Dateline Rice for Aug. 15, 2019


Jupiter was hit by another planet 4.5 billion years ago in colossal collision 
A collaborative Rice study that suggests why Jupiter’s core is less dense and much larger than scientists expected is featured. Co-author Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted. A Rice video is included.
Jupiter’s ravenous past might help explain its diffuse, hazy core
Massive newbie planet smacked young Jupiter head-on
Jupiter’s weird core may have resulted from an early collision
Science News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


Argentines have spoken: Macri will be a one-term president
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 The Hill. Jones also participated in a roundtable discussion about the week’s top stories in Houston Public Media, and he is quoted in WOAI.
The Hill
Political roundup: Immigrants and benefits and another challenger for Cornyn
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Is Bonnen controversy the ‘tipping point’ for the Texas GOP?

How online graduate programs recruit students
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Atlantic

Will we ever control the world with our minds?
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.
BBC News (This article also appeared in Onties.)

The glaciers of Iceland seemed eternal. Now a country mourns their loss 
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.
The Guardian (This article appeared in the Aug. 15 print edition of The Guardian Australia and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Medio ambiente: Glaciar en Islandia desaparece y así lo demuestran alarmantes fotos de la NASA
La Prensa (An English translation is not available.)

After El Paso shooting, suburban Houston voters reexamine their own views on guns
An article cites research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 130 NPR-affiliated websites.)

America’s top STEM schools for women
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 10 on Forbes’ list of the top research institutions in the nation for women.

25 top private colleges 2019: Harvard, Stanford, Yale dominate
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 19 on Forbes’ list of top private universities in the nation.

25 top colleges and universities in the South 2019, ranked by academics and outcomes
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 2 in the South on Forbes’ list of top Southern colleges and universities.

Transitions: Tarleton State U. names finalist for president, Millersville U. selects chief diversity officer 
An article mentions that Seiichi Matsuda, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies, the E. Dell Butcher Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry and biochemistry and cell biology, has been named Rice’s interim provost.
The Chronicle of Higher Education

President Donald J. Trump announces judicial nominees, United States Attorney nominees and United States Marshal nominees
Alumnus Raag Singhal is featured. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Feeding the wolves 
Alumna Sara Tirschwell, who has accused Jess Ravich of gender discrimination and breach of contract, is featured.
New York Magazine

Toutes accros au Netflix de la mode
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Le Point (An English translation is not available. This article appeared in the Aug. 15 print edition.)


Thread-like fiber stitched into heart could be answer to arrhythmias
Collaborative Rice research into thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes to deliver electrical signals to damaged heart tissues is featured. Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, is quoted. Graduate students Lauren Taylor and Stephen Yan are pictured in the slideshow. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 15 print edition.)
Rutgers’ nanotechnology research might help with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases
PharmaLive (This article also appeared in Innovation Toronto and Daily Heralds.)

Rice, TSU, UH receive grant to improve minority representation in STEM education
An article mentions that Rice is part of a collective National Science Foundation grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM. Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at the Brown School, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in College Planning & Management.)

Sorry, Longhorns. Texas A&M provides best value of any Texas college, study says
An article mentions that Rice is No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “best value” list.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texas A&M narrowly beats UT Austin on new ranking of best colleges
CultureMap Dallas
‘TWC News All Night’
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired 11 times.)

Wine time: US Navy man turned sommelier Alex Abreu
Graduate student Jackie Gilberto is mentioned.
Houston Press

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Aug. 16-22
A Houston-area movie roundup mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Ay Mariposa” Aug. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

These Houston lawyers perform on stage as well as the courtroom
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


As heat wave continues, Houston’s emergency vehicles are under scrutiny for AC problems
Research by Rice graduate students to determine trends in Houston-area emergency calls is featured.
Houston Public Media
Study reveals Houston FD issues with resource allocation (This article also appeared in

The conspiracy theories surrounding Frost Bank Tower in Austin
Rice is mentioned.
KVUE Online (This segment aired five times on KVUE-TV in Austin.)


Texas has generated more electricity from wind than coal so far this year
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Texas Renewable Energy Industries Alliance

Matching cognition to job demands seen as vital for older workers
Research by Margaret Beier, professor of psychological sciences, is featured. (This article also appeared in, Daily Heralds, HR Dive and Government Executive.)

In AMLO’s Mexico, Pemex undergoing yet another facelift
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Mexico Center at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

Policy, public input must guide human embryo research, expert says
Human embryo research is a controversial topic that often pits the necessity of biomedical investigation against the moral commitment to protect early human life, said Kirstin Matthews, a fellow in science and technology policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Medical Xpress

Rice Jones’ Dane: Epiphanies can power your work life, too
Research by Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Poets & Quants

Other materials stories that may be of interest
Three Rice research studies are featured in a materials stories roundup.
The American Ceramic Society

Cheniere to become the 2nd-largest LNG operator by 2020
The Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum, held monthly on campus, is featured.
Gas Processing & LNG (This article also appeared in Hydrocarbon Processing.)

George C. Marshall Foundation names new president
Alumnus Paul Levengood is featured.
Virginia Business


Rice U. study: Creativity is a two-way street
An article features a collaborative Rice study that offers a framework for managers to build an environment in which creative ideas are spotted and utilized. Jing Zhou, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted. 
Mirage News

McDermott wins Psychonomic Society award
Alumna Kathleen McDermott is featured and pictured.
Washington University in St. Louis News

Scientists make first observation of fish using bioluminescent flashes to facilitate ‘schooling’
Collaborative Rice research that revealed a novel function for bioluminescence in ocean waters is featured.
University of Rhode Island News (This article also appeared in The Westerly Sun and Scienmag.)

Neighbors: Sunshiners brighten community’s days
Alumnus John Fowler is featured.
The Leader

OpenTable reveals the 25 best college towns for foodies in 2019, New Orleans named No.12
Rice students are mentioned. (This article also appeared in KSDK Online.)

Around the State: Wayland baseball team lauded as Champions of Character 
An article mentions that Ray Martinez has held government relations positions at Rice.
Baptist Standard

UM hires new faculty development director
Josh Eyler, former director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence, is featured.
Ole Miss News


New additions to Rice University’s baseball program includes Benitez
An article featuring Rice’s baseball program quotes head coach Matt Bragga. New players Eric Benitez, Austin Bulman, Christian Cienfuegos, Brayden Combs, Alex DeLeon, Cullen Hannigan, Daniel Hernandez, Andrew Kane, Tyler LaRue, Quinton Martin, Jared Plank, Mathew Santos and Garret Zaskoda are mentioned.
Alvin Sun & Advertiser

Green in C-USA: North Texas and Marshall league favorites
An article mentions that the University of Texas at Austin’s football team will play Rice Sept. 14 at NRG Stadium and play Baylor University Sept. 21 at Rice Stadium.
Yahoo! Sports (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Brock Holt (personal) will rejoin the Red Sox on Friday
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is featured.
The Providence Journal

Dick Harmon: Are expectations for running back Ty’Son Williams realistic?
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esukpa is mentioned.
Deseret News

UTSA announces Tickets for Troops cause for Army game
An article mentions that the University of Texas at San Antonio’s football team will host Rice Oct. 12.
UTSA Athletics

Know thy foe: LSU 
Rice is mentioned.
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal


Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA’s Juno spacecraft, according Rice astronomer and study co-author Andrea Isella.

About Stefan De La Garza

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