Dateline Rice for Oct. 5, 2018


Biannual ‘An Evening in Rice‘s Honour’ gala raises $300,000 at River Oaks Country Club
Rice President David Leebron, University Representative Y. Ping Sun and board of trustees advisor Walter McReynolds are pictured at the “An Evening for Rice’s Honour” gala Oct. 3. Additional Rice community members pictured or quoted include: Trey Mattson ’18 (image 2); Leland Winston ’69, Donald Bowers ’90 and Adam Peakes ’95 (image 3); Wiess College freshman Chance Allshouse (image 4); Merritt McReynolds Marinelli ’92 and Larkin McReynolds ’94 (image 5); Senior Associate Athletics Director and Chief Development Officer Brian Mann and head volleyball coach Genny Volpe (image 6); George Gonzalez ’90 (image 7); trustee Bucky Allshouse (image 8); Leticia ’86 and Steve Trauber ’84 (image 9); Jesus Patino ’08 (image 10); Kenneth Baugh ’01 (image 11); trustee Jeff Rose ’77 (image 12); Tom Hetherington ’94 (image 13); Trevor Cobb ’02 (image 14); trustee Charles Duncan ’47 (image 15); trustee emeritus Jim Crownover ’65 (image 16); Chris Shoppa ’83 and Will Shoppa ’10 (image 17); and Jen Patton ’00 (image 18). Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren and head baseball coach Matt Bragga are mentioned. Additional Rice community members pictured or mentioned in PaperCity include: Trustees chair Bobby Tudor ’82; Tommy Reckling ’54; trustee Bob McNair; trustees advisor Judy Ley Allen ’61; Joe Savery ’08; Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard; men’s head basketball coach Scott Pera; women’s head basketball coach Tina Langley; and the Rice Owls Marching Band.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Beaumont Enterprise.)
Rice Athletics get a boost from powerhouse alumni in River Oaks


To make friends online, join more groups
An article features research from co-authors Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, and graduate student Chen Luo that determined online friendships depend mainly on the number of groups and organizations you join rather than their types.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Oct. 5 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)

Tiny spheres make concrete greener and stronger
Rice researchers 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 (This article was featured in the Oct. 5 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)

Review: Slick ‘Above and Beyond’ showcases NASA’s triumphs and earthbound concerns
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times


Hobby School Survey shows lingering impact of Harvey
An article mentions that 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, contributed to research on the long-term effects of Hurricane Harvey. Jones is quoted in the Corsicana Daily Sun about the end of straight-ticket voting in Texas, and Stein is quoted in the Galveston County Daily News about sports tourism for small- and medium-sized communities and interviewed by KUT about alumnus Todd Litton ’01, who is running for U.S. Representative in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District.
University of Houston News
Changes coming as Texas prepares to cast final straight-ticket ballots
Corsicana Daily Sun (This article also appeared in the Weatherford Democrat.)
Even if you build it, they still might not come
Galveston County Daily News
KUT-AM (Austin)

Army Corps set to propose hurricane protection plan for Houston
An article mentions Rice’s navigation gate storm surge protection proposal.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle and the Insurance Journal.)

Listen: Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn’s smoked-meat life
A “BBQ State of Mind” podcast discusses Rice’s plant-based charcuterie, which includes brisket. An article from Our Everyday Life cites a Rice list of suitable cheeses for vegetarians.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Beaumont Enterprise and Laredo Morning Times.)
List of vegetarian cheeses
Our Everyday Life

These Houston public high schools claim the most Harvard, Princeton and MIT grads
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Remember when Dennis Hopper was ‘Reborn’ in Houston?
An article mentions that Brian Huberman, professor of visual arts, and Dennis Hopper attended a screening of Hopper’s film “Out of the Blue” at the Rice Media Center in 1983. Huberman is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 5 print edition with a different headline, “Dennis Hopper is ‘Reborn.'”)

Op-ed: Female workers deserve access to industrial workwear
Alumna Jane Henry ’18 authored an op-ed about making protective clothing and equipment for women in civil, commercial and industrial careers.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Saint Arnold looks back on 25 years of trailblazing
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87, co-founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Co., is featured.
Houston Press

Series explores Judaism’s change after fall of Second Temple
An article mentions that Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll & Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, will speak Oct. 10 at Congregation Brith Shalom in Houston.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Historical museum explores unique Texas history with archeologists
August Costa, adjunct lecturer in anthropology at Rice and lab director for the Houston Archeological Society, is featured.
The Facts

Bulb Mart offers native plants, talks as well as tulips
An article mentions that a “pocket prairie” was planted at the Harris Gully Natural Area at Rice for student research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice Village recent changes
An article mentions that Rice opened Shop Rice Owls in Rice Village.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Will this year’s flu vaccine work better than last year’s?
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, is interviewed about what contributes to the efficacy of flu vaccines. Deem is also quoted in an Everyday Health article on the topic.
Texas Standard (This broadcast also aired on more than 40 other affiliate stations.)
Researchers hope universal flu vaccine trials may yield broader protection
Everyday Health


New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
An article mentions that Rice researchers have developed micron-sized spheres created to catch and destroy bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. Co-authors Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and graduate student Danning Zhang are quoted.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine, Laboratory Equipment and Science Daily.)

Plasmonic effect that allows nanocatalyst to work at lower energy
An article mentions that 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. Quoted are Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute; and graduate students Linan Zhou and Dayne Swearer.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in Tdnews, Science Daily,, Chemistry World, Science Codex and Photonics Online.)

Symphony musician, alumnus to perform with Fredonia Wind Ensemble
An article mentions that Arthur Gottschalk, professor and chair of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, composed “Hacksaw,” which will be performed by the Fredonia Wind Ensemble Oct. 6 at the Rockefeller Arts Center in Fredonia, N.Y. The article also mentions that Gottschalk formerly received the Meritorious Service Award, the highest honor for a non-graduate of Rice, from the Association of Rice Alumni.

Does Uber kill? The real cost of ride-sharing
An article mentions that Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student Livia Yi co-authored a study that determined ride-sharing increased the number of car registrations by 3 percent and increased the number of fatal accidents by 3 percent.
University of Chicago’s ProMarket

Mouse stem cells made to form embryo-like structures
An article quotes Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering.
The Scientist

How the ICJ’s verdict will affect Chile and Bolivia’s century-old sea dispute
An article quotes Christopher Sabatini, nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
World Politics Review

Meet the four WISE Women for 2019
An article mentions that Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named one of BioHouston’s Women In Science Excellence award winners. The honor recognizes women in science-related roles who have made significant contributions in STEM fields.
Global Banking & Finance Review

Oil trades near 4-year peak ahead of US sanctions on Iran
Anna Mikulska, a nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about rising oil prices.

30 colleges with the best on-campus food in the US, according to students
An article that mentions Rice is one of the top 30 universities in the U.S. for on-campus food options according to quotes an anonymous Rice student.
Business Insider Australia

Arundo Analytics adds new members 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.
World Pipelines

STEMscopes New Mexico 3D approved as core basal in science for grades K-12
An article mentions that Accelerate Learning and STEMscopes, which delivers digital STEM curriculum in all 50 states, originated at Rice.
Global Banking & Finance Review

Ballet Hispánico School of Dance announces fall 2018 adult dance and fitness classes
An article mentions that Michelle Manzanales formerly taught at Rice.
Broadway World

Hoover hosts the 1st ever Silas Palmer Fellowship Conference!
An article mentions that graduate student Nate George discussed revolution and empire in Lebanon Aug. 9 at the Silas Palmer Fellowship Conference.
Hoover Institution

SMU engineering profs receive NSF grant to improve drone communications
Alumni Dinesh Rajan ’99 and Joe Camp ’06 are featured.
Stockbroker News

Movement to provide free textbooks for STEM students gets $4.9M boost
Three articles mention OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Credible News
Bradford and Brown: To imagine the future, you need to discuss what it could be
The 74
Students struggle with steep textbook prices, professors explore free alternatives
The Arkansas Traveler

How Meg mastered the Gentle art of taking her chances
An article features and pictures alumna Meg Gentle ’04.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)


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

Local teens organize eighth annual TEDxYouth event
An article featuring McMurtry College junior Shravya Kakulamarri mentions that she spoke at TEDxYouth Sept. 29.
Redmond Reporter

The Jaffe Group at Morgan Stanley
Alumna Raquel Zisman ’95 is featured and pictured.
Jacksonville Magazine

Students’ pride lies in their contributions
An article mentions Rice’s residential college system.
The Trinitonian

Estudiantes de la UCR exponen sus investigaciones en universidad estadounidense
An article mentions that the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium will take place at Rice Oct. 9. Adria Baker, associate vice provost for international education and executive director of the Office of International Students and Scholars; and Seiichi Matsuda, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the E. Dell Butcher Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and biochemistry and cell biology, are featured and pictured.
Universidad de Costa Rica (An English translation is not available.)


Ex-Rice football player charged in opioid death of lineman
Numerous articles and broadcasts feature former Rice football players Stuart Mouchantaf and the late Blain Padgett, who died in 2018.
The New York Times (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 130 other media outlets.)
Former Rice athlete charged in opioid death of football player
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Man charged after allegedly giving Rice football star Blain Padgett deadly pill
One little pill: Parents sound alarm after Rice football star’s opioid death
Ex-Rice player Stuart Mouchantaf accused of giving deadly pill to teammate
Bleacher Report
Fox 26
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KTRH-AM (Houston) (A similar segment aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore., KRLD in Dallas and KFI in Los Angeles.)

Rice basketball feeling rejuvenated in early practices
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is featured and pictured, and players Josh Parrish and Jack Williams are quoted. Players Quentin Millora-Brown, Trey Murphy, Drew Peterson, Chris Mullins and Ako Adams and former player Connor Cashaw are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

College football picks: Week 6 predictions for every game
Rice football is mentioned or featured in several articles ahead of the Owls’ game against the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 6 at Rice Stadium.
Bleacher Report (This article also appeared in
Rice aims to show its improvement as it welcomes UTSA to Houston
SB Nation
Roadrunners to travel to Houston to face Rice on Saturday
UTSA Athletics 
Week 6 Conference USA power rankings: Louisiana Tech vaults to top after UNT upset
Jackson Clarion Ledger
UTSA safety C.J. Levine on the Rice Owls’ offense
KENS5 Online
Choosing C-USA: Week 6 Predictions
SB Nation

Players to watch: Clemson Tigers
Rice football’s Sept. 29 loss to Wake Forest University is mentioned. Players Austin Walter and Houston Robert are featured.
SN Nation

Week 6 ACC football power poll
Rice’s loss to Wake Forest University is mentioned.
Daily Progress (This article also appeared in News & Advance, the Danville Register and Bee and the Free Lance-Star.)

Philippoussis beats Courier for true champions classic title In St. Louis
An article mentions that John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and James Blake will play a one-night Champions Cup tennis tournament Oct. 5 at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse.
World Tennis Magazine (This article also appeared in Tennis Grandstand.)

Guerin Emig: Joe Castiglione’s respect for/admiration of Chris Del Conte bodes well for OU, Texas and Big 12
An article about former Rice athletics director Chris Del Conte quotes Joe Castiglione, who formerly worked at Rice.
Tulsa World (This article also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)

Oklahoma-Texas meet in the 113th Red River Shootout, Notre Dame visits Virginia Tech, BC goes on the road to take on NC State
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Patriot Ledger (This article also appeared in The Enterprise, and Saturday Football.)
UF unveils ‘moonshot’ initiative (This article also appeared in the Gainesville Sun.)

Culinary kickoff
A food blog features Rice Stadium.
The Buzz Magazines

Speedy Texas receiver Calvin Wiggins talks about his recruitment and more
Rice is mentioned.
The Bear Insider


New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
Rice scientists have developed something akin to the Venus’ flytrap of particles for water remediation. Micron-sized spheres created in the lab of Rice environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez are built to catch and destroy bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical used to make plastics.

About Stefan De La Garza

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