Dateline Rice for July 9, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


A ‘Supreme’ show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice
President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee announcement will help deflect news coverage of other issues facing the administration, according to History Professor Douglas Brinkley.
The New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 750 other media outlets.)


The hurricane in my backyard
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey chair of English, authored an op-ed about how people will need to live and relate to one another in the era of global warming by changing the way cities are planned, built and managed.
The Atlantic

Will America’s 250th birthday bring the country together or sow even more division?
Alumnus John Garrion Marks ’12 authored an op-ed arguing that America’s 250th anniversary in 2026 is an opportunity to promote historical thinking in ways that can help society address the social and political upheavals of today.
The Washington Post

The most beautiful building in every US state, according to people who live there
Rice’s Lovett Hall received an “honorable mention” as the most beautiful building in Texas, according to a survey by Business Insider.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider India, Markets Insider and

Gestão de talentos e casais que conciliam a vida profissional
Companies tend to have fixed paths to leadership roles, creating rigid barriers for employees and recruitment and retention challenges for their employers. Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Harvard Business Review Brasil


Are Texas Republicans at war with Democrat-dominated cities?
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 an article about the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling that prohibits Austin from enforcing statewide plastic bag bans and about illegal keychains in Texas. (This article also appeared in
Attention Texans! This ‘self-defense’ keychain could land you in jail.
Chicks on the Right (This article also appeared in Conservative Angle and Free Thought Blogs.)

Strip search lawsuit revived and illnesses linked to parasite: The good, bad and ugly of the week’s news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a panel discussion in a segment of “Houston Matters” about the week’s news.
Houston Public Media

Rice University’s real estate portfolio includes thousands of acres just outside Houston
An article mentions that 4,000 acres in Waller County was part of the founding endowment from William Marsh Rice. Ceci Arreola, an investment manager for real estate for Rice Management Co., is quoted.
The Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in

New things to do in Houston even natives don’t know about
A photo caption mentions Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Democratic rally Saturday in Bunert Park
An article mentions that alumna Jana Lynne Sanchez ’86 is the Democratic nominee for United States Congress, District 6.
Corsicana Daily Sun

Art projects draw attention to Sam Houston Park
A new mural titled “Mexican-American History and Culture in 20th-Century Houston” on a facade of the Heritage Society Museum will feature the first two Hispanics to graduate from Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

In defense of the much-maligned grackle …
Alumna Heather Kuhlken ’96 is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

5 things to know as the Trump administration rescinds guidance on college affirmative action
An article about how an end to affirmative action will affect college admissions in Texas mentions Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Houston Flood Museum to preserve history of city’s greatest natural disasters
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.

Summer Data Science Boot Camp at Rice University
The Ken Kennedy Institute at Rice is offering a Data Science Boot Camp to build the skills required to start leveraging the latest data analytics tools.
TMC News

2018 Wall of Honor 
An article mentions that Blaine Tompkins, who was inducted into the Cypress Creek High School Wall of Honor, attended Rice.
Cy-Fair Lifestyle and Homes


Corps funding will cover less than a third of the cost of a coastal spine
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is interviewed 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 Public Media

‘El Mundo es Tuyo’
The Rice campus and Lovett Hall are featured.
KSTR-TV (Dallas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment also aired on TeleFutura-Los Angeles, UniMás-Tampa and UniMás-Houston.)

‘Hidden Heroes’
Students from Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance discuss love and community during Interfaith Week on “Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes.” Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at the institute; Marcia Brennan, professor of religion and art history and faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching Excellence; and Rice students Sophie D’Amico, David Patterson, Arlen Suarez, Paul Meyer, Michael Otoo and Navya Kumar are featured.
KDAF-TV (Dallas) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment aired on 25 other affiliate stations.)

‘The Big 870’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
WWL-AM (New Orleans) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


‘Should a student take a lesson with a prospective teacher before a conservatory audition?’
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
The Violin Channel

Prellis Biologics advances 3D printing of human tissue with capillaries
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Scientific Computing World

‘CEO Spotlight’: Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong
Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05 is featured and pictured.

17 true and fictional stories about the dawn of space exploration
A roundup of sci-fi books features “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve And/Or Ruin Everything,” co-authored by Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member in biosciences and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution at Rice.

‘Oh, the places you’ll go’: FIU accounting students get ‘Seussian’ insights from a corporate success story
Alumnus Will Billings ’14 gave a talk at Florida International University’s National Association of Black Accountants conference June 12.
FIU BizNews

Loss of lemurs might endanger many of Madagascar’s largest tree species
Widespread logging and hunting have endangered virtually all of Madagascar’s 100-plus species of iconic lemurs, and a new study by Rice ecologists illustrates how saving the animals, which are the only ones that can disperse the seeds of many of the island’s forests’ largest hardwoods, may also be key to saving these trees. Amy Dunham, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and alumna Anecia Gentles ’18 are quoted. Alumna Onja Razafindratsima ’13 and graduate student Andrea Drager are mentioned.
Archaeology News Network (This article also appeared in Terra Daily.)

UTA electrical engineering professor earns national education award
Alumnus Frank Lewis ’71 is the recipient of the 2018 John R. Ragazzini Award from the American Automatic Control Council.

5 key elements for more secure, better functioning social media networks
Alumnus Scott Relf ’82 authored an article. (This article also appeared in Bitcoin Warrior.)


GOP taps candidate for secretary of state after primary winner drops out
An article mentions that the Republican candidate for New Mexico’s secretary of state, Gavin Clarkson, attended Rice.
Santa Fe New Mexican (This article also appeared in Albuquerque Journal and Native News Online.)

‘Monadnock Profile’: In Navy, Northeast, Stinson married military with ministry
Rice is mentioned.
The Keene Sentinel


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.
Tennis Times (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Tech players feel comfortable with Holmes in charge
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is mentioned.
Cookeville Herald-Citizen

‘Texans 360’
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
KDBC-TV (El Paso) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast. This segment also aired on KTRK-Houston, KFXX-Tyler and KFDM-Beaumont.)

Ex-Oregon commit Caldwell names Texas in final 3
Former assistant football coach Jason Washington is mentioned.

Examining the over/under 2018 win totals for Conference USA
Rice is mentioned.
Athlon Sports and Life (Scroll down to “Old Dominion Monarchs.”)

Luc Mbah a Moute hosts charity soccer game at Rice University as part of Afro Week
Houston’s inaugural Afro Week concluded with a charity soccer match with members of the Houston Rockets July 7 at Rice.
KTRK Online
Luc Mbah a Moute espère rester chez les Rockets

Joe Barnes selected for Southwest Conference Hall of Fame
An article mentions former women’s track and field coach Victor Lopez will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Sept. 10.
KTRE Online (This article also appeared in NewsWest9 and KXXV Online.)


Fluorescent fish genes light path to neuroblastoma
A new type of zebrafish that produces fluorescent tags in migratory embryonic nerve precursor cells could help a Rice University neurobiologist and cancer researcher find the origins of the third-most common pediatric cancer in the U.S. Rosa Uribe, who was recruited to Rice in 2017 with a CPRIT Scholar grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, created the transgenic fish with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago and California Institute of Technology and co-authored a new paper about them this month in the journal Genesis.

Genome’s gyrations fit right into Rice University model
The nuclei of cells are never static, even when the chromosomes they contain appear to be at rest. Theorists at Rice University have detailed the combination of forces that drive their constant motion. An extension of their landmark energy landscape model for proteins helped researchers at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics form a theory that unifies the structural and dynamic aspects of the genome during interphase, the time before reproduction when nuclear DNA conducts the symphony of activity that keeps the cell humming.

Rice U. professor available to discuss report on April chemical attack in Syria
Rice University chemist James Tour is available to discuss Friday’s interim report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) that determined chlorine — and not a nerve agent — was used in the April 7 attack on the Syrian city of Douma. The attack reportedly killed at least 70 people in Douma and led to retaliatory missile strikes a week later on a scientific research center and several military sites in Syria by the U.S., France and the U.K.

About Stefan De La Garza

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