Dateline Rice for July 12, 2018


Rice adopting boot camp model for big data
An article mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Trilogy Education this fall will offer a data analytics boot camp meant for working adults to supplement their professional skills. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, is quoted and mentions Rice’s strategic plan to engage Houston and empower the city’s success (Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade, or V2C2).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 12 print edition with a different headline, “Rice U. boot camp tackles job-trendy big data.”)

Plant-based charcuterie debuts at Rice U
Rice Dining has developed a plant-based charcuterie station that will be featured this fall as a weekday lunch. Roger Elkhouri, senior executive chef; Susann Glenn, communications manager for Housing and Dining; and Johnny Curet, director of campus dining, are quoted.
Food Management


Top universities balk at Trump’s rollback of affirmative action guidelines
An article mentions that a diverse student body is important to Rice and that in some cases, the university may consider race or ethnicity as one factor among many when making an admission decision.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in Blavity.)

Trump’s strategy to get NATO to spend more is working — but will it in the long run?
Brett Ashley Leeds, professor and department chair of political science, is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s relationship with members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in The National Interest.)

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will likely face an epic battle for confirmation
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, comments on Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
U.S. News & World Report

US expert says tariff escalation hampers highly interwoven global economy
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the increasing trade tension between the United States and China. (This article also appeared in Beijing Review, CNC News and Sina.)


Under AMLO, Mexico is poised for change [Opinion]
Three Rice experts provide insight into Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as “AMLO.” 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, authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about the possible changes in U.S.-Mexico relations with two nationalistic leaders in office. Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center, is quoted in articles from Natural Gas Intelligence and Expansión MX about the possible effects of AMLO’s reforms on the energy sector. 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 from KRLD about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to preserve the National Free Trade Agreement with the specter of a renegotiation and an article from Austin Bureau about the divided Democratic party ahead of the July special election in Senate District 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 12 print edition with a different headline, “Under its new leader, Mexico set to change.”
Obrador must tackle corruption, declining output in Mexico oil and natural gas sector
Natural Gas Intelligence
Los tres riesgos si se controla el precio de la gasolina
Expansión MX (An English-language version is not available.)
Texas Gov. pushing message not to mess with NAFTA
San Antonio Democrat seeks Senate seat of brother convicted of Ponzi fraud
Austin Bureau

Women hit the road in Saudi Arabia, health could improve but traffic probably won’t [Opinion]
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Farhan Majid, the institute’s L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy, co-authored an op-ed about the consequences for transportation, energy, labor and public health after Saudi Arabia ended the ban on women driving.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the July 12 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Women at the wheel may improve deadly Saudi roads.”)

Gloria Tarpley fights for civility at Dallas City Hall
Alumna Gloria Tarpley ’81, a Rice University Board of Trustees member, is featured and pictured.

SA retail market continues to tighten despite big-box store closings
An article mentions that the historic Midtown Sears building will anchor a new innovation district announced by Rice University and the city of Houston.
San Antonio Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

UTRGV med school welcomes Class of 2022 with orientation
Rice is mentioned.
Brownsville Herald

Where do Rice students cry? Facebook.
Hanszen College senior Elizabeth Myong authored an op-ed about a Facebook page called “Rice University places I’ve cried.” Wiess College senior Akash Ghosal is mentioned and Brown College Junior Hannah Kim is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)


3 Houston buildings named most beautiful in Texas
Rice’s Lovett Hall, which received an “honorable mention” from Business Insider as the most beautiful building in Texas, is featured in a television broadcast.
KTRK-TV Online
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Bowdoin music festival presents Brentano String Quartet
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted and pictured.
Sun Journal

Does science make one an atheist? Not truly and for a few excellent reasons.
Research from Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, that explores the relationship between religion and science is cited.
Channel 365

‘The Gary Null Show’ 
A transcript of a radio broadcast cites a Rice study of flu vaccine efficacy and mentions that the 2016-2017 flu vaccine was 20 percent effective.
Progressive Radio Network (This transcript also appeared in Global Research News.)

PROFILE | The house that piano built: The Parkers 
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Ludwig van Toronto


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.
Here’s the News Blog

‘Jesus wasn’t a refugee’: Trump’s spiritual adviser rewrites the gospel to defend him
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, Paula White.

ESOF 2018: Traitements à base de cellules souches, alerte aux cures miracles!
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and pictured in an article about the dangers of underregulated and expensive stem cell clinics at the Euroscience Open Forum in Toulouse, France.
Sciences et Avenir (An English-language version is not available.)

Überschwemmungen in Europa zeigen während der vergangenen 150 Jahre keinen Anstieg von finanziellen Schäden oder Opferzahlen
Research from Rice about the economic and demographic changes due to climate change is cited.
KalteSonne (An English-language version is not available.)

Iaspis Kitchen Talk/Frukost med Iaspis stipendiater Mary Ellen Carroll, Dale Harding och Sorawit Songsataya
An article featuring conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll mentions that she is a former lecturer at the Rice School of Architecture. (An English-language version is not available.)

Computerforscher: ‘Die meisten Jobs erfordern nicht viel Intelligenz’
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is featured and pictured in a Q&A about the future of artificial intelligence. (An English-language version is not available.)


Zags receive NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
An article mentions that Rice was the recipient of the 2017-2018 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. The NABC awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2017-18 season.

KU welcomes Jeff Long as director of athletics
An article featuring Jeff Long mentions that he formerly worked at Rice. (This article also appeared in the Salina Post.)

Southern notes: Collins stays positive
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured. (Scroll down to “Downtime lingering.”)


Baker Institute experts: New immigration policies aren’t ending practice of hiring undocumented workers
New immigration law enforcement policies are not ending the practice of hiring undocumented workers, according to an issue brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The brief explores the impact of zero-tolerance immigration law enforcement policies on labor markets that depend on immigrants, many of whom are undocumented, for their workforce.

About Stefan De La Garza

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