Dateline Rice for Feb. 17, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


2020 Democratic presidential primary hopefuls take aim at red Texas as Super Tuesday looms
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 or interviewed in several media outlets.
USA Today
Experts say Kim Ogg has edge in DA’s race, even with pressure from the left
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 17 print edition.)
America’s political mess: What experts say is next
Click2Houston (This “Houston Newsmakers” segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
What to watch for as Texas 2020 gets underway
Dallas Observer
Not his first rodeo: Bernie the man to beat in Texas

Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times.)

WOAI-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-jones (This segment aired four times.)

Coronavirus-battling robots deployed to help fight deadly outbreak in China
Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Fox News

The whitest communities most benefit from flood buyouts
The federal flood buyout program disproportionally benefits at-risk homes in the whitest communities of America’s largest cities, according to Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. This research is also featured in a broadcast segment from KTRK.
Futurity (This article also appeared in
’13 Eyewitness News at 3 p.m.’
KTRK-TV (Houston)

There’s a fitness gap between public and homeschool students
An article features Rice research into the disparity of lower abdominal strength and endurance between public school students and homeschooled students. Laura Kabiri, lecturer of kinesiology, and graduate student Kendall Brice are quoted.

The unclear future of Nord Stream 2, Russia’s controversial gas pipeline
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle

Houston blast prompts safety debate in city with no zoning
Lars Lerup, the former Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor of Architecture, is quoted.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 275 other media outlets.)

‘My Go-To’: This bar asks for bad Yelp reviews from patrons
Rice’s graduate student pub Valhalla is featured. Alumnus Thomas Nichols and graduate student Asa Stahl are interviewed.
MSN (This video also appeared in ABC 13 Online and its Facebook page.)


Opera in the Heights, Musiqa team for two productions
An article features the following events at Rice or by Rice faculty: Opera in the Heights’ presentation of “The Leader” by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and “Kassandra” by Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory, Feb. 23 and 29. The double-sided set used in the operas was designed by Jesús Vassallo, the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Voting technology in Texas is unsecure and outdated
An article mentions that Rice researchers studied the ease-of-use of Hart InterCivic’s eSlate voting machines in 2017.
Reform Austin

Meet the Democratic candidates running for County Constable, Precinct 8
Alumnus Kenneth Wayne Sam is featured and pictured in a Q&A.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Subscription is required.)

Houston Engineers Week 2020 includes events, gala, awards
An article mentions that the Outstanding Engineering Student Luncheon will be held at Rice Feb. 18.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 

Young Engineers of the Year tapped for honors
Alumna Kate Hallaway is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

In a city that tears down historical buildings, new Medical Center hotel brings back 1950s towers
An article mentions that Rice’s campus is part of the terrace views from the Westin Houston Medical Center.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 16 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Extra: Week In Review.”)

Frank Liu’s big bets on urban living pay off
Alumnus Frank Liu, whose philanthropic efforts helped found Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is featured and pictured. The article mentions that Liu and his college roommate started Lovett Homes, which is named after their college at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Judicial Q&A: Amparo Monique Guerra
A Q&A features alumna Amparo Monique Guerra, who is running for Justice, First Court of Appeals, Place 5.
Houston Chronicle

Garcia: Union protest targets Cuellar for vote against PRO Act
A slideshow caption mentions that Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 6.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


1A Across America: Meet the Democratic Party’s base
Baker College senior Luis Adame is interviewed.
1A (This segment aired on more than 450 NPR-affiliated radio stations across the U.S.)

Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, is interviewed on a television broadcast about how climate change will affect sea-level rise.
The Weather Channel (This segment also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

After strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, Pete Buttigieg turns to Texas
A Rice student political group is mentioned.
KRGV Online

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice’s admission standards are featured.
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-ktrh (This segment aired four times.)

KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
Alumnus Lucas Jacomides is featured.
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-klbj (This segment aired twice.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Rice Stadium is mentioned.

‘State of Texas’
Alumna Annie Garcia, who is running for U.S. Senate, is featured.
KWKT-TV (Waco, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-kwkt (This segment aired nine times.)

‘Bergrstom Stateline Quiz Bowl’
Rice is mentioned.
WQRF-TV (Rockford, Illinois)


Property development is starting to take off at the Houston Spaceport
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted and pictured.

Q&A with Miriam Grunstein on Mexico’s natural gas market development
A Q&A features Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

The lost continent of Zealandia hides clues to the Ring of Fire’s birth
An article features the research of Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environment and planetary sciences, into Zealandia, a largely submerged continent that stretches across five million square kilometers beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean. (This article also appeared in

Laser-induced graphene shrunk under microscope’s eye for flexible electronics
An article features Rice research into developing a method to create laser-induced graphene with features more than 60% smaller than macro versions and almost 10 times smaller than typically achieved with an infrared laser. 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 postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford are quoted. A Rice video is included.
SciTech Daily

Tissue engineers get into the groove
An article features Rice research into the use of grooved plastic threads to seed sophisticated, tissue-engineered scaffolds with living cells to help heal injuries. Co-author Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.

The quantified employee: How companies use tech to track workers
An article cites a 2003 study by researchers from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business that determined that management, innovative co-workers and in some cases bad moods can contribute to on-the-job creativity.
PC Magazine (This article also appeared in PC Magazine UK.)

Doctors successfully synchronize both sides of the heart with promising new wirelessly powered leadless pacemaker
An article mentions that Rice is collaborating on an algorithm for a pacemaker system that can diagnose and adjust the pacing needs of the heart in real-time.
Medical Xpress

Plastic waste, asset integration fuel petchem conversations
An article featuring Mark Eramo mentions that he recently spoke at Rice’s Global Engineering and Construction Forum.
Business & Industry Connection

A more sustainable approach to semiconductor manufacturing
Rice’s pioneering graphene research is mentioned.

Fish monsters, barking dogs and roach patties: The films of Bong Joon-ho
Rice is mentioned.

Staff Editorial: What is it going to take? The university must reform the way it handles fraternities on campus
An article mentions Rice does not have a Greek life system.
Student Life

June Bacon-Bercey: Pioneering meteorologist and passionate supporter of science

An article mentions that alumna Anthea Coster won the inaugural June Bacon-Bercey Scholarship in Atmospheric Sciences for Women in 1978.


Why do fewer Christian women work in science?
An article cites research by Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program that determined that women accounted for only 17 percent of physicists in the U.S.
Christianity Today


‘Moral degenerate’ Trump is ‘unfit for command’ — and military leaders know it: Historian
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Raw Story

SC hires and promotions
Alumnus Richard Gowe is featured and pictured.
The Post and Courier

Church offers organ concert
Alumnus Robert McDonald is featured.
Hickory Herald

Utah Symphony’s principal keyboardist Jason Hardink performs at SUU
Alumnus Jason Hardink, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
The Southern Utah Independent

Local business briefs
Alumna Talithia Williams is featured.
Norman Transcript

New faculty focus: Marwa Shalaby
A Q&A featuring Marwa Shalaby mentions that she is the as a post-doctoral fellow in Middle East Studies and is the former director of the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice.
University of Wisconsin-Madison News


Martin scores 15 to lift Rice past Charlotte 70-54
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 70-54 at Tudor Fieldhouse Feb. 15. Owls Robert Martin, Drew Peterson and Ako Adams are highlighted in the Associated Press.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Rice upsets Charlotte, continues to build late-season momentum
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.) 
Rice takes down Charlotte as bonus play looms
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 16 print edition, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
Rice 70, Charlotte 54
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
Charlotte vs. Rice basketball highlights (2019-20)

Rice women’s basketball: Season at crossroads after Charlotte loss
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 70-54 Feb. 15. Owls Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey are highlighted.
The Roost

Texas baseball: Longhorns beat Rice 7-4 on opening day
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in the three-game, season-opening series Feb. 14-16 at Reckling Park.
Sports Illustrated (Similar articles also appeared three times in Sports Illustrated and four times in USA Today’s Longhorns Wire.)
What David Pierce said after a Texas series sweep of Rice
Diaz, Duplantier talk Texas opening 2020 season by sweeping Rice
Series Thread: Longhorns face Rice to open 2020 season 
Texas tops Rice in opener
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Feb. 15 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and a similar articles appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, SB Nation and
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-ktxx (This segment aired twice.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
‘Fox 7 News Edge at Nine’
KTBC-TV (Austin)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-ktbc (This segment aired twice.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-klbj (This segment aired twice.)
‘KVUE News Nightbeat’
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/feb-17-kvue (This segment aired twice.)
‘KPRC Local 2 News Weekend’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Greek record, school record and 2 trials cut at Houston first chance meet
An article features Rice swimmer Marta Cano-Minarro, who recored the second best time in the 200 meter butterfly in Conference USA this season at the University of Houston First Chance meet Feb. 14. The article mentions that fellow Owl Brittany Bui holds the first place time in C-USA this season. Rice will compete at the C-USA Championships Feb. 26-29 in Atlanta.

C-USA bonus play schedule announced
An article about the bonus play schedule ahead of the Conference USA’s men’s basketball tournament mentions that Rice will play the University of Texas at El Paso Feb. 22, Middle Tennessee State University March 1, the University of Southern Mississippi March 4 and the University of Texas at El Paso March 7.
Conference USA (A similar article also appeared in the El Paso Herald-Post.)
UTEP men’s hoops to host Rice (Feb. 22), Southern Miss (March 1) in C-USA bonus play
4 News Online
UTSA to compete in second group of Conference USA bonus play after 11 days off
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘Pod’ schedule revealed for USM men’s hoops
WDAM Online

Jaylin Hunter going through predictable ups and downs as a freshman at Old Dominion
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team played Old Dominion University earlier this season.
New Haven Register

Women’s basketball late game comeback attempt at Old Dominion falls short
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play the University of North Texas Feb. 20.
North Texas Daily

Fanfelle, Roadrunners in contention after opening round of All-American Intercollegiate

An article mentions that Rice’s golf team is competing in the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course Feb. 16-19.

UTSA Athletics News
UTSA set for All-American Intercollegiate
UTSA Athletics News
Saint Mary’s outlasts SHSU in Sunday finale
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play Sam Houston State University Feb. 18 in Huntsville, Texas.
KBTX Online

College Football Hall of Fame celebrates Black History Month

An article features former football players Stahle Vincent, Rodrigo Barnes and Mike Tyler, who were the first three African American football players to play at Rice from 1969-71.
The Dallas Weekly

Women’s basketball: Monarchs squelch UNT rally
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Old Dominion University Feb. 13.
Denton Record-Chronicle
’13 News at 6′
WVEC-TV (Norfolk, Virginia)

Arizona football hires AJ Steward to replace Demarco Murray
Former Rice graduate football assistant A.J. Steward is featured.


BioScience’s Rosa Uribe wins NSF CAREER Award
Rice bioscientist Rosa Uribe won a five-year $915,475 National Science Foundation CAREER Award that will allow Uribe and her students to assemble the results of thousands of experiments about the behaviors and characteristics of specialist stem cells called neural crest cells.

Heavy backpack? Good for you
Lugging a heavy backpack to school may seem like a burden to most public school students, but it might explain a health advantage over home-schooled children: A heartier core. A study by Rice kinesiologists compares specific health metrics between two sets of students age 12 to 17 who have been a focus of the group over the past couple of years.

Miles joins Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies
Steven Miles, an attorney who has spent 35 years focusing on natural gas, electric power and renewable energy, has been named a nonresident fellow in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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