Dateline Rice for Jan. 15, 2019


The Gulf struggles to reform subsidies as temperatures and domestic energy demand rise
“Energy Kingdoms,” a new book by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is reviewed. The book explores the Persian Gulf’s economy and a possible “post-oil age” future.

True Polar Shift? Wandering magnetic pole could point to unsettled Earth core
An article cites a 2018 Rice study that examined fossil signatures found deep in ocean sediments around the Hawaiian Islands. Graduate student Daniel Woodworth and Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, are quoted.

US government can do more to promote biochar
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 quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Space Daily.)

The top 15 places to travel in 2019
An article that mentions Texas as one of the top 15 places to visit in 2019 highlights James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion at Rice.


Dennis Bonnen, a Goldilocks speaker for Texas Republicans?
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, authored an op-ed in TribTalk about Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, and he is quoted in several articles and interviewed in a radio broadcast about possible Democratic presidential candidates.
‘Absolute musts’: Abbott says lawmakers have to limit property tax hikes, fix Texas school funding
Dallas Morning News
Julián Castro announces he’s running for president in 2020
KPRC Click2Houston
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment was re-broadcast six times.)
How long can O’Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?
Texas Public Radio (This Associated Press article appeared in 10 additional media outlets since it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Houstonians paid 18 percent more for electricity last year
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted
in an article about Texans’ record energy demand amid tighter supplies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 15 print edition.)
Wind and solar are the final nails in coal’s coffin
EcoWatch (A similar article also appeared in Texas Coalition for Affordable Power.)

‘The Passage’ finally premieres on Fox this Monday
An article features Rice writer-in-residence Justin Cronin, whose best-selling “The Passage” trilogy of novels has been turned into a television series.

The Chinese scientist who claims to have edited baby DNA is downplaying reports that he is under house arrest. Here’s a timeline of the controversy.
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.
Houston Chronicle (This Business Insider article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
CRISPR’s China crisis
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Brave new world with Chinese characteristics 
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Israeli author visits Houston as literary scholar-in-residence
An article mentions that writer Meir Shalev will visit Rice’s Program in Jewish Studies Jan. 29.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Comparing prices: Hospitals must now list prices for procedures
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is featured in a television broadcast about
the Jan. 1 federal mandate requiring all of the nation’s hospitals to list the prices they charge.
KPRC Click2Houston

‘The List’
Alumnus Rob Landes ’12 is featured.
KTTW-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D. This segment also aired on KLJB-TV in Davenport, Iowa.)


Do workplace wellness programs really work?
An article cites the research of Akane Sano, assistant professor and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which determined the level and some of the consequences of workplace stress.
MIT Sloan Management Review (This article also appeared in Global Advisors.)

Corruption in Mexico 2019: SWJ interview with Dr. Jose Ivan Rodriguez Sanchez
Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, postdoctoral research fellow in international trade for Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is featured in a Q&A.
Small Wars Journal

Industry leaders prepare for Rice University oil and gas conference in March
An article mentions that the Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference March 4-6 will focus on the computational challenges and needs in the energy industry.

‘Wild Ideas Worth Living’ transcript: Shannon Walker
Alumna Shannon Walker is featured and pictured.
REI Co-Op Journal

The chill of US-Russia relations creeps into space
Rice is mentioned.

Pepperdine Fine Arts Division presents ‘Die Fledermaus’
An article mentions that vocalists from Pepperdine University have won scholarships to attend Rice.
Broadway World

Cosmic Love
A blog post features Rice Philharmonics performing Florence and the Machine’s “Cosmic Love.”
The A Cappella Blog


Move over, MLK: Roads, landmarks, even animals being named after Barack Obama
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Root (This article also appeared in The Grio.)
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis)

Friedmann and Parker are musicians-in-residence
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
The Islands’ Sounder

10 years later, goal of getting more Americans through college is way behind schedule
An article cites demographic research from Rice.
The Hechinger Report

The Sugar Land 95: Help us protect the sacred burial ground of our ancestors in Texas
An article about Sugar Land’s defunct convict-leasing system includes an image from the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library.
San Francisco Bay View (This article also appeared in Black News Zone.)

Recognizing the artistic contributions of Bolcom and Morris
An article mentions that Joan Morris and William Bolcom have given classic American popular song master classes at Rice.

How the zombie fungus takes over ants’ bodies to control their minds
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member in biosciences and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution at Rice, is quoted.
Kopitiam Bot

Georgia Gwinnett College President Stas Preczewski retiring, interim president named
An article mentions that alumna Mary Beth Walker was named the interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College.
All On Georgia

The weekly wrangle
Martel College senior Miao Zhang is mentioned.
Brains and Eggs Blog

Wynton Marsalis și Orchestra Națională Simfonică a României, triumf la New York sub bagheta lui Cristian Măcelaru
Alumnus Cristian Măcelaru ’06 is featured and pictured.
Agentia de Arte (An English translation is not available.)


Rice files official inquiry on ending of UTEP basketball game
A television broadcast about Rice’s men’s basketball team’s 65-64 loss to the University of Texas at El Paso Jan. 12 quotes Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard. An article from Conference USA also mentions that Jack Williams was named a C-USA Player of the Week and Chris Mullins was named a C-USA Freshman of the Week.
KVIA Online (A similar article also appeared in KMA Online.)
Jan. 14 Players of the Week
Conference USA

1st-year head coach rankings: How did the new guys do?
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured.
MSN (This article also appeared in College Football News, PressFrom and Press Box Sports.)

US Under-18 National Team roster announced for International Bowl at AT&T Stadium
An article mentions that Rice Director of Football Recruiting Jeff Barnett was named to the 2019 U.S. Under-18 National Team as an assistant coach.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hoops heroes
Former Rice basketball player Marcus Evans is featured and pictured.
Richmond Magazine (This article also appeared in Rhode Island Monthly.)

Devin White leaves LSU as one of the best, but with a legacy as yet unfinished
A caption mentions last season’s football game between Rice and Louisiana State University.
The Advocate


Technology is driving the future, but who is doing the steering?
Where is technology taking us? Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, will explore how to deal with technology’s impact on society in a Jan. 22 lecture.

About Stefan De La Garza

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