Dateline Rice for Dec. 19, 2019


AP analysis: Impeachment forever changes Trump’s legacy
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in the Associated Press and the Daily Mail. Brinkley is featured in a Q&A from New York Magazine.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 300 other media outlets.)
Donald Trump enters the history books: 45th president is first ever Republican president to be put on trial
Daily Mail
Presidential scholar Douglas Brinkley on how history will judge the Trump impeachment
New York Magazine
Análisis AP: Juicio político cambia legado de Trump
The Associated Press (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)

This spiky patch could invisibly record vaccination history under skin
An article features collaborative Rice research into a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history. Co-author Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Smithsonian (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Students howl as McGraw-Hill, Cengage textbook merger nears DOJ approval
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
New York Post (This article appeared in the Dec. 17 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

OK boomer: How Barack Obama became the ultimate centrist dad
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The Guardian (This article appeared in the Dec. 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Ted Cruz is everywhere defending Trump against impeachment
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 or interviewed by several media outlets.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 19 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Texas state lawmakers steer clear of impeachment talk as 2020 looms
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Dec. 19 print edition.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/dec-19-jones (This segment aired twice.)

More than half of Tarrant voters took advantage of new system. Will we see it again?
An article cites Harris County vote center research by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 17 print edition.)

I can’t remember a better year for books by Houstonians [Opinion]
An article about Houston-area writers highlights Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing and author of “The Reckonings,” and Justin Cronin, Rice writer-in-residence whose best-selling trilogy of novels “The Passage” was made into a television series.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 19 print edition.)

Shell commits to $10M carbon initiative with Rice University, Houston startup acquired by Honeywell, and more innovation news
A Houston-area innovation news roundup mentions that Rice has launched the Carbon Hub, a major research initiative to fund and direct $100 million to 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 quoted and pictured; Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Also featured is Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s 2020 H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge business idea competition March 25.

Carroll Parrott Blue remembered for neighborhood commitment
An article featuring the late Carroll Parrott Blue, who died Dec. 11, mentions that she was Rice’s 2018 Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning scholar-in-residence at the African American Library at the Gregory School and Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center Special Collections and Archives.
Defender Network

Flower Mound senior takes pride in her school
Rice is mentioned.
The Cross Timbers Gazette


‘We’re going to flood again’: This Houston neighborhood got hit twice in 2019
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 interviewed in a story about a Montgomery County neighborhood suing developers of an adjacent neighborhood over recent flooding. Blackburn is also quoted in Law360.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on more than 30 stations on Texas Public Radio, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Long road remains ahead after hurricane takings ruling

With a new concept and a new store in Houston, Toys R Us hopes to make a comeback
Constance Porter, clinical assistant professor of marketing, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on more than 30 stations on Texas Public Radio.)
Tuesday’s show: Preventing HPD officer’s death and redrawing the tree of life (Dec. 17, 2019)
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

‘Michigan This Morning’
A television broadcast cites Rice research into runners using prosthetics made of carbon fiber blades.
WFQX-TV (Traverse City, Michigan)
http://dateline.rice/dec-19-blades (This segment aired twice.)


Advances in high-throughput screening
An article features Rice research that found that mitocans, anti-cancer drugs that target mitochondria, are particularly adept at killing leukemia cells. Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Technology Networks

The assault on Qatar was another big Saudi failure
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The American Conservative
GCC is not yet ready to remove blockade from Qatar
Global Village Space

Meet MACH, a distributed learning breakthrough for extreme classification problems
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, is quoted.
Analytics India Mag

‘Five Best Ideas of the Day’
An innovations roundup features Rice research into developing motorized molecules that can kill antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
The Aspen Institute

California conference sounds alarm about sea level rise, storms
An article mentions that experts at Rice have collaborated on the design of a coastal barrier plan to mitigate storm surge in Galveston Bay.
American Shipper (This Freight Waves article also appeared in

Solving a combinatorial quandary
Research by alumnus Brian Chen is featured.
Bioengineer (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

‘The Taste with Doug Shafer’ — Ray Isle
A podcast featuring Ray Isle mentions that his father taught at Rice.
Shafer Vineyards

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A materials stories roundup features Rice research into improving the life of lithium-ion batteries.
The American Ceramic Society


Maple Grove woman dies after being struck by car
An article about the death of Yvonne Palka Nov. 30 mentions that her husband, Johnny, formerly taught at Rice.
Press & News


Rice wants 2020 class to be the new normal
An article features Rice’s football program and recruiting efforts. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted, and assistant coach Jerry Mack is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 19 print edition.)
Team recruiting rankings after early National Signing Day
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

A&M Consolidated football trio signs with Power Five conference schools
Several articles about National Signing Day mention that the following athletes signed letters of intent to become Owls: Dillon Janac (baseball), Khalan Griffin (football), Nick Leverett (football) Nathaniel Kamper (football), Sean Fresch (football), Braedon Nutter (football) and Jordan Dunbar (football).
The Eagle
Chapel Hill standout Khalan Griffin makes it official by signing with Rice University
Tyler Morning Telegraph (This article also appeared in East Texas Matters and CBS 19 Online.)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ex-Spider makes college all-star game
Independent Tribune
2019 National Signing Day: Central Texas high school football
KWTX Online
Here’s the best of Houston-area early signing day
KYTX-TV (Tyler, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/dec-19-kytx (This segment also aired on KETK-TV in Tyler, Texas.)
News 12 Westchester (New York)
http://dateline.rice/dec-19-news-12 (This segment aired nine times.)
Two Killeen Kangaroos hop to the next level
Fox 44 Online (This segment aired twice on KWKT-TV in Waco, Texas.)

Speer a regular on A-State sideline
An article mentions that former Rice head football coach Homer Rice was the head coach of the Gray team at the 1976 Blue-Gray All-Star Game, a now-defunct annual college football showcase.

Texas A&M’s Hans and Conner named AVCA All-Americans
An article mentions that Texas A&M University’s volleyball team defeated Rice in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
WTAW Online (A similar article also appeared in SB Nation and the LaCrosse Tribune.)

Women’s basketball set for Coqui Classic in Puerto Rico
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play Virginia Tech Dec. 20 and Georgia Tech Dec. 21 in the Puerto Rico Coqui Classic. Owl Erica Ogwumike is highlighted in Georgia Tech University News.
Georgia Tech University News
Tech heads to the tropics for Coqui Classic
Virginia Tech Athletics News

Lady Toppers conclude nonconference play with blowout loss at Power 5 Purdue
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play Western Kentucky University Jan. 4 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
College Heights Herald

Razorback offensive coordinator candidate: Major Applewhite
Former Rice assistant football coach Major Applewhite is featured.

About Stefan De La Garza

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