Dateline Rice for May 24, 2019


Census: Big cities in US aren’t growing like they used to 
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted in an article about the slow growth of most large U.S. cities.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in the May 24 print editions of the Antelope Valley Press, the Daily Freeman and Las Vegas Review-Journal, and it appeared in more than 120 other media outlets.)

Federal forecast says the Atlantic could see 8 hurricanes this season. Are we ready?
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 two articles.
U.S. News & World Report
Generational differences point to a changing Texas
University of Houston News

Home-schooling kids isn’t bad for their health
An article features research by Laura Kabiri, lecturer of kinesiology, which suggests that increased time being homeschooled does not appear to affect overall health.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)


Rice business school brings leadership seminar to The Woodlands
An article features “The Leadership Accelerator: The Woodlands,” an Oct. 7-10 seminar offered by Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Zoran Perunovic, director of executive education at the Jones School, and Brent Smith, associate professor of management and psychology and senior associate dean for executive education at the Jones School, are quoted. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Fact-check: How much has local government debt grown?
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about rising local government debt in Texas.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in Politifact.)

The artwork of Lina Dib, lecturer in the program for writing and communication, whose exhibition “North to South and Back” will be on view at Space HL in Houston through June 9, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 24 print edition.)

Go list
A Houston-area events roundup mentions that Writefest, a series of workshops, panels and presentations by local and national writers, will be held May 27-June 2 at Rice’s Anderson-Clarke Center.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 24 print edition)

Houston-based scientist named new president of the European Research Council 
An article mentions that Mauro Ferrari formerly taught at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Mission Moon: How science-fiction novels help take us out of this world as much as any booster rocket
Linda Evans, administrator of Rice’s English department, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the May 24 print edition.)

2019 health care heroes: Dr. Drew Rasco
Alumnus Drew Rasco is featured and pictured.
San Antonio Business Journal

Enterprise editorial: New study reinforces value of dune coastal barrier
An article about how best to protect Gulf Coast communities from hurricanes cites Rice research.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

College Park’s class of 2019 graduates cross the stage
An article mentions that Praneel Joshi, valedictorian of College Park High School, plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

FotoFest hires associate curator and director of learning program advancement
Alumna April Frazier, who helped organize the exhibition “Blacks at Rice: An Evolving Legacy” to celebrate the contributions of black students to the university, is featured and pictured.

Best job market for new graduates in decades, but challenges remain
Graduating Rice students are pictured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


‘CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is interviewed.
‘The Story with Martha MacCallum’
Fox News

Are paid sick leave laws bad for businesses?
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about city ordinances mandating paid sick leave.
Houston Public Media

Talking with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 is featured in a podcast.

What you didn’t know about the Apollo 11 mission
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned

Identical twins named valedictorian and salutatorian at Amarillo High School
An article mentions that Truman and Sawyer Archer, the valedictorian and salutatorian of Amarillo High School, plan to attend Rice.
KTRE Online (This article also appeared in KLTV Online.)


Focus: A quantum molecular assembler
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Oil potential remains abundant beyond shale
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.
World Oil (This article also appeared in Gas Middle East.)

Technology revision: Changes in implant manufacturing
An article mentions that Rice researchers used 3D printing to fabricate an implant that allows a patient’s own cells and blood vessels to infiltrate it, eventually letting it become part of the natural bone and cartilage. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted. Mikos also is quoted in Bright Surf.
Orthopedic Design & Technology
Better gene knockout in aneuploid cell lines
Bright Surf (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Bacterial sensors hacked by synthetic biologists
Rice synthetic biologists have hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that could be used to mix and match tens of thousands of sensory inputs and genetic outputs. Jeff Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences, is quoted. Former postdoctoral fellow Sebastian Schmidl is mentioned.
R&D Magazine (This article also appeared in

3D printing puts bold new face on science
Collaborative Rice research that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimic a human lung is featured. Lead co-author Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted. This research is also mentioned in TechSpot.
Independent Online (This article also appeared in the May 24 print editions of the Cape Times, Pretoria News, The Mercury, The Star Early Edition and The Star Late Edition.)
Researchers create light-based ‘neurosynaptic network’ microchip that can imitate basic brain function
TechSpot (Similar mentions also appeared in the May 24 print editions of 10 German-language media outlets.)

Researchers develop portable hyperspectral camera for imaging, research applications
To reveal details of Earth impossible to observe with the naked eye, Rice engineers are building a portable spectrometer that can be mounted on a small satellite, flown on an airplane or a drone or someday even held in the hand. Tomasz Tkaczyk, associate professor of bioengineering, is quoted. He and Ye Wang, who earned her doctorate this year at Rice, are pictured.
Control Engineering (This article also appeared in and Space Daily.)

The government is serious about creating mind-controlled weapons
A roundup of DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology research program projects mentions that Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is developing a bidirectional system for recording from and writing to the brain. Rice research toward developing synthetic proteins that indicate when a neuron is active is mentioned in Military & Aerospace Electronics.
Science Times
US military researchers choose 6 scientific organizations in attempt to connect human brains to computers
Military & Aerospace Electronics (This article also appeared in Zero Hedge, Lunatic Outpost, Traders Zone, Prosyscom TechnewsRedlion Trader, Conservative Angle and Activist Post.)

Security 101 opens office in rapidly growing San Antonio
Alumnus Jeff Ye is featured and pictured.
Security Info Watch (This article also appeared in Security Informed and Source Security.)

Unearthed: Caitlynn Beckett
An article mentions that the “Cultures of Energy” podcast is hosted by anthropologists at Rice.
Network in Canadian History & Environment


This is how to have more epiphanies
Research by Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Fast Company

Graphene, the ‘miracle material,’ is stronger than diamond, but what can it do?
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Metro (This article also appeared in

Heroes among us: McCain worked to save former firehouse that houses museum
Alumna Mary McCain is featured.
Gainesville Daily Register

Dayton Philharmonic to present Mozart and Mahler
Alumna Rachael Young is featured.
Sidney Daily News

Costa Rica: The natural choice of business
Rice is mentioned.
The European

Begini jadinya kalau manusia pindah ke Mars
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted in an article about possible consequences of colonizing Mars. (An English translation is not available.)


Rice holds off Louisiana Tech, 43
Rice’s baseball team defeated Louisiana Tech University 4-3 on May 23 in an elimination game at the Conference USA baseball tournament in Biloxi, Mississippi. Rice will play another elimination game May 24 against Marshall University.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the May 24 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
BASE: Championship — Day 2
Conference USA
Tech’s 2019 season ends in Biloxi (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.) 
La. Tech’s C-USA tourney blues continue, ousted by Rice to go winless

Monroe News Star
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘KTBS 3 First News Early Edition’
KTBS-TV (Shreveport, Louisiana)
‘KSLA News 12’
KSLA-TV (Shreveport, Louisiana)
C-USA baseball tournament 2019: Thursday scores, bracket and schedule
WDAM Online
Herd falls in C-USA tourney, next up Rice
WSAZ Online
Rice staves off elimination, knocking out La. Tech 4-3
WLOX Online
Southern Miss takes care of business against Marshall, winning 10-5
WLOX Online
Southern Miss downs Marshall in C-USA winner’s bracket
WTVA Online
Southern Miss defeats Marshall 10-5 in C-USA tournament
WDAM Online
Sorenson: Off the top of my head, Thursday

Cougars’ track and field team shines during NCAA West Regional
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Hannah Jackson is competing in the 100-meter race at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, California.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the May 24 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Duncanville DB Tre’Shon Devones commits to Rice
An article featuring Tre’Shon Devones mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.
Dallas Morning News

Texas rewards Tom Herman with 2-year contract extension
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman.

San Francisco Giants: Grading the 2003 MLB draft class
Former Rice baseball player David Aardsma is featured.

Boston Red Sox vs. Houston Astros preview: TV schedule, pitching probables, key stories (May 24-26)
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is mentioned.


Will Texas Legislature send expanded medical marijuana bill to the governor by Memorial Day?
With the legislative session coming to an end Memorial Day, the Texas Legislature and governor can take a small step to improve the state’s medical marijuana law by enacting House Bill 3703 or something similar, according to drug policy experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice U. lab grows stable, ultrathin magnets
Rice researchers have simplified the synthesis of a unique, nearly two-dimensional form of iron oxide with strong magnetic properties that is easy to stack atop other 2D materials, which shows promise as a building block for exotic nanoscale structures that could be useful for spintronic devices, electronic or storage applications that take advantage of not only the charge of electrons but also their spin states.

Home-schoolers see no added health risks over time
Years of home-schooling don’t appear to influence the general health of children, according to Rice kinesiology lecturer Laura Kabiri and colleagues in the Oxford University Press journal Health Promotion International.

About Stefan De La Garza

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