Dateline Rice for Dec. 13, 2018


Tiny implantable wireless devices could help people repair nerves and lose weight 
Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is mentioned in an article about implantable wireless devices.

US professor didn’t help with Chinese designer babies, lawyers say 
Several articles about gene editing in humans mention Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint.)
US scientist Zach Smith not shy about showcasing his Thousand Talents Plan award 
South China Morning Post


Galveston residents weigh in on hurricane levee proposal that some call ‘a really bad, bad plan’ 
An article about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed storm surge protection plan for the Houston Ship Channel mentions that experts from Rice and Texas A&M University at Galveston provided alternate proposals several years ago.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in KHOU 11 Online, The Eagle and the Gilmer Mirror.)

If you’re a movie buff, you need to frequent AMC Studio 30 
An article about the best Houston-area movie theaters highlights the Rice Media Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Art galleries: See the ‘Red Dahlia’ at Texas Gallery 
A Houston-area arts roundup mentions that the multipart, site-specific installation “Matthew Ritchie: The Demon in the Diagram,” will be on view through Dec. 22 at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


An update on KPRC2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley’s cancer battle 
A television broadcast features the gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment pioneered 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.
KPRC Click2Houston

Political roundup: Special election results and battling over a shutdown 
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, appears on a panel discussion of the week’s top political stories on a new episode of “Houston Matters.” Jones also appears in a broadcast from the Associated Press.
Houston Public Media
US — TX — Castro wrap
Associated Press Archive (Jones appears at 0:58.)

How do we get people to trust science again? 
Carolyn Nichol, director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement, which provides professional development for about 150 high school science teachers from the Houston Independent School District each year, participates in a panel discussion on increasing the public’s trust of science.
Houston Public Media

The Weekend: Dr. Tony Payan
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 interviewed about Mexico’s new president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


Rice researchers transfer 10-nm-thick photodetector with gold electrodes onto an optical fiber 
Research by materials scientists Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, who have developed a method to make atom-flat sensors that seamlessly integrate with devices to report on what they perceive, is featured.
Laser Focus World

ALMA provides unprecedented views of the birth of planets 
An article quoting Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, mentions that he is part of the research group using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to analyze the first large-scale, high-resolution survey of protoplanetary disks.
SciTech Daily (This article also appeared in Tdnews,, Science Daily, Sci-News and CSUN Today.)

Dendrite growth reduction with nanotubes in Li-ion battery
An article mentions that Rice researchers proved that a thin nanotube film can effectively stunt the natural growth of lithium metal anodes in batteries.
CIO Applications

Gihan Cooray appointed chairman of Nations Trust Bank 
Alumnus Gihan Cooray is featured and pictured.
Adaderana (This article also appeared in Lanka Business Online.)

Spaceman founder, David Linda, will kick off CCCE/WPE in Charlotte 
An article featuring David Linda mentions that he has lectured at Rice.
Woodworking Network


NSF awards $2M for researchers on trail of peak productivity 
An article mentions that researchers at Rice, Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst were awarded a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation grant to explore how measuring people’s biological clocks can help improve their performance or lower their stress.
Cornell University News

US health care spending hits $3.5 trillion in 2017, but rate of growth slows 
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted in an article about the 2017 slowdown in U.S. health care spending.
ABC 9 Online

In our community: Huff history awards; Rebuild Upstate; Homes of Hope; and more 
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, was the featured speaker at the Furman University American History Book Club and Forum.
Greenville Journal

Granby concert will honor church organist 
Alumnus Jason Roberts, who will perform Jan. 11 in Connecticut, is featured and pictured.
West Hartford News

Wird Opec trotzen Trump der Forderung nach niedrigen öl-Preise? 
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Miet Spiegel News (An English translation is not available.)


Rice’s Mike Bloomgren casts wide recruiting net in rebuilding roster 
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured and pictured in an article about his recruitment efforts. Mentioned are: prospective players Hunter Jones, Regan Riddle, Izeya Floyd, Hunter Henry, Kirk Lockhart, Joshua Landrum, Blaze Alldredge and Bradley Rozner; current players Justin Bickham and safety Houston Robert; and former head coach David Bailiff and former assistant coach Darrell Patterson.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas Tech basketball has no problem with Northwestern State 79-44 
Several articles mention the Rice men’s basketball team.
Texas Tech basketball looks to move to 9-0 versus Northwestern St. 
Texas Tech basketball hosts Northwestern State Wednesday night 
Best College Sports News Network

UTEP 2019 football crossover opponents are set: Charlotte and FIU 
Rice is mentioned in several articles about future Conference USA football schedules.
El Paso Times
LA Tech’s 2019 C-USA slate gets tougher with FIU, Marshall for cross-division games 
News Star
C-USA announces football cross-division opponents for 2019 and 2020
Hub City Spokes

Breaking down UNT’s New Mexico Bowl matchup against Utah State, including 3 keys to a Mean Green win 
The University of North Texas football team’s Oct. 27 win over Rice is mentioned in a caption.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Winter sports unsung heroes for Dec. 7, 2018 
Rice football player Shawn Stankavage is mentioned.
The Charlotte Observer

Warriors open with 2 wins 
An article mentions that Katelyn Crosthwait plans to play basketball at Rice.
The Purcell Register

Texans’ Christian Covington having breakthrough season 
Former Rice football player and current Houston Texans player Christian Covington is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 13 print edition with a different headline, “Covington thrives as talented mates receive attention,” and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Bears place DB Callahan on IR 
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured.
Devdiscourse (This article also appeared in Gwinnett Prep Sports.)

Need to Know: Joel Bitonio set to play in front of his biggest fan, Pro Bowl supporter 
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is mentioned.
Cleveland Browns News

The legend of John Heisman 
An article featuring John Heisman, known for the college football trophy that bears his name, mentions that he formerly coached at Rice.
Penn Today

KU football hires former Colorado coordinator D.J. Eliot to oversee defense 
Former Rice assistant football coach D.J. Eliot is featured.
The Hays Daily News

Reports: Texas WRs coach Drew Mehringer under consideration to become James Madison head coach 
Former Rice football player Drew Mehringer is featured and pictured, and former assistant coach Tom Herman is quoted.
SB Nation


Neighborhoods on Houston’s east side highly susceptible to gentrification 
Virtually all of the neighborhoods on the east side of Houston inside the Interstate 610 loop — including Old Spanish Trail/South Union, Fifth Ward, Denver Harbor, Kashmere Gardens, Eastex/Jensen, Near Northside, Second Ward and Pleasantville — are susceptible to gentrification in the future, according to a new report from Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

About Stefan De La Garza

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