Dateline Rice for June 26, 2019


Was Apollo 11 a beginning or an end?
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 Texas Monthly. WZZM mentions that Brinkley will speak at the National Writers Series July 13 in Traverse City, Michigan.
Texas Monthly
National Writers Series of Traverse City
WZZM Online (The video segment aired on WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.)

Review: One giant leap for mankind
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is  mentioned.
America Magazine


As you watch the Democratic debates, remember that how politicians speak is as important as what they say
Matthew Hayes, assistant professor of political science, and Diana O’Brien, associate professor of political science, co-authored an op-ed ahead of the first debate for Democratic presidential hopefuls.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

As coal fades in the US, natural gas becomes the climate battleground
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Fitted with sensors, Antarctic seals track water temperatures
An article about the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica features photos by Linda Welzenbach, a science writer in the Rice Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
Wired (This article also appeared in Elexonic, Satoshi Nakamoto Blog, F3 News and Gizmo Crazed.)


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. This article appeared on the front page of the June 26 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Census citizenship question could affect amount of federal money Texas receives for critical needs
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and former U.S. Census Bureau director, is quoted.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in the June 26 print edition.)

What does Beto O’Rourke need to do in the first Democratic presidential debate?
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
Dallas Observer
Issues most important to Texans ahead of Democratic presidential debate
Click2Houston (This video segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
A lot is on the line for the two Texans as Democratic debates begin tonight (This segment aired 10 times.)

On the money: Subscription plans make life easier, but costs can add up
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.
Texarkana Gazette (This Associated Press article also appeared in Detroit Legal News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it first appeared online.)

Study: White racial prejudice can lessen 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.
Defender Network

Breaking down Houston’s 4 new startup accelerator programs
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

RUSMP launches ‘The STEM Behind Oil and Gas’
An article about the Rice University School Mathematics Project’s (RUSMP) new program “The STEM Behind Oil and Gas” quotes Anne Papakonstantinou, director of RUSMP.
Village News

Houston billionaire buys Texas Monthly, promising to invest and invigorate National Magazine of Texas
Alumna Randa Duncan Williams is featured in numerous articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 26 print edition.)
New billionaire owner of Texas Monthly prefers background
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 26 print edition.)
10 things to know about Randa Duncan Williams, the Houston billionaire who just bought Texas Monthly
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texas Monthly owner Randa Duncan Williams
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Slow down and listen: Lina Dib’s breakthrough at Space HL
An article features the artwork of Lina Dib, lecturer in the program for writing and communication.


Migrant caravans ‘vanish’ after Mexico deploys soldiers
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.
KTSM Online

What’s in a word? Navigating language and grammar
Nancy Niedzielski, associate professor of linguistics, is interviewed about the evolution of language.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Houston teen earns 138 merit badges, every one offered by Boy Scouts
Rice is mentioned.
KTRK Online (This video segment also aired on KRTK-TV in Houston.)


Understanding brain activity when you name what you see
Rice research into understanding the neural processes involved 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.
Technology Networks (This article also appeared in Ciencias Medicas News.)

Saudi Aramco: The giant preparing for its IPO
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in Swissquote, and an op-ed he authored is cited in Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
Forbes fibs on Netanyahu’s alleged warmongering
Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

Russian influence in Venezuela: What should the United States do?
An article mentions that 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, spoke at an event co-hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and its Eurasia Center to detail the extent of Russian involvement in Venezuela.
Atlantic Council

Water woes could be a boon for pipeline companies
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Rigzone (This article also appeared in World Oil and Oil and Gas 360.)

Olga Dudchenko named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35
An article features and pictures Olga Dudchenko, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, whose research has made it possible to reconstruct the genome of almost any species for under $1,000 and who has been named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s 2019 list of Innovators Under 35.
Bioengineer (This article also appeared in 7th Space Interactive and Scienmag.)

GCC: A glimmer of hope or condemned to history?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New Arab

Flexible generators could power next-gen wearable technology
An article features the research of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, which has adapted laser-induced graphene into small, metal-free devices that generate electricity. The article quotes Tour and quotes and pictures postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford. Tour is mentioned in Evolution News.
Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry
‘Science Uprising’ challenges atheism as the ‘smart’ option
Evolution News

Unleashing the power of BRAVIA’s pro mode
An article mentions that Derek Rabuck, consultant and project manager for the Office of Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.
Audio Visual News Network

Science X newsletter — week 25
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.”
The Edge (Similar articles also appeared in Snuffysmith’s Blog, Long Room, WebNuz, Latest Nigerian News, Zicos and News Global.)

2019 best EMBAs: Brendan Wyker, Cornell University (Johnson)
Alumnus Brendan Wyker is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Poets & Quants

How transposons improve CRISPR efficiency
Alumnus Thomas Clements authored an article.
PLoS Blogs

AVA welcomes 6 new Resident Artists for the 2019-2020 opera season
Alumna Anne Marie Stanley is featured.
Broadway World

Financial Times hires Kruppa for VC beat
Alumnus Miles Kruppa ’16 is featured.
Talking Biz News

Amazon’s Expressions program helps employees brush up on creativity
Alumnus Hsing-Hui Hsu is quoted.
Seattle Business

Q&A: Rachel Render
A Q&A featuring Rachel Render mentions that she is the former assistant dean of external relations at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and helped develop the Military Scholars Program at Rice, which aims to fully support veterans in their pursuit of full-time MBA degrees.


Woodmen Business Buzz: ACSI appoints Dr. Larry Taylor as new president
An article mentions that Chas Taylor attended Rice.
Colorado Springs Gazette

Candace Bushnell unveils book cover for ‘Is There Still Sex in the City?’
Alumna Candace Bushnell is featured.

IISER students go places! These grads bound for Western varsities vouch
Rice is mentioned.
On Manorama


Texas Tech quarterback group picks up depth piece in graduate transfer Jackson Tyner 
Former Rice football player Jackson Tyner is featured.
SB Nation (This article also appeared in EIN, KFDA Online, and

Wisconsin Herd hires basketball operations staff
Former Rice basketball player Arte Culver is mentioned.
Our Sports Central (This article also appeared in Fox Valley 365.)

Not just coach speak 
Former Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

‘KPRC Channel 2 News at Noon’
A television news story mentions the late Blain Padgett and Stuart Mouchantaf, former Rice football players.
KPRC-TV (Houston; this segment aired four times.)
Ex-Rice football player federally charged in connection with teammate’s death pleads not guilty


Mexico sees significant rise in energy-related social conflicts, Baker Institute experts say
The number of energy-related social conflicts in Mexico has risen over the last several years, according to experts in the Mexico Center and Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and at the university’s Puentes Consortium.

About Stefan De La Garza

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