Dateline Rice for Sept. 12, 2018


How to evacuate cities before dangerous hurricanes
Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Devika Subramanian, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, co-authored an article about the development and refinement of a web-based Storm Risk Calculator map, which integrates data about several types of storms with artificial intelligence to show people the risks to individual city blocks in the Houston area as well as the best routes for evacuation.
Scientific American (This article also appeared in Street Level Pundit.)


Hurricane Harvey’s record-setting floodwaters were packed with pollution and disease
An article about the potentially hazardous concoction of chemicals lurking in floodwaters quotes Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, whose recent research on the long-term health effects of Hurricane Harvey determined that the stagnant water inside some flooded homes carried indications of antibiotic-resistant bacteria up to 250 times higher than the floodwater outside, and the same markers for the bacteria were found in the sediment left behind weeks after the water receded. The Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein article also highlights the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund that is collecting and maintaining information from those affected by the storm, including health effects.
Popular Science (Similar articles also appeared in Healthcare Purchasing News and News Dog.)
How did Harvey’s floods affect health?
Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Teaching drones to sniff out toxic air
An article and television broadcast feature Rice’s Project ASTRO, which was awarded a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant in a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and the Houston nonprofit Technology For All to develop a fleet of autonomous aerial drones that coordinate with each other to detect, track and model the environment and let neighborhoods know of airborne perils that can be especially hazardous following extreme weather events. The Smithsonian quotes lead researcher Edward Knightly, the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor and Department Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and mentions Frank Tittel, Emeritus and Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; a Rice video demonstrating the technology is included. Postdoctoral researcher Riccardo Petrolo is interviewed in a television segment from WREG.
Smithsonian (This article also appeared in
‘WREG News Channel 3 at 4:30 p.m.’
WREG-TV (Memphis, Tenn.)

8 college majors with great job prospects
An article mentions that one of the top college majors is cognitive science, a relatively new interdisciplinary field that blends elements of psychology, computer science, philosophy, neuroscience and linguistics, and highlights Rice’s dedicated degree program. A Houston Business Journal article mentions that Rice offers a bachelor of arts degree in computational and applied mathematics, which is one of the five most valuable college degrees according to
U.S. News & World Report
Actuarial science, zoology top list of most valuable US college majors
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

The best American architecture schools to launch your career
Several articles about university rankings mention or feature Rice. Elle Decor, Plataforma Arquitectura and Arch Daily Brazil mention that Rice’s undergraduate architecture program is ranked No. 2 in the U.S. by DesignIntelligence, while the graduate program is ranked No. 7. The programs were Nos. 6 and 16, respectively, in last year’s rankings. PaperCity Houston mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas, No. 16 in the nation overall and No. 14 in the nation for “Best Value” based on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook. The Edinburg Review mentions that Rice is No. 2 in Texas according to’s rankings. CultureMap Houston mentions that the financial website SmartAsset ranked Rice No. 1 in Texas based on graduates with the highest initial earning potential and No. 1 in Texas among “best value colleges and universities” based on tuition, student living costs, scholarship and grant offerings, retention rate and starting salary; the article also mentions that Rice students receive an average of $36,192 in scholarships and grants.
Elle Decor
Las mejores escuelas de arquitectura en Estados Unidos este 2018
Plataforma Arquitectura (An English translation is not available.)
As melhores escolas de arquitetura dos EUA em 2019
Arch Daily Brazil (An English translation is not available.)
Texas schools make a national stand in new best colleges rankings
PaperCity Houston
UTRGV ranked fourth in Texas by
Edinburg Review (This article also appeared in Valley Town Crier and the Waco Tribune-Herald.)
This is the average starting salary for University of Texas at Austin graduates
CultureMap Houston (Similar articles also appeared in CultureMap Austin and CultureMap Dallas.)

Europe’s natural gas market continuing to grow and diversify
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about the liquefied natural gas market in Europe.

Nanotubes ‘freeze’ water no matter the temperature
Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in an article about a recent study of molecular models that demonstrated their theory that weak van der Waals forces between the inner surface of nanotubes and water molecules are strong enough to snap the oxygen and hydrogen atoms into place.

Ultracold atoms confirm 55-year-old physics theory
Rice atomic physicists have verified a key prediction from a 55-year-old theory about one-dimensional electronics that is increasingly relevant thanks to Silicon Valley’s inexorable quest for miniaturization. Randy Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics, is quoted.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Sept. 12 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first published online.)

Hidden fossilized river system found beneath Antarctic ice
A video mentions that researchers at Rice have located a fossilized river system beneath Antarctica. Postdoctoral research assistant Lauren Simkins, lead author of the study, is cited.
San Francisco Chronicle


A millennial wardrobe change and one perfect coif dazzle the Houston Symphony’s opening night gala 
President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun are pictured in attendance at the Houston Symphony’s “Opening Night Concert & Gala.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Insurers take aim at opioid crisis by not covering OxyContin
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about a recent move by private insurers to fight opioid addiction by denying coverage of OxyContin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Surge in illegal immigrants from Bangladesh entering Texas continues
The recent surge in arrests of African and Bangladeshi nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border “demonstrate the reach of the Mexican drug cartels, which control essentially all access to U.S. ports of entry,” according to 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.

Lt. Gov. Patrick boycotts Nike, and thief steals front doors: The good, bad, and ugly of the week’s news
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a panel discussion in a roundup of recent news stories in Texas on “Houston Matters.”
Houston Public Media

Most Instagrammable Houston spots
An article about the most scenic spots in Houston features James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
My Gay Houston

The Guerrilla Girls storm a Dallas gallery: Masked women crusaders fought for gender equity decades before #MeToo — and their work’s still making noise in Texas
An article mentions the former Rice Art Gallery.
PaperCity Houston

Hummingbirds and hope are the stars at Rockport-Fulton’s 30th HummerBird Celebration
An article mentions that Glenn Olsen, who will be a featured speaker at the HummerBird Celebration Sept. 13 in Rockport and Fulton, Texas, teaches bird identification and nature classes at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
NowCast SA

Brenham ISD honors distinguished alumni
An article mentions that alumnus Tyson Voelkel ’11 was honored as a community leader by Brenham Independent School District. An excerpt of his acceptance speech is included.
KWHI Online

Task force votes for DNA request to state
An article mentions that Associate Professor of History Caleb McDaniel will serve on a task force established to make recommendations on the interment and reburial of human remains believed to be from Texas’ defunct convict-leasing system. The remains were discovered at a construction site in Fort Bend County. (This article also appeared in and Greater Diversity News.)

The scientific magic of Ben Tecumseh DeSoto
An article featuring photographer and filmmaker Ben Tecumseh DeSoto mentions that “Quiet Storms of Reform,” a still-in-progress documentary project on homelessness in the U.S., mentions Rice.


Report: Harris County should consolidate law enforcement duties
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed on an episode of “Houston Matters” and quoted in the Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein article about a recent study by the Kinder Institute that determined that Harris County could save millions of dollars a year by consolidating overlapping law enforcement agencies and sharing technological resources.
Houston Public Media
Merging county law enforcement efforts could save millions, Rice study reports
Houston Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘FOX 26: The News Edge at 10 p.m.’
A television broadcast features the Rice University Chorale, which performed 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, who conducted the concert at Stude Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is interviewed.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Baker Institute expert: Addressing child stunting in Pakistan is critical
Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, has pledged to reduce child stunting —  impaired growth and development caused by poor nutrition, repeated infection and inadequate psychosocial stimulation — and improve maternal health in the country. Farhan Majid, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Fellow in Health and Technology Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Medical Xpress

Report: Using satellites to study China’s oil market
A blog post cites a study issued by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy titled “Using Satellite Data to Crack the Great Wall of Secrecy Around China’s Internal Oil Flows.” Study co-authors Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, and Shih Yu (Elsie) Hung, a research associate in the Center for Energy Studies, are mentioned.
Leonard David Blog

Lone Star explainers, explained
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in the new book “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State.”
Los Angeles Review of Books

RiverVest leads $40 million venture capital deal
An article mentions that Rice invested in Oncoresponse, which will enter a human trials phase for an immuno-oncology cancer therapy.
St. Louis Business Journal (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The real benefits of full-ride MBA scholarships
An article about the benefits of MBA scholarships mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ scholarships including partial funding to attend conferences and events and unique networking opportunities. The article also highlights Rice’s Military Scholars Program for active or veteran military applicants, the McNair Scholars Program, which recognizes students with demonstrated academic excellence and inspired leadership, and eight Dean’s Scholarships for top international students. Sue Oldham, executive director of recruiting and admissions at the Jones School, is quoted.

Rice University uses both lamp and laser projectors throughout campus, thanks to Hitachi’s OneVision program
An article about Rice’s participation in Hitachi’s OneVision program, which facilitates technology integration in higher education, quotes Terry Graham, manager of learning spaces at Rice.
Sound & Video Contractor (This article also appeared University Business.)

US concertmaster Rubén González dies aged 79
An article on the late Rubén D’Artagnan González mentions he formerly taught at Rice.
The Strad

IVD degeneration could be treated using mesenchymal stem cells
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Drug Target Review

New schools of thought
An article features alumnus Danish Kurani ’07.
Contract Design

Eric Richardson: Creating new opportunities through engineering design
An article featuring Eric Richardson mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
Duke University News (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

Top 8 financial advisors in Fort Worth, TX
An article mentions that Bradley Bourland attended Rice.

Innovative SEBACIA-Therapie gegen Akne
Rice research on the use of lasers to treat acne is cited. (An English translation is not available)


The flu forecast
Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about his research that determined viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs will reduce the efficacy of the 2018 flu vaccine.
Repertoire Magazine

IU field biology specialist gets back to nature after 30 years in IT
An article mentions that research in the Lilly-Dickey Woods near Nashville, Tenn., will be conducted by scholars from Rice and the University of New Mexico.
Indiana University News

Opéra de Montréal opens 39th season with Rigoletto
Alumna Carolyn Sproule ’12 is featured and pictured.

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

South Asian feminist group in Texas examines identity issues
An article about grappling with dual South Asian and American cultural identities in Texas mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which notes that Houston is one of the most diverse metropolitan areas in the United States, with the Asian population growing the fastest.
Arab Herald (This article also appeared in the India Gazette and


Shawn Stankavage settles in as Rice‘s starting QB
Rice football’s starting quarterback, Shawn Stankavage, is featured and pictured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted, and player Emmanuel Esukpa, who is second in the nation in rushing yards, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 12 print edition with a different headline, “Stankavage settle in as Owls’ starter at quarterback.”)

Hurricane prep becomes standard operating procedure in CFB 
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted in an article about how extreme weather events have impacted football programs.

7 Group of 5 teams that have shot at showing up Power 5 this week
Several articles mention the Rice football team’s loss to the University of Houston.
Analysis: 8 takeaways after 8 quarters of play
The Daily Cougar
Commentary: Cougar offense shows its strength early
The Daily Cougar
Texas Tech football notebook: Washington says Lamar ‘shouldn’t have been on schedule,’ prefers tougher non-conference games
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
KliffNotes: Looking ahead to Houston
Telemundo Amarillo (This article also appeared in KFDA Online, KCBD Online, KWES Online and KTRE Online.)

Bottom 25 college football rankings: Nebraska, North Carolina are stumbling out of the gates
An article mentions Rice’s season-opening victory over Prairie View A&M University.
MSN (This article also appeared on CBS Sports.)

Murray’s Mountain West football rankings: Titanic tilt for Boise State
An article mentions the Rice football team’s loss to the University of Hawaii.
Reno Gazette Journal

Rio Grande Valley athletes dot college football rosters around Texas
Rice football player Jonathan Sanchez is mentioned.
The Monitor

LU releases 2018-19 hoops schedule
An article about Lamar University’s basketball schedule mentions that the Cardinals will play Rice.

MPHS’ newest Hall of Fame members
Alumnus Marc McDaniel ’74, who played football at Rice and was recently inducted into the Mount Pleasant High School Athletic Hall of Fame, is featured and pictured.

Texas A&M to swim Louisville, Texas in fall season showdowns
An article about Texas A&M’s swimming and diving schedule mentions that the Aggies will host Rice Dec. 1.
Swim Swam

Chicago pro tennis tourney names winners
The next event in the 2018-19 Oracle Challenger Series tennis competition will be held Nov. 10 at Rice.
Windy City Times

Razorback legend Steve Atwater inducted into SWC Hall of Fame
An article mentions that Larry Micheaux, former women’s track and field coach at Rice, was recently inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
Booneville Democrat (This article also appeared in the Sentinel-Record and the Times Record.)

Women’s cross-country wins Rice Invitational
An article about the 2018 Norry Hersey Rice Invitational mentions that Rice’s men’s track and field team placed first and the women’s team placed second. (Similar articles also appeared in Alcalde, UTRGV News and Western Athletic Conference News.)

ELCA forward India Bellamy to play basketball at Rice University
An article mentions that India Bellamy plans to play for Rice’s women’s basketball team.
Henry Herald

APSU volleyball sweeps Alabama A&M at Dunn Center, Tuesday 
An article about Austin Peay State University’s volleyball team mentions that Rice will host the Adidas Invitational.
Clarksville Online


‘Energy Policy in Mexico Under President López Obrador’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 19
Fluvio Ruiz Alarcón, a former Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) board member, will discuss the issues facing Mexico’s energy sector and the new administration of President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s policy options Sept. 19 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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