Dateline Rice for July 31, 2018


Why the results of Turkey’s election are surprising
Abdullah Aydogan, postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed that examines the electoral irregularities in Turkey’s recent Presidential election.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)


King Abdullah Petroleum Studies Center holds workshop on oil alternatives
An article mentions that experts from Rice attended an international workshop organized by the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center to discuss alternative energy opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
Arab News

Ok, bye: A new documentary on the disappearance of Ok glacier
An article mentions a new documentary film produced by Rice anthropologists about what was one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland. The film’s title, “Not Ok,” refers to the nickname for Okjökull, which in 2014 became the first of Iceland’s glaciers to lose its “glacier” title. Co-director Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, is mentioned and fellow co-director Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Reykjavík Grapevine

St. Louisan Jim Turley leading Boy Scouts into changing times
Alumnus James Turley ’77 is featured and pictured.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Election Day to determine likely runoff in race for Uresti state Senate seat
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 several articles and is interviewed on KUT about the special election in Texas’ Senate District 19. Jones is also quoted in PJ Media about the fundraising efforts of U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as he seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Jacksonville Journal Courier and The Telegraph.)
Fighting Democrats give GOP hope in race to replace Uresti
Austin American-Statesman
KUT-AM (Austin) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
Texas GOP, Cruz claim they’re running scared: Could O’Rourke really win? 
PJ Media

Baylor College of Medicine’s INSTINCT BioDesign Summer Program yields innovative results
An article mentions that engineering students from Rice participated in the INSTINCT Summer Innovation Program — a six-week, intensive biodesign program run by the Department of Surgery Incubator at Baylor College of Medicine. The article also mentions that Stuart Corr has an adjunct position at Rice.
Texas Medical Center News

Houston’s new church of beer aims to compete with NASA and other tourist hotspots: Saint Arnold reaches for the sky with new garden, chapels and serious food
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87, co-founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Co., is featured and alumna Natalye Appel ’80 is mentioned.

Ballroom Marfa presents a group exhibition
An article featuring the Ballroom Marfa art installation “Hyperobjects” quotes co-organizer Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Art Daily (A similar article also appeared in the Dallas Art Dealers Association.)


Storytelling offers early ed teachers, students way to heal from Harvey
Karen Capo, director of literacy and culture at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is interviewed about the impact Hurricane Harvey had on children. Rice’s Center for Education and the nonprofit Save the Children held a workshop for teachers to learn tools and strategies to help young students affected by Harvey process their experiences.
Houston Public Media

Seismometers may reveal hidden clues around Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano
Julia Morgan, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is interviewed about her research into the continued eruption of Mount Kilauea and recently placed seismic detectors in the ocean off the southeastern coast of Hawaii. Graduate student David Blank is mentioned and pictured. A video by Morgan is also included.
WVXU (This “Focus on Technology” segment aired on more than 700 other NPR affiliate stations.)

‘Live at 5’
A television broadcast about Houston’s METRORail safety measures mentions and pictures Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice who was killed in a train-cyclist accident last year.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Singer Shirley Murdock in ‘Unfaithful’ from playwright Kimberlyn Engram
An article mentions that former Rice football player Denzel Wells ’12 has been cast in the lead role for the stage production of “Unfaithful.”
Fox26 Houston


NSF awards $6.4 million grant to Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research drylands site
An article mentions that ecologists from Rice, in collaboration with several other universities and support from a five-year, $6.4 million National Science Foundation grant, will study the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico to better understand what drives environmental changes in arid ecosystems.

An iron-based 2D material from nature
An article mentions that the development of hematene was accomplished by a research team consisting of scientists from six institutions and several departments at Rice, including Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Chemistry, and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences. A photo credit is attributed to Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry.
Electronics Weekly

Students say textbook costs have ‘big impact’ on finances
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Education Dive

The common messages in our commencement speeches
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice is cited.
Inside Higher Ed


Chautauqua Interfaith Lecture: Zahra Jamal details Muslim ethics at intersection of food and faith 
An article cites Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and mentions that she spoke at the Chautauqua Interfaith Lecture Series, “Food and Faith.”  A video of Jamal’s talk is included.

Ming Yi wins Spicer Award for superconductor research at SLAC’s X-ray synchrotron
An article mentions that Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has been awarded the 2018 William E. and Diane M. Spicer Young Investigator Award, which is presented to a young scientist who has made significant contributions to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource and the light source community.

Deal appoints 13 to boards
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal appointed alumnus Jon Jones ’96 to the Southern Georgia Regional Commission. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Let empathy bloom — sermons on race for your red-state friends and relatives, start a conversation
Michael Emerson, former professor and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned. A link to his talk “How Race Works in Our Nation” is provided.
Daily Kos

‘He resolved to be happy’
Rice is mentioned.
Anecdotal Evidence Blog

The ideological Turing test: How to be less wrong
Rice is mentioned.
Coyote Blog

Lee Street listening room embarks on new adventure in live music
An article mentions that Adam DeGraff attended Rice, where he studied with “the world’s most beloved concertmaster, Raphael Fliegel.”
Mountain Messenger

Casais sentem o cheiro das emoções um do outro 
An article cites research by former Rice faculty member Denise Chen.
Super Interessante (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Blog do BG.)


Texans excited about Christian Covington’s return
Former Rice football standout and current Houston Texans player Christian Covington is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Ed Oliver, Ben Banogu are big names; Where do their defenses rank?
A ranking of the best college football defenses in Texas features Rice, pictures Graysen Schantz and mentions the late Blain Padgett.
Dallas Morning News (Scroll down to “11. Rice (1-11).”)

One of the last American baseball-glove makers is in this small town in Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Southern Living

Area Colleges: Cougars hire associate AD
Bryan Blair, former associate director for sport administration and compliance at Rice, is featured.
Lewiston Morning Tribune (This article also appeared in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.)

Tom Herman, Herb Hand, proactive approach, fix offensive line
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.


Rice University named home office for Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 
The national board of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) has selected Rice as the home office for its operations. The AGLSP serves as the professional organization of academic programs providing graduate interdisciplinary education in the liberal arts and sciences for working adults.

About Stefan De La Garza

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