Dateline Rice for Jan. 3, 2019


Experts warn Gulf rift widening as Qatar quits OPEC
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the growing political rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Voice of America (This article also appeared in New Delhi Times.)

NASA still preparing for visit by sanctioned Roscosmos chief despite ire in Washington
Several articles mention NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97.
Rice University has no plans to host head of Russian space program in Houston, despite reports
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 3 print edition with a different headline, “Rice: No plans to host Russian program head,” and similar articles appeared in Towleroad, PinkNews and LGBTQ Nation.)

Chinese city names new deputy mayor — and she doesn’t fit the mold
An article featuring Yuan Lin mentions that she attended Rice.
Yahoo! News (This South China Morning Post article also appeared in Inkstone and Shanghaiist and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Sun, wind could power state past coal
An article cites a study co-authored by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Brown College senior Joanna Slusarewicz that determined that Texas may be able to supplant coal with wind and solar power.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 3 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Texas wind and sunshine can power the state without coal, report says
KFOX 14 Online (This article also appeared in 4 News Online, Solar Industry, North American Windpower, Windpower Engineering and PVBuzz.)
‘KFOX Morning News’ (This segment was re-broadcast 10 times.)

Commentary: Instead of Apple perks, give taxpayers a break
An article cites a Rice analysis of property tax reform.
Austin American-Statesman

Need financial aid for college? Time is running out
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Get to know Jessica Mathaes, Austin Symphony’s crucial concertmaster
Alumna Jessica Mathaes ’01, who studied at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.

Photos show what Houston looked like in 1969
Two photos of protests at Rice are included in a slideshow of Houston in 1969.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)


Full show: The shutdown’s impact on immigration cases and tying CEO pay to carbon footprints (Jan. 2, 2019)
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, participates in a roundtable discussion on the week’s political stories, and Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is interviewed about CEO pay that’s linked to carbon footprints on a new episode of “Houston Matters.” Jones also is quoted in the El Paso Times and interviewed by CBS Radio News and KTRH about national political stories.
Houston Public Media
Political roundup: Government shutdown continues and previewing the year in politics
Houston Public Media
Should CEO pay be linked to real-life results, like reducing climate change?
Houston Public Media
Veronica Escobar, freshman from Texas, will be a key part in the House’s border battle
El Paso Times
‘CBS Radio News’ 
KYW-AM (Philadelphia. This segment aired on more than 400 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

‘News 12 Connecticut’
Martel College sophomore Shane DiGiovanna is mentioned. (This segment was re-broadcast 16 times.)

‘Fox 26 News at 6 a.m.’
The Makerspace at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is mentioned.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘The Communicators’
Alumnus Byron Reese ’91 is featured.


Scientists develop electrical protein switches within cell
Rice researchers developed electrical switches built from proteins, which could facilitate next-generation bioelectronics. Joff Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology graduate program, and graduate student Josh Atkinson are quoted.
Economic Times Healthworld

Are China’s CRISPR clinical trials running off the rails?
Rice is mentioned.

Science: Are the late Stephen Hawking’s spiritual beliefs typical of UK scientists? [Report]
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.

Pantheism ascendant?
An article cites the work of Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of “Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred.” Quartz cites Kripal’s book “Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion.”
A practical guide to starting a spiritual journey, like reiki and ayahuasca

A global HPC-powered hub for natural hazard research
An article mentions that Rice experts collaborated on the development of DesignSafe, which enables researchers to manage, analyze and understand critical information about natural hazards.
Technology Networks

K-12 dealmaking: Amazon conducts sting operation; GlassLab Games shuts down; Follett acquires NextTier
An article mentions that Accelerate Learning and STEMscopes, which deliver digital STEM curriculum in all 50 states, originated at Rice.
Education Week

Williston family-run drug testing lab among top in country
Rice is mentioned.
Stock Standard


Fatherhood and football
Ryan Brown, managing director for measurement at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is cited.
City Journal

Soccer player wins Girl Scout Gold Award, inspired by teammate
Rice is mentioned.
The East County Californian

Krishan, Gihan assume top leadership roles at JKH
Alumnus Gihan Cooray is featured and pictured.
Daily Mirror Business

Reasons women like tall men
An article cites a Rice study on women’s preferences for taller men.
Daily Sun

Transformar CO2 em combustível? Isso mesmo!An article mentions that Rice researchers collaborated on the development of a system that converts carbon dioxide into fuels used in the industrial environment.
Época Negócios (An English translation is not available.)


A look back at 2018’s top moments in sports
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is featured.
The Star Beacon (Scroll down to “June.”)
Tech baseball, Fitzgerald and UCHRA among top stories of 2018
Cookeville Herald Citizen

Longhorns host Phantom Warrior team
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Louisiana Tech University at Tudor Fieldhouse Jan. 5.
The Fort Hood Sentinel

Herd’s Williams: We’re ‘ready to go to war’ as C-USA play opens
An article about the University of North Texas’ men’s basketball team mentions that the Mean Green defeated Rice 103-87 Dec. 28.
Huntington Herald Dispatch
Men’s basketball: Smart finding groove at just the right time for UNT
Denton Record-Chronicle

Lady Eagles fall to Houston 61-44
An article about the University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball team mentions that the Lady Eagles will play Rice Jan. 3.
WDAM Online
Lady Eagles drop home contest to Houston
The Student Printz

Green Bay Southwest’s Klarkowski commits to Rice University football 
An article featuring Isaac Klarkowski mentions that he plans to play football at Rice. Head coach Mike Bloomgren and assistant coach Cedric Calhoun also are mentioned.
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Longhorns and Aggies and Bears, oh my: Class of head coaches in the state of Texas has never been better, and here’s why
Former Rice head football coach Jess Neely is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

UT defends mascot safety measures despite Bevo’s lunge
An article mentions a 1955 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin American-Statesman

Loss sends Cardinals to No. 1 draft pick
Former Rice football player King Hill is mentioned.
Gwinnett Prep Sports

Tom Herman, Kirby Smart have learned the secret to coaching: Relationships
Former assistant football coach Tom Herman is featured.
The Advocate

Pittsburgh Steelers sign Matt McCrane and place Chris Boswell on injured reserve
Former Rice football player Chris Boswell is featured and pictured.

Houston Cougars fire head coach Major Applewhite
Former assistant football coach Major Applewhite is featured.
The Capital Sports Report

Report: Texas Tech hires defensive line coach Paul Randolph from Memphis
Former Rice assistant football coach Paul Randolph is featured.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in
Texas Tech hires defensive line coach from Memphis

Sugar Bowl notebook: Texas’ Anderson, Watson end their short stays with a signature win
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.
Austin American-Statesman

What the Houston Texans need to do to beat Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts
Rice is mentioned.


Cancer cells steer a jagged path
A jagged little protein appears to be key to how cancer stem cells differentiate and enable metastasis, according to researchers at Rice and the Duke University School of Medicine.

About Stefan De La Garza

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