Dateline Rice for Feb. 19, 2019


Is expanding presidential power inherently bad for democracy?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed by PBS about how presidential power has changed over time, and he is interviewed by C-SPAN about President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall.
PBS NewsHour
WGBH-AM (Boston) (This radio segment also aired on 1,166 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
‘Washington Journal’
C-SPAN (This segment aired three additional times.)

Daily briefing: Both sides of the scalpel
The “Quote of the Day” in a news roundup from Nature cites Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, whose research determined machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data is producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.
Nature (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)
Scientist warns against discoveries made with AI
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Machine learning-based discoveries still need to be checked by humans
UPI (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Statistician: Machine learning is causing a ‘crisis in science’
Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?
La comunidad científica advierte que las investigaciones basadas en machine learning podrían ser erróneas
Business Insider España (An English translation is not available.)

Trump’s border wall faces Texas-size backlash from landowners
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 about national politics in several articles.
MSN (This Bloomberg article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
The Weekly Wrangle
Brains and Eggs Blog
Donald Trump declara la emergencia nacional para construir el muro con México
Diario UChile (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Radio Mitre.)

Journey to Antarctica: How scientists are using seals to measure the warming ocean
An article about the effects of climate change on the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica attributes images to Linda Welzenbach, a science writer in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice.
Rolling Stone (Editor’s note: A name change on Welzenbach has been requested.)

The supermoon returns, bigger and brighter
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
NBC New York (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Shaping light lets 2D microscopes capture 4D data
An article features Rice research that developed a general method to let a microscope capture 3D along with the fourth dimension, molecular movement over time.
NSF Science360 (This article was featured in the Feb. 19 edition of the Science360 newsletter.)

SF Chamber Orchestra stages free ‘Night at the Opera’
Alumnus Alex Rosen is featured.
San Francisco Examiner

Faced with ‘headwinds,’ Ford hires global industry leader as lobbyist
Alumnus Mitch Bainwol ’83 is featured and pictured.
Detroit Free Press


A Houston nonprofit and Rice architecture students partner to build housing in the Third Ward
An article about accessory dwelling units quotes Andrew Colopy, assistant professor of architecture; Danny Samuels, professor in the practice and program co-director of Construct, Rice Architecture’s design-build studio; and graduate student Rose Wilkowski. Samuels and Construct students designed and built +House, which accommodates live-in counselors who work for Agape Development, an organization that provides supportive housing to at-risk young adults. Wilkowski and fellow graduate students Leyla Hepsaydir, Julie Klosterman and Xi Luo are pictured in the slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Feb. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Building a future together.”)

Math reasoning skills give Houston students an edge
An article mentions that the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP) supports learning beyond standardized tests by using creative ways to spark interest in math. Clinical assistant professors Richard Parr, executive director of RUSMP, and Anne Papakonstantinou, director of RUSMP, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle


College students rediscover the joy of handwritten letters
Graduate student Alex Kurkowski is featured in a television broadcast about his company Tellinga, which employs local college students to draw and send letters to customers.
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in KLFY Online, and the broadcast aired on KHOU-TV in Houston, KENS-TV in San Antonio and WFAA-TV in Dallas.)

5 ways extra arts education benefits Houston students
An article cites research by the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that arts-learning experiences reduced disciplinary infractions, increased compassion for others and improved writing achievements.
Houston Public Media


Researchers discover potential new role for bioengineering in cancer immunotherapy
A research image of the proliferation of cancer cells on a 3D-printed scaffold is attributed to Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
Evolving Science

The Ensemble Theatre welcomes Ernestine Piña-Sandoval and Dr. Tiffany Bourgeois to its executive team
Alumna Ernestine Piña-Sandoval is featured and pictured.
Broadway World

Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow
An article features Rice research that determined that a vitamin C boost can help turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires. Eugene Zubarev, associate professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Alumnus Bishnu Khanal is mentioned.


Texas Gulf wetlands face population, development challenges
John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor Emeritus of Oceanography, is quoted.
Galesburg Register-Mail (This article also appeared in the Monmouth Daily Review Atlas.)

‘Proud’ Chinese geneticist says another baby-gene editing volunteer is pregnant
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.
Herdon Gazette

Indian-American couple from Hyderabad found dead in Texas 
An article mentions that Sreenivas Nakirekanti, who died Feb. 18, earned an MBA from Rice.
Times of India (This article also appeared in India West, International Business Times, Yahoo! News India, Nyoooz, NewsBytes and


Homegrown talent has helped Rice ascend into the Top 25
An article featuring Rice’s women’s basketball team mentions that the Owls, who have won 15 straight games, are ranked No. 25 in the nation in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll, marking the first time the program has appeared in the poll. Head coach Tina Langley is featured and pictured, Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard and player Erica Ogwumike are quoted, and players Olivia Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey are mentioned. Rice’s first game as a ranked team is Feb. 23 when it visits the University of North Texas.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)
Rice ranked for 1st time in school history; Baylor remains No. 1
Tennessee loss puts Duke men back at No. 1 in college basketball
San Francisco Chronicle (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Rice Lady Owls ranked for 1st time in basketball program’s history
KPRC Click2Houston Online (This broadcast also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
Creech: A basketball milestone for Rice women
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KZTV-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas. This segment aired twice.)
Rice women move into Top 25 for 1st time in school history
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Feb. 19 print edition with a different headline, “Spot in Top 25 is first for program.”)
Rice women’s basketball: Owls make history after top 25 berth
Women’s basketball secures blowout win over Florida International
North Texas Daily

Closing stretch opens path to C-USA tourney
Men’s head coach Scott Pera is featured in an article about Rice’s men’s basketball team. Several additional articles about Conference USA men’s basketball “bonus play” mention Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Herd seeded 7th in Group 2 of C-USA
West Virginia MetroNews
UTEP Miners to host Rice (Feb. 23), Middle Tennessee (March 6) in Conference USA bonus play
KFOX El Paso Online (This article also appeared in CBS 4 Online.) 
FAU basketball: What do Owls fans need to know about C-USA bonus play?
Palm Beach Post

BASE: Feb. 18 — Players of the Week
An article features and pictures Rice baseball player Trei Cruz and mentions that he was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week.
CB’s National Players of Week (2-18-19)
Collegiate Baseball

No. 37 Bears men’s golf one behind the lead at All-American Intercollegiate tournament
An article mentions that Rice is competing in the All-American Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament.
The Eagle (This article also appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald.)
Fanfelle leads men’s golf on 1st day of All-American Intercollegiate
UTSA Athletics

Natalliah Whyte breaks through for sprint double in Alabama
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Hannah Jackson earned second place in the 200-meter race at the Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

No. 24 Texas baseball digs early hole, falls to Louisiana, 8-6
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s baseball team will play Rice Feb. 19 at Reckling Park.
Horns Illustrated
Texas remains No. 23 in D1Baseball rankings
SB Nation 
Pitching fails 
Texas in series-ending loss to Louisiana, 8-6 
Despite rallying late, Texas unable to complete series sweep, falling to Louisiana 8-6 in finale

SB Nation 
After a solid season-opening showing on the road, Texas remains attached to its No. 23 ranking
Austin American-Statesman
Texas takes season-opening series at Louisiana
The Daily Texan                                                
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas) (This segment aired twice.)

LSU heads to Athens for SEC Championships
An article mentions that Louisiana State University’s swimming and diving team competed against Rice earlier this season.

Stewart hopes to have Stansbury back on sidelines soon
An article mentions that the Western Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team played Rice earlier this season.
Bowling Green Daily News (Subscription is required.)

The FIU Panthers men’s basketball team poised for a hot finish to regular season
An article mentions that the Florida International University’s men’s basketball team played Rice earlier this season.
Miami Herald

Five graduate transfer targets for Oklahoma State’s final 2019 scholarship
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is featured and pictured.
SB Nation

Wildcat Diamond Report
An article mentions that the University of Arizona’s baseball team will play Rice Feb. 20 at Reckling Park.
KOLD Online
Wildcat wrap: Recapping a busy week of Arizona athletics
SB Nation


Dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow
A boost of vitamin C helped Rice scientists turn small gold nanorods into fine gold nanowires. Common, mild ascorbic acid is the not-so-secret sauce that helped the Rice lab of chemist Eugene Zubarev grow pure batches of nanowires from stumpy nanorods without the drawbacks of previous techniques.

About Stefan De La Garza

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