Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2019


The glaciers of Iceland seemed eternal. Now a country mourns their loss 
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument to be unveiled at the site of the former glacier. Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, are featured.
The Guardian (This article also appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition of The Guardian and Mail Today.)
NASA highlights Ok glacier’s disappearance on satellite photos
Iceland Review

Fewer health troubles for older workers with the right job
Research by Margaret Beier, professor of psychological sciences, is featured.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Human Resources and UPI.)


Houston colleges win $2.7M for minority STEM opportunities
An article mentions that Rice is part of a collective National Science Foundation grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM. President David Leebron is pictured. Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at the Brown School, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chronicle’s Aug. 14 print edition, and it appeared online in 7th Space Interactive and Mirage News.)

New Texas nonprofit offers novel approach for preserving coastal lands, combating global warming
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 14 print edition.)

6 sneaky ways coupons and sales actually make you spend more money
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article by the Houston Chronicle, and he authored an article in Psychology Today.
Houston Chronicle (This Business Insider article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Why limited-time offers entice shoppers to buy
Psychology Today

Women take the lead in building Houston’s tech ecosystem
Kerri Smith, managing director of Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark, and Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management Co., are mentioned. The article highlights the redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district that broke ground July 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

National Science Foundation Noyce Summit spotlights Rice math program
An article authored by Rahmi Alpat, a writer at the Rice University Summer Mathematics Project, mentions that RUSMP showcased its Noyce Master Teaching Fellowship Program at the annual Noyce Summit in Washington, D.C. Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation, and Noyce teaching fellow Patricia McMorris are quoted and pictured.
Village News (This article also appeared in the Aug. 13 print edition.)

Honey Art Cafe is sweet on letting families create art
Alumnae Huimiao Lin and Xinlu Fang are featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Best value colleges in America
A slideshow caption mentions that Rice is No. 11 in the nation on Niche’s “best value” list.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)

The 25 best colleges in the US that are actually worth the cost of tuition
An article mentions that Rice is No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “best value” list.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Discovering Houston’s trailways
An article highlights Rice’s tree-lined campus.
The Buzz Magazines

What’s happening in Houston art galleries this week
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.)

Austin ranked among best college towns for foodies
Rice students are mentioned.
North Austin-Plfugerville Patch


KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
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 interviewed about Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. (This segment aired three times.)

‘Anderson Cooper 360’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is featured in a television broadcast.
CNN (This segment aired three times.)

Could HFD lose its ambulances to privatization?
Research by Rice graduate students to determine trends in Houston-area emergency calls is featured.
Click2Houston Online (This segment also aired twice on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
HFD fire trucks being sent to thousands of calls that only need ambulances 
KHOU Online (This segment also aired three times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
‘Fox 26: The News Edge at 10 p.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Houston City Council considers privatizing EMS
Journal of Emergency Medical Services

Music and medicine take the stage in Houston with the World Doctors Orchestra 
An events roundup mentions that The World Doctors Orchestra will play at Rice on Aug. 17 as part of Charity Concert Houston 2019.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHF-AM in Houston.)

Healthy living: Femur surgery
An article mentions that a Rice senior capstone project developed a process of repairing fractured long bones in an arm or leg using magnets. Alumni Ashvin Dewan and Ian Frankel appear in a video.
9 and 10 News Online (This segment also aired four times on WPBN-TV in Traverse City, Michigan.)


Graphene — a major discovery for use in medical science
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.
Pretoria News (This article appeared in the Aug. 12 print edition, and it also appeared in The Mercury, The Cape Times and The Star’s early and late print editions.)

Damaged hearts rewired with nanotube fibers
Collaborative Rice research into thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes to deliver electrical signals to damaged heart tissues is featured. Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, is quoted and pictured.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Research: Executives’ English skills affect the outcomes of earnings calls
Patricia Naranjo, assistant professor of accounting at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an article about how markets react to earnings calls depending on the native language and cultural background of the person leading the call.
Harvard Business Review (This article appeared in the Aug. 12 print edition of the BusinessMirror and a previous edition of Dateline when it was fist posted online.)

‘Moon-forming’ circumplanetary disk discovered in distant star system
Rice research that made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, which helps 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 will appear in the September print edition of Sky at Night magazine, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Colleges and universities with the most and least race and class interaction
An article mentions that Rice is featured on the list of universities with the most race/class interaction in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges” rankings.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

The Princeton Review’s top schools for beer drinking
An article mentions that Rice is No. 17 in the nation in the category of beer drinking according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges” rankings.
American Craft Beer

Ultrathin solar cells reach nearly 20% efficiency
Rice research that suggests carbon nanotubes may make solar panels more efficient is mentioned.
Mercom India

L’uso di organi umani stampati in 3D è sempre più vicino
Collaborative Rice research that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimic a human lung is featured. Lead co-author Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)


Researchers at Rice University developed a method to convert heat into light that could boost solar efficiency from 22% to 80%
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; Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Chloe Doiron are quoted.

Loyola University Maryland and University of Baltimore to host Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference in 2021 
An article mentions that the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship serves as the administrative home of the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers. Brad Burke, managing director of the alliance and the GCEC, is mentioned.
Loyola News

Poor and smart? Go to college anyway
The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.
Santa Barbara Independent

LGBTQ best and worst colleges
An article mentions that Rice is No. 10 in the nation in the category of most LGBTQ-friendly universities according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges” rankings.

Report reveals new misconduct claims against University of Michigan Professor David Daniels
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
David Daniels urged discretion in organizing meet-ups with University of Michigan students, report says

‘Arts in Healthcare’ exhibit ties into health care symposium at Misericordia in Dallas, running Aug. 23-Oct. 20 
An article mentions that artist Joseph Cohen has collaborated with experts from Rice to create paint at the molecular level.
NEPA Scene

Larry Livingston loves leading the youth
Larry Livingston, former dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Idyllwild Town Crier

Marshall Foundation names new president 
Alumnus Paul Levengood is featured and pictured.
Roanoke Times


Blaze Alldredge took the long way to Rice
Rice football player Blaze Alldredge is featured and pictured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 14 print edition.)

Racasan named NCAA Woman of the Year nominee
Former Rice track and field athlete Elsa Racasan, who has been nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award, is featured and pictured. Head coach Jim Bevan is quoted, and former Owls Becky Wade and Lennie Waite are mentioned.
Conference USA

College volleyball rankings reactions: Stanford opens No. 1 in preseason poll
An article about the American Volleyball Coaches Association preseason poll mentions that Rice received votes.
Bobcats receive 6 points in AVCA preseason coaches poll
San Marcos Daily Record

Junior Lola Foord verbally commits to Rice University for volleyball
An article featuring Lola Foord mentions that she plans to play volleyball at Rice.

Stadium will stream 31 college football games for free and more 
An article mentions that Rice’s football game against Marshall University on Nov. 2 will be streamed on Facebook.
Cord Cutters News

Rice Pittsburgh Football
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The coaching tree left behind by Steelers’ receivers coach Darryl Drake, and a closer look at the lives he touched
Former Rice assistant football coach Major Applewhite is featured.

Houston athletics’ biggest moments to look forward to 
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team will host the University of Houston Aug. 25 at Holloway Field.
The Daily Cougar

USF women’s soccer 2019 season outlook
Rice’s soccer program is mentioned.
SB Nation

Yurachek sizes up scheduling, ticket sales and new amenities
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas’ football team will host Rice on Sept. 4, 2021.
WholeHogSports (Subscription is required.)

Sam Ehlinger: ‘We’re extremely confident where we are’
Former Rice football player Chase Clemens is mentioned.


Policy, public input must guide human embryo research, Baker Institute expert says 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has decided it needs to revisit its stance on embryo editing. Human embryo research is a controversial topic that often pits the necessity of biomedical investigation against the moral commitment to protect early human life, said Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice U. study: Creativity is a two-way street
Some workers come up with new ideas by themselves, but actually doing something with their ideas is often a social process that requires support, collaboration and sponsorship. A new collaborative study by management experts at Rice reviews four decades of empirical research on the receiving side of creativity scattered across several business and social science fields.

About Stefan De La Garza

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