Dateline Rice for March 6, 2019


The Daily 202: Howard Schultz hopes to benefit from Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to run for president
A news roundup mentions that former Starbucks CEO and 2020 presidential hopeful Howard Schultz will speak March 6 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
‘Fox 26 News at 8 a.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston) (This segment aired twice.)
‘Good Day at 6’
KDFW-TV (Dallas) (This segment aired three times.)

Embryos’ signaling proteins go with the flow
Rice research which determined that how cells in developing embryos communicate depends a great deal on context is featured.
NSF Science360 (This article was featured as a “Top Story” on the Science360 homepage for March 6.)

Stereotypes can shape how far students go in STEM
Research by Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which determined that the extent to which students look racially stereotypical influences how likely they are to persist in the field, is featured. A Rice video is included.
Futurity (This article also appeared in, 7thSpace Interactive and Geek.)


Houston’s A-listers glow at lavish and exotic $1.4 million Tiger Ball
An article about the 2019 Tiger Ball pictures President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun and mentions that they co-chaired the event.
CultureMap Houston

Natural gas has climate change-fighting qualities environmentalists can’t imagine
An article about advances in clean energy features Matteo Pasquali, the A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and mentions that the Department of Energy has awarded a $3.3 million grant to his team to find efficient ways to break down methane to make strong carbon nanotube fibers and hydrogen fuel.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Business section in the March 6 print edition with a different headline, “Potential new uses show the value of natural gas.”)

Survey: Harvey hit mental health hardest in Houston
An article features the first results of the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund, which determined that Hurricane Harvey’s greatest lingering toll was on Houstonians’ mental health. Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s Humble Observer (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Lake Houston Observer and News Advocate.)

Maduro has to go, but take US military option off the table [Editorial]
Erika De La Garza, program director of the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an editorial about political developments in Venezuela.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 6 print edition.)

11 best: Behind the scenes of Galveston’s San Luis Salute, Moody arts dinner and Stages’ big night
A news roundup features Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ second birthday celebration.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
11 best week of March 3
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

CCISD candidate: Board needs more open discussions
An article mentions that alumnus Scott Bowen is running for a Clear Creek Independent School District trustee position.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 6 print edition and in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Lawyer Mindy G. Davidson is HBA’s new executive director
An article mentions that Mindy Davidson completed certification with distinction in nonprofit leadership and certification in nonprofit finance at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Bennett, Moseley: Workforce shortage is a big concern
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Rio Grande Guardian

All the white supremacist incidents in Houston in 2017-18, according to the Anti-Defamation League
Rice is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Angleton senior gets full ride to Rice University
An article featuring Nicholas Soria mentions that he will attend Rice on a QuestBridge scholarship.
Brazosport Facts


Missouri Nondiscrimination Act remains stagnant in current session
A public radio broadcast cites a 2013 Rice study that determined that by adding sexual orientation and gender expression protections to state law, the number of discrimination incidents will decrease.
KBIA Online (This radio segment also aired on KBIA-FM, KKTR-FM and KAUD-FM in Missouri.)


Senate ENR Committee discusses climate change
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee March 5.
RTO Insider

The battle for the future of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta: Neuquén’s 2019 gubernatorial election
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, authored an op-ed about the future of energy policy in Argentina.
Center for Strategic & International Studies (This Forbes article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Why being yourself at work can make you healthier and more productive
An article features a Rice study that determined people with non-visible stigmas who live openly at work are happier with their overall lives and more productive in the workplace. Eden King, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
World Economic Forum

Experimental unit in Texas makes electricity minus emissions
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, is quoted about the possibility of increasing carbon capture in Texas industries.
Los Alamos Monitor

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.
Space Daily

Arts education
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.
Education Week

Firebrand opens ATX office
An article mentions that Rice was awarded a grant to conduct an eight-month accelerator program for clean technology startups.
Austin Inno (Scroll down to “New Money.”)

Michael Haack appointed as chief executive officer of Eagle Materials
Alumnus Michael Haack is featured.
Global Cement


Woodstock anniversary: Marist to hold conference on famous festival
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, will participate in Marist College’s June 13-14 conference titled “1969: When Woodstock Changed the World,” which marks the 50th anniversary of the event.
Poughkeepsie Journal

Archaeologists discover 1,000-year-old ‘untouched’ Maya ritual site containing hundreds of ceramic vessels
An inset quotes André Droxler, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice.
Daily Mail

NYU appoints new FAS dean
Antonio Merlo, dean of the School of Social Sciences and the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, is featured and pictured.
Washington Square News
NYU names Antonio Merlo as dean of the faculty of arts and science
NYU News


Owls hand Cougars their 5th straight loss
An article featuring the Rice baseball team’s 5-3 victory over the University of Houston in the first game of the annual three-game Silver Glove Series pictures head coach Matt Bragga. The series continues May 1 at Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 6 print edition and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Rice baseball beats UH for 3rd straight win
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
D1 Digest: Miss. State pitching shines in showdown

Rice Owls MBB travels to Charlotte for its final road contest
An article previews Rice’s men’s basketball team’s games against University of North Carolina at Charlotte March 6 and 9.
Best College Sports News Network

UNT notebook: Mean Green softball team confident heading into C-USA play
An article mentions Rice’s men’s tennis team.
Denton Record-Chronicle

NFL combine: Kyler Murray won the weekend in Indy; will he also be the draft’s 1st pick?
An article mentions that Rice will hold an NFL pro day on March 25.
Austin American-Statesman

Gallaher conquers steeplechase
An article mentions Rice’s upcoming Victor Lopez Relays track meet.
Sealy News

No. 16 baseball drops two of three in Shriners Classic
An article about the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic baseball tournament mentions that Rice defeated Texas Christian University.
TCU 360
Houston sports: Texas teams shine in Shriners College Classic
Texas named CBI National Team of the Week
College Baseball Insider

Column: Fine’s legacy is second to one
A 2018 football game between Rice and the University of North Texas is mentioned in a caption.
North Texas Daily

Texans release cornerback Kevin Johnson
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
The best NFL free agents available for the 49ers
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

8th Annual The Woodlands Marathon raises $107K for charity
Former Rice track and field athletes Allie Schaich and Gabe Cuadra are mentioned.

Texas to add All-ACC grad transfer OL Parker Braun from Georgia Tech
An article mentions former Rice football player Calvin Anderson.
Rockdale Newton Citizen (This article also appeared in the Albany Herald.)

SMU safety Mikial Onu enters the NCAA transfer portal
Rice is mentioned.

Athlete of the Week: Giovanni De Nicolao
An article mentions a men’s basketball game between Rice and Old Dominion University.
UTSA The Paisano


Kinder Institute experts to testify in Austin March 7
Experts from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will provide testimony and take questions before the Texas House Committee on Urban Affairs on Thursday, March 7, at the state Capitol in Austin. Bill Fulton and Kyle Shelton will discuss the growing population and economic power of the “Texas Triangle” along with demographic changes and housing and governance challenges facing Texas’ large cities.

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to co-host brand house with Texas Monthly at SXSW
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, one of the country’s top-ranked business schools, will make its South by Southwest debut this year in Austin. Rice Business is partnering with Texas Monthly to co-host a brand house on South Congress Avenue March 11-15, creating a retro hotel-like space with special daily programming from the school’s professors and student musicians from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

About Stefan De La Garza

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