Dateline Rice for Sept. 28, 2018


Rep. Sarah Davis fighting to retain seat again
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and alumnus Robert Kester ’11, chief executive officer and co-founder of Rebellion Photonics, is mentioned in an article about the Texas House District 134 race. Maher is also quoted in an article and interviewed in a broadcast by CGTN America about how U.S.-China tariffs may affect the liquified natural gas industry.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
US-China trade war: Tariffs worry LNG industry
CGTN America

Tiny spheres make concrete greener and stronger
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, is quoted.
Futurity (A similar article also appeared in Naver Blog, World Industrial Reporter, The Idea Connection, Innovations Report, Aggregate Research Industries and Latest Nigerian News.)


Mayor Turner faces steep challenge with fire ‘pay parity’ measure
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, and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, are quoted in an article about Houston firefighters’ pay. Jones is also quoted in an article from the Texas Observer about the Texas House District 115 race; in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about the end of straight-ticket voting in Texas; and in Istoé Dinheiro about the economic challenges facing Argentina. He is also interviewed by ABC13 about the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on sexual misconduct allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. Stein, who is also the faculty director of Rice University Center for Civic Leadership in Houston, is quoted in the Dallas Morning News about voter turnout in Texas. Houstonia Magazine mentions that Stein will be on a panel Oct. 18 at the “Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call” symposium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Will Matt Rinaldi pay for calling ICE on Latino protesters?

Texas Observer
Texans: This year is your last chance to ‘one punch’ a ballot. Will you take it?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
O vazio da crise argentina
Istoé Dinheiro (An English translation is not available.)
Houstonians react to emotional Kavanaugh hearing
ABC13 Online
Dallas is rock-bottom in voter turnout and we’ve got to pull together to change
Dallas Morning News
Concerned about Houston’s recovery from Harvey? Head to this symposium
Houstonia Magazine

Want to make over $60K right out of college? Attend one of these schools
An article and a slideshow mention that Rice is ranked No. 25 in the nation for graduates’ earning potential, according to PayScale, Inc. An article from Insider about the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education top college rankings mentions that Rice is ranked No. 14 in the U.S., and an article from CEOWorld Magazine about the Times Higher Education World University Rankings mentions that Rice is ranked No. 86 in the world.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, the San Antonio Express-News and Seattle PI.)
Top 25 colleges by earning potential
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)
The top 50 colleges in the United States, ranked
Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider and Business Insider India.)
Top 200 research-intensive universities globally for 2019, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, MIT, Caltech tops again 
CEOWorld Magazine

Common Experience book authors emphasize creativity in innovation
An article features Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory and co-author of “The Runaway Species,” who spoke Sept. 24 at Texas State University.
Texas State University

This week at Baylor: Sept. 30- Oct. 6, 2018
An article mentions that Michael Heaston, professor opera at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will conduct a master class Oct. 1 and 2 as part of the Lyceum Lecture Series at Baylor University.
Baylor University News

Tara Ross to speak at Jacksonville College
An article featuring alumna Tara Ross ’94 mentions that she will present “The Faith of George Washington” Oct. 10 as part of the Nora Belle Manley Lecture Series.
Jacksonville Progress

UTRGV mechanical engineering professor named one of the 2018 ‘Mexicanos Distinguidos’
An article featuring alumna Karen Lozano ’96 mentions that she received the 2018 “Mexicanos Distinguidos” (Distinguished Mexicans) Award for her achievements in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley News (This article also appeared in the Edinburg Review and the Valley Town Crier.)

Outside the cineplex: ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘Solo’
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “The Golden Snail Opera” Oct. 2 and “On Her Shoulders” Oct. 3.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Sept. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Outside the megaplex.”)

TMCx + Enterprise Coaching Group: Fast track to engagement, performance and profitability
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Texas Medical Center News

Dr. Aubrey Stephen Tucker
An article mentions that alumnus Aubrey Tucker ’99 died Sept. 25 at the age of 73.
The Facts (Subscription is required.)


John Diamond, fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about debt.

‘Fox 2 News 6 p.m.’
Rice research that determined reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to purchase new items is featured.
WJBK-TV (Detroit)

‘KXAN News Today’
A television broadcast and accompanying article mention that Rice has a program allowing trained student volunteers to respond to campus crises and administer immediate care.
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
UT students push for on-campus EMS


Architects respond to rising interest in accessory dwellings
An article about accessory dwelling units quotes Danny Samuels, professor in the practice and program co-director of Construct, Rice Architecture’s design-build studio.  Samuels and Construct students designed and built +House, which accommodates live-in counselors who work for Agape Development, an organization that provides supportive housing to at-risk young adults. Rice video is included.
Architectural Record

Customized pacemakers may learn what our hearts need
An article mentions that Rice researchers have received a four-year, $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant for exploring the novel use of machine learning systems to precisely synchronize a pacemaker’s effect across multiple locations in the heart, a project that won an Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award at the George R. Brown Engineering Design Showcase. Joseph Cavallaro, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, and Aydin Babakhani, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned. Postdoctoral research associate Weitao Li; Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and graduate student Romain Cosentino are pictured. Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie professor of electrical and computer engineering, is pictured and quoted.
Medical Product Outsourcing

[GGP] Poland, Europe and the coal conundrum
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about factors that have influenced Poland’s use of coal.
Natural Gas World

Yvette Pearson: Advancing the SDGs through inclusive engineering
A Q&A features Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment, and strategic initiatives at Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering.
Institution of Civil Engineers

Polystyrene makes an impact under fire
An article about research on polystyrene films quotes co-author Edwin Thomas, professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemical and biomolecular engineering.
Materials Today

The secret to making friends online: Join as many communities as possible
Research from co-author Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, that determined online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join, not their types, is featured.
Document Journal
Swahili, Wikimedia, US currency, more: Thursday afternoon buzz, Sept. 27, 2018
Research Buzz (Scroll down to “Research and opinion.”)

To my teacher when I was 16
Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of fellow at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is pictured and quoted in a blog post.
Slipped Disc

PPE for women: The struggle for safety
Performance apparel for women designed by alumna Jane Henry ’18 is featured.
Door and Window Market Magazine (This article also appeared in the USGlass News Network.)

UB, HWI and partners awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at atomic level using X-ray lasers
An article mentions that Rice is part of a research consortium led by the University at Buffalo that was awarded $22.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes.
Niagara Frontier Publications (This article also appeared in Science Springs.)

Offshore oil experts address challenges facing industry
An article mentions that offshore oil experts participated in a recent panel discussion at Rice.
E&P Magazine

Parsley energy taps David Dell’Osso to serve as COO
An article featuring David Dell’Osso mentions that he attended Rice.
E&P Magazine (This article also appeared in Oil and Gas Investor and OilVoice.)

The secret behind Lamps Plus’ employee loyalty
Alumnus Dennis Swanson ’68 is featured and pictured.

Surreal paintings by Matthew Grabelsky take the New York subway for a wild ride
The artwork of alumnus Matthew Grabelsky ’02 is featured.
Fashion Maniac

Elizabeth Pienkos appointed assistant professor of psychology at Clarkson University
Alumna Elizabeth Pienkos ’05 is featured and pictured.
Clarkson University News

‘Engineering Faculty & Administration: 2018 Trends in Engineering Research Funding’
Rice is mentioned.
Global Banking and Finance Review


Good news roundup Sept. 27, 2018
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Daily Kos
University should be affordable for all students
The Courier

Life of John F. Kennedy commemorated in photos at Everhart Museum in Scranton Sept. 28-Dec. 31.
An article mentions that History Professor Douglas Brinkley co-edited “JFK: A Vision for America.” A video features Brinkley discussing the work at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
NEPA Scene

Stunning 3D laser maps reveal the sprawling Mayan ‘megalopolis’ hidden in Guatemala
An article cites research from André Droxler, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.
Express Digest (This article also appeared in Georgia Newsday.)

Learning what lies beyond ‘the beach-babe cliché’
An article mentions that Krista Comer, professor of English, who authored the book “Surfer Girls in the New World Order,” spoke at an event titled “Surfing Beyond the California Beach Babe Cliché” Sept. 19 in San Clemente, Calif.
OC Weekly

Why I chose school instead of music (at least for now)
Baker College sophomore Christian Cannon authored a blog post.
Study Breaks

UCLA must support students by providing more accessible options for textbooks
An article mentions that Rice contributes to open educational resources.
Daily Bruin


College fantasy football players to add in Week 5
Several articles mention Rice football’s Sept. 29 game against Wake Forest University.
Yahoo! Sports 
Wake Forest looks to get back on track against Rice (This Associated Press article also appeared in
College fantasy football players to add in Week 5
Yahoo! Lifestyle
Wake Forest takes on Rice coming off a loss. Here are 5 things to know about the Owls. 
Winchester News Gazette (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
Quick facts: Rice University
SB Nation
BSD staff predictions for Rice
SB Nation
Going to the fair this weekend? Stay off Business 40

Winston-Salem Journal
Wake Forest, Red Cross partner to help Florence recovery — and why that means so much to baseball coach to Tom Walter 
Winston-Salem Journal
Previewing the Rice offense
SB Nation
College football picks: Predicting final scores for every game in Week 5
Athlon Sports & Life
No. 8 Notre Dame trumps Wake Forest at home
Old Gold & Black
BC football Saturday W2WF: Temple
NGSC Sports
The hybrid: We can make him gone
Go Iowa Awesome
In the crosshairs: Week 5 ACC, Pac-12 picks
Lindy’s Sports

Kutubidze, Kononova highlight opening weekend for Mean Green tennis
The Rice Fall Invitational tennis tournament is mentioned.
North Texas Daily

Robertson: Can Texans learn from history to overcome 0-3 start?
Former Rice football player Courtney Hall is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Volleyball travels to face Rice, UTEP
An article about the University of Texas at El Paso volleyball team mentions that the Roadrunners will play Rice Sept. 28 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
UTSA Athletics 
UTSA volleyball continues hot streak

San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Jack Abraham
Rice is mentioned.
Jackson Free Press

Men’s tennis to compete at Texas Tamale Invite
An article about University of Texas El Paso men’s tennis mentions that the Roadrunners will compete against Texas Tamale Invitational at Rice Sept. 28.
UTSA Athletics
Men’s tennis preview: ITA All-American Championship/Rice Invite
Texas Sports

Clueless Jon Daniels … colorful Bill Peterson
Former Rice head football coach Bill Peterson is featured.
Times Record News

For the Steelers’ offense to reach full potential, the fragile Vance McDonald must stay healthy
Former Rice football player Vance McDonald is featured and pictured.
SB Nation

Preview: San Marcos squares off against Converse Judson in 26-6A battle
Rice football player Prudy Calderon is featured.
Texas Redzone Report

Conference USA Week 5 power rankings: Old Dominion gets the league’s signature win
An article about Conference USA football rankings features Rice.
Hattiesburg American


Computer scientist Vardi named University Professor
World-renowned computer scientist Moshe Vardi has been promoted to University Professor, Rice’s highest academic title. Vardi is the eighth person named University Professor in Rice’s 106-year history, and his appointment will begin Jan. 1, 2019.

The ‘titanic task’ of combating Mexican corruption
Corruption has “expansive effects” on Mexican society, politics and businesses, according to a new issue brief from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The brief examines the complexities involved in defining, understanding and measuring corruption — the first steps in dealing with this pervasive problem, according to author Jose Rodriguez-Sanchez.

‘She Kills Monsters’ coming to Rice University Theatre
Rice Theatre will present Qui Nguyen’s dramatic comedy “She Kills Monsters,” a witty romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games directed by Christina Keefe, head of the Rice Theatre Program, and Heidi Hinkel, beginning Oct. 12.

About Stefan De La Garza

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