Dateline Rice for Aug. 6, 2019


Restrict access to handguns and assault weapons — they are weapons of mass destruction
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute, authored an op-ed about gun safety.
The Hill

California can’t sprawl in an environmentally responsible way
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about a planned community north of Los Angeles.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint.)

Facebook wants to let users turn thoughts into posts
Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted in an article about the rise in research on brain-computer interfaces. Robinson’s four-year project to develop headset technology that can directly link the human brain and machines without the need for surgery is highlighted in TMC News.
Daily Beast (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News UK.)
Why scientists are working with the military to develop headsets that can read minds
TMC News (This article also appeared in Medical Health News.)

Paper device shows rogue collagen’s role in heart disease
An article features an experimental device developed by Rice bioengineers to study heart disease. Co-authors Jane Grande-Allen, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and chair of the Brown School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, and graduate student Madeline Monroe are quoted. Undergraduate researcher Rebecca Nikonowicz and alumnus Matthew Sapp are mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

A submarine goes under a failing glacier to gauge rising seas
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 Satoshi Nakamoto Blog.)

Falcons, mountains and panoramic views: Kyrgyzstan in photos
Graduate student Ethan Wilensky-Lanford co-authored an article.

Toni Morrison: The woman who taught me that I’m not alone, from ‘The Bluest Eye’ to ‘Beloved’
The author of an op-ed mentions that she attended an AP English conference at Rice earlier this year.
Daily Beast


Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business launches The Index podcast
An article about The Index podcast by Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business highlights the following Jones School members: Dean Peter Rodriguez; Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing; Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor; Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management; Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy; and Rice Business Wisdom Editor Claudia Kolker.
Houston Style Magazine

These are the 16 Houston startups coming out of UH’s RED Labs and Rice’s OwlSpark
An events roundup mentions that Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark, and the University of Houston’s RED Labs participated in the sixth annual Bayou City Startup Showcase Aug. 1. Kerri Smith, managing director of OwlSpark, is quoted.

What’s showing at Houston galleries this week
A Houston arts roundup mentions Gillian Wearing’s installation “Rock ‘n’ Roll 70” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The site-specific work “Wallpaper” consists of portraits that have been altered to imagine what the artist will look like in 20 years.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Back-to-school costs add up for families, college students
An article mentions that Sohee Park attends Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

6 nonmegaplex film screenings this August
A Houston-area movie roundup mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Ay Mariposa” Aug. 21.


Exiting lawmakers provide opportunity for Fort Bend County GOP
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. (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.) (This segment aired twice.)
Biden leads O’Rourke in new Texas poll
Dallas Observer

Census: Minorities won’t be in minority much longer
Former U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is quoted in an article about the changing demographics of the U.S.

Competing coastal protection plans come with vastly different price tags
An article features Rice’s research into the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposed 25-foot-tall levee to protect the Houston-Galveston region from hurricanes.
Texas Standard (This radio segment aired on more than 30 affiliate stations in Texas.)


US escalates Venezuela sanctions, may target crude flows to India, China
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, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts
Crystallex scores legal victory in effort to seize Citgo
Energy Intelligence (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 29 print edition of International Oil Daily.)

Biotech researchers in Houston work to create replacement organs
Collaborative Rice research that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimic a human lung is featured. Co-authors Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Bagrat Grigoryan are interviewed in the accompanying video.
CGTN America (This video segment also aired on CGTN-TV.)

Rice lab produces simple fluorescent surfactants
Rice researchers combined surfactants and fluorescent dyes, which may help capture images of single nanotubes or cells. Study co-authors Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Ashleigh Smith McWilliams are quoted. Additional co-authors mentioned are Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry; graduate students Selin Ergülen and Meredith Ogle and alumnus Carlos de los Reyes.
7thSpace Interactive (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Best colleges for need-based financial aid, according to students
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 6 in the nation for offering great financial aid by the Princeton Review.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in, Business Insider India, Business Insider Singapore and Business Insider Malaysia.)

King of the Mississippi
An excerpt of “King of the Mississippi,” a novel authored by alumnus Mike Freedman, is featured.
Literary Hub

Lazy rivers, mountain climbing and all-you-can-eat meal plans: 11 colleges with enticing perks
An article about universities with the best perks features Rice.

Gilbane Building Company celebrates groundbreaking of The Ion
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district that broke ground July 19, is featured.
Informed Infrastructure

Kids and urbanization
An article cites a gentrification study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Planetizen (This article also appeared in Finanzen.)

Half a century after Apollo, why haven’t we been back to the moon?
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Stock News Brief

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

Gold and silver boosted by 1st Fed rate cut since 2008 crisis
Alumnus John Lee authored an article.
ValueWalk (This article also appeared in Bitcoin Warrior.)

Whitestone REIT (WSR) Q2 2019 earnings call transcript
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
The Motley Fool (This article also appeared in The Daily Press, Yahoo! News Singapore and Nasdaq.)

Trying to lose weight? Putting down your phone may help
An article features Rice research that indicates mindless switching between digital devices is associated with increased susceptibility to food temptations and lack of self-control.


The value of the so-called ‘token’ woman
When women’s ideas are actually heard and enacted by her male teammates, complex tasks are performed more effectively, according to a new collaborative Rice study. Co-author Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychology, is mentioned.
UConn Today (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)

Houston traffic: The $7 billion solution to gridlock is more highways
Leah Binkovitz, the senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Today’s calendar: Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
An article mentions that Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give the keynote address at Oregon State University’s Clean and Sustainable Water Quality Initiative symposium Aug. 6.
The Corvallis Advocate

Memorial honoring lost glacier to be installed in Iceland Aug. 18
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.
Mirage News
Glaciar na Islândia morre devido ao aquecimento global
Motor 24
Newstalk Ireland

Does music help us study better? Science explains
An article cites Rice research into the comprehension of verbal material amid different background noises.

Fleming Scholars work with researchers
Rice is mentioned.
The Journal Record (This article also appeared in the July 29 print edition.)


Rice football: Position battles on offense
Rice football’s fall camp is featured. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

15-year-old Parker Reynolds picks up 2nd trials cut on day 4 of Mt. Hood Futures
An article featuring Rice swimmer Sarah Nowaski mentions that she won the 1,500-meter freestyle at the Mt. Hood Futures swim meet.

Kentucky football: Where are Mark Stoops’ former assistants?
Former Rice assistant football coaches D.J. Eliot and Craig Naivar are featured.
Lexington Herald Leader

Spring Valley’s stuntman: Wrestler Chester Hayes had a long career in Hollywood 
Former Rice football player Chester Hayes is featured and pictured.
LaSalle News Tribune

Watch: Practice highlights of Herb Hand, O-line in fall camp
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

UTEP football single-game tickets on sale now
An article mentions that Rice will play the University of Texas at El Paso on Oct. 5.
El Paso Herald-Post (This article also appeared in KFOX Online and CBS 4 Online.)


Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business launches The Index podcast
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, one of the country’s top-ranked business schools, has launched a new podcast, The Index, which examines the science behind scandals, epiphanies, live performance and other aspects of our lives.

Memorial honoring lost glacier to be installed in Iceland Aug. 18
Following the hottest month in recorded human history, the first Icelandic glacier to fall victim to climate change will be remembered with a memorial to be unveiled Aug. 18 — the first of its kind in the world, installed at the very place where the glacier Okjökull, known as “Ok,” stood.

In between a rock and a hard place at Rice U.
Work by Rice photography lecturer Justin Raphael Roykovich will be featured as the first fall exhibition by the university’s department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. “In/Between | A Rock and a Hard Place: Visions from the Ghost World of How to Survive One’s Sovereignty of Self Destruction in a Land We Assumed We Once Knew” debuts Sept. 5 at the Rice Media Center Gallery during an opening reception from 6-8 p.m.

About Stefan De La Garza

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