Dateline Rice for March 13, 2019


Rice guard Erica Ogwumike, coach Tina Langley get C-USA honors
Several articles about Conference USA women’s basketball awards mention that Rice head coach Tina Langley was named the league’s coach of the year and Owl Erica Ogwumike was named player of the year. Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey were named first-team All-C-USA. The Owls are the top-seeded team in the conference tournament and will play the University of North Texas on March 14 in Frisco, Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
WBB: Rice sweeps player, coach of the year honors
Conference USA tournament preview: Can anyone challenge Rice?
SB Nation


The Wired guide to CRISPR
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.

Former eBay CIO Dan Morales to join Universal Music Group
Alumnus Dan Morales is featured and pictured.
Universal Music Group hires eBay veteran Dan Morales as chief information officer
Music Business Worldwide


Venezuelan opposition ambassador meets with diaspora in Houston
An article mentions that the ambassador of Venezuela’s opposition government, Carlos Vecchio, met with members of the local Venezuelan community at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Midday’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

HISD seeks outside help, increased advertising to stop enrollment losses
An article mentions that the Houston Independent School District (HISD) will partner with the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the University of Houston to analyze enrollment patterns, demographic data and community feedback to help guide HISD’s decision-making.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Where Houston graduate programs landed on US News & World Report’s 2020 rankings
An article about U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 rankings highlights Rice’s graduate business program and undergraduate engineering programs.
Houston Business Journal
UT Austin is among the top research universities in latest US News ranking of graduate schools 
UT News

Investigation, cleanup of Trinity Bay crash could take a year
Ronald Sass, the Harry C. and Olga Keith Wiess Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and 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, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s Cleveland Advocate

Plant tests now making power without emissions
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, is quoted about the possibility of increased use of carbon capture in Texas industries. 
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster

Apollo 11 lunar landing leaves big legacy
An article about Houston’s role in space exploration pictures President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” which was given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Friendswood Journal, Pearland Journal and Bay Area Citizen, and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Life lessons inspire excellence in medical education
An article mentions that bioengineers at Rice design and test materials and structures that could become the foundation of lab-grown or printed livers and kidneys.
Baylor College of Medicine News

Christine Dobbyn ‏to leave ABC13 KTRK
A slideshow featuring Christine Dobbyn mentions that she is attending Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

How one Austin entrepreneur is reaping the spoils of SXSW — even without a badge
Alumnus Hrish Lotlikar is featured and pictured.
Austin Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Day trips: ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace, Houston
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.
The Austin Chronicle

Two of Houston’s top culinary boss ladies team up
Alumna Claire Smith is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Freewheels Houston changes lives through rebuilding bikes 
An article mentions that Rice Bikes helped Freewheels Houston recondition bicycles that were ultimately donated to refugees from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
Houston Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Katy Rancher and Memorial Examiner.)

GOP speech bill sides with alt-right activists
Rice is mentioned.
Austin Chronicle


‘Action News at 11’
Brown College junior Hazel Scott is interviewed about participating in the “Solar Spring Break” program, which installs no-cost solar panels for low-income families.
KFSN-TV (Fresno, California; this segment aired four times.)


Is analog signal processing the future of AI?
Gene Frantz, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, is pictured and quoted.
EE Times

From data centers to demand curves, experts mull over the future of energy
Charles McConnell, former executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Electric Light & Power

Community spotlight: Interview of experts in the cutting-edge field of generative design from Autodesk
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is mentioned.

Dr. Jessica Howard appointed president, CEO of Chemeketa Community College
Alumna Jessica Howard is featured and pictured.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Episcopalians, Methodists ponder full-communion proposal after UMC vote
Wiess College junior Michael McDowell is quoted.
Episcopal News Service

MarTech interview with Tony Chen, CEO, Channel Factory
An article featuring Tony Chen mentions that he attended Rice.
MarTech Series (This article also appeared in Adweek.)

Houston Grand Opera announces 2019-20 HGO Studio artists
An article about the 2019-20 Houston Grand Opera Studio participants features Shepherd School of Music alumnus Geoffrey Hahn. It mentions that Lindsay Kate Brown earned an artist diploma in opera studies at Rice and that Nicholas Newton and Dorothy Gal have performed at Rice.
Broadway World

Midway’s East River Project to include office, retail, hotel
William Marsh Rice is mentioned.

Is the cloud mature enough for high-performance computing?
An article mentions the Oil and Gas HPC Conference recently hosted by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology.
Journal of Petroleum Technology 
Oil and gas supercloud clears out remaining Knights Landing inventory: All 38,000 wafers

HPC Wire


Join the Argyros for an evening of world-class musicianship
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

Archaeologists gather at Northwestern to share latest discoveries about medieval Saharan Africa
An article mentions that Susan Keech McIntosh, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology, will give the keynote address at a symposium titled “Trans-Saharan Exchange and the Global Medieval: Visual and Cultural Studies Research at the Crossroads of Disciplines and Regions” April 26 at Northwestern University.
Northwestern University News

Venezuela crisis hits home in Atchison
An article featuring Juan Araque mentions that he attended Rice.
News-Press Now

Dunleavy nominates BLM petroleum engineer to oil and gas conservation board
An article mentions that Jessie Chmielowski attended Rice.
Anchorage Daily News

Ken Stickney: The Texas that terrifies … or not
Rice is mentioned.
The Port Arthur News

Bledsoe to give lecture on Confederate monuments
An article mentions that Drew Bledsoe formerly taught at Rice.
The Chattanoogan

STAR student announced at MCHS
Rice is mentioned.
Morgan County Citizen


Rice seeks another upset over Marshall
Rice’s men’s basketball team faces Marshall University March 13 at the Conference USA tournament in Frisco, Texas. Head coach Scott Pera and player Robert Martin are quoted in the Houston Chronicle, and Owl Chris Mullins is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 13 print edition.)
MBB: 1st round coverage     
Marshall basketball: Herd opens C-USA tournament versus Rice

Charleston Gazette-Mail
Texas and New Mexico NCAA college basketball conference tournaments 2019
Times Record News 
Herd near top of C-USA in fan support

Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Conference USA basketball notebook: Marshall gets good fan support at workout

Charleston Gazette-Mail
Umoja Gibson accomplishes comeback season by making All-Freshman team
North Texas Daily
USM’s Draine named C-USA’s co-Sixth Man of the Year
Hub City Spokes
‘Early News Today’
WVVA-TV (Bluefield, West Virginia)

Baseball: Walks catch up to Cards in 12-5 loss to Owls
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team defeated Lamar University 12-5 on March 12.
The Port Arthur News (This article also appeared at
‘The Morning Show’
KBTV-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

Texas State goes 2-1 in series against UCONN
An article mentions that Texas State University’s baseball team will play Rice March 13 at Reckling Park.
Texas State University Star

Plan Your Weekend: March 21-24, 2019
A Houston-area events roundup mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio March 22-24 at Reckling Park.
365 Things To Do in Houston

College admissions case: UT tennis coach and charges of a $60,000 payoff
Several articles mention that Rice’s tennis team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 5-2 on March 12.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
UT men’s head tennis coach on administrative leave after bribery allegations Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.)
Texas tennis coach Michael Center placed on leave after charges filed in academic scandal
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
No. 3 Texas beats Rice, 5-2, amid head coaching scandal
UT The Daily Texan
‘I wouldn’t be concerned about losing focus in the next few days’: Texas reacts to coach’s indictment

Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
‘Fox 10 News’
KTBC-TV (Austin)

OU baseball: Sooners beat Texas-Arlington, 9-1, behind solid offensive production, Ben Abram’s shutdown outing
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma’s baseball team recently defeated Rice.
The Oklahoma Daily

Davila named SLC Hitter of the Week
An article mentions that Sam Houston State University’s baseball team defeated Rice March 6.
KBTX Online

Tournament time in Frisco
An article mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio’s men’s basketball team defeated Rice earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics

16 facts to get you ready for the girls’ basketball state tournament
An article mentions that Maddie Scherr plans to play basketball at Rice.
Lexington Herald Leader

Editorial: Hoppel runs his way into upper class of local athletes
An article mentions that TaNisha Mills was on Rice’s 1,600-meter relay team that won the NCAA indoor championship in 1997.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Torres takes best athlete title; Jackson ‘saves’ UTRGV
Rice’s track and field program is mentioned.

Giants trade Odell Beckham Jr. to Browns, Jets get Le’Veon Bell
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Breaking down Texans safety Tashaun Gipson’s $22.5 million deal
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Breaking down Texans corner Bradley Roby’s $10 million deal
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Kansas, fired football coach David Beaty at odds over $3M
Former assistant football coach David Beaty is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

2-sport star agrees to play both at Southwestern
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s Cleveland Advocate


Organizations must collaborate to address Houston’s food deserts
Nearly a quarter of a million people in the Houston area lack access to healthy food, and research shows that unequal access to healthy food is likely to blame for some negative health outcomes. A new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research says collaboration between hunger-fighting organizations is necessary to address the problem.

Defects help nanomaterial soak up more pollutant in less time
Cleaning pollutants from water with a defective filter sounds like a non-starter, but a recent study by chemical engineers at Rice found that the right-sized defects helped a molecular sieve soak up more perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in less time.

Migration Policy Institute President Selee to speak at Rice March 18
Deeply intertwined social, economic, business, cultural and personal relationships between the United States and Mexico mean the U.S.-Mexico border is more like a seam than a barrier, according to a new book by Migration Policy Institute President Andrew Selee. Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host Selee on March 18 for a discussion of his book, “Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together.”

Death of loved ones is hard on undocumented immigrants
New research from Rice examines how the loss of a loved one who was living outside the U.S. impacts relatives living in the U.S. without documentation. It determined that 85 percent of study participants had experienced a transnational death in their families, and those individuals were more than twice as likely to meet the criteria for clinically significant psychological distress compared with individuals who had not.

Rice U. study highlights danger of vitamin B12 deficiency
Using roundworms, one of Earth’s simplest animals, Rice bioscientists have found the first direct link between a diet with too little vitamin B12 and an increased risk of infection by two potentially deadly pathogens.

About Stefan De La Garza

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