Dateline Rice for Jan. 16, 2019


‘Is it ever OK to lecture?’
Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is quoted in an op-ed on the effectiveness of active learning versus traditional lectures in university classrooms.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Beto O’Rourke mocked after offering few answers in wide-ranging policy interview
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 two articles. He is also cited in a broadcast about Democrat Julián Castro announcing he will run for president in 2020.
Fox News (This article also appeared in Washington Insider,, WCSI, StreetCurb and F3News.)
Small payout for conservatives targeted under Obama
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (This broadcast aired three times.)

Climate change calamity: ‘Melting ice caps throwing North Pole off-kilter’
Richard Gordon, the W.M. Keck Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science, is quoted. Graduate student Daniel Woodworth is quoted in the Herald Sun article. (This article also appeared in LongRoom, Amed Post and NewsLive.)
True Polar Shift? Wandering magnetic pole could point to unsettled Earth core
Herald Sun (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Weekly Times, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Na twee doden en een zwaargewonde gaat Uber om: het bedrijf neemt (eindelijk) verantwoordelijkheid
Rice research is cited.
De Volkskrant (An English translation is not available.)


With Trump’s rhetoric, not even the opposite is true [Opinion]
Lora Wildenthal, the John Anthony Weir Professor of History and associate dean of humanities, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 16 print edition.)

Trump’s illegal scheme yet again smacked down by courts [Editorial]
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 quoted in two stories on a federal judge’s decision to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Jan. 16 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Checks, balances.”.)
Why the 2020 Census matters to Houston

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 appeared in the Jan. 16 print edition of the Bellaire Examiner and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

Rice University study: Texas’ complementary solar, wind could be ‘coal-killer’
Texas could get at least half of its power from renewable energy sources within the next 10 years, according to research by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Brown College senior Joanna Slusarewicz.
Rivard Report

Moody Center and French Embassy team up to present special program
“A Night of Philosophy and Ideas,” a Cultural Services of the French Embassy program hosted in dozens of cities around the world, will be held at Rice Jan. 26, with a keynote presentation by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English. An installation at the Moody Center for the Arts also is mentioned. Morton also is featured in a The World News article.
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The World News (An English translation of this Bergens Tribune article is not available.)


KPRC Channel 2 News Midday
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-TV (Houston; this broadcast was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it first aired)


Finding the ‘rational middle’ on DACA
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.
Construction Citizen

Precision BioSciences announces formation of Scientific Advisory Board with Anderson, Kantarjian, Schinazi and Turtle
Hagop Kantarjian, a nonresident fellow in Health Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was named to Precision BioSciences’s Scientific Advisory Board.
BioSpace (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Ballet Hispanico School of Dance announces 2019 summer programs
An article mentions that Michelle Manzanales formerly taught at Rice.
Broadway World


Mexico’s war on gas theft sparks fuel shortages
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on Mexico’s gasoline crisis.

Barack Obama’s name could be coming to highways, bridges and airports across the country
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in an article and mentioned on a broadcast.
How Africa
WIBC-FM (Indianapolis) (This broadcast aired four times.)

Total lunar eclipse visible this weekend in north country
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Watertown Daily Times

Degrees explained: French Studies
Rice is mentioned.
Study International

Homegrown bassoonist to join Chamber Orchestra for Sequim, PA concerts
Alumnus Hunter Gordon is featured.
Sequim Gazette

Uptown was supposed to be a unique destination, but critics say it’s become a bland fast-casual food court
Alumnus Ari Maron is mentioned.

Protect your personal data on social media
Alumnus Scott Relf ’82 is quoted.
Overton County News

The busy mom’s guide to a Texas college tour road trip: 6 cities to check out
Rice is mentioned.
Sippy Cup Mom

5 smart reasons why new families should consider settling down in Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Times Square Chronicles

Fatherhood and football: Jrs., Srs., and IIIs: A changing norm for black fathers?
Ryan Brown, managing director for measurement at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is cited.
Jewish World Review (This column originally appeared in City Journal and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Santiago Nieto: En el combate al huachicol saldrán más políticos ligados y habrá cero tolerancia
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about fuel theft in Mexico.
NSS Oaxaca (An English translation is not available.)


Brian Mann named chief development officer
Rice senior associate athletics director and chief development officer Brian Mann was named senior associate athletic director and chief development officer for Cal Athletics. (This article also appeared in Bear Insider.)

Fox 26 News at 6 a.m.
Rice’s men’s basketball team’s 65-64 loss to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Jan. 12 will stand despite Conference USA officials determining the clock should have run out before the Miners’ game-winning shot. The Rice men’s and women’s teams are mentioned in the Denton Record-Chronicle, and the men’s team is also mentioned in a KTSM article about UTEP and a Paisano article about the University of Texas at San Antonio team.
KRIV-TV (Houston; the game was mentioned four times on KRIV.)
C-USA: Clock started late on UTEP buzzer-beater, but outcome won’t change
C-USA review of UTEP buzzer beater determined the clock did not start on time
KFOX (This article also appeared in
Conference USA completes review of UTEP-Rice finish
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)
UNT notebook: Mean Green women prepared for tough 3-game stretch
Denton Record-Chronicle
UTEP looks to solve road woes at UAB
The Green aren’t so mean after all
The Paisano

Lamar football releases 2019 schedule
The Rice football team’s game against Lamar next season is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Conference USA West stock exchange
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty

Random thoughts from around the country: That’s a wrap
The Rice football team’s game against Army next season is mentioned.
Roll ‘Bama Roll

Valwood’s Miller selected for U-18 National Team ahead of International Bowl X
An article mentions that Jeff Barnett, Rice director of football recruiting, will be an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 National Team.
Valdosta Daily Times

Rising 2020 safety Plae Wyatt in contact with several schools
The Rice football team is mentioned.

Texas is one of the schools in contact with Rice graduate transfer DT Zach Abercrumbia
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured.
Burnt Orange Nation
Texas football: Longhorns pursuing Rice DT grad transfer Zach Abercrumbia?
Hook ’em Headlines
Major programs recruiting Rice DT grad transfer Zach Abercrumbia
College Spun

North Texas prepares for successful spring season
The Rice Invite tennis tournament is mentioned.
North Texas Daily

Houston Dash 2019 season memberships on sale now
Former Rice assistant soccer coach Brenton Saylor is mentioned.
Our Sports Central


Media invited to view supermoon eclipse at Rice University Campus Observatory
Weather permitting, the Rice University Campus Observatory will host a public viewing of the Jan. 20 total lunar eclipse, and reporters are welcome to cover both the viewing and a lecture before the event by Pat Hartigan, Rice professor of physics and astronomy.

Rice U. expert: Tech facing ‘public policy crisis’ in 2019
What does 2019 have in store for the technology industry? 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, said many believe the tech industry is facing an ethical crisis, but he argues that label is far too narrow.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.