Dateline Rice for Oct. 4, 2019


‘Focus on Africa’: Oct. 4, 2019
Numerous outlets feature the $68 million initiative by NEST360°, an international collaboration between the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and 11 other institutions around the world, to develop critical neonatal technologies for low-resource environments. The Pumani CPAP technology, which was developed by Rice 360°, has already resulted in sustained improvement in the survival rate of babies with respiratory illness in Malawi. NEST360° co-founders Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º; and Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Rice 360°, are quoted in TMC News, Northwestern University News and
BBC World Service Radio (This segment aired on more than 1,350 affiliate stations around the world.) (The story begins at 31:10.)
BBC’s ‘Focus on Africa’
BBC World Service (This segment also appeared on the ‘Focus on Africa’ YouTube channel.)
Burying Africa’s ‘equipment graveyards’: £50m program launched to reduce newborn deaths with better tech
The Telegraph
A $68 million initiative nurtured at Rice aims to reduce newborn deaths by half in sub-Saharan Africa
TMC News (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)
NEST360° raises $68 million for African newborn survival
Northwestern University News
Major global health initiative could save hundreds of thousands of babies in Africa


How Trump’s impeachment inquiry compares to Watergate’s TV drama
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in an article about the ongoing impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

President Trump plans to rally in Dallas. Will his campaign pay all the bills?
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.

Seeing Earth from space is life-changing. It’s also incredibly lonely
Mike Massimino, former executive director of the Rice Space Institute and adjunct professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, authored a column.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in Yahoo! UK.)

Top Houston news: Most Latino voters fear gun violence driven by racism; Navy vet released; and more
A Houston news roundup mentions an article about sexual assault recently published in the university’s student newspaper, The Rice Thresher. A video segment on Click2Houston interviews editor-in-chief Christina Tan, managing editor Anna Ta and Brown College senior Rachel Carlton. Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates, is quoted about changes to university policies.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Hoodline.)
Sex assault accusations at Rice University
Rice apologizes for mishandling sexual assault
Real Clear Education

Washington University unveils tuition-free aid program
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)


Houston super philanthropist saluted for millions in mega gifts
President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun are pictured in a slideshow in PaperCity. The Jewish Herald-Voice features the 16th annual Shabbat hosted by Leebron and Sun for Rice’s Jewish students.
Rice president’s Shabbat draws crowd
Jewish Herald-Voice

Election officials planning for record turnout in Houston’s general election
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper
Ketchikan voter turnout at 26% for Oct. 1 election
KRBD Online

Rice University research finds how index funds can be a good investment opportunity for the risk adverse
Alan Crane, the William S. Mackey, Jr. & Verne F. Simons Distinguished Associate Professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Kevin Crotty, associate professor at the Jones School, co-authored an article featuring their research.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

Influential instructor: Professor Brian Riedel makes waves in and out of the classroom
An article features Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, who received OutSmart Magazine’s Readers’ Choice 2019 Gayest and Greatest award for Favorite Educator/Teacher.
OutSmart Magazine (This article also appeared in the October 2019 print edition.)

Trump to nominate MD Anderson doctor as FDA head
Alumnus Stephen Hahn is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

George P. Bush was on the road to flunking out of Rice. His grandmother helped him turn things around.
An article features Texas land commissioner and alumnus George P. Bush.
KTSA Online (This article also appeared in The Gilmer Mirror and Gainesville Daily Register.)

Best things to do in Houston this weekend — Greek Fest, major concerts and moonlight moments
An arts roundup mentions the following events at Rice: “Moonlight at the Moody” Oct. 5 at the Moody Center for the Arts; Glasstire’s Data Hack will be held at Rice’s Sewall Hall Oct. 5-6; and “New Art/New Music,” which features composers from Rice’s Shepherd School of Music premiering new work Oct. 19 as part of the Moody Center’s “Moon Shot” exhibit.
Top 5: Oct. 3, 2019 with Seth Mittag
The Go List: Oktoberfest, Natalia Lafourcade
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
What’s on at Houston galleries this week
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Professor encourages diversity through work with Thomas Jay Harris Institute
An article mentions that the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will co-sponsor a “Community Conversation on Immigration” Oct. 14 at Texas Tech University’s Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication.
Texas Tech Today

‘Women Who Mean Business’: Meet HBJ’s 2019 hospitality and retail honorees
An article about the Houston Business Journal’s 2019 Women Who Mean Business awardees features alumna Sara Brook.
Houston Business Journal

Winners announced for Machine Learning Hackathon
An article mentions that graduate student Qiang Zhang won the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Healthcare Machine Learning Hackathon Sept. 25.
UT Health News

La Porte Police Department’s first K9, Lodka, passes away
An article mentions that Max, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 specializing in mobile odor detection, has worked at Rice football games.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Oct. 4-10
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema presented “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Oct. 3.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


‘Red, White and Blue: Foreign Policy’
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses America’s Middle East policies.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHT-TV in Houston.)

Mayoral candidates make news pursuing millennial voters
Two television broadcasts feature the Houston mayoral candidate forum held Oct. 3 at Rice Memorial Center’s Grand Hall.
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
‘Morning Dose’


Behind the Texas firewall, suburban shifts leave Trump vulnerable. Can strongholds save him?
Former U.S. Census Bureau Director Steve Murdock, an emeritus professor of sociology at Rice, is quoted in an article about the possible impact of Texas’ changing demographics on presidential elections.
GVTC Communications (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Quantum material goes where none have gone before
Collaborative Rice research that describes the quantum criticality of an alloy of cerium palladium and aluminum is featured. Co-author Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Science Bulletin

School leaders to their communities: Are we communicating yet?
An article cites a 2017 study by Rice on parents’ school satisfaction.

Is your CEO brilliant, a jerk, or both? Here’s how to tell
Marc Epstein, former distinguished research professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an op-ed.
Business Insider

3 cancer-fighting drug stocks to buy right now
A roundup of cancer drug innovations mentions that Rice researchers have developed a gold nanoparticle therapy to treat prostate cancer and have identified a mitochondrial protein as a possible target for future drugs.
InvestorPlace (This article also appeared in MarketWatch.)

The true cost of a Ph.D.: Giving up a family for academia
Rice is mentioned.
The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal

Sidley snags Bracewell renewable energy, projects duo
Alumna Jessica Adkins is featured.


Celebrating diversity in tech: IST students attend annual Tapia conference
An article mentions the Association for Computing Machinery’s Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference held Sept. 11 in San Diego. The conference is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice.
Penn State University News

The case against course costs
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is quoted.
Duke University’s The Chronicle

Clemson psychology professor to help US Army study the next generation of teamwork through federal grant
An article features collaborative Rice research aimed at helping to inform the U.S. Army about how teams can work together more effectively in high stress and demanding environments. The research was led by Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences.
Clemson University News (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)

Bible discovery: Lost gospel found in Egypt dubbed ‘priceless’ by Richard Dawkins
April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professorship in New Testament and Early Christianity and the chair of the department of religion at Rice, is quoted.

Houston mayor says crime rates down, but rivals disagree
An article mentions the Houston Area Survey conducted annually by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Moose Gazette

‘The Magic of Music’: Southern Tier Symphony’s 17th season opens this weekend
Alumnus Benjamin Grow, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Olean Times Herald


Rice hoping to get kick-started at Alabama-Birmingham
Several articles preview the Oct. 5 football game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Position-by-position breakdown for UAB vs. Rice
On TV/Radio: Fox’s Joe Girardi talks train whistles, 2019 Astros vs. 2017
Houston Chronicle
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a harvest of fall festivals in ‘Can’t Miss Alabama’
Alabama Newscenter
‘WBRC News at 12:30 p.m.’
WRBC-TV (Birmingham, Alabama)

Rice‘s Aston Walter embraces father’s message of work, dedication
Rice football player Aston Walter is featured. Former Owls Austin Walter and Emmanuel Ellerbee are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Peyton Manning recognizes Laredo ISD for helmet safety
A slideshow features a concept helmet design for Rice’s football program.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Matt Rhule’s Texas immersion is at the heart of Baylor’s on-field turnaround
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by Baylor University 21-13 Sept. 21.
Sports Illustrated
Peterson’s Big 12 picks: Cyclones must erase negative plays if they want to get on a roll

It’s been a forgettable year so far for Conference USA football
Rice is mentioned.
Daily Press

Texas’ wealthiest college football programs, ranked by revenue
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

College football games to watch: Can Iowa upset Michigan?
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team defeated the University of Texas at Austin 3-2 Sept. 18.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Harvard preps for first-ever meeting with Howard
Rice football player Tom Stewart is mentioned.
Boston Herald

College football games on TV today
Former Rice football player Jackson Tyner is mentioned.
The Washington Post
Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech football prediction and preview

Electrical concerns delay Rice facility construction
An article about the construction of the university’s indoor practice facility cites the student paper, The Rice Thresher, and quotes Deputy Athletics Director Rick Mello.
Athletic Business


Newborn baby deaths in Africa targeted in $68M initiative
NEST360°, which has secured $68 million in funding, will develop and deliver a package of affordable medical devices and procedures that address health problems responsible for the majority of newborn deaths in Africa, such as hypothermia, respiratory problems, infection and jaundice. NEST360° was co-founded by Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden, professors in Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and co-directors of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health.

Flooding in the ‘Post-Harvey Era’ focus of Rice conference
A wide group of flooding experts, researchers, engineers, city planners and others will meet Oct. 8-9 at the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies to discuss how Greater Houston can be made more resilient to storms and flooding in the post-Harvey era.

Fed grant backs advances in self-learning internet of things
Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Richard Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
received a three-year, $1.38 million set of National Science Foundation grants to facilitate real-time machine learning in devices at the “edges” of the internet.

About Stefan De La Garza

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