Dateline Rice for Jan. 7, 2020

dateline rice


Three Rice experts are quoted about the possible effects from last week's U.S. drone strike that killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani.

More volatility expected as oil markets wait for next 'shoes to drop'
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CBC (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Oil prices: How could war with Iran affect share prices?
Evening Standard (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Precio del petróleo sigue subiendo mientras industria observa conflicto Irán-EE.UU.
Voice of America (An English translation is not available.)

What the strike on Iran's top military leader means for Wyoming oil
Casper Star Tribune (This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 7 print edition, and it appeared at KPVI Online. Similar Associated Press articles appeared in more than 200 additional media outlets since appearing in yesterday's Dateline.)

US exposes Saudi Arabia to peril after Iranian killing
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
RFI (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

'13 Eyewitness News at 6 p.m.'
Joe Barnes, a foreign policy expert and the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.


The Ion names inaugural academics partner, course programming for Houston hub
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, is featured. Rice's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will be an academic partner of the Ion, offering a mix of online and hybrid courses and certificate programs. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, and Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, are quoted. Mary Lynn Fernau, the Glasscock School's director of executive and international programs, is mentioned. CultureMap Houston mentions Rowe and features Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management Co. Houston Business Journal mentions Fernau and pictures Rowe.

Here are 5 Houston innovators to know in 2020
CultureMap Houston

Houston innovation hub unveils first academic partnership
Houston Business Journal

We’re not going to get an independent redistricting commission
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.
Off the Kuff

Tuesday letters: Texas cities
William Ward Watkin, the founding director of Rice’s architecture department, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the Jan. 7 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

A dozen memorable moments from the ‘National Podcast of Texas’ in 2019
Alumna Royce Brooks is featured in an article and podcast.
Texas Monthly


Marijuana prosecutions in Texas have dropped by more than half since lawmakers legalized hemp
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Standard (This article also appeared in Fox 51 Online.)

Treat nonviolent drug offenses as public health issue, Baker Institute paper recommends
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in

Why marijuana prosecutions are declining across the country
The Fresh Toast (This article also appeared in ArcaMax.)

METRO considers free fares on buses and trains
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

Where does Rice University rank on the Best Colleges in America list?
Rice is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Niche's 2020 Best Colleges in America list.
Click2Houston (A similar article also appeared in

President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-kennedy (This segment aired three times.)


LSU’s Kristine DeLong leads a team studying climate change
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on research to determine how climate change will impact reefs in the Gulf of Mexico in the near future.
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Solar desalination system delivers high energy output
An article features Rice research that boosted the efficiency of a solar-powered desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into "hot spots." Graduate student Pratiksha Dongare is quoted.

Toronto Interior Design Show Jan. 16-19, 2020
Frida Escobedo, the former Visting Cullinan Professor of Architecture, is featured.
Next Home

Rogue Chinese geneticist jailed for his role in creation of gene-edited babies
An article about gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui, the Chinese scientist who claimed he produced the first genetically engineered twins, attended Rice.
Chemistry World

Remembering Jean E. Rivier, Ph.D. (1941-2019)
An article featuring the late Jean Rivier mentions that he completed postdoctoral studies at Rice.
Endocrine News


A greener, simpler way to create syngas
Collaborative Rice research into an easier, greener way to create "synthesis gas," a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases, is featured. Mentioned are 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; and Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering. This research is also featured in Tech Xplore.
UCLA Newsroom

A greener, simpler way to create syngas
Tech Xplore
http://dateline.rice/jan-7-syngas \


WBB: Jan. 6 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike was named Conference USA Player of the Week and fellow Owl Lauren Schwartz was named Co-Freshman of the Week. Schwartz also is mentioned in UTSA Athletics News. Ogwumike is pictured in the Houston Chronicle.
Conference USA
Mikayla Woods named C-USA Co-Freshman of the Week
UTSA Athletics News
Johnson leads No. 10 Texas A&M to rout of Mississippi

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Rice basketball top plays vs. Western Kentucky (2019-20)
Several articles mention the Rice men's basketball team's 68-61 loss to Western Kentucky University Jan. 4. (Three similar videos also appeared on

'A W is a W': Hilltoppers defeat Rice, start C-USA play 2-0 for first time since 2017-18 campaign
College Heights Herald

Toppers show signs of life with C-USA sweep

Anderson provides necessary boost in WKU's lineup changes
Bowling Green Daily News

Carson Williams earns C-USA Co-Player of the Week designation
College Heights Herald (A similar article also appeared in WBKO Online and the Bowling Green Daily News.)

Tops’ Williams tabbed C-USA Co-Player of the Week
WNKY (Online)

MBB: Jan. 6 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III was named Conference USA Player of the Week earlier this season.
Conference USA

Libertyville's Gunther brothers making impact at Illinois
Rice basketball player Drew Peterson is featured.
Daily Herald

CPHS football: Bobby Klinck hired as Sand Springs head coach
Rice's football program is mentioned.
Sandite Pride News

No. 11 A&M hosts Ole Miss in SEC home opener
An article mentions the women's basketball game between Rice and Texas A&M University earlier this season.
KAGS Online (A similar article also appeared in

The No. 4 Baylor Bears and Houston Cougars keep their winning streaks alive during the opening week of conference play
Rice's men's and women's basketball teams will play Florida Atlantic University Jan. 9 and Florida International University Jan. 11.

College basketball schedule
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Women's college basketball schedule
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Ole Miss legend Johnny Vaught inducted into Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Mississippi in the 1961 Sugar Bowl.
The Local Voice

Cubs pipeline alchemy: Kris Bryant, pre-arbitration excellence and player development
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
SB Nation
'Adjustments, for sure’: CA Speaker talks 2020 priorities, politics -- and parenting
Public CEO (This article also appeared in Los Angeles Patch.)

This 22-year-old didn’t take tennis lessons until age 16 and is now on the pro tour -- an inside look at life in tennis’ minor leagues
A tennis tournament held at Rice is mentioned.