Dateline Rice for Oct. 1, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


The engineer: Inventing a toolkit for newborns in need
U.S. Department of State Science Envoy Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, is featured and pictured. Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute; and Philip Kortum, associate professor, are quoted.
Texas Medical Center News


Colleges are lowering tuition
Several articles and a radio broadcast mention The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families. President David Leebron is quoted in the Student Printz.
Far from home: Issues facing 1st-gen college students
Texas Public Radio (This segment aired on 10 affiliate radio stations.)
‘The Ric Edelman Show’ 
WCBS-AM (New York) (This segment aired on 48 affiliate radio stations.)
We’re in the money! ($8.5 billion of it)
Duke Chronicle 
Middle class deserves more scholarships

Student Printz

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, long dominant, faces one of nation’s toughest House 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 The Wall Street Journal about Texas’ 32nd Congressional District race between Republican incumbent Pete Sessions and Democratic challenger Colin Allred, and he is quoted in the Houston Chronicle about pay increases for Houston firefighters. Jones is also quoted in several articles and broadcasts about the recent debate between Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic rival Lupe Valdez, and he is cited in the Dallas Observer and El País about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)
‘Parity’ measure will be battle at the ballot
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Sept. 30 print edition and in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Greg Abbott, Lupe Valdez collide on health care, in-state tuition and taxes as they compete with Friday night lights
Dallas Morning News
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas) (This broadcast also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore., WLW in Cincinnati and KRLD in Dallas.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Greg Abbott appeals to the political middle, eschews red meat at debate with Valdez
Austin American-Statesman
Texas: Lupe Valdez and Greg Abbott have debate this Friday on Telemundo
Al Día Dallas
Lupe Valdez and Greg Abbott meet tonight in the only debate for the governorship of Texas
Univision Houston (This article also appeared in Univision Austin, Univision San Antonio and Univision Dallas.)
Here’s why this year’s election could finally be different in Texas
Dallas Observer
Los latinos de Texas irrumpen en la batalla del Senado y deciden el future de Ted Cruz
El País

MBA applications keep falling in US, this year hitting even elite schools
George Andrews, director of admissions at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)

Oil prices record sharply gains after OPEC meeting
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the recent increases in oil prices.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in

Canada-US reach free trade deal with Mexico
A caption mentions that Quebec’s chief North American Free Trade Agreement negotiator gave a talk Aug. 20 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)


WTAMU ranks nationally in 3 different categories
An article from about’s 2018 rankings mentions that Rice is No. 2 in Texas. University Magazine mentions that Rice is ranked No. 10 in the nation on’s 2019 Best Colleges for Biology list, and the Cornell Daily Sun mentions that U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 College Rankings guidebook scored Rice 84 out of 100. University of Texas at Austin News mentions that Rice is ranked No. 86 in the world according to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The best colleges for biology in America 2019
University Magazine
Cornell ranked last among Ivy League schools by US News
The Cornell Daily Sun
UT Austin rises 10 spots in latest global ranking
The University of Texas at Austin News

Houston scientist Jim Allison awarded Nobel Prize
An article mentions research by Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

STEM programs at Rice tackle educational disparities
David Medina, director of multicultural community relations at Rice, authored an article featuring and picturing Carolyn Nichol, director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement, which provides professional development for about 150 high school science teachers from the Houston Independent School District each year. Isaias Cerda, assistant director for STEM Engagement, and Baker College junior Raidah Ahmed are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Davis again fighting to defend her seat from ‘blue wave’
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 30 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

14 years later, ‘Swiftboating’ still stings John Kerry
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 29 print edition with a different headline, “‘Swiftboating’ still stings Kerry.”)

Longview seniors named semifinalists for National Merit scholarships
An article featuring Jacob Chamberlain mentions that he hopes to attend Rice.
Longview News-Journal (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s Nigerian community celebrates its culture with second annual parade
Rice students are pictured in a slideshow of Houston’s second annual Nigerian Cultural Day parade.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Mission to Mars: Up-close look at rockets
An article mentions that alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65 was part of NASA’s Apollo Warning System engineering team.
The Brenham Banner-Press

Wiley College debaters take top prizes at prestigious Alexis Elliott Memorial Round Robin Tournament
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Classic Swing debate tournament Sept. 29.
The Marshall News Messenger

‘Seeds of All Things’ Houston film screening premiere
An article mentions that alumnus Yan Digilov ’11 will lead a panel discussion Oct. 28 following the screening of “Seeds of All Things” at the Asia Society of Texas.
Asia Society of Texas News


‘KPRC Channel 2 News today at 5:30 a.m.’
Two broadcasts mention that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president who is running for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, will visit Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 1 for a conversation on leadership, public service and the responsibilities that come with both.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 26 News at 6 a.m.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Md.)
Ken Cowan, professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.


How to win friends: It’s not which groups you join, but how many
Research from Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, that determined online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join rather than their types, is featured.
Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (A similar article also appeared in PsychCentral.)
Computer science, information technology and related science, society and technology news
ACM TechNews

The fracking industry’s water nightmare: Injection wells damage production wells, rising disposal costs will increase industry losses
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a blog post.
Naked Capitalism

GitHub launches ‘Classroom Assistant’ to streamline code grading
An article mentions that Rice uses GitHub’s Classroom Assistant.
EdScoop News

T-Mobile hires CenturyLink CFO Sunit Patel to lead merger with Sprint
Alumnus Sunit Patel ’85 is featured and pictured.
The Fast Mode


Northland musician achieves 10-year goal by securing spot in New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Alumna Alanna Jones ’16 is featured and pictured.
The New Zealand Herald

Students appreciate grad expo
An article mentions that Susan Cates, lecturer and assistant chair of biosciences at Rice, attended the 2018 Big Ten Grad Expo and led a workshop titled “Writing your Statement of Purpose.”
The Purdue Exponent

To learn from and celebrate: Academy for Engineering Education Leadership established
Alumna Sarah Rajala ’77 is featured and pictured.
Michigan Tech News


Owls extra points: Wake Forest 56, 
Rice 24
Rice football is featured or mentioned in several articles and broadcasts about the team’s 56-24 loss to Wake Forest University Sept. 29.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
39-point halftime deficit sets tone in 
Rice‘s 56-24 loss to Wake Forest
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Best in Texas poll (Week 5): Despite loss, Texas Tech rises; Texas and Texas A&M still battle for top spot
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
YES Network (New York)
‘College Football’
Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic (This broadcast also aired on AT&T SportsNews Pittsburgh.)
Saturday’s best (This article also appeared in the Olympian, the Arizona Daily Star and KZTV Online.)
Saturday NCAA football recap: Texas schools barely clinch victories in Week 5

SportsMap Houston
National reaction: With so many Texas schools losing, was SMU this week’s biggest winner?
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Texas scene
Longview News-Journal
CFB Overtime: Recapping Week 5’s action
Around the ACC: Week 5 Recap
SB Nation
College football winners and losers Week 5: Clemson suddenly looks vulnerable
The Washington Post
NCAA Week 5 — Team of the Week
Pro Football Focus
‘WXII 12 News at 11’
WXII-TV (Greensboro, N.C.)
WHAM-TV (Rochester, N.Y.)

Texas college football rankings: Longhorns, Aggies at the top
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UTSA to host UTEP in Conference USA opener on Saturday
An article about University of Texas at San Antonio football mentions that the Roadrunners will play Rice Oct. 6.
UTSA Athletics
Roadrunners outlast UTEP in conference opener
UTSA Athletics

UTSA presents golden opportunity for UTEP to snap losing streak
An article about University of Texas at El Paso football mentions that the Miners will play Rice Nov. 3.
KROD Online

Friday night highlights: The Woodlands, Klein Oak up the ante
Rice assistant football coach Drew Svoboda is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 29 print edition with a different headline, “The Woodlands’ night.”)

College football preview: Prairie View A&M versus Grambling St.
Rice Stadium is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

With new head coach and returning talent, swim and dive hopes for inspired season
Former Rice assistant swimming coach Amanda Caldwell is featured and pictured.
The George-Anne

Hein, Poestinger shine in day 1 at Rice Invite
Two articles about the Texas Tamale Invitational tennis tournament hosted by Rice mentions player A.J. Valenty.
UTSA Athletics 
Pioneers underway at the Rice Invite

University of Denver Athletics

Steelers inducting Buddy Dial into Hall of Honor
An article featuring the late Buddy Dial, a former Rice football player who was selected Sophomore of the Year in the Southwest Conference in 1956, mentions that he will be inducted into the Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor. Dial was inducted into the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame in 1971.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

AP Sportlight
An article mentions that a 2004 football game between Rice and San Jose State University broke the record for highest-scoring regulation game in Division I-A history, with the Spartans winning 70-63.
News-Press Now (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Reading Eagle and the Daily Inter Lake.)

Women’s soccer C-USA road swing continues at Charlotte
An article about Marshall University women’s soccer mentions that the Herd will play Rice Oct. 12. Articles about University of Texas at San Antonio women’s soccer mentions that the Roadrunners lost to Rice.
Soccer: North Texas shuts out UTSA 4-0
Denton Record-Chronicle
Soccer travels to North Texas on Sunday
UTSA Athletics

Rice posts win over volleyball in Houston
An article about University of Texas at San Antonio volleyball mentions that the Roadrunners lost to Rice 3-1 Sept. 28.
UTSA Athletics

Volleyball: Blue Raiders fall to Southern Miss in first conference home game
An article about Middle Tennessee State University volleyball mentions that the Blue Raiders will play Rice Oct. 5.
MTSU Sidelines

Texas goes with offensive lineup during win streak versus K-State
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
The Texas 10: Who the top Longhorns are through 4 games

Pittsburg’s Keontae Burns commits to SMU
An article mentions that Jawan King plans to play football at Rice.

Southern Miss at Auburn by the numbers: Tigers seek to continue homecoming tradition
Rice is mentioned.

Following Trevon Hill’s dismissal, Emmanuel Belmar gets his shot for Virginia Tech
Rice is mentioned.
Clay Center Dispatch (Subscription is required.)

Snap judgments: Auburn 24, Southern Miss 13
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

UTSA back in a defensive mood
Rice is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News

4-star Canadian PG has connection to Gophers, will announce decision Tuesday
Rice is mentioned.
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Santa Clara swim club head coach John Bitter fired for financial irregularities
Rice is mentioned.
Swimming World Magazine


Religious discrimination and hate crimes focus of Rice event
Rice will host “From Discrimination to Hate Crimes: A Conversation on What Some Religious Americans Are Facing Today” Oct. 3. The event will include a panel discussion with Rabbi Steven Morgen of Congregation Beth Yeshurun; Christopher Scheitle, an assistant professor of sociology at West Virginia University; and Manpreet Singh with The Sikh Coalition. The panelists will discuss the experiences of victims of religious discrimination and religiously motivated hate crimes in the U.S. today.

About Stefan De La Garza

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