Dateline Rice for Jan. 14, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


How long can O’Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?
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 about potential Democratic presidential candidates.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 300 other media outlets.)
Democrat Julian Castro launches 2020 US presidential bid
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
House GOP leader vows action on Iowa lawmaker’s remarks about white supremacy 
The Boston Globe

More cities add Barack Obama’s name to landmarks, highways
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in two articles and featured in an interview with CNN.
USA Today (This article also appeared in 60 other media outlets.)
The only impeachment guide you’ll ever need
Politico EU

The provost’s path
Vicki Colvin, Rice’s former vice provost for research, is featured and pictured.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

5 things we still don’t know about black holes (and 2 we do) after LIGO
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
Forbes (Scroll down to “5. Do merger rates change as the Universe evolves?”)

The chill of US-Russia relations creeps into space
Rice is mentioned.
The Atlantic
Rogozin visit postponed by NASA
ZMR Market Journal

Brian Armstrong: Bubble beater
Alumnus Brian Armstrong ’05 is featured.
Forbes India


‘Green New Deal’ isn’t radical. It’s a natural for Texas’ wind, solar energy [Editorial]
An editorial features the research of Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, which determined that Texas is uniquely positioned to possibly replace coal with wind and solar energy. Cohan also is quoted in a Natural Resources Defense Council story on the topic.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)
Wind and solar are the final nails in coal’s coffin
Natural Resources Defense Council

A hellish history unearthed in Sugar Land
Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel is quoted in an article about Sugar Land’s defunct convict-leasing system.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)

Exploring faith in the written word
The work of Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology and author of “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts,” is highlighted in a roundup of books exploring faith and spirituality.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)

Bank lending failed to recover from 2008 recession, Baker Institute report finds 
An article cites a recent study by Thomas Hogan, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Business Journal

‘The Passage’ to Hollywood
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 (This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 13 print edition of the Houston Chronicle’s Zest section.)
‘The Passage’: Love at 1st bite
Texas Monthly

Villager Q&A: Alex Sutton, co-president of The Woodlands Development Company, discusses community
Alumnus Alex Sutton is featured in a Q&A.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

UTEP listed as one of the ‘Top 10 Most Underrated Colleges in the Southwest’
Rice is mentioned.
KVIA El Paso
UTEP recognized as a top-tier research university
El Paso Inc.

Houston book events: Jan. 13-19
An article mentions that Claudia Rankine will give a reading and book signing Jan. 14 at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)


Expert: Here’s one way the Catholic Church can regain some of its credibility 
Annie Zavyalova, the Verne F. Simons Distinguished Assistant Professor of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured on a new episode of “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media
Full show: Views on Muslim Americans, and the Catholic Church grapples with credibility (Jan. 11, 2019)
Houston Public Media

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is interviewed. (This segment was re-broadcast four times.)


Spiers Memorial Award winners announced
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is a Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spiers Memorial Award winner for 2019.
Royal Society of Chemistry

Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential
An article cites a biochar study led by Ghasideh Pourhashem, former postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, are mentioned.
Science Daily

Next president could declare climate emergency, GOP fears
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
E&E News


Total lunar eclipse visible this weekend in upstate NY
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Georgia Gwinnett College president retires early. An interim president has been named
An article mentions that alumna Mary Beth Walker was named the interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College.
The Georgia Sun

National Symphony Orchestra of Romania stops at Wharton
Alumnus Cristian Măcelaru ’06 is featured and pictured.
Lansing State Journal

From the archives | Nic Pizzolatto’s Louisiana
Alumnus Lamar White authored an article.
Bayou Brief


Texas Tech ends long Austin drought
A Texas college basketball roundup mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) 65-64 Jan. 12, and it mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated UTEP 76-42. Owls Jack Williams and Nicole Iademarco are mentioned in the Houston Chronicle, and Nancy Mulkey, Erica Oguwimke and head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley are featured in two television broadcasts.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)
UTEP set to tangle with Rice
KTSM Online
‘Sports Sunday’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘KHOU 11 Sports Extra’
KHOU-TV (Houston)

2019 College Baseball Daily season preview and predictions: Conference USA
Rice’s baseball team is featured.
College Baseball Daily

Who does Southern Miss football play 2019?
An article mentions that the University of Southern Mississippi football team will play Rice Oct. 26.
Magnolia State Live

USM offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson heads to Houston
An article mentions a 2016 football game between the University of Southern Mississippi and Rice.
WDAM Online

Texans’ Christian Covington: ‘I’d love to be back’
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.)

Rice DL grad transfer Zach Abercrumbia is blowing up
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured and pictured.

Dolphins great Kuechenberg dies
A caption mentions the 1973 Super Bowl game between the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings that was held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 14 print edition.)

League unbeatens clash Saturday at The Convo
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio men’s basketball team mentions that the Roadrunners defeated Rice Jan. 10.
UTSA Athletics

Rice transfer Ducat provides punch in paint for Abilene Christian women’s basketball team
Former Rice women’s basketball player Lexie Ducat is featured.
Abilene Reporter News


Naomi Halas honored by Royal Society of Chemistry 
The Royal Society of Chemistry will present Rice nanoscientist Naomi Halas the 2019 Spiers Memorial Award in February. A pioneer in the study of light-activated nanoparticles and their possible uses, Halas is the first person in the university’s history to be elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering for research done at Rice.

Scholar to present ‘A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 23
Health law expert Dayna Bowen Matthew, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Jan. 23 on strategies for reducing health care disparities.

About Stefan De La Garza

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