Dateline Rice for April 11, 2018


Top colleges in the South for academic resources
Rice is ranked No. 1 in the South for academic resources by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

‘At This Hour’ with Kate Bolduan 
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed regarding the likelihood and consequences of a U.S. military response to chemical attacks in Syria.
CNN (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

App guides Parkinson’s disease patients through ‘freezing’
Engineering students at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed an app to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a symptom known as “freezing,” in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain’s command to lift and move forward. Hanszen College seniors Gaby Perez, Keshav Rao and Jeremy David, Brown College seniors Theresa Sonka and Kristen Smith and Duncan College senior Dan Burke are quoted.
Futurity (This article was featured in the April 11 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and similar articles appeared in Healthcare Analytics News, Orthopedic Design and Technology and Mobile Marketing Watch.)


New tech will power first fully programmable wireless network
The National Science Foundation will support Rice researchers, in collaboration with the University of Utah, who will help create the world’s first fully programmable and observable wireless communications network in Salt Lake City. Rice’s Reconfigurable Ecosystem for Next-gen End-to-end Wireless technology will underlie a city-scale wireless test platform for telecoms, tech companies and research institutions to  continue research into some of the fundamental aspects of 5G and advance the state of wireless technology beyond today’s 4G and LTE.
National Science Foundation (This article was the top story in the April 11 edition of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter, and a similar article appeared in Technology News and Literature.)

Trump meets Qatar’s emir today. But efforts to resolve the Persian Gulf dispute have already stalled
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article examining the causes and subsequent ramifications of the U.S.-led reconciliation process of a June 2017 dispute in the Persian Gulf region.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in CET.)

If you’ve ever dreamed of living abroad, now is the time to do it
Living abroad can clarify your sense of self and provide a range of benefits, from enhanced life satisfaction to lower stress levels and better productivity, which may ultimately lead to one’s purpose in life, according to new research by a team of social scientists at Rice, Columbia University and the University of North Carolina.
Esquire (Versions of this article also appeared in Esquire Middle East and Yahoo! Style.)


Rice University studies how HISD students fare six years after graduating
An article mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research titled “Life After the Diploma,” which determined that Houston Independent School District students who entered college immediately after high school saw higher rates of certificate, diploma and degree completion, among other findings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
Where are seniors from 2006-2008 now?
Houston Public Media

Will the I-45 expansion make our air worse? [Opinion]
An op-ed mentions a 2017 study conducted by the Houston Health Department and Rice’s Department of Statistics titled “Analyzing Who, When and Where: Data for Better Targeting of Resources for School‐Based Asthma Interventions,” which identified schools along the Interstate 45 corridor as high-rate zones for ambulance-treated asthma attacks.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

A maddening riddle, Hunter Thompson believed journalists needed to get subjective
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

For Texas college students, a new employment push: Soft skills
Colleges will be integrating liberal arts skills into technical courses to make their graduates more competitive during the hiring process. Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

In-Depth: Harris County’s Latino vote more than doubled in primary compared with 2014
High numbers of Latino voters cast ballots in the recent primary election. Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
Houston Public Media

Military tests ‘robot soldiers’
The U.S. and Great Britain recently tested the use of robots meant to replace certain soldiers who conduct dangerous tasks like navigating minefields. Marcia O’Malley, professor of mechanical engineering and computer science, is quoted.
KTRH-AM (Houston) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Community solar farm and batteries test power of Austin’s electric grid
La Loma Community Solar Farm will be a democratized solar municipal utility for less-affluent Austin residents. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in the Austin Monitor.)

Marfa Myths’ lineup beckons adventurous music and art lovers with a spirit of mystery
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is mentioned.
D Magazine

High five
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured. Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at the Shepherd School and the music director of the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest chamber music festival, is mentioned.
Theater Jones

East Texas couple celebrates their 75th wedding anniversary
Rice is mentioned.

West University Republicans: More Lincoln than Trump-Abbott
The “scientific genius” of Rice University is cited in reference to the district represented by Sarah Davis.
Instant News West U


Midtown Sears building transforming to new tech hub
A news conference on Thursday will discuss the development of an innovation district in Houston’s Midtown on property owned by Rice.

KTRH-AM (Houston)

Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the challenges and possible remedies for Houston service workers who must balance housing affordability and commutes to work. (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)


Sempra Energy announces executive appointments
Alumnus Trevor Mihalik ’06 is featured.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in IT Business Net, Electric Energy Online.)

With US growth toward global energy dominance, infrastructure technology advances remain critical
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former assistant secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy, is featured and quoted in an article detailing his recent talk at the Norwegian Energy Day Conference in Houston.
Journal of Petroleum Technology

Fact check review; potty politics; progressives and tariffs; magnificent men
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Real Clear Politics

Little, Brown Spark, Bluebird to publish Marie Kondo’s new book
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured and pictured. He is a co-author of a yet-to-be-published book, “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Publishers Weekly

Texas Energy Council announces its 30th annual symposium in Dallas
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies, will speak May 10.
Oil & Gas 360 (This article also appeared in Business Wire and Enhanced nNews Online.)

Handmade luxe brooms from a Brooklyn artist                
Alumna Erin Rouse ’11 is featured and quoted.

Prophecy Development to build North America’s first primary vanadium mine
Alumnus John Lee ’95 is featured.
Resource World Magazine

A look back at roost control
Alumna Heidi Good ’79 and former Rice Professor Dan Johnson are featured.
Pest Management Professional

Lyon College to inaugurate new president on April 20
Joseph King, former executive director of Connexions at Rice, is featured.
Arkansas Business Online


PeopleAdmin and Ellucian Systems Integrations make talent management easier for higher education institutions
Rice Director of Recruitment and Operations Wayne Robinson is quoted.
Digital Journal (This article also appeared in Business Wire.)

New book co-authored by UB sociology professor explores how cities are changing
Alumnus Kevin Smiley ’17 is quoted and featured. Michael Emerson, former professor and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
University of Buffalo

ATG conference, meetings & webinars 4/10/18
Denis Galvin, director of library technology at Fondren Library, will speak at the the National Federation of Advanced Information Services conference “Blockchain for Scholarly Publishing” April 18.
Against the Grain

Marwa Shalaby projects a growth of women in politics in the Middle East for years to come
Marwa Shalaby, fellow for the Middle East and director of Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured and pictured in an article about quota systems in Middle Eastern politics.
Massachusetts Daily Collegian

College releases enrollment expansion report
Rice is mentioned in an article on Dartmouth College.
The Dartmouth


What happened the only time the Cowboys picked 19th overall in the NFL draft
Former Rice football player Malcolm Walker ’65 is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)

Shawn Respert views coaching as selfless way to repay game he loves – and almost lost
Shawn Respert, former director of basketball operations at Rice, is featured and pictured.
Chicago Tribune

UH beats Rice to even Silver Glove Series
The Rice baseball team lost to the University of Houston 1-0 April 10. Each team has won once in this year’s Silver Glove Series, with one game remaining.
Houston Chronicle (Subscrition is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Laredo Morning News.)     
KRTK-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)
KRIV-TV (Houston) (Click the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Stock assessment: Shepley, Wade making gains
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned and pictured.


Ohio Gov. Kasich to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 18
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will visit Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 18 for a moderated public discussion with the institute’s director, Ambassador Edward Djerejian. Members of the public can attend this Baker Institute Director’s Lecture Series by paying $15 when they register for the event, which is part of the 25th anniversary commemorative programs of the Baker Institute.

Baker Institute paper: NAFTA’s dispute-resolution institutions should continue 
The dispute-resolution institutions created under the North American Free Trade
Agreement are, in most respects, worth carrying over and improving in a revised
NAFTA, according to a paper from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice students to host events examining refugee, Latino issues
Rice students enrolled in two sociology courses will host two events about refugee and Latino issues April 12 at 7 p.m. on the Rice campus. The refugee panel will be held in Keck Hall, Room 102, and the Latino event will be held at Farnsworth Pavilion in Rice Memorial Center.

About Stefan De La Garza

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