Dateline Rice for July 24, 2018


River flow over ancient rocks hints when Earth got oxygen
A new Rice study that analyzes the sulfur record hidden in ancient rock supports the theory that oxygen first appeared in Earth’s lower atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago. Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, is quoted in Futurity, and he is also pictured in
Futurity (This article also appeared on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and in the July 23 edition of the NSF’s Science360 newsletter.)
Sulfur analysis supports timing of oxygen’s appearance (This article also appeared in Scienmag, Long Room and Terra Daily.)

Court orders UAE to let expelled Qataris back in
An article about intervention by the United Nations’ International Court of Justice on behalf of Qatari citizens expelled from the United Arab Emirates due to the economic and diplomatic blockade of Qatar by neighboring Persian Gulf nations quotes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on


Auto rule rollback could hinge on highway deaths
Articles from Politico and S&P Global Platts about the proposed U.S. House bill to implement a carbon tax cites research from a study co-authored by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy that determined the tax would lead to net greenhouse gas emissions reductions across the economy. A related article from Advanced Biofuels USA quotes John Diamond, director of the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Politico (Scroll down to “Curbelo’s carbon tax footprint.”)
US House bill to create $24-per-metric-ton tax on carbon emissions
S&P Global Platts
Carbon taxes would drive GHG emissions reductions with minimal impact on US economy, oil and gas production
Advanced Biofuels USA

Democrats outpace Republicans, rake in cash in heartland in bid to retake House
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 Washington Times and cited in a radio broadcast from KTSA about Democratic fundraising advantages in traditionally Republican areas. Jones is also quoted in Parker City News about the highly contested race in Texas’ Senate District 10.
The Washington Times
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Konni Burton, challenger spend big bucks in race for Texas’ only ‘swing’ Senate seat
Parker City News


Rice University researchers among those studying continued volcanic eruption in Hawaii
With the help of an emergency grant from the National Science Foundation, Rice researchers placed seismic detectors in the ocean off the southeastern coast of Hawaii, where lava is entering the water from the continued eruption of Mount Kilauea. Ocean placement is vital because it will reveal quakes too small for the land detectors to pick up, according to Julia Morgan, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. Graduate student David Blank is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle, and he is pictured in an article from and on a television broadcast from KITV.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Kilauea eruption an opportunity for undersea scrutiny (A similar article appeared in West Hawaii Today and the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.)
‘KITV 4 News at 5’
KITV-TV (Honolulu) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice University to break ground on a new School of Social Sciences building
Rice will break ground on the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for 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’s Examiner — Bellaire, West University, River Oaks (Subscription is required. A similar version of this article appeared on the Real Estate Center’s NewsTalk Texas.)

Can Houston learn about resilience from the Bay Area?
An article about post-Hurricane Harvey flood mitigation strategies argues that the San Francisco Bay Area’s Resilient by Design challenge can offer compelling lessons for producing comprehensive projects in resiliency. Alumnus Stephen Engblom ’96 is quoted. Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted in an article from GISuser about Rice’s Harvey Memories Project, a digital archive that aims to prevent the loss of valuable Hurricane Harvey-related memories by preserving them within the university’s digital collections.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is requiredThis article originally appeared in OffCite, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, and was republished in the Chronicle’s “Gray Matters” online magazine.)
Rice U.’s new Harvey Memories Project preserves digital artifacts of the ‘first social media storm’
GISuser (This article also appeared in the Donaldsonville Chief, Weekly Citizen and

Jonathan Lethem, Barbara Kingsolver coming to Houston for InPrint’s 2018-19 schedule
An article about the InPrint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series’ 2018-19 season mentions that Claudia Rankine will read Jan. 14 at the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)


NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 appears in a C-SPAN3 broadcast speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Few clear signals for Mexico’s fledgling natural gas market as AMLO prepares to take office
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted in an article about possible energy reform measures proposed by Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

OER shown to improve grades, not just cut costs
A recent study of students who used OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources (OER), compared with students who used commercial textbooks determined that the former earned significantly better grades. OpenStax, which has partnered with Palomar College and San Diego City College to provide free or low-cost textbooks to students, is also featured in two television broadcasts from KGTV and KUSI.
KGTV-TV (San Diego) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Good Morning San Diego Weekend’
KUSI-TV (San Diego) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

California gets 6 new appeals court judges
A roundup of court appointments features Michael Raphael ’90, who was appointed to the 4th District Court of Appeals by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Courthouse News Service


Men are taking more vacation time than women, study finds, and we need to talk about this PTO gender gap
Eden King, associate professor of psychology, is quoted in an article about the gender gap in the amount of vacation time taken by men compared with women.

Curator Darryl Chatman urges this year’s STARS graduates to continue their scientific pursuits
An article mentions that McMurtry College sophomore Alexander Curylo was one of seven undergraduate research associates who were mentors in the 2018 Students and Teachers as Research Scientists program.
UMSL Daily

Conlon-Gutierrez named concertmaster of JSO
Alumna Maureen Conlon-Gutierrez ’03 is featured.
Daily American Online (Subscription is required.)


Third parties in recruiting a big topic at THSCA convention

Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in the first Houston Chronicle article about the challenges of the recruiting process for high school football players. The second Houston Chronicle article is the latest in a series on the University of Houston’s football opponents which features Rice and mentions and pictures Bloomgren. Former head coach David Bailiff and former players Calvin Anderson, Brian Womac, Emmanuel Ellerbee and Miklo Smalls and current players Nahshon Ellerbe, Austin Walter, Zach Abercrumbia, Graysen Schantz, Aaron Cephus, Roe Wilkins, Jackson Tyner, Sam Glaesmann, Evan Marshman, Shawn Stankavage and Jack Fox are mentioned. Bloomgren is mentioned in the Tampa Bay Times and Anderson is mentioned in the Ada News.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 23 print edition with a different headline, “Third parties at center of discussion on college recruiting,” and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)
UH schedule breakdown: Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Where do Mullen, Taggart rank among college football’s offensive masterminds?
Tampa Bay Times
Texas again will prove tough hurdle for OU
The Ada News

UH picked to finish 2nd in West in AAC preseason poll
Rice is mentioned in two photo captions (images 2 and 12).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

We should all try to get up and go like Chiney Ogwumike
An article on WNBA star Chiney Ogwumike mentions that sisters Erica and Olivia Ogwumike play basketball at Rice.
Bleacher Report

The ultimate A-to-Z guide to college basketball’s nonconference schedule
An article about men’s college basketball’s nonconference season mentions that Rice will compete in the Men Against Breast Cancer Cup.

South Carolina Gamecocks need young defensive backs to grow up quickly
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned.
The Post and Courier


Researchers find new way to target flu virus 
A hitch in the swing of a protein that delivers the flu virus may be a useful target to stop the virus from infecting cells, according to Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine researchers.

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Station Houston plan first Texas Digital Summit
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Station Houston announced the inaugural Texas Digital Summit to connect emerging technology startups to Fortune 500 corporate innovation leaders. More than 50 startups with high potential for commercialization will present their concepts to a group of more than 400 investors and corporate innovators at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business Dec. 6.

About Stefan De La Garza

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