Dateline Rice for July 2, 2018 (Weekend Edition)

FEATURED ITEMS

Mexico’s new president: A beacon of hope for citizens — but not financial investors
Four Rice University experts are quoted about Sunday’s Mexican presidential elections. 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 on Marketplace. Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted in a PBS NewsHour article. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of its Mexico Center, is quoted by the Dallas Morning News, Al Día Dallas and Marfa Public Radio. David Mares, nonresident scholar for Latin American Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, is interviewed by Argus. Jones is also quoted on KTRH about the preconceived notions between constituents from opposing political sides and mentions former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III, who is honorary chair of the Baker Institute. (An op-ed by Baker on this topic appears in the HOUSTON/TEXAS section of today’s Dateline.) Jones is also quoted on KUIK about the July 16 summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Marketplace (This segment aired on over 450 affiliate stations.)
http://bit.ly/2MJLNUP
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://bit.ly/2MJhnlF (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
http://bit.ly/2MF9gX2 (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
http://bit.ly/2MFaLEE (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
What you need to know about Mexico’s historic election
PBS NewsHour
https://to.pbs.org/2KrVpXB
Fed up with crime, corruption and status quo, Mexico is likely to elect a leftist Sunday; some are uneasy
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Nd6k4Z
México elige su rumbo en elección presidencial del domingo
Al Día Dallas 
http://bit.ly/2II2L3s (An English translation is not available.)
Mexico’s front-runner and privatization: The implications for US energy
Marfa Public Radio
http://bit.ly/2KCttj4
Q&A: Mexico’s fuel reforms would survive AMLO
Argus 
http://bit.ly/2KG1QCx

Tell Harvey’s impact to researchers [Opinion]
Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, co-authored an op-ed about the Hurricane Harvey Environmental Health and Housing Registry, which is aimed at helping officials track health and housing problems and identify vulnerable communities that need support in Harvey-affected areas. Miranda is the Hurricane Harvey Registry’s principal investigator.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the June 30 print edition with a different headline, “Tell about Harvey’s wrath.”)
http://bit.ly/2KHHIjq

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Time split to the nanosecond is precisely what Wall Street wants
Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, is quoted in an article about the creation of technology that can track time to 100 billionths of a second.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Business Standard, Q Daily, ACQ, Ghana Nation, Eveyo and The Business Times.)
https://nyti.ms/2lFqR5Q
Dell is going more public again
Bloomberg
https://bloom.bg/2MBD3zK

The Trump plan to reduce drug prices — are American patients first?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, co-authored an op-ed calling for solutions to lower the price of expensive medications to be implemented.
The Hill
http://bit.ly/2Kzj47L

HOUSTON/TEXAS

James A. Baker III: Civility and the lost art of listening [Opinion]
An op-ed by former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III about “the crassness of our national debate and the political dysfunction that accompanies it” includes a photo of Baker with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, of which Baker is honorary chair. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 1 print edition with a different headline, “Don’t just listen — hear.”)

http://bit.ly/2KGMca0

Family-friendly design mixes style, function and fun in West U home
Alumnus Brian Tison ’01 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the July 1 print edition and in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)
http://bit.ly/2MEBUYw

TSU debate coach’s legacy celebrated at his 99th birthday party
Thomas Freeman, formerly of Rice’s Department of Religion, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 2 print edition with a different headline, “‘In-demand’ teacher celebrates 99 years.” It also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2KFh3GW
http://bit.ly/2IN6RHG

Houston jewelry designer and Rice graduate throws a jaw-dropping party in Cannes
Alumuna Laura Chavez ’06 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Kz58ut

A trademark can protect that clever slogan
An article mentions Rice’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 2 print edition with a different headline, “A strong trademark can give protection to a clever new slogan.”) 
http://bit.ly/2KI4rz6

Texas colleges dominate choices of Tarrant County valedictorians, salutatorians
An article mentions that Hannah Yun Lei and Hijun Ryu plan to attend Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Kpzgci

See where this year’s Collin County valedictorians and salutatorians are going to college
An article mentions that Samantha Cheng and Aaron Vaughan plan to attend Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2KDe4yM

Dallas County’s valedictorians, salutatorians heading off to 77 different colleges this fall
An article mentions that Laura Jabr, Anvita Kandru, Odnan Galvan, Nhi Ngoc Nguyen, Kathryn Wall, Dylan Nguyen, Brian Sanchez and Fabian Sanchez plan to attend Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://bit.ly/2Kq2yri

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

State Department announces 2018 US Science Envoys
An article about the most recent science envoy appointments by the U.S. Department of State mentions that Rice bioengineer and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, received this honor.
The Global Dispatch
http://bit.ly/2MHSTJ8

300 Buddhist teachers, leaders and practitioners call for reunification for families at US-Mexico border
An article mentions that Anne Klein, professor of religion, signed a letter with more than 300 other Buddhist teachers, leaders and practitioners across traditions addressing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and asked for all separated immigrant families to be reunited.
Lion’s Roar
http://bit.ly/2KCZbJL

The racist tweets following Osaka’s earthquake echo a dark moment in Japanese history
Sonia Ryang, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Center Professor of Asian Studies and director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted.
Quartz
https://bit.ly/2tMrDlR

Weebit Nano memory storage tech ‘almost ready for market’ that is doubling annually
An article mentions that Weebit Nano’s revolutionary computer memory storage technology was invented by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Proactive Investors Australia
http://bit.ly/2KFViXB

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.
TFI Daily News
http://bit.ly/2IKeZbJ

Urban mining offers good prospecting
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed a technique to cryogenically separate materials in polychlorinated biphenyls.
Chemical Engineering
http://bit.ly/2IFn2ql (Scroll down to “Emerging process technology.”)

Scientists focus on critical regulatory protein to find clues on cancer, neurodegenerative diseases
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.
News-Medical.net
http://bit.ly/2IIpb4u

Some good news for Belize’s marine parks
An article mentions that Rice participated in one of the longest and largest studies of coral reef health ever and found that corals are declining worldwide because of threats like overfishing, nutrient pollution and pathogenic disease, which are made worse by rising ocean temperatures.
National Parks Traveler  
http://bit.ly/2IN5KYw

How requirements management can save the world from the robot rebellion
An article mentions that computer scientists at Rice have created a deep-learning, software-coding application called Bayou that can help human programmers navigate the growing multitude of often-undocumented application programming interfaces.
ITProPortal
http://bit.ly/2MFkFpL

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Strange fruit: How watermelons became a racist trope
Graduate student William Black is interviewed in a podcast.
WFPL News Louisville
http://bit.ly/2IJGlie

Married to their music
Alumna Sasha Callahan ’00 is featured and pictured.
BU Today
http://bit.ly/2KCs4Zv

KSU ranks among the top institutions for HR training
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 2 out of more than 200 institutions delivering the Society for Human Resource Management Learning System course.
Cartersville Patch
http://bit.ly/2IGiZtS

Laserové pulsy generují elektřinu rychleji než jakákoliv jiná metoda
A roundup of science news mentions Tom Killian, professor of physics and astronomy.
LivingFuture.cz
http://bit.ly/2IMDi8S (An English translation is not available.)

Merantau jadikan hidup kaya makna
Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
BeritagarID
http://bit.ly/2MHpqzi (An English translation is not available.)

Dan planet raksasa ini pun terjangkau sudah
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. A video of the speech is also included.
Good News from Indonesia 
http://bit.ly/2MHVdjo (An English translation is not available.)

Un estudio revela por fin qué es lo que más atrae a las mujeres de los hombres
An article mentions a study by Rice that correlated height and attractiveness in men.
ElMundo.es
http://bit.ly/2Kpp2bL (An English translation is not available.)

Trump precisava de mais tempo para nomear um consultor científico do que qualquer presidente moderno – a taxa de bitcoin
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Noticias de Bitcoin
http://bit.ly/2KqXnqX (An English translation is not available.)

SPORTS

After barely making match-play field, Schlottman prevails in 118th North and South Amateur
Former Rice men’s golf player Mitchell Meissner is quoted. Meissner placed second in the 118th North & South Amateur Championship.
The Fayetteville Observer
http://bit.ly/2KB8No1

‘HCHSA Insider’: World Transplant Games in Houston culminates dream
A photo caption mentions that the 2014 Transplant Games of America were held at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/2KB8R7f

Spring season in review: Men’s tennis
Rice’s men’s tennis team is mentioned.
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Athletics
http://bit.ly/2KB9LRb

Rice legacy Alberding commits to UNT
Former Rice football player Shawn Alberding is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://bit.ly/2MB9pKY

NEWS RELEASES

‘Saving the trees is not enough’
Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar’s 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new study by Rice University ecologists illustrates how saving the animals, which are the only ones that can disperse the seeds of many of the forests’ largest hardwoods, may also be key to saving the island’s largest trees.
http://bit.ly/2KDmLcs

Study shows machine learning can improve catalytic design
Chemical engineers at Rice University and Pennsylvania State University have shown that combining machine learning and quantum chemistry can save time and expense in designing new catalysts.
http://bit.ly/2KDmHJK

About Stefan De La Garza

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