Dateline Rice for Oct. 11, 2019


Massive California power outage triggers chaos in science labs
Sara Molinari, postdoctoral research associate in biosciences at Rice and visiting scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is quoted.
Nature (This article also appeared in HeadSN.)


Buzbee, King continue to hit Turner over airport intern story
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 several articles and interviewed by KRLD and Univision.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 11 print edition.)
Secret recording of House Speaker Bonnen’s alleged quid pro quo offer will be made public, says conservative activist
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Dorian’s Bahamian aftermath, APD response times lag, Democrats demand special session
KLBJ Online
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired five times.)
Detalles del escándalo de Sylvester Turner por la cuantiosa suma de dinero en la contratación de un pasante
Univision (An English translation is not available. This segment also aired on KXLN in  Houston.)

Rice builds new reactor for hydrogen peroxide production
Rice research that developed a reactor to make it easier and safer to produce hydrogen peroxide is featured. Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle and mentioned in C&EN.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This and similar articles also appeared in more than 35 other media outlets.)
Chemists demonstrate a practical, green route to H2O2

Despite energy market reforms, AMLO seeks to restore Pemex to dominant role
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

What happens as solid-state batteries begin to fail?
An article mentions that Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and Hua Guo, assistant research professor of materials science and nanoengineering, are collaborating on a $1 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to study why solid-state lithium batteries fail.
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Texas’ $7 billion plan to remake Houston highways once again targets homes, businesses in communities of color
An article cites a post authored by TxDOT Houston District Engineer Quincy D. Allen on Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Edge blog.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in Houston Public Media, The Eagle, The Gilmer Mirror and KERA News.)

Gayest and Greatest: People part II
An article features Brian Riedel, associate 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.

Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area
A Houston-area business events roundup mentions that the “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Brexit: Implications for U.S. Private Enterprise” conference will be hosted by the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

$37 million collaborative grant to support research at UT Health Science Center at Tyler
An article mentions that Rice is a partnering institution of the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences, which recently received $37 million in renewed funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

See how Rice, other Texas universities stack up in terms of total cost
An article mentions The Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families. The article also mentions that Rice is ranked No. 24 in the nation on Money magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money”; No. 13 in the nation on U.S. News & World Report’s “best value” list; No. 1 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation according to SmartAsset; and No. 5 in the nation for best value according to Niche’s 2020 Best College rankings.
Houston Business Journal
The best colleges in each state, visualized

What to see now at Houston’s museums and galleries
An arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “Moon Shot” through Dec. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 11 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Outside the Megaplex
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Wild About Houston: A Green Film Festival” Oct. 16 and present “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Oct. 17.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 11 print edition.)


HPM Local Newscast for 6 am, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019
A radio broadcast features Rice research that determined that only a fraction of Harris County voucher program participants used their vouchers to move out of impoverished neighborhoods. Co-authors Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and John Park, a Kinder Institute research fellow, are quoted in Mirage News.
Houston Public Media (This segment aired four times.)
Only 10% of Harris County housing voucher recipients move to more affluent areas
Mirage News


Experts offer look at worst-case storm scenarios in Houston
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Courthouse News Service

The cost 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.
Bunker Ports News Worldwide

New CEOs can raise their social game to keep their jobs, says Rice University study
New research by Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
7thSpace Interactive (This article also appeared in Science Daily and Science Codex.)

Examinations shed new light on the cause of Alzheimer’s
An article features Rice research that determined a way to track the formation of soluble amyloid beta peptide aggregates implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Industry News Gazette

Neo4j equips educators with data graphing teaching tools
Risa Myers, assistant teaching professor of computer science, is quoted.

Pay attention: Rice University launches campaign for justice for survivors of sexual violence
Lovett College sophomore authored an article about an anonymous op-ed about a sexual assault that was published in the university’s student newspaper, The Rice Thresher, last month.
Study Breaks

Casa Neverlandia and sculpture by James Talbot keep Austin delightfully weird
Alumna Pam Penick authored a blog post featuring the home of alumnus James Talbot.

Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering Seminar: Karen A. Flack
Alumna Karen A. Flack will give a talk at Illinois Institute of Technology Oct. 16.
IIT Today

Admissions director Q&A: Sue Oldham of Vanderbilt Owen
Alumna Sue Oldham, former executive director of recruiting and admissions at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured and pictured.
Clear Admit

Access to chiropractors may reduce medical spending for older adults’ spine-related services
Rice is mentioned.
National Institutes of Health

Do you Kyoto?
Rice is mentioned.

From the military to being a financial advisor
A podcast featuring Christopher Manske mentions that he attended Rice.
Enterprise Podcast Network


Young leader answers God’s call at RA camp
Alumnus Savion Lee is featured and pictured.
Baptist Standard

Nov. 5 election ballots to be mailed on Monday
A Rice study that showed that 85% of voters know how they will vote one month before an election is cited.
Aspen Daily News

Lowe to celebrate charity’s anniversary, latest recording
An article featuring Linda Lowe mentions that she has received an award from Rice.
Hot Springs Sentinel

Students get a chance to view ‘the final frontier’
An article mentions that a portable planetarium called the Curiosity Dome was developed by Rice and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

College connection: Identify your passion — golf, sushi, toy making
Rice is mentioned.


Crosby, Rice alum Austin Walter named to New York Giants’ 53-man roster
Former Rice football player Austin Walter is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This and similar articles also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Aggies face Rice in exhibition game
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play an exhibition game against Texas A&M University Oct. 11.
KBTX Online
Rob Childress, select A&M players preview Friday night matchup with Rice

Women’s swim-dive opens season in Houston
The Rice Fall Splash Invitational swim meet Oct. 11-12 is mentioned.
Georgia Tech Athletics News (This article also appeared in SwimSwam.)

WNBL fixture, TV coverage, preview
An article mentions that former women’s basketball player Jessica Kuster is the all-time leading scorer for Rice.
Fox Sports Australia

KTXX-AM (Austin)
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.

College football rankings: Hashtag welcome to the Bottom 25, Northwestern
Rice’s football program is featured.
CBS Sports


Hotly anticipated release of secret recording slated for next week, so what’s next for Texas Speaker Dennis Bonnen?
Michael Quinn Sullivan, head of the ultraconservative advocacy group Empower Texans, has announced that he will release next week the secretly recorded audio of a conversation that threatens to topple one of the most powerful politicians in Texas. How might this controversy impact the 2020 election? Mark Jones, a political scientist at Rice, is available to weigh in.

Water + air + electricity = hydrogen peroxide
A reactor developed by Haotian Wang and his colleagues at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering requires only air, water and electricity to make highly pure hydrogen peroxide in the desired concentration.

About Stefan De La Garza

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