Dateline Rice for June 28, 2018


Threats from US put new pressure on Iranian oil importers
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how the nations importing Iranian oil are under pressure from the U.S. to find another energy source or face sanctions.
The New York Times (This Associated Press article also appeared in over 100 other media outlets.)

Mexico’s presidential election: 5 things to know
An article about the upcoming Mexican presidential election cites an issue brief from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “Mexico’s Young Voters and the 2018 Elections” that determined the most important voting bloc will be citizens aged 18-35.
CNN (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Trump’s legacy just got exponentially more consequential
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the recent announcement that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire.
CNN (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

2 new papers offer clues to Mars’ weird history

Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article about understanding the history of Mars and its formation.
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Sebastian Gogola’s Interests.)

The 20 hardest colleges to get into in America ranks Rice No. 17 among the 20 hardest colleges to get into on the basis of 2017 acceptance rates and SAT and ACT scores.


Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring at end of July
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 about the announcement that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will retire and about possible successors. Jones is also mentioned in a letter to the editor from the Dallas Morning News.
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Letters: Pollen, climate change, Pete Sessions, immigration, Utah story, Michael Hogue
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “District has changed.”)

Businesses cashing in on political divide
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about patronizing businesses whose owners take political stances.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Quality Hill, Houston’s first affluent neighborhood
An article mentions that Arthur Cohn helped found Rice after his boss, William Marsh Rice, died in 1900.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Here’s why you absolutely have to stop using jargon at work
James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Finance at Rice’s Jones School of Business, is quoted. (Editor’s note: A name correction on Weston’s name has been requested.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival
An article mentions that faculty members from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will help emerging musicians prepare for concerts for the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival.
CultureMap Houston

The future of the Johnson Space Center is up in the air 
An article mentions that Rice sold land to the U.S. government for the development of what would become the NASA Space Center.
Houstonia Magazine


WFLA-AM (Tampa Bay, Fla.)
Research from Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which shows that reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to pay for new items, is mentioned in a radio broadcast.


Scientists win NIH grant to study discrete subaortic stenosis
Scientists at Rice, Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have won a $2.2 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the dynamic processes and cellular players linked to congenital heart disease. Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the university’s Department of Bioengineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in ScienMag and

Spatial humanities in libraries
An article features a talk given by Kathy Weimer, head of Fondren’s Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services at Rice, about spatial humanities and its potential as an aspect of library instruction and its role in student research.
American Libraries Magazine

Cell-based flu vaccines only slightly better than traditional shots in seniors: FDA study
An article mentions that a Rice study predicted egg-cultured flu vaccines for the coming season will be only 20 percent effective against the H3N2 strain, whereas effectiveness of shots made in insect cells could reach 47 percent.

Tune in to the new podcast series from the IEEE Brain Initiative
An article features the research of Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, which develops nanotechnology devices to better understand the workings of the brain.
The Institute

ASLH Student Research Colloquium: Deadline approaching
An article mentions that the Department of History at Rice will host the American Society for Legal History Student Research Colloquium Nov. 7.
Legal History Blog

Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs?
Texas infrastructure projects emphasize convenience over effectiveness, according to Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
American Planning Association

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A roundup of materials stories features the development of graphene foam by Rice researchers.
The American Ceramic Society (Scroll down to “Sculpting with graphene foam.”)


‘Word Wise’: Apollo 8
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

Clinton School project in Plainfield builds literacy and learning
Rice is mentioned.

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.

Elon musician uses hand drumming for educational outreach
An article mentions that John Cook plans to attend Rice.
Amherst New Era-Progress

Supes approve RFP to lease Lucerne Hotel
An article mentions that Rice will participate in a global studies program in Lakeport, Calif.
The Record-Bee

Living and working with different religions: 1 teacher’s story
Rice is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines

Iperogetti di Timothy Morton: l’ambientalismo non basta
The work of Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured.
Esquire Magazine Italia (An English-language version is not available.)


Hall of Fame honor brings Tanner Gardner home to Topeka
Tanner Gardner, the chief operating officer of Rice’s Department of Athletics, was inducted into the Topeka Shawnee County Sports Hall of Fame.
The Topeka Capital-Journal

NC’s Braden chooses Rice
An article mentions that Garrett Braden will play football for Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in New Canaan News.)

Part II: Like Lions QB Stafford, Luke Willson entering his NFL prime
Former Rice football player Luke Willson is featured.
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in Plugged In, TVA Nouvelles, the Leader Post, Vancouver Sun and Edmonton Sun.)

Odds makers set MTSU win total at 7; FAU tops league with 9
Conference USA oddsmakers in Las Vegas have projected the wins for college football teams including the Rice Owls.
Murfreesboro Post

‘Around the Dog Park’: Temple’s on-campus stadium hits yet another roadblock
An article mentions that Luke Armstrong will play football for Rice. The late Blain Padgett is also mentioned.
SB Nation

Best in Texas offseason edition: Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua give TCU a ruthless ground attack
A roundup of Texas college football rankings features Rice and pictures former football players Paul Porras and Broderick Jackson.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Missy Owens named to preseason volleyball Big 12 team
An article mentions that Rice volleyball will play Texas Tech Aug. 24. (This article also appeared in

‘Texas History’: Counting down the 5 moments that shaped the Mack Brown era: Ricky returns
Rice is mentioned.

‘Texas Football’: 3 graduate transfers the Longhorns missed out on
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Hook ‘Em Headlines

Connor Cashaw chasing NCAA Tournament dream by transferring to Creighton
Former Rice basketball player Connor Cashaw is featured and pictured.
Chicago Tribune

Q&A: Padres pitching prospect Cal Quantrill talks about his recovery, his mind-set and aiming for the next level
Rice is mentioned.
The Athletic


Biochemists follow clues toward Alzheimer’s, cancer, longevity
James McNew’s and Michael Stern’s biochemical hunt for the root cause of a rare, paralyzing genetic disorder is a 10-year quest that’s taken an unexpected turn toward everyday killers such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and aging. The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Rice University scientists a five-year R01 grant to investigate a biochemical domino effect that begins with a critical regulatory protein called TOR and ends with cells dying of oxidative stress.

Rice U. experts available to comment on Sunday’s Mexican elections
With Mexicans going to the polls Sunday to elect a new president, 500 members of Congress and 128 senators, Rice University has two experts available to comment on the implications of a defining moment in Mexican politics: Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and professor of political science.

About Stefan De La Garza

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