Dateline Rice for Oct. 4, 2018


Sorry, President Trump, decency beats dollars
Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and professor of political science, is quoted in an op-ed about how voters may cast their ballots for Democrats this fall despite their general satisfaction with the economy.
The New York Times

Mark Jones discusses Brazilian presidential election
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 by Voice of America about the Brazilian presidential election. He is also quoted in FiveThirtyEight about Texas’ 7th Congressional District, the Dallas Observer about Texas’ 32nd Congressional District, the Huntsville Item about the elimination of straight-ticket voting in Texas and the Beaumont Enterprise about possible pay increases for firefighters in Houston.
Voice of America
Spend 32 minutes in the ultimate Romney-Clinton district 
Republicans are putting everything they have behind Pete Sessions
Dallas Observer
Texas gets ready to cast final straight-ticket ballots Nov. 6
Huntsville Item (This article also appeared in the Gainesville Register.)
Turner, Lancton to debate firefighter ‘pay parity’ at forum
Beaumont Enterprise

A liberal congressman forces Cruz into a toss-up race in deep-red Texas 
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Yahoo! New Zealand (This article also appeared in Daily Magazine.)

How elite Ivy Leaguers are spending big in battleground states to turn Senate blue
An article about top contributors to the campaign of Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, as he seeks to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz mentions Rice.
Washington Times


Coral reef art exhibit to show how humans can damage these ecosystems
An article feature’s the exhibition “Like There’s No Tomorrow,” by Lina Dib, a lecturer in the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice. Dib was one of six artists to receive a $10,000 Art for Science Rising grant funded by the Union of Concerned Scientists to create public art that highlights the role science plays in protecting public health and safety.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

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 Houston

Photos: Time travel back to Houston in 1993
A caption in a slideshow mentions that former President Jimmy Carter gave a commencement speech at Rice in 1993.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-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.
Mineral Wells Index

Houston film advocate hopes to reel in more state funds 
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


‘Channel 5 News This Morning’
A television broadcast featuring high school student Xin Hoi Ooi mentions that she has taken classes at Rice.
KGRV-TV (Harlingen, Texas)

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Md.)
A caller mentions that he is an alumnus of Rice.


Rebecca Richards-Kortum: ‘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
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Baker Botts to co-host the 2nd Global Energy Summit
An article mentions that Baker Botts LLP and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will co-host the second Global Energy Summit Oct. 11 titled “Revolutions in Energy? The Roles of Markets, Technology and Policy.” Speakers at the summit will include James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and former U.S. secretary of state; Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and Senior Director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; and Edward P. Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute. Medlock is also quoted in an article from the Toronto Star about a planned liquefied natural gas plant in British Columbia.
World Pipelines
Despite politicians’ LNG back-patting, hopes for BC boom remain distant, economists say
Toronto Star

Houston scientist Jim Allison wins Nobel 
An article mentions Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Medical Health News

Shell scenario depicts an energy future that relies on renewables
An article mentions that Shell’s chief energy adviser Wim Thomas mapped out an efficiency-driven world’s road to a net-zero emissions future at a recent talk at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Oil and Gas Investor (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Midstream Business.)

JAGGAER officially sponsors 500th education industry event 
An article mentions that 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.
Global Banking & Finance Review

Yale endowment hits $24.9 billion record high, beating Harvard’s growth 
An article about the 2017 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments mentions Rice.
24/7 Wall St.

States and colleges with the most borrowers in default 
An article about default rates among college graduates mentions Rice.
Value Penguin

Recent disasters reveal racial discrimination in FEMA aid process 
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Nation of Change

10 best BBQ places in Houston
Gatlin’s BBQ, a restaurant run by alumnus Greg Gatlin ’03, is featured.
Condé Nast Traveler

Architect Robert Venturi passes at 93
An article mentions that the late Robert Venturi Jr., who died Sept. 17 at 93, formerly taught at Rice.
Business of Home

To shine the light of truth 
Alexander Byrd, associate professor of history, is quoted in an op-ed.

10 megatendencias para el futuro de Latinoamérica 
An article about future trends in Latin America mentions a Rice study of the nanomedicine market.
La Nota Economica (An English translation is not available.)


Franke Lectures to explore Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’
An article mentions that Steven Crowell, the Joseph and Joanna Nazro Mullen Professor in Humanities at Rice, will give a talk titled “Methodological Atheism: An Essay in Second-Person Phenomenology” Dec. 4 at the Franke Lectures in the Humanities at Yale University.
Yale News

Making friends online is a numbers game
Two articles feature Rice research that determined online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join rather than their types. Co-author Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted and pictured in the Irish Times.
Irish Times
Makin banyak grup media sosial makin banyak teman 
IDN Times (An English translation is not available.)

18 new Icelandic names now legal
Jon Gnarr, former mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland, and writer-in-residence at Rice in 2015, is mentioned.
Guide to Iceland Now

Professor charged with assault out for semester
An article mentions that alumna Sravana Borkataky-Varma ’14 will take over the teaching duties for a professor accused of sexual misconduct at the University of Montana.
Montana Kaimin

‘First Man’ recounts man’s quest to reach the moon 
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Bay News 9 Online (This article also appeared in Spectrum News Austin.)

Ulovlig nett-TV kobles til sjeikenes maktkamp: Barnslig 
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)


Police homicide division investigating former Rice football star’s death
The late Blain Padgett, a former Rice football player who died in 2017, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Laredo Morning Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)
Suspicious death of Texas football player probed by police
Spero News
Death of Rice football star being investigated as a homicide
Fox 26 News
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 5 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

UTSA’s Strong seeing improvement after rough start to 2018 season
Several articles mention Rice football will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 6 at Rice Stadium.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Miners axed by Roadrunners 
The Paisano
The Longhorns have impressed as of late, but have they done enough to secure the No. 1 spot in this week’s rankings?
SportsMap Houston

Here’s which Texas college football coaches made the most money last season
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

C-USA: UTEP Miners play host to the North Texas Mean Green
Rice football’s Nov. 3 game against the University of Texas at El Paso is mentioned. The article also mentions that player Austin Walter is No. 1 in Conference USA in average yards per carry with 6.49.
Best College Sports News Network

Houston Cougars open conference schedule Thursday night
Rice football’s Sept. 1 loss to the University of Houston is mentioned.
Sealy News

Pinckney leads Georgia State in receiving, headlines local players in college football
Rice football’s Sept. 29 loss to Wake Forest University is mentioned.

Volleyball: Blue Raiders take down TSU Tigers on road in thrilling match
An article about Middle Tennessee State University volleyball mentions that the Blue Raiders will play Rice Oct. 5.
MTSU Sidelines

‘Local 33 News at 10’
A television broadcast about Louisiana State University’s football schedule mentions that the Tigers will play Rice Nov. 17.
WVLA-TV (Baton Rouge, La.)
Curtailing tailgating: LSU students, football fans mixed on school’s mid-season restriction

Hilltoppers set to face one of C-USA’s toughest nonconference schedules
An article about Western Kentucky University basketball mentions Rice.
Bowling Green Daily News

Santa Clara Swim Club officials allege former CEO embezzled more than $600k
An article about the Santa Clara Swim Club mentions that Rice has a top-ranked swim program.
CBS San Francisco (A similar article also appeared in Texas Swimming Blog.)

Guerin Emig: Texas’ recent fight honors its program and rivalry with Oklahoma
Rice is mentioned.
Clay Center Dispatch (Subscription is required.)


Light makes Rice U. catalyst more effective
Rice nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient. The research comes as governments and industry are investing billions of dollars to develop infrastructure and markets for carbon-free liquid ammonia fuel that will not contribute to greenhouse warming.

About Stefan De La Garza

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