Dateline Rice for Sept. 4, 2018


Beto O’Rourke’s path to victory runs along the border
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 an article about how U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, will need to motivate Hispanic and millennial voters in order to have a chance at unseating incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in November. Jones is also quoted in the Dallas Morning News about how Gov. Greg Abbott’s re-election media campaign may help Republicans seeking office throughout Texas in November.
The Huffington Post
Greg Abbott airs ads worth nearly $3M — to beat Lupe Valdez and build up IOUs among Republicans
Dallas Morning News

The ‘petro’ probably doesn’t exist, nor the oil reserves backing it: Report
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.
Yahoo! Finance New Zealand (This article originally appeared in CCN.)
Petro, la criptomoneda de Venezuela que no se encuentra en ninguna parte
Reuters España (This article also appeared in El País.)


US-Canada talks break down ahead of Trump’s NAFTA deadline, leaving Texas trade ties hanging in the balance
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 quoted in an article about how Texas will be affected if the Trump administration’s renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement falls through.
Dallas Morning News

A big bonanza, but a tough sell
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article by the San Antonio Express-News about the challenges facing Israel’s endeavor to attract energy partners from Houston, and he is quoted in Haaretz about the postponement of the initial public offering of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, the proceeds from which were to be used to implement the nation’s plan to diversify its economy beyond oil.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Shelved Saudi Aramco IPO strikes heart of Crown Prince MBS’ planned reforms

Residential projects give Houston building permits a boost in July
An article about building permits in Houston mentions and includes a rendering of Rice’s new Music and Performing Arts Center, which will be connected by a plaza to Alice Pratt Brown Hall at the Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Sept. 1 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Building permits jump in city.”)

Commentary: State of Nonprofits opens discussion on engagement
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, who gave the keynote address at the first State of the Nonprofits, is quoted and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Telegram and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Texas Southern University joining state cancer fight with $5M research grant
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possible expansion of clinical trials in the Texas Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 2 print edition with a different headline, “TSU joins cancer fight.”)

Houston’s most surreal, unique places to explore
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Jade Simmons brings motivation and music to Bender
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 is featured and pictured and Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
The Tribune

Saturday letters: Passports, sticky wicket, Hurricane Harvey
A letter to the editor mentions flood experts at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 1 print edition with a different headline, “Letters.”)

George Strait heartbroken over death of longtime drummer
A slideshow mentions that George Strait played at Rice Stadium in 1998.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


‘CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is interviewed in a television broadcast about the funeral service for the late John McCain.

Ahead of midterm elections, Harris County Democrats and Republicans spar over voter registration challenges 
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about how Harris County mistakenly suspended almost 2,000 voters.
Houston Public Media

‘Capital Tonight’
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, discusses the future of Houston.
Spectrum News Austin

‘TWC News All Morning’
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, discusses flood mitigation strategies for Houston.
Spectrum News Austin

‘This Week in Texas’
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about a Kinder Institute study titled “Rethinking Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Funding in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey.”
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired on 130 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Full show: ‘What a Way to Make a Living’ 
Rice is mentioned.
Innovation Hub (This Public Radio International segment aired on over 850 affiliate stations. Comments begin at 23:00.)

‘The Ric Edelman Show’
A radio broadcast mentions Rice’s research into etching biodegradable graphene circuits into substances such as bread and cloth.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired on 48 affiliate radio stations.)

Sharon Isbin: Troubadour
The late alumnus Neil Isbin ’73 is mentioned.
KCWC-TV (Cheyenne, Wyo.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice is mentioned.


Top architecture schools of 2019
Rice’s undergraduate architecture program is ranked No. 2 in the nation by DesignIntelligence, while the graduate program is ranked No. 7. The programs were Nos. 6 and 16, respectively, in the 2018 rankings.
Architectural Record

A fatigued fight: Brad Evans and Natasha Lennard’s ‘Violence: Humans in Dark Times’
Cary Wolfe, the Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, director of 3CT: Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, and a contributor to a book of collected essays titled “Violence: Humans in Dark Times,” is cited.
Los Angeles Review of Books

Check out these exhibits this weekend before they close for the fall
An article mentions that Ballroom Marfa’s “Hyperobjects” installation is co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Genetics, pollution drive severity of asthma symptoms
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on a study with researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions that determined that asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution.
Laboratory Equipment (This article also appeared in Medical Xpress, Science Daily and Tdnews.)

Qatar crisis creating new Gulf: Experts
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the political strain placed on the Gulf Cooperation Council by Saudi Arabia’s recent break in diplomatic relations with Canada.
MTL News

Texas takes steps to protect refineries from hurricanes, flooding
An article mentions that Rice submitted a plan to prevent storm surges from entering Galveston Bay.
Kallanish Energy


India’s ‘missing’ women: 52% women live with less than US $3.10/day, but it’s 1 man out of 3, says US research
A new study by Rosella Calvi, assistant professor of economics, which determined that “female and male poverty rates (in India) widens dramatically at post-reproductive ages.”
Counterview (This article also appeared in the National Herald.)

SRM University staff attends international meet in Italy
An article mentions that President David Leebron attended the “Architecting the Future Global University” conference in Italy.
The Hans India (This article also appeared in the Deccan Chronicle.)

President surprises staff with opening of faculty-staff lounge.
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Orange County Register (Scroll down to “Textbook program reported to save students money.”)

Hollywood just cut the flag out of the moon landing. Here’s why that matters.
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Daily Wire (A similar article also appeared in The Western Journal.)
KABC-TV (Los Angeles) (This segment also aired on News 106.7-Atlanta.)
WLS-AM (Chicago)


Rice gains confidence from strong start versus Houston
Numerous articles and broadcasts feature or mention Rice football’s Sept. 1 loss to crosstown rivals the University of Houston. The Owls posted a loss with a score of 45-27.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Owls extra points: Houston 45, Rice 27

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Cougars extra points: Houston 45, Rice 27
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
UH turns it on in second half to put away Rice in Bayou Bucket

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
D’Eriq King gives UH another strong voice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
First look at UH depth chart
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Ed Oliver Watch: Heisman campaign begins

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Marquez Stevenson glad to contribute at UH

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texas college football rankings: TCU at No. 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Heisman watch: Ed Oliver up; Khalil Tate down

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
UH’s Ed Oliver named AAC co-defensive player of week

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.) 
Stats of the day: Astros through 137 and more

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
UH loses linebacker Darrion Owens for 2-6 weeks
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
A look at how Rice’s 2018 opponents fared this weekend
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
CBS Sports Network
‘KGNS News at 10’ 
KGNS-TV (Laredo, Texas)
‘Jake Asman Show’
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas) (This SB Nation Radio segment aired on more than 10 affiliate radio stations.)

‘In Depth with Graham Bensinger’
A broadcast mentions that Rice will play the University of Hawaii Sept. 8. Rice football player Shawn Stankavage is also mentioned.
KGMB-TV (Honolulu)

‘KHOU 11 News’
Former Rice football player and current University of Houston football assistant coach James Casey is interviewed.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

Fans at the UH-Rice Bayou Bucket rivalry game
An article featuring the fans of Rice football pictures students Madison Nasteff and Serena Agrawal in the first image and Babs Ogunbanwo and Alberto Thome in the fourth.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Chron’s girls ‘Athlete of the Week’: Nia McCardell, Ridge Point
An article featuring Nia McCardell mentions that she plans to play soccer at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Breaking down the Texans’ 2018 roster
Former Rice football player and current Houston Texans player Christian Covington is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Game Preview: Texas Longhorns at Maryland Terrapins
Rice is mentioned.

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman is sidestepping all questions about Tim Beck for good reason
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
Who to watch on Texas

The gift of grab: Austin’s loaded with best WR class in Centex history
Rice football player Brandt Peterson and former players Grant Peterson, Andy Erickson, Trevor Gillette, Donte Moore and Kylen Granson are mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

Texas State versus Rutgers preview
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

Alumni notebook: TWHS grad, former Conroe assistant coach hired at Rice University
An article mentions that Justine Charbonnet joined the staff of head track and field coach Jim Bevan. The article also mentions Rice volleyball player Carly Graham (scroll down to “Volleyball.”)
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Grant aims students toward next-gen bioelectronics
A team of cross-discipline collaborators at Rice has received a $3 million National Science Foundation research traineeship grant to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program. Bioelectronics is a developing field that promises to revolutionize interactions between living and electronic systems. In their pitch to NSF, the Rice researchers noted bioelectronics “will transform fundamental science, industry, medicine and our way of life by yielding new technologies.”

Ultracold atoms used to verify 1963 prediction about 1D electrons
Rice atomic physicists have verified a key prediction from a 55-year-old theory about one-dimensional electronics that is increasingly relevant thanks to Silicon Valley’s inexorable quest for miniaturization. With IBM and others committed to incorporating one-dimensional carbon nanotubes into integrated circuits, chip designs will increasingly need to account for 1D effects that arise from electrons being fermions, antisocial particles that are unwilling to share space.

About Stefan De La Garza

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