Dateline Rice for Sept. 27, 2018


30 colleges with free or reduced tuition
Rice is featured on a list of 30 U.S. universities that offer free or reduced tuition. An article from Park Cities People mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guidebook. An article from Qatar is Booming about the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 mentions that Rice is ranked No. 86 in the world. An article from Iowa State University News mentions that Rice’s undergraduate architecture program is ranked No. 2 in the nation by DesignIntelligence. An article from Illinois Business Daily mentions that Rice is ranked No. 49 in the nation among four-year schools in the U.S. with the best “on time” graduation rates, according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Kopitiam Bot) 
SMU ranks 59 among nation’s universities
Park Cities People (This article also appeared in Preston Hollow People.)
Significantly improved representation for MENA region in prestigious THE World University Rankings 2019
Qatar is Booming
3 Iowa State design programs ranked among nation’s best
Iowa State University News
These 4-year schools have the top ‘on time’ graduation rates in the U.S.
Illinois Business Daily (This article also appeared in the Palmetto Business Daily.)

Trump’s anger over oil prices won’t shake OPEC’s resolve
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about how U.S. oil production has disrupted global markets.
The Hill (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)

First Man’s screenwriter thinks Neil Armstrong would be disappointed by the flag controversy
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Vox (This article also appeared in Espose News.)


Video: Rational Middle series on immigration tackles the border wall
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about security at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The firefighter pay parity proposal sure seems like it’s going to pass
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Off the Kuff
Harder for rural constituents to vote
Slow Around the Sun Blog

The world according to Matthew Ritchie
Artist Matthew Ritchie’s installation “The Demon in the Diagram,” which is currently on display at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is featured. Ritchie will lead an artist’s dialogue at the Moody Center on Oct. 25.
Houstonia Magazine

Exclusive: Former HOK, Skanska managers hired to run C-suite at design-build firm 
Alumni Daniel Mills ’07 and Cameron Alexander ’12 are featured and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Free mindfulness 101 workshop 
An article mentions that Elizabeth Slator, associate programs director at Rice’s Gibbs Recreation Center, will lead a mindfulness workshop Sept. 28.
Texas Medical Center News

Photos: ‘Dazed and Confused’ Aerosmith concert quest cleared up 25 years later
Pink Floyd’s concert at Rice Stadium in 1987 i featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle


Political Roundup: Houston’s hiring freeze, 2nd Cruz-O’Rourke debate and more
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, participates in a panel discussion on “Houston Matters” about the week’s news, and he is quoted in the Austin American-Statesman about the possible political fallout for Texas Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee from testimony on sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Jones is also quoted in the Dallas Morning News about possible political fallout from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s close working relationship with the Trump administration.
Houston Public Media
Cornyn, Cruz facing different stakes at Kavanaugh hearing
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez spar over governor’s close working ties to Donald Trump
Dallas Morning News

How investing in the arts could drive innovation in Houston
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, who will speak about the importance of cities investing in arts and culture at a Rice event Sept. 27, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media
Petrochemical boom draws environmental concerns, transparency concerns surround Santa Fe ISD board meeting and more
Houston Public Media

’13 Eyewitness News at 5:30 a.m.’ 
A television broadcast mentions that a Street Safety Summit was held by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research Sept. 27.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz says it’s time for the US to update its antitrust laws
An article cites a paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-fourths of American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.
Business Insider(This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

Anshumali Shrivastava uses AI to wrangle torrents of data
Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, is featured in an article about his research designing a new generation of artificial intelligence programs to efficiently process large amounts of information. The Idaho State Journal mentions that Shrivastava is one of Science News’ 10 “Scientists to Watch,” which highlights early- and mid-career scientists. An article from features research from co-authors Shrivastava and graduate student Chen Luo, who determined that online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join, not their types.
Science News 
Science News presents the SN 10: Scientists to Watch

Idaho State Journal (This article also appeared in the Global Dispatch and Longview News Journal.)
Scientists crunch social media data to explain how communities affect friendships (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Scienmag and Infosurhoy. A similar article was featured in the Sept. 27 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 newsletter.)

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. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Sung Hoon Hwang are quoted. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Pressure on states to increase attainment puts focus on aid
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to student from low- and middle-income families.
Education Dive

Anti-sexual harassment trainings should teach people how their brains work
An article about how integrating cognitive science insights into anti-sexual harassment trainings could make them more effective quotes Eden King, associate professor of psychological sciences.

Rising oil prices haven’t hurt the US economy so far
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 an uptick in the U.S. economy despite rising oil prices.

Irony: Big oil fights Trump on greenhouse gas emissions
Ron Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted in an article about a coalition of oil companies that have pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Courthouse News Service

JAGGAER higher ed customers lead in 2018 AASHE National Sustainability Index
The Sustainable Campus Index from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education lists Rice as a top-performing institution across multiple sustainability impact areas.
University Business

Elon Musks ehrgeiziges Raumschiff-Projekt wird von manchen Experten als ‘Science Fiction’ abgetan
A photo is credited to James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Business Insider Deutchland (An English translation is not available.)

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. (This article also appeared in,, AZo Nano and Innovations Report.)

Forget the critics: Traditional architecture can still make a contemporary place
An article about the continuation of architectural themes on university campuses highlights Rice’s new Music and Performing Arts Center at the Shepherd School of Music.
Arch Daily

Meet Venture For America’s new St. Louis fellows
An article mentions that Margaret Brigman ’18 is a fellow at Venture For America, which sends 12 recent college graduates to startups in St. Louis.
St. Louis Business Journal

Oil executives discuss onshore technology challenges, opportunities
An article mentions that executives spoke about the importance of technology and existing needs during Rice’s annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum.
Unconventional Oil & Gas Center

Adviser contradicts Mexico’s president-elect on unconventional natural gas development
An article cites Fluvio Ruiz Alarcón, who spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about the issues facing Mexico’s energy sector.
Natural Gas Intelligence

FTI Consulting adds leaders to Dispute Advisory and Strategic communications practices
Alumnus Kaarle Rautio ’08 is featured and pictured.

In college with Jesus
An article mentions that the Fellowship of Catholic University Students has a chapter at Rice.
Tablet Catholic Newspaper

GitHub Classroom celebrates 3M repos with the launch of Classroom Assistant
Rice is mentioned.
GitHub Blog


‘Two States or One? Reappraising the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse’
An article cites the study “Two States or One?: Reappraising the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse” by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Yerepouni News

Nepal’s flagship program for top business leaders
An article mentions that Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN) is collaborating with Rice to organize an executive leadership development program. Brent Smith, associate professor of management, associate professor of psychological sciences and senior associate dean of executive education; and Balaji Koka, associate professor of strategic management, will be in Nepal for the program starting Oct. 28.
Nepali Sansar (This article also appeared in The Kathmandu Post.)

Is it a school’s job to prepare pupils for work?
“Non-cognitive” skills such as resilience and conscientiousness are in increasing demand, according to Fred Oswald, professor of psychology.
Tes News

That undeveloped land could be protecting your city from the next flood
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with The Nature Conservancy and Katy Prairie Conservancy to create an urban prairie on campus. An image of Rice students planting the prairie is included.
Next City

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.
Darien News (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

King Street Gallery presents Dengke Chen, Goran Fazil and Aaron Oldenburg in ‘Play, Flow, and Ritual’
An article cites an essay published by Rice University Studies in 1974.
East City Art

Friends of South Pasadena Library’s Restoration Concert Series presents the New Hollywood String Quartet 
Alumnus Robert Brophy ’04 is featured and pictured.
Pasadena Now

Here’s where to get registered in Houston for National Voter Registration Day
An article mentions that the Rice Memorial Center and Rice’s Fondren Library held events for National Voter Registration Day.

Part 2: CUTV News Radio welcomes back Dr. Nicolas Shumway
Nicolas Shumway, the Frances Moody Newman Chair in Humanities and professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, is featured and pictured.
Blog Talk Radio

Racial discrimination in FEMA aid process
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.

Q&A: Secretary of state candidate Gavin Clarkson
A Q&A with Gavin Clarkson, a Republican candidate for New Mexico’s secretary of state, mentions that he attended Rice.
Albuquerque Journal


Anthony Rendon, the Nationals’ super-quiet superstar, finds a reason to use his voice
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured and pictured.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Roundtable: What to make of C-USA with conference play on the horizon
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren and players Emmanuel Esukpa and Shawn Stankavage are mentioned.
SB Nation (Scroll down to “What has been the biggest surprise?”)

No. 3 Clemson hosts Syracuse in ACC’s top game of Week 5
Several articles mention Rice football’s Sept. 29 game against Wake Forest University.
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
College football predictions: Is OSU more like the 2013 or 2014 Cowboys?
College football picks: Week 5 predictions for every game
Bleacher Report
Bill Connelly’s S&P + Wake Forest football forecast bleak
Wake Forest’s leaders stress calm feelings after back-to-back losses, firing of defensive coordinator
Greensboro News & Record (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.) 
ACC football Power Rankings, Week 4: Clemson QB change brings momentum

College Football Report for Week 5
Roanoke Times

Arkansas college football: Rex Nelson picks this weekend’s games
Rice is mentioned.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sports notes — game picks
Rice is mentioned.
Sylva Herald (Subscription is required.)

Who is already out of the playoff race?
Rice is mentioned.
CFB Playoff eliminator shows several teams’ dreams dashed (This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

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


Rice names Nelson associate vice president for human resources
Joan Nelson has been appointed Rice’s associate vice president for human resources. Nelson, the associate vice chancellor and vice president of human resources at the University of Houston, will join Rice in November. She succeeds Mary Cronin, who retired this summer.

Release: Rice U. Shepherd School orchestras to present 2018-19 season debut concerts
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will offer the first concerts of the academic year by its chamber and symphony orchestras. The chamber concert will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 30, and the symphony orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5.

Rice University vice president for enrollment available for interviews at Salt Lake City conference
Rice Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva is available for interviews during the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Conference, which is taking place in Salt Lake City Sept. 27-29 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. The conference brings together more than 6,500 secondary and postsecondary college admission counseling professionals to exchange ideas, discuss current trends and to hear from experts.

‘Energy and Politics in the Persian Gulf’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 3
A range of international experts will convene at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 3 to address the impact and implications of pressing political, economic and energy issues in the Persian Gulf and their meaning for Houston and U.S. energy and security interests.

Gulfton: Walking, biking, riding buses — and worrying
About two out of every five people who live or work in Houston’s low-income Gulfton area don’t drive, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Walking, riding bicycles or boarding buses to get where they need to go, the report says, many of them are concerned about their safety.

Mitochondrial mechanisms focus of study
Mysteries remain in your mitochondria, but researchers led by Rice bioscientist Natasha Kirienko plan to bring them to light. Kirienko is the first Rice faculty member to win a new class of grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, called an R35. The five-year grant for nearly $2 million will support an effort by Kirienko and her team to refine their understanding of a pathway in mitochondria that helps repair it when damaged.

About Stefan De La Garza

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