Dateline Rice for Oct. 3, 2018


America’s clergy are teaming up with scientists
An article about the effort to bridge the growing science-religion divide quotes Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences.

Test checks how atom-thin materials interact with light
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 research is also featured in a roundup of materials stories by the American Ceramic Society.
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society (Scroll down to “Other stories.”)


The best Texas colleges for each degree, from music to engineering
Many of Rice’s undergraduate degree programs are the best in Texas, according to an article examining’s student data. The programs include architecture, art, computer science, economics, engineering, English, music, political science and psychology.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Times, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

What Houston misses when it comes to flooding [opinion]
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, authored an op-ed arguing that Houston must plan on living with water in order to manage future flooding events. Blackburn is quoted in the Houston Business Journal about voluntary “cleanup plans” for former industrial sites undergoing redevelopment.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Oct. 3 print edition with a different headline, “Houston’s future must own flooding problem,” and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News)
Hazardous materials previously found at site of new $500M mixed-use project, records show
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Texas ranks as second most diverse state in US, new study says
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is quoted in an article about how Texas has become the second most diverse state in the U.S. after California.
CultureMap Dallas (This article also appeared in CultureMap Austin.)

Houston Chamber Choir signed on to noted record label
Ken Cowan, professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be featured on the Houston Chamber Choir’s new CD, which will be released in April 2019.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Times, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Houston’s period-instrument group puts music in its original context
Brian Connelly, artist teacher of piano and director of the Piano and Chamber Music Accompanying Program at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured. Connelly and Sergiu Luca, formerly professor of violin at the Shepherd School, are co-founders of Music in Context, which will present “Romances & Fairytales” Oct. 21 at Duncan Hall at the Shepherd School. Graduate student Natalie Lin, who will perform as part of the program, is pictured.
Arts and Culture Texas

Photos: Boutique service for new moms to open in downtown Houston
An article featuring and picturing Abbey Donnell mentions that she attended Rice.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

The past 25 years of university presidents
An article about former Texas A&M University presidents mentions that Ray Bowen is currently a visiting distinguished professor at Rice.
The Battalion

MD Anderson creates program for young 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 Memorial Examiner

College Night helping students in Cy-Fair ISD take next step
An article mentions that Rice will attend the 24th annual College Night Oct. 9 at the Berry Center in Cypress.
Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein


Will health care merger lower costs for Texas patients?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is interviewed in an episode of “Houston Matters” about how mergers between large hospital systems may ultimately raise health care costs.
Houston Public Media

Deputy commissioner held private meetings in Houston when school district’s future was uncertain
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 interviewed in a broadcast and quoted in an accompanying article about Texas Deputy Education Commissioner A.J. Crabill. Jones is also quoted in the Houston Chronicle about Houston firefighters’ pay, the Austin American-Statesman about the Republican effort to confirm U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by the end of the week, and in Gas & Electricity about support in Texas for stricter gun laws.
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared in Education News.)
Turner, Lancton to debate firefighter ‘pay parity’ at forum
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Times, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)
John Cornyn playing crucial GOP role in wrangling votes for Kavanaugh
Austin American-Statesman
More than half of Texans polled wanted stricter gun laws
Gas & Electricity

What are the challenges of polling in Houston?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, discusses what makes Houston a challenging and unique place to conduct polls. Stein is also interviewed about the potential political impact of changing demographics in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
Houston Public Media
With congressman Ted Poe’s retirement, control of TX-2 may be in play 

Houston Public Media

‘Daytime with Kimberly and Esteban’
A television broadcast mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
KGBT-TV (Harlingen, Texas)

La philosophie devenue folle
The late Hugo Tristram Engelhardt Jr., who was a professor of history and philosophy of medicine, is mentioned. (An English translation is not available.)


How we describe male and female job applicants differently
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, and graduate students Christine Nittrouer and Abigail Corrington co-authored an article about how words can impact the career trajectories of women in the workplace, particularly by the language used in recommendation letters.
Harvard Business Review

The 2019 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medalist
An article featuring Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice, mentions he will be the recipient of the 2019 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal, which will be presented at the U.S. Society for Biomaterials’ annual meeting in Seattle April 2019.
Materials Today

The hidden hazards beneath Trump’s dismantling of the EPA
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, co-authored an article about the possible hazards associated with the Trump administration’s effort to quickly remediate former hazardous industrial sites with public funds for private redevelopment.
The American Prospect

New breakthrough could make concrete stronger, greener and cheaper
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 research is also featured in a roundup of materials stories by the American Ceramic Society.
Architecture and Design (Similar articles also appeared in, Idea Connection and World Industrial Reporter.)
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society (Scroll down to “Environment.”)

Shell’s Sky scenario provides view of climate challenge
An article about Shell’s chief energy adviser Wim Thomas, who spoke recently at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, quotes Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute.
Environmental & Energy News

Mitochondrial mechanisms focus of study
An article featuring Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, mentions that she is the first Rice faculty member to win a new class of grant — R35 — from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. 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.

Who’s hardest hit in this year’s MBA app slump
George Andrews, associate dean of degree programs for Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Poets & Quants (This article also appeared in Legal Insurrection.)

Arundo expands global presence by adding to board of directors
Alumnus and former Rice adjunct professor Stuart Morstead ’90, who is a new member of Arundo Analytics’ board of directors, is featured.
Information Age (This article also appeared in Global Banking & Finance Review.)

Time out! A close look at antibiotic use in post-acute and long-term care
Rice is mentioned.
Medscape (Subscription is required.)


Peters publishes in essay collection ‘Religion in the Age of Obama’
An article mentions that Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-edited a recent collection of essays titled “Religion in the Age of Obama.”
Elon University News

Scholarships available for Portsmouth Conference
An article mentions that Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, will speak at the Portsmouth Conference Oct. 18 in New Castle, N.H.

John Crisp — Good reasons to oppose Kavanaugh
Rice is mentioned in a columnist’s recollection about his high school classmates.
The Crescent-News

MPA to host admission events
Rice is mentioned in a list of colleges that have admitted students from the Morgan Park Academy in Chicago.
The Beverly Review


Rice coach Mike Bloomgren stays confident in Owls
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured and pictured in the Houston Chronicle article, and Rice football is mentioned or featured in several additional articles ahead of the Owls’ game against the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 6 at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription not required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 3 print edition with a different title, “Owls shaken, not deterred, by starting season at 1-4.”)
UTSA looks to continue winning habits against Rice
UTSA: Special teams powerhouse
Last Word on College Football
Media roundtable Oct. 1, 2018
Wilson: ‘We still have a long way to go’ (Scroll down to “2-deep depth chart vs Rice.”)
Kaz’s fearless forecast 
Bottom 25 college football rankings: UCLA looks to be down for the count this season

CBS Sports
The minority coach roundup Week 5
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Demon Deacons duo starts to click
Rice football’s Sept. 29 loss against Wake Forest University is mentioned. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted and player Jack Fox is mentioned.
Burlington Times/New Gaston Gazette
Conference USA power rankings: Week 5
SB Nation

Finally healthy, receiver Marquez Stevenson big-play threat for Houston
Rice football’s Sept. 1 loss to the University of Houston is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 3 print edition with a different title,“Stevenson in a hurry to make up for lost time.”)

What games will LSU win the rest of the way?
An article about Louisiana State University’s football schedule mentions that the Tigers will play Rice Nov. 17.
1130 The Tiger

Zimbabwean family endures strife, separation on long way home to Kamloops
A profile of a family of immigrants from Zimbabwe mentions that Rice’s football program has inquired about a student athlete named Darlington Murasiranwa. 
Kamloops This Week

The bottom 10 introduces the Arkansas Corn-Bruins
Rice football’s Nov. 3 game against the University of Texas at El Paso is mentioned.

Rice’s Lennon, Cunningham, Graham headline C-USA Week 6 honorees
An article featuring Rice volleyball players mentions that Nicole Lennon was named Conference USA’s Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Lee Ann Cunningham was named Defensive Player of the Week and Carly Graham was named Freshman of the Week. Additional articles also mention that the Owls defeated Western Kentucky University 3-1 on Sept. 30, and players Shelby Livingstone and Grace Morgan are pictured in the College Heights Herald.
VolleyMob Player of the Week: Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota
Conference rewards MU’s Brady, Bonelli
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Lady Toppers suffer first home conference loss since 2011
College Heights Herald

Sports for the record. Oct. 2, 2018
Two articles mention Rice men’s tennis player Eric Rutledge.
Tulsa World
Sports FYI
Tulsa World

Cajuns tennis teams shine in weekend competition
The Rice Invitational tennis tournament is mentioned.
The Vermilion

New Rice coach Matt Bragga announces 2019 baseball schedule
An article about Rice baseball’s 2019 schedule mentions that the season opens Feb. 15 at Reckling Park. Rice head coach Matt Bragga is featured and pictured.
Best College Sports Network News

UNT notebook: Peters coming on as Mean Green soccer team prepares for showdown with Rice
An article about University of North Texas soccer mentions that the Mean Green will play Rice Oct. 5.
Denton Record-Chronicle

SEC Runner of the Week honor for Texas A&M’s Jon Bishop
An article mentions that the Rice men’s cross-country team is ranked No. 4 in the South Central region.
KBTX Online

Jaguars challenge Stars but fall in three
Aa article mentions that Ellie Bichelmeyer plans to play volleyball at Rice.
The Examiner

Rice University picks up verbal commitment from Virginie Qian
An article featuring Virginie Qian mentions that she plans to swim for Rice.
Swimming World Magazine

Book excerpt: For USFL’s Houston Gamblers, high times on and off the field
Former Rice football player Vince Courville, who played for the defunct United States Football League’s Houston Gamblers, is quoted in an excerpt of a new book titled “Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription not required.)

Why Texas AD Chris Del Conte is evidence Horns are serious about being good again
Former Rice athletics director Chris Del Conte is featured and pictured.


Will this year’s flu shot work?
With annual flu shots on the horizon for millions of Americans, Rice bioengineer and genetics expert Michael Deem is available to discuss how our immune systems target the flu, how the flu evolves to avoid detection and the challenges vaccine designers face in creating effective annual flu shots.

About Stefan De La Garza

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