Dateline Rice for June 13, 2019


The stars of ‘Hidden Figures’ are now immortalized on street sign
Two articles mention that the mother of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attended Rice.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 13 print edition, and it appeared in 170k News, and
This sign is a powerful testament to the women who helped take mankind to the moon and conquer the greatest challenges of an era

Electronics: Antennas of flexible nanotube films
An article features research from Rice’s Brown School of Engineering that determined that antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications. Co-author Matteo Pasquali, the A. J. Hartsook Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and NanoEngineering, is quoted.
MSN (This article also appeared in FARS News Agency, World Industrial Reporter,,, Cosmos and Revolution Green.)

Americans are hungry for a moon shot, says Rice professor Brinkley
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discusses his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.”

Why Trump’s clampdown on academia is forcing many Chinese researchers into a difficult corner
Alumnus Junhui Qian is quoted.
South China Morning Post


Texas homeowners get more tools to fight property tax hikes under new law
The Texas Senate testimony of Jennifer Rabb, director and fellow of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front page of the June 13 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

‘We got nothing’: Few wins for the Christian right in the 86th Texas Legislature
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Texas Observer

Are we alone? NASA’s Mars plans remain elusive decades after worries about aliens
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Surging demand for fuel in Mexico nearly doubles tanker truck traffic at Port of Brownsville
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Artists, musicians offer gift to Liberty County June 15
An article authored by alumnus David Taylor mentions that the outreach program of the Fine Arts Society of Liberty, Texas, includes funding field trips to Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Meet 2019’s ’40 Under 40′: Communicator braves storms to achieve goals
Rice alumni Sparkle Anderson and Lawson Gow were named to Houston Business Journal’s 2019 40 Under 40 list. The honorees will be recognized at an event June 13.
Houston Business Journal
Meet 2019’s ’40 Under 40′: This CEO’s goal is to jumpstart Houston’s startup economy
Houston Business Journal

Concerts in Houston: Draco Rosa, Anderson.Paak, Lion Babe
An article mentions that young composers from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, the Houston Symphony, the University of Houston and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston will be paired with members of Houston’s refugee community to tell their stories through the music of “Resilient Sounds” June 18.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Dr. Drew Rasco is medical oncologist at the START Center for Cancer Care
Alumnus Drew Rasco is featured in a Q&A.
San Antonio Business Journal

Sustaita leads Conroe Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Celebrating America’ concert June 28
Alumnus Jacob Sustaita ’08 is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Big plans for small campus
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions is mentioned. 
Houston Business Journal

School teachers, music teachers and musicians helped us build a music summer school
An article mentions that DJ NURSIC: The Nurse DJ has a radio program on Rice’s radio station KTRU.
Houston Press

Alamo STEAM earns national STEM certification
An article mentions Rice’s STEM professional development program for teachers.
Odessa American


Nevada becomes 1st state to protect job applicants from marijuana testing
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Nevada’s new law that blocks employers in most business sectors from refusing to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test.
The Takeaway (This segment aired on 280 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Political Roundup: New bills becoming law and joint primary voting
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, participates in a roundtable discussion on the week’s political stories by Houston Public Media. Jones is quoted in three additional articles.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-AM in Houston.)
On verge of crucial presidential test, Beto must explain why he is not running for Senate
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
After House Republicans tackle big challenges in session, they face another one: Saving themselves
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Gilmer Mirror and The Eagle.)
Présidentielle américaine 2020: de plus en plus démocrate, le Texas courtisé
RFI (An English translation is not available.)

Property tax reform is law. What happens now?
Alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about Texas politics.
Houston Public Media

Full show: Ranking Texas health care and our weekly political roundup (June 12, 2019)
An article mentions that the final episode of the BBC’s 12-part podcast “13 Minutes to the Moon,” which explores the dramatic final 13 minutes of Apollo 11’s trip, was recorded at Rice, where President John F. Kennedy’s gave his “Moon Speech” Sept. 12, 1962.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-AM in Houston.)

More than $1 million in safety upgrades approved for dangerous intersection near Rice University
An article and broadcast about safety measures to improve the intersection of Sunset and Main mentions Rice.
KHOU Online (This segment also appeared twice on KHOU-TV in Houston.)


Researchers grow bone at rib to restore facial boneAn 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-author Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is cited.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Bone custom-grown on sheep’s ribs used to fix their jaws
New Atlas

Saudi Arabia is changing, but don’t give MbS all the credit
Annelle Sheline, the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Lobe Log

Research: Spectrographic analysis yields empirical benchmark for newborn ‘hot Jupiter’
Collaborative Rice research into CI Tau b, a close-orbiting giant exoplanet, is featured. Co-author Christopher Johns-Krull, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Tdnews (This article also appeared in TuniseSoir.)

Octopus-inspired wearable biosensor sticks to wet and dry skin
Graduate student Siavash Parkhideh authored two articles.
Algorithm uses individual medical history to predict patient’s chance of survival in ICU

Security 101 opens franchise offices in Sacramento and San Antonio
Alumnus Jeff Ye is featured and pictured.
Security Sales & Integration

Scientists found these old photographs contain metallic nanoparticles
An article mentions that Alejandro Manjavacas completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Rice.
Ars Technica (This article also appeared in F3 News.)

Deshpande Symposium honors leaders in entrepreneurship education
An article mentions that experts from Rice will be attending the eighth annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.
7thSpace Interactive (This article also appeared in and Scienmag.)


Ice core data confirms increased tropospheric ozone levels since industrialization
Collaborative Rice research of a 150-year-old ice core sample that suggests bad ozone in the air has increased by 40% since the industrial revolution is featured. Lead author Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted. Yeung and graduate student Asmita Banerjee are pictured in the Daily Mail.
University of Rochester (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.) 
Ozone in the air has increased by 40% since the industrial revolution, study reveals

Daily Mail

Thursday’s headlines
A transit news roundup mentions that Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will write periodic updates on its blog about the Texas Department of Transportation’s Houston I-45 project.
Streetsblog USA

Poetry written by Loras College graduates selected for publication in national publication
An article mentions that students from Rice had their work selected to be included in “plain china: National Anthology of the Best Undergraduate Writing.”
Loras College News


Chiefs UDFA Spotlight: Rice P Jack Fox
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured.
MSN Sports

Texans deny discrimination allegations of ex-security official or any link to Brian Gaine firing
An article about Jeff Pope’s discrimination complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission against the Houston Texans mentions that he is a former Rice athletic ticket sales employee.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 13 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Lawsuit alleges former Texans GM Brian Gaine ‘targeted’ African Americans for firing
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Lifestyle, Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Entertainment.)

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.
MSN Sports 


Artists can help create better neighborhoods
Artists can be pivotal players in creating positive changes in neighborhoods, according to a new study from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. The study offers lessons on how artists and urban planners working together can address people’s concerns not only about how neighborhoods are changing, but also about offering everyone equal access to the arts.

About Stefan De La Garza

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