Dateline Rice for Nov. 14, 2018


A week after the midterms, Trump seems to forget the caravan
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in a New York Times article about how a Central American migrant caravan may have affected the Nov. 6 midterm elections. He also is interviewed about former first lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir, and he is cited in a second CNN segment.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition, and it appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.) 
‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’
‘CNN Tonight with Don Lemon’

MIT and Harvard reconsidering Saudi ties after Khashoggi murder
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Guardian (This article also appeared in Yahoo News UK and

Stretchy solar cells a step closer
Rice research that developed stretchable, printable and paintable solar cells is featured.
National Science Foundation (This article appeared in the Nov. 14 edition of the NSF’s Science360 newsletter.)
Will stretchable, printable solar cells catch on?
Tech Briefs
How to make solar cells printable, paintable and flexible
Tech Briefs TV

Data overload hinders mission to ID bacterial threats
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.

Moths and magnets deliver CRISPR to fix defective genes
An article features Rice research that developed a method of localized medical treatments using metallic nanoparticles. Gang Bao, the Foyt Family Professor of Bioengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Haibao Zhu are quoted.
is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Dinu Parel is Parker Hannifin’s new CIO
An article featuring Dinu Parel mentions that he attended Rice.

Silvia Vianello, la miglior donna manager del Medio Oriente
An article featuring Silvia Vianello mentions that she was a visiting professor at Rice.
Vanity Fair Italy (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Zazoom and Donna Charme.)


How Katy Prairie landowners could help Houston fight flooding
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is featured in a Q&A about how restoring the Katy Prairie may help reduce flooding.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Fight to become next speaker of the Texas House ends in 1st-round knockout
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 three articles about Texas politics.
Dallas Observer
Where does Beto O’Rourke go next?
Tribune Content Agency (This article originally appeared in Quartz and a previous edition of Dateline.)
19 black women judges swept to victory in Texas. Here’s why it matters.
Rewire News

Texas has big stakes in census fight
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is quoted in an article about the start of a trial challenging the Trump administration’s plan to include citizenship questions on the 2020 census.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 13 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Texas universities named among best schools for entrepreneurship
An article about the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s list of best schools for entrepreneurship studies mentions that Rice’s graduate program is ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Amazon HQ selections reflect on Houston
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with other Houston-area institutions and agencies to create the Midtown innovation district.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition.)

Abraxas names new CFO, reports profit for 3rd quarter
An article featuring Steven Harris mentions that he attended Rice.
San Antonio Business Journal

Art start-up puts a face to the stories in Woodlands
Graduate student Alex Kurkowski, who started the epistolary business Tellinga, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

McAllen veteran part of a suicide mission to help liberate Europe and end World War II 
An article featuring Eugene Gutierrez Jr. mentions that his daughter attended Rice.
Texas Border Business

Houston BCycle expands into TSU
An article mentions that Houston BCycle, a local bike-share service, has stations installed at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition.)


Bloomberg Radio
Rice is mentioned. (This segment aired on more than 60 affiliate stations.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice research about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan is mentioned. (This segment also aired on KTSA in San Antonio.)
Researchers raise concerns about Texas Coastal Barrier plan
Insurance Journal

Bullet resistant glass tested for local schools
C-Bond nanotechnology, developed at Rice, is featured.
Fox 7 Online


Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 13
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral research associate Rodrigo Salvatierra are quoted about a study that determined carbon nanotube films may extend the life of lithium batteries.
Semiconductor Engineering

Houston’s growth poses service challenges
An article about the challenges of providing municipal services in the face of Houston’s growth quotes Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Planetizen (Editor’s note: A correction on Shelton’s name has been requested.)

New catalyst turns pollutant into fuel
An article features the research of Haotian Wang, who will join Rice as the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the end of this year, who developed a new system to transform greenhouse gases into industrial fuels or chemicals that emit only oxygen. (This article also appeared in Long Room, Parallel State, BioPortfolio, R&D Magazine and Chromatography Techniques.)

Houston’s Moody Center for the Arts and the French Embassy to host ‘A Night of Philosophy and Ideas’ on ecology
An article mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will co-host “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2019” Jan. 26 with a keynote presentation by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Artfix Daily


Best universities in NC
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 9 in the nation in terms of best value by WalletHub. 
The North Carolina 100

Video, information session highlights new venture development journey
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
University of Arkansas Newswire

Sebacia Microparticles for acne works in ways other lasers can’t
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 mentioned.
The Zoe Report

The beauty of bubbles and the joy of mathematics
An article featuring Frank Morgan mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
Southern Newsroom

Letters Nov. 10
Rice is mentioned in a letter to the editor.
Pilot Online


No. 10 LSU, Orgeron, eye Tigers’ best season since 2012
Numerous articles and broadcasts mention that Louisiana State University’s football team will play Rice Nov. 17.
USA Today (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 70 media outlets.)
Owls accustomed to role of the underdog
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition.)
Rice to get highest opponent payout in Ed Orgeron era
LSU’s Week 11 bowl projections narrow focus on Peach and Fiesta Bowls
The Advocate (This article also appeared in the McDuffie Progress.)
What Ed Orgeron said about Rice game
No. 7 LSU looking for improved offense vs Rice
Lindy’s Sports
WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge, La.)
KALB-TV (Alexandria, La.)
LSU practice report, Nov. 12, 2018: Kristian Fulton among 8 missing players on defense
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
LSU practice report, Nov. 13, 2018: Terrence Alexander runs with corners, Kelvin Joseph still missing (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
Lunch with Coach O: LSU versus Rice
Fox 8 Online

NCAA basketball report: Texas gets off to fast start; Aggies drop one
An article men’s college basketball mentions that Rice will play the University of Houston Nov. 14.
SportsMap Houston

Chuck Landon: Marshall making some progress on baseball field
An article about Marshall University baseball mentions Rice.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Matos, Hughes, Bernier, Steele nab C-USA awards
Rice volleyball is mentioned.

Ken Hoffman sets up tennis star with 15 questions
An article mentions that the Oracle Challenger Series tennis tournament is being held at Rice’s George R. Brown Tennis Center.
SportsMap Houston (This article originally appeared in CultureMap.)

KTRK-TV (Houston)
A television news story mentions the late Blain Padgett and Stuart Mouchantaf, former Rice football players.

SportsTalk with Steve Kaplowitz — Nov. 2. 2018 
Rice is mentioned.
ESPN Radio (Comments begin at 44:20.) (This segment aired on 50 affiliate stations.)

Once Texas’ breakout QB, Heard quietly ending career as WR
Rice is mentioned. (This Associated Press article also appeared in 130 other media outlets.)

Dumont inks with NCAA D-I program; 1st commit in Northeast baseball history
An article mentions a 2017 baseball game between Houston Baptist University and Rice.
KTIC Online

UTEP seeks back-to-back wins for 1st time since 2015
Rice football’s game against the University of Texas at El Paso is mentioned.
KTSM Online

SEC Football Focus: Cupcakes 2.0
Rice football is mentioned.
Columbia Missourian

Texas Tech football lands 3-star defensive tackle Cooper Laake
Rice is mentioned.

Bob’s picks: Rough outings on horizon for many teams
Rice football is mentioned.
Davis Enterprise

USM looking to bounce back at home
An article mentions the Rice football team’s Nov. 10 loss to Louisiana Tech University.
WDAM Online

St. Teresa’s volleyball standout wins Evelyn Gates Award, named best in metro
A television broadcast featuring Ellie Bichelmeyer mentions that she plans to play volleyball at Rice.
Fox 4 Online


Epoxy compound gets a graphene bump
Epoxy combined with “ultrastiff” graphene foam invented in the Rice lab of chemist James Tour is substantially tougher than pure epoxy and far more conductive than other epoxy composites while retaining the material’s low density. It could improve upon epoxies in current use that weaken the material’s structure with the addition of conductive fillers.

About Stefan De La Garza

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