Dateline Rice for Feb. 21, 2019


Aadhaar operator’s biometrics stolen and misused, UIDAI documents prove
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the possible hack of the Unique Identification Authority of India.
Huffington Post India

How one professor made her assignments more relevant
An article mentions that Rice has streamlined human-subjects approval with an “umbrella protocol” that allows instructors to join a study already in progress.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Scroll down to “Help for professors studying their teaching.”)

La batalla judicial que se le avecina a Trump en su lucha por construir el muro fronterizo
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.
Anadolu Agency (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared on W Radio.)


RUSMP hosts celebration of Black History Month at networking conference
Clinical assistant professor Richard Parr, executive director of Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), authored a column about RUSMP’s celebration of Black History Month at its annual Spring Networking Conference. Breakout sessions were led by fellows from Rice’s National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program.
Village News

Tech company holding open house after move to downtown Waco
Rice is mentioned.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Houston Grand Opera announces 2 new episodes of acclaimed Star-cross’d serial opera
Alumnus Joseph Leppek is featured.
The Katy News

The challenges of climate change
A study by Rice scientists that determined renewable energy could supplant coal in Texas is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 21 print edition.)

Pod almighty
An article mentions that Luke Brawner has given podcast workshops at Rice.
Houston CityBook

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas joins forces with universities statewide to identify solutions to fragmentation and costs in health care
An article mentions that Rice experts evaluate the impact of laws and public policies on health care cost and outcomes.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas


Is expanding presidential power inherently bad for democracy?
An appearance by Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, on “PBS NewsHour” is featured.
AVA 360 News

‘John Batchelor Show’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Middle East politics.
WABC-AM (New York) (This segment aired on eight affiliate stations.)

KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
Testimony by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, on the importance of addressing income and educational disparities in Texas is featured.

Xploration Outer Space
A broadcast about President John F. Kennedy mentions his “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962. Alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, who was part of NASA’s Apollo Warning System engineering team, is interviewed.
KDSM-TV (Des Moines, Iowa. This segment aired on more than 40 affiliate stations.)

Flutist from San Antonio will come home to perform with US Navy Band
Alumna Ashleigh Leas is featured and pictured.
Fox 29 (This article also appeared in KTXS Online and


Scientists say life potential due to a massive bang: A planet colliding with Earth 
An article features Rice research that determined how the essential elements for life ended up on Earth. Experts from Rice’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences pictured include Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Damanveer Grewal.

Do I need a 700 GMAT score to get into a US business school?
George Andrews, associate dean of degree programs at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured and pictured.

Ore. project’s renewable trifecta won’t be easy to copy
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about possible wind and solar power projects in Oregon.
Law360 (Subscription is required.)

Rice University researchers unveil Internet of Things security feature
Kaiyuan Yang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Dai Li are featured and pictured in an article about their research, which developed a device 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things devices.
The Internet of All Things (This article also appeared in Domain-B, American News Report, HardOCP, Scienmag, Power Systems Design, Solid State Technology, Prosyscom Technews and Homeland Security Today.)

FFRF salutes black history and secularism
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured and pictured.

Red phosphorus could be key to bringing lithium metal batteries to market
Research by Rice scientists who have developed the next step toward the deployment of powerful, rechargeable lithium metal batteries by making them safer and simpler to manufacture is featured. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
R&D Magazine (This article also appeared in Lab Manager and ECN Mag.)

He Jiankui’s germline editing ethics article retracted by The CRISPR Journal
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.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

2.2M students used OpenStax free textbooks in 2018
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Publishers Weekly

Houston turns to cloud, IoT as it recovers from Hurricane Harvey
An article mentions that Rice, Houston and Microsoft are working to develop research into civic applications of Internet of Things technologies.
StateTech Magazine

Security reality checks coming
An article mentions collaborative research between Rice, Brown University and the University at Buffalo that discovered serious vulnerabilities in terahertz data communications networks.
Above Ground Level

Tensión de AMLO con reguladores daña ánimo inversor: Analistas
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in three articles.
El Economista (An English translation is not available.)
¿Debilitarse o morir?, el futuro de los órganos reguladores es incierto
Expansion (An English translation is not available.)
Futuro de los órganos reguladores es incierto
Tiempo Digital (An English translation is not available.)


Sectarianism in the Arab world. Exception or norm?
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Professor of Arab Studies in History and professor of history, is quoted.

Downsides of homeschooling
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.
Telangana Today

Wilton Library Lines
An article mentions that the work of John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History and author of “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty,” will be the focus of a discussion at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton, Connecticut.
The Wilton Bulletin 
Senior Center News

The Wilton Bulletin

World acclaimed Polish artist ropes in Zim producer  
Alumna Klara Wojtkowska is featured and pictured.
New (This article also appeared in

Gaskin to highlight oil, gas opportunities at Rice University forum
An article mentions an oil and gas forum held at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Stabroek News

Hayes String Quartet to play at the Ashe Arts Center Feb. 24
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Watauga Democrat

Amid contract dispute with players, BSO hires 4 new musicians
An article features Shepherd School of Music alumnus Christine Murphy.
Baltimore Fishbowl


Arizona’s bats lead the way against Rice for first road win of season
An article featuring the University of Arizona’s baseball team mentions that the Wildcats defeated Rice 16-5 Feb. 20 at Reckling Park.
Arizona Daily Star (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Arizona baseball routs Rice to open 1st road trip of 2019
Zona Zealots
Arizona tops Rice, 16-5, for first road win
What we learned from Arizona baseball’s sweep of UMass-Lowell
SB Nation

Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic to be televised, live-streamed
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will compete in the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic March 1-3 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.
San Marcos Corridor News

Year 2 of Rice’s Stanford-ization: Young talent and a brutal schedule
An article features Rice’s football team and pictures head coach Mike Bloomgren.
SB Nation

Thundering Herd prepares for C-USA bonus play
An article mentions the Rice’s men’s basketball team.
The Parthenon

Football announces strength staff changes
Former Rice assistant football coach Rusty Whitt is featured and pictured.
Army West Point

Longhorn links Feb. 20: Texas on an early roll in 2020 recruiting
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team recently lost to the University of Texas at Austin. 
Horns head home for Friday opener after beating 
Rice 11-4
Horns Illustrated

Ohio State football: The 10 best Buckeye freshman seasons since 1990
An article mentions a 1996 football game between Ohio State University and Rice.
Dayton Daily News

UTEP football might (eventually) not be hopeless!
An article about the University of Texas at El Paso’s football team mentions that the Miners defeated Rice in 2018.
SB Nation


Oil and gas development in Guyana is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 26
Opportunities for oil, gas and infrastructure development in Guyana will be the topic of a special event at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 26. A presentation by Dominic Gaskin, Guyana’s minister of business, will be followed by a panel of experts from the South American country’s government and the international oil industry who will further explore oil and gas prospects.

OpenStax announces top 10 schools that have adopted free college textbooks
Rice-based publisher OpenStax announced today the top 10 schools that have served the most students with the adoption of its free college textbooks in the 2017-18 school year.

About Stefan De La Garza

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