Dateline Rice for March 8, 2019


No. 24 Rice women complete undefeated Conference USA season
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 72-46 on March 7 to finish undefeated in Conference USA play. Owls Erica Ogwumike, Nancy Mulkey and Lauren Grigsby are mentioned.
USA Today (This Associated Press article also appeared in the March 8 print edition of the Houston Chronicle and more than 70 other media outlets.)
Roadrunners close 2018-19 season in loss to No. 24 Rice
UTSA Athletics


Political competition is moderating Texas Republicans
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 in several articles about national and Texas politics.
The Economist (Subscription is required.)
The new Iowa? 2020 presidential candidates descend on Austin for SXSW conference
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Daily American and
Houston Democrat Lizzie Fletcher: Life in the center of the political crossfire
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

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.
NSF Science360 (This article was a featured headline on the March 8 edition of the Science360 newsletter and homepage.)


Reducing immigration would deal big blow to local economy, study finds
An article mentions “The Future of Immigration in Houston” conference held March 7 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and quotes Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the institute’s Mexico Center. The conference is featured in Construction Citizen.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 8 print edition and more than 25 other media outlets.)
Study: Immigrants paid more than $9 billion in federal taxes, $3.5 billion in state and local taxes in 2016 in Houston alone
Construction Citizen (This article also appeared in TexasGOPVote.)

Experts share concerns, alternatives for proposed Texas coastal barrier
An article cites the Galveston Bay Park flood mitigation plan presented by Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Community Impact Newspaper

Social Chains brings verified identity, blockchain tokens to social media
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the privacy challenges facing a local blockchain-based social media company.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area
A local business events roundup mentions that alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will speak about public policy as it relates to commercial properties at a Certified Commercial Investment Member luncheon March 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Freewheels Houston wants you to donate those bikes you don’t use anymore
An article mentions that Rice Bikes helped Freewheels Houston recondition bicycles that were ultimately donated to refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Perryman optimistic about US, Texas economies
Alumnus Ray Perryman is featured and pictured.
Longview News-Journal

Removing art from Rothko Chapel is a moving experience
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

French Embassy hosts 2nd French American Innovation Day at TMC Innovation Institute
An article mentions that experts from Rice spoke at the second French American Innovation Day, which was held at the Texas Medical Center’s Innovation Institute March 7.
Texas Medical Center News

Walkable Houston: Zone 4 in the Museum District 
An article mentions Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
365 Things To Do in Houston

10 best bets this weekend in Houston: It’s raining cats and dogs
A Houston-area events roundup cites demographic research from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Press

Influential Houston real estate website announces sudden shutter
Larry Albert, lecturer in architecture, is quoted.
CultureMap Houston

Walking among the dead
William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

A Houston-area arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is exhibiting “Natasha Bowdoin: Sideways to the Sun,” “Michel Blazy: We Were the Robots” and “Momoko Seto: PLANET” through May 18 and “Justin Brice Guariglia: WE ARE THE ASTEROID III” through April 15.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 8 print edition.)


How tutoring his cousin led Sal Khan to revolutionize online education
An article mentions that Khan Academy founder Sal Khan recently spoke at Rice.
Houston Public Media


Who’ll serve as AI’s watchdog? Experts trade suggestions at AI2 policy workshop
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, is quoted and pictured.

CRISPR license agreements prohibit misuse, but enforcement is challenging
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.
GenomeWeb (Subscription is required.)

Research: Scientists find differentiating cells do not all respond the same when told to change
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.
Tdnews (This article also appeared in Science Daily and 7thSpace Interactive.)

Getting closer to a scary ‘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.

5 futuristic materials that could reshape architecture and design
A materials roundup highlights Rice research that developed an innovative, “programmable” cement and cites Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Metropolis Magazine

NPR investigation finds FEMA aid favors the rich and white
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about inequality in federal disaster relief.

Researchers develop chemically triggered electrical protein switches
Rice researchers developed electrical switches built from proteins, which could facilitate next-generation bioelectronics. Joff Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology graduate program, and graduate student Josh Atkinson are quoted.
Ace Newz

Getty acquires 105 glass plate holograms, Ethiopian emperor’s locks of hair repatriated
An article mentions that Rice Public Art acquired Ursula von Rydingsvard’s 7-foot sculpture “Malutka II,” which will be installed near the Cambridge Office Building entrance, and Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #1115: Circle within a square, each with broken bands of color,” which was a gift from alumnus H. Russell Pitman ’58, will be installed in the Dean’s Commons of the Anderson-Clark Center.


Positive parenting: Adjusting after a move
Anna Rhodes, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
WFMZ Allentown

Exotic synchronization patterns emerge in a simple network
An article mentions that Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-authored a study analyzing emergent network behaviors.
UC Davis News (This article also appeared in 7thSpace Interactive.)

Spring break 2019: Colleges on spring break March 10-16
Rice’s Lovett Hall is pictured.
Crestview News Bulletin

Howard Schultz hires former NRCC consultants, staffers for 3rd party bid
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,
Hot Air

GRCC students saved $3.3 million using free textbooks from OpenStax
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.

World War II veteran from Latrobe was ‘all about photography’
An article featuring alumnus Harry Frye died Feb. 23 at 94.
Tarentum Valley News Dispatch

Members discuss BSU, hopes for the organization’s future
An article mentions that Frelicia Tucker attended Rice.
The Daily Princetonian


Rice looks to extend streak vs. Charlotte
The Rice men’s basketball team’s March 9 game against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is previewed.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

What to watch for this weekend in college baseball
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma baseball team will play a three-game series against Rice March 8-10 at Reckling Park. Owl Trei Cruz is mentioned in OU Daily.
Baseball America
OU baseball: Weekend series at Rice features two red-hot shortstops
OU Daily
Baseball to face Rice in road series

9 innings with Rice pitcher Evan Kravetz
Rice baseball player Evan Kravetz is pictured and featured in a Q&A. The article mentions that Rice baseball will host Jewish Community Day on March 24.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Minus their ace, Bears trying to pick up pieces and solve puzzle a new way
An article mentions that the Rice baseball team defeated Baylor University at the Shriners Hospital College Classic.
The Eagle (This article also appeared in Waco Tribune-Herald.)

UConn baseball continues tough nonconference slate against Texas State
An article mentions that the Texas State University and Sam Houston State University baseball teams defeated Rice earlier this season.
UConn Daily Campus

HCHSA Insider: Sam McGuffie moves on to next challenge
Former Rice football player Sam McGuffie is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

James Harden is MVP favorite and can write his name in history books, says NBA legend George Gervin
Rice men’s head basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted.
SkySports (This article also appeared in The Samford Crimson.)

Marshall heating up at the right time
An article mentions that Marshall University men’s basketball team will play Rice in the first round of the Conference USA basketball tournament March 13.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch 
Marshall basketball: Herd’s 4-game win streak is C-USA’s best

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Confident Lady Toppers beat MTSU to earn 1st-round tournament bye
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team is the top-seeded team in the Conference USA tournament.
Bowling Green Daily News

Regular season wraps up at Southern Miss
An article about the University of Texas at San Antonio’s men’s basketball team mentions that the Roadrunners defeated Rice earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics

Katy ISD students sign with prestigious colleges
An article mentions that Conner Hughes plans to play football at Rice.
The Katy News


Rice University experts available at CERAWeek
More than a dozen experts from Rice will speak or participate in meetings and workshops at CERAWeek and Innovation Agora @ CERAWeek, an international gathering of energy industry leaders and experts, government officials and policymakers, which will be held at the Hilton Americas-Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston from March 11-15.

About Stefan De La Garza

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