Dateline Rice for Sept. 20, 2018


Rice University offers free tuition
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 will offer free tuition to families earning less Than $130,000
Rice to discount tuition for students with family incomes up to $200K
Education Dive
The best, most affordable Texas colleges for middle class families
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Gallery: Best value colleges in Texas, according to Niche
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Here’s the average student debt at 8 Houston universities
Houston Business Journal
Rice University unveils free tuition program for middle-income students
Rice University unveils free tuition program for middle-income students
This university is offering free tuition for families that make less than $130K (This Simplemost article appeared in an additional 50 media outlets after it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Texas nuiversity offers full tuition to low- and middle-income students
WBAP Online (This CNN article also appeared in Freedom FM after it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Court Street made an appearance in a movie; President Nellis gave his State of the University address
The Post
‘High Impact Stories’: Sept. 18, 2018
Daily Kos
‘Fox 5 News at 10:00’
WAGA-TV (Atlanta)
‘ABC 57 News at 5:30 a.m.’
WBND-TV (South Bend, Ind.)
‘Good Morning Kentuckiana’
WHAS-TV (Louisville, Ky.)
‘KFOX Morning News’
KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas)
‘Good Morning Las Vegas’
KNTV-TV (Las Vegas)
Rice offers free tuition to students from low- and moderate-income families
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
‘Midday News’
WFAA-TV (Dallas)
‘ABC 7 Midday’
KVII-TV (Amarillo, Texas)
‘Fox 5 News at 12:30’
WAGA-TV (Atlanta)
’13 News at Noon’
WVEC-TV (Norfolk, Va.)
Thursday — Sept. 20, 2018
An alum asks: Just how generous is Rice’s new financial aid policy?
Texas Monthly
Universidad texana retoma la matrícula gratis para alumnos con pocos recursos
Hoy (An English translation is not available.)
Texas: Universidad texana retoma la matrícula gratis para alumnos con pocos recursos (An English translation is not available.)
Rice University de Texas ofrecerá matrícula gratis a estudiantes de bajos ingresos
La Opinión (An English translation is not available.)
Rice University de Texas ofrecerá matrícula gratis a estudiantes de bajos ingresos
El Diario (An English translation is not available.)
Universidad texana retoma la matrícula gratis para alumnos con pocos recursos
Alianza News (An English translation is not available.)


Humans are making hurricanes worse. Here’s how.
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, is quoted in an article about the effects of climate change.
New York Times (This article also appeared in WRAL and Las Vegas News.)

Amazon’s HR boss tells employees it’s ‘wrong’ to deface LGBT posters, months after first incidents
An article about diversity and discrimination quotes Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences.
CNBC (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance UK and Las Vegas News.)

10 ways to prevent the flu
Rice research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine is cited.

SpaceX is sending the ultra-wealthy to the moon, but that’s no cause for celebration
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


We can’t fight climate change without national leadership [opinion]
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about the need for legislative cooperation to curb global warming.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

 University technology, entrepreneurship group lists ‘most promising’ companies
An article mentions that the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship held its 16th annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The forum has raised more than $5.4 billion in funding in the past 16 years, according to Rice Alliance managing director Brad Burke.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Flores’ upset victory casts doubt on ‘blue wave’ for Texas Democrats
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 two articles and is interviewed by WOAI and KUIK about an unexpected victory by Republican Pete Flores in Texas’ Senate District 19 and the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz.
Austin American-Statesman (Similar articles also appeared in Red State, Before It’s News, Down With Tyranny, and FreeRepubic.)
Beto O’Rourke/Ted Cruz polls will tell you anything you want to hear
Dallas Observer
Does Flores’ surprise victory signal a ‘red wave’ in Texas?
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)

Math meets biology to uncover unexpected biorhythms
An article mentions that Athanasios Antoulas, professor of electrical and computer engineering, collaborated with the Baylor College of Medicine and discovered that some animal cells have robust 12-hour cycles of genetic activity in addition to circadian or 24-hour cycles.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This article also appeared in and Science Daily.)

Art galleries: Last chance to see Joris Laarman’s ‘Design in the Digital Age’
An arts roundup mentions that the site-specific, multi-part installation “Matthew Ritchie: The Demon in the Diagram” will open Sept. 21 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

A day in the life of a Gator Queen 
An article mentions that Tracy Ly, this year’s Texas Gatorfest Queen, hopes to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle


Houston’s potential to be a walkable city
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, appeared on “Houston Matters” to discuss how Houston can become a walkable city.
Houston Public Media
Houston Fire gets ballistics vests, Ivanka Trump at Johnson Space Center, new school mental health, bullying prevention program and more
Houston Public Media

European orbiter to monitor solar storms
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the effects of solar storms.

‘A View of the Earth’
Mike Massimino, former adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Rice, tells a story about his mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Moth Radio Hour (This segment aired on over 475 affiliate radio stations.)


Mexico should leave IEA, eye OPEC: Pemex adviser
Several articles cite Fluvio Ruiz Alarcon, who spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about the issues facing Mexico’s energy sector.
Argus Media
Mexico’s incoming president to tweak, not abandon energy reforms: Adviser (This article also appeared in Platts and Diesel Gasoil.)
Ruiz: Mexico contracts to be respected
Upstream (Subscription is required.)
AMLO adviser endorses Mexico E&P bid rounds, farm-outs under new administration
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)
Corruption still a concern in Mexico public, private sectors, study finds
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

Turkish education: Same old religious obsession, only worse
A study from Rice researchers about religious views held by scientists is cited.
Gatestone Institute (This article also appeared in IceViking, Zero Hedge, People’s Trust Toronto, Conservative Angle and Yerepouni Daily News.)

WNO presents Ryan Speedo Green in recital
Michael Heaston, professor of opera studies at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Broadway World

Cincinnati Symphony appoints violinists Stefani Collins Matsuo and Philip Marten to concertmaster roles
An article mentions that alumnus Philip Marten ’15 was appointed as the First Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Obituary: Robert Venturi, 1925–2018
An article mentions that the late Robert Venturi Jr., who died Sept. 17 at 93, formerly taught at Rice.
Architectural Record


‘Warning High CO2’: Navy Pier art installation heeds ‘climate crisis’
An article mentions that Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, was commissioned by artist Justin Brice Guariglia to provide text for the art installation “We Are the Asteroid II” at Chicago’s Navy Pier Park.
Chicago Tonight

SBU to host Michael Clark piano recital
Graduate student Michael Clark will perform at the Southwest Baptist University Department of Music Sept. 20.
Bolivar Herald-Free Press


Looking for second win, Rice visits Southern Miss
Three articles feature Rice football ahead of the team’s game against the University of Southern Mississippi Sept. 22. Click2Houston quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren and mentions player Shawn Stankavage.
There’s a new No. 1 in Texas and you won’t believe who it is
SportsMap Houston (Scroll down to “No. 9: Rice.”)
Week 4 Conference USA power rankings: Everyone is chasing North Texas
Hattiesburg American (Scroll down to “6. Southern Miss.”)

Scaglia, Tybar set to compete in Louisiana
An article mentions that the Rice tennis team will compete in the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

2018-19 player preview: Jeremy Jones
Former Rice basketball player Jeremy Jones is featured.
SB Nation

Major Applewhite: Holding calls against Ed Oliver going unpenalized
An article about the University of Houston football team pictures Rice in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Conference USA moving league office from Irving to massive Cypress Waters
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas News (Subscription is required.)

Texas’ notable number: A positively negative game for the Horns’ run defense — and the No. 30
Rice is mentioned
Austin American-Statesman

Friday Night Lights: Despite bye weeks, several big TXHSFB games
An article mentions that Zane Knap plans to play football at Rice.

Graham steadfast in belief in Morris
Former Rice football coach Todd Graham is featured and pictured.
Whole Hog Sports


Romney to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 1
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will visit Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 1 for a conversation on leadership, public service and the responsibilities that come with both.

‘Election Integrity 2018: What Could Go Wrong?’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 25
Local and national experts will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 25 to address challenges to the changing election environment in the United States and abroad and offer policy responses. “Election Integrity 2018: What Could Go Wrong?” is co-hosted by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. It is free and open to the public.

About Stefan De La Garza

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