Dateline Rice for Oct. 8, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Brazilians vote for next president on Sunday
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 several articles. Those articles include: Voice of America and Radio Nacional about presidential election in Brazil; the Guardian about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz; The Observer about President Donald Trump stumping for Cruz and; the Cleburn Times-Review about the end of straight-ticket voting in Texas. Jones is interviewed in the second Radio Nacional entry about the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and he is interviewed by KLBJ about O’Rourke’s rejection of an endorsement by former President Barack Obama.
Voice of America (This article also appeared in
El análisis de los principales candidatos de las elecciones en Brasil
Radio Nacional (An English translation is not available.)
Can Beto do it? How Texas holds the key to America’s future
The Guardian
The man to take down Trump?
The Observer
Changes coming for straight-ticket ballots
Cleburne Times-Review (This article also appeared in the Jacksonville Progress.)
Bloque 3 emision 7 de Octubre 2018
Radio Nacional (An English translation is not available.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)

Donald Trump, arms dealer-in-chief
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in a Yahoo! News article about the Trump’s administration’s international weapons deals. He is also quoted in the Globe and Mail and he appears on CNN about the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in the Huffington Post.)
Kavanaugh confirmation produces a court that mirrors the divisions
The Globe and Mail (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy.)
‘CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield’

Saudi prince’s image seen at risk over missing critic
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possible political fallout after a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s rulers disappeared.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)

‘Venus flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA
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.
Futurity (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Rory Kennedy: ‘In our family there was no tolerance for being a victim’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Guardian


Even after Harvey, Houston keeps adding new homes in flood plains
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, is quoted in an article exploring why one in five new homes permitted in Houston in the year after Hurricane Harvey is in a flood plain. Blackburn is interviewed by KTRH about the Oct. 26 announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan for flood mitigation along Texas Gulf Coast.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition with a different headline, “Houston keeps building new homes in flood plains.”)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Jewish items sought in Houston preservation project
An article mentions that Rice’s newly created Houston Jewish History Archive, which preserves documents and historical records including those almost lost during Hurricane Harvey, is seeking family heirlooms, particularly cookbooks, that can be donated for preservation through Rice’s Jewish Studies program. The archive is housed in the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library and headed by Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies. Furman is also pictured throughout the slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 8 print edition with a different headline, “Preservation project seeks Jewish relics.“)

In deep-red Texas, El Paso liberal forces Cruz into toss-up
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.
Tribune-Review (This article also appeared the Santa Fe New Mexican, the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Beaumont Enterprise.)

ROCO challenges its audience to a compositional mind game
Richard Lavenda, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Drawing a line in the sand when it comes to the Alamo [opinion]
Brian Huberman, professor of visual arts, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Alamo heroes deserve to be defended.”)

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Booty cams, Nobel Prize and voter registration
An article mentions Professor Emeritus Robert Curl, the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry co-winner.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Oct. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Thumbs up thumbs down,” and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Parking garages drive public art projects in Houston
An article about artistic parking garages in Houston features Rice’s Cambridge building parking garage (image 7 and 8 in the slideshow), which has angled mesh screens in a fig vine pattern to blend in with the tree-lined campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Parking garages increasingly get colorful touches.”)

For State Representative, District 134: Sarah Davis
An article mentions that alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 is a Democratic candidate for Texas House District 134.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Klein ISD board of trustees candidates answer questions about district issues at community forum
Rice is mentioned.
Community Impact Newspaper

Lone Star College-Montgomery piano students perform at prestigious festival
An article about the Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Triumph Piano Festival mentions that competitors had opportunities to network with professors and students from Rice.
Woodlands Online

Native plants bring wildlife out to play
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. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Democrats dominate colleges and universities’ faculty campaign donations, especially in Ivy League
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.

KISD hosts college fair for students
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Richard Tapia, National Medal of Science and Rice University Professor
Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics, is featured in a broadcast celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

‘KHOU 11 News’
A television broadcast mentions that U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, will speak at Rice.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
Busy day on the campaign trail for Cruz, O’Rourke
KHOU Online

History Channel
The Rice campus appears in a broadcast about the history of nanomachines. The broadcast also mentions that Rice developed the first motor driven submersible nanomachines in 2015.


8 best parks in Houston
The Rice campus, a 300-acre green oasis in the center of the country’s fourth largest city and designated teaching and research arboretum, is featured.
Condé Nast Traveler

Utah Opera opens 2018-19 season with Gounod’s tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’
An article mentions that Vera Lúcia Calábria once directed Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” at Rice.
Broadway World

Expert offers climate strategies for oil producer countries
An article cites a recent paper by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and mentions that he presented his finding during an International Energy Agency event for the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2018.

Why Texas hospitals’ urge-to-merge takes precedence
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted in an article about the recent proposal to merge the Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health and Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health systems.
HealthLeaders Media

Picture this: Laser engravers and food
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed a laser-based method for writing patterns in various materials by turning the targeted areas into graphene.

Here’s how the G20 Interfaith Forum looks to turn potential into action
An article about the G20 Interfaith Forum quotes Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
Deseret News (This article also appeared in Real Estate News Utah.)

Rice team demonstrates more efficient photocatalyst for converting ammonia to hydrogen
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.
Green Car Congress (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy, CMFE News and

It’s not fear that gets in the way of daring leadership. It’s our armor.
An article examining how leadership skills are developed mentions Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

ArtistWorks William Caballero French horn lessons online review
Former Rice professor and principal horn for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra William Caballero is profiled.

Seeking to boost oil production, petroleum researchers turn to nanotech
Saebom Ko, a postdoctoral research associate, is quoted.
Chemical & Engineering News

Με επιτυχία το 1ο Διεθνές Διεπιστημονικό Συνέδριο Νανοτεχνολογίας και Βιοεπιστημών
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is pictured. (This article also appeared in Prisma News.)


This Texas university will offer free tuition to low-income and middle-class students
An article about The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, quotes President David Leebron.

Venezuela: The Syria of Latin America
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted in an article about the political and economic crises facing Venezuela.
The Cornell Review

To win friends online join many 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. The New Kerala mentions that Shrivastava is one of Science News’ 10 “Scientists to Watch,” which highlights early- and mid-career scientists.
Cordova Times
Science News presents ‘The SN 10: Scientists to Watch’
New Kerala

Sorry Mr. President, but 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.
Las Vegas Sun

Upcoming exhibition on Statesboro campus to feature work of artist Ken Wood
An article about Ken Wood mentions that some of his artwork is in Rice’s collection.
Georgia Southern University News

Ronald Hovind
An article mentions that alumnus Ronald Hovind ’77 died Aug. 9 at the age of 63.
Chippewa Herald


Ex-Rice football player arrested in connection to former teammate’s opioid death
Numerous articles and broadcasts report on former Rice football players Stuart Mouchantaf and the late Blain Padgett, who died in 2018.
USA Today
Former football player charged in Rice football star Blain Padgett’s death
Fox 26 Online
Ex-Rice player charged in the death of Owls DL Blain Padgett
NBC Sports
Former Rice football player charged in death of Blain Padgett
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and 10 other media outlets.)
Former college football player arrested in death of former star teammate
The Spun
Ex-teammate arrested in the death of Rice football player Blain Padgett
CBS Sports
Former Rice football player charged for death of another player
Houston Public Media
Kavanaugh’s confirmation advances in Senate, Mattress Firm files for bankruptcy and former Rice football player charged
Houston Public Media
Former teammate charged in Rice star’s death
CompuServe Sports
KFI-AM (Los Angeles)
Former college football star sold lineman elephant tranquilizer that led to fatal overdose: Cops
Report: Arrest made in case involving death of former Rice football player
Saturday Down South 
Former Rice football player charged in connection with Blain Padgett’s drug overdose

Former Rice football player charged after allegedly giving Blain Padgett deadly pill
KTRK Online
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KZTV Action 10 News
Former college football player arrested after his teammate dies of an opioid overdose
College football: Marshall, Georgia Tech run all over Louisville 66-31
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required.)
Friday’s sports in brief
Tampa Bay Times
KTRK-TV (Houston)
WRIC-TV (Richmond, Va.)
KFDM-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
FOX News alert with Roger Stern
WHAM-AM (Rochester, New York) (This segment aired on 20 other affiliate radio stations.)
WTIC-TV (Harford-New Haven, Conn.)
KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
WTTE-TV (Columbus, Ohio)
WTVG-TV (Toledo, Ohio)
KTVK-TV (Phoenix) (Similar segments aired on 10 other affiliate television stations.)
KPRC-TV (Houston) (Similar segments aired on 10 other affiliate television stations.)

Daniels, defense help UTSA beat Rice 20-3
Numerous articles and broadcasts mention Rice football’s Oct. 6 loss to the University of Texas at San Antonio by a score of 20-3.
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Washington Post and more than 60 other outlets.)   
Rice falls to UTSA for 5th consecutive loss
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition with a different headline, “Defensive duel ultimately tilts Roadrunners’ way.”)
Texas scene
Longview News-Journal 
Defense proves dominant in win at Rice

UTSA Athletics 
College football: Texas upsets No. 7 Oklahoma after blowing lead

Los Angeles Times (This Associated Press article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
UTSA defense dominates in win against Rice
San Antonio Express-News
UTSA dominates Rice by 17, 20-3: Game recap
Hero Sports Blog
Daniels, defense help UTSA beat Rice 20-3
The Edwardsville Intelligencer
Texas college football rankings: Cougars move up
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texas college football rankings: Longhorns in Big 12 driver’s seat
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
College football preview: UTSA at Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘Good Day Alabama’
A television broadcast mentions that the University of Alabama Birmingham football team will play Rice.
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala.)

James Blake edges John McEnroe in Electric Invesco Series QQQ Final in Houston
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

Texas A&M concludes road swing at South Carolina
An article Texas A&M volleyball mentions that South Carolina University volleyball lost to Rice Aug. 31.
KBTX Online

UH 41, Tulsa 26: Inside the box score
An article mentions that Rice football has lost 31 times to the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Klein Collins shuts out Klein Oak
Rice assistant football coach Drew Svoboda is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Tigers extend district win streak to 19 with victory over Klein Oak
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Tigers overcome shaky start.”)

Who needs to win the Red River Showdown more: Texas or Oklahoma?
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News

Game primer: OU vs. Texas
An article mentions that Rice football player Jack Fox is one of just three kickers nationally to lead his team in placekicking, punting and kickoff duties.

Week 6 games that will impact the College Football Playoff
Rice football’s loss to Wake Forest University Sept. 29 is mentioned.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Daily American.)

UTSA set for Maridoe Intercollegiate this weekend
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio golf mentions that Rice competed in the Maridoe Intercollegiate Golf Tournament Oct. 6.
UTSA Athletics

C-USA releases Football Championship game details
An article about the Conference USA Football Championship Dec. 1 mentions Rice.
Best College Sports News Network

Let’s talk about MWC expansion
Rice is mentioned.
The Sheridan Press

North Texas soccer holds on to beat Rice 1-0 in battle for 1st in C-USA
An article about North Texas University soccer mentions that the Mean Green defeated Rice Oct. 5 with a score of 1-0.
North Texas Daily

Under the hood: Texas
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

Olmsted Falls football: Bulldogs out-gunned in loss to Berea-Midpark
An article mentions that Trevor Byczynski plans to play football at Rice.
The Morning Journal

Vandy hires consulting firm Korn Ferry for its AD search
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Vanderbilt University News and the Nashville Post.)

Z-Factor: Have no fear, Vance is here!
Former Rice football player Vance McDonald is featured and pictured.
Steel City Underground


Baker Institute expert: Liquefied natural gas permitting still a work in progress
The rise in U.S. oil and natural gas production is altering the profile of the country’s energy landscape and driving federal agencies to adjust their long-standing processes due to the uptick in permit applications for proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice U. pursues endgame for diabetes
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering a four-year, $2.8 million R01 grant to design hydrogel-encapsulated cells that, when placed into a patient, sense blood glucose levels and produce insulin on demand. These on-board drug factories would eliminate the need for patients to persistently monitor their blood glucose and administer insulin shots and lead to a potential cure for many patients afflicted with this disease.

About Stefan De La Garza

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