Dateline Rice for July 16, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Rice University Social Sciences school to get new building
Rice University will break ground on the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a new home for the School of Social Sciences, in August. The new building will be named for Rice trustee Patti Kraft and her husband, Jonathan Kraft, the lead donors for the project. Rice President David Leebron and Antonio Merlo, dean of the School of Social Sciences and the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Architect and the July 16 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Rice social sciences school to get new home.”)
Rice University to break ground on $38 million building soon
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required. A similar version of this article appeared on


When cost-plus pricing is a good idea
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at the Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the advantages of cost-plus pricing despite a recent trend of value-based pricing.
Harvard Business Review

How Venezuela struck it poor
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics, is quoted in an article about Venezuela’s diminishing oil production.
Foreign Policy

A sticky problem: How do you connect electrodes to the squishy material of the brain? Pittsburgh scientists find a way
Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article on the advancements made in using hydrogels, flexible material adhered to a micron-thin layer of electronic circuitry that can be implanted in the body.

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 Rice’s 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 Axios article mentions Mikulska in a roundup of the week’s news.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in Detroit Legal News Online.)
Axios (Scroll down to “5. More petro-notes: Exxon, BP, SPR, Russia.”)

College graduation
The transcript from a video of former Rice men’s tennis player David Warren ’18 is featured 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

The sleeping giant of the Middle East is stirring, with billions of dollars eyeing it
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.
Yahoo! Finance Canada (This article also appeared in Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.)

Trump y Putin se reúnen para la cumbre más impredecible e improvisada de la última década
Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the lack of a specific agenda for the summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)


Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry

Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the factors that contribute to the high median salary of the oil and gas industry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the July 15 print edition with a different headline, “Fight for top talent keeps oil pay scale high.”)

Fluorescent fish genes light path to neuroblastoma
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, who was recruited to Rice in 2017 with a CPRIT Scholar grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, is quoted and pictured; Baker College junior Sarah Downing, research assistant Eileen Singleton, graduate students Adam Howard, Rodrigo Ibarra and Phillip Baker and Duncan College junior Ashley Tsang are pictured in the slideshow.
TMC News

Report: Tough immigration enforcement leading to ‘labor brokers’
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about how the White House’s “Zero Tolerance” program on illegal immigrants has not stopped employers from hiring them, and it has created another class of criminals known as “labor brokers.”

Mexico’s new president is promising big changes. Will that affect trade with Texas?
Two Rice experts are quoted in articles about Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as “AMLO.” 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, is quoted in an article from Longview News-Journal about the possible changes to international relations by AMLO, and Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center, is quoted in an article from Natural Gas Intelligence about the declining production of Mexico’s state-run oil company, Pemex, and in an article from Cambio de Michoacán about the challenges facing AMLO’s promised gasoline reform, which will set yearly prices for gas. Jones is also quoted in Medium about the divided Democratic party ahead of the July special election in Senate District 19, in Portafolio about the changing ideological landscape of Latin American politics and on about online gambling in Texas.
Longview News-Journal
San Antonio Democrat seeks senate seat of brother convicted of Ponzi fraud
Can I bet on NFL games online from Texas?
El mapa político de Latinoamérica va hacia el centro
Portafolio (An English translation is not available.)
Rubber meets the road: Obrador must make good on turning Pemex declining production around
Natural Gas Intelligence
Conoce los riesgos de controlar el precio de la gasoline
Cambio de Michoacán (An English translation is not available.)

What Israel can teach Texas about pre-K [Opinion]
An article cites the 2018 Kinder Houston Area Survey, which was conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, that determined 67 percent of Houston residents are in favor of raising local taxes to provide universal preschool education for all children in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the July 15 print edition with a different headline, “The investment that pays off the most.”)

French fans flock to Bastille Day at Houston’s Rienzi

An article about the Bastille Day celebration by Houston’s French community mentions Bill Camfield, the Joseph and Joanna N. Mullen Professor Emeritus of Art History.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 15 print edition with a different headline, “Francophiles flock to Reinzi for Bastille Day.”)

Son of US pilot killed in WWII forms bond with Japanese boy who helped with burial
Rusty Bailey and his father, alumnus Ernest Bailey Jr. ’44, who was killed as a 22-year-old Navy pilot in 1945, will be the subject of a documentary in Japan.
Waco Tribune-Herald (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)


As post-Harvey buyout money rolls in, some have already given up on the program
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the challenges facing the federally funded program that aims to buy flood-prone houses in Harris County.
Houston Public Media

WGBH-AM (Boston)
A broadcast mentions that William Sidis taught at Rice. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Are markets too concentrated?
An article about the market concentration of public firms across all industries cites research from co-author Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond (This article also appeared in Ecointersect.)

Thai cave crisis calls for ‘in extremis’ leadership
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and executive director of Rice’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.
Knowridge Science Report

VC Artists | The Dover Quartet — ‘The young American string quartet of the moment’
A feature on the Dover String Quartet notes that its members — 2013 Rice alumni Camden Shaw, Joel Link, Bryan Lee and Milena Pajaro-Van de Stadt — formerly served as a quartet in residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. Shepherd School faculty who are mentioned include Frank Huang, former artist teacher of violin; Roberto Diaz, former professor of viola; James Dunham, professor of viola and chamber music; and Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello. Several videos of the quartet’s performances are included.
The Violin Channel

Universities and businesses partner to launch data science courses
An article mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Trilogy Education 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).
eLearning Inside News (A similar version of this article appeared on IBL News.)

Tops Gallery presents ‘Screen Door,’ 7/21
An article mentions that paintings by Dana Frankfort are in Rice’s permanent collection.
Broadway World

AI thought leaders on Capitol Hill
An article about the importance of machine learning and advanced-scale computing mentions that Rice researchers are using these technologies to model flood waters and aid in evacuation planning.


Dutch cut overdose deaths by dispensing pure heroin
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how the success of a federal program in the Netherlands that distributes drugs and supervises drug use in clinics has reduced drug-related crime and deaths and improved the quality of life for many users. (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

Trump says environmental regulations tank the economy. California is proving him wrong.
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about how California’s economy has grown rapidly despite the state having the strictest environmental regulations in the country.
BuzzFeed News

Orientation underway for UTRGV’s 3rd cohort of medical students
Rice is mentioned.
Monitor (This article also appeared in the Brownsville Herald.)

For this Bengaluru startup, all roads lead to Mars
Alumnus Robert Bradley ’00 is featured and pictured, and the late Richard Smalley, a co-recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and co-discoverer of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” is mentioned. (This article also appeared in

Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum: July 18 talk ‘Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?’
Alumnus Nelson Hoffman ’70 will present “Can Organisms Drive Their Evolution?” in Los Alamos, N.M.
Los Alamos Daily Post

All-Ravel concert set for July 20 at Cascadia Art Museum
An article featuring Pamela Liu mentions that she attended Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
My Edmonds News

Astronauts: Much braver than anyone realizes
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Whistleblower Online and Conservative Angle.)

Rauchen von Zigaretten kann Anämie verhindern, plus Nikotin Vorteile für Schizophrenie, Parkinson-Krankheit
John Olson, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, is quoted in an article about Rice research that determined the absorption of carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke is therapeutic for those with a rare genetic disorder that affects hemoglobin. (An English translation is not available.)


Anna Belousova sweeps double breaststroke wins at day two of Austin Speedo Sectionals
Rice women’s swimming and diving team members Marie-Claire Schillinger and Ella Flowers finished in the top eight of the Austin Speedo Sectionals in the women’s 200-meter breaststroke and the women’s 400-meter individual medley, respectively.
Swimming World Magazine

Aggie legend Curtis Dickey earns spot in SWC Hall of Fame
Former Rice women’s track and field coach Victor Lopez has been selected for the 2018 Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
Best College Sports News Network

WKU women’s basketball announces conference schedule
An article mentions that Rice women’s basketball will play Western Kentucky University Feb. 7.
WBKO (This article also appeared in the Bowling Green Daily News.)

Why Texas will or won’t make the college football playoffs in 2018
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson and former Rice assistant coach Tom Herman are featured. (This article also appeared in the Dallas Morning News.)
10 major Texas Longhorns storylines, including the undecided QB race and new offensive coordinator
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 19, Texas
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Players from Texas schools to pack San Antonio’s AAF roster
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.
San Antonio Express-News (A similar version of this article appeared in WBLZ Media.)

Elite 2020 DB Washington names Texas a top school
An article mentions that Craig Naivar coached at Rice.


Rice to break ground on new School of Social Sciences building this summer
Rice University will break ground on the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a new home for the School of Social Sciences, in August. The new building will be named for Patti and Jonathan Kraft, the lead donors for the project. The new $38 million, four-story, 73,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed by November 2019 and open prior to the spring 2020 semester.

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier
Borophene, the atomically flat form of boron with unique properties, is even more interesting when different forms of the material mix and mingle, according to scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities. Scientists at the institutions made and analyzed borophene with different lattice arrangements and discovered how amenable the varied structures are to combining into new crystal-like forms, which may have properties useful to electronics manufacturers.

Scientists to tap data networks’ hidden powers
Rice University scientists have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to develop distributed programming methods to analyze streaming data. Computer scientists Ang Chen and Eugene Ng will use a three-year, $1.2 million grant to take advantage of programmable elements in the various components that store and deliver data to customers.

About Stefan De La Garza

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