Dateline Rice for Dec. 3, 2019


Houston, you have a problem: Climate change
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed. 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.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)

Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen
Rice research that offers a new theory to help explain the appearance of significant concentrations of oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere about 2.5 billion years ago is featured. James Eguchi, academic visitor in Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Hunting elephants is really bad for termites
Collaborative Rice research that determined the abundance of termites falls by 170 times in African rainforests where large animals are hunted is featured. Co-authors Amy Dunham, associate professor of biosciences, and graduate student Therese Lamperty are quoted.

Many in US saddled with college loans
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
China Daily

Por qué Donald Trump decidió reimponer las tarifas a la Argentina
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.
MSN Argentina (An English translation is not available. This Clarín article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Razones e impacto de los aranceles de Trump a Argentina y Brasil
La Izquierda Diario (An English translation is not available.) 

The best places to retire in Texas
Rice is mentioned.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance and Yahoo! Singapore.)


‘Remnants of history’: Artists preserve Third Ward’s culture through ‘Mini Murals’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 3 print edition.)

Brays Bayou could tap into new flood project funding
An article cites a study of the Brays Bayou watershed by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Co-author David Abraham, temporary research scientist at Rice, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 3-Jan. 6, 2020, print edition.)
To-do list: December events in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area
An article mentions that Rice’s Shepherd School of Music will host the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions Dec. 14. “Changing Houston,” an exhibit by Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts, will be on view at the BioScience Research Collaborative Dec. 17-March 17.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in the digital and print editions of the Dec. 3-Jan. 6, 2020, issue. A similar article also appeared in 365 Things To Do in Houston.)

Claudia Mora appointed dean of UT Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences

An article features and pictures alumna Claudia Mora.
UT News (This article also appeared in Austin Patch and The Daily Texan.)

Houston Symphony revives beloved chamber music series
An article about the Houston Symphony’s chamber music series mentions that it will complete its performances March 27, 2020, at Duncan Recital Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Teen of the week — Lemon

An article featuring John Lemon mentions that he hopes to attend Rice.

Alice Echo News-Journal

Houston’s first-ever conference for Latinx women occurs this Saturday
Graduate student Martin Gonzalez authored an article.
OutSmart Magazine

Curatorial powerhouse
Evan Garza, former director of Rice’s Public Art Program, is featured.
OutSmart Magazine (This article also appeared in the December 2019 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-garza (Scroll to page 72.)


‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump.

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is interviewed about the possibility of designating Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations.

CBC Radio One
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed.
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-dholakia (This segment aired on more than 400 stations across Canada and the U.S.)

James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, is interviewed in a television broadcast about the fall of the Berlin Wall. Baker mentions that a section of the wall is installed at Rice.

KPRC-TV (Houston)
A television broadcast mentions that the Houston Children’s Chorus will perform the “Kids & Christmas Pops Concert” at Rice Dec. 21.

A radio broadcast highlights Rice research that developed a reactor to make it easier and safer to produce hydrogen peroxide.
NPR (This segment aired on more than 900 stations across the U.S.)

A broadcast features Rice research into how climate change contributes to high-pressure weather systems stalling over particular areas.
National Science Foundation’s “The Discovery Files”
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-blocking  (This segment aired three times on KFBK-AM in Sacramento, California.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Aging-related research from Rice is mentioned.

‘Action News A.M.’
A television broadcast cites Rice research into runners using prosthetics made of carbon fiber blades.
WMC-TV (Memphis, Tennessee)

KOA-AM (Denver)
Rice is mentioned.


Houston’s million-dollar Bollywood deal
Leah Binkovitz, senior editor at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Radio & Television Business Report (Subscription is required.)

Science snapshots — microbiome matchmakers, solid-liquid interfaces, undersea earthquakes
Collaborative research that suggests the fiber-optic cables that make up the global undersea telecommunications network may help assess offshore earthquakes is featured. Co-author Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Undersea telecommunications cables that connect the world can also be used to detect earthquakes
Gizmodo Australia

All the carbon nanotubes are fit to print
Collaborative research between Rice and Swansea University into growing carbon nanotubes from old newspapers is featured. Quoted or mentioned in Nanowerk include: Andrew Barron, professor emeritus of chemistry; Bruce Brinson, temporary senior research scientist in chemistry; research scientist Varun Gangoli; and the late Robert Hauge, who was a distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry and in materials science and nanoengineering. This research also is featured in an article by the American Ceramic Society.
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society

Power/Performance Bits: Dec. 3
Rice research into new perovskite solar cells is featured. Co-authors Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Jia Liang are quoted.
Semiconductor Engineering 

Perovskite transistors work longer with a better insulator
Rice research into perovskite transistors cites Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice.

Dallas Conference on Science & Faith will teach ‘how to ask’; register now for early bird price
A talk by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured.
Evolution News

Why the paper on the CRISPR babies stayed secret for so long
An article about gene editing in humans mentions Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor of Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and a professor of physics and astronomy, and that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
Other materials stories that may be of interest
An article features Rice research that has developed an inorganic method to synthesize ammonia that is both environmentally friendly and can produce the valuable chemical on demand under ambient conditions.
The American Ceramic Society
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-acs (Scroll down to “Ammonia synthesis made easy with 2D catalyst.”)

These schools have the top ‘on time’ graduation rates in the US
Rice is mentioned.
Arizona Business Daily (This article also appeared in Palmetto Business Daily and Florida Business Daily.)

By the book
Rice is mentioned.
Virginia Business


Highlighting Brown’s distinction in international and public affairs
An article mentions that April Yee recently completed a consultancy with Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Brown University News

Column: UA fans left with rueful Little Rock memories
President John F. Kennedy’s “Moon Speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Sentinel-Record


WSOC: 20 named USC All-South Region
An article mentions that Rice soccer players Mijke Roelfsema and Delaney Schultz were voted to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I All-South Region second team, and Owl Lianne Mananquil was voted to the third team.
Conference USA

St. John’s prepares for NCAA Tournament, set to face No. 13 national seed Texas A&M on Thursday
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team will compete against the University of Oklahoma in the first round in the NCAA Tournament in College Station Dec. 5. Rice is also mentioned in an article.
St. John’s University News (A similar article also appeared in KAGS Online
The 2019 DI women’s college volleyball bracket, predicted

AVCA rankings: Nebraska ranked 6th, Creighton 15th in final poll
Rice’s volleyball team is No. 21 in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Poll.
KMA Land Online
AVCA Division I Week No. 14 Coaches Poll: Dec. 2, 2019

The SEC Report: A&M gets destroyed as LSU asserts dominance over the SEC, and Auburn wins a heavyweight battle of an Iron Bowl
Rice’s football team defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 30-16 Nov. 30.
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Weekend 6 a.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-football2  (This segment aired twice.)
‘KHOU 11 News at 10 p.m.’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
‘ABC 7 at 6’
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-3-football4 (Segment aired four times.)

Remembering that rarefied Andre Ware
An article features the Dec. 2, 1989, football game between Rice and the University of Houston at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 1 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)
Hauser: Andre Ware’s Heisman glory also was his mother’s day
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

JAWS and the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot: Andy Pettitte
Former Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Fan Graphs

UTSA fires head coach Frank Wilson
Rice is mentioned.
The Paisano

Pro basketball players compete in all-star game to benefit Saugus

The Signal (This article also appeared in

Greg Koch leaving 790 AM sports talk show for health reasons
Former Rice football player Greg Koch is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texas Rangers meet with Anthony Rendon, per report
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured and pictured.
SB Nation

Former Green Bay Southwest football star makes impact at Rice University
Rice football player Isaac Klarkowski is featured.
Green Bay Press Gazette (Subscription is required.)

Duarte’s Digits: UH football in 2019 by the numbers
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News)

NAU Roundup: Rasheed leads Lumberjack women to win over Houston Baptist
An article mentions the Rice women’s basketball team’s Nov. 30 victory over Northern Arizona University.
Arizona Daily Sun

UH defensive end Isaiah Chambers enters transfer portal
A slideshow caption mentions the Sept. 1, 2018, football game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

The stingy 6: Virginia, five others holding opponents to fewer than 53 points per game
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas earlier this season.
The Fanatic


Baker Institute-led group to develop nationwide protocol for storing carbon
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has initiated a working group to develop a United States protocol for paying ranchers and farmers to store carbon in their soil. The current system for voluntary carbon transactions is broken and needs to be fixed, group founders said.
Carville, Matalin among political insiders to discuss 2020 election at Rice’s Baker Institute
Leading academics, political experts and journalists from around the country will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Dec. 9 to explore the state of the 2020 presidential campaign season and what lies ahead.

About Stefan De La Garza

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