Dateline Rice for May 23, 2019


An energy news roundup features a chart and research from a recent study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy detailing how low-speed electric vehicles could reduce China’s demand for gasoline. Issue brief author Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, is quoted in EQ International.
Axios (Scroll down to “3. Chart of the day: China’s fast auto rise.”)
China’s growing electric vehicles market could threaten gasoline demand: Expert analysis
EQ International

The 15 best college dorms in America
A roundup of the best dorms in the U.S. mentions that Rice’s residential college system received an A+ rating from Niche.
MSN Lifestyle (This Business Insider article also appeared in Business Insider India, Business Insider Malaysia and

Synthetic biologists hack bacterial sensors
Rice research that rewired the outputs of known bacterial sensors is featured.
NSF Science360 News (This article was featured as the “Picture of the Day” in the May 23 edition of the Science 360 newsletter.)

Brookings survey finds three-quarters of online users rarely read business terms of service
An article cites a 2016 Rice analysis of Google Consumer Surveys.
Brookings Institution (This article also appeared in Business News Press.)


Lois Kolkhorst, 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.
Reporting Texas
Major items at the Legislature, as usual, wait until the final hours
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment aired 12 times.)
Juicio a CFK calienta el año electoral en Argentina
MetroRD (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Publinews.)

Peek inside Bank of America’s new downtown office tower
An article featuring the Bank of America Tower in downtown Houston mentions that it has an arbor patterned after Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

LSC Foundation StarGala 2019 showcases student success
An article mentions that Anthony D’Souza, who spoke at the Lone Star College Foundation StarGala 2019, attends Rice.
Woodlands Online

Texas Music Festival takes shape in June
An article featuring Kelsey Sham mentions that she plans to begin graduate studies at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston is all about bicycles
An article mentions that BikeHouston offers one-on-one bicycling classes on the lower level of Rice’s Bioscience Research Collaborative parking garage.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 23 print edition.)

WFISD announces valedictorians and salutatorians for three high schools
An article mentions that Alexis Nicolas, valedictorian of Hirschi High School, plans to attend Rice.
Times Record News


12 reasons it’s harder to vote in Harris County
Melissa Marschall, professor of political science and co-author of the Houston In Action report “Policies Affecting Civic Participation in Houston and Texas,” is quoted.
Houston Public Media

‘Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?’ with Genevera Allen
Alumna Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, is featured in a podcast discussing her research.

Former Rice running back now finds joy playing poker
Former Rice football player Robbie Beck is featured.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Identical twins named valedictorian and salutatorian at Amarillo High School
An article mentions that Truman and Sawyer Archer, the valedictorian and salutatorian of Amarillo High School, plan to attend Rice.
KFDA Online (The vide segment also aired on KFDA-TV in Amarillo.)


Woodstock Anniversary Conference to feature event with key figures from the 1969 festival
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discusses his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” will give the keynote lecture at the “1969: When Woodstock Changed the World” symposium June 14 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Jesus the (Second Temple-era) Jew
Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism and founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Rice, is featured and pictured.
The Christian Century

Ultracold atoms could provide 2D window to exotic 1D physics
Rice research that proposes an experiment to measure fractionalization where fundamental particles like electrons come together and behave as if they were a fraction of an electron is featured. Matthew Foster, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Seth Davis are quoted.
Cryogenic Society of America, Inc.

Sex between Earthlings and future Martians would be fatal — evolutionary biologist
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted in an article about possible consequences of colonizing Mars.
Diesel Gasoil (This article also appeared in World 24.)

Federal Reserve, shoppers might have Amazon to thank for low US inflation rate
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted.

Other materials stories that may be of interest
Rice research is featured in a materials stories roundup.
The American Ceramic Society

FreightWaves SONAR now features rail data from Commtrex
An article mentions that the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship co-hosted the 2018 Texas Digital Summit at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

America’s most affordable business schools
An article mentions Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
24/7 Wall St.

Lauretta Vinciarelli 
An article featuring Lauretta Vinciarelli mentions that she was a visiting professor at Rice in 1982.

‘Song of Songs: A Novel of the Queen of Sheba’ by Marc Graham (Review)
A book review features the work of alumnus Marc Graham.
Library of Clean Reads

The government is serious about creating mind-controlled weapons
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 E&T Magazine.
Live Science (This article also appeared in UAS Vision, Blogarama, Terra Daily and Next Big Future.)
DARPA funds brain-machine interface project for controlling weapons via thoughts 
E&T Magazine (This article also appeared in World 24, The Engineer and CHIPS Magazine.)

Free-standing emergency departments in Texas’ big cities are not reducing congestion at hospitals   
An article cites Rice research that determined that free-standing emergency departments in Texas’ largest cities have not alleviated emergency room congestion or improved patient wait times in nearby hospitals.
Medical Health News (This article also appeared in Healthcare Finance.)

What causes stomach cramps while running?
An article about cramping during exercise cites Rice research.

Is the MBA really as ‘transformative’ as schools claim?
An article mentions that Swati Patel attends Rice.
Poets & Quants


Civil Bank signs pact
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business has partnered with Leadership Academy Nepal to address human resource challenges in Nepal and the South Asia region.
Himalayan Times

2019 Pedrozzi Scholars announced
An article mentions that David Davisson plans to pursue a degree in flute performance at Rice.
Livermore Patch

MCO to perform spring concert, final show of season
Alumna Satoko Hayami is featured and pictured.

Cursos de idiomas: 4 razões para estudar em outro país
Rice is mentioned.
Dia-a-Dia (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Diário do Grande ABC and Rota de Ferias.)


Loss in 10th adds to Rice’s agonizing stretch
Rice’s baseball team lost 6-4 against the University of Southern Mississippi in its opening game at the Conference USA tournament May 22 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Owls will play Louisiana Tech University May 23.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 23 print edition.)
‘WXXV News 25 Today at 7 a.m.’
WXXV-TV (Biloxi, Mississippi)
How Southern Miss baseball went from dead in the water to an improbable win
Sun Herald 
Wallner’s walk-off caps big comeback for Southern Miss
The Daily Leader
Matt Wallner delivers 10th-inning walk-off homer over Rice in C-USA opener
Bubble watch: Southern Miss, UCF score needed wins
Baseball America
Longest loss: La. Tech drops C-USA tourney opener to Marshall in tourney’s longest game 
Monroe News Star
La. Tech drops C-USA Tournament opener
Tewksbury Town Crier

Boricua history in Toronto, Gleyber flexes, Berríos has fun
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.
La Vida Baseball (Scroll down to “Trei Day.”)

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.

NFL, Black College Football HOF to host QB coaching summit
An article mentions that Rice’s assistant football coach Jerry Mack will attend the 2019 NFL Quarterback Coaching Summit June 24-25 in Atlanta. article also appeared in Oakland News Now and Rocket City Now.)

SMU lands transfer DT, AJ Ricker talks Nigeria trip
Former Rice football player Zach Abercrumbia is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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