Dateline Rice for Aug. 30, 2018


Parasitic vines that feed on parasitic wasps that feed on trees
An article features Rice’s research into the twisted relationship between the love vine and the gall wasp, which is “the first time that a parasitic plant feeding on a parasitic insect feeding on a host plant has been reported,” according to Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)


Special Report: In Venezuela, new cryptocurrency is nowhere to be found
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 the seeming absence of the “petro,” a digital currency purportedly launched by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in February.
Reuters (Subscription is required. This article appeared in 25 other media outlets.)

The new lobbying: Qatar targeted 250 Trump ‘influencers’ to change US policy
An article about the success of Qatar’s unconventional lobbying efforts to influence Trump administration policy decisions quotes Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)


‘Disposal nightmare’: In Permian Basin, every barrel of oil means 4 barrels of toxic water
Because four barrels of contaminated water is produced for every barrel of oil in Texas’ Permian Basin, disposal and management is a top priority for oil and gas companies looking to operate in the area. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Rice tops the list of hardest colleges to get into in Texas
A television broadcast and two articles about university rankings feature Rice. Fox 29 Online and Business Insider mention that Rice has a 15 percent acceptance rate, according to Education Dive cites Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings, which ranks Rice No. 77 in the U.S. based on a formula that considers contributions to social mobility, research and public service.
Fox 29 Online
The hardest college to get into in every state
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider Nederland, Ghana Nation, and
Washington Monthly releases 2018 best college guide 
Education Dive

Beto’s drawing big crowds in small towns. But what’s his plan for rural Texas?
U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, will have to convince rural constituents to vote for him in order to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November’s midterm elections, according to 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.
Texas Observer

Stop disparaging professors. They work for a better America. [opinion]
An article about academic freedom in higher education mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 30 print edition with a different headline, “Stop disparaging professors — they improve society.”)

5 finds: Affordable art from students, an eco-friendly nail salon, and more
A new book by alumnus Jay Baker ’80, titled “Making Things: Jay Baker Architecture,” is featured.
Texas Monthly (Scroll down to “A Houston architect’s retrospective.”)

High school students REAP the benefits of summer apprenticeship program offered by Texas Tech University 
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Tech Today


Making Houston’s reservoirs stronger after Hurricane Harvey
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 on an episode of “Here and Now” about the need for Houston to complete repairs to its dams, and he is interviewed by KUT about a recent ordinance passed by the Houston City Council that toughens development standards in flood plains.
WBUR (This segment aired on 553 affiliate radio stations, and it originally aired on Houston Public Media and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)

‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is mentioned.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired on 556 affiliate radio stations.)


How the mattress store conquered America 
An article about the prevalence of brick-and-mortar mattress stores, despite the growing number of internet-based mattress sellers, quotes Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Oil-producing countries have options to coexist with climate action, says expert
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, titled “Climate Strategy for Producer Countries: The Case of Saudi Arabia,” which was presented at the Aug. 2 Gulf Research Meeting at the University of Cambridge.

‘Sound Bites’: Brenton Ryan 
Alumnus Brenton Ryan ’11 is featured and pictured.
Opera News

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.
Power Systems Designs

Physicists show first proof of Dicke cooperativity in a matter-matter system 
Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Xinwei Li are quoted in an article about their discovery of the first example of Dicke cooperativity in a matter-matter system.
Space Daily

Clean label takeaways 
Johnny Curet, director of campus dining at Rice, is quoted in an article about transparency in the food industry.
FoodService Director

Preparing for your career path
Diane Butler, Associate Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Scholarly Technologies at Rice, is featured in a video discussing strategies for career advancement.
Educause Review

An NLP tip to help your communication with co-workers
A blog cites a study published by Rice titled “Communicating as a Manager.”
PsychCentral Blog

What the ‘health care consumerism’ movement means for marketers
An article about trends among health care consumers cites research from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Serial entrepreneur applies lessons learned after Hurricane Harvey and creates high-performance workwear for women 
Many working tradeswomen are tired of the “pink it and shrink it” approach to performance apparel, according to alumna Jane Henry ’18, who launched a clothing company that makes work clothes for women called SeeHerWork.
Material Handling Network

ASHRAE announces 2018-2019 student scholarship recipients 
An article mentions that Martel College senior Victoria Joshi received the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Region VIII Scholarship.

Rice University uses both lamp and laser projectors throughout campus, thanks to Hitachi’s OneVision Program 
An article about Rice’s participation in Hitachi’s OneVision program, which facilitates technology integration in higher education, quotes Terry Graham, manager of learning spaces at Rice.
Lighting & Sound America


5 ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life 
An article about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) mentions that Rice uses them to develop high-quality online learning materials, which allow educators to test different teaching methods and materials.
The Conversation

Fay Jones School welcomes several faculty and staff members this fall 
An article featuring alumna Jessica Colangelo ’08 mentions that she will join the faculty at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.
University of Arkansas News

Classical music concert in Castine 
An article mentions that the Formosa Quartet has performed at Rice.
Ellsworth American

Breaking down surf culture clichés 
An article mentions that academics from Rice attended Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning conference on surfing culture July 5.
Cardiff University News


American Athletic Conference power rankings: Week 1
Several articles mention that Rice’s football team will play the University of Houston Sept. 1. The Houston Chronicle mentions that the game is just one of two in the nation between Football Bowl Subdivision schools from the same city. Houston Press and articles mention head coach Mike Bloomgren.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “3. Houston.”)
College football, Week 1: This weekend’s best bets
Houston Press
Week 1: Starts and sits (Scroll down to “Houston WR Courtney Lark vs. Rice.”)
Ed Oliver lets loose at UH’s Cage Rage
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Cougars gain votes in AP and coaches’ poll 
The Daily Cougar
Every college football game this weekend
This week’s college football TV schedule: What will you be watching? 
The Ledger

Random thoughts from around the country: College football is back! 

Rice’s season-opening victory over Prairie View A&M University is mentioned in several articles.
SB Nation (Scroll down to “Week 0.”)
2018 Conference USA projections: Florida Atlantic faces tough road to repeating as league champions this fall
Palm Beach Post
PVAMU coach Dooley prepared for great things
North Carolina Central versus Prairie View A&M — Sept. 2, 2018 college football pick, odds, and prediction
Sports Chat Place
ICYMI — The Little League World Series champions: Hawaii 
SB Nation (Scroll down to “College.”)

5 games to watch in Week 1 of high school football
Rice assistant football coach Drew Svoboda is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH, Rice among top 10 wealthiest college football programs in Texas
An article exploring the revenue of college football programs in Texas mentions that Rice is ranked No. 9 in the state.
Houston Business Journal

Tate Martell could be Urban Meyer’s 2018 version of 2006 Tim Tebow 
Former Rice head football coach Jess Neely is quoted.
Waiting For Next Year

NCAA 1-130 Re-Rank: Clemson is No. 1 ahead of Alabama entering season
An article ranking NCAA football teams mentions that Rice is ranked No. 124.
MSN Sports (This USA Today article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Loaded Lions open season ranked 6th in Class 3A Division I 
Rice’s football team is mentioned.

Houston provided building blocks, then everybody joined in at JMU 
Former Rice head football coach Fred Goldsmith is quoted.
Daily News-Record
Houston has ‘zero reservations’ if JMU moves to FBS 
The Winchester Star

Attention! LSU football announces it will host Army at Tiger Stadium in 2023 
An article featuring the future schedule of the Louisiana State University football team mentions that the Tigers will play Rice in 2020 and 2024.
Branford Seven (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Houston media’s high school football poll: Week 1
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

From ACC to Mountain West, ‘quick’ previews for every football conference 
Rice is mentioned.
The Columbus Telegram (Scroll down to “Conference USA.”)

Not just any Ole opener: Rebs get Tech juices flowing 
Former Rice football player Preston Gordon is mentioned.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


Rice’s Correa, Hassanzadeh named Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellows
Rice’s Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, and Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, have received 2018 Early-Career Research Fellowships from the Gulf Research Program, which supports emerging scientific leaders to test research ideas, pursue unique collaborations and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in improving not only offshore energy system safety, but also the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems.

Rice U. physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider results
Rice particle physicist Paul Padley, one of the scientific team leaders at the Large Hadron Collider’s Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, is available to discuss the latest findings about the Higgs boson. The European Organization for Nuclear Research announced today two research groups have each submitted scientific publications reporting definitive evidence of Higgs particles decaying into bottom quarks.

$6.6 million grant from Arnold Foundation to fund Texas Policy Lab at Rice U.
Rice’s School of Social Sciences will launch an effort this fall to work side by side with Texas’ officeholders and state agencies to solve some of the state’s most pressing problems. The Texas Policy Lab, which is supported by a $6.6 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, will use cutting-edge research and analysis to offer measurable solutions for policymakers.

About Stefan De La Garza

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