Dateline Rice for Aug. 6, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Losing Earth: The decade we almost stopped climate change
The New York Times Magazine’s feature on the history of climate change mentions Rice, and Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in a related Yahoo! News article that examines the impact of societal inaction on climate change.
The New York Times
2018 would still be a climate hellscape if we acted 30 years ago
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in the Huffington Post, and Yahoo! Singapore.)


Saudi expels Canadian envoy, recalls its own over ‘interference’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in Yahoo! News about Saudi Arabia’s recent expulsion of the Canadian ambassador due to vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists. Ulrichsen in quoted in the Daily Mail about Saudi Arabia’s first-ever hackathon, a software coding festival aimed at creating apps to prevent deadly disasters during the hajj, the world’s largest pilgrimage.
Yahoo! News (This Agence-France Presse article appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in over 30 other media outlets.)

Local officials call federal election funds ‘a 10-cent solution to a $25 problem’
While Congress has approved $380 million in grants for states to improve election technology, each state administers elections in their own way and has very different vulnerabilities, according to Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
National Public Radio (This article also appeared more than 65 other media outlets.)

Nano-sized ‘rebar’ makes graphene twice as strong
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Wireless ‘neural dust’ could monitor your brain
Wireless powered implants smaller than a grain of rice could one day serve as “neural dust” that scans and stimulates brain cells. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
Popular Science

FaceOf: Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha, president and CEO of Saudi Electricity Co.
Rice alumnus Ziad bin Mohammed Al-Shiha ’92, CEO of Saudi Electricity Co., is featured and pictured.
Arab News (This article also appeared in 4-Traders and

Scientists seek breakthrough to tackle the ‘cholesterol’ of the oil industry
Sibani Lisa Biswal, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted about how Rice’s advances in microfluidic devices stemmed from better understanding the practical needs of the petroleum industry.
The National

DesignSafe research platform helps prevent natural hazards from becoming societal disasters
An article mentions that Rice is a collaborator in the DesignSafe project, which helps engineers build safer structures to withstand natural hazards and enable emergency responders to better target their efforts.
HPCwire (A version of this article was featured in the Aug. 6 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter.)


Trump’s tariffs threaten Texas. But even critics say he has some good points on trade.
An article cites a study co-authored by Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, which determined that the North American Free Trade Agreement has neither been the enormous success that its supporters believe nor the disaster that its detractors claim.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Michael McCaul angles for new House leadership post
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 leadership position U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, is pursuing.
Austin American-Statesman

Energy firms fear sanctions on Russians
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 new sanctions on Russia.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Transport Topics Online, and it appeared in the Aug. 5 print edition of the Chronicle and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

The ‘coolest’ dance is born from cool conversation
An article featuring the Hope Stone Dance group mentions that they will perform a site-specific dance around the art installation “Crêpe Paper Carpet” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 5 print edition with the headline, “The ‘coolest’ dance is born from personal insight.”)

Professor Trill
An article featuring and picturing rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he co-lectured a course at Rice called “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture” with Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Texas Observer

Thumbs: Osuna feels the heat and Stephen F. Austin man did not join the Confederacy
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 4 print edition with the headline, “Thumbs galore.”)

Symposium at Texas A&M promotes diversity in scientific fields
Graduate student Mariane Martinez, who recently attended the Texas A&M College of Medicine’s third Research Career Symposium for Women and Underrepresented Groups, is quoted.
The Eagle

ACC student earns research internship
An article mentions that Alvin Community College student Belen Torres received the Research Experience for Community College Students scholarship to intern at Rice.
The Facts


Full Show: The Great Houston Flood of 1935, and studying Hawaii’s volcano
A recent press conference announcing the first crews who will fly on commercial spacecraft by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 is cited on an episode of “Houston Matters.” Julia Morgan, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is interviewed about her research into the continued eruption of Mount Kilauea.
Houston Public Media
Rice researchers study the eruption of Kilauea
Houston Public Media

NASA’s day in the sun: Probe takes us closer than ever to our star
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which aims to study the sun’s 1 million-degree atmosphere.
Houston Public Media (A separate article including Alexander’s interview appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

‘Action 7 News Live at 6:00’
Two broadcasts mention that ecologists from Rice, in collaboration with several other universities, will study the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge in central New Mexico to better understand what drives environmental changes in arid ecosystems.
KOAT-TV (Albuquerque) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

‘Houston Life’
A new mural titled “Mexican-American History and Culture in 20th-Century Houston” the Heritage Society Museum in Sam Houston Park will feature the first two Hispanics to graduate from Rice.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Good Day Lubbock’
Alumna Jacqueline Rios ’17 is interviewed in a television broadcast.
KJTV-TV (Lubbock, Texas) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Schaum/Shieh twists the norms of Texas architecture
An article mentions that architect Troy Schaum attended Rice.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Change-ups: JR Automation plans $4 million investment
An article mentions that a Hope College faculty member and his students will collaborate with researchers at Rice to create a computer simulation to aid scientists who are studying magnetars, a subset of neutron stars.
Grand Rapids Business Journal (Scroll down to “Grants.”)

Music Mountain presents Cassatt String Quartet with Paul Katz, cello
Former Shepherd School of Music faculty cellist Paul Katz will perform with the Cassatt String Quartet Aug. 26 at the Music Mountain series in Lakeville, Conn.
Broadway World

News roundup: Apple beats Google, Amazon and Microsoft to $1 trillion
Rice is mentioned
IDG Connect  (Scroll down to “Hematene the hot new 2D material.”)


Doug Miller named Rice University director of news and media relations
Doug Miller, who has been appointed director of news and media relations in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, is featured and pictured in an article from and mentioned in a radio broadcast from KTRH.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

GMO poplar trees engineered to not escape into the wild
An article about the safety of genetically modified poplar trees mentions that past containment measures included a scanning device developed at Rice that could detect GMO-associated proteins in water samples.
New Atlas

The trendy food court
The Rice Farmers Market is mentioned.

Film review: Yen Tan’s ‘1985’
An article mentions that the awards ceremony for QFest (formerly the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) was held at Rice Cinema.
About News

Losing Bruce Bransom is devastating
Alumnus Karl Shipps ’77 authored a letter to the editor.
The Durango Herald

Delaney joins UNG as new dean of students in Dahlonega
Alumnus John Delaney ’86, who is the new associate vice president and dean of students at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega Campus, is featured.
News at UNG

GS&P to enter Chicago market
Alumnus Sandy Faurot ’88 is featured and pictured.
Nashville Post

Find out how you could get into schools like Harvard and Columbia at this conference
An article mentions that Rice representatives will attend “The MBA Tour — Vancouver 2018” Aug. 20.
Daily Hive

2 Winchester residents receive Devlin Awards
An article mentions that alumna Shakera Headley ’10 received the Thomas P. and Edwina H. Devlin Medical Scholarship.
Woburn Daily Times


Rice football staff eager to put new culture into action on the field
Several articles feature Rice’s football team, which plays its season opener Aug. 25 against Prairie View A&M University. The first Houston Chronicle article pictures and quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren and quotes offensive coordinator Jerry Mack, associate head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo and player Jack Fox; players Emmanuel Esukpa, Martin Nwakamma, George Nyakwol, Tyrae Thornton, Jordan Myers, Giovanni Gentosi, Campbell Riddle and Clayton Malcomb are mentioned. Linebackers coach Scott Vestal is featured and pictured in the second Houston Chronicle article and Bloomgren, defensive coordinator Brian Smith and player Dylan Silcox are quoted; Lembo, quarterbacks coach Robbie Picazo, player Martin Nwakamma, former head coach David Bailiff and former assistant coaches Brian Stewart and Wes Beschorner are mentioned. The third Houston Chronicle article and the Dallas Morning News mention Bloomgren.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 5 print edition with the headline, “Owls staff eager to put new culture into action on the field.”)
Scott Vestal tasked with an enlarged role at Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Houston-area high school football coaches making leap to college ranks

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 5 print edition with the headline, “Area programs a step in upward mobility.”)
How high do Sooners, Longhorns rank on preseason top-25 coaches’ poll? Here’s the full list released today
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Rice basketball aims to forge chemistry in Spain
Rice head basketball coach Scott Pera is featured and pictured in an article about the Owls’ recent series of exhibition games in Spain. Basketball player Ako Adams is quoted and players Josh Parrish, Rob Martin, Tim Harrison, Drew Peterson, Trey Murphy and Chris Mullins are mentioned. The article also mentions that the Owls’ season begins Nov. 6 against St. Leo University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Has Lance Armstrong finally come clean?
A broadcast featuring Lance Armstrong mentions that his son, Luke Armstrong, is on the Rice football team.
Freakonomics Radio (This segment aired on 43 other affiliate radio stations.)

2018 high school football preview: Class 4A
An article mentions that Garret Zaskoda plans to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Net gains: Decatur Lady Eagles
An article mentions that Satasha Kostelecky plans to play volleyball at Rice.
Wise County Messenger

Marc James Show — Belichick and Brady appear to still be a bit frosty with one another
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned in a transcript of a radio broadcast and an article from the Houston Chronicle.
UT football notebook: Freshman Caden Sterns impressing at camp
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Turning ‘what might have been’ into ‘what might be’
Former Rice baseball player and alumnus Ricky Hague ’17 is featured and pictured.

A new opportunity: D’Eriq King ready to lead Cougars offense to new heights
An article mentions that the University of Houston football team will play Rice Sept. 1.
KTRK Online

West Virginia football first look: Texas Tech Red Raiders
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is mentioned.
SB Nation

Lamar soccer, with new team, ready to defend title
An article mentions that Lamar University will play an exhibition match against Rice’s women’s soccer team Aug. 8.
KFDM Online

Victoria East graduate earns scholarship at Texas State
Rice is mentioned.
Victoria Advocate

Texas all-slept-on team: Offense
An article mentions that Izeya Floyd plans to play football at Rice.


Doug Miller named director of news and media relations
Doug Miller, a member of the Houston Chronicle editorial board and a longtime reporter and manager for KHOU-TV, has been appointed director of news and media relations in Rice’s Office of Public Affairs, effective Aug. 8. Miller succeeds B.J. Almond, who retired Aug. 3.

Rice U. system selectively sequesters toxins from water
With a set of novel composite electrodes that enable capacitive deionization, the Rice lab of engineer Qilin Li built a treatment system that can be tuned to selectively pull toxins from drinking water and wastewater from factories, sewage systems and oil and gas wells. The researchers said their electrodes can be cleaned, restored to their original capacity and reused, a technology that will cut costs and save energy compared to conventional systems.

About Stefan De La Garza

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