Dateline Rice for Sept. 25, 2018


Bipartisan furor as North Carolina election law shrinks early voting locations by almost 20 percent
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
ProPublica (This article also appeared in Mother Jones, Free Republic, Truth Dig, the National Memo and the Wisconsin Gazette.)


MD Anderson creates program for adolescent, young adult patients
An article about the development of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program features Wiess College junior Jacob Liang, who was diagnosed with stage 3 Classic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was a freshman.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

A conversation with Pete Gershon about his new book on Houston’s art history
An article mentions that artist Allan Kaprow worked with Rice students in 1972. A photo of an installation by artist Ellen Van Fleet from Rice’s Woodson Research Center at Fondren Library is included.

Business calendar
A roundup of Houston-area business events mentions that Rice will co-host a presentation Sept. 27 by Bill Janeway titled “Doing Capitalism in the Innovation Economy.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Authors of ‘Runaway Species’ kick off Innovation Week with discussion
An article mentions that Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory and co-author of “The Runaway Species,” spoke Sept. 24 at Texas State University.
San Marcos Corridor News

Gallery talk: Thinking in aggregate
An article mentions that Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, led a discussion Sept. 22 at DiverseWorks.
Houston Press

DHA selects new advisory board for its Opportunity Rising Foundation
An article mentions that alumnus Drexell Owusu ’01 has been appointed to the advisory board of the Dallas-based Opportunity Rising Foundation.
Dallas Innovates

Daryl Robinson, organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Alumnus Daryl Robinson ’14 is featured and pictured.


‘Fox 26 News at 7 a.m.’
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, discusses how climate change has redefined extreme weather events in Houston.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses Houston’s projected population growth.

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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, discusses key demographics likely to have trouble using mail-in ballots for the midterm elections.
Disturbing trend: college students can’t find stamps to send in their absence (This article also appeared on

‘Public Affairs Events’
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 is featured, and President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


New study sheds light on — and through — 2D materials
An article mentions that Rice researchers used state-of-the-art theoretical methods to compute the maximum optical properties of 55 2D materials. Co-authors Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, graduate student Sunny Gupta, postdoctoral researcher Sharmila Shirodkar and research scientist Alex Kutana are quoted.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

US may be prepping Venezuela oil sector sanctions: Analysts
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts (This article also appeared in Hellenic Shipping Worldwide.) 
Analysts say US may ban light oil exports to Venezuela (This article also appeared in Yerepouni News.)

Brazil ‘could help meet China’s energy needs’
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. The Rio Times mentions that Medlock will speak Oct. 24 at the Rio Oil and Gas 2018 conference.
Upstream Online
2018 Oil and Gas to discuss digital technologies, innovation in Rio
The Rio Times

Roundup: Oil prices gain ahead of OPEC meeting
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy.)

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.

How can profs support students who come in with poor writing skills?
Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is mentioned.

Rice University introduces plant-based meats and cheese for students          
An article features vegan charcuterie recently debuted by senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri.

Professor talks nanotechnology, power of Scripture
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured and pictured.
Grand Canyon University Today

A call for unity at TERMIS 2018
Research by Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is cited in an article on the 2018 Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society World Congress.
BMC Blogs Network (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

These science cartoons depict our terrifying and thrilling future 
An article features “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything,” co-authored by Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member in biosciences and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution at Rice.
ProSysCom (This article also appeared in Technews.)

What’s the recipe for a habitable exoplanet?
An article mentions a Rice research program aimed at finding the different recipes nature might follow to produce rocky planets capable of supporting life. The article quotes Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. Dasgupta is pictured along with 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; and Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences

What an award-winning architect says she learns from ‘younger minds’
An article mentions that Peter Poon attended Rice.

Sir Kensington’s becomes Certified B Corp
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

Rice engineers design gas-sensing drones to warn communities of airborne pollutants
Rice research is featured.

Women who graduate from these 10 top colleges earn way less than male grads
An article about recent college graduates’ pay mentions Rice.

Flexible, printed and thin film batteries 2019-2029: IDTechEx
An article cites Rice’s research into battery-like, thin-film supercapacitors


‘Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM’
Erin Cech, a former Rice assistant professor of sociology, will present “Professional Cultures and Inequality in STEM” Nov. 17 in Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford News

This day in history (Sept. 23)
An article mentions that William Marsh Rice died on Sept. 23, 1900.
The Inyo Register

The $132K idea that could reduce Bangor’s eviction problem
An article cites Rice research that determined mothers experienced significantly higher rates of depression up to two years after being evicted from their homes.
Bangor Daily News

Recent disasters reveal racial discrimination in FEMA aid process
An article mentions Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Facing South

Don Ryan Center adds VP of innovation
An article mentions that Charles Wohl served as a mentor at Rice.
Bluffton Today (This article also appeared in the Augusta Chronicle.)

Renowned pianist Nick Ross to open Gager Concert Series at Sweet Briar
An article featuring Nick Ross mentions that he attended Rice.
Sweet Briar College News


Wake Forest makes the ceremonial first Power 5 coordinator firing of 2018 
Several articles mention that Rice’s football team will play Wake Forest University Sept. 29.
SB Nation
Wake Forest fires defensive coordinator 
Gaston Gazette
No. 8 Notre Dame throws the book at Wake Forest, wins 56-27

Rice Owls def. UTSA Sunday, 3-1
An article featuring the Rice soccer team’s win over the University of Texas at San Antonio mentions players Marissa Topolski, Bella Killgore, Erin Mikeska, Ashley Burgess and Darcy Mickalow.

Missouri women and men command 2018 CSCAA Open Water Nationals
An article about the Open Water Collegiate Nationals swimming competition mentions that Rice swimming and diving team member Sarah Nowaski placed third and Claire Therien placed fifth.
Swim Swam

Teal stars as UTSA sweeps North Texas
An article featuring University of Texas at San Antonio volleyball mentions that the Roadrunners will play Rice Sept. 28.
UTSA Athletics

Red Raiders snag doubles title in John Breaux Cajun Classic
An article on the John Breaux Cajun Classic tennis tournament at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette mentions Rice players Sumit Sarkar and Eric Rutledge. The Rice Invitational, which will take place Sept. 28, is mentioned in four additional articles.
The Daily Toreador
‘The Morning Briefing’: Sept. 24, 2018
Bama Maven
The Morning Briefing’: Sept. 23, 2018
Bama Maven
Cajuns open tennis season with weekend tournament
The Vermilion
UNT notebook: Mean Green soccer team continues to garner national recognition
Denton Record-Chronicle

Brasington leads University of St. Thomas into varsity tennis debut
Rice volunteer assistant tennis coach Jack Brasington, who was recently hired as the University of St. Thomas’ head tennis coach, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Baylor men’s golf tied for lead at Trinity Forest invite
An article on the Trinity Forest Invitational golf tournament mentions Rice.
Rome paces UTSA on second day of Trinity Forest Invitational
UTSA Athletics

2018 NCAA DI men’s cross-country regional rankings — Week 3
An article mentions that Rice’s cross-country team is No. 5 in the South Central Region.

Texas earns commitment from four-star DB Owens
Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar is mentioned.

Projecting betting lines for the rest of Auburn’s season
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

Diaz: La. Tech shows it is ready for showdown with North Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Shreveport Times (This article also appeared in News Star.)

Palmetto recruiting: Clemson basketball misses on another in-state player
Rice is mentioned.
Greenwood Index-Journal


Gilead Sher named Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security at Rice’s Baker Institute
Israeli scholar Gilead Sher has been named the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Sher is the third scholar to hold this endowed fellowship, which was officially dedicated by Leah Rabin, wife of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, during a visit to the Baker Institute in 1998. The fellowship was created to focus on peace and security issues in the Middle East and the world.

‘Revolutions in Energy’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 11
Key market players and decision-makers will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 11 for the second Global Energy Transitions Summit, which will focus on the future of the energy industry, ranging from oil and gas to electricity, renewables and technology.

About Stefan De La Garza

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