Dateline Rice for Feb. 13, 2019


‘El Chapo’ faces prison for life, but Mexico drug trade persists
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a scholar at the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the conviction of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Trump says he’s ‘really not happy’ with border deal, Chelsea Clinton defends Omar’s apology
Research by Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, which determined that online dating habits may be impacting the evolution of humans as a species, is featured in a news roundup.
Fox News (Scroll down to “On Fox News Radio.”)
Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ guilty on all counts
Fox News Radio (This segment aired on 560 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston)

Handy graphene foam combos keep surfaces ice-free
An article mentions that collaborative research from the lab of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, discovered that infusing laser-induced graphene with plastic, rubber, cement or other materials made composites with a wide range of possible applications.
Futurity (This article also appeared in ZME Science,, Tdnews, Science Daily, HardOCP, 7thSpace Interactive and Nanotechnology News.)


Rice University reckoning with own history of racism
Rice is featured in a story about old yearbooks featuring photographs of students in blackface. President David Leebron and McMurtry College senior Charlie Paul are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 13 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

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.
Texas Medical Center News

Wetlands face 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.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Bay Area Citizen, Pearland Journal and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Will Senate Democrats end up backing — or send packing — Texas’ embattled elections chief?
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 in several articles and interviewed in a radio broadcast about Texas politics.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Contractors’ cash funds campaigns
Houston Chronicle’s Lake Houston Observer (This article also appeared in the Kingwood Observer, Atascocita Observer, Humble Observer and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Beto O’Rourke’s anti-Trump El Paso rally has feel of presidential campaign event
El Paso Times
KLBJ-AM (Austin) (This segment aired two additional times.)

After nationwide search, Palo Alto fintech co. chooses Houston for new office
An article about’s decision to locate its second office in Houston quotes and pictures alumnus Vinay Pai, senior vice president of engineering for
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Business Times.) opens Houston office   

Community calendar
A Houston-area roundup mentions that Christian Emden, professor of political thought and a co-director of Rice’s Politics, Law & Social Thought program, will discuss the rise of populism in Europe at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church Feb. 26.
Houston Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster, Pearland Journal and Bay Area Citizen.)


Cancer patient can’t afford meds: The other side of the opioid crisis
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about prescription drug prices.
KPRC Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.)

‘Texas Standard’
Nathan Jones, nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about how the conviction of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán may affect drug cartels in Mexico.
KUT-AM (Austin, Texas. This segment aired on 32 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Graduate student Madeline Monroe and McMurtry College sophomore Alex Lammers pose questions to former Starbucks CEO and 2020 presidential hopeful Howard Schultz during a town hall meeting in Houston.
Watch: Howard Schultz says he can’t be a spoiler candidate for 2020 because the ‘system is already broken’
Raw Story (This article also appeared in MRC NewsBusters.)
CNC-3 (Trinidad)

WGBH-AM (Boston)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Oil market tightens on OPEC cuts
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 energy roundup. (This article also appeared in Proshare Nigeria Limited.)

Germany and the United States take home medals in the American Vocal Arts 2019 International Collegiate Singing Championship
An article about the American Vocal Arts 2019 International Collegiate Singing Championship (ICSC) features and pictures alumna Meghan Kasanders ’16, who earned third place. The article mentions that graduate student Emily Helenbrook was a 2019 ICSC finalist, and that Stephen King, professor of voice and the Lynette S. Autrey Chair of Voice, is her teacher.
Broadway World

Adding a porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics
Using the same process nature uses to petrify wood, Rice chemist and engineer Hossein Robatjazi married a molecular sieve called MOF to a plasmonic aluminum nanoparticle. 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. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is quoted. Study co-authors Daniel Weinberg, Dayne Swearer, Christian Jacobson, Ming Zhang, Shu Tian, Linan Zhou and Peter Nordlander are mentioned.

University of the Virgin Islands becomes 1st 4-year HBCU to offer free tuition
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.

SCI-Arc announces inaugural ‘Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts Thesis Award’ for best postgraduate thesis
An article mentions that the Hsinming Fung and Craig Hodgetts Thesis Award is named for Craig Hodgetts, a former visiting professor at Rice.


Valentine’s survey: Financially prudent lovers are more alluring
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.
The Advertiser News South

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 Hans India

Indian-American becomes Texas Lyceum’s 2019 president
An article mentions that Sanjay Ramabhadran participated in Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Connecting Communities Initiative.


‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that Houston Astros baseball player Carlos Correa trained at Rice.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Diamond Hogs announce tournaments, home-and-homes for 2020, 2021 seasons
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will compete in the Shriners College Classic at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

TCU, UTA players highlight Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger watch list
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Braden Comeaux is on the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Conference USA baseball preview
UTSA The Paisano
2019 watch list

Cypress student-athletes make college selections official
An article mentions that Mathew Santos plans to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair

Area student-athletes ink collegiate letters for National Signing Day
An article mentions that Eric Benitez plans to play baseball at Rice.
Alvin Sun & Advertiser

Western Kentucky basketball coach Rick Stansbury battling back injury
An article mentions that Western Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team defeated Rice earlier this season.
Louisville Courier Journal
Hilltoppers back in the hunt for C-USA title
Hilltoppers continue to surge despite absence of Stansbury

College Heights Herald

Richey’s women’s basketball ballot breakdown: Feb. 12, 2019
Rice is mentioned.
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Rice holds off Herd women, 79-67
An article about the Marshall University women’s basketball team mentions that the Herd was defeated by Rice.
Williamson Daily News
Quit Stahl-ing: Lady Toppers’ struggles come from within
College Heights Herald
Lady Toppers seeking toughness on defense during key C-USA stretch

College Heights Herald

Humble ISD has 36 student-athletes commit to college on National Signing Day
An article mentions that Myron Morrison plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s Kingwood Observer (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Atascocita Observer, Humble Observer and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

FBISD, Stafford football players sign letters of intent
An article mentions that Chike Anigbogu plans to play football at Rice.

Saluting student-athletes
An article mentions that Gini Okafor plans to join Rice’s track and field team.
Houston Chronicle’s Woodlands Villager

Bassey names C-USA Freshman of the Week for 7th time
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.
WBKO Online

Sod Poodles name radio partner, broadcaster for inaugural campaign
An article mentions that baseball play-by-play broadcaster Sam Levitt has called games at Rice.

Texas running back Tahj Brooks talks favorites, upcoming visits
Rice is mentioned.

Weekend event roundup for families: Kite festival, ladybug release party and more
An article mentions that Florida Atlantic University’s men’s basketball team will play Rice Feb. 16.
Sun Sentinel


Physician-hospital integration does not improve quality of care, says Rice study
In an age of increased integration between physicians and hospitals, regulators should continue to scrutinize proposed hospital mergers and take steps to maintain competition, according to a new paper by experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice to host screening of ‘In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey’
“In Their Footsteps: An American Muslim Civil Rights Journey,” a short documentary produced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will be presented by Rice’s Islamophobia Resistance Campaign. The Feb. 21 screening on the Rice campus will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by sociology lecturer Craig Considine.

Baker Institute expert: China’s loans to Venezuela are ‘geoeconomics gone wrong’
As Venezuela is gripped in an acute political crisis, the turmoil raises serious questions for Chinese creditors who may now wonder how a new Venezuelan government might treat the large oil-backed debts owed to Chinese lenders, according to an expert in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice expert available to discuss possible compromise on border security
As the clock counts down toward another government shutdown, President Donald Trump reportedly may compromise on a border security deal. Rice political scientist Paul Brace is available to comment on the situation.

About Stefan De La Garza

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