Dateline Rice for Feb. 12, 2020


Nevada Democrats lay out new plan for caucuses, trying to alleviate growing concerns about the process
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.
The Washington Post (This article also appeared in Archy Worldys.)

New Hampshire primary updates: Candidates turn attention to Nevada, South Carolina

Why the sun’s mysteries could soon be revealed
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about a trio of new solar observatories.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News, Yahoo! News UK and Yahoo! News Canada.)

‘Lost continent’ of Zealandia transformed by formation of the Pacific’s Ring of Fire
An article features the research of Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environment and planetary sciences, into Zealandia, a largely submerged continent that stretches across five million square kilometers beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean.
Fox News (This article also appeared in the International Business Times, Tech Deeps and Newsroom.)

The $2 trillion threat to Middle East oil
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance Singapore  (This article also appeared in Markets Insider and Yerepouni Daily News.)

La gasolina y su retórica tóxica
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
24 Mexico (An English translation is not available.)


Robots and artificial intelligence can benefit workers instead of hurting them if we address inequality today [Opinion]
An op-ed authored by Heather Boushey mentions that she will speak at Rice Feb. 12, and she will present at the Rice Scientia Conference on “Work in the 21st Century: Automation, Workers and Society” Feb 13-14.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition.)

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 appeared in the Feb. 12 print editions of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)

Students demand Innovation District to not harm Third Ward’s identity
An article mentions the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district being co-developed by Rice and slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. President David Leebron is mentioned.
The Daily Cougar

Podcast: Xochil Peña Rodriguez applies lessons from her former congressman father
A podcast features alumna Xochil Peña Rodriguez, who is a candidate for Texas Senate District 19.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

LSC-University Park increases community access to quality music programming
Alumnus Aaron Alon, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and director and professor of music at Lone Star College-University Park, is featured.
The Paper

Remembering Houston: When ‘My Best Friend Is a Vampire’ was shot here
The Rice Media Center is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Briscoe Cain’s challenger wins support of local officials, despite Cain’s backing by GOP House
An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

First look: Terrace 54 Bar + Table in Med Center
An article mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. The article also mentions that Rice’s campus is part of the terrace views of Terrace 54 Bar + Table in the Westin Houston Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Connecticut Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Houston named a top 10 big city for ethnic diversity by new study
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined Houston was the most ethnically and racially diverse metro area in the U.S. as of 2010.
CultureMap Houston


Republicans trying to sway black voters from Democrats
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. (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.)
http://dateline.rice/feb-12-jones (This segment aired twice.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/feb-12-jones (This segment aired four times.) 

Trump wants to get to the moon by 2024, but House seeks focus on Mars mission
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
ABC 7 Online (This article also appeared in Fox 56 Online.)

Texas Public Radio
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the rise of CBD products in Texas.
http://dateline.rice/feb-12-harris (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Fryer feature: Texas universities produce

An article mentions that a Rice computer scientist was awarded a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to make internet networks more secure. (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)

This is why Rice University was named one of the most relaxing campuses in the US
Rice is ranked No. 17 on the list of Great Value Colleges for the most effective relaxation programs for students.
Click2Houston (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)


Building walls and deporting people to ‘safe’ countries is not deterrence, it’s defense
Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article about the efficacy and legality of different approaches to border control around the world.
Just Security

View from the top: A leading energy economist’s perspective on digital energy
A Q&A features Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Data Science and Digital Engineering in Upstream Oil and Gas

Deep learning accurately forecasts heat waves, cold spells
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.
R&D World

Electricity’s past and future in America
An article features a new study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy about how the history of the nation’s electrical grid may offer an array of strategies for increasing the use of renewable energy resources in the future.
Tech Xplore

Tamaulipas state said ‘open for business,’ as governor calls for return of natural gas bid rounds
An article features a talk given at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy by Francisco Garcia-Cabeza de Vaca, governor of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Natural Gas Intelligence

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2020
A roundup of articles appearing in the University-Industry Engagement Advisor features Rice.
Tech Transfer Central (The article “Rice annual reports strengthen engagement with top industry partners” was featured on the front page of the February 2020 print edition.)

4 especializações que a maioria das empresas de petróleo procura
Rice is mentioned. (An English translation is not available.)


Scholar mocks ‘confused’ Trump and his ‘history deficit disorder’ on CNN
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Raw Story (This article also appeared in Democratic Underground.)

Our volcanic footprint
William Leeman, Professor Emeritus of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is mentioned.
University of Oregon News

Iowa City’s Jeff Cox, 72, championed candidates and his kids
Late alumnus Jeff Cox, who died Feb. 9 at 72, is featured and pictured. The article mentions that he met his wife, Lois ’71, at Rice in 1969.
The Gazette

2020 Spring Break schedule
Rice is mentioned.
OBA Community Website


WBB: Feb. 10 Players of the Week
An article features Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike, who was named the Conference USA Player of the Week. The article mentions that the Owls are on an 11-game win streak and remain in first place in C-USA.
Conference USA 

ODU looks to extend streak vs. Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Old Dominion University Feb. 13 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Ako Adams, Robert Martin and Josh Parrish are highlighted.

The Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Men’s basketball watch guide

Conference USA 

Track and field preview: Southwest thrower Morgan Fey creates magic with discus, shot put
An article featuring Morgan Fey, the 2019 San Antonio Express-News Girls Field Athlete of the Year, mentions that she has signed to join Rice’s track and field team.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition of the Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

FB: 2020 C-USA football signees
Rice football’s 2020 recruiting class is featured.
Conference USA 

Was the 2011 MLB Draft the best ever?
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.

UTSA hosts Marshall on Thursday at 8 p.m. at The Convo
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Marshall University earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics News

Gilbert quietly optimistic ahead of FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup qualifiers
An article mentions that Rice soccer player Jaden Roberts is on Jamaica’s provisional Under-20 Women’s National Team roster.
Jamaica Observer

High school athletes sign to play in college
Several articles mention players who signed letters of intent to join Rice athletics.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition of the Chronicle’s The Woodlands Villager.)
Tomball student athletes announce college choices

Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 12 print edition of the Chronicle’s Tomball Potpourri.)

National Signing Day 2020
The Buzz Magazines

LU football releases 2020 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Lamar University Sept. 26.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post and more than 25 other media outlets.)

Jordan Whittington headlines numerous Texas position changes
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin last season.
SB Nation
B.J. Foster to undergo surgery, will miss spring practice

Georgia Tech women’s basketball: Jackets look toward tough four-game stretch
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Georgia Tech earlier this season.

Report: Reason for Eyabi Anoma’s dismissal from Houston revealed
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play the University of Houston Sept. 5.
Houston dismisses Alabama transfer DL Eyabi Anoma

Colorado football: 13 coaching candidates to replace Mel Tucker

Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Bohl is featured.

Athlon Sports

Safeties coach Jason Washington familiar with Bulldog mindset
Former assistant football coaches Jason Washington and Tom Herman are featured.


Rice Media Center celebrates 50 years with weeks of festivities
The golden anniversary of the Rice Media Center, which has housed Rice’s film and photography programs since its founding 50 years ago, will be celebrated with three weeks of exhibitions, speakers, signings and screenings of the most famous — and infamous — films to come out of the university.

About Stefan De La Garza

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