Dateline Rice for Oct. 11, 2018


Former Fernandez confidant sentenced in Argentine corruption case
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 a Reuters article on the conviction of a cabinet member of former Argentina President Cristina Fernandez. He is also quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about two Democratic challengers in Texas outraising their Republican counterparts, a Dallas Morning News article about campaign contributions by political action committees that are financed by oil and fracking billionaires, Texas Monthly and Black News Zone articles about the campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and a Mineral Wells Index article about the end of straight-ticket voting in Texas.
Reuters (This article also appeared in Thomson Reuters Foundation, New York Times, U.S. News & World ReportYahoo! News and 10 other media outlets.)
These 2 Texas Democrats are outraising their GOP foes. But that doesn’t count.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 11 print edition with a different headline, “2 Dems raise cash as GOP foes relax.”)
West Texas oil, fracking billionaires pump $1M into D-FW legislative races to prop up GOP candidates
Dallas Morning News 
Justin Nelson outraised Ken Paxton over the last quarter. Does it matter?

Dallas Observer
Is Beto O’Rourke a dead politician walking? Or are the polls missing a Democratic wave?
Texas Monthly
Can Beto do it? The battle for Texas that holds the key to America’s future
Black News Zone (This article also appeared in
Texas voters to cast final straight-ticket ballots
Mineral Wells Index

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 several articles about how the disappearance of journalist and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s rulers Jamal Khashoggi may tarnish Saudi Arabia’s reformist narrative.
Yahoo! News Australia (This Agence France Presse article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
Stor oro efter uppgifter om journalistmord (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Europe is making moves to ditch dirty cars. Trump wants more of them.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about U.S. transportation industry strategies to cut carbon emissions.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in the World News.)

Should I let ‘bro contact’ at work bother me?
Informal social rituals at a workplace may become a “coded way of excluding people” to those who cannot or do not participate, according to Eden King, associate professor of psychological sciences.
Seattle Times

18,000 pages of NASA archives uncover JFK’s speech strategy that inspired the moon landing
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. The Conversation also mentions that Brian O’Brien formerly taught at Rice.
‘First Man’: A new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the moon

The Conversation (This article also appeared in, and
Slick ‘Above and Beyond’ showcases NASA’s triumphs and Earthbound concerns
Daily Press

Roundup: Oil prices gain for 4 consecutive weeks
A roundup of oil news mentions that several international experts gathered at Rice to discuss political developments in the Persian Gulf.

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Booty cams, Nobel Prize and voter registration
An article mentions Professor Emeritus Robert Curl, co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Can hackers mess with Texas’ elections?
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 quoted in an article examining voting machine vulnerabilities in Texas.
Texas Monthly

We tried the vegan brisket at Rice University
An article features Rice’s plant-based charcuterie, which includes barbecue brisket. Senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri and Susann Glenn, manager of communications for Housing and Dining at Rice, are quoted.
Texas Monthly (This article also appeared in Good Cookery.)

Sneaking a peek at the big walls, big gates Army Corps could propose for the Gulf later this month 
A 2011 floodgate design by Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of SSPEED, to prevent storm surges in the Texas Gulf is cited. A Rice proposal is also mentioned in an editorial.
Coastal protections should make fiscal, environmental sense
The Facts (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 Fort Worth

Faith events
A roundup of faith events in Houston mentions that Joshua Furman, the Stanford and Joan Alexander Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies and director of Rice’s Houston Jewish History Archive, will speak Oct. 14 at Congregation Shaar Hashalom.
Galveston County Daily News

Houston ensemble KINETIC making waves with ‘Ocean’s Call’
An article features alumna Natalie Lin ’16, artistic director and founder of the string ensemble KINETIC, which began as an academic project at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Did you attend one of Texas’ haunted universities?
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured in a slideshow of Texas universities that may be haunted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Community Bike Safety Course
An article mentions that Bike Houston will host a free Community Bike Safety course Nov. 4 at Rice.
The Katy News

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

Family fun
A roundup of family-friendly events in Houston mentions that a poetry reading and workshop with authors Leslie Contreras Schwartz and Ire’ne Lara Silva will be held Oct. 11 at Rice’s Huff House.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Late cold front, and Mattress Firm bankruptcy: The good, bad, and ugly of the week’s news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a panel discussion on the week’s news stories.
Houston Public Media

‘Fox 26 News at 8 a.m.’
Artwork by alumnus Mark Flood ’81 is featured.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘News Channel 9 at Noon’
A television broadcast about U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas mentions that he was to speak to Rice.
KTSM-TV (El Paso, Texas)

WWJ-AM (Detroit)
A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak Oct. 11 in Oakland, Mich.


Flu deaths rising for Americans age 65-plus
Rice research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine is cited.

3 African-Americans appointed to administrative posts in higher education
An article featuring Joan Nelson mentions that she has been named associate vice president for human resources at Rice.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

A new catalyst makes hydrogen fuel from ammonia
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.
New Energy and Fuel

UD’s Sunita Chandrasekaran receives NSF grant to create powerful framework
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science, is mentioned.

The ultimate art lover’s guide to Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.

Eason Weinmann Center hosts refugee conference
An article mentions that Rice will be represented at the Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law’s refugee conference Nov. 16-17 about the issues surrounding the world’s refugees.
Tulane University Law School News

Widower sues dump truck owner/operator for wife’s wrongful death
An article mentions the late Marjorie Corcoran, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice who was killed in a train-cyclist accident last year.
Righting Justice

Ted Cruz or Beto? Let’s judge by the facts
An op-ed by Max Blankfeld notes that he serves on the board for Rice’s Program in Jewish Studies.
The Times of Israel


Dole Institute to honor James Baker with Dole Leadership Prize
An article featuring James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, mentions that he will be honored Nov. 7 with the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics’ 2018 Dole Leadership Prize.
University of Kansas News

We have debates
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in a blog post.
Brains and Eggs Blog

Florida oaks host exciting parasite-on-parasite action
An features Rice research that reported the first-known example of a parasitic love vine tangling with a gall wasp that parasitizes a shared host plant. Study co-authors Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, graduate student Linyi Zhang; Glen Hood, Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow; and graduate student Mattheau Comerford are cited.
Street Level Pundit

Financial specialist Hobson, college president Quillen to receive top alumni awards
An article features and pictures Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. Quillen will be awarded Princeton University’s James Madison Medal Feb. 23 in honor of her distinguished career.
Princeton University News

Meqbil solidifies passion for biochemistry during summer research fellowship
Rice is mentioned.
The Record

New artists-in-residence at Hill Presbyterian Church
An article featuring Mimi Morris-Kim mentions that she attended Rice.
Chestnut Hill Local

Music calendar
Alumnus Casey Cangelosi ’09 is mentioned.
Roanoke Times


UAB can’t afford letdown against Rice
Rice football is featured or mentioned in several article ahead of the Owls’ Oct. 13 game against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Week 8 Conference USA power rankings: UAB, MTSU rise
Hattiesburg American (Subscription is required.)
College football picks: Week 7 predictions for every game
Bleacher Report
Big Al’s picks: Is college football playoff already set?
Podcast: Week 7 college football picks
The Morning Briefing: Oct.11, 2018
Bama Maven
Underdog Pawdcast: C-USA divisional races get a little more interesting
SB Nation
College football picks: Predicting final scores for every game in Week 7
Athletes in action: Football
Lake County Gazette   
Choosing C-USA: Week 7 predictions
SB Nation

2018: North Texas versus Southern Miss preview
An article mentions the Rice football team’s Sept. 22 loss to the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mean Green Nation

UH’s Isaiah Chambers to miss rest of season with knee injury
An article mentions the University of Houston football team’s Sept. 1 victory against Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 11 print edition with a different headline, “UH’s Chambers out for the season.”)
Cougars rally late in win over Tulsa: UCF and USF are halfway to perfection
SportsMap Houston

Texas ties abound for Red Sox in ALCS versus Astros
Former Rice baseball player and current Boston Red Sox player Brock Holt is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Aggies cruise to 11-3 exhibition win over Sam Houston State
An article about the Texas A&M baseball team mentions that the Aggies will play an exhibition game against Rice Oct. 26.
KBTX Online

Soccer captures highest ranking in history
An article about the University of North Texas’ soccer team mentions that the Mean Green defeated Rice 1-0 on Oct. 5.
North Texas Daily

St. Teresa’s Academy volleyball star Ellie Bichelmeyer is Hy-Vee Athlete of the Week
A broadcast featuring Ellie Bichelmeyer mentions that she plans to play volleyball at Rice.
KSHB Online

’12 News Daybreak’
The family of the late Blain Padgett, a former Rice football player, is featured.
KJAC-TV (Beaumont, Texas) (This broadcast also aired on KBMT-TV in Beaumont.)

Kyle Patterson, 3-star TE, ‘loved’ Oregon State Beavers visit
Rice is mentioned.

‘The John Fredericks Show’
Former Rice football offensive coordinator Scott Wachenheim is interviewed.
WHKT-AM (Norfolk, Va.) (This segment aired on eight affiliate radio stations.)


What now for North American trade? Baker Institute event will explore economic future
Bruno Ferrari, former Mexican secretary of the economy, and Carlos Gutierrez, former United States secretary of commerce, will speak at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 18 on the state of North American trade, the potential impact of the newly announced United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the prospects for the long-term prosperity and competitiveness of the three member countries.

About Stefan De La Garza

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