Dateline Rice for Nov. 27, 2018


At 25, and with Obama coming, the Baker Institute still evolving 
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured in an article about the institute’s 25th anniversary celebration Nov. 27, which includes a conversation with former President Barack Obama and James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and former U.S. secretary of state. Peter Hotez, adjunct professor of bioengineering, is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Baker Institute’s nimble evolution.”)
Obama to speak at Baker Institute Tuesday evening
Houston Public Media
1-on-1 with political legend James Baker 
KHOU Online
James Baker on dysfunction in politics 
KHOU Online
Former President Barack Obama in Houston for Rice University gala 
KPRC Click2Houston
‘TWC News All Morning’ 
Spectrum News Austin
‘Fox 26 Morning News Extra’ 
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KHOU-TV (Houston)
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
‘Fox 26 News at 6 a.m.’ 
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘Public Affairs Events’ 
’13 Eyewitness News at 5:30 a.m.’ 
KTRK-TV (Houston)
WGN-AM (Chicago)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at Noon’ 
KPRC-TV (Houston)


75 colleges with free or reduced tuition 
Rice is featured among a list of U.S. universities offering free or reduced tuition. An article from CEOWorld Magazine mentions that Rice is No. 13 in the nation on a list of the top universities when it comes to producing the most employable graduates, according to the Global University Employability Ranking 2018.
Top 20 universities in the United States producing the most employable graduates 2018
CEOWorld Magazine

NASA’s InSight probe just touched down on Mars — here’s what’s next
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is featured in a podcast about new Mars discoveries.
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia.)

Chinese scientist claims to use CRISPR to make 1st genetically edited babies 
An article about gene editing in humans quotes Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and mentions that He Jiankui attended Rice.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Nov. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Did a gene edit shape 2 babies? Experts tremble.” Similar articles also appeared in 1,000 additional media outlets.)
Chinese scientist and Houston professor claim to have created 1st gene-edited babies 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 27 print edition with a different headline, “Rice professor aided gene-edit trial.”)
Rice U. will investigate professor who says he worked on 1st genetically altered babies
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Brainstorm Health: Gene-edited babies, medical device overhaul, CVS Aetna deal
Scientists call for oversight after Chinese researcher claims 1st gene-edited baby
The Hill
‘Good Morning America’ 
WABC-TV (New York)
American scientist under investigation over ties to alleged genetic editing of Chinese twins 
ABC News
‘CBS This Morning’
WCBS-TV (New York)
Chinese scientist outrages researchers by claiming he gene-edited twins
NBC Nightly News
Rice University investigates scientist who worked with researcher on gene-editing babies
CBS News
Full show: Genetic ethics and teacher pay (Nov. 27, 2018) 
Houston Public Media
Update: Rice University investigates professor’s involvement in genomic editing of human embryos
Reports of 1st genetically enhanced babies spark outrage
Did Rice scholar assist in banned research? 
Inside Higher Ed
Rice University opens investigation into researcher who worked on CRISPR’d baby project


Why are exclamation points everywhere?! 
Jennifer Latson, editor of Rice Business Wisdom, authored an op-ed about the growing use of exclamation points. Quoted are James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; Judith Roof, the William Shakespeare Professor of English; and Constance Elise Porter, visiting assistant professor of marketing at the Jones School.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 


‘BBC Newshour’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Middle East politics.
BBC World Service
Saudi Arabia: Free Dr. Hatoon al-Fassi
Informed Comment

Bob McNair remembered for business acumen despite political differences 
An article mentions that McNair Hall at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is named after the late Houston Texans owner and Rice trustee emeritus Bob McNair. James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, is interviewed about McNair’s legacy.
ABC 13 Online
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair passes away
Along the Boards


Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 27 
An engineering roundup features Rice engineers who have developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient. Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
Semiconductor Engineering
Stretchy solar cells a step closer
Science Daily (This article also appeared in, and a similar article was featured on the U.S Department of Energy Office of Science’s website.)

Millions of years ago, the poles moved — and it could have triggered an ice age
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. Graduate student Daniel Woodworth and Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, are quoted.
Discover (This article also appeared in

Checklist helps determine whether employee training is effective
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 offered a checklist organizations can use when developing, implementing and evaluating training programs for their employees.
Market Business News

How the 3rd generation of bail reform imploded
Robert Werth, senior lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Law 360

Light reeding for clarinet
Richie Hawley, professor of clarinet at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.

Inspiring stories of MBAs who beat the odds
Graduate student Norma Torres Mendoza is featured.
Poets and Quants

Engineering Spotlight: Robotics and computer vision with Rich LeGrand, president of Charmed Labs
Alumnus Rich LeGrand ’93 is featured in a Q&A.
All About Circuits


Violinist and indie/electronica artist Anthony Bracewell to play recital in Reading
Alumnus Anthony Bracewell ’15 is featured and pictured.
Reading Eagle


VB: Rice to face Texas State in NCAA 1st Round
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team will compete against Texas State University Nov. 29 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Volleyball plays Rice in NCAA Championship 1st round

Shockers rout Rice 90-61
An article mentions that the Rice men’s basketball team was defeated by Wichita State University 90-61 Nov. 25.
KWCH Online
‘KSN News at 10’ 
KSNW-TV (Wichita, Kan.)

Cannon perfect in BYU’s win over Rice
An article mentions the Rice men’s basketball team was defeated by Brigham Young University 105-78 Nov. 21.
Post Register

Despite knee injury, Ed Oliver plans to play in Houston’s bowl game
The Sept. 1 football game between Rice and the University of Houston is mentioned in a caption.
Yahoo! Sports

UTEP football season overview: Ups and downs
An article mentions the Nov. 3 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso.
600 ESPN El Paso
Where does UTEP football go from here?
The Prospector

Turnovers, fouls plague Cowgirls in loss to Rice
An article about McNeese State University’s women’s basketball team mentions that the Cowgirls lost to Rice 93-65 Nov. 25.
American Press

UNT volleyball team invited back to NIVC
An article mentions a Conference USA volleyball tournament match between Rice and the University of North Texas.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Ready for prime time: Monday Night Football games in Houston 
An article mentions Super Bowl VIII between the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings that was held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Ex-Kansas coach David Beaty helping Tom Herman, Texas staff with Oklahoma game prep
Several articles feature former members of Rice’s athletics department, including former head football coach David Bailiff, former assistant football coaches David Beaty and Tom Herman, and former athletics director Chris Del Conte.
CBS Sports
Big 12 title game prep not first time for Beaty to help Herman
247 Sports
Former KU football head coach Daivd Beaty helping Herman and Texas staff
KSN Online
Texas coach Tom Herman enlists help of former Kansas coach David Beaty
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Tension of Oklahoma-Texas rivalry alive and well as Tom Herman enlists outside help for Big 12 title game 
Dallas Morning News
Lincoln Riley doesn’t like the precedent of David Beaty advising Texas before the Big 12 Championship Game 
SB Nation

Texans’ Christian Covington has breakout game against Titans 
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texas high school football playoff pairings
A high school football tournament roundup mentions that a Nov. 30 game between Cypress Creek and Humble Summer Creek will be held at Rice Stadium.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, KWFS Online and Community Impact Newspaper.)

25 most interesting programs for the 2019 season — Part 2 
An article features Rice’s baseball program and pictures head coach Matt Bragga.
College Baseball Central

Horning: Sooners deserve a playoff path, but getting one is a different question
Rice is mentioned.
The Norman Transcript

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