Dateline Rice for Feb. 20, 2020


Former US attorney joins global law firm
Alumnus Benjamin Glassman is featured.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)


Everytown for Gun Safety pumping $8 million into Texas races for House, Congress
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 and interviewed.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 20 print edition.)
Feb. 18, 2020 — Bloomberg’s climb and scrutiny
SoundCloud (This Pacifica Network segment also aired on more than 225 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

In Democrats’ low-information judicial primaries, gender and ballot names may drive voters’ decisions
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted and interviewed.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
In DA race, Ogg faces multiple challenges from the left
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Texas A&M to build $550 million complex in Texas Medical Center
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 20 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

RUSMP hosts STEM conference for educators
Anne Papakonstantinou, director of the Rice University School Mathematics Project, authored an article about the RUSMP Spring Networking Conference. The article mentions that Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation, gave a keynote speech at the event. Carolyn White, director of mathematics programs, and National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Fellow Stacy Jester also are mentioned.
Village News (This article also appeared in the Feb. 18 print edition.)

Deal of the Day: Celebrate Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s 3rd birthday with $3 sake
A slideshow caption mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

New study details how Austin falls short when it comes to diversity
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 Austin

Meet the candidates, part 5: Texas State Senate District 19
A Q&A features alumna Xochil Peña Rodriguez, who is a candidate for Texas Senate District 19.
Big Bend Sentinel

Bledsoe selected as finalist for National Merit Scholar Program
Rice is mentioned.
Belton Journal


HPM local newscast for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 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 about a recent ruling that determined the government was not liable for downstream homes that were flooded after the release of water from Addicks and Barker reservoirs following Hurricane Harvey.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 5 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Valhalla: This Rice University bar serves up more than just cheap beer
Rice’s graduate student pub Valhalla is featured. Alumnus Thomas Nichols and graduate student Asa Stahl are interviewed.
ABC 7 News Online (This article also appeared in more than 10 ABC-affiliated media outlets, and the segment aired on KTRK-TV in Houston. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Black History Month spotlight: The Pendletons
Alumna Alice Pendleton is featured.
KBTX Online (This segment also aired on KBTX-TV in College Station.)

What is ranked choice voting?
Rice is mentioned.
CBS Austin Online


CPRIT grant draws cell imaging specialist to Rice
An article mentions that a $2 million grant to Rice by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas is bringing a new faculty member to the university. Anna-Karin Gustavsson, a specialist in single-molecule tracking and super-resolution imaging who will join Rice in August as the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator Chair, is featured and pictured. (This article also appeared in Bioengineer and Scienmag.)

Rice University boosts ‘internet of things’ security — again
An article features Rice research that developed a technique to make the security of the “internet of things” more than 14,000 times better than current state-of-the-art defenses while using far less energy. Kaiyuan Yang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Yan He are quoted and pictured. TechXplore features additional research by Yang into the first neural implant that can be both programmed and charged remotely with a magnetic field. Rice implant collaborators mentioned are Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, and graduate students Zhanghao Yu and Joshua Chen.
Cutting Tool Engineering (This article also appeared in EIN News,, Textile Industries and Textile World.)
Magnet-controlled bioelectronic implant could relieve pain
TechXplore (This article also appeared in Medgadget.)

Rice lab turns waste into valuable graphene in a flash
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. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford is quoted in All About Circuits. This research is also featured in an innovations roundup from the American Ceramic Society.
Laser-induced graphene shows promise in the development of flexible electronics
All About Circuits (A similar article appeared in R&D World.)
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society

This 5-year bear market in energy stocks could turn into forever
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Rice annual reports strengthen engagement with top industry partners
Leah Aschmann, director of corporate relations, is quoted.
Tech Transfer Central (This article was featured on the front page of the February 2020 print edition of the University-Industry Engagement Advisor newsletter.)

Privacy rights groups call for ‘day of action’ to ban facial recognition at all schools
Rice is mentioned.

6 creative program ideas for arts and cultural organizations
Alumna Jocelyn Wright authored an article.

See the most radical postmodern interiors from around the world
A roundup of postmodern architecture features a photo of Rice’s Duncan Hall.

Avetta names two new executives to accelerate growth in supply chain risk management
Alumnus Indy Chakrabarti is featured.
DC Velocity


Of abdominal strength and endurance
An article features Rice research into the disparity between public school students and homeschooled students when it comes to abdominal strength and endurance. Laura Kabiri, lecturer of kinesiology, and graduate student Kendall Brice are quoted.
Telagana Today (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

YSU Horn Day to feature guest artist Elizabeth Freimuth on Sunday
Alumna Elizabeth Freimuth, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Mahoning Matters

The Trojan horse governor
Alumna Tina Tomsen authored an article.
Anchorage Daily News

Letter to the editor: TU needs to re-look at its austerity plan
Rice is mentioned
Tulsa World


Brothers turned rivals
Rice baseball player Garret Zaskoda is featured and pictured.
The Sealy News

FB: Spring practice begins in C-USA
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will begin spring camp Feb. 24.
Conference USA 

Stanton: Would have hit 80 HRs as Astro
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 20 print edition.)

The revival of Northwestern boys’ basketball among the top stories ahead of regionals
An article mentions that Gabe Taylor plans to play football at Rice.
Miami Herald 

Scouting Yankees prospect No. 17: Glenn Otto
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is featured.

Texas 6, Lamar 1: Paced by Austin Todd’s early hit and Owen Meaney’s arm, UT moves to 5-0
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was swept by the University of Texas at Austin in their three-game, season-opening series Feb. 14-16 at Reckling Park.
Austin American-Statesman
Texas baseball: Longhorns finish off Lamar for fifth straight win
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire (This article also appeared in FanSided and

2020 Conference USA spring football game schedule announced
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play its spring game April 3.
FB Schedules

College baseball returns
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play the University of Southern Mississippi March 4.
The Neshoba Democrat

Lady Tops’ Briggs, Matthews land US National Team tryout invites
Rice’s volleyball team is mentioned.
Bowling Green Daily News


Magnet-controlled bioelectronic implant could relieve pain
A team of Rice engineers has introduced the first neural implant that can be both programmed and charged remotely with a magnetic field.
‘Medicare for All’ fascination distracts from finding economically feasible solutions, says Baker Institute expert
Voters may not realize that “Medicare for All” doesn’t just mean providing coverage to people who don’t have it — it means all Americans would have coverage for essential health benefits only through a government program, according to a health policy expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice to celebrate dedication of Kraft Hall Feb. 27
Rice will celebrate the dedication of the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences Feb. 27. The 2 p.m. ceremony at the new, 78,000-square-foot home to Rice’s School of Social Sciences will feature remarks from campus leaders and will be followed by a reception.

About Stefan De La Garza

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