Dateline Rice for April 24, 2019


Want to go to the movies? There’s an airplane for that
President David Leebron is quoted.
NBC News (This article also appeared in and The World News.)

Bernie Sanders scares a lot of people, and quite a few of them are Democrats
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in an op-ed.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

China can help save Venezuela. Here’s how.
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, authored an op-ed about the political turmoil in Venezuela.
Americas Quarterly (Portuguese- and Spanish-language versions of this article were published.)

Wireless sensor would give epilepsy patients more freedom
An article features undergraduate researchers who developed wireless technology to collect data from where seizures originate in the brains of epilepsy sufferers. Brown College senior Aidan Curtis, Duncan College senior Sophia D’Amico, Baker College senior Andres Gomez, Sid Richardson senior Benjamin Klimko and Martel College senior Irene Zhang are quoted. Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Gary Woods, professor in the practice in computer technology and electrical and computer engineering, are mentioned. A Rice video is included in Medical Products Outsourcing.
A wireless monitor for patients with intractable epilepsy
Medical Products Outsourcing


Decorated veteran M.J. Hegar’s candidacy brings heat to 2020 Texas Senate race
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 about Texas politics.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the April 24 print edition.)
Off and running for council
Off the Kuff
Budget debate heats up at the Capitol
KLBJ Online

Listen: The story of Swamplot
A podcast about the closing of Houston real estate and architecture site Swamplot, which was founded by Larry Albert, lecturer in architecture at Rice, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Going up? Futuristic space elevator could make going into space a lot easier — for a price
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the April 24 print edition.)

East Montrose home tour and art walk set for Saturday
An article features the home of alumni NuNu Chang and Andrew Albers, lecturer of architecture. The article mentions that Albers designed the landscaping at Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion, Central Quad and Brockman Hall for Physics.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the April 23 print edition.)

Will NASA get money to put humans on moon?
An article mentions that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 spoke at the first Owls in Space Symposium April 12.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (This article also appeared in the April 24 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Pearland Journal, Bay Area Citizen and Friendswood Journal.)

In professional and volunteer lives, crash victims dedicated to Houston community
An article from the Houston Chronicle about an April 22 plane crash near Kerrville, Texas, that killed alumnus Scott Reagan Miller, 55, mentions his involvement with the Rice Design Alliance. The San Antonio Express-News mentions that Tellepsen Landscaping, founded by Marc Tellepsen, who also died in the crash, recently received an award from the alliance.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the April 24 print edition, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Medical Health News.)
NTSB investigators looking into why plane was flying slow and so low before fatal Kerrville crash
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the April 24 print edition.)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston) (This segment aired three times.)

Community Briefs
A community news roundup mentions the Houston Brain Bee, a Feb. 16 competition hosted by Rice’s student-run Neuroscience Society.
Houston Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster (This article also appeared in the April 24 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Bay Area Citizen, Pearland Journal and Friendswood Journal.)


Report argues for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana
The report “Marijuana as Medicine” by co-authors Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute and the Chavanne Emeritus Professor of Sociology, is featured.
KRLD Online (This radio segment also aired on KLBJ in Austin, Texas.)
Texas veterans push for medical cannabis expansion
Spectrum News

Positive parenting: Helping kids after moving to new home
Anna Rhodes, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice who examined how children adjust to more affluent neighborhoods and higher-performing schools after their families move with the help of a housing voucher program, is quoted.
WKOW Online (This segment also aired on WKOW in Madison, Wisconsin.)


Rice U. device would help fix fractured bones
An article mentions that Rice seniors at the Brown School of Engineering developed a process of repairing fractured long bones in an arm or leg using magnets. This project won the top prize, the Excellence in Engineering Award, at the school’s annual Engineering Design Showcase. Alumnus Ashvin Dewan, Jones College senior Will Yarinsky and Martel College senior Ian Frankel are quoted. Baker College senior Babs Ogunbanwo, Hanszen College seniors Takanori Iida and Byung-UK Kang, Martel College senior Hannah Jackson and postdoctoral research associate Sabia Abidi are mentioned. (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

PTO cathode enhances stability and energy density of Li-ion batteries
An article mentions that Rice research scientist Tanguy Terlier and Jun Lou, professor of associate department chair of materials science and nanoengineering, contributed to the development of solid-state sodium-ion batteries.

AIA and ACSA announce the winners of the 2018/2019 COTE Top 10 for Students awards
An article featuring the design project Après le Déluge by Rice architecture student Will Letchinger and graduate student Jonathan Wilkinson mentions that it was selected as one of the winners of the 2018/2019 American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment Top 10 for Students awards. John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture and director of the School of Architecture’s external programs, is mentioned.
Architect Magazine

Müller report: Meyer on an evolutionist’s indictment of evolution and more 
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, who spoke at the Discovery Institute’s 2019 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith, is mentioned.
Evolution News & Science Today

Houston works toward data-driven disaster response
An article features a Q&A with Philip Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Government Technology (A similar article also appeared in

The big list: 5-year endowment performance
Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management Co., is mentioned.
All About Alpha

Translational health science environments: 6 strategies for open innovation and knowledge transfer
Rice’s New Emerging Science and Technology Center is pictured.
Building Design + Construction

Harvard Business Review, MBA lessons guide principal’s ed-tech leadership
Alumna Sarah Guerrero is featured and pictured.
Education Week (This article also appeared in Online Cultus.)


Events: Rally for safer streets in memory of Abdul Seck
A Washington, D.C., events roundup mentions that Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture, organized a transit webinar April 24.
Greater Greater Washington

Panama City Pops season finale sold out
Richie Hawley, professor of clarinet at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Panama City News Herald

Post-Rana Plaza, what we have achieved and what we haven’t
Zobaida Nasreen, academic visitor in the study of women, gender and sexuality at Rice, authored an op-ed.
The Daily Star (This article also appeared in Times of News.)

Carson High students reach speech and debate nationals
An article mentions that Mary Milburn hopes to attend Rice.
Nevada Appeal

Burnaby’s first family of piano steps into the spotlight
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Burnaby Now

Silence is golden, music is silver
Research by Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is cited.
The London Free Press (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 24 print edition.)

Tech a look — Musk bets big on ride-sharing
Martel College senior Justin Tang, Sid Richardson senior Albert Han, Brown College senior Alex Li and Wiess College senior Jacob Mattia are quoted in an article about their wearable device for allergy sufferers.
Mail Today (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 24 print edition, and it appeared in China Daily, The IdeaConnection and MedTech Intelligence.)

Northwestern student startups win more than $500,000 in Rice Business Plan Competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition at the Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering News


Multiple ‘Runners finish in top 3
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Kylie Swiekatowski won the long jump at the J. Fred Duckett Twilight track and field meet April 20 at Rice’s Wendel D. Ley Track. The Bahamas Tribune mentions that Rice’s women’s team won the 4×100-meter relay.
The Paisano (A similar article also appeared in the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise.)
Athletes hit the track and field overseas
Bahamas Tribune

Mehaffey takes Pac-12 links title in playoff
Rice women’s tennis players Anna Bowtell and Victoria Smirnova are highlighted in a college sports roundup.
Irish Echo

Astros overcome early deficit to defeat Twins
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Reversal of fortune after another bad start
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front page of the Sports section in the April 24 print edition, and it appeared in the April 24 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

Men’s golf secures top seed for C-USA Championship match play
Rice golfer Jake Benson won the Conference USA men’s golf individual championship April 23.
UTSA Athletics (A similar article also appeared in the Texarkana Gazette.)

Baseball has higher seeds in its sights after breakthrough weeks
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Houston May 1 at Reckling Park.
The Daily Cougar


Ambassador William Burns to discuss American diplomacy April 30 at Baker Institute
Ambassador William Burns, a former leading U.S. diplomat and the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss his new book, “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for Its Renewal,” in an April 30 conversation with Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Elemental old-timer makes the universe look like a toddler
In terms of longevity, the universe has nothing on xenon 124. Theory predicts the isotope’s radioactive decay has a half-life that surpasses the age of the universe “by many orders of magnitude,” but no evidence of the process has appeared until now. An international team of physicists that includes three Rice researchers have reported the first direct observation of two-neutrino double electron capture for xenon 124, the physical process by which it decays.

Coal could yield treatment for traumatic injuries
Graphene quantum dots drawn from common coal may be the basis for an effective antioxidant for people who suffer traumatic brain injuries, strokes or heart attacks. Their ability to quench oxidative stress after such injuries is the subject of a study by scientists at Rice, the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

About Stefan De La Garza

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