Dateline Rice for Aug. 13, 2019


Opinion: Ga.’s new voting machines will be up to the task
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)
At DefCon 27, DARPA’s $10 million voting system could not be hacked by Voting Village hackers due to a bug
Security Boulevard

Superbug mixes it up to beat ‘last resort’ antibiotic
Collaborative Rice research tracking the biochemical changes antibiotic-resistant bacteria undergo to adapt to a drug is featured. Co-authors Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and alumna Amy Prater are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Can the ‘masters of the flood’ help Texas protect its coast from hurricanes? 
An article cites a white paper by Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center. A caption mentions that students from Rice and Texas A&M University visited the Maeslant Barrier in the Netherlands.
Grist (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in Enviro Link and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Shocking NASA images reveal how enormous Iceland glacier Okjokull has vanished in three decades thanks to soaring temperatures in the Arctic 
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change will be remembered with a monument to be unveiled at the site of the former glacier. Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, are featured.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in EuroNews and When in Manila.)


A more progressive Texas: From Travis County to Smith County
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, authored an op-ed in TribTalk. Jones is quoted in two articles and appears in a television broadcast from MSNBC.
Texas: Republican powerhouse could shift to Democrats as demographics change
The Guardian (This article appeared in the Aug. 13 print edition of The Guardian USA, and it appeared online inInfosurhoy. This story appeared in previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Nearly 20 state lawmakers ask Gov. Greg Abbott to call special session on gun violence 
KSAT Online
‘American Swamp’

Parker: For non-whites, Trumpism has been a rallying call [Opinion]
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in the Chronicle’s Aug. 11 print edition.)

Money magazine names Texas A&M the best value in Texas
An article mentions that Rice is No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “best value” list.
Texas A&M News
Texas A&M narrowly beats UT Austin on new ranking of best colleges
CultureMap Austin (This article also appeared in CultureMap San Antonio.)

Garden calendar
An events roundup mentions that Wildscapes Workshop will take place Sept. 21 at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)


‘CNN Special Report’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is featured in a television broadcast.
CNN International
‘Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees’
CNN Transcripts

‘Great Day Houston’
Cesare Wright, outreach and leadership specialist at Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership, is featured in a broadcast.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Bacteria made to mimic cells, form communities
Collaborative Rice research into controlling the process of creating genetically distinguished communities of microbes that exhibit complex, non-native behaviors as the bacterium divides is featured. Co-authors Matthew Bennett, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, and alumna Sara Molinari are quoted.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

You’re not so tough, h-BN
Rice research into enhancing white graphene so that it retains its strength but is more amenable to bonding is featured. Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted. Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Edward Billups is mentioned.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Near-infrared laser used to heat objects to different temperatures at nanoscale
Collaborative Rice research into controlling the temperatures of connected plasmonic gold nanorods individually is featured. Co-authors mentioned include: Stephan Link, professor of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering and associate chair for graduate studies; former researcher Ujjal Bhattacharjee; current researcher Seyyed Ali Hosseini Jebeli; and former research scientist Wei-Shun Chang.

Simple solution to create fluorescent quantum defects
Collaborative Rice research that identified for the first time the distribution of quantum defects in carbon nanotubes using a novel spectroscopy method is featured. Co-authors Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate students Sergei Bachilo and Yu Zheng are mentioned. This research also is featured in TNW.
AZoQuantum (This article also appeared in and
How scientists use household bleach and quantum physics to hunt down cancer
TNW (This article also appeared in the Great Lakes Ledger.)

Sharp meets flat in tunable 2D material
Research by co-author Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is featured. Additional co-authors mentioned include: James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry, a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate students Amey Apte, Sandhya Susarla and Lucas Sassi; former postdoctoral researcher Jongwon Yoon; and alumnus Chandra Sekhar Tiwary.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in New Electronics.)

How a Persian Gulf conflict could impact commodities markets
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Stock News Brief

Poor fit between job demands, reasoning abilities associated with health conditions
Research by Margaret Beier, professor of psychological sciences, is featured.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Chemists show it’s hip to be square
An article features Rice’s research into azetidines and how they may be used as building blocks in drug design. Co-authors László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, and graduate students Nicole Behnke and Kaitlyn Lovato are quoted.
Chemiker zeigen, dass es hip ist, quadratisch zu sein (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Bionity.)

The week of Aug. 12, 2019
An article mentions that Rice is a lead university for the National Science Foundation’s quantum research institute conceptualization grants.
American Institute of Physics

Stick with AMD stock: Su is staying
Alumna Dana Blankenhorn authored an article.
Yahoo! Finance (This InvestorPlace article also appeared in Nasdaq and Markets Insider.)


College of DuPage partners with OpenStax to increase use of free textbooks
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Daily Herald (This article also appeared in the Glen Ellyn Patch.)

MU fundraising chief Hiles to retire 
An article featuring Tom Hiles mentions that he is the former director of campaigns at Rice.
Neosho Daily News (This article also appeared in the Columbia Daily Tribune.)

Exhibition ties health care and art together in ‘Arts in Healthcare’ showcase
An article mentions that artist Joseph Cohen has collaborated with experts from Rice to create paint at the molecular level.
Misericordia University

US internship an eye-opener for Poly graduates 
An article mentions that four graduates of Malawi Polytechnic attended the Summer Experience Design Internship Program at Rice.
Malawi 24

Vague hints of September — cool, wet bias may linger into state fair time
A photo is credited to Linda Welzenbach, a science writer in the Rice Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
Paul Douglas Weather
Thundery possibilities today — a perfect Thursday — origin of ‘dog days’
Paul Douglas Weather


Texans great Andre Johnson heads Gridiron Legends’ Class of 2019
Former Rice football player Jarett Dillard is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston set to host 7 home meets, AAC Championships in 2019-20
The Rice Invitational swim meet is mentioned.

Texas football: 5 best offenses the Longhorns face in 2019
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s football team will play Rice Sept. 14 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
2019 college football rankings: No. 13 Texas pushes to prove Longhorns really are back
Orlando Sentinel

ESPN 630 to broadcast Army West Point football
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Army Aug. 30. (This article also appeared in Radio Ink.)

Chiefs 90-man roster player guide
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured and pictured.
Chiefs Wire (Similar articles also appeared in, The Salem News, Citizen Tribune, Cherokee Tribune & Ledger News and The Anniston Star.)

Hayes was Chonowski: Career Hollywood stuntman has area relatives
Former Rice football player Chester Hayes is featured and pictured.
LaSalle News Tribune

Mixed reaction to SEC’s 2020 football schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Louisiana State University on Sept. 19, 2020.

Texas State 2019 preview: The games
An article mentions a 1986 football game between Rice and Texas State University.
SB Nation

Auburn University students happiest in the country
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 8 in the nation in the category of happiest students according to the Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges.”

State sports briefs
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas’ football team will host Rice Sept. 4, 2021.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Oklahoma State football: Rice cancels 2021 season opener vs. Cowboys
SB Nation
Johnson has 1-stroke lead over Spieth
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)

Texas line coach Herb Hand is bringing transfer guard Parker Braun along slowly 
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

Memphis quarterback Brady McBride Transfers to Texas State
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation


Damaged hearts rewired with nanotube fibers
Thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes have now proven able to bridge damaged heart tissues and deliver the electrical signals needed to keep those hearts beating. Scientists at Texas Heart Institute report they have used biocompatible fibers invented at Rice in studies that showed sewing them directly into damaged tissue can restore electrical function to hearts.

Finding the right fit at work is critical to your health
The right job can do wonders for older people’s health and well-being, while staying in the wrong job can be bad for their health and push them into early retirement, according to a new study from Rice and Colorado State University.

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.

About Stefan De La Garza

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