Dateline Rice for Aug. 17, 2018


Op-ed: Money and new ideas can solve Houston flooding
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, authored an op-ed arguing that the “Houston of the future will have to dedicate land to water — to hold it, to convey it, to manage it.” A report Blackburn authored for Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


Superstar companies dominate American business
Three articles cite research by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which determined that corporate concentration has grown in about 75 percent of U.S. industries in the past two decades.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Corporate power on the agenda at Jackson Hole
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Para analistas, concorrência menor reduz salários nos EUA
GS Notícias (An English translation is not available.)

India’s astronaut mission will push space program to the limit
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about India’s plan to launch its first manned space mission by 2022.
Deutsch Welle

Bun B returns with ‘Recognize’ feat. Big K.R.I.T. and T.I.
An article featuring Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he formerly taught at


Hurricane Harvey-caused water and air pollution likely far higher than residents realize
An article from the Houston Chronicle exploring the amount of unpermitted pollutants released by industrial facilities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey quotes Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and an article from the Dallas Morning News about the effects of those pollutants on health and environment quotes Loren Raun, professor in the practice in the Department of Statistics. Rice’s collaboration with local and federal agencies to establish the Hurricane Harvey Registry, which is aimed at helping officials track health and housing problems in storm-affected areas, is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared on the front page of the Chronicle’s Aug. 17 print edition with a different headline, “Harvey pollution likely far worse.”)
Impact of Hurricane Harvey on health, environment still a concern a year later
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets with a different headline, “Texas plants spewed 8 million pounds of air pollutants as Hurricane Harvey hit.”)

Rick Perry takes Washington
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 Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Why can’t urban farming feed Houston?
This article about the rewards and challenges of urban farming on public land was originally published in The Urban Edge, the blog of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and republished in the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Northwest Assistance Ministries chooses new president
An article featuring and picturing Les Cave mentions that he formerly worked at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

A Houston judge could be elected first gay justice on Texas Supreme Court
Alumnus Steve Kirkland ’82, the first openly gay candidate to run for Texas Supreme Court, is featured and pictured.
Out In SA (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Current.)

Aug. 18
A roundup of live classical music concerts in Texas mentions that Pacifica Quartet will perform Sept. 13 at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Texas Classical Review


Doctors will grow human tissue on the International Space Station
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted in an article about efforts to cultivate human tissue in space.
New Scientist (Subscription is required.)

Picky porous electrodes take out toxins
An article features Rice research that developed a treatment system that can be tuned to selectively pull toxins from drinking water and wastewater, cleaning and restoring it to its original capacity for reuse. Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Kuichang Zuo is quoted and pictured.
The Chemical Engineer

Particles pull last drops of oil from well water
Rice scientists have developed a nanoparticle-based solution that reliably removes more than 99 percent of the emulsified oil that remains after other processing is done. Sibani Lisa Biswal, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and former postdoctoral researcher Qing Wang are quoted.
R&D Magazine (This article also appeared in10 other media outlets.)

ShareBackup could keep data in the fast lane
Rice researchers developed ShareBackup, a strategy that would allow shared backup switches in data centers to take on network traffic within a fraction of a second after a software or hardware switch failure. Eugene Ng, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Tech Xplore (This article also appeared in Science Codex, ECN, Science and Technology Research News, Continuity Central and Scienmag.)

100 percent renewable? Not yet doable
An article mentions that Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, participated in a panel discussion on renewable energy convened by the Texas Public Policy Foundation.
Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy
Is Georgetown really 100 percent renewable?
Texas Public Policy

Venezuela’s PDVSA fails to use US sanctions to own advantage in Delaware court
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, is quoted in an article about a $1.2 billion judgment against Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA and the likelihood that Canadian mining company Crytallex will collect any portion of the judgment through acquiring shares of Citgo.
CTRM Center (This article also appeared in Redlion Trader, and

The 2018 academic rankings of world universities are out and Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, MIT, Berkeley tops again 
An article from CEOWorld Magazine mentions that Rice is ranked No. 70 in the world based on the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by consultancy ShanghaiRanking, and MBA Crystal Ball mentions Rice among a list of “Colleges that Pay You Back” from the Princeton Review.
CEO World Magazine
Best universities for placement in USA
MBA Crystal Ball

California’s solar mandate makes housing in the Golden State even more expensive 
Ted Temzelides, professor of economics, is cited in an article about how California’s solar energy mandate may increase emissions by making homes more expensive, forcing residents to search for cheaper housing farther from work.

Gallium spreads itself thin 
An article mentions Rice researchers created atomically thin layers of the metal gallium on silicon substrates. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is mentioned. Former postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary is quoted.
Materials Today

New dean brings vision, passion for partnerships to CCM
An article mentions Rice.
Cincinnati Business Courier


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. (This article also appeared in Within Nigeria and The Peep Spot.)

Volcano watch: Submarine Kilauea also impacted by recent events on the volcano
An article mentions that Rice researchers is collaborating with other institutions to study the earthquakes occurring on the south flank of Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea.
Hawaii 24/7 (This article also appeared in Big Island Now.)

Paul Abraham
An article mentions that the stained-glass artwork of Paul Abraham, who recently died at the age of 93, can be seen in Rice’s Martel College.
Fort Myers Beach Talk (This article also appeared in the Fort Myers Beach Bulletin.)

People in the news
An article mentions that sophomore Nora Maerean received the Putnam Hospital Center Auxiliary’s continuing education scholarship.
MidHudson MD News

Trump vil ha forsvar i verdensrommet
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
ABC Nyheter (An English translation is not available.)


Three potential sleepers to watch for Rice
An article on Rice’s football team quotes players Antonio Montero, Jaeger Bull and Shawn Stankavage and quarterbacks coach Robbie Picazo. The article also mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Aaron Cephus, Shea Baker, Jordan Myers, Uzoma Osuji, Andrew Mike, Blaze Alldredge, Giovanni Gentosi, Jackson Tyner, Juma Otoviano, Brendan Harmon, Treshawn Chamberlain and Kebreyun Page and former player Miklo Smalls. Bull, Stankavage and Emmanuel Esukpa are pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

WKU’s Jessica Lucas named C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year for VB
An article about the Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards, which are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport and based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service, mentions several recipients from Rice: women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike; men’s cross-country runner Adolfo Carvalho; women’s cross-country runner Elsa Racasan; former men’s golfer Mitchell Meissner; swimmer Marie-Claire Schillinger; men’s tennis player Eric Rutledge; women’s tennis player Lindsey Hodge; and men’s track and field athlete Scott Filip.

Texas optimistic that Major League Soccer’s arrival could also pay off for the Longhorns
An article about the University of Texas women’s soccer team mentions that the Longhorns will play Rice Aug. 17.
Austin American-Statesman

Zevnik, Lloyd nominated by conferences for Woman of the Year

An article mentions that Rice women’s track and field athlete Ayane Rossano was nominated by Conference USA for the 2018 Woman of the Year award, which honors women who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership in college.
Swim Swam

Texas looking for more in Year 2 of Tom Herman’s rebuild
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in 60 other media outlets.)

While staying ready, Colson getting her shot with Lynx
Former Rice women’s basketball assistant coach Sydney Colson is featured and pictured, and head coach Tina Langley is mentioned.
Zone Coverage

Red tops White in Houston intrasquad scrimmage to wrap fall camp
An article featuring the University of Houston volleyball team mentions that the Cougars will play an exhibition game against Rice Aug. 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse.

Thursday’s local clipboard
An article mentions that the Rice women’s volleyball team will play the University of North Dakota on Aug. 24.
Grand Forks Herald

Kaspar unveils 2018-19 men’s hoops slate
Rice is mentioned.
San Marcos Corridor News

Baseball: A&M to face Baylor, TCU, UH at 2019 Shriners Classic
An article mentions that the Rice baseball team will compete in the Shriner’s College Classic baseball tournament at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

Bears announce home-and-home series with Auburn
An article featuring the future schedule of the Baylor University football team mentions that the Bears will play Rice Sept. 21, 2020.
KXXV News Online (This article also appeared on FOX44 Online.)


Rice expert available to discuss Houston-area flood control bond election
As Harris County residents vote on a $2.5 billion flood control bond issue a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Rice political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss polling data predicting the outcome of the referendum.

About Stefan De La Garza

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