Dateline Rice for Dec. 10, 2019


Rice launches climate change initiative with $10 million donation from Shell
Rice has launched the Carbon Hub, a major research initiative that will partner 70 researchers from 20 universities, national laboratories and research institutes to fund and direct $100 million to efficiently deploy technologies for a zero-emissions future. Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry and director of the Carbon Hub, is pictured and quoted in the first Houston Public Media article, Informed Infrastructure and Oil & Gas Engineering. Also quoted in Informed Infrastructure are: Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology; Carrie Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Public Media 
Rice University launches bold climate change initiative with Shell
Informed Infrastructure 
Rice University, Shell launch climate change initiative
Oil & Gas Engineering
HPM local newscast for 6 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


What’s worrying Democrats now?
An article mentions a Dec. 9 conference on presidential elections at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.’
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Natural gas: Is it a bridge or roadblock?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about the role natural gas may play in a clean energy future in the U.S.
MSN (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Qatar emir skips summit but warm words point to thaw with Saudi
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News Singapore (This Agence France-Presse article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Emir Sheikh Tamim of Qatar will skip the Gulf summit in Saudi Arabia | CCG News
Up News Info
L’émir du Qatar absent du sommet du Golfe à Ryad
Le Point International (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

El llamado al diálogo que hacen 576 profesores a líderes y gobierno Diego Amador, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab, signed an open letter calling for reform in Colombia.
El Tiempo (An English translation is not available.)


After a dreary six months, Texas Republicans try to regroup
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.
The Dallas Morning News 
Self-funded candidates achieve mixed results in Houston area
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 10 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
High-profile candidates enter race for 22nd Congressional District seat
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/dec-10-krld (This segment aired four times.)

Money Monday: Houston-area technology firms, nonprofits raise money
An article mentions that Syzygy Plasmonics’ 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.
Houston Business Journal

Houston billionaire buys nearly 1 million shares of Enterprise Products Partners
Alumna and Rice Trustee Emerita Randa Duncan Williams is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Interview with Elisa Cardnell
Alumnus and former Rice Marching Owl Band member Charles Kuffner authored a Q&A with alumna and fellow former MOB member Elisa Cardnell.
Houston Chronicle

Podcast: Center for Houston’s Future laying the groundwork for meaningful immigration reform
The annual Kinder Houston Area Survey by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is mentioned.
Texas GOP Vote (This article also appeared in Construction Citizen.)


Put-off in Texas, ‘invisible’ in Mexico, that’s no way to treat kids, lawmakers say
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
NBC DFW Online (This segment also aired on KXAS-TV in Dallas.)


Baker Institute-led group to develop nationwide protocol for paying ranchers and farmers to store carbon
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has initiated a working group to develop a United States protocol for paying ranchers and farmers to store carbon in their soil. Rice experts quoted are 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; and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Green Car Congress

Scientists show point defects in cathode crystals may speed lithium absorption
An article features Rice research into the theoretical calculations about specific defects in the crystalline lattice of lithium iron phosphate-based cathodes, which could improve performance by up to two orders of magnitude. Rice materials scientist Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Kaiqi Yang are quoted. Alumnus Liang Hong is mentioned. A Rice video is included. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Breakthrough in ‘distributed deep learning’
An article mentions that computer scientists from Rice and Amazon have shown they can slash the amount of time and computational resources it takes to train computers. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, and graduate student Tharun Medini are quoted.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long
An article about gene editing in humans mentions Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
MIT Technology Review (A similar article also appeared in

Underwater cables could double as seismic sensors
Collaborative research that suggests the fiber-optic cables that make up the global undersea telecommunications network may help assess offshore earthquakes is featured. Co-author Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Spatial Source

BWW Feature: Grace Field in concert at Milton Theatre
Alumna Grace Field is featured and pictured.
Broadway World

Do expats make the best corporate ambassadors?
Rice research is mentioned.
The Horizons Tracker


Book recommendation: ‘A Bitter Feast’ by Deborah Crombie 
An article featuring Deborah Crombie mentions that she attended the former Rice University Publishing Program.
Active Rain

Our fall 2019 family photos
A blog post features family pictures taken on Rice’s campus.
Meg O. on the Go


The Baylor Bears extend their winning streak to six, while the Texas A&M Aggies continue losing after a 10-point defeat to Texas
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Lamar University 73-60 Dec. 7. Owls Drew Peterson and Ako Adams are highlighted.
SportsMap Houston
Texas A&M women’s basketball team to host Oklahoma State in Big 12/SEC Challenge
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Texas A&M University and Oklahoma State University earlier this season.
The Eagle

MLB rumors: Rangers focused on Anthony Rendon; Gerrit Cole offers coming soon
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
CBS Sports
Ted Cruz dons Nationals jersey after losing World Series bet
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
10 things to know about Rangers free-agency target Anthony Rendon, like his #RallyYawn and a refreshing perspective
The Dallas Morning News
Will Strasburg’s deal help Texas land Rendon?
Texas Rangers

Early look at Utah’s Alamo Bowl opponent, Texas Longhorns
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin earlier this season.
No. 11 Utah Utes to face Texas Longhorns in Alamo Bowl

The Sports Report: Paul George overlooks boos to lead Clippers past Pacers
An article mentions that Rice competed in the 1950 Coliseum Relays track meet.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required.)

Texas A&M volleyball team to face fourth-seed Wisconsin in Sweet 16
An article mentions that Texas A&M University defeated Rice 3-1 in a second-round match of the NCAA volleyball tournament Dec. 6 in College Station, Texas.
The Eagle

UTSA goes with Texas ties in hiring Jeff Traylor as coach
Rice is mentioned.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Odell Beckham Jr. linked to Dallas Cowboys in eye-opening report
An article mentions that Odell Beckham Jr.’s mother, Heather, is a former Rice track and field coach.

Karen Chisum retires after 40 years as Texas State Bobcats head coach
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team was defeated by Texas State University in the first round of the 2018 NCAA tournament.
KVUE Online

Texas College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6
Rice’s men’s basketball program is featured.


Companies investing abroad must weigh geographic, cultural distances, says new Rice U. study
New research focused on Chinese companies conducted by Rice strategic management expert Yan “Anthea” Zhang and colleagues shows foreign countries that seem to be good fits in terms of geographic distance may be cultural misfits, and vice versa.

About Stefan De La Garza

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