Dateline Rice for Oct. 31, 2018


Ted Cruz can’t shake Beto O’Rourke in most expensive Senate race ever
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 articles about Texas politics ahead of the November midterm elections. Two of the articles also quote Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. Cohan is quoted in Grist on the midterm elections and in E&E News about positive health impacts that would be achieved by cleaning up or replacing Texas coal-fired power plants that lack sulfur pollution controls.
New York Post
Will Whole Foods locations explain a blue wave?
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Columbus Dispatch.)
Election will test GOP lock on 3rd Court of Appeals; 1 race tops $1 million
Austin American-Statesman
A Texas Board of Education seat hasn’t flipped since 2010. Will that change in 2018?
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle.)
Place your bets: At long last, Texas Democrats have good reason to stay up Election Day
Dallas Observer
It takes more than a hurricane to sway some voters in this Texas election
Texas: Cruz y O’Rourke intensifican campañas con énfasis en sus bases
Al Día Dallas (An English translation is not available.)
Texas emissions linked to hundreds of early deaths — study
E&E News (A similar article also appeared in Route Fifty.)

The Cybersecurity 202: Democrats blast Georgia’s Brian Kemp for ‘a total disregard for election security’
A roundup of election security news from the Washington Post quotes Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Wallach is also interviewed by Vice about election security and KTRH about digital passwords.
Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
Texas voting machines have been ‘a known problem’ for a decade
Here’s a thought for a password (This article also appeared at

Happy with a 20 percent chance of sadness
An article about using technology to predict mood cites previous research from Akane Sano, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Researchers found a THC-like compound in this plant 
Research by the lab of Chris Fagundes, assistant professor of psychological sciences, that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill, is featured in a science news roundup from Vice as well as four other media outlets.
Vice (Scroll down to “How grief changes the body.”)
Heartbreak linked to poor health, even fatality says study
The National
Une étude révèle qu’on peut réellement mourir de chagrin
Glamour France (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in MSN Actualité.)
Il dolore per la perdita di una persona cara può portare alla morte (An English translation is not available.)
Rozchod bolí nejen duši. Zlomené srdce může skutečně zabíjet (An English translation is not available.)

Do you know your spending triggers? Here’s how to stop impulse buying 
Rice research that determined reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to purchase new items is featured.

The journalists making the calls behind the Apple News app
Alumna Lauren Kern ’97, editor-in-chief of Apple News, is featured.
Irish Times (This New York Times article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


What does George Soros have to do with the race for Harris County clerk?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.This article also appeared in the Oct. 31 print edition with a different headline, “Stuart’s campaign vs. Soros questioned.”)

Historic black neighborhoods disappear all the time. But they don’t have to.
Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, authored an op-ed for the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine about the 2018 Preserving Communities of Color Conference. Aimee VonBokel, academic visitor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed originally appeared in OffCite, an online publication of the Rice Design Alliance.)

Preventing sudden cardiac death with genome editing
An article about a study of sudden cardiac death mentions that Rice scientists Ciaran Lee, research scientist at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, graduate student So Hyun Park and Gang Bao, the A.J. Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, are collaborators.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This article also appeared in Scienmag and Bioengineer.)

Olson questioned by voter for calling opponent ‘Indo-American carpetbagger’
Alumnus Rep. Pete Olson ’85, R-Texas, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Election preview: Congress, district clerk, justice of the peace
Fort Bend Star

Annie’s List’s 1st black leader hopes to diversify progressive group, get more women elected
Alumna Royce Brooks ’01 is featured and pictured.
Dallas Morning News

Letter to the editor
Rice is mentioned.
University Star


Dr. Kirsten Siebach — Monday, Oct. 29, 2018
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is featured in a podcast about new Mars discoveries.
The Space Show (Similar articles also appeared in Parabolic Arc and HobbySpace.)

‘Great Day Houston’
A television broadcast mentions that Rice’s Mariachi Luna Llena will perform at Thorn and Moon Magickal Market’s Day of the Dead festival Nov. 2.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


How will Texas law HB 810 impact stem cell-based intervention clinics?
Hanszen College sophomore Bhavana Kunisetty and Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are cited. Matthews and graduate student Melody Tan are quoted in the second Medical Xpress article on common misconceptions about vaccinations.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in, Scienmag and Bioengineer.)
Expert: Vaccination myths must be debunked
Medical Xpress

Study finds growth of genomic databases affects species accuracy
Fast techniques to sequence genomes have flooded public databases in a biased fashion, resulting in lots of genomic data about some species and not enough about others, according to Todd Treangen, assistant professor of computer science. (This article also appeared in, Scienmag, Technology Networks, the Long Room and Infection Control Today.)

Texas, Corps outline $31B plan to protect state’s coast
An article mentions that the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement builds on the work of scientists, engineers and other experts from Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction and Evacuation from Disasters Center and other institutions.
Engineering News-Record

UTHealth’s Valentin Dragoi wins $1.6 million NIH award to unlock mysteries of the brain 
An article mentions that Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is part of a research team that has been awarded a three-year, $1.6 million award from the National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. (This article also appeared in Scienmag and Bioengineer.)

Turkey and Qatar: An alliance under the Saudi sword 
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Gatestone Institute

UA architecture professors to discuss ‘New Perspectives in Architecture Education’
An article mentions that alumna Jessica Colangelo ’08 will participate in a panel presentation.

Houston’s museum-building boom continues with opening of Menil Drawing Institute
An article about new museums in Houston mentions Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Art Newspaper


She took on a man’s world and conquered it — ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons’ tryst with tech
Alumna Rebecca Parsons ’90 is featured and pictured.

Colgate Orchestra brings Brahms to Hamilton Nov. 4
An article featuring David Kim mentions that he formerly held a teaching and performance residency at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Oneida Dispatch

Students hope to implement change to LSU’s textbook prices
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.


Something must give as Rice, UTEP pit losing streaks
The Rice football team is mentioned or featured in several articles ahead of its Nov. 3 homecoming game against the University of Texas at El Paso.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 31 print edition with a different headline, “Something must give as losing streaks vie.”)
Forget Bama-LSU! The Bottom 10 Game of the Year is upon us
ESPN: The worst game of the year is happening Saturday
The Spun
Kaz’s Fearless Forecast 
College football Week 10: Group of 5 odds and best bets

Sports Illustrated

Remaining games that will have the biggest impact on college football playoff
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will face Louisiana State University later this season.
Bleacher Report

The red-hot Houston Cougars continue to climb up the rankings and could soon challenge for No. 1
A roundup of college football rankings features Rice.
SportsMap Houston

By the numbers: Football’s record-breaking season so far
Rice football’s game against the University of Houston is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Touchdown-maker: Houston’s D’Eriq King named the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week
Several articles mention Rice football’s 41-17 loss against the University of North Texas Oct. 27 in Denton.
Tyler Morning Telegraph 
The off-week edition of What We Learned 
Denton Record-Chronicle
Roundup: Will Tommie kicks off for South Carolina in win
Index-Journal (Subscription is required.)

Kirk’s Korner: What some are selling, I’m not buying
Rice is mentioned.
NWA Homepage (This article also appeared in WATN Online and KASN Online.)

Rob Childress discusses Aggie baseball’s fall season, new faces on roster
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Fall Report: Texas A&M

Abu-Tayeh, Seltzer make All-C-USA
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team qualified for the Conference USA tournament.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy to receive AFCA’s Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
An article about Amos Alonzo Stagg Award winners mentions former Rice head football coaches Jess Neely (1966) and Ken Hatfield (2015). Hatfield, who was recently named to the College Football Playoff selection committee, is also mentioned in Fanbuzz.
KCEN Online
Is having 6 new College Football Playoff committee members a good thing?

Friday Night Lights: Intriguing matchups in next-to-last week
An article mentions that Regan Riddle plans to play football at Rice.

Watch: Calvin Anderson shows off Rubik’s Cube skills
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.

About Stefan De La Garza

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