Dateline Rice for Jan. 13, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Oman’s new sultan vows to continue country’s peacemaking path
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 12 print editions of the Times and the Houston Chronicle. Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 600 additional media outlets around the world.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ulrichsen
Oman’s new ruler vows to uphold late sultan’s peaceful policy
Los Angeles Times 
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ulrichsen
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos dies; successor vows to pursue peace
Reuters
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ulrichsen
Oman’s new sultan promises both continuity and reforms
France 24 
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ulrichsen

‘I’m spending all my money to get rid of Trump’: Michael Bloomberg
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.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-jones
Gov. Abbott says Texas won’t admit refugees, making it 1st state in nation to opt out of federal program
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 11 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-jones

Haiti’s 2010 earthquake killed hundreds of thousands. The next one could be worse
An article quotes Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering. He becomes Rice’s new provost July 1.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the Bradenton Herald.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-desroches

Warren turns again to women voters to clear path to nomination
Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and professor of political science, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint and BNN Bloomberg.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ragsdale

Lesser-known candidates jump through hoops to get on primary ballots

The Washington Times (This article also appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-brace

Quarles draws bipartisan fire as Fed winds down deregulation drive
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on banks’ expenses following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Politico
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-baker-institute

Harris County 2020 Democratic primary: Judge Steven Kirkland
Alumnus Steven Kirkland is featured.
Daily Kos
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-kirkland

One way to bring down the high cost of college
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
National Review
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-openstax

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Gentrification or segregation? St. Elizabeth Hospital shows tricky trade-offs in developing Houston’s Fifth Ward
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Jan. 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-fulton

Juárez residents want Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to focus on crime, pay
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 quoted.
El Paso Times
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-payan

History of US in Middle East reveals escalating conflict, and roots of friendship [Opinion]
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab American Education Foundation Professor in Arabic Studies at Rice, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 11 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-madisi

Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Fort Worth Symphony in a powerful Sibelius Second Symphony
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
The Dallas Morning News
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-parker

Amid tensions, Iranians in Houston feel the squeeze of two countries
An article quoting Neda Miller mentions that she teaches English as a second language at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 11 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-neda-miller

This refugee family fled Congo. In Houston they grow organic vegetables.
An article cites a 2018 study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article was also featured as the cover story in the Chronicle’s Jan. 12 print edition of “Zest.”) 
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-kinder-institute

Harry Reasoner, a Houston legal icon, sees his children make their marks
Alumnus and Trustee Emeritus Harry Reasoner is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 13 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Texas Inc.” and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-reasoner

Harper’s Bazaar ranks Houston No. 5 ‘Best Place to Travel’ in 2020
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-skyspace

Doug Miller talks ‘Jeopardy!’ appearance
Doug Miller, director of news and media relations at Rice, is featured.
MikeMcGuff.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-miller

A la baja procesos judiciales por marijuana
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El Diario de El Paso (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-harris

BROADCAST

How Middle East crisis impacts us all
Joe Barnes, a foreign policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-barnes

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-stoll

US is not ‘energy independent,’ despite Trump’s claims
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-krane
Texas Public Media
KSTX-AM (San Antonio; this segment also aired twice on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-krane

Layoffs show Houston’s energy industry ‘still adapting’ to life after oil downturn
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mittal
Calhoun übernimmt das Steuer
Tagesschau.de (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mittal
B5 Aktuell (German Radio)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mittal

C-SPAN2
A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured in a panel discussion titled “Seven Pillars: What Really Causes Instability in the Middle East?” at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Jan. 8.
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-yildirim

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Gasification goes green: Low-temp photocatalyst slashes carbon footprint for syngas
An article features collaborative Rice research into an easier, greener way to create “synthesis gas,” a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, is quoted and pictured. Postdoctoral researcher Linan Zhou is quoted.
SciTech Daily (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets, and this research was featured in Fooshya, Knnit.com and Industry Global News 24.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-halas

‘No other president has had the gall’: Environmental groups balk as Trump proposes major rollback of infrastructure review process
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Nation of Change
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-brinkley

Researchers get NIH grant to study the role of sleep in reorganizing information in the brain
An article mentions that Rice researchers examining the hidden signals in the brain that facilitate the long-term storage of memories received a five-year R01 award from the National Institutes of Health. Caleb Kemere, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted and pictured.
Sleep Review
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-kemere

Announcing winners of 2020 Richard Rogers Fellowship, the Wimbledon House’s residency program for architectural and urban research
Michelle Chang, former assistant professor of architecture, is featured and pictured.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design (This article also appeared in Archinect, Chronos Studeos and Bustler.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-hgscd

 
Gulf Craft completes comprehensive management restructure

Alumna Abeer Alshaali is featured.
Middle East Logistics
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mel

I chased lemurs around Madagascar to help stave off their extinction
Alumnus Jake Krauss authored an article about his senior thesis.
Massive Science
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-krauss

 

Gene-editing: Technically feasible, ethically undesirable?
Rice is mentioned.
Financial Express (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-finex

Why you need to update your hospital’s ventilation system
An article features Rice research into graphene-based filtration systems.
MultiBriefs
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mb

Cox, Castle & Nicholson elects 4 partners
Alumna Linda Klein is featured.
Mann Report
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-mr

A conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess (part 1 of 2)
A Q&A featuring Rick Hess mentions that he has taught at Rice.
Philanthropy Daily
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-hess

Una grande teoria unificata per i fiocchi di neve
Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and the department chair of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Le Scienze (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-natelson

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Here’s what to look forward to in movies, television, books and more in 2020
An article features an upcoming book by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, titled “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Deseret News
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-sonenshein

Mysticism and the mind-body problem: Other views
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of “The Flip: Epiphanies of Mind and the Future of Knowledge,” who moderated the 2019 symposium “Physics, Experience and Metaphysics,” authored a response to John Horgan, one of the speakers at the event.
Agenparl.eu (This Scientific American article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-kripal

Kan. election officials say they’re on guard for hackers messing with your 2020 vote
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 interviewed about election security.
Hays Post (This article also appeared in the Salina Post, Great Bend Post, JC Post, Hutch Post, Little Apple Post, St. Joseph Post, Panhandle Post and the North Platte Post.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-wallach

The iPhone of tomorrow could have a gigapixel lensless camera
A roundup of research into lensless camera technology features Rice’s FlatCam.
Medium
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-medium

At hidden Colorado museum, legendary outdoor accomplishments come to life
Alumnus Gary Neptune is featured.
Colorado Springs Gazette
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-neptune

150 brasilianistas defendem a Casa Rui Barbosa
Beatriz González-Stephan, the Lee Hage Jamail Professor of Latin American Studies, signed an open letter defending the Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation Research Center in Brazil.
GGN  (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Associação Brasileira de Imprensa Online and Brasil 247.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ggn

SPORTS

Adams, Parrish lead Rice past FIU 92-78
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated Florida International University 92-78 Jan. 11. Owls Ako Adams, Josh Parrish, Chris Mullins, Drew Peterson and Trey Murphy III are highlighted in the Associated Press; head coach Scott Pera is quoted and pictured in the second Houston Chronicle article.
The Associated Press
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ap
Strong shooting sends Rice over Florida International
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Connecticut Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-hc
Rice routs FIU for first conference win of season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Connecticut Post.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-chron
FIU vs. Rice basketball highlights (2019-20)
WatchStadium.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ws
Rice men’s basketball looks past moral victories during losing streak
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-hc

UH’s skid continues in rout at UConn
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Florida International University 68-47 Jan. 11. Owls Erica Ogwumike, Jasmine Smith and Lauren Schwartz are highlighted. The article mentions that Ogwumike surpassed former Owl Kirra Jordan for ninth place on the Rice all-time scoring list.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 12 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-wbb

USM releases 2020 football schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play the University of Southern Mississippi Oct. 31.
WDAM Online
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-wdam

Looking back by George Albano
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Niagara University in the first round of the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City 50 years ago.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-hc

2020 way-too-early power rankings: Conference USA
Rice’s football program is featured.
SB Nation
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-sbn

Huskie hurdler Harrison holds Olympic hopes
Former Rice track and field athlete Michelle Harrison is featured and pictured.
University of Saskatchewan Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-usan

Archibald scores 14 to carry Louisiana Tech over UTEP 64-61
A pair of articles mention that Rice’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play Louisiana Tech University Jan. 16.
The Associated Press
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-ap
Walker, Sant key @LATechWBB win
LA Tech Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-latan

NEWS RELEASES

Gasification goes green: Rice’s low-temp photocatalyst could slash the carbon footprint for syngas
Rice engineers have created a light-powered nanoparticle that could shrink the carbon footprint of a major segment of the chemical industry.
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-news-release-halas

Visiting Artist Lecture Series to feature cutting-edge conversations with black artists
The spring 2020 Visiting Artist Lecture Series will bring artists Hannah Black (Jan. 24), Michael Queenland (Jan. 31), Malik Gaines (Feb. 7) and Nicole Miller (March 6) to Rice to bring their perspective on contemporary art and its greater sociopolitical impact.
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-news-release-visiting-artists

Federal food program needs more ‘clearly defined objectives,’ Baker Institute expert says
Public health and anti-hunger advocates want an effective food assistance program for low-income Americans, but they disagree on several fundamental issues involved in tackling the problem, according to a new issue brief from the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-news-release-baker-study
Abbott’s refugee refusal sets ‘dangerous precedent,’ says Baker Institute expert
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has become the first U.S. governor to announce his state will refuse to admit federal resettled refugees in 2020, citing the “broken” U.S. immigration system he said has put unfair pressure on border states. Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss this development and its implications.
http://dateline.rice/jan-13-news-release-norman

About Stefan De La Garza

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