Dateline Rice for Feb. 1, 2019


‘Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio’
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is interviewed about how the White House is trying to lower drug prices for consumers.
Hawaii Public Radio (Honolulu; this segment aired on 1,463 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)


Venezuela’s Citgo weighs bankruptcy, other options
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 several articles about Venezuelan-owned Citgo.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition.)
Citgo’s profits propped up Venezuelan leaders until recently
The Washington Post ((Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Trump’s sanctions hit Venezuela where it hurts: Its oil
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
KQED-FM (San Francisco) (This segment aired twice.)

Gas, once a bridge, becomes a roadblock
Although natural gas use in the U.S. is likely responsible for a recent spike in emissions, renewables are not yet competitive enough to replace it, according to Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
U.S. News & World Report

Scientists reveal nature of Martian mountain using ingenious technique with Curiosity rover
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article on a recent discovery about Mars’ geology.
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia, Sebastian Gogolas Interests and TechKee.)

Marie Kondo says you can have more than 30 books, just wake them up first
An article mentions that Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored the forthcoming “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)

Texas Gulf wetlands face population, development challenges
An article about burgeoning regional population increase and its impact on the wetlands in Galveston County quotes John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor Emeritus of Oceanography.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Mexico’s new president faces formidable challenges tackling insecurity, corruption
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.
The Washington Diplomat

Donald Trump’s cabinet is engineering the Great American Heist
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Yahoo! News Canada (This Esquire article also appeared in and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Hampton University honoring George H.W. Bush with statue sparks debate
The Washington Informer (This article also appeared in Atlanta Black Star, Lipstick Alley and Black News Zone.)


It’s going to be a hot summer. How can Texas electricity keep up?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about the difficulty for Texas to replace coal power plants with renewables to satisfy growing demand. Cohan also appeared in a BNN Bloomberg interview, and he is quoted in two articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)
Power Shift: Texas could entirely ditch coal for wind and solar, report says
BNN Bloomberg (This broadcast also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Our energy outlook includes less and less coal
San Diego Union-Tribune (This Washington Post article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)
EIA outlook 2019: The ‘extremely conservative’ case for renewables growth
Green Tech Media

Rice University’s Baker Institute, Center for Energy Studies rank high among think tanks
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy maintained its position as the No. 3 university-affiliated think tank in the world, while its Center for Energy Studies again earned the No. 1 ranking among energy- and resource-based think tanks, according to the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Francesca’s CEO resigns as Houston retailer explores potential sale
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition.)

Houston innovation ecosystem celebrated across incubators
Several articles feature Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions. President David Leebron is quoted in Connect Media.
TMC News
From Greenstreet to Midtown’s old Sears — the innovation district evolving quickly
Realty News Reports
Rice University advances plan to transform historic Sears building
Connect Media
‘Fox 26: The News Edge at 10 p.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
The trouble with the Midtown ‘innovation district’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Rice University’s School of Engineers wants to solve the world’s problems
David Medina, director of multicultural community relations at Rice, authored an article featuring and picturing Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering. Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at the George R. Brown School of Engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Hip-hop podcasts: New beat on the street
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Make your choice: Chamber music or Super Bowl LIII?
An article features alumna Natalie Lin ’16, artistic director and founder of the string ensemble KINETIC, which began as an academic project at Rice.
Houstonia Magazine 

Houston Grand Opera announces Concert of Arias 2019 finalists
An article mentions that Nicholas Newton has appeared in performances at Rice.
The Katy News

Reverence for teachers: Giving credit where it’s due 
A blog post mentions that the author’s son studied music at Rice.
Texas Jewish Post


The year after ‘The Year of the Woman’
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about the wave of women who have recently entered Congress. (This 1A radio segment aired on over 120 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

Will Texas lawmakers pass gun legislation this session?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed.

1 year after son’s gun death, Guilford family vows to keep kids safe
An article featuring Ethan Song, who died Jan. 31, 2018 at the age of 15, mentions that he had hoped to attend Rice.
Fox 61 Online


Earth’s continental nurseries discovered beneath mountains
Rice research that determined continental crust formed deep beneath continental arcs like the Andes Mountains is featured. Members of Rice’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences mentioned include Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the department, and postdoctoral research associate Ming Tang.
Terra Daily

Raman vs photoluminescence: Weighing up nano light effect
Research by Stephan Link, professor of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering, and graduate student Yi-Yu Cai that determined photoluminescence, rather than Raman scattering, gives gold nanoparticles their remarkable light-emitting properties is featured.

Questions arise over US scientist’s role in CRISPR baby 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.
Genetic Literacy Project

New material could improve bone grafting
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)
New automated, high-throughput bioreactor system for lung regeneration analysis

AIA Fort Worth Student Design Award winners
An article about the winners of the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ 2018 statewide Excellence in Architecture Student Design Award mentions that Will Letchinger and graduate student Jonathan Wilkinson won the first place Honor Award for their project “Après de Déluge,” and that graduate student Alfred Xuanyu Wei won a second place Merit Award for his project “Break-Time!” The awards ceremony will be held Feb. 2 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Business Press

Cybersecurity shifts and trends in 2019 
Alumnus Gaurav Banga authored an article.

Queer girl city guide: Houston
An article mentions that Rice has an active LGBTQ alumni association.

Statement by Sen. Van Hollen on S.1, ‘Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019’
Rice is mentioned.
Foreign Affairs


US researchers developing new way of making carbon materials from methane
An article mentions that Matteo Pasquali, the A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering, who won a $3.3 million federal grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals.
Radio Pakistan

TiE Houston kicks off 2019 with charter member dinner
An article mentions the Rice Business Plan Competition and quotes Atul Varadhachary, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Indo American News

Does the Super Bowl have any effect on the stock market?
An article cites Rice research that suggests that publicly-traded companies that invest in national ads typically see a rise in their stock being traded on “Super Bowl Monday.”

Mayor calls on more employers to join Hire Houston Youth summer program
An article mentions that Rice participates in the Hire Houston Youth program, which matches the city’s youth with seven-week summer jobs, internships and apprenticeships.

8 reasons why you should move to Texas
Rice is mentioned.
Blogarama (Scroll down to “5. Higher Education.”)

Can you tell a snowbomb from a frostquake? Our wild winter weather has brought with it a blizzard of new terms, so are you a snow-it-all?
An article mentions that etymologists from Rice note that the weather terms snizzle and frizzle will increase in popularity.
Daily Mail


Adams propels Rice to win at Charlotte
A college basketball roundup mentions that Rice’s men’s and women’s basketball teams defeated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jan. 31. Owls Ako Adams, Robert Martin, Trey Murphy III, Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey are highlighted, and the article mentions that the women’s team is currently in first place in Conference USA.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition.)
‘That’s not us:’ How the Charlotte 49ers struggle for identity on the court
The Charlotte Observer

Minium: ODU hasn’t been this good in both men’s and women’s basketball for nearly a decade
An article mentions that Old Dominion University’s women’s basketball team will play Rice Feb. 2. The second ODU Sports article mentions that the men’s teams will also compete Feb 2.
ODU Sports
ODU hosts North Texas on Thursday and Rice on Saturday
ODU Sports

Full transcript: Bush’s Super Bowl interview in 2004
An article features images from Super Bowl VIII between the Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings held at Rice Stadium.
CBS News
The Super Bowl, a game-by-game history, from Packers to Patriots to Philadelphia
Miami Herald

Tigers welcome Houston/Rice to the natatorium
An article about Louisiana State University’s women’s swimming and diving team mentions that the Tigers will compete against Rice Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Jan. 29 Athletes of the Week
An article mentions that Rice women’s track and field member Michelle Fokam was named a Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week.

A&M baseball picked for 8 TV games
An article about Texas A&M University’s baseball team mentions that the Aggies will face Rice in a televised game on March 19.
KXXV Online (This article also appeared KBTX.)

Alabama is reportedly interviewing another former head coach for job
An article mentions former Rice assistant football coach Major Applewhite.

Big 12 weekly preview: Texas hosts NC State and Arizona, Kansas travels to Arkansas
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas swimming and diving team defeated Rice.
Swimming World Magazine
Razorbacks to host Jayhawks for senior day
Arkansas Razorbacks 
 hits the road to face LSU, Rice in Baton Rouge

Hawkeye recruiting mailbag: What’s the latest with Iowa’s targets on defense?
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured.
Des Moines Register (This article also appeared in

Corey Brewer Q&A: Superheroes, championships and fanny packs
An article featuring Corey Brewer mentions that he trained at Rice.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

LSU, coach Ed Orgeron closing in on contract extension
A caption mentions a 2018 football game between Louisiana State University and Rice.
The Advocate

Javonne Shepherd, 4-star Texas OT commit, visited SEC powers last weekend
A caption mentions a 2007 football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Rice.

School record for Charisma
An article mentions that women’s track and field member Hannah Jackson won the women’s 200-meter race at the Houston Invitational.
The World News (This article also appeared in Nassau Guardian Online.)

Preview: North Texas and Old Dominion meet in Virgin
An article mentions that the University of North Texas’ men’s basketball team played Rice earlier this season.

Track and field to head to College Station for Charlie Thomas Invitational
An article mentions that Rice’s track and field teams will compete in the Charlie Thomas Invitational Feb. 1-2 at Texas A&M University.
UTSA Athletics 
Loaded field coming to College Station for Charlie Thomas Invitational

KAGS Online

Time has come for Toppers to take a stand
An article featuring the Western Kentucky women’s basketball team mentions that the Toppers will play Rice Feb. 7.


Rice U. expert: High stakes for State of the Union
As President Donald Trump prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, Rice political scientist Paul Brace is available to comment on what’s at stake in the Feb. 5 event.

Lettuce show you how to restore oil-soaked soil
Rice engineers have figured out how soil contaminated by heavy oil can not only be cleaned but made fertile again through the age-old process of pyrolysis. How do they know it works? They grew lettuce.

Baker Institute expert: Islamic countries built mosques to bolster regime stability
In countries ranging from Morocco to Yemen, national mosque construction from the late 1970s through 2010 was the result of political elites’ anxieties over regime instability posed by Islamist activists, according to new research by an expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

No sweat? That’s an issue for home-schooled children
Parents who home-school their children may think putting them into organized sports and physical activities keeps them fit, but Rice researchers say young people need more. Faculty at the Rice Department of Kinesiology studied data gathered from 100 home-schooled children age 10-17 to back up their assumption that such activities are sufficient to keep children physically fit. The data, however, proved them wrong.

About Stefan De La Garza

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