Dateline Rice for Feb. 12, 2019


Scientists remember the Mars rover Opportunity as hope fades for its resurrection
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article about the legacy of the Mars rover Opportunity.
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia, Sebastian Gogola’s Interests, Centre Daily Times and News Live.)

Ancestry sites are newest frontier for law enforcement
Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a television broadcast about a Houston-based ancestry site’s recent initiative to allow law enforcement to search its genetic database.
MSN (This originally appeared at and aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

College students’ beginning salaries: Expectations versus reality
An article about college graduates’ expected starting salaries features Rice.
Fox Business

Metabolic plasticity helps metastatic cancer cells survive hostile environments
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. (This article was featured in the Feb. 12 edition of the National Science Foundation’s Science360 Newsletter and on the Science360 homepage, and it was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)


As Venezuelan opposition prepares to appoint a board to Houston’s Citgo, creditors circle
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.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Light rail for San Antonio? Even longtime backers have given up
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.) 

Native to Bryan-College Station wins her 2nd Grammy Award
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04, who won her second Grammy Award Feb. 10 for the recording of the opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” is featured and pictured.
The Eagle

Opera star, husband maintain innocence in sexual assault case
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Campus Chronicles weekly roundup Feb. 12-17
A Houston-area events roundup mentions that the Rice Media Center will screen “Tejano” Feb. 13, and that more than 40 musicians from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will perform “Inuksuit” Feb. 16 at Rice’s live oak grove.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Boyarmiller: Houston evolves as a gateway market and regional industrial hub
Rice is mentioned.
Southeast Texas Record


‘CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed by CNN about recent comments by President Donald Trump, and he is quoted in a letter to the editor of about former President Jimmy Carter’s 1979 “malaise speech.”
Letter to the editor: We are our own biggest problem (This article also appeared in WBTW Online.)

Houston mayoral race focused on flooding, trash, finances
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about the early start to Houston’s mayoral race.
KPRC Online
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired two additional times.)

President Trump making a run for the 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 interviewed about crime rates in El Paso, Texas.
WOAI Online (This segment aired nine additional times.)

Full show: Sexual abuse at Southern Baptist Churches, and Holocaust survivor Jacob Eisenbach (Feb. 11, 2019)
An episode of “Houston Matters” mentions that Stuart Eizenstat, author of “President Carter: The White House Years,” will speak Feb. 12 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The broadcast also mentions that Jacob Eisenbach, one of the dwindling number of survivors of the Holocaust, will speak at Rice Feb. 17.
Houston Public Media
Author: Carter administration is most underappreciated of the last century
Houston Public Media
Holocaust survivor warns the dangers of bigotry are still with us
Houston Public Media


Working proteins make good use of frustration
Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Bioengineer, Technology Networks,
7thSpace Interactive, Long Room, Scienmag and Tech Explorist.)

Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures
An international team including Rice scientists used synthetic materials that naturally assemble themselves from small building blocks to form distinct patterns. Co-author Edwin Thomas, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in 7thSpace Interactive, Space Daily, Long Room and Scienmag.)

Nitrogen gets in the fast track for compound amalgamation
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. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, and postdoctoral researcher Zhe Zhou are quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Qing-Qing Cheng is mentioned.
Journal Worldwide (This article also appeared in R&D Magazine and AZo Materials.)

Origins opinion surveys evolve from ‘how’ to ‘who’
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is cited in an article about a new survey of American Christians’ beliefs in evolution and creationism.
Christianity Today

Men spend more for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day gift-giving behaviors tend to align with and reinforce gender identity, according to Constance Elise Porter, visiting assistant professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Tech Explorist

Pointed window fronts Lincoln Chapel by Studio 512 in Texas Hill Country
An article featuring a design by architecture firm Studio 512 mentions that founder Nicole Blair attended Rice.

8 awesome Presidents Day weekend trips to take this year
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.
Jetsetter (Scroll down to “6. Houston, Texas.)


Here’s why homeschooling children is not that good an idea
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.
The Siasat Daily (This article also appeared in Big News Network and ANI News.)

Stanford investigates faculty contact with Chinese scientist who edited baby genes
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.
Silicon Valley (This Bloomberg article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


WBB: Feb. 11 Players of the Week
Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike was voted Conference USA Co-Player of the Week.

South Carolina women rise in AP poll before Monday matchup with UConn
An article about the Associated Press women’s college basketball rankings mentions Rice.
Charleston Post and Courier (This article also appeared in 20 additional media outlets.)

2019 preseason field of 64
The Rice baseball team is included in’s projected NCAA tournament field.

Marshall returns home tied for 6th place
The Rice men’s basketball team is mentioned.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch

K-State track finishes strong at Texas Tech Shootout
An article mentions that Kansas State University’s women’s tennis team was defeated by Rice Feb. 10 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center. Owl Linda Huang is mentioned.
Manhattan Mercury

Men’s tennis sweeps Alcorn State, extending winning streak to 3
An article mentions that the Rice men’s tennis team will compete in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Feb. 22 in Montgomery, Alabama.
Daily Mississippian

Humble ISD Athletic Signing Day
An article mentions that Myron Morrison plans to play football at Rice.
The Tribune

Texas ranks No. 35 nationally in preliminary S&P+ rankings
The Rice football team is mentioned.
SB Nation

Spack, Redbirds haul in impressive running back trio
The Rice football team is mentioned.

Carlisle remembers his Longhorn days
An article mentions a 1962 football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Rice.
Athens Daily Review

Beaumont native, MLB slugger Jay Bruce connects with Lamar baseball
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Bassey takes Freshman of the Week award
An article mentions that former Rice men’s basketball player Marcus Evans earned Conference USA Freshman of the Week honors 10 times, a league record.
College Heights Herald


Valentine’s Day gifts position men as heroes, says Rice U. expert
A new survey finds men spend more than women and they’re more willing to rack up credit card debt for Valentine’s Day gifts. In fact, research shows that some behaviors tend to align with and reinforce people’s gender identity — and that includes Valentine’s Day gift-giving behavior, according to a marketing and customer relationships expert at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Laser-induced graphene gets tough, with help
Laser-induced graphene (LIG), a flaky foam of the atom-thick carbon, has many interesting properties on its own but gains new powers as part of a composite. The labs of Rice chemist James Tour and Christopher Arnusch, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, introduced a batch of LIG composites in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano that put the material’s capabilities into more robust packages.

About Matt Wilson

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