Dateline Rice for Oct. 25, 2018


Apple’s radical approach to news: Humans over machines
Alumna Lauren Kern ’97, editor-in-chief of Apple News, is featured.
New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Qatar may benefit from Khashoggi fallout: Analysts
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This Agence France-Presse article appeared in more than 30 media outlets.)

A school district wants to relocate the bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners found on its property
Photos from Rice’s Woodson Research Center at Fondren Library are featured.
Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Above the cars, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston adds new conservation center
An article on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation mentions Rice is collaborating with the museum on art conservation efforts.
Look inside: MFAH’s conservation center
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
At the MFAH, a new center for conservation
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, completes art conservation center
Art Daily

Finding ‘common good’ among evangelicals in the political season
Rice is mentioned in an article on evangelical Doug Pagitt. (This article and accompanying broadcast appeared in more than 900 media outlets.)

You really can die from a broken heart
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 was featured in the Oct. 25 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when the article appeared online.)
How a broken heart can kill you, literally
Times of India (This article also appeared in Infosurhoy.)
‘WQAD News 8 at 11’
WQAD-TV (Davenport, Iowa)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

With new ad campaign Ford turns dreamers into punks and builders into heroes
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Greater Bridgeport Symphony to perform free space-themed concert at Pequot Library, Nov. 10
Hamlet Hub

Эксперты: демократы близки к победе на выборах в Палату представителей
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 an article on November midterm elections.
RIA Novosti (An English translation is not available.)


Harris County Clerk’s office singles out 3 progressive groups for scrutiny at polls
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 25 print edition with a different headline, “3 progressive groups scrutinized at polls.”)
New numbers show higher young-voter turnout in Harris County (This story also appeared at, and

Oil firms stand by Saudi Arabia amidst backlash
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 25 print edition with a different headline, “Big Oil stands by the Saudis.”)

Houston university named No. 1 in Texas — and among best in U.S.
Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation on WalletHub’s rankings of top colleges and universities.
CultureMap Houston

All for the Owls
An article featuring the 2018 Distinguished Owl Club Awards mentions President David Leebron; Rice Trustee Bucky ’71 and Cynthia Allshouse (both pictured); board of trustees adviser Walter and Linda McReynolds (both pictured); and alumni Leland Winston ’69, Donald Bowers ’90 and Adam Peakes ’95.
The Buzz Magazines

Artist Matthew Ritchie examines the demons in the diagram of human history
The art installation “The Demon in the Diagram” by Matthew Ritchie, which was designed specifically for the two main gallery spaces at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 25 print edition with a different headline, “The demons in the diagram.”)
On stage: Karen Gomyo performs Tchaikovsky, ‘The Wiz’ eases into Hobby Center
Houston Chronicle
Art Galleries: See the flames of ‘Icarus’
San Antonio Express-News

‘All we want to do is vote’: Prairie View A&M students seek on-campus early voting sites during first week
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 24 print edition with a different headline, “‘All we want to do is vote’: Students grab rides to polls.”)

Houston filmmakers document local immigrants’ lives
An article mentions that alumnus Yan Digilov ’11 will lead a panel discussion Oct. 28 following the screening of “Seeds of All Things” at the Asia Society of Texas. The film wil also be screened Nov. 2 at Rice Media Center. Yehuda Sharim, postdoctoral fellow of Jewish studies and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Celebrities’ brushes with Houston recalled
An article mentions that actor Dennis Hopper screened one of his films at Rice in 1983.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Oct. 25
Chamber Music Houston’s Nov. 8 performance at the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Concert Hall is mentioned.
Texas Classical Review

Ebel’s film screened at Houston Green Festival
An article mentions that “The Disappearing Grasslands” was screened at Rice Media Center.
Sulphur Springs News-Telegram

3 women promoted to partner at Rusty Hardin & Associates
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Chronicles (This article also appeared in Kinney Recruiting.)


‘Morning Edtition’
Steve Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on electronics manufacturing company Foxconn’s partnership with Wisconsin ginseng producers.
NPR (This broadcast aired on more than 900 affiliate stations.)

KDKA-AM (Pittsburgh)
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured. (This broadcast also aired on WESA-FM in Pittsburgh.)

‘KHOU 11 News’
Rice is mentioned in a story on the origins of the Johnson Space Center.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


2-billion-year-old salt rock reveals rise of oxygen in ancient atmosphere
Research by Rice postdoctoral fellow Justin Hayles is featured.

There’s always a tradeoff: Soldiers’ movement-enhancing exoskeletons may impair decision-making
Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Design Fax

How graphite is lighting the way to a solar future
Rice research on using a graphene/nanotube hybrid as an electrode within dye-sensitised solar cells is mentioned.
Engineering Update (This article also appeared in Solar Daily.)

Emerging technologies
Rice research on graphene is mentioned.
Center for a New American Security

María-Elisa Heg to join HCCC as new curatorial fellow
Alumna María-Elisa Heg ’09 is featured.
Art Daily (This article also appeared in MyHeadlinez.)

Meqbil solidifies passion for biochemistry during research fellowship
Rice is mentioned.
Indiana Ag Connection


Ice-age climate clues unearthed
Sylvia Dee, an assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and her colleagues have created a computational Lake Proxy System Model to translate data from deep beneath lake surface waters in a way that relates more directly to measurable climate model variables.
Space Daily (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Coal-fired power plant waste to produce eco-friendly concrete
More than 20 billion tons of concrete are produced around the world every year in a manufacturing process that contributes 5 to 10 percent of carbon dioxide to global emissions, but Rice engineers have developed a cementless and environmentally friendly material.
Morgan Newspaper

Lessons in leadership: 1-on-1 with Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat
Alumnus Jim Whitehurst ’89 is featured.
Thrive Global

Chicago author publishes story about escape
Alumnus Joe English ’67 is featured.
Windy City Times (This article also appeared in EIN World News Report.)

We’ve got your weekend: Happy hauntings and more
A roundup of events in New Orleans mentions the Electric LaTex Festival will feature music created at Rice.

Dillard University mock trial team takes first place in tournament
A mock trial tournament at Rice is mentioned.
Gentilly Messenger


Homecoming: Mean Green look to serve Rice
The Rice football team’s upcoming game against the University of North Texas is mentioned in several articles.
North Texas Daily
Southern Miss moves up in latest C-USA Power Rankings, UAB still on top
Clarion Ledger
College football picks: Predicting final scores for every game in Week 9

Army announces 2019 football schedule
Rice will face Army Aug. 30, 2019, in West Point, N.Y.

Rice, atop C-USA, on an 11-match win streak as it faces second-place UTSA
The Rice volleyball team is mentioned in several articles.
Texas State volleyball earns national ranking
San Marcos Corridor News
SFA volleyball puts 20 match win streak on the line Thursday

Roadrunners set for Conference USA championships
Rice will compete in the Conference USA cross-country championships Oct. 27 in Boca Raton, Fla.

Texas Longhorns ignore the ‘noise’ at UT, stay motivated for Oklahoma State game
The Rice football team’s 1994 victory over the University of Texas is mentioned.

Robertson: A Dolphins visit in prime time stirs special memories
A column mentions Super Bowl VIII was played at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The Weekly Run: Jazz are focused on playing a more complete game as they start a four-game road trip
An article mentions the Utah Jazz practiced at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse ahead of their game against the Houston Rockets.
Salt Lake Tribune

Stars too dominant for Wildcats in district final
Rice is mentioned.
The Examiner

VCU basketball freshmen adjusting to life on and off the court
Rice is mentioned.
Commonwealth Times


Ice-age climate clues unearthed
How cold did Earth get during the last ice age? The truth may lie deep beneath lakes and could help predict how the planet will warm again. Sediments in lake beds hold chemical records of ages past, among them the concurrent state of the atmosphere above. Scientists led by a Rice professor and her colleagues have devised a new computational model to interpret what they reveal.

Houston area’s growth is unsustainable without government reform, new report says
As the Houston region continues to grow, its local governments are struggling to provide services to residents in an equitable and cost-effective way, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Nanotubes may give the world better batteries
Rice scientists are counting on films of carbon nanotubes to make high-powered, fast-charging lithium metal batteries a logical replacement for common lithium-ion batteries.

Rice’s student-run art gallery becomes an Inferno
Its old name now up in flames, the student-run art space at Rice formerly known as Matchbox has been reborn as Inferno Gallery. The newly rechristened gallery debuts Oct. 25 with its first exhibition of the season.

Tiny northwest quakes tied to deep-crust structure
The earthquakes are so small and deep that someone standing in Seattle would never feel them. In fact, until the early 2000s, nobody knew they happened at all. Now, scientists at Rice have unearthed details about the structure of Earth where these tiny tremors occur.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.