Dateline Rice for Jan. 24, 2019


Rice University sees record-breaking number of applications for second time in two years
An article features Rice, which received over 27,000 applications in 2018, and mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families. President David Leebron and trustee emeritus James Crownover are pictured in a slideshow, and Yvonne Romero da Silva, vice president for enrollment, is quoted. The article also mentions that Rice is ranked No. 16 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

This collision made life possible on Earth, study says
Numerous articles that feature Rice research, which determined how the essential elements for life ended up on Earth, quote Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Damanveer Grewal.
CNN (This and similar articles appeared in 250 other media outlets.)
Collision that helped formed the moon started life on Earth, study suggests
USA Today
Mysterious planet impact brought life to Earth billions of years ago and created the moon
Yahoo! News
Planetary smash may have provided elements for life
Yahoo! News UK
A collision with another planet may have seeded Earth with the ingredients for life
Life on Earth was seeded by massive collision that formed the moon
Planet crash that made moon left key elements for life on Earth, scientists say
The Guardian
Life on Earth owes its existence to a planetary collision 4.4 billion years ago that formed the moon, scientists claim
Daily Mail
Did a planetary collision make this possible?
The moon’s violent birth may have given Earth the ingredients of life
New Scientist
Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth
Science Daily
Earth swallowed another planet and (maybe) that’s why life exists
Live Science
Planetary collision made life possible on Earth, scientists say
Sky News
50th anniversary of Nasa’s Apollo Missions to be celebrated at Starmus V concert 
E&T Magazine


US sanctions on Venezuela would reroute crude, leave refiners short
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 in two article about Latin American energy policies.
Thomson Reuters Foundation (This article also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)
Crude Summit: Concern mixes with opportunity in Mexico
Argus Media

In Iran, parched lands hollowed by water pumping now sinking
Decades of sanctions and political mismanagement have contributed to the growing water crisis in Iran, according to Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
San Francisco Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in 180 other media outlets.)

How to stop rogue gene-editing of human embryos?
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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)


Da Camera takes us to 1900 Vienna through sensual imagery and lost love
An article mentions that Abigail Fischer’s parents teach chamber music at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Press

The Latinx Festival continues at Stages Repertory Theatre
An article mentions that Jasminne Mendez has read poetry at Rice.
Houston Press


Collective dialogue and cultural insights: ‘A Night of Philosophy and Ideas’
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is interviewed by Houston Public Media. He is quoted and shown in a photograph in the Houston Chronicle speaking about “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2019,” which will be hosted by Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts Jan. 26. Morton will co-present the keynote presentation with artist Laurie Anderson. The Houston Chronicle also mentions that co-directors Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, and Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, will screen their film “Not Ok,” which refers to the nickname for Okjökull, the first of Iceland’s glaciers to lose its “glacier” title. Boyer and Howe are also featured in a Q&A by Libération. Morton’s 2018 talk “Big Botany” is mentioned in KU Today.
Houston Public Media
Laurie Anderson and Timothy Morton headline ‘A Night of Philosophy and Ideas’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Les glaciers ont besoin de l’attention humaine
Libération (An English translation is not available.)
Changing hearts through plant thinking
KU Today

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee resigns as chairwoman of caucus foundation, reports say
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 interviewed by KPRC and KRLD, and he is quoted in two articles about Texas politics.
KPRC Click2Houston
Longtime Texas lawmaker under the microscope
Bonnen takes bipartisan approach to leadership assignments
Austin American-Statesman
‘Longest of long shots.’ Can Pete Buttigieg make a serious run at the White House?
South Bend Tribune

Supreme Court’s non-decision leaves DACA in place, but ‘dreamers’ still feel uneasy
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 interviewed about the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to evaluate the constitutionality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Texas Standard (This segment was broadcast on 27 radio stations across Texas.)


Retirement plan participants: An excellent source of high-quality information
An article and accompanying video discuss takeaways from a recent Fiduciary Education Session held at Rice.

On a Houston beer and art crawl, don’t miss the beer can house
An article about beer and art in Houston mentions Rice’s graduate student pub Valhalla and pictures James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.


Mark Hughes Cobb: Show falls short of novels’ quality
An article features Rice writer-in-residence Justin Cronin, whose best-selling “The Passage” trilogy of novels has been turned into a television series.
Tuscaloosa News

Psychologist reflects on Apollo moon landing
A broadcast about President John F. Kennedy mentions his “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962. Alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, who was part of NASA’s Apollo Warning System engineering team, is quoted.
The Scotsman

Manhattan Beach architect John Blanton brought stylish homes to South Bay neighborhoods
Alumnus John Blanton ’49 is featured.
The Beach Reporter

28th Annual St. Louis Arts Awards praises those who help ‘keep art happening’
An article mentions that Brent Benjamin attended Rice.
St. Louis American

Visiting professor Viktor Valkov impresses in his faculty recital
Alumnus Victor Valkov is featured and pictured.
Daily Utah Chronicle


Rice freshman Chris Mullins growing into a leader for Owls
Rice men’s basketball player Chris Mullins is featured and pictured, Rice head coach Scott Pera and assistant coach Mark Linebaugh are quoted, and players Robert Martin and Trey Murphy III are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Top-ranked Tennessee rallies, beats Vanderbilt 88-83 in OT
An article mentions a 2007 men’s basketball game when former player Morris Almond scored 44 points against Vanderbilt University.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Predicting the next 10 high-profile CFB transfers and where they’ll land
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured and pictured.
Bleacher Report

LSU tight end Foster Moreau with plenty to prove at Senior Bowl
A 2018 football game between Louisiana State University and Rice is mentioned.

UNT in the clutch: A look back at the Mean Green’s success in one-possession games
Two articles featuring the University of North Texas men’s team basketball team mention that the Mean Green defeated Rice 76-75 Jan. 19.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Chalk talk: UAB at North Texas
Denton Record-Chronicle

With smaller crowds spotted across the nation, Texas drew more football fans in 2018
An article about Texas college football program crowds mentions that Rice fan attendance increased by 4.2 percent in 2018.
Austin American-Statesman


Planetary collision that formed the moon made life possible on Earth
Most of Earth’s essential elements for life — including most of the carbon and nitrogen in you — probably came from another planet. Earth most likely received the bulk of its carbon, nitrogen and other life-essential volatile elements from the planetary collision that created the moon more than 4.4 billion years ago, according to a new study by Rice petrologists in the journal Science Advances.

Plinio Michetti Violin of Savona to take center stage at Rice concert
Musical selections from Bach, Paganini, Sarasate and Beethoven will be showcased at an upcoming Rice Shepherd School of Music concert — with a little help from a 95-year-old violin obtained through the newly announced Shepherd School Instrument Acquisition Initiative, which enables students to practice and perform on professional-level instruments while at Rice.

About Stefan De La Garza

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