Dateline Rice for May 15, 2018


Where you live has a bigger impact on happiness and health than you might imagine
Geospatial medicine studies how location affects our health and well-being. Marie Lynn Miranda, Rice’s Howard R. Hughes Provost and professor of statistics, is quoted about how geographic information has to be taken into account to help people achieve good health outcomes. The National Center for Geospatial Medicine at Rice is mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Danbury News Times, the CT Post and the Chicago Tribune.)

Chinese, US universities pledge to promote bilateral academic, research cooperation
President David Leebron is quoted in an article about how students and universities can help build relationships between nations.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in

More Hispanics are going to college and graduating, but disparity persists
An article about the effect of the graduation gap between white and Hispanic college students and the future household incomes of all Americans mentions research from the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice.
PBS NewsHour (This article also appeared in The Hechinger Report.)

The quirkier uses of graphene
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 in an article about his research into novel uses of graphene.
Scientific American

Princely feuds in the Persian Gulf thwart Trump’s efforts to resolve the Qatar dispute
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the continued rift in the relationship between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Standard-Examiner, San Antonio, MSN Uttiset and

Landmark Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted in two articles about President Donald Trump’s approach to international relations. Brinkley is also interviewed about the unique relationship between President Donald Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity as well as First Lady Melania Trump’s recent kidney surgery.
WWNT Radio
Trump’s dual decisions
‘Anderson Cooper 360’
‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’

Largest county in Texas sees ICE detainers jump 60 percent under Trump
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 the large increase of illegal immigrants handed to Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Harris County. Payan is also quoted in an article about the Mexican presidential candidates.
Fox News
PRI candidate makes campaign stop in Juárez
El Paso Inc.

This hack can stop you overspending
Several articles quote research from Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which shows that reflecting on recently used possessions lowered a person’s willingness to pay for new items by about 14 percent compared with the control group. This research is mentioned in numerous television broadcasts from Fox.
The Queensland Times (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
‘FOX 26 News at 4 AM’
KRIV-TV (Houston)  (Similar segments aired on more than 20 other Fox affiliates.)

Venezuela, dopo i pignoramenti a rischio l’export di petrolio
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.


HISD’s plan to get kids to college? Start early — In middle school
An article about how to get more students from Houston Independent School District to pursue college mentions a study from the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research titled “Transitioning to College and Work.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

As Amazon’s snub fades, partnerships remain key to Houston’s future [Opinion]

Two articles about Houston’s momentum to become a destination for high-tech startups and venture capital mention the Houston innovation district that is being created on property owned by Rice Management Co.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Houston, China to partner on biotech innovation
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How a federal lawsuit could open the door to online voter registration in Texas
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, is quoted in an article about the security challenges facing Texas as it implements online voter registration.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, and Longview News-Journal.)

In Texas, legal sports betting still a long shot
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 the political opposition to sports betting in Texas. He is also quoted in an article about the motivations of one of the top Republican donors in Texas. Jones is interviewed in several broadcasts about missteps by Lupe Valdez in the recent Democratic gubernatorial debate, the likelihood of any Democratic candidate defeating Gov. Greg Abbott, as well as Abbott’s influence in the re-election campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Houston.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Meet Farris Wilks, Kingmaker of the Texas GOP
The Texas Observer
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Researchers release flood mitigation strategies report for Houston area
An article mentions Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. (This article also appeared in

Leading social scientist chosen to give prestigious Gifford Lecture
Elaine Howard Ecklund, founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program and the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, will speak on the relationship between science and nature at Edinburgh University May 29.
The National


Former ambassador: Opening US Embassy in Jerusalem ‘confuses policy’
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared in several broadcasts about the fallout from the recent dedication of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.
Houston Public Media
‘What’d You Miss?’
Bloomberg TV (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman’
Fox Business Network (Only the transcript of the broadcast is available.)

Michael Bloomberg at Rice University commencement: ‘Honesty matters’
A Rice video of Michael Bloomberg’s commencement speech, in which he encouraged graduates to take the pledge of honor to combat an “epidemic of dishonesty,” is featured. Excerpts from the speech appeared on the Fox Business Network and
Texas Public Radio
‘The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan’
Fox Business Network (Only the transcript of the broadcast is available.)
Give trade peace a chance
Bloomberg (Scroll down to ‘The Bloomberg View.’)

With ‘lower for longer’ oil prices, Houston might need a new job creator
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a broadcast about how attracting a new generation of college graduates to the broader energy sector could keep Houston thriving.
Houston Public Media
KUT-AM (Austin) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)

Experts explain how 2018 graduates can land the perfect job
An article about the job market for new college graduates mentions Rice.


Accelerator restructures to add 2 advisory panels, new San Diego office
Former Provost George McLendon, professor emeritus of chemistry, is mentioned as a new operating partner.

2 HBCUs recognize African-Americans by naming auditoriums in their honor
An auditorium at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., was named in honor of alumnus Wayne Riley ’02.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Amid major campus expansion, CCA announces Keith Krumwiede as new dean of architecture
Former Rice Assistant Professor Keith Krumwiede will be the new dean of architecture   at The California College of the Arts.

In search of the next great female thinkers: Why Johnson & Johnson is on a STEM2D mission
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and one of six women who received a research award from Johnson & Johnson, is featured and pictured.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announces 4 musicians selected for Resident Fellows program
Alumnus Michael Fuller ’15 is featured and pictured. Timothy Pitts, professor of double bass at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Broadway World

Student engineers get the scoop on surgical tool design
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Engineering 360

System Bits: May 15
A roundup of engineering news quotes Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, whose international research team solved the puzzle of the “heavy fermion” compound known as CeCu2Si2.


Behind every successful man is … the healing he desperately needs
Several articles mention President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
New owners plan to rehabilitate Classen Inn
SSCC holds spring commencement
Sand Mountain Reporter

Stepinac HS commencement to feature 2 valedictorians
Rice is mentioned.
Hudson Valley News Network

College options present tough choices for high school seniors
A roundup of colleges that will be attended by high school graduates from Northwest Arkansas mentions Rice.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Top student cities in the US outside the Silicon Valley for tech jobs — Engineering, big data, IT and analytics: Part 1
Rice is mentioned.


Turned down twice for UH baseball job, Wayne Graham ended up just fine

Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured and pictured in a Houston Chronicle article as well as several broadcasts. Former baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned and Rice baseball player Charlie Warren is mentioned in a caption. KPRC segments interview Rice baseball player Chase Sachet and feature Trei Cruz and his family. KTRK interviews Braden Comeaux.
Houston Chronicle
‘News Nightbeat’
KVUE-TV (Austin)
‘Sports Sunday’ 
KPRC-TV (Houston)
KHOU-TV (Houston) 
‘13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.’ 
KTRK-TV (Houston)
CW 39 (Houston)

TSU’s Kamren Dukes named SWAC Player of Year
Rice baseball player Dominic DiCaprio is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Shaka Smart’s coaching lessons bearing fruit
Former Rice head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is mentioned and pictured.
Richmond Free Press

10 mid-major teams that should bring back their old logos
A retro Rice logo is featured.
SB Nation

Slow start won’t prompt Chicago White Sox to rush prospects
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Daily Herald


Rice University elects 3 new trustees to board
Business leaders Donald Bowers, Bart Broadman and Holli Ladhani have been elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees. Each will serve a four-year term that starts July 1.

US embryo research is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute May 23
Scientists, policy scholars and ethicists will present preliminary research on the 14-day limit on human embryo research in the United States from scientific, policy and ethical perspectives at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy May 23. Among the speakers will be Ali Brivanlou, the Robert and Harriet Heilbrunn Professor and head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Molecular Embryology at Rockefeller University.

Rice expert available to discuss Texas runoff elections May 22
As Texans prepare to head to the polls for May 22 runoff elections, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the races. “In contrast to the quiet chirping of crickets that normally characterizes Texas Democratic Primary runoffs, the 2018 Democratic runoffs feature a raucous cacophony of loud sounds at the congressional, state and county levels,” Jones said.

About Stefan De La Garza

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