Dateline Rice for Aug. 1, 2018


A ‘unique’ opportunity for investors spells mass eviction for tenants
An article exploring the implications of evictions and property development in California cites a 2015 study co-authored by Rachel Kimbro, professor of sociology and founding director of the Urban Health Program at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, that determined mothers who are evicted are more likely to experience depression and report their children’s health as poor.
The Los Angeles Times (A similar article also appeared in

Weak link could lead to universal flu vaccine
The amino acid “hitch” in the swing of a protein that delivers the flu virus is a mechanism highly conserved by evolution and may be a better target for medications 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.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Front Line Genomics.)

Say no to Russia: A good bipartisan push to reduce energy purchases
An article cites a paper by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, which determined at least 15 instances in which Russian entities used customer disputes or debts as a pretext for price and physical volume manipulation of crude oil or natural gas supplies to exert geopolitical pressure on Central and Eastern Europe.
MSN (This article also appeared in the Toledo Blade.)

Erdogan’s call for joining BRICS seeks to avert EU, US criticism — researchers
Abdullah Aydogan, research scholar, and A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East, both at the Center for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted in Sputnik International about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent call to join the BRICS association, which unites the developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Aydogan also is quoted in Mena Watch about the rise in nationalist rhetoric in Turkey’s political parties. Yildirim is also quoted in Ahval about Turkish government and Turkish-American lobbying efforts in the United States.
Sputnik International (This article also appeared in Apsny News.) 
Der neue einfluss der ultranationalisten in der Türkei

Mena Watch (An English translation is not available.)
Gülenist lobbyists in Washington cash-strapped, but find sympathetic audience

A roundup of important news stories of the day cites the analysis of Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, which suggests that the prospect of increasing U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to Europe has important strategic and commercial implications.
Axios (Scroll down to “4. Go deeper: The Trump-EU natural gas plan.”)


The goat farmer running against Texas Republicans
An article about Lisa Seger, Democratic candidate in Texas House of Representatives District 3, in the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine mentions that it originally appeared on The Urban Edge, the blog for the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

East Haddam’s I-Park presents reed quintet in concert Aug. 4, 6
Graduate student Theo Chandler is one of five featured composers whose work will be performed Aug. 4 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the factors that contribute to the high median salary of the oil and gas industry.
Houston Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal (This op-ed appeared in the Aug. 1 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when the Chronicle first posted it online.)

Community Calendar
A roundup of community events in the Houston area mentions that the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Robotics Software is hosting the third annual Houston Robotics and AI Day, which showcases current research into robotics and artificial intelligence at Rice and other area colleges.
Houston Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen (This article appeared in the Aug. 1 print edition of the Pasadena Citizen and the Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the Chronicle first posted it online.) (Scroll down to “Aug. 3 — Register for Houston Robotics and AI Day at UHCL.”)


‘KHOU 11 News’
A TV broadcast and two articles about top Texas universities mentions that Rice is ranked No. 2 in the state.
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Shocking new best college rankings shake up the top school in Texas debate
PaperCity Magazine
Texas Lutheran continues to earn honors for education
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in


The national partisan nastiness is now poisoning local politics
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed in Zócalo Public Square about how divisions over national issues have manifested themselves on local levels, and he authored an op-ed in Governing about the growing disconnect between politically blue cities and red exurbs.
Zócalo Public Square
Despite political divides, suburbs need cities

Rice University’s new archive on Texas’ convict leasing system
An article mentions that Rice created a permanent record of activist Reginald Moore’s personal papers and other research materials called the Reginald Moore Sugar Land Convict-Leasing System Research Collection, which is now available for researchers at The Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library. Amanda Focke, assistant head for special collections, and Lora Wildenthal, professor and chair of history and dean of the School of Humanities at Rice, are quoted. Moore’s collection was archived by Wildenthal and a team of students under the auspices of Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership’s Houston Action Research Team program.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

How to survive an ecological apocalypse: The architect’s guide
A recently published book of essays by Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, titled “The Continuous City: Fourteen Essays on Architecture and Urbanization,” is featured. Albert Pope, the Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture, and Keith Krumwiede, a former assistant professor at Rice, are mentioned.
The Architect’s Newspaper

How diamond wire and black silicon are driving the photovoltaic industry
An “editorial feature” cites Rice research that determined black solar cells use less silicon while generating considerably more electricity.
AZo Materials

Past AI winters and present-day worry
Alumnus Alex Amari ’18 authored an article about the possibility of an “AI winter,” a period of reduced funding and interest in artificial intelligence.
Open Data Science


Syllabus season pro tips
A blog post about syllabus writing tools from Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) mentions Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel. The article also cites research from Justin Esarey, an associate professor of political science, and Elizabeth Barre, former assistant director of CTE.
Religion in American History Blog

WSU hires senior administrative staff member
Bryan Blair, former associate director for sport administration and compliance at Rice, is featured and pictured.
The Daily Evergreen (This article also appeared in the Bonner County Daily Bee.)

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra opens its Summermusik festival Saturday with a hometown hero, Coleman Itzkoff, as guest performer
An article featuring and picturing alumnus Coleman Itzkoff ’14 mentions that he will perform Aug. 4 in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s fifth Summermusik festival.
Cincinnati CityBeat

BID-Plymouth names vice president of philanthropy
An article features and pictures alumna Karen Wood ’87, who was appointed as Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth’s new vice president of philanthropy.
Wicked Local Plymouth

Jak mieszkanie za granicą wpływa na nasze życie i karierę? Naukowcy mają na to swoją teorię!
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self, according to research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Glamour Poland (An English translation is not available.)

2D materiály: Černý fosfor a topologické izolátory
An article mentions Rice research.
ITBIZ (An English translation is not available.)

Theoretiker finden Mechanismus hinter fast reinen Nanoröhren vom ungewöhnlichen Katalysator
Rice researchers may have taken a step toward catalysts that produce homogenous batches of nanotubes that could lead to wires that transmit energy without loss. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, research scientist Evgeni Penev and research administrator Ksenia Bets are quoted. Graduate student Nitant Gupta is mentioned. (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in

Irreales, las metas petroleras de AMLO: Expertos
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the proposed energy reforms by Mexico’s President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
El Financiero (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Sexenio.)


Sharks lead the league; everyone else is just chum
Rice baseball player Blair Lewis is mentioned.
The Vineyard Gazette

Arizona Diamondbacks top 10 prospects updated
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured.

Will Tom Herman’s 2nd year at Texas lead to a Big 12 championship?
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
Multiple players battling for Texas starting RG position

Burnt Orange Nation

Red Raiders 2018-19 schedule packed with NCAA Tournament teams
A roundup of Texas Tech’s men’s tennis schedule mentions that the Red Raiders will play at the Rice Invitational Sept. 28 and compete against the Owls in the Blue Gray Tennis Classic tournament Feb. 21.
The Daily Toreador

Terry, UTEP releases 2018-19 schedule
A roundup of University of Texas El Paso men’s basketball team’s schedule mentions that the Miners will play Rice Jan. 12.
KTSM News Channel 9

Searching for wins
A roundup of Louisiana State University’s football schedule mentions that the Tigers will play Rice.
Donaldsonville Chief (This article also appeared in the Weekly Citizen and


48 percent of colleges, 2.2 million students using free OpenStax textbooks this year
This year, over 2.2 million students are saving an estimated $177 million by using free textbooks from OpenStax, the Rice-based publisher of open educational resource materials. The rate of adoption of OpenStax textbooks among faculty teaching large-enrollment courses is now at 16.5 percent, a rate which rivals that of most commercial textbooks.

Muslim and Protestant scientists most likely to experience, perceive religious discrimination
Muslim and Protestant scientists are more likely than other U.S. scientists to experience religious discrimination, and religious identity may fuel perceptions of discrimination, according to new research from Rice and West Virginia University that will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Rice U. study: How firefighters and others take leaps of faith
A study of firefighters in the United States breaks new ground in understanding how groups of workers — especially those in high-risk occupations — are able to take leaps of faith, according to management and organizational behavior experts at Rice, Boston College and Western Michigan University. The study conveys what goes into a person’s ability to make critical trust-related judgments and has relevance and managerial implications in an era of declining trust in both people and institutions, the study’s authors said.

About Stefan De La Garza

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