Dateline Rice for April 23, 2019


The Sri Lanka church bombings are the opposite of what prophet Muhammad intended: Opinion
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, authored an op-ed about the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka.


The value of ranking the US presidents
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is mentioned.

Conheça o ex-Google que construiu uma empresa de US $6 bi
Alumnus Mohit Aron is featured and pictured.
Forbes Brazil (An English translation is not available.)


Texas colleges and universities can help solve environmental challenges [Opinion]
An op-ed mentions that researchers at Rice partnered with local landowners to create the Texas Coastal Exchange, a marketplace for purchasing carbon offsets that preserves ecosystems and sequesters carbon on the Gulf Coast.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Graduating triplets lead this year’s ‘Unconventional Students’ video series
Baker College senior Alberto Tohme, Brown College senior Anthony Tohme and Wiess College senior Serena Tohme are featured.
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared on

Attention, Texas Legislature: Cannabis is ‘serious medicine,’ say Baker Institute experts
The report “Marijuana as Medicine” by co-authors William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Chavanne Emeritus Professor of Sociology, and Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, is featured. The study is mentioned in the first Spectrum News Austin segment, Martin is interviewed in the second Spectrum News Austin segment, and Neill Harris is interviewed by KRLD.
Houston Style Magazine
‘TWC News All Day’
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired 10 times.)
‘TWC News All Night’
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired 10 times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired three times.)

Mystery of the ‘mylk’ drove alum nuts
Rice alumna Jennifer Thai, proprietor of Houston’s allergy-friendly Awesome Bites, turned to freshman honors chemistry students for help with refining her “mylk,” a vegan coconut flaxseed milk. Michelle Gilbertson, lecturer and assistant chair of chemistry, and graduate student Jordin Metz are quoted.
Houston Style Magazine

We’re still figuring out how to do development in a floodplain
A blog post about the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium cites research by  Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Off the Kuff

Mexican law school delegation to visit UH Law Center with goal of expanding interaction  
An article mentions that H.E. Jesús Seade, undersecretary for North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will speak at the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 25.
University of Houston Law Center

We ask author Richard Powers what it’s like to win a Pulitzer
An article mentions that the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series event April 22 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall featured Richard Powers and Tayari Jones.

Retired Texas judge Sandy Prindle to speak about the Lincoln assassination
Alumnus Steven Woodworth is mentioned.
Hernando Sun

Abilene ISD announces top students at Abilene High, Cooper and ATEMS
An article mentions that Lauren Hampton, the valedictorian of Abilene High School, plans to attend Rice. (This article also appeared in KTXS online.)


Legislation underway in Texas House would give property owners some tax relief next time disaster strikes
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 about Texas politics.
Houston Public Media
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment aired 12 times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired twice.)

Pasadena elections provide test for growing Latino voting bloc
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about Houston politics.
Houston Public Media

Teaching climate change: Push and pull
Sylvia Dee, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
1A (This segment aired on 142 affiliate stations across the U.S.) (Comments begin at 37:25)

News roundup: Rice University tries new ‘eyes’ to curb illegal trash dumping
An article features research from Rice undergraduates that suggests “watching eye” signs can reduce illegal dumping. Hanszen College team members Noah Mengisteab and Anson Fung are quoted in Texas Standard, and Nick Silber is quoted in Houston Public Media.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on over 30 stations across Texas.)
Sign with ‘watching eyes’ may reduce illegal dumping, say Rice researchers
Houston Public Media

Rice Undergrads developing wearable EpiPen alternative
Martel College senior Justin Tang, Sid Richardson senior Albert Han, Brown College senior Alex Li and Wiess College senior Jacob Mattia are featured in a broadcast discussing their wearable EpiPen for allergy sufferers.
Houston Public Media


End of Iran waivers likely to postpone Venezuela secondary oil sanctions: Analysts
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.
S&P Global Platts
Alan Garcia’s suicide sparks myth that corruption thrives under pro-free-market governments
Texarkana Gazette

Après le Déluge
An article featuring the design project Après le Déluge by Rice architecture student Will Letchinger and graduate student Jonathan Wilkinson mentions that it was selected as one of the winners of the 2018/2019 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top 10 for Students award.
Architect Magazine

New device helps heal fractured bones
An article mentions that Rice seniors at the Brown School of Engineering developed a process of repairing fractured long bones in an arm or leg using magnets. This project won the top prize, the Excellence in Engineering Award, at the school’s annual Engineering Design Showcase. Alumnus Ashvin Dewan, Jones College senior Will Yarinsky and Martel College senior Ian Frankel are quoted. Baker College senior Babs Ogunbanwo, Hanszen College seniors Takanori Iida and Byung-UK Kang, Martel College senior Hannah Jackson and postdoctoral research associate Sabia Abidi are mentioned.
R&D Magazine(This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
’13 Eyewitness News at 11 a.m.’
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Welfare for the wealthy: Trump administration tax loophole is government assistance for gentrifiers
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
The Root

The future of software development: Modular, intelligent and rickety 
Swarat Chaudhuri, associate professor of computer science, is quoted.
Hackernoon (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Chaudhuri’s name has been requested.)

Brake from ASU to Rice
An article featuring Elizabeth Brake mentions that she will teach at Rice.
Daily Nous

How a Houston experiment in college counseling is succeeding in sending low-income, 1st-generation students to the country’s top universities
An article cites Rice research that determined that just over half of the Houston Independent School District’s graduating seniors between 2006 and 2008 went to college the fall following graduation.
The 74

Could ultracapacitors replace batteries in future electric vehicles?
An article mentions collaborative Rice research developing graphene-based supercapacitors.
Engineers Journal

Editorial: Free speech must prevail on campus
An editorial mentions that Vice President Mike Pence spoke on the political turmoil and economic crisis in Venezuela at Rice.
The Gazette (This article also appeared in The Hub NNY and

Cultivating compassion
An article features the work of alumnus Joshua J. Pan.
A Daily Dose of Architecture Books

Silkroad Ensemble continues its mission of radical cultural collaboration
An article mentions that the Silkroad Ensemble has given workshops at Rice.
San Francisco Classical Voice

How does a vitamin B12 deficiency affect the risk of infections?
An article cites Rice research that studied the connection between a lack of vitamin B12 in diets and increased risk of infections in animal studies.
Medical News Bulletin


NU alumna, 2017 Forbes world leader to give 2019 commencement address 
An article mentions that Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, will deliver the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s undergraduate commencement address May 4.
Daily Nebraskan

Is silence always golden when it comes to studying? Yes and no
Research by Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is cited.
WA Today (This article also appeared in the April 23 print edition of the Montreal Gazette, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The most important skill you never learned — expert tips to solve problems like top strategy consultants  
Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Louisiana’s 10 best nonfiction books: A.J. Liebling’s ‘The Earl of Louisiana’
An article authored by alumnus Lamar White Jr. mentions that writer Lee K. Abbott formerly taught at Rice.
Bayou Brief

Rhaeos, BrewBike win over $500,000 in pitch competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
The Daily Northwestern


Dominic Cox on the upswing for Rice baseball
Rice baseball player Dominic Cox is featured, and player Trei Cruz is quoted. Head coach Matt Bragga and Owls Matt Canterino and Bradley Gneiting are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 23 print edition.)

No. 41 Rice claims C-USA women’s tennis title
An article features Rice’s women’s tennis team, which won its sixth Conference USA title in the last seven years with a 4-2 victory over Old Dominion University April 21 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Conference USA

CB National Players of Week (April 22, 2019)
Rice baseball player Evan Kravetz is featured.
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Sheriff paces 17 podium finishes by Roadrunners at J. Fred Duckett Twilight
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Hannah Jackson won the 200-meter race at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight track and field meet April 20 at Rice’s Wendel D. Ley Track.
UTSA Athletics

Men’s golf atop leaderboard after opening day of C-USA Championship
Rice golfer Jake Benson is mentioned in an article about the Conference USA golf championship.
UTSA Athletics (Similar articles appeared twice in KTSM Online.)

NFL Draft 2019: The top offensive players available at each position — from quarterback to kicker
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured and pictured.
The Daily Nonpareil (This article also appeared in the Prescott Daily Courier and Huntington Herald-Dispatch.)

2019 college football rankings: No. 125 Rice pushes to move up in C-USA
Rice’s football team is featured ahead of the 2019 season.
Orlando Sentinel

3 players from state tournament contenders selected for Kentucky All-Stars basketball teams
An article featuring Lauren Schwartz mentions that she plans to play basketball at Rice.
Northern Kentucky Tribune

Browns draft: John Dorsey dives into Prospects Anonymous
Former Rice football player Ryan Pontbriand is mentioned.
Akron Beacon Journal

3 newcomers could address post-spring issues facing Texas
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.


Graduating triplets lead this year’s ‘Unconventional Students’ video series
In each of the past five years, Brandon Martin, Rice’s manager of videography, has chronicled some entering freshmen through their time on campus for his series of “Unconventional Students” videos. As part of this year’s series, Martin has featured the Houston-based Tohme triplets, who will graduate May 11.

Students hope to cut ties that bind seizure sufferers
Wiring a brain to record epileptic seizures binds a patient to a machine. It’s uncomfortable, to say the least, but Rice engineering students want to untether them. Electrical and computer engineering majors at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering are developing an instrument to gather signals from a patient’s brain and send them to the computer wirelessly.

About Stefan De La Garza

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