Dateline Rice for Dec. 11, 2018


Why our capitalist system is broken and how to fix it, according to author Jonathan Tepper 
An article cites a paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-fourths of American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.

Survive college-application season with the family in one piece 
An article mentions that Pavanaja Reddy’s daughter attends Rice.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)


Two progressives, the Austin lobby and the SD-6 special election
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, authored an op-ed about the Dec. 11 Texas Senate District 6 special election in TribTalk, and he is quoted in several additional articles about Texas politics.
Cruz endorses Cornyn for 2020 Senate run
Austin American-Statesman
Houston rep not a typical freshman
Dallas Morning News
Voter turnout in November election shifts Harris County positions 
Community Impact Newspaper
County Democrats see gains in 2019 from high-turnout midterms 
Community Impact Newspaper
The changing tides in Central Texas 
Off the Kuff
How Dems took Hays County 
Off the Kuff
En Texas, cambios en el sistema penal como resultado de las elecciones
Radio Bilingue (An English translation is not available. This segment aired on 52 affiliate stations, and it was also included in the Radio Bilingue Weekly Edition broadcast.)

Morman to stay on county payroll working for Pct. 4 Commissioner Cagle 
Alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, who will teach at Rice and be a senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Ousted county official returns,” and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston PetSet supports animal welfare nonprofits through grants 
An article cites a 2018 Houston Area Survey conducted by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined more than 1 in 4 Houston residents said stray animals in their neighborhood were a very serious problem. A study by Rice’s Houston Action Research Team to assess the state of animal welfare in Houston and Harris County also is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston scientist Jim Allison presented Nobel 
Several articles mention research by Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 11 print edition with a different headline, “Ultimate honor for medical pioneer.”)

Amid natural disaster, what can leaders do to help?
An article about leadership during disasters cites Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences, and graduate student Julie Dinh, who co-authored a paper on the subject. Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is mentioned.
Houston Style Magazine

‘NextGen Women’ outperform (men) in business. And they’re coming into the workforce 
An article mentions that Rice participated in a study conducted by Girls With Impact that focused on women participating in college venture competitions.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Verizon seeks to cut costs with buyouts
An article mentions that Rice is partnering with Trilogy Education to launch a part-time cybersecurity boot camp. David Vassar, assistant dean for Professional and Executive Programs at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 11 print edition.)

Collaborating with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown 
Alumnus Jeff Ryan authored an article about working with Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, both of whom formerly taught at Rice. Alumnus Guy Jackson is mentioned.
Texas Architect

Lufkin 4th-grader receives statewide recognition
An article featuring Daniel Lanigan, 10, mentions that he wants to study architecture at Rice.


KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
An excerpt of the testimony given by Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, at the Dec. 10 Texas Senate Committee on Business and Commerce, is featured.
KUIK-AM (Portland, Ore.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

Ken Starr was the highest-paid college executive in 2016 
President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Public Media


The art world forges a new frontier in Texas 
An article about the thriving art scene in Texas highlights the experimental programs featured at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Architectural Digest

Tech: Engineers demonstrate mechanics of making foam with bubbles in distinct sizes
An article features the research of Sibani Lisa Biswal, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, graduate student Daniel Vecchiolla and alumna Vidya Giri, who have created a microfluidic device that pumps out more than 15,000 microscopic bubbles per second and can be tuned to make them in one, two or three distinct sizes.

Cancer sufferers have a brand new purpose to like gold
An article mentions that gold nanoparticles used 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.

Stanford drops home equity from financial aid calculations 
The Rice Investment, an initiative to offer full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families, is mentioned.
Education Dive

An influx of new tech is changing how we see and act on pollution 
An article mentions that Rice is one of the partnering institutions working with the Environmental Defense Fund to process the large amounts of data associated with developing fine-scale air pollution maps.
Clean Technica

New study identifies security vulnerabilities in terahertz data links
An article mentions that researchers at Rice, Brown University and the University at Buffalo discovered security vulnerabilities in terahertz data communications networks.
Industry Chronicle

Sexy secrets about religion 
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of “Secret Body: Erotic and Esoteric Currents in the History of Religions,” is featured.
‘New Thinking Allowed’: The ‘esoterotica’ of Jeffrey Kripal
Daily Grail

Meet the business school dean on the front line of Asia’s emerging markets 
An article features Sean Ferguson, former assistant dean for the MBA programs at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Business Because

Houston Grand Opera’s Patrick Summers explores the joy and meaning of art in new book 
An article featuring the work of Patrick Summers, artistic and music director of the Houston Grand Opera and author of “The Spirit of This Place,” mentions that his book is in part a transcript of a Campbell Lecture for the Humanities he gave at Rice.
Broadway World

Edtech investors want to accelerate pre-K-12 science curriculum 
An article mentions that Accelerate Learning and STEMscopes, which delivers digital STEM curriculum in all 50 states, originated at Rice.

The American crisis in science and engineering
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Strategic Culture Foundation


Mexico — An investigative journalism series
Jose Rodriguez Sanchez, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited in a blog post.

Great for giving
“A Prophet With Honor: The Billy Graham Story,” written by William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Religion and Public Policy at Rice, is featured on a list of books that would make good gifts during the holiday season.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette


Women’s basketball falls to Rice
Two articles feature the Rice women’s basketball team, which defeated Prairie View A&M University 68-58 Dec. 8. Owls Erica Ogwumike and Lauren Grisby are mentioned in the PV Panthers News article.
PV Panthers News
Women’s basketball: Dec. 8 Top 25 roundup
Times Herald-Record

2018 All-America Team: Special Teams
An article mentions that Rice football players Haden Tobola and Jack Fox received honorable mention.
College Football News

New Canaan defense hits stride, faces huge challenge in Class LL football final
An article mentions that Garrett Braden plans to play football at Rice.
New Canaan Advertiser

John Tyler, Atlanta bow out of playoffs
An article mentions that Jawan King plans to play football at Rice.

5 Bobcats inducted into 2018 Hall of Honor class
A Rice cross-country meet is mentioned.
San Marcos Daily Record

Reports: KU football to announce D.J. Eliot as new D-coordinator
Former Rice assistant football coach D.J. Eliot is featured.

Southeast Texas families honor lost children with worldwide candle lighting
The late Blain Padgett, a Rice football player who died earlier this year, is mentioned.
12 News Online

UH’s Ed Oliver named third-team All-American 
The Sept. 1 football game between Rice and the University of Houston is mentioned in a slideshow caption (image 4).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Alex Bregman, Houston-area mascots take ‘The Stare’ to another level of awesome 
Rice’s Sammy the Owl is featured in a video doing “the stare” with other Houston-area mascots.
KPRC Click2Houston

The 2-4-7: No. 4 UVA versus VCU
Former men’s basketball player Marcus Evans is featured.


Ajayan named National Academy of Inventors fellow 
Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Ajayan will be one of 148 people inducted in a ceremony at the organization’s annual meeting April 10-11 at Space Center Houston.

International Shakespeare troupe to perform at Rice 
The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage, who will be in residency at Rice from Jan. 28 to Feb. 2, are set to bring the tragic tale “King Lear” to life.

About Stefan De La Garza

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