Dateline Rice for Dec. 21, 2018


This ice-filled crater on Mars looks like a huge alien skating rink
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article about a recently discovered ice-filled crater on Mars.
NBC News (This article also appeared in NBC 2 Online.)

Peter Masterson, actor, director and ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ writer, dies at 84
An article featuring alumnus Peter Masterson mentions that he died Dec. 18 at 84.
Hollywood Reporter

Engineers give organic photovoltaics new properties, stretch the boundaries of solar cells
The research of Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, who developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient, is featured in NSF Science360 News. Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes, who created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on demand, are quoted in Lab News and Daily Mail.
NSF Science360 News (This was featured in the Dec. 21 edition of the Science360 newsletter.)
Liquid crystal elastomer morphs on demand 
Lab News
The real-life ‘flubber’: Researchers reveal radical morphing material
Daily Mail

45 percent of UK scientists don’t believe in God
A collaborative study co-authored by Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, that determined the religiosity of scientists in the U.K. is featured.
Futurity (This article appeared in the Dec. 21 Futurity Today newsletter and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


The hazardous waste problem US cities don’t know they have
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authored an op-ed about the dangers of developing former industrial sites for commercial or residential use.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Here’s what November election results mean for Cy-Fair and Harris County next year
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.
Community Impact Newspaper
High turnout, straight-ticket voting helped Democrats win seats in 2018 midterms, experts say 
Community Impact Newspaper
KTRH-AM (Houston)

This week in Houston real estate: A gentrifying city, Texas growth and more
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research about the challenges facing Houston’s gentrifying neighborhoods is featured.
Houston Agent Magazine

Kelly Rentzel is general counsel for Texas Capital Bank … and bipolar
Alumna Kelly Rentzel is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

West Texas chemical plant means products, hundreds of jobs
Alumnus Nick Fowler is featured.
Texarkana Gazette

The multipart, site-specific installation “Matthew Ritchie: The Demon in the Diagram” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, on display through Dec. 22, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 21 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


WTAG-AM (Springfield, Mass.)
The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.

SciTech News
Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is interviewed about a new wireless technology that is being tested at Rice.
NJN-TV (Newark, N.J.)


‘Kondo metamagnet’ is first in a family of eccentric quantum crystals
Rice research, which discovered an entire clan of eccentric compounds that could help explain the mysterious electronic and magnetic workings of other quantum materials, is featured. Emilia Morosan, associate professor of physics and astronomy, of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, graduate student Macy Stavinoha and alumnus Binod Rai are quoted.

Qatar’s exit from OPEC could exacerbate a rift among its members
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
World Politics Review

Boron nitride nanotubes become more useful when unstuck
Rice research that determined surfactants — the basic compounds in soap — offer the best and easiest way to keep boron nitride nanotubes from clumping is featured. Cited are co-authors Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; Matteo Pasquali, the A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering; and graduate student Ashleigh Smith McWilliams.
R&D Magazine

Associated Chamber Music Players presents the 2nd annual Live Stream Chamber Music Masterclass
An article mentions that the Catalyst Quartet has held a concert residency at Rice.
Broadway World

Keynote: How to launch a closets business and retire early
An article featuring David Linda mentions that he has lectured at Rice.
Woodworking Network


Commentary: Some only donate if deeds are publicly recognized
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.
Channel NewsAsia

Dinneen recognized for endowment management
An article mentions that Rice was a finalist for Chief Investment Officer magazine’s Innovation Award for endowment management.
Hamilton College News

ACLU, Muslim group file challenges to Texas anti-BDS law
Graduate student Obinna Dennar is mentioned.
The Jewish Press

A call for boundaries
Two articles about gene editing in humans mentions Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
World Magazine
Brave new world with Chinese characteristics
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Rice to focus on building offense with new personnel
An article featuring Rice football’s recruiting efforts pictures head coach Mike Bloomgren, quotes assistant coaches Brian Smith and Jerry Mack and mentions assistant coach Scott Vestal. Signee Zane Knipe is pictured in the second and third Houston Chronicle articles, and a television broadcast from Spectrum News Austin features signee Hunter Henry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
What a difference a year makes for Houston QB Clayton Tune
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Former UH QB Greg Ward Jr. to serve as honorary captain for Armed Forces Bowl
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
TWC News All Morning
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired 12 times.)

‘News 13 at 11’
A television broadcast mentions that the Rice women’s basketball team defeated Coastal Carolina University 56-52 on Dec. 20.
WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Daishai Almond
An article about the University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team mentions that the Golden Eagles will play Rice Jan. 3.
Jackson Free Press
4th-quarter surge leads Southern Miss past Southeastern
The Student Printz

Everything you need to know for UNO’s matchup with Rice men’s basketball
An article mentions that the University of California, Santa Barbara men’s basketball team recently defeated Rice.
Mavericks Today

Senior guard scores career-high 35 to power red-hot North Texas to another victory
An article mentions that the University of North Texas men’s basketball team will play Rice Dec. 29.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Rice’s Paul Hester to present 50 years of Houston history in photographs
One man’s vision of a half-century in Houston’s history goes on display at the Rice Media Center with an exhibit showcasing the work of a professor emeritus who has taught generations of students the art of photography. “Business and Pleasure, Fifty Years of Photographs” will feature a wide assortment of photos tracing the personal and professional life of Paul Hester, a photography professor emeritus at Rice.

Quirky kindred compounds could crack quantum code
There’s an oddball in most families, but Rice physicist Emilia Morosan has discovered an entire clan of eccentric compounds that could help explain the mysterious electronic and magnetic workings of other quantum materials engineers are eying for next-generation computers and electronics.

About Stefan De La Garza

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