Dateline Rice for July 17, 2018


Houston to host Final Four in 2023
Rice University, the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Houston Baptist University will jointly serve as hosts for the NCAA 2023 Final Four men’s basketball tournament at NRG Stadium. This will be the first time the event is hosted by four Division I schools.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 17 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Final Four returns in 2023,” and on
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Carbon taxes could be created without harming economy: Studies
An article about how carbon taxes can be structured to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while minimizing negative effects on the economy cites papers co-authored by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

News analysis: Implications of US sanctions on Iran
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 possible effects on the global economy if U.S. sanctions on Iran are implemented.
Xinhua (This article also appeared on

Beware of potentially harmful stem cell therapies, researchers warn
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the dangers of underregulated and expensive stem cell clinics.
Deutsche Welle


Democrats outraise Republicans in 7 GOP-held US House districts
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 about the seven Republican-held Texas congressional districts in which Democrats outraised their counterparts in the second quarter of the year, and he is interviewed on Texas Public Radio about the prospect of statewide debates ahead of the midterm elections.
Austin American-Statesman
Will Texas voters see any other statewide debates ahead of midterm elections?
Texas Public Radio
KUIK-FM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on KRLD-Dallas.)

Report: Texas home to 4 of the 15 highest-paid public university execs
An article about the salaries of Texas’ public university presidents mentions the salaries of several local private university presidents, including David Leebron, who also appears in a slideshow.
Houston Business Journal

Seagulls can be annoying. But so can we.
Alumna Elaine Shen ’18 authored an op-ed about how waterbird populations are under constant danger from what is left behind by humans on coastlines, ultimately affecting their reproductive health and survival.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)

Can Mexico’s president-elect end gasoline imports as pledged?
Benigna Leiss, nonresident fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, spoke about Mexico’s energy reforms July 11 during a luncheon hosted by the San Antonio chapter of Young Professionals in Energy.
San Antonio Business Journal (Subscription is required.)


‘American Greed’
A documentary about J. David Salinas mentions that Scott Thompson and Grey Giovanine were basketball coaches at Rice.
CNBC (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Why do people brag on social media?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed exploring the possible reasons for the prevalence of bragging on social media.
Psychology Today

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 with the ability to combine into new crystal-like forms, according to scientists at Rice and Northwestern universities. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and of Chemistry, is quoted.
Northwestern University News Center (This article also appeared in NewsCaf, Nanowerk, Science Daily, Scienmag and Nanotechnology News.)

Scientists to tap data networks’ hidden powers
Rice scientists have been awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop distributed programming methods to analyze streaming data. Ang Chen, assistant professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, and Eugene Ng, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, are quoted. (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy, Scienmag and Great Lakes Ledger.)

What pharmacy executives need to know about copay accumulators
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted in an article about copay accumulator programs.
PokitDok Blog

2018 ACS Fellows
An article mentions that Michael Wong, chair and professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering, has been named as a 2018 American Chemical Society Fellow.

Despite government spending pressure, Louisiana manages good score in rating of best states to start business
A state with access to capital is one of the most important factors for business success, according to Al Danto, a lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Louisiana Watchdog

2018 MBAs to watch: Sameer Zafar, Rice University (Jones)
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business alum Sameer Zafar ’18 is featured and pictured. Jill Foote, senior lecturer of finance, is quoted.
Poets & Quants

AICPA names 2018 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop graduates
An article about the 2018 Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop quotes alumna Joyce Ozuna ’16.
Accounting Today

World Food Prize Foundation announces 30 students selected for USDA Wallace-Carver Fellowship
An article mentions that Lovett College sophomore Lavina Kalwani is one of 30 students to receive the Wallace-Carver Fellowship, which allows students to collaborate with world-renowned scientists and policymakers through paid fellowships at leading U.S. Department of Agriculture research centers and offices across the country.
AgriMarketing (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Graphene foam could be just the prescription for arthritis sufferers
An article mentions that Rice researchers made graphene foam using powdered sugar and nickel powder.
The American Ceramics Society

This developer created tech that allows crypto mining operators to open facilities in markets that are hot year-round
Rice is mentioned.

Costa Rica: An innovation lab for business
Rice is mentioned.
The European


Robopocalyse Report No. 105
An article mentions that Rice is researching 3D-printed graphene foam.
The Dragon’s Tales Blog

Opera singers find inspiration in art
Alumnus Ian Koziara ’16 is featured and pictured.

Kea awarded James W. Buckley Scholarship at EGSC
An article about the James W. Buckley Leadership Scholarship mentions that it is named for alumnus James Buckley ’59.
Emanuel County Live

Giant of New Testament archaeology
The late James Strange ’59 is featured.
Long Room

Cirurgias para tratamento do cancro: Especialistas de três países trabalham em Maputo
An article mentions that Rice is part of an effort that provides cancer surgeries and trainings for three days at the Central Hospital of Maputo and the General Hospital of Mavalane in Mozambique. (An English translation is not available.)


Volleyball wins AVCA Team Academic Award
An article mentions that Rice was among the schools honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with the Team Academic Award for displaying excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.

C-USA Preseason All-Conference Team released, UTEP misses cut
Rice football player Jack Fox was named a 2018 Preseason Conference USA Football Award winner, which is chosen by the league’s 14 head coaches.
KTSM Online (This article also appeared on and UTSA Today.)

Conference USA X-factors 2018
A roundup of news from Conference USA football teams features Rice players Sam Glaesmann and Jackson Tyner.
SB Nation

WESA-FM (Pittsburgh)
An interview with Lance Armstrong mentions that son Luke Armstrong will play football at Rice. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on WHYY-Philadelphia, WAMU-Washington, WUNC-Raleigh and WEAA-Baltimore.)

Lamar High School’s legendary football coach Tom Nolen to retire
Rice stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

2018 volleyball roster features 10 newcomers
Former Rice volleyball player Lauren Lee is featured.

From the heart
An article about the origins of disc golf mentions that it was revived in the 1960s by Rice students.
Rawlins Times

Knee injury sidelines possible Charlotte 49ers starter, but for how long?
A roundup of men’s basketball games mentions that the University of North Carolina at Charlotte will play Rice Jan. 31.
Charlotte Observer

Hilltoppers announce 2018-19 Conference USA schedule
Related articles mention that Rice women’s and men’s basketball teams will play Western Kentucky University Feb. 7.
SurfKY News
Tops announce 2018-19 C-USA men’s basketball schedule
Bowling Green Daily News

Conference USA releases 2018-19 league schedule
Articles mention that Rice women’s and men’s basketball teams will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Jan. 10.
UTSA Athletics
Men’s basketball C-USA slate unveiled
UTSA Athletics

Houston CityPASS is a plus when exploring 18 great things to do in Space City
An article about things to do in Houston mentions Rice’s sports teams. (Scroll down to “Sports Teams Sports Teams: Astros, Rockets, Texans and more.”)

Converted QB Ty Summers remains vital to TCU defense as linebacker
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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