Dateline Rice for Oct. 10, 2018


Religious tolerance in Trump’s America
Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, discusses rising optimism when it comes to religious tolerance and religious literacy in the United States. Jamal is also quoted in the Dallas County News about the chance to meet people from around the world and from a variety of faiths at the G20 Interfaith Forum that was held Sept. 26-28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (This segment aired on 49 affiliate stations across Australia.)
G20 Interfaith Forum looks to turn potential into action
Dallas County News (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)


‘I know nothing’: Trump’s stance toward missing Saudi journalist sparks concern
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in Politico about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s rulers, and he authored an op-ed in World Politics Review about how the incident casts doubt on Saudi Arabia’s reformist narrative.
Politico (This article also appeared in and Fire News Feed.)
The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and a Crown Prince’s false promise
World Politics Review

Gender quotas will give C-suites the motivation to change
Yan Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an op-ed about the positive impact of California’s new law requiring publicly traded companies headquartered in the state to have at least one woman on their boards of directors.
The Hill (This article also appeared in Fire News Feed.)

3 ways to reach those elusive millennial donors
An article mentions Rice’s Owl Edge Experience Fund, which provides students with grants of up to $5,000 for summer internships and research positions.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

The best online MBA programs of 2019
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business matriculated its first cohort of online MBA students. Clear Admit mentions that the Jones School is part of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, which offers full-tuition Consortium Fellowship scholarships.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance New Zealand, Yahoo! Finance Australia, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! Sports UK and Yahoo! Sports Australia.)
Inside the Consortium application (early deadline Oct. 15)
Clear Admit


Lacy M. Johnson on injustice and ‘radical love’
Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing and author of “The Reckonings,” a collection of essays, is featured in a Q&A and pictured.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Why store-on-every-corner strategy didn’t work for Mattress Firm
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about Mattress Firm’s recent bankruptcy announcement.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Strategy didn’t work for Mattress Firm.”)

New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant
An article mentions that Rice researchers have developed micron-sized spheres that 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, is quoted. Graduate student Danning Zhang is quoted and pictured.
Texas Medical Center News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Race to raise: Boos versus Bowers
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 an article on the Texas House District 113 race.
Transparency Texas

Grant funds somatic cell genome-editing mouse models study
An article mentions that researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Gang Bao, the A.J. Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, have been awarded a $2 million U42 grant to create mouse model resources for novel genome-editing approaches.
Baylor College of Medicine News

PISD students take record number of AP exams
An article mentions that the Pasadena Independent School District board frequently sends teachers to summer programs at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Beaumont Enterprise.)

The strange saga of a sandwich
Alumnus Jonathan Horowitz ’94 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Gayest & Greatest 2018: Community
An article on the Houston LGBTQ community’s local favorites mentions that Rice was a finalist for “Favorite Local College or University.”
OutSmart Magazine

Sara Prasatik and Evelyn Terrell join Wilson Cribbs + Goren
An article mentions that Evelyn Terrell attended Rice.


Facebook banking on new ‘Portal’ smart device
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about smart devices that may not protect an individual’s privacy. (This article also appeared on KPRC Online.)

College-aged voters getting more involved ahead of November elections
Martel College junior Maddy Scannell is interviewed in a television broadcast about U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas. The broadcast also mentions that Karenna Versalovic attended Rice and that Franz Brotzen currently attends Rice.
Fox 26 Online
Fox 26 digital news brief for Oct. 9, 2018
Fox 26 Online
Today is a make-or-break day for Beto O’Rourke
Mother Jones


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 1 in 5 new homes permitted in Houston in the year after Hurricane Harvey is in a flood plain.
National Mortgage News

Pioneering women in robotics leading the industry
Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, is featured and pictured.
Analytics Insight

Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past
An article mentions that Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, co-authored “Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities” that analyzed decades-old property records of former industrial sites in select major U.S. cities.

Economic growth despite rising oil prices
Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about rising oil prices amid broader economic growth.
Bryant Archway

Researchers create microscopic spheres that could lead to low-cost synthetic concrete 
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.
Equipment World (This article also appeared in Water Online.)

Rice University researchers demonstrate new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel
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. Zhou is pictured.
FuelCellsWorks (This article also appeared in Science & Technology Research News, Today Eco, Nanotechnology Now, Deutsche Welle and

4 young musicians are gonna kick butt and take names
Rice is mentioned.

The gigafab minute and SEMI standards: A modern miracle
Alumnus Alan Weber ’73 authored an article.


Reusable software for high-performance computing
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science, is mentioned.
University of Delaware News

Barlow to speak at Women of Excellence luncheon
An article mentions that alumna Cassie Barlow ’96 will be the keynote speaker at the 22nd YWCA Women of Excellence luncheon Oct. 18 in Piqua, Ohio.
Piqua Daily Call

Pianist Staupe to kick off new concert series
Alumnus Andrew Staupe ’10 is featured and pictured.
Jackson Hole News & Guide

60 years of NASA, as told by Rory Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Former Rice player Brock Holt 1st to hit for postseason cycle as Red Sox rout Yankees
Former Rice baseball player and current Boston Red Sox player Brock Holt, who became the first player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game in an Oct. 8 victory over the New York Yankees, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in the Oct. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Holt takes unique route to recording historic cycle,” and it appeared in Yahoo! Sports, World News Network, the Beaumont Enterprise and the Laredo Morning Times.)

Rice keeps spirits up despite five-game losing streak
Several articles mention Rice football’s Oct. 6 loss against the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
3 takeaways: UTSA Roadrunners versus Rice Owls
Last Word on College Football 
UTSA football’s defense has a stellar performance

The Paisano
Texas becomes second unanimous No. 1 of the season; Baylor breaks into top 5 for first time this fall
Dallas Morning News
Peter’s pack of pickled pigskin picks 2018 Week 6
The race to be the No. 1 team in Texas is heating up between Longhorns and Aggies
SportsMap Houston
Blue Raiders have early lead in C-USA East race
Bowling Green Daily News
Game preview: Tigers travel to potential upset at Wake Forest
The Tiger

Roundup: Emerald alum David Johnson’s INT helps Tusculum past Mars Hill
Rice football player Treshawn Chamberlain is mentioned.

Sources say Mike Stoops out at Oklahoma
An article mentions the Rice football team’s red zone defense.
The Hilltop Monitor

Roman Brown finds his place on Houston defense
An article mentions the University of Houston football team’s Sept. 1 victory against Rice. Owls player Austin Trammell is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Gamble leads to payoff for Brown, Cougars.”)

Baylor reveals 2019 baseball schedule
An article mentions the Rice baseball team will play in the 2019 Shriners Hospital for Children Classic March 1-3 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
Waco Tribune-Herald (This article also appeared in The Eagle.)
Baylor baseball schedule released
KXXV News Channel
Aggies host impressive field for inaugural Arturo Barrios Invitational
An article mentions that Rice’s cross-country team will compete in the Arturo Barrios Invitational Oct. 13 at Texas A&M University.
KBTX Online

Friday night lights: Big matchups across Texas in Week 7
An article mentions that Regan Riddle plans to play football at Rice.

A quick conversation about Texas football with USA Today’s Dan Wolken
An article mentions former Rice athletics director Chris Del Conte.
Burnt Orange Nation

Tracking NJ’s junior college/prep school football players with Power 5 potential, Part 2
Rice is mentioned.

Notes from the sideline: Running of the Bull
An article about college football rankings mentions Rice.
The Greenfield Recorder

No matter who you rooted for, it was a great weekend for Houston sports fans
Rice is mentioned.
SportsMap Houston


Universal health insurance is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 16
Experts on health care in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Taiwan will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 16 to discuss the strengths and challenges of their systems and explore which models might be appropriate for universal health insurance in the United States.

About Stefan De La Garza

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