Dateline Rice for Oct. 12, 2018


Khashoggi case raises tensions between Saudi prince and Turkish president
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the political ramifications of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s rulers. Ulrichsen is also quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article on a British student facing trial on spying charges in the United Arab Emirates.
New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
Jamal Khashoggi’s friends in Washington are in shock
The Atlantic
British Ph.D. student detained, facing trial in UAE
Inside Higher Ed

One way to help students become knowledge creators
Robin Paige, associate director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is featured.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

‘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 was featured in the Oct. 12 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Could a toxic site be on your Philly block? New research reveals hidden hazards.
A Q&A features Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, who analyzed decades-old property records of former industrial sites in select major U.S. cities and co-authored “Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities” based on the study’s findings.
Philadelphia Enquirer

‘First Man’ review: ‘Damien Chazelle’s film brilliantly charts the triumphs and tragedies of going to the moon’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned. Cosmos also mentions that Brian O’Brien formerly taught at Rice. (A similar article also appeared in Spectrum News Charlotte.)
‘First Man’: A new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon
Cosmos (This article also appeared in MercatorNet, News Pronto and Business Daily.)


People in business
An article mentions that Michelle Michot Foss was named a fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Houston Exponential gets $25 million for fund to attract venture capital
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, and Ed Egan, former director for the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 12 print edition with a different headline, “$25 million raised in bid to draw new investors”, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Houston needs better public transit to job centers, study concludes
A new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research suggests that
Houston’s job centers need to be better connected to the regional transportation network. Kinder Institute faculty cited include Jie Wu, director of research management, research fellow Mingming Zhang, Kinder Fellow Yujie Hu and Grant Patterson, staff researcher with the Development, Transportation and Placemaking program at the institute.
Houston Style Magazine

Outside the Cineplex: ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Harry Potter’
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Manufactured Landscapes” Oct. 16 and “Wild About Houston” Oct. 17.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 12 print edition with a different headline, “Outside the Megaplex.”)

Understanding empathy continuing studies course
An article mentions that Michael Winters, former director of the Rice Counseling Center, will teach a course in empathy starting Oct. 15 at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Texas Medical Center News

Houston-area farmers markets for the best fall produce
A slideshow features the Rice Farmers Market.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)

Beer, bets and biceps are the swole-y trinity at this year’s D10 Decathalon
An article about the D10 Decathalon, an organization of “executive athletes” who compete in 10 events to raise money for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium, mentions that the finale will take place Nov. 3 at Rice.
Houstonia Magazine

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. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

University of Texas dominates in new ranking of world’s most innovative schools
Rice is mentioned.
CultureMap Houston (This article also appeared in CultureMap Austin and CultureMap Dallas.)


San Antonio teenagers arrested for smuggling illegal immigrants
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article and interviewed in the accompanying radio broadcast.

Texas Standard 
A segment mentions Rice’s plant-based charcuterie, which includes barbecue brisket.
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas) (This broadcast aired on 31 affiliate radio stations across Texas.)

Encore Houston, episode 81: MUSIQA
Alumna Kate Soper ’03 is featured and pictured.
Houston Public Media


DesignIntelligence Most Admired Educators for 2018-2019
An article features and pictures Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, who is listed among DesignIntelligence’s Top 25 Most Admired Educators in Architecture.

Revealed: Top 50 colleges in the United States, 2018
Rice is ranked No. 20 in the nation according to Newsweek’s compilation of three prominent rankings.
CEOWorld Magazine

Hot carrier-driven photocatalysis converts ammonia to hydrogen at ambient pressure using light 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.
American Laboratory

Self-assembling spheres pack together to improve cement
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.
Materials Today

California students wrote a law to hold textbook publishers accountable for changes, rising costs
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources. An article from EdSurge about the OpenEd conference in Niagara Falls, N.Y., quotes Phillip Grimaldi, director of research at OpenStax.
Education Dive
Does OER actually improve learning?

GeoSEA array records sliding of Mount Etna’s southeastern flank
An article mentions that Rice researchers joined a team of scientists placing seismometers under the ocean off the coast of Hawaii to study the eruption of Mount Kilauea.

What are artificial embryos?
An article about “self-assembling” embryos that do not require fertilization quotes Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering.

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

Companies, countries jockey to fill mid-2020s LNG demand
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Alaska Journal of Commerce

STEM building to focus on research
An article about a new science and technology building at Lamar University mentions that its “maker’s space” is modeled after Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen.
University Press

The Science of Consciousness 2019 Conference June 25-28, 2019 Interlaken, Switzerland
An article mentions that Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice, will speak at the Science of Consciousness interdisciplinary conference June 25-28, 2019 in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Cheniere CEO defends importance of LNG contracts, China market
An article mentions that Cheniere Energy CEO Jack Fusco appeared on a panel discussion at a Rice energy forum.
S&P Global Platts (This article also appeared in Seeking Alpha.)

Michael Glasser, denim innovator, 76
An article about the death of Michael Glasser mentions that his son, Derek Glasser, is Rice’s men’s basketball video specialist.
California Apparel News

14 best things to do in Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.
Condé Nast Traveler

Raymond James hires Guy Yandel to grow its public finance business
Alumnus Guy Yandel ’85 is featured.
The Bond Buyer (Subscription is required.)

A roundup of materials news mentions alumnus Michael Haack ’04.
Concrete Products

This much I know: Byron Reese on conscious computers and the future of humanity
Alumnus Byron Reese ’91 is featured in a Q&A.

CIOs are agents for change
Alumnus James Whitehurst ’89, CEO of RedHat, is featured and pictured.
Philadelphia Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Searching for a job in architectural academia? Here are 10 exciting opportunities around the country
A roundup of academic jobs in architecture mentions Rice.

Costa Rica: A hub for client-centric design
Rice is mentioned.
The European


A tale of 2 felines
An article features Robert L. Patten, Lynette S. Autry Professor Emeritus in Humanities and Professor Emeritus of English, who co-edited a collection of essays titled “The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens.”
Santa Fe New Mexican

ASU and BioXFEL consortium awarded $22.5 million to capture biology at the atomic level using X-ray lasers
An article mentions that Rice is part of an eight-university consortium that was awarded a $22.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation for BioXFEL to develop advanced imaging techniques for critical biological processes.
Arizona State University News

Texas public university has 5 ‘designated free speech areas’ on campus 
Martel College junior Robert Martin authored an op-ed about “designated free speech areas” on Texas university campuses.
The College Fix

‘A sprightly or audacious utterance’
Patrick Kurp, science writer at the Brown School of Engineering, authored a blog post.
Anecdotal Evidence Blog

Pianist stopping at Gastler Farm
An article mentions that alumnus Timothy Krippner ’17 will perform Oct. 19 at the Kalmia Garden Fall Farmhouse Concert in Durham, N.C.
My Record Journal

Residential education in the spotlight at Faculty Senate meeting
An article about Stanford University’s project to improve on-campus life for undergraduate students mentions that representatives of its ResX initiative visited Rice’s residential college system.
Stanford University News

The college admissions process: Why it was not too bad
Rice is pictured in an article about the college admissions process.
The Buzz Magazines


Viewer’s guide to college football: Full TV schedule for Week 7 games
Rice football is featured or mentioned in several article ahead of the Owls’ Oct. 13 game at Rice Stadium against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Sports Illustrated
Football preview: Auburn seeks a needed win while Alabama hosts Missouri for homecoming
Alabama News Center
College football picks: Week 7 predictions for every game
This week’s state games
The Decatur Daily
Texas A&M football: Aggies midseason review and second-half preview
Check out Saturday’s state college football capsules
The Advocate

Here’s which Texas college football coaches made the most money last season
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Lake Norman Review

I miss Blain Padgett
An article features the late Blain Padgett, a former Rice football player.
SportsMap Houston

The Texas Ten: Top Longhorns halfway through the 2018 season
Former Rice football player James Casey ’11 is mentioned.

Alumni notebook: Carly Graham flourishing during freshman year at Rice
Rice volleyball player Carly Graham is featured and pictured.
Midland Reporter-Telegram (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times and Beaumont Enterprise.)

1st place in the Sun Belt up for grabs in San Marcos
An article mentions that’s mid-major poll ranks Rice No. 23 in the nation.

Soccer travels to Southern Miss, La. Tech for final road matches
An article mentions that Louisiana Tech University’s soccer team lost to Rice 3-0 Oct. 7.
UTSA Athletics

FSU basketball: 2018-19 season outlook
Former Rice basketball player Malik Osborne is mentioned.
The Daily Nole

Texas recruiting pipeline key to Colorado’s resurgence
Rice is mentioned.

USU tennis: Men’s tennis announces spring schedule
An article about college tennis tournaments mentions the Rice Invitational March 22-24, 2019, and the article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team was ranked No. 44 in the nation at the end of the 2018 season.
Deseret News 
Tennis prepares for ITA Regionals

The Pine Log

Astros-Red Sox series could be prime-time magic
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt, a member of the Boston Red Sox, is mentioned.
SportsMap Houston

UTSA to host Louisiana Tech for homecoming game on Saturday
An article about University of Texas at San Antonio football mentions that the Roadrunners defeated Rice in 2017 and 2018.
UTSA Athletics


Houston needs better public transit to job centers, study concludes
Houston’s job centers need to be better connected to the regional transportation network, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which used data from the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program and the American Community Survey to examine travel patterns between home and work in Harris County.

Award-winning ‘The Rabbit Hunt’ coming to Rice Media Center Nov. 8
“The Rabbit Hunt,” a multimedia exhibition by Texas-based filmmakers Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas, opens at the Rice Media Center Nov. 8. The exhibition will be followed by the official opening of the Houston Cinema Arts Society’s film festival and a Q&A with the filmmakers.

About Stefan De La Garza

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