Dateline Rice for Jan. 9, 2019


John Mendelsohn, former MD Anderson president, dead at 82 
Comments by President David Leebron about the Jan. 7 death of John Mendelsohn, who was Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s first L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health and Technology Policy, are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 9 print edition with a different headline, “Visionary elevated cancer center,” and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
John Mendelsohn, MD, transformative former president of MD Anderson, dies
Texas Medical Center News (This article also appeared in Medical Health News and eCancer News.)


Nicolás Maduro to begin second term as Venezuela goes into meltdown
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.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)

‘People are leaving’: Gulf investors wary after Khashoggi murder and British ‘spy’ detention
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Independent (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News UK.)

Laser-cooled plasma paves way for star simulations
Rice researchers who have created laser-cooled neutral plasma that cools to about a millionth of a degree above absolute zero are featured. Tom Killian, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted and graduate student Thomas Langin is pictured. Graduate student Grant Gorman is mentioned. A Rice video is also included.
Futurity (This article appeared in the Jan. 9 Futurity Today newsletter and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Russia wants answers for NASA revoking its visit invitation
Rice is mentioned.
MSN (This article also appeared in PressFrom.)
NASA revoked a visit invitation to Russia’s space agency leader. Now, Russia wants answers
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Jan. 9 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Russian space agency bemoans head’s canceled US trip
PS4 France
Russian space agency bemoans head’s cancelled US trip
Click Lancashire transcripts
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in a TV transcript.

Peligra suministro a comercios, ante el desabasto de gasolinas (+Infografía)
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Noticias 24 (An English translation is not available.)

Riconoscimento dagli USA al prof.Vincenzo Spagnolo
An article mentions that Vincenzo Spagnolo del Poliba is a former visiting professor at Rice. (An English translation is not available.)


Trump urges Democrats to fund border barrier, but stops short of ordering military to build it
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.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, El Paso Herald-Post, and Progrexas.)
Harris County’s 1st Latina county judge takes the helm
Brownsville Herald (This article also appeared in the Defender Network, The Eagle and Progrexas.)
Gov. Greg Abbott calls on Trump to reconsider steel tariffs

Houston author Justin Cronin’s ‘The Passage’ starts Monday on Fox
An article features Rice writer-in-residence Justin Cronin, whose best-selling “The Passage” trilogy of novels has been turned into a television series.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

‘A waste of 9 minutes’: Trump speech draws frustrated reaction in El Paso
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.
El Paso Times
$5 billion question: How border-security experts would spend money Trump wants for a wall

Station Houston restructures into a nonprofit
An article mentions Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building and its surrounding area into an innovation district in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions.
Houston Business Journal

Unlocking the mystery of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier
An article mentions that researchers from Rice are co-principal investigators studying the Thwaites Glacier, one of the largest and potentially most unstable glaciers in Antarctica, to determine when and by how much global sea levels rise as the climate warms.
University of Houston News

Lifetime Learning hosting program on Bush, Powell
Alumnus Matthew Moten is featured.
Brenham Banner-Press

UTEP recognized as top-tier research university
Rice is mentioned.
El Paso Inc.


Climate change science presented to uncertain Gov. Abbott
An article about an open letter to Gov. Greg Abbott on climate change and its impact on Texas mentions that it has been signed by the following Rice experts: John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor Emeritus of Oceanography; Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering; Professor Caroline Masiello and Assistant Professors Sylvia Dee, Laurence Yeung and Mark Torres of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.


Rebecca Richards-Kortum named to National Inventors Hall of Fame
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, is featured.

Texas ideal for solar and wind energy
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Are renewables finally kicking coal out of Texas?

CRISPR baby scientist could face death penalty, colleague fears
An article 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.
Popular Mechanics South Africa

Lyric Opera of Kansas City announces 2019 Exploration Series
Alumnus Joseph Leppek is featured.
Broadway World


As an entrepreneur, look for ways you can benefit customers, suppliers and the planet: An interview with CEO Chris Campbell
Alumnus Chris Campbell is featured in a Q&A.

Exhibit by Denise Rankin coming to CLC YMCA
An article about artist Denise Rankin mentions that she attended Rice.
Boothbay Register (This article also appeared in the Wiscasset Newspaper.)


UTSA hosts Rice Thursday at the Convo
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio men’s basketball team mentions that the Roadrunners will play Rice Jan. 10.
UTSA Athletics
Rice Owls at UTSA Roadrunners men’s basketball game preview

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Wrapping up 2018 with eye toward 2019
An article mentions that Rice’s football team’s 2019 season-opener will be against Army.
The Sun Herald (This Associated Press article also appeared in 200 other media outlets.)

Tom Thibodeau’s ousting allows Timberwolves to reconnect to youth
An article mentions that the Minnesota Timberwolves practiced at Rice in 2018.
Zone Coverage

Texans have 15 unrestricted free agents to evaluate
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured and pictured.


Rebecca Richards-Kortum named to National Inventors Hall of Fame
Global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum, a Rice bioengineering professor whose work has improved medical care for millions of newborn babies and saved lives in low-income countries, will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May.

‘Texas’ Stem Cell Future’ in focus at state Capitol Jan. 16
Experts will gather at the Texas State Capitol in Austin Jan. 16 for a panel discussion hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Heart Institute to address experimental stem cell intervention legislation passed in 2017.

Drums, cymbals, gongs and sirens will echo from Rice’s live oak grove
A concert-length work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams will bring musicians and members of the community together with the leafy beauty of Rice’s live oak grove. Audience members will be encouraged to wander around the grove while creating their own listening experience during a performance of “Inuksuit.”

Rice invites everyone to experience Creativity Up Close
Rice students in Professor Anthony Brandt’s popular Creativity Up Close course explore neuroscience, psychology, sociology and the economics of creativity as they develop hands-on projects throughout the semester. This year, the public is invited to learn alongside those students with a free lecture series featuring distinguished researchers in the study of creativity.

About Stefan De La Garza

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