Dateline Rice for Nov. 21, 2018


Go inside the Middle East’s ultramodern city of extravagance
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article about Dubai. Krane is also quoted in an energy news roundup from Axios and interviewed by Houston Public Media about falling oil prices.
National Geographic
Analyst: Plummet in oil prices should be no cause for worry — yet
Houston Public Media

2019 Tiger Ball kicks off
An article about the Asia Society’s Tiger Ball fundraising event features and pictures President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun at Rice’s Wiess House. Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Tudor ’82 is mentioned and pictured.
Indo American News


Cease-fire puts Qatar’s role in Gaza back in spotlight
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Guardian (This Agence France-Presse article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
In unusual statement disputing the CIA and filled with exclamation points, Trump backs Saudi ruler after Khashoggi killing
NBC News

AI and automation will replace most human workers because they don’t have to be perfect — just better than you
Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in an article about the role of automation in the workplace.

Science in a Minute: Last ice age may have been caused by deep Earth activity
Rice research that suggests that Earth’s most recent ice age may have been caused by the entire planet moving relative to its spin axis is featured in Voice of America. Graduate student Daniel Woodworth and Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, are quoted in The Week.
Voice of America
Latest ice age triggered by abrupt changes inside Earth
The Week (This article also appeared in Astrobiology Magazine.)

Student debt is on the rise. Some schools are doing away with the loans.
Rice is among a group of universities that have eliminated the need for student loans.
CW 39 (Houston)


Army Corps says storm data up to date
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 (SSPEED), and Larry Dunbar, project manager at the SSPEED Center, are quoted in an article about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan.
Houston Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal, Friendswood Journal, Pasadena Citizen and Deer Park Broadcaster, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 21 print edition.)

3 Texas schools among most underrated universities in the US, according to Business Insider
Rice is featured in a slideshow of the best universities in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


A Better Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
A radio broadcast mentions Rice research that suggests a link between media multitasking and how people form impressions of others.
KABC-AM (Los Angeles)


Researchers develop innovative smart skin to identify strain in aircraft structures
A two-layer nanotube film and protective layer will allow Rice engineers to measure the accumulated strain in an airplane down to microscopic levels with a simple hand-held device, according to study co-authors Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering, professor of materials science and nanoengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Aerospace Testing International

Researchers develop flexible organic solar cells
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 student Jorge Wu Mok. A Rice video is included.

Mexico’s GDP healthy on eve of changeover
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence

De facto Venezuela oil import ban could result from terror designation: Analysts
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted in an article about how the Trump administration’s plan to list Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism may affect the oil industry.
S&P Global Platts (This article also appeared Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide.)

‘Big pharma’s worst nightmare’: Experts champion Sanders-Khanna Bill that could lower drug costs by more than 40 percent
Hagop Kantarjian, nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about legislation that may curb the rising costs of drug prices.
Common Dreams

Not everyone wants their donations touted on Facebook
An article mentions that Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored a study that analyzes how someone’s identity affects charitable giving.


Converting carbon dioxide emissions into clean 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. He developed a new system to transform greenhouse gases into industrial fuels or chemicals that emit only oxygen.
CMU The Tartan Online


Lady Owls overcome 14-point 4th quarter deficit to defeat Texas Southern
An article features the Rice’s women’s basketball team’s 76-71 victory over Texas Southern University Nov. 20 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Tina Langley and player Erica Ogwumike are quoted. Players Lauren Grigsby, Jasmine Smith and Shani Rainey are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
No. 1 Duke survives against Auburn, to face Gonzaga
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Nov. 21 print edition.)

Prudy Calderon makes his own path at Rice
Rice football player Prudy Calderon is featured and pictured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren, former head coach David Bailiff, assistant coach Scott Vestal and former player Phillip Gaines are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Nov. 21 print edition with a different headline, “Owls glad change is in the heir.”)

Expect Patrick Queen at OLB again against Texas A&M, Ed Orgeron says; ‘He did some good things’
Several articles mention the Rice football team’s 42-10 loss to Louisiana State University Nov. 17.
The Advocate (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
LSU secondary gets healthy in time to be a substantial advantage against Texas A&M
The Advocate (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
LSU stays put in the College Football Playoff rankings after win over Rice; see full list
Delaware 105.9 Online (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
LSU loses Fehoko for season; overall injury news good for Tigers
American Press
SEC football by the numbers: Top 10 from Week 12
Full presser | ‘This game will be won in the trenches’ — Coach O prior to Texas A&M

Cease, Zavala, Stephens, Medeiros added to 40-man
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is featured.
South Side Sox

Little Rock falls to No. 20 Texas A&M 61-40
Rice is mentioned.
KTHV Online

5 takeaways from UNT’s press conference, player availability
Rice is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle
UNT notebook: Fine vows to return for senior season
Denton Record-Chronicle

Phantom Warriors find groove
An article mentions that Rice men’s basketball team will play Louisiana Tech Jan. 5 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Fort Hood Sentinel

Texas A&M’s Pickrem named SEC Co-Swimmer of the Week
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

3 questions Southern Miss needs answered against UTEP to get bowl-eligible
An article mentions the Rice football team’s 34-26 loss to the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 3 at Rice Stadium.
Hattiesburg American

About Stefan De La Garza

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