Dateline Rice for March 21, 2019


Mitsui petrochemical unit probed after Texas fire rages for days
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about a recent Houston-area industrial park fire.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Danger grows as toxic cloud paralyzes Houston’s refinery row
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Is Betomania real or phony?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an op-ed about 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke. Stein is also quoted and interviewed by KTRH about Houston politics.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
Prop B dragging down Mayor Turner’s re-election bid
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired seven times.)

Trump’s flawed plan to oust Maduro
Christopher Sabatini, nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the risks of U.S. attempts to force a regime change in Venezuela.
Foreign Affairs

Are health apps putting your privacy at risk?
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted.
Consumer Reports


NASA is ever-present in Houston area for more than 50 years
An article about the role of Houston in the development of the space industry mentions that Rice donated land in 1961 that would later become NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center. Rice Centennial Historian Melissa Kean ’96 is quoted. The late alumnus George R. Brown, who was chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees at the time of the land donation, and the late alumnus and former U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas are mentioned. The full text of President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech,” which was given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured in a separate article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Listen: Houston embraces its Space City designation
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘We choose to go to the moon:’ The text of Kennedy’s speech at Rice University in 1962 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Study: More than 475,000 Harris County residents live in units at risk of flooding
An article features a study by the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, which includes Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and other Houston-area institutions, that determined that almost half a million Harris County residents live in multifamily units at risk of flooding. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 21 print edition.)

Mexico’s AMLO takes nationalist tone on energy during first 100 days in office
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 Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s first 100 days in office.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Grassroots efforts help Houston’s Arab studies programs thrive
An article about endowed chairs in Arab studies in Houston quotes and pictures Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Education Foundation Professor in Arabic Studies at Rice. Allen Matusow, the William Gaines Twyman Professor Emeritus and Director of Academic Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Anita Hill to talk #MeToo at Rice on Monday
An article featuring Anita Hill, who 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, quotes Helena Michie, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities and director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. The event is part of Rice’s Gray/Wawro Lecture Series in Gender, Health and Well-being.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

An El Paso lawmaker wants to decriminalize marijuana in Texas. Can it happen?
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 two articles.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Wichita Falls Times-Record News and Corpus Christi Caller-Times.)
Survey: Majority of independent voters lean toward a party

Rice University’s angel network to be powered by Cannon Ventures
An article mentions that the Rice Angel Network will partner with Cannon Ventures to better provide capital to startups. Alumni Lawson Gow and Kyle Fletcher are quoted.
InnovationMap Houston

Critic’s choice
An article mentions that the Fauré Piano Quartett will perform March 26 at the Shepherd School of Music’s Stude Hall.
Texas Classical Review

Paul A. Pavlou named Bauer College of Business dean
An article featuring and picturing alumnus Paul Pavlou mentions that he will be the next Dean and Cullen Distinguished Chair of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
Bauer Ticker


Should CIOs be futurists?
Klara Jelinkova, vice president for international operations and information technology and chief information officer at Rice, is featured in a podcast.
CIO-Talk Network


Secretary Benson forms Election Security Commission
An article mentions that Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, was named to Michigan’s Election Security Commission. (This aricle also appeared in Fox 47 Online.)

This is my version of cleaning out the garage
New research from Rice and Texas Tech University has found that drivers often fail to spot hazards missed by automated vehicles, and it only gets worse the longer drivers ride in them. Co-author Pat DeLucia, professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
The Journal

Women leading the AI industry: ‘The primary concern I have is bias in AI’ — Rebecca Parsons 
Alumna Rebecca Parsons is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Thrive Global

CSUN names new provost and vice president for academic affairs
Alumna Mary Beth Walker is featured and pictured.
CSUN Today (This article also appeared in
CSU Northridge taps Dr. Mary Beth Walker as provost, VP for academic affairs
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Kiip replaces CEO Brian Wong after sexual assault indictment
An article mentions that a Rice student filed a sexual assault report with the Rice University Police Department in 2016 against Brian Wong.


Outside the Box to bring internationally known musicians and composers to Carbondale
Arthur Gottschalk, professor of composition and theory and the chair of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
The Southern

Powerful Dayton dames everyone should know
Alumna Cassie Barlow is featured and pictured.
WHIO Online (This article also appeared in


Rice’s Erica Ogwumike eager to begin her NCAA experience
Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured in the Houston Chronicle, and additional articles mention that the Owls, who are ranked No. 21 in the nation and the No. 12 seed in the Chicago Region of the NCAA Tournament, will play fifth-seeded Marquette University in their first-round game March 22 in College Station, Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Alumni notebook: Montgomery County has pair of hoopers to watch during March Madness
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Former Houston high school stars in the women’s NCAA Tournament
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
The beginner’s guide to the Marquette women’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament: Bracket, schedule, TV channels 
NCAAW tournament preview: Stanford and others hope to spoil Notre Dame’s repeat hopes in the Chicago region

SB Nation 
Women’s basketball preps for postseason, North 
Women’s basketball: UNT eager to make history in rare postseason game
Denton Record-Chronicle

10 best bets this weekend in Houston: Star Wars in concert and at Rice Owls
A Houston-area events roundup highlights Rice baseball’s “Star Wars Night” March 22 as the Owls compete against the University of Texas at San Antonio at Reckling Park.
Houston Press

1st profiles of Wampus Cat Hall of Fame inductees released
An article mentions that former Rice track and field athlete Julie Jiskra earned NCAA Division I All-American honors in the 10,000 meters in 1991, and was awarded the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award for most outstanding female athlete and the Fred J. and Florence Stancliff Award for academic achievement and outstanding track and field performance at Rice.
Log Cabin Democrat

Aggie baseball rolls to 8-3 win over Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by Texas A&M University 8-3 March 19.
WTAW Online
Aggies secure non-conference win before heading into SEC series
The Battalion
D1 Digest: Hogs go wild in Austin
Aggies take down Rice, 8-3, behind another strong offensive performance
Aggies roll to 8-3 win over Rice
KAGS Online
No. 18 Aggies close out homestand with 8-3 win over Rice
KBTX Online (This broadcast also aired on KBTX-TV in College Station.)
No. 13 Texas A&M coasts to win over Rice at Blue Bell
Texas A&M baseball rises in national rankings
SB Nation

McNeese’s Elliott places 4th, Cowboys 6th at Lake Charles Toyota Invitational
An article about the 2019 McNeese/Lake Charles Toyota Invitational golf tournament results mentions Rice.
KPLC Online

Analysis: Is VCU coach Mike Rhoades a potential fit at UNLV?
Former Rice head men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades is featured.
Las Vegas Sun

Lamar to host Mississippi College in 2020, play at SMU in 2022
An article mentions that Lamar University’s football team will play Rice Sept. 26, 2020.

Knights spring break in San Antonio
An article mentions Rice’s March 22 Victor Lopez Invitational track meet.
Sealy News              
Today and Friday’s sports calendar

Daily Comet Houma Courier


Russian ambassador to US to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 10
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, will visit Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 10 to address the current state of the U.S.-Russian relationship from his country’s perspective and participate in a moderated discussion with Baker Institute Director Edward Djerejian.

Bacteria bide their time when antibiotics attack
Anatoly Kolomeisky, a Rice professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering, considers antibiotic resistance “the most serious problem of the 21st century,” and proposes a better way to understand how to prescribe antibiotics to kill every last bacterium or at least discourage them from developing resistance.

About Stefan De La Garza

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