Dateline Rice for June 21, 2019


How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured in two articles.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 21 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Jeff Bezos explains how going to the moon is harder now than it was for JFK in 1962
Yahoo! Finance (This article appeared in the June 21 print edition of The Hitavada and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online. This article also appeared in USA Journal Online.)

Can we still do great things?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is quoted.
The Ripon Society (This article also appeared in Long Room and the Times of India.)


Hot spots make purifying salt water super efficient
Researchers in Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into “hot spots.” Alessandro Alabastri, the Texas Instruments Assistant Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and 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, are quoted. Pictured are Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering; Oara Neumann, postdoctoral research associate at the Smalley-Curl Institute; and graduate student Pratiksha Dongare.
Futurity (This article also appeared in and Global Spec.)

Dark ecology and our planet
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English and author of “Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence,” whose work urges for the development of a new ecological awareness facing the evidence of climate change and its consequences, is featured in Medium. “WE ARE THE ASTEROID III,” a solar-powered LED message board art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia with text written by Morton, is featured in Design You Trust.
Traffic sign in Texas displays witty warning of global warming
Design You Trust

Art for the people
An article mentions that Rice architecture students have worked with Project Row Houses.

The most beautiful college campuses in America
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured.
MSN Lifestyle

Obama song
Alumnus Ben Rhodes ’00, former speech writer for President Barack Obama, is featured.
Le Nouveau Magazine Littéraire (An English translation is not available. Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 2019 print edition.)


Turner adds 5 neighborhoods to Complete Communities program
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texas Hispanics edge closer to becoming the state’s biggest ethnic group 
Dallas Observer

Too many visitors miss out on Houston’s diversity
An article by Leah Binkovitz, senior editor of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Edge blog, is cited.
Texas Monthly

Can Houston avoid mistakes of the past as it tries to build its tech scene?
A trio of articles from the Houston Chronicle about Houston’s startup environment mention 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. Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management Co., is quoted in the first article; Jack Gill, professor in the practice of entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Ed Egan, the former director of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (now the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth) at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted in the second article. Egan authored the third article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Is time running out for Houston to build a startup culture?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Business News Press.)
Comment: For startup ecosystem, perpetual death by a thousand headlines
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Climate change: The problem Texas business leaders are afraid to name
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

New executive director at Fort Worth Employees’ Retirement Fund
Alumna Benita Falls Harper is featured.
Fort Worth Business Press

Queer things to do in Houston this weekend: Pride edition
An article mentions that the Rice Alumni Pride group will co-sponsor the Intercollegiate Pride Mixer as part of Pride Houston activities June 21-22.
OutSmart Magazine


Why are some people losing trust in vaccines?
Peter Hotez, adjunct professor of bioengineering and fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about a new study that suggests that wealthy nations have the highest distrust of vaccines.
BBC’s “The Real Story” (This BBC World Service Radio segment aired on over 1,300 affiliate stations around the world.)

Rice study suggests white racial prejudice can lessen over time
Research by lead author Tony Brown, a professor of sociology at Rice, that suggested prejudice among white people can lessen over time is featured.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston and KUT-FM in Austin, Texas.)

Sen. Cornyn rallies support for Texas Republicans
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed. (This segment also aired three times on KTRH-AM in Houston.)


Susan Brown Snook ordained and consecrated as new bishop of San Diego
An article featuring alumna Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook mentions that she was ordained and consecrated as the fifth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego on June 15.
Episcopal News Service

Progress toward 3D-printed human organs
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 mimic a human lung. Miller and graduate student Bagrat Grigoryan are quoted in NIH Director’s Blog. Grigoryan is pictured in FierceBiotech, which includes a Rice video.
NIH Director’s Blog (This article also appeared in MedTech Dive.) 
3D printing lungs using blue light, hydrogel and ‘yellow dye #5’


Laser-made graphene enables simple, low-cost nanogenerator
An article mentions that James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, developed a one-step method for making graphene foams using infrared laser pulses.
C&E (This article also appeared in Materials Today.)
Ron Wood: Genesis and the Big Bang 
The Weekly Vista


Finalists for $40,000 prize selected
An article about graduate student Rashaan Allwood mentions that he is one of the five finalists competing for the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize of the Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition.
Chadds Ford Live

This was a good week
The Rev. Sarah Condon, chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Rice, is pictured.
Chookooloonks Blog

Gil Refael and Nets Katz named Simons Investigators
An article featuring alumnus Nets Katz mentions that he has been named a 2019 Simons Investigator and will receive $100,000 in research funding each year for five years.
Caltech News (This article also appeared in Agenparl.)

Former Summit resident Gordon Spielberg passes away at age 58
An article featuring alumnus Gordon Alexander Spielberg mentions that he died May 25 at 58.

La clarinetista naronesa Tania Villasuso inicia una gira de conciertos por Latinoamérica
Alumna Tania Villasuso is featured.
Diario de Ferrol (An English translation is not available.)


Jacob Borow, Hailey Jones win Patrick Reed Junior Championship
An article featuring Jacob Borow mentions that he plans to golf at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 the media outlets.)

Federal charges filed in 2018 overdose death of Rice football player
A television news story and two articles feature the late Blain Padgett and Stuart Mouchantaf, former Rice football players.
KHOU Online (Similar video segments aired 20 times on six stations around Texas.)
Ex-Rice University football player could face decades in prison if convicted of supplying deadly opioid to teammate
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 the media outlets.)
Former Rice athlete facing federal charges he provided lethal drug to teammate
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 21 print edition, and similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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