Dateline Rice for Sept. 17, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Push to execute Saudi clerics rattles kingdom’s power structure
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Saudi Arabian authorities seeking the death penalty for three prominent clerics.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in The Australian.)

Global warming could help end racism by blurring skin-color differences: Professor
An article explores an NBC News op-ed by Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, which suggested that a warming climate may alter humans’ bodies and “cause a noticeable shift in our appearance.”
Washington Times (This article also appeared in College Fix, The Siver Post,, Conservative Angle,, Express Digest and Infosurhoy.)

Free college for all will power our 21st-century economy and empower our democracy
An op-ed about tuition-free educaton mentions Rice.
Brookings Institution

Ancient burial pits reveal sophisticated rituals
An article about the discovery of a burial ground over 5,300 years old in modern-day Kenya quotes Susan McIntosh, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology.
Seattle Times


24 Texas schools land on US News and World Report’s ‘Best National Universities’ ranking
An article and radio broadcast mention U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guidebook, which ranked Rice No. 1 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation. A second article from the Austin American-Statesman mentions that in 2014 Rice was ranked No. 19 nationally by U.S. News and No. 32 by Forbes; it also mentions 2018 college rankings from the Washington Times that included Rice. An article from ArchDaily mentions that Rice’s undergraduate architecture program in the “Design Theory and Practice” category is ranked No. 4 in the U.S. by DesignIntelligence.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required. A similar article appeared in Davis Enterprise, Ellis County Press and the Prosper Press.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin)
PolitiFact: Texas colleges are a long way from dominating the top 10
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
A definitive list of the best US architecture schools 2019

GPS system highly vulnerable, with no backups, says Paul Hobby
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 about the need for a backup GPS system. Wallach is also quoted in Bleeping Computer about a software patch that undermines the authenticity of the data stored in India’s Aadhaar identity database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 15 print edition with a different headline, “Hobby says GPS vulnerable to attack.”) 
Illegal patch allows easier access to India’s Aadhaar biometric database 

Internet architect ponders creation’s future 
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 Sept. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke agree to 3 debates
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 several articles and a radio broadcast about the tightening U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz. Jones is also quoted in two articles about the possible injection of funds into Venezuela’s economy by China.
Dallas Observer
For O’Rourke, coattails a question
Weatherford Democrat (Cleburne Times-Review, the Huntsville Item and the Jacksonville Progress.)
It’s been a good couple of weeks for Beto O’Rouke
Dallas Observer
Does Willie Nelson have the political coattails to put Beto over the top in his campaign?
NewsRadio KLBJ
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) 
Los intereses que están en juego durante la ‘desesperada’ visita de Maduro a China (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Maduro tiene mucho para perder si no consigue en Pekín los recursos necesarios para apuntalar la economía
Noticias Venezuela

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, who participated in a panel discussion following the release of the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute’s Consumer Survey.
TMC News (This article was featured in the Sept. 17 edition of the TMC Today newsletter and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Arts watch: 2 local arts organizations announce concert schedules
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is featured and pictured.
The Eagle (This article also appeared in Katy News.)

Hurricane Harvey exposed the gap between people who could afford to rebuild — and everyone else 
An article cites Rice research that determined that natural disasters often widen the economic gap between those who have the resources to rebuild and those who don’t.
Victoria Advocate (A similar article also appeared in The Leam.)

Drowning in dirty water, Permian seeks $22 billion lifelineWater 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.
Longview News-Journal

Women can shape Houston’s history through space travel, politics and moreAn article about Houston History Alliance events related to influential women mentions that Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will present “Graphic Witness: Making Sense of the #MeToo Movement, a Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health and Well-Being” Oct. 23 at Rice’s Fondren Library.
Houston Press


’13 Eyewitness News at 5 a.m.’
Senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri, who debuted a full lineup of plant-based lunch meats, cheeses and barbecue brisket, is featured in a television broadcast and quoted in VegNews.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
Texas University debuts vegan meat and cheese charcuterie

Houston music highlight — Brinton Averil Smith revives and records long-lost cello concerto
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, who released an album titled “Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto and Transcriptions for Cello and Piano” in June, is featured and pictured.
Houston Public Media

KTRH-AM (Houston)
“Tech Minute” mentions that Rice and other agencies are creating an innovation district in Houston. (This segment aired on 30 affiliate stations.)

‘FOX 26 News Special: What’s Your Point?’
A study from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is cited in a radio broadcast.
KFBK-AM (Sacramento, Calif.) (This segment aired on 557 affiliate stations.)


OxyContin no longer covered by some insurers
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about a recent move by private insurers to fight opioid addiction by denying coverage of OxyContin.
The Fix

What recipes produce a habitable planet?
An article mentions that NASA’s interdisciplinary Nexus for Exoplanet System Science project has awarded Rice $7.7 million for a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research program aimed at finding the different recipes nature might follow to produce rocky planets capable of supporting life. Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted. Mentioned are Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science; Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; Christopher Johns-Krull, professor of physics and astronomy; and David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in

Extreme flooding can up exposure to pathogens
An article mentions that postdoctoral research associate Pingfeng Yu and colleagues at Rice determined that floodwater and the sediment left behind following Hurricane Harvey contained dangerous pathogens.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in

Safety, not fashion, is main driver behind new women’s gear in oil and gas
Many working tradeswomen are tired of the “pink it and shrink it” approach to performance apparel, according to alumna Jane Henry ’18, who launched a clothing company that makes work clothes for women called SeeHerWork.

Why most restaurant tech sucks
Alumnus Bill Jones ’73 authored an article about technology used by restaurants.
Fast Casual

Camera uses algorithms instead of lenses
Rice research on lensless cameras is mentioned.

Launching the cybersecurity moonshot
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in three articles.
Mullane: Apple’s latest iPhone and the limits of tech to inspire imagination
The Intelligencer (This article also appeared in the Burlington County Times and the Bucks County Courier Times.)
Chris Sale has been great, but here’s why he shouldn’t win the Cy Young and other afterthoughts
Boston Globe (Subscription is required.)

How programming will change over the next 10 years: 5 predictions
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed Bayou, a software program that helps developers navigate code.

Chinese growth spurt
Alumnus John Mauldin ’72 authored a blog post and mentions the Rice Initiative for the Study of Economics.
Gold Seek (This article also appeared in


Richard Lin wins gold medal at the 2018 Indianapolis violin competition
Alumnus Luke Hsu ’12 won the bronze medal at the 10th Quadrennial International Violin Competition.
Indianapolis Star

Weekly planner for Sept. 17-21
A roundup of events mentions that Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, will speak on the geology of Mars Sept. 19 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Siebach is also 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.
Durango Herald
NASA’s efforts to contact Opportunity rover ramp up as Martian dust storm clears
Sebastian Gogola’s Interests (A similar article also appeared in Canada Live News.

The Washington Post’s slander on hurricanes and climate change
A blog post cites research from Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative.
Watts Up With That?

CLC students save more than $850,000 using free textbooks; college announces Illinois Community College OER summit
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in Grayslake Patch and Vernon Hills Online.)

Indoor greenhouses take the work out of growing plants
Alumni Harrison Lin ’18 and Jack Kaplan ’18 are quoted in an article about the automated indoor greenhouse they co-created while at Rice.
Wisconsin Gazette

‘Surfing Beyond the California Beach Babe Cliché’ screening, exhibit and talk
An article mentions that Krista Comer, professor of English, who authored the book “Surfer Girls in the New World Order,” will speak at “Surfing Beyond the California Beach Babe Cliché” Sept. 19 in San Clemente, Calif.
OC Weekly

Impressionism in music opens St. James concert season
An article mentions that alumnus Joseph Kingma ’11 will perform Oct. 2 in Alexandria, La.
Cenla Focus

Tyrimas: Moterims, ieškant darbo, rekomendaciniai laiškai gali net pakenkti
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.
Verslo žinios


Texas college football rankings: Meet the new No. 1
Two articles and a television broadcast mention that Rice’s next football game will be Sept. 22 against the University of Southern Mississippi.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) (Scroll down to “8. Rice.”)
Best in Texas poll (Week 3): TCU and Texas A&M battle for top spot; North Texas continues to rise
Dallas Morning News
‘WLBT Saturday 10 p.m. News’
WLBT-TV (Jackson, Miss.)

Clemson stays at No. 2 in Coaches Poll         
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.

Austin Peay State University volleyball falls in four sets to Rice
An article featuring Austin Peay State University’s volleyball teams mentions that the Governors lost to Rice at the Rice Adidas Invitational.
Clarksville Online

Livestream PPV: CFL — BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes, Sept. 14
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned.
American Football International

Soccer ends first conference match in draw
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio’s soccer team mentions that the Roadrunners will play Rice Sept. 23.
UTSA Athletics

‘The Morning Briefing’: Sept. 16, 2018
A University of Alabama sports roundup mentions that the Crimson Tide men’s tennis team played Rice Sept. 16.
College Sports Maven

Ask the expert: Houston
Rice’s football team is mentioned.
SB Nation

Game time
A 1988 football game between Notre Dame and Rice is mentioned.
Albany Times Union (Scroll down to “1989.”)

MLB Baseball
Rice is mentioned.

A real football stadium: Razorbacks’ tradition of playing in Little Rock started some 70 years ago with construction of War Memorial
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas football team defeated Rice in 1946.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Big 12 rankings: Does the conference rank No. 2?
Rice’s football team is mentioned.


What recipes produce a habitable planet?
NASA’s interdisciplinary Nexus for Exoplanet System Science project has awarded Rice $7.7 million for a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional research program aimed at finding many different recipes nature might follow to produce rocky planets capable of supporting life.

Baker Institute experts: Satellite data must crack ‘Great Wall of secrecy’ around China’s internal oil flows
A “Great Wall of secrecy” surrounds a crucial aspect of China’s internal oil industry, according to a new report by experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Comprehensive, high-frequency, reliable and publicly available data on China’s domestic oil flows and inventory movements are essentially inaccessible, they conclude. The experts propose creating a forum to more systematically collect and analyze satellite data capable of shedding more light on the inner workings of China’s oil sector.

Jennifer Rabb named director of Baker Institute’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth
Jennifer Rabb, former tax policy adviser in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, has been named director and fellow of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Former Chevron Energía de México head joins Center for Energy Studies
Benigna Cortés Leiss, former general director of Chevron Energía de México, has been named a nonresident fellow in Latin American energy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, the institute announced today. Leiss held numerous leadership positions during her 20-plus years with Chevron and its predecessor companies prior to her retirement in 2017.

Rice University nanophotonics pioneer honored for colloid research 
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded Rice nanoscientist Naomi Halas the 2019 ACS Award in Colloid Chemistry. The award, which has been given annually since 1952, includes a $5,000 prize and certificate to recognize and encourage outstanding scientific contributions to colloid research. Halas will receive the award at the society’s 257th ACS National Meeting in Orlando in April.

Rice expert available to discuss discrimination in Houston’s housing market
Racial stereotypes coupled with institutional rules can exacerbate discrimination in the housing market, according to new research from Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, a scholar at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Korver-Glenn is available to discuss the research with members of the media. “Although it may appear that society has changed a great deal since the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the reality is very different,” Korver-Glenn said.

About Stefan De La Garza

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