Dateline Rice for Dec. 13, 2019


House Judiciary Republicans tried to protect Nixon too, and got crushed for it
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Huffington Post

The bigger picture behind the Aramco IPO
Mark Finley, a fellow in energy and global oil at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

Five questions that loom over Saudi Aramco’s surging stock
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Forbes India

Tips and advice on how to combat loneliness and its effects, with Action Mental Health NI
A study by Rice postdoctoral research fellow Angie LeRoy is cited.
MSN UK (This article originally appeared in News Letter.)

Molecular drill destroys superbugs
Rice research into developing motorized molecules that can kill antibiotic-resistant microbes is featured. 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, and former Rice researcher Richard Gunasekera are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

How to train computers faster for ‘extreme’ datasets
An article mentions that computer scientists from Rice and Amazon have shown they can slash the amount of time and computational resources it takes to train computers. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, and graduate student Tharun Medini are quoted.

Things are looking dire for Gulf Coast coral reefs
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on research to determine how climate change will impact reefs in the Gulf of Mexico in the near future. Sylvia Dee and Mark Torres, both assistant professors of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, are quoted.


More than half of Tarrant voters took advantage of new system. Will we see it again?
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.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Democratic presidential contenders turn attention to Texas
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

NexSeed pairs with Collaboration Capital to spread the wealth
Kunal Sachdeva, assistant professor of finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)

Houston area tops Texas with biggest population of out-of-state residents
While Texas has seen a population spike, Harris County has experienced an overall decline in population growth since 2015, according to Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
InnovationMap (This article also appeared in CultureMap Austin and in CultureMap Dallas.)

13 colorful and eye-catching December art events no Houstonian should miss
“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.
CultureMap Houston (This article also appeared in CultureMap Austin.)

Rice University research shows the importance of co-worker and leadership trust within businesses
Marlon Mooijman, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article about his research.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Dec. 13-19
A roundup of alternative Houston-area movie theaters mentions that Rice Cinema will present “Low-Fi,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Dec. 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 13 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 Dec. 13 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 

The To-Doux List: Dec. 13-15
A Houston-area holiday events roundup mentions that the third annual Rice Village Sing Off, a holiday-themed a cappella competition Dec. 13, will include the Rice University Philharmonics and Rice Apollos.


Gentrification a big concern for some as Houston builds its innovation district
Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021, is featured. Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, and Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, are interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


Work: Only its name will stay the same
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, a professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.
The ASHA Leader (This article also appeared in the Dec. 1 print edition.)

Facebook stock is diving on news that the FTC is weighing antitrust. Here’s how Elizabeth Warren helped ignite the largest antitrust political movement since the ’70s.
An article cites a paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-fourths of American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.
Insider (This article also appeared in Markets Insider, Business Insider Deutschland and Latest Nigerian News.)



The divine discontent of Duruflé
An article features the Grammy-nominated album “Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” which was recorded two years ago at the Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Catholic Herald

Mayoral musings: 2020 challenge
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
SNJ Today


2020 Houston Sports Awards finalists and Legacy winners
An article about the Houston Sports Awards, which will be announced Jan. 21, mentions that Rice head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley has been nominated for Coach of the Year and student athletes Nicole Lennon (volleyball) and Erica Ogwumike (basketball) have been nominated for College Athlete of the Year.
ABC 13 Online

NCAA volleyball tournament: What we know and what we don’t
Articles mention that Texas A&M University’s volleyball team defeated Rice in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
SB Nation
Texas A&M set to play at Wisconsin in NCAA’s round of 16

Traylor makes first staff hires
An article mentions former Rice assistant football coach Jess Loepp.

Texas football: Texas, Utah head coaches come from same coaching tree
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated

‘Nobody around the country saw him’: 30 years ago, Andre Ware beat the odds to make Heisman history
An article features the Dec. 2, 1989, football game between Rice and the University of Houston at Rice Stadium.
The Athletic

Non-bowl teams that will improve dramatically in 2020
Rice’s football program is mentioned.
Bleacher Report


New prescription drug legislation ‘aggressive’ but public should demand more, says Baker Institute health economist
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice and director of the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, said H.R. 3, a bill to lower prescription drug prices that has cleared the House of Representatives, would “undoubtedly help to reduce drug spending for Medicare and for consumers.”

About Stefan De La Garza

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