Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2018


Rice University’s McNair Center gets new leader, focus area
The Houston Chronicle features Jennifer Rabb, director and fellow of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and mentions Ed Egan, former fellow at the Baker Institute. Rabb is cited in a KUT story about property tax rates in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Laredo Morning Times.)
KUT-AM (Austin)


Why corporations are pouring millions into sure-bet governor races
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 an article exploring the reasons why large donations are made to runaway favorites in political races. Jones is interviewed by KRLD and WOAI about the Sept. 21 debate between Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his Democrat challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore., and KLBJ in Austin.)

A news roundup cites a Houston Chronicle op-ed authored by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
Axios (Scroll down to5. On my screen: Climate, efficiency, biofuels.”)


CBS reporter Major Garrett ready to talk about ‘Trump’s Wild Ride’
Two articles mention that CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett will speak Sept. 27 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about his new book on the Trump administration. Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, is mentioned in the Houston Press.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Major Garrett chronicles the lasting effects of Trump’s legacy in new book
Houston Press

New flood construction regulations created loophole prior to 9/1 deadline
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 examining the loopholes of recently revised flood mitigation standards for new housing developments in Houston.
KPRC Click2Houston
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

BP targets Texas for American comeback
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about the growth of British energy company BP.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Energy Voice.)

Why Jim Hackett’s ‘sacred mission’ led him from Anadarko’s boardroom to the classroom
An article featuring Rice trustee Jim Hackett mentions that he is a former lecturer at Rice.
Houston Business Journal

‘The Must List’: Childish Gambino returns to Houston
A slideshow caption 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 (Subscription is required. This article also appeared the Laredo Morning Times and Topix, and it appeared in the Chronicle’s Sept. 21 print edition with a different headline, “Brain freeze.”)

Are we building too much parking?
The late alumnus Durell Carothers ’30 is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in New Milford Spectrum, Darien News and The Hour.)
Father of Houston parking lots
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

State surveillance in China: A camera in every garage and a microphone in every kitchen?
A post authored by Avery Jordan for the blog of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy mentions that he attends Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

RDA and Texas ASLA Houston presents Park(ing) Day
An article mentions that the Rice Design Alliance is a co-sponsor of Park(ing) Day Sept. 21, an annual, global event where artists and activists transform parking spots into temporary public parks.
CultureMap Houston

Outside the Cineplex: ‘Suspiria’ and ‘Napoleon Dynamite’
A roundup of Houston-area film screenings mentions that Rice Cinema showed “Hidden Figures” Sept. 20 and will show “A Matter of Life and Death” Sept. 21.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and in the Chronicle’s Sept. 21 print edition with a different headline, “Outside the cineplex.”)

‘Faith events’
A roundup of faith events in the Houston area mentions that Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies, will present “Saving Houston’s Jewish History” Oct. 7 at Congregation Shaar Hashalom.
Galveston County Daily News

Organización trata de movilizar el voto latino
An article about Jolt Texas, a civic participation organization that focuses on mobilizing Latinos in Houston to vote in November’s midterm elections, mentions that they have a chapter at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available.)


‘KAQY News Now’
Several 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.
KAQY-TV (Monroe, La.)
KMOX-AM (St. Louis)
‘Good Morning Ark-La-Miss’
KNOE-TV (Monroe, La.)
Rice offers free tuition and school administrator’s inappropriate comments: The good, bad and ugly of the week’s news
Houston Public Media
‘Talking Points’: Best quotes and tweets of the week
Dallas Morning News
Report: 3 ways to make free college programs work
Education Dive
The best, most affordable Texas colleges for middle-class families 
The Courier of Montgomery County (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
Thursday Scoop: Let the games begin
College Media Network
This school offers free tuition to some families (This Simplemost article also appeared in KQTH and MIXfm.)
5 things you need to know this morning: Sept. 20, 2018
Friday — Sept. 21, 2018

Study shows racial discrimination persists on all levels of Houston’s housing market
Alumna Elizabeth Korver-Glenn ’14, a scholar at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about her study that determined that racial discrimination persists in Houston’s urban housing market.
Houston Public Media
Investigation into 78 euthanizations at animal shelter, HISD to launch national search for superintendent and more
Houston Public Media

Houston students celebrate civic engagement at Youth Voters Conference
An article about the Houston Youth Voters Conference held at Rice quotes co-organizers Hanszen College senior Sonia Torres and Duncan College senior Meredith McCain.
Houston Public Media


Vegan meat and cheese charcuterie program launches at Rice University
An article features senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri, who debuted a full lineup of plant-based lunch meats, cheeses and barbecue brisket. Wiess College freshman Dustin Belsha and Brown College senior Grace Wickerson are quoted.

16 colleges with the best dorms in the US
Rice’s residential college system is highlighted in an article that ranks Rice’s dorms among the best in the nation.
Insider (Scroll down to “Rice University in Texas creates social communities.”)

Tariff on US LNG may reshuffle global market
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the global liquefied natural gas market.

Mathematics 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.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in Health Medicine Net, Newscaf,, Infosurhoy and Prosyscom Technews.)

Scientists develop hazardous-gas-detecting drones, receive grant from the NSF
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.

Texas Desal Association issues prizes to student researchers for advanced water treatment
An article mentions that graduate student Amit Jain won a scholarship from the Texas Desal Association’s Ed Archuleta Desalter Scholarship Fund.

Patients will feel the pain as FDA slams medical device industry with growing regulatory burdens
An article quotes Iris Huang, formerly of Rice’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Serial entrepreneur applies lessons learned after Hurricane Harvey and creates high-performance workwear for women
Performance apparel for women designed by alumna Jane Henry ’18 is featured.
Material Handling Wholesaler

Return of the Trill
An article featuring and picturing rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.


The stresses of dorm life
An article cites a 2010 Rice study that examined the link between students living on campus and academic success.
Reporter Magazine

Vo to become an anesthesiologist
An article featuring Cindy Vo mentions that she hopes to attend Rice.
Alice Echo News-Journal (This article also appeared in the Brownwood Bulletin.)


Rice‘s new tuition program helps athletics
An article explores how Rice’s recent announcement that students from low- and middle-income families will receive free tuition starting in fall 2019 will affect its student-athletes and recruiting efforts. Rice football head coach Mike Bloomgren is pictured and quoted, head baseball coach Matt Bragga is quoted, and football players Chris Barnes and Devin Amodio are quoted. Assistant baseball coach Cory Barton is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘WLBT 6 a.m. News’
A television broadcast mentions that Rice football will play the University of Southern Mississippi Sept. 22.
WLBT-TV (Jackson, Miss.)

Spurned by LSU, Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson, O’Shea Dugas get chance for payback Saturday
An article mentions that Louisiana Tech University’s football team will play against Rice.
The Advocate

College football ‘revenue games’: What’s in it for the smaller schools?
Former Rice football player David Grenardo is quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle

The ‘Battle of the Sexes’ was more than a tennis match at the Astrodome
An article about the “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King on Sept. 20, 1973 mentions that Rice student-athletes (images 13 and 14 in the slideshow) carried King into the Astrodome.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Aggies return to action hosting Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday
An article mentions that Rice’s cross-country teams will compete in the Texas A&M Invitational Sept. 22 and the women’s team is ranked No. 11 in the South Central region.
KBTX (This article also appeared in WTAW Online.)

Women’s tennis trio to compete in Rice Invitational
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio women’s tennis team mentions it will compete at the Rice Invitational Sept. 21.
UTSA Athletics
‘The Morning Briefing’: Sept. 21, 2018
Bama Maven

John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic week for UL
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team will compete in the John Breaux Cajun Tennis Classic at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
KLFY Online
Men’s tennis to open fall season

Texas A&M swimming and diving faces tough 2018-19 schedule
An article about the Texas A&M University’s women’s swimming and diving team mentions that the Aggies will host Rice Dec. 1.
KBTX Online
Texas A&M release 2018-19 season with Texas duel set for Nov. 2
Swimming World Magazine

The Texas 10: Ranking the top Longhorns in non-conference play
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned. (Scroll down to “3. Calvin Anderson.”)


‘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.

About Stefan De La Garza

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