Dateline Rice for July 6, 2018


Tennis skills bounce grad into energy career
Former Rice men’s tennis player David Warren ’18 is featured in an article and video in which he recalls attending “the school of my dreams,” where he majored in chemical engineering and landed a job as a production engineer in one of the largest oil basins in the world right after graduating.
Voice of America (A similar version of this article also appeared on


The AMLO era: Why Mexico’s 2018 election matters
Two Rice experts are quoted in articles about Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. 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, appears in Forbes and Slimdadi. Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in Ellis County Press and MSN and interviewed on Texas Public Radio. Jones is quoted in a Univision article about Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who is running for U.S. Senate, and he is interviewed in a Houston Public Media and KUT segment about the power of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the Texas House. KLBJ interviews Jones about the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that prohibits Austin from enforcing statewide plastic bag bans.
‘The Heat’: Big challenges await the next president of Mexico
Business leaders optimistic about Mexican president-elect and the future of NAFTA
Texas Public Radio (This article also appeared on Houston Public Media.)
Julián Aguilar: Mexico’s new president is promising big changes. Will that affect trade with Texas?
Ellis County Press (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in KGBT Online and KTSM Online.)
Relaciones de EE.UU y México con victoria de López Obrador
MSN (An English version is not available.)
Beto O’Rourke: El carismático político texano que quiere derrotar a Ted Cruz
Univision (This article also appeared in Univision San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston.) (An English version is not available.)
Fate of ‘red flag’ law likely to rest with Patrick
Houston Public Media
KUT-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on KRLD-Dallas.)

Wall Street is sharpening our nanoseconds
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.

This art installation in New Mexico is so insane, you’re not even allowed to photograph it
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Fodor’s Travel (Scroll down to “More land art destinations.”)


Include communities when planning post-Harvey flood mitigation projects [opinion]

Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authored an op-ed about how public meetings are being held on the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery action plans and on Harris County’s bond proposal for flood mitigation projects. 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 quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about the recent announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of nearly $5 billion in funding for high-priority disaster recovery projects in Texas, much of it designed to spur flood mitigation and continued recovery from Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the July 5 print edition with a different headline, “Engage communities on flood mitigation.”)
Feds OK $4B to boost coastal levees amid questions about region’s preparedness
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 6 print edition with a different headline, “July 4 flood spotlights post-Harvey challenges.”)

What will a Houston Flood Museum look like?
Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, is part of a collaborative effort behind the Houston Flood Museum, an institution that seeks to process and memorialize the experience of flooding through stories and art. The article notes that Rice will preserve much of the material as part of the Harvey Memories Project.

Dallas: conozca a los mejores graduados de DISD ya qué universidad van a ir
An article mentions that Odnan Galván plans to attend Rice.
Al Día Dallas (An English version is not available.)


‘Top 30’
A broadcast features research from Rice which determined that reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to pay for new items. Rice’s Lovett Hall is pictured.
KSMO-TV (Kansas City, Mo.) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment aired on 20 other affiliate stations.)


International collaboration: A view from the US 
An article about the new cohort of U.S. Science Envoys features Rice bioengineer and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health.

Machine learning, quantum chemistry aid creation of new catalysts
Chemical engineers at Rice and Pennsylvania State University have shown that combining machine learning and quantum chemistry can save time and expense in designing new catalysts. Thomas Senftle, the William Rice Trustee Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
World Industrial Reporter

HFSX350 stage for grazing incidence X-ray scattering measurements on beamline 8-ID-E
An article mentions Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and fellow Rice researchers studied the temperature dependence of perovskite’s structure and charge transport properties.
Lab Bulletin

Sticker shock: Which US schools charge the highest in-state tuition?
Rice’s tuition is ranked No. 108 on a list of the costliest in-state tuition rates in the U.S., according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data. (Editor’s note: Rice’s tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.)
Illinois Business Daily (This article also appeared in Florida Business Daily and Palmetto Business Daily.)

Gender bias in letters of recommendation?
Co-authors Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences; Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology; and graduate student Heather Dial are mentioned in an article featuring their research that determined letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than are letters written for men. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Hebl’s name has been requested.)
Accuracy in Academia

2D electronics market poised to incur steadfast growth during 2017-2027
An article mentions that Rice researchers combined a conductor and an insulator to produce a 2D electronics device on an atomic level by using graphene and hexagonal boron nitride.
Stock Analysis

Report: Asia will shape energy demand for years to come
An article mentions a study from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy that determined energy demand, especially from fossil fuels, will continue to rise in China and India as their populations grow.
Oil and Gas Investor (Subscription is required.)

Report: Melania Trump and Donald hold hands in rare display of affection at Fourth of July picnic
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the first couple’s public image.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in Inquisitr.)


Advantage underdog: How tennis scoring system boosts tension
Reinhard Heckel, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted in an article about storing information in DNA.
Metro Newspaper UK (Scroll down to “Is DNA data the future, or are we being strung along?”)

Simplicity endures
The late E. Fay Jones ’51 is featured.
The Free Weekly

Best MS bioengineering programs in USA
An article cites Rice’s Master of Bioengineering professional degree program as one of the best in the nation.

Former Fox 26 meteorologist Lisa Vaughn joins University of Houston
Alumna Lisa Vaughn ’11, who was a meteorologist for KRIV-TV, is featured.

‘Unwoven Light’
An article features the 2013 art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park at the former Rice Gallery.
ZsaZsa Bellagio

Ismailimail interview — Kamal Haji: A musical journey
An article mentions that the Celebratory Sounds of the Abrahamic Faith concert was held at Rice.

Mikulska: Dzięki umowom na dostawy gazu z USA, PGNiG wchodzi do Ligi Mistrzów LNG
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Biznes Alert (An English version is not available.)

Milionowe oszczędności Litwy dzięki LNG. “Rosja zmuszona do konkurencji obniża ceny”
Graduate student Nathalie Hinchey is quoted. (An English version is not available.)

Tra pochi anni gli hard disk diventeranno chip
An article mentions that Rice researchers have succeeded in making digital switches, which are the fundamental components of computer memory. (An English version is not available.)

Conheça o júri do Concurso de Curadoria para a XII Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo
An article mentions that Adèle Naudé Santos formerly taught at Rice.
ArchDaily Brasil (An English version is not available.)

Concierto de una ‘Tarde de Verano’
Alumna SoJin Kim ’16 is featured and pictured.
Doce Notas (An English version is not available.)


Rice mining Dallas area to bolster recruiting class
An article featuring the newest Rice football recruits mentions and pictures Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard (image 11) and head football coach Mike Bloomgren (image 1). A second Houston Chronicle article mentions and pictures Karlgaard (image 3) and features and pictures head baseball coach Matt Bragga. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham, assistant baseball coach Paul Janish, new assistant coach Cory Barton and players Ford Proctor Trei Cruz and Braden Comeaux are mentioned. Karlgaard is quoted in an article from Inforum.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Rice baseball coach Matt Bragga picks assistants
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Health Breaking News.)
Kolpack: Before politics, Eddie took local sports media to another level
Inforum (This article also appeared in the Dickinson Press, Jamestown Sun, Grand Forks Herald and Detroit Lakes Online.)

Rice and Texas Southern University announce football game in 2021
An article mentions that Rice football will play Texas Southern University for the first time in 2021.
KTRK-TV (This article also appeared on Click2Houston.)

July is no time to concede title to Warriors
Two articles and a television broadcast mention that members of the Houston Rockets will participate in a charity soccer match July 7 at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Luc Mbah a Moute celebrates his homeland while hoping to remain a Rocket
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 6 print edition with a different headline, “Mbah a Moute longs to stay in Houston.”)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

University of Kansas names Jeff Long director of athletics
An article featuring Jeff Long mentions that he formerly worked at Rice.
KU Today (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Ellenwood and Filip take Pan American Combined Events Cup in Ottawa
Former Rice men’s track and field member Scott Filip ’17 won the Pan American Combined Events Cup in Ottawa July 4.


About Stefan De La Garza

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