Dateline Rice for Feb. 11, 2019 (Weekend Edition)


Roger Stone’s and Jerome Corsi’s time in the barrel
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The New Yorker

Different Democratic controversies, same influence: Identity politics
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Washington Post (This article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

I’m Asian-American. Affirmative action worked for me.
Rice is mentioned.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 9 print edition in New York with a different headline, “Affirmative action works.”)

Students look for alternative options to make textbooks more affordable
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fellow Navy veteran to challenge Dan Crenshaw in 2020
Rice alumna Elisa Cardnell ’07 has filed to challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, in the 2nd Congressional District.
Washington Examiner
Navy veteran challenges fellow Navy veteran Rep. Dan Crenshaw in Houston congressional district
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, and it appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Crenshaw to face challenge from fellow Navy vet.”)


As Venezuelan opposition prepares to appoint a board to Houston’s Citgo, creditors circle
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
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Black History Month 2019 events in and around Houston
A roundup of Black History Month events mentions several hosted by Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, and it appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Dozens of events mark Black History Month.”)

Sparked by a tweet-stream, Rice University examines its racist past
Rice is featured in a story about old yearbooks featuring photographs of students in blackface. President David Leebron is quoted, and McMurtry College senior Charlie Paul is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UT symposium explores the art of getting more women into the sciences
An article mentions Kathleen S. Matthews, the Stewart Memorial Professor of BioSciences.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Medical Health News, and it appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition of the Chronicle with a different headline, “Event pushes for women in science.”)

Texas battle waged
An article about burgeoning regional population increase and its impact on the wetlands in Galveston County quotes John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor Emeritus of Oceanography.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it appeared online.)

The trouble with the Midtown ‘innovation district’
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions, is featured in an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it first appeared online.)

Opera singer, husband appear in court in Houston sexual assault case
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Property tax reform includes more transparency
Jennifer Rabb, director and fellow of the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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, discusses a proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. (This broadcast also aired on KRLD-AM in Dallas, WOAI-AM in San Antonio and KUIK-FM in Portland, Oregon.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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 a story about Texas Secretary of State David Whitley. (This broadcast also aired on KLBJ-AM in Austin, Texas, and KUIK-AM in Portland, Oregon.)


Nitrogen gets in the fast lane for chemical synthesis
Rice scientists have given organic chemists a boost with their latest discovery of a one-step method to add nitrogen to compounds for drugs, pesticides, fertilizers and other products. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, and postdoctoral researcher Zhe Zhou are quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Qing-Qing Cheng is mentioned.
Science Daily (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Metabolic plasticity helps metastatic cancer cells survive hostile environments
Rice research to understand how cancer cells survive hostile environments and adapt when their attempts to metastasize are blocked by drugs or the body’s immune system is featured. José Nelson Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Herbert Levine, adjunct professor of bioengineering; and postdoctoral fellow Dongya Jia are quoted. Former postdoctoral researcher Mingyang Lu and alumnus Linglin Yu are mentioned. (Similar articles also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Rice U. lab adds porous envelope to aluminum plasmonics
Using the same process nature uses to petrify wood, Rice chemist and engineer Hossein Robatjazi married a molecular sieve called MOF to a plasmonic aluminum nanoparticle. The combination of MOFs and plasmonic aluminum creates a new avenue for designing greener catalysts that use solar energy and are made from the most abundant metal in Earth’s crust. 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, is quoted. Study co-authors Daniel Weinberg, Dayne Swearer, Christian Jacobson, Ming Zhang, Shu Tian, Linan Zhou and Peter Nordlander are mentioned.
Scienmag (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health
A ceramic that becomes more or less conductive under different types of strain could lead to a new generation of sensors able to monitor their own health. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Space Daily (An English translation is not available. Similar articles appeared in Extrem News and

Impressive borophene properties predicted
Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.
C&EN Global Enterprise

In situ monitoring of quantitative mechanical properties in batteries
The development of an in-situ tensile test method performed in a scanning electron microscope to quantitatively study the mechanical properties of lithiated and delithiated stannic oxide nanowires by the group of Jun Lou, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Materials Today

31 Books in 30 Days: David Varno on Lacy M. Johnson
“The Reckonings: Essays,” by Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, is reviewed. Johnson is a finalist for a 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award.
Literary Hub

Announcing a $1M grant to advance the role of ‘Humanware” in academic research
John Mulligan, lecturer in public humanities, was selected as a member of the Cloud Research Software Engineers community.
Microsoft (A similar article appeared in MarketScreener.)

Biochar warrants support
An article cites a biochar study led by Ghasideh Pourhashem, former postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Caroline Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, are quoted.

Light therapy targeting brain plaque
A probe invented at Rice that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing Alzheimer’s disease — has identified a specific binding site on the protein that could facilitate better drugs to treat the disease.

Looking at colleges with your kids? Take a visit-cation
Rice is mentioned.
The Points Guy


Children should go out and play with neighbourhood kids
Laura Kabiri, lecturer of kinesiology, is quoted in an article about her research that determined home-schooled children in organized sports do not participate in sufficient activities to be physically fit. (Similar articles appeared in Journey Line and ANI.)

SWJ book review: ‘Mexico’s Illicit Drug Networks and the State Reaction’
A book by Nathan P. Jones, nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is reviewed.
Small Wars Journal

Christine Galib on why leaders should create a ‘culture of curiosity’
A Q&A with Christine Galib mentions she has taught at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Authority Magazine

Tokyo 2020 is on track to create Olympic medals with recycled electronics
Rice research on graphene made from wood is mentioned.
Digital Trends (This article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

West Virginia National Guard hosts seminar on State Partnership Qatar
Rice is mentioned.
U.S. Army (This article also appeared in Defense Visual Information Distribution Service.)

Accounting program at Ajman University earns accreditation from ACCA
Rice research that determined how the essential elements for life ended up on Earth is mentioned in a news roundup.

5G, Huawei and a technology tipping point
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

Atlantic City is really going down this time
Rice research is mentioned.

A toast to El Anatsui, the titan at 75
Rice is mentioned.
This Day

La mappa del terrore nel nostro cervello
Rice research is mentioned.
Diggita (An English translation is not available.)


Rice holds off Marshall in C-USA matchup
The Rice men’s basketball team defeated Marshall University 74-69 Feb. 9 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A portion of this article appeared in the Feb. 10 print edition with a different headline, “Owls close out win over Thundering Herd.”)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 10 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Mullins lifts Rice over Marshall 74-69
Hastings Tribune (This Associated Press article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Rice halts late rally by Herd men in 74-69 victory
The Herald-Dispatch (This article also appeared in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.)

Hot-shooting Rice holds off MU women with late run
The Rice women’s basketball team defeated Marshall University Feb. 9 in Huntington, West Virginia.
The Herald-Dispatch (Subscription is required.)
Photos: Marshall vs. Rice women’s basketball
The Herald-Dispatch
‘Fox 26 News at 6 a.m.’
UT routs W. Virginia, boosts NCAA chances
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Owls hope to change their fortunes on transfer market
The Rice football team is featured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted, and Owls player Brian Chaffin is mentioned. Former players Jackson Tyner, Emmanuel Esukpa, Justin Bickham, Zach Abercrumbia, Roe Wilkins, Calvin Anderson, J.T. Ibe and Houston Robert are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Tennis team falls to Rice University 6-1
The Rice women’s tennis team defeated Kansas State University 6-1 Feb. 10 at the George R. Brown Tennis Center. Owls Michaela Haet, Linda Huang, Anastasia Smirnova, Priya Niezgoda, Anna Bowtell and Victoria Smirnova are mentioned.
Kansas State Collegian
Cats drop 6-1 decision to Owls on Sunday

Signing Day: Cypress student-athletes make college selections official
An article mentions that Mathew Santos signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Jed Lowrie knows Mets history and is ready to be a part of it
The Rice baseball team’s 2003 national championship is mentioned.
New York Post

Support GCM senior
The Rice baseball team is mentioned.
Baytown Sun

‘AAF Football’
Former Rice football player Cole Hunt is featured.
KHOU-TV (Houston; this broadcast aired on CBS affiliates throughout the United States.)

Godber on track for camp, eyeing bigger things in Year 2
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured.


Looking for love online may impact how humans evolve
Anybody looking for a Valentine’s Day date in cyberspace might want to consider this prediction from a Rice evolutionary biologist: Online dating could affect how humans evolve in the future.

Working proteins make good use of frustration
Proteins fold according to a script written in the pattern of their amino acids. But to function properly, some parts must ad-lib. The active sites of enzymes, proteins that speed up and guide biochemical reactions, make life possible. To do this, their instructions have to conflict somewhat with the protein’s overall structural plan, according to a team that includes scientists at Rice.

Lefty or righty molecules lend a hand to material structures
As below, so above. That seems to be an operating principle for molecules that start with a basic chirality — or “handed-ness” — and pass it on as they combine into larger structures. An international team that included Rice materials scientist Edwin Thomas pried a new, fundamental detail from its bottom-up creation of several block copolymers, synthetic materials that naturally assemble themselves from small building blocks.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.