Dateline Rice for April 19, 2019


When companies file an IPO, local ZIP codes get a boost
An article features Rice research that determined that after a business files for an initial public offering, communities close to the company’s headquarters benefit. Co-author Alexander Butler, professor of finance and faculty lead of undergraduate business studies at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in,, Bright Surf,, and 7thSpace Interactive.)


Facebook’s problem lies in business model
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, authored an article about the ethical and technological challenges facing Facebook.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Citgo’s future ensnared in international feud over Venezuela’s debts
Vice President Mike Pence’s speech on the political turmoil and economic crisis in Venezuela April 5 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston Chamber Choir’s ‘Duruflé: Complete Choral Works’ receives accolades from world-renowned choral professionals
An article features “Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” which was released April 5 and features Ken Cowan, professor of organ at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Katy News

George speaks of Fort Bend’s diversity as strength in State of County address
An article mentions that Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, participated in a roundtable discussion following the State of Fort Bend County address April 17.
Fort Bend Herald

Houston podcast takes the Gulf Coast worldwide
An article mentions Rice radio station KTRU.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Author Tayari Jones moved back to Atlanta from New York to find herself
An article mentions that the Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series event April 22 at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall will feature Tayari Jones and Richard Powers
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Author Richard Powers just picked up a Pulitzer and now he’s headed to Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

MD Anderson fires 3 scientists over concerns about Chinese data theft
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Mueller report: ‘Confederate rally’ in Houston named as earliest evidence of Russian interference in political rallies
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 about the Houston connections in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation of possible collusion between Russia and officials from President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Houston Public Media (This radio segment aired three times on KUHF-AM in Houston and twice on KUT-AM in Austin, Texas, and the article also appeared in 
Mueller report’s release won’t end arguments over possible presidential obstruction
Texas Standard (This radio segment aired on over 30 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Mueller report mentions Houston, fight over city finances threatens Proposition B talks and more
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted about Houston politics.
Houston Public Media

Should reparation payments be made to descendants of slaves?
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history and author of the forthcoming “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution,” is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice.)

Rice University report makes case for decriminalizing marijuana possession in Texas 
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute and co-author of the study “The Case for Marijuana Decriminalization,” is interviewed about her research.
Houston Public Media

Rice University students developing collapsible, wearable EpiPen
Martel College senior Justin Tang and Sid Richardson senior Albert Han are featured in a broadcast discussing their wearable EpiPen for allergy sufferers. Deirdre Hunter, lecturer at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Brown College senior Alex Li, Wiess College senior Jacob Mattia and Jones College freshman Callum Parks are quoted in Medical Product Outsourcing.
KHOU Online (This video segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
‘EpiWear’ wearable could halt allergic reactions
Medical Product Outsourcing (This article also appeared in Electronic Health Reporter.)

‘It was unbearable’: Organist was inside Notre Dame Cathedral when fire started
An article featuring organist Johann Vexo mentions that he taught at Rice.
KPRC Click2Houston (This video segment aired twice on KPRC-TV in Houston and once on KSAT-TV in San Antonio.)


Bioengineers program cells as digital signal processors
Rice research that dramatically expands the chemical, physical and environmental cues engineers can use to prompt programmed responses from engineered organisms is featured. Co-author Caleb Bashor, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

With Maduro still in power, secondary oil sanctions from US expected: Sources
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.
S&P Global Platts

Weekend edition: Notre Dame, Jeanne Gang, Harvard and more
A roundup of the week’s architecture news features Sarah Whiting, dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, who will assume the deanship of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on July 1.
The Architect’s Newspaper (A similar article also appeared in Boston Real Estate Times and Residential Design.)

Feds release long-awaited opportunity zone regulations
An article about recently released federal opportunity zone regulations quotes Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Santa Fe Beautiful Homes

Will LNG drive Asia’s sustainable future?
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, is quoted in an article about the growing demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia.
Society of Petroleum Engineers

Sweet appoints VP of manufacturing
An article mentions that Dwayne Gundolf studied manufacturing leadership at Rice.
World Grain

Graphene-based foam maintains texture at extreme temperatures
An article mentions that a team of researchers who developed a graphene-based foam included experts from Rice.

Mild solvent extracts cobalt from batteries
Rice research that developed an environmentally friendly way to extract valuable elements from lithium-ion batteries is featured. Graduate student and co-author Kimmai Tran is quoted.
E-Scrap News

Hey y’all, let’s get salty about these 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners
An article featuring alumna Clare Creighton mentions that she is one of the 2018 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners for scoring at least a 95.50 across all four parts of the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Examination on the first try.
Going Concern

The power of smart cities
Alumnus Marc Cram authored an article.
Electronic Products

A week of reflection
A blog post highlights collaborative research involving Rice that determined living abroad increases “self-concept clarity.”
Escape Artist Blog


Scene Calendar: Fun things to do
Calendar item reports that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, will discuss his new book “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race” April 19 at the University of Florida.
News Chief (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Long Island family finds generational harmony in opera
An article mentions that William Murray, who died April 7 at 84, formerly taught at Rice.

Wick to become interim dean of engineering
An article features and pictures alumnus Timothy Wick.
UAB Reporter (This article also appeared in UAB Health System.)


Owls use big inning to down Blue Raiders
The Rice baseball team defeated Middle Tennessee State University 10-4 on April 18 at Reckling Park.

Farewell to Jeremy Jones
Former Rice basketball and football player Jeremy Jones is featured.
SB Nation

Center Quentin Millora-Brown to transfer from Rice
An article features former Rice basketball player Quentin Millora-Brown and mentions assistant coach Chris Kreider. Head coach Scott Pera is quoted. The article also mentions that Zach Crisler, Max Fielder and Tim Harrison plan to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Major horse tracks to ban race-day use of Lasix
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 19 print edition.)

Women’s tennis claims opener in C-USA Championship
An article mentions that Rice is hosting the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship.
UTSA Athletics
Parks takes second in C-USA women’s golf
Associated Press (This article originally appeared in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.)

Pflugerville ISD teacher, Super Bowl champ Earl Cooper presenting at NFL Draft
An article mentions that former Rice football player Earl Cooper has been invited to be a guest presenter at the 2019 NFL Draft.
Austin American-Statesman

Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he’ll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon
An article features former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon.
NBC Sports (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Deportes.)

Track and field to travel to Houston for J. Fred Duckett Twilight on Saturday
An article mentions the 16th annual J. Fred Duckett Twilight track meet will be held at Rice’s Wendel D. Ley Track and Holloway Field April 20.
UTSA Athletics (A similar article also appeared in the Seguin Gazette.)


Bioengineers program cells as digital signal processors
Rice synthetic biologists have added high-precision analog-to-digital signal processing to the genetic circuitry of living cells. The research, described online today in the journal Science, dramatically expands the chemical, physical and environmental cues engineers can use to prompt programmed responses from engineered organisms.

About Stefan De La Garza

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