Dateline Rice for Nov. 15, 2018


President Obama to help Baker Institute celebrate 25 years
Former President Barack Obama will speak Nov. 27 as part of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration. Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, will introduce Obama, who will talk with James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and former U.S. secretary of state.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Obama coming to Houston for appearance at Rice University
KHOU Online
KTRH-AM (Houston)


As long as Trump is president, blue Texas could actually happen
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 Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, are quoted in a New York Times op-ed about growing Democratic support in Texas. Jones is also quoted in the Texas Tribune about the effect of students on Texas’ midterm elections.
New York Times
Texas State students were likely a key factor in flipping this conservative county to Democrats
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in KUT and the Eagle.)
Will Beto O’Rourke run for president? Sure. Why not?
Dallas Observer

‘pClick’ upgrades antibodies with drug add-ons
Rice research that found a simple method to attach drugs or other substances to proteins central to the body’s immune system is featured. Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is quoted.

Trump has only tweeted once about migrant caravan since midterms — despite obsessive immigration posting during election campaign

Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Independent (A similar article also appeared in Above Top Secret Blog.)
Rare ‘classic Reagan’ letter offers insight into president’s anti-Russia history
Fox News


Artists will explore climate change with ‘A Night of Philosophy and Ideas’
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston tech leaders sound off on Amazon’s HQ2 decision

An article mentions that Rice has partnered with other Houston-area institutions and agencies to create the Midtown innovation district.
Houston Business Journal

Coastal defense experts say ‘Ike Dike’ won’t be enough without a backup wall

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 quoted in an article about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan.

SMU helps propel Dallas to new status as ‘booming’ college town

An article mentions that Rice is one of the best universities in Texas according to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best colleges.
CultureMap Dallas


How does Houston’s transit system measure up with the rest of the country?
Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture and author of “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit,” is interviewed about Houston’s mass transit system. Spieler discussed the book Nov. 14 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.
Houston Public Media

Great Day Takes Hip Hop: Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra

A television broadcast mentions that “Thee Phantom & the Illharmonic Orchestra” performed Sept. 8 at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
KHOU Online


Graphene provides boost for epoxy compound
Rice scientists developed an advanced epoxy for electronic applications using “ultrastiff” graphene foam that is substantially tougher than pure epoxy and far more conductive than other epoxy composites. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Rice scientists mentioned include Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry; visiting student Xiao Han; graduate students Tuo Wang and Sung Hoon Hwang; visiting scholars Chao Wang and Lulu Shen; postdoctoral researchers Weipeng Wang and Rodrigo Villegas Salvatierra; and Rice alumni Peter Samora Owuor and Jongwon Yoon.
R&D Magazine (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Bright Surf, Graphene Info, The Engineer, Phys News, and Scienmag.)

Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Rice engineers have developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient. The article quotes Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and mentions graduate students Jorge Wu Mok and Zhiqi Hu, Lovett College senior Changxu Sun, alumnus Isaiah Barth ’18, research scientist Tanguy Terlier and summer researchers Rodrigo Muñoz and Joshua Jackson.
Solar Daily (This article also appeared in and Scienmag.)

Video: Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Are you calculating your prices correctly?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and author of “How to Price Effectively: A Guide for Managers and Entrepreneurs,” is cited.
Veterinarian’s Money Digest

US Congress set to welcome 8 new members with scientific credentials

Neal Lane, a senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Physics World

NASA’s Webb Telescope will investigate cosmic jets from young stars

A video caption credits Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy.
Astronomy Cmarchesin Blog

The Fischer Duo’s Brahms album

Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello and Director of Chamber Music at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
The Rehearsal Studio


Teaching for teachers: Eyler’s book explores how we learn
Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and author of “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching,” is featured.
College News Updates

A checklist for employee training

An article mentions that Eduardo Salas, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of the Department of Psychological Sciences, is a co-author of a paper that created a checklist organizations can use when developing, implementing and evaluating training programs for their employees.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign News

On faith and skepticism

A blog post mentions the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
The Great Gourdini Blog

Like Florida Amendment 4? Thank a Koch brother!

An article mentions the late Fred Koch ’21.

How to choose the right university for you

Alumnus Khalid Saleh ’18 is quoted.
Gulf News


Sugar Bowl? Or Fiesta or Peach bowls? Here’s the lowdown on LSU’s postseason chances
Numerous articles and broadcasts mention that Louisiana State University’s football team will play Rice Nov. 17.
The Advocate (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
Playin’ nice: Rice, Ft. Underdog Dynasty
SB Nation
LSU hosts the Rice Owls for last home game of season

Armoni Brooks leads UH past Rice
Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to the University of Houston 79-68 Nov. 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Rice versus Houston basketball preview and prediction
My Fantasy Sports Talk

Cougars set to be without All-American Ed Oliver for Thursday’s game

A football game between Rice and the University of Houston is mentioned in a slideshow caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)

3 Decatur athletes ink college letters
An article mentions that Satasha Kostelecky signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Rice.
Wise County Messenger

Rice Owls sign 6

An article featuring Rice head soccer coach Nicky Adams and the Owls mentions that Izzy McBride, Sydney Miller, Shiloh Miller, Kendall Robertson, Julia Kostecki and Taylor Rowe signed letters of intent to play at Rice.

14 Westlake High School athletes commit on National Signing Day
An article mentions that Thomas Bockholt signed a letter of intent to play golf at Rice.

Cougars Mailbag: Does coaching change make sense?
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

5 things Texas A&M fans should know about UAB: Blazers having stellar season behind dominant defense, strong rushing attack

An article mentions the Oct. 13 football game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Dallas Morning News

Texas A&M softball signs 6 to 2019 signing class
An article mentions former Rice basketball player Sam Campbell.
WTAW Online

OF Robert, RHP Duplantier 
named Arizona Fall League Players of the Week 
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured.
Our Sports Central

Abilene Wylie’s Caleb Munton signs with Texas State baseball
An article mentions a 2017 baseball game between Rice and Texas State University.


‘Smart skin’ simplifies spotting strain in structures
Engineers will soon be able to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane, a bridge – or just about anything – down to microscopic levels. They’ll do so by shining a light onto structures coated with a two-layer nanotube film and protective polymer. Strain in the surface will show up as changes in the wavelengths of near-infrared light emitted from the film and captured by a miniaturized hand-held reader.

Media guidance for former President Barack Obama’s appearance at Baker Institute 25th anniversary gala
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host its 25th anniversary gala celebration at the university Nov. 27. The 44th president of the United States, the Honorable Barack Obama, will be the institute’s guest of honor and take part in a moderated conversation with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, the institute’s honorary chair. Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian will introduce Obama and Baker, and presidential historian Jon Meacham will serve as moderator.

Research initiatives score Dunn Awards
Four teams of scientists at Rice and other Gulf Coast Consortia institutions have earned research seed grants from the John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Awards. This year’s winning teams will use the grants to study antibiotic resistance, microbiome influence on developing organisms, light control of epigenetic factors involved in disease and sound-based virtual reality to enhance learning and memory.

About Stefan De La Garza

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