Dateline Rice for Jan. 18, 2019


Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in several articles and interviewed on three broadcasts about the Jan. 20 lunar eclipse.
Associated Press (This article appeared in more than 575 other media outlets.)
CBS News Radio (This segment aired on more than 400 other affiliate stations across the U.S.)
‘Fox 7 Austin’
Lunar eclipse lands Sunday night
KTRH Online
How to see the super ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipse in Houston
Houston Public Media
5 things you must do this weekend, Jan. 18–20
Houstonia Magazine
Eclissi totale di luna incontra supermoon domenica notte
Italy Daily Views Online (An English translation is not available.)
Totale Mondfinsternis erfüllt supermoon Sonntag Nacht
Mіеtspіеgеl (An English translation is not available.)


This cybersecurity CEO says he won’t take a salary until the shutdown is over
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted in an article about how some leaders of federal contractors are foregoing paychecks until the government shutdown ends.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

An early Facebook investor is creating a scouting network for brilliant engineers
Rice is mentioned.

The longstanding NASA-Russian partnership in space may be unraveling
An article mentions NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97.
Ars Technica


Votes scarce in House District 145 special election
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 18 print edition with a different headline, “Turnout anemic in race to fill Alvarado’s seat.”)
Here’s why Beto O’Rourke voted for an anti-Black Lives Matter bill
Atlanta Business Journal
The stuttering rise of Julián Castro
As presumptive House speaker, Dennis Bonnen raised $4 million in a month
Progrexas (This article also appeared in KOXE Online and the Herald Democrat.)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is more powerful than Russia’s Putin?
Midland Reporter Times (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Astronaut, WWII veteran among new Texas Aviation Hall of Fame inductees
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, an astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American, will be inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame April 12.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Top 5: Jan. 17, 2019
Two articles feature Paul Hester, former lecturer of visual and dramatic arts at Rice, and mentions his show “Business & Pleasure: Fifty Years of Photographs by Paul Hester” at the Rice Media Center.
‘Business & Pleasure: 50 Years of Photographs by Paul Hester’

Outside the Cineplex
Event listings mention “Happy Birthday, Marsha!” and “This is Home: A Refugee Story” will be screened at Rice Cinema.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 18 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Dr Pepper the official soft drink of Texas? Petition drive aims to make it so
A caption mentions that a class called “Kickin’ It in Small Town Texas” was taught at Rice in 2012 and pictures alumni Jonathan Myers and Chris Roman
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
A brief history of Dr Pepper bottling in Dublin
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Report: Yale among 2019’s hardest colleges to get into in America
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
3 California colleges are among the hardest schools to get into in the US
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Lawlor/former Fairfield student turns adversity into opportunity
Martel College sophomore Shane DiGiovanna, who is also a motivational speaker, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 

GE keeps the fixes coming for ‘deal junkie’ Victoria Lazar
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Story to follow in 2019: Federal, local efforts converge on Clear Creek watershed
An article mentions that an expert from Rice was asked to model the effects of potential drainage projects for the Friendswood’s drainage subcommittee.
Community Impact Newspaper


Is the tech industry facing a public policy crisis?
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, is interviewed about how public policy should regulate digital technology concerns.
Houston Public Media

What to know — and do — about the industrial history of urban areas
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and co-author of a book about the possible hazards associated with the remediation of former hazardous industrial sites for residential or commercial use, is interviewed.
Wisconsin Public Radio (This segment aired on 29 affiliate stations across Wisconsin.)

‘morning dose.’
The Rice Marching Owl Band, which will perform on the route of the Houston Marathon Jan. 20, is mentioned.
CW 39 (Houston)
’13 Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.’
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Programmable polymer forms complex shapes, no calculations required
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed a two-step polymerization reaction of liquid-crystal elastomers to program complex, reversible shapes.
Chemical & Engineering News

Coursera targets health care education market
An article mentions that Rice is one partnering institution that offers multiple courses and specializations in health care on Coursera’s online learning platform.
Inside Higher Ed

5 innovative materials that could change construction
An article features the development of “programmable cement” by Rice researchers.
E&T Magazine

Mass pollution at Texas coal plants poses major threat to human health and the environment
An article mentions that Rice researchers determined that Texas is uniquely positioned  for wind and solar energy.

Barbara Hannigan makes her New York conducting debut with the Juilliard Orchestra
Alumna Meghan Kasanders ’16 is featured.
Broadway World


Physicists show quantum materials can be tuned for superconductivity
Some iron-based superconductors could benefit from a tuneup, according to two studies by Rice physicists and collaborators. Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy and director of the Rice Center for Quantum Materials, is quoted.
Long Room

Homegrown bassoonist to join Chamber Orchestra for Sequim, PA concerts
Alumnus Hunter Gordon is featured and pictured.
Peninsula Daily News

La economía venezolana en una lámina
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.
AperturaVen Blog (An English translation is not available.)


BenFred: Ladue’s old quarterback has chance to become NFL punter
An article featuring Rice football player Jack Fox mentions that he will participate in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the annual showcase for NFL draft prospects.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A cold forecast won’t slow marathon field
Rice head men’s track and field coach Jon Warren is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 18 print edition.)

An early look at Washington’s 2019 opponents
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.

What Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray said about being traded
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is mentioned.
Daily News Journal

QBs on the move
Rice football player Shawn Stankavage is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 18 print edition.)

Bailiff rounds out Lion football coaching staff
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is featured.
North Texas e-News (This article also appeared in Front Porch News.)

Hoops on the horizon: The Commonwealth gap
Former Rice men’s basketball player Marcus Evans is featured.

Once again, Strath Haven’s Forbes sets Delco meet mark in mile
An article featuring runner Grace Forbes mentions that she plans to attend Rice.

NBC Sports Bay Area
An article mentions former Rice assistant men’s basketball coach Damon Stoudamire.

Arkansas returns home to host Houston
An article mentions a recent swim meet between Rice, the University of Arkansas and Southern Methodist University.
Razorbacks News

Grad transfers: How G5 schools are turning into P5 training grounds
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.
SB Nation

Former 4-star Texas QB Cameron Rising announces transfer destination
A caption mentions a 2007 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Spun


Arab Spring paved way for authoritarian backlash, says Rice report
A new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy finds that while the Arab Spring protests that began in late 2010 raised expectations for bridging the democratic gap throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the initial enthusiasm and limited subsequent progress gradually paved the way for an authoritarian backlash.

About Stefan De La Garza

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