Dateline Rice for Aug. 29, 2018


Drowning in dirty water, Permian seeks a $22 billion lifeline
Water resources and their management will be a top priority for energy companies looking to operate in Texas’ Permian Basin, according to Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

In Venezuela, the only way to cheap gas is through big brother
An article about President Nicolas Maduro’s new policy that Venezuela’s extraordinary subsidies for gasoline and motor oil will be available only to holders of the Carnet de la Patria — the Card of the Fatherland, quotes Francisco J. Monaldi, a 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, who says that the card will likely be used as “a form of political and social control.”
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in BNN Bloomberg and BloombergQuint.)

A year after Hurricane Harvey, Houston’s tourism industry is shaken but recovering
An article about how Houston’s tourism industry fared in the year since Hurricane Harvey quotes Max Besbris, assistant professor of sociology.
The New York Times

An article cites a recent study by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, that detailed strategies Saudi Arabia might employ to navigate the long-term future of oil markets.
Axios (Scroll down to “2. Petro-notes: What’s next for Saudi Arabia.”)

The story of the American inventor denied a patent because he was a slave
An article mentions that Rice’s collections has a letter that my help historians understand why former slave Benjamin Montgomery was denied a patent in 1864.

Recent editorials from Texas newspapers
A roundup of editorials from Texas quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of SSPEED, about some of the top flood mitigation strategies for Houston. Bedient appears on a television broadcast from Spectrum News Austin about Houston’s Hurricane recovery efforts.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.) (Scroll down to “Houston Chronicle. Aug. 26, 2018.”)
‘TWC News All Morning’
Spectrum News Austin

Brookings survey finds divided views on artificial intelligence for warfare, but support rises if adversaries are developing it
An article cites a 2016 Rice analysis of Google Consumer Surveys.
Brookings Institution


The economic impact of hurricanes [opinion]
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authored an op-ed arguing that because storms are becoming increasingly powerful and increasingly expensive, hurricane preparedness should also include financial preparedness.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Grant aims to help Houston become more resilient
An article about Houston’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s “100 Resilient Cities” program, backed in part by a $1.8 million Shell sponsorship, which will allow the city to hire a full-time chief resilience officer for two years, quotes Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)

What comes after plastic?
Constraints like plastic bans may yield innovative alternatives, according to Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article, which originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom, appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

You can now share your Harvey story with the Houston Flood Museum
An article about the Houston Flood Museum mentions 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.
Houstonia Magazine

Sugar Land creates task force to make decisions about human remains
Associate Professor of History Caleb 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The first time everything happened in Houston, from hurricanes to highways
An article about Houston’s “firsts” mentions that Rice was Houston’s first institute of higher learning, which opened its classroom doors in 1912. An illustration of Rice founder William Marsh Rice is included in the accompanying slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Meet the 35 UT alums behind some of Austin’s leading tech companies
An article about Austin’s leading tech companies features and pictures alumna Christine Chen ’07, who launched the independent film production company Moth to Flame.
Built In Austin

Opera singer David Daniels could face attempted solicitation charge for Grindr messages, Mich. police say
An article explores alumnus Samuel Schultz’s ’09 decision to “say #MeToo” and come forward about abuse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar versions of this article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the ExpressDigest, the Laredo Morning Times, the Daily Mail and the Windy City Times, and it appeared in the Chronicle’s Aug. 29 print edition with a different headline, “Opera singer could face charges in Mich. case.”)   

Texas daybook
An article mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host “Houston: A Year After Harvey” Aug. 30.
KZTV Online


‘Across America with Carol Costello’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is interviewed in a television broadcast about the life and legacy of the late U.S. Senator John McCain.
Headline News

What could the Mexico trade deal mean for Houston business?
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, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” and he is quoted and pictured in RTO Insider about the impact to Texas from renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Houston Public Media
Mexico power market caught up in political transition
RTO Insider

Mark Jones discusses Latin American migration issues on VOA
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 by Voice of America about migration issues throughout South America. Jones is also interviewed by Houston Public Media about the political and semantic complications of Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia’s “intent” to resign from Houston’s District 6, and he is also quoted by KRLD and interviewed by KUT about the possible drawbacks to Texas’ industries of a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.
Voice of America
Greg Abbott’s refusal to accept Sylvia Garcia’s ‘intent’ to resign leaves Houston’s District 6 in limbo
Houston Public Media
Texas lawmakers optimistic about Trump’s proposed US-Mexico trade agreement

‘H is for Harvey’: Children’s book highlights positives of the storm
An episode of “Houston Matters” mentions that a children’s book about Hurricane Harvey titled “H Is for Harvey” was illustrated by Eduardo Martinez, graphic designer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. “H is for Harvey” was also featured as one of the “Top Stories” for Aug. 28.
Houston Public Media
Ex-Texas cop guilty of murder, Texan says he’s selling 3D-printed gun plans, and more
Houston Public Media

Democratic candidate Todd Litton talks about role of Congress, immigration and health care
A new episode of “Houston Matters” interviews alumnus Todd Litton ’01, who is a candidate in the Democratic primary for U.S. representative in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
Houston Public Media

‘News 4 WOAI Today at 5:30 a.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that Rice has a 15 percent acceptance rate, according to
WOAI-TV (San Antonio)

‘Studio 4’
A Rice study about the weight gain associated with candida infections is cited in a television broadcast.
KAMR-TV (Amarillo, Texas)


Study finds white wealth rises after disasters, but declines for people of color
An article cites research from co-authors Junia Howell, a scholar at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and Jim Elliott, a professor of sociology at Rice and fellow at the Kinder Institute, that determined that more aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after natural disasters exacerbates wealth inequality between races in the U.S.
Nonprofit Quarterly

First scholar selected as Melvin Simon Chair in Philanthropy
An article mentions that Patricia Snell Herzog was a former postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Inside INdiana Business

Chamber Music Society of Detroit celebrates 75th anniversary opening night
An article mentions that Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will perform with the Montrose Trio, Sept. 15 in Detroit, Mich.
Broadway World

Nanotube ‘rebar’ helps graphene toughen up
An article features Rice research that developed fracture-resistant “rebar graphene,” which is more than twice as tough as pristine graphene. Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted and James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Chemical & Engineering News


Bun B Has a very trill conversation about quitting unhealthy and deadly habits (video)
An article featuring and picturing Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he formerly lectured at Rice.
Ambrosia For Heads

Slavery, capitalism and the law in old New Orleans
Alumna Maria Montalvo ’14, a legal historian who studies antebellum court records from New Orleans, is featured and pictured.
Tulane University News

Two Barnwell students graduate from SC Connections Academy
Rice is mentioned.
The Augusta Chronicle


Underdog Rice warns Houston not to expect a football patsy
Rice football is featured or mentioned in several articles ahead of the Rice’s second football game of the season Sept. 1 against the University of Houston. Head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Roe Wilkins and Emmanuel Esukpa are quoted; Anthony Ekpe is pictured; and Shawn Stankavage, Jackson Tyner and Shea Baker are mentioned. Former player Trey Martin is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 29 print edition with a different headline, “Owls warn Cougars not to expect a patsy.”)
UH keeping a lid on depth chart before season opener
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Major Applewhite eschews depth chart before UH opener
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Breaking down Week 1 of the 2018 college football schedule
‘Channel 12 News at 6’
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

The Houston-Rice rivalry is one with many wrinkles
An article about the history of the crosstown rivalry between Rice and the University of Houston details the several ways, including football, in which these schools may compete. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

UH obligations will keep James Casey from 
Rice celebration
Former Rice football player and current University of Houston football assistant coach James Casey is featured and pictured. The article also mentions that Rice will recognize the 2008 football team that won the Texas Bowl during the first quarter of the game between Rice and the Cougars Sept. 1. Former Rice football player Trevor Cobb ’93, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, will also be honored.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Muschamp, Gamecocks look for improved defense
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned. (This article also appeared in 40 other media outlets.)
Safety a surprise on depth chart for South Carolina Gamecocks
Independent Mail

Will Texas’s run of quarterback uncertainty stop with Sam Ehlinger?
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated (This article also appeared in MSN Sports and PressFrom.)

Metro-Ford fuels soccer dreams
An article mentions that Jones College freshman Ziyana Samanani plays soccer at Rice.
The Tri-City News (Editor’s note: A correction on Samanani’s name has been requested.)

Tech set for first away match of season against Abilene Christian
Rice’s volleyball team is mentioned.
The Daily Toreador
UND volleyball encouraged with growth
WDAZ Online

Top draft pick Baker Mayfield a familiar sight for one Lion
Rice is mentioned.

Lose at home and win on the road? It’s not common in UT history
Rice is mentioned.
KVUE Online


Oil-producing countries have options to coexist with climate action, says Baker Institute expert
Oil-producing countries are adopting a variety of strategies to shield their industries from climate action, seeking not just to survive but to recast their businesses in ways that provide competitive advantages, according to a working paper by an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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