Dateline Rice for Feb. 5, 2019


Venezuela struggles to pump, ship oil after US sanctions
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 articles about political developments in Venezuela.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)
Aid convoys for Venezuela risk becoming flashpoint
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)

5 things to know about religious freedom in the United Arab Emirates
Annelle Sheline, the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

US action on Maduro informed by Florida’s electoral politics
Christopher Sabatini, nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about Juan Guaidó, who has declared himself acting president of Venezuela.


Weaning Texas off coal tough for renewables alone, Wood Mackenzie analysis shows
An article cites Rice research that determined that Texas may be able to supplant coal with wind and solar power.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 5 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Teaching kids coding improves math, life skills
An article mentions that Rice computer science students are instructors at Coder Kids, an organization that works with public and private schools to offer after-school computer programs.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Gulf wetlands face population, development woes 
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.
Texarkana Gazette (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Buzbee’s salary donation promise: Is it legal?
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 KHOU and quoted by the Houston Chronicle about Texas politics.
KHOU Online
Texas Democrats caught between climate change and the energy economy
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Listen: US-Middle East alliances in the age of shale
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf,” is interviewed on a podcast.
S&P Global Platts

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is interviewed about President Donald Trump’s upcoming State of the Union Address. (This segment aired twice.)

‘KVRR Local News at 7’
Andrew Colopy, assistant professor of architecture at Rice, is interviewed about the benefits and challenges of 3D-printed homes.
KVRR-TV (Fargo, N.D.)


Rice University taps SHoP Architects for an innovation center in Houston
An article featuring 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, quotes President David Leebron.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Cultivating humility (Growing Spiritually in the Academic Life series)
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 mentioned.
Emerging Scholars Blog

Talking like a CEO can earn CFOs higher pay
An article about Rice research that determined CFOs who mimic the way their CEOs talk are not only likely to pocket bigger paychecks but also more likely to win seats on their corporate boards is featured. Co-authors Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; Robert Hoskisson, the George R. Brown Professor Emeritus of Strategic Management at the Jones School; and alumnus Wei Shi are cited.

Beyond the bio: 16 questions with Skanska executive vice president Matt Damborsky 
Alumnus Matt Damborsky is featured and pictured.


Fostering social change at work takes more than money
Collaborative research by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, on when and how moral language could be successful in selling social issues, such as protecting the environment, expanding health care and curbing poverty, is featured.
University of Michigan News (This article also appeared in Michigan Ag Connection.)

Why Latinos are converting to Islam, watch the report
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted and interviewed in the accompanying video.
The Siasat Daily

CRISPR crisis: China wants to protect its genetic engineering reputation
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.
Tremont Herald

Shopper news blog: Arts ‘life-changing’ for alum who’s giving back
Alumnus Sam Shadwell is featured and pictured.
Knoxville News Sentinel

Watching the moon turn red
Rice research that determined why elements essential to life, like carbon and nitrogen, are abundant on the surface of the Earth is mentioned.
Payson Roundup


UTSA guard duo topped Marshall tandem
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Marshall University Feb. 9.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall basketball: Herd needs to bear down on defense
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Inside the early season tournament boom
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will compete in the Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic at Houston’s Minute Maid Park March 1-3.
D1 Baseball College Baseball News & Scores

Baylor ranked 16th in NCBWA Division I preseason poll
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was named No. 1 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason rankings in 2004 and 2007.
KCENTV Online (This article also appeared in

Richey’s women’s basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 5, 2019 
Rice is mentioned.
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Morgan Hanna makes college decision
An article mentions that Jovoni Johnson plans to play football at Rice.
KNWA Online

Tyler Lee concludes 2018 season with team awards
Rice is mentioned.
Tyler Morning-Telegraph

Biggest winners and losers of CFB’s transfer portal thus far

Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured and pictured, and former player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Bleacher Report (“Scroll down to “Winner: Zach Abercrumbia.”)

Lady Toppers find uncommon success in Texas road trip sweep
An article about Western Kentucky University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams mentions that the Hilltoppers will play Rice Feb. 7.
College Heights Herald 
Surging Bassey wins 6th C-USA Freshman of the Week award

WBKO Online

LA Tech looks to remove doubt with stronger nonconference schedule in 2019
Rice is mentioned in a photo caption.
News Star

Female duo calls NFL games
An article mentions a 2007 men’s basketball game in which former player Morris Almond scored 44 points against Vanderbilt University.
The Sunbury News


Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health
Rice researchers have determined that a ceramic that becomes more electrically conductive under elastic strain and less conductive under plastic strain could lead to a new generation of sensors embedded into structures like buildings, bridges and aircraft able to monitor their own health.

Oil and political survival in Persian Gulf region to be discussed at Baker Institute Feb. 6
Dilemmas created by oil wealth in the Persian Gulf now threaten the area’s economies and political systems, according to Jim Krane, an energy fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy who will discuss his new book, “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf,” at the institute Feb. 6.

About Stefan De La Garza

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