Dateline Rice for Sept. 18, 2018


Rice University announces free tuition for low- and middle-income students
Numerous articles and broadcasts quote President David Leebron and feature The Rice Investment, a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000.
Rice University says middle-class students won’t have to pay tuition
NPR (This article appeared in more than 700 other media outlets.)
Rice University to offer full tuition scholarships for middle-class undergrads
The Hill
Rice University announces free tuition for middle income undergraduate students
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Sept. 18 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Rice announces free tuition plan for some.”)
Rice University unveils program to cover tuition for undergrads with family incomes up to $130,000
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
Rice University to give free tuition to middle-class undergraduates
Houston Public Media
Rice University offers free tuition scholarships under new financial aid plan
CultureMap Houston
Rice University offers full scholarships for families with incomes under $130,000
KVUE Online (Similar articles also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Rice to offer free tuition scholarships to students under new financial aid plan
ABC 13 Online
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Midday’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘FOX 26 News at 8 a.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
18 schools that meet full financial need with no loans
U.S. News & World Report
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Similar segments aired on WBAL-Baltimore, KOA-Denver and News/Talk 570-Syracuse.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
KSAT-TV (San Antonio)
KHOU-TV (Houston)
WDBO-FM (Orlando)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)


The typical starting salaries for graduates of the 30 best colleges, ranked
A slideshow from MSN featuring GOBankingRates’ list of highest starting salaries for graduates ranks Rice No. 11 in the nation. An article from the Houston Chronicle about Texas universities’ standing on U.S. News and World Report’s new Best Colleges guidebook mentions that Rice is ranked No. 16 in the nation.
MSN (This article also appeared in Business Insider, Business Insider India, Insider, Ghana Nation,, CEOWorld Magazine and Pulse.)
UH moves up, Texas Tech down: How Texas colleges did on the latest national ranking
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in, the San Antonio Express-News and the Laredo Morning Times.)


College leaders promote political involvement among those 18-24.
An article mentions that Hanszen College senior Sonia Torres, McMurtry College junior Carolyn Daly and Duncan College senior Meredith McCain co-organized the Houston Youth Voters Conference held at Rice. The article mentions that Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, gave a talk titled “Houston Voting Trends.” Quoted are alumna Norma Torres Mendoza ’13 and Sid Richardson College junior Nick Jerge. President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is also mentioned.
Houston Patch

Astronaut Shannon Walker gives advice on how to become a space explorer and sheds some light on the future of women in space
An article mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is collaborating with the Houston Museum of Natural Science to offer a course titled Women in Space that will highlight women who have played pivotal roles in the U.S. space program.
Beyond Bones


Baystate business: Merrimack Valley gas explosions (radio)
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about gas explosions and fires in Massachusetts.
Bloomberg Radio (Comments begin at 48:42.)

Tony Castilleja, Boeing Human SpaceFlight Systems
Alumnus Tony Castilleja ’09 is featured in a television broadcast celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.


Many rewards cardholders still use cash instead of cards, poll finds
Psychological research suggests people feel more “pain” when paying with cash versus credit card, according to Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

One step closer to entering your medicine cabinet
An article mentions that Juha Siitonen will become a Wiess Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the lab of László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry.
Nutraceutical Business Review

Rocky road: Nanocars roll, hop and skid across surfaces
An article mentions that James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, collaborated with researchers from North Carolina State University to “drive” a nanocar, which rolled distances up to 16 times its body length. An image in a Markets Insider article is credited to Tour.
NC State College of Education
Elon Musk is building a spaceship that’s so ambitious that some experts are calling it ‘science fiction.’ Here’s what SpaceX and its engineers are up against.
Markets Insider (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Science: What recipes produce a habitable planet? [report]
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 Sciences; 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.

After 30 years in tech, IU field biologist gets back to nature
An article mentions that research in the Lilly-Dickey Woods near Nashville, Tenn., will be conducted by scholars from Rice and the University of New Mexico.
Indiana Ag Connection

The fracking industry’s water nightmare
An article about the water resource challenges facing the fracking industry in Texas’ Permian Basin cites Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, who recently gave a presentation at the recent Produced Water Society Permian Basin 2018 event.
DeSmog (This article also appeared in Nation of Change.)

Men are talking over women on earnings calls
An article cites Rice research that found men speak twice as much at academic conferences than women.
Moneyish (This article also appeared in the New York Post.)


Making sense of Syria’s murky death toll
An article mentions graduate student Beidi Chen and Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, collaborated with researchers from Duke University to develop a method to estimate with 95 percent accuracy the number of identified victims killed in the Syrian civil war.
Duke Today

Saudi hackathon seeks high-tech fixes to hajj calamities
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Saudi Arabia’s first-ever hackathon, a software-coding festival aimed at creating apps to prevent deadly disasters during the hajj, the world’s largest pilgrimage.
Glenwood Guardian

Virginia climate crisis forum: Featuring Senate candidates Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart
An article mentions that Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-organized the Houston Climate Forum. (This article also appeared in the Daily Kos.)

Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and Technology for All are developing drones to detect, track and model VOCs 
Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo is quoted in an article about the development of a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect airborne hazards.
Adafruit Blog

Top 50 American speeches and declarations for our home-school listening
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Semicolon Blog

What is the most random fact you know?
An article mentions that the late Howard Hughes attended Rice.
Mix 95.7 FM Online

Students, faculty create Federalist Society chapter at the university
An article mentions that there is a chapter of the Federalist Society at Rice.
The Daily Princetonian

Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’
Alumnus William Black ’18 authored an op-ed.

Board committee approves architects for 2 projects at University Park 
An article mentions that architecture firm KieranTimberlake designed Rice’s Brockman Hall for Physics.
Penn State News

Lecture to highlight 14th Amendment 
An article mentions that alumnus Michael Benedict ’71 will present “The Transformative 14th Amendment: The Constitutional Amendment that Reshaped America” Sept. 20 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Delaware Gazette

Letters to the editor, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018
Alumna Janet Vasey ’70 authored a letter to the editor.
Naples Daily News


How Rice’s opponents fared this week
Several articles mention that the Rice football team will play the University of Southern Mississippi Sept. 22 and Wake Forest University Sept. 29. Players Shawn Stankavage, Aaron Cephus, Emmanuel Esukpa and Austin Trammell are mentioned in Sports Chat Place. Cephus is pictured in the second Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Southern Miss versus Rice — Sept. 22, 2018 college football pick, odds and prediction
Sports Chat Place
Quarterback competition back open at USM
UH safety Garrett Davis could return by end of season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
Conference USA power rankings: Week 3
SB Nation (Scroll down to “11. Rice.”)

Musial running away with awards at Rice University
An article featuring and picturing Rice men’s track and field athlete Clay Musial mentions that he was named Conference USA’s male athlete of the week and helped the Owls win the Norry Hersey Invitational. Musial was named to the 2017 All-C-USA second team.
Chicago Daily Herald

A new challenge for the Redhawks
An article featuring Seattle University athletics mentions that the men’s golf team will compete against Rice at the Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo.
Seattle University News

College football top 25 rankings for 2018
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Athlon Sports & Life

Recruits visit South Carolina during Georgia game
Rice is mentioned.
The Sumter Item

UH running back Terence Williams out 3-6 weeks
Former Rice football player J.T. Blasingame is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Rice University announces new program to dramatically expand scholarships for middle class
Rice has unveiled a new initiative to make higher education more affordable by dramatically expanding financial aid provided to students from low-income families to those with incomes up to $200,000. “Talent deserves opportunity,” Rice President David Leebron said. “We’ve built on our already generous financial aid to provide more support to lower-income and middle-class families and ensure that these students have access to the best in private higher education.”

OpenStax publishes new business textbook series
Rice-based publisher OpenStax announced today that it is publishing six new textbooks designed for introductory business courses. The courses covered are taught at most colleges and universities in the U.S. and enroll an estimated two million students each academic year – and nearly all of the courses for students earning an Associate of Arts degree in business will be covered by an OpenStax book. This is an important step toward creating an entire degree program with free course materials.

10 most promising companies named at Rice Alliance Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship announced the 10 most promising companies at the largest venture capital conference in the Southwest. Companies showcased their new offerings at the 16th annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum Sept. 13 in Houston, which attracted 650 attendees including investors, venture capitalists, industry representatives, business leaders, service providers and entrepreneurs.

Rice Kinder Institute to host Street Safety Summit Sept. 27
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and LINK Houston will host the first Street Safety Summit from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 to provide practical, relatable examples of how Houston can improve walkability and biking in the city.

About Stefan De La Garza

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