Dateline Rice for June 25, 2019


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 in several articles.
Smithsonian Magazine
Reaching for the stars 
Wilmington News Journal 
Moon landing good for business 50 years later

United Airlines commemorates 50th anniversary of moon landing with celebratory flight
World Airline News


White people’s racial apathy can diminish over time
Research by lead author Tony Brown, a professor of sociology at Rice, that suggested prejudice among white people can lessen over time is featured.
Futurity (This article was featured in the June 25 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)


As officials mull Cypress Creek reservoir, group urges more focused fixes
An article about a Cypress Creek watershed study quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Community Impact Newspaper

July art shows: ‘Impulse,’ ‘Higher Ground’ and ‘Shooting the Moon’
An arts roundup mentions that “WE ARE THE ASTEROID III,” a solar-powered LED message board art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia with text written by Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, will be on view through Aug. 31 at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Wortham Foundation Grove.
Houston Press (Scroll down to: “Shows Already Up or Opening the Last Week in June.”)

Glenwood Cemetery, resting place to Howard Hughes, gets an upgrade
An article mentions that Howard Hughes’ burial plot at Glenwood Cemetery was designed by William Ward Watkin, the founding director of Rice’s architecture department.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Understanding brain activity when you name what you see
Rice research into understanding the neural processes when a person sees and names a picture suggests that there are dynamic interactions within multiple neural networks. Co-author Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted and pictured.
Baylor College of Medicine News (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Easy to give up, a little tougher to keep going
A column authored by contributing editor Tom Behrens mentions that he is a former Rice football player.


CBS News Radio
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 in several CBS segments about immigrant children being held on the U.S.-Mexico border. Jones is quoted by KRLD and interviewed by Texas Standard about Texas politics.
WWJ-AM (Detroit; this segment aired on over 400 stations around the U.S.)
CBS News Radio 
WCBS-FM (New York; this segment aired on over 400 stations around the U.S.)
CBS News Radio 
WCBS-FM (New York; this segment aired on over 400 stations around the U.S.)
CBS News Radio 
WCBS-FM (New York; this segment aired on over 400 stations around the U.S.)
Conservative state Rep. Jonathan Stickland announces he’s not seeking re-election
Texas House conservative Jonathan Stickland says he won’t run in 2020
Texas Standard (The radio segment aired on over 30 stations across Texas.)

West Texas boom softens oil market impacts of Iran tensions, analysts say
Joe Barnes, a foreign policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Emerging tech that’ll improve and/or ruin everything
An article features and pictures Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct faculty member in biosciences and the former Huxley Fellow in Ecology and Evolution at Rice, who co-authored “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”
Iowa Public Radio (This segment aired on over 10 affiliate stations across Iowa.)

Rising tensions in the Persian Gulf between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about rising tensions in the Middle East.
KPFA Online (This segment also aired in California on KPFA-FM in Pacifica, KPFB-FM in Berkeley, KFCF-FM in Fresno, KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara and KBBR-FM in Santa Cruz.) (Comments begin at 1:36:12.)

‘Houston’s Morning Show 7 a.m.’
A television broadcast features the “Aerospace and Aviation Academy Camp” held at Rice June 24.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


To serve humanity
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 a column about the first International Workshop on Digital Humanism that was recently held in Vienna, Austria.
Communications of the ACM

Dirty water holds biggest promise, Jefferies says
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Diesel Gasoil

Researchers share their protocol for handling carbon nanotubes
Rice research that developed a cost-effective way to handle nanomaterials in labs is featured. Andrew Barron, professor emeritus of chemistry, is quoted. Pavan Raja, a research scientist at Rice’s Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center, and research scientist Varun Gangoli are mentioned.
Science Times

WaterWorld weekly newscast — June 24, 2019
A roundup of water news features Rice research that boosted the efficiency of a solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into “hot spots.”

Bioengineers discover 3D-print technology for organ replacement
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on research to develop a hydrogel air sac designed to mimic a lung.
Medical Tech Outlook

Power/Performance Bits: June 25
An engineering roundup features Rice research that determined that antennas made of carbon nanotube films are just as efficient as copper for wireless applications.
Semiconductor Engineering (This article also appeared in Materials Today, Reinforced Plastics and Wotech.)

Are your reactions keeping your employees from speaking up?
A new study by Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychology at Rice, which explains how leaders can use language that encourages workers to offer more ideas in the future, is featured.
Clearance Job


Early birds catch the best classes: PCC registration starts June 27
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Pasadena News Now

Monday roundup: Texas literary calendar for June 24-30, 2019
A Texas literary events roundup mentions that Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will present the latest event in its “Urban Reads” series, a discussion and book-signing of Alexander Garvin’s “The Heart of the City: Creating Vibrant Downtowns for a New Century,” June 25.

BSO owed vendors $2.1 million as of April, nearly doubling amount owed 19 months ago
An article quoting Ivan Stefanovic mentions that his son attends Rice.
Baltimore Sun

Podcast: 20-year-old Henry Walther gave the best speech at Louisiana’s True Blue Gala. So, we plugged in the amp.
Alumnus Lamar White hosted a podcast.
Bayou Brief

Mooie mazzelaars: Knappe mensen krijgen meer waardering
Rice research is cited. (An English translation is not available.)


USATF U20 Outdoor Championships close with strong performances in Miramar
An article about the 2019 USA Track and Field U20 Outdoor Championships mentions that Rice athlete Corbett Fong won the men’s decathlon.

Houston sports: A reflection on Rice baseball’s greatest moment ever
An article featuring Rice baseball’s 2003 College World Series win mentions former Owls Wade Townsend, Jeff Niemann, David Aardsma, Vincent Sinisi and Paul Janish, who is also a current assistant coach. Former head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned and pictured.

2019 Twins midseason top prospect list: 26-30
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured.
Twins Daily

Tigers to play at Minute Maid Park in 2020
Former assistant baseball coach David Pierce and former player Anthony Rendon are mentioned.
LSU Sports News (This article also appeared in, WGNO Online, KATC Online, Lafayette NewsTulsa World andWhole Hog Sports.)

Ex-Lafayette High, Ragin’ Cajuns star Derik Keyes fulfills NFL dream as coach, not player
Former assistant strength and conditioning coach Lanier Coleman is mentioned.
The Daily Advertiser

5 things to know about new High School Baseball National Championship
Rice’s Reckling Park is mentioned.


Olga Dudchenko named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35
Rice and Baylor College of Medicine today announced that genomics researcher Olga Dudchenko, whose pioneering work has made it possible to reconstruct the genome of a new species for under $1,000, has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s 2019 list of Innovators Under 35.

About Stefan De La Garza

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