Dateline Rice for April 16, 2019


Decisions being made in Washington and Jerusalem are distancing peace prospects, ambassador says
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Middle East politics.

Houston playing catch-up in bid to remake itself as tech hub
Rice’s plan to redevelop the historic Midtown Sears building into an innovation district built in collaboration with other Houston agencies and institutions is mentioned.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in The Star.)

How much will the moon plan cost? We should know in 2 weeks
An article mentions that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 spoke at Rice about the agency’s effort to land on the moon by 2024.
Ars Technica

US tech giants’ eastward expansion ramifies into social-economic structure, adding chances of co-op with China
James DeNicco, lecturer of economics at Rice, is quoted.
Xinhua (This article also appeared in and ECNS.)


Reports: Development rules still fall short after Hurricane Harvey
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about development regulations to limit flooding in the Houston region.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 16 print edition.)

Rage with the Machine
An article featuring performer and costume artist Machine Dazzle mentions that he will be in residence for one week at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, working with students to produce original costumes inspired by Assistant Professor of Visual and Dramatic Arts Natasha Bowdoin’s current exhibition, “Sideways to the Sun.” Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center, is quoted.

Clint Broussard’s Houston podcast ‘A Day in the Life’ takes the Gulf Coast worldwide
An article mentions Rice radio station KTRU.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

European software company plans 1st US office in Houston
An article about Cognite, a Norwegian company that develops data software for industrial businesses with plans to expand in Houston, mentions that the company has an internship program with Rice.

HBJ Landmark Awards 2019: Renowned Houston architect wins Lifetime Achievement Award
An article features James Furr, senior lecturer at Rice’s School of Architecture, who was honored April 11 with the 2019 Landmark Award for lifetime achievement in real estate.
Houston Business Journal

UTEP team wins 2nd place at global health tech design competition at Rice University
An article features the ninth annual Rice 360⁰ Institute for Global Health design competition.
El Paso Herald-Post

Tulane University evaluating its presence in Houston
An article about Houston-area MBA programs mentions Rice.
Houston Business Journal


Craig Considine talks about Notre Dame Cathedral fire on MSNBC
Several Rice community members appeared on television broadcasts discussing the recent fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology, was interviewed by MSNBC; John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture and director of the School of Architecture’s external programs, was interviewed by KPRC; and Martel College junior Matt Pittard was interviewed by KTRK. 
Houstonians reflect on Notre Dame Cathedral’s influence

KPRC Click2Houston
’13 Eyewitness News at 10 p.m.’
KTRK-TV (Houston)

How we put a man on the moon
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discusses his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.” (This ‘Think with Kris Boyd’ segment aired on 24 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Poll: Texans support recreational marijuana, casino gambling
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.
La ayuda a Centroamérica recompensa el mal comportamiento
La Gran Epoca (An English translation is not available.)


New research advances the art of protein blacksmithing
Rice scientists have discovered a new method for making accurate structural models of proteins that takes far less computational power than existing approaches. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in 7thSpace Interactive, Bright Surf, Scienmag, Bioengineer and

Oil and gas exploration: The top 10 influencers to follow
An article about GlobalData’s top influencers in the oil and gas exploration sector based on their performance and engagement online in the past 90 days features 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.
Offshore Technology

System Bits: April 16
An engineering news roundup features Rice research that discovered how to see the nanoscale structures of borophene lattices but also built theoretical models that helped characterize the crystalline forms. Co-author Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.

Highlight: ‘Higher Angels’ documentary illustrates significance of ‘unintentional diplomats’
An article mentions that the film “Better Angels” was screened at Rice April 4.

Graphene-based foam stays soft and squishy even at super cold temperatures
An article mentions that a team of researchers who developed a graphene-based foam included experts from Rice.

OTC 2019 showcases new technology and networking opportunities for the oil and gas industry
An article about the special events at the 50th annual Offshore Technology Conference May 6-9 at NRG Park in Houston mentions that the Rice Alliance Startup Roundup will showcase emerging energy companies available for investment.
Water Technology Online (This article also appeared in

The next George Bush bet everything on Trump
Alumnus George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner, is featured.
Catholic Citizens of Illinois (This article also appeared in

Decontaminate oil-soaked soil
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed a process to decontaminate oil-soaked soil.

Murray Center event shines light on inclusive innovation and entrepreneurship
Alumna Gilda Barabino is featured and pictured.


Houston Palestine Film Festival celebrates 13 years of Palestinian films
An article mentions that part of the Houston Palestine Film Festival will be held at Rice’s Media Center May 3-4.

People in the news, April 16
Alumnus Ajay Gulati is featured.
McKnight’s Senior Living


Underdog Pawdcast: C-USA with Glynn Hill of the Houston Chronicle
A podcast featuring the Rice football team mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren and player Wiley Green.
SB Nation

Rice RB Austin Walter works out for Texans
An article featuring former Rice football player Austin Walter mentions that he recently worked out for the Houston Texans at their local prospect day.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

MLB Network
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.

Vikings sign QB Sean Mannion, WR Jordan Taylor
Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Florida swagger solidifies Iowa State secondary
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is mentioned.
Iowa State Daily


Mexico’s lead negotiator for new trade pact to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 25
Jesús Seade, undersecretary for North America in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and one of the lead negotiators of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, will speak April 25 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on the current state of the ratification process and the likelihood of the USMCA’s passage.

About Stefan De La Garza

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