Dateline Rice for Oct. 8, 2019


Why a US quota on OPEC imports would help address the high costs of ‘cheap’ oil
An article mentions the Oct. 2 Energy Transitions Conference held at Rice and quotes James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Global Energy World.)

LGBT workers head to Supreme Court for blockbuster discrimination cases: ‘I’ll be that person to stand up’
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
CNBC (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Graphene filter grabs bacteria to kill them with a zap
An article features Rice research that developed a technique to turn laser-induced graphene into self-sterilizing filters that grab pathogens out of the air and kill them with small pulses of electricity. Co-authors James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, Lovett College senior John Li and postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Why over 130,000 new voting machines could lead to more distrust in US elections
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.

Teaching young people what really matters for the sake of our collective life on Earth
An article features “The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge,” the new book by Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice.
Philippine Canadian Inquirer (This article also appeared in

Gobierno de AMLO puede afectar democracia y aymenter corrupcion: Analisis
An article cites a study by Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, postdoctoral research fellow in international trade at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
El Universal (An English translation is not available.)


Scrutiny of Rick Perry’s role in Ukraine scandal builds
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 in the first three articles about national politics, and he is quoted in the remaining articles about Houston politics.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Oct. 8 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
Rick Perry ready to leave Trump Cabinet, sources say
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired twice.)
Houston firefighters declare ‘no confidence’ in Chief Sam Peña
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 8 print edition.)
Buzbee widens financial edge over Turner, ups campaign spending to $10M
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 8 print edition.)
Could Russia target Houston again? Some in DC say yes

Why Blue Cross in Texas wants to provide low-cost health care, too
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Repairing faulty electricity in the heart with conductive thread
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.
TMC News (This article appeared in the October 2019 print and digital editions of TMC Pulse, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

TinyStitch provides suitable sutures for the tiniest patients
An article featuring TinyStitch, a micro-suturing device designed for fetal surgeries, mentions that its development stemmed from a collaborative Rice capstone project funded by the Sue Nguyen Incubator Award.
TMC News (This article also appeared in the October 2019 print and digital editions of TMC Pulse.)

The race for District C: Engaged residents fuel crowded Houston City Council contest
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper

How Houston is stepping up to combat food-desert problem
An article cites research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Field Notes: October 2019
A slideshow caption mentions that the 29th World Doctors Orchestra concert was held at Rice.
TMC News (This article appeared in the October 2019 print and digital editions of TMC Pulse, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Harris County judge, amateur history sleuth to address Liberty County historians
William Marsh Rice is mentioned.
Bluebonnet News

These Dallas kids designed a coloring guidebook for immigrants, refugees new to the city
Rice is mentioned.
The Dallas Morning News

These are the priciest colleges in the Lone Star State
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Business Journal

Upper Crust: Two Guys Pizzeria
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Press


Supreme Court to begin hearings on LGBTQ rights in the workplace
New research from Rice that suggests being open about your sexual orientation in the workplace may be beneficial to overall well-being is featured. Co-author Eden King, associate professor of psychological science, is interviewed by KRIV and quoted in Medical Xpress.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Revealing sexual orientation at work improves well-being
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.’
A television broadcast mentions that a conference on Houston flood mitigation is being held at Rice Oct. 8-9.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

‘The Travel Show’
An article mentions that experts from Rice installed a monument Aug. 18 at the site of Iceland’s first glacier lost to climate change.
BBC World News


The 4 financial gaps in retirement preparation
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored numerous articles for Psychology Today.
Psychology Today
What role should work play in retirement?
Psychology Today
Why did consumers pay $100 per day for electricity in Texas?
Psychology Today
Why unpaid internships are unethical
Psychology Today
How ice cream-licking videos hurt public trust
Psychology Today
How worried should consumers be about ‘dark patterns’?
Psychology Today
How can you tell whether an item’s price is a good price?
Psychology Today
The powerful influence of pennies-a-day price offers
Psychology Today
Why consumers can negotiate the price of virtually anything
Psychology Today
Why do people like getting tax refunds?
Psychology Today
Is the pink tax ethical?
Psychology Today
How marketers influence how much we spend on big purchases
Psychology Today
4 tips on how to post and share effectively on social media
Psychology Today
The psychology of naming your own price for a purchase
Psychology Today
How price points can trick us into making a purchase
Psychology Today
Why are prices ending in the number 8 so popular in Asia?
Psychology Today

International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES) annual meeting (Oct. 12-14, 2019): Heather Cordell
An article mentions that alumna Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science and electrical and computer engineering, will speak at the 28th annual International Genetic Epidemiology Society meeting Oct. 12-14 in Houston.

Deep Carbon Observatory quantifies carbon emissions
Cin-Ty Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.
Lab News

Musk Reads: Elon Musk hints at first Starship payload
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.

30 women in robotics you need to know about — 2019
Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, is featured and pictured.

Lapalux readies fourth studio album, ‘Amnioverse’
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is mentioned.
Fact (This article also appeared in

Acceptance rates at the top 25 US MBA programs
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

The Herd: New hires, departures and promotions Oct. 8, 2019
Alumna Aimee Twarogowski is featured.

Tech company hires president and CEO
Alumnus Bekim Protopapa is featured and pictured.
Grand Rapids Business Journal

New appointments at Texas Department of Insurance
Alumna Leah Gillum is featured. (Subscription is required.)


Brown pushes Working Families Tax Relief Act, as reports show income inequality on the rise
Brielle Bryan, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Gazette Newspapers (This article also appeared in Del Rio News-Herald.)

Introducing the 2019-20 Rebanks Fellows, on the cusp of professional careers
Alumna Sydney Baedke is featured and pictured.
The Royal Conservatory

After college, what will you make?
An article about the highest average earnings for college graduates from Texas universities according to SmartAsset features Rice.
Preston Hollow People

University of Michigan faculty group considers changes to tenure removal rules
Rice is mentioned.

One step at a time
Alumna Anjala Krishen is featured and pictured.

Guest post and giveaway: ‘Across the Great Divide’ by Michael L. Ross
Alumnus Michael Ross is featured and pictured.

Abstract paintings showing at Sedona City Hall
An article mentions that Max Ernst’s retrospective “Inside the Sight” was exhibited at Rice in 1973.
Sedona Red Rock News


Rice welcomes a bye week after another tough loss
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Alabama at Birmingham 35-20 Oct. 5. Head coach Mike Bloomgren and Owls Aston Walter and Blaze Alldredge are quoted. Alldredge is featured in an ESPN article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
The teams, players and chaos scenarios that can upend college football
ESPN (This article also appeared in KABC Online and ABC 6 Online.)

Best in Texas poll (Oct. 6): Baylor jumps SMU for No. 2 spot; Texas Tech moves up multiple spots to break back into top 5
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 19.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

2019 NCAA DI Men’s Cross-Country Regional Rankings — Week 4
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s cross-country team is ranked No. 5 in the South Central Region.
U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association

Texas A&M’s Lisa Branch selected to Southwest Conference Hall of Fame
An article mentions that former Rice football player Courtney Hall will be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.
KBTX Online (This article also appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald.)


Revealing sexual orientation at work improves well-being
Being open about your sexual orientation in the workplace is beneficial to your overall well-being, according to new research from Rice’s Eden King, an associate professor of psychological science.

Mexican president’s push for centralized government may be fostering corruption
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to end corrupt practices in Mexico. Yet some of his other goals — such as returning to a more centralized government — might actually foster corruption, according Jose Rodriguez-Sanchez, postdoctoral research fellow in international trade at the Baker Institute’s Center for the U.S. and Mexico.

About Stefan De La Garza

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