Dateline Rice for Jan. 10, 2019


‘Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio’
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 interviewed.
WNYC-FM (New York; this segment aired on 1,463 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)


Her clothes are keeping female construction workers, firefighters and paramedics safe
Performance apparel for women designed by alumna Jane Henry ’18 is featured.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Cairo’s house of knowledge
An article cites Paula Sanders, professor of history and director of Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, who authored “Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo.”


Open the government first, then negotiate for border improvements [Opinion]
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, authored an op-ed about U.S.-Mexico border security.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Harris County’s 1st Latina county judge takes the helm
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
KOXE (This article also appeared in the Eagle Pass Business Journal.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
Hidalgo to refuse contractor donations
Houston Chronicle’s Humble Observer (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Atascocita Observer and Kingwood Observer.)

‘Human lives were not of value’: African-American remains awaken history of convict-leasing system
Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted in an article about Sugar Land’s defunct convict-leasing system.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

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.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Exclamation points are 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’s Bay Area Citizen (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen and Deer Park Broadcaster.)

Startup hub Station Houston reincorporates as 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 Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)

Come, play, hang out: House concerts take hold in Texas
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Arts and Culture Texas

The ACTX Top 10: January 2019  
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “No Date, No Signature” Jan. 27 as part of the Houston Iranian Film Festival.
Arts and Culture Texas (Scroll down to “7: Houston Iranian Film Festival at MFAH.”)
Bold Cinema: Houston Iranian Film Festival at the MFAH, Rice Cinema and Asia Society.
Arts and Culture Texas

UTEP attains national research top-tier ranking
Rice is mentioned.
KRWG Public Media
UTEP hits major milestone with top-tier research funding status
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the El Paso Herald-Post, KVIA El Paso, CBS 4 Online and KFOX Online.)

University of Houston ranked No. 2 among the nation’s top underrated colleges
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Looking to cut clutter from your life? Here’s where to start
A radio broadcast mentions that Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored the forthcoming “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
WBUR (This “On Point” segment aired on 257 affiliate radio stations.)
Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show will make you laugh, cry, organize like crazy
StarTribune (This New York Times article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

It’s not a scene out of the movie ‘Armageddon’
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
KTRH Online (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.)

Get your flu shot! Flu cases in Houston expected to increase
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about his research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs would reduce the efficacy of the flu vaccine
Houston Public Media

Alaska pre-K funding bill again put in play
An article mentions a 2012 Rice preschool study that determined children who completed a Michigan school’s pre-K program grew up to have better outcomes than peers who weren’t enrolled.
KTVA Online

‘Nine News Now’
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Nine Melbourne (Victoria Metro, Australia.)
Stories of faith from a faith-filled panel
God Reports

‘Live at Five at Four’
Rice is mentioned.
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tenn.)


The ‘future of work’ in the digital era may not be what you think
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.

Influencing the materials industry
Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is featured in an article on materials scientists who are contributing to developments in nanotechnology.

Inside the troubling rise of CO2 at power plants
The U.S. electric grid must be dramatically cleaner in order to meet the 26 percent reduction in emissions envisioned by the Paris climate agreement, according to Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
E&E News

Ralph O’Connor, Rice trustee emeritus, passes
An article mentions that Trustee Emeritus Ralph O’Connor died Dec. 30 at 92.
Medical Health News

‘Trains, Buses, People | An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit’ by Christof Spieler
Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture and author of “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit,” is featured.
Architecture Lab

Humans have just created plasma 50 times colder than deep space
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.

People of ACM — Kazuaki Ishizaki
An article mentions that researchers from Rice collaborated to develop GPGPU code from a Java program for non-familiar users.
Association for Computing Machinery


‘A Time When Jests are Few’
Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96 is mentioned.
Anecdotal Evidence

A Bengaluru startup’s small step to Mars could be a big leap for nanomaterials
An article features alumnus Gadhadar Reddy and mentions the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.

Roscosmos chief says US visit canceled because ‘second American civil war’ underway
Rice is mentioned.


Swim: Jan. 9 Athletes of the Week
An article mentions that Marie-Claire Schillinger was named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week.
Conference USA

Who da man, who da man? They were briefly on the Wizards, man.
An article features former Rice basketball player Morris Almond.
The Washington Post (subscription is required.)

What the Cardinals and the NFL need to know about Kliff Kingsbury
Rice is mentioned.

Sources: Alabama QB Jalen Hurts enters transfer portal
Zane Knipe, who plans to play football at Rice, is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Small world, eh? Finding a surprise Canadian connection in the Chiefs locker room
An article about Canadians playing in the NFL features Christian Covington and Luke Willson.
Ottawa Sun (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Thompson, Aguilar set for 2019 campaign
An article mentions a baseball game between Rice and the University of Houston last season.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 9 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Former Houston Mayor Parker to discuss ‘Why Cities Matter’ at Rice’s Glasscock School Jan. 28
Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the Victory Fund and Victory Institute, will speak at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies Jan. 28 on how Houston and other cities are shaping the world.

Rice expert available to discuss President Trump’s visit to border
As President Donald Trump heads to the U.S.-Mexico border to discuss his controversial plans for the construction of a wall between the countries, Rice’s Tony Payan, an expert on issues related to immigration and border security, is available to discuss the visit.

About Stefan De La Garza

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