Dateline Rice for July 12, 2019


What makes a modern ‘moonshot’ successful?
Neal Lane, a senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Inside Science News Service

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is featured in an innovation news roundup.

National Writers Series presents Douglas Brinkley this Saturday, July 13
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” will speak at the National Writers Series July 13 in Traverse City, Michigan. Brinkley also is quoted in 
TV allowed all of us to ride along on Apollo 11 mission

Generations: Sue Bruns: Still in awe 50 years later
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is  mentioned.
The Bemidji Pioneer
‘Washington Goes to the Moon Part 1’
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)

Purdue to feature panels with NASA flight directors, industry leaders who worked on Apollo 11
An article mentions that alumnus Wayne Hale, former NASA flight director, will participate in a panel discussion July 20 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Purdue News Service


Drug companies say you’d just be ‘confused’ if they included prices in TV ads
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 12 print edition.)

Product-lickers symptom of sick selfie-obsessed nation
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Washington Times


Historian: No, the Civil War didn’t erase slavery’s harm [Opinion]
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history and author of the forthcoming book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution,” authored an op-ed about the complicated history of Civil War reparations.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition.)

Mike Freedman’s ‘King of the Mississippi’ just may be the Great Houston Novel we’ve been waiting for.
Alumnus Mike Freedman, author of the novel “King of the Mississippi,” is featured. Demographic research by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is cited in the article and in Houston Public Media.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
As Houston’s South Asian population grows, so does the popularity of cricket
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Battleground 2020: Rep. Angie Chen Button set to face off against Brandy Chambers once again
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.
The Texan (Subscription is required.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired seven times.)
‘Pay to play’ petition drive falls short
Off the Kuff

Fewer cases of AIDS in Africa means fewer in Houston [Opinion]
Jones College junior Connor Bowering authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition.)

UT’s pledge to cover some students’ tuition welcomed as ‘a huge relief’
Two articles and two radio broadcasts mention The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families. President David Leebron is quoted in the Austin American-Statesman and the Longview News-Journal.
Austin American-Statesman
WBAP-AM (Dallas)
This university is offering free tuition to students from families making less than $65K
Other voices: What Texas editors are saying
Longview News-Journal

Nonprofits face dwindling investor base, increasing competition, Houston execs say
Kristen Schlatre, director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal

UT can ease the burden of textbook costs
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
The Daily Texan


Fort Bend County sheriff mum on political future
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

WLW-AM (Cincinnati)
Rice is mentioned.


‘Moon-forming’ circumplanetary disk discovered in distant star system
Rice research that made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, which helps to support many of the current theories of planet formation, is featured.
Lead author Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Newswise (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
A planetary collision might have started life on Earth

Scrutiny for Houston development patterns after new stormwater regulations
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Update: Study: Cities with ride-shares like Uber and Lyft also see rise in fatal accidents
An article cites collaborative research into ride-hailing services by Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

Policy protocol
Ken Liddle, chief compliance officer at Rice, is quoted.
University Business

The best transfer essay advice from admission insiders
Tamara Siler, senior associate director of admission at Rice, is quoted.
College Xpress

The golden age of heavy ion collisions
An article mentions that alumnus James Brandenburg received honorable mention for outstanding thesis project at the 2019 Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider & Alternating Gradient Synchrotron Meeting June 4-7.

Perspectives: Writer, poker player and journalist Ben Saxton
Alumnus Ben Saxton is featured and pictured.
Via Nola Vie

Fun with math 
Alumnus C. Chappell Temple is featured and pictured.
Juicy Ecumenism (This article also appeared in Long Room.)

Somewhere Studio discusses architecture and practice as an ongoing process of conversation and investigation
Alumni Jessica Colangelo and Charles Sharpless are featured and pictured, and Carlos Jiménez, professor of architecture, is mentioned.

Former Sears stores find new use as innovation district anchors
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.

Best emerging technologies for solar energy
Rice research on developing flexible organic photovoltaics is featured.

Are granite countertops radioactive?
Rice research into the radiation level of granite countertops is cited.

7 top Texas stocks to buy now
An article mentions that Howard Hughes attended Rice.
Motley Fool

Arthur B. Cohn House in Houston, Texas
An article features the original house of Arthur Cohn, the university’s first business manager.
Atlas Obscura


It’s absolutely more productive to bring your wild, messy self to work, study says
An article features a Rice study that determined that people with nonvisible stigmas who live openly at work are happier with their overall lives and more productive in the workplace. Eden King, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.

Doha’s ‘foreign policy is economic policy’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s recent visit to Washington.
The Media Line

President Trump announces recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Indian Americans dominate the list
An article mentions that David Zhang, associate professor of bioengineering, received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
India New England

City names new economic development director
Alumna Oriana Fernandez ’05 was named the new economic development director of Del Rio, Texas.
Del Rio News-Herald (Subscription is required.)


Trust me, I’m a football coach
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured.
SB Nation

Kettleers win big home game
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.
Kettleers keep pace in West

McNeese announces cross-country schedule
An article mentions the Rice Invitational scheduled for Sept. 13.
American Press

Iowa State football: What are the biggest storylines heading into Big 12 media days?
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is mentioned.
Ames Tribune

Football: Southington football players excel in Houston
An article mentions that the Youth Armed Forces football game was held at Rice Stadium.
Meriden Record-Journal

Texas Football: Longhorns Sugar Bowl rings unveiled
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

Colleagues vouch for ex-Texans GM Brian Gaine amid discrimination allegation
An article about Jeff Pope’s discrimination complaint against the Houston Texans mentions that he is a former Rice athletic ticket sales employee.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Moon-forming disk discovered around distant planet
Using Earth’s most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter. The find adds to the intriguing story of planet PDS 70 c, a still-forming gas giant about 370 light years from Earth that was first revealed last month in visible light images.

Rice device channels heat into light
The ever-more-humble carbon nanotube may be just the device to make solar panels – and anything else that loses energy through heat – far more efficient. Rice scientists are designing arrays of aligned single-wall carbon nanotubes to channel mid-infrared radiation (aka heat) and greatly raise the efficiency of solar energy systems.

About Stefan De La Garza

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