Dateline Rice for May 16, 2019


Argentina’s President Macri could find some partial relief in La Pampa on May 19th
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, authored an op-ed about provincial elections in Argentina, and he participated in a roundtable discussion about the week’s political news for Houston Public Media.
Political Roundup: Judge rules Prop. B unconstitutional and Texas poised to raise the legal smoking age 
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Are tensions between US, Gulf allies and Iran coming to a head?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of “Energy Kingdoms: Oil and Political Survival in the Persian Gulf,” is quoted. (This article also appeared in National Times, Travel Wire News, F3 News, Uncova, Mid East News and Times of News Bangladesh.)

‘Fandango at the Wall’ multimedia project breaks down barriers
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, wrote the forward to Kabir Sehgal’s “Fandango at the Wall: Creating Harmony Between the United States and Mexico.”
Variety (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

The Occidental-Anadarko petroleum merger’s crude truth about oil prices
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance


Then and now: How Houston residents’ attitudes on key issues evolved over the decades
An article features the release of the 38th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey conducted by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Want to be an astronaut? NASA’s requirements have changed a bit in 60 years
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 16 print edition.)

Trade war could delay LNG projects on Gulf Coast, analyst says
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about how U.S.-China trade tensions may affect the liquefied natural gas industry on the Gulf Coast.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

San Miguel comes to Houston for one colorful, arty night
Luz Garcini, a Rice Academy affiliate in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center, is mentioned.

Exercise is secret to happiness — and a healthy mind
John Higgins, sports cardiologist for Rice Athletics, authored an article about the importance of exercising.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 16 print edition.)

Art Talk: Latino Art Now! comes to The Woodlands
Alumna Geraldina Interiano Wise will complete a live painting at “Horizonte Live ART + Music” on May 24 in The Woodlands.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


This weekend’s blue moon is shrinking
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired twice.)


A proposed shale ban in Mexico [GGP]
A study by co-authors Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies; Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute; and Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, is featured.
Natural Gas World (Subscription is required.)

Flexible insulator offers high strength and superior thermal conduction
An article features Rice research developing dielectric materials, which may help manufacturers create next-generation flexible electronics. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is mentioned. Research scientist M.M. Rahman is quoted and pictured, and postdoctoral researcher Anand Puthirath is mentioned. Ajayan’s research group including graduate student Kimmai Tran and research scientist Babu Ganguli, which developed an environmentally friendly way to extract valuable elements from lithium-ion batteries, is featured in a video from VOA Zimbabwe. (This article also appeared in Bioengineer, iTech Post, ECN and Science Daily.)
Creating new batteries from dead ones
VOA Zimbabwe

Unclonable digital fingerprints developed for IoT devices
Kaiyuan Yang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Dai Li are featured and pictured in an article about their research, which developed technology 10 times more reliable than current methods of producing unclonable digital fingerprints for Internet of Things devices.
Control Engineering

Free webinar: Choosing the right 4K display
An article mentions that Derek Rabuck, consultant and project manager for the Office of Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.
Audio Visual News Network

America’s top 100 best value colleges and universities for 2019
An article about Forbes’ 2019 list of the best value colleges mentions that Rice is ranked No. 21 in the nation.
CEOWorld Magazine

Biomechanical mapping method aids development of therapies for damaged heart tissue
An article mentions that experts from Rice will collaborate on research using optical coherence elastography to assess the mechanical properties of heart valves in mice.

Mexico shale ban could hit natgas production, increase need for US imports, says Baker Institute — bonus coverage
A study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A roundup of materials stories mentions that the laser-induced graphene pioneered at Rice can be used to make artwork.
The American Ceramic Society (Scroll down to “Other Stories: No ink needed for these graphene artworks.”)

‘This year, the narrative is bitcoin, bitcoin, bitcoin’: Meltem Demirors
Alumnus Meltem Demirors is quoted.

City moves for 16 May — who’s switching jobs at BGC Digital Ventures, Finastra and CISI?
Alumnus Mark Miller is featured.
City A.M. (This article also appeared in Wesrch.)


Automated cars reduce driver’s alertness levels
Research from Rice and Texas Tech University that found that drivers often fail to spot hazards missed by automated vehicles is featured.
Forex Tribune

How we chose the 2019 CNBC Disruptor 50 innovators
An article mentions that Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, was on the CNBC Disruptor 50 advisory council.
The Stars Post

You will swoon after reading love letters from these 2 military leaders
A caption mentions that the image of a letter from the Duke of Wellington to Anna Maria Jenkins was provided by the Digital Scholarship Services at Rice’s Fondren Library.

Inside business: Everest Mechanical is aiming for new heights
Alumnus Rahul Kumar is featured.
Estes Park Trail-Gazette

Oakland: Charter supporters wonder why no one loves them anymore — and blame the unions
A blog post authored by Diane Ravitch mentions that she spoke at Rice.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog

Calkins: Rhodes professor (and Memphis!) have a horse at the Preakness
Alumnus Phil Gramm is featured.
The Daily Memphian


Herd baseball faces pivotal weekend to secure C-USA tourney berth
Rice’s baseball team will play Marshall University May 16-18 in Huntington, West Virginia.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
McGill: Herd baseball seniors aim for winning sendoff

Bradley Griggs garners C-USA All-Academic Team honors
An article mentions that Rice baseball players Jackson Parthasarathy and Matt Canterino were named to the 2019 Conference USA All-Academic Team.
UTSA Athletics

4 traditional powers facing long odds for NCAA Tournament
Former Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Baseball America

Coaching legend: Friendswood’s Gary ‘Moon’ Mullins ends storied career
Former Rice football player Randy Alford is pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Jets add WR Xavier Ubosi, T Calvin Anderson
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.


New way to beat the heat in electronics
A nanocomposite invented at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering promises to be a superior high-temperature dielectric material for flexible electronics, energy storage and electric devices.

Oil tanker, pipeline attacks ‘a warning of what’s to come’ if Iran standoff escalates, Baker Institute expert says
U.S. officials have said they believe Iranian combat divers were behind the attacks on four oil tankers near the Persian Gulf over the weekend. The attacks close to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates – as well as a drone attack Tuesday on Saudi Arabia’s East-West pipeline — appear to target oil export infrastructure that lies outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz chokepoint, perhaps deliberately, according to an expert 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.