Dateline Rice for Nov. 9, 2018


How straight-ticket voting by Democrats took out a leading Texas moderate
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 numerous articles about Texas politics following the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
The Atlantic
Beto 2020? How O’Rourke became a Texas sensation who could shape the future of the Democrats
The Guardian
Beto O’Rourke mobilized so many Democratic voters that they swept even local judges out of office
Mother Jones
Where does Beto O’Rourke go next?
Quartz (This article also appeared in MSN News and MSN News Canada.)
Republican judges swept out by voters in Harris County election
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in the Nov. 9 print edition with a different headline, “GOP judges felt voter wrath,” and it appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
After a tough election night, ‘a wakeup call’ for the Texas GOP’s hard right
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, KMID Online, Defender Network, Progrexas, Your Basin, KOXE Online, KERA News and Raw Story.)
What to expect from the new-look Texas Legislature

Dallas Observer
Texas tea partiers panic after blue wave: ‘Dems are moving in across the border’
OutSmart Magazine
Poll: You won’t get a break from politics
US-Kongresswahlen 2018: Beto O’Rourke — der potenzielle Trump-Herausforderer (An English translation is not available. Similar articles also appeared in the Nishi-Nippon Shimbun, 1&1 and

Pro-environment Democrats gain influence in Congress and states, but lose key GOP allies
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about possible avenues and roadblocks for clean energy and climate science following the Nov. 6 midterm elections.
The Hill 
Particulate matter should be focus of air emissions regulations

POWER Magazine

White House shares video from site that claimed Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in World News, Yahoo! News and Yahoo! News Singapore.)

The White House is letting a Russian ultra-nationalist in to the US — despite sanctions
An article mentions that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 invited Dmitry Rogozin, CEO of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to speak at Rice.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

How much do you rely on research about teaching?
A roundup of pedagogical innovators mentions Rice professors who study their classroom methods and highlights Josh Eyler, director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, whose forthcoming book applies insights from human evolution and early childhood development to the college classroom.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

New system opens the door to transforming CO2 into industrial fuels
An article features the research of Haotian Wang, who will join Rice as the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the end of this year, who developed a new system to transform greenhouse gases into industrial fuels or chemicals that emit only oxygen.
Harvard Gazette (This article also appeared in Biofuel Daily, Nanowerk, Street Level Pundit and Phys.Org.)

Science’s godless problem
An article mentions a 2015 study from Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program that examined the religious beliefs of scientists.
Washington Times


‘Ike Dike’ concept raises more questions than it answers for environmentalists and Rice University
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED), and Larry Dunbar, project manager at the SSPEED Center, are quoted in an article about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Here are the top 9 things to do in Houston this weekend
An article mentions that musicians from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will collaborate for a Nov. 9 performance at the Asia Society Texas.
CultureMap Houston

When Freddie Mercury rode on Darth Vader’s back in Houston
A 1994 Pink Floyd concert at Rice Stadium is mentioned in a slideshow caption.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Art Galleries: Hail the ‘Prince of Dumbmark’
An article mentions that Michael Bise’s collection of drawings titled “A Family Comedy”
is on view through Nov. 21 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The article also mentions that Matthew Ritchie’s site-specific, multipart installation “The Demon in the Diagram” will be on view through Dec. 22 at the Moody Center.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Outside the Cineplex
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Chef Flynn” Nov. 9, and the second Houston Chronicle article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Jaddoland” Nov. 11.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Nov. 9 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Iraqi-American filmmaker revisits her Lubbock life
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Nov. 9 print edition.)


KTRH-AM (Houston)
A radio broadcast mentions that the American Patriot League, a new football league, will hold tryouts at Rice Nov. 10-11.


Rice engineers give organic photovoltaics new properties
Rice engineers have developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient. The article quotes Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and mentions graduate students Jorge Wu Mok and Zhiqi Hu, Lovett College senior Changxu Sun, alumnus Isaiah Barth ’18, research scientist Tanguy Terlier and summer researchers Rodrigo Muñoz and Joshua Jackson. A Rice video is included.
Brookhaven National Laboratory (This article also appeared in World Industrial Reporter, Nanowerk, Photonics Online, AZo Optics and

Math can improve flu vaccine, experts say
An article mentions that using mathematical models, such as one developed at Rice more than 15 years ago called pEpitope, can improve flu vaccine effectiveness, according to co-authors Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy; Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and graduate student Melia Bonomo. (This article also appeared in Health Canal.)

Double whammy for grieving spouses with sleep problems
An article features Project Heart, a collaborative research study by Northwestern Medicine and Rice, and quotes co-author Diana Chirinos, former postdoctoral research fellow at Rice. Christopher Fagundes, assistant professor of psychological sciences, and Luz Garcini, postdoctoral research fellow in psychological sciences, are mentioned.
Northwestern University News (This article also appeared in Scienmag, Medical Xpress, and

1st-ever prostate cancer treatment uses gold nanoparticles to destroy tumorous cells
An article mentions that the gold nanoparticles being used in a clinical trial at the University of Texas Health Science Center to fight prostate cancer were developed by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in Scienmag,, Technology Networks, Dev Discourse, Business Standard, Outlook India, India News, Newswise and Hindu BusinessLine.)

Can you feel what I’m saying?
An article features Rice research that developed a haptic armband that communicates with signals comprised of squeeze, stretch and vibration. Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted. Graduate student Nathan Dunkelberger is quoted and pictured, and graduate student Jenny Sullivan is pictured.

Widower ‘full of guilt’ after admitting he likes another woman
Rice research that determined grief can cause inflammation that can kill is featured.
Starts at 60 (A similar article also appeared in Herencia Genetica y Enfermedad.)

Composer Reiko Füting releases international portrait album distantSong on New Focus recordings
The second album of composer Reiko Füting ’96 is featured.
Broadway World

Tenure and misconduct
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz’s ’09 decision to “say #MeToo” and come forward about abuse.
Inside Higher Ed


NAFTA 2.0 could draw some jobs back to US, but at what cost?
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.
Allentown Morning Call (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 15 additional media outlets since appearing in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Innovation and entrepreneurship center ranked top 5 best worldwide
An article quotes Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
The Northerner Online

Talented musicians to wow Gerringong audiences
Alumna Narelle Yeo ’97 is featured and pictured.
Kiama Independent-Lake Times

Community college experience helps transfer students adjust to campus
An article mentions that Frelicia Tucker attended Rice.
The Daily Princetonian

‘I can’t stand these machines.’ Record turnout wasn’t why you waited in line to vote.
An article mentions a 2017 Rice study the analyzes the usability of Hart eSlate electronic voting machines.
Lexington Herald Leader


QB Shawn Stankavage gets a 2nd shot at Rice
Rice football player Shawn Stankavage is featured and pictured, and head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Nov. 9 print edition with a different headline, “Stankavage relishes second crack at second chance.”

Bob’s picks: Rough outings on horizon for many teams
An article mentions Rice football’s Nov. 10 game against Louisiana Tech University.
Davis Enterprise

Pasquali’s Pix: Alabama, Georgia will cruise again
An article mentions that Louisiana State University’s football team will play Rice later this season.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
No. 7 LSU aims for rebound versus Arkansas
Gwinnett Prep Sports

Where has the defense gone in Texas college, high school football?
Rice football’s game against the University of Texas at El Paso is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
College football: Middle Tennessee versus UTEP
HERO Sports

College Baseball Central podcast: Talking Rice baseball with J.P. Heath
Rice baseball play-by-play announcer J.P. Heath is featured in a podcast, and head coach Matt Bragga and former Rice head coach Wayne Graham are mentioned.
College Baseball Central

Ivo Karlovic headlines Oracle Challenger Series tennis qualifiers at Rice
An article mentions that Rice tennis players Sumit Sarkar and Michaela Haet will compete in the Oracle Challenger Series tennis tournament Nov. 10-18 at Rice’s George R. Brown Tennis Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Women’s basketball to fortify defense before weekend home game against Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play UCLA Nov. 11.
Daily Bruin

The road to the NCAA championships runs though Texas
Rice’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams are mentioned. UTSA Athletics mentions that Rice will compete Nov. 9 in the NCAA Division I Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country South Central Regional in College Station.
Arkansas Razorbacks
Hogs head to College Station to battle region’s best
Arkansas Razorbacks
UTSA individuals set for South Central Regional
UTSA Athletics

Washington State welcomes Wyoming to Gibb Pool
An article mentions that Rice’s swimming and diving team will compete in the University of Houston’s Phil Hansel Invitational swim meet Nov. 16-18.

5 things Oklahoma fans should know about Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are a different team on the road
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News


Marijuana reform via ballot box continues; Baker Institute available for comment
Marijuana reform is becoming an increasingly winning political issue, according to a drug policy expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Among the outcomes of Tuesday’s midterm elections, Michigan voters approved an initiative to legalize adult use, and Utah and Missouri voters approved legalization of medical marijuana.

Rice’s Veterans Business Battle seeks entrepreneurs for 2019 competition
Rice’s Veterans Business Battle, an annual business competition designed for U.S. military veterans and hosted by Rice’s Veterans in Business Association, is reaching out to new and existing entrepreneurs for the 2019 event. The event gives military veterans an opportunity to pitch their business plans to a panel of investors for a chance at financing, business partnerships and prize money.

Grief linked to sleep disturbances that can be bad for the heart
People who have recently lost a spouse are more likely to have sleep disturbances that exacerbate levels of inflammation in the body, according to new research from Rice and Northwestern University. These elevated levels of inflammation may increase risk for cardiovascular illness and death.

About Stefan De La Garza

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