Dateline Rice for May 22, 2019


Nanomaterial can protect electronics from major heat
An article features Rice research toward developing dielectric materials that could 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.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the May 22 Futurity Today newsletter, and a similar article appeared in Design Products & Applications.)

Hyperspectral camera gathers data in an instant
To reveal details of Earth impossible to observe with the naked eye, Rice engineers are building a portable spectrometer that can be mounted on a small satellite, flown on an airplane or a drone or someday even held in the hand. Tomasz Tkaczyk, associate professor of bioengineering, is quoted. He and Ye Wang, who earned her doctorate this year at Rice, are pictured.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Laboratory Equipment, Lab Manager Magazine,,, AZo Optics and 

Superconductor’s magnetic persona unmasked
Collaborative Rice research that produced the first measurements of the dynamic magnetic properties of iron selenide crystals is featured.
NSF Science360 News (This research was featured as a “Top Story” on the Science360 website and was included in the May 22 edition of the Science360 newsletter. Similar articles also appeared in Tech Times, Daddyhood and Sask News Now.)

Hiding in plain sight
People who feel they are inauthentic versions of themselves at work may become emotionally exhausted and more reactive to stressors, according to research by Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
The Oprah Magazine (This article will appear in the June 1 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Mars colonists ‘will become super-mutants with cancer-immune skin’ — but could die ‘if they mate with Earthlings,’ scientist warns 
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted in an article about possible consequences of colonizing Mars.
Fox News (This article also appeared in the May 19 print and web editions of Iran Daily, and it appeared in Tech Times,, The Irish Sun, RT, WSTales and RealClearScience.)

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, is quoted.
Daily Trust (This article appeared in the May 19 print edition.)

Documentary highlights ‘accidental diplomats’
An article mentions that the film “Better Angels” was screened at Rice.
China Daily (This article appeared in the May 18 print edition and the print edition of China Daily in Hong Kong.)


China’s growing electric vehicles market could threaten gasoline demand: Expert analysis
Low-speed electric vehicles could reduce China’s demand for gasoline and, in turn, impact global oil prices, according to a new issue brief by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Oilfield Water Connection announces keynote speaker and agenda for first-of-its-kind conference as oilfield water deal news surges
Digital Journal

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center takes steps after federal review reveals conditions posing ‘immediate jeopardy’
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal

Lois Kolkhorst, a rising star in the Texas GOP, won’t back down
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.
Victoria Advocate

Concern about flooding ebbs, survey says
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’s Deer Park Broadcaster (This article also appeared in the May 22 print edition and the print editions of the Pasadena Citizen, Friendswood Journal, Pearland Journal and Bay Area Citizen.)
Kinder Houston Area Survey 2019
Off the Kuff

5 things Mayor Sylvester Turner promises he’ll deliver to Houston
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.
CultureMap Houston

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’s Bay Area Citizen (This article appeared in the May 22 print edition and the print editions of the Memorial Examiner, Spring Observer, Magnolia Potpourri, Tomball Potpourri and Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein.)

Save for college with a 529 plan
Alumna Jennifer Kroeger ’19 is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun (This article appeared in the May 22 print edition.)

Mercy High School names valedictorian, co-salutatorians of 2019
An article featuring Lingyi “Doris” Xu, valedictorian of Mercy High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Graduation: Kingwood, K-Park top 10 prep for future
An article mentions that Austin Wilding and Jeffrey Gutke, valedictorian of Summer Creek High School, plan on attending Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s Kingwood Observer (This article appeared in the May 22 print edition and the print editions of the Humble Observer and Atascocita Observer.)

The best thing in Texas: Austin billionaire Robert Smith pays off Morehouse College student loans
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Monthly


How a trade war with China could affect Houston
Steve Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Bill to limit use of chemicals in firefighting foams, local effects of a trade war with China and more
Houston Public Media


Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors
Research by Jeffrey Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences, that rewired the outputs of known bacterial sensors is featured. Former postdoctoral fellow Sebastian Schmidl and graduate student Felix Ekness are mentioned.
Laboratory Equipment (This article also appeared in Innovation Toronto.)

Not ‘just a poker game’: A look back at the dramatic bidding war for Anadarko
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
S&P Global

Virgin Island corals in crisis
An article mentions that Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is part of a collaborative effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease in the Virgin Islands.

6 paths to the nonsurgical future of brain-machine interfaces
A roundup of DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology research program projects mentions that Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is developing a bidirectional system for recording from and writing to the brain. Rice research toward developing synthetic proteins that indicate when a neuron is active is mentioned in IEEE Spectrum. (This article also appeared in DARPA and Long Room.)
DARPA funds ambitious brain-machine interface program
IEEE Spectrum (This research was also mentioned in The Register, Talk Media News, Neuroscience News, Fossbytes, Tom’s Guide, Medical Health News, Becker’s Hospital Review and Lifeboat.)


Clayton State hosting annual chamber music competition
James Dunham, professor of viola, is mentioned.

2 Stuy students named Milken Scholars 
An article mentions that Milken Scholar Summer Shabana plans to attend Rice.
The Villager


Rice‘s Matt Canterino named C-USA Pitcher of the Year
An article features Rice baseball player Matt Canterino, who was named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year. Owl Andrew Dunlap was named to the All-Conference USA first team, and players Evan Kravetz and Trei Cruz were named to the second team. Additional articles mention that Rice will play the University of Southern Mississippi May 22 in the C-USA tournament opener in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Rice looks to bounce back in C-USA baseball tournament
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 22 print edition.)
10 years removed from College World Series run, USM baseball needs more magic
Biloxi Sun Herald
Southern Miss needs big week to earn NCAA Tournament berth
The Daily Leader (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Texas A&M’s Townsend falls to top seed at NCAA championships
An article mentions that Rice women’s tennis player Michaela Haet competed in the NCAA championships.

Bohls: Deposed coach Michael Center ‘ecstatic’ for Texas’ tennis title
Former Rice baseball player Alan Ramirez, who threw 232 pitches in one game in 1977, is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

Coaching legend Mullins ends career
Former Rice football player John Alford is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal (This article appeared in the May 22 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to launch executive education program in The Woodlands
Responding to demand for its executive education programs for professionals in business and leadership roles, Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, one of the country’s top-ranked business schools, will launch its first open enrollment off-campus program in The Woodlands this fall.

About Stefan De La Garza

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