Dateline Rice for Nov. 15, 2019


Pompeo: No US response ruled out in Hong Kong
Several articles and broadcasts mention that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered remarks about U.S. foreign policy Nov. 15 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and former U.S. secretary of state, is mentioned in the articles from the Houston Chronicle and Houston Public Media.
The Hill
The Hill’s ‘Morning Report’: Public impeachment drama resumes today
The Hill
Amid impeachment probe, Pompeo jokes in Houston about ‘quid pro quo’ at Rice University
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Pompeo signals harder line on China at Rice’s Baker Institute
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
America’s most consistent message to its allies: It’s past time to start paying your way
Washington Examiner (Similar articles also appeared in and KVIA Online.)
At Rice University, Pompeo defends Trump Syria decision (This article also appeared on
KTRH-AM (Houston)
‘LA Times Today’
Spectrum News 1 (Los Angeles)
‘Good Day Austin’
KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Google’s totally creepy, totally legal health-data harvesting
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted.
The Atlantic (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

A new form of pure carbon dazzles and attracts
Collaborative Rice research that developed a new, stable form of pure carbon made from cheap feedstocks is featured. Co-author Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Science (This article also appeared in the November 2019 print edition.)

To refocus interviewers, acknowledge facial marks?
Employers may be less likely to focus on facial imperfections when an interviewee acknowledges them upfront, according to a new collaborative Rice study. Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Mirror, mirror — will the fairest beauty get the job? (This article also appeared in ArcaMax.)

‘Bottlebrush’ polymers bring coatings under control
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed models and methods to refine surface coatings to make them, for instance, more waterproof or more conductive. Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.

Careful male allies can ease sexism at work
Rice research into how “male allies” may unintentionally contribute to sexism is featured. Eden King, associate professor of psychological science, is quoted.

How chasing prestige is starting to strain some elite institutions
An article mentions Rice’s AAA bond rating by Moody’s Investors Service.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (This article was also featured in the Nov. 15 “Academe Today” newsletter.)

Dr. Wayne Bardin, 85, innovative researcher on birth control, dies
An obituary features the late alumnus Clyde Wayne Bardin who died Oct. 10 at 85.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition and in 10 other media outlets.)


Area composers celebrated with Houston Chamber Choir’s ‘By Local’ concert
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. Jalbert will perform in “By Local” at South Main Baptist Church in Houston Nov. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 

Walking on the edge: Artistic directors define risk
An article cites consumer research by Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at the Jones School.
Arts and Culture Texas

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Nov. 15-21
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will screen the following films: “Space Dogs” Nov. 15; “Brokeback: A Shorts Film Program” Nov. 16;  “For All Mankind” Nov. 16; CineSpace 2019, a short-film contest sponsored by NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Nov. 16; “Around the World in a Day: Experimental Cinema Now” Nov. 17; “Bacurau” Nov. 17;  “Ben DeSoto: For Art’s Sake” Nov. 17; ”The Science of Fictions” Nov. 18; and “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Nov. 21.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 11 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 

Your guide to what to see at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “For All Mankind” Nov. 16 and “Bacurau” Nov. 17 as part of the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
DJ Flash Gordon Parks brings the beat to Cinema Arts Festival
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)  

What’s on in Houston galleries this week
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 Nov. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)  

Senate committee passes bipartisan bill that would extend US operation of International Space Station
An article about the NASA Authorization Act of 2019 mentions that Rice is part of the Texas Space Grant Consortium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)  

Before-and-after photos show dramatic transformation of historic Montrose home
An article and slideshow feature a house once occupied Rice’s first president Edgar Odell Lovett.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Beautiful Montrose mansion brought back to life and you can buy it!
ABC Online 

Katy students promote benefits of Tiger Prairie
An article mentions that experts from Rice will participate in a program hosted by the Tiger Prairie Initiative at Katy High School aimed at spreading awareness of the benefits of prairies to mitigate area flooding Nov. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.) 

Hear Houston’s best young opera stars for free this December
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will host the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions Dec. 14.
Houston on the Cheap

Huntsville students perform with Houston Youth Orchestra
An article about the Houston Youth Symphony concerts held at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music mentions that their final performances will be Feb. 9 and May 3, 2020.
The Huntsville Item (This article also appeared in CNHI News.)

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into The Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district, is mentioned. The Ion is slated to open in the first quarter of 2021.


Blade runners: Future of prosthetics
An article cites Rice research into runners using prosthetics made of carbon fiber blades.
KSAT Online
‘KSAT 12 6 o’clock News’
KSAT-TV (San Antonio)

’13 Eyewitness News at 3 p.m.’
A television broadcast mentions a performance by musicians from Rice.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Tubulane-like polymer structures stop bullets better than solid materials
Researchers at Rice are testing polymers based on tubulanes, theoretical structures of crosslinked carbon nanotubes predicted to have extraordinary strength. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, and graduate student Seyed Mohammad Sajadi are quoted. The Gizmodo article includes a Rice video.
Researchers 3D-printed plastic cubes with complex patterns that make them bulletproof
Gizmodo Australia

Kuwait Vision 2035 is a promising future strategy
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MENAFN (This article also appeared in the Nov. 15 print and online editions of the Arab Times.)

Real-life telepathy is closer than you think
An article mentions that Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is developing a bidirectional system for recording from and writing to the brain.

Large US EGS collaboration project researching hydraulic shearing for geothermal
An article mentions that Rice is one of seven partnering institutions in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enhanced Geothermal Systems Collab Project aimed at developing technologies to advance geothermal energy systems.
Think GeoEnergy

MILLIØNS wins architectural award
An article featuring the work of John May mentions that he was named the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor in Architecture at Rice.

USF, UT entrepreneur programs among top in country
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation for entrepreneurship studies according to the list compiled by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Tampa Bay Inno


Achieving climate goals requires setting a price on carbon, experts say at Andlinger Center meeting
An article mentions that Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering and co-director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center, spoke at the annual meeting of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University Nov. 8.
Princeton University News

McDaniel, ‘Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America’
A blog features “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution,” the new book authored by Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history.
Legal History Blog

UA Rich Mountain to celebrate centennial of women’s right to vote
Alumna Angela Boswell is featured.
The Mena Star

Striking the right chord: Amazon has its own symphony orchestra
An article features alumna Hsing-Hui Hsu, music director of the Amazon Symphony Orchestra.
Amazon’s DayOne Blog

Aviara performing at Glendale Noon Concerts
Alumna and cellist for the Aviara Trio Erin Breene is featured and pictured.
Crescenta Valley Weekly

Online convenience helps fulfill hoop dreams
An article features alumnus Ed Chao and mentions his wife, alumna Elizabeth Chao.
White Rock Lake Weekly

Expertos en la enseñanza de la segunda lengua se dan cita en la UHU
An article mentions Rafael Salaberry, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of the Humanities. (An English translation is not available.)


Big 12 takes center stage as Oklahoma visits unbeaten Baylor
Articles preview the Nov. 16 football game between Rice and Middle Tennessee State University. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned in the Associated Press. Owls Blaze Alldredge and Chris Barnes are mentioned in the Houston Chronicle.
The Associated Press
College football preview: Rice at Middle Tennessee
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

MTSU football vs Rice: 5 things to watch

Choosing C-USA: Week 12
SB Nation
‘Good Morning Nashville on News 2’
WKRN-TV (Nashville)

Clemson wins second-straight AFCA academic achievement award
An article mentions that Rice has received the American Football Coaches Asso­­ciation’s 2019 Aca­demic Achieve­ment Award and recorded a perfect score of 1,000 for its single-year Academic Progress Rate for 2017-18.

UCSB men’s basketball set to host Rice University on Saturday
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team played Northwestern State University Nov. 12 and will face the University of California, Santa Barbara, Nov. 16.
Daily Nexus

UTSA looking for answers to record low attendance
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio 31-27 Oct. 19.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 15 print edition.)

Tommy Haas wins Oracle Champions Cup In Houston to complete perfect Invesco Series QQQ season
An article mentions the Nov. 14 Invesco Series QQQ Tour tennis event at Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse.
Tennis Grandstand

Ken Hoffman serves up 10 questions for rebounding tennis star CoCo Vandeweghe
An article mentions the Oracle Challenger Series tennis tournament running through Nov. 17 at Rice’s George R. Brown Tennis Center.
CultureMap Houston

Will sports help women win the business world?
Former Rice women’s basketball player Lynn Laverty is mentioned.
Thrive Global

Report: Texas Rangers have ‘checked in’ on Anthony Rendon
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
1053 The Fan Radio Online (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Highlighting each senior in BYU’s 2019 senior class
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Esukpa is featured.


Contemporary African art featured in Moody Center’s spring exhibition
Race, representation and the long-term effects of colonialization will be deliberated across three galleries — and, in one case, on the façade of the Moody Center for the Arts itself — as 10 contemporary African artists working across a range of media are showcased in next year’s spring exhibition at the Moody.

About Stefan De La Garza

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