Dateline Rice for Oct. 26, 2018


The Facebook candidate: Beto O’Rourke’s social media savvy fuels long-shot Ted Cruz challenge
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 on upcoming mideterm elections.
USA Today (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Kavanaugh battle dims Democrats’ dreams of flipping Senate
Washington Times
Will Donald Trump’s rally for Ted Cruz motivate Republicans or Democrats?
UK Progressive

Short-term health insurance should worry you even if you don’t need it
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, authored an op-ed. Ho is also quoted in an article on efforts by President Donald Trump to increase regulation of the prescription drug market.
Trump takes on ‘global freeloading’ in drug market, but impact may be limited (This Sinclair Broadcast Group article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

You can actually die of a broken heart — new study explains how
Research by the lab of Chris Fagundes, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill, is featured.
MSN (Similar articles appear in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Grief kills (Houston; this article also appeared in
‘On Your Side Tonight with Jamie Boll’
WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.)

CRISPR pinpoints gene that switches butterfly wing color
Former Rice graduate student Tracy Douglas is mentioned as contributing to research in the Science Daily article. Rice is mentioned in the Futurity article.
A single genetic switch changes butterfly wing color
Science Daily (A similar article appeared in Newswise.)

Democratic takeover could mean boost for NASA’s climate science
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Living as missionaries
Christian Standard

Zout water op Mars kan leven bevatten
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 Netherlands (An English translation is not available.)


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. This article appeared in the Oct. 26 print edition with a different headline, “There is no debate about climate change,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Look inside: MFAH’s 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

High Line designer to Houston: Save the former Houston Press building!
Alumnus Charles Renfro ’87 authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Student voting rights fight erupts at Texas State University
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, Governing and Houston Defender.)

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. 26 print edition with a different headline, “Does ‘Reality’ still bite?”)
On stage: Karen Gomyo performs Tchaikovsky, ‘The Wiz’ eases into Hobby Center
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Oct. 26 print edition with a different headline, “Stage List,” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

Op-ed: Sugar Land’s dark past opens the door to a brighter future
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Sugar Land Patch

Your next best bets for Houston’s most historic car dealership building once 1621 Milam gets demolished
The Rice Chapel is mentioned.

Top 11 food and drink events this month: November 2018
Salamat 2018, which will be held Nov. 3 in the Rice Stadium parking lot, is mentioned.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Texas State libraries gain admission to alliance
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 Daily Record


‘CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin’
History Professor Douglas Brinkley discusses President Donald Trump’s response to bombs mailed to political figures.

Scientists: Global cooling on the way
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
KPRC-AM (Houston)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is cited in a discussion of early voting in Texas.


Rice team shows that thin nanotube films stop dendrite growth from Li metal anodes
The lab of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, has shown that thin nanotube films effectively stop dendrites that grow naturally from unprotected lithium metal anodes in batteries. Tour is quoted, and postdoctoral researcher Rodrigo Salvatierra and graduate student Gladys Lopez-Silva are mentioned.
Green Car Congress (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

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.
R&D (Similar articles appeared in Science Daily, Net News Ledger and BioPortfolio.)

Scientists uncover relationship between tremors, water at the Cascadia margin
Rice University scientists studied how the density of microseismicity, or small tremors, related to the seismic structure of the Pacific Northwest in the United States. Postdoctoral research associate Jonathan Delph is quoted and pictured. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science, and Fenglin Niu, professor of Earth science, are mentioned.
Elexonic (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

A new spin on MRI contrast
Rice nanoscientists have demonstrated a method for loading iron inside nanoparticles to create MRI contrast agents that outperform gadolinium chelates, the mainstay contrast agent that is facing increased scrutiny due to potential safety concerns. 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, is quoted along with graduate student Luke Henderson.
Radiology Today

SHOWEAST 2018 Bingham Ray Spirit Award: Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse
Alumnus Tim League ’92 is featured.
Box Office Pro

Sink or swim: What happens after music school
Alumna Hannah Hammel ’17 is featured.
San Francisco Classical Voice

Cardboard art? That’s just thinkin’ outside the box
An article on artist Wayne White mentions his installation at Rice.
Art + Seek

Post-Trump rise of religious left: Real trend or wishful thinking? We’ll find out soon
Rice is mentioned.
Get Religion


‘Our age has no Chaucer’
Patrick Kurp, science writer at the Brown School of Engineering, authored a blog post that examines the work of the late William Bowman Piper, former professor in the Department of English.
Anecdotal Evidence

Service to community is goal of candidate for county commissioner
Alumna Shelaswau Crier ’97 authored a guest column.
Statesman Journal

Polymeric micelle-based nanomedicine innovator ready to take off for investors
Alumnus Anil Diwan ’86 is featured.

Business briefs 10.26.18
Rice is mentioned.
Arizona Jewish Post

Pattanayak presents research in Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Carleton Now


On TV/radio: Longtime Clippers voice Ralph Lawler reflects on 40-year career
Rice’s Oct. 27 football game against the University of North Texas is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Viewer’s guide to college football: Full TV schedule for Week 9 games
Sports Illustrated
How to watch: Week 9 college football, with TV times, network, streaming
Atlanta Journal-Consitution
College football: Rice versus North Texas | Start time, TV, odds, predictions
HERO Sports
College football injury report Week 9
Mitch Maher talks North Texas career, Mason Fine nearing or surpassing all his records
Underdog Dynasty
Key matchups and predictions for Week 9 – Barry back and homecoming

Rabalais: Q&A: ‘College GameDay,’ CFP, Heisman race, what LSU must do to beat Alabama
The Rice football team is mentioned in articles on Louisiana State University’s football team.
Winchester News-Gazette (This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
LSU deserves poll ranking, but it’s time for bettors to fade Tigers
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Aggie baseball to play Rice in exhibition game Friday
The Rice baseball team faces Texas A&M University Oct. 26 at Reckling Park.

UTEP volleyball hosts 2 matches at Memorial Gym
The Rice volleyball team is mentioned in two articles.
El Paso Herald-Post
Western Kentucky looks to get back on track versus UTEP, UTSA

Texas A&M basketball single game tickets and flex packs available Thursday
The Rice women’s basketball team is mentioned in two articles.
Tough schedule awaits UALR women
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Rice U. scientists form flat tellurium
Amey Apte and his Rice colleagues made tellurium, a rare metal, into a film less than a nanometer (one-billionth of a meter) thick by melting a powder of the element at high temperature and blowing the atoms onto a surface. He said the resulting material, tellurene, shows promise for next-generation, near-infrared solar cells and other optoelectronic applications that rely on the manipulation of light.

About Matt Wilson

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