Dateline Rice for Aug. 29, 2019


A windswept plain, a sea of oil and a mountain of money
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted in an article about the oil and gas potential in Kazakhstan.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Support for migration grows among the young
An article mentions collaborative Rice research that determined that living abroad increases “self-concept clarity.”

America’s elite universities are making millions off summer programs for teens — but do they really help kids get into college?
Rice’s pre-college summer programs are mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)


Ride-hailing service for children (and their busy parents) enters Houston
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 29 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

TMCx company raises $16 million, Exxon scales work with Houston drone startup, and more innovation news
Rice researchers who developed AuroLase Therapy, a gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment that left 13 of 15 trial patients cancer-free after one year, are featured. Quoted are Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute; and former Rice biochemistry professor Jennifer West.
Gold nanoparticles used successfully in prostate tumor trial  (This article also appeared in and GenEng News.)
‘Eyewitness News at 12 p.m.’
KENS-TV (San Antonio; this segment also aired on WFAA-TV in Dallas and KYTX-TV in Tyler.)

Rice University research finds executive board members are driven by incentives
Shiva Sivaramakrishnan, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Accounting at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article featuring his research.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

3 Houston schools highlighted on new ranking of best colleges
An article mentions that Rice is No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “best value” list.

Want to live a longer life? Get into the ‘Blue Zone’
John Higgins, sports cardiologist for Rice Athletics, authored an article featuring nine health tips.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 29 print edition.)

Tango and Bach collide in innovative Mercury program at Miller Outdoor Theater
Alumnus Antoine Plante is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Aug. 30-Sept. 5
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Us” Aug. 30.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

The 23rd annual QFest
An article mentions that Rice Cinema screened films as part of the 23rd annual QFest.
OutSmart Magazine

Meet the K9 police dogs who help keep Harris County safe
An article mentions that Max, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 specializing in mobile odor detection, has worked at Rice football games.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Political Roundup: What should come from Gov. Abbott’s gun violence commission?
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 in about politics from the Houston Public Media and KTRH, and he is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Who are the nobodies challenging President Trump? (This segment aired on KTRH-AM in Houston, and it appeared in KPRC Online.)
Houston gets hotter in 2020 with up to 11 competitive Texas House races
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 29 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Idea sharing: Be sensitive about rejection
A new study by Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice, that explains how leaders can use language that encourages workers to offer more ideas in the future is featured.
Business Management Daily

Scientists advance search for memory’s molecular roots
An article features collaborative Rice research into how brain cells change structure when they learn something. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
X Herald (This article also appeared in Medical Daily.)

Data engineering and data science get major boost at Texas Southern
An article mentions that Rice is part of a collective National Science Foundation grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM fields. 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.

Is your smartphone making you obese?
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.
Practice Business

MBA applications to Harvard fall 6.7%
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A materials stories roundup highlights collaborative Rice research into carbon nanotube conductivity.
The American Ceramic Society


Binghamton professor named Biomedical Engineering Society fellow 
Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the Brown School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, is quoted.
Binghamton University News

Want workers to retire on time? Match job with mental capacity
Research by Margaret Beier, professor of psychological sciences, is featured. Alumna Wendy Jackeline Torres, a co-author of the study, is mentioned.

Sudan: Women in power give minorities a voice in new Sudan
An article mentions that Nuha Zein is a visiting professor at Rice. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Juno Orchestra presents ‘Family Connections’
Alumnus Jake Charkey is featured and pictured. Norman Fischer, the Shepherd School of Music’s Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, is mentioned.
Brattleboro Reformer

Baldwin, Boulevard Realty open doors, create connections throughout first summer at 927 Studewood 
An article mentions that the “FestEve! Evening for the Arts” fundraiser will be held at Rice.
The Leader

Tri-Valley teen musician returns from European tour
An article featuring David Davisson, the 2019 recipient of the Pedrozzi Foundation’s Charles Amirkhanian Music Scholarship, mentions that he plans to attend Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Pleasanton Weekly


2019 Week 1 preview: Rice Owls at Army Black Knights
An article previews Rice football’s Aug. 30 season-opening game against Army. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
SB Nation
Rice vs. Army prediction and preview

Alabama soccer travels to Texas
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team will play the University of Alabama Aug. 30.
Tuscaloosa News (This article also appeared in, Gadsden Times and Houma Courier.)

Volleyball kicks off 2019 season with Rebel Invitational
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team will play the University of Mississippi Aug. 30.
Daily Mississippian

2019 CCBL All-League team announced
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.

Baseball sets fall schedule, including 2 exhibition games
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play an exhibition game against Texas A&M University Oct. 11.
WTAW (This article also appeared in KAGS Online and KBTX Online.)

College football picks 2019: Predicting winners for every Power Five game
Rice is mentioned in a college football predictions roundup.
Los Angeles Times

HS football preview: Montgomery lacks seniors, but not experience
Two articles mention that Trey Phillippi plans to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
FOOTBALL: Montgomery opens with Vidor on Thursday night
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

10 storylines for Central Texas football 2019
An article mentions that Sean Fresch plans to play football at Rice.
Austin American-Statesman
12-5A Division I football preview: LBJ is ready for breakout year 

Xavier Adibi embarking on coaching career
Former Rice football player Xavier Adibi is featured and former head coach David Bailiff is mentioned.

Arizona Fall League rosters revealed for 2019
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is featured.
YES Network

Iowa State football: Greg Eisworth an experienced resource for fresh-faced secondary
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is mentioned.
Ames Tribune

College Football Playoff announces hire and promotion
Former Rice baseball player Ryan Allen Hall is featured and pictured.

About Stefan De La Garza

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