Dateline Rice for Feb. 8, 2019


‘Medicare for all’ sounds good, but Democrats need to spell out exactly what they mean
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, is quoted in an article about Democratic presidential hopefuls’ calls for a single-payer health care system.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

No sleep, frantic calls: Maduro’s oil team scrambles to survive US ban
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 an article about the challenges facing Venezuela’s oil industry after the U.S. imposed a de facto ban on the country’s crude products.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint and Yahoo! Finance.)

Woes ahead for Venezuela finding US oil market substitute
David Mares, nonresident scholar for Latin American Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Anadolu Agency

How does the Gulf manage the next phase of its love affair with oil?
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 cited.
Arab News

Stanford probes faculty ties to China gene-edited baby work
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.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in 100 other media outlets.)
Stanford investigates faculty contact with scientist who edited baby genes
Stanford to investigate links between faculty and rogue Chinese scientist
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia.)
Who knew what when?
Chinese bioethicists respond to the case of He Jiankui
Revelan que científico de EE.UU. desempeñó un papel activo en la modificación genética de bebés chinos
Bolivia en Tus Manos

‘Politico Space’
A news roundup mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.

Photos of blackface, KKK robes and nooses lurk alongside portraits in old college yearbooks
Rice is cited in a story about old yearbooks featuring photographs of students in blackface.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 8 print edition, and it appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Images of blackface and hooded people found in old GWU yearbooks
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)


Terrific ‘Tejano’ an indie-film debut worth cheering
An article mentions that Rice Cinema screened “Tejano” Feb. 6.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

The Go List: Texas Home and Garden Show, Chucho Valdés  
An article mentions that Brazos Bookstore and Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will co-host author Soraya Chemaly in conversation with Julie Fette Feb. 11.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Outside the megaplex
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition.)

Teaching kids coding improves math, logic 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 (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Top 5: Feb. 7, 2019 with Natasha Bowdoin
An article features “Sideways to the Sun,” a site-specific installation by Natasha Bowdoin commissioned by Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts on view through May 18.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition.)

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


Watch: What’s the current state of relations between the US and Mexico?
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, appears on a new episode of “Red, White and Blue” to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations.
Houston Public Media

The evolution of evolution: How modern science has built on Darwin’s original theory
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is featured.
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared in Texas Public Radio.)

‘Gumbo: The Secret to the Roux’
An article accompanying a television broadcast mentions that the documentary “Gumbo: The Secret to the Roux” will be screened at Rice Feb. 28.
KHOU Online

WPTF-AM (Raleigh, N.C.)
Rice is mentioned.


Cancer cells’ plasticity makes them harder to stop
Rice research to understand how cancer cells survive hostile environments and adapt when their attempts to metastasize are blocked by drugs or the body’s immune system is featured. José Nelson Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Herbert Levine, adjunct professor of bioengineering; and postdoctoral fellow Dongya Jia are quoted. Former postdoctoral researcher Mingyang Lu and alumnus Linglin Yu are mentioned.
Tech Explorist (This article also appeared in Medical Xpress, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News, Science Daily, Scienmag, Yerepouni News, Newscaf and

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-author Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is cited.
Environmental News Network
Suolo contaminato dal petrolio torna fertile grazie alla pirolisi

The politics of disgust 
John Alford, professor of political science, is mentioned as a collaborator on research to determine if political beliefs are inherited. (This Atlantic article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Iran’s revolution turns 40
An article mentions that Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will discuss “Evolution of Iran’s Domestic Politics” Feb. 12 at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
Atlantic Council

Inclusive and pluralistic Islam: Spaces for worship in the United Arab Emirates 
Annelle Sheline, the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
New Age Islam

Colleges vary widely in reliance on state support, report says
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Education Dive

Indian-American engineer appointed president of Texas Lyceum
An article mentions that Sanjay Ramabhadran participated in Rice’s Kinder Institute’s Connecting Communities Initiative.
The Economic Times (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Letter to the editor
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.

Acceptance rates at the top 50 US schools
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants


US Research and Education Identity Management Federation announces new steering committee members
Klara Jelinkova, Rice’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is featured.
Le Lezard

Jennifer Haygood appointed to SECU board of directors 
An article features alumna Jennifer Haygood.

Track premiere: Post-Haste Reed Duo performs Takuma Itoh’s ‘Snapshots’
Alumnus Takuma Itoh ’06 is featured.
I Care If You Listen

Research analyzes molecular limit of plasmonics through organic molecules
An article features research from the Rice Laboratory for Nanophotonics, which developed several plasmonic technologies for various applications.
Plains Gazette


Rice women win 12th in a row
A college basketball roundup features Rice’s women’s basketball team’s 68-46 defeat of Western Kentucky University Feb. 7. It is the 12th consecutive win for Conference USA-leading Owls. Player Jasmine Smith is pictured, and Erica Ogwumike, Nancy Mulkey, Nicole Iademarco and Sydne Wiggins are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition.)
WKU women’s basketball falls 68-46 against C-USA leader Rice on Thursday evening
WBKO Online
Rice’s Mulkey finds plenty of support at Diddle
Bowling Green Daily News
Video: Rice’s Nancy Mulkey
Bowling Green Daily News
Rice routs Lady Toppers to stay atop C-USA standings
Bowling Green Daily News
Owls swoop in to Diddle, defeat Lady Toppers
College Heights Herald

Hilltoppers nip Owls in C-USA showdown
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted and pictured in an article about Rice’s double overtime loss to Western Kentucky University 92-85 Dec. 7 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Owl Ako Adams is quoted, and fellow players Quentin Millora-Brown, Trey Murphy III and Chris Mullins are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition and in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
Bearden’s 3 helps W. Kentucky get 92-85 2 OT win over Rice

Washington Post (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Western Kentucky victory against Rice! 
MSN Video
Video: WKU’s Josh Anderson, Lamonte Bearden and Jared Savage
Bowling Green Daily News
Hilltoppers battle past Rice in 2 OTs with Stansbury sidelined
Bowling Green Daily News
Sans Stansbury, WKU takes down Rice on the road
College Heights Herald
Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury out for game at Rice
Louisville Courier Journal
Topper extra: Rice by the numbers
College Heights Herald

2019 NFL scouting combine invitations extended to 338 draft prospects
Several articles mention that former Rice football player Jack Fox has been invited to the NFL scouting combine.
Yahoo! Sports (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
NFL Draft 2019: Kyle Shurmur, Jalen Hurd among players invited to scouting combine
The Tennessean
2019 NFL Scouting Combine: Full list of 338 invitees

2019 Golden Spikes Award preseason watch list announced
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Matt Canterino in on the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list.

Southern Miss-Rice rivalry to enter new chapter
Rice baseball player Matt Bragga is featured and pictured.
The Student Printz

Track and field set for meets in Houston and Seattle
An article mentions that Rice’s track and field team will compete in the Howie Ryan Invitational in Houston.

As defending C-USA champs, Marshall is getting everybody’s best shot
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Marshall University Feb. 9.
Williamson Daily News
Herd women top North Texas 67-55
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
North Texas whips Herd 78-51

Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall waiting for Beyers to break out
Williamson Daily News
Marshall basketball: North Texas 3-point barrage sinks Herd 78-51
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Elon men’s tennis wins 4th straight with 6-1 victory over Campbell
An article mentions that Elon University’s men’s tennis team will compete against Rice Feb. 9.
Greensboro Sports

Dalbo, Laderoute, Hunt, Deininger Honored by AAC
Rice is mentioned.

Reviewing Rays depth  –  middle infield
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is featured.
Rays Radio

The Texans have 19 free agents to evaluate
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.

League enjoys its links to NFL
Former Rice football player Cole Hunt is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Dec. 8 print edition.)

Texas continues to build a high-level preferred walk-on program
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation

Men’s basketball visits league-leading Villanova on Wednesday
Former Rice basketball player Connar Cashaw is mentioned.
Go Creighton

Bengals head coach defends decision to hire offensive line coach with questionable past
Former Rice football player James Casey, who will join the Cincinnati Bengals as an assistant coach, is mentioned.
WKRC Online (This article also appeared in Wild Cats Radio and Gwinnett Prep Sports.)

Syracuse tennis team makes history thanks to international players, coach
Former Rice assistant tennis coach Younas Limam is featured and pictured.


Nitrogen gets in the fast lane for chemical synthesis
Rice scientists have given organic chemists a boost with their latest discovery of a one-step method to add nitrogen to compounds for drugs, pesticides, fertilizers and other products. Rice synthetic organic chemist László Kürti said the method is a major step forward as it quickens and boosts the yield of valuable molecules known as alpha-aminoketones.

Veteran war correspondent Charles Glass to discuss Syrian conflict at Baker Institute Feb. 11
Veteran war correspondent Charles Glass will draw on his decadeslong career covering the Middle East to address crucial questions surrounding Syria’s past, present and future in a presentation at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 11.

Rice U. lab adds porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics
Rice chemist and engineer Hossein Robatjazi married a molecular sieve called MOF to a plasmonic aluminum nanoparticle using the same process nature uses to petrify wood. The combination of MOFs and plasmonic aluminum creates a new avenue for designing greener catalysts that use solar energy and are made from the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust.

About Stefan De La Garza

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