Dateline Rice for Sept. 10, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


This Houston university tops list of highest starting salaries for Texas
Several articles about university rankings feature Rice. A video from KTRK features the Rice campus, and the accompanying article mentions that the financial website SmartAsset ranked Rice No. 1 in Texas based on graduates with the highest initial earning potential and No. 1 in Texas among “best value colleges and universities” based on tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary; the article also mentions that Rice students receive an average of $36,192 in scholarships and grants. KHOU, Houston Business Journal and the Texas Tribune mention Rice is ranked No. 16 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook. The Eagle mentions that Rice is No. 13 in the nation according to Money magazine. An article from Vanderbilt News mentions that Rice was ranked No. 14 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 rankings.
KTRK Online
See how Texas’ top colleges stack up nationwide on US News & World Report’s 2019 rankings
Houston Business Journal 
UT-Austin, A&M, SMU rise; Rice and Baylor slip in US News rankings

Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in KHOU Online, The Eagle, WFAA and KERA News.)
Texas A&M ranks highly on several recent lists of top universities
The Eagle
Vanderbilt 14th in 2019 US News rankings; named one of nation’s best values
Vanderbilt University News
‘Good Day at 9 a.m.’
KDFW-TV (Dallas)
‘KVUE News Daybreak’
KVUE-TV (Austin)
KUT-FM (Austin)


These drones can detect gas leaks
A National Science Foundation grant for $1.5 million has been awarded to Rice researchers to develop Project ASTRO, which is a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect, track and model airborne hazards. Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo and Baker College junior Patrick Han are featured on a KHOU-TV segment.
Rice University researchers develop drones that detect chemical in the air
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KEYE-Austin and KLFY-Lafayette.)

Roundup: Oil prices record weekly loss again amid surprise build of oil products inventories
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possible global impact to the oil and gas industry if the U.S. levies sanctions against Iran.


Democrat Kulkarni leans into Fort Bend’s diversity in long-shot bid for Congress
An article cites research from Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that Fort Bend County has nearly equal shares of Asian, Hispanic, black and white residents.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How many police forces do we need?
A recent study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined Harris County could save millions of dollars a year by consolidating overlapping law enforcement agencies and sharing technological resources is discussed on a new episode of “Houston Matters” and is mentioned 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 quoted.
Off the Kuff

Artist owner’s collaborative nature permeates high-concept Transart Foundation building
Troy Schaum, associate professor of architecture and the designer of the Transart Foundation building near Houston’s Menil Collection, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Awash in dirty water, Permian seeks plan
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Bloomberg article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Business calendar
A roundup of Houston-area events mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
will host a talk Sept. 11 titled “The Future of the Internet — A Conversation with Google’s Vint Cerf.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Carthage sculptor’s latest work honors Astrodome developer
An article mentions that Roy Hofheinz studied at Rice.
Panola Watchman


Houston Newsmakers for Sept. 9: Election season heating up
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, appears on a television broadcast discussing midterm elections, and he is interviewed on Texas Public Radio and quoted in The Politicus about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. Jones is also interviewed by Texas Public Radio and quoted by the Texas Monitor about the likelihood of Texas’ next House speaker being more conservative than current speaker Joe Straus. Jones is quoted in WOAI about Mexican cartels’ human smuggling, and he is also quoted in the Weatherford Democrat about the “political minefield” of ending the Affordable Care Act’s provision protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Impact of pop culture moments on Ted Cruz-Beto O’Rourke Texas Senate race
Texas Public Radio
TX-Sen: NYT, ‘Top Trump adviser says Ted Cruz (R) could lose Texas Senate race’
The Politicus (This article also appeared in Daily Kos.)
Race for Texas House Speaker beginning to shape up
Texas Public Radio
Darby may draw extra fire as speaker candidate most likely to keep the Straus coalition together
The Texas Monitor
Flood of Africans trying to enter Texas shows reach of Mexican cartels
Obamacare challenge becomes a Texas campaign issue
Weatherford Democrat (This article also appeared in the Jacksonville Progress and the Corsicana Daily Sun.)

CNN Newsroom — Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul
History Professor Douglas Brinkley appears in two television broadcast discussing presidential politics, and he is cited in a radio broadcast.
‘Bloomberg Daybreak: Americas’
‘Rush Limbaugh Show’
KFBK-AM (Sacramento, Calif.) (This segment aired on 557 affiliate stations.)

‘KHOU 11 News Saturday Morning’
A television broadcast mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Arnold Foundation awards $6.6 million to Rice University Policy Lab
An article about the Laura and John Arnold Foundation mentions they donated $6.6 million to Rice to establish and house the Texas Policy Lab, which will bring academics and policymakers together to solve real-world problems facing Texans.
Philanthropy News Digest

Study: Genetic profile influences asthmatic response to pollution
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on a study with researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions that determined asthma patients with a specific genetic profile exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution. Co-author Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, is quoted.
MD Magazine

Searching for alien life on weird worlds
An article about expanding the search for alien life to include distant, non-Earthlike planets quotes and cites research from Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.
The Daily Galaxy

Gender balance: Moving from awareness to action
An article mentions that Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, spoke at the INSEAD Gender Initiative’s Women at Work conference. An interview with Hebl is also included.

Science: Four 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 the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article detailing the need for voter protections ahead of the November midterms elections.

Bun B is back rattling trunks with ‘Return of the Trill’
Two articles feature rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Rolling Out
Bun B talks getting back into album mode and what ‘Astroworld’ did for Houston

Ronnie Milsap is putting the finishing touches on ‘The Duets’
An article mentions that singer Ronnie Milsap was offered a scholarship to attend Rice.
Country Music Tattle Tale

A Texas-sized tragedy
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 from Texas’ defunct convict-leasing system. The remains were discovered at a construction site in Fort Bend County.
Black Press USA

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 producers.
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

ECCB 2018: The 17th European Conference on Computational Biology
An article mentions José Nelson Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is a keynote speaker at the 17th European Conference on Computational Biology in Athens, Greece.
Oxford Academic

China’s command innovation
Alumnus John Mauldin ’72 authored a blog post and mentions the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics.
Gold Seek


The most badass buildings in America you’ve probably never heard of
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured and pictured.
The Thrillist

Untold stories of national awardees — Facey urges preservation of Ja’s unique qualities
Alumnus Stephen Facey ’75 is featured and pictured.
Jamaica Gleaner

Alberto Gonzales will speak at Reedley College’s Constitution Week
Alumnus Alberto Gonzalez ’79, former U.S. attorney general, is featured.

Space companies make US-Japan education a central mission
An article mentions that Dow supports the Tomodachi-STEM @ Rice University Program, which sends 10 female Japanese university STEM students to a five-week research program at Rice.
Japan Today

Editorial: Gigs and garlands
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Ledger (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Former NASA astronaut & author to speak in Brevard
Mike Massimo, former adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Rice, is featured and pictured in an article about the patience and perseverance needed to become an astronaut.

8 OPPD candidates disagree on how fast district should move toward renewables
Alumnus Eric Williams ’05 is featured and pictured.
Omaha World-Herald (Subscription is required.)

Giving shape to emptiness: The liminal forms of Yasuaki Onishi
Yasuaki Onishi’s “reverse of volume RG” art installation, which was exhibited at the former Rice Gallery, is pictured.
Arizona Daily Sun

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.
New Delhi Times


Owls extra points: Hawaii 43, Rice 29
Several articles and television broadcasts mention Rice football’s 43-29 loss to the University of Hawaii Sept. 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Cole McDonald carries Hawaii past Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article appeared in more than 10 media outlets.)
Here is the latest Texas sports news from The Associated Press
KZTV Online
Hawaii football team earns votes in two national polls
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
3 things we learned from Conference USA in Week 2
SB Nation
Ranked teams on road and Bryce bounce back
West Hawaii Today
The week that was: Week 2
SB Nation
‘Hawaii News Now at 10’
KHNL (Honolulu) (This segment also appeared on KGMB-Honolulu.)
‘KHON 2 News at 10’
KHON-TV (Honolulu)
FOX Sports Radio 620 (Portland, Ore.)
‘KITV 4 News at 10’
KITV-TV (Honolulu)

Houston trounces Arizona in Kevin Sumlin’s homecoming
Several articles mention the Rice football team’s loss to the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Promising season in the offing for UH

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
How Rice’s 2018 opponents fared in Week 2

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Cougars football stock report: Week 2

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texas college football rankings: UH seeks another statement win
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Georgia laid waste to maybe its biggest SEC East competition, and 9 other teams
SB Nation

Changing places: Summers showcases his versatility once again
Rice is mentioned.

No. 15 Baylor upsets No. 3 Wisconsin
An article about the Baylor Classic volleyball tournament mentions that Rice defeated the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and highlights players Nicole Lennon and Shelby Livingstone. Volleyball Magazine mentions that Rice lost to Baylor.
VolleyMob (Similar article appeared in KXXV Online and FOX44 Online.)
NCAA roundup: Oregon, Baylor beaten, BYU wins again, Minnesota plays Stanford
Volleyball Magazine
Memphis tops Ragin’ Cajuns soccer at Rice Tournament
An article mentions that the Rice Tournament was held at Holloway Field. Top Drawer Soccer mentions that the Owls defeated Tulsa University 2-0 and highlights players Annie Walker, Lianne Mananquil, Marissa Topolski and Dominique Mazero.
KATC Online (A similar article also appeared in the University of Memphis News.)
Tulsa drops 2-0 decision at Rice
Top Drawer Soccer (A similar article also appeared in Tulsa World.)

Week 2 CFP implications: Few upsets, so things stand pat
Rice is mentioned.
The Comeback

The 75 best players in NJ HS football for 2018
An article mentions that Zach Hoban plans to play football at Rice.

The sky’s the limit for New Canaan football in 2018
An article mentions that Garrett Braden plans to play football at Rice.
New Canaan Advertiser

Texas colleges with the most expensive football teams
An article exploring the revenue of college football programs in Texas mentions that Rice is ranked No. 9 in the state.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Baker Institute expert: Addressing child stunting in Pakistan is critical
Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, must be commended for his pledges to reduce child stunting and improve maternal health in the country, according to a global health and human development policy expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Stunting is impaired growth and development caused by poor nutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation.

City planning in Philadelphia balances history, development
City planners are often faced with the difficult task of deciding which buildings stay and which ones go, a clash between development and days of yore. However, new research from Kevin Loughran, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Rice School of Social Sciences’ Department of Sociology, suggests growth and preservation can go hand in hand in Philadelphia. Loughran focused on the development of Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park, which he said presented an ideal case for examining the tension between history and growth in urban redevelopment.

Rice ranks among top 20 national universities for third consecutive decade
Rice ranks among the top 20 national universities in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook, retaining its position as the highest ranked university in Texas. In the latest edition of the college guide published today, Rice ranks No. 16 — the highest in Texas — among more than 300 national universities that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s and doctoral degrees and that place a strong emphasis on research. Rice has remained in the top 20 since first appearing on the list in 1988.

About Stefan De La Garza

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