Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2018


These are the 25 best colleges in the U.S. right now
Several articles about university rankings by Money magazine and the Princeton Review feature Rice. According to Money, which assessed more than 700 leading institutions based on quality, affordability and salaries of graduates, Rice is ranked No. 13 in the U.S.; Texas A&M Today mentions that Rice is No. 1 in Texas. Southern Living, which used the Princeton Review’s ranking of the “best dorms in the South,” features Rice. Poets & Quants, which used the Princeton Review’s ranking of universities with the happiest students, mentions that Rice is No. 5. Rice students are pictured in the article from MSN.
Money (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Money magazine ranks Texas A&M tops among Texas public colleges
Texas A&M Today
The 8 best dorms in the South
Southern Living (This article also appeared in the Dayton Daily News and Journal-News.)
Schools with the happiest students
Poets & Quants
These are the 25 best colleges in the U.S. for your money


Muslims in America: Separating fact from fiction
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, authored an op-ed about the role Muslims have played in the U.S. His new book, “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts,” was published in July.
Daily Sabah

SPR release won’t lower gasoline prices
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 likely effects on gas prices if the Trump administration releases crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance Canada, Bunker Ports News, Hellenic Shipping News and 


Rice’s Glasscock School, Texas Tribune to host ‘The Federal Response to Harvey: One Year Later’ Aug. 30

A pair of articles about Hurricane Harvey-related events in Houston feature Rice. Houston Style Magazine mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will host a Texas Tribune conversation about the federal response to Hurricane Harvey Aug. 30 at Rice’s Anderson-Clarke Center, and President David Leebron and Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, will give the welcoming remarks. A roundup of events from 365 Things To Do in Houston mentions that Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will present “Hurricane Harvey, A Year Later: Moment of Decision,” Aug. 22 at Congregation Emanu El.
Houston Style Magazine
Commemorate overcoming adversity at Hurricane Harvey anniversary benefits and events around Houston
365 Things To Do in Houston

Officials expect early voting on flood bond to pick up as election day nears
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article about support for the Aug. 25 vote on Proposition A, a bond measure that would address flood-mitigation efforts in Harris County.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition with a different headline, “Few vote early on flood bond in first week.”)

How can we separate the truth from the lie?
Jennifer Latson, editor of Rice Business Wisdom, authored an op-ed about how the repetition of a lie or the “feeling of truth” allows misconceptions to sneak into our knowledge base. Faculty members from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business quoted are Ajay Kalra, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Business and professor of marketing, and Janet Moore, lecturer in communications and director of the MBA communications program.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed, which originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom, appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

The Lighthouse of Houston science day features experiments in nanotechnology and space science

A science day sponsored by researchers from the Rice-based Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center for blind and visually impaired clients of the Lighthouse of Houston allowed participants to learn about spacesuit design, environmental elements and more. Rice volunteers pictured are graduate students Tanya Rogers (image 1) and Amit Jain (image 2) and academic visitor Mary Pinedo (image 1).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Theory of Life. Editor’s note: A correction on Pinedo’s name has been requested.)

Houston death penalty trial brings focus to scourge of ‘honor killings’
A high-profile death penalty trial in Houston highlights the rise of honor crimes in the U.S., though “religion is often the justification, not the cause, of murderous plots to restore family honor,” according to A.Kadir Yildirim, a fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition with a different headline, “‘Honor killing’ scourge endures.”)

Asia Society Texas Center showcases Texas debut of 3rd-generation female artist Ayomi Yoshida
An article mentions that a new exhibition designed specifically for the Asia Society Texas Center will be assembled over a two-week period by a 40-member team from Japan and the U.S., including students from Rice, the University of Houston and the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Asia Society

Northwest Assistance Ministries appoints new president/CEO
An article mentions that Les Cave formerly worked at Rice.
The Katy News


A new dynamic
Research from Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, who spoke at the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s midyear meeting June 25 in Austin, Texas, is cited in an article about the United States’ status as a net energy exporter.
The American Oil & Gas Reporter

Platelet-rich plasma does not promote stem cell-mediated cartilage repair
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in, Scienmag and Drug Discovery & Development.)

Biomarkers associated with extreme exhaustion in cancer also linked to fatigue in Parkinson’s, study says
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. Co-author Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
Parkinson’s News Today (This article also appeared in ReliaWire, HealthCanal and Ciencias Medicas News and was featured in the Aug. 13 edition of the Futurity newsletter.)

How factors may help bond investors reach their goals
Alumnus Jay Raol ’04 authored an article about fixed income factor strategies for equity investors.
Advisor Perspectives

The 5 biggest Texas internship destinations for MBAs
An article mentions that Hewlett Packard, Deloitte and Accenture are some of the top destinations for internships among students at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Do looks matter in making money? (infographic)
An article cites Rice research.


Hawaii volcano update: Kilauea could erupt again at any second — how could it restart?
An article about the possibility of Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea re-erupting cites Rice researchers who are studying the volcano.

Being single will kill you faster than obesity, study says
An article cites Rice research that determined lonely adults felt worse while suffering from a cold than individuals with partners.
St. Lucia News Online (This article also appeared in

The best books on computer science for data scientists
recommended by Hadley Wickham
Hadley Wickham, adjunct professor of statistics at Rice, is featured and pictured in a Q&A about his choices for the best computer science books for data scientists.
Five Books

Shop talk: Puffin Chiropractic
An article mentions that Adam Hawkins and Jennifer Reed formerly worked for Rice Athletics.
Peninsula Clarion

Alastair Willis to make LP debut with Hoosier STAR
An article featuring and picturing Alastair Willis mentions he attended Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Michigan City News-Dispatch

35 things to do in Houston when you’re bored and all your friends are busy
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.


Houston Dynamo announce 2018-19 academy coaching staff
An article mentions that former Rice women’s assistant soccer coach Brenton Saylor has joined the Houston Dynamo Academy as an assistant coach.
Houston Dynamo News (This article also appeared in Our Sports Central.)

Baylor updates future football schedules
An article featuring Baylor University’s football schedule mentions that the Bears will play Rice in 2019.

A pair of White Sox pitchers who should get a chance in September
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is featured.
Minor League Ball

Lady Eagles lose opener, honor an all-time great
Alumna Katelyn Ostendorf Stepan ’10 is featured and pictured.
Zionsville Times Sentinel


Models give synthetic biologists a head start
Synthetic biologists have the tools to build complex, computer-like DNA circuits that sense or trigger activities in cells, and scientists at Rice and the University of Houston have developed models that can predict the output of custom-built genetic circuits that, for example, can be prompted to start or stop the production of proteins.

Rice U. experts: Money and new ideas can solve Houston flooding
Houston and Harris County have serious flooding problems to address, but they can be solved if funding is available and both the public and local officials commit to adopting new approaches and concepts for flood mitigation and prevention, according to a paper by environmental and engineering experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.

About Stefan De La Garza

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