Dateline Rice for Jan. 7, 2020

FEATURED ITEMS

Three Rice experts are quoted about the possible effects from last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani.

More volatility expected as oil markets wait for next ‘shoes to drop’
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CBC (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-krane
Oil prices: How could war with Iran affect share prices?
Evening Standard (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-krane
Precio del petróleo sigue subiendo mientras industria observa conflicto Irán-EE.UU.
Voice of America (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-krane
What the strike on Iran’s top military leader means for Wyoming oil
Casper Star Tribune (This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 7 print edition, and it appeared at KPVI Online. Similar Associated Press articles appeared in more than 200 additional media outlets since appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-krane

US exposes Saudi Arabia to peril after Iranian killing
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
RFI (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-ulrichsen

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.’
Joe Barnes, a foreign policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KTRK-TV 
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-barnes

HOUSTON/TEXAS

The Ion names inaugural academics partner, course programming for Houston hub
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021, is featured. Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will be an academic partner of the Ion, offering a mix of online and hybrid courses and certificate programs. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, and Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, are quoted. Mary Lynn Fernau, the Glasscock School’s director of executive and international programs, is mentioned. CultureMap Houston mentions Rowe and features Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management Co. Houston Business Journal mentions Fernau and pictures Rowe.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-the-ion
Here are 5 Houston innovators to know in 2020
CultureMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-the-ion
Houston innovation hub unveils first academic partnership
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-the-ion

We’re not going to get an independent redistricting commission
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.
Off the Kuff
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-jones

Tuesday letters: Texas cities
William Ward Watkin, the founding director of Rice’s architecture department, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the Jan. 7 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-watkin

A dozen memorable moments from the ‘National Podcast of Texas’ in 2019
Alumna Royce Brooks is featured in an article and podcast.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-royce

BROADCAST

Marijuana prosecutions in Texas have dropped by more than half since lawmakers legalized hemp
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Standard  (This article also appeared in Fox 51 Online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-harris
Treat nonviolent drug offenses as public health issue, Baker Institute paper recommends
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in Phys.org.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-harris
Why marijuana prosecutions are declining across the country
The Fresh Toast (This article also appeared in ArcaMax.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-harris

METRO considers free fares on buses and trains
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-shelton

Where does Rice University rank on the Best Colleges in America list?
Rice is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Niche’s 2020 Best Colleges in America list.
Click2Houston (A similar article also appeared in MagViral.com.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-c2h

C-SPAN
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-kennedy (This segment aired three times.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

LSU’s Kristine DeLong leads a team studying climate change
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on research to determine how climate change will impact reefs in the Gulf of Mexico in the near future.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-coral

Solar desalination system delivers high energy output
An article features Rice research that boosted the efficiency of a solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into “hot spots.” Graduate student Pratiksha Dongare is quoted.
ASME.org
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-dongare

Toronto Interior Design Show Jan. 16-19, 2020
Frida Escobedo, the former Visting Cullinan Professor of Architecture, is featured.
Next Home
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-escobedo

Rogue Chinese geneticist jailed for his role in creation of gene-edited babies
An article about gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
Chemistry World
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-chem

Remembering Jean E. Rivier, Ph.D. (1941-2019)
An article featuring the late Jean Rivier mentions that he completed postdoctoral studies at Rice.
Endocrine News
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-rivier

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

A greener, simpler way to create syngas
Collaborative Rice research into an easier, greener way to create “synthesis gas,” a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases, is featured. Mentioned are 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. This research is also featured in Tech Xplore.
UCLA Newsroom
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-halas-nordlander
A greener, simpler way to create syngas
Tech Xplore
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-syngas

SPORTS

WBB: Jan. 6 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike was named Conference USA Player of the Week and fellow Owl Lauren Schwartz was named Co-Freshman of the Week. Schwartz also is mentioned in UTSA Athletics News. Ogwumike is pictured in the Houston Chronicle.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-ogwumike-schwartz
Mikayla Woods named C-USA Co-Freshman of the Week
UTSA Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-schwartz
Johnson leads No. 10 Texas A&M to rout of Mississippi

Rice basketball top plays vs. Western Kentucky (2019-20)
Several articles mention the Rice men’s basketball team’s 68-61 loss to Western Kentucky University Jan. 4.
WatchStadium.com (Three similar videos also appeared on WatchStadium.com.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
‘A W is a W’: Hilltoppers defeat Rice, start C-USA play 2-0 for first time since 2017-18 campaign
College Heights Herald
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
Toppers show signs of life with C-USA sweep
Messenger-Inquirer
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
Anderson provides necessary boost in WKU’s lineup changes
Bowling Green Daily News
http://bit.ly/36xCCkA
Carson Williams earns C-USA Co-Player of the Week designation
College Heights Herald (A similar article also appeared in WBKO Online and the Bowling Green Daily News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
Tops’ Williams tabbed C-USA Co-Player of the Week
WNKY (Online)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb

MBB: Jan. 6 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III was named Conference USA Player of the Week earlier this season.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-murphy

Libertyville’s Gunther brothers making impact at Illinois
Rice basketball player Drew Peterson is featured.
Daily Herald
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-peterson

CPHS football: Bobby Klinck hired as Sand Springs head coach
Rice’s football program is mentioned.
Sandite Pride News
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-spn

No. 11 A&M hosts Ole Miss in SEC home opener
An article mentions the women’s basketball game between Rice and Texas A&M University earlier this season.
KAGS Online (A similar article also appeared in 247Sports.com.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-wbb

The No. 4 Baylor Bears and Houston Cougars keep their winning streaks alive during the opening week of conference play
Rice’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Florida Atlantic University Jan. 9 and Florida International University Jan. 11.
SportsMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
College basketball schedule
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-mbb
Women’s college basketball schedule
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-wbb

Ole Miss legend Johnny Vaught inducted into Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Mississippi in the 1961 Sugar Bowl.
The Local Voice
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-lv

Cubs pipeline alchemy: Kris Bryant, pre-arbitration excellence and player development
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-rendon
‘Adjustments, for sure’: CA Speaker talks 2020 priorities, politics — and parenting
Public CEO (This article also appeared in Los Angeles Patch.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-rendon

About Stefan De La Garza

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