Dateline Rice for March 15, 2019


Beto O’Rourke donors pass on 2020 presidential campaign
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 numerous articles about national and Texas politics.
Associated Press
‘A self-made guy,’ plainspoken Eltife now speaks for UT regents
Austin American-Statesman
Houston, we don’t have a problem: Pro-development candidate wins the battle for the Vaca Muerta
Natural Gas World
Report: The one Dem presidential candidate who could flip Texas
DML News (Similar articles also appeared in News RND, Rocket News, and Yahoo! News Singapore.)
Political competition is moderating Texas Republicans
Slinking Toward Retirement
¿Puede Beto O’Rourke replicar su campaña de 2018 y llegar a la presidencia?
Univision (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Univision Dallas.)

Citgo avoids a shutdown with US Treasury deadline extension
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted in Bloomberg about political developments in Venezuela, and the University of Houston Law Center News mentions that he participated in a panel discussion at the Denney L. Wright International Energy Tax Conference.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in BloombergQuint.)
UH Law Center symposium examined state of worldwide energy tax and investment
University of Houston Law Center News

Journey to Antarctica: What scientists think of Trump’s latest climate tweet
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.
Rolling Stone (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and Daily Magazine.)

Worms show the danger of lacking vitamin B12
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. Co-authors Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, lab manager Alexey Revtovich and Will Rice College senior Ryan Lee are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Health Gazette, Laboratory Equipment, All4Women, Health Europa and Medical Newser, and it was featured in the March 15 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)

Loved one’s death brings extra stress to undocumented immigrants
New research from Rice that examines how the loss of a loved one who was living outside the U.S. impacts relatives living in the U.S. without documentation is featured. Luz Garcini, a Rice Academy affiliate in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is quoted.

Transitions: New president at Judson College, Auburn U. names new research chief
Antonio Merlo, dean of the School of Social Sciences and the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics, is featured.
The Chronicle of Higher Education


Houston Business Journal names 2019 Landmark Awards Lifetime Achievement winner
James Furr, senior lecturer at Rice’s School of Architecture, is featured and pictured in an article that mentions that he will be honored with the 2019 Landmark Award for lifetime achievement in real estate.
Houston Business Journal

How misguided is Congress’ pending NOPEC legislation? Let us count the ways [Opinion]
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed analyzing Congress’ No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act. Krane also is quoted in a Houston Chronicle article on oil and gas companies’ relations with resource-rich countries.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the March 14 edition of Dateline.)
Oil states take harder lines, as fiscal pressures intensify
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Student blog: Silenced at home and silence abroad — religious persecution in China
Jones College senior Jefferson Ren authored an op-ed. Steven Lewis, professor in the practice and the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

HISD hoping to reduce 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 (This article appeared in the March 15 print edition and previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Is competition at all productive in the K-12 educational marketplace?  
Nonprofit Quarterly

Cassatt in the Basin! returns for residency
Alumna Jennifer Leshnower, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Odessa American

Data shows immigrants are crucial to Houston’s economic growth
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about “The Future of Immigration in Houston” conference held March 7 at the Baker Institute.

New degree program at Texas State University a first of its kind
Rice is mentioned. (This segment also aired on KXAN-TV in Austin, Texas.)


How Beto O’Rourke stacks up against other Democratic presidential candidates
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed by several media outlets about the decision by former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke to run for president in 2020.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
Rice’s Bob Stein comments on Beto O’Rourke entering presidential race
Youtube (This segment aired on Fox 5 in Washington, D.C.)
Bob Stein talks Beto O’Rourke’s presidential bid
Turner’s political future depends on firefighters
The Leader
So what will it take for O’Rourke to win the Democratic nomination? (This segment aired 10 times.)

Kroger will launch driverless delivery in Houston
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about Kroger’s decision to use autonomous vehicle delivery in Houston.
Houston Public Media

With 100 days in office so far, what has Mexico’s president done to fight corruption?
Steven Morris, nonresident scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s anti-corruption measures.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on over 25 radio stations across Texas.)

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.’
A broadcast cites the 2018 Houston Area Survey by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that over the last 10 years, local residents have expressed increasingly positive views regarding Muslims.
KTRK-TV (Houston)

KCRW-FM (Los Angeles)
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

‘Pat Gray Unleashed’
Rice is mentioned.
The Blaze (This segment aired four times.)


Rice nanomaterial soaks up more pollutants in less time
Rice researchers determined that the right-sized defects helped a molecular sieve soak up more perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in less time. Quoted and pictured are co-authors Michael Wong, chair and professor of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry, of materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering; and graduate student Chelsea Clark.
World Industrial Reporter

Da Camera presents ‘The Veil of Orpheum: Cy Twombly and Music’
Kurt Stallmann, professor of composition and theory and director of Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs, is featured.
Broadway World

A map to the music of a place
An article mentions that part of the inspiration for the Feb. 16 Shepherd School of Music outdoor performance of “Inuksuit” at Rice was the campus’ live oak grove.
Landscape Architecture Magazine

Round 2 of the 4th Annual Engineering Bracket Challenge is on
Rice is mentioned.
Machine Design

New study finds significant changes in physician opioid prescribing patterns
An article mentions that Rice is a participating institution in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Alliance, which was established in 2016 to engage leading U.S. health care researchers to encourage them to explore key questions and topics using BCBS Axis data.
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Health care advances transforming the industry
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on the impact of health care mergers and acquisitions on patient satisfaction and care.
Healthcare Tech Outlook

Analysis: Clemson University ranked most selective of South Carolina schools
Rice is mentioned.
Palmetto Business Daily


What next for Qatar’s World Cup in 2022?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the possible expansion of the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams.
Lobe Log

Archaeologists to share discoveries about medieval Saharan Africa at NU
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.
Evanston Now

Ellis College dean receives Liz Carpenter Award
Alumna Angela Boswell is featured.
Henderson State University Oracle

Mariposa Symphony Orchestra hosts annual spring concert in Mariposa and Yosemite National Park on April 6-7, 2019
An article featuring and picturing alumna Ann Miller mentions that she will perform with the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra April 6-7.
Sierra Sun Times

Check it out: Mashpee Public Library
Alumna Jane Scarborough is featured.


Mulkey, Ogwumike guide Rice to spot in semifinals
Rice’s women’s basketball team, which is ranked No. 24 in the nation, is featured in an article about the Conference USA tournament in Frisco, Texas. The top-seeded Owls defeated the University of North Texas 61-43 on March 14 in the first round of play, advancing to the semifinals against Western Kentucky University March 15. The article also mentions that Erica Ogwumike was named the conference’s Player of the Year.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article appeared in the March 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Golic & Wingo
ESPN Radio (This segment aired on 100 radio stations across the U.S.)
Bradley, Townley combine for 22 points for UNT, but No. 24 Rice too much in C-USA tourney
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Williamson’s return lifts Duke
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Women’s basketball: Rice ousts Mean Green from C-USA tourney
Denton Record-Chronicle
Lady Toppers reach semifinals to face league-favorite Rice
Bowling Green Daily News
Elgedawy, Creech double-doubles lead WKU past Old Dominion, 74-60, in C-USA quarterfinals
WBKO Online

Baseball lifts lid off league ledger this weekend, hosting Rice
The Rice baseball team faces Florida Atlantic University March 15-17 in Boca Raton, Florida.

2019 CSCAA National Invitational Championship Day 1: California Baptist University takes lead 
An article about Day 1 of the swimming and diving National Invitational Championship meet mentions the following results of Rice athletes: Ellery Parish won the women’s 500-meter freestyle and Claire Therien placed eighth; Brittany Bui placed seventh in the women’s 50-meter butterfly; the team of Marta Cano-Minarro, Becca Evans, Lindsay Mathys and Hanna Huston placed second in the 200-meter freestyle relay; Cano-Minarro placed third in the women’s 200-meter individual medley; and the team of Parish, Bui, Mathys and Phillis Range placed sixth in the 400-meter medley relay.
Swimming World Magazine

D’Antoni’s offensive style has changed over his 40-plus years of coaching 
Several articles mention that Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to Marshall University 82-65 on March 13 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall goes down to wire in tourney win over Rice
Williamson Daily News
Chuck Landon: Big Iran flashes his potential
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Elmore, Marshall blast Rice, 82-65

Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall basketball: Who says the Herd can’t play defense?
Charleston Gazette-Mail
The college hoops conference tournament roundup: Day 3
Barstool Sports

Parents ponying up to pad kids’ college resumes is a gala thing
Former Rice football player Courtney Hall is quoted and pictured.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in BloombergQuint.)

New help for NKY’s student-athletes: An injury database to boost recovery and prevention
An article mentions that Lauren Schwartz plans to play basketball at Rice.

OU baseball: Sooners look to maintain latest success, perfect home record against Missouri State
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team recently played the University of Oklahoma.
OU Daily
College baseball: Oral Roberts opens Summit League play with weekend homestand
Tulsa World

Cardinals start outdoor season with 14 wins
An article mentions Rice’s March 22 Victor Lopez Invitational track meet.
Louisville Cardinals

No. 32 Tech tops UCF, 4-2
An article mentions that Texas Tech University’s tennis team will compete in the March 22 Rice Invitational.
Daily Toreador

Cowboys expected to sign veteran DL Covington
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured. (Similar articles also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Former Texan DL Christian Covington signs 1-year deal with Cowboys
Christian Covington heading to Dallas Cowboys on 1-year deal
‘News 4 at San Antonio at 5 p.m.’
WOAI-TV (San Antonio. This segment aired twice.)
How new Cowboys DL Christian Covington can help improve the Dallas defense
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Houston Methodist Society celebrates record $8 million raised
An article mentions that Joshua Harris is a consulting physician for Rice athletic programs.

Tech women start Big 12 tennis slate at home
An article mentions that Texas Tech University’s women’s tennis recently defeated Rice.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Waxahachie Daily Light, Stephenville Empire-Tribune, Brownwood Bulletin, Valley Town Crier, Nueces County Record Star, Alice Echo News Journal and

Utes take down Purple Eagles in Provo
An article mentions that the University of Arizona baseball team recently defeated Rice.
Daily Utah Chronicle


Convict leasing symposium at Rice will place the ‘Sugar Land 95’ in national context
Since the April 2018 discovery of 95 bodies buried on land that once belonged to the Imperial State Prison Farm in Sugar Land, convict leasing has become a national topic of conversation. And while many Americans had never heard of this form of forced labor before then, historians have long studied the practice — which was, in essence, legalized slavery in a post-Civil War nation. “Capitalism and Convict Leasing in the American South: A Symposium” will be held at April 12 at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies and feature four lectures by leading experts on the history of convict leasing.

About Stefan De La Garza

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