Dateline Rice for June 10, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


‘American Moonshot’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discusses his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race” on Fox News Radio, and he is quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fox News Radio (This segment aired on more than 400 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)
He’d have been ‘honored’ to serve
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Subscription is required. This Washington Post article appeared in the June 9 print editions of the Inquirer and the Inquirer’s South Jersey issue.)


‘This Week’ transcript for June 9, 2019: Beto O’Rourke
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 cited in a television broadcast and quoted in several other articles. Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, also is quoted in the article from the Houston Chronicle.
ABC News (Comments begin at 9:32.)
Trump suspends threat of Mexico tariffs, but with Texas teetering in 2020, he was playing with fire
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 9 print edition.)
Travelers, others struggle to adjust as Trump limits travel to Cuba
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the June 9 print edition of the Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
Calling Texas GOP ‘the party of results,′ Abbott looks to 2020 elections
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in Brownwood Bulletin, Glen Rose Reporter, Valley Town Crier, Record Star, Daily Light, Stephenville Empire-TribuneAlice Echo News-Journal and Insurance News.)

‘Franklenomics’ explains the oil bear market
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the recent downturn in crude oil prices.
The Hill

Building momentum in teams
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
Forbes India

Station Houston summer program targets future entrepreneurs
An article about Station Houston’s Academic Partnerships program mentions Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark, and quotes alumnus Connor Leisz. 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.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in the June 10 print edition of the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared in more than 40 other media outlets.)

Hydrogel scaffold lures stem cells to 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.

Stark black cottages make a striking statement in upstate New York
An article featuring Thomas Phifer and Partners architectural firm mentions that the firm designed Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared at

Meet Miami-Dade’s valedictorians and salutatorians, Class of 2019
An article mentions that Sofia E. Roa-Febres, the salutatorian of St. Brendan High School in Miami, plans to attend Rice.
Miami Herald


The many meanings of ‘Medicare for All’ [Opinion]
Nicholas Iammarino, professor emeritus of kinesiology, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 10 print edition.)

Wheels turn for 610 bus project
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 9 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Sunday: Week in Review.”)

Scholars fear Franklin Graham will cut off access to Billy Graham archives 
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, who authored “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News (This article appeared in the June 9 print edition, and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

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 the music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 9 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

A chic Houston house where all the residents are cats
An article quotes Duane Windsor, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and mentions that Patti and Len Thomas’ daughter studied statistics at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 10 print edition.)

TechnipFMC’s lawyer got her start serving unreasonable ice cream customers
Alumna Lisa Wang is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 10 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

How rare is a perfect ACT score? Not as rare as 2 at the same North Texas school
An article mentions that Madison Bunting plans to attend Rice.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

More than 200 philanthropists have now joined the giving pledge, committing to give at least half their wealth to charitable causes
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured.
Texas Nonprofits

See a rendering of Rice Village’s much-anticipated food hall
Rice Village’s proposed food hall is featured.
Eater Houston

Top of the class: McLennan County’s top 2019 graduates, part 2
An article mentions that Nathaniel Hejduk, the salutatorian of Midway High School in Waco, plans to attend Rice.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Maggie Sanders, guest columnist: Light and shadows on the longest day
Rice is mentioned.
Waco Tribune-Herald


Listen: US refiners fight tariff on Mexican crude imports as trade concerns weigh on oil prices
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a podcast.
S&P Global Platts

Will Gov. Abbott veto medical marijuana bill?

A study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Houston Public Media

The owls are home: New mother and her owlets find the perfect home at Rice University
An article features three owls who have taken up residence at Rice’s Lovett College.
KTRK Online (A similar artilcle appeared on KHOU Online, and the video aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

25 years of craft beer in Houston
Alumnus Brock Wagner is featured.
KHOU Online


Expanding graphene’s horizons with lasers
An article features the research of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, which has adapted laser-induced graphene into small, metal-free devices that generate electricity. The article quotes Tour and quotes and pictures postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford. An article by Medical Device News mentions that an international team of scientists including Tour are developing molecule-sized motors that drill through the surface of cancer cells.
Optics & Photonics News (This article also appeared in Express India and Science Times.)
Study shows how prostate cancer cells mimic osteoblasts 
Medical Device News (A similar article also appeared in UC News.)

3D printed lung-mimicking ‘air sac’ brings functioning bioprinted organs a step closer
An article features the research of Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, who led a team that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimics a human lung. A Rice video is included in The Daily.
Science Focus (This article also appeared in the June 8 print edition of Neue Westfalische Bunder Tageblatt.)

How to get organization redesign and strategy execution right
Prashant Kale, associate professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
People Matters

90 Ribu orang Indonesia pesan boarding pass ke Mars, kamu minat?
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice and author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution,” is quoted in an article about the possible consequences of colonizing Mars.
Brilio (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in


Rent regs deadline; Queens DA debates; awaiting Pantaleo decision and more: The week ahead in New York politics, June 10
An article mentions that Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture, will speak at the “A Better Bus Network for the Bronx” conference June 13.
Gotham Gazette

Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni making another run for congressional seat in Texas
An article featuring Venkatesh Kulkarni mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
India West

Business people
Alumna Alexandra Prati is featured.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Anu Atluru named Blavatnik Fellow in Life Science Entrepreneurship by Harvard Business School
An article featuring alumna Laura Kelley mentions that she has been named one of the 2019 Blavatnik Fellows in Life Science Entrepreneurship by Harvard Business School.
India New England (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

FPC’s IB Class of 2019 soars as 45 students collect 176 acceptances from 60 colleges and universities
Rice is mentioned.

Indiana holds graduation ceremonies
An article mentions that Andre Wasem, the valedictorian of Indiana Area High School in Pennsylvania, mentions that he plans to attend Rice.
The Indiana Gazette

Você é multitarefas? Isso pode estar fazendo você ganhar peso
Rice research that indicates mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control is featured. Postdoctoral research fellow Richard Lopez is quoted.
O Documento (An English translation is not available.)

Tidak Selalu Buruk, Marah Juga Memiliki Efek Positif Bagi Kehidupan Seseorang
An article mentions a 2017 study by Rice that suggests expressing anger makes others listen better is featured.
Grid.ID (An English translation is not available.)

Perderá EU 400 mil empleos por aranceles a México
Alumnus Ray Perryman is quoted.
Turquesa News (An English translation is not available.)


Arkansas women claim NCAA outdoor track title
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Michelle Fokam finished 14th in the triple jump at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the June 9 print edition.)

Week in review: Holding steady
Rice baseball player Matt Canterino, who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins, is featured.
Twins Daily

Astros draft picks could reach Woodpeckers this season or next
Rice baseball player Garrett Gayle, who was drafted by the Houston Astros, is mentioned.
Lexington Dispatch

Former MLB player watches sons on state tournament run
A television broadcast from Fox 29 and an article by the San Antonio Express-News mention that Tyler LaRue plans to play baseball at Rice.
Fox 29 Online (This segment also aired on KABB-TV in San Antonio.)
Calzoncit carries Blanco to state final
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 8 print edition, and similar articles appeared three additional times in the Express-News.)

Katy ISD’s strong, Ferguson help lead West to Bayou Bowl all-star win
An article mentions that Connor Hughes plans to play football at Rice.
The Katy Times

Midwest League Baseball
Former Rice baseball player Ricky Salinas is featured.
Dayton’s CW

Texas’ Pierce knows what it’s like to replace a coaching legend
Former assistant baseball coach David Pierce is featured, and former head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.

How Luis Aviles can help the Gamecocks
An article features former Rice baseball player Luis Aviles.


Direct from distant planet: Spectral clues to puzzling paradox
CI Tau b is a paradoxical planet, but new Rice research about its mass, brightness and the carbon monoxide in its atmosphere is starting to answer questions about how a planet so large could have formed around a star that’s only 2 million years old.

Sellers on classified ad websites favor buyers from affluent neighborhoods
New Rice research has found that people selling stuff on classified ad websites prefer dealing with buyers from affluent neighborhoods. Max Besbris, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice and the study’s lead author, tested whether transactions conducted through online resale websites were affected by the addresses where prospective buyers live. He also studied the role played by race and ethnicity.

Antennas of flexible nanotube films an alternative for electronics
Antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications, according to researcher Matteo Pasquali at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering. They’re also tougher, more flexible and can essentially be painted onto devices.

‘Medicare for All’ could mean a migraine for most, says Baker Institute expert
The Washington Post counts 12 of the 24 Democratic presidential candidates as favoring some version of a single-payer health care system. Many voters may not realize that “Medicare for All” doesn’t just mean providing coverage to those currently without it — it means all Americans would only have coverage for essential health benefits through a government program, according to a health policy 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.