Dateline Rice for Aug. 21, 2019


Texas heat wave exposes energy grid challenges
Peter Hartley, the George and Cynthia Mitchell Chair in Sustainable Development at Rice, is quoted in an article about Texas’ Aug. 13 and Aug. 15 energy emergencies, when spare capacity fell to less than 3% of the state’s energy needs.
U.S. News and World Report

Making Pemex great again?
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, authored an article.
Americas Quarterly

Racist, anti-immigrant flyer turns up at Texas university a month before Democratic debate comes to town
An article cites the responses by President David Leebron and Rice University Police Department Captain Clemente Rodriguez to offensive flyers found on campus.
Newsweek (Similar articles also appeared in KKTX Online, Fox 7 Online and WOAI Online.)
‘Send them back!’ Racist flyers on Texas campus depict ‘The Squad,’ photos show
The Telegraph (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
La Universidad Rice es denunciada por fomentar el racismo mediante volantes
Tribuna (An English translation is not available.)
Hallan volantes racistas en la Universidad Rice, en Houston
Lopez-Doriga Digital (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Tenemos Noticias.)

Iceland is mourning a dead glacier — how grieving over ecological destruction can help us face the climate crisis
Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change was remembered with a monument unveiled at the site of the former glacier Aug. 18. Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, and Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology, are featured.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in, Totally Vegan Buzz, Science Times, Click Lancashire, GoSport Times, Newburgh Gazette and Indiana Environmental Reporter.)
The Weather Channel (This segment aired six additional times since it first appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Climate change killed an Iceland glacier
KTVZ Online (This article also appeared in KESQ Online.)
El glaciar Okjokull recibe un funeral tras morir a los 700 años
La Raza (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in La Opinion and El Diario.)

Naperville News Digest
A news roundup features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources. ABC 30 Online mentions that Fresno State University has partnered with OpenStax.
Chicago Tribune (Scroll down to “COD chosen to participate in textbook initiative.”)
Fresno State partnering up with nonprofit to give students free access to online textbooks
ABC 30 Online (This segment also aired five times on KFSN-TV in Fresno, California.)

America’s top colleges 2019
An article about Forbes’ 2019 list of the best value colleges mentions that Rice is ranked No. 21 in the nation.

Americans want federal action on election security ahead of 2020, per new Brookings survey 
An article cites a 2016 Rice analysis of Google Consumer Surveys.
Brookings Institution

The 15 US colleges that pay off the most for engineering students
An article about U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation features Rice.

Nya teorin: Jupiter kan ha krockat med en stor planet
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.
MSN Nyheter (An English translation is not available. Similar articles appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Oil donors shy on Trump’s 2020 campaign, for now
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. )
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment aired 10 times.)

Most ACA rates for 2020 going down in Houston, but trouble seems never far away 
Vivian Ho, the director of the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is requited. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition.)

Houston clean energy company closes $5.8M Series A and prepares to revolutionize the industry 
An article mentions that hydrogen fuel cell technology currently under development by Syzygy Plasmonics was pioneered by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute; and Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering.
InnovationMap (This article also appeared in NewsCaf.)

Rice research delves into the importance of trendspotting in consumer behavior
Wagner Kamakura, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article based on his research.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

Moody Center for the Arts announces appointment of two new associate curators
An article featuring Ylinka Barotto and Frauke Josenhans mentions that they are the new associate curators at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Dallas Art Dealers Association

Houston designer Kristina Haag launches first clothing line Cotidié
An article featuring Kristina Haag mentions that she attends Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 21 print editions of the Chronicle’s Memorial Examiner and Bellaire Examiner, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Energizing education: Entergy Texas fuels learning opportunities
An article mentions that Rice supports educational programs in Texas through initiatives from Entergy Texas.
Entergy News

Sears’ Mall of the Mainland store to close, another casualty of e-commerce
An article highlights the redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district that broke ground July 19.
Houston Chronicle’s Bay Area Citizen (This article appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition.)


Texas A&M ranked best college value in state
An article mentions that Rice is No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “best value” list. (This article also appeared in
Hullabaloo, Caneck! Caneck!: Texas A&M overtakes UT Austin in new ranking of best colleges
KAGS Online

An EpiPen for the wrist?
An article featuring undergraduate Rice research to develop a wearable device for allergy sufferers is featured. Deirdre Hunter, lecturer at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Martel College senior Justin Tang and Sid Richardson College senior Albert Han are quoted.
WQAD Online

‘Rhapsody on the Reef’ at Moody Gardens
A television broadcast mentions that an expert from Rice will speak at “Rhapsody on the Reef” Aug. 23 at Moody Gardens in Galveston.
Click2Houston Online (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Texas Public Radio
An article about Niche’s 2020 Best College rankings features Rice, which was ranked No. 1 in Houston and No. 1 in Texas. (This segment aired on more than 30 affiliate stations across Texas.)


US sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline: Strategic hit or miss? [GGP]
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Natural Gas World

Universities are fighting for clean water for all 
A roundup of water treatment innovations features research by Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering.
The University Network

3 Houston universities receive grant to boost minority STEM faculty
An article mentions that Rice is part of a collective National Science Foundation grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM. Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at the Brown School, are quoted.
Center for Digital Education
Houston colleges win $2.7M for minority STEM opportunities

Fewer health troubles for older workers with the right job
Research by Margaret Beier, professor of psychological sciences, is featured.
Government Executive (A similar article appeared in Benefits Canada and Canada HR Reporter.)

Not so tough now: h-BN more amenable to bonding after reduction reaction
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.
The American Ceramic Society

Mobile devices rewire your brain, turning you into a reward addict who craves more food
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. Postdoctoral research fellow Richard Lopez is quoted.
Satoshi Nakamoto Blog
Dispositivos móveis reprogramam o cérebro, transformando você em um viciado em recompensas
Nova Ordem Mundial

7 college campuses that are actually great to visit
An article about stunning university campuses in the U.S. features Rice and pictures Lovett Hall.
Budget Travel

For the love of our ocean
Alumna Elaine Shen is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Ocean Conservancy

New Higher Education-Industry alliance will transform how we prepare students for 21st-century careers
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Higher Education-Industry Coalition, which aims to connect universities with leading private sector employers to improve outcomes for underrepresented students while addressing workforce needs.
Insight into Diversity

Proposal to make US-Mexico border an ‘energy park’ has industry support
Rice is mentioned.
Climate Liability News

CUR physics and astronomy division announces 2019 faculty mentor awardees 
An article featuring Cristian Bahrim mentions that he helped establish the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Symposium at Rice.


Online sellers prefer buyers from swanky neighborhoods 
Rice research that suggests transactions conducted through online resale websites are affected by the addresses where prospective buyers live is featured. Max Besbris, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
True Viral News

5 young emerging Europeans make MIT’s top innovators list
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, was named to MIT Technology Review magazine’s 2019 list of Innovators Under 35.
Emerging Europe

His persistence pays off
Alumnus Kaoru Suzuki is featured and pictured.
LEAD Cincinnati

Trump nominates Indian American judge Anurag Singhal for US District Court seat in southern Florida 
Alumnus Raag Singhal is featured.
India West

‘Thanks Fletcher’! Bond Memorial Park shelter dedication
An article features the late Fletcher Gabbard.
Jackson County Sun

2 Georgia colleges among the South’s top 15, according to Forbes
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ list of top Southern colleges and universities.
WGAU Online

265 Baton Rouge Magnet High School students named AP Scholars
An article mentions that Ekrem Kizilkaya will be attending Rice.
WAFB Online

The 10 best corkscrews for your liquor cabinet
The late alumnus Herbert Allen, who invented the first iteration of the lever corkscrew, is featured.
Idea Hacks


Rice recruiting: Owls confident in the process
An article about Rice football’s recruiting efforts quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition.)

Rice welcomes new member of women’s volleyball team
An article and broadcast feature Rice’s volleyball team and 12-year-old Emily McPhail, who will be joining the team as an honorary Owl for the upcoming season through Team Impact.
Click2Houston Online (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
Tell Me Something Good for Monday, Aug. 19, 2019

Red Sox blank Orioles for 4th straight win
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is featured.
Boston Globe (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in,, Konitono News, Centre Daily Times and the Boston Herald.)
Shaping Red Sox infielder Brock Holt: Mentor, friend, coach, Derwood Penney
Fansided (This article also appeared in and

Houston Astros extend netting ahead of 10-game homestand
An article mentions that Rice’s Reckling Park features extended netting.
ABC 13 Online

Southern League weekly award winners announced for Aug. 12-18
Former Rice baseball player Tristan Gray is featured.
Our Sports Central

Baylor preview: Brewer clear No. 1 QB after Bears go from 1 to 7 wins
An article mentions that Rice will play Baylor University Sept. 21 at Rice Stadium.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

A tour of Texas’ 2019 schedule, from Tech to Tech (Louisiana and Texas) and everything in between
Two articles mention that the University of Texas at Austin’s football team will play Rice Sept. 14 at NRG Stadium. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned in the Austin  American-Statesman.
Austin American-Statesman
17 amazing facts about the 2019 college football schedule

Men’s tennis announces fall slate
An article mentions the Oct. 18-20 Rice Invitational.
UTSA Athletics

Texas Tech gets help at cornerback in form of Utah State transfer, Dallas native Ja’Marcus Ingram
Former Rice football player Jackson Tyner is featured.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Best College Sports News Network and

Real engagements: Gabrielle Stanton and Glenn Otto
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto and former Rice women’s basketball player Gabrielle Stanton are featured and pictured.
Perfect Wedding Guide


Mexico’s campaign to end corruption in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute
Santiago Nieto, director of Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit, will speak at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Aug. 28 on how the country’s new strategy to combat corruption has improved the rule of law and discuss plans to develop a national system against money laundering and terrorism financing.

A hallmark of superconductivity, beyond superconductivity itself
Rice physicists have found “electron pairing,” a hallmark feature of superconductivity, at temperatures and energies well above the critical threshold where superconductivity happens.

Rice U. energy expert: Oil and gas industry’s ‘defensive’ history influences approach to climate change
As the climate debate heats up ahead of the 2020 elections, the country’s oil and gas companies want to get in front of the curve. But they may be hampered by a longstanding culture of playing defense, according to former energy industry executive Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of energy management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

About Stefan De La Garza

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