Dateline Rice for Aug. 7, 2018


Saudi Arabia assails Canada over rights criticism, sending message to West
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in two articles about the recent breakdown of relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia after the former’s ambassador was expelled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman due to the Canadian foreign minister calling for the release of jailed women’s rights advocates.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
Saudi Arabia ruptures ties with Canada, serving notice to would-be critics
The Washington Post


Here’s how America can counter Russia’s Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the institute, co-authored an op-ed about the United States’ narrowing strategic options for countering Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline, a likely economic instrument designed to produce beneficial geopolitical results. Collins also authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle about a cross-border resource dispute between New Mexico and Texas, and Mikulska authored an op-ed in Energy Post about how an agreement between President Donald Trump and the president of the European Commission for Europe to buy more U.S. liquefied natural gas could have an impact on markets.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The National Interest.)
Hindering oilfield water imports from Texas would harm NM
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Telegram and the Edwardsville Intelligencer.)
The Trump and Juncker agreement: There may be more to it than meets the eye
Energy Post (This article also appeared in Natural Gas World.)

System picks and chooses ions to remove toxins from water
With a set of novel composite electrodes that enable capacitive deionization, Rice researchers built a treatment system that can be tuned to selectively pull toxins from drinking water and wastewater and can be cleaned and restored to its original capacity for reuse. Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Kuichang Zuo are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Which colleges have the best dorms in the country?
The Princeton Review’s 2019 list of the best dorms in the country, which is based on student surveys, ranks Rice No. 10 in the U.S.
MSN (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Lifestyle, Yahoo! Canada Lifestyle and Town & Country Online.)

Develop a time-management plan for the SAT essay
Alumna Sonya Ellis ’10 authored an article about SAT essay-writing strategies.
U.S. News and World Report


As Beto O’Rourke’s momentum continues, the race to beat Ted Cruz remains an uphill climb
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 interviewed by the “Texas Standard” and mentioned in a roundup of political news by KERA about the U.S. Senate race in Texas between Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke and Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. Jones is also quoted in an article about the National Football League Players Association’s political donations. An article from the University of Houston mentions that Jones and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, will participate in research led by the University of Houston to provide scientifically valid data about how residents in Harris and surrounding counties are recovering from Hurricane Harvey and gauge their level of support for public flood mitigation policies.
Texas Standard (This radio segment aired on 30 other affiliate stations.)
Top stories: Dallas state senator visits Russia; Bob Ray Sanders enters NABJ Hall of Fame
Hurd re-election campaign receiving donations from NFL Players Association
WOAI San Antonio
Hobby School survey finds strong support for Harvey bond election
University of Houston News

Seating of Texas’ first Asian-American federal district judge a step in the right diverse direction
Alumna Karen Gren Scholer ’79, who is Texas’ first Asian-American federal district judge, is featured in an editorial.
Dallas Morning News (This editorial also appeared in the Denton Record-Chronicle.)

City regulations make Houston a miserable place to walk [opinion]
An op-ed about the difficulty of walking in Houston mentions Rice’s tree-lined campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 7 print edition with a different headline, “A walkable city: Less parking, more trees.”)

Houston bike-sharing program poised for another big expansion
An article mentions that Houston’s public bike-sharing program expanded onto the Rice campus last fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Can the national lynching memorial help Houston face its past?
An article about the possibility of a memorial in Harris County honoring victims of racial violence mentions Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is requiredThis article originally appeared in OffCite, a publication of the Rice Design Alliance, and was republished in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

How will 5G technology change Houston?
Lin Zhong, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is interviewed about the potential of 5G technology. The related article also mentions that Rice researchers will test a key piece of the technology, a prototype of which is mounted on Rice Stadium. A video of the broadcast is included.

The MFAH’s folly
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article from Glasstire about the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s proposed expansion, and an article from Houston Style Magazine mentions that Klineberg will speak Aug. 8 at the first weekly public meeting of the newly created Houston City Council’s Economic Development Subcommittee on Education.
Mayor Turner announces creation of Economic Development Subcommittee on Education
Houston Style Magazine (A similar article also appeared in Defender Network.)

Houston happenings: Nikon Ambassador Lecture Series, splash bash, Jurassic quest
An article mentions that the Nikon Ambassador Lecture Series on Aug. 8 and 9 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will feature Stacy Pearsall, who will give a talk called “Combat From Behind the Camera.”

Cy-Fair business, Aug. 2018 
An article featuring Matt Morgan mentions that he is a former associate director of food operations at Rice.
Cy-Fair Lifestyles & Homes


Venezuela, a difficult comeback
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, authored an op-ed about the collapse of Venezuela’s oil and gas production.
About Energy

Textbook costs drop as nearly half of colleges use OpenStax
Two articles feature OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, and mention that nearly half of colleges and universities in the U.S. will be using its free textbooks this year. Daniel Williamson, managing director of OpenStax, and Tonja Conerly, who is on the OpenStax faculty advisory board, are quoted in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
For Ohio University, an OER partnership outpaces expectations
EdScoop News

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.
Science and Technology Research News

The queerness of it all: An interview with Jeffrey Kripal
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice, is featured in a Q&A about his book, titled “Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions,” which is described as “a wide-ranging and subversive reinterpretation of religion.” Kripal is also mentioned in an OM Times book review.
Los Angeles Review of Books
Our secret powers: Telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition
OM Times

Nicole Eisenman receives the Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize
Alumna Suzanne Deal Booth ’77, whose gift made it possible for Rice to commission James Turrell to design the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on campus, is featured.

Design for America Summit 2018 Leadership Symposium
An article mentions that Matthew Wettergreen, a lecturer in Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, gave a talk titled “Training the Trainers: Building a Leadership Ladder” at the Design for America Summer 2018 Leadership Symposium.
SAP Blog


Top universities balk at Trump’s rollback of affirmative action guidelines
An article mentions that having a diverse student body is important to Rice, and that in some cases, the university may consider race or ethnicity as one factor among many when making an admission decision.
Bay City Observer

Hear renowned violinist Rob Landes in Beach Haven Terrace Aug. 9
An article mentions that Alumnus Rob Landes ’12 will perform Aug. 9 in Beach Haven Terrace, N.J.
The SandPaper

Chamber Music Monterey Bay unveils sparkling five-concert 2018-19 season
An article mentions that Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Montrose Trio, and it mentions that Catalyst Quartet formerly held a concert residency at Rice.

Mental training > trust your gut
An article cites 2012 research co-authored by Erik Dane, associate professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which suggests differences between intuitive and analytical decision-making.
Shotgun Sports Magazine


’13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.’
Several broadcasts and articles feature Rice’s football program. A KTRK segment about a recent scrimmage features head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Austin and Aston Walter, Giovanni Gentosi and Dasharm Newsome. A second KRTK broadcast features interviews with players Jackson Tyner and Sam Glaesmann and mentions Bloomgren. The first KPRC segment features interviews with Bloomgren and football player Emmanuel Esupka, and the second KPRC segment mentions and pictures Bloomgren. KHOU mentions Bloomgren and former football player Calvin Anderson. CW39 features interviews with football players Stan Stankavage, Sam Glaesmann and Graysen Schantz and pictures Bloomgren; and the late Blain Padgett is mentioned and pictured. An article from Click2Houston quotes and pictures Bloomgren and quotes players Zach Abercrumbia and Usupka. The first Houston Chronicle article about Rice opponents for the 2018 season pictures football players Abercrumbia (images 1, 2 and 3) and Anthony Ekpe (image 4). The second Houston Chronicle article features and pictures former assistant football coach Yancy McKnight and mentions former head coach David Bailiff and former assistant coach Tom Herman. Anderson is mentioned in Yahoo! Sports and the San Antonio Express-News, and Herman is featured and pictured in the Last Word on College Football.
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KTRK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.) 
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Sports Sunday’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘KHOU 11 Sports Extra’
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
CW39 (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
Bloomgren, Owls just 3 weeks from opener
Rebuilding Rice facing questions at QB for second straight year
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and a similar article appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
Strength coach Yancy McKnight fuels Longhorns

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Yahoo! Sports’ 2018 Top 25: No. 21 Texas
Yahoo! Sports
Texas freshman safety making the most of his chance
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Tom Herman is trying to return the Texas Longhorns to prominence
Last Word on College Football

Lady Tops picked 9th in C-USA preseason women’s soccer poll
An article about the 2018 Conference USA women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1. Soccer players Maya Hoyer and Annie Walker were named to the 2018 C-USA preseason all-conference team.
Bowling Green Daily News (A similar article also appeared in WKBO Online, KTSM Online and The Charlotte Post.)

Men’s cross country earns C-USA academic honor
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 honors the C-USA institution with the highest GPA during the 2017-18 academic year.
LA Tech Sports


Rice ranks among nation’s top universities in Princeton Reviews ‘The Best 384 Colleges’
For the fourth year in a row, Rice ranks No. 1 in the nation for the best race/class interaction, according to student surveys for the Princeton Review’s 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges.” Rice ranked in the top 20 in nine other categories.

New Rice University students move to campus Aug. 12
Rice’s matriculating Class of 2018 will be greeted with a Texas-sized welcome Sunday as the newest Owls move to campus and take part in O-Week, the weeklong freshmen orientation program to acquaint incoming students with their new campus, residential colleges and classmates.

A superconductor story with a twist
There’s a literal disturbance in the force that alters what physicists have long thought of as a characteristic of superconductivity, according to Rice physicists Pengcheng Dai and Andriy Nevidomskyy. The researchers used simulations and neutron scattering experiments that show the atomic structure of materials to reveal tiny distortions of a crystal lattice compound of sodium, iron, nickel and arsenic.

About Stefan De La Garza

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