Dateline Rice for March 5, 2019


Here’s why Eli Lilly will sell a generic insulin
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 interviewed about a two-tiered pricing structure for insulin.
Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio (This segment aired on 1,463 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

How federal disaster money favors the rich
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, is quoted in an article about the inequality in federal disaster relief.
NPR (This article appeared in more than 25 NPR-affiliated websites, and the radio segment aired on more than 970 stations across the U.S.)


Why Houston needs to invest in the first 3 years of life
Quianta Moore, a fellow in child health policy in Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, co-authored an op-ed about the importance of early childhood education programs like pre-K.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Chronicle’s Gray Matters online magazine.)

Former JSC director George Abbey: Education, leadership key to human spaceflight
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured and pictured in an article about his March 4 talk at the Baker Institute.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

City swears in police cadets amid Prop B-induced freeze for new firefighters
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.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the March 5 print edition and more than 25 other media outlets.)

Marijuana advocates urge Texas lawmakers to back decriminalization for low-volume possession
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possibility of Texas decriminalizing marijuana.
Austin American-Statesman

Microlender expands into Houston
Farhan Majid, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 5 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Charles Spain shatters another ‘rainbow ceiling’
Alumnus Charles Spain, the first openly LGBTQ appeals court judge in Texas, is featured and pictured.
OutSmart Magazine

Frank’s ‘Weather or Not’: From foggy to freezing!
A blog post mentions that the gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment used by the author was pioneered at Rice.
KPRC Click2Houston Online

$1.5 billion Mega Millions winner comes forward, says ‘simple act of kindness’ led to win
A slideshow of striking statistics cites Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Nancy’s Bookshelf: Elaine Howard Ecklund
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is interviewed about the public relationship between science and religion.
North State Public Radio (This segment aired on 10 affiliate radio stations across Northern California.)


Ultracold atoms could provide 2D window to exotic 1D physics
Rice research that proposes an experiment to measure fractionalization where fundamental particles like electrons come together and behave as if they were a fraction of an electron is featured. Matthew Foster, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Seth Davis are quoted and pictured. (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Tdnews, Infosurhoy, Science Codex, Bright Surf, 7thSpace Interactive and NewsCaf.)

Operators fail to find, correct automated vehicle mistakes
An article cites new research from Rice and Texas Tech University that found drivers often fail to spot hazards missed by automated vehicles, and it only gets worse the longer drivers ride in them.

Step right up for bigger 2D sheets
Rice research that determined a method to create large wafers of two-dimensional material is featured. Study co-authors Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, research administrator Ksenia Bets and graduate student Nitant Gupta are quoted and pictured. (This article also appeared in Science Daily, Science Codex, Bright Surf and 7thSpace Interactive.)

Exploding batteries could be a thing of the past
Research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, which detailed a method to detect dendrite growth in rechargeable lithium batteries, is featured.
Elektor (Editor’s note: A correction on Tour’s name has been requested.)

Protein signaling in embryos is far more complex than previously thought
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, and graduate student Joseph Massey are quoted in an article about their research, which suggests that how cells in developing embryos communicate depends a great deal on context.
Ciencias Medicas News Blog

University students saved $177 million in 2018 using OpenStax OER
A blog post quotes David Harris, editor-in-chief of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Educational Technology

P&Q names top MBA programs for entrepreneurship
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 10 in the nation for entrepreneurship, according to Poets & Quants.
Stacy Blackman Blog

The world’s top universities for studying architecture in 2019
Rice is featured on Quacquarelli Symonds’ list of the world’s top universities to study architecture.

Thunderbolt flaw exposes modern computers to attacks
An article mentions that researchers from the University of Cambridge and Rice determined that attackers can compromise an unattended machine in a matter of seconds through devices such as chargers and docking stations.

Solange returns to Houston and the music she grew up with on ‘When I Get Home’
Rice’s student-run KTRU radio station is mentioned.

Submissions are open for the ‘CineSpace’ short film competition
An article mentions that the 2018 CineSpace competition was part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival at the Rice Media Center.
Broadway World (This article also appeared in

GRID Alternatives hosts 23 teams in international alternative break program
An article mentions that a team from Rice will participate in “Solar Spring Break” by installing no-cost solar panels for low-income families.
Electric Energy Online


What if a border wall could pay for itself?
An article mentions that Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, is a co-author of a paper about a proposal to build an energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.
Purdue University News

George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues: It’s complicated
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Hartsburg News

Shape-programmable liquid crystal elastomers
Rice research that created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on demand is featured. Graduate student and study co-author Morgan Barnes is mentioned.
Oak Tribune


‘Fox 26 News at 9’
Rice’s football team, which opened spring camp on March 4, is featured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

BASE: March 4 Players of the Week
An article features and pictures Rice baseball players Andrew Dunlap, who was named Conference USA Hitter of the Week, and Jackson Parthasarathy, who was named the C-USA Pitcher of the Week. The article mentions that Owl Trei Cruz was named C-USA Hitter of the Week for the week of Feb. 18.

Preview: vs. Rice, Tuesday
An article mentions that the University of Houston baseball team will compete against Rice in the Silver Glove Series beginning March 5.
Houston falls at Shriners Classic
The Daily Cougar

Kats named to Frisco Classic All-Tournament Team
An article mentions that Sam Houston State University’s baseball team will play Rice March 6.
The Huntsville Item

OU baseball: 4 things to know before Oklahoma’s road swing
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma baseball team will play Rice March 8-10 at Reckling Park.
The Norman Transcript
OU baseball notebook March 4

Richey’s women’s basketball ballot breakdown: March 5, 2019
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 24 in the nation.
Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Monday Morning Manager: Houston, we have a problem?
An article mentions a March 3 baseball game between Texas Christian University and Rice.
SB Nation
The Ouch List: Who had weeks to forget?

Bye, Beau: After a ‘mutual agreement,’ Texas parts way with former closer Ridgeway
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s baseball team defeated Rice Feb. 19.
Austin American-Statesman
Texas pitcher Ridgeway leaves Longhorns after mutual agreement
The Daily Texan

Baylor baseball postpones UTA game
An article about the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic baseball tournament mentions that Rice defeated Baylor March 3.
The Eagle
Baseball goes 2-1 at Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic    
Medical Health News
Don’t be discouraged by Baylor’s woes at the Shriner’s Classic
Baylor Lariat

Men’s basketball ventures to face WKU
An article mentions the University of Texas at San Antonio’s men’s basketball team defeated Rice earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics

UTEP looks to end streak versus Middle Tenn.
An article mentions that Middle Tennessee State University’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Rice March 3.
The State

Gophers men’s tennis sweeps at home, while women’s team loses
An article mentions that the University of Minnesota’s women’s tennis team’s March 3 match against Rice was cancelled.
Minnesota Daily

The companies that collect college sports secrets
Former Rice basketball player David Chadwick is featured.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)

Best NFL free agents available this offseason
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured and pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
NFL’s best available free agents
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texas to add All-ACC grad transfer OL Parker Braun from Georgia Tech
An article mentions former Rice football player Calvin Anderson. (This article also appeared in The Albany Herald, Jackson Progress-Argus and Gwinnett Prep Sports.)

Hogs have plenty of issues in spring
Rice football is mentioned.

Fast 7v7 tournament: Latest recruiting news on elite Texas prospects
Rice football is mentioned.

2019 South Side Sox prospect vote: Round 19
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is featured.
South Side Sox

Top 5 Gamecock redshirts with something to prove this spring
Former Rice football player J.T. Ibe is featured and pictured.
The State (This article also appeared in Sun News, the Herald and the Island Packet.)


Rice’s Medlock to testify before Congress March 5
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources as it examined the “electricity sector in a changing climate.”

Looks matter when it comes to success in STEM, study shows
Demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees is on the rise. However, there are many barriers to gaining one. One may be the appearance of the student seeking the degree, according to a new Rice study.

About Stefan De La Garza

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