Dateline Rice for Feb. 6, 2019


‘Saudi Aramco: The Company and the State’
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the politics of Saudi Arabia’s oil-based economy.
Al Jazeera

Liberals and conservatives react in wildly different ways to repulsive pictures
John Alford, professor of political science, is mentioned as a collaborator on research to determine if political beliefs are inherited.
The Atlantic

Ceramic sensors could let us know when bridges feel strain
A ceramic that becomes more or less conductive under different types of strain could lead to a new generation of sensors able to monitor their own health. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in, I-Connect007 and 7thSpace Interactive.)

Home-schooled children found to be missing exercise goals
Laura Kabiri, lecturer of kinesiology, is quoted in an article about her research that determined home-schooled children in organized sports do not participate in sufficient activities to be physically fit.
Consumer Affairs
WWSB-TV (Sarasota, Fla.)

After Asian Cup embarrassment, the UAE’s bid to host World Cup appears even more distant
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Qatar winning the Asian Cup soccer tournament in the United Arab Emirates.
The New Arab

Trump set to deliver State of the Union address as wall funding ultimatum looms
Erika De La Garza, program director of the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Sputnik News

Crisis en Venezuela: Cómo se produjo la dramática caída de PDVSA, la joya de la corona del país latinoamericano
Luis Pacheco, a nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about political developments in Venezuela.
BBC News Mundo (An English translation is not available.)
Cómo y por qué se produjo la dramática caída de PDVSA, la joya de la corona de Venezuela
MSN Noticias (An English translation is not available.)

Cuomo says there’s plenty of time for recreational marijuana budget
A news roundup 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.
Revelan que científico de EE.UU. desempeñó un papel activo en la modificación genética de bebés chinos
RT en Espanol (An English translation is not available.)


Baylor and Memorial are breaking up. Here’s why that may be for the best
The dissolution of the pending merger between Baylor Scott & White Health of Dallas and Memorial Hermann of Houston may ultimately benefit consumers, according to Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Memorial Hermann, Baylor Scott & White discontinue plans for merger
Houston Public Media

No deal: Memorial Hermann, Baylor Scott & White call off merger talks
HealthLeaders Media

Ismaili Muslims hire rising architect Farshid Moussavi to design first US cultural center in Houston
Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted in an article about plans by London-based Farshid Moussavi Architecture to design an Ismaili Muslim cultural center in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 6 print edition with a different headline, “Rising architectural star picked for landmark U.S. Ismaili Center.”)

Climate versus energy fight snags Texas Democrats
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 on Texas politics.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 6 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Monopolies are the ‘missing piece of the puzzle’ when it comes to analyzing US inequality, investment researchers argue
An article cites a paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-fourths of American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.
Houston Chronicle (This Business Insider article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Opportunity Zones generate prospects and puzzles for area developments Valley Ranch, Grand Texas
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research about Houston’s Opportunity Zones, major developments that attract investors through tax benefits, is cited in the Houston Chronicle. Research from the Kinder Institute is mentioned in a television broadcast from KRIV.
Houston Chronicle’s News Advocate (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s East Montgomery County Observer, Kingwood Observer and Atascocita Observer.)

Residents turn to method to kill clutter
Vida Yao, assistant professor of philosophy, discusses two important components to living a meaningful life in an article about the popular KonMari organizing method.
Houston Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal and Bay Area Citizen.)

Latest Houston food hall confirmed for Rice Village
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

A tale of passion, seduction and the spirit of the tango
An article features alumna Sishel Clavarie.
Houston Press

Houston Grand Opera announces Concert of Arias 2019 winners and appoints Ana María Martínez as artistic advisor
An article mentions that Nicholas Newton has appeared in performances at Rice. 
The Katy News

Outside the megaplex: Oscar shorts, ‘Tejano’
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Tejano.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Ogg’s push to hire more prosecutors stirs backlash from criminal justice reform groups
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media

Verify: Are Mexican cities busing immigrants to the US-Mexico border?
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 cited in a television broadcast about claims made by President Donald Trump about immigrants during his State of the Union address.
KHOU Online

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.’
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is interviewed about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Advocating for social issues at work more likely to succeed linking morality and mission, study says
Collaborative research co-authored by Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
American Psychological Association (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Scientists find way to make oil-soaked soil fertile again
Rice research that fine-tuned a method to remove petroleum contaminants from soil soaked in oil is featured. Co-authors Kyriacos Zygourakis, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering, and Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, are cited.
Yale Environment 360
Lettuce show you how to restore oil-soaked soil
Nature World News

What’s the matter with the Kiddie Tax today?
Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article analyzing the Kiddie Tax, a product of the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
Accounting Today

Is teaching an art or a science? New book takes a fresh look at ‘How Humans Learn.’
Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is interviewed in a podcast about his new book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories Behind Effective College Teaching.”

Why does the Energy Department downplay the future of renewables?
A recent op-ed authored by Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is cited.
Environmental Working Group

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.
Morningstar (This article also appeared in MarketScreener.)

Colleges’ message to low-income students: You can afford to attend
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Education Dive

rePlant Capital on investing from soil to shelf
Alumna Robyn O’Brien is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Food Tech Connect

How to get the most out of mentoring
Rice research is featured. (Subscription is required.)

ENR California’s 2019 Top Young Professionals
Alumna Theresa Curtis is featured and pictured.
ENR California

Legacy Award: Integrating the practical into engineering instruction
An article mentions that Charles Thomsen formerly taught at Rice.
Engineering News-Record

Wire and pliers
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, who has spent more time in space than any other American, is featured.
Farm News

The healthiest Californians are the ones who are healthy together | The takeaway 
Research by Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Zócalo Public Square

Chine: Une femme peut-elle diriger le Parti communiste ?
An article featuring Yuan Lin mentions that she attended Rice.
Asia Lyst (An English translation is not available.)


Leadership institute launches new coaching program
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is mentioned.
Seton Hall University News

2019 student survey will assess campus climate on sexual misconduct
An article mentions that Rice is among 33 universities participating in the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct.
Yale News

Tuition, fees just the start of semester’s financial burden
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
The News-Gazette

The essential data science Venn diagram
Alumnus Andrew Silver authored an article.
KD Nuggets

Inquiries at medical appointments link ‘disconnected youth’ to health careers
A 2016 report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined 14 percent of the Houston youth population was neither working nor attending school in 2014 is cited.
Lady Click

Headlines for Feb. 5
Rice research on stress, psychological and physical loss among undocumented immigrants is featured in a roundup of notable headlines of the day.
UNM Newsroom

Debate team comes home champions
An article mentions that Rice participated in the Concordia University Irvine Invitational debate competition Jan. 26-27.
Washburn Review

CTC state runner-up in speech tournament
An article mentions that the 38th annual Texas State Speech and Debate Championships were held at Rice
The Killeen Daily Herald

Actors From The London Stage perform on stage, in classrooms
An article mentions that Actors From The London Stage recently performed at Rice.
Observer Online


NCBWA announces 2019 preseason All-America team
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Matt Canterino was named to the 2019 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America third team.

Waiting pays off for Corona Centennial linebacker Tuasivi Nomura
Rice is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required.)

See the hundreds of Dallas-area athletes who will be signing with colleges this week
An article mentions that Bennett Mecom plans to play football at Rice.
Dallas Morning News

Where Houston’s top recruits are headed on National Signing Day
A slideshow caption mentions that Zane Knipe plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Things to do this weekend in Houston — Feb. 14-17, 2019
Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Rhode Island at Reckling Park Feb. 15-17.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Running back from Houston Josh Williams commits to LSU, will be preferred walk-on
Rice is mentioned.
Red and Black (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Win streak on the line at The Convo Thursday
An article mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio’s men’s basketball team defeated Rice earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics

Men’s basketball heads to Texas for contests at North Texas, Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Marshall University Feb. 9.
The Parthenon

As defending C-USA champ, Marshall is getting everybody’s best shot
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall basketball: Herd in the thick of tight Conference USA race
Charleston Gazette-Mail
Herd women’s basketball returns home to face Mean Green, Owls

The Parthenon

Abbott wants to see series between Longhorns, Aggies renewed
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.

Area athletes set to sign collegiate letters
An article mentions that Jawan King plans to play football at Rice.
Tyler Morning-Telegraph

2019 NCAA swimming conference championship primer — Division I
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s swimming and diving team will compete Feb. 21-24 in the Conference USA championships.

SHSU tennis looks toward conference opener
An article about the Sam Houston State University women’s tennis team mentions that the Bearkats played Rice earlier this season.
The Houstonian

Cougars to put the final touches on their 2019 signing class this Wednesday
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esukpa is mentioned.
Desert News (This article also appeared in News of the Day.)

Prep Sports Notebook: Showdown between district basketball rivals will draw statewide attention
An article mentions that Lauren Schwartz plans to play basketball at Rice.
Northern Kentucky Tribune
Ryle’s Schwartz named LaRosa’s Athlete of the Week

WKRC Online

Women’s tennis falls to Texas A&M, looks ahead to Rice
An article about the Texas Christian University’s women’s tennis team mentions that the Horned Frogs will play Rice Feb. 6.
TCU 360


Rice students to reckon with Houston’s affordable housing challenges
One of Houston’s most pressing civic issues will be investigated by the young minds at Rice. The Houston Centered Policy Challenge, a yearly event hosted by the Center for Civic Leadership, asks students to tackle citywide problems from a public policy perspective, crafting proposals that are presented to a panel of politicians, civil servants and other area experts. This year’s competition will focus on affordable housing.

‘Bring the power of the Digital Age to the property tax process,’ says Baker Institute expert
Texas state lawmakers have introduced legislation to bring more property owners into the process of setting tax rates and giving taxpayers better notice about their proposed rates. Tax expert Jennifer Rabb from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy provided testimony on the legislation before the Texas Senate Committee on Property Tax at the state Capitol and is available to discuss the issues involved with the media.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.