Dateline Rice for June 28, 2019


‘The Eagle has landed’ and other famous sayings from space
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in three articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 28 print edition.)
Jeff Bezos requires Amazon’s leaders to perform this powerful ritual before launching anything
One small step
Observer News

Apollo 11 memories ‘seared in my mind’: Q&A with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is featured in a Q&A in SpaceNews, and the book is reviewed in the Houston Chronicle.
Book world: How we tell the story of America
Houston Chronicle (This Washington Post article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


In the future, your room service will be delivered by a robot butler
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, is quoted.
Yahoo! News Canada (This Daily Beast article also appeared in Yahoo! News U.K.)


Former Greenway Plaza design center building trades hands
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Olga Dudchenko named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35
An article features and pictures Olga Dudchenko, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics whose research has made it possible to reconstruct the genome of almost any species for under $1,000 and who has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s 2019 list of Innovators Under 35.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Sylvester Turner has had his sights set on government from childhood
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston photographer, FotoFest co-founder Fred Baldwin reflects on globetrotting life in new memoir
An article featuring Fred Baldwin mentions that Dominique de Menil exhibited about 300 of his Grimes County photographs at the former Rice Museum.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas veterans are looking for a few good business people
Veterans Business Battle, hosted by the Rice Business Veterans Association and held at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Concerts, movies and murals: 8 things to do for cheap or free in the Greater Houston area, June 28-30
The Houston chapter of the American Guild of Organists and 2019 Pipe Organ Encounter Advanced is hosting a student recital June 28 at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Community Impact Newspaper

Programming and outreach highlights
Alexander Byrd, associate professor of history, is quoted in an article about the “Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy” art exhibit.
Houston Public Library (This article appeared in the Gregory School Newsletter for June 2019.)


Houston Newsmakers for June 30: Annual survey provides surprising attitudes
An article mentions that the June 30 episode of “Houston Newsmakers” will feature Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, and a discussion of the results of the 38th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey.

‘Minute with Mitch’
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 how to stem illegal immigration along the U.S-Mexico border. (This segment also aired twice on KLRD-AM in Dallas.)

SciTech Now
Thomas Killian, associate dean and professor of physics and astronomy, appears on a broadcast discussing his research into cold plasmas.
NJN-TV (Newark, New Jersey)


As coal fades in the US, natural gas becomes the climate battleground
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Oil & Gas 360 (This New York Times article also appeared in ACQ and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Renewable power exceeded coal for the 1st time in US history and none of us noticed

Smart lithium batteries signal short circuit
Rice research that developed a layer of red phosphorus in rechargeable lithium metal batteries to prevent short circuits is featured. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Coherent Magazine

Apple hires former ARM, Intel and AMD chip architect Mike Filippo
Alumnus Mike Filippo is mentioned.
The Tech Report

Stars and nebulas
An image is credited to Rice and researcher Robert O’Dell, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor Emeritus of Astrophysics and former chief scientist on the Hubble Space Telescope.


What journalism professors are teaching students — about their futures
An article features a collaborative research study between Rice and Rutgers University that examined the transformations taking place in journalism and found that educators are encouraging aspiring journalists to look for work outside the news business. Co-author Max Besbris, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
American News Report (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Summit High graduate dies at 58
An article featuring alumnus Gordon Alexander Spielberg mentions that he died May 25 at 58.
Summit Patch

Rockford author introduces children to local ‘Nature’s Makers’
Alumna Julie Knutson is featured and pictured.
Peoria Journal Star

BSO owed vendors $2.1 million as of April, nearly doubling amount owed 19 months ago
An article quoting Ivan Stefanovic mentions that his son attends Rice.
Baltimore Sun (This article appeared in the June 26 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


How Rice football is taking a national approach to recruiting
An article about the future of Rice football features head coach Mike Bloomgren and quotes David Pillen, assistant athletic director, and Scott Vestal, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Director of recruiting Alex Brown, former head coach David Balliff and former Owls Nate Richards and Stuart Mouchantaf are mentioned. The article also mentions that Bradley Rozner, Miles McCord and Naeem Smith will play at Rice as transfers.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Hyannis powers by Commodores, 10-4
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.


Former census director available to discuss Supreme Court decision
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump’s bid to add a citizenship question to the next census. Former U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is available to discuss the topic.

Rice Business Plan Competition winner to ring Nasdaq opening bell
The winner of the 2019 Rice University Business Plan Competition will ring Nasdaq’s opening bell July 3. Vita Inclinata Technologies from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, will perform the ceremonial opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market trading day at 9:30 a.m. CDT.

Federal student loan program doesn’t need more regulations, Baker Institute expert says
Student loans and student loan debt are a hot topic ahead of the 2020 presidential election. More regulations would only make the existing federal student loan programs more complicated, according to Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at the Center for Public Finance 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.