Dateline Rice for Jan. 11, 2019


The only impeachment guide you’ll ever need
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in an article about the political turmoil facing the Trump administration.

Maduro clings to power as Venezuela’s oil collapse continues
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.
Yahoo! Finance

Saudi Aramco oil reserve upgrade seen boosting bonds, IPO
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possibility of a bond issue for Saudi Aramco.
Arab News

Super-sorter Marie Kondo joins the reality brigade
An article mentions that Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored the forthcoming “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Australian Financial Review

OPINIÓN: Dolor a gasolina, la crisis llegó
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed on Mexico’s gasoline crisis.


10 books from authors with Houston ties delve into all aspects of faith
The work of Craig Considine, lecturer of sociology and author of “Muslims in America: Examining the Facts,” is highlighted in a roundup of books exploring faith and spirituality.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Will renewable energy replace coal In Texas?
Texas could get at least half of its power from renewable energy sources within the next 10 years, according to Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, who is featured in an interview about research recently co-authored with Brown College senior Joanna Slusarewicz.
Houston Public Media

Analysts see Castro as a super long shot if he makes a presidential run
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 interviewed by several media outlets.
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment was re-broadcast seven additional times.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
Could Texas really build Trump’s border wall?
Texas Standard (This segment aired on 13 radio stations across Texas.)
‘No sabemos si hay una ruta fácil para terminar la dictadura de Maduro’: Experto sobre Venezuela
Univision (An English translation is not available.)

Researchers say more work needs to be done to make Gulfton safe for walkers and cyclists
A television broadcast features the research of Dian Nostikasari, development, transportation and placemaking research fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
KTRK Online


Violinist to record in home of her musical upbringing
Alumna Alana Youssefian is featured and pictured.
Catholic Star Herald

James McCullar receives the 2019 AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture
An article mentions that alumnus James McCullar is the recipient of the 2019 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from The American Institute of Architects.
Architect Magazine

John Mendelsohn, former MD Anderson Cancer Center president, dies
An article mentions that John Mendelsohn, who was Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s first L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health and Technology Policy, died Jan. 7.
The Scientist

A full history of Lab of the Year winners
An article of Laboratory Equipment and R&D Magazine’s Lab of the Year winners mentions that Rice’s Space Sciences & Technology Laboratory won in 1967 and Rice’s George R. Brown Hall won in 1992.
Laboratory Equipment

Chinese scientist who genetically edited babies under arrest, report says
An article about gene editing in humans mentions 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.
Laboratory Equipment
Letter: Genetic science is pro-life
Aiken Standard


Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch joins Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board
An article mentions that University Representative Y. Ping Sun is on the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation board.
Daily Press (This article also appeared in WY Daily.)

GGC President Stas Preczewski leaving Friday; college names Dr. Mary Beth Walker interim president
An article mentions that alumna Mary Beth Walker was named as the interim president of Georgia Gwinnett College.
Gwinnett Daily Post

Ag must work for ratification of North American trade deal
An article features a talk recently given by 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.
The Packer

STEM: Lower Merion High’s Dawgma Robotics Team kicks off season
Duncan College sophomore Maya Levitan is mentioned.

Kentucky, North Carolina artists showcase oboe, English horn at Singletary
Alumna Jaren Atherholt, the principal oboist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, is featured and pictured.


Rice struggles at UTSA; Michigan stays unbeaten
The Rice men’s basketball team lost to the University of Texas at San Antonio 95-79 Jan. 10. Owls Chris Mullins, Quentin Millora-Brown and Trey Murphy III are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 11 print edition.)

Defending champion Villanova visits men’s basketball on Sunday
Former Rice basketball player Connor Cashaw is featured.

USM football to hit road 7 times in 2019
An article mentions that the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team will play
Rice Oct. 26.


Vigil and program to celebrate MLK Jan. 20 
In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Rice’s Black Male Leadership Initiative will host a vigil and program, “Achieving Success by Working Together,” at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Rice Memorial Chapel. Rice President David Leebron will offer opening remarks, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will provide the keynote address.

Bank lending declines due to regulations, reserves, Rice expert says
Despite very low interest rates since the 2008 financial crisis, lending by U.S. banks has failed to recover due to increased regulation and banks holding excess reserves, according to an expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Feds, states can help biochar live up to its soil-saving potential
Even though every dollar spent on soil improvement can save much more in environmental costs down the road, startup costs can sometimes make it hard for farmers to implement best environmental practices. A team of researchers from Rice and North Dakota State universities argues that this is especially true for using biochar, but that the problem can be addressed through well-designed policy.

Steve Martin’s ‘Picasso at the Lapin Agile’ coming to Rice Theatre
Acclaimed actor and screenwriter Steve Martin’s long-running absurdist comedy “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” where Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso talk shop in a Parisian café, will be presented by Rice’s Theatre Program for five nights this February and March.

Astronomy expert available to discuss ‘supermoon’ eclipse
Pat Hartigan, Rice professor of physics and astronomy, is available for news media interviews to discuss the Jan. 20 lunar eclipse.

About Stefan De La Garza

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