Dateline Rice for July 25, 2019


Trump doubles down on failed Cuba policy
Christopher Sabatini, nonresident fellow at the Mexico Center and the Latin America Initiative at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
New York Times (Subscription is required.)

A glacier is dead. A monument will tell visitors whose fault it was.
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument to be unveiled next month at the site of the former glacier. Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, are featured.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, MSN, Laredo Morning Times, World News Environment and EnvironmentGuru. Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
‘UK Regional Radio’
BBC Radio Highlands & Islands (This broadcast also aired on more than 50 other BBC affiliate stations.)
By seeing the glacier we can say whether it is dead or not
GTE News
Video of the week: Iceland’s Okjökull glacier is gone but not forgotten
El cambio climático acaba con el primer glaciar islandés
Esquire (An English translation is not available.)

Old habits die hard: Saudi Arabia struggles to end oil addiction
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters (This article appeared in more than 60 media outlets.)

Not blowing smoke: Wind has overtaken ‘risky’ coal for energy use in Texas for the first time
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
USA Today (This article appeared in more than 40 other media outlets, and a similar article appeared in Smart Energy International.)
Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal so far this year
Texas Public Radio (This article also appeared at, and
Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal in 2019: Report
‘It’s just economics.’ Wind blows past coal in Texas
Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition

Reliving history at the home of human space flight
Alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, the astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American, is mentioned.
Toronto Star (This article appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)


Are employee naps good for business?
An article features a Rice study that determined that people with nonvisible stigmas –including sexual orientation, mental illness and pregnancy — who live openly at work are happier with their overall lives and more productive in the workplace. Eden King, associate professor of psychology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 25 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline when it was posted online.)

New TMCx program launches, C-level execs named at Houston startups, and more innovation news
An innovation news roundup mentions that Rice and Cognite have created a partnership and internship program.
InnovationMap Houston

Greater Houston construction starts jump in June
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district that broke ground July 19, is mentioned in a photo slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Permian Basin-to-Gulf pipeline ahead of schedule, could be operational by September
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in a photo caption.
Corpus Christi Caller Times

The Must List: Cage The Elephant, Beck, Daniel Sloss
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Tarnation” July 28 as part of QFest. Other films being screened at Rice Cinema are featured in a roundup of non-megaplex theater offerings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing July 26-Aug. 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Vintage photos show Clear Lake 50 years ago, when NASA first put a man on the moon
Rice is mentioned in a photo slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston youth wins award for his efforts toward unity
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Get twisted with Dorothea Tanning at the Menil
Rice is mentioned in a photo slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UH helped NASA get to the moon
Rice is mentioned.
The Cougar


‘WINK News at 4 p.m.’
A broadcast features undergraduate Rice research to develop a wearable device for allergy sufferers. Quoted are Deirdre Hunter, lecturer at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Martel College senior Justin Tang and Sid Richardson senior Albert Han.
WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Florida)

‘Xploration Outer Space’
Alumnus Jerry Woodfill ’65, who was part of NASA’s Apollo Warning System engineering team, is featured. President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned in several media outlets.
KFXA-TV (Iowa City, Iowa. This broadcast also aired on KDSM-TV in Des Moines, Iowa; WMSN-TV in Madison, Wisconsin; KCIT-TV in Amarillo, Texas; KPTH-TV in Sioux City, Iowa; WRLH-TV in Richmond, Virginia; KSAS-TV in Wichita, Kansas; WUTV-TV in Buffalo, New York; KBSI-TV in Paducah, Kentucky; WVAH-TV in Charleston, West Virginia; WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh; WEMT-TV in Tri-Cities, Tennessee; KPEJ-TV in Odessa, Texas; and WOLF-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.)
‘US Senate’
‘UK Regional Radio’
BBC Cambridgeshire
ABC Northern Tasmania (This broadcast also aired on ABC Hobart.)
Kirsten Gillibrand releases $10 trillion, 10-year plan to combat climate change
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Lunar narratives: Landing on the moon, politics and the Cold War
Eurasia Review
Columnist recalls fascination with moon landing
The Daily News (Subscription is required.)
Chairman speaks out against racist comments
The Transylvania Times


Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues
The lab of Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the Brown School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, has invented soft microparticle sensors to monitor oxygen levels in hydrogels that serve as scaffolds for growing tissues. Grande-Allen and lead author Reid Wilson, an M.D./Ph.D. student at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine, are quoted. Alumnus Matthew Sapp and graduate student Sergio Barrios are mentioned. An illustration by Wilson is included. Rice research scientist Jennifer Connell, a co-author of the paper, is mentioned in Mirage News.
Scientists develop fluorescent sensors to track nutrients in hydrogel-based healing
Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues
Mirage News

Researchers develop nanotubes that can increase solar panel efficiencies
An article features Rice research that suggests carbon nanotubes may make solar panels more efficient. Co-authors Gururaj Naik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Chloe Doiron are quoted.
Interesting Engineering
New device that channels heat into light could boost solar cell efficiency to 80%
Science Alert (A similar article appeared in Renewable Snaps.)
Data centers may soon recycle heat into electricity
Network World

Toward molecular computers: First measurement of single-molecule heat transfer
Collaborative Rice research that recorded the first measurement of heat transfer through a single molecule is featured. Lead author Longji Cui, the J. Evans Attwell Welch Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is quoted.
Michigan Engineer News Center

Field hearing: ‘Weathering the Storm: Improving Hurricane Resiliency Through Research’
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, was a witness at a July 22 House Science Committee hearing.
Hill Heat

Can we trust scientific discoveries made using machine learning?
Alumna Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
The Tech Advocate

Best emerging technologies for solar energy
Rice engineers developed flexible organic photovoltaics that could be useful where constant, low-power generation is sufficient.

Bosses’ reaction influences whether workers speak up: Study
A 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.
Occupational Safety

All the reasons you should move to Texas
Rice is mentioned.
MarketWatch (This article also appeared at


The future of code
Swarat Chaudhuri, associate professor of computer science, is quoted.

Immigrants avoid everyday activities over deportation fears and it’s causing psychological distress
Rice research is mentioned.
Think Progress

Molecular bait can help hydrogels heal wounds: Bioengineers mix injectable scaffolds at room temperature to grow new tissue
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.

How to save money on texbooks at UCF
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
UCF Today

76th annual Novena to Our Lady of the Snows begins July 28
Raymond Cook, director of the campus ministry and chaplain at St. Mary’s Chapel at Rice, is mentioned.
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Province

Working on an impossibly small scale
An article mentions the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.
New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (This article originally appeared in Telegraph-Journal.)
$460,000 investment to make solar power more accessible
New Brunswick Innovation Foundation
Start-up grants boost research
New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

TScan Therapeutics formed to overcome challenges of current immunotherapies with novel TCR discovery platform and $48 million in funding
Alumnus David Southwell ’84 is featured.
Le Lézard (This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Are you a Latina going out of state for college? You need to read this
Rice is mentioned.
Hispanic Network Magazine

REELY to power AI-generated highlights for Utica Comets and Utica City FC for the 2019-20 season.
Rice is mentioned.
Daily Times Leader (This article appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Čeká nás a nemine: Lidé rození ve vesmíru se evolučně odchýlí od pozemštanů
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice and author of “Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our Continuing Evolution,” is interviewed about the possible effects of humans reproducing in space. The book is mentioned in a broadcast by KTRS-AM in St. Louis.
CDR (An English translation is not available.)
KTRS-AM (St. Louis)

Colegio Americano en cumbre internacional de liderazgo
Rice is mentioned.
El Telégrafo (An English translation is not available.)


Creighton, DePaul finish in WBCA Academic Top 25
The Rice women’s basketball team was No. 18 on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s 2018-19 Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.
Big East Conference (A similar article appeared at

Into the portal: NCAA’s transfer mechanism aids traveling students, but at what cost?
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esupka and former assistant coach A.J. Steward are quoted.

A recruit’s reality: Justin Northwest leading tackler commits to this Pac-12 school
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Soft micro-monitors keep tabs on oxygen in new tissues
It’s important to know one’s new cells are getting nourishment, and Rice scientists are working on a way to tell for sure. The lab of bioengineer Jane Grande-Allen has invented soft microparticle sensors to monitor oxygen levels in hydrogels that serve as scaffolds for growing tissues.

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.