Dateline Rice for Aug. 8, 2018


Small indoor greenhouses let apartment dwellers grow veggies
Six Rice engineering students created an automated indoor greenhouse that is unlike others: While most indoor gardens are hydroponic, meaning plants are planted in water mixed with mineral nutrients, Rice’s design uses a soil trough for planting. Co-creators and alumni Harrison Lin ’18 and Jack Kaplan ’18 are quoted.
The New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)

Some states say federal grants aren’t enough to secure voting systems
While Congress has approved $380 million in grants for states to improve election technology, each state administers elections in its 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.
NPR (This “All Things Considered” segment aired on over 700 other affiliate stations.)

Immigration arrests drop at Mexican border for second straight month
Although illegal border crossings from Mexico into the U.S. dropped to a 40-year low in 2017, immigrants are “fleeing harsh economic conditions and violence (and will) keep coming no matter what the enforcement policies are at the border,” according to 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.
The New York Times (This article also appeared on WRAL Online and Las Vegas News Online.)


The 50 most beautiful college campuses in America
MSN features Rice in a slideshow about the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. An Elon University article about The Princeton Review’s 2019 college guide featuring the top 20 “best-run colleges” ranks Rice as No. 7, and the Rocky Mountain Collegian mentions that Rice’s student newspaper, The Thresher, is ranked No. 3 in The Princeton Review’s rankings.
Elon earns top national marks in study abroad, career services and more in 2019 Princeton Review college guide
Elon University
CSU places 9th in Princeton Review ranking of best college newspapers
The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Engineers develop technology to selectively sequester toxins from water
Rice research, which developed 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, was featured as the “Top Story” in the Aug. 8 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter and was detailed in an article from CMFE News.
National Science Foundation
New technology could winnow wastewater contaminants from pipelines

Chinese tariff may hurt US LNG industry
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the impact of Chinese tariffs on U.S. liquefied natural gas.
China Daily


Houston Jewish History Archive wants your old cookbooks
An article mentions that Rice’s newly created Houston Jewish History Archive, which preserves documents and historical records including those almost lost during Hurricane Harvey, is seeking family heirlooms, particularly cookbooks, that can be donated for preservation through Rice’s Jewish Studies program. The archive is housed in the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library and headed by Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies. Furman is quoted and pictured and Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96 is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Hurricane Harvey children’s book aims to provide understanding of the disaster
An article mentions that a children’s book about Hurricane Harvey titled “H Is for Harvey” was illustrated by Eduardo Martinez, graphic designer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)

Is Texas a good place to raise children?
Ken Janda, an adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about Texas’ lack of investment in health care and education for children.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Student blog: Mental health after Hurricane Harvey
Chijindu Iheanacho, a 2018 summer intern at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the emotional toll of Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Andy Warhol’s secret Texas crush
An article mentions that Andy Warhol curated an exhibition in 1969 titled “Raid the Icebox” at Rice’s Institute for the Arts. A slideshow includes an exhibition postcard (image 5) and a photo of Andy Warhol at the former Rice Museum (image 6).
PaperCity Magazine

Together, big data, bench science and genome-wide diagnostics predict genomic instability that can lead to disease
An article mentions that collaborative research from Rice and Baylor College of Medicine used Rice’s BlueGene supercomputer to conduct an extensive computational analysis of the human genome and approximately 78 million “Alu” pairs to characterize the risk of their rearrangement. Chad Shaw, adjunct associate professor of statistics at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
Baylor College of Medicine News (A similar article appeared in Medical Xpress, Laboratory Equipment, Science Daily, Health Medicine Network, NewsCaf and Technology Networks.)

We’re in a golden age of black cinema, but will it last?
An article about the “new golden age of black cinema and TV” quotes rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Tobe Nwigwe’s ‘The Originals’ may be the most creative project in hip hop
Alumnus Jeff Idehen ’15 is quoted.
Houston Press

Taxpayers bought San Antonio’s public art. Now they just have to find it.
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
San Antonio Current

Community calendar
A Houston-area events calendar mentions that Hope Stone Dance group will perform “Coolest News on Planet Earth, Chapter 2,” a site-specific dance around the art installation “Crêpe Paper Carpet” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts Aug. 9.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen and Pasadena Citizen.)

Lawrence, Urbina receive HMF Scholarships
An article mentions that Will Rice College junior Nicolas Terrazas received the 2016 Susan Poorman Blackie Scholarship.
Houston Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Memorial Examiner.)

Sports organization teaches life skills to young athletes in northwest Houston
An article about youth sports programs mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s Spring Observer (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Potpourri and Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when the Chronicle first posted it online.)


Rice archive catalogs Fort Bend advocate’s efforts to preserve convict-leasing history
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 Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, are quoted. McDaniel is interviewed in the accompanying broadcast. Rice’s effort to preserve this material is also featured as one of Houston Public Media’s “Top Stories.”
Houston Public Media
Houston case could decide fate of DACA, grand jury considering indictment for Santa Fe shooter, and more
Houston Public Media (Scroll down to “Rice archive catalogs Fort Bend advocate’s efforts to preserve convict-leasing history.”)


Physicists find surprising distortions in high-temperature superconductors
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 and members of the Rice Center for Quantum Materials Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy, and Andriy Nevidomskyy, associate professor of physics and astronomy. 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.
R&D Magazine (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Export troubles? Solution may be trade-offs
An article cites an op-ed co-authored by 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, about the United States’ narrowing strategic options for countering Russia’s Nord Stream-2 pipeline.
Midstream Business (Subscription is required.)

5 key elements for the next wave of improved social media networks
Alumnus Scott Relf ’82 authored an article about possible changes to social media sites to stem the outflux of users due to data-privacy issues.
Site Pro News

BAM ranks the 20 best Master of Architecture programs in the world in 2018
Best Architecture Masters (BAM) ranks Rice No. 15 on its list of the best Master of Architecture programs in the world.

Symposium on data science and statistics: A remarkable success
An article mentions that David Scott, the Noah Harding Professor of Statistics, was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Symposium on Data Science and Statistics Symposium.
Amstat News

Why the UAE is securing its link in global trade
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the United Arab Emirates’ “blockchain strategy,” which aims to make UAE’s governments and other sectors paperless by digitizing 400 million documents by 2021.
Port Technology International

What is the difference between weak grid and stiff grid?
Rice is mentioned.
Boston Commons

Textbook costs drop as nearly half of colleges use OpenStax
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, and mentions 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.
Black News Zone

Department members attended 34th EGOS Colloquium
An article mentions that Annie Zavyalova, the Verne F. Simons Distinguished Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, will participate in a sub-theme of social evaluations at the 2019 European Group for Organizational Studies Colloquium.

Delivering digital STEM curriculum to improve the quality of teaching and student performance
An article mentions that Accelerate Learning and STEMscopes, which delivers digital STEM curriculum in all 50 states, originated at Rice.
The Learning Counsel


Inception of data analytics boot camp by Rice University
An article mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and Trilogy Education will offer a data analytics boot camp meant for working adults to supplement their professional skills. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, is quoted.


Rice coach Mike Bloomgren likes flexibility new redshirt rule brings
An article about new changes to redshirt rules in college football quotes and pictures Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren and mentions assistant coach Hans Straub, players Sam Glaesman and Jackson Tyner and former players J.T. Granato and Miklo Smalls. The second Houston Chronicle article featuring takeaways from a recent scrimmage at Rice Stadium quotes Bloomgren and player Kebreyun Page and mentions assistant coach Pete Lembo and players Glaesman, Tyner, Austin and Aston Walter, Emmanuel Esukpa, Nahshon Ellerbe, Collin Whitaker, Juma Otoviano, Antonio Faaeteete, Giovanni Gentosi, Antonio Montero, Prudy Calderon, Treshawn Chamberlain, Tyrae Thornton, Shawn Stankavage, Evan Marshman, Uzoma Osuji, Jack Greene, Shea Baker, Joseph Dill, Sam Pierce, Andrew Mike, Cole Elms, Corbin Smith, Jack Fox and Chris Barnes; Esukpa and Tyner are also pictured, and Aston Walter is pictured in the print edition (link included below). Bloomgren is mentioned in Yahoo! Sports.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Takeaways from Rice’s football scrimmage
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 8 print edition with a different headline, “Players put on a show for the Owls’ fans.”)
College football’s 25 most intriguing coaches of 2018
Yahoo! Sports

Ed Oliver receives high honor from ESPN before season
An article and two broadcasts mention that the University of Houston football will play Rice Sept. 1.
KTRK Online
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today 4:30 a.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Flex pass?’ What to expect from LSU’s new plan to fill Tiger Stadium seats
Rice is mentioned.
The Advocate
Smiley: Tigers get to see Graceland
The Advocate (Scroll down to “Rice break.”)

John Tyler’s Chance Billington commits to Louisiana-Monroe
An article mentions that Jawan King plans to play football at Rice.
2018 preseason East Texas football super team

Conversations with Clayton: Sam Razz
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation
Louisiana Tech 2018 season preview
SB Nation

Get to know an ’18 Liberty opponent: Old Dominion
An article featuring Old Dominion’s football schedule mentions that the Monarchs will play Rice Nov. 24.
The News and Advance

2018 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors season preview
An article about the University of Hawaii’s football schedule mentions that the Warriors will play Rice Sept. 8
SB Nation

Longhorns look to Herb Hand for offensive-line continuity
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle and SB Nation, and former football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned in the second Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
State of the nation: Ranking college football’s preseason top 25 teams — 14-10

SB Nation
College football ’18: Key transfers from Big House to Bayou
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)

Grant credits Highlands coach for his success
Former Rice football player Darryl Grant ’81, who will be inducted into the San Antonio Independent School District Athletic Hall of Fame, is featured and pictured.
San Antonio Express-News

Gordon brings more savvy to Tech defensive front
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is featured and pictured.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Lee-Davis spring signing day
A slideshow of signing day photos includes Alex Slinkman, who plans to join Rice’s track and field team.
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Men’s basketball announces nonconference home schedule
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Toreador 

Generals’ Duplantier is just perfect in return
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured and pictured.

Local briefs: EWU track and field champion Kurt Kraemer named to school’s Hall of Fame
Bryan Blair, former associate director for sport administration and compliance at Rice, is mentioned.
The Spokesman-Review (Scroll down to “Administration.”)

About Stefan De La Garza

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