Dateline Rice for April 17, 2019


Notre Dame and al-Aqsa fires give Christians and Muslims a chance to work together to repair their sacred spaces
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, authored an op-ed about the cultural significance of two recent fires at centuries-old places of worship in Paris and Jerusalem. John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture and director of the School of Architecture’s external programs, is quoted in a Memphis Commercial Appeal article about the Notre Dame Cathedral fire.
Notre Dame’s repairs will take years
Memphis Commercial Appeal (This article appeared in the April 17 print edition and in the print editions of the Arizona Republic and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.)


Saudi Aramco looks downstream, and East
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Saudi Aramco’s entrance into the Asian market, where much of the future demand for petroleum products is expected.
The Economist (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 20 print edition.)

Stanford clears 3 faculty members of ‘CRISPR babies’ involvement
An article about gene editing in humans from STAT mentions Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy. Rice is mentioned in The Washington Post and on KCBS.
STAT (A similar article also appeared in The Stanford Daily.)
Stanford clears faculty members in gene-edited baby inquiry
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)
KCBS-AM (San Francisco)


The ‘beep’ heard around the world: How the Soviet Union kick-started America’s mission to the moon
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition.)

Veterans Business Battle reports $134,000 in prizes, initial investment offers 
The 2019 Veterans Business Battle, which was hosted by the Rice Business Veterans Association and held at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Beto O’Rourke becomes latest presidential candidate to post tax returns
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 an article about the pressure 2020 presidential candidates are under to release their tax returns.
El Paso Times

Rice hosts Association of Women in Mathematics Research Symposium
An article about the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM) Research Symposium held April 6-7 at Rice mentions several Rice community members: Marie Lynn Miranda, the Howard R. Hughes Provost and a professor of statistics; alumna Karoline Pershell, executive director of AWM; Anne Papakonstantinou, director of the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP); Richard Parr, clinical assistant professor and executive director of RUSMP; Shelly Harvey, professor of mathematics; Adrianna Gillman, assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics; Beatrice Riviere, the Noah Harding Chair and Professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics; Adem Ekmekci, clinical assistant professor and associate director for research and evaluation of RUSMP; Betul Orcan-Ekmekci, the Evans Instructor of Mathematics; Leticia Velazquez, the Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity Visiting Scholar; alumna Joanna Papakonstantinou; and Rice NSF Noyce Fellows Edmonia Everett, Stacy Jaster, Ralph Polley and Lan Wu.
Village News

Houston software company raises $16.3 million, TMCx opens applications, and more innovation news
An innovation news roundup mentions that the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will conduct a five-year research program to study the global energy system. Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute, is quoted.

Rice University research calls for more ways to measure virtual employee success
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted about a collaborative study which gives researchers a more precise way to analyze remote or international teamwork.

Computational researchers and oncologists develop protein cancer atlas to accelerate personalized medicine for leukemia patients 
The research of alumna Amina Qutub ’99, former assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice, is featured.
UTSA Today (This article also appeared in Medical XpressTechnology Networks, and Science Daily.)

Yiddish duo Hankus Netsky and Eden MacAdam-Somer coming live in concert
Alumna Eden MacAdam-Somer, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition and in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston Exponential — developing Houston for innovators and startups
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions, is mentioned.
The CPA Desk

CCISD candidate: Board needs more open discussions
Alumnus Scott Bowen is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 17 print edition.)


Rethinking water detention and development regulations in greater Houston
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about a study of Houston flood mitigation measures.
Houston Public Media

‘Lolly Willowes’ production pulls the orchestra out of the pit
A radio broadcast about a musical adaptation of Sylvia Townsend Warner’s 1926 novel “Lolly Willowes” features graduate student Matt Lammers and alumna Chelsea Helm.
Houston Public Media


Podcast: Kaminski on lessons from commodity market defaults
Vince Kaminski, professor in the practice of energy management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured in a podcast.

Sweeping the competition: Vascugenix has a winning formula
The 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Arkansas Money & Politics

LENA program offers path to close the early childhood word gap
A statement on the Chicago Child-Parent Center study published by Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is cited.


US adds Greek oil-sector firm, ships to Venezuela sanctions list
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.
The Boxing Observer

Dongarra named a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society
Jack Dongarra, adjunct professor of computer science, is featured and pictured.
Tennessee Today (This article also appeared in InsideHPC.)

University System of Georgia sets tuition for 2019-2020 academic year
Rice research is cited.
Savannah Morning News (This article also appeared in Gwinnett Daily Post, Jackson Progress-Argus, Henry Herald, The Albany Herald and News at UNG.)

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents Holy Week concerts

Alumna Clara Rottsolk is featured and pictured.
Albuquerque Journal (This article also appeared in the April 14 print edition.)

Republican Clarkson announces US Senate bid
An article featuring Gavin Clarkson mentions that he attended Rice.
Santa Fe New Mexican

University of Richmond names new business school dean
An article mentions that Miguel Quiñones formerly taught at Rice.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (This article also appeared in the April 16 print edition.)

These Chattanooga-area campus concerts are free and open to the public this weekend
Geoffrey Herd, graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Chattanooga Times Free Press


Rice University women’s soccer adds Megan Kinneman to staff
Rice assistant soccer coach Megan Kinneman is featured, and head coach Brian Lee is quoted.

Rendon, Nationals talk extension: Report
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Washington Times

2019 NFL Draft: Houston Texans work out several prospects on offense
An article mentions that former Rice football player Austin Walter recently worked out for the Houston Texans at their local prospect day.

7 Yankees prospects off to great starts: Updated scouting reports on Domingo Acevedo, Shawn Semple, Garrett Whitlock, more
Former Rice baseball player Glen Otto is featured.

Annual Tyler Salvation Army luncheon to feature former MLB pitcher
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is featured.
The East Texas Weekend

Clark’s win guides men’s golf to runner-up finish at Bayou City Collegiate Classic
An article mentions that Rice’s Jake Benson earned second place at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic golf tournament.
UTSA Athletics (This article also appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWAOnline.)


Rice Architecture announces Cannady Hall
With the announcement of Will Cannady’s generous lead gift, Rice’s School of Architecture is planning the imminent construction of William T. Cannady Hall, just west of the school’s current home, Anderson Hall, with groundbreaking tentatively scheduled for June 2020.

Time for marijuana decriminalization in Texas has come, say Baker Institute experts
Gov. Greg Abbott and both major political parties in Texas have expressed support for reducing penalties for marijuana possession. A bill to do just that will come before the Texas Legislature this year, and elected officials will have the opportunity to support a policy that is “fiscally prudent, socially just and politically popular,” according to drug policy experts at 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.