Dateline Rice for Feb. 5, 2020

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

What went wrong with the Iowa app
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Politico (This article also appeared in Headtopics.com.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wallach

Iowa Democrats kept their app secret to prevent hacks. Instead, they got confusion and chaos.

The Washington Post 
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wallach
The Iowa debacle: Voting security expert weighs in
Houston Style Magazine
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wallach

After spouse’s death, hiding emotion may harm health
Some people facing the loss of a loved one try to maintain their composure, but it’s healthier to freely express your emotions, according to a new study by Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the Feb. 5 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-fagundes
Keeping a stiff upper lip can hurt your health following death of a loved one
Medical Xpress
http://dateline.rice/feb-4-fagundes

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Robert Simpson hopes Grammy brings attention to Houston arts scene
An article mentions that “Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” which features Shepherd School of Music faculty member Ken Cowan, professor of organ, won a Grammy Award for “Best Choral Performance.” The album was recorded at the Edith Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-cowan
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-cowan

Can deep learning yield more accurate extreme weather forecasts?
Rice engineers have created a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events, like heat waves, up to five days in advance using minimal information about current weather conditions. Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Ebrahim Nabizadeh are quoted and pictured. Graduate student Ashesh Chattopadhyay is mentioned.
Texas Advanced Computing Center
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-hassanzadeh
Deep learning accurately forecasts heat waves, cold spells
Newswise (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-4-hassanzadeh

Do national endorsements matter in local politics?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Fort Bend Star
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-stein

Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosts Fort Bend Interfaith Community’s Youth Day of Service
Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 5 print edition of the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-jamal

Diversity on city councils increases noninfrastructure spending — for better or worse
City councils that are elected by district rather than at large, spending on noninfrastructure projects increases, according to a new study by Richard Boylan, professor of economics at Rice.
Houston Style Magazine
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-boylan

Houston Grand Opera announces Concert of Arias 2020 finalists
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music graduate students Rachel Shaughnessy, Isabel Signoret and Cory McGee will compete among five other finalists in the 32nd annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers’ Concert of Arias at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston Feb. 7.
The Katy News
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-shepherd-school

Westin Houston Medical Center hotel with curated art collection debuts
An article mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. The skyspace and the Rice Farmers Market are featured in a roundup from the Buzz Magazines.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-skyspace
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-skyspace
10 Valentine’s date nights that won’t break your wallet
The Buzz Magazines
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-buzz

House District 106 candidates have a lot in common
An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-drc

Tied the knot
Alumnus Kirby Taylor is featured and pictured in a wedding announcement.
The Buzz Magazines (This article appeared in the February 2020 print editions of the West University, Tanglewood/River Oaks, Memorial and Bellaire issues. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-buzz

Women in science
Graduate student Vanessa Espinoza is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines (This article appeared in the February 2020 print editions of the West University, Tanglewood/River Oaks, Memorial and Bellaire issues. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-buzz

This outdoorsy engagement shoot will steal your heart
A blog featuring engagement photos of Katie and Ken mentions that he is a graduate of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Brides of Austin
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-ba

BROADCAST

2020 vision: US demographics continue to shift
Former U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is quoted.
KTRH.iheart.com (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-murdock
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-murdock (This segment aired three times.)

KRLD-AM
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 interviewed about the possible effects of delayed results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses.
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-jones (This segment aired twice.)

‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
Joe Barnes, a foreign policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-barnes (This segment aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Grooves hold promise for sophisticated healing

An article features Rice research into the use of groove threads carved into plastic to seed sophisticated, tissue-engineered scaffolds with living cells to help heal injuries. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.

Science Codex (This article also appeared in Mirage News, Scienmag, Nanowerk, Bioengineer and News-Medical.net.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-mikos

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.
Food Farm News Blog
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-masiello-silberg
Las plantas ‘pedido a domicilio’
Agriculturers.com (An English translation is not available.) 
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-masiello-silberg

Electricity turns garbage into graphene
An article features pioneering research from Rice scientists that can create flash graphene from any carbon source. Co-authors James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and research administrator Ksenia Bets are cited in the World News.
Waste Advantage Magazine
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-tour
¿Es posible convertir la basura en un tesoro?
The World News (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-tour
¿Qué tecnología permitirá darle otro uso a la basura convirtiéndola en grafeno?
Puntual (An English translation is not available.) 
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-tour

Construct3D 2020 heads to Rice University this month
An article mentions that Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, will speak at the Construct3D symposium at Rice Feb. 13-16. Co-organizer Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, is quoted.
Manufacturing Tomorrow
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-miller-wettergreen

‘Project for a New Decade: From City to Countryside’ with Samir Bantal, Rem Koolhaas, Troy Conrad Therrien and Sarah Whiting
Sarah Whiting, former dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and former William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is featured.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-hugsd

Cooley grows global capital markets practice in UK
Alumnus David Boles is featured.
Cooley (This article also appeared in Le Lezard.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-cooley

Louisiana State sports programs took in $145.4M in 2018
Rice is mentioned.
New Orleans City Business
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-nocb

‘Allow your child some accountability and allow them to make mistakes,’ with Jason Hartman and Leah Bennett
A Q&A featuring Leah Bennett mentions that she serves on the Wright Fund Oversight Board at Rice.
Thrive Global
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-bennett

Il materialismo e il volto sfaccettato del misticismo
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice, is quoted.
Le Scienze (An English translation is not available.) 
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-kripal

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Rose-Hulman ranks No. 20 on Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2020
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 14 in the nation on the Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2020 list.
WBIW
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wbiw

Texas startup news, opinion and events in the Lone StartUP State
A Texas startup roundup features the following Rice news: The Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies maintained its standing as the No. 1 energy and resource policy think tank, according to the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report; Rice fluids researcher earns federal support; Rice researchers developed a method of converting any carbon source into flash graphene; and a new Baker Institute study determined that a new trade agreement would be good for U.S. digital products.
Medium
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-medium

Buttigieg raises most money from Emory donors in 2019
Rice is mentioned.
The Emory Wheel
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-ew

SPORTS

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
A television broadcast features Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-bloomgren

Peterson, Rice visit UAB
An article previews the men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Feb. 6. Owls Drew Peterson and Trey Murphy III are mentioned.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

http://dateline.rice/feb-5-ap-mbb

Where Houston’s top 100 football recruits are headed on National Signing Day
Several articles mention players that plan to sign letters of intent to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-hc
See the long list of Dallas-area football players who will be signing a national letter of intent Wednesday
The Dallas Morning News
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-tdmn
Defensive tackle chooses Texas A&M over Alabama to round out Aggies’ class
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-chron
Aggies add another running back to class of 2020
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-chron
El Paso, Las Cruces student-athletes put pen to paper on National Signing Day
KTSM Online
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-ktsm

How to buy March Madness tickets
An article mentions that Rice will co-host the NCAA Division I Final Four men’s basketball tournament April 1-3, 2023.
NCAA
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-ncaa

Ragin’ Cajuns schedule future football series with UAB
Rice’s football team will play University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2022 and 2025.
Daily Advertiser
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-da

Tennessee swimming’s Kayky Mota, Amanda Nunan lead SEC weekly honors
An article mentions that Rice’s swimming and diving team competed in tri-meet against the University of Houston and Louisiana State University Jan. 31-Feb. 1
Swimming World
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-swim

National Signing Day: For some recruits, getting a scholarship can be maddening, challenging and thrilling
Rice is mentioned.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-pi

Every point scored in Super Bowl history, assigned by college
Rice is mentioned.
Banner Society
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-bs

Porter out for Lady Tops’ upcoming road trip
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky University Jan. 4.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wbb

Leach finalizes staff at Mississippi State
Former assistant football coaches Jason Washington and Tom Herman are mentioned.
WCBI
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wcbi

McCasland intent on finding solution to spacing
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated the University of North Texas Feb. 1.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-mbb

NEWS RELEASES

Diversity on city councils increases noninfrastructure spending — for better or worse
When city councils are elected by district rather than at large, spending on noninfrastructure projects increases, and the impact is not necessarily good, according to new research by Rice economist Richard Boylan.
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-news-release-boylan

Rice to host expanded Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium for professionals and students
Texas’ premier investment education and networking program is coming to Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business. The Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium brings together professionals, students and faculty from more than 40 Texas and Southwestern universities to learn about the world of investments. The 17th annual event is scheduled for Feb. 21-22, 2020.
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-news-release-jones-school

About Stefan De La Garza

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