Dateline Rice for July 13, 2018

Correction: Alumna Gloria Tarpley ’81 is a current member of the Rice Board of Trustees. Her trustee status was listed incorrectly in the July 12 Dateline. We apologize for the error.


The Middle East petro state with the most riding on rising oil prices isn’t Saudi Arabia — it is Kuwait
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possible benefits of index providers reclassifying Kuwait’s stock market to “emerging markets” status.

Beto O’Rourke is dominating Ted Cruz in enthusiasm and fundraising — but he’s still headed for defeat
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 in The Hill about the political momentum of U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as he seeks to unseat incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in November. Jones is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” about an unexpected increase in state revenue and is quoted by the Austin American-Statesman about a debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and his Democratic rival, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, scheduled for September.
The Hill
The Texas Legislature is projected to gain a significant increase in revenues — what will that mean for Houston?
Houston Public Media
Abbott and Valdez to debate amid Friday night lights
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about President Donald Trump’s admiration of the British royal family.
Boston Globe (A similar version of this article appeared in The Week.)


Migrant kids continue to get worse treatment than shelter animals [Opinion]
Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education and director of Rice’s Center for Education, authored an op-ed about the treatment of children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s immigration detention policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the July 13 print edition with a different headline, “Migrant kids deserve better US treatment.”)

Houston among the most dangerous cities for cyclists, study finds

An article about the dangers of bicycling in Houston mentions a Rice study that determined crashes involving vehicles and bicycles in the city went up 34 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Youths explore medicine at Global Teen Medical Summit
An article mentions that Rice participates in The Faces of Innovation Global Teen Medical Summit, which allows high school students to spend a week getting an immersive experience in the fields of medicine and innovative research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s Civil War stories 
An article mentions that letters from Rice’s founder, William Marsh Rice, are part of the Heritage Society’s current exhibition, “Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge: Houston in the Civil War.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 13 print edition and in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Houston’s QFest entertains with thought-provoking new films and shorts
An article mentions that Rice Media Center will participate in movie screenings as part of QFest (formerly the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) and host a reception and awards presentation July 30.
Houston Press

Christus Trinity Mother Frances opens oncology institute in Tyler
An article mentions that Steven Curley formerly taught at Rice.
Tyler Morning Telegraph


A NASA-led research group is advancing the search for extraterrestrial life
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is interviewed in a radio broadcast about the search for life beyond Earth.
Texas Standard

In the age of Amazon and Uber, more companies jump on bandwagon
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about changing trends in online shopping.
Houston Public Media

KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) 
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a nonresident scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the role of Central American cartel MS-13 in the U.S. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Has Erdogan turned Turkey into an autocracy?
A YouTube video about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent re-election quotes A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Beme News (Quote begins at 9:04.)


When Trump calls Russia a ‘competitor’ for the US, he might be talking about natural gas exports
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about how U.S. natural gas exports to Europe could diminish Russia’s economic and geopolitical influence in the region.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Beaumont Enterprise, Cumberland Times-News and Idaho Press-Tribune.)

Houston’s Rice University adopts 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 as part of the university’s Vision for the Second Century, Second Decade (V2C2).
Center for Digital Education (This article also appeared in Campus Technology.)

For its next trick, graphene helps control water evaporation
An article mentions that scientists at Rice are embedding graphene patterns onto food, fabric, wood and other objects.

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance announces 2018-19 school year registration

An article mentions that Michelle Manzanales formerly taught at Rice.
Broadway World

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.
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Researchers use zebrafish to follow trajectory of cancer cells
A 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.
Science Recorder

The data is in: Huge drop-off in international MBAs
An article detailing the rate of international MBA student enrollment for 2019 mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business has seen a 4.2 percent rise.
Poets and Quants

Zenyatta announces changes to the board of directors and advisory board
Alumnus Bharat Chahar ’81 is featured.


Study finds gender bias in recommendation letters for academic jobs
An article cites research from co-authors Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, and alumna Heather Dial ’14 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.
The Daily Orange

July 24-Aug. 5: Master Players Festival
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is one of the featured musicians in the University of Delaware’s fourth annual Master Players Festival and School.
University of Delaware Daily

Oglethorpe University is only Georgia university named to Fiske’s top 20 ‘Best Buy’ schools in US
An article mentions that Rice is the only private university in Texas to make the 2019 “Best Buys” list by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
ReadMedia (A similar article also appeared in


Houston soccer expert goes global at World Cup
Alumna Jen Cooper ’90 is featured and pictured in an article about her role researching interesting stats for Fox’s broadcast of the 2018 men’s FIFA World Cup.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Bill Haisten: How limited was OSU financially in 1983? Jimmy Johnson interviewed with Rice
An article about Jimmy Johnson mentions he interviewed for Rice’s head football coach position in 1983.
The Penn Online (This article appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)

Ferguson, Veal to represent Louisiana Tech at CUSA Kickoff
An article about Conference USA’s 2018 Football Media Kickoff, which includes the league’s head coaches and two student-athletes from each school, mentions that players Sam Pierce and Zach Abercrumbia will represent Rice.
Caledonian Record (This article appeared in 75 other media outlets.)

HOG FUTURES: Football’s been at center of Silas Robinson’s raising
Rice is mentioned.
WholeHogSports (This article also appeared in Arkansas Online and NWA Online.)

Cowboy of the Week: Chace Sarchet
Former Rice baseball player Chace Sarchet ’18 is featured.
Alpine Avalanche

Baker announces 2018-19 UTEP women’s basketball schedule
An article mentions that the Rice men’s basketball team will play the University of Texas at El Paso Jan. 12, 2019.
KTSM News Channel 9 (This article also appeared on KROD Online.)

Talented North Texas is No. 46 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
A countdown of the Orlando Sentinel’s preseason college football rankings mentions Rice.
Orlando Sentinel (Scroll down to “No. 127 Rice.”)

Andrew Wilson swims 1:00 in breaststroke prelims at Austin Sectionals
An article mentions that Rice women’s swimming and diving team member Marie-Claire Schillinger placed third in the 2018 Austin Sectional Championship qualifiers.
SwimSwam (This article also appeared in Swimming World Magazine.)

Texas picked fourth in 2018 Big 12 football preseason poll
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and a similar article appeared in Fansided.)

Former Cinco Ranch standout Staton gets chance at ‘dream school’
Rice is mentioned.
Katy Times

CSU football: Grad transfers welcomed aboard
Former Rice football player V.J. Banks ’18 is featured and pictured.
Reporter-Herald (This article also appeared in the Fort Morgan Times.)

Alliance of American Football announces player allocation procedure

An article mentions that football players from Rice who are seeking to join the Alliance of American Football league will be added to the team in San Antonio.

About Stefan De La Garza

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