Dateline Rice for Sept. 5, 2018


Former Republican Sen. Kyl to replace McCain, bolstering conservatives
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 former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who will replace the late John McCain in the Senate. Jones is also quoted in the Business Journal about Texas’ proposed high-speed rail project that would connect Houston and Dallas.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo! News and more than 30 other media outlets.)
California, Texas riding different tracks on high-speed rail
The Business Journal

Drowning in dirty water, Permian seeks $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.
MSN (This Bloomberg article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Security Council nomination would narrow Western Hemisphere policy
Christopher Sabatini, nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the possible impact of the Trump administration’s expected appointment of former lobbyist Mauricio Claver-Carone as Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere on the National Security Council.


Why is Texas suing to strike down Obamacare? [opinion]
Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the prevalence of litigation in Texas and federal politics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Real estate startups flock to Houston with aims of low fees, quick offers
Jefferson Duarte, the Gerald D. Hines Associate Professor of Real Estate Finance and director of Real Estate Initiatives at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about a potential disruption to the real estate industry by startups.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Harvey-caused pollution likely worse
An article from the Houston Chronicle exploring the amount of unpermitted pollutants released by industrial facilities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey quotes Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Friendswood Journal, Pearland Journal and Bay Area Citizen.)

City manager appoints task force for human remains
An article mentions that Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel will serve on a task force established to make recommendations on the interment and reburial of human remains believed to be artifacts from Texas’ defunct convict-leasing system. The remains were discovered at a construction site in Fort Bend County.
Houston Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun (Subscription is required.)

Republican voter registration challenge has several of Houston’s homeless shelters on it
An article mentions that recent voter registration challenges by Harris County also targeted college dorms, including those at Rice.
Houston Press

Houston’s essential 25 restaurants
Alumnus Greg Gatlin ’03 is featured for his restaurant, Gatlin’s BBQ.

Board-certified family practice physician
Alumna Yetunde Sokunbi ’08 is featured and pictured.
ATX Woman

14 Pews presents Death and Dying in the United States: ‘Dead Man Walking’
An article mentions that the nonprofit 14 Pews and Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, held a screening of “Dead Man Walking” Sept. 4 as part of the monthly film series Death and Dying in the United States.
CultureMap Houston

Top things to do this week: Sept. 3-9, 2018 
A roundup of Houston-area events mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will host a fall preview Sept. 5 with free mini-lectures and workshop overviews by Rice faculty.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Top things for kids this week: Sept. 3-9, 2018 
A roundup of Houston-area events for kids mentions that Thee Phantom and The Illharmonic Orchestra will perform their “hip-hop orchestra” Sept. 8 at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Happenings Sept. 2018
An article mentions artist Janice Tauro’s exhibit “Houston in Ink” depicted several scenes from Rice’s campus. An image of three illustrations is included.
Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes (Scroll down to “Pen-&-ink sketches of Houston sites on display at George Memorial Library starting Sept. 17.”)


Polls show TX Dems might have a chance
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article about Democrats’ chances in the November midterm elections. Stein is also interviewed by KUT about the effects of recent challenges to voter registration.
KTRH Online
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)

Getting ready for college application season
A television broadcast and accompanying article mention that Rice accepts the Common Application for high school students seeking admission.
KXAN Online


The 50 best colleges in America, ranked
Rice is No. 12 in the nation according to rankings based on academic, admissions and student life data collected from the U.S. Department of Education as well as alumni reviews.
Business Insider India (This article also appeared in Insider.)

Grant aims students toward next-gen bioelectronics
An article mentions that a team of cross-discipline collaborators at Rice have received a $3 million National Science Foundation research traineeship grant to start a graduate-level bioelectronics program. Jonathan Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology graduate program; and Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences, are quoted. Rice faculty members mentioned include Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence; George Bennett, a professor of biosciences; Sibani Lisa Biswal, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Behnaam Aazhang, a professor of electrical and computer engineering; Caleb Kemere, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Caroline Masiello, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.

Ultracold atoms used to verify 1963 prediction about 1D electronics
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. Randy Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics, is quoted.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in, TuniseSoir News, Science Daily, Udaipur Kiran, Space Daily, New Electronics and I-Connect007.)

Scientists probe molecular limits of plasmonics
An article mentions that researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics are probing the physical limits of excited electronic states called plasmons by studying them in organic molecules with fewer than 50 atoms. 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, postdoctoral researcher Luca Bursi and graduate student Kyle Chapkin are quoted. Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering, professor of materials science and nano engineering, is mentioned.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in and R&D.)

Genetics and 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.
Bioengineer (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Aramco’s zombie IPO laid to rest, but Sabic deal intrigues
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article 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.
Mees (Subscription is required.)

Critics of Nord Stream 2 worry pipeline will increase Europe’s reliance on Russian gas
Russia has disrupted oil and gas supplies to Europe to “gain leverage over (its) neighbors and advance its strategic priorities,” according to Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The Washington Diplomat

A year after Harvey, crowd-built online Houston Flood Museum launches
Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing and co-creator of the Houston Flood Museum, a digital archive that seeks to process and memorialize the experience of flooding through stories and art, is quoted.
Nonprofit Quarterly

Petro and oil reserves supporting it perhaps don’t exist, report shows
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. (This article also appeared in KDAL610, ACN and Invertia.)


Linda McNeil: Labor Day, get politically active and hug a teacher
Linda McNeil, professor of education and co-director of Rice’s Center for Education, is quoted.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog

Bun B shares new song ‘Myself’ featuring Run the Jewels
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured and pictured.

College of Charleston professor’s research shows potential effects of lemur extinction
Alumna Onja Razafindratsima ’13 is featured and pictured.
College of Charleston News

Couple engineers happy work-life blend
Alumna Lindsay Hanna ’05 is featured and pictured.
Hartford Courant

Pizza, beer help foreign students orient to new schools
An article and video feature new Rice international graduate students Arina Zaytseva, Victoria Graja, Konstantin Georgiev, Takudzwa Tapfuma and Santiago Lopez Alvarez. The article cites 2016 census data from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Public Policy that determined that Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in the U.S., and it mentions that almost a quarter of Rice students are from abroad.
Boston Star (This article also appeared in Insurance News, Chicago Chronicle and South-South News.)

The US flag IS in Ryan Gosling’s Neil Armstrong film, say critics who’ve actually seen the movie
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
East Bay Times (This article also appeared in The Mercury News.)

University of Delaware team aims to commercialize structural health monitoring systems
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Civil and Structural Engineer

9 protein myths you should stop believing 
An article about protein consumption for athletes cites researcher from Rice.
Eat This, Not That! (Scroll down to “7. Increasing protein increases muscle mass.”)


Rice will see the sights in Hawaii but focus is on game
Several articles and broadcasts feature or mention Rice football ahead of the Owls’ third game Sept. 8 against the University of Hawaii. Head coach Mike Bloomgreen appears on a television broadcast from KPRC.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Sept. 5 print edition with a different headline, “Preparation more than the game.”)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston) 
Hawaii game 3: 1st look at Rice Owls
Rice versus Hawaii: 3 things to look for, prediction
Mountain West Connection
Ferd Lewis: Rice hoping its brains and brawn will matter
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Rainbow Warriors continue homestand against Rice on Saturday
University of Hawaii Athletics
McDonald’s 6 TD passes help Hawaii beat Navy 59-41
Express Digest
‘Hawaii News Now at 10’
KHNL-TV (Honolulu)

Grier leads No. 17 West Virginia over Tennessee with Heisman-worthy performance
A slideshow of the “Best of College Football” pictures Rice player Aaron Cephus and mentions Rice’s season-opening victory over Prairie View A&M University. Rice’s win over the Panthers is also mentioned in three other articles.
From Press  (Scroll down to “Breaking the pass.”)
FCS college football program upset an FBS team last night
The Spun
UC Davis defeats San Jose State for first FCS over FBS upset of the season
The Comeback
HBCU football kicks in full drive this weekend
The Shadow League

What if teams battled over each other’s land? The College Football Empires Map after Week 1
An article about the College Football Empires Map, which imagines that wins and losses from college football teams results in the acquisition or concession of land, mentions Rice.
SB Nation

It’s not ‘Armageddon,’ but Texas still stuck in its losing ways under Tom Herman
Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

UAB’s Carlile, Rice’s Morgan named C-USA offensive, defensive POW
An article featuring and picturing Rice volleyball player Grace Morgan mentions that she earned Defensive Player of the Week at the Adidas Invitational I competition.

Texas State’s Daigle, DeWalt sweep Sun Belt accolades
An article mentions that Rice volleyball played Texas State Sept. 4 at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse.

Texas State soccer faces Islanders and Panthers on the road
An article about Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s soccer team mentions that it recently lost to Rice.
Corridor News

Baseball: Aggies to open 2019 SEC play verus Vandy, UK
An article featuring Texas A&M’s baseball schedule mentions that the Aggies will play an exhibition game against Rice Oct. 26.

Honoree Linda Tucker and Mammography Assistance Program to be celebrated at 22nd annual Moonlight on the Bay gala
Former Rice women’s head basketball coach Linda Tucker is featured and pictured.
Stone County Enterprise

Nicholls’ Rebowe proud of team’s upset win over Kansas
Rice is mentioned.
Houma Courier (This article also appeared in the Daily Comet.)

The UNLV Rebels welcome the UTEP Miners to Sam Boyd Stadium
Rice is mentioned.
Best College Sports News Network

How OL Calvin Anderson went from Rice to Texas
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

South Carolina ready to debut fast-paced offense in opener
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is mentioned.
The Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in 40 other media outlets.)

From coach to collector
An article about an Astros bobblehead collector mentions former Rice baseball player Kyle Chapman and former head coach Wayne Graham.
The Buzz Magazines

The other Bevos
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s football team played Rice Oct. 26, 1935.


Rice U. lab probes molecular limit of plasmonics
Rice researchers are probing the physical limits of excited electronic states called plasmons by studying them in organic molecules with fewer than 50 atoms. Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics has pioneered a growing list of plasmonic technologies for applications as diverse as color-changing glass, molecular sensing, cancer diagnosis and treatment, optoelectronics, solar energy collection and photocatalysis.

About Stefan De La Garza

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