Dateline Rice for Jan. 28, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


US coal output forecast to fall despite Trump revival efforts
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in a Financial Times article about the decline of coal production in the U.S., and he is quoted in Axios about the U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Energy Outlook.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Axios (Scroll down to “5. A pessimistic look at the future of EVs.”)

How life on Earth began
Numerous articles that feature Rice research, which determined how the essential elements for life ended up on Earth, cite Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Damanveer Grewal.
MSN (Similar articles also appeared in 90 other media outlets.)
Mysterious planet impact ‘brought life to earth and created the moon’
Yahoo! News Australia
Best of last week: Collision that made life on Earth possible, flying car prototype and muscle memory not really so lost
Science X
A collision with another planet may have seeded Earth with the ingredients for life
Gizmodo UK
Friday flakes: US Navy spotlights Husker football player and Tim Miles takes the blame
SB Nation (Scroll down to “‘Stick to sports!’ Nah.”)
WHAM-AM (Rochester, N.Y.)
La megacolisión planetaria que pudo haber formado la Luna y hecho posible la vida en la Tierra
BBC Brasil (An English translation is not available.)
Ziemia “pożarła” inną planetę i dzięki temu powstało życie. Nowa fascynująca teoria
National Geographic Polska (An English translation is not available.)
2019 é o Ano Internacional da Tabela Periódica
Canaltech (An English translation is not available.)
Życie na Ziemi istnienie dzięki zderzeniu dwóch planet?
KopalniaWiedzy(An English translation is not available.)
Špatná zpráva? Život se možná na Zemi objevil díky gigantické srážce English translation is not available.)
Un impatto planetario portò gli ingredienti della vita sulla Terra
Galileo (An English translation is not available.)
Coliziunea care a dus la apariţia Lunii a dus şi la apariţia vieţii
Descopera(An English translation is not available.)
Gigantische Planetenkollision könnte Elemente des Lebens geliefert haben (An English translation is not available.)

Trump temporarily ends government shutdown, announces interim spending deal
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about the recent end to the shutdown of the U.S. government.
The Globe and Mail

Fidget spinners could be used for cheap, off-the-grid blood testing
An article mentions that Rice research determined a salad spinner could also be used as a cheap, human-powered alternative to a blood centrifuge.
New Atlas

Florida Sen. Rick Scott blames Venezuela’s collapse on socialism, but is that the real culprit?
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 four articles.
AP explains: What a Venezuelan oil embargo could mean for the US
Omaha World-Herald
Oil edges down as US supplies, economic worries eclipse Venezuela turmoil
Qué efectos tendría que Estados Unidos corte los pagos al gobierno de Maduro por petróleo de Venezuela
MSN Noticias (An English translation is not available.)

Energy Mexico 2019, un congreso clave para la cadena de valor del sector energético
An article mentions Benigna Cortés Leiss, nonresident fellow in Latin American Energy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Newsweek México


2 months after gene-editing scandal, Rice professor Michael Deem’s future still uncertain
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 (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 26 print edition.)
Should we be worried about how gene-edited kids will affect future generations?
CRISPR-Krise: China will Ruf seiner Gentechnik schützen
Deutsche Welle (An English translation is not available.)

Flatiron School to open data science boot camp in Houston
An article mentions that Rice has established a 24-week, part-time data analytics boot camp developed in partnership with Trilogy Education.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Texas construction employment builds to a record high.”)

New app wants to help Houstonians find friends through fitness
An article featuring Julian Se and alumnus Avinash Ravishankar ’12 mentions that they attended Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition with a different headline, “Time to Muvve.”)

Yale gets record number of applications again, less than 5 percent will get in
Rice is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Facing financial headwinds, Capital Region colleges adapt and innovate
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Cuellar critical of Trump plan to temporarily end shutdown
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 or interviewed by numerous outlets about Texas politics.
Texas Public Radio (This segment aired over 23 stations across Texas.)
Dennis Bonnen era may bring resurgence of House speaker’s influence
Austin American-Statesman
In Texas, university regents are less diverse than their schools’ students
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in MyHighPlains, KTSA Online, Click2Houston, Gilmer Mirror, KOXE Online, The Eagle and Local Education News.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (This segment aired six additional times.)
‘Longest of long shots.’ Can Pete Buttigieg make a serious run at the White House?
Hoosier Times
Voice of America
Facebook (An English translation is not available.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.


Engineer developed flexible organic photovoltaics
The research of Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is featured.
Ace Newz

Nonesuch events for the weekend of Jan. 25-27
An article mentions that Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English co-present the keynote presentation with artist Laurie Anderson at “A Night of Philosophy and Ideas 2019,” which was hosted by Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts Jan. 26.
Nonesuch Records

Lift your legacy: If she can do it, so can I with Pheramor CEO and co-founder Brittany Berreto and Rabbi Jacob Rupp
Jack Gill, professor in the practice of entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Thrive Global

Dallas and Westminster Conferences tackle science-religion ‘warfare myth’
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured and pictured.
Discovery Institute

Christof Spieler
Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture and author of “Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of U.S. Transit,” authored an op-ed about transit.

From collaborative performances to immersive environments, Bryony Roberts explores alternate forms of practice
Former Wortham Teaching Fellow Bryony Roberts is featured in a Q&A.

Stephen L. Read, MD, 71, family man and influential geriatric and forensic psychiatrist, dies
An article featuring Stephen Read, who died Jan. 10, mentions that he attended Rice.
Random Lengths News

The Presser Foundation sponsors concert for Philadelphia Youth Orchestra
An article mentions that David Kim has held masterclasses at Rice.
Broadway World

Interview with the founder, chairman and CEO and the EVP and CFO: W&T Offshore Inc.
Alumna Janet Yang is featured in a Q&A.
The Wall Street Transcript

Houston using Hurricane Harvey recovery to promote ‘smart city’ agenda
An article mentions that the city of Houston is working with Rice to develop research into civic applications of internet of things technologies


Emergency room off Las Vegas Strip makes waves with new business model
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted in an article analyzing a free-standing emergency room in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Panetta Lecture Series: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly to appear
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, will speak May 27 at the Leon Panetta Lecture Series at the Monterey Conference Center in California. Brinkley’s recent book, “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is featured in the Traverse City Record Eagle.
Monterey County Herald
2019 Leon Panetta Lecture Series line-up
KAZU Online
Anne Stanton: Staycation or vacation: Great books to read
Traverse City Record Eagle

Centerville author Justin Cronin’s trilogy spawns a new TV series
An article features Rice writer-in-residence Justin Cronin, whose best-selling “The Passage” trilogy of novels has been turned into a television series.
Cape Cod Times

In Iran, parched land hollowed by water pumping is 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.
Teheran sackt dramatisch ab
ZDFheute (An English translation is not available.)

Ken Dill to receive national award for protein folding research
An article mentions that José Nelson Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been named co-winner of the 2019 American Physical Society’s Max Delbrück Prize in Biological Physics.
Stony Brook University News

Totale Mondfinsternis trifft Sonntagabend auf den Mond
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

Suparna Rajaram
An article mentions that alumna Suparna Rajaram has been appointed as Distinguished Professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Psychology.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Support group helps people grieve after loss of a pet
An article mentions that Rice researchers determined grief can lead to potentially deadly levels of inflammation.
Muncie Star Press


Rice’s rally comes up short against UAB
An article about Rice’s men’s basketball team mentions that the Owls were defeated by University of Alabama at Birmingham 89-86 Jan. 26 at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse. Head coach Scott Pera is quoted and pictured, player Trey Murphy III is quoted and players Ako Adams, Quentin Millora-Brown and Chris Mullins are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle This article also appeared in the Jan. 27 print edition with a different title, “Owls can’t quite close the deal at end.”)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Prairie View stays perfect in SWAC
A college basketball roundup mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 55-43 Jan. 26 and highlights Owls player Nancy Mulkey.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Jan. 27 print edition.)
UAB Blazers women loses to Rice University 55-43
CBS 42 Online
‘WBRC News Sunday 7’
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Ala. This segment aired two additional times.)

‘KPRC Channel 2 News Weekend 6 a.m.’
A television broadcast about Rice baseball features head coach Matt Bragga.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Ranking the Super Bowls: Nos. 40-35
An article mentions that Super Bowl VIII between the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings held at Rice Stadium in 1974 is ranked No. 39.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
53 years of Super Bowl tickets
MSN Sports

TCU women’s tennis gears up for rest of the season
An article mentions Rice’s women’s tennis team.
TCU 360

How Corey brewer’s hard work in NBA began on the farm
An article featuring Corey Brewer mentions that he trained at Rice.
Basketball Insiders

Collection of local sports history a source of pride for Granger
An article mentions former Rice football player Buddy Dial.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Rice U. humanities students gain new pathway into medical school
Humanities students interested in health care careers will have a new pathway into medical school thanks to an agreement struck between Rice and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The Medical School Humanities Program at Rice is the first of its kind in the United States and a response to a nationwide demand for more intellectual diversity among medical school applicants.

Ditch the egos and share information to solve problems
If they want to have the greatest impact on solving problems in industries such as aviation, defense and health care, researchers should set aside their egos, open their minds to freely sharing information and take lessons from past situations, according to a new paper from psychologists at Rice.

Saudi Arabia faces climate change dilemma, opportunity, says Baker Institute report
Climate action and the global decarbonization agenda presents both a fundamental strategic dilemma and an opportunity for Saudi Arabia, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Turning natural gas into carbon nanotubes cuts energy use, carbon dioxide emissions
Rice chemical and biomolecular engineer Matteo Pasquali and his colleagues have won a $3.3 million federal grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals.

About Stefan De La Garza

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