Dateline Rice for July 19, 2018


Disaster recovery system ‘cannot be sustained,’ report finds
An article and radio broadcast cite a report co-authored by experts from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined policy decisions affecting resilience to future disasters are hampered by federal recovery programs that do not reward communities that discourage risky rebuilding practices. Co-author Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle and interviewed by Houston Public Media.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 19 print edition with a different headline, “New approach to disaster recovery eyed.”)
Federal disaster recovery system is unsustainable, Kinder Institute says
Houston Public Media


In borophene, boundaries are no barriers
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. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, and graduate student Luqing Wang are quoted. Rice alumnus Zhuhua Zhang is mentioned as a co-author of the scientific papers.
NSF Science360 News (This article was featured in today’s “Headlines” section and also appeared in Controlled Environments Magazine.)

What makes Putin’s vision of a Russian-US oil alliance a pipe dream
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed in The Conversation about the implausibility of an OPEC-like alliance between the U.S. and Russia, and she authored an op-ed in Natural Gas World about how U.S. natural gas exports to Europe could diminish Russia’s economic and geopolitical influence there.
The Conversation (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
When Trump calls Russia a ‘competitor’ for the US, he might be talking about natural gas exports
Natural Gas World

Road trip: 5 days from New Orleans to Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Condé Nast Traveler
50 things to do in Houston with kids and toddlers
Houston on the Cheap


Surge of candidates leaves Texas Democrats struggling to recruit qualified staffers
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 the Texas Tribune about Democratic candidates in Texas having difficulty finding qualified campaign staffers. Jones is interviewed in a radio broadcast and quoted in an article by KTRH about the message Mexico may be sending to the U.S. if it legalizes marijuana. Alumna Jana Lynne Sanchez ’86, who is the Democratic nominee for Congress in District 6, is also quoted in the Texas Tribune article.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in KERA News.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
Mexico could try and tackle US war on drugs

Pittsburgh bank names first Houston president
An article featuring alumna Julie Young Sudduth ’01 mentions she was named Houston’s first regional president of PNC Financial Services Group.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in ABL Advisor.)

Pay the tip, you cheapskate
A caption in a photo slideshow mentions that a benefit for the Hermann Park Conservancy was held March 1 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Albany Times-Union.)

Kolditz: A message to Texas’ young leaders
Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, authored an op-ed for Texas’ next generation of leaders about the importance of maintaining personal integrity.
Longview News-Journal

The ultimate guide to farmers markets in Houston
Rice’s weekly farmers market is featured.
Houston on the Cheap


KUSI-TV (San Diego)
Two television broadcasts feature OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, which has partnered with Palomar College and San Diego City College to provide free or low-cost textbooks to students. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the debate over paid family leave. (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


How to choose the right target-date retirement fund
An article about retirement funds cites research from a working paper co-authored by Rice researchers who analyzed 401(k) enrollment data for nearly 34,000 participants who had invested in a single target-date fund.
MSN Money (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)

Lake bed reveals details about ancient Earth
Sleuthing by Rice postdoctoral fellow Justin Hayles is part of a new Nature paper that gives credence to theories about Earth’s atmosphere 1.4 billion years ago.
Terra Daily (This article also appeared in Scienmag, Jersey Tribune, Health Medicine Network and Astrobiology Web.)

This is how you leave academics, start a company and then come back again
Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering and co-founder of Sigilon Therapeutics, is featured.
STAT (Subscription is required.)

Elena Engles Colom, Rice University (Jones)
Jones Graduate School of Business alumni Elena Engles Colom ’18 and David Laborde ’18 are featured and pictured in a pair of articles, and alumna Katherine Dextraze ’18 is mentioned in both. Faculty members from the Jones School mentioned in the article on Engles Colom are James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Finance; Kathleen Clark, executive director of marketing and communications; and Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School. Barbara Ostdiek, senior associate dean of degree programs and associate professor of finance, is quoted. The article on Laborde quotes Lina Bell, director of diversity and inclusion at the Jones School, and mentions Connie Porter, visiting assistant professor of marketing.
Poets & Quants
David Laborde, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants

Lights, camera, nachos!
An article featuring noteworthy nachos in Texas features Rice Dining’s 4.Tac0 in Rice Memorial Center. Susann Glenn, communications manager for Housing and Dining, is quoted.
Food Management

Graphene foam for wearables and with scalable 3D production
An article mentions that Rice scientists have developed a simple way to produce conductive, three-dimensional objects made of graphene foam. A video of the process is included.
Next Big Future


NSF grant supports research on neutron stars
An article mentions that a National Science Foundation grant was awarded to researchers from Hope College who are collaborating with Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice, to create a computer simulation that aids scientists who are studying magnetars, a subset of neutron stars.
Hope College News

Lunar eclipse is coming
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Clay Today Online

Family concert with the Rolston Quartet
The Rolston String Quartet, formerly the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, performed July 19 in Southampton, N.Y.

Chinese botanical medicine: Wikipedia claims it is fake, we are certain it is real
A blog post cites a Rice study of flu vaccine efficacy and mentions that the 2016-2017 flu vaccine was 20 percent effective.
Someone Somewhere Blog

Trágica y evitable autodestrucción de la economía petrolera de Venezuela
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.
Globedia (An English translation is not available.)


‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’

Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed in a television broadcast.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

U of H phenom Ed Oliver’s preseason accolade list is crazy
An article mentions that the University of Houston will play at Rice Sept. 1.
Houston Press

Playing with pain, all for the love of a game — Ireland
An article featuring Irish tennis player Amy Bowtell mentions that her sister, Hanszen College sophomore Anna Bowtell, plays on Rice’s women’s tennis team.

Thundering Herd hoops releases conference schedule

A roundup of Marshall University’s men’s basketball games mentions Marshall will play Rice Feb. 9.
Williamson Daily News

Key quotes from Tom Herman during Big 12 media days

Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Texas looking for new star power to emerge following departures
SB Nation


Harvey and early childhood educators focus of Rice U./Save the Children conference July 23-25
A special conference July 23-25 at Rice will bring together teachers and administrators whose classrooms, schools, homes or personal lives were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Hosted by Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization, the conference is designed for teachers working with children ranging from 3-year-olds to first-graders and will be taught by staff from both organizations.

Baker Institute report examines economic inclusion and sustainable growth in Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia
A new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy examines aspects of economic inclusion and sustainable growth in Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, edited the collection of issue briefs, which is part of a broader, two-year Baker Institute research project supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

About Stefan De La Garza

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