Dateline Rice for Aug. 2, 2018


How arranged marriage works for some couples
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed on an episode of “Here and Now” about his research on what makes arranged marriages successful.
WBUR (This segment aired on over 550 affiliate stations.) (Comments begin at 6:40.)

‘Skinny’ short-term health insurance plans expand under Trump
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is interviewed about the implications for the Affordable Care Act if the Trump administration expands the length of time consumers can use short-term health insurance plans.
Marketplace (This segment aired on over 450 affiliate stations.)


New Mexico research site gets US grant for climate research
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.
U.S. News & World Report (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets and was the “Did You Know” featured item in the Aug. 2 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter.)

Warmer soil is ‘supercharging’ bacteria and fungi to release more carbon and worsen climate change
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article about the effects of climate change.
Daily Mail (A similar version of this article appeared in Express Digest.) (Scroll down to “30 years on: Have James Hansen’s global warming predictions come true?”)

A closer look at the Trump-EU natural gas plan
An article 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.


As first anniversary of Harvey approaches, online museum and archive set to debut
An article about the Houston Flood Museum, a digital archive that seeks to process and memorialize the experience of flooding through stories and art, and the Houston Memories Project, which is administered by Rice’s Fondren Library, the University of Houston Library and the Houston Public Library to preserve user-submitted content for use by future historians and researchers, quotes Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing; Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history; and Lisa Spiro, the executive director of digital scholarship services at Fondren.
Texas Monthly

Top Texas officials keep mum amid clash over ‘the downloadable gun’
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 lack of formal responses from most of Texas’ top politicians about the legal battle to prevent blueprints for 3D-printed guns to be distributed online. Jones is interviewed on Texas Public Radio about the results of the Texas Senate District 19 special election, and he is interviewed by KLBJ and quoted in KRLD about a recent poll ahead of the gubernatorial race in November.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Aug. 2 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Top Texas leaders stay quiet on 3D-printed firearms.”)
Republicans claim majority of votes in Texas Senate District 19 special election
Texas Public Radio (This segment aired on 24 affiliate stations.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore.)
Election polls look good for Texas Republicans, especially Gov. Abbott

Mass graves in Sugar Land unearth horrifying chapter the history books forgot [editorial]
An article mentions that Rice’s Fondren Library created a permanent record of activist Reginald Moore’s personal papers and other research materials about Texas’ convict-leasing program.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 2 print edition with a different headline, “Grave truth.”)

Seating of Texas’ first Asian-American federal district judge a step in the right direction
Alumna Karen Gren Scholer ’79, who is Texas’ first Asian-American federal district judge, is featured and pictured.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

A high line for Houston?

Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Texas Medical Center News

8 ways to show school spirit that aren’t bumper stickers
A roundup of unique items to show school spirit features a vintage Rice T-shirt.
Houstonia Magazine

Ivy League degree doesn’t necessarily mean graduates will earn more
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 25 among best values in the U.S., according to Forbes’ third annual “America’s Best Value Colleges,” which ranks 300 schools based on net price, net debt, alumni earnings, timely graduation, school quality and access for low-income students.

Houston Public Library executive director Rhea Brown Lawson, Ph.D.

An article mentions that Rice is a partner in the scholar-in-residence program at The African-American Library at the Houston Public Library’s Gregory School.
Texas Medical Center News


Full Show: Texas A&M’s role at Los Alamos, and NASA goes to the sun (Aug. 2, 2018)
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” and KTRH about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which aims to study the sun’s 1 million-degree atmosphere.
Houston Public Media (Comments begin at 39:43.)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to watch the broadcast.)

‘News Radio KEX’
Rice’s Veterans Business Battle, a business plan competition for military members turned entrepreneurs, is mentioned.
KEX-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to watch the broadcast.)


Muslim and Protestant scientists most likely to experience, perceive religious discrimination
Co-author Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, is featured and pictured in an article about her research, which determined Muslim and Protestant scientists are more likely than other U.S. scientists to experience religious discrimination. (This article also appeared in Tech Explorist and Scienmag.)

Study: How firefighters and others take leaps of faith
An article cites research from co-author Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which suggests that critical, trust-related judgments are initiated and perpetuated through two sets of dynamics: supporting and sustaining. (This article also appeared in Science Daily, NewsCaf, Scienmag and Health Medicine Network.)

NSF backs strategy to reconstruct cancer cells’ evolution
An article mentions that the National Science Foundation has awarded two grants for a combined $1.5 million to Rice computational biologist Luay Nakhleh, professor of computer science and biosciences and chair of the Department of Computer Science, to expand big data techniques in the fight against cancer and to scale up methods that infer connections between evolutionary pathways. (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Science pick diverges from Trump team on climate, energy
An article cites a 2016 report from Rice co-written by former Clinton science adviser Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor emeritus of physics and astronomy, that recommended the Office of Science and Technology Policy director be part of the president’s inner circle and advise closely on issues like climate change.
E&E News

New company releases high-performance work wear designed to fit women
Many working tradeswomen are tired of the “pink it and shrink it” approach to performance apparel, according to alumna Jane Henry ’18, who launched a clothing company that makes work clothes for women called SeeHerWork. (This article also appeared in Coatings Pro Magazine.)

Houston transit agency considers bus rapid transit, light rail to boost ridership

An article about possible changes to Houston’s public transit system mentions that the article originally appeared on The Urban Edge, the blog for Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Government Technology

Why Patrick Quayle of United is on our 40 Under 40 in Chicago list 
Alumnus Patrick Quayle ’01 is featured and pictured.
Crain’s Chicago Business

How my consciousness has been affected by the paradigm shift
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
The Edge

Iron ore could be the next big 2D material
An article mentions hematene was created at Rice.
Extreme Tech (This article also appeared in Svět Hardware.)

California Symphony signs new contracts with music director Donato Cabrera and executive director Aubrey Bergauer
An article features and pictures alumna Aubrey Bergauer ’05, executive director of the California Symphony.
Broadway World


Public lecture on co-existence in modern Middle East at ULAB
An article features and pictures Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, who spoke at a public lecture on “Harmony of Co-Existence in the Modern Middle East” at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh.
The Daily New Nation

How 8Ball & MJG helped lay down the blueprint for Southern Rap
An article mentions rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman taught at Rice.
The Boombox

Trump-Conte, è amore: così l’Italia diventa lo scendiletto degli Usa (e si mette nei guai in Europa)
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Linkiesta (An English translation is not available.)

El reto de CFE es invertir en su infraestructura y sanear sus cuentas 
An article about the future direction of Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad quotes Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
24 Horas (An English translation is not available.)

Matemática sin funciones 
An article authored by Francisco Escobar Delgado mentions that he attended Rice.
El Nuevo Liberal (An English translation is not available.)

Los mejores masters de arquitectura del mundo, según BAM
An article about the best Master of Architecture programs in the world mentions that Rice is ranked No. 15 by QS.
Arch Daily Mexico (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Plataforma Arquitectura.)


Meet the college football coaches in the Amway Coaches Poll

An article mentions that Rice’s head football coach Mike Bloomgren is on the voting panel of the 2018 preseason Amway Coaches Poll.
USA Today

10 Big 12 senior prospects to watch for the 2019 NFL draft: TCU pass rusher and Texas newcomers make the list
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured and pictured in the Dallas Morning News and is mentioned in three other articles.
The Dallas Morning News SportsDay (Scroll down to “9. Calvin Anderson, OT, Texas.”)
As Longhorns begin practice, some questions to ponder
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Five things to watch: Texas Longhorns fall practice
San Antonio Express-News
Mitch Vingle: Many around Big 12 seeking QB starters
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Younes Limam and Syracuse agree on ‘long-term contract extension’
Former Rice assistant women’s tennis coach Younes Limam is featured and pictured.
The Daily Orange

Projecting college football season with watchlists

Rice is mentioned.
North State Journal

HCA: Pat Chun makes two big hires
Bryan Blair, former associate director for sport administration and compliance at Rice, is featured.
SB Nation

St. FX receive massive NCAA CFC100 transfer
Former Rice football player Gregor MacKellar is featured and pictured.
Canada Football Chat

NBC Sports Network
Commentators make a reference to Rice. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Baker Institute’s Neal Lane available to comment on Trump science adviser nominee
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate University of Oklahoma professor Kelvin Droegemeier for director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and former science adviser to President Bill Clinton, is available to discuss the nominee and the role of the OSTP with the news media.

About Stefan De La Garza

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