Dateline Rice for July 26, 2018


Harvey samples saddled with antibiotic-resistant genes
Hurricane Harvey research from Rice scientists is featured in several articles and broadcasts. A study that used extensive water sampling in Houston after epic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey determined widespread contamination by E. coli with an abundant presence of antibiotic-resistant forms. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in Futurity and is interviewed on Houston Public Media.
National Science Foundation (This article was featured as the “Top Story” in the July 26 edition of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter.)
Harvey floodwater in houses teems with E. coli
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Researchers find signs of drug-resistant bacteria in Harvey flooding samples
Houston Public Media
Rice University study finds contaminants in floodwaters after Harvey
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

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 and Baylor College of Medicine researchers. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy and co-director of Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and postdoctoral researcher Xingcheng Lin are quoted in Infosurhoy.
National Science Foundation (This article was featured in “Headlines” in the July 26 edition of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter.)
US university researchers try new way to target flu virus
Infosurhoy (Similar articles appeared in The Economic Times, and


What happens if Trump taps the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
With sanctions against Iran slated to begin in November, there is speculation that President Donald Trump is planning to use the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to
try to keep oil prices low. Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CNBC (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance Singapore and Yahoo! Finance Canada.)

‘Why Is This Happening? With Chris Hayes’: Documenting our real estate obsession with Giorgio Angelini
An interview featuring Giorgio Angelini, who created a documentary about the history of housing discrimination from New Jersey to California titled “Owned: A Tale of Two Americas,” mentions that he attended Rice’s School of Architecture.
NBC News

‘Word painting’ artist Wayne White brings 14-foot-tall puppets to the Seattle Art Fair
An article featuring Wayne White mentions that his artwork was displayed at the former Rice Gallery.
The Seattle Times

The 20 best value colleges of 2019
An article by Yahoo! Finance Singapore about the 2019 Fiske Guide to Colleges notes that Rice is among the 10 best-buy private colleges. Several other articles and a radio broadcast on KUT cite Rice’s No. 2 ranking among the best universities in Texas by College Consensus. Lovett Hall is also pictured in the Chronicle articles.
Yahoo! Finance Singapore
Surprise school surpasses Rice as best university in Texas
CultureMap Houston (Similar articles appeared in CultureMap San Antonio and the San Antonio Current.)
Trinity University beats out Rice, UT and A&M for best college in Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
2 Austin schools land on Best Colleges in Texas list
Austin American-Statesman
KUT-AM (Austin)


Ted Cruz makes Beto O’Rourke a big-time debate offer
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 agreement between U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to participate in five debates before the November midterm elections.
Dallas Observer

UTD reaches coveted state research designation, unlocking millions in funding
An article mentions that Rice is one of Texas’ elite Tier One universities, a designation for schools with the best reputations and highest research levels.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Rice University to break ground on new 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 Memorial Examiner (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was first posted online.)

Liberty fine arts expo draws crowd with expanded offerings
An article mentions that the Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas, has provided grants for fine arts students from Liberty to travel to Houston and attend orchestral and opera programs at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice, Station Houston launch summit to connect startups with Fortune 500s
An article mentions that the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Station Houston connected emerging technology startups with Fortune 500 leaders in a Texas Digital Summit at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business Dec. 6.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Houston Business Journal, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

InPrint info
An article about InPrint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series’ 2018-19 season mentions that several authors will read at the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Katy native selected as prestigious USDA Wallace-Carver Fellow
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.
Katy Times

Seller asks $700K for midcentury modern in Katy
An article features a house designed by the late Wylie Vale ’39.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Sandra Oh: Finally, a leading actress who just happens to be Asian
Hanszen College senior Elizabeth Myong authored an op-ed about the lack of diversity in American film and television.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Outside the Cineplex: ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Office Space’
An article mentions that Rice Media Center will participate in movie screenings as part of QFest (formerly the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

6 Houston activists we admire, in their own words
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is featured and pictured in an article about six Houston activists describing their motivations to help others.

5 must-do things on Rice University campus 
An article about the top five things to do at Rice includes references to Rice Owls games, the Rice University Farmers Market, James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion, the Rice Public Art program, the Shepherd School of Music; the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, the BioScience Research Collaborative, the student organization Art Lab, the student-run theater company Rice Players, Rice Cinema in the Rice Media Center, Lovett Hall’s Sallyport arch and Rice’s graduate student bar, Valhalla. The Skyspace and Shepherd School are also mentioned in The Buzz Magazines.
365 Things To Do in Houston
Last call! Houston summer bucket list
The Buzz Magazines


Stay or go: Homeowners face a difficult decision after Harvey
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” about the factors that homeowners whose houses were flooded by Hurricane Harvey must consider before deciding to stay or leave the property.
Houston Public Media

Kilauea eruption an opportunity for undersea scrutiny (VIDEO)
A video by Julia Morgan, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, who recently placed seismic detectors in the ocean off the southeastern coast of Hawaii to study the continued eruption of Mount Kilauea, is featured on Parallel States, and she is mentioned in Big Island Now.
Parallel States
Geologists drop seismometers offshore of Kilauea
Big Island Now

Pennsylvania Cable Network (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Alumnus Richard Sommers ’70 discusses his time at Rice. The late professor Frank Vandiver is mentioned. (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Feds back Rice U. study of nanoscale electrocatalysis
An article mentions that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has awarded Rice researchers $1.1 million to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts. Stephan Link and Christy Landes, both professors of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering, are quoted and pictured.
Power Systems Design (Similar articles also appeared in and Nanotechnology Now.)

Biochemists follow clues toward Alzheimer’s, cancer, longevity
An article mentions that Rice scientists received a five-year RO1 grant to investigate a biochemical domino effect that begins with a critical regulatory protein called TOR and ends with cells dying of oxidative stress. James McNew and Michael Stern, professors of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Shiyu Xu is mentioned.
Life Extension

Oil prices rebound as Saudis expect reduced exports in August
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.

Network for new music presents ArtMusic II: Edward Hopper and Pierre Jalbert
An article featuring Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, mentions that he performed his new chamber work, “Light, Line, Shadow,” at the Dorrance Galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Will AI help dev and test teams — or replace them?
Vijay Murali, a research scientist in computer science, is quoted in an article about the future of artificial intelligence. Rice’s deep-learning, software-coding application called Bayou, which can help human programmers navigate the growing multitude of often-undocumented application programming interfaces, is mentioned.

Textbook publishers must stop gouging students and embrace OER
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
EdTech Digest

S&P Global hires two new health care reporters
Alumna Julianne Wey ’18 is featured.

Who are the brightest minds in crypto featured among Fortune’s ’40 Under 40′?
Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05 is featured.
Payments Market (This article also appeared in CoinTelegraph.)


Hurricane Harvey, Alzheimer’s disease, Catholic newspapers, more
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, is mentioned.
Research Buzz

Census citizenship shines light on illegal immigration
Including a question about citizenship status on the 2020 Census may prevent illegal immigrants from completing the questionnaire and impact how federal dollars are distributed, according to Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director.

Are you up to the compound bow challenge?
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in several articles.
President Kennedy’s words echo today concerning the International Space Station
Eagle Rising (This article also appeared in the Conservative Angle.)


New strength coach hopes to provide Rice football team a lift
Rice football’s conditioning coach Hans Straub is featured and pictured. Head football coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted and football players Brady Wright and Parker Hanusa are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 26 print edition with a different headline, “New strength coach hopes to give Owls a needed lift.”)

Sports organization teaches life skills to young athletes
An article about youth sports programs mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Conference USA West preview
A roundup of college football team rankings mentions Rice.

‘AT&T SportsNet Southwest’
Rice is mentioned.
MLB Baseball (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Squishy hydra’s simple circuits ready for their close-up
Rice researchers established the first comprehensive characterization of relationships between neural activity and muscle movements that drive the freshwater hydra vulgaris and expect their analysis to help identify patterns that have been conserved by evolution in larger brain architectures.

Applications open for life science companies to present at Texas Life Science Forum
Applications are now open for companies that would like to present at the seventh annual Texas Life Science Forum Nov. 8 at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative. This premier life science event in Texas showcases the leading life science, medical device and digital health startups as well as established companies, according to organizers BioHouston and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Two-faced edge makes nanotubes obey
Growing a batch of carbon nanotubes that are all the same may not be as simple as researchers had hoped, according to Rice scientists. But Rice materials theorist Boris Yakobson may have taken a step toward catalysts that produce homogenous batches of nanotubes that could lead to wires that, unlike copper or aluminum, transmit energy without loss.

About Stefan De La Garza

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