Dateline Rice for Sept. 26, 2018


This is the best college in every state
An article about the best universities in each state features Rice as Texas’ top university and mentions that it is ranked No. 13 in the nation.
Money (This article also appeared in

They don’t have much spare cash, but still send $5, $10 to Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke 
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 about how small campaign contributions add up. Jones is interviewed about politics in the public sphere on a new episode of “Houston Matters,” and he is quoted in KPRC Click2Houston about the race for Texas’ 7th Congressional District. Jones is interviewed by KRLD about how national politics may affect the midterm elections.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Should politics belong solely to the politicians?
Houston Public Media
Close watch on competitive race for 7th Congressional District in Texas
KPRC Click2Houston
KRLD-AM (Dallas)


Americans wrestle with questions on accountability, gender relations
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, postdoctoral research fellow Amanda Shore and McMurtry College senior Mahdi Fariss are quoted in an article about the moral dilemma facing citizens and U.S. senators in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 26 print edition.)

What the crown prince wants, the crown prince gets. Higher oil prices are here to stay.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also in the Laredo Morning Times, the Midland Reporter-Times and the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Sept. 26 print edition with a different headline, “Saudi crown prince ensures higher oil prices continue.”)

Rep. Sarah Davis fighting to retain seat again — this time against Democrat Allison Sawyer 
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Texas House District 134 race.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Rice University creates plant-based charcuterie selection for students
An article features vegan charcuterie recently debuted by senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri, part of a larger movement at Rice to incorporate more plant-based options on campus. Susann Glenn, communications manager for Housing and Dining, is quoted.
Texas Medical Center News

When will Houston fix its dangerous streets?
An article about bike safety mentions that two members of the Rice community were killed in bicycle accidents in recent years.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article originally appeared in the Urban Edge, a publication of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and it also appeared in Government Technology.)

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’s Sugar Land Sun (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Texas colleges with the best, worst student loan default rate
Rice is pictured in a slideshow (image 24).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Vanguard Academy’s STEM teachers motivated by summer camp at Rice University
An article features the experiences of secondary teachers who attended a week-long summer STEM camp at Rice.
Rio Grande Guardian


Rice University to bring Shakespeare’s First Folio for opening night of ‘The Book of Will’
An article mentions that Rice’s Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library houses Shakespeare’s First Folio, which was donated to the university in 1998.
Broadway World

OpenStax adds business textbook series
A blog post mentions that OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, has added six introductory business courses to its catalog.
Online Learning Update

Oil executives discuss onshore technology challenges, opportunities
Executives spoke about the importance of technology and existing needs recently during Rice’s annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum.
E&P Magazine

How greening strategies are displacing minorities in post-Harvey Houston
An article mentions a panel discussion held at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research titled “Designing, Planning and Paying for Resilience,” where experts discussed flood mitigation strategies such as low-impact design, green infrastructure and urban-scale greenspace preservation.
The Nature of Cities

‘Humility Rules’ — ‘Off the Shelf’ episode 091
Alumnus Father Augustine Wetta ’93 is featured and pictured.

Mídias sociais e insurgências democráticas 
Sergio Fausto, contributing expert for the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
JOTA (An English translation is not available.)

El sector energético, la administración de nuestra incompetencia
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Expansión (An English translation is not available.)


UB, HWI and partners awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at the atomic level using X-ray lasers
An article mentions that Rice is part of a research consortium, led by the University at Buffalo, which was awarded $22.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes.
University of Buffalo News (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine, UB Now and Buffalo Business First.)
Exposing secrets of ‘superbugs,’ bioprocesses continues with NSF grant
Cornell Chronicle

Author Bradlee Jr. to appear at Wilkes-Barre Twp. Barnes & Noble on Oct. 10
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a book review.
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

CenturyLink CFO Sunit Patel to depart for T-Mobile
Alumnus Sunit Patel ’85 is featured and pictured.
News Star (This article also appeared in News India.)

We may be witness to a defining moment in Korea
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The American Spectator (This article also appeared in
In my heart and in my hand why can’t people understand my intentions
Active Rain

‘Cultural Calendar’
An article mentions that D. Mitra Barua, postdoctoral fellow in Transnational Asian Studies, will give a talk titled “The Burden of Housing Refugees: A Perspective from Rohingya Hosting Chittagong” Sept. 27 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Source

Farewell to Robert Venturi
An article mentions that the late Robert Venturi Jr., who died Sept. 17 at 93, formerly taught at Rice.

TiE-Grad Programme sees 3-fold rise in participation
An article about an entrepreneurship program in Hyderabad, India, mentions that the top two teams will enter the Rice Business Plan Competition.
The Hans India

Long-lost letter shows how Galileo tried to fool the Inquisition and escape censure for putting scientific truth ahead of church dogma (1613)
An article cites the Rice University Galileo Project.
Open Culture (This article also appeared in BlogLikes.)

‘Letters to the Editor,’ Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018
A letter to the editor mentions alumna Janet Vasey ’70.
Naples Daily News (Scroll down to “Vasey well-qualified for fire commissioner.”)

Meredith Williams McKiernan: Sept. 25, 2018
Alumna Meredith William McKiernan ’10 is featured and pictured.
Bill Martinez Live

BLM HOU panel at Rice University
A blog post mentions Rice’s Cohen House and the Group of Seven summit that was hosted by Rice in 1990.
TransGriot Blog

Timothy Krippner returns for Kalmia Garden fall concert
An article mentions that alumnus Timothy Krippner ’17 will perform Oct. 19 at the Kalmia Garden Fall Farmhouse Concert in Durham, N.C.
Hartford Courant

Female Career Award: La Prof. Michelle Hebl récompensée par HEC Lausanne pour son parcours académique remarquable!
An article featuring Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, mentions that she will receive the Female Career Award Sept. 27 from the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Université de Lausanne News (An English translation is not available.)


Players to Watch: Rice Owls
An article from SB Nation features Rice football players Austin Walter, Emmanuel Esukpa and Houston Robert ahead of the Owls’ next game against Wake Forest University Sept. 29. The team is also mentioned in several other articles and broadcasts.
SB Nation 
Through 4 weeks the top programs in Texas begin to distinguish themselves from the pack while other fight to stay relevant
SportsMap Houston
North Carolina football recap: Week 4
The Carolinian
‘WXII 12 News at 11’
WXII-TV (Greensboro, N.C.)                          
Wake coach Clawson previews Rice, explains Sawvel decision
College fantasy football: WRs to watch in Week 5
Notre Dame’s opponents: Mounting losses in games, personnel
How the Deacons’ defense will operate without a coordinator — and why the decision was made
Ashley County Ledger (This article appeared in more than 40 other media outlets.)
Men’s soccer: No. 1 Wake Forest improves to 9-0-0 with a 5-1 victory over Davidson
SB Nation
Stanford’s offense could extend Notre Dame’s 3-game Cardinal losing streak
NBC Sports
ACC Power Rankings: Week 5
SB Nation
Wake Forest (2-2) hosts Rice (1-3): Depth chart musings
SB Nation

Hoops happening: 12 fun facts about the women who make up Team USA!
An article mentions that Rice women’s basketball players Olivia and Erica Ogwumike are sisters of Nneka Ogwumike, a member of the USA Basketball Women’s National Team.
Swish Appeal

Ken Hoffman relives his painful showdown with tennis legend John McEnroe
An article mentions that John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and James Blake are coming to Houston for a one-night Champions Cup tennis tournament Oct. 4 at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse.
CultureMap Houston

Brasington leads UST 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’s Bellaire Examiner (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun and Memorial Examiner, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it first appeared online.)

Aggie women release non-conference schedule
An article featuring the Texas A&M University’s women’s basketball schedule mentions that the Aggies will play Rice Nov. 7.
KXXV Online (This article also appeared on KWTX Online and KBTX Online.)

Lamar men’s basketball holds 1st practice of 2018-2019 season
An article mentions that Rice men’s basketball will play Lamar University.
KFDM (Online)

Baylor men rally to win Trinity Forest Invitational
An article mentions that Rice golf competed in the Trinity Forest Invitational.
KXXV Online

Sports! When to catch the Saints, Pelicans, LSU and more in 2018
An article mentions that Louisiana State University football will play Rice Nov. 17.
The Advocate

LaSalle’s Willson savors 1st win with a Lions club he idolized growing up
Former Rice football player Luke Willson, who now plays for the Detroit Lions, is featured.
Windsor Star (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Vance McDonald’s devastating stiff arm has become an internet sensation
Former Rice football player Vance McDonald is featured.

Wilson the latest to choose to play ball outside of SC
Rice is mentioned.
Spartanburg Herald-Journal

MaxPreps Ohio High School Athlete of the Week Award: Vote now
Rice is mentioned.

Nat Graham promoted to associate head coach of men’s basketball
An article mentions that the University of Pennsylvania men’s basketball team will play Rice Nov. 9.
Penn Today

USM football braced to face No. 10 Auburn
An article featuring the University of Southern Mississippi mentions Rice.

Games to watch in Week 5 of high school football 
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Rice U.’s Anshumali Shrivastava makes Science News’ top 10
Science News magazine has selected Rice computer scientist Anshumali Shrivastava for 2018 SN 10, its prestigious annual list of top young scientists who are on their way to widespread acclaim for tackling the big questions facing science and society.

How to win friends: It’s not which groups you join, but how many
Your chances of forming online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join, not their types, according to an analysis of six online social networks by Rice data scientists.

Spheres can make concrete leaner, greener
Rice scientists have developed micron-sized calcium silicate spheres that could lead to stronger and greener concrete, the world’s most-used synthetic material. The researchers formed the spheres in a solution around nanoscale seeds of a common detergent-like surfactant, which can be prompted to self-assemble into solids that are stronger, harder, more elastic and more durable than the ubiquitous Portland cement.

About Stefan De La Garza

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