Dateline Rice for Nov. 14, 2019

Correction: Diana Strassmann, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice and Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was misidentified in the Nov. 13 edition of Dateline Rice. She is the sole founder of the journal Feminist Economics. We apologize for the error.


Climate change will magnify weather ‘blocking events’
An article features Rice research into how climate change contributes to high-pressure weather systems stalling over particular areas. Co-authors Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Ebrahim Nabizadeh are quoted.
Futurity (This and similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-hassanzadehClimate concerns and the disabled community
Articles feature collaborative Rice research into how climate change and the loss of ecosystems may affect the world’s disabled populations. Amy Dunham, associate professor of biosciences at Rice, is cited in Science and Forbes.
Science (This article also appeared in the Nov. 8 print edition.)
Is it too late that the impact of climate change on people with disabilities is getting discussed only now?


3 Houston tech research projects changing health care, blockchain, and beyond
An article mentions that Rice will research advanced materials and next-generation military communications networks under a five-year, $30 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army. Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and Heidi Maupin, academic visitor in the Office of Research, are quoted.
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-shamooHouston city council OKs $24M HUD loan, grant funding for East End startup hub
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district, is mentioned. The Ion is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. Jones College senior Mary Claire Neal is quoted in InnovationMap.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.) 
Third Ward community expresses concerns with The Ion project that’s underway
O’Connor: Houston visit presents new ideas
The Journal Record
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-the-ion2Senate committee passes bipartisan bill that would extend US operation of International Space Station
An article about the NASA Authorization Act of 2019 mentions that Rice is part of the Texas Space Grant Consortium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.) 

National Arab Orchestra builds bridges through music
An article mentions that the National Arab Orchestra will present “Building Bridges Through Music” at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music Nov. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
What’s in Houston galleries this week
An arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “Moon Shot” through Dec. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 15-21
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen the following films: “Space Dogs” Nov. 15; “Brokeback: A Shorts Film Program” Nov. 16;  “For All Mankind” Nov. 16; CineSpace 2019, a short-film contest sponsored by NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Nov. 16; “Around the World in a Day: Experimental Cinema Now” Nov. 17; “Bacurau” Nov. 17;  “Ben DeSoto: For Art’s Sake” Nov. 17; ”The Science of Fictions” Nov. 18; and “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Nov. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 


How Trump impeachment hearings differ from hearings for Nixon, Clinton
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.
Click2Houston (The video segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-jonesHave a facial imperfection? You may want to mention it early during a job interview
Employers may be less likely to focus on facial imperfections when an interviewee acknowledges them upfront, according to a new collaborative Rice study.
KHOU Online


Theoretical tubulanes inspire ultrahard polymers
Researchers at Rice are testing polymers based on tubulanes, theoretical structures of crosslinked carbon nanotubes predicted to have extraordinary strength. 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, and graduate student Seyed Mohammad Sajadi are quoted. The Gizmodo article includes a Rice video.
Science Daily
Researchers 3D-printed plastic cubes with complex patterns that make them bulletproof

Wireless and leadless pacemaker being developed by Texas Heart Institute with federal grant
An article mentions collaborative Rice research into the development of a novel pacemaker system. Co-investigator Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering, is mentioned.
Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (This article also appeared in Medical Product Outsourcing.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-aazhangQuantum transition makes electrons behave as if they lack spin
An article about quantum transition research mentions that the theoretical work was performed by a group led by Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy.
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-qimiao-siTop women in investment bank technology
Alumna Katherine Wetmur is featured.

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A materials stories roundup features Rice research into more efficient solar cells.
The American Ceramic Society
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-solar (Scroll down to “Perovskite solar cells get an upgrade.”)


Des Moines Symphony Orchestra performs at Luther
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Luther College Chips


Ogwumike added to Naismith Trophy Watch List
An article features Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike, who is one of 50 players named to the Women’s Citizen Naismith Trophy Watch List.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-ogwumikeMTSU looks to avoid trap game against Rice
Articles preview the Nov. 16 football game between Rice and Middle Tennessee State University.
Nashville Post
College football picks: Week 12 predictions for every game
Bleacher Report
FB: Week 12 previews
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/nov-14-football2That’s Pretty Interesting: Suns’ Devin Booker shining brighter than ever with new cast, stable ecosystem
Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse is mentioned.
CBS Sports

Aggies welcome UTEP to the Pan American Center for the Battle of I-10

Rice is mentioned.
NM State Sports

Foley says early lumps expected
Rice’s women’s basketball program is mentioned.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Houston Cougars MBB swats down the Alabama State Hornets, 84-56
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play the University of Houston Nov. 19 at Tudor Fieldhouse.

The road to the NCAA championships runs though Fayetteville
A pair of articles mention that Rice’s women’s and men’s cross-country runners will compete in the NCAA South Central Region championships Nov. 15 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Razorbacks News
Hogs welcome region’s best to Fayetteville
Razorbacks News

Week 10 CFP rankings unkind to Big 12 contenders Oklahoma, Baylor
Rice’s football program is mentioned.
Enid News & Eagle

Roadrunners close home schedule against No. 21 Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 14. Owls Nicole Lennon, Anota Adekunle and Grace Morgan are highlighted.
UTSA Athletics News

Early signing period commitment list for Houston-area athletes
A Houston Chronicle article mentions that Ben Dukes (baseball), Matthew Linskey (baseball), Nathan Becker (baseball) and Sahara Maruska (volleyball) have signed letters of intent to become Owls. The Allen American article mentions that Reed Gallant signed to play baseball at Rice. The San Antonio Express-News article mentions that Morgan Fey signed to join Rice’s women’s track and field team.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
National Signing Day area commitment list: Find out which local student-athletes are signing where
Allen American
More than 120 area athletes signed with colleges Wednesday
An article mentions
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition.)
Early signing period: Northwest Houston student-athletes sign letters of intent
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

SWIM: Nov. 13 Athletes of the Week
An article mentions Rice swimming and diving athletes Brittany Bui and Becca Evans.
Conference USA

WSOC: North Texas wins 4th C-USA championship
An article mentions that Rice soccer players Haley Kostyshyn and Lianne Mananquil were named to the 2019 Conference USA All-Tournament Team.
Conference USA

XC: All-Academic Teams announced
An article mentions that Rice cross-country runner Alex Dunbar was named to the 2019 Conference USA Men’s Cross Country All-Academic Team.
Conference USA

XC: Middle Tennessee sweeps championship titles
An article about the 2019 Conference USA Cross Country Championships mentions that Rice’s men’s team finished in third place and Rice’s women’s team was fourth. Owl Grace Forbes was named Freshman of the Meet and named to the all-conference first team. Fellow Owls Khayla Patel and Hociel Landa were named to the all-conference second team, and Alex Topini and Ace Castillo were named to all-conference third team. The second article mentions that Patel and Forbes have been named Conference USA Female Athletes of the Week this season.
Conference USA
XC: 2019 C-USA championships preview
Conference USA

WBB: Where to watch — Nov. 12
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team played Southern Methodist University Nov. 13.
Conference USA

2019 College Football Playoffs: Reactions to rankings and bowl projections
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by Baylor University earlier this season.
Pro Football Network
You better put some respect on Baylor’s name because Bears are for real

Texas Division I football rankings: North Texas falls as Oklahoma comes to Baylor
Rice’s football program is featured.

‘Chemistry’ lesson: Jones, Joe click for Hogs in 2nd rout
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas 91-43 Nov. 5.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Games across Texas: Where top prospects will face off in Round 1
An article mentions that Devin Gunter plans to play football at Rice.


Women in diplomacy to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute
Four female diplomats — the consuls general of Indonesia, Mexico, Norway and Spain in Houston — will headline a fireside chat at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 21 exploring the evolving role of women in diplomacy and the critical issues facing women in public office around the world.

‘Energy in Central Europe’ to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute
Leading diplomats from Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia will visit Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 19 to discuss their countries’ current energy landscapes and describe prospects for future development.

Bottlebrushes rise up to control coatings
Bottlebrush copolymers have long been a topic of study for Rafael Verduzco, a chemical and biomolecular engineer at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering. Now, he and his collaborators have developed models and methods to refine surface coatings to make them, for instance, more waterproof or more conductive.

About Stefan De La Garza

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