Dateline Rice for June 29, 2018


Mexican elections could bring shift to the left
The front-running Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador is likely to move the government in a more conservative direction and seek more aggressive relations with the U.S., 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 about Gov. Greg Abbott’s concern that tariffs might affect Texas’ steel industry, about Trump’s upcoming summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and about the advantages of straight-ticket voting for Republicans.
Marketplace (This segment aired on more than 450 other affiliate stations.)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls on Trump to reconsider steel tariffs
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 29 print edition with a different headline, “Abbott says tariffs hurt Texas.”)
KRLD-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


State Department report warns kids in government-run facilities ‘easy targets’ for human traffickers
An article about the U.S. State Department’s annual report on global human trafficking, which highlights the dangers of putting children in government-run facilities, quotes Kerry Ward, associate professor of history.
Foreign Policy

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2018: How 1968 impacted today’s legal landscape
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is featured in a podcast from the Legal Talk Network about what made 1968 a tumultuous year in American history.
Legal Talk Network

Gina Ciancone (MUP ’19) collaborates with scientists and physicians on ‘Green Screen,’ winner of Mittal Institute’s Seed for Change Program
David Costanza, technology fellow at Rice’s School of Architecture, is part of a Harvard design team that won the “Seed for Change Program” award from Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

50 private high schools that cost more than most colleges
An article about private high schools whose tuition is higher than most colleges notes that tuition at Milton Academy in Milton, Mass., is comparable to tuition at Rice.

A professor tries to clear his name with colleagues. They are not buying it.
William Black, a history doctoral student at Rice, gathered and tweeted information about an investigation underway at Tarleton State University.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Will race or party affiliation guide Gwinnett commission voters?
John Alford, professor of political science, is quoted about how minorities tend to vote.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Treating epilepsy with CBD oil
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 about how cannabidiol oil, which is extracted from cannabis but does not contain THC, can help relieve the symptoms of some patients suffering from epilepsy.
TMC News

Feds back study of congenital heart disease
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 pictured and quoted.
TMC News

‘Field Notes’

A roundup of news stories mentions that Martel College’s Gigi Rill and two other Rice students built a replica of Peter Parker’s bedroom as part of Willy Week festivities.
TMC News

What did I see when I went to Israel? Hope.
Hanszen College senior Elizabeth Myong authored an op-ed about her trip to Israel.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Family friendly design mixes style, function and fun in West University home
Alumnus Brian Tison ’01 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Today’s Headlines’
Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, is mentioned.
Streetsblog Texas

Olympic athlete engages pediatric cancer patients in MD Anderson 
An article mentions that an Olympic track and field hopeful is training at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is requiredThis article appeared in the June 29 print edition with a different headline, “Olympian puts bounce in children’s cancer unit.”)

Victoria native completes surgical oncology fellowship
Alumna Kristin Rojas ’08 is featured.
Victoria Advocate

Queer things to do in Houston this weekend: June 28-July 1, 2018
A roundup of LGBTQ events in Houston mentions that the Rice Graduate Student Association will host a Pride Picnic at 6 p.m. June 29 in the Grad Commons outside Valhalla.

Flood recovery plan focuses on long-term resilience for Lake Houston community
Lester King, lecturer at Rice’s Wiess School of Natural Sciences and member of the Technical Review Board for Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability, is featured giving his presentation at the State of Lake Houston Luncheon June 12.
Humble Observer (This article also appeared in the Kingwood Observer and in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Girl Scouts welcome 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.
Memorial Examiner (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Girl Scouts award $30,000 in scholarships to 24 graduating seniors
Rice is mentioned.
Memorial Examiner (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)


Houston researcher studies Zealandia — the (mostly) underwater continent
A 2017 interview with Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, about Zealandia was rebroadcast on “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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 interviewed about the consequences facing the U.S. if Mexico changes its own immigration enforcement policy detaining Central Americans. Payan is also quoted about the probable changes to Mexico’s domestic and international policies if presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins in the upcoming Mexican election. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Mexico’s treatment of illegals far worse than US’
López Obrador’s promise of change connects with exhausted electorate
Austin American-Statesman


Biochemists follow clues toward Alzheimer’s, cancer, longevity
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Rice 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. James McNew, professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Michael Stern, professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted and postdoctoral researcher Shiyu Xu is mentioned.

San Jacinto students get free online textbooks and ‘aid like a paycheck’

An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education (This article also appeared in Black News Zone.)

The best health care management MBAs in Texas
The health care concentration as part of the M.B.A. program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured. The caption for a photo of the Jones School also mentions a dual M.D./M.B.A. degree option.

Take a vacation (and bring your device with you)
Alumna Alison Turner ’17 authored an op-ed.


The psychology of MoviePass outrage, or: Why is my consumer brain so dumb?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about MoviePass’ pricing strategies.
The Ringer

The hills come alive
Alumna Lydia Pion ’18 is one of three musicians featured and pictured.
The Free Weekly

Progress Times’ Distinguished Student of the Week: Nyla Vela
An article mentions that Nyla Vela plans to attend Rice.
Progress Times


Jumpstart’s Luke Willson wants kids to be active, not obsessive
Former Rice football player Luke Willson, who plays for the Detroit Lions, is featured and pictured. A video is also included.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports Canada.)

Former Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee adjusting to NFL life with Falcons
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee, who plays with the Atlanta Falcons, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

New Canaan’s Braden chooses Rice
An article mentions that Garrett Braden will play football for Rice.
Laredo Morning Times (This article also appeared in The Advocate.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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