Dateline Rice for Jan. 30, 2020

FEATURED ITEM

Houston writer Bryan Washington to receive Gaines award
An article features Bryan Washington, lecturer in English, who won the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his short story collection “Lot.”
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-washington

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Trump’s new trade deal hinges on Mexico’s labor reforms
David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Newsy
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-gantz

New FDA chief vows tougher action on youth vaping if needed
Alumnus Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is featured.
The Washington Post (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-washpo

Merkwaardig: buren van concentratiekampen werden fanatieke nazi’s
Rice research into the cognitive dissonance of residents living near concentration camps is featured.
MSN.nl (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-msn-nl

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Center for African and African American Studies at Rice University begins 2020 lecture series
An article features the spring 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series at the Rice Media Center, co-sponsored by Rice’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts and Center for African and African American Studies, which runs Jan. 24-March 6. The lecture series coincides with the exhibit “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present,” on view through May 16 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religion and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Glasstire
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-pinn

Bloomberg to air Super Bowl ad featuring Houston-area woman whose son was fatally shot
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 San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-jones
Huge GOP victory in year’s first election a ‘wake-up call’ for Democrats trying to take Texas House
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 30 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-jones
Republicans win big in closely watched state House race
WOAI.iheart.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-jones
Expensive special election for suburban Houston race could be bellwether in battle for Texas House in 2020
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 28 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-jones

How to mitigate flooding
An article cites 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.
Houstonia (This article will also appear in the February 2020 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-blackburn

How to insure the uninsured
Marah Short, associate director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houstonia (This article will also appear in the February 2020 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-short

Will carpooling make traffic better?
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houstonia (This article will also appear in the February 2020 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-shelton

What to do and see this month, from Goya to Celine Dion
A Houston-area events roundup features the following events at Rice or by Rice faculty: Opera in the Heights’ presentation of “The Leader” by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and “Kassandra” by Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory, Feb. 23 and 29; “Changing Houston,” an exhibit by Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts, which is on view at the BioScience Research Collaborative through March 17; and “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts through May 16.
Houstonia (This article will also appear in the February 2020 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-houstonia

Capital Factory acquires Station Houston as part of statewide innovation strategy
An article mentions 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-the-ion
These five developments will change Houston forever
Houstonia (This article will also appear in the February 2020 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-the-ion

Coronavirus prompts Texas universities to clamp down on travel to China
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-hc

BROADCAST

Here’s where to use your student discount in Houston
An article mentions that Rice students can visit the Houston Zoo for free.
Houston Public Media
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-zoo

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Rice University sign memorandum
An article reports that Rice and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have agreed to share resources and perform research in the development of energy solutions and materials and sustainable technologies. President David Leebron is quoted. Faculty members who signed the memorandum include: Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry; Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, who was named Rice’s new provost effective July 1; Seiichi Matsuda, interim provost and dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies; Caroline Levander, vice president for strategic initiatives and digital education at Rice; Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research; and Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of mechanical engineering.
Indian Education Diary
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-ied

If this era of automation mirrors the past, we’re in trouble
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.
Inverse
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-vardi
‘Terrible things can happen to good people’
Anecdotal Evidence Blog
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-vardi

Houston Chamber Choir receives Grammy for best vocal performance
An article mentions that “Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” which features Shepherd School of Music faculty members Ken Cowan, professor of organ, and Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, won a Grammy award for “Best Choral Performance.”
Broadway World
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-cowan-fischer

Plants manipulate their soil environment to assure a steady supply of nutrients
An article features collaborative research from Rice’s Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology program into how plants have evolved to use bacteria to deliver nutrients. Carrie Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Ilenne Del Valle are quoted. Joff Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems Biology graduate program, is mentioned.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-masiello

Cells’ springy coils pump bursts of RNA
A new theoretical study by Rice scientists aims to better explain how chromosomes express their protein products. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, is quoted.
Bioengineer.org (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-kolomeisky

Rice fluids researcher earns solid federal support
An article featuring alumnus Jesse Chan, assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics, mentions that he has received a five-year, $449,907 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop new technologies for reliable simulations of fluid flow. Former Rice faculty member Tim Warburton is mentioned.
Phys.org (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-chan

Power outages, PG&E and science’s flickering future

Postdoctoral researcher Sara Molinari is quoted.

Eos (This article also appeared in Llodo and Enjeux Energies.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-molinari

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A materials stories roundup features two Rice research projects: converting food waste and other carbon sources into graphene, and the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries with silicon anodes.
The American Ceramic Society
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-acs

Endowment returns solid in 2019
Rice is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-ihe

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

5 nonfiction releases you need to get your hands on in 2020
An article features an upcoming book by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, titled “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Your Story
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sonenshein

Harper recognized for innovation in international education
An article mentions that the Brasil@Rice initiative was awarded an Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education by the Institute of International Education.
Harper College News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-hc
Lehigh-UN partnership recognized with Heiskell Award for International Education
Lehigh University News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-lehigh

US: IIE reveals Andrew Heiskell Award winners

The PIE News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-pie

Syracuse Architecture announces spring 2020 visiting critics
An article mentions that John May is a former National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor in Architecture at Rice and that Linda Roy has taught at Rice.
Syracuse University News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sun

IT.Girls Code launches locally
An article mentions online coding classes offered at Rice.
Jewish Link NJ
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-jlnj

Second session of 31st Legislature begins
Alumna Katy Giorgio is featured.
The Delta Discovery
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-thedd

 

SPORTS

Texas alumni game takes place Feb. 1
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 14-16 at Reckling Park.
USA Today
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-usatoday
Two Longhorns named to preseason All-Big 12 team
USA Today
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-usatoday
With 2020 season approaching, Texas’ Bryce Elder and Eric Kennedy honored among the Big 12’s best
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in KVUE Online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-aastatesman
Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Several Texas football alums make the cut in the XFL
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sbn

Twinkie Town prospect vote 2020: Round 9
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-canterino

Big 12 Offseason Tracker: DeMarco Murray reportedly set to coach Oklahoma’s running backs
Former Rice assistant football coach and interim head coach Brian Stewart is featured.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sbn
Big 12 Offseason Tracker: Baylor’s hiring spree continues as Brian Stewart joins staff
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sbn
Big 12 Offseason Tracker: Former TCU QB Justin Rogers is taking his talents to UNLV
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sbn

The 50 states, ranked by all-time men’s college basketball wins
Rice’s men’s basketball program is mentioned.
NCAA
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-ncaa

UNT notebook: Mean Green to face Rice in opener of tough homestand
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play the University of North Texas Feb. 1.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-drc

UTSA looking for solutions to fix struggling defense
Rice men’s basketball player Payton Moore is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-moore

Thriller in the fieldhouse: AAHS unable to hold on to 13-point lead

Altoona Mirror
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-am

Sam Bennett joins UH staff as offensive assistant
An article features former Rice graduate football assistant coach Sam Bennett.
Hawaii News Now (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-hnn

Miners begin two-game home swing with Middle Tennessee
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso Jan. 23.
KTSM.com (This article also appeared in the El Paso Herald-Post.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-mbb

Peak Perspective: The schedule czar gets Fresno State to relax
Rice’s football program is mentioned.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-sbn

College football head coaches: Ranking all 130 seasons 2019
An article mentions that Rice’s football team defeated Middle Tennessee State University and the University of North Texas last season.
College Football News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-cfn

How Jesse Treviño created so much of San Antonio’s public art
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team is in first place in Conference USA with an 8-0 record in league play.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-bgdn

Revenue games unethical, unjust   
Former Rice football player David Grenado is mentioned.
La Voz News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-lvn

Looking ahead at LSU’s 2020 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Louisiana State University Sept. 19.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-247

Roadrunners travel to UAB and Middle Tennessee
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-utsa

Texas LB Juwan Mitchell enters NCAA transfer portal
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin last season.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-247

‘Whitehouse is all Kansas City’: Mahomes’ hometown pulling for Chiefs and their local star
Rice is mentioned.
Fox 4 Online
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-fox4

NEWS RELEASES

Ordering in? Plants are way ahead of you
Collaborative research from Rice’s Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology details how plants have evolved to call for nutrients, using convenient bacteria as a delivery service.
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-news-release-masiello
¿Pedido a domicilio? Las plantas ya te llevan la delantera
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-news-release-masiello

Rice fluids researcher earns solid federal support
Jesse Chan, an assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering, has received a five-year, $449,907 National Science Foundation CAREER Award to develop new technologies for reliable simulations of fluid flow, which are central to scientific fields from environmental and aerospace engineering to solar physics.
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-news-release-chan

Cells’ springy coils pump bursts of RNA
A new theoretical study by Rice scientist Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, aims to better explain how chromosomes express their protein products.
http://dateline.rice/jan-30-news-release-kolomeisky

About Stefan De La Garza

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