Dateline Rice for July 3, 2019


Apollo 11’s Michael Collins reflects on historic moon landing: ‘We were just regular astronauts’
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured or mentioned in numerous articles.
Fox News (This article also appeared in Big World Tale.)
‘To the moon and beyond’ part 1: What we learned from landing on the moon and why we stopped going 
The Conversation (This article also appeared in
Sneak peek at Texas Standard’s ‘Highway to the Moon: How Texas Paved the Way for Apollo’ 
KUT Online
‘Eight Years to the Moon’: Read a book excerpt
Universe Today (This article also appeared in Long Room.)
Dr. Avi Loeb thinks the government should set its sights on big ideas in space exploration 
Universe Today
Moon landing 50 years later: Texas A&M space expert discusses its importance
PBS documentary ‘Chasing the Moon’ chronicles space race
Catholic San Francisco
‘Chasing the Moon’ documentary commemorates 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 mission
Catholic Courier
Video interviews: American Archive of Public Broadcasting launches the ‘To the Moon Special Collection’ from NOVA


President Donald J. Trump announces recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
An article mentions that David Zhang, associate professor of bioengineering, is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)

Hiring algorithms raise questions of validity and bias
Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and professor of management and co-editor of “Workforce Readiness and the Future of Work,” is quoted in U.S. News & World Report and cited in
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Finance.)
Skills are the new coin of the realm

Endowment tax reaches beyond endowments under new regulations
A news roundup mentions Rice’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice, which will explore the university’s history with a focus on those issues.


Jim Blackburn speaks to LBF members at MMC
An article mentions that Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, spoke at the Lavaca Bay Foundation meeting June 20.
Port Lavaca Wave

‘WE ARE THE ASTEROID III’: More than a mere traffic sign
An arts roundup mentions that “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, will be on view through Aug. 31 at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Wortham Foundation Grove.
The Buzz Magazines

3 health technologies developed in Houston that are changing the industry
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.

Fort Bend Infrastructure Conference draws VIP crowd of industry experts
An article features Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, who gave the keynote speech at the Fort Bend Regional Infrastructure Conference June 27 in Richmond.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 3 print edition of the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun and Bellaire Examiner, and the story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Houston scientist creates a DIY lab concept for flexible and efficient work
Rice research that developed the eVOLVER system to automate cell-culturing systems that can run continuously for months is featured. Co-developer Caleb Bashor, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is featured and pictured.

Formal groundbreaking set for Houston’s Ion innovation hub
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.
Community Impact Newspaper

UTRGV’s Villalobos receives national award for scientific scholarship, STEM leadership
Alumna Cristina Villalobos is featured and pictured.
Valley Morning Star

Here’s what’s coming up in Houston’s art scene
A Houston arts roundup mentions Gillian Wearing’s installation “Rock ‘n’ Roll 70” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The site-specific work “Wallpaper” consists of portraits that have been altered to imagine what the artist will look like in 20 years.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


‘Squawk on the Street’
A television broadcast features Vita Inclinata, the winner of the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Two additional articles mention the competition.
METRO launches self-driving shuttle, Data Gumbo hires new exec, and more Houston innovation news
Innovation District welcomes new companies to Erie

‘KOCO 5 News at 5 a.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that Rice is ranked No. 3 in the nation for universities with the happiest students.
KOCO-TV (Oklahoma City)

Why some journalism educators are encouraging students to consider other fields
Max Besbris, assistant professor of sociology, is interviewed about his research that examined the transformations taking place in journalism and found that educators are encouraging aspiring journalists to look for work outside the news business.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Meet Steven Currall, the new USF president
An article featuring Steve Currall mentions he formerly worked at Rice.
WUSF News (This segment also aired on WUSF-FM in Tampa, Florida, and it appeared online on and WJCT News.)

Enjoy a Navy band performance on KPAC this holiday weekend
An article features alumna Ashleigh Leas.
Texas Public Radio (This segment aired on seven affiliate stations across Texas.)

Harlem Quartet comes to Carlsen Center as ensemble-in-residence for Heartland Chamber Music Festival
Alumnus Philip Marten is featured.


Humans are drowning the world in plastic
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Courthouse News Service

Biology breakthrough gives an insight on how life started on Earth
An article features a collaborative study between Rice and Rutgers University that reverse-engineered a primordial protein that might resemble the first biological machines involved in metabolism.
Debate Report

Power/Performance Bits: July 3
An article features Rice research that has adapted laser-induced graphene into small, metal-free devices that generate electricity. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford are quoted.

AmCham Argentina y el Instituto Argentino del Petróleo y del Gas viajaron junto a funcionarios públicos para discutir el futuro de la política energética del país
Rice faculty members mentioned include: 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; 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 and a lecturer in energy economics; and Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute. Jones is quoted in South Coast Today and Collins is quoted in the Odessa American.
Energia y Transporte (An English translation is not available.)
1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws
South Coast Today
Conference talking Permian Basin water
Odessa American


Should science give astronauts genetic superpowers for space travel?
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Hot Air

Is wearable EpiPen medicine’s next big thing?
An article featuring undergraduate Rice research to develop a wearable device for allergy sufferers is featured. Deirdre Hunter, lecturer at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Martel College senior Justin Tang and Sid Richardson senior Albert Han are quoted.
WJXT Online
Medical breakthroughs: Students invent wearable EpiPen

The new pioneers
Rice is mentioned.
Princeton Alumni Weekly

Local architect earns RAIC Fellowship
Alumna Elizabeth Songer is featured.
Lethbridge Herald (This article also appeared in the July 3 print edition.)

Jonathan Chism, Pine Bluff native, plans book signing July 7
Alumnus Jonathan Chism is featured and pictured.
Pine Bluff Commercial (This article also appeared in the Van Buren Press Argus-Courier, Stuttgart Daily LeaderHot Springs Village Voice, Arkansas News, Booneville Democrat and the Greenwood Democrat.)


At Cy Ranch baseball, Corey Cephus embraces community’s demand for a quality product
Rice assistant baseball coach John Pope is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair

Who’s hot, who’s not — June numbers from the Cincinnati Reds minor leagues
Former Rice baseball player Ricky Salinas is featured.
SB Nation

Twins Daily 2019 midseason top 40 prospects: Recap
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured.
Twins Daily

About Stefan De La Garza

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