Dateline Rice for June 19, 2019


Moonshot: Kennedy, Armstrong and the race to land on the moon
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” authored a column about America’s determination to land on the moon. George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Saturday Evening Post (Subscription is required. This article will also appear in the July/August print edition.)

How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured or mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
‘Lorax’ tree legend, butter Elmo, meth squirrel: News from around our 50 states
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 15 other media outlets.) (Scroll down to “Massachusetts.”)
Read President Kennedy’s historic Rice ‘Moon Speech’

Want to be an astronaut? NASA’s requirements have changed a bit in 60 years
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition of the Friendswood Journal and the Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Mirror Image: Apollo 13 astronauts’ gift honors Mission Control ‘heroes’
An article mentions that Fred Haise, one of the three Apollo 13 astronauts, spoke at a 2015 panel discussion at Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Keeping your convenience spending under control 
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about how to control spending amid the recent proliferation of subscription services.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)

55 colleges with the highest application fees
Rice is mentioned.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance and WTOP Online.)


Report lists I-45 rebuild project among nation’s biggest highway boondoggles
An article cites a Feb. 27 presentation sponsored by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research about the North Houston Highway Improvement Project.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 19 print edition.)

Houston Ship Channel dredging could be used for coastal barrier
An article mentions that experts from Rice presented their Galveston Bay Park Plan, which includes building 25-foot-high barriers across the middle of Galveston Bay to protect coastal communities from storm surge. Co-author Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition.)

Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area
A business-events roundup mentions that alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will speak June 20 at the Fort Bend Regional Infrastructure Conference.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

New Houston public art: Nina Katchadourian’s human take on the bird call
An article features Nina Katchadourian’s “Please, Please, Pleased to Meet’cha,” a sound installation of human voices interpreting the song of specific birds placed in the live oak grove between Herring Hall and Brochstein Pavilion. The artwork is part of the Moody Center for the Arts’ Rice Public Art initiative.

Royce Brooks: ‘Our priority is making the biggest, best run at flipping control of the State House’
Alumna Royce Brooks is featured in an article and podcast.
Texas Monthly (This article also appeared in Democratic Underground.)

What makes poetry unique? We ask Houston’s new poet laureate
Alumna Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Houston’s poet laureate, is featured in a Q&A.
Houstonia Magazine

Texas View: It’s drowning season. Children and pools are a dangerous mix
Rice head swimming coach Seth Huston is quoted in an editorial about keeping children safe around water this summer.
Odessa American

Audience a fly on wall in ‘Plaza Suite’
Alumna Leslie Barrera is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen (This article appeared in the June 19 print editions of the Pasadena Citizen and the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal.)

Scott C. Disch named new principal of West University Elementary School 
Alumnus Scott Disch is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition.)

How rare is a perfect ACT score? Not as rare as 2 at the same North Texas school
An article mentions that Madison Bunting plans to attend Rice.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Q&A: How threat of deporting ‘millions’ of undocumented immigrants will impact families in Houston
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 for stories in Click2Houston Online and on KRLD about President Donald Trump’s call for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to begin deporting undocumented immigrants. Jones is quoted in two articles about Texas politics.
Click2Houston Online (The video segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
The color purple: TX Dems keep hope alive
What about Royce?
Off the Kuff

‘KFDX 3 News at 5’
A television broadcast cites Rice research.
KFDX-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas)


A momentous year: Highlights from 2018-2019 at Harvard Graduate School of Design
Sarah Whiting, former dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, will assume the deanship of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on July 1.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Solar desalination makes efficiency gains with ‘hot spots’

Researchers in Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics showed they could boost the efficiency of their solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into “hot spots.” Alessandro Alabastri, the Texas Instruments Assistant Research Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and 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, are quoted. Pictured are Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering; Oara Neumann, postdoctoral research associate at the Smalley-Curl Institute; and graduate student Pratiksha Dongare.
The Engineer (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Bioengineers attach bioactive molecules to hydrogel structure
An article features Rice research that developed modular, injectable hydrogels enhanced by bioactive molecules intended to help repair bone, cartilage and other tissues able to regenerate themselves. Co-authors Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and graduate student Jason Guo are quoted and pictured.
Materials Today

Old ice and snow yields tracer of preindustrial ozone
Collaborative Rice research of a 150-year-old ice core sample that suggests “bad” ozone in the air has increased by 40% since the Industrial Revolution is featured. Lead author Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Sensors & Systems (This article also appeared in El Periodico, ECOticias and Europa Press Online.)

3D-printed, lung-mimicking ‘air sac’ brings functioning bioprinted organs a step closer
An article features the research of Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, who led a team that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimics a human lung. A Rice video is included.
BBC’s Science Focus (This article appeared in the June 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

San Francisco Design Week preps for opening, Clé debuts new tile collab and more news this week
Alumna Janet Ni is mentioned.
Architectural Digest (Subscription is required.)

The 20 wealthiest private universities and colleges in America
Rice is featured.
Business Insider Australia (This article also appeared in Pulse Nigeria, Pulse Kenya and Pulse Ghana.)

What college grads expect to earn versus what they’ll actually earn
Rice is mentioned.


How a US-Iran war could get nasty
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Daily Magazine

Ron Wood: Genesis and the Big Bang
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 mentioned.
Siloam Springs Herald Leader (This article also appeared in NWA Online.)

Lynwood celebrates Class of 2019 with graduation ceremonies
An article featuring Fabrizio Castaneda, valedictorian of Lynwood High School in Lynwood, California, plans to attend Rice.
California School News Report

‘Out & About’: Durham foundation offers annual classical concerts in farm setting
Rice is mentioned.

Food by the Book: Books evoke memories
An article mentions that YES Prep’s Senior Signing Day, which recognizes the college acceptances of the school’s mostly low-income, first-time college-going seniors, has been held at Rice.
Muskogee Daily Phoenix


Appy League preview: A look at Bristol’s 9 opponents and some players to watch
Rice baseball player Evan Kravetz is mentioned.
Bristol Herald Courier

The bond between grandfather, father and son
Former Rice assistant baseball coach Clay Van Hook is quoted and pictured.

Cuatro rostros del Mundial de Fútbol Francia 2019
Former Rice soccer player Gabriela Garton is featured and pictured.
On Cuba News (An English translation is not available.)
Sarasota grad is living her dream playing in the Women’s World Cup
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Subscription is required.)

BYU’s new running backs are eager to push for playing time
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esukpa is mentioned.
Salt Lake Tribune (This article also appeared in
Texas football: 4-star CB Joshua Eaton could be a secondary game-changer 
An article about Joshua Eaton mentions that he attended a June 1 football camp held at Rice.


Whites’ racial prejudice can lessen over time, research shows
Prejudice among white people can lessen over time, according to lead author Tony Brown, a professor of sociology at Rice. The study examines how some white people express racial prejudice — in the form of racial apathy — over time. The researchers also developed a new way to measure this type of prejudice.

About Stefan De La Garza

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