Dateline Rice for April 10, 2019


The $100 billion man: Aramco CEO delivers record-breaking bond
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. An op-ed authored by Krane appears in The Pak Banker.
BloombergQuint (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
6 months after Khashoggi killing, foreign investors flock to Saudi bond sale
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Investors flock to Saudi oil giant’s 1st international bonds
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A financial behemoth
The Pak Banker (This op-ed appeared in the April 8 print edition.)

How scientists saw the ‘unseeable’ — and captured the 1st image of a black hole
Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted in an article about the first image of a black hole.
Popular Science

‘Blackness isn’t safe, anywhere’: How the church burnings in Louisiana send a dangerous message
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
NBC News (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Living abroad boosts your decision-making clarity
An article highlights collaborative research involving Rice that determined living abroad increases “self-concept clarity.”

Algorithms for parole can have serious bias problems
A study by Robert Werth, senior lecturer in sociology, that determined risk-assessment tools used by decision-makers in the criminal justice system to help determine the fate of people accused or convicted of crimes can have problems that reinforce bias is featured.

Venezuela sanctions now hitting ships
Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on the political turmoil and economic crisis in Venezuela April 5 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
The Washington Times (This article appeared in the April 8 print edition.)


Mental health was Harvey’s greatest toll
An article features the first results of the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund, which determined that the storm’s greatest lingering toll was on Houstonians’ mental health. Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen (This article also appeared in the April 10 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal, Friendswood Journal, Pasadena Citizen and Deer Park Broadcaster.)

The bubble-verse: A window has opened
Jo Nelson, assistant professor of mathematics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This New York Times article appeared in the April 10 print edition of the Chronicle’s Science Weekly magazine, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Houston named the most diverse city in the US in recent survey
A study that determined that Houston is the most diverse city in the U.S. mentions that it used demographic data from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Rice University celebrates LGBTQ Pride this week
An article mentions that Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, recently gave a talk at the Rice Memorial Center about LGBTQ history at the university. The talk was part of Pride week, which runs through April 14 and is organized by the Rice Queer Resource Center.

WE seniors named National Merit finalists
Rice is mentioned.
Wylie News


The extraordinary life of James Baker
An article and broadcast featuring James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, mentions that he spoke with former President Barack Obama at the Baker Institute’s 25th anniversary celebration. Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in the second KTRK article.
KTRK Online
Baker Institute celebrates 25 years making history
KTRK Online

KRLD-AM (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 interviewed. (This segment aired five times.)


Mexican president warns retailers: Keep gas prices in check
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.

A leading AI conference is trying to fix the field’s reproducibility crisis
An article mentions Rice research that determined that machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyze data is producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.
MIT Technology Review

Open-source textbooks lighten students’ financial load
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
School News Network

How to use LinkedIn to add cold contacts
Rice is mentioned.


Water on Mars — the red planet lost much of it, but there might still be underground water
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.

Cole Art Center to host 25th Texas National competition
An article mentions that Michelle White, senior curator of the Menil Collection in Houston, has lectured at Rice.
SFA The Pine Log Online

‘Reflections’ flute and piano concerts offered
An article features and pictures alumna Iva Ugrčić.
Winona Post

Texas high school student with a 4.51 GPA has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools
Rice is mentioned.
Daily Mail

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning musician Carolyn Shaw visits campus April 11-13 for lecture, concert and master class
Alumna and former Goliard Fellow at Rice Caroline Shaw ’04 is featured.
Carleton College News

Music Academy of The West announces 72nd Summer Festival
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.


No. 14 Texas baseball tops Rice 3-1
The Rice baseball team lost to the University of Texas 3-1 on April 9 in Austin.
D1 Digest: Georgia rolls rival and more crazy upsets

Men’s tennis competes in Houston
An article features the Conference USA Showcase tennis tournament hosted by Rice April 5-7.
UTSA The Paisano

Baseball a family business for Duplantiers
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s Kingwood Observer (This article also appeared in the April 10 print edition of the Chronicle’s Atascocita Observer.)

Eagles’ 1958 football team to get new honor
An article mentions a high school football state semifinal game held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen (This article appeared in the April 10 print edition.)

Lamar’s Eli Mitchell enjoys stellar showing at weekend tournament
Rice is mentioned.
Meridian Star


Rice’s Matthew Brake wins NSF CAREER award
Matthew Brake, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, won a National Science Foundation CAREER Award that will help support his research in Rice’s Brown School of Engineering over the next five years.

Plastic lab waste from Rice becomes coral reef on land
Second-year Ph.D. student Lauren Howe-Kerr and senior Alex Rovner spent a semester collecting plastic waste from the dozens of scientific labs across the Rice campus. What they ended up with was enough to construct a massive coral reef inside the Moody Center for the Arts — and much more.

‘Deep learning’ casts wide net for novel 2D materials
Researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering say they can make “reasonably accurate” predictions of the physical characteristics, like strength, of new 2D materials even after they’re damaged by radiation and high temperatures.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney to receive Baker Prize April 17
Statesman Brian Mulroney, the former Canadian prime minister, will be awarded the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership April 17 to honor his decadeslong career as a global leader and visionary. The event marks just the seventh time the award has been conferred in the 25-year history of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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