Dateline Rice for Aug. 20, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Emory University ranks No. 1 in America for best quality of life
An article and a television broadcast mention that Rice is ranked No. 2 for “Best Quality of Life” in college rankings by the Princeton Review. NewsFix mentions that Rice has the best dorms in Texas according to Bham Now mentions that Rice is rated among a list of the “best-buy private colleges,” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘Ch. 2 Action News at 6 p.m.’
WSB-TV (Atlanta, GA)
KDAF-TV (Dallas)
Birmingham-Southern College ranks top 10 nationally as a best value for private colleges by Fiske Guide to Colleges
Bham Now

Recommended reading for the start of the semester
An article recommends reading the forthcoming “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching” by Joshua Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of humanities, which explores concepts of teaching in a higher education classroom.
Inside Higher Ed


Stray dogs and cats public enemy No. 1 across Houston [editorial]
An editorial about how to stem the threat of stray animals to Houston’s quality of life cites recommendations from the Houston Animal Welfare Study, which was conducted by Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership and Houston PetSet.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 20 print edition with a different headline, “Dog daze.”)

Experience the Bayou City like never before with this Houston Bucket List
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Arts guide: Mitch Albom, Barbara Kingsolver among authors coming to Houston this fall
A roundup of upcoming arts events in Houston mentions that several readings during Inprint’s Margarett Root Brown Reading Series will be held at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Readings.”)

Arts guide: Classical concerts include Itzhak Perlman and ‘Star Wars’
A roundup of upcoming live music mentions that several concerts will be held at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Classical.”)

Arts guide: The venues that house the arts
A roundup of Houston’s arts venues mentions Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Setting the stage.”)

Healthcare Innovators Professional Society reaches membership goal
An article mentions that Jamie Aguirre, an investment director for private equity and venture capital at Rice, will be an inaugural member of the governing board of the
Healthcare Innovators Professional Society.
Texas Medical Center News

New Station Houston CEO: Collaboration should lead to some early wins
An article mentions that Station Houston has partnered with Rice and other agencies in Houston to increase venture capital in the city.
Houston Business Journal

Kusama, Zombies and Mike TeeVee: Houston’s art house films for September
A roundup of film events in Houston mentions that the 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, will hold a screening of “Dead Man Walking” Sept. 4 as part of the continuing monthly film series, Death and Dying in the United States.
Houston Press

PSJA ISD students and teachers attend STEM summer camps
An article features “Say STEM” summer camps for high school students presented by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity. The center is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics.
KVEO Online (This article also appeared in the Valley Town Crier.)

Speakers discuss bilateral relations at 2018 US-Mexico Border Summit
Two articles quote 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 who was part of a panel discussion at the 2018 U.S.-Mexico Border Summit Aug. 15 in El Paso. Payan also appears in two photographs (images 4 and 6) in a slideshow from the event.
The Prospector Daily
From the publisher
El Paso Inc.

Dr. Chappell details origins
Rice is mentioned.
Odessa America


‘Not Ok’: New documentary focuses on disappearing glacier in Iceland
A recent episode of “Houston Matters” features Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, and Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, who discuss their new documentary film “Not Ok,” which explores the cultural and ecological significance of the loss of Iceland’s smallest glacier, Okjökull.
Houston Public Media
Full show — Houston Public Media
Houston Public Media (Comments begin at 40:38.)

’13 Eyewitness News at 4:30 a.m.’
Two broadcasts mention that fall classes at Rice started Aug. 20.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston)

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
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, is interviewed about how Houston and Texas were changed by Hurricane Harvey. (This segment also aired on KUIK and KRLD.)

‘JFK — The Last Speech’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
WFYI-TV (Indianapolis)


Quantum bugs, meet your new swatter
An article features the research of Anastasios Kyrillidis, the Noah Harding Assistant Professor of Computer Science, who developed an unconventional method that can act as a diagnostic tool for powerful, next-generation quantum supercomputers.
Tech Explorist (This article also appeared in Photonics Online.)

Westlake Chemical appoints John Chao to board
An article mentions that alumnus John Chao ’00 has been appointed to Westlake Chemical’s board of directors. (This article also appeared in MarketWatch.)


Gay rights come to Africa?
Alumna Rachel Schneider ’17, the visiting research associate at the Center for Religion and Public Life at Rice, authored a book review about the varied and changing landscape of the politics of homosexuality in Africa.
Los Angeles Review of Books

‘Pops in the Park’ outdoor concert brings cinema music to life
An article features Jerry Hou, associate conductor at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Oil City

35 things to do in Vancouver this week: Aug. 20 to 24
Two articles mention that Rice representatives will attend “The MBA Tour — Vancouver 2018” Aug. 20.
Daily Hive
7 things to do in Vancouver today: Monday, Aug. 20
Daily Hive

Cronkite had a fatherly demeanor
An article cites History Professor Douglas Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite.
Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Arrest of activist Dr. Shahidul Alam leads to disparagement in Bangladesh
An article mentions that Elora Shehabuddin, associate professor in humanities and political science, was one of over 100 petitioners who signed an open letter urging the government of Bangladesh to release well-known Bangladeshi photographer, social and human rights activist Shahidul Alam.

KirbyCast Aug. 17– 4 p.m. hour
An article mentions that John Lott held a teaching position at Rice.

Texas Pflanzen spie 8 Millionen Pfund Luftschadstoffe als Hurricane Harvey schlug
An article about the effects on health and environment of unpermitted pollutants released from industrial facilities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey 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. English translation is not available.)

Neue Online-MBAs mit 2U
An article mentions 2U Inc.’s partnership with Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and the new MBA@Rice online program.
MBA Journal (An English translation is not available.)

Ett med naturen
An article cites the work of Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Helsingborgs Dagblad (An English translation is not available.)

Juan Carlos Peña director invitado en concierto de aniversario de la Escuela Nacional de Musica
An article featuring Juan Carlos Peña mentions that he attended Rice.
La Tribuna (An English translation is not available.)


New Rice coach Mike Bloomgren inherits many question marks
Several articles feature the Rice football team and mention the upcoming season opener Aug. 25 against Prairie View A&M, the Sept. 1 Bayou Bucket Classic against the University of Houston and the Oct. 27 game against the University of North Texas. The first Houston Chronicle article pictures and quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren and quotes assistant coach Brian Smith; the article mentions former head coach David Bailiff and players Emmanuel Esukpa, Austin and Aston Walter, Nahshon Ellerbe, Antonio Faaeteete, Sam Pierce, Joseph Dill, Crockett Mokry, Jordan Myers, Jaeger Bull, Aaron Cephus, Roe Wilkins, Zach Abercrumbia, Graysen Schantz, Parker Hanusa, Elijah Garcia, Martin Nwakamma, Dylan Silcox, Brandon Douglas-Dotson, Justin Bickham, George Nyakwol and Houston Robert; former players mentioned include Brian Womac, Preston Gordon, Emmanuel Ellerbee and the late Blaine Padgett. Sports Illustrated, Click2Houston and the Dallas Morning News mention Bloomgren. Womac is pictured in the second Houston Chronicle article. Bloomgren and Bailiff are mentioned in the Washington Post. Bloomgren is mentioned and Rice Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard cited in the Austin American-Statesman.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
2018 Conference USA betting preview: FAU turning heads
Sports Illustrated
Watch: Fall football guide
UNT game-by-game predictions for 2018: Can the Mean Green reach an elusive bowl victory?
The Dallas Morning News 
Florida Atlantic ready to repeat in C-USA

A roundup of Conference USA football team predictions features Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
FAU favored to repeat as C-USA champ after change under Lane
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)
Browns WR Josh Gordon, former Lamar star, ‘humbly’ returns after health absence
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Size matters: The building boom continues for bigger, better Big 12 athletic facilities
Austin American-Statesman

Rice women’s soccer ready to defend C-USA title
The Houston Chronicle’s season preview of Rice’s women’s soccer team, which won the Conference USA regular season championship in 2017, quotes head coach Nicky Adams and mentions players Annie Walker, Marissa Topolski, Samantha Chaiken and Nia Stallings. The Daily Texan mentions that Rice lost its season-opener to the University of Texas 3-0. Top Drawer Soccer quotes Adams and mentions players Topolski, Maya Hoyer and Caleigh Boeckx.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Season preview: Texas aims for nothing short of conference crown 
The Daily Texan (A similar article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, UNC Chapel Hill News and the Daily Athenaeum.)
Longhorns top Rice 3-0 Friday
Top Drawer Soccer

2018 opponent series: Wake Forest — Oct. 6
An article mentions Wake Forest University’s football team will play Rice Sept. 29.
Clemson Sports Talk

Dooley: Breaking down my preseason top 25 ballot
The Rice football team is mentioned. (This article also appeared in and the Gainesville Sun Online.)

High school football preview: District 18-6A
An article mentions that Zane Knipe plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Acadiana Kickoff Tour: Northwest Raiders
An article and a television broadcast mention that August Pitre plans to play football at Rice.
KATC Online
TV-3 News
KATC-TV (Lafayette, La.)

13 days to football: The best of MSU’s 13 bowl wins
Rice is mentioned.
The Commercial Dispatch

College football schedule
A roundup of college football schedules mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Herd has high hopes in 2018
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Point Pleasant Register

Where the Houston Texans eat — J.J. Watt, D.J. Reader and more reveal their favorite Houston restaurants
An article quotes former Rice football player Christian Covington about his favorite sushi restaurant in Houston.

Dickenson returns to Missoula for Sept. 22 Hall of Fame celebration
An article mentions that former Rice football player Trevor Cobb ’93 was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Missoula Current

MU was 98th in NCAA hoops attendance
An article about NCAA basketball attendance mentions Rice.
The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

A WNBA All-Star and a full-time ESPN analyst, nothing can stop Chiney Ogwumike
An article featuring Chiney Ogwumike mentions that her sisters Erica and Olivia play women’s basketball at Rice.
The Boston Globe

‘Junction Boys syndrome’: How college football fatalities became normalized
The late Dale Lloyd II is mentioned.
The Guardian (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports Canada.)

Texas to host College World Series qualifiers and longtime rivals during 2019 baseball season
Two articles featuring the University of Texas’ 2019 baseball schedule mention that the Longhorns will play Rice Feb. 19 and April 9.
Austin American-Statesman
Texas releases 2019 baseball schedule

Windermere Prep welcomes new strength coach, athletic trainer to campus
An article mentions that Nathan Peck formerly worked with Rice’s baseball team.
West Orange Times & Windermere Observer

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

‘MLB Baseball’
Rice is mentioned.
WLS-TV (Chicago)

Tech volleyball shakes rust off in Red and Black scrimmage
An article mentions that Texas Tech is scheduled to host the Red Raider Classic on Friday and Saturday. The event will include Rice.

KSL-AM (Salt Lake City)
Rice is mentioned.


Natural disasters widen racial wealth gap
Damage caused by natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermaths have increased wealth inequality between races in the United States, according to new research from Rice and the University of Pittsburgh. Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research studied nearly 3,500 families across the U.S. from 1999 through 2013 as disaster damage of varying scale struck counties where they lived, examining how their personal wealth was impacted.

Quantum bugs, meet your new swatter
A Rice computer scientist and his colleagues have proposed a method to accelerate and simplify the imposing task of diagnosing quantum computers. Anastasios Kyrillidis, an assistant professor of computer science who joined Rice this year, led the development of a nonconventional method as a diagnostic tool for powerful, next-generation computers.

Love vine sucks life from wasps, leaving only mummies
Early this spring, Rice evolutionary biologist Scott Egan stood in a patch of live oak scrub habitat in South Florida and scanned the trees for something he’d never seen outside his lab — a wispy, orange vine twining itself around swollen stems or pea-sized growths on the underside of oak leaves. The love vine, a parasitic plant, latches onto and feeds off of not the tree itself, but the tumor-like growths made by gall wasps.

About Stefan De La Garza

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