Dateline Rice for Jan. 31, 2020

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Rice University completes social sciences building, other projects near completion
An article about construction projects on Rice's campus features the completion of the Patricia Lipoma Kraft ’87 and Jonathan A. Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, which will house the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, the Houston Education Research Consortium, the Texas Policy Lab, the Religion and Public Life program and the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance. The article mentions that the Music and Performing Arts Center is expected to open in late 2020 and that Sid Richardson College will be rebuilt next year. Kathy Jones, vice president for facilities, and Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, are quoted.
Houston Business Journal

Ginni Rometty to step down as CEO of IBM
Alumnus and Rice Board of Trustees member James Whitehurst, who has been named president of IBM, is featured.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This and similar articles also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)

Indian-origin Arvind Krishna to replace Ginni Rometty as IBM CEO
Forbes India

Red Hat CEO to take over role of president at IBM
WRAL TechWire

Indian-origin Arvind Krishna elected IBM chief executive officer
India Blooms (This article also appeared in India New England News.)


Electricity turns garbage into high-quality 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 the Jan. 31 print edition.)

Carbon-based waste transformed into flash graphene thanks to new process
Interesting Engineering (This and similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The great Good News Roundup swap for Jan. 30, 2020
Daily Kos

Scientists turn trash into graphene with a flash

Popular Mechanics South Africa

Robot kayaks discover that the basin of a 20-mile-long glacier in Alaska is melting 100 times faster than previously thought
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in ABC 14 Online.)


Houston's demographics favor the multifamily market, even if the city is overbuilt
An article about multifamily housing developments in Houston quotes and pictures Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology.
Houston Business Journal

Ongoing District B dispute, Texas Constitution put Jerry Davis in unusual spot
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 Jan. 31 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Bloomberg to air Super Bowl ad featuring Houston-area woman whose son was fatally shot
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Battleground 2020: Republican candidates in House District 45 seek to take seat back from Rep. Zwiener
The Texan (A similar article also appeared in BizPac Review.)

How badly did a Democrat's loss in a key election damage Beto's brand?

Enterprise Products reports record profit, then adds CEO
Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Jan. 31 print edition.)

City to negotiate community benefits agreement for anticipated innovation district
Two articles mentions 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. The Houston Chronicle quotes President David Leebron and Rice Student Association President Grace Wickerson and mentions the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Third Ward Policy and Program Landscape Report.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week

Houston Chamber Choir’s 'Duruflé: Complete Choral Works' receives Grammy Award for 'Best Choral Performance'
An article mentions that "Maurice Duruflé: Complete Choral Works," which features Shepherd School of Music faculty members Ken Cowan, professor of organ, and Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, won a Grammy Award for “Best Choral Performance.”
The Katy News

Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse films showing Jan. 24-30
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will present “Homework” and "Six Selected Kiarostami Shorts" Feb. 1.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition.)

'100 Boats: A Hurricane Harvey Documentary'
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition.)

Contemporary African artists shine in Moody Center’s ‘Radical Revisionists’ show
An article features the exhibit “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present,” on view through May 16 at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

What’s at Houston galleries this week
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition.)

Rice alum Frank William Miller Jr. promotes Houston hip-hop
Alumnus Frank William Miller Jr. is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

John Boomer joins River Oaks Properties

Alumnus John Boomer is featured and pictured.
El Paso Inc.

Women in science
Graduate student Vanessa Espinoza is mentioned.
The Buzz Magazines

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Walley Films
An article mentions that Walley Films has produced a documentary series for the former Rice Art Gallery.


Local attorney blind since birth ‘humbling and very inspiring’
An article features alumnus Will Conrad and mentions his wife, alumna Laura Conrad.
KWTX Online (This segment also aired on KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas.)


Black humanist scholar on FFRF’s TV show Sunday
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religion and founding director of Rice's Center for African and African American Studies, is featured.
Freedom from Religion Foundation

Transcriptional bursting explained
A new theoretical study by Rice scientists aims to better explain how chromosomes express their protein products. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, is quoted.

LNG ready to play its part
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Petroleum Economist

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.
Hellenic Shipping News (This article also appeared in Bunker Ports News.)

FINRA’s executive VP for regulatory policy to retire
Alumnus Tom Selman is featured.
Finance Magnates

Acceptance rates at the top 50 business schools in the US

Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

Verizon’s 5G network now available in 31 US cities
An article mentions that 5G technology was installed at Rice Stadium in November.
Android Authority

The high court's benzene decision at 40: Will it rise if Chevron falls?
An article mentions that Gary Marfin is the former associate dean of engineering at Rice.
Washington Legal Foundation

GMC's Hummer EV pickup is real, will have 1,000 HP
Alumnus Joey Capparella authored an article.
Men's Health


Lost in translation: Organic matter cuts plant-microbe links
An article features collaborative research from Rice's Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology program into how plants have evolved to use bacteria to deliver nutrients. Carrie Masiello, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Ilenne Del Valle are quoted. Joff Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems Biology graduate program, is mentioned.
Cornell Chronicle

Let’s call Trump’s plan what it is: Oslo C
Gilead Sher, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

African American attorneys exhibit on display for Black History Month
Alumna Catherine Wallack, architectural records archivist for the University of Arkansas Libraries, is featured.
University of Arkansas News

BYOD: Zilker Park hosts furry friend social
Alumna Michelle Trejo is featured.
Hilltop Views

Graphene can withstand over one billion high-stress cycles before failing, U of T researchers find
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on graphene stress test research.
University of Toronto News (This article also appeared in the University of Toronto Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering News.)


LSU women set to face off against Houston, Rice
An article mentions that Rice's swimming and diving team will compete against the University of Houston and Louisiana State University Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
SwimSwam (This article also appeared in LSU Athletics News.)

Texas baseball: UT picked 5th in Big 12 preseason poll
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team will play the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 14-16 at Reckling Park.
Sports Illustrated (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

UTSA thrashed on the boards in loss to UAB
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio Jan. 25.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition.)

Solid offseason could benefit Morton Ranch OL Aaron Session
Rice is mentioned.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Reported USC hire Craig Naivar to bring versatile coaching, Texas ties
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar.
FanSided (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Efe Odigie and a tale of two UTEP basketball seasons
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso earlier this season.
KROD Online

Looking ahead at BYU's future schedules
An article mentions that Rice's football team will play Brigham Young University in 2023.

Big 12 Offseason Tracker: Oklahoma State WR CJ Moore enters transfer portal
Former Rice assistant football coach and interim head coach Brian Stewart is featured.
SB Nation

Dan Phillips joins UH as special teams coordinator
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Dan Phillips.
KHON Online (This article also appeared in Hawaii News Now.)


Rice’s Baker Institute and its Center for Energy Studies at top of global think tank rankings
Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy has risen to the No. 2 ranking among university-affiliated think tanks in the world, up from No. 3 the previous year, and its Center for Energy Studies maintained its standing as the No. 1 energy and resource policy think tank, according to the 2019 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published this week.

As Trump impeachment trial nears conclusion, Rice political scientist available to discuss upcoming State of the Union address
Amid his impeachment trial, President Donald Trump is preparing for his annual State of the Union address next week. Rice political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss what to expect in the president’s Feb. 4 remarks.

Israeli West Bank settlements may have dangerous consequences, Baker Institute experts say
As President Donald Trump unveils his new Middle East peace plan, experts in the Center for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy say the administration’s green light for the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank comes with the potential for dangerous consequences.

Brevity is the soul of wit: Rice Theatre presents ‘All in the Timing’
This spring, Rice University Theatre will present David Ives’ collection of short comedies, “All in the Timing,” a series of six plays each running less than 15 minutes, between Feb. 28 and March 7. The plays offer comedic, insightful and reflective commentaries on life through a set of unusual occurrences.

Fed grant backs Rice earthquake research
Rice geologist Melodie French is crushing it in her quest to understand the physics responsible for earthquakes. The assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science has earned a prestigious CAREER Award, a five-year National Science Foundation grant for $600,000 to support her investigation of the tectonic roots of earthquakes and tsunamis.