Dateline Rice for Nov. 1, 2018


Survey on Harvey’s health impacts nearing deadline
Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, is quoted in two articles and interviewed in a television broadcast about the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund that is collecting and maintaining information from those affected by the storm, including health effects.
U.S. News & World Report (This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
Speak up about Hurricane Harvey through survey
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Provost Miranda talks about the Harvey Registry on Fox 26

Trump revives ‘Willie Horton’ tactic with ad linking illegal immigrant killer to Democrats
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in the Washington Post and is interviewed on CNN about a recent political ad tweeted by President Donald Trump.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’

Colorado oil and gas development and a politically charged ballot proposition 
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed about Colorado’s Proposition 112, which would limit oil and gas development on non-federal land.

Trump’s sanctions on Iran just handed a big victory to Russia 
Peter Volkmar, a graduate fellow for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed arguing that U.S. sanctions against Iran enhance Russia’s influence of the global oil and gas market.

Beto needs a Hail Mary to win in Texas
Rice experts Mark Jones, Daniel Cohan and Ron Sass have authored or are quoted in numerous articles. 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, authored an op-ed in The Hill, and he is quoted in several media outlets about Texas’ midterm elections. Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored op-eds in the San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle about the costs of coal-burning power plants in Texas. Cohan and Jones are quoted in an article by Mother Jones about climate change’s potential impact on November midterm elections. Cohan and Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, are quoted in Texas Climate News.
The Hill
While Democratic congressional candidates rake in cash, big donors ignore the statewide ticket
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the NewsBeezer and The Eagle.)
Health care key issue in races
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 1 print edition.)
Bonnen joins House speaker race, surprising no one
The Texas Monitor 
Do celebrity endorsements get people to the polls?
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KJAC and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, and KENS in San Antonio.)
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could see midterm boost from straight-ticket voting
Contested seats spurring high voter turnout
The Leader News
A Texas Board of Education seat hasn’t flipped since 2010. Will that change in 2018?
KOXE Online (This article also appeared in Progrexas.)
Coal can’t compete with cheaper alternatives and the industry’s true costs are higher than they appear
San Francisco Chronicle (This article, which originally appeared in The Conversation, also appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine and more than 25 other media outlets.)
In these 5 races, climate change has taken center stage
Mother Jones (This article originally appeared in Grist.)
A ‘daunting’ challenge: What the major new climate report means for Texas
Texas Climate News

Software bugs could compromise midterm votes in Texas
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about possible software flaws in electronic voting machines.
CNET (This article also appeared in Voting News, Alsh News, Long Room and Arab Youm.)

The social costs of ride-hailing may be larger than previously thought
Research by co-authors Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student Hanyi (Livia) Yi is cited. Hochberg is quoted in a roundup of Texas technology news in Xconomy.
The Economist
Sam’s Club goes digital, BNSF’s electric locomotive and more TX tech

Owning your own home doesn’t make you rich. Owning somebody else’s does.
An article about wealth and homeownership cites a 2016 study by Brielle Bryan, assistant professor of sociology, and sociologists from Harvard.
MSN (This article also appeared on MSN Money.)

She took on a man’s world and conquered it
Alumna Rebecca Parsons ’90 is featured and pictured.
Yahoo! Finance

Possible tornado causes damage in Kentucky, streets flood in Houston during Halloween severe weather
An article about recent severe weather that caused street flooding across parts of Houston includes a social media post from campus services support specialist Jay Lee about how it affected some streets on the Rice campus.
The Weather Channel
‘Weather Center Live’
The Weather Channel

Houston, we have a political problem: Anti-space campaign ad airs
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Newsline.)
Wesleyan University, Eversource partner on carbon neutrality initiative
Houston Chronicle(Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Out of control: Walking, cycling in Houston region can be risky
An article about improving the walkability of Houston cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined areas with residents most in need of decent walking paths to access transit have among the worst sidewalks.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

The new Menil Drawing Institute a marvel of light and lines
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted. An article from Curbed mentions that Dominique de Menil and Howard Barnstone co-curated a 1973 exhibition titled “Gray is the Color” at Rice’s former Art Barn. The article also mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion and Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chonicle’s Nov. 1 print edition, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and TV Guide News.)
A museum grows in Houston

FAQs about the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsement process
Alumnus Evan Mintz ’08, who is the Houston Chronicle’s deputy opinion editor, authored three op-eds.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
The Worst of 2018: These candidates received 1-star ratings
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
The Best of 2018: These candidates received 5-star ratings
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Historic Houston building being demolished just days after preservationists tried to build momentum to save it 
An article about the dismantling of the Shelor Motor Company Building mentions Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, and quotes alumnus Charles Renfro ’87.

More campus voting issues 
A blog post mentions that Rice will be one of three colleges in Texas that will have on-campus voting Nov. 6 for the midterm elections.
Off the Kuff

Army Corps to Houston: Is this unfunded plan for an ‘Ike Dike’ something you could get behind?
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.
‘Ike Dike’ plan released, Corps now turns to details
The Daily News

3 Dallas universities make new list of top 10 schools in Texas
Articles mention that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 9 in the nation in terms of best value by WalletHub.
CultureMap Dallas (This article also appeared in CultureMap Austin.)
Here are Michigan’s best colleges
Detroit Patch

Talk like a Texan: Let’s chaw the rag
Alumna Anne Dingus ’75 is interviewed on a podcast of uniquely Texas sayings.
Texas Monthly

Family Fun: Day of the Dead fests and Feast with the Beasts
An article mentions that the Houston Filipino Street Festival will be held Nov. 3 at Rice’s Greenbrier Lot.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Outside the Cineplex: ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Casablanca’
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Casablanca” Nov. 6 and “Rabbit Hunt” Nov. 8
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Floresville High School October students of the month 
An article featuring Gabriel “Gabe” Aparicio II mentions that he hopes to attend Rice.
Wilson County News


Rice data lab has students tackle real-world analytics
An article features Rice’s new Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge, which gives students opportunities to tackle real-world problems in data science. Alumnus Kevin Harvey ’87 is mentioned and alumna Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Campus Technology

Can you feel what I’m saying? 
An article features Rice research that developed a haptic armband that communicates with signals comprised of squeeze, stretch and vibration. Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted. Graduate student Nathan Dunkelberger is quoted and pictured, and graduate student Jenny Sullivan is pictured.
ECN (This article also appeared in 15 Minute News.)

Reports: Public colleges becoming less attainable for underserved students
The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.
Education Dive

Pushing to extend the ’14-Day Rule’
An article mentions that the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy hosted a conference to urge scientists and ethicists to further debate the current 14-day limit on human embryo research.
National Catholic Register

Political Risk Series: Politics in the Middle East
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed on a podcast from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum and mentioned in All About Shipping about Middle East politics.
Central banks greening financial system, Politics in the Middle East podcast
All About Shipping

Can the TCJA save the corporate income tax? 
A blog post cites an issue brief by Jorge Barro and Joyce Beebe, fellows in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy
TaxProf Blog

Rice University brings smoky vegan barbecue brisket to Texas
An article features the plant-based barbecue brisket recently debuted by senior executive chef Roger Elkhouri, which is part of a larger movement at Rice to incorporate more plant-based options on campus.

Science: Study finds growth of genomic databases affects species accuracy [report]
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.

True love: Couple dies within days of each other after 70 years of marriage
Rice research that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill, is featured
Starts at 60

Brazil’s right-wing Hugo Chavez 
Michael Ard, lecturer in the Master of Global Affairs program at Rice, authored an op-ed about Brazil President-elect Jair Messias Bolsonaro.
Conservative Angle

Sarita Adve named recipient of the ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
An article about the 2018 Ken Kennedy Award Winner mentions the award is co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society and named for the late Ken Kennedy, founder of Rice’s computer science program.
Communications of the ACM (This article also appeared in InsideHPC.)

Other materials stories that may be of interest 
A roundup of materials stories features Rice research that developed high-powered, fast-charging lithium metal batteries from carbon nanotubes.
American Ceramic Society

Here’s how buying into fast fashion affects our brains — not just our budgets
Rice research that determined reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to purchase new items is featured.

How many denominations are there? An interview with Roger E. Olson 
Alumnus Roger Olson ’82 is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Bible Gateway Blog


Climate scholar Jennifer Carlson calls for the ‘democratization of climate justice’
An article mentions that Jennifer Carlson, a visiting scholar in energy humanities at Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences and a current Cornell Society for the Humanities 2018-19 sustainability fellow, spoke about global warming denial Oct. 30 at Cornell University.
Cornell Daily Sun

Washington Project for The Arts presents Artist Mother Studio (AMS) Conference 
An article featuring alumna Mariah Johnson ’01 mentions that she will be part of a panel discussion at the Artist Mother Studio Conference Nov. 3 at Howard University.
EasyCity Art

Architect, urban designer Georgeen Theodore to present ‘Sooner or Later’ on Nov. 5
An article featuring and picturing alumna Georgeen Theodore ’92 mentions she will present the lecture “Sooner or Later” Nov. 5 at the University of Arkansas.
University of Arkansas Newswire

Beyond Bollywood: Samhita Sunya curates a film series that challenges stereotypes
Alumna Samhita Sunya ’11 is featured and pictured.
C-VILLE Weekly


Rice’s Jack Fox is Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week
An article featuring Rice football player Jack Fox mentions that he was named the Ray Guy Award Punter of the Week for Week 9 by the Augusta Sports Council.
The Augusta Chronicle (Similar articles also appeared in CSN, Big Ten Conference and Enid News and Eagle.)

College Football Picks: Showdown Saturday to shape CFP race
The Rice football team is mentioned in several articles ahead of its Nov. 3 homecoming game against the University of Texas at El Paso.
USA Today (This Associated Press article also appeared in 100 other media outlets.)
Southern Miss falls, Middle Tennessee rises in Week 10 Conference USA power rankings
Hattiesburg American
Conference USA power rankings: Week 9
SB Nation

Conference USA preseason rankings: Western Kentucky and Marshall lead a crowded conference
An article about Conference USA basketball features Rice and mentions head coach Scott Pera and players Ako Adams, Robert Martin and Dylan Jones. University Press mentions that Lamar University will play the Owls later this season.
Mid-Major Madness
LU men’s basketball seeks redemption year
University Press

Women’s soccer: UNT advances to C-USA semis
An article about the University of North Texas’ soccer team mentions that the Mean Green defeated Rice 2-0 on Oct. 31 in the Conference USA tournament.
Denton Record-Chronicle
UNT rolls into C-USA soccer semis behind goals from unexpected sources
Denton Record-Chronicle

Joe Starkey: The Steelers’ resident ‘Vanimal,’ Vance McDonald, started running people over around age 2 
Former Rice football player Vance McDonald is featured and pictured.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

NBC Sports Network
Rice football is mentioned.

Brick, other local players lead college football
Rice football’s Sept. 29 loss to Wake Forest University is mentioned.
Jersey Shore Online

Utah’s Kuithe twins are together, yet separated as an injured player watches his brother thrive as a freshman
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Salt Lake Tribune

College roundup: Alex Jackson named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year
An article mentions former Rice football player Raymond Burke “Buddy” Wellborn.
Capital Gazette

Tebbutt: Tennis’ closing time 
An article mentions that the Oracle Challenger Series tennis tournament will be held Nov. 12-18 at Rice’s George R. Brown Tennis Complex.
Tennis Canada

Local links: Fort Worth Invitational’s Birdies for Charity campaign raises $13.8 million
An article mentions that Thomas Bockholt III plans to play golf at Rice.
Dallas Morning News


Tony-winning lighting designer Donald Holder to visit Rice
Donald Holder, the renowned theatrical lighting designer behind “The Lion King” and scores of other Broadway productions, will deliver a lecture hosted by Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts Nov. 13 and demonstrate some of the methods he has mastered during his decades-long career in American theater.

Hawking declares ‘There is no God,’ but many scientists disagree
In Stephen Hawking’s just published final book, “Brief Answers to the Big Questions,” the renowned physicist declares, “There is no God. No one directs the universe.” But according to research from Rice University, the jury is still out for many members of the scientific community.

About Stefan De La Garza

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