Dateline Rice for Aug. 22, 2019


Energy transitions and local action: The case of Colorado’s coal transition
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed about the growth of renewable energy. Medlock also is quoted in Courthouse News Service.
Report shows remarkable growth in US renewable energy
Courthouse News Service

‘These are troubling times’: Racist flyers hit California campus, school leader says 
Rice is mentioned.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in more than 30 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. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 22 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
‘The ultimate unforced error’: Texas House Speaker caught in political scandal

Rice anthropologists say goodbye to Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Iceland holds a sobering funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change
The Mary Sue (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Cientificos declaran ‘muerto’ glaciar en Islandia
El Universal (An English translation is not available. Similar articles also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

More highways, more problems
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Texas Observer (This article also appeared in USA News Updates.)
As Dallas preps mobility plan, the Texas Observer chronicles the detriments of expanding highways
D Magazine

The 2019 lineups are set
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Off the Kuff

Politan Row announces four food and beverage vendors
An article featuring the planned food hall Politan Row in Rice Village mentions that it is managed by Rice Management Co.
Houston Business Journal

Spanish-style mansion designed by architect of Rice U. among Houston’s priciest homes sold in July
An article mentions that the late architect Ralph Adams Cram is credited with designing Rice’s campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Timothy Faust wants us to think big in ‘Health Justice Now.’ That means single payer. 
Alumnus Timothy Faust, who authored “Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next,” is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Moody Center for the Arts appoints 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.

These are the best universities in Texas, according to Niche
An article about Niche’s 2020 Best College rankings features Rice, which was ranked No. 1 in Texas.
Dallas Business Journal
‘Morning Dose’
CW 39 (Houston) (This segment also aired on KGBT-TV in Harlingen, KUQI-TV in Corpus Christi, KJTV-TV in Lubbock, KYTX-TV in Tyler and KDBC-TV in El Paso.)

What’s happening in Houston art 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.)

Plight of Texas’ butterflies highlighted in documentary
An article mentions that Rice Cinema screened “Ay Mariposa” Aug. 22.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


The Weather Channel
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is featured in a television broadcast discussing flood mitigation in Houston.

‘Houston’s Morning Show at 9 a.m.’
Daniel Williamson, managing director of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is featured in a television broadcast.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
Alumna Christa Clarke is featured in a television broadcast.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘The List’
Alumnus Rob Landes is featured.
KTTW-TV (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations.)


Jupiter got hit by a planet 10 times the mass of Earth billions of years ago, and its core is still reeling, a new study suggests
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.
Business Insider (This research was a featured “Headline” on the Science360 News homepage and in the Aug. 22 newsletter, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

A hallmark of superconductivity, beyond superconductivity itself
Collaborative Rice research into superconductivity is featured. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and the department chair of physics and astronomy, is quoted and pictured. Graduate students Liyang Chen and Panpan Zhou are pictured.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Breaking up is hard to do (for electrons in high-temperature superconductors)  
UConn Today (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Measuring the charge of electrons in a high-temp superconductor
Science Codex

New progress on manganese-based MR contrast agent
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, is quoted.

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A materials stories roundup features collaborative Rice research into thin, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes to deliver electrical signals to damaged heart tissues.
The American Ceramic Society (Scroll down to “Biomaterials.”)

Rice University to study hurdles women face pursuing STEM careers
An article about proposed Rice research to study why so few women pursue careers in engineering quotes principal investigator Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences. Additional researchers include Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the OEDK; Gary Woods, professor in the practice in computer technology and electrical and computer engineering; graduate students Allison Traylor and Denise Reyes; and alumna Christina Lacerenza.
Society of Women Engineers

Higher education grants or gifts of interest to African Americans
An article mentions that Rice is part of a collective National Science Foundation grant to increase opportunities for underrepresented minorities pursuing careers in STEM.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

Business Briefs
A business news roundup mentions that Cognite is partnering with Rice to create an internship program aimed at attracting young people to the oil and gas industry.
Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine

Class Central ranks top 100 MOOCs ‘of all time’
An article mentions that Rice offers an online Python programming course on Coursera.
Campus Technology


How bosses react influences whether workers speak up
A new 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.
True Viral News

The final frontier: 5-year plan calls for US to establish base on moon, then go to Mars 
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
CBN News

College scholarships for women
Rice is mentioned.
Fast Web

How light affects cannabis products
A graphic is attributed to Rice.
Terpenes and Testing Magazine


A&M sets date for Opening Day and midweek series
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play Texas A&M University March 10, 2020.
The Battalion (This article also appeared in KXXV Online, WTAW Online, KAGS Online, The Eagle and KBTX Online.)

Two sophomores lead Iowa State’s secondary
Former Rice football player Justin Bickham is featured.
Sioux City Journal
Iowa State football position preview: Young cornerbacks will be tested in Big 12
The Gazette

College football preview 2019
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Mississippi State University Nov. 9.
Jackson Free Press

2019 Fox 7 football field trip: LBJ 
An article mentions that Sean Fresch plans to play football at Rice.
Fox 7 Online

Hogs to host South Dakota, Austin Peay in nonconference
An article mentions that the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team will host Rice Nov. 5.
WholeHogSports (Subscription is required.)

Report: Indiana expected to hire Mike Roberts to fill assistant coaching vacancy
Two articles feature former men’s assistant basketball coach Mike Roberts. Former Owl Arsalan Kazemi is mentioned in Fansided.
Inside the Hall (This article also appeared in the Daily Hoosier.)
Indiana basketball: Hoosiers expected to reach agreement with new assistant coach

About Stefan De La Garza

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