Dateline Rice for Oct. 7, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


Analysis: Trump’s old ways colliding with new realities
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in an article about the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets, and it appeared in the print editions of 10 other media outlets.)
5 lessons history has taught us about impeachment

Oil-rich Venezuela and Russia come to aid of ally Cuba, but its energy woes persist
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.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 5 print editions of the Miami Herald and Oman Daily Observer.)
Venezuela can’t sell its oil and storage tanks are full — so it’s giving it away to Cuba
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Houston energy companies caught in political tug-of-war over Venezuela sanctions
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Columbia silences its marching band
Rice’s Marching Owl Band is mentioned.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Teaching young people what really matters for the sake of our collective life on Earth
An article 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.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in, MENAFN and Foreign Affairs.)

Marie Kondo shared the cover of her upcoming tidying book, ‘Joy at Work’
An article mentions that Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored the forthcoming “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
MSN Lifestyle (This article originally appeared in House Beautiful and Headtopics.)

3 cancer-fighting drug stocks to buy right now
A roundup of cancer drug innovations mentions that Rice researchers have developed a gold nanoparticle therapy to treat prostate cancer and have identified a mitochondrial protein as a possible target for future drugs.
Yahoo! Finance

Puzzling Bible: Lost gospel divides scientists over Judas’ role in Jesus Christ’s betrayal
April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professorship in New Testament and Early Christianity and the chair of the Department of Religion at Rice, is quoted.
Sputnik International


Give Rice and Texas State failing grades for sexual assault missteps [Editorial]
An editorial mentions an op-ed about a sexual assault that was published in the university’s student newspaper, The Rice Thresher, and quotes President David Leebron and Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition.)

Over $20,000 for health coverage? Prices are too high, even for those with company insurance
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 6 print edition, and it appeared online in

Dolphin Tank’s friendly business pitch session comes to Houston
An article mentions that Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host Dolphin Tank, a business pitch program designed for female entrepreneurs to receive constructive insights from professionals, Oct. 8.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

A $68 million initiative nurtured at Rice aims to reduce newborn deaths by half in sub-Saharan Africa
Two articles feature NEST360°, an international collaboration between the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and other institutions around the world aimed at developing critical neonatal technologies for low-resource environments. NEST360° co-founders Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º; and Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Rice 360°, are quoted in TMC News.
TMC News (This article was featured in the Oct. 7 edition of the TMC Today newsletter, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Kenya to benefit from KSh 6.8bn project for comprehensive newborn care (This article also appeared in Ciencias Medicas News.)

To-do list: 7 events to check out in Bellaire, Meyerland, West University in October
An events roundup mentions that “Solos and Encounters” will be performed by Shih-Hui Chen and Kurt Stallmann at James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion Oct. 25.
Community Impact Newspaper

Tellinga brings communication back to the basics through personalized greeting cards
Alumnus Alex Kurkowski is featured in an article about his company, Tellinga, which employs local college students to draw and send letters to customers.
Dallas Innovates


Needed improvements or unnecessary expenses? The debate over METRO’s proposed $3.5 billion bond issue
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, and Sid Richardson College junior Robin Xiao are interviewed about challenges facing Houston’s public transportation system.
Houston Public Media

‘KHOU 11 News Saturday Morning’
A television broadcast mentions that the Houston SPCA’s Young Professionals program will return rehabilitated screech owls to the wild from Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts Oct. 25.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
A radio broadcast mentions that Rice research will be featured at the 4th Annual Symposium on Aging Research in Houston Oct. 15. (This segment aired twice.)


A photographic survey by Jessica Wynne of chalkboards filled by mathematicians
A photo features the chalkboard of David Damanik, the Robert L. Moody, Sr. Chair in Mathematics.

The evolving space of continuing education
Robert Bruce, dean of Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed

Is your CEO brilliant, a jerk, or both? Here’s how to tell
Marc Epstein, former Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an op-ed.
Business Insider India (This article also appeared in The Entrepreneur Fund,, Latest Nigerian News and TechKee.)

Safe nanomaterial handling on a tiny budget
Rice research that developed a cost-effective way to handle nanomaterials in labs is featured. Andrew Barron, professor emeritus of chemistry, is quoted. Pavan Raja, a research scientist at Rice’s Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center, and research scientist Varun Gangoli are mentioned.
Frog Heart Blog

Experts: Librarians can help students pass MCAT
An article mentions that the Journal of Visualized Experiments hosted the webinar “How Libraries Can Support Pre-Health Students & Advisors” with Aliya Bhimani, director of academic advising at Rice.

How a ‘space elevator’ could work on Earth or the moon
Kevin Ausman, former executive director of Rice’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is pictured.
Business Insider

Rich with music and human kindness
Alumnus Joseph Russell, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured. Ken Cowan, professor of organ at the Shepherd School, is mentioned.
Classical Music Daily

Mexico olvida infraestructura y aumenta dependencia de gas de EU
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El CEO (An English translation is not available.)

Aaron Blake heads to Feinstein’s / 54 Below
Alumnus Aaron Blake, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Broadway World

Social security is dying because baby boomers aren’t
Alumnus John Mauldin authored a blog post.
Gold Seek (This post also appeared in

Southeast Missouri Symphony season opens with violinist Cho-Liang Lin: What you need to know
An article mentions that Cho-Liang Lin is a former faculty member at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Southeast Missourian

‘The Expanse’ season 4 trailer takes humanity to the stars
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is  mentioned.
Screen Rant


Tapia conference opportunity for students to learn, grow, network
An article mentions the Association for Computing Machinery’s Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference held Sept. 11 in San Diego. The conference is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice.
Southern New Hampshire University

Increasing signal to noise: The importance of STEM engagement with the public
An article authored by Brian Lim mentions that he is a graduate intern in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. The article features the Baker Institute’s Civic Scientist Program, which sends scientists and engineers from Rice and the Houston community into K-12 schools to talk about their work and careers.

Being the underdog in a mixed football family
Alumna Ann Howell authored an article.
Thrive Global

Filipinx artists of Houston to host premiere event — ‘Filipinx Film Night’
An article mentions that “Filipinx Film Night: A Celebration of the Filipino American Experience” will be held at Rice’s Media Center Oct.19.

Kianna Marquez: The importance of color in our world
An article cites a 2017 study by Rice experts about the importance of diverse colors in coral reef ecosystems.
The Michigan Daily

Eastman School of Music to host prestigious performing arts colleges from across the country for Music College Fair
An article mentions that representatives from Rice will participate in the 14th Annual Music College Fair Oct. 10 at the University of Rochester.
University of Rochester News


Johnston, Stanley lead UAB to 35-20 win over Rice
Several articles mention that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Alabama at Birmingham 35-20 Oct. 5.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
UAB defeats Rice after weather delay
WBRC Online instant analysis: UAB shuts out Rice in second half of 35-20 win
Lucious Stanley has career night in UAB’s win over Rice
‘WVTM 13 News at 10 p.m.’
WVTM-TV (Birmingham, Alabama)
‘Good Day Alabama 4 a.m.’
WBRC-TV (Birmingham, Alabama) (This segment aired six times.)

Rice‘s Barnes adjusts to double duty
Rice football player Chris Barnes is featured and pictured. Assistant coach Drew Svoboda is quoted, and Owl Will Harrison and former player Jack Fox are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 5 print edition.)

NCAA’s $208.7 million in legal settlement money finally reaching athletes’ mailboxes
An article quotes former Rice football player Ian Gray.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Rice Owls rally past UAB Sunday, 1-0
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 1-0 Oct. 6. The game-winning goal by Owl Louise Stephens, which was assisted by players Lianne Mananquil and Erin Mikeska, is highlighted. Goalkeepers Bella Killgore and Maya Hoyer are mentioned.

Soccer: 4th straight C-USA shutout victory
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team has not lost a Conference USA league game this season.
Denton Record-Chronicle

NCAA volleyball: Red-hot Wisconsin sweeps at Nebraska, Baylor, Stanford win
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is ranked No. 21 in the nation.
Volleyball Magazine

College volleyball rankings: Baylor still No. 1 as Wisconsin rises in Power 10
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team defeated the University of Texas at Austin 3-2 Sept. 18.

DI women’s volleyball: Candidates announced for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award
An article mentions that Rice volleyball players Lee Ann Cunningham and Grace Morgan are among 30 candidates nominated for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award, which honors a senior who has notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition.

Narcisse strong in first start, propelling UTSA to win at UTEP
An article mentions the 2018 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition.)
McCormick, Narcisse lead UTSA to win against UTEP
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 5 print edition.)

13 of the most successful walk-ons in college football history
Rice is mentioned.

OU football: Sooners still struggling with penalties, but Lincoln Riley says there’s a balance to be struck
An article mentions that Rice’s football team has the least number of penalties per game of any team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

No Bama, no Clemson, no fun? SMU saves drama-free day with epic win
Rice is mentioned.
ABC 16 Online

UA women sweep top-four positions
A pair of articles mentions that Rice’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams recently competed in the Chile Pepper Cross-Country Festival.
Razorback cross-country: Chile Pepper event kick-starts UA’s season
WholeHogSports (This article also appeared in the Yankton Daily Press.)

Auburn’s Yu Chen wins singles title at HEB Invitational
An article mentions the Rice Invitational tennis tournament.
WJTZ Online

Cougars take down Green Wave in home opener
An article mentions the Rice Invitational swim meet Oct. 11-12.
The Daily Cougar

Houston Texans work out free agent cornerback Phillip Gaines
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured and pictured.
Sports Illustrated

’13 Eyewitness News at 4:30 a.m.’
A television news story mentions the late Blain Padgett and Stuart Mouchantaf, former Rice football players.
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Texas college football rankings: Longhorns hanging on
Several articles mention that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 48-13 Sept. 14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Saturday NCAA football recap: Big wins for Texas, Tech, Baylor, LSU in Week 6
SportsMap Houston


Bacteria trapped — and terminated — by graphene filter
Rice scientists have transformed their laser-induced graphene into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity. The flexible filter developed by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour may be of special interest to hospitals, where patients have a 1-in-31 chance of acquiring a potentially antibiotic-resistant infection during hospitalization.

About Stefan De La Garza

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