Dateline Rice for Nov. 19, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


As U.S. influence on global oil prices wanes, Russia stands to benefit 
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the the influence of geopolitics on the crude oil market.
Axios (Scroll down to “4. More on Russia’s crude oil market influence.”)

Clare Doody, Stephen Krupin 
An article mentions Professor Emeritus of English Terrence Doody.
New York Times


Texas schools rated in entrepreneurship
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business has the No. 3 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S. and No. 1 in Texas, according to the 2019 rankings announced this week by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This marks Rice’s third year in a row in a top 3 position nationally and the 10th year in a row the school has been ranked in the top 10.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 19 print edition.)

Bonnen claims House speaker post with strong leadership and sharp elbows 
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 several articles about Texas politics. Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is also quoted in the second Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Trump hardly mentions caravan after election, though it has finally arrived 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 17 print edition.)

Democrats won big in Texas appellate court races 
The Texas Monitor

Dan Crenshaw started last week as a ‘SNL’ joke and ended it as a GOP star 
Salisbury Post

Is bigger better? Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott & White merger raises questions 

Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted in an article about the planned merger between Memorial Hermann and Baylor Scott & White hospital systems.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 18 print edition with a different headline, “As hospitals merge, is bigger really better?”)

Protect momentum behind Ike Dike before it’s gone [Editorial]

An editorial about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan mentions research from Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 18 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Coalition for College hosts fair for Bryan High students to open dialogue about higher education

An article mentions that Rice was represented at Coalition for College at Bryan High School, which aimed to jump-start the college application process for students.
The Eagle

White supremacist group plastering North Texas communities with flyers 

An article mentions that a hate group has posted fliers on several university campuses in Texas, including Rice.
Dallas Observer

Austin jobless rate falls to 2.7 percent, lowest level of 2018 

Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman

Can Houston’s biggest companies foster a startup scene? 

An article mentions that Rice has partnered with other Houston-area institutions and agencies to create the Midtown innovation district, and it cites research from Rice’s McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 19 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Taxing Texans right out of their comfort food

Research from economists at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about the possible effects of property tax reform on the Texas economy is cited.

An immersive experience 

An article mentions the former Rice University Gallery.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 18 print edition.)


Q&A with Joshua Eyler on ‘How Humans 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 in a Q&A.
Inside Higher Ed

Magnetic topological insulator makes its own magnetic field 

A team of U.S. and Korean physicists has found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field. Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics, and visiting professor Jae-Ho Chung are quoted. Graduate student Lebing Chen is mentioned.

Organizations with broad social ties help recovering from natural disasters

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.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in

Bug life: These 5 robots were inspired by insects

An article about “swarm robots” is featured in an engineering roundup and mentions that James McLurkin formely taught at Rice. A Rice video is also included.
Interesting Engineering


OICMF presents ‘Leaves of Gold’ concert
An article features graduate student Artem Kuznetsov and Rice Shepherd School of Music faculty members Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, and Desmond Hoebig, professor of cello.
The Islands’ Sounder

Rice University — Moody Center for The Arts in infrared
Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is featured.
The Bald Heretic Blog

Remembering John F. Kennedy’s life and legacy

President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Real Clear Life


Burrow, No. 10 LSU open up offense in 42-10 win over Rice
Several articles mention the Rice football team’s 42-10 loss to Louisiana State University Nov. 17.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Chuck Landon: Bad teams are dragging C-USA down
LSU football throttles Rice in home finale
WBRZ Online
LSU to play underclassmen, including Myles Brennan, against Rice ‘if the opportunity affords itself’
WWL Online
Experimentation at OLB continues against Rice with Patrick Queen; How did he perform?
The Advocate
Where does LSU stand in the polls going into the final week of the regular season?
It was Rice, but LSU’s offense got its ‘mojo back’ in 42-10 win, said Nick Brossette
Daily Advertiser
Rabalais: Tigers check most of their boxes in expected win over Rice, but one big challenge remains
The Advocate
LSU rolls to big win over Rice
The Daily Iberian
LSU vs. Rice: Pregame Notes
LSU takes a break from conference play, welcomes the Owls to Tiger Stadium
WAFB Online
OSU survives after Terps’ gamble fails 
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
LSU ranked No. 8 in this week’s Coaches Poll
Moments from an LSU senior class saying goodbye to Tiger Stadium with a dominant win
The Times-Picayune
POSTGAME: LSU topples Rice, 42-10
SB Nation
Early dominance lifts LSU in home finale win against Rice
Some young LSU players saw the field against Rice, how’d they look?
LSU 42, Rice 10: How they scored
The Advocate
Photos: LSU dominates on both ends to build big lead over Rice
The Advocate
LSU pounds Rice 42-10 on Senior Night
The Daily Reveille
LSU football rolls past Rice on Senior Night, 42-10
College football: LSU rolls past Rice, improves to 9-2; Tigers up to No. 8 in coaches poll
Bossier Press-Tribune
LSU rolls by Rice 42-10
ESPN 1140 Online
LSU football makes quick work of Rice Owls in Week 12 blowout
Video: What LSU coach Ed Orgeron had to say after blowout win over Rice
The Advocate
Domination: LSU blasts Rice on both sides of ball for blowout win at Tiger Stadium
The Advocate (This article also appeared in
KALB-TV (Alexandria, La.)
KPRC-TV (Houston)

No. 23 UCLA women’s basketball hosts undefeated Seton Hall

An article mentions a recent women’s basketball game between Rice and UCLA.
SB Nation

Texas A&M gets an SEC-like test against UAB

An article mentions the Oct. 13 football game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

University of Houston great Otis Birdsong to be inducted into Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

An article mentions a 1976 basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Nov. 18 print edition with a different headline, “Otis Birdsong, unstoppable on the court, won’t be denied the Hall of Fame either.”)

Baseball inks 15 to National Letters of Intent

Former Rice baseball players Jon Duplantier and Jeremy Rathjen and former assistant coach David Pierce are mentioned.

Charley Walters: Vikings need back-to-back North conquests

Former Rice football player Tommy Kramer is mentioned.

3 Decatur athletes sign letters

An article mentions that Satasha Kostelecky plans to play volleyball at Rice.

Texas A&M swimming sweeps final session to win Art Adamson Invitational

An article about Texas A&M University’s swimming and diving team mentions that the Aggies will host Rice and Texas Christian University in a dual meet Dec. 1.
KBTX Online

Rice basketball routs Northwestern State at home

An article features the Rice men’s basketball team’s 102-74 victory over Northwestern State University Nov. 17 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice uses strong second half to run past Northwestern State
Shreveport Times

Rice volleyball wins the C-USA Championship

Rice volleyball is mentioned or featured in several articles as they won the Conference USA Championship Nov. 18. Head volleyball coach Genny Volpe and player Anota Adekunle are quoted, and players Kassidy Muse, Grace Morgan, Tori Woogk, Shelby Livingstone, Nicole Lennon, Carly Graham and Adria Martinez are mentioned.
The Parthenon
Women’s volleyball: Rice stops UNT in C-USA semis
Denton Record-Chronicle
Rice punches ticket to NCAAs for 1st time since 2009 with C-USA tourney title
Rice, FIU playing for C-USA volley title
FIU volleyball downs Southern Miss, heads to C-USA championship
The Parthenon
Rice sweeps FIU for C-USA title
Women’s volleyball: UNT rallies past FAU to open C-USA tourney
Denton Record-Chronicle


Engineer and acclaimed venture capitalist John Doerr to speak at Rice Dec. 4
Engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist and Rice alumnus John Doerr will visit the university Dec. 4 for a public talk on “Measuring, Finding and Developing Successful Tech Innovations to Change the World.” Doerr is the author of the new New York Times bestseller “Measure What Matters,” a handbook for setting and achieving audacious goals.

‘Magnetic topological insulator’ makes its own magnetic field

A team of U.S. and Korean physicists has found the first evidence of a two-dimensional material that can become a magnetic topological insulator even when it is not placed in a magnetic field.

Building better workers: New checklist can tell you if employee training is effective

Businesses, nonprofits and other organizations spend big on employee training each year, but how can they tell this preparation is actually working? Researchers at Rice and the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a checklist that can be used when developing, implementing and evaluating employee training programs.

Latin American countries should use oil revenues to diversify economies, Baker Institute expert says 

The mix of good short-term prospects for oil revenues and long-term market uncertainties has a clear policy implication for oil-dependent Latin American economies: use short-term revenues to diversify, according to an issue brief from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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