Dateline Rice for Aug. 27, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


John McCain: American hero
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg authored an op-ed about the life and legacy of the late U.S. Senator John McCain. Bloomberg mentions that he gave the 2018 commencement speech at Rice and urged graduates to “have the courage to defend facts and truth.” History Professor Douglas Brinkley discussed McCain on CNN.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
CNN (This broadcast also aired on WCBS-New York and KMOX-St. Louis.)


Saudi Aramco IPO appears to be a mirage in the desert — for now
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article about the recent cancellation of the initial public offering of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company. Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in The Hill and the Arab Times Kuwait English Daily. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the institute, is quoted in Al-Bawaba.
The Hill
Shelved Aramco ‘listing’ hits at heart of Saudi prince’s reforms
Arab Times Kuwait English Daily
As Aramco IPO is cancelled, Saudi Arabia’s rhetoric meets reality

When 1 parasite sucks the life out of another parasite
Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, discusses his research on a radio broadcast. Graduate student Linyi Zhang is mentioned.
Quirks and Quarks (This CBC Radio One program aired on more than 500 other affiliate stations.)
La liana carnivora che attacca la vespa parassita (An English translation is not available.)
Kampf der Parasiten: Pflanze mumifiziert Wespen (An English translation is not available.)

We really are going back to the moon and then on to Mars
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Hill

Oil boom a bust for blacks
An article about minority recruitment in the energy sector mentions Rice’s engineering program.
U.S. News & World Report

Washington Monthly’s 2018 College Guide and Rankings issue is out. 
How’d your alma mater do?
According to Washington Monthly’s 13th annual College Guide and Rankings, which ranks schools based on a formula that considers contributions to social mobility, research and public service, Rice is No. 77 in the U.S.
Washington Monthly

The 3 schools where women graduates are making more than men
An article about’s analysis of the gender pay gap among university graduates mentions Rice.
CNBC (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)

Iron-based MRI contrast outperforms less safe method
Rice nanoscientists have demonstrated a method for loading iron inside nanoparticles to create MRI contrast agents that outperform gadolinium chelates, the mainstay contrast agent that is facing increased scrutiny due to potential safety concerns. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is quoted along with graduate student Luke Henderson. Diagrams are credited to Henderson.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the Aug. 27 Futurity Today newsletter and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
Iron particles could lead to MRI contrast alternative

AuntMinnie (A similar article also appeared in


Year after Harvey, what have leaders accomplished on flooding? [editorial]
An article about Houston’s flood mitigation strategies quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. He also appears on Spectrum News Austin discussing the future of Houston. 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 quoted in an article from Houston Public Media stressing the importance of fixing Houston’s dams, and he is cited in a radio broadcast on WOAI. Bedient and Blackburn are quoted in Courthouse News Service about the recent passage of Harris County’s $2.5 billion flood mitigation bond.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “4. Buy the Westwood Golf Club.”)
‘Capital Tonight’
Spectrum News Austin
Houston’s reservoirs survived their biggest test, but they’re still at risk of failing
Houston Public Media
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore.)
Houstonians OK $2.5 billion flood prevention bond — will it be enough?
Courthouse News Service

How to understand the Harris County bond vote
Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, authored an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine detailing some of the most important flood mitigation projects that can be undertaken with the recent passage of Proposition A.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed originally appeared in OffCite, an online publication of the Rice Design Alliance.)

Hurricane Harvey still impacting health in area
Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted in an article and interviewed on the accompanying broadcast about the continued impact on physical and mental health one year after Hurricane Harvey.

Concerns about air quality loom 1 year after Harvey
A caption during a television broadcast mentions that Rice and the city of Houston have established the Hurricane Harvey Registry to track the health effects of the storm on residents.
CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

A year ago, Houston was under water
An article mentions that Rice created the Harvey Memories Project, a new digital archive that aims to prevent the loss of valuable Harvey-related memories by preserving them within Rice’s digital collections.
Space City Weather

Hit-and-run suspected after bicyclist killed in southeast Houston
An article mentions the late Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice, who was killed in a train-cyclist accident last year.
Houston Chronicle

Michael McCaul’s challenger draws inspiration from Beto O’Rourke
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 the Austin American-Statesman about the 10th Congressional District and in the Texas Monitor about the 11th Congressional District, and he is interviewed by Radio Bilingüe about the November midterm elections.
Austin American-Statesman
Travis Clardy: Too moderate to be House speaker or just moderate enough?
The Texas Monitor
Candidata latina de Texas despeja el camino para hacer historia en noviembre
Radio Bilingüe (An English translation is not available.)

Physics professor garners education award
An article featuring and picturing alumnus Ramon Lopez ’86 mentions that he received
the 2018 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference Education Award.
University of Texas at Arlington News

Jana Lynne Sanchez Speaks to NARFE
Alumna Jana Lynne Sanchez ’86, who is the Democratic nominee for U.S. House in District 6, is featured.
The Freestone County Times

Glazier Senior Education Center offers programs
An article mentions that alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, the former NASA spacecraft warning system engineer for Apollo 13, will speak Sept. 11 at the Harris County Precinct 3 Thomas A. Glazier Senior Education Center. President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

HGO comes home, ROCO plays games and Yuja Wang kicks off Houston’s classical music season
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.
Houston Press

UTEP alumnus joins ranks of award-winning faculty
An article mentions that Rice undergraduate students routinely pursue research opportunities in the Texas Medical Center.
El Paso Herald-Post


‘CBS 4 News Sunrise @ 6’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, appears in a television broadcast discussing how many Houstonians are still displaced one year after Hurricane Harvey.
KGBT-TV (Harlingen; this segment also aired on over 80 other affiliate stations.)

Quebec’s NAFTA negotiator: Playoffs haven’t started yet
Quebec’s chief North American Free Trade Agreement negotiator was interviewed after an Aug. 20 talk at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Public Media

Houston music highlight — Axiom Quartet releases debut album and tours China
Alumni Dominika Dancewicz ’03 and Patrick Moore ’07, founding members of the Axiom Quartet, are featured. Audio clips from their debut album, “Axioms: Moments of Truth,” are included.
Houston Public Media

’13 Eyewitness News at 8 a.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that the Bayou Bucket 5K was held at Rice, and the winners will be presented Sept. 1 when the Rice football team plays the University of Houston.
KTRK-TV (Houston)

¿Se acerca la intervención de Citgo?
Luis Pacheco, a nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Venezuela potentially losing control of its Houston refining arm, Citgo.
CNN (An English translation is not available.)


Nanotubes made water molecules square up into them
Nanotubes of the right sizes can force water inside them to square up, transforming into a new sort of ice, which can lead to the development of new and improved nanochannels devices, including nanoscale syringes and capacitors. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Advocator (This article also appeared in Weekly Journalism, R&D and
Researchers design nanotubes that can align water molecules into a square rod (This article also appeared in AZoNano.)

Coinbase CEO starts charitable initiative for people in emerging markets
Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05 is featured.
Founder’s Guide

Tellurium nanoparticles dramatically boost solar absorption
An article mentions that Rice researchers added nanoparticles to cold water and were able to make steam when they exposed the mixture to sunlight.
Laser Focus World


Dozens of black residents are homeless a year after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas
An article mentions a Rice study that determined that wealth disparity between races grows after natural disasters.
News One

A year on from Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s Jewish community still traumatized
An article about the continued rebuilding effort one year after Hurricane Harvey mentions Rice.
Haaretz (Subscription is required.)

‘Ayuda’ for seniors can trace its roots to Mitzvah Days
Alumnae Sara LeMesh ’12 and Siggy Bilstein ’11 are featured.
The Jewish News of Northern California

Castillo’s artwork earns her national acclaim
An article mentions that Jazmine Castillo plans to attend Rice.
Burnet Bulletin


Esukpa runs for 173 yards, Rice beats Prairie View 31-28
Several article and television broadcasts feature the Rice football team, which won their season-opener against Prairie View A&M University 31-28 Aug. 25 at Rice Stadium. (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Rice opens season with comeback win over Prairie View A&M
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Rice and Prairie View A&M, with coaches making their debut, go to the final play of the game to decide a winner
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘KPRC Local 2 News Weekend’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Prairie View loses heartbreaker to Rice, 31-28
HBCU Sport
Here is the latest Texas sports news from The Associated Press
KZTV Online
Rice kicks off the Bloomgren era against Prairie View A&M
SB Nation
Rice football vs. Prairie View A&M: Time, TV schedule, game preview, score
WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Scoreboard, Aug. 26
The Daily Nonpareil
College football team on upset alert versus FCS program at the half
The Spun
Houston versus Rice, 9-1-2018 — prediction and preview
Winners and Whiners
Can anybody give Lane Kiffin and FAU a run in Conference USA?
Owls, Mean Green picked for December rematch in C-USA
Around the dog park: Is it harder now for G5 coaches to jump to P5?
SB Nation
UTSA looks to restructure in year three under Frank Wilson
SB Nation
‘Daily Bull’ Aug. 24, 2018: College football time!
SB Nation
Ohio State opener nears, but the talk is not about football
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
College football notes: Ohio State opener overshadowed
Anonymous Gambler: With Texans’ offense, taking under the safe bet
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
2018 season preview: Conference champs, college football playoff picks from the Eleven Warriors staff
Eleven Warriors

Have we put college football on too high a perch? [editorial]
Rice’s game against Prairie View A&M is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Chalupny in charge of women’s soccer at Maryville
Rice football player Jack Fox is featured. (Scroll down to “Fox named football captain at Rice.”)

College football’s top 10 teams outside the Power 5 (Notre Dame, you left us no choice)
Rice is mentioned
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

5 questions about the Big 12 before the season: Can anyone stop Oklahoma and is Texas actually back?
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News

50 years: Daingerfield set to celebrate ’68 state title
Alumnus Marc McDaniel ’74, who played football at Rice, is featured and pictured.
Longview News

10 Longhorns with a lil’talent: A guide to the top 10 Texas athletes to watch in 2018-19
Rice is mentioned in a photo caption.
Austin American-Statesman

Abilene Christian football players, coach sense history of Baylor game
Rice is mentioned.
Abilene Reporter News

Fighting Hawks drop pair of matches against Rice and Texas Tech
Several article and broadcasts mention Rice’s volleyball team, which beat the University of North Dakota 3-1 and Northwestern State University 3-0 but lost to Texas Tech 3-2 at the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas. Players Nicole Lennon and Grace Morgan are mentioned in the first Everything Lubbock article.
KFGO Online
Friday’s local clipboard 
Grand Forks Herald
Red Raiders rally to top Rice in 5 sets
Everything Lubbock
Volleyball earns pair of sweeps on open 2018 season
Everything Lubbock
Red Raiders defeat Owls 15-9 in comeback victory
The Daily Toreador
NSU drops 2 at Red Raider Classic
NSU Demons
KAMC 28 News at 10 p.m.
KAMC-TV (Lubbock, Texas)

Breaking: McMillan finds a new team
Rice is mentioned.

SMU Slips Past Rice 2-1
An article mentions that Rice women’s soccer lost 2-1 to Southern Methodist University Aug. 23 at Holloway Field. Players Delaney Schultz, Maya Hoyer and Bella Killgore are mentioned.
Top Drawer Soccer

One year after Harvey, UH still ‘playing for Houston’
An article mentions that college football teams around Texas raised money for Hurricane Harvey relief, and that Texas Christian University hosted the Rice Owls during the storm.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Playing with pain, all for the love of a game
An article mentions that Hanszen College junior Anna Bowtell plays on Rice’s women’s tennis team.
Felton News

RamNation summer hot stove
Former Rice men’s basketball player Marcus Evans is quoted and former head coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
The Commonwealth Times 
Rhoades, Rams ready to rebound

The Commonwealth Times

Johns brings Red Raiders new eyes, fresh ideas
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is mentioned.

Duncan: Delving into each area’s all-time leading rusher
An article mentions that the late David Ross played football for Rice in the 1970s.
Times Record News


Baker Institute expert: NAFTA announcement not ‘a true breakthrough’
President Donald Trump announced that the United States has reached agreement with Mexico on a new trade deal that he declared will not be called NAFTA — a name he said has bad connotations. The announcement seems, at its core, to be a last-minute sprint to claim a victory that may not yet be within reach, according to an expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

‘Father of the internet’ to discuss ‘The Future of the Internet’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 13
Vint Cerf, vice president and chief internet evangelist at Google, will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 13 about current and future challenges of maintaining a free and open internet. Cerf will offer his perspective as one of the “fathers of the internet” and a lifelong advocate for net neutrality.

Small homes real and imagined
This week, Rice Architecture shows what’s new and addresses what’s next in affordable housing. In Houston’s Third Ward, the architecture school will open +House for public view. The 350-square-foot house is a project of Rice Architecture Construct designed and built by Rice University students on behalf of Agape Development as a backyard home for counselors who work with at-risk youth.

Gas-sensing drones draw NSF backing
Rice researchers, in a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and Houston nonprofit Technology For All, are developing a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect, track and model the environment and let neighborhoods know of airborne perils that can be especially hazardous following extreme weather events.

Rice U. to announce creation of Texas Policy Lab Aug. 30
Rice’s School of Social Sciences will formally announce the launch of a new entity that will use cutting-edge scientific research and work side-by-side with Texas’ policymakers to offer data-driven insights and solutions to make a difference in the lives of all Texans.

About Stefan De La Garza

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