Dateline Rice for Jan. 29, 2020

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

‘BBC Newsday’
Rice research into the cognitive dissonance of residents living near concentration camps is featured. Lead author Jonathan Homola, assistant professor of political science, is interviewed by the BBC and cited in three additional articles.
St. Louis Public Radio (St. Louis)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-homola (This segment also aired on more than 1,400 affiliated stations around the world.)
Does cognitive dissonance account for rising xenophobia?
Futurity (This article also appeared in the Jan. 29 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-homola
Proximity to Nazi concentration camps in World War II made people more likely to conform to the Reich’s beliefs
Daily Mail (Similar articles also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-homola
Third Reich’s legacy tied to present-day xenophobia and political intolerance
Science Blog
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-homola

Scientists turn ‘trash to treasure’ by making ultrastrong graphene from coal, plastic and food waste
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. Co-author and research administrator Ksenia Bets is quoted. A Rice video is included.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-tour

A year after sanctions, Venezuela’s embattled oil industry hangs on
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 quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-monaldi

Cristian Măcelaru, modestia unui premiat cu Grammy
An article featuring alumnus Cristian Măcelaru, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, mentions that he won a Grammy for “Best Classical Instrumental Solo.”
Cotidianul.ro (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Jurnalul.ro and Adevarul.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-macelaru

Why you should buy only cultured diamonds
Alumna Laura Chavez is featured and pictured.
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-forbes

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Axiom Space gets NASA nod to start developing new space station
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 29 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)  
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-abbey

Trump official accused of ‘climate censorship’ in plans to drill on US lands in Texas
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 29 print editions of the Chronicle’s East Montgomery County Observer and The News Advocate.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-cohan

Houston has the potential to be a premier innovation hub. Don’t dismiss it.
Several articles mention 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. Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, is quoted in InnovationMap. The first Houston Chronicle article also mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the nation for entrepreneurship studies according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 29 print edition.)  
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion
Capital Factory acquires Station Houston as part of statewide innovation strategy
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion
Station Houston merges with statewide startup investor and accelerator
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion
Capital Factory expands reach, merges with Houston incubator

Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion
Capital Factory announces merger with Station Houston
Austin Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion

Capital Factory expands further into Texas
Dallas Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion

Capital Factory adds Houston to its Texas locations
AmericanInno.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-the-ion

Olson endorses Bush as primaries approach
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Fort Bend Star
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-stein

The Texas House hasn’t been blue in 18 years

KPRCradio.iheart.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-stein

FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn on his plans for transforming the agency
Alumnus Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is featured.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-tm

In tune with history: Missouri City’s Black History Month celebrations rooted in thankfulness
Demographic research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited.
Fort Bend Star
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-kinder-study

Video guests like Darth Vader, Santa help Friendswood mayor inform public
An article mentions a Rice study on possible future flooding in Friendswood.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 29 print edition of the Chronicle’s Friendswood Journal and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-hc

Houston Symphony’s Schumann Festival dives into the musician’s mind
An article mentions that the Houston Symphony’s “Schumann Festival: Angels and Demons,” which run Feb. 3-16, will include performances at the Duncan Recital Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-hp

Hewlett, Huffman to face off for 18th District Court
An article features alumnus Brent Huffman.
Cleburne Times-Review
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ctr

BROADCAST

‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 5 p.m.’
Edward Djerejian, director of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about President Donald Trump’s proposed Middle East peace plan.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-djerejian

Despite high-profile endorsements, Democrat Eliz Markowitz loses Houston-area special election
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 interviewed or quoted in several media outlets.
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones
Fort Bend County race held national attention as Democrats hoped for a blue tide

Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones
Can Democrats really ‘turn Texas blue’? An election today could indicate

WOAI.iheart.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones
BREAKING: Republicans blow out Beto O’Rourke-backed Democrat in key Texas House race, report says
Daily Wire (Similar articles also appeared in Conservative Angle, The Hayride and Heaven32.com.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones
Bellwether to blowout: Texas House district gets redder to lead off 2020 elections
PJ Media
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-jones

What’s the legacy of the 15th Amendment?
Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, is interviewed in a roundtable discussion.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-mcdaniel

Going under the hood at the Gurwitz Competition
Artem Kuznetsov, graduate student at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. Kuznetsov is studying under Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music.
Texas Public Radio (This segment also aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-kuznetsov-parker

UT Tyler students are pushing to keep graduation inside, university says president has heard their concerns
An article mentions that Rice has outdoor spring commencement ceremonies.
CBS 19 Online (This article originally appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-cbs19
‘KETK News at 10’
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ketk (This segment aired five times.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Conservative ads oppose health care ‘surprise bill’ protections
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
DOTmed
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ho

DaCamera presents pianist Richard Goode in an all-Beethoven program on March 24 at Rice University
An article mentions that Richard Goode will perform March 24 at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Broadway World
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-bw

A conversation with the American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess (part 1 of 2)
A Q&A featuring Rick Hess mentions he has taught at Rice.
Capital Research Center
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-crc

Won’t crack under pressure: Stress test reveals graphene can withstand more than one billion cycles before breaking
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on graphene stress test research.
University of Toronto Engineering News (This article also appeared in Phys.org.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ut

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Pitt-Bradford to mark Beethoven’s 250th birthday with concert
An article features alumnus Benjamin Laude, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Bradford Era
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-be

Will the Senate collude with the president in his cover-up of the truth?

Alumna Jane Scarborough authored an op-ed.
Cape Cod Times
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-cct

SPORTS

WBB: Jan. 27 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike was named the Conference USA Player of the Week.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ogwumike

Women’s basketball conference struggles continue
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio Jan. 25.
The Paisano
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-wbb

Marcus Sasser travels uphill road to become UH starter
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team played the University of Houston earlier this season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 29 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and he San Francisco Chronicle.)  
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-hc

MBB: Jan. 27 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of North Texas earlier this season.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-cusa
Conference USA top 5 performances of the week
WatchStadium.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ws

Erik Czumbel hits game-winning layup as UTSA downs Rice
Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio Jan. 25.
WatchStadium.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-mbb

Evans hits 2,000 career points in VCU men’s basketball win over Richmond
Former Rice basketball player Marcus Evans is featured.
The Commonwealth Times
http://dateline.rice/jan-29-ct

About Stefan De La Garza

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