Dateline Rice for June 27, 2018


Erdogan wins presidential election without runoff as predicted by analysts
An article about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-election quotes Abdullah Aydogan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the institute.
Sputnik International

Trump country is opioid country
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.
Salon (Similar articles appeared in and The National Memo.)


Mexico’s front runner and privatization: The implications for US energy
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 and interviewed by KUIK about how President Donald Trump’s anti-Mexico rhetoric buoyed the nationalist campaign of Mexican presidential candidate López Obrador.
Texas Standard
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Supreme Court rules in Texas redistricting case involving congressional districts
With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling favoring Texas’ drawing of state and congressional districts, Republicans will likely retain their majority in the Texas House and allow them to control the next redrawing in 2021, 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 Governing about the success of “accidental governors” who decide to run for re-election, and he is quoted and interviewed about the power of straight-ticket voting by Texas Republican constituents.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
A history of accidental governors
Polls show Texas Democrats gaining, but are the races really that close?
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

New bill could help Austin patients avoid surprise medical bills after visiting freestanding ERs
An article about the cost of freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) cites a 2015 study from Rice researchers that determined patients in Texas in 2009 were charged nearly 10 times more at an FSED compared with an urgent care center for the same ailment.
Community Impact Newspaper

Will Dallas ever favor the neighborhood over the highway?
Texas infrastructure projects emphasize convenience over effectiveness, according to Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
D Magazine

Slurpee straw inspires surgery innovation
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
UT News

Lone Star College offers students recreational sports options
An article mentions that Rice will participate in the Lone Star College Sport Club Conference competition.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Full show: Travel ban upheld and improving Houston’s walkability
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, are featured on an episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media
Are we moving toward a more walkable Houston?
Houston Public Media
What mice and chocolate milk can teach us about memory
Houston Public Media

KFBK-AM (Sacramento, Calif.)
Research from Donald Huddle, professor emeritus of economics, is cited. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

‘WLNY News at 9 p.m.’
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is cited.
WLNY-TV (New York) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WBBM-AM (Chicago) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Innovative architecture sets the standard for scaling up ‘supercapacitive’ energy storage devices
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted and mentioned in several articles about his research developing graphene foam, which has a high electrical conductivity and double-layer capacitance. Graduate student Duy Xuan Luong is quoted and pictured in an article from Advanced Science News.
Science Trends (This article also appeared in Ichiban Electronic.)
Weebit Nano share price zooms 250 percent in Australia
Sculpting with graphene foam
Advanced Science News

Kalorama information: Picking up the pieces from Theranos, other IVD companies aim at ‘single drop’ tests
An article cites a 2015 study by Rice researchers that urged caution when measuring blood from a finger prick due to high drop-to-drop variations for several blood components.
Markets Insider

Big chunks of election security grants will go toward new voting
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.)
Government Technology

DOE funds field test of Rice’s 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.
Water Online (This article also appeared in Power Systems Design and


Friday heat spike — up to 3 months’ worth of rain for southern Minnesota last 30 days
A roundup of climate change news mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Stadium Sept. 12, 1962.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (Scroll down to “Climate change disputers are actually innovation pessimists.”)

The Guilford High School Class of 2018
An article mentions that Austin Alexander Fix plans to attend Rice.

Indian American ‘next-generation leaders’ named to Washington Leadership Class of 2018
An article mentions that Hanszen College senior Navya Kumar will be a part of the 2018 Washington Leadership Program.
India West

In Houston, when it comes to using your phone when, where and how you want to, who delivers the best experience?
Rice is mentioned.
Markets Insider

‘Opinión’: Hay que conciliar la justicia con el desarrollo del sector
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about how reform of Mexico’s energy sector must also include the communities in which companies operate to reduce clashes between the two.
Expansión MX

Forscher trauern um Lothar Frey
An article mentions that Lothar Frey, who died at the age of 60, conducted research at Rice.


Lions tight end Luke Willson discovers you can go home again
Former Rice football player Luke Willson is featured and pictured.
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in 15 other media outlets.)

Fuller named to Siena coaching staff
Former director of basketball operations Graham Bousley is featured.
Gloversville Leader-Herald

Billings Mustangs drop 3rd straight, 6-1 to Great Falls Voyagers
Rice baseball player Ricky Salinas is mentioned.

Davis named Lady Topper tennis coach
Former assistant men’s tennis coach Greg Davis is featured.
Bowling Green Daily News

From tragedy to triumph: Lufkin’s Breylon Garcia decides on a school
Rice is mentioned.
KLTV Online (This article also appeared on KTRE Online and

Krista Pirtle: Midway’s Mordecai, Mart’s Terry won’t be easy to replace
Rice football player Sam Glaesmann is mentioned.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Tech says Felton, Stringer to rejoin team after indicating plans to transfer
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is mentioned.

3-star Mansfield prospect commits to Cal
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Baker Institute expert explores implications of Supreme Court’s ruling on online sales taxation
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 21 that states can impose sales taxes on out-of-state retailers, even those that do not have a physical presence in the state. Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, outlined her insights in a new issue brief that reviews the implications of the Supreme Court ruling and the legislative developments in online sales taxation over the last 12 months.

Baker Institute expert: Focus on trade deficits, tariffs and immigration not way to address US-China tech race
Focusing on trade deficits, boosting tariffs and restricting immigration are precisely the wrong ways to address the strategic dilemmas raised by the intensifying U.S.-China technology race, according to a new issue brief by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Feds back study of congenital heart disease
Scientists at Rice, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant to study the dynamic processes and cellular players linked to discrete subaortic stenosis (DSS), a congenital heart disease. The $2.2 million, four-year R01 grant administered by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute will allow a team led by Jane Grande-Allen and Dr. Sundeep Keswani to develop computer and tissue-engineered models to predict the recurrence of DSS lesions of the left ventricular outflow tract.

About Stefan De La Garza

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