Dateline Rice for May 14, 2018 (Weekend Edition)


Bloomberg warns of ‘epidemic of dishonesty’
Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech at Rice, in which he encouraged graduates to take the pledge of honor to combat an “epidemic of dishonesty,” resulted in an Associated Press article that appeared in more than 500 media outlets. Numerous broadcast media also cited the speech. The Houston Chronicle story about commencement also quotes President David Leebron and includes a slideshow of photos from the event. The text of Bloomberg’s speech was adapted for an editorial on
Associated Press (Similar versions of this article appeared in more than 500 other media outlets.)
Michael Bloomberg urges Rice graduates to reject divisive, fact-free rhetoric
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Graduates: Here’s an Honor Code for life
CNN (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
National Public Radio (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment aired on more than 700 other affiliate stations.)
‘Fox and Friends’
Fox News (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Varney & Company’
Fox Business Network (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast. Similar segments aired on more than 10 other media outlets.)
‘FOX 5 News at 10’
WNYW-TV (New York) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Central Texas News Now’
KXXV-TV (Waco) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
WINS-AM (New York) (Click the audio button to listen to the broadcast. This segment aired on more than 20 other radio stations.)


For graphite pellets, just add elbow grease
Rice research is featured as “Today’s Video” on the National Science Foundation’s homepage and in the May 14 issue of the NSF’s Science 360 newsletter.
National Science Foundation

Donald and Melania Trump’s marriage is most ‘awkward’ presidential union in modern times: Historian
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in an article exploring the first couple’s public image. (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Movies and

¿Es posible un divorcio entre EEUU y Europa?
Joe Barnes, a foreign-policy expert and the Baker Institute’s Bonner Means Baker Fellow, is quoted in an article about conflicting national interests of the European Union and the U.S.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)


Will self-driving cars put tow trucks out of business? [Opinion]
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on self-driving cars, which are expected to bring both major improvements in road safety and major disruptions to the economy and society.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

In runoffs for Texas House, will GOP voters make a hard-right turn or stay in the middle?
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 in an article about Texas House Republican runoff elections as well as the Democratic gubernatorial debate between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White. The Victoria Advocate quotes Jones in an article about Republican candidates for U.S. Representative in District 27. Jones is quoted in Istoé Dinheiro about how economic worries in Argentina might affect Brazil.
Dallas Morning News
Democratic rivals Valdez and White hold their own in Austin debate
Austin American-Statesman (This article was also published in
Valdez holds her own debating White, but questions on readiness remain
Austin American-Statesman
Cómo una pregunta sobre inmigración sacudió la contienda demócrata por la gobernación de Texas
Univision (An English-language version is not available.)
Campaign finance loophole allows super PAC to back Michael Cloud for Congress
Victoria Advocate
O passado assombra a Argentina 
Istoé Dinheiro

University of St. Thomas professor earns world recognition in film, music
Alumnus Malcolm Solomon ’02 is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Here’s what all the cool people are doing in your neighborhood
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

West Texas leads another jump in the rig count
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a caption accompanying an article about the number of rigs actively drilling for oil in the Permian Basin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Condo Life: Houston’s Innovation Corridor highlights condominium choices
Two articles mention the Houston innovation district that is being created on property owned by Rice Management Co.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times.)
GC strategic plan
Baytown Sun

In Juárez, 10 killings in 1 day
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about possible reasons for the recent spike of violence in Juárez, Mexico.
El Paso Inc.

Charity dinner raising funds for rare disease research
Lovett College junior Taylor DeWoody is pictured and quoted in an article about her family, which is hosting a charity dinner to raise funds and spread awareness of Ring14 Syndrome, a debilitating genetic disorder that affects her sister.
Odessa American


Houston ISD’s new police chief talks protecting students and plans for department
Former Rice police captain Paul Cordova is featured in an interview discussing his new role as Houston Independent School District Police Chief.

President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

WDET-FM (Detroit)
A Rice study about poverty rates in the Houston Independent School District is mentioned.

‘Rochester in Focus’
Abby Easterling, featured in a television interview, says that she will attend Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
WHEC-TV (Rochester, N.Y.)


Ukraine computer involved in Tennessee elections website
A suspiciously large number of computers from foreign countries, including the Ukraine, accessed a Tennessee election website before it crashed. However, it will be exceedingly difficult to find the origin of the attack, according to Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Fox Business (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 500 other media outlets.)

3 African-American scholars assume new roles at major universities
Fred Higgs, the John and Ann Doerr Professor in Mechanical Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and faculty director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, has been named vice provost for academic affairs.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Safe data: Closing Pandora’s box
Alumnus Scott Relf ’82 is quoted.


The 20 hardest colleges to get into in America
Rice is featured as one of the colleges in the U.S. with the most demanding entrance requirements.

Allegheny College names dean for institutional diversity
Alumna Kristin Dukes ’05 has been named the dean for institutional diversity at Allegheny College.
Meadville Tribune

SIAM Student Chapter Math Conference continues to grow as it enters 3rd year
Matthias Heinkenschloss, the Noah G. Harding Chair and professor in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, is featured and pictured. He was the keynote speaker at the Central Valley Regional Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ Student Chapter Conference and discussed how optimization techniques can be used to improve efficiency in engineered systems.
UC Merced University News

New faculty profile: Abigail Stone
Alumna Abigail Stone ’07 is featured and pictured as a new faculty member of Illinois State University.
Illinois State University News

Pathbreaking research takes Cusat duo to Nature
Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and former postdoctoral researcher Chandra Sekhar Tiwary are mentioned.
Deccan Chronicle


Fear the beard? More like fear the brain.
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Toronto Star.)

Meet the mom behind the most successful family in women’s hoops
Rice women’s basketball players Olivia and Erica Ogwumike are quoted in an article featuring their family.
USA Today (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Lance Berkman wants to be considered for Rice job
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman ’98 is featured and pictured. Berkman is also interviewed in a television broadcast about the legacy of Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham. Graham’s legacy is also discussed in an article in House of Houston in which former Rice baseball players Berkman, Anthony Rendon and Philip Humber are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Houston Sports: The end of an era for Rice Owls baseball
House of Houston

Rams signing ex-Rice LB Brian Womac
Former Rice football player Brian Womac is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Former Rice QB Tyler Stehling making most of Texans tryout
Former Rice football player Tyler Stehling is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas A&M rallies past Rice to set up NCAA second-round matchup with No. 6 Texas
A recap of matches mentions Rice’s women’s tennis players Savannah Durkin, Wendy Zhang, Michaela Haet, Fernanda Astete, Anna Bowtell and Priya Niezgoda.

Two advance to finals for Herd at C-USA championships
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Positional breakdown | Offensive line
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is mentioned.
BC Lions

Rewind yourself: The time Mark Quinn wouldn’t walk
Former Rice baseball player Mark Quinn is featured and pictured.
Royals Review

Aaron Jones among 40 UTEP student-athletes to graduate Saturday
Rice is mentioned.

Tom Herman says Texas Bowl win helped Longhorns buy into his vision
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned. Anderson is quoted in a article.
Texas DieHards 
Tre Watson, Calvin Anderson graduate, prepare for Texas career


Workplace teams that debrief outperform those that do not by 20 percent
Teams that debrief following work activities outperform teams that do not debrief by about 20 percent, according to a new paper from researchers at Rice University. The paper said that teams interested in improving performance should allocate ample time and resources for the debriefing process. “Team Development: The Power of Debriefing,” which appears in the spring edition of the journal People and Strategy, focuses on how debriefing can impact teamwork activities.

About Stefan De La Garza

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