Dateline Rice for June 7, 2019


Congressman: Imposing tariffs will not address root issue of migrant crisis
An article features the discussion between former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza and U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, held at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at the Baker Institute and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 7 print edition.)


US, Trump remain AMLO’s biggest bugaboos
Rodrigo Montes de Oca, research scholar at the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the challenges facing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s political party.
The Hill

Quebec is poised to undermine religious freedom
Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, authored an op-ed about the Quebec legislature’s June 14 debate about a bill that would ban public employees from wearing religious symbols.
Foreign Policy

Can creative roles be automated?
“We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” according to Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice.

‘Doha has proven capable of not only surviving but also thriving amid siege’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Qatar Tribune (This article also appeared in the June 7 print edition.)

Los aranceles a México podrían costarle a Estados Unidos 400,000 empleos, según nuevo informe
Alumnus Ray Perryman is quoted.
CNN Español (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Houston Symphony’s ‘Resilient Sounds’ concert finds harmony through musicians paired with refugees
Composer Erin Graham, graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted and pictured in an article about “Resilient Sounds,” a concert featuring the works of young composers who are telling the stories of Houston’s refugee community through music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Moving ahead with voting centers
An article cites a study of May school board balloting conducted by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, and Elizabeth Vann, the director of programs and partnerships for the Center for Civic Leadership. Stein is interviewed about immigration by KTRH.
Off the Kuff
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired three times.)


An analysis of Texas House roll-call votes reveals members’ true political identities 
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 by Texas Standard and quoted in three additional articles.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 30 affiliate stations across Texas.)
With Texas already teetering in 2020, could Trump’s Mexico tariffs cost GOP the White House?
The Dallas Morning News
Political buzz: Middleton was among most conservative reps
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)
The Mark Jones/Rice University Lib-Con study
Texas Legislative Watch

ABC Radio National 
A segment mentions that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice. (This segment aired on over 30 affiliate stations across Australia.)

AM 900 (Ontario, Canada)
Rice research on developing wearable devices that produce electricity is mentioned.


Iron selenide turns out to be an utterly ordinary superconductor
New experiments by U.S., Chinese and European physicists have found iron selenide’s magnetic persona to be unexpectedly mundane. Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Tong Chen, a graduate student in Dai’s research group, is mentioned.
Materials Today

Online tools can help people in disasters, but do they represent everyone?
An article cites collaborative research by Rice and the University of Pittsburgh that suggests that in the years after disasters, wealth increases for white people and declines for people of color.
World Economic Forum

Molecular bait can help hydrogels heal wounds
An article features Rice research that developed modular, injectable hydrogels enhanced by bioactive molecules intended to help repair bone, cartilage and other tissues able to regenerate themselves. Co-authors Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is pictured; graduate student Jason Guo is quoted and pictured; and Paul Engel, professor of chemistry, is mentioned.
ECN (This article also appeared in and R&D Magazine.)

Gustavo Sorola — One of the founders of Rooster Teeth Productions
An article featuring Gustavo Sorola mentions that he attended Rice.

GEOINT Symposium 2019 keynote from NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
GISCafe (This article also appeared in CHIPS.)

4K versatility on display at Rice University
An article mentions that Derek Rabuck, consultant and project manager for the Office of Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.


US soldiers could use mind-reading helmets to control robots or drones within 5 years
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.
The Sun
New tech could allow blind people to see through the eyes of others
Medical Daily

Nolan Conley of Winchester receives University of Nebraska-Lincoln degree
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, delivered the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s undergraduate commencement address May 4.
Valley News

Today in Trump: Republicans for the rule of law; Cadet Bonespurs; lock him up
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Arkansas Times
Tulsa listed as one of the best (No. 5) small cities in America

Class of 2019: ROCORI top graduates
An article featuring Esteban Pantoja, one of ROCORI High School’s top graduates, mentions that he plans to attend Rice.
St. Cloud Times

Great musicians perform at Brightmusic Festival: Again with feeling, Concert No. 2 — and then No. 3 with gusto!
An article features alumnus Samuel Formicola, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and mentions that Camilla Wicks taught at Rice.

NASA astronaut speaking to Oklahoma students about STEM education
Alumna Shannon Walker is featured and pictured.
KFOR Online

Today in History: June 7th
An article mentions a 1998 country music concert held at Rice Stadium.

TCHS Senior Awards ceremony highlights some of Trenton’s brightest achievers
Rice is mentoned.


Cougars women’s team fall short of NCAA outdoor track and field finals
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Charlie Card-Childers placed 12th in the men’s decathlon at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the June 7 print edition.)

2019 MLB Draft: Day 3 summary
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz, who was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 37th round, is featured.
SB Nation (Similar articles also appeared in The Urban Daily, MASN Online, WOL Online and Breitbart.)

Dane Acker taken in MLB draft by Diamondbacks
Rice baseball player Dane Acker, who was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 23rd round, is featured.
KWHI Online

Jordan Taylor currently playing as Vikings’ No. 3 wideout
Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is featured.

Miami Hurricanes news and notes: Canes land another commit, satellite camps and a recruiting update
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Adidas 3 Stripe football camp.
SB Nation

Former Astros great Lance Berkman steps down as high school baseball coach
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is featured.
Yardbarker (This article also appeared in Larry Brown Sports.)

Christian Covington is more than Cowboys safety net at DT
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
Cowboys Wire

Peyton Graham selected to compete in 48th annual THSBCA all-star game
An article mentions that former Rice baseball player John Rodgers was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1993 in the 24th round.

Blanco in search of school’s first baseball state gold
An article mentions that Tyler LaRue plans to play baseball at Rice.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 7 print edition.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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