Dateline Rice for Aug. 28, 2018


1 year since Hurricane Harvey, how is Houston recovering?
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, participates in a panel discussion about Houston’s recovery efforts one year after Hurricane Harvey. Blackburn is also interviewed by Houston Public Media about the recent flood plain ordinance passed by the Houston City Council that toughens development standards, and he is quoted in the Houston Chronicle about Harris County’s aim to provide transparency and equity as the $2.5 billion flood mitigation bond funds are spent.
WBUR (This “On Point” segment aired on 308 affiliate stations.) 
Is Houston’s flood plain ordinance bad for low-income communities?

Houston Public Media
Public input pledged for flood projects
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Killer love vine leaves mummified wasps in its wake
An article features Rice research that reported the first-known example of a parasitic love vine tangling with a gall wasp that parasitizes a shared host plant. Co-author Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted, and fellow co-author Glen Hood, Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, is mentioned. Graduate student Mattheau Comerford is credited with a photo.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Terra Daily, and it was featured in the Aug. 28 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter and on Futurity’s homepage. It appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first published online.)

E. coli doesn’t just give you food poisoning — it can also help you get essential nutrients
Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted in an article about how E. coli may not just make a person sick, but actually facilitate the absorption of iron.
Popular Science

Mexican energy sector likely to ride out AMLO’s shale ban
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the short- and long-term effects of Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s proposed ban on fracking.
Axios (Scroll down to “2. What’s next for Mexico’s shale patch.”)

Why John McCain mattered
A roundup of news mentions Michael Bloomberg’s recent commencement address at Rice.
BloombergQuint (This article also appeared in BNN Bloomberg.)

How to find James Turrell’s art in the most unlikely corners of the Earth
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Architectural Digest.)


Trump cuts deal with Mexico, raising hopes for NAFTA
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, the handshake deal between the U.S. and Mexico to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) must still be approved by the Mexican Congress, which has newly elected, nationalist-minded representatives taking their seats Sept. 1. Payan is also quoted in the Dallas Morning News and states that a renegotiated NAFTA deal may be political wins for President Donald Trump and Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Trump strikes deal with Mexico.”)
Trade deal lets Mexico ease Trump, border uncertainties — or does it?
Dallas Morning News (This article appeared in 40 other media outlets.)

Rice University leading effort to save digital records of Hurricane Harvey
A television broadcast features Rice’s 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. Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel and Lisa Spiro, the executive director of digital scholarship services at Rice’s Fondren Library, are interviewed. Two articles mention that McDaniel will be on a task force established to make recommendations on the interment and reburial of human remains believed to be from Texas’ defunct convict-leasing system, which were discovered at a construction site in Fort Bend County.
KHOU Online
Sugar Land city manager appoints task force to decide about human remains
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
City forms task force to ensure proper burial of historic remains
Sugar Land Patch

Kashmere Gardens is still fighting, one year after Harvey
An article from the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine mentions that Rice is collaborating with the Environmental Defense Fund and the Houston Health Department to track the physical and mental health effects Hurricane Harvey had on residents.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it originally appeared in OffCite, an online publication of the Rice Design Alliance.)

Houston schools get big slice of CPRIT’s recent $177M in cancer grants
Two articles mention that Rice received a $200,000 research grant from the Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas.
Houston Business Journal
New Houston biotech Magnolia Tejas plans trials with $20M CPRIT grant

Resilience after Harvey: Coping toughest for those facing health issues
Elena Marks, a nonresident Fellow in Health Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is pictured and quoted in an article about the Harris County residents who are still struggling with physical and mental health effects one year after Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Medical Center News

Grant boosts consortium’s pediatric device development
An article mentions that Rice researchers will participate in the Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium, which received a P50 grant from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to address the shortage of devices for pediatric health conditions. Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, will be Rice’s principal investigator.
Texas Medical Center News (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

#MeToo at the Opera, the Samuel Schultz Story
An article explores why alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09 decided to “say #MeToo” and come forward about abuse.
Houston Press

Be princess of the pregame with these Texas tailgate looks
A women’s style guide for attending Texas college football games mentions that Rice will play the University of Houston Sept. 1.
Houstonia Magazine

The 10 best concerts of the week: Rick Ross, Def Leppard and more
A roundup of live music events in Dallas mentions that Bernard “Bun B” Freeman formerly lectured at Rice.
Dallas Observer (Scroll down to “Rick Ross.”)

Sugar Land master calendar
A roundup of community events in Sugar Land mentions that Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will present “Trends in Infrastructure” at the Aug. 30 meeting of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Greg Abbott’s refusal to accept Democratic senator’s ‘intent’ to resign leaves Houston’s District 6 in limbo
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 interviewed on the Texas Standard about the political and semantic complications of Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia’s “intent” to resign from Houston’s District 6. Jones is interviewed on Texas Public Radio about the difficulty of ratifying the revamped North American Free Trade Agreement before the political landscape in Mexico changes. Jones authored an article for the Dallas Observer and is quoted in another about the challenges facing U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, as he seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on 30 affiliate stations.) 
Experts say trade deal with Mexico unlikely

Texas Public Radio 
Excitement builds for Beto’s challenge to Cruz, but he’s still going to lose

Dallas Observer 
Beto O’Rourke gets best polling news this year

Dallas Observer


Gas-sensing drones draw NSF backing
A National Science Foundation grant for $1.5 million has been awarded to Rice researchers, in a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and Houston nonprofit Technology For All, to develop 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. The article also mentions that students at Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen previously designed networked drones, a project that won the award for best gaming, creative, robotics or innovative technology award at the annual George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase. Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo is pictured and quoted. Yingyan Lin, a Rice professor of electrical and computer engineering; Frank Tittel, Emeritus and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Edward Knightly, the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are mentioned.
ECN (This article also appeared in,, Scienmag, Bioengineer and Drone Below.)

MD Anderson’s former president, fighting brain cancer, to retire
An article mentions that John Mendelsohn, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in the health and technology policy division at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will retire as co-director of the Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Becker’s Hospital Review

Rice U develops system to remove water contaminants; Nidec appoints CEO; Woodard and Curran names business leader
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, and postdoctoral researcher Kuichang Zuo are quoted.
Water Technology

‘System Bits’: Aug. 28
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.

Pay attention to the ‘noise’ in your brain
An article features research from co-author Andreas Tolios, adjunct associate professor of electrical and computational engineering, that explored how neural activity changes when your attention is focused on an object or when your attention is split.
Laboratory Equipment

Volume 65 Issue 2
A roundup of University of Pennsylvania news mentions that alumnus Richard Whittington ’72 died at 67.
UPenn Almanac (Scroll down to “Richard Whittington, Radiation Oncology.”)


How two thieves stole thousands of prints from university libraries
An article about a 1980 crime spree that concentrated on stealing rare prints and illustrations from university libraries mentions that the criminals also targeted Rice’s collections.
Atlas Obscura

U of A alumna Sarah Mesko’s ‘Through the Years’ coming to Faulkner Center
An article featuring and picturing alumna Sarah Mesko ’10 mentions that she will perform Sept. 7 in Fayetteville, Ark.
University of Arkansas Newswire

Journey’s End Refugee Services to host WNY Refugee Film Festival
An article mentions that Yehuda Sharim, a postdoctoral fellow of Jewish studies and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will lead a community conversation Sept. 15 at the WNY Refugee Film Festival in New York.
Buffalo Rising

Teknologi baru antena nirkabel
An article featuring Rice research that developed antennae out of carbon nanotubes pictures academic visitor Amram Bengio and mentions Matteo Pasquali, the A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering.
Koran Jakarta (An English translation is not available.)


Takeaways from Rice‘s win over Prairie View A&M
An article featuring Rice football’s victory over Prairie View A&M University in the season-opener Aug. 25 quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Austin Walter and Shawn Stankavage. Assistant coach Brian Smith, players Emmanuel Esukpa, Jackson Tyner, Aaron Cephus and Jack Fox and former player Sam McGuffie are mentioned. Additional articles mention Rice’s victory and that the Owls will play the University of Houston Sept. 1. Bloomgren, Tyner and Stankavage are mentioned in RotoWorld and Bloomgren is mentioned in Sports Al Dente.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Early look at UH’s season-opening opponent: Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Health Breaking News, Travel Breaking News and Yahoo! Sports.)
College football roundup: Rice defeats Prairie View with last-second field goal
Los Angeles Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Winners and losers of college football’s opening weekend
Yahoo! Sports
Stats of the day: Astros, NFL preseason and more
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Fantasy college football breaking news
Stanford football: Season reviews under David Shaw
Sports Al Dente
Rice football: Preview, predictions, live stream versus Prairie View
Saturday Blitz
College football Week 0 2018 schedule and announcer pairings
Campus Sports
PVAMU rocks first show of 2018

Football is a family affair for Dolphins’ Maurice Smith, brother Ainias Smith
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Chicago White Sox Top 20 prospect for 2018: Mid-season review
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is featured.
SB Nation

Friday UNT notes: The bottom 10 is out, UNT football hosts event for international students, records pick update
Rice is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

UAB Blazers
An article featuring the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s football schedule mentions that the Blazers will play Rice Oct. 13.
The Decatur Daily

Newton’s Darwin Barlow and Tamauzia Brown pledge TCU
An article mentions that Jawan King plans to play football at Rice.

Southern Miss men’s basketball unveils 2018-19 schedule
The Rice men’s basketball team is mentioned.
WLBT Online

In and around SEC football — West Division predictions
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Gadsden Messenger

Know thy foe: Louisiana Tech
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Daily Journal

College volleyball 2018: A season of firsts on the very first day
An article featuring the “firsts” of the Division I volleyball season mentions that Rice freshmen Anota Adekunle and Carly Graham were starters for the Owls’ first match of the season.

‘Sports Sunday’ interview: Ben Moffat — Aug. 26, 2018
Ben Moffat’s decision to commit to play basketball at Rice is featured in a television broadcast.
KFDX Online

At a glance: Old Dominion Monarchs 2018 football
An article featuring Old Dominion University’s football schedule mentions that the Monarchs will play Rice Nov. 24.
Daily Press


Statement from James A. Baker III on death of John McCain
Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, issued a statement on the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain.

About Stefan De La Garza

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