Dateline Rice for Oct. 27. 2017

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October 27, 2017


Houston’s World Series problem: The phrase ‘Houston, we have a problem’

America’s fourth-largest city begs outsiders to lay off the exhausted cliché — a misquote from NASA’s Apollo 13 moon mission. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal

Trump just declared the opioid crisis a ‘public health emergency’ — Here’s what that means

Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story on President Donald Trump’s declaration of the opioid crisis as a “public health emergency.”
Business Insider (This story also appeared at
Providers: Without funding, Trump’s public health emergency declaration won’t solve the opioid crisis
Fierce Healthcare

How Andrew Jackson turned his resentment of the British into victory at the Battle of New Orleans

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, participates in the second installment of a four-part series discussing Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans. Brinkley is quoted in other articles on President Donald Trump releasing files related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Fox News Radio
New JFK assassination files not expected to answer if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone
Times-Picayune (This Associated Press article also appeared in Business Insider, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Athens Banner-Herald and more than 200 other publications.)
JFK files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others
Boston Herald (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 800 publications)
WWJ-AM (Detroit) (This also aired on WSB-AM, KRLD-AM, KIRO-AM, WTMJ-AM, WBZ-AM, WIOD-AM and WTIC-AM.) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
‘New Day’
CNN International (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)
‘New Day’
CNN (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Venezuela’s cash crunch means waiting 5 months to get paid

Francisco Monaldi, a fellow in Latin American energy policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted on the problems in Venezuela’s oil industry.

New science suggests the ocean could rise more — and faster — than we thought

Scientists from Rice and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have discovered that Earth’s sea level did not rise steadily but rather in sharp, punctuated bursts when the planet’s glaciers melted during the period of global warming at the close of the last ice age. Rice marine geologist André Droxler, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in The Spec and the Santa Fe New Mexican.)

Yemeni Al Qaeda figure sanctioned by GCC appeared on Qatar boycott list

Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The National

DACA students can be denied in-state tuition, rules Georgia court

A Rice study suggesting that Georgia’s public colleges and universities “are the best in the country” for saving money on textbooks is mentioned.


World Series a boon for Houston’s business, self-image

Tom Stallings, professor in the practice of sport management, discusses the benefits the World Series has on Houston and the Astros.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Oct. 27 print edition of the Houston Chronicle’s Business section with a different headline, “It’s root, root, root and spend, spend, spend.”)

Joe Straus for governor? ‘I don’t think so’

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 in articles about Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, freedom of speech on college campuses and the future of the Republican Party.
Austin American-Statesman
With Joe Straus gone, will Gov. Abbott board the crazy train or hit the brakes?
Dallas News (Subscription is required.)
Straus announces he will not week re-election, so what’s next?
Straus earthquake could shake up Texas politics for years
Tyler Morning Telegraph (This article also appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press.)
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says he will not seek re-election
KUT-FM (Austin, Texas) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (Click on the audio button to listen to the broadcast.)
The Republican Party of 2018 should induce panic now
Daily Kos
Constitutional amendments up to voters
Jacksonville Progress

Commentary: Why Texas doesn’t come close to having true democracy

Rice research on states with voter ID restrictions is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman

How Texas schools fared on WalletHub’s 2018 College & University Ranking for the South

Rice is ranked No. 2 in WalletHub’s list of top higher education institutions in the South.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Spectrum News (Austin, Texas) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

‘Fail State’ delves into the shadowy world of for-profit colleges

The documentary “Fail State” details how the for-profit college industry began, its rise to power and why legislative attempts to reign it in have had only limited success. The article mentions that Rice once offered free tuition, unlike the for-profit schools profiles in the documentary.
Texas Observer

Math and baseball? How this formula is propelling the Astros to victory

In their run to be World Series Champions, the Houston Astros focus on more than just winning and they’re using math to do it. Jimmy Disch, associate professor of sport management, discusses the Houston Astros’ use of sabermetrics, the statistical analysis of baseball data.

Women Who Mean Business 2017: Outstanding leaders in health care 

Alumna Amanda Spielman ’99 was named one of the seven Outstanding Business Leaders in Health Care honorees by the Houston Business Journal.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Something ‘yuuuge’ was missing from Franklin Graham’s Waco revival

David Brockman, nonresident scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Religion and Public Policy Program, authored this article on evangelist Franklin Graham.
Texas Observer

Top Harris County official calls for major flood control plan

Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in a story on Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s plan to prevent disasters such as Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.
Austin American-Statesman (This also appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and more than five other publications.)

Texas colleges urge voting participation

With Election Day approaching, Texas schools, including Rice University, Baylor University and the University of Houston-Downtown, are working to ensure student participation.
Texas Tribune

University of Texas at Austin claims rightful place as No. 1 school in the state

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rice No. 14 among best national universities and No. 81 among best global universities.
CultureMap Austin


KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)

Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the collision of two massive neutron stars. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)


Nanotube fiber antennas as capable as copper: Rice University researchers show flexible fibers work well but weigh much less

Fibers made of carbon nanotubes configured as wireless antennas can be as good as copper antennas but 20 times lighter, according to Rice researchers. The antennas may offer practical advantages for aerospace applications and wearable electronics where weight and flexibility are factors. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and Rice graduate student Amram Bengio are quoted.
Textile World
Can carbon nanotubes replace copper in wireless antennas? (This also appeared in Screenny.)

Discovery lights path for Alzheimer’s research

A probe invented at Rice University that lights up when it binds to a misfolded amyloid beta peptide — the kind suspected of causing Alzheimer’s disease — has identified a specific binding site on the protein that could facilitate better drugs to treat the disease. Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Science Daily

New ‘compressed sensing’ technology could reduce MRI scan times

Patients who have to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging scan may be spared the ordeal of having to lie still in the scanner for up to 45 minutes, thanks to new technology patented by Rice University, also known as “compressed sensing” technology. The technology was recently licensed by Siemens Healthineers. Richard Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Kevin Kelly, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and applied physics graduate program chair, are quoted.
Gears of Biz

HPE introduces new set of artificial intelligence platforms and service

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new purpose-built platforms and services capabilities to help companies simplify the adoption of artificial intelligence, with an initial focus on a key subset of AI known as deep learning. Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
The Tech Revolutionist

Union Bank of Colombo : Atul Malik appointed chairman of Union Bank

The Board of Directors of Union Bank of Colombo PLC announced the appointment of alumnus Atul Malik ’87 as chairman of the bank.


15 things you should never say to a Southerner

Rice is mentioned.
Wide Open Country

Proud to be a fed

A note mentions that Linda Oestreich, the author of the article, has a certificate in project management from Rice.

API Conference panel discussion: Hurricane lessons

Jamie Padgett, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is pictured.
BIC Magazine



Baseball head coach Wayne Graham discusses baseballs. (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

Rice versus Louisiana Tech
The Rice football team faces Louisiana Tech University Oct. 28.
Houston Chronicle

A bulldozed football stadium. And a loss of history.

Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Becca Evans of Fairport Area Swim Team verbally commits to Rice University

Fairport Area Swim Team’s Becca Evans has announced her verbal commitment to swim for Rice in the fall.
Swim Swam

Longhorns and Aggies face off on court as governor calls for same on gridiron

The University of Texas men’s basketball team defeated Texas A&M University 73-69 in an exhibition Oct. 25 at Tudor Fieldhouse. Proceeds from the game will benefit Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey victims.
Hook ‘Em
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas) (Click on the video button to watch the broadcast.)

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