Dateline Rice for Jan. 14, 2020

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Warren turns back to women voters to clear path to nomination
Lyn Ragsdale, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor of Public Affairs and professor of political science, is quoted.
Miami Herald (This Bloomberg article also appeared in more than 25 additional media outlets since appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-ragsdale

Viral Facebook post on number of coal plants is wrong
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
PolitiFact
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-mikulska
What’s behind Poland’s opposition to EU climate neutrality agreement
Natural Gas World
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-mikulska

Loss of large mammals stamps out invertebrates, too
An article and podcast feature graduate student Therese Lamperty discussing her research in Gabon.
Scientific American
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-lamperty

Rappers who wound up with regular jobs
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.
New York Post
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-bun-b

One way to bring down the high cost of college
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.

Yahoo! News (This National Review article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-openstax

HOUSTON/TEXAS

The Ion Houston names 3 new execs to its team
An article about 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, features three new executives appointed by Rice Management Co.: Deanea LeFlore has been named senior director of community and corporate engagement, Jan E. Odegard has been named senior director of industry and academic partners, and Chris Valka has been named senior director of operations. Allison Thacker, president and chief investment officer of Rice Management, and Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, are quoted.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-the-ion

Flynn will be on GOP primary ballot, even as party chair disputes eligibility
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. 14 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Texan.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-jones
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-jones (This segment aired twice.)

China invests $600 million into Mexico’s Dos Bocas refinery
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-payan
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-payan

What’s up at Houston galleries this week
An arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “Story Lines,” a large drawings group show, through May 17.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-moody
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-moody

A new era for Stages Repertory Theatre
An article mentions that students from Rice founded a theater collective in 1975 that eventually evolved into Main Street Theater, which was led by alumna Rebecca Greene Udden for over four decades.
OutSmart Magazine (This article also appeared in the January digital and print editions.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-udden

52 free family activities in Houston
An article features James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion and Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-skyspace

Pioneer’s Barry Thomas: ‘Making a difference in people’s lives’ in the Permian
Alumnus Barry Thomas is featured.
Dallas Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-thomas

BROADCAST

Tuesday’s show: Astros punished for sign stealing (Jan. 14, 2020)
A radio broadcast features Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, who has been named Rice’s provost effective July 1.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-desroches

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Southern District promotes new clerk from within
Alumnus Roger A.G. Sharpe is featured.
The Indiana Lawyer
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-sharpe

The top 5 Texas salaries for MBA grads
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Metro MBA
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-jones-school

Fibras de nanotubos: Puentes eléctricos capaces de unir tejidos cardiacos dañados
An article mentions that carbon threads developed at Rice could serve as an electrical bypass or bridge to repair the function of the heart.
ConSalud.es (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-cs

SPORTS

Rice women dominate North Texas
Rice’s women’s swimming and diving team defeated the University of North Texas 152-85 at a recent meet. Owls Marta Cano-Minarro, Kate Nezelek, Hannah Sumbera and Zoe Spitz are highlighted.
SwimSwam
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-swim

Sources: Texas CB coach Jason Washington will not be retained
Former assistant football coaches Jason Washington and Tom Herman are mentioned.
247Sports.com (A similar article also appeared in SB Nation.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-247

Men’s basketball: UNT makes statement early in C-USA play by cooling off red-hot FAU
Articles mention that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of North Texas and Florida Atlantic University earlier this season.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-drc
Chalk talk — Florida Atlantic at North Texas
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-drc
Men’s basketball: UNT to face FAU in key Conference USA showdown
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-drc

Following a disappointing finish to 2019, Texas to begin its 2020 campaign without a ranking
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 14.
Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-statesman

McCormick named to FWAA Freshman All-America Team

An article mentions the 2019 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
UTSA Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-utsa

WKU feeling effects of thin lineup ahead of facing MTSU
An article mentions that Rice and Western Kentucky University’s men’s basketball teams played earlier this season.
Bowling Green Daily News (This article also appeared in the Hicksburg Post.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-bgdn

Duffey transfer to Tulane falls through

An article mentions that Rice’s women’s golf team will compete against Texas Tech University Jan. 18.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-laj

Jett Duffey headed to Tulane
An article mentions former Rice football player Jackson Tyner.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-247

Behind enemy lines: LSU Tigers
An article mentions the 1977 football game between Rice and Louisiana State University.
Sports Illustrated
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-si

Ryan Yurachek to join Arkansas staff as GA
An article mentions the 2014 football game between Rice and Marshall University.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-247

Facilitator role fits for Jones
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas 91-43 Nov. 5.
Northwest Arkansas Gazette
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-nwa

Southern Miss women’s basketball beats UTSA in home contest
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play the University of Southern Mississippi Jan. 18.
The Dispatch
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-thedis

College football news rankings 1-130: 2019 final
Rice’s football program is featured.
College Football News
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-cfn

Audrey Weigl, Caroline Shiery lead Central Dauphin past State College
An article mentions that Maya Bokunewicz signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Rice.
PennLive.com
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-penn

Lady Tops in midst of ‘four-game tournament’
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky University earlier this season.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-bgdn

NEWS RELEASES

Not so fast: Some batteries can be pushed too far
New simulations by Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Kaiqi Yang, detailed in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, show too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can open cracks and quickly degrade batteries.
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-news-release-tang

Vigil and program to celebrate MLK Jan. 19
In celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Rice’s Black Male Leadership Initiative will host a vigil and program, “Keeping the Dream Alive,” at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Rice Memorial Chapel. Rice President David Leebron will offer opening remarks, and George R. Brown School of Engineering Dean Reginald DesRoches, who will become provost in July, will provide the keynote address.
http://dateline.rice/jan-14-news-release-mlk-vigil

About Stefan De La Garza

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