Dateline Rice for Feb. 13, 2020


These families want fewer gender assumptions thrust on their kids on Valentine’s Day
An article about the heteronormativity of Valentine’s Day cites Elizabeth Brake, professor of philosophy and author of “Minimizing Marriage.”
Huffington Post

Rights groups join student demands to bar facial recognition at colleges
Rice is mentioned.
CNET (This article also appeared in NewsDio.)

These 25 US colleges and universities have the most diverse student bodies
Rice’s Lovett Hall is pictured.
USA Today
Andrew Yang se retira de la carrera presidencial con un aire ganador
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.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)


New GHP chair sets sights on Houston’s energy landscape, clean energy transition 
Rice Board of Trustees chair Bobby Tudor ’82, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, is featured and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

‘Kidnappers Foil’ exhibit revisits a pre-‘American Idol’ phenomenon
An article mentions that Lisa Lapinski, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, collaborated with the artist Gareth Long on “Tove & Melton & Lisa & Gareth & Charles & &c.”
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle’s “Preview,” the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Frank Liu’s big bets on urban living pay off

Alumnus Frank Liu, whose philanthropic efforts helped found Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is featured and pictured. The article mentions that Liu and his college roommate started Lovett Homes, which is named after their dormitory at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

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.

11 vivid and eye-catching February art events no Houstonian should miss
An arts roundup features Rice Public Art’s Platform Series, which will exhibit the installation “perhaps, there is no sequel,” which will consist of four large banners situated at the center of the campus and be on view Feb. 18-Sept. 1.
CultureMap Houston

Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby explores memory, Nigerian culture in work, visits Baylor
An article mentions that artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby has exhibited her work at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Waco Tribune-Herald

New upscale American restaurant serves up refined dining to the Medical 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.
CultureMap Houston

We recommend Ann Johnson in Democratic primary for House District 134 [Editorial]
An article mentions alumnus Lanny Bose, who is running for Texas House District 134.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 13 print edition.)

Doctors team up with students to improve cervical cancer treatment

An article mentions a 3D printer at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. The article mentions that the Rice Engineering Design Showcase will be held April 16 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Baylor College of Medicine

After strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Pete Buttigieg turns to Texas
A Rice student political group is mentioned.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Click2Houston, Out in SA, Gilmer Mirror and KTSA Online.)


Thursday’s show: Flood resiliency and Mardi Gras in Galveston (Feb. 13, 2020)
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, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Houston’s new resiliency plan a good ‘first step,’ expert says
Houston Public Media

The oil sector of the Persian Gulf could lose $2 trillion
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
KXAN Online (This article also appeared in Live Trading News.)


Algae team rosters could help ID ‘super corals’
An article features collaborative Rice research that has found a potential tool for identifying “super corals” that can tolerate a limited amount of climate change. Co-authors Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, and graduate student Lauren Howe-Kerr are quoted and pictured. Co-author Bénédicte Bachelot, the Huxley Research Instructor of BioSciences at Rice, is mentioned. A Rice video is included. (This article also appeared in 7th Space and Science Daily.)

Researchers shrink laser-induced graphene for flexible electronics
An article features Rice research into developing a method to create laser-induced graphene with features more than 60% smaller than macro versions and almost 10 times smaller than typically achieved with an infrared laser. 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 postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford are quoted. A Rice video is included. (This article also appeared in The Engineer, Science Daily, AZo Nano and

Even if cannabis recovers, Aurora stock is a terrible bet
Jill Foote, senior lecturer in finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Researchers enlist three supercomputers to apply deep learning to extreme weather
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.

Ultimaker announces Construct3D Conference heading 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.

‘Make home a safe haven away from work stressors’ with Dr. Ely Weinschneider and Shao-Lee Lin
Alumna Shao-Lee Lin is featured in a Q&A.
Thrive Global

Eagle Ford ‘doesn’t stop at the Rio Grande,’ Mexico governor says, imploring AMLO to resume 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

3D-printed implants with layers of living cells
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.
Med Gadget

Interview with New Jersey US Senate candidate Daniel Burke
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Trailblazing statistician elected to National Academy of Engineering
An article mentions that Sallie Ann Keller is the former William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice.
University of Virginia News

The Dana School of Music hosts Horn Day
Alumna Elizabeth Freimuth, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Tribune Chronicle


Rose, Regan to lead Canada at CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship
An article mentions that Rice soccer player Caleigh Boeckx will play for Canada in the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship Feb. 22-March 2 in the Dominican Republic.
Meadowlake Now (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Cardinals take experienced team into season opener against Rhode Island
Former Rice baseball player Kelby Weyler is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texas baseball buries 2019 season with high expectations, talented roster
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 14-16 at Reckling Park. The Sealy News mentions Owl Garret Zaskoda.
KXAN Online 
Former teammates to square off
Sealy News
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)

Texas defensive back to undergo shoulder surgery, miss spring practice
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin last season.
USA Today

Signing day recap: Texas A&M takes the step, SMU capitalizes and other winners of signing day — Episode 83 (Feb. 12, 2020)
A podcast highlights the Rice football team’s 2020 recruiting efforts.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Roadrunners travel east this week
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky University Jan. 4.
UTSA Athletics News
Lady Tops’ focus on UTEP with at-large bid in play
Bowling Green Daily News

Hays County declares Feb. 4 ‘Karen Chisum Day’ to honor legendary Texas State coach
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team was defeated by Texas State University in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
KVUE Online


Rice University’s Carbon Hub kicks off Feb. 13
Rice’s Carbon Hub, which is partnering with companies to fundamentally change how the world uses hydrocarbons, will gather experts from industry, academia and government for the Carbon Hub Kickoff Meeting Feb. 13. The meeting will discuss the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to a zero-emissions future where hydrocarbons provide both clean hydrogen energy and advanced carbon materials that help house, move and feed people.

Graphene forms under microscope’s eye
You don’t need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene. Scientists at Rice, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using a very small visible beam to burn the foamy form of carbon into microscopic patterns.

Algae team rosters could help ID ‘super corals’
A look at the symbiotic algae inside the corals revealed an interesting dynamic: Corals with more similar groups of algae survived better under stress, according to collaborative Rice research by marine biologist Adrienne Correa.

About Stefan De La Garza

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