Dateline Rice for Oct. 17, 2018


Rice announces $82M investment in 3 interdisciplinary graduate programs
Two articles mention that Rice will invest $82 million in graduate programs in neuroengineering, synthetic biology and physical biology. Rice will build out research space in the BioScience Research Collaborative with programmatic support and add 10 new faculty members, the first of which are expected to arrive at Rice next summer. President David Leebron and Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, are quoted in the Houston Chronicle and Nanotechnology Now, and Miranda is pictured in Nanotechnology Now.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 17 print edition with a different headline, “Around the area,” and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland Daily News, Plainview Daily Herald, Beaumont Enterprise and the Edwardsville Intelligencer.)
Rice U. announces $82 million in strategic research initiatives: Faculty, programs will expand in neuroengineering, synthetic biology, physical biology
Nanotechnology Now


Mark Jones discusses Honduran caravan on Voice of America
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 interviewed by Voice of America about the caravan of Honduran immigrants heading toward the U.S. Jones is quoted in the Austin American-Statesman about Democratic fundraising efforts in Texas, and he is interviewed by Houston Public Media about the possible political impact of President Donald Trump’s Houston rally Oct. 22. Jones appears in a television broadcast about new ads targeting GOP voters, and he is quoted in several additional articles, interviewed by Texas Standard and cited in a Bloomberg Radio broadcast about the second debate between U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Voice of America 
8 Democrats outraise Republicans in key Texas congressional races

Austin American-Statesman 
Trump to hold rally at Houston’s NRG Arena on Oct. 22

Houston Public Media
Trump’s upcoming rally in Houston, 1-year probation for Darian Ward, and new NPR chief news executive praises experience in Texas
Houston Public Media
Drag queens, bathroom predators in new ad targeting GOP voters
Fox 26 Online 
On the Trail: Cruz and O’Rourke prepare for tonight’s debate 
Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke try to rally Latino voters in Texas Senate race
Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will face off in their 2nd Senate debate
KLBJ Online
Sparks flew as Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke faced off in final debate in San Antonio
Texas Standard (This broadcast aired on 31 affiliate radio stations across Texas.)
Bloomberg Radio
WBBR-AM (New York) (This segment aired on over 60 affiliate radio stations.)

Are voters ready to tax pollution?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about ballot initiatives in Washington and California next month that will test whether voters are willing to tax pollution.
The Hill (This article also appeared in Free Republic Blog.)

Why Trump can’t quit the Saudis
Two news roundups cite a Forbes op-ed authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, on U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations.

What are e-cigarettes?
Alumna Neha Vyas ’94 authored an article about why e-cigarettes are gaining popularity among teens.
U.S. News & World Report


Oil, debt and Iran: Weapons in any US-Saudi fight over Khashoggi
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Bloomberg article appeared in 10 additional media outlets since appearing in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Chron profiles both County Judge candidates
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in a blog post about the race for Harris County Judge.
Off the Kuff

Despite outdated voting technology in San Antonio, officials say November elections will be secure
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about election security in Texas. Wallach’s work on election security is also highlighted in Princeton Alumni Weekly.
San Antonio Express-News 
Alumni Around the Web, Oct. 16, 2018: Kastner ’73 named Federal Employee of the Year; Wallach ’99 works toward verifiable elections

Princeton Alumni Weekly

50 cheap and free date ideas in Houston!
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Houston on the Cheap

Allison Lami Sawyer looks to unseat State Rep. Davis for District 134
An article features a Q&A with alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10, a Democratic candidate for Texas House District 134.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 17 print edition of the Houston Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner with a different headline, “Allison Lami Sawyer looks to unseat State Rep. Sarah Davis,” and it also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland Daily News, Plainview Daily Herald, Beaumont Enterprise and Edwardsville Intelligencer.)

UH conference addresses early childhood education
An article mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will co-sponsor an Oct. 18 conference titled “Better Brains, Better Policies, Better Futures,” which aims to identify cost-effective and successful policies to promote the physical, mental and emotional well-being of young children.
University of Houston News

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

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’s Pasadena Citizen (This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Doug Brinkley discusses President Trump and the media on CNN
History Professor Douglas Brinkley appears on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” discussing President Donald Trump, and he is quoted in a transcript of a broadcast discussing Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Public Affairs Events
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, interviews 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at an Oct. 1 discussion at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Flooding around Texas prompts disaster declaration, former San Antonio mayor presidential run ‘likely’ and more
An article cites a study from the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and quotes research analyst Pamela Cruz.
Houston Public Media

A young girl’s ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ fantasy comes to life in ‘She Kills Monsters’
A segment of “Houston Matters” features the Rice production of “She Kills Monster,” which runs through Oct. 20. Christina Keefe, professor in the practice of visual arts and theater and director of the Rice Theatre Program; Mark Krouskop, lecturer and Rice Theatre production manager; and McMurtry College senior Shelby Bice are interviewed.
Houston Public Media
Full Show: Understanding the ballot, and Houston’s baseball history (Oct. 16, 2018) 
Houston Public Media

‘Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis’
Rice research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine is cited.
KXL-FM (Portland, Ore.) (This segment aired on 10 affiliate radio stations.)


Elaine Howard Ecklund: Debunking the myth that faith and science are in conflict
Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, is featured and pictured in a Q&A about her research that explores the relationship between scientists and religious beliefs.
Faith & Leadership (A similar article also appeared in Long Room.)

Nose in the sky
An article features Rice’s Project ASTRO, a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect, track and model the environment and warn neighborhoods about airborne perils that can be especially hazardous following extreme weather events. Edward Knightly, the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted. Frank Tittel, Emeritus and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is mentioned. Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo is pictured.
Science Node

Science: Reusable software for high-performance computing [report]
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science, is mentioned.

Science: Study exposes security vulnerabilities in terahertz data links [report]
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.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in Evaluation Engineering, ECN Magazine, Wireless Design Online, Infosec News Ireland and HelpNet Security.)

Science: Big award enables study of small surfaces [report]
An article featuring and picturing Rice researcher Matt Jones, the Norman and Gene Hackerman Assistant Professor of Chemistry, mentions that his lab received a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering grant to study the dynamics of chemical processes at the nanoscale.

The world’s most-used synthetic material is getting a makeover
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.
Create (This article also appeared in JEC Composites.)

Seattle Art Museum appoints Theresa Papanikolas as curator of American art
An article featuring Theresa Papanikolas mentions that she formerly worked at Rice.
ARTnews (This article also appeared in


Dole Institute to honor 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.
Ottawa Herald (This article also appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal.)

Sheikh Lecture for Islamic Understanding
An article featuring and picturing A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, mentions that he gave a talk Oct. 11 titled “Religion and Politics in the Middle East” in Oakland, Mich.
Oakland Post

Opinion: The earth’s magnetic pole has shifted
An op-ed authored by Andy Chang ’68 mentions that he attended Rice.
Taiwan News

Colorado House District 49: Conor Duffy
Alumnus Conor Duffy ’07 is featured and pictured.
Loveland Reporter-Herald (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Duffy’s name has been requested.)

LMU’s R. Gerald McMurtry lecture set for Oct. 26
An article mentions that alumnus Brian Dirck ’91 will speak at Lincoln Memorial University’s R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture on Oct. 26 in Harrogate, Tenn.
The Herald-News (This article also appeared in the Citizentribune.)

Ouachita names 2018 Alumni Milestone Award recipients
An article featuring alumnus Daniel Gaske ’71 mentions that he received the Ouachita Alumni Milestone Award.
Ouachita Baptist University News

Durham’s Gastler Farm hosts weekend of Kalmia Garden Fall Farmhouse concerts
An article mentions that alumnus Timothy Krippner ’17 will perform Oct. 19 at the Kalmia Garden Fall Farmhouse Concert in Durham, N.C.
SF Gate (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Hyperobjects à flanc d’abîme 
An article features Ballroom Marfa’s “Hyperobjects” installation, which was co-organized by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English. (An English translation is not available.)

Ricerca: il futuro della robotica passa da Pisa
An article mentions that Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a presenter at a neurorehabilitation and wearable robotics conference in Pisa, Italy.
Pisa Today (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in

Correction: The Oct. 16 edition of Dateline included in “Other News of Interest” a link to  an article that mistakenly identified Stephen Miller as having attended Rice.


Rice switching to Evan Marshman at quarterback
An article features and pictures Rice football player Evan Marshman ahead of the Owls’ Oct. 19 game against Florida International University. Head coach Mike Bloomgren and players Graysen Schantz and Sam Pierce are quoted, and player Shawn Stankavage is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 17 print edition with a different headline, “Marshman to start at quarterback.”)

Ranking all 4 winless CFB teams’ chances of finally winning
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 3.

Midterms! Who’s hot so far in college football, CFP forecast
Rice football player Uzoma Osuji is pictured.
Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era

Astros’ bullpen implodes as Red Sox take 2-1 lead in ALCS
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 Oct. 17 print edition with a different headline, “Rested bullpen no relief.”)

Volleyball ventures east to face Charlotte, Marshall
An article mentions that Rice volleyball leads Conference USA with a 7-0 record in league play.
UTSA Athletics

3 takeaways from Texas availability, including why Longhorns believe bye week came at an ideal time
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News
A ‘nasty’ result: Texas making progress on the offensive line since Zach Shackelford’s return

5 takeaways from UNT’s press conference
Two articles mention Rice football’s Oct. 13 loss to the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Cougars dominate Rainbow Warriors
Maui News
Roundup: McCormick alumnus Durant forces fumble in Duke win

3 questions Southern Miss needs answered against UTSA
An article mentions Rice football’s Sept. 22 loss against the University of Southern Mississippi.
Clarion Ledger

Cougars’ defense starting to pull together
An article about yards allowed by the University of Houston football team’s defense mentions Rice.
The Daily Cougar


Corporate income tax can be revitalized, say Baker Institute experts
The tax cuts passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump last year offer a starting point to review the corporate income tax, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

How to revitalize public places: Urban expert to discuss fostering community in cities at Rice event
On the heels of recent research showing Houstonians have higher levels of mistrust than the national average, urban expert Carol Coletta will discuss how cities can revitalize public places and encourage neighborhood interaction and civic engagement at an Oct. 24 talk hosted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

About Stefan De La Garza

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