Dateline Rice for Feb. 6, 2020


AI learns to predict extreme weather the old-school way
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. Graduate student Ashesh Chattopadhyay is mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Lab Manager, InsideHPC, TNW and Insurance Journal.)

‘Staying strong’ after the death of a loved one may be bad for your 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.
Yahoo! Lifestyle (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Style UK, Yahoo! Lifestyle Singapore, Yahoo! Sports, AOL Money and AOL UK.)
Keeping a stiff upper lip can hurt your health following death of a loved one

Science Codex (This article also appeared in Vet Candy and Psych Central.)

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.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Cornyn votes to acquit Trump
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 in the Houston Chronicle and participates in a Houston Public Media roundtable discussion about the week’s top political stories.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, where it also appeared online.)
‘Political Roundup’: Was the impeachment necessary — or a waste of time?
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Is Texas Democrat the next Ocasio-Cortez?
E&E News

For Texas, promise and pitfalls in China
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Mascots of the TMC: Characters who create community
Rice’s Sammy the Owl mascot is featured and pictured.
TMC News (This article is also featured on the cover of the digital and print editions of the February 2020 issue.)

This Houston ZIP code declared the smartest in Texas
Rice is mentioned.
InnovationMap (This article also appeared in CultureMap Houston.)


After Iowa caucus debacle, are Texas and Harris County ready for Super Tuesday?
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 interviewed about Harris County election security.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 5 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

The future of artificial intelligence
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 mentioned and pictured.

Thursday’s show: Refineries releasing benzene, and the dangers of developing on the coast (Feb. 6, 2020)
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is interviewed about his BBC podcast “The End of the World Has Already Happened.”
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Date night ideas: Romantic photo spots in Houston
An article features James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. A Rice video is included.


Graphene made in a flash from trash
An article features pioneering graphene research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. Lead author and graduate student Duy Luong is quoted.
IEEE Spectrum

Grooves hold promise for sophisticated healing
An article features Rice research into the use of grooved plastic threads to seed sophisticated, tissue-engineered scaffolds with living cells to help heal injuries. Co-author Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and co-lead authors Maryam Elizondo and alumnus Luis Diaz-Gomez are quoted.
Innovations Report

Construct3D 2020 headed to Rice University
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.
Digital Engineering 24/7

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, according to a new study by Richard Boylan, professor of economics at Rice.

AI enables cars to ‘see’ around corners
Collaborative research involving Rice, led by alumnus Christopher Metzler, is featured.
Electrical Comms Data

Pepperdine Opera Program presents special double billing
Rice is mentioned.
Broadway World

Lyon College leader bringing his startup skills to higher ed
Joseph King, former executive director of Connexions at Rice, is featured and pictured.
TB&P (This article also appeared in Northwest Arkansas Business Journal.)

Five things you need to know today, and the worst business jargon we all use
An article cites a 2016 Rice study into the negative effects of overusing business jargon.
Boston Business Journal


‘Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution’
An article features “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution,” a book authored by Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history.
The Newport Plain Talk

Rose-Hulman ranks among Best Value Colleges
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 14 in the nation on the Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2020 list.
98.5 The River (This article also appeared in WTWO Online and the Herald Bulletin.)

Tampa criminal defense attorney Patrick B. Courtney announces new website
Alumnus Patrick Courtney is featured.
WENY Online (This article also appeared in KLBB Online and WICZ Online.)

Wright Close & Barger welcomes three new attorneys
Alumnus James Marrow is featured.
General Counsel News

Hong Kong and the Tiananmen Square massacre: Retrospective on the massacre 31 years later and its relation to the Hong Kong events
Alumna Laura Kaplan Murray is featured.
Prince William Times


Rice raises the ‘floor’ with latest recruiting class
An article featuring Rice football’s recruiting efforts quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 6 print edition, and it appeared online in the Connecticut Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.)
SMU signs smaller class, leans on JUCOs
Austin American-Statesman

Brother of late NFL legend Sean Taylor announces college commitment

The Spun

SIGNING DAY: John Cooper honors eight college-bound athletes
Several articles about National Signing Day mention that the following athletes have signed letters of intent to become Owls: Cadan Hansen (cross-country), Maya Bokunewicz (swimming and diving), Ellie Schweiker (track and field and cross-country), Nate Kamper (football), Michael Collins (football), Andrew Mason (football), Harry Witt (football) and Cole Latos (football).
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the KDH Pressbox, Woodlands Online and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Three Kangaroos signed on Wednesday
Fox 4 News Online (This segment also aired on KWKT-TV in Waco, Texas.)
Rice University commit Maya Bokunewicz reflects on decision, time at State High
WTAJ Online (This article also appeared on and the video segment also aired on WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pennsylvania.)
Top-rated JUCO QB makes it official with TCU football
SB Nation (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Ralston Valley celebrates 18 athletes on signing day
Ravenwood sees another group of student athletes sign for a bright future
Brentwood Homepage
LIVE BLOG: National Signing Day across Central Texas
KXAN Online
National Signing Day: Find out which local student athletes are signing where
Allen American

Powering forward: Looking at how FAU men’s basketball has dealt with adversity this season
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team played Florida Atlantic University earlier this season.
Boca Raton Tribune

Tech set for 17 nonconference opponents

An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play Texas Tech University March 6-8.
Daily Toreador

Chalk talk: North Texas at Middle Tennessee
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated the University of North Texas Feb. 1.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Discovering Patrick Mahomes: How one college recruiter noticed the Super Bowl MVP before many others gave him a chance
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News
Check out the five players the Nevada football team added in the late signing period
Morgan signs 25 student athletes on National Signing Day
12 News Now


New trade deal in focus at Rice Baker Institute event
International trade experts will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Feb. 12 to explain the complexities of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and forecast its impact on both local and global trade.

About Stefan De La Garza

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