Dateline Rice for Oct. 23, 2018


New report ranks Houston area universities as some of the best in the nation
Numerous articles and broadcasts mention that Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation on WalletHub’s rankings of top colleges and universities.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
These are the colleges with the best value for your money
Texas universities ranked by 2019 report of best schools in the nation
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
New report ranks San Antonio university as one of the best in the nation
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
RI’s top colleges are Brown, URI and RIC: WalletHub
Boston Patch (This article also appeared in Naragansett Patch.)
2019’s best colleges and universities in America
Rocket News
‘News 8 at 4’
WFAA-TV (Dallas)
‘TWC News All Morning’
Spectrum News Austin
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Best Texas colleges to apply for as Nov. 1 deadline looms
¿Busca un centro universitario? Estas son las 10 mejores universidades de Florida
El Nuevo Herald (An English translation is not available.)

Migraines and me: A love story?
Jennifer Latson, editor of Rice Business Wisdom, authored an op-ed on a potential migraine cure and how it might affect her life. Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)


Salty waters on Mars could host Earth-like life
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article about the discovery of salty waters on Mars, which is thought to potentially hold enough dissolved oxygen to support familiar forms of microbial life.
National Geographic

Will a surge in early voting help or hurt Republicans?
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 numerous outlets and interviewed for radio and television broadcasts about political races in Texas ahead of the November midterm elections. Jones is also interviewed in the second KPRC Click2Houston broadcast about how the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may affect Houston businesses.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in over 20 other media outlets.)
Democrats mounting game effort in deep-red Montgomery County
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Dems seek footing in Montgomery County,” and it was posted in 20 other media outlets.)
Judicial elections key in last year of straight-ticket voting
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Judicial races key in final straight-ticket vote,” and it appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
Tracking campaign funds: Millions raised by Texas Senate candidates Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke
KPRC Click2Houston
Will Donald Trump’s Houston rally for Ted Cruz motivate Republicans – or Democrats?
The Eagle (This article also appeared in the Defender Network, Nouvelles Du Monde and
In East Texas, O’Rourke campaign buoys Democrats’ hopes 
Reporting Texas
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas) (This segment also aired on KRLD in Dallas and KUIK in Portland, Ore.)
Beto O’Rourke campaigns in Houston to kick off early voting
KPRC Click2Houston 
Man implicated in death of journalist was in Houston earlier this year

KPRC Click2Houston

For the brokenhearted, grief can lead to death
Research by the lab of Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill, is featured.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
KFI-AM (Los Angeles)

Daily on Energy: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran tensions make it harder for GOP in midterms
An energy news roundup cites a study by Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, which calls for increased oversight after natural gas explosions in Massachusetts last month.
Washington Examiner (Scroll down to “Boston gas explosions.”)

US trumps Russian gas as Poland eyes Gazprom exit
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Poland’s recent decision to import more natural gas from the U.S.
Deutsche Welle

As sanctions loom, Iran given more time to combat terrorist financing
A roundup of energy news cites 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.


Has Houston gone insane? New homes in the flood plains [Editorial]
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 editorial about the dangers of Houston continuing to develop in designated flood plains.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 23 print edition with a different headline, “Hope doesn’t float,” and it appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

We’re scientists. We know the climate’s changing. And we know why.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-authored an article detailing why scientists are so confident that human emissions of carbon dioxide are warming the climate.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

West University Place named America’s best city to live
A slideshow of Houston’s historic neighborhoods features Rice’s Lovett Hall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

Del Mar College professor being investigated for questionable Facebook post
Alumnus Adrian Clark ’89 is featured.
KRIS Corpus Christi News

Steve Parker’s surround sounds 
The artwork of alumnus Steve Parker ’04 is featured.
Arts and Culture Texas

Stella Sullivan and the art of seeing
An article mentions that Stella Sullivan attended Rice.

Top 14 things to do this week in Houston: Oct. 22 to 28, 2018
An article mentions that Russian Renaissance will perform Oct. 23 at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Past, present and future collide at Houston Cinema Arts Society
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 Nov. 8. “Pahokee,” a photo and video exhibition, will also open at the Rice Media Center that evening.
The Signal

Mega Millions numbers: All the stats you need to know, and some you don’t
A slideshow of interesting statistics cites Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

Notre Dame organist to perform at St. Philip’s
An article mentions that Johann Vexo has taught masterclasses at Rice.
Beeville Bee-Picayune


Full Show: Flu vaccines effectiveness, and pay phones as art (Oct. 23, 2018)
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, whose research determined that the viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs reduced the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media


Ammonia + Light = Hydrogen
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. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and 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, are mentioned.
Café Foundation Blog (Editor’s note: A correction of Halas’ name has been requested.)

General Motors is leading the charge toward gender equality in the automotive industry
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
Porsche Auto World

Being single will kill you faster than obesity, study says
Rice research that determined that single people feel worse while suffering through a cold is mentioned.
True Viral News

NASA chief lifts sanctions on Russian space boss, Russia says
An article mentions that Dmitry Rogozin, CEO of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, has been asked to speak at Rice.
Defense One

A new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the moon
An article mentions that Brian O’Brien formerly taught at Rice. (This article also appeared in Times of News India.)

Learn anything: 50 of the most popular online courses of all-time
An article about popular online courses features a technology course from Rice.
Teach Thought

Neha Gupta, an entrepreneur that is helping students achieve their dreams
An article mentions that best-selling author Neha Gupta has spoken at Rice.
Her Campus

‘First Man’: One giant leap for conservatives … ?
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Flopping Aces
Genius, grit carried American flag to the moon
60 years in space: NASA celebrates first 6 decades
SpaceFreighters Lounge Blog

Médicos estrangeiros iniciam campanha de combate ao cancro no país
An article mentions that Rice will collaborate with other institutions to prevent cancer in Mozambique.
Portal de Angola (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in O Pais.)


‘Sleazy’ Donald Trump to stump for ‘lyin’ Ted Cruz at Texas rally
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about the U.S. Senate race between Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Zero Hedge

New research explains why moving abroad is the best way to find yourself
Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted about his research which determined that living abroad can clarify your sense of self.
KopitiamBot (This article also appeared in Diario del Viajero.)

Multitaskers’ uninformed opinions
An article cites research by Richard Lopez, postdoctoral research fellow in the psychological sciences, that suggests a link between media multitasking and how people form impressions of others.
The Doctor Will See You Know

Meet the Indian-origin entrepreneurs who are powering the US startup ecosystem
Alumnus Mohit Aron ’98, CEO of Cohesity, is featured.

Meet Joe English, writer of ‘A Place Called Schugara’
A blog post features a Q&A with alumnus Joe English ’67.

Parker announces retirement of chief information officer
Alumnus William Parel ’10 is featured and pictured.
Motion Control

Rising operatic star mesmerizes San Quentin
Alumna Sara LeMesh ’12 is featured and pictured.
San Quentin

American appoints new officer to finance team
Alumnus Greg Schwendinger ’05 is featured and pictured.
AeroLatin News


Seahawks add linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee to 53-man roster
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee, who was recently added to the active roster of the Seattle Seahawks, is featured.
USA Today’s Seahawks Wire (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
Seahawks get 1st practice after Week 7 bye: Carroll offers updates on K.J. Wright, Ed Dickson
Seahawks’ K.J. Wright, Ed Dickson practice for 1st time this season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)

North Texas versus Rice — Oct. 27, 2018 college football pick, odds and prediction
An article mentions that Rice football will play the University of North Texas Oct. 27.
Sports Chat Place

UTSA, Trinity and OLLU volleyball still in contention for conference championships
An article about women’s volleyball mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio will play Rice, which is currently in first place in Conference USA, Oct. 26.
KSAT San Antonio

Soccer: North Texas shuts out Florida International 2-0
An article mentions that Rice soccer lost to Florida Atlantic University 1-0.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Men’s tennis wraps up stay at ITA Regionals
An article mentions that Rice tennis players Karol Paluch and Adam Oscislawski were defeated in doubles competition in the ITA Texas Regionals.
UTSA Athletics

Cougar duo advances to final 8 at ITA Regional
An article about the ITA Texas Women’s Regional mentions that Rice tennis players Linda Huang and Michaela Haet were defeated in the doubles competition.
The Daily Cougar

Here’s how KenPom has Wichita State’s 2018-19 basketball season playing out
An article about Wichita State’s men’s basketball team mentions that the Shockers will play Rice Nov. 25.
Wichita Eagle

IMer Virginie Qian makes verbal pledge to Rice 
An article featuring Virginie Qian mentions that she plans to join Rice’s swimming and diving team.
Yahoo! Sports

5 takeaways from UAB’s big win over North Texas
An article mentions that Rice football played against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Another shutout for Chavis
An article about the University of Arkansas football team’s shutouts mentions that the Razorbacks shutout Rice in 1923.

Houston picks up weekly AAC honors for play on both sides of the ball
An article mentions that the University of Houston football team defeated Rice Sept. 3.
Best College Sports News Network
Know the Foe: Houston
Tampa Bay Times

Baylor preparing for a battle in Morgantown
A 2016 football game between Rice and Baylor University is mentioned.
KWKT Online

Conference USA power rankings: Week 8
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

Lady Toppers in control of own C-USA tournament destiny
An article mentions that Rice soccer was the Conference USA preseason favorite. The Owls recently played to a draw against Western Kentucky University.
College Heights Herald

Jay Hopson thinks the running game, once a liability, can be a strength for Southern Miss
Rice is mentioned.
Jackson Clarion Ledger


Digital device overload linked to how first impressions are formed
Beware, media multitaskers: New research from Rice researchers has found a link between spending too much time on digital devices and how first impressions are formed. The study examines the relationship between people who use multiple digital devices at once (known as media multitaskers) and how they perceive people they have never previously met.

About Stefan De La Garza

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