Dateline Rice for Sept. 7, 2018


One group wants to fight overpriced drugs by making drugs of its own
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is interviewed about the possible positive impact Civica Rx, a nonprofit generic drug company, may have on hospitals.
Marketplace (This “Marketplace Morning Report” segment aired on more than 450 affiliate stations.)


Climate change could affect human evolution. Here’s how.
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, authored an article about how a warming climate will likely alter the internal workings of human’s bodies and “cause a noticeable shift in our appearance.”
NBC News

4 ways to defend democracy and protect every voter’s ballot
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article detailing the need for voter protections ahead of the November midterms elections.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Saudi Arabia touts its crude oil CO2 edge
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how Saudi Arabia’s oil production has the lowest carbon emissions per barrel among major petro-producers.
Generate Axios

Ultracold atoms confirm 55-year-old physics theory 
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.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Photonics Online, Knowridge Science Report and

Ageless hydra specimens invaluable in characterizing neural circuitry in animal kingdom
A video by Rice researchers, who conducted the first comprehensive characterization of relationships between neural activity and muscle movements that drive the freshwater Hydra vulgaris, is featured as “Today’s Video” on the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter. A related article mentions that researchers from Rice and the University of California, Davis have won a $1.5 million grant from the NSF’s Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools program to fund the development of genomic and robotic tools that make it easier to research hydrae and increase the number of researchers using the hydra as a model system. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
National Science Foundation
Genomic, robotic tools could broaden hydra’s appeal as model organism 
Laboratory Equipment

Scholars describe ‘incalculable loss’ as museum in Brazil goes up in flames
An article about a fire that destroyed the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, which housed nearly 20 million artifacts, quotes Alida Metcalf, the Harris Masterson Jr. Professor of History. Metcalf co-authored a book titled “The Return of Hans Staden: A Go-Between in the Atlantic World,” which describes a number of items from the museum.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Applications drop at MBA programs
An article about the decline in MBA program applications around the nation mentions Rice.
Inside Higher Ed

South Asian feminist group in Texas examines identity issues 
An article about grappling with dual South Asian and American cultural identities in Texas mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which notes that Houston is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States with the Asian population growing the fastest.
Voice of America (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

‘If anyone can MAGA, it is NASA’: How ‘First Man’s’ flag ‘snub’ made space political again
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Guardian (This article also appeared in and


A look back at Harvey villains, people who took advantage of a struggling city
An article featuring a slideshow of the impact of Hurricane Harvey also includes a television broadcast of 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, who discusses how Houston changed in the year after Harvey. Jones is also quoted in the Cleburne Times-Review about the “political minefield” of ending the Affordable Care Act’s provision of protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions for Texas policymakers, and he is interviewed on KLBJ about political stance of the next lieutenant governor. Jones is quoted in a Click2Houston roundup of political contests around Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News)
Obamacare challenge becomes campaign issue 
Cleburne Times-Review (This article also appeared in Gainesville Daily Register and The Huntsville Item.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin)
Houston Newsmakers for Sept. 9: Election season heating up 

DNA testing eyed at forgotten Sugar Land cemetery 
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 (Subscription is required.)

Gardening events in the Houston area 

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, will speak on the topic of “Neutralizing Our Individual Carbon Footprints” Sept. 14 at The First Christian Church.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and The Leader.)

Hispanic student enrollment likely to dip
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about the lower-than-expected enrollment of Hispanic students in Houston schools.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Cuellar: Mexico wary of new deal
An article about the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement quotes 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

How did Harvey’s floods affect health
An article about the potential long-term health effects of Hurricane Harvey cites a Rice study led by Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, that determined that the stagnant water inside some flooded homes carried indications of antibiotic-resistant bacteria up to 250 times higher than even the floodwater outside, and the same markers for the bacteria were found in the sediment left behind weeks after the water receded. The article also highlights the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund that is collecting and maintaining information from those affected by the storm, including health effects. This article is also cited in a roundup of health news from Kaiser Health News.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
KHN Morning Briefing
Kaiser Health News

About that story on South Africa farmers
Kerry Ward, associate professor of history, authored an op-ed about the impact of President Donald Trump directing foreign policy via tweets.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Growing ridesharing app brings $64 million to Houston in its first year
An article mentions that Lyft Gulf Coast ridesharing has a partnership with Rice.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Former Sanford man joins Richmond Symphony as principal trumpet 
Alumnus Sam Huss ’18 is featured and pictured, and Barbara Butler, professor of trumpet and director of the Artist Diploma Program, is mentioned.
Midland Daily News

Meet Beth Jones, director of public works for the City of Tomball 
An article featuring Beth Jones mentions that she attended Rice.
Community Impact Newspaper


‘Anderson Cooper 360’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley appears a television broadcast discussing the turmoil surrounding the Trump administration following the publication of an anonymous op-ed in The New York Times by a senior White House official.
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about pay raises for firefighters in Houston.

Full show: Law enforcement consolidation and liberating concentration camps (Sept. 7, 2018) 
A recent study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that Harris County could save millions of dollars a year by consolidating overlapping law enforcement agencies and sharing technological resources between, is discussed on a new episode of “Houston Matters” and appears in Houston Public Media’s roundup of news stories of the day. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the impact of this study on KTRH.
Houston Public Media
Search continues for man who fled court, Arkema asks for pause on lawsuits, Southwest passengers possibly exposed to measles, and more
Houston Public Media
KTRH-AM (Houston)

‘Great Day Houston’
The Illharmonic Orchestra, which will perform their “hip-hop orchestra” Sept. 8 at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured in a television broadcast and the Houston Chronicle’s roundup of Houston-area music events.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
‘Go List’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Future of Mexican bid rounds in question as policy takes shape 
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 three articles about likely changes to Mexico’s oil and gas industry when Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office in December.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)
Review of contracts signals tough stance 
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)
Policy and technical expert in running for top Pemex E&P role 
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)

Amlo landslide brings energy reform uncertainty
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in two articles about likely changes to Mexico’s oil and gas industry when Mexican President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office in December.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)
Mixed views on Amlo’s energy appointments 
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)

Michael Haack named president, COO of Eagle Materials 

Alumnus Michael Haack ’04 is featured and pictured.
Aggregates Manager


Ana Miljacki: Scholar of designers and dreamers 
Alumnus Ana Miljacki ’99 is featured and pictured.
MIT News

Letters to the editor for Sept. 6, 2018 
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited in a letter to the editor.
Ocala (Scroll down to “State religion?”)

Ramesh Bhutada: Seeking higher goals through business skills 
Alumnus Rishi Bhutada ’12 is featured and pictured.
Indo American News

MIT study proves humans can see hidden ‘ghost images’ 
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted in an article about research on how the brain visualizes the world.
Big Think


Versatile Jack Fox represents mindset of Rice’s special teams
An article featuring Rice football player Jack Fox also quotes assistant coach Pete Lembo, and mentions players George Nyakwol, Austin Trammell, JaQuez Battley, Treshawn Chamberlain, Prudy Calderon and Haden Tobola. This article and several others mention that that Rice will play their third game of the season against the University of Hawaii Sept. 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
On TV/Radio: CBS’ Jim Nantz says Texans/Patriots opener a cut above the usual 
Houston Chronicle 
(Subscription is required.)
College football picks: Week 2 predictions for every game
Bleacher Report

Cougars football stock report: Week 2
Rice football’s loss to the University of Houston in Week 2 is mentioned. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Arizona Wildcats vs. Houston Cougars prediction and preview 
Athlon Sports & Life
Arizona vs. Houston Q&A: Experts break down the Cougars 
SB Nation 
College football preview: UH vs. Arizona

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Early look at 2 Heisman hopefuls
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Prairie View riding high heading into Sam Houston State 
Two articles mention Rice’s season-opening victory over Prairie View A&M University
HBCU Gameday
Prairie View A&M’s quick start proves too much for N.C. Central in MEAC/SWAC Challenge

Herman wants Texas to play smart, not angry 
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News 
Texas Football: Would a Jalen Hurts grad transfer be good for the Longhorns? 
Herman preaching calm as inferno rages.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Sooners to play I-AA opponents in back-to-back years 
An article mentions that Rice will play Oklahoma State in 2021.

Texas State secures win over Rice in five-set thriller 
Two articles about Texas State volleyball mention that the Bobcats defeated Rice 3-2.
San Marcos Daily Record
Wildcats ready for showdown at No. 6 Texas 
Lex18 Online (Scroll down to “Scouting Texas State.”)

Evans close to healthy return 
Former Rice basketball player Marcus Evans is featured and pictured, and former head coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned.
The Commonwealth Times

Women’s soccer continues strong start 
An article mentions that the University of Memphis soccer team will play Rice Sept. 7., and a second article mentions that the Owls recently lost against Texas A&M.
Daily Helmsman
Texas State Bobcats take on No. 18 Longhorns Friday night
Corridor News

(15) Baylor volleyball ready for home stand 

An article about Baylor University’s volleyball team mentions that they will play Rice Sept. 8.
KXXV Online

Tailgate wedding combines love of UTSA Football, marital bliss 
An article about that the University of Texas San Antonio football team played Rice in 2015.
UTSA Today

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.