Dateline Rice for June 20, 2019


Houston’s sports ties with NASA go beyond Astros
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is quoted in two articles.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the June 20 print edition.) 
Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley talks JFK, moonshots and Apollo 11

What is the future of space travel?
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, authored an article.
All About Space (This article appeared in the June 20 print edition.)

Jeff Bezos explains how going to the moon is harder now than it was for JFK in 1962
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured or mentioned in several articles.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in GeekWire and Daily Magazine.)
Krispy Kreme giving away free, stuffed donuts in honor of moon landing
Stock News Press (This article also appeared in Graffio Tech.)
One small step for a man …
The Prince George Citizen 
Faragher grants, solstice event

Montrose Daily Press


California and Texas have different visions for America’s future
An article about how the ethnically diverse demographics of California and Texas represent census projections for the U.S. in 2050 quotes Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology in Rice’s School of Social Sciences.
The Economist (This article will also appear in the “Special Report: California & Texas” print edition June 22.)

Immigration shapes the politics of California and Texas
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 four articles.
The Economist (This article will also appear in the “Special Report: California & Texas” print edition June 22.)
California and Texas are both failing their neediest citizens
The Economist (This article will also appear in the “Special Report: California & Texas” print edition June 22.)
Hidalgo survey of Harris County focuses on hard-to-reach populations
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the June 20 print edition, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Texas battleground: GOP candidates target State House District 135
The Texan

Iranian Revolutionary Guard ‘shoots down US drone’ in Gulf crisis
An op-ed by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
Yahoo! News UK (This article also appeared in Daily Beast.)
Saudi oil infrastructure at risk
Mideast News

How one professor helps online students forge connections
An article about online college courses mentions Rice’s Course Workload Estimator, which can inform professors’ expectations about how much time their students should devote to homework.
The Chronicle of Higher Education


CISD learning from failure: District considers changes to defeated bond package ahead of possible fall vote
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper

Pride in the media: Media marvel
A gold nanoparticle prostate cancer treatment pioneered by 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, is mentioned.
OutSmart Magazine (This article appeared in the June 2019 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

One step closer to printing replacement organs
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 mimic a human lung. Miller and graduate students Bagrat Grigoryan and Daniel Sazer are quoted and pictured.
TMC Pulse (This article was also featured in the June 2019 print edition of the Pulse’s “The Innovation Issue.”)

Houstonians affected by May 7-11 flooding asked to take survey for public health report
An article mentions that the Hurricane Harvey Registry, a joint venture of Rice, the Houston Health Department and the Environmental Defense Fund to study the health effects of the storm on Houstonians, will provide a supplemental survey related to the May 7-11 flooding.
Community Impact Newspaper

Help us celebrate The Leader’s 65th birthday
Rice football’s 1954 season is mentioned.
The Leader News

Texas A&M GLBT Resource Center prepares for Pride Houston
An article mentions that the Rice Alumni Pride group will co-sponsor the Intercollegiate Pride Mixer as part of Pride Houston activities June 21-22.
Texas A&M University News

Pride Houston hosts 1st-ever event for trans and gender-diverse individuals
Graduate student Martin Gonzalez authored an article.
OutSmart Magazine


New in Lubbock: The Outpost Repertory Theatre
Alumna Jesse Jou is featured in a Q&A.
KTTZ Online (This radio segment also aired on KTTZ-FM in Lubbock, Texas, and KNCH-FM in San Angelo, Texas.)


Whites’ racial prejudice can lessen over time, research shows
Research by lead author Tony Brown, a professor of sociology at Rice, that suggested prejudice among white people can lessen over time is featured. Graduate students and co-authors Asia Bento, Quintin Gorman, Lydia Koku and Julian Culver are mentioned. (This article also appeared in Science Codex, Parallel State, Tech Explorist and Bright Surf.)

Expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted and pictured.
Mobile & Apps

Phage display for engineering blood-contacting surfaces
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted in two articles.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in Scienmag, Bioengineer, Bright Surf and
Technique developed to grow custom-fit bone implants
The Virginia Engineer

Engineers boost output of solar desalination system by 50%
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. Dongare is cited in Popular Mechanics South Africa.
Science Bulletin (This article also appeared in The Science Times, World News Network and Innovation Toronto.)
Desalination improved, thanks to solar power
Popular Mechanics South Africa

Is glue the answer to climate change?
An article about an Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) study that determined that small epoxy molecules make effective carbon capture materials quotes Andrew Barron, professor emeritus of chemistry and founder and director of ESRI.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in Bioengineer and Bright Surf.)

Climate risk impacts on the energy system
An article about the impacts of climate change on energy infrastructure cites Rice research about how Gulf Coast ports may be affected.
Council on Foreign Relations

The 20 wealthiest private universities and colleges in America
Rice is featured.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider India, Insider and


UMass Dining receives 9th straight gold in collegiate culinary competition
An article about the American Culinary Federation’s competition for chefs representing colleges and universities from across the U.S., Canada and China mentions that Rice’s team won a gold medal.
UMass Amherst News

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.
Enid News & Eagle (This article also appeared in McAlester News-Capital, Stillwater News Press, the Duncan Banner, the Norman Transcript and the Ada News.)

Podcast: Meet the candidate — Beverly Brooks Thompson (Senate District 16)

Alumnus Lamar White authored a column.
Bayou Brief


Aggies, Horns to hoop it up in Fort Worth
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University men’s basketball teams played an exhibition game at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse in 2017 to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Sarasota grad is living her dream playing in the Women’s World Cup
Former Rice soccer player Gabriela Garton is featured and pictured.
The Stars Post

Tribe’s all-time saves leader DFA’d by Angels
Former Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens is mentioned.
Major League Baseball

BYU football’s addition of grad-transfer RBs doesn’t indicate shift in recruiting approach
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esukpa is mentioned.
Daily Herald

Saint Leo gets new coach
Rice assistant men’s basketball coach Vance Alexander is mentioned.
The Laker/Lutz News

Former Rice football player arrested again in death of Rice student athlete
A television news story features the late Blain Padgett and Stuart Mouchantaf, former Rice football players.
KTRK Online (This article also appeared in Click2Houston Online, and the television segment aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
Former Rice athlete facing federal charges he provided lethal drug to teammate
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Texas and its largest county face persistent drug treatment shortages, says Baker Institute expert
A wealth of evidence shows that medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence can work, but most Americans can’t get access to it, according to a drug policy expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. In Texas, legislators did little to address this issue in the session that ended May 27, said Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at the institute.

High school students to launch rockets in Rice Stadium
More than five decades after President John F. Kennedy gave his famous “we choose to go to the moon” speech at Rice Stadium – and just a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing – 125 high school students participating in Rice’s Aerospace and Aviation Academy camp will launch prototype rockets in the stadium June 24.

About Stefan De La Garza

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