Dateline Rice for Aug. 3, 2018


Rice earns 11th Institutional Excellence Award
An article mentions that Rice student-athletes had a combined annual grade point average of 3.260, giving the Owls their 11th Conference USA Institutional Excellence Award, which is given to the C-USA institution with the highest grade point average during the 2017-18 academic year. Seven different Rice teams recorded the highest GPA for their respective sports: Women’s cross-country, football, men’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and women’s and men’s track and field. An image of Rice graduates is included.
Conference USA

Apple’s $1 trillion milestone reflects rise of powerful megacompanies
An article about the power of megacompanies cites a paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-quarters of all American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

An online archive will preserve digital artifacts of the storm — and help Texas heal
Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is interviewed about Rice’s Harvey Memories Project, which is administered by Rice’s Fondren Library to preserve user-submitted content for use by future historians and researchers.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 20 other affiliate stations.)


Some religious scientists are more likely to face 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.

What gives firefighters the nerve to run into a fire?
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. 
Futurity (This article also appeared on Firebomber Publications Blog.)

NYCFC’s Bronx Stadium would use city parks land — sorta
An article about new stadium developments in New York City mentions that Rice owned a plot of land there in 1973.
Village Voice


Trump chooses a science adviser
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, authored an op-ed about the Trump administration’s nominee for science adviser. The article cites a study co-authored by Lane, Kirstin Matthews and Kenneth Evans, both fellows in science and technology policy at the institute, which emphasized to President Donald Trump’s transition team that the Office of Science and Technology Policy director should be part of the president’s inner circle and advise closely on issues like climate change.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine: 2024 space station funding cutoff may not be possible
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 is quoted and pictured in an article from the Houston Chronicle and interviewed by KPRC about the Trump administration’s proposal to end funding for the International Space Station after 2024.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning Times, and it appeared in the Aug. 3 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Plan to commercialize space station may hold.”)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 5 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Does Cruz lead O’Rourke by 6 points or 2? Here’s how to evaluate Texas polls
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 three articles: the Texas Tribune about the accuracy of political polls; the Dallas Observer about the disagreement between Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez over when to hold the gubernatorial debate ahead of November elections; and the Holland Review about the contentious race for Senate District 10.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Raw Story,, The Eagle, the Dallas Times Herald, Tyler Morning Telegraph, San Antonio Current and Progrexas.)
Lupe Valdez campaign says no Friday night debates, but does it really matter?
Dallas Observer
Konni Burton, challenger spend big bucks in race for Texas’ only ‘swing’ Senate seat
Holland Review

Col. Jerry Smith made director of veteran services for Texas A&M System
An article mentions that Jerry Smith formerly served in a leadership position at Rice.
The Eagle

As Congress debates Russia sanctions, oil companies fret
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the prospect of the U.S. imposing sanctions on Russia.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice University students to be featured in competitive reality TV series
A team of Rice students will be participating in a nationwide invention contest against 11 other college teams in “Make48,” which gives teams 48 hours to turn an idea into a prototype, create a promotional video and then present to a panel for a chance to take their inventions to market. The Rice team consists of Gentry Clark, Mikaela Juswik, Nathalie Phillips and Thomas Herring.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Travel Breaking News.)

Eat dirt, catch birds and make art this month at Ballroom Marfa
An article mentions that Ballroom Marfa’s “Hyperobjects” installation is co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.

The Woodlands schools, sports, students Aug. 2018 
An article mentions that Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) partnered with The John Cooper School for hands-on learning experiences in math, science, technology and engineering for sixth- and seventh-graders called Camp Innovation.
Woodlands Lifestyles and Homes

Friday letters: Thinking safety, revenue
A letter to the editor mentions Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Pet of the week Honey isn’t so sweet on HGTV’s flip-it shows and dumb sports tweets
A roundup of news from the week mentions that Rice is ranked No. 2 among Texas universities, according to College Consensus.
CultureMap Houston


High school voter registration, and an unusual robbery: The good, bad, and ugly of the week’s news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a panel discussion on an episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

‘Morning Dose’
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will host the talk “Combat From Behind the Camera” Aug. 9.
CW39-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Two-faced edge makes nanotubes obey
Rice research that may have taken a step toward catalysts that produce homogenous batches of nanotubes that could lead to wires that transmit energy without loss is featured on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science homepage.
U.S. Department of Energy

Carbon nanotube ‘rebar’ makes graphene twice as tough
Fracture-resistant “rebar graphene” is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene, according to new research by Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, graduate student Emily Hacopian and James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. A video and image by Hacopian and Lou are included.
Nanowerk (A similar article appeared in R&D Magazine and Parallel State.)

ASCE to discuss engineering issues on a global stage
Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation and assessment in Rice’s School of Engineering, is featured and pictured in a Q&A about her research interests and proposed presentation at the 2018 Global Engineering Congress Oct. 20 in London.

Applications open for 2nd round of wireless research test beds
An article mentions Rice’s partnership with the University of Utah to test next-generation wireless systems in Salt Lake City.
Smart Cities Dive

Preventing natural hazards from becoming societal disasters
An article mentions that Rice is a collaborator in the DesignSafe project, which helps engineers build safer structures in the future to withstand natural hazards and enable emergency responders to better target their efforts. (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy.)

2.2 million students using OpenStax books
Two articles mention that more than 2 million students at nearly half of degree-granting colleges in the United States are using textbooks from Openstax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, and Daniel Williamson, managing director of OpenStax, are quoted in EdScoop. The ThoughCo. article cites Openstax as a source for an article about bacterial growth.
Inside Higher Ed
Nearly half of US colleges are using OpenStax textbooks this year
EdScoop (Similar articles appeared in Educational Technology, Techno-News Blog.)
Phases of the bacterial growth curve

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.
Education News

These schools have the top ‘on time’ graduation rates in the U.S.
Rice is included in an analysis of on-time graduation rates.
DuPage Policy Journal (Similar articles also appeared in Florida Business Daily, Palmetto Business Daily and Illinois Business Daily.)

Aspiring to study MBA in the US? Visit the QS World MBA Tour happening in Bangalore Aug. 4
An article mentions that Rice will be represented at “QS World MBA Tour — Study in the U.S.” event Aug. 4 in Bangalore, India.
Career India

Harvey Gulf announces new board of directors

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Marine Log (This article also appeared in MarineLink, WorkBoat and Maritime Executive.)

Evolution of game music part 2
Alumnus Rob Landes ’12 posted a video of game music through the decades.

CSB names Kristen Kulinowski interim head
An article featuring Kristen Kulinowski notes she was a senior faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice.
Safety and Health Magazine


UW Books in brief: Urban diaries, battling Jim Crow on campus, dictionary of the Middle East politics and more
A review of books features new work by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, titled “A Dictionary of Politics in the Middle East.”
UW Today

Federal disaster recovery efforts are ‘not sustainable,’ report says
An article cites a recent report by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined federal disaster funding does not encourage risk mitigation at the local level.
Route Fifty           

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth announces new 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.
Sippican Week (This article also appeared in

Local alumni laud prof Subbarao, a founding pillar of the IITs
Sidney Burrus, the Maxfield and Oshman Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and research professor, is mentioned and pictured.
Indo American News

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 Kansas City Star (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Frontside View 381: Le facciate tessili di Serge Ferrari
An article about façades features Rice’s Cambridge Office Building parking garage, which was designed by Kieran Timberlake Architects and made to look like an extension of an oak grove by using a membrane custom-printed with foliage.
Area (An English translation is not available.)


Rice Owls bound for Spain
A television broadcast featuring Rice’s men’s basketball team ahead of three exhibition matches in Spain interviews head coach Scott Pera and players Ako Adams and Josh Parrish.

University of Houston working to pick up the pace offensively
An article about the University of Houston football team mentions that the Cougars will play their season opener Sept. 1 at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 3 print edition with a different headline, “Cougars plan to pick up the pace.”)
Cougars ready to get fall camp started

Port-A-Cool CEO Ben Wulf on manufacturing in the USA
Former Rice football player Ben Wulf is featured and pictured and former head football coach Ken Hatfield is mentioned.
Chief Executive

JT Ibe, at 22, boasts ‘youthful spirit’ as he joins Gamecocks
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is featured in a video from Myrtle Beach Online and mentioned in an article from The State.
Myrtle Beach Online (This video appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
5 things to watch as South Carolina begins 2018 football season
The State

Fogleman promoted to women’s tennis associate head coach
An article features and pictures former Rice women’s assistant tennis coach Taylor Fogleman.

Did Tennessee Vols football add enough on offense to keep up with rest of SEC?
Former Rice football player Destri White is pictured in a slideshow (image 27).
USA Today’s Tennessean

Greater Houston athletic activities listings: Aug. 3-5
A roundup of Houston sports new mentions that former Rice men’s golf players Mario Carmona ’18 and Mitchell Meissner ’18 and current golf player Grant Rogers were named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “Rice University golfers.”)

Prairie View A&M looks to continue success under new coach Eric Dooley
An article featuring the schedule of Prairie View A&M’s football team mentions that the Panthers will play Rice at home Aug. 25.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s top 100 high school football recruits in Class of 2019

A slideshow mentions that Zane Knipe (image 92) plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Improved Texas is No. 25 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Orlando Sentinel

Alabama dominates USA Today poll
An article mentions that Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren was a voting member of the USA Today preseason coaches’ poll.
The Florida Times-Union (Similar articles appeared in 40 other media outlets.)


Baker Institute experts: US can help make Europe’s gas market more competitive by increasing supply diversity, competition
The United States faces a narrowing set of strategic choices as Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline project edges closer to becoming a reality, according to experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Options may include imposing sanctions against European companies that are supporting the line, capitulating or finding a way to offset the pipeline’s potential utility as a Russian tool of geopolitical influence, the experts said.

Nanotube ‘rebar’ makes graphene twice as tough
Rice researchers have found that fracture-resistant “rebar graphene” is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene. A new study stress-tested rebar graphene and found that nanotube rebar diverted and bridged cracks that would otherwise propagate in unreinforced graphene.

About Stefan De La Garza

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