Dateline Rice for Aug. 12, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


Texas: Republican powerhouse could shift to Democrats as demographics change
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 Guardian
In agreeing to secret huddle, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen veers off state GOP’s script
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 12 print edition.)
Michael McCaul: ‘Full steam ahead’ in US House district eyed by Democrats
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Aug. 10 print edition.)
Texas relaxed gun laws after other mass shootings
The Daily News
No se prevén restricciones de armas en Texas tras tiroteos
The Associated Press (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Análisis: ¿Sería posible que Texas limite la portación de armas de fuego? No, estas son las razones
Al Dia Dallas (An English translation is not available.)


HIRING HEADACHES: Austin’s stretched labor market poised to get even tighter
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman

Op-ed: New rules on health reimbursement accounts could lower insurance premiums
Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and 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, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Business Journal

Why scientists are working with the military to develop headsets that can read minds
Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is featured.
TMC News (This research was featured in the Aug. 12 TMC newsletter, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Former U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is quoted in a story about the changing demographics of the U.S.

Lydia Walquist, 18, flute and Robert Black, 18, tuba
An article mentions that Robert Black plans to study music at Rice.
WFMT Online


Our mark on the moon
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Worcester Business Journal

A single-photon source you can make at home
Collaborative Rice research that identified for the first time the distribution of quantum defects in carbon nanotubes using a novel spectroscopy method is featured. Co-authors Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate students Sergei Bachilo and Zheng Yu are mentioned.
MIT News (This article also appeared in

New device uses paper to study heart diseases
An article features an experimental device developed by Rice bioengineers to study heart disease. 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 Madeline Monroe are quoted.
World Chronicle

3D-printing organs moves a few more steps closer to commercialization
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.
TechCrunch (This article also appeared in Forecast Wire, Micro Finance Reporter, Tech Flier, NewsCaf, The USA Feed, Conservative Angle and Starkville Daily News.)

Chemists show it’s hip to be square
An article features Rice’s research into azetidines and how they may be used as building blocks in drug design. Co-authors László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, and graduate students Nicole Behnke and Kaitlyn Lovato are quoted. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Azetidine einfach synthetisch hergestellt zur Vereinfachung

Sharp meets flat in tunable 2D material
Research by co-author Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is featured. Additional co-authors mentioned include: James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry, a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate students Amey Apte, Sandhya Susarla and Lucas Sassi; former postdoctoral researcher Jongwon Yoon; and alumnus Chandra Sekhar Tiwary.
Mirage News

2U’s critical shift and the 60% drop it caused
Rice’s MBA program is mentioned.
Yahoo! Finance (This Motley Fool article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance Singapore Nasdaq and CityBizList.)

What if humans never landed on the moon?
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Live Science (This article also appeared in 17 Ok News.)
Byron Williams: AI may one day write this headline
Winston-Salem Journal
What business leaders can learn from JFK’s powerful speech that brought us to the moon
Great Leadership

Leave no good idea behind: Millennial composers embrace a cosmopolitan style
Alumna Caroline Shaw is featured and pictured.
San Francisco Classical Voice

Textbooks are getting cheaper for the first time in 2 decades
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
The College Fix

The storytelling of food, big and small
An article authored by Paul Kim mentions that he is a residential counselor for a summer camp at Rice.
College Magazine


Scientists can now control thermal profiles at the nanoscale
Collaborative Rice research into controlling the temperatures of connected plasmonic gold nanorods individually is featured. Co-authors mentioned include: Stephan Link, professor of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering and associate chair for graduate studies; former researcher Ujjal Bhattacharjee; current researcher Seyyed Ali Hosseini Jebeli; and former research scientist Wei-Shun Chang.
University of Washington News (This article also appeared in Nanowerk, Onties, Newswise, Scienmag, Mirage News and 7th Space Interactive.)

Your daily 6: NRA boss digs in on gun control, Trump goes golfing and actress’ shame at being ‘white and privileged’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (This article also appeared in the Napa Valley Register, Arizona Daily Star, Corvallis Gazette-Times, The Times-News, and Herald & Review.)

Hackers take on DARPA’s $10 million voting machine
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Elexonic (This article also appeared in F3 News.)
DefCon 2019 Voting Village update
The Independent View

Incredible images from space capture the death of a glacier
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.
Geek (This article also appeared in Elephant Journal.)

#ElPasoChallenge: How one Latino boy spreads kindness
Luz Garcini, a Rice Academy affiliate in the Department of Psychological Sciences and Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Salud America!

White terrorism reflects larger political trends, not simply extreme individual acts
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, is quoted.
Daily Sabah (This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)

Gilbane awarded two unique projects in the Houston market
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district that broke ground July 19, is featured.
Construction Citizen

Day Owl
Rice’s redesigned logo is featured. (This article also appeared in Unsorted.)

Auburn University students happiest in the country
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the category of happiest students according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges.” (This article also appeared in USA Breaking News Online and WHNT Online.)

Which colleges are the most LGBTQ-friendly and unfriendly?
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 10 in the nation in the category of most LGBTQ-friendly universities according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges.”
Instinct Magazine

11 Lee faculty receive promotion in rank
An article features alumnus Drew Bledsoe.
Cleveland Daily Banner

Beer brewed, food cooked at Daytona State impress visiting culinary instructors 
Johnny Curet, director of campus dining and senior executive chef at Rice, is quoted.
Daytona Beach News-Journal

Stillwater native, internationally touring tenor to headline ‘Opera on the River’
Alumnus Jack Swanson is featured and pictured.
The Gazette

Pokémon Scholarships awarded to Royal College of Art MA Fashion and Intelligent Mobility students 
Alumna Ye Han is featured and pictured.
FAD magazine

UM memos show why it wants to fire this music school professor
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
Deadline Detroit


Rice‘s first scrimmage ‘sloppy,’ but offers glimpse of progress
An article features Rice’s football team. Head football coach Mike Bloomgren and assistant coaches Jerry Mack and Brian Smith are quoted. Bloomgren is quoted and pictured in SB Nation.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)
Key storylines and notes from Rice media day
SB Nation
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Arkansas, Rice to meet in 2021
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas’ football team will host Rice Sept. 4, 2021.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Old Southeast Conference football rivalry will resume when Arkansas meets Rice in Fayetteville
Texarkana News
HawgSports LIVE: Arkansas freshmen showing out in fall camp (This article also appeared in SB Nation.)

Army schedule breakdown
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Army Aug. 30.
SB Nation

‘Geaux Nation’
A broadcast mentions that Rice’s football team will play Louisiana State University on Sept. 19, 2020.
KLFY-TV (Lafayette, Louisiana)

Texas A&M at the Pan American Games: Gibson and Rasmus earn gold in the pool; Carter and Gomez advance
An article mentions that former Rice track and field athlete Ariana Ince won bronze in the javelin at the 2019 Pan American Games. The article also mentions that former Owl Valerie Tulloch won bronze in the javelin at the 1995 Pan American Games.
KAGS Online (This article also appeared in KBTX Online.)

Texans’ Deshaun Watson throws to Ethan Hughes, inspirational leukemia patient
Rice is mentioned.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets and the Aug. 11 print edition of the Chronicle.)

Former Manvel standout Deontay Anderson expects defense to leap into elite
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Aug. 11 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

High school football preview: District 10-5A Division II
An article featuring Trey Phillippi mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Soehner’s versatility, safety depth and competition for the SAM position: Takeaways from the week in fall camp
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is mentioned.
Iowa State Daily

Andrew Sendejo is an underrated offseason addition to the Eagles’ defense   
Former Rice football player Andrew Sendejo is featured and pictured.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (This article also appeared in the Aug. 12 print editions of the Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.)

5 Whitecaps FC REX grads selected for Canada U-20 WNT camp
Former Rice soccer player Caleigh Boeckx is featured. (This article also appeared in

The Jeff Riordan era begins at Chapel Hill
An article mentions that Khalan Griffin plans to play football at Rice.
CBS 19 Online


One linked particle’s hot, the other keeps its cool
Here’s a challenge: Put two linked sausages in a skillet and turn on the stove, but get only one of them to cook. It seems impossible, but that is effectively what Rice chemists have done with an electromagnetically linked pair of nanoparticles.

Rice chemists show it’s hip to be square
The goal of Rice chemist László Kürti is to establish a library of scaffolds for pharmaceutical design through the simple synthesis of a class of molecules that were previously hard to find in nature and very hard to copy. These molecules are called azetidines, and they can be used as building blocks in drug design.

Sharp meets flat in tunable 2D material
A Rice lab wants its products to look sharp, even at the nanoscale. Its latest creation is right on target. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan has created unique two-dimensional flakes with two distinct personalities: molybdenum diselenide on one side of a sharp divide with rhenium diselenide on the other.

Rice, UTHealth search for clues to fight antibiotic resistance
To combat the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, researchers at Rice are examining how one superbug adapts to fight an antibiotic of last resort, hoping to find clues that can prolong the drug’s effectiveness.

You’re not so tough, h-BN
Hexagonal-boron nitride is tough, but Rice scientists are making it easier to get along with. Two-dimensional h-BN, an insulating material also known as “white graphene,” is four times stiffer than steel and an excellent conductor of heat, a benefit for composites that rely on it to enhance their properties.

Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities
Rice scientists have found a way to engineer a new kind of cell differentiation in bacteria, inspired by a naturally occurring process in stem cells. By controlling this process, it is possible to create diverse communities of microbes that exhibit complex, non-native behaviors.

Ambulance analysis to be delivered at City Hall
An extensive analysis of Houston emergency medical system data conducted by recent Rice graduates will be delivered to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee Aug. 13 at City Hall.

About Stefan De La Garza

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