Dateline Rice for Aug. 9, 2018


The Parker Solar Probe will give NASA its closest look ever at the sun
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article by ABC News and interviewed by Third Rock Radio about NASA’s Parker Solar Probe, which will study the sun’s 1 million-degree atmosphere in hopes of shedding light on solar wind, a fundamental aspect of sun-Earth interaction.
ABC News (This article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.) (Editor’s note: A correction on Alexander’s name has been requested.)
Third Rock Radio


After assassination attempt, Maduro likely to ratchet up repression
Christopher Sabatini, non-resident fellow with the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the recent assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Florida wants to help bullied kids — unless they’re gay
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how a Florida program designed to help victims of bullying places some of them in private schools that don’t accept LGBTQ students and/or use prejudiced curricula and textbooks.
The Huffington Post

Not every student gets into their dream school. What should they do next?
Rice’s Lovett Hall is pictured in two articles.
Douthat: How long must we wait for a revival of the humanities? [opinion]
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Art daybook: A ‘Landscape with Skull’
An article featuring artist Earl Staley mentions that he first came to Houston to teach at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Peggie Miller: CSO announces thrilling season along with new associate
An article mentions that alumnus Jacob Sustaita ’08 has been appointed as the new associate conductor of the Conroe Symphony Orchestra.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)

A tsunami of black cinema
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 appeared in the Aug. 9 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when the Chronicle first posted it online.)

Mayor Allen Owen announces re-election bid
An article cites research from Rice that determined Missouri City, Texas, is the “most ethnically diverse region in America.”
Fort Bend Star

On stage: A ‘Summer School Catechism’ and plenty of dance
A Houston-area events calendar mentions that Hope Stone Dance Company 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 (Subscription is required.)
Hope Stone Dance presents ‘Coolest News on Planet Earth, Chapter 2’
CultureMap Houston

14 Pews presents ‘Daughters of the Dust’
An article featuring the next movie in the cinema and lecture series “Death and Dying in the United States” mentions that it is curated by the Houston nonprofit 14 Pews and Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
CultureMap Houston

Announcement of the Hometown Heroes to be honored at The Woodlands’ Celebration of Excellence Gala Sat., Oct. 6, 2018
An article mentions that alumnus Robert Heineman ’69 will be honored as a Hometown Hero.
The Paper


‘Political Roundup’: Manafort trial, and Trump’s Russia tweets

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, participates in a panel discussion on an episode of “Houston Matters” about the political news of the week. Jones is quoted in the Dallas Observer about Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit to end the Affordable Care Act’s provisions that mandate coverage for Texans with pre-existing conditions.
Houston Public Media
In the midst of Obamacare fight, Ken Paxton turns on Texas
Dallas Observer

Veteran combat photographer shares her visual journey from behind the camera with Houston
An article featuring Stacy Pearsall mentions that she will give a talk called “Combat From Behind the Camera” as part of the Nikon Ambassador Lecture Series Aug. 8 and 9 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. A video of the related television broadcast is included.


Welcome change: OpenStax using more accurate data on student textbook expenditures
An article from e-Literate Blog featuring OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources (OER), mentions that nearly half of colleges and universities in the U.S. will be using its free textbooks this year and lauds Rice’s accuracy in determining student savings from the use of OpenStax. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted in TaxProf Blog. An El Paso Herald-Post op-ed urges local community colleges to adopt the use of OER textbooks such as OpenStax.
e-Literate Blog
Students sacrifice meals and trips home to pay for textbooks
TaxProf Blog
Op-ed: Dual credit programs — it could be better
El Paso Herald-Post

2018 Class of AGU Fellows announced
Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is one of 62 members of the 2018 class of American Geophysical Union Fellows, which recognizes scientific eminence in the Earth and space sciences.

Biomarkers link fatigue in cancer, Parkinson’s
Biological markers responsible for extreme exhaustion in patients with cancer have now been linked to fatigue in those with Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychological sciences.
ScienceDaily (This article also appeared in, Medical Xpress, Scicasts and MDLinx.)

The Trump and Juncker agreement: There may be more to it than meets the eye
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed 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.
Energy Central

Scientists use nanotube films and polarized light to couple light and matter

Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in an article about his research that used polarized light to trigger the formation of quasi-particles known as polaritons inside one-dimensional nanotubes in a cavity at room temperature.
Coherent Times

The best methods for client presentations
An article cites a study by co-authors Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, adjunct assistant professor, and Philip Kortum, associate professor. Both are researchers in Rice’s Department of Psychological Sciences.
MultiBriefs Exclusive

Oil States names new board chairman to replace Mark Papa
An article mentions that alumnus Robert Potter ’73 was appointed as the new chairman of Oil States International. Potter is also a member of the Council of Overseers for Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
E&P (This article also appeared in Unconventional Oil & Gas Center.)

CMD-IT announces Richard A. Tapia Award Winner Ayanna Howard

An article mentions that Rice is a sponsor of the 2018 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, which will take place Sept. 19 in Orlando, Fla. It is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice.

Lincoln University names Whitehead interim public safety director
Former Rice Chief of Police Johnny Whitehead is featured and pictured.
MyChesCo (This article also appeared in Daily Local News.)

Medical devices: Material innovations enable medical device breakthroughs
An article that mentions Zfib, an add-on pad for defibrillators that can increase a patient’s chance of survival, was developed by a team of bioengineering students from Rice.
Rubber Journal Asia (This article also appeared in Health Care Asia.) (Scroll down to “Allied Market Research.”)


Summer border arrests on the decline
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.
Bend Bulletin (This article also appeared in the Watertown Daily Times and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)

Astros’ leader in helping others? The Alex Bregman he won’t let you see
An article mentions that Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman donated a custom, game-used bat to Rice’s Houston Jewish History Archive.
The Runner Sports

‘5 things I wish someone told me before I became DG of International Baccalaureate’ with Dr. Siva Kumari
Siva Kumari, former associate dean and director of programs at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is featured and pictured in a Q&A about the International Baccalaureate.
Thrive Global

Kaiwen establishes nonprofit to run Westminster Choir College
An article featuring Larry Livingston, former dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, mentions that he was appointed the interim president of the Westminster Choir College Acquisition Corporation.
Princeton Patch

Summer’s over for some: Barren County schools back in session
Rice is mentioned.
Glasgow Daily Times


Conference USA season preview — can Singletary help carry FAU to another title?
An article predicting college football conference outcomes mentions Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Jackson Tyner, Sam Glaesmann and Aaron Cephus.
Winners and Whiners

Part 2: Tech Bulldogs
Rice is mentioned.
The Franklin Sun

Which play caller gives Texas its best chance of winning this season: Tom Herman or offensive coordinator Tim Beck?
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is featured and pictured.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Big Boss: Sports Illustrated features Ed Oliver on cover
An article mention that the University of Houston football team will play Rice Sept. 1.
KTRK Online

LSU is pushing to move up in SEC, ranked No. 21 in 2018 preseason college football rankings
An article about Louisiana State University’s football team mentions that the Tigers will play Rice Nov. 17.
Orlando Sentinel

Monday’s regional sports roundup: James Madison ranked No. 2 in STATS FCS preseason football poll; five other CAA teams also ranked in Top 25
A sports roundup mentions that Rice’s women’s soccer team is No. 1 in the Conference USA preseason poll.
Daily Press

These 5 college football teams are on double-digit losing streaks; which streak will last the longest?
Rice is mentioned.
MSN (This article also appeared in The Big Lead.)

UTRGV men’s hoops releases schedule, won’t play at Bert Ogden Arena
An article about University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s basketball team mentions that the Vaqueros will play Rice Dec. 18.


Biomarkers link fatigue in cancer, Parkinson’s
Biological markers responsible for extreme exhaustion in patients with cancer have now been linked to fatigue in those with Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from Rice. The researchers examined blood samples from 47 patients with Parkinson’s disease, half of whom experienced high levels of fatigue, which is characterized by feeling severely tired and unable to engage in usual activities and is disruptive to one’s work and social life and daily routines.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.