Dateline Rice for Sept. 11, 2018


America’s 20 best universities for 2019
Several articles and broadcasts about university rankings feature Rice. The Austin Business Journal and KUT mention that Rice is ranked No. 16 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook. CultureMap Houston mentions that Rice is ranked No. 8 overall in best undergraduate teaching and No. 14 in best value, and it mentions that Rice has a four-year graduation rate of 83 percent and a freshmen retention rate of 97 percent. IT Business Net mentions that Rice is a “top ranked” university for religious studies and philosophy majors, according to, which analyzed government data for pass rate, annual cost and average annual pay after graduation.
These are Texas’ best universities, according to US News
Austin Business Journal
UT-Austin, A&M, SMU and UH rise; Rice and Baylor slip in US News rankings
KUT (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.)
Houston university topples UT as No. 1 school in the state, says new report
CultureMap Houston (Similar articles also appeared in CultureMap Austin and CultureMap Dallas.)
‘FOX 26 News 5 p.m.’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio) (A similar segment aired on KUIK-Portland.)
‘The Morning Loop’
KYTX-TV (Tyler, Texas) (Similar segments aired on KGBT-Harlingen, KDFW-Dallas and KTVT-Dallas.)
Best colleges in religious studies and philosophy by
IT Business Net

Anonymous op-ed to fuel Trump’s volatility, paranoia and hostility

Tom Kolditz, a leadership scholar and director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, authored an op-ed on President Donald Trump leading by “coercive power” and the potential impact the publication of an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times by a senior White House official will have on his behavior.
The Hill (A similar version of this article also appeared in Daily Kos.)

An airliner full of sick passengers is the latest trouble for hard-luck Dubai
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about the latest ills to befall Dubai.

Aadhaar enrollment database compromised, UIDAI dismisses reports
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 a software patch that undermines the authenticity of the data stored in India’s Aadhaar identity database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians.
Bloomberg Quint (This article also appeared in The Huffington Post India, the International Business Times India, Kopitiam Bot, The Quint, MoneyLife, DNA India and

Pro rata
A news roundup mentions that Rice invested in Oncoresponse to enter a human trials phase for an immuno-oncology cancer therapy.
Axios (This article also appeared in Endpoints News, Xconomy, Venture Houston, Newstage and the Daily American.) (Scroll down to “Venture capital deals.”)

‘Superman’-Kryptowährung Petro wird zum Superflop
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 in an article about the seeming absence of the “petro,” a digital currency purportedly launched by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in February.
Reuters (An English translation is not available. Similar articles appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Candidate appealing to area’s diversity to win over voters
An article cites research from Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which determined that Fort Bend County has nearly equal shares of Asian, Hispanic, black and white residents. Klineberg is quoted in the San Antonio Express-News about the lower-than-expected enrollment of Hispanic students in Houston schools.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Houston officials fear a potential decline in Hispanic students
San Antonio Express-News (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when the article was posted online.)

The math gets more complicated in the speaker’s race
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 crowded contest to become the next speaker of the Texas House.
The Texas Monitor

It takes a village to raise a first-generation college grad [opinion]
An op-ed about the challenges of being a first-generation college student pictures Lovett Hall’s Sallyport arch.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Study examines predictors of dialysis facility experiences
An article about a study of dialysis facility performance and patient experience mentions a Rice affiliation.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

The Shepherd School of Music presents Rice University Chorale: ‘In Memoriam: 9/11/2001’
The Rice University Chorale will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor K. 626” Sept. 11 as part of a tribute to those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks 17 years ago. Thomas Jaber, professor of music and director of choral ensembles, will conduct the concert at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
CultureMap Houston

2018 Wittliff Lecture Series at San Marcos Academy to feature molecular biologist
Alumnus Kelli Bramlett ’91 will be the featured speaker for the 2018 Wittliff Lecture Series at San Marcos Academy.
San Marcos Corridor News

Downtown Houston’s new calculus: Q&A with CBRE’s Sanford Criner
An article mentions that Sanford Criner attended Rice.
Realty News Report


Scientists issue ‘Second Notice’ on looming environmental problems
Three Rice experts are featured on a new episode of “Houston Matters” and participate in a panel discussion following an open letter signed by 15,000 scientists about the environmental challenges facing the world. Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English; Caroline Masiello, a professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences; and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences and director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice, are featured.
Houston Public Media

‘The John Fredericks Show’
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Persian Gulf politics.
WHKT-AM (Norfolk, Va.) (This segment aired on 10 affiliate stations.)

Alumnus Rep. Pete Olson ’85, R-Texas, appears in a hearing on social media content monitoring and cites research from Rice that determined the importance of social media during natural disasters.

‘WINK News at 4 p.m.’
A National Science Foundation grant for $1.5 million has been awarded to Rice researchers to develop Project ASTRO, a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect, track and model airborne hazards. Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo and Baker College junior Patrick Han are featured on WINK, and Petrolo is quoted in Wallstreet Online.
WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) (This broadcast also aired on KLSR-Eugene.)
Pollution-mapping drones
Trend Hunter (A similar article also appeared in New Atlas.)
Drohnen-Flotte schlägt bei Giftgasen Alarm
Wallstreet Online (An English translation is not available.)

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Md.)
The musical composition of alumnus Daniel Knaggs ’14 is featured.


Yasufumi Nakamori to join Tate as senior curator of International Art
Yasufumi Nakamori, previously a lecturer at the Chao Center for Asian Studies, has been appointed as the new senior curator of International Art (photography) based at Tate Modern.
Artforum (This article also appeared in the British Journal of Photography, Art Daily, Photo Corners, Auction Central and

Video: Suitability of commercial clouds for NASA’s HPC applications
An article featuring Bob Hood mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.

A less painful root canal?
A novel application to prevent the loss of dental pulp by using an angiogenic hydrogel, which was first developed at Rice by former postdoctoral researcher Vivek Kumar, is featured.
Bite Magazine

Musiqa presents ‘Origin Stories’
An article mentions that Musiqa will open the 2018 season at Duncan Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music with Origin Stories, a program that explores the mingling of North American cultures. The concert will also feature a reading by Houston poet Sarah Cortez.
Broadway World

Pursue the extraordinary: The power of moonshot thinking
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Ladders

Bun B salutes Travis Scott for being a one-of-a-kind artist
An article featuring rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman mentions that he is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.


Duterte not lone media-hater
History Professor Douglas Brinkley is quoted.
Philippine Star

Can churches reflect a more diverse community? 
Michael Emerson, former professor and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Cornelius Today

‘A Journey That Wasn’t, Part 2’ will feature Kim Gordon
An article mentions that Swishahouse was the first label of any music genre to have its material archived at Rice’s Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, which is part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Juice Magazine

Muslims in Pakistan have Hindu origins often: Caste system, Christianity and blasphemy
An article mentions that Gwynne Dyer attended Rice.
Thompson Citizen


Alabama stays No. 1 in Coaches Poll
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.

Best in Texas poll (Week 2): TCU no longer unanimous No. 1; Texas continues to drop
A roundup of college football program rankings in Texas mentions Rice.
Dallas Morning News

Big 10: Illini with 2 wins, good chance for more; SEC shows it’s No. 1 league
Articles mention the Rice football team’s recent loss to the University of Hawaii.
Chicago Sun-Times
Highlights: CSJ FBS Group of 5 top 5 games of Week 2
The College Sports Journal
Mountain West Conference roundup — Week 2
The Utah Statesman

Around the dog park: East Carolina’s billboard game is strong
Rice football is mentioned.
Underdog Dynasty

Bleacher Report’s Week 2 college football awards
Rice’s game against the University of Houston is mentioned.
Bleacher Report (Scroll down to “The hot-seat humdinger.”)

Sports brief
An article about the Baylor University Classic volleyball tournament mentions that the Bears defeated Rice, but that Rice won the championship based on the fewest number of sets lost. UTSA Athletics mentions that Texas State University’s volleyball team defeated Rice. The final article mentions that the University of Texas at El Paso will play Rice Sept. 21.
Waco Tribune-Herald
Volleyball faces Texas State in home opener
UTSA Athletics
NMSU sweeps UTEP in volleyball
El Paso Times

Ole Miss volleyball continues dominant streak
An article mentions Rice’s Adidas Invitational II volleyball tournament.
Daily Mississippian

Urban Meyer’s troubles at Ohio State help Clemson’s football recruiting
The Rice men’s basketball team is mentioned.
Charleston Post and Courier

Montrose bridge lights get lit for Cougars football
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas 28, Tulsa 21: Our 5 pregame questions — answered
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s football home opener in 2015 was against Rice.
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorns look to bounce back in home-opener
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
KXAN Online

2019 defensive linemen class could impact NFL power rankings
Rice is mentioned.
INSC Magazine


Rice to host groundbreaking for new social sciences building
Rice will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, a new home for the School of Social Sciences, at 2 p.m. Sept. 13. The building will be named for Patti and Jonathan Kraft, the lead donors for the project.

Rice Architecture ranked No. 2 among undergraduate programs
The Rice School of Architecture’s undergraduate program has risen to No. 2 in the nation according to new DesignIntelligence rankings. The graduate program climbed to No. 7, up nine spots from its No. 16 ranking last year. Rice’s undergraduate program, a mainstay in the top 10 this decade, was ranked sixth last year.

Rice expert available to discuss how Houston balances history and development
City planners are often faced with the difficult task of deciding which buildings stay and which ones go, a clash between development and days of yore. However, new research from a sociologist at Rice suggests growth and preservation can go hand in hand. Kevin Loughran, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Rice School of Social Sciences’ Department of Sociology, is available to discuss his recent research, which examines existing work on how city dwellers use ideas about local history and culture to facilitate or oppose development.

About Stefan De La Garza

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