Dateline Rice for July 23, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


US crude oil floods into Italy as Libyan supplies falter
The U.S. is turning into a stable supplier of crude oil that can go to market, especially when unrest affects other oil-producing regions, according to Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Reuters (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Brookings survey finds only 21 percent willing to ride in a self-driving car
An article cites a 2016 Rice analysis of Google Consumer Surveys.
Brookings Institution

How the flight of Apollo 11 won the Cold War
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in an article in The Hill and several radio broadcasts on the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and walk.
The Hill
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
‘The Big 870’
WWL-AM (New Orleans) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on WTAM in Cleveland and WLW in Cincinnati.)

‘Our bodies are Turkish, our souls Islamic!’ The rise of Turkey’s ultra-nationalists
An article about the rise of nationalist rhetoric in Turkish politics quotes Abdullah Aydogan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Middle East Eye (This article also appeared in Arab Calgary.)


Government continues to fail at true post-Harvey recovery [editorial]
A Houston Chronicle editorial and stories by Government Technology and KUIK-AM about post-Hurricane Harvey recovery cite research from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research on resources and responsibilities at local, state and federal levels. Co-author Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed by KUIK.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 22 print edition with a different headline, “Start with FEMA.”)
Disaster recovery report says Texas must rethink its long-term recovery efforts
Government Technology
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

For local activist, discovery of Sugar Land cemetery for convict laborers was no surprise
A Q&A with activist Reginald Moore mentions that Rice created a permanent record of Moore’s personal papers and other materials he has collected related to Texas’ convict-leasing system, which has recently garnered attention after the skeletal remains of 95 people were discovered at the former Imperial State Prison Farm site in Sugar Land. A television broadcast on KXII about Moore’s work features documents from Rice’s archive.
Texas Monthly
‘News 12 @ 10’
KXII-TV (Sherman) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Contestants shine at Chinatown Houston pageant
Alumna Karen Yen ’18, winner of the 48th annual Miss Chinatown Houston Pageant, who will represent Houston in the Miss Chinatown USA pageant, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 23 print edition with a different headline, “Contestants use Miss Chinatown pageant as platform for issues.”)

Saint Arnold beer garden now open for Houston brewery tourists
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87, who is the co-founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Co., is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Neal Katz outraises Rep. Matt Schaefer in latest campaign finance period
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 how political newcomer Neal Katz, who is running as an independent, has outraised three-term incumbent State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, the chairman of the Texas Freedom Caucus, for the District 6 seat in the Texas House of Representatives.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Summer data science boot camp at Rice University
A calendar of events mentions that Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute will host a five-day data science boot camp for participants to learn and leverage the latest data analytics tools beginning Aug. 6.
TMC News

My top 5: Shion Aikawa of Ramen Tatsu-Ya 
An article featuring restaurateur Shion Aikawa mentions that one of the top five things he likes to do in Houston is visit James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion and Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
365 Things To Do in Houston


‘CNN Newsroom — Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is interviewed on a television broadcast about the possible political fallout from President Donald Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
CNN (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
CNN Transcripts

Texas grid’s big ‘test’ could last beyond the heat wave
With a heat wave and low power reserves due to the closing of three power plants, Texas is dangerously close to brownouts, according to Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative.
Houston Public Media
WBAP-AM (Dallas) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

30 years of talking (and talking and talking) about climate change
An “On the Media” radio broadcast cites Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, who said society’s inability to grasp the scope of climate change can be likened to a scene from the movie “The Empire Strikes Back.”
WNYC Studios (This segment aired on 390 other affiliate stations.) (Comments begin at 8:10.)


Smoking out sources of air pollution
David Costanza, technology fellow at Rice’s School of Architecture, is part of a Harvard University design team that won the “Seed for Change Program” award from Harvard’s Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute for its development of Green Screen, a lightweight screen made from agricultural waste that has the potential to reduce air pollution created by burning the waste while providing shade and insulation for low-resource housing in India.
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

The 30 colleges with the best campus food you’ve ever seen
Rice is included in a list of the top 30 universities (slide No. 28) rated as having the best campus food.
Delish (This article also appeared in

‘Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics’
“Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics,” a book by alumna Talithia Williams ’07, is reviewed.
The Internet Review of Books


Gov. Brown appoints new justice for 4th District Court of Appeals
An article featuring and picturing alumnus Michael Raphael ’90 mentions that California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Raphael to the 4th District Court of Appeals.
Times of San Diego (This article also appeared in, Lake County News and Imperial Valley News.)

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival: ‘Music Among Friends’ on Lopez Island
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music faculty members Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, and Desmond Hoebig, professor of cello, and graduate student Scott Cuellar will be featured performers at The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Aug. 5 on Lopez Island, Wash.
Islands’ Weekly

Preventing suicide: Family connections as a safety net
An article cites a study from Rice about vulnerability to suicide.

Iran files complaint with ICJ against United States over renewed sanctions
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

A new dean takes the helm at BCC in Taunton
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Wicked Local Berkley (This article also appeared in Wicked Local Raynham.)

Conor Duffy, state House candidate
Alumnus Conor Duffy ’07 is featured and pictured in an article about his bid to win a seat in Colorado’s House of Representatives.
Berthoud Weekly Surveyor

Dismissed by KIPP, Mike Feinberg lands on his feet
A blog post by Diane Ravitch mentioned that she spoke at Rice in 2010.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog

Kvantový motor by mohl pohánět atomy i molekuly. Teoreticky!
An article cites research on ultraviolet-activated molecular machines for targeted therapy by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. A Rice video featuring Tour’s research is included.
Zprávy Tiscali (An English translation is not available.)

Instalação ‘Driver Less Vision’ questiona o papel da inteligência artificial no planejamento de nossas cidades
Urtzi Grau, the Cullinan Visiting Professor at Rice’s School of Architecture, and studio assistant Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, co-creators of Driver Less Vision, an installation at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, are featured.
ArchDaily Brasil (An English translation is not available.)


Third parties in recruiting a big topic at THSCA convention
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

14 home meets highlight 2018-19 Rice swim slate
Rice’s swimming and diving schedule for regular season meets is featured and head swim coach Seth Huston is mentioned.
Swim Swam

Browns’ Josh Gordon, former Lamar star, to miss start of training camp
Former Rice football player Brian Womac is pictured in a photo slideshow (image 20).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Anonymous Gambler: Despite Dodgers’ big move, Astros still the favorite

A roundup of sports betting odds mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

KTXX-AM (Austin)
Former Rice offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek is interviewed in a radio broadcast. Former head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

A cultural connection with Anthony Rendon

Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured and pictured.
La Vida Baseball

Crowded RB room could provide biggest boost to Texas ground game
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.


Sulfur analysis supports timing of oxygen’s appearance
Scientists have long thought oxygen appeared in Earth’s lower atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago, making life as we know it possible. Rice biogeochemist Mark Torres has added evidence to support that number by studying the sulfur record held by ancient rocks that mark the dramatic change in the planet’s atmosphere that gave rise to complex life.

Kilauea eruption an opportunity for undersea scrutiny
Rice researchers joined a team of scientists placing seismometers under the ocean off the coast of Hawaii, where the ongoing eruption of Kilauea has added to the island’s landmass. The researchers hope for new insight about the landscape under the ocean floor. Julia Morgan, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and student David Blank were awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to join a team of researchers and seed the seafloor with a dozen seismic detectors off the southeastern coast of the island.

Rice U.’s new Harvey Memories Project preserves digital artifacts of the ‘first social media storm’
A new digital archive at Rice aims to prevent the loss of valuable Hurricane Harvey-related memories by preserving them within the university’s digital collections with professional precision. The Harvey Memories Project is one of several projects awarded funding by the Rice Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort last year.

Activist’s archives on Sugar Land convict-leasing system reside at Rice
What is convict leasing? Why do we know so little about it? The answers to these questions can be found in the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library. The Reginald Moore Sugar Land Convict Leasing System Research Collection, established following the donation of archival materials by local activist Reginald Moore, illuminates the recent discovery of mass prisoner graves in Fort Bend County.

About Stefan De La Garza

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