Dateline Rice for Sept. 12, 2019


In 4 years, humans could don helmets developed at Rice to communicate with others using their minds
Rice will receive $18 million over four years for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s NextGeneration Nonsurgical Neurotechnology research. Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted and pictured, and graduate student Charles Sebesta and research scientist Guillaume Duret are pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Rapidly diversifying Texas raises Democrats’ hopes of turning the state blue
The 2019 Kinder Houston Area Survey, conducted by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is cited.
ABC News

How Houston, hosting the 3rd Democratic debate, is a look into America’s future
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
ABC News (This article also appeared in, MSN and Press From.)

On Friday the 13th, a full ‘harvest moon’ will be visible in the night sky
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
NBC News

Julian Castro to make immigration debate focus: ‘Everyone is taking almost open borders approach’
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 and interviewed about the Sept. 12 Democratic presidential debate.
The Washington Times
Texas Democrats’ big week
Dallas Observer
KTRH-AM (Houston) (This segment aired 16 times.)

Today in history
Numerous articles feature President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
This day in history: Sept. 12
Fox News
Headlines: ‘We choose to go to the moon…’
Albany Democrat-Herald (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Highlights from history: Sept. 12
Daily almanac | Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 — Entertainment and life
The Columbus Dispatch
Thursday bird droppings: Where the Orioles finally snapped their losing streak
SB Nation
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)
WCBS-AM (New York)
WHIO-AM (Dayton, Ohio)
FIVEaa (South Australia Metro)
‘WJZ News at 5 a.m.’
WJZ-TV (Baltimore)
‘Good Day Siouxland at 5’
KCAU-TV (Sioux City, Iowa)
Instar a signar ‘Contra Catalunya’ l’inici de la marxa cap a la independència, avui més forta que mai
El Punt Blog (An English translation is not available.)


Medicare-for-all has caught fire with the Democrats. But what does it mean?
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 in the Houston Chronicle, and her research is featured in two additional articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 12 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online. )
Hospital-owned physician practices raise costs but not quality
Medscape (Subscription is required.)
Spending up with treatment in hospital-owned practices
Physician’s Weekly (This article also appeared in HealthDay News, Doctors Lounge, Awesome Capital, Medical Health News and

The Rice professor who saw cosmic consciousness
A book review features “The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge,” the new book by Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston company builds blockchain network to verify products are fair trade, sustainable
An article featuring Houston-based Topl, a blockchain technology that tracks the production processes of fair trade goods mentions that it was developed by Rice graduate students Kim Raath and James Aman and alumnus Chris Georgen. 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 in Satoshi Nakamoto Blog.)

Rice Alliance names 10 most promising energy technology companies at its annual forum
An article features the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum Sept. 11. The article also highlights Syzygy Plasmonics and mentions that the hydrogen fuel cell technology currently under development was pioneered by 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 Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering.

Nearly 3 million students are using Rice University-published online textbooks this year
An article featuring OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, quotes Daniel Williamson, its managing director.
More than half of all US colleges and universities using OpenStax textbooks
Campus Technology
University of the Cumberlands launches free textbook program
The College Post

Best colleges ranked by diversity
A slideshow from the Houston Chronicle features Rice and mentions that the university is No. 10 in the nation and No. 29 for diversity, according to Stacker. Additional articles mention that Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 17 in the nation on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best National Universities list.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texas scores slump in latest US News & World Report college rankings
WFAA Online (This article also appeared in ACU Optimist Online.)
TCU scores spot among America’s best colleges in revered report
CultureMap Fort Worth

Things to do: Best bets for a great weekend in Houston, Sept. 12-15, 2019
An article mentions that a watch party for the Sept. 12 Democratic presidential debate will be held at Rice’s Duncan Hall.
Houston Press

Domino’s announces first-ever college scholarships for students
An article mentions that students at Rice have the opportunity to apply for the Domino’s Futuro Brillante Scholarship.
Houston Patch


Convicted at 12 years old, Edwin Debrow reenters the free world at age 40
The release of Edwin Debrow, who killed alumnus Curtis Edwards ’81 in 1991, is profiled. (This segment aired on more than 30 affiliate stations across Texas.)


Multiple flood events erode neighborhood spirit, study finds
An article features a Rice study that examines the social and political reactions of people in post-Hurricane Harvey Houston. Co-authors Dominic Boyer, a professor of anthropology, and former Rice researcher Mark Vardy are quoted. (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)

No easy route to universal healthcare in the United States
Hagop Kantarjian, a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Medscape (Subscription is required.)

Australian oil company eyes pristine corner of West Texas
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Courthouse News Service

Nanotube fibers used to heal damaged human hearts
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.
Design News

Trying to lose weight? Putting down your phone may help
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.
Eating Well

Rice-Texans latest example of pro football’s investment into sports management
An article mentions that Rice’s Department of Sport Management has partnered with the Houston Texans to offer a new course for students interested in professional sports management.
Front Office Sports (This article also appeared in ESPBR.)

Study reveals Houston FD issues with resource allocation
An article features research by Rice graduate students that analyzed Houston Fire Department resources and determined that  fire trucks responded to 25% of calls where an ambulance was required.

Electron pairs resist breaking up in copper oxide superconductors
Collaborative Rice research into how electrons behave in copper oxide superconductors.
Environment Guru

O nível de inglês dos executivos pode prejudicar as teleconferências de resultados.
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 Brasil (An English translation is not available.)

Pensar que as diferenças entre gerações são grandes no trabalho afeta nosso comportamento
Eden King, associate professor of psychology, and graduate student Abby Corrington co-authored an article that suggests there are small generational differences among co-workers even when wide age gaps exist.
Harvard Business Review Brasil (An English translation is not available.)


Climate change fix? Greenhouse gas turned to green fuel in global warming breakthrough
An article features Rice research into the efficient conversion of carbon dioxide into pure liquid fuels. (This article also appeared in Big World Tale.)

Find out how liberal or conservative your CA politician is
An article mentions that software that analyzes the votes of lawmakers was co-developed by political scientists at Rice.
San Luis Obispo Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Texas eager to iron out issues against Rice
Numerous articles mention that Rice’s football team will play the University of Texas at Austin Sept. 14 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Sept. 12 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News. Below is a small sampling of articles previewing the Rice-UT game, which was mentioned in over 200 other media outlets.)
Scouting Rice: Defense
How JFK unintentionally sparked a rivalry between Texas and Rice
KVUE Online (This article also appeared in WFAA Online.)
The week that will be: To the moon
SB Nation
Texas rush defense will be tested vs. Rice
SB Nation

Bears aiming to maximize bye week
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Baylor University Sept. 21.
Waco Tribune-Herald

The 5 college football coaches most-likely to be fired
Head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured.
The Spun

Nebrasketball: Texas A&M Corpus Christi preseason preview
Former Owl and former head men’s basketball coach Willis Wilson is featured.
SB Nation

Campbell talks center, Hawkeyes defensive line
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is featured.

411: Cypress Creek’s Kyndall Hunter presented by T-Mobile
Rice head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley is mentioned.

Reality sets in for UTEP offense: There is a ways to go
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 30.
El Paso Times

Wojo’s pigskin picks: Can the Spartans drag their offense out of the muck?
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by Army Aug. 30 by a score of 14-7.
The Detroit News
College football: Week 2 rundown
Flyer News

John Werner’s college picks: Baylor should make it two straight against UTSA
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Baylor University Sept. 21.
Waco Tribune-Herald

The John Cooper School hosts college athletic recruiting panel
Taurian Houston, associate athletic director of compliance, is featured.
Woodlands Online

LMU volleyball: Women continue tournament play in Nebraska
An article mentions Rice volleyball’s Adidas Invitational Sept. 6-10.

UAB basketball team releases 2019-20 schedule
An article mentions that the University of Alabama’s men’s basketball team will host Rice Feb. 6, 2020.
CBS Online

New York Yankees Arizona fall league player preview
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is featured.

No. 12 Lions embark on longest road trip in program history for WOU game
Former head football coach David Bailiff is featured.
Gilmer Mirror

Women’s tennis opens fall slate at Islander Open
An article mentions that Rice will compete in the Contender Crossfit Islander Open tennis tournament hosted by Texas A&M at Corpus Christi Sept. 13-14.
UTSA Athletics

Texans like versatility of new corner Phillip Gaines
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
NFL Week 2: Jaguars vs. Texans — 4 things to watch for
Houston Press
McClain: Aaron Colvin signing one of worst in Texans’ history
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


‘Curing America’s debt addiction’ to be discussed at Rice’s Baker Institute
William Gale, a leading authority on federal tax and budget policy, will discuss his new book, “Fiscal Therapy: Curing America’s Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future,” at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 16.

About Stefan De La Garza

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