Dateline Rice for Sept. 14, 2018


NASA’s efforts to contact Opportunity rover ramp up as Martian dust storm clears
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice, is quoted in an article about NASA’s recent efforts to contact the nearly 15-year-old Opportunity rover, which has been silent since June 10.

Winning a major music competition doesn’t guarantee a career
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Toronto Star (This article also appeared in Newscaf and


Young people don’t vote. Houstonians are going to change that. [opinion]
Duncan College senior Meredith McCain and Hanszen College senior Sonia Torres co-authored an op-ed exploring reasons why 18- to 24-year-olds have the lowest voter registration and turnout rates of all age groups. The article also mentions that Rice will host the Houston Youth Voters Conference, where attendees can listen to speakers, discuss policy issues and register to vote.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 14 print edition with a different headline, “Conference formed to improve low civic engagement.”)

Vint Cerf, who built the internet’s foundation, looks forward at his creation
An article features Vint Cerf, considered the “father of the internet,” who spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about how the internet is still a “work in progress.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Were there heroes at the Alamo? Texas schoolchildren can figure it out for themselves
Alumnus James Crisp ’68 authored an op-ed that examines how the term “heroic” can be used on both sides of the conflict at the Alamo amid an ongoing battle over the possible removal of the term from teaching materials.
Dallas Morning News

TMC Health Policy Institute surveys hot-button health care issues 
An article mentions that Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participated in a panel discussion following the release of the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute’s Consumer Survey.
TMC News

‘Calendar of events’ — Sept. 15
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 “Neutralizing Our Individual Carbon Footprints” Sept. 14 at a Houston Federation of Garden Clubs meeting.
The Leader

Short story contest finalist: ‘Repeater’
An article about a short story contest finalist mentions that “Repeater” was inspired by an installation of the same name by David Scanavino, which was displayed at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts in 2017.
Texas Observer

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’ film screening
An article mentions that Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies will screen “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” Sept. 17 at the BioScience Research Collaborative Auditorium as part of the Frank and Cindy Liu Distinguished Visitor Series.
Asia Society Texas

Outside the megaplex
A roundup of Houston-area movie events mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Dirt Rich,” a documentary that explores strategies to re-stabilize atmospheric carbon levels and revitalize the soil in an effort to reverse the effects of global warming.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Young Houston toques battle in ‘Top Chef Junior’
Eric Martinez, a young contestant from Spring, Texas, on “Top Chef Junior,” says he hopes to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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 interviewed by KRLD about the announcement that Willie Nelson will headline a rally in Austin for U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, as he seeks to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz in November. Jones is quoted in an article from the Palestine Herald-Press about the difference in down-ballot support between Democrats and Republicans in Texas elections. (This segment also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore.)
For O’Rourke, coattails are a question
Palestine Herald-Press


Top architecture schools of 2019
Rice’s undergraduate architecture program is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. by DesignIntelligence, while the graduate program is ranked No. 7. The programs were Nos. 6 and 16, respectively, in last year’s rankings. The article also mentions that Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is listed among the Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture.
Architectural Record (A similar article also appeared in Drury University News.)

PRI leader calls on institutional investors to take climate change action
An article mentions that Allison Thacker ’96, president of the Rice Management Co. and chief investment officer, vice president for investments and treasurer of Rice University,
is a finalist for one of Chief Investment Office’s Innovation Awards.
Chief Investment Office

Spring break with Hurricane Harvey relief
Lydia Musher, lecturer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Celebrate International Programmer’s Day with languages
An article cites Rice researchers who developed Bayou, a software program that helps developers navigate code.
Edgy Labs (This article also appeared in Blogarama.)

New studies find few costs, many benefits to carbon tax
An article mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy contributed to a study for the Carbon Tax Research Initiative, which analyzed three levels of taxation and determined that a carbon tax would have negligible negative economic costs and numerous positive environmental and economic benefits.
71 Republic

Hydrogel keeps teeth alive after root canals
A novel application to prevent the loss of dental pulp by using an angiogenic hydrogel, which was first developed at Rice by former postdoctoral researcher Vivek Kumar, is featured.
Dentistry Today

Drones for good: A UAV swarm that can ‘sniff’ toxic gasses in disaster zones
An article features Rice’s Project ASTRO, which was awarded a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant 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.
We Talk UAV News

Letters of recommendation may actually hurt female applicants’ job prospects
An article cites research from co-author Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, that determined letters of recommendation written for women are more likely to contain words or phrases that raise doubts about job or education qualifications than letters written for men.
Study Finds


Will global warming spell the end of racial differences?
An article authored by Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, about how a warming climate will likely alter the internal workings of human’s bodies and “cause a noticeable shift in our appearance” is featured.
Daily Mail

TiE Grad aims to develop entrepreneurial mindset
An article about an entrepreneurship program in Hyderabad, India, mentions that the top two teams will enter the business plan competition at Rice.
Telangana Today

Trump drives some international MBA seekers to Canada
Rice is mentioned.
The Globe and Mail

Things to do in Denver this weekend, Sept. 14-16
A roundup of Denver-area events mentions that Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, will discuss his book, “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts,” which was published in July.
Denverite (Scroll down to “For your brain.”)

As Hurricane Florence bears down on NC, a reminder: Harvey spread disease
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, whose research determined that floodwater from Hurricane Harvey and the sediment left behind weeks after the water receded carried indications of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, is quoted.
Red, Green and Blue

Club 24 members experience ‘Dining in the Dark’ at the Lighthouse
Alumna Sandhya Rao ’91 is featured and pictured.
Indo American News

Award-winning composer leads fall classical music festival
Alumnus Tomasz Golka ’97 is featured and Kenneth Goldsmith, chamber music coach at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and the late Sergiu Luca, formerly professor of violin at the Shepherd School, are mentioned.
Mountain News

Weniger Frauen im Vorstand führen zu mehr Umweltverstössen
An article mentions Rice research that determined that women are more environmentally aware and less vulnerable to corruption than men.
Money Cab (An English translation is not available.)


Running backs powering 
Rice‘s new offense
An article featuring Rice football mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren and assistant coach Drew Svoboda and quotes players Nahshon Ellerbe, Emmanuel Esukpa and Austin Walter. Esukpa ranks second in the nation in rushing yards, and Walter is first in the nation in all-purpose yards.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s Ed Oliver Jr., a star who will literally ride in on a horse to save the day
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.
The Washington Post

‘Houston Football Central’
Rice football’s game against the University of Houston in Week 1 is mentioned in a television broadcast.
AT&T SportsNet Southwest

Bearkats 2018-19 tennis schedule released
An article about Sam Houston State University’s tennis schedule mentions that the Bearkats will compete at the Rice Invitational Sept. 21 and face the Owls again in late January.
Huntsville Item (This article also appeared in KBTX Online.)

Jack Park: TCU twice ruined perfect seasons for the Buckeyes
An article about the history of Ohio State University’s football team against opponents from Texas mentions that the Buckeyes have twice defeated Rice.
Buckeye Extra

Texas State notebook: Bobcats volleyball bounces back with UTSA sweep
An article about Texas State University’s volleyball team mentions it recently defeated Rice.
Austin American-Statesman

Lions rookie Godber starts payback versus Als
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured and pictured in TSN and mentioned in
Game preview | Lions at Alouettes

HCHSA Insider: Houston ‘the place to be’ for 2021 Women’s Final Four
An article mentions that if Houston wins the bid to host the 2021 NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament, Rice and other area universities will likely be involved.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Men’s tennis opens fall slate in Midland
The Rice Invitational tennis competition is mentioned.
UTSA Athletics

Volleyball opens home slate this weekend
A roundup of collegiate volleyball news mentions that Northwestern State University lost to Rice. The UTSA Athletics article mentions that Baylor University defeated the Owls. (Scroll down to “Previewing Northwestern State.”)
Volleyball hosts UTSA Invitational with Baylor, Va. Tech
UTSA Athletics

Fake email circulates regarding free LSU, Ole Miss tickets
An article about Louisiana State University’s football schedule mentions that the Tigers will play Rice Nov. 12.
Ticket News

Red Raiders set for upcoming season
An article about Texas Tech University’s tennis schedule mentions that the Red Raiders will compete against Rice in the Blue Gray Tennis Classic Feb. 21 in Montgomery, Ala.
The Daily Toreador


Rice U. expert available to discuss safe hurricane evacuations, returns
As Hurricane Florence approaches the Eastern Seaboard, Rice urban politics expert Robert Stein is available to discuss safe evacuations and returns before and after hurricanes hit, which he said is an often-overlooked aspect of the response to severe weather events such as hurricanes Harvey and Florence.

Urban scholar to discuss investment in innovation at Sept. 26 Rice event
As Rice works to transform the historic Midtown Sears building and its surrounding area into a bustling innovation district, author and researcher Elizabeth Currid-Halkett will discuss the importance of cities investing in innovation for a competitive advantage at a Sept. 26 event hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Rice U. kitchens introduce plant-based meats and cheeses for student meals
Senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri debuted a full lineup of plant-based lunch meats, cheeses, even plant-based barbecue brisket or Italian sausage with peppers and onions, which is the first of its kind in the nation for on-campus dining.

About Stefan De La Garza

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