba plays in Houston-area All-Star Game
Rice is mentioned.
Bay City Daily Tribune

Tom Herman ranked among college football’s top coaches
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is featured.

Nebraskans embrace Van Horn’s run 16 years after he left
Rice is mentioned.

‘Action News Rewind’: Fresno State 2008 NCAA College World Series
Rice is mentioned.
KFSN Online


Kinder Institute announces 2018 Houston Solutions Lab funding
Rice’s Houston Solutions Lab today announced funding to support three projects focusing on flooding issues and a sustainability plan for the city’s fleet of vehicles. The Houston Solutions Lab connects Rice researchers with leaders in numerous city of Houston departments to formulate mutually beneficial research.

About Stefan De La Garza

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