Dateline Rice for Feb. 7, 2020


BBC World Service
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 Rice study. Lead author Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences, is interviewed by the BBC and cited in the Huffington Post.
http://dateline.rice/feb-7-bbc-fagundes (This segment aired on more than 1,400 affiliate stations around the world.)
How bottling up your grief can actually harm your body
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in The Times Hub.)

Q&A with Space Florida CEO
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is featured in a Q&A about the European Space Agency’s Solar Orbiter, which is scheduled to launch Feb. 9.


Expedition reveals the violent birth of Earth’s hidden continent Zealandia, forged in a ring of fire
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environment and planetary sciences, co-authored an article about his research into Zealandia, a largely submerged continent that stretches across five million square kilometers beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in Stuff, Gizmodo Australia, Pacific Scoop and Sputnik.)
How Pacific’s ‘ring of fire’ changed our lost continent Zealandia
NZ Herald
Research voyage brings Zealandia secrets to the surface


It’s February, and it’s time for football
Clark Haptonstall, professor in the practice of sport management and chair of the Department of Sport Management, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH Jewish organization reflects on anniversary of Auschwitz liberation
An article mentions that a panel discussion Jan. 27 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was presented by Rice, the University of Houston and Holocaust Museum Houston.
The Daily Cougar

Museum District estate sees $900K price cut
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area
An article mentions that the Women in Leadership Conference will be held Feb. 14 at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

What’s up at Houston galleries and museums
An arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is exhibiting “Story Lines,” a large drawings group show, through May 17, and “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present,” on view through May 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 7 print edition.)

Roger Olson: 10 awkward questions for Christians
Alumnus Roger Olson authored a column.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Outside the megaplex
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will present “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Feb. 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 7 print edition.)


Dr. Reginald DesRoches: Rice University’s first African American provost
An article features 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. He becomes Rice’s provost July 1, which is also mentioned in Inside Higher Ed.
New presidents or provosts: Rice, Denmark Technical College, Harford CC, West Texas A&M U. and more
Inside Higher Ed


Report: Florida will see noticeable climate change impacts in 20 years
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, is quoted.
Insurance Journal

Robyn O’Brien: Following the ‘North Star’ in food systems transformation
Alumna Robyn O’Brien is featured in a Q&A.


The primary is March 3, but for Orange County voters, ‘election month’ has begun
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
The Orange County Register

Students compete at Henry Science Fair
Rice is mentioned.
Henry County Times

Sundance, Ucross 2020 artist residencies announced
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music with collaborate with the Ucross Foundation, an organization that provides residencies to artists in northeast Wyoming.
Sheridan Media


Peterson, Olivari lead Rice past UAB 86-72

An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 86-72 Feb. 6. Owls Drew Peterson, Quincy Olivari, Ako Adams and Josh Parrish are highlighted. A college basketball roundup from the Houston Chronicle also mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 64-53 Feb. 6. Owls Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey are highlighted.
The Associated Press (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Peterson, Rice top UAB to win second straight
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 7 print edition.)
Rice 86, UAB 72
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Rice vs. UAB basketball highlights (2019-20)
UAB rally not enough in 86-72 loss to Rice
N. Texas, UAB meet in conference play
The Associated Press (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

ITF: Feb. 4 Athletes of the Week
An article mentions that Rice’s Grace Forbes was named the Conference USA Female Track Athlete of the Week and fellow Owl Michelle Fokam was named the C-USA Female Field Athlete of the Week. Forbes broke the Houston Invitational mile record with a time that is currently No. 1 in C-USA and No. 19 in the country. Fokam’s triple jump is ranked No. 14 nationally, while her long jump is No. 21 in the country.
Conference USA

Rice, Middle Tenn. meet in conference play
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Middle Tennessee State University Feb. 8.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Hamlet, Reese help North Texas hang on for best C-USA start

Late night hoops rewind — North Texas 75, Middle Tennessee 70
Denton Record-Chronicle

‘Rockets All Access’
Former Owl Goya Qualls, the first women’s basketball player to receive a full scholarship to Rice, is featured.
AT&T SportsNet Southwest (This segment aired three times.)

Texas A&M track and field teams to host Charlie Thomas Invitational
An article mentions that Rice’s track and field team will compete in the Charlie Thomas Invitational Feb. 7-8.
The Eagle (This and similar articles also appeared in The Battalion, KBTX Online and Georgia Tech Athletics News.)


Texas A&M volleyball team announces spring exhibition season
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team will compete against Texas A&M University March 25 in a spring exhibition match.
The Eagle (This article also appeared in KBTX Online.)

Signing day: Tomball student athletes announce college picks
Several articles mention players who signed letters of intent to join Rice athletics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
SIGNING DAY: Ceremony photos from around Montgomery County
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
The Woodlands Christian Academy senior athletes sign with colleges
Woodlands Online

Jeffco student athletes busy on National Letter of Intent Signing Day


TWCA’s Winton, Chappelle sign NLIs on Wednesday; with photo gallery

Signing Day: Area athletes sign college letters of intent
Focus Daily News

Column: Courtney Hall, center on Chargers Super Bowl team, joins a presidential campaign
Former Rice football player Courtney Hall is featured and pictured.
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Vanderbilt tops 2020 NCBWA D-I preseason baseball poll
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was voted No. 1 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll in 2004 and 2007.
Sports Illustrated

Pitt football recruiting update: Latest 2021/2022 offers
Rice is mentioned.

USC announces 1 new assistant, promotes another while also confirming 3 defensive assistants won’t return
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar.


Trade wars bad for US, global energy security, experts say 
Policy that raises barriers to international trade does not bode well for U.S. and global energy security, according to a new research paper by experts in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and at the Korea Energy Economics Institute.

Leading voting rights and elections expert to speak at Rice
One of the nation’s most prominent constitutional law experts is scheduled to speak at Rice University in a lecture that’s free and open to the public. Legal scholar and Supreme Court advocate Pamela Karlan will appear Feb. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m. in an event hosted by Rice’s program in Politics, Law and Social Thought.

Feb. 12 Kinder Institute event to focus on how buses can make cities better
Poorly designed transit systems congest cities and disproportionately impact the most vulnerable members of society. But transit in big cities doesn’t have to be subpar, according to Steven Higashide, director of TransitCenter, a foundation dedicated to improving public transportation around the U.S. Higashide will speak at Feb. 12 at the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

About Stefan De La Garza

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