Dateline Rice for July 30, 2019


CBS News Radio
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 stories on politics. He authored an op-ed in Forbes about provincial elections in Argentina.
WCBS-FM (New York) (This segment aired on more than 470 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
Provincial elections in Santa Cruz: Home of the Kirchner clan
Texan picked for intelligence post seen as Trump loyalist
Austin American-Statesman
Is it the ‘twilight of the Texans’ in tonight’s Democrat debate? (This segment aired four times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s ethical challenge just became reality
Laws in Texas
Are college students in Texas the reason why Texas counties are flipping from red to blue?
Medium (This article also appeared in US Politics.)


Where did it go wrong for Beto?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Tiny particles monitor oxygen during hydrogel healing
Rice research into soft microparticle sensors that can monitor oxygen levels in hydrogels is featured. Co-authors Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the Brown School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, and graduate student Reid Wilson are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Biocompare.)

Researchers may have found new weapon against disease
An article features an international team of scientists including experts from Rice that is developing molecule-sized motors that drill through the surface of cancer cells and bacteria. 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 featured.
Voice of America
Circuiti elettronici commestibili: La nuova sfida del pharma
About Pharma (An English translation is not available.)

A key reason the Fed struggles to hit 2% inflation: Uncooperative prices
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 30 online and print editions of The Australian, and it appeared in Credit Writedowns Blog. This story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

What happens when oil runs out?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in Markets Insider and Yerepouni Daily.)

Africa’s cities are about to boom — and maybe explode
Todd Moss, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed on the urbanization of Africa.
Bloomberg (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘Wir haben noch 400 Gletscher, um uns von Island zu verabschieden’
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument to be unveiled next month at the site of the former glacier. Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, are featured.
Yahoo! Nachrichten (An English translation is not available.)
En Islande, on pleure la disparition du premier glacier
Fredzone (An English translation is not available.)

Fallo judicial en EE.UU. pone en riesgo activos de CITGO
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, is quoted.
Voz de América (An English translation is not available.)
Venezuela loses appeal to shield Citgo assets from US court auction
S&P Global Platts (This article also appeared in Diesel Gasoil.)


Kinder Institute expands its urban data initiatives following $2.25M of fresh funds from the Houston Endowment
An article mentions that Houston Endowment awarded Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research a three-year, $2.25 million grant for the Building Better Cities and Building Better Lives initiatives. President David Leebron and Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, are quoted.

Rice University says it has a cheaper plan to guard Houston from hurricanes
An article features Rice’s research into the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a 25-foot-tall levee to protect the Houston-Galveston region from hurricanes. 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, is quoted.
Reform Austin (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

LSC-Kingwood ALL Program
An article mentions that Academy for Lifelong Learning participants visit Rice.


10 years of terror with Boko Haram
Graduate student Abdulbasit Kassim is interviewed.
BBC World News Service (This segment aired on more than 1,400 affiliate stations around the world.)

‘Race and the space race’
A radio segment mentions that Rice donated land that later became NASA.
KNPR-FM (Las Vegas; this segment aired on 16 affiliate stations around Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona.)

’13 Eyewitness News at 3 p.m.’
A broadcast mentions Rice’s eSports Club.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Oddball edge wins nanotube faceoff
Rice research into the energetic stability of a circular arrangement of carbon nanotubes is featured. Study co-authors Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, research administrator Ksenia Bets and research scientist Evgeni Penev are quoted.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

America’s neighbors apply peer pressure on US cannabis policy
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 quoted.
Cannabis Now

Bilfinger hires Ed Emmett as advisory director
Alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured and pictured.

The science of belief: A conversation
Research into the religious beliefs of scientists by Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is cited.
New Humanist

Rice University’s Jesús Vassallo’s mass timber construction project wins Shepley Bulfinch Award
An article featuring the work of Jesús Vassallo, the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture, mentions that his project “Tall Timber,” which focuses on mass timber construction systems for housing development, won the Shepley Bulfinch Award.
Archinect (This article also appeared in Seriously Architecture and Environment Guru.)

A diverse list of innovators hints at what the future will be like
An article features 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.
Saporta Report (This article also appeared in the Gainesville Times.)

New insights into how the brain works
An article mentions that researchers from Rice collaborated on a study to determine the cellular diversity of neurons in the brain.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in Medical Health News, Agenparl, NewsCaf and Science Daily.)

Amazon opens tech hub in Houston
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions is mentioned.
Smart Cities Dive

As flood risk spreads, prediction tech proves vital
An article mentions that Rice experts developed a flood alert system to monitor and provide real-time information about White Oak Bayou, one of Houston’s most flood-prone waterways.
Gas & Electricity

Dallas Symphony Orchestra appoints new principal viola 
An article features and pictures alumna Meredith Kufchak, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music who was recently named as the new principal violist of the Dallas Symphony. Ivo-Jan van der Werff, professor of viola, is mentioned.
The Strad

25 rising stars in venture capital who control millions of dollars in Silicon Valley and decide which startups will blow up
Alumnus Philipp Seifert is featured.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Indilens and

The ASCAP Foundation and Newport Festivals Foundation present Ben Morris on the jazz festival stage
Alumnus Ben Morris, recipient of the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, is featured.
Broadway World

The 12 coolest chief executives in enterprise data storage
Alumnus Mohit Aron is featured and pictured.
Solutions Review

New lithium mines calm electric vehicle stakeholder nerves, for now
An article cites Rice research into improving lithium-ion batteries.

Kommen bald Solarzellen mit einem vierfachen Wirkungsgrad?
An article features Rice research that suggests carbon nanotubes may make solar panels more efficient. Co-authors Gururaj Naik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, are quoted. Kono’s research is cited in InfoWorld.
Energiezukunft (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in Onties.)
Coming soon: Eco-friendly data centers

Los trabajos de construcción de Dos Bocas inician el 1 de agosto y terminarán en 2022: Rocío Nahle
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Sin Embargo (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Zona Franca.)
Dos Bocas, una obra contra la marea
Aquí Noticias

USA-Cina: è il cervello il nuovo campo di battaglia
A roundup of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology research projects mentions Rice.
Difesa Online (An English translation is not available.)


OSU hosting 2-day clean water workshop
An article mentions that Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s Clean and Sustainable Water Quality Initiative symposium Aug. 5.
Corvallis Gazette-Times (This article also appeared in the Albany Democrat-Herald.)

The space age: A look back at American ingenuity
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is  mentioned.
Cincinnati Republic
Why you should shoot for the moon
Don’t sweat the details
The moon landing and the Cold War
Consortium News (This article also appeared in Onties and Yerepouni Daily.)

Best pediatricians in San Diego
Alumna Jennifer Davis is featured and pictured.
Kev’s Best

This Facebook VR wristband lets you ‘touch’ virtual objects
An article about a wrist-worn haptic virtual reality/augmented reality device called Tasbi mentions that an interning Ph.D. student from Rice was a member of the design team.

Como um conflito no Golfo Pérsico afetaria as matérias-primas
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Jornal de Negocios (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Ardina.)

Estudio: Los aparatos electrónicos influyen en tu peso corporal
An article features Rice research that indicates mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control. Postdoctoral research fellow Richard Lopez is quoted.
Teleamazonas (An English translation is not available.)


Houston Christian Track Club trio triumphs at Pan American U20 Championships
An article features Rice track and field athlete Corbett Fong and mentions that he placed fourth in the decathlon at the July 19-21 Pan American U20 Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Breaking down UAB’s West Division opponents
The first article previews the Oct. 5 football game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in both articles.
‘It’s tough on everyone’: Why some HS coaches say recruiting is out of control

Big 12 football: Ranking every game of the 2019 season
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin football team will play Rice Sept. 14 and that Baylor will play Rice Sept. 21.
The Oklahoman
Ranking Big 12 schedules in order of toughness

Arkansas to host Tulsa in December
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team will host Rice Nov. 5.

Alabama women’s tennis sets 2019-20 schedule
An article mentions the Sept. 27-29 Rice Invitational tennis meet.
Holmes County Times Advertiser

Each passing day gives Nats star Anthony Rendon more leverage
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
NBC Sports

Every NFL stadium with a regular-season or postseason game
An article mentions that Rice Stadium hosted 22 regular-season or postseason NFL games from 1965-73.
Indiana Gazette (This article also appeared in the Hot Springs Sentinel.)

An OU-Texas title game possibility makes the October game slightly less important 
Rice is mentioned.
The Oklahoman

Tigers return strong nucleus in all three phases
Rice is mentioned.

2019 Oklahoma Sooners football countdown to kickoff 
An article mentions a 1938 football game between Rice and the University of Oklahoma.
SB Nation

Kentucky football hires new grad assistant to replace Courtney Love
Former Rice football graduate assistant Cameron Davis is featured and pictured.
Kentucky Sports Radio


Oddball edge wins nanotube faceoff
When is a circle less stable than a jagged loop? Apparently when you’re talking about carbon nanotubes. Rice theoretical researchers have discovered that nanotubes with segregated sections of “zigzag” and “armchair” facets growing from a solid catalyst are far more energetically stable than a circular arrangement would be.


About Stefan De La Garza

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