Dateline Rice for Jan. 8, 2020

FEATURED ITEM

Houston man remembers stint on ‘Jeopardy!’ in the ’80s
Doug Miller, director of news and media relations at Rice, is featured.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-miller

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Venezuelan oil exports fell by a third in 2019 as US sanctions bit: Data
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, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-monaldi

Bush scion’s House race tests value of family name in Trump era
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.
Bloomberg Government
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-jones
As claims of retaliation fly, some question whether Bonnen hurts Republican unity in 2020
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-jones

Mysticism and the mind-body problem: Other views
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of “The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge,” who moderated the 2019 symposium “Physics, Experience and Metaphysics,” authored a response to John Horgan, one of the speakers at the event.
Scientific American
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-kripal

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Can Houston tunnel its way to flood protection? The county is studying the idea
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 quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 8 print edition of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-blackburn

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.
Waco Tribune-Herald (This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-harris

Harry Reasoner, a Houston legal icon, sees his children make their marks
Alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Harry Reasoner is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-reasoner

PROJECT Trio live in concert at JCC in Houston
An article about PROJECT Trio mentions it is led by alumnus Peter Seymour. Seymour studied under Paul Ellison, Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Music and professor of double bass at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-seymour-ellison

Interview with Lanny Bose
An article and podcast feature alumnus Lanny Bose, who is running for Texas House District 134. The article mentions that Bose is a former Sammy the Owl.
Houston Chronicle (This podcast also appeared on Soundcloud.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-bose

‘Relapse is part of the journey’: Dallas lawyer enlists colleagues to help watch for bipolar symptoms
Alumna Kelly Rentzel is featured.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-rentzel

BROADCAST

‘Houston’s Morning Show 7 a.m.’
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about Iran’s missile strike on U.S. military installations in Iraq following last week’s U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-stoll
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-stoll

New York icons: ‘Central Park Zoo’ by Garry Winogrand
A radio broadcast about the legacy of late photographer Garry Winogrand features audio from a lecture he gave to students at Rice in 1977. The article mentions that the audio clip was provided by Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts. A video of Winogrand’s lecture is included on the affiliated websites.
Public Radio International’s “Studio 360” (This segment aired on more than 700 PRI-affiliated radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, and the article also appeared in more than 10 affiliated webpages.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-winningham

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Hospital mergers not helping patients or lowering costs: Study
An article quotes 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, and Marah Short, associate director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute.
DOTmed.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-ho

Busting the engineering trap: A better way for oil field service companies to retool their strategies
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an article.
World Oil (This article appeared in the December 2019 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-mittal

Converting water pollution into valuable chemicals
An article features Rice research into a new rhodium catalyst that can convert nitrite pollutant waste into ammonia and hydrazine. Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering, and graduate student Chelsea Clark are quoted.
Tech Explorist
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-wong

A greener, simpler way of creating syngas
An article features collaborative Rice research into an easier, greener way to create “synthesis gas,” a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases.
The Media HQ (This article also appeared in MarketScreener and Biofuels Digest.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-mhq

New production method for single-walled carbon nanotubes gets green light
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new method to create high-pressure carbon monoxide nanotubes. Rice’s former Carbon Center and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon, are mentioned.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in Scienmag, NanoDaily and Bioengineer.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-smalley

Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services names chief deputy
Alumna Ellen Montz is featured.
Virginia Business
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-montz

2020 predictions: Enterprise attack surface, cybersecurity skills

Alumnus Gaurav Banga co-authored an article.
ValueWalk
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-banga

Open matters: A brief intro
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
New England Board of Higher Education
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-openstax

‘The 100 Club’
An article features alumnus Gihan Cooray, who was named one of the 100 best leaders in Sri Lanka’s corporate and professional community.
LMD
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-cooray

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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A caption mentions Rice.
Tribuna Valladolid (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-tv

SPORTS

Amata to join Owls track and field
An article featuring Ese Amata mentions that he signed a letter of intent to join Rice’s track and field team.
Fox 40 Online
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-amata
‘Fox 40 News at 6’
WICZ-TV (Binghamton, New York)
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-amata

Matt Rhule’s departure increases potential for Frank Okam’s return to Texas
Former Rice graduate football assistant Frank Okam is featured.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-okam

No. 6 Florida title candidate with Blackshear added
Former Rice basketball player Egor Koulechov is mentioned.
The Media HQ
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-mhq

Lady Tops return home looking for first C-USA win
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky University 73-65 Jan. 4.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-wbb

West Linn’s Ryan Seth, Casey Tawa both named first-team all-state twice
An article mentions that Casey Tawa plans to play football at Rice.
West Linn Tidings
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-tawa

Track and field announces 2020 outdoor schedule
Rice’s March 27-28 Victor Lopez Invitational track meet is mentioned.
GoPSUSports.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-penn-news

NEWS RELEASE

Former Russian foreign minister Kozyrev to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute
Andrei Kozyrev, who served as foreign minister of Russia from 1991 to 1996, will discuss his book, “The Firebird: The Elusive Fate of Russian Democracy,” and current developments in Russia Jan. 14 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://dateline.rice/jan-8-news-release-kozyrev

About Stefan De La Garza

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