Dateline Rice for Oct. 16, 2018


Has Mohammed bin Salman finally gone too far?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored op-eds in the Washington Post and Politico, and he is quoted in several other outlets about the political and economic ramifications after Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and prominent critic of Saudi Arabia’s rulers, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Newsline.)
The tragedy of Jamal Khashoggi
‘Davos in the Desert’: Business leaders pull out of Saudi conference after Khashoggi disappearance (This article also appeared in WMGT Online, WXXV 25 Online and EuroNews.)   
Oil, debt and Iran: Weapons in any US-Saudi fight over Khashoggi (This article also appeared in Before It’s News, SOTT,, and UK.)
Disappearance of Khashoggi threatens future of US-Saudi relations
Daily News Egypt
Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say
Jamal Khashoggi’s friends in Washington are in shock

Kopitiam Bot (This Atlantic article also appeared in Fire News Feed and a previous edition of Dateline.)
The prince and the president: Khashoggi case raises Saudi-Turkey tensions
Hiiraan Online (This New York Times article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Trump climbdown shows that Saudis hold the cards — and the oil
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about President Donald Trump’s foreign relations dilemma with Saudi Arabia in Forbes, and he is quoted in the Washington Examiner.
Daily on Energy: Saudis team up with Russians to compete with US natural gas
Washington Examiner


Beto O’Rourke’s senate challenge to Ted Cruz has Texas business cheering
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 articles from Bloomberg and Fox News (and appears in the accompanying television broadcast), and he is interviewed by several radio stations about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Jones is also quoted in the Austin American-Statesman about the likelihood of Republicans losing any Texas Senate seats in November’s midterm elections, and he is interviewed by KTRH about the length of processing time for illegal immigrants at detention centers.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke try to rally Latino voters in Texas Senate race
Fox News (This article also appeared in WCSI Online and KID Online.)
Latino vote could be key in Texas senate race
Fox News
Latino voters factor into Cruz-O’Rourke election
Fox 26 Online
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
TSN News
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired on more than 130 affiliate radio stations across Texas.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
Democrats see chance to oust up to 3 GOP Texas senators
Austin American-Statesman
Immigrant families crossing into US illegally soar
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Déjà vu, Saudi style
Mahmoud El-Gamal, the Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and professor of statistics, is mentioned.
Council on Foreign Relations

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 India


For the 2nd Congressional District: Todd Litton
Alumnus Todd Litton ’01, who has received the Houston Chronicle’s endorsement for U.S. Representative in Texas’ 2nd Congressional District, is featured and pictured in the Houston Chronicle and the Tribune. A video interview is also included in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 16 print edition with a different headline, “For Congress.”)
Litton seeks Congressional seat 
The Tribune

Houston Cinema Arts Festival announces lineup for its 10th edition
An article about the 2018 Houston Cinema Arts Festival mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Citizen Blue,” which details the life of Rice Media Center founder and alumnus James Blue ’50, on opening night, Nov. 8. Rice Cinema will screen “Walker” on closing night, Nov. 12. Rice Media Center will host the virtual reality installment “Queerskins.” Broadway World mentions that Rice Media Center will also screen “Rabbit Hunt.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 16 print edition with a different headline, “Houston Cinema Arts Festival celebrates 10th anniversary.”)    
Houston Cinema Arts Festival announces 2018 lineup
Broadway World

A hub for sports tech? Houston may be game
An article about Houston’s venture capital industry cites a 2016 study from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Be prepared for the next storm and learn what’s up with Houston’s bayous
An article mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will participate in the Bayou Preservation Association’s “Staying Awake after the Harvey Wake-Up Call” symposium Oct. 18.

Thomas Phifer, designer of Rachofsky House and Klyde Warren Park Pavilion, at Dallas Architecture Forum
An article featuring Thomas Phifer mentions that his architectural firm, Thomas Phifer and Partners, designed Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Dallas Uptown BubbleLife (This article also appeared in Preston Hollow BubbleLife, Oak Cliff BubbleLife and Garland BubbleLife.)

AARP Chapter 1359 holds candidate forum
An article featuring alumnus Joseph Leary ’11 mentions that he is running for Place 2 on the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Copperas Cove Leader Press


Retirement of long-time Fort Bend County DA creates rare opening for Democrats
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about Fort Bend County’s district attorney race.
Houston Public Media
Darian Ward faces another charge, Crosby ISD faces layoffs, health group lobbies against DHS policy change and more
Houston Public Media (Scroll down to “How Fort Bend’s changing demographics may affect its District Attorney race.”)

Worker accused of stealing from Rice University locker room, not registering as a sex offender
Rice is mentioned.
KPRC Click2Houston


Big award enables study of small surfaces
An article featuring and picturing Rice researcher Matt Jones, the Norman and Gene Hackerman Assistant Professor of Chemistry, mentions that his lab received the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering grant to study the dynamics of chemical processes at the nanoscale. (This article also appeared in Bioengineer, Scienmag, Nanotechnology Now and

Fluorine flows in, makes 2D material metal
A study led by Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and alumnus Sruthi Radhakrishnan ’17 that details a new method to transform tungsten disulfide from a semiconductor to a metallic state is cited.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine.)

UNC-Chapel Hill’s new scholarship for middle-class students will reduce debt to $10K
The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.
Education Dive
How does the Duke Endowment stack up to others at peer universities?
The Chronicle

Alibaba and Royal Academy of Engineering to open Day 2 of the GEC
Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, will speak about how global engineering challenges can only be solved by a diverse group of problem-solvers Oct. 22-26 at the Global Engineering Congress in London.
Institution of Civil Engineers

Security vulnerabilities in terahertz data links
An article mentions that researchers from Rice collaborated on a study that determined the security vulnerabilities in terahertz data links, which may have a role in future ultra-high-speed wireless data networks.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Brown University News, Scienmag, Newscaf, University of Buffalo News, RF Globalnet, ECN, and I-Connect007.)

Reusable software for high-performance computing
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science, is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Scienmag and R&D Magazine.)

Rory Kennedy on her new film, NASA’s 60th and the moonshot needed to save Earth
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in several articles. (This article also appeared in Greezoo.)
‘First Man’: A new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the moon
Paper Blog (This article also appeared in Moon Daily, and PCSK.)
Why omit flag-planting from film?
Post Register
Review: ‘Above and Beyond’
The Space Review

Energy, real estate and other firms pledge capital to HX Venture Fund
An article mentions that Rice and other agencies are creating an innovation district in Houston.

My photo book
A blog post mentions that Rice’s Religious Studies Review published an analysis of “Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Viet Nam.”
The Travel Photographer Blog

John ‘Danny’ Olivas addresses students in NAVAIR program
Alumnus and former NASA astronaut John “Danny” Olivas ’96 is featured and pictured.
Aero News

WaterWorld Weekly Newscast, Oct. 15, 2018
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.

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.
AZ Bio

Largest US LNG exporter Cheniere set to start two new trains and is confident on China trade
An article mentions that Rice held an energy forum.
LNG Journal (Subscription is required.)


To increase voter turnout, bring elections online
An article about modernizing the voting process cites a Rice study that determined the error rates of lever voting machines and optical scanning voting machines.
City & State New York

Asa Lewis crowned CavOILcade queen
An article mentions that Asa Lewis plans to attend Rice.
Port Arthur News

Conway senior makes perfect ACT, SAT scores
Rice is mentioned.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Kahit kakampi, ‘alang ligtas sa trash talk ni Mike Harris
Rice is mentioned.
Abante Tonite (An English translation is not available.)

Pesquisa ajuda a salvar vidas de pacientes com câncer em Barretos
An article mentions that MD Anderson and Rice are evaluating a device that analyzes mammographic images.
O Diário (An English translation is not available.)

Riesgoso poner fin a extracción vía fracking (+Infografía)
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about fracking in Mexico.
24 Horas (An English translation is not available.)

Umstrittene pläne für den Sedanplatz
Rice is mentioned.
Wester Kurier (An English translation is not available.)


Upset specials are part of the CFB midseason menu
An article mentions that the Rice football team will play the University of Texas at El Paso.

FIU defeats MTSU 24-21, takes first place in the East
An article about Florida International University’s football team mentions that the Panthers will play Rice Oct. 20.
FIU News

Last two standing warm each other up
Rice men’s head tennis coach Efe Ustundag is mentioned in an article about the Texas Tamale Co. Houston Cup tennis tournament that was held Oct. 14 at Rice’s Brown Tennis Center.

2018 MLB draft: Round 3 review, spots 89-96
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is featured.
Minor League Ball

Eovaldi shrugs off online dig posted by Bregman
Former Rice baseball player and current Boston Red Sox player Brock Holt is featured and pictured, and former head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned in the Providence Journal.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘7 News at 11 p.m.’
WHDH-TV (Boston) 
Boston’s Eovaldi fights homey feeling in Houston

Providence Journal (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Chris Sale to join Red Sox in Houston after being released from hospital
Baseball Daily Digest

WKU soccer team rallying for spot in conference tournament
An article about Western Kentucky University soccer mentions that the Lady Toppers drew with Rice 3-3 Oct. 14.
College Heights Herald

UTSA garners 3 C-USA nods alongside Rice’s Cunningham
An article features and pictures Rice volleyball player Lee Ann Cunningham, who was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week. The article also mentions that the Owls are on a 10-game win streak. UTSA Athletics mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio will play Rice Oct. 26.
Froeschl, Gonzlaes, Lopez earn C-USA weekly accolades
UTSA Athletics

Ellery Parish sweeps distance free as Rice wins own invitational
An article mentions that the Rice women’s swimming and diving team won its Fall Splash invitational. Owls Marie-Claire Schillinger, Brittany Bui, Phyllis Range, Ellery Parish, Hannah Sumbera, Rebea Tzenetos, Lindsay Mathys, Marta Cano-Minarro, Claire Therien, Hanna Huston, Sarah Nowaski and Becca Evans are featured.


Rice U. announces $82 million in strategic research initiatives
Rice will expand its faculty and invest in graduate programs in neuroengineering, synthetic biology and physical biology thanks to an $82 million investment in strategic initiatives aimed at propelling already strong programs to global preeminence. Rice will build out research space in the BioScience Research Collaborative with programmatic support, and it will add 10 new faculty members, the first of which are expected to arrive at Rice next summer.

Diversity and business is topic at Rice’s Jones School conference Oct. 26
Bringing together leading local business and thought leaders, Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host a conference on “Sparking Success: The Intersection of Diversity and Business” Oct. 26. The event will provide a forum for dialogue about diversity and inclusion in the business world and will connect people to issues important in today’s workforce.

About Stefan De La Garza

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