Dateline Rice for Oct. 24, 2018


Is Saudi Arabia helping Trump in the midterms?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an article about the possible effects of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on U.S. midterm elections and the market price of oil.

You really can die of a broken heart, research suggests
Research by the lab of Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill is featured.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared 25 other media outlets.)
KNX-AM (Los Angeles) (This CBS Radio segment aired on 200 affiliate radio stations.)
‘Good Morning Cleveland at 6 a.m.’
WEWS-TV (Cleveland)
‘KTLA 5 Morning News at 11’
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles)
‘News at 8:30’
CLTV-TV (Chicago)
KFYI-AM (Phoenix)
’60 Seconds to Better Health with Fred Bodimer’
KMOX-AM (St. Louis)


Climate change is already damaging American democracy
Research co-authored by Junia Howell, a scholarat Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, that determined natural disasters and recovery efforts launched in their aftermath have increased wealth inequality between races in the U.S. is cited.
The Atlantic

‘Media multitasking’ might mess with our 1st impressions 
Articles cite 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.
Digital device overload linked to how first impressions are formed
Medical Xpress
Weekend reads: Why Dunkin’ Donuts dropped ‘Donuts’ from its name

Ubers and Lyfts may increase road deaths, study claims
An article mentions that Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student Livia Yi co-authored a study that determined ride-sharing increased the number of car registrations and fatal accidents.


Who benefits from Texas’ record-breaking early voting turnout?
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 about the start of early voting in Texas for the November midterm elections and the possible impact of the Latino vote in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.
KTRK Online
Why Democrats could lose in a Texas Congressional district that’s 70 percent Latino
Latino Times Journal

Leslye Mlcak to lead state patient advocacy group
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)

‘Rational Middle’ immigration documentary series continues with ‘Lines and Limitations’
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.
Texas GOP Vote (This article also appeared in Construction Citizen.)

Why we should preserve the former Houston Press building downtown [opinion]
An op-ed arguing for the preservation of the former Houston Press building mentions that the article originally appeared in OffCite, an online publication of the Rice Design Alliance.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)
Saving 1621 Milam from the wrecking ball becomes Houston preservation movement
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

‘Big Band Favorites’ at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Oct. 27
Robert Simpson, lecturer in church music at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
The Katy News

NAACP to hold awards banquet
An article mentions that alumnus Tracy Steele ’85 will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP’s annual Awards and Freedom Fund Banquet.
Texarkana Gazette

Texas State University’s libraries invited to join prestigious research consortia
An article mentions that Rice is part of the Greater Western Library Alliance, a consortium of research libraries headquartered in the Kansas City area.
San Marcos Corridor News

North Haven woman wins $30,000 Mega Millions lottery prize
A slideshow of interesting statistics cites Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Numbers drawn for record $1.6B Mega Millions jackpot 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Numbers for $1.6B Mega Millions are 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and Mega Ball 5; not immediately clear if there’s a winner
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
How to win the lottery, according to a Romanian-born mathematician who hacked the system, won 14 times, and retired on a remote tropical island
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
So many people are buying Mega Millions tickets that unique number combinations are shrinking
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


1st day of early voting could signal higher turnout in Harris County than 2014 midterms
Bob Stein is interviewed in a new episode of “Houston Matters” and is quoted in other related articles in about the first day of early voting in Houston for the November midterm elections. Stein also appears in a television broadcast from KHOU about the legality of text messages from campaigns.
Houston Public Media
Here’s where people voted on the 1st day of the midterms
Houston Public Media
Harris County bans ‘robot brothels,’ record turnout on 1st day of early voting, Fort Bend County’s domestic migration and more
Houston Public Media
Campaign text messages: Are they legal?
KHOU Online

Here’s what Houstonians should know about the flu vaccine
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 on an episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

Researchers find connections between Houston-area home buyouts and ‘white flight’
Kevin Loughran, postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about a new analysis of home buyouts in the Houston area before Hurricane Harvey that shows most federally subsidized buyouts after major floods have occurred in areas that in earlier decades saw the greatest exodus of white residents.
Houston Public Media

‘TWC News All Day’
A television broadcast and article mention that Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation on WalletHub’s rankings of top colleges and universities.
Spectrum News Austin (Austin, Texas)
Here are the best colleges in North Carolina: Study
Charlotte Patch

‘KHOU 11 News’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
US Rep. Joseph Kennedy talks climate — and political — change
Milford Daily News(This article also appeared in Wicked Local Franklinand MetroWest Daily News.)
Let’s finish this
Mahwah Patch
Future looks bright for students at new Solar Preparatory for Boys
The Hub


New APS prizes and awards recipients announced
An article mentions that José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will receive the Max Delbrück Prize in Biological Physics from the American Physical Society for independent contributions to a new view of protein folding.
American Physical Society

Saving the corporate income tax
A new study by co-authors Jorge Barro and Joyce Beebe, fellows in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
Accounting Today

Massive Attack re-releases ‘Mezzanine’ in a can
Reinhard Heckel, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted in an article about storing information in DNA.
Essential Home

Colleges could be out up to $400M in Perkins Loan repayments
The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.
Education Dive (This article also appeared in

System Bits: Oct. 23
An engineering news roundup 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. Edward Knightly, the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted.

ASM International bestows a variety of awards for materials science achievements
An article mentions that Enrique Barrera, professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering, was honored by ASM International with the Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award.

Astronomers spy 4 giant planets orbiting a very young star
Christopher Johns-Krull, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Antibiotic microsphere beads market: Latest report with forecast to 2026
An article mentions that Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, collaborated to produce antibiotic microspheres that slowly release antibiotics over several weeks to stave off infections.
Construction News

3 kinds of drinks that actually dehydrate you — and why
An article cites a Rice study that determined highly caffeinated beverages mixed with endurance exercise can lead to dehydration and cramping.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in UK News Desk and Latest Nigerian News.)

OpenStax and LabArchives partner to provide low-cost digital textbooks
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Broadway World

1-woman slate for San Diego
The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook ’83 is featured and pictured.
The Living Church

Interview with the CEO and the president and chairman: NanoViricides, Inc.
Alumnus Anil R. Diwan ’86 is featured.
The Wall Street Transcript

Red Hat CEO Whitehurst sells $709,000 in shares of company
Alumnus Jim Whitehurst ’89 is featured.
Charlotte Raleigh CityBizList

Thanks for the memories
An article about college yearbooks mentions a prank by the editors of a 1960s Rice yearbook.
Inside Higher Ed

665 days in orbit: Peggy Whitson’s space missions
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, an astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American, is featured.

When do we finally become a nation of Americans?
Alumnus Bobby Eberle ’93 authored a blog post.


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.


Freshmen getting more chances at Rice
The Rice football team is mentioned or featured in several articles ahead of its Oct. 27 game against the University of North Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Oct. 24 print edition with a different headline, “Youth movement gains more momentum.”)
5 things UNT fans should know about Rice
Denton Record-Chronicle
5 takeaways from UNT coach Seth Littrell’s press conference, player availability
Denton Record-Chronicle
Brooks named a semifinalist for Thorpe award
Denton Record-Chronicle
College football Week 9 odds: Opening point spreads for every game
Kaz’s Fearless Forecast
Ranking the best quarterbacks in college football this season
Bleacher Report
Find out which teams could be making a second-half push for the No. 1 spot in Texas
SportsMap Houston

Crosby alum Walter stars at Rice
Rice football player Austin Walter is featured and pictured. The article mentions that he is the second Owl to amass 1,500 rushing yards, 1,000 kick return yards and 500 receiving yards, joining former player Trevor Cobb ’93, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted. HERO Sports mentions that Walter and Emmanuel Esukpa are Conference USA rushing leaders.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 24 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Cross country marches on to season finale at conference championships
Rice’s Sept. 7 cross-country invitational is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Orbit Claus is coming to town for your family holiday photos
A slideshow of Houston-area mascots pictures Rice’s Sammy the Owl.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texas A&M women’s basketball player, sister indicted on felony charges in December fight
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play Texas A&M in the season-opener Nov. 7.
The Eagle

Friday Night Lights: Big games across Texas in Week 9
Rice is mentioned.

5 games left: ESPN’s game-by-game predictions for Texas A&M
An article mentions that Rice football played against the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Oracle Challenger Series coming to Houston
An article mentions that the Oracle Challenger Series will be held at Rice’s George R. Brown Tennis Center Nov. 10-18. Two players from Rice will compete.
Tennis Panorama

Notebook: UNT soccer team on verge of completing its ‘drive for 5’
An article mentions that Rice women’s tennis players Anna Bowtell and Victoria Smirnova were defeated in the ITA Texas Regional doubles final.
Denton Record-Chronicle

UCF up to No. 5 in mid-major poll, Texas State, Austin, Peay, ETSU get in
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in Conference USA and No. 18 in the nation. The second article mentions that Rice defeated Louisiana Tech University.
Volleyball Magazine 
NCAA: Pitt tops Louisville, UCF beats Cincy, SEC tightens up as Mizzou upsets Florida

Volleyball Magazine

Bonus Monday, indeed: KJ Wright, Ed Dickson practice for first time this Seahawks season
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee, who was recently added to the active roster of the Seattle Seahawks, is featured.
Tacoma News Tribune

By the numbers: UTEP football’s progression from 2017 to now
An article about overall team offensive efficiency mentions Rice football.

Random thoughts from around the country: Karma catches up with Urbz
An article about bowl eligible college football teams mentions Rice.
SB Nation

First and 10: Georgia has real problems. Can Kirby Smart solve them in time?

An article about Louisiana State University football mentions that the Tigers will play Rice.
Saturday Down South

Men’s tennis advances 6 in ITA Texas Regional singles
An article about the ITA Texas Regional Championship tennis tournament mentions Rice men’s tennis players Conrad Russell, Ashton Duke and Jacob Eskeland.

‘Great Day Houston’
Rice is mentioned.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

Windy City Bulls finalize basketball operations and coaching staff for 2018-19 season
Former Rice men’s basketball assistant Ben Sanders is featured.
Our Sports Central


What’s next for China? Baker Institute event to explore country’s economic, political reforms
Experts will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 5 to discuss what lies ahead for China’s foreign relations and economic and political reforms. The event, hosted by the Baker Institute’s China Studies Program and Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is free and open to the public.

About Stefan De La Garza

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