Dateline Rice for March 19, 2019


1st NCAA berth in 14 years has Owls flying high
Numerous articles feature Rice’s women’s basketball team, which is ranked No. 21 in the nation and is a No. 12 seed in the Chicago Region of the NCAA Tournament. The Owls will play fifth-seeded Marquette University in their first-round game March 22 in College Station, Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sports section in the March 19 print edition.)
Rice women’s NCAA worthiness is no surprise to Tina Langley
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sports section in the March 19 print edition.) 
Rice women earn 12-seed in NCAA Tournament; will face Marquette Friday in College Station
KPRC Click2Houston Online
Rice Lady Owls get No. 12 seed in NCAA women’s tourney
KTRK-TV Online
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
No. 21 Rice to face Marquette in NCAA 1st round
Conference USA
Marquette got an extra 2 hours to prepare for Rice, its 1st-round women’s NCAA opponent
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Marquette women’s basketball to play Rice in 1st round of NCAA Tournament; bracket leaked early
WTMJ Online
‘WISN 12 News This Morning’
WISN-TV (Milwaukee) (This segment aired six times.)
Marquette women’s basketball will play Rice in the 2019 NCAA Tournament 1st round
Anonymous Eagle
Women’s basketball receives No. 5 seed, faces No. 12 Rice Friday
Marquette Wire
5 takeaways from the NCAA women’s basketball bracket reveal
Texas A&M selected to 14th straight NCAA Tournament, hosts Wright State in NCAA 1st round Friday 
KBTX Online
NCAA women’s bracket revealed early after leak; A&M a No. 4 seed and 5 p.m. party still a go
A&M women selected to 14th straight NCAA Tournament, hosts Wright State in 1st round Friday 
WTAW Online
A&M gets No. 4 seed in NCAA tourney; Chennedy Carter to return
Aggies host 1st and 2nd round of women’s NCAA Tournament
Women’s basketball to host 1st and 2nd round games in 2019 NCAA Tournament
The Battalion
Maryland gets No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament
Houston Chronicle (This Washington Post article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
NCAA women’s tournament bracket revealed early by ESPN after ‘technical error’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
ESPN accidentally reveals women’s NCAA Tournament bracket before selection show
Chicago Sun-Times
ESPN seemingly leaks women’s NCAA bracket hours early
Axios Sports
NCAA bracket breakdown: Chicago Region


FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how the possible expansion of the World Cup soccer tournament from 32 to 48 teams may affect Middle East politics.
Agence France Presse (This article also appeared in 100 other media outlets.)

New facial bone might someday be grown from the patient’s rib
An article features collaborative research by Rice scientists who have developed a way to grow live bone in animal studies, which may offer a new way to treat severe head and facial injuries. Co-authors Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and graduate student Gerry Koons are quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.) 
Method grows a new jawbone from a rib


US student groups oppose new foreign student restrictions
An article mentions that graduate student associations from five Texas universities, including Rice, co-authored an open letter to elected officials opposing certain federal policies that may deter international students from seeking graduate degrees in the U.S. Graduate student Jason Guo is quoted.

Defects in filter speed cleanup of toxic chemical in water
Rice research that determined that the right-sized defects helped a molecular sieve soak up more perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in less time is featured.
NSF Science360 (This research was a featured “Headline” on the Science360 News homepage and in the March 19 newsletter, and the research also appeared in AZoNano.)

What to know about US computer science degrees
An article mentions that Master of Computer Science students at Rice participate in summer internships at top companies in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report

Axios AM
A news roundup mentions that two authors writing a biography about former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker have researched his archives at Rice.
Axios (Scroll to “5. Coming attractions.”)


In Beto O’Rourke’s shadow, Julián Castro brings long-shot presidential campaign to Dallas
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 three articles about 2020 presidential hopefuls from Texas.
Dallas Morning News
Beto fundraising record: $6.1 million from donors is an ‘important number’ for O’Rourke
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in
O’Rourke, despite gaffes, rakes in record campaign contributions (This segment aired seven times.)

Poland representatives place wreath at Bush gravesite during visit to Texas A&M
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
The Eagle

Campus Chronicles weekly roundup (March 19-26)
An events roundup at Houston-area universities mentions that Anita Hill will give a talk titled “From Social Movement to Social Impact: Putting an End to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace” on March 25 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Pillsbury: Amanda G. Halter named managing partner in Houston
Alumna Amanda Halter is featured.
Southeast Texas Record

5 events to check out in Houston this week 
An article mentions that Rice Media Center will screen “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet” March 20.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)


White Oak Bayou’s new flood alert system warns people in real time
An article about a new flood alert system developed by Rice experts to monitor and provide real-time information about the White Oak Bayou, one of Houston’s most flood-prone bodies of water, quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, and mentions Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering.
KPRC Click2Houston Online

Religious and community leaders attend interfaith vigil at Queens mosque
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Spectrum News (The accompanying video segment also aired on Spectrum News NY 1.)

‘Fox 26 News at 7 a.m.’
Alumna Neha Gupta, founder of College Shortcuts, is interviewed.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


The expertise trap: When experts fail at problem solving
Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
CEOWorld Magazine

Forget graphene CPUs, AMD says ‘we’re stuck on silicon for at least 7-10 years’
An article mentions the Oil and Gas HPC Conference recently hosted by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. Rice videos of speakers at the conference are included.
Intel is ‘ahead of where we expected to be’ on its latest 10nm products

Universal Music Group appoints Dan Morales to chief information officer
Alumnus Dan Morales is featured and pictured.
Radio Facts

How to explore Houston’s booming art scene
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.

Here are the final four candidates for the USF president spot and the questions that come with them
Rice is mentioned.
Tampa Bay Business Journal


‘All-Star’ authors reflect on writing and book festival as it celebrates 25 years
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” will speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s “An Evening with Festival All-Stars — Lee Smith, Adriana Trigiani and Douglas Brinkley” on March 20.
University of Virginia News (This article also appeared in UVA Today.)

Chancellor Tom George discusses ‘Soccer Balls from Outer Space’ during Astronomy on Tap event
An article mentions the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
UMSL Daily

‘Our Monologues’ painfully raw, powerful showcase of inclusivity
An article mentions that Rice debuted “The Vagina Monologues: Rice’s Critical Approach 2019,” which pairs the original monologues with discussions of the play’s problems and its historical context.
Daily Californian

Startup prodigy Brian Wong charged with sexual assault from incident at SXSW
An article mentions that a Rice student filed a sexual assault report with the Rice University Police Department in 2016 against Brian Wong.

September 12, 1962 — President John F. Kennedy at Rice University, Houston, Texas
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.

Trine’s bridge club growing, becoming more competitive
An article mentions that students from Rice have competed in online bridge tournaments.

Courtney Lang: Candidate profile
Alumna Courtney Lang is featured and pictured.
Chicago Daily Herald


Aggies host Rice Tuesday
The Rice baseball team will face Texas A&M University on March 19 in College Station.
KBTX Online
No. 13 Texas A&M set to host Rice in midweek action
Texas A&M baseball makes Aggies forget about basketball season

Pepperdine athletics: Waves women’s tennis upsets 2 top-ranked teams
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team was defeated by Pepperdine University 4-2 on March 15 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Malibu Surfside News

UMaine swimmer claims runner-up finish in 100 freestyle at nationals
An article about the results of the CSCAA National Invitational mentions that Rice’s swimming team earned second place overall.
Bangor Daily News

Weekly Sports Preview: March 18-24
Articles mention that Rice’s men’s golf team will compete in the Lake Charles Invitational in Louisiana March 18-19.
The Daily Toreador

Spring practice opens in San Antonio
An article mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio’s football team will play Rice on Oct. 19.
UTSA Athletics

OU baseball: Sooners rank No. 25 in Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball polls
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma baseball team won its series against Rice earlier this season.
The Oklahoma Daily

Texas rises into top 10 in latest D1Baseball rankings
An article mentions that Texas Christian University’s baseball team lost to Rice earlier this season.
SB Nation

Tiger to play WGC tournament in Austin
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo is mentioned or featured in several articles.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 19 print edition.)
Eagles and Sendejo seem like a good fit
Eagles sign Andrew Sendejo
Sports Radio 94 WIP 
Philadelphia Eagles sign safety Andrew Sendejo

UTRGV women to compete in Women’s Basketball Invitational — will play North Texas
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team won the Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2017.
The Monitor

Texas A&M-Commerce says two players were shot during robbery attempt
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Texas State’s season to continue in Tournament, set to host Florida International
An article mentions that the men’s basketball teams from both Texas State University and Florida International University defeated Rice earlier this season.
San Marcos Daily Record

These are the QBs Nick Saban has signed at Alabama
Former Rice football player Nick Fanuzzi is mentioned.


Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 will be Rice University’s 2019 commencement speaker
Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 will deliver the 2019 commencement address at Rice May 11. A native Houstonian, Parker graduated from Rice with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, psychology and sociology. She served as Houston’s 61st mayor, from 2010 to 2016, was the first openly gay mayor of a major U.S. city and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2010.

Rice U. experts available to discuss 400th anniversary of slavery in America
The first documented African slaves arrived in what would become America 400 years ago, landing in Point Comfort, Virginia, in August 1619. “That’s the foundational moment of the African-American experience,” said Rice assistant professor of history Daniel Domingues, one of two Rice Africanists and experts available to comment on the significance of this arrival and its anniversary.

About Stefan De La Garza

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