Dateline Rice for Jan. 15, 2020

HOUSTON/TEXAS

In Harris County, Democratic incumbents draw far more primary challengers than Republicans
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 15 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.) 
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-jones

Turnout could be key in District 28 runoff
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
Fort Bend Star
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-stein

Houston Iranian Film Festival returns as country erupts
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen eight films as part of the 27th annual Houston Iranian Film Festival from Jan. 17-Feb. 1. Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of Rice Cinema, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-dove

HISD replacement board applicants include mix of civic leaders, alumni, district advocates
An article reports that a Rice associate vice provost has applied to join the replacement Houston Independent School District school board.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 15 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.) 
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-hc

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, the 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. 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-seymour-ellison

Houston Marathon mania and the ultimate Chili Quest — your weekend guide
An events roundup mentions that Maya Soifer Irish, associate professor of history, will give a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s “The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture” Jan. 16.
PaperCity
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-irish

Six community nonprofits receive grants through Baylor’s ‘Philanthropy and the Public Good’ course
An article mentions that Rice is one of 29 universities participating in The Philanthropy Lab, which has established philanthropy courses at partnering institutions to spark students’ interest and participation in philanthropy.
Baylor University News
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-phil-lab

Birding, book-signing and chamber music: Events around Bellaire, Meyerland and West University in January 2020
An events roundup mentions that Telegraph Quartet will perform Jan. 21 at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in the Jan. 7-Feb. 3 digital and print editions of the Bellaire/Meyerland/West University “Annual Community Guide” issue.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-cin

BROADCAST

Some highs and a whole lot of lows: Reflecting on Houston’s difficult sports history
An article mentions that panelist Jen Cooper considers Rice’s baseball team winning the 2003 College World Series one of her top five sports moments in Houston’s history.
Houston Public Media
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-hpm

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Oil boom could match GHGs of 131 coal plants — study

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 Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.

E&E News
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-blackburn-cohan

Using biomedical data to personalize medicine at Penn Medicine
An article features Jeffrey Morris, adjunct professor of statistics and co-director of the Rice-MD Anderson joint training program in Biostatistics.
Private University Products and News (This article also appeared in the December 2019 digital and print editions.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-morris

Performance-enhancing defects have potential to cause battery failure
An article features a Rice study that determined too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can quickly degrade batteries. Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted, and graduate student Kaiqi Yang is mentioned. This research is also featured in the American Ceramic Society.
The Engineer (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-tang
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-acs

OSONDU: The race for life (part 3)
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Johns Hopkins Medicine News
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-dholakia

3D printing of body parts is coming fast — but regulations are not ready
An article mentions collaborative Rice research that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimics a human lung. A Rice video is included.
Mic
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-mic

Divide and conquer: Distributed deep learning exponentially more efficient in search
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.
The New Stack
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-shrivastava

Light and shadow
A caption with a photo of Anila Quayyum Agha’s art installation “Intersections” mentions it was featured at the former Rice Art Gallery in 2015.
Aesthetica
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-moody

Solar water desalination plant market trends and research insights by 2027

Rice research into solar-powered water desalination is mentioned.
Voice of Reports
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-vor

US News 2020 online MBA ranking: Some familiar names and a few surprises
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Poets & Quants
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-jones-school
More college radio than ever in the 2010s as it takes new forms

Rice radio station KTRU is mentioned.
Radio Survivor
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-ktru

Mandatory arbitration for benefit plan documents — prudent or problematic?
Alumnus Brian Casey co-authored an article.
The National Law Review
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-casey

Life after Niemeyer
Farès el-Dahdah, professor and director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice, is quoted.
Disegno
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-dahdah

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

China invests $600 million into Mexico’s Dos Bocas refinery
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.
The Yucatan Times (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in USA Breaking News and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-payan

Surreale Gemälde stellen sich NYC-U-Bahn-Passagiere als halb Mensch, halb Tier-Versionen vor
The artwork of alumnus Matthew Grabelsky is featured.
KlonBlog
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-grabelsky

They threw me out of Bill Clinton’s office
Alumnus Dan Weisman authored an op-ed.
The Escondido Grapevine
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-eg

SPORTS

The No. 2 Baylor Bears and Horned Frogs keep their winning streaks alive during the second week of conference play
An article featuring Rice’s men’s basketball program mentions that the Owls will play Louisiana Tech University Jan. 16 and the University of Southern Mississippi Jan. 18. Players Ako Adams and Josh Parrish are mentioned. KTVE mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will also play Louisiana Tech University Jan. 16.
SportsMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-mbb
‘NBC 10 News at 10’
KTVE-TV (Monroe, Louisiana; this segment aired four times.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-ktve

WBB: Jan. 13 Players of the Week
An article highlights Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-ogwumike

Volleyball adds Christon and Ennis to 2020 roster
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team was defeated by Texas A&M University in the NCAA tournament.
KBTX Online
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-kbtx

How the Aggies, Longhorns and Bears stacked up this season
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by Baylor University last season.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-tm

Lopez: Nacac in ‘great hands’ with Sands
Former Rice women’s track and field coach Victor Lopez is featured.
The Tribune
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-trib

Four Power Five teams highlight baseball schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio April 3-5.
UTSA Athletics News (A similar article also appeared in College Baseball Insider.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-utsa

NEWS RELEASE

Rice PR expert weighs in on Astros cheating scandal
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were fired by team owner Jim Crane Monday after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year. An MLB investigation concluded Astros players cheated using video technology during their 2017 World Series championship season. Anastasiya Zavyalova, associate professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is available to discuss the Astros’ crisis and reputation management with the media.
http://dateline.rice/jan-15-news-release-zavyalova

About Stefan De La Garza

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