Dateline Rice for Nov. 2, 2018


US refiners boost processing capacity to accommodate shale — Moody’s
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the rise of U.S. oil production.
Reuters (This article also appeared in Reuters UK and Reuters Africa.)

It takes more than a hurricane to sway some voters in this Texas election
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, and Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted in an article about climate change’s potential impact on November midterm elections. Jones is interviewed in a television broadcast and is quoted in several other media outlets about Texas politics. Research on coal-fired power plants by Cohan is featured in Futurity, and an article he authored on the same subject appears in the Desmog Blog.
Salon (This Grist article also appeared in Atlanta Business Journal, Newsmakers Live and a previous edition of Dateline.)
High-profile attorney Tony Buzbee announces plans to run for Houston mayor
KPRC Click2Houston
Harris County Clerk removes Soros attack from website after accusations of anti-Semitism
Texas Monthly
Not Beto? No donations: Congressional candidates flush with cash; other Texas Dems not so much
Port Arthur News
Let’s shake the early vote box again and see what we find out
Dallas Observer
US Texas Senate Election
AP Archive
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment also aired on KUIK in Portland, Ore.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
Warum diese Helfer den Kampf um die Trump-Hochburg Texas entscheiden könnten
Huffington Post Germany (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Focus Online.)
Coal power regulations neglect sulfur dioxide danger
Coal can’t compete with cheaper alternatives, and the industry’s true costs are higher than they appear
Desmog Blog (This article also appeared in News Pronto.)

Donald Trump criticized for ad linking illegal immigrant killer to Democrats
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in several articles.
Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Trump revives ‘Willie Horton’ with ad linking illegal immigrant killer to Democrats
Watertown Daily Times (This article also appeared in My Style News.)
Trump called racist AGAIN after tweeting campaign video featuring Mexican cop-killer 
The Grio

The party for oil and gas
Alumna Christine Ehlig-Economides ’71 authored an op-ed about the complex relationship between national politics and the oil and gas industry.


Latest Texas news, sports, business and entertainment
Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, is quoted in an article 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. The registry is also mentioned in several television and radio broadcasts.
KZTV Action 10 News (This article also appeared in NBC 5 Online.)
Spectrum News Austin
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
‘Central Texas News Now’
KXXV-TV (Waco)
‘KXAN News Today’
KXAN-TV (Austin)

Systemic flaws may hinder anticipated voter turnout
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an article about ways to increase voter turnout.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition.)

Why are some Texans having trouble with voting machines? This is 2002 technology in 2018.
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.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, Kopitiam Bot and Big Country.)

Midland College hosts November ‘First Friday’ lecture
An article mentions that Mustafa Amin, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, will speak Nov. 2 at Midland College.

Boundless quantum and galactic space: ‘The Demon in the Diagram’ at the Moody Center
“Matthew Ritchie: The Demon in the Diagram,” a multipart, site-specific installation at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, is featured in several articles. A roundup of Houston-area activities from Local Houston recommends viewing Leo Villareal’s installation “Particle Chamber” at the Moody Center.
Arts and Culture Texas
See the ‘Mount Shasta Aura’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition with a different headline, “Art,” and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
The best cities in America for football fanatics
Things To Do This Weekend | Nov. 2-4
Local Houston

Outside the Cineplex
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 appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

This Week at Baylor: Nov. 4-10, 2018
An article mentions that Daniel Lee, postdoctoral fellow in entrepreneurship and innovation at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, will give a presentation on “Experiments in Entrepreneurship” Nov. 9 at Baylor University.
Baylor University News


Anti-vaccination billboards appearing across US
Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University’s Baker Institute, is quoted.

Houston happenings with Anastasia Hansen of ‘It’s Not HOU It’s Me’
An article mentions that the Houston Filipino Street Festival will be held Nov. 3 at Rice’s Greenbrier Lot.
Houston’s 5 best weekend food bets: Enjoy a Day of the Dead brunch
Houston Press
Go List
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
FYP Houston Filipino Street Festival
Local Houston


A simple solution to ending ‘surprise’ medical bills: Bundled payments
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, co-authored an op-ed on “surprise bills” from health care providers.

Stephen Hawking: ‘There is no God’ — God: ‘There is no Stephen Hawking’
An article cites a study by Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, that determined over half of surveyed scientists self-identify as religious.
Science 2.0

The aromatic universe
Several articles mention research by Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
Physics Today

How the experiment with Houston’s decentralized school district has worked out
A study by Rice that suggests that a decentralized Houston Independent School District had only “minimal impact” on student achievement is cited in three articles.
Education News
EduClips: School news you missed this week from America’s 15 biggest districts
More on pediatric obesity, bones and joints
Childhood Obesity News

How real-time information can assist insurers during natural disasters
An article about emergency responses during natural disasters cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined first responders missed over 5,200 rescue requests during Hurricane Harvey because they lacked the technology and procedures to gather, analyze and act on social media posts.
Claims Journal

New technology communicates through touch for emergency situations
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.

‘Venus’ flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA
An article mentions that Rice researchers have developed micron-sized spheres created to catch and destroy bisphenol A, a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. Co-authors Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and graduate student Danning Zhang are quoted.

$31 billion Texas coastal barrier proposed
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.
Waterways Journal Weekly

Borophene brings defects to order
An article cites research from Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, and graduate student Luqing Wang.
Materials Today

Capital Innovators and Yield Lab repeat in national ranking
An article mentions that Rice professors founded the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project with the University of Georgia and the University of Southern California.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

FPRI’s Anna Mikulska quoted in Deutsche Welle 
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Foreign Policy Research Institute

Talent development is not optional — it’s essential
An article featuring Marie Wehrung mentions that she formerly worked in Rice’s employment office.

People Notes: October/November 2018
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Fordham News
Students hope to implement change to LSU’s textbook prices
The Daily Reveille


Asia Society Texas Center honors Marie and Vijay Goradia with 2018 Huffington Award
An article mentions that Rice President David Leebron is a former recipient of the Huffington Award.
Indo-American News

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.
Middle East Forum (This Gatestone article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Mass transit in the Sun Belt
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about public transit systems.
American Prospect

State housing czar discusses disaster funds with Sonoma County Latino leaders
Research co-authored by Junia Howell, a scholar at 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.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Engineering college targets underrepresented minorities
An article mentions that Rice is a partner institution for the Alliance for Graduate Education for the Professoriate, which aims to advance underrepresented postdoctoral scholars and early career faculty in STEM fields.
The Famuan

Greater Bridgeport Symphony has 2 special events
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned and alumnus Jordan Kuspa ’08 is quoted.
Bridgeport Patch

LAN, Rice Business launch executive leadership development program
An article mentions a partnership between the Leadership Academy Nepal and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which launched the Executive Leadership Development Programme. Brent Smith, associate professor of management, associate professor of psychological sciences and senior associate dean of executive education; Balaji Koka, associate professor of strategic management; and Michael Koenig, associate dean for innovation initiatives and executive director of executive education at the Jones School, are quoted.
The Himalayan Times

Online hate is an infectious virus — and it should be addressed like real-life violence
Author mentions speaking to Rice students about online hate.


Rice faces UTEP on Saturday, with both losing teams desperate for a win as they rebuild
The Rice football team is mentioned in several articles and a broadcast ahead of its Nov. 3 homecoming game against the University of Texas at El Paso.
El Paso Times
‘Wake Up! With SallyMac and Lina 5 a.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
College football: UTEP versus Rice | Start time, TV, odds, predictions
HERO Sports
Showdown Saturday to shape playoff race

Around sports
An article mentions that the Rice men’s basketball team defeated the University of St. Thomas 90-76 in an exhibition game at Tudor Fieldhouse. Players Ako Adams, Drew Peterson, Robert Martin and Chris Mullins are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 2 print edition.)

Fall Report: Rice
An article features Rice’s baseball team and quotes head coach Matt Bragga. Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard and former head coach Wayne Graham are mentioned.

No. 20 women’s basketball hosts Oklahoma City in exhibition Friday
An article about Texas A&M’s women’s basketball team mentions that the Aggies will play Rice Nov. 7 in College Station.

Where Are They Now Wednesday: Brook Brashear
An article features and pictures Brook Brashear, director of basketball operations for the Rice women’s team.
Texas Sports

Notre Dame, Northwestern football to renew rivalry in rare Evanston game
An article about Northwestern University football mentions that the Wildcats have hosted Rice in a non-conference game within the last decade.
The Daily Northwestern

SAGU men’s basketball begins season ranked No. 18 nationally
An article mentions that Stephen F. Austin’s men’s basketball team defeated Rice in 2017.
Waxahachie Daily Light

‘The Will Cain Show’
Former Rice football player Larry Izzo is mentioned.
ESPN Radio

‘Keep going’: Gilder speaks about Texas guard’s leukemia battle
An article mentions a 2017 exhibition game between the University of Texas and Texas A&M University’s men’s basketball teams at Tudor Fieldhouse.


Ring-shaped protein complex wrangles DNA
Rice biological physicist José Onuchic has determined the structure of the condensin protein complex. The work settles the controversy over whether the complex is a single ring that lassos two double strands of DNA or a molecular “handcuff” composed of two connected rings that each wrangle a double strand.

About Stefan De La Garza

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