Dateline Rice for July 10, 2018

Correction: Victor Lopez is the former women’s track and field coach from Rice who has been selected for the 2018 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. The wrong name was listed in the July 9 Dateline, due to incorrect punctuation in the original article. We apologize for the error.


The extreme leadership that got the Thai soccer boys out of the cave alive
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and executive director of Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is interviewed about “in extremis” leadership in reference to the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped in a cave in Thailand.
The Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Daily Herald Online, Register Citizen, New Haven Register Online and the San Francisco Chronicle.)


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 neurobiologist and cancer researcher find the origins of the third-most common pediatric cancer in the U.S. Rosa Uribe, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in, TDNews, Science Daily, Science Codex,, SciCasts and Infosurhoy.)

New Mexican president can’t succeed without nation’s oil giant
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, authored an op-ed about the strategies Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador can implement to reform Mexico’s national oil company. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the institute and director of the Mexico Center, is quoted in an article from El Paso Inc. about the lack of specifics from López Obrador to fight corruption and lower crime rates in Juárez, Mexico.
The Hill
Juárez residents hopeful for Mexico’s future
El Paso Inc.

State Department report warns children in government-run facilities can be ‘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.
Business Insider


Billy Graham — ‘An authentic American hero’
An excerpt from a biography by Bill Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Religion and Public Policy and senior fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, titled “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” is featured. Martin will appear at a book signing at River Oaks Bookstore July 11.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Belief section in the July 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Donald Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, comments on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.
Texas Standard

2 distinct Democratic options in the SD-19 special election
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, authored an op-ed about the ideological differences between the two most prominent Democratic candidates in the Senate District 19 election. The Blast quotes Jones in a roundup of political news stories from Texas.
The Blast

Houston needs safer streets. We also need better drivers. [Opinion]
Graduate student Mary Natoli authored an op-ed calling for city measures to make streets safer. Her op-ed includes a video produced by the Rice University Cycling and Triathlon club, of which Natoli is president.  
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

‘Agent Snapshot’: Jennifer Ciulla, realtor, The Jennifer Ciulla Group at RE/MAX Fine Properties
The featured realtor mentions that her favorite buildings in Houston are at Rice.
Houston Agent Magazine

Houston’s hip historian and his old yellow history bus: Mister McKinney is a dapper force building a new generation of preservationists
An article featuring R.W. McKinney mentions that he is a lecturer at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is also mentioned.

Newsmakers: July 8, 2018
Robin Rice, who will join the faculty at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Longview News-Journal

Houston Flood Museum preserves 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.
CultureMap Houston (This article also appeared in Glasstire.)

Rice and UH battle it out on Twitter
An article features recent friendly banter on social media between Rice and the University of Houston.
KTRK Online


‘Houston After Harvey’: Stories from the storm
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of SSPEED, are featured in episode 10 of “Houston After Harvey.” Blackburn is also quoted in an article from Off the Kuff about the allocation of federal Harvey recovery funds.
Houston Public Media
More on the latest Harvey funds
Off the Kuff

A television broadcast features “Say STEM” summer camps for 10th- through 12th- graders presented by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity. Paul Hand, assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics and director of the center, is interviewed. The center is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

WSCL-AM (Salisbury, Md.)
Graduate student Aaron Perdue is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


The best colleges for psychology in America 2018
Based on key statistics and student reviews from U.S. Department of Education data, Rice’s psychological sciences program is ranked No. 6 in the nation by University Magazine.
University Magazine

Scientists show how energy landscape algorithm details DNA’s interphase dynamics
Researchers at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics formed 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. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and postdoctoral researcher Davit Potoyan are mentioned, and postdoctoral researcher Michele Di Pierro and Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted.

ALCF hands-on workshop connects researchers with HPC experts
An article mentions that Rice’s high-performance computing experts participated in the ALCF Computational Performance Workshop.

Is the height of Tilman Fertitta’s Post Oak Hotel just a tall tale?
Ron Witte, professors of architecture, is quoted.

Christus Health makes oncology investment in East Texas
An article mentions that Steven Curley formerly taught at Rice.
D CEO Healthcare

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.
Midstream Business (Subscription is required.)

System Bits: July 10
A roundup of engineering news quotes Thomas Senftle, the William Rice Trustee Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who combined machine learning and quantum chemistry to design new catalysts.
SemiEngineering (Scroll down to “Machine learning algorithm to improve catalytic design.”)


Guam budget chair: Trump Tax Cuts deep and real
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about lost revenue due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
Pacific News Center

Chesapeake Brass Band in Fountain Park July 7
An article mentions that Russell Murray formerly taught at Rice.
The Chestertown Spy

An interview with Jeff Gallant from Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG)
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education

Climate based on historical data is Capitan Library program topic
Alumnus Bob Harper ’70 will give a talk titled “Precipitation Variations in the Southwestern United States” July 15 in Capitan, N.M.
Ruidoso News


‘KHOU 11 Sports Extra’
Rice’s head baseball coach Matt Bragga is featured throwing the first pitch at a recent Houston Astros baseball game.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Luc Mbah A Moute reportedly moving on from Houston Rockets to return to Clippers
An article and several broadcasts mention a charity soccer match with members of the Houston Rockets July 7 at Rice.
Fox 26 News at 7 a.m.
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘KPRC Local 2 News Houston Newsmakers’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
13 Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.
KRTK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice baseball player transfers to Lamar
Former Rice baseball player Kelby Weyler is featured.
Beaumont Enterprise

Looking back at the Rays 2018 MLB draft
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is featured.
Prospects1500 (Scroll down to “3rd round – Ford Proctor, IF.”)

2018-19 college basketball early season tournaments, events and neutral-site games
A roundup of upcoming college basketball games mentions Rice.

No. 1 to 130
Articles ranking college football programs feature Rice and mention head football coach Mike Bloomgren.
PressFrom (Scroll down to “126. Rice Owls.”)
Top 10 worst college football programs entering 2018 (Scroll down to “7. Rice Owls.”)

Team USATF set for 2018 Pan Am Combined Events Challenge
Former Rice men’s track and field member Scott Filip ’17 is featured.
USA Track & Field

19th annual Players Amateur to start Thursday
An article mentions that former Rice golf player Mario Carmona ’18 will play in the 19th Players Amateur golf tournament
Bluffton Today


Rice U. political scientist available to discuss Trump’s Supreme Court choice
Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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