Dateline Rice for March 7, 2019


Rice University’s student-taught courses on beer, ‘Survivor’ tap into niche interests on campus 
An article featuring Rice’s College Courses initiative, a program managed by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) that allows undergraduate students to teach their peers, quotes and pictures Duncan College senior Rebecca Lee and Jones College senior Alfonso Morera. Other Rice community members quoted include Ania Kowalik, adjunct lecturer and assistant director of the CTE; Robin Paige, adjunct associate professor and senior associate director of the CTE; Mike Gustin, professor of biosciences; Duncan College junior Michael VerMeulen; and Martel College seniors Eric Shi and Neil Seoni.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front page of the March 7 print edition.)


Saudi Arabia criticized by 36 countries over human rights
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in NBC News and The New Arab, and he authored an op-ed in Al-Monitor about Middle East politics.
NBC News Online
Deputy King MbS? Crown prince claims new title as coup rumors persist
The New Arab
Kuwait’s steady hand in Gulf affairs

Antarctica Dispatch 7: Under Thwaites Glacier
An article about the effects of climate change on the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica features photos by Linda Welzenbach, a science writer in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Rice.

Embryos’ signaling proteins go with the flow
Rice research that suggests how cells in developing embryos communicate depends a great deal on context is featured.
National Science Foundation


Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz talks presidential bid at Rice University
An article features the March 6 talk by former Starbucks CEO and 2020 presidential hopeful Howard Schultz at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was moderated by 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. Jones is mentioned and pictured in the Houston Chronicle, and he is quoted in two additional articles about Texas politics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the March 7 print edition.)
Texas Republicans have lost the plot when it comes to illegal voting
Dallas Observer
Boykins delays almost entire council agenda over unpromoted fire cadets
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the March 7 print edition and more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘Fox 26: The News Edge at 10 p.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston) (This segment aired twice.)

Don’t gasp, but latest pot bill makes sense for Texans [Opinion]
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Sociology and the Chavanne Senior Fellow at the Baker Institute, co-authored an op-ed about the possibility of Texas decriminalizing low-level marijuana possession.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the March 7 print edition and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Alaska’s Don Young — loose lips of Congress’ longest serving Republican
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Senator who led wave of RGV political visits not running for president
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted about Texas and national politics.
The Monitor
KTRH-AM (Houston)

1st carbon credit exchange for Texas prairies and wetlands launches in Houston
An article about the first known sale of carbon credits benefiting Texas marshes and prairies by the Texas Coastal Exchange mentions that this concept evolved from research by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
The Katy News

Walking through Houston history in ‘The River Oaks of the Dead’
William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Apollo 11 lunar landing leaves lasting legacy 50 years later
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” which was given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Inspire any audience with John Kennedy’s 4-part formula for selling the moon landing

HGO director pens book on intersection of art, spirituality
An article about a collection of essays authored by Patrick Summers mentions that the project is an extension of the talks he gave as part of Rice’s 2013 Campbell Lecture Series.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the March 7 print edition.)


‘Fox 26 News at 7 a.m.’
A broadcast mentions that the “Future of Immigration in Houston” conference was held March 7 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘Wake Up! With SallyMac & Lina 5 a.m.’
A broadcast features images of blooming azaleas from Rice’s campus.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


A ‘post-antibiotic world’?
An article mentions that Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was part of a research team that determined that the products of wastewater treatment contain antibiotic-resistant DNA.
USC Viterbi School of Engineering (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Excess dose of vitamin C helps gold nanowires grow
An article features Rice research that determined 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.
Technology Times Pakistan

Tax incentives, R&D needed to encourage power sector emissions reductions, panel says
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.
Daily Energy Insider

Scientists propose energy park instead of border wall
An article mentions that Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, co-authored a proposal to build an energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.
Civil+Structural Engineer (This article also appeared in Renewable Energy World North American.)

Embryos’ signals take multiple paths
Rice research, which determined that significant differences exist between the methods signaling pathways use to prompt cells to differentiate, is featured. Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted. Alumnus Idse Heemskerk is mentioned. A Rice video is included.

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.
Space Daily

FEMA data reveal how federal disaster aid favors the rich
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology, is quoted in an article about inequality in federal disaster relief.
Nonprofit Quarterly

Looks matter in STEM degrees, finds study
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.
Interesting Engineering (This article also appeared in Neuroscience News and Science Codex.)

The politics of yuck
John Alford, professor of political science, is cited.
The American Conservative

Corporate recruiters rate the brand value of specific B-schools
An article about the perceived reputation of top business schools by recruiters mentions Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Poets & Quants

Dave Powers, CEO of Eagle Materials, to retire
Alumnus Michael Haack is featured.
World Cement

Houston Bar Association names new executive director
An article mentions that Mindy Davidson completed certification with distinction in nonprofit leadership and certification in nonprofit finance at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Texas Bar Blog

Actually, I think there is a link between AI and the blockchain
An article mentions that Rice researchers created an application called BAYOU that uses deep learning to act as a search engine for coding.
15 MB Blog


‘Dramatically more complicated’
An article mentions a Feb. 5 symposium on data privacy held at Rice.
Manhattan Times


Peterson scores 15 to carry Rice past Charlotte 79-70
An article featuring the Rice men’s basketball team’s 79-70 win over the University of North Carolina at Charlotte March 6 mentions Owls Drew Peterson, Chris Mullins, Robert Martin and Ako Adams.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the March 7 print edition and more than 50 other media outlets.)
Charlotte 49ers fall in final home game of season
WBTV Online (This segment also aired on WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina.)
Rice Owls MBB travels to Charlotte for its final road contest
170K News

Rocket man Harden makes his point as all-time offensive weapon
Rice men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Kats win 10-9 slugfest at Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated 10-9 by Sam Houston State University March 6 at Reckling Park.
The Huntsville Item
D1 Digest: ECU’s Kuchmaner flirts with history

Baseball falls at Dallas Baptist
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma baseball team will play a three-game series against Rice March 8-10 at Reckling Park.

Women’s basketball: Smith played key role in leading UNT to verge of reaching milestone
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Texas earlier this season.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Miners set to send off Alexander on ‘Senior Night’
An article mentions that the University of Texas at El Paso women’s basketball team was defeated by Rice earlier this season.
KTSM Online

Lady Toppers control own destiny going into finale against MTSU
An article mentions that the Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team was defeated by Rice.
Bowling Green Daily News

2019 NFL Draft: Complete college pro day schedule
An article mentions that Rice will hold an NFL pro day on March 25.
SB Nation

Rice graduate transfer Wilkins picks ASU
Former Rice football player Roe Wilkins in featured and pictured. (This article also appeared in
Rice graduate transfer Roe Wilkins announces commitment
The Spun

Big 12 baseball power rankings: The Big 12 goes through Austin … for now
An article mentions that Rice defeated both Baylor University and Texas Christian University at the Shriners Hospital College Classic. The San Marcos Daily Record mentions that Rice was defeated by Texas State University during the tournament.
SB Nation 
Baseball weekend preview: Baylor Bears
Bobcats defeat Rice, Houston at Shriners College Classic
San Marcos Daily Record

Ex-Texans corner Kevin Johnson visiting Bills, Browns
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

College football rankings: Pre-spring top 130 teams
The Rice football team is mentioned.
Athlon Sports

Women’s basketball hosts No. 24 Rice for final home game
An article previews the Rice’s women’s basketball team’s March 7 game against the University of Texas at San Antonio.
UTSA Athletics

Alumni notebook: Montgomery alumna named top SoCon softball player for February
A sports roundup features Rice baseball player Addison Moss and the Owls’ 5-3 win over the University of Houston March 5.
The Courier of Montgomery County


Embryos’ signals take multiple paths
Rice University scientists have found significant differences between the methods signaling pathways use to prompt cells to differentiate – that is, whether to become organs, bone, blood vessels, nerves or skin. Rice bioscientist Aryeh Warmflash and alumnus Idse Heemskerk led a team that discovered stem cells are sensitive not only to the signals that form the “instructions” to create the pattern of the organism, but to how rapidly those signals are delivered.

What are the prospects of a new East Asian order emerging?
Despite the passage of nearly 70 years, the post-World War II sentiment embedded in the San Francisco Peace Treaty of 1951, which ended the American-led occupation of Japan and that nation’s time as an imperial power, remains intact. Award-winning researcher and scholar Gavan McCormack will address these questions and others in a March 19 talk at Rice titled “Contesting Pasts, Presents, Futures: East Asia’s ‘Japan Problem’ and ‘Korea Problem.'”

Do open educational resources improve student learning?
Open educational resources (OER), such as free textbooks, have grown in popularity in recent years as institutions and faculty work to lower costs for students, but researchers have had difficulty determining if adopting OER impacts learning. A new study by Rice researchers suggests previous OER research may have failed to turn up significant results because it has been looking at too wide a pool of students.

About Stefan De La Garza

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