Dateline Rice for June 14, 2019


The collapse and upcoming rise of Venezuela and its oil industry
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, authored an op-ed.


Mission Moon: TV plugged into space travel and sparked imaginations
Rachel Boyle, administrator of Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 14 print edition.)

Old ice and snow yields tracer of preindustrial ozone
Collaborative Rice research on 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.
Houston Style Magazine

After House Republicans tackle big challenges in session, they face another one: Saving themselves
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 in several articles and interviewed by KRLD.
San Marcos Corridor News (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in Reform Austin and KOXE Online, and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Immigration attorney’s challenge against Rep. Cuellar signals left-wing’s RGV arrival
The Monitor
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired four times.)
On verge of crucial presidential test, Beto must explain why he is not running for Senate
Insurance News Net
Présidentielle américaine 2020: de plus en plus démocrate, le Texas courtisé
Yahoo! Actualites (An English translation is not available. This RFI article also appeared in From Press and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Le Texas, source de fonds pour les Republicains e les Democrates
Le Temp (An English translation is not available. This article appeared in the June 14 print edition.)

Pride in the media: Media marvel
A gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment pioneered by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is mentioned.
OutSmart Magazine

Hypergiant receives funding from Japan, UH honored for entrepreneur program, coworking space opens and more Houston innovation news
An innovation roundup features Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) and mentions that it hosted its inaugural Lilie Change Maker Summit for 44 incoming freshmen. Jamie Jones, executive director of Lilie; Caitlin Bolanos, associate director of Lilie; and Hesam Panahi, lecturer in entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, are quoted.

Scott C. Disch named new principal of West University Elementary School 
Alumnus Scott Disch is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

The University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program Class of 2019
An article mentions that a Rice student is participating in the University of Houston Law Center’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program.
University of Houston Law Center News

Meet 2019’s 40 Under 40: This 1st-generation college student worked his way to the top
An article featuring alumnus and former Rice football player Joe Thompson mentions that he was named to the Houston Business Journal’s 2019 40 Under 40 list. Former assistant football coach Charlie Rizzo is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

Other voices: What Texas editors are saying
Rice head swimming coach Seth Huston is quoted in an editorial about keeping children safe around water this summer.
Longview News-Journal

Women of ‘Hidden Figures’ honored with renamed city block in Washington
An article mentions that the mother of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attended Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This Washington Post article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets, and it appeared in the June 14 print editions of the Sun Sentinel’s Broward and Palm Beach issues, the Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune and Daily Press.)


Rice program to teach executives how to lead effectively
Brent Smith, associate professor of management and psychology and senior associate dean for executive education at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses “The Leadership Accelerator: The Woodlands,” an Oct. 7-10 seminar offered by the school.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Mexico expert: ‘Failed states’ pushing large numbers of immigrants
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 interviewed about immigration.
KJZZ Online (This segment aired on 16 affiliate stations across Arizona.)

RTIC online shoppers hit with ‘tariff surcharge’ as U.S. trade war with China impacts goods
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Bizarre messages found on traffic sign are really art
“WE ARE THE ASTEROID III,” a solar-powered LED message board art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia with text written by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured.
KRTK Online (This article also appeared in Boing Boing Blog.)


Going to the moon: Reflections on a government success story 50 years later 
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discusses his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race” in a Q&A.
Government Executive (This article also appeared in

Apollo 11 anniversary puts focus on historic achievements and returning to the moon, says Baker Institute’s Abbey
A new paper by George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.

US military funds mind-reading helmet that may let soldiers telepathically control robots or drones
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.
Infosurhoy (A similar article also appeared in Activist Post.)

When a boss shoots down ideas, employees won’t speak up
A new study by Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice, which explains how leaders can use language that encourages workers to offer more ideas in the future, is featured.
Government Executive

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. Grant Patterson, a former Kinder Institute researcher, and Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the institute, are quoted.
Mirage News

Other materials stories that may be of interest
Rice researchers’ development of a low-cost method to safely handle the transfer of bulk nanomaterials and a laser-induced graphene technique for metal-free devices that generate electricity when put in contact with other surfaces are featured.
The American Ceramic Society

Laser-induced graphene composites are eminently wearable
An article mentions that Rice developed a laser-induced graphene technique in 2014.

Susan Kare, Thomas Phifer, IwamotoScott, SCAPE among 2019 Cooper Hewitt National Design awardees
An article featuring Thomas Phifer, winner of the Architecture Design award, mentions that his architectural firm, Thomas Phifer and Partners, designed Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion.
Archinect (This article also appeared in Bustler.)

Scientist hasn’t been seen since gene-editing embryos, others interested
An article about gene editing in humans mentions Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
Legal Reader

Direct from distant planet: Spectral clues to puzzling paradox
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.
Astrowatch (A similar article also appeared in Parallel State.)
Astronomia: Occhi puntati su un esopianeta extra large, partenza col ‘botto’ per il gioviano caldo (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in Paper Blog.)

How Sun engineered his way to the top of his trade
Rice is mentioned.
Upstream Online (Subscription is required.)

Exclusive interview: Visual effects supervisor Alejandro Diego von Dorrer on ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’
Alumnus Alejandro Diego von Dorrer is featured in a Q&A.
Flickering Myth

After decades of ‘appalling’ institutional neglect, museums are now clamoring for artist Frank Bowling’s work
An article featuring artist Frank Bowling mentions that his work “Middle Passage (1970)” was exhibited at Rice.
Artnet News

Antény vyrobené z nanorúrkových fólií sa vraj vyrovnajú klasickým kovom
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 and pictured.
Zive (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in Ele Times and In Compliance.)

Tumban alianzas de PEMEX con IP
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, is quoted. 
El Diario de Chihuahua (An English translation is not available. This article appeared in the June 14 print edition.)


Texas in ideal position to generate energy from wind and sunlight
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Truth Daily Mirror

Conservatory alumna wins top prize
McMurtry College sophomore Angela Ryu, who is studying at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured. Ryu placed first at the annual Shean Strings Competition.
Mount Royal University News

UTA collaborating on study of disease that’s devastating coral reef communities
An article mentions that scientists from Rice will conduct microbiology research as part of a collaborative effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to combat Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease.
Mirage News

New Masala is IndoPak Grill
Baker College junior Raiha Abbas is mentioned.
Maryville Daily Times

Water activist named 2019 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby College
Alumna Jamila Bargach is featured.
Colby College

The Fiato Quartet performing Up Close Concert
An article mentions that members of the Fiato Quartet attended Rice.
Crescenta Valley Weekly


McNeese’s Fisbeck named an ABCA/Rawlings Central Region first-teamer
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Matt Canterino was named to the NCAA Division I Central All-Region First Team and Owl Andrew Dunlap was named to the second team. MLB Trade Rumors mentions that Canterino was drafted and signed by the Minnesota Twins.
KPLC Online

MLB draft signings: June 13, 2019
MLB Trade Rumors

Varsity athletes, admissions and enrollment at top colleges
Rice is mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

OKCPS superintendent Sean McDaniel’s letter explains changes to athletic leadership
An article mentions that Todd Dilbeck is a former Rice assistant football coach.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in the June 13 print edition.)

Astros sign 2019 first-round draft pick Korey Lee
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Garrett Gayle was drafted and signed by the Houston Astros.
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in Baseball News.)

Oil Bowl basketball/volleyball rosters
An article mentions that Ben Moffat plans to play basketball at Rice.
News Channel 6 Online


A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming
Finding a shady refuge to cool off on a hot day could be more than a lifesaver in a warming world. It might save several species that would otherwise go extinct due to global warming, according to an analysis by Rice ecologist Volker Rudolf and scientists from a dozen other institutions.

About Stefan De La Garza

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