Dateline Rice for Jan. 28, 2020


Electricity turns garbage into graphene
An article features pioneering graphene research 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. Lead author and graduate student Duy Luong is quoted.
Science (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Team turns banana peels and other trash into ‘flash graphene’
Futurity (This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
How to turn garbage into graphene
Popular Mechanics

Can Democrats flip the Texas House? Today’s result will provide a clue
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, authored an op-ed in The Hill, and he is quoted or interviewed in several other media outlets.
The Hill
The Advocate, ‘Why this gay candidate’s Texas race is of national importance’
Daily Kos
Election Day arrives in Fort Bend, Harris County House runoffs
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)
The test: Can Democrats flip the most-watched Republican district in Texas?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Special election that could begin power shift in Texas underway
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/jan-28-jones (This segment aired twice.)

Texas special election tests Democrats’ chamber-flip optimism
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Bloomberg Government

China’s countrywide ban on plastics: Good intentions do not equate to good policies
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

Oil prices fall to 3-month low as coronavirus adds to downward pressure
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN Money (This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print and online editions of the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report and Live Trading News.)


Memorial Hermann plans to transfer operation of labs to Quest Diagnostics
Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition.)


CBD boom hits Houston as authorities grapple with new hemp law enforcement
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Defender Network (This article originally appeared in Houston Public Media.)

New trade agreement good for US digital products, says Baker Institute expert
An article features a new study by David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Style Magazine

Veteran and military spouses given new opportunities
An article mentions that a dozen spouses of veterans and active duty military personnel will be awarded scholarships to train for careers in human resources thanks to a partnership between Schlumberger and Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, is quoted.
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in Market Screener and Mirage News.)

Conroe Symphony Orchestra presents ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’
Alumnus Jacob Sustaita is featured.
Woodlands Online

ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2020 Top Young Professionals
Alumnus Abelardo Salinas III is featured and pictured.

Zwerneman: Iconic Goodyear Blimp resonates with Houston residents
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Which way will Harris County Precinct 3 turn in 2020?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


Listen: One year later, US sanctions on Venezuela’s PDVSA have had wide market impact
Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, Center for the United States and Mexico and Latin America Initiative and a lecturer in energy economics, is featured in a podcast.
S&P Global Platts

Quantum entanglement meets superconductivity in novel experiment
An article features collaborative Rice research into what happens when materials change quantum phases. Co-authors Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted and pictured.
IEEE Spectrum

A lithium-ion sweet spot discovered
An article features collaborative Rice research into lithium-ion batteries developed with silicon anodes. Co-authors Sibani Lisa Biswal, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and postdoctoral fellow Anulekha Haridas are quoted.

Segerstrom Center’s chamber series will continue with Vienna Piano Trio
An article about the Vienna Piano Trio’s upcoming tour will include a visit to Rice.
Broadway World

For open educational resources, Virginia launches statewide platform
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.

FDA swears in Dr. Stephen Hahn as new commissioner
Alumnus Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is featured.
Nutraceutical Business Review

Method detects defects in 2D materials for future electronics, sensors
An article features collaborative Rice research into the development of a technique that quickly and sensitively characterizes defects in 2D materials. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Which colleges are using facial recognition
Rice is mentioned.
ValueWalk (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia.)


Four YSM alums recognized at Grammys
An article mentions that “Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works,” which features Shepherd School of Music faculty member Ken Cowan, professor of organ, won a Grammy award for “Best Choral Performance.”
Yale News

6 questions with Ernest Gaines Award winner Bryan Washington
An article features Bryan Washington, lecturer in English, who won the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence for his short story collection “Lot.”
Deep South Magazine

Beethoven string quartets — Concert V — Feb. 2, 2020 
An article mentions that the Rolston String Quartet has served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Montrealer 


The Baylor Bears and Houston Cougars look to continue their winning ways as Texas and A&M struggle
A men’s college basketball roundup mentions that Owl Ako Adams is Rice’s career three-point leader.

Conference USA top dunks of the week
A pair of items highlight slam dunks and 3-point shots from the men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of North Texas Jan. 20.
Conference USA top 3-pointers of the week

‘Lance’ review: ESPN’s absorbing Lance Armstrong documentary still reveals little
An article mentions Rice football player Luke Armstrong.
Yahoo! Entertainment (This article also appeared in IndieWire.)

Rivalry renewed
An article mentions that Maya Bokunewicz signed to play basketball at Rice.
Lewistown Sentinel

Ranking the Super Bowls: Nos. 45-38
An article mentions that Super Bowl VIII was held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-28-superbowl-viii (Scroll down to “40. VIII: Dolphins 24, Vikings 7.”)

Baylor’s Aranda taps two coaches with UT ties for new staff

Former Rice assistant football coach and interim head coach Brian Stewart is featured.
Austin American-Statesman

Roadrunners win on Czumbel layup with a second left
Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio 90-88 Jan. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

UTEP men’s basketball falls to Mean Green
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso Jan. 23.
The Prospector

Coach with Texas ties dies in Bryant crash
Former Rice assistant baseball coach David Pierce is mentioned.
Baylor Lariat

Honey Stinger announced as official energy partner for Spartan and for Nicole Mericle
An article features former Rice cross-country runner Nicole Mericle.
Mud Run Guide


Veteran and military spouses given new opportunities
A dozen spouses of veterans and active duty military personnel will be awarded scholarships to train for careers in human resources thanks to a partnership between Schlumberger and Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. The scholarship students will participate in Glasscock’s Human Resource Management Certificate program, which will prepare them for the Society for Human Resource Management certification exam.

About Stefan De La Garza

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