Dateline Rice for Jan. 16, 2020

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Defects can boost battery cathodes but only to a point
An article features a Rice study that determined too much stress in widely used lithium iron phosphate cathodes can quickly degrade batteries. Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted, and graduate student Kaiqi Yang is mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Innovations Report, ChemEurope.com and PhoneWeek.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-tang

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Are you ready for a seven-hour film? ‘Satantango’ is for you.
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen “Satantango,” a 1994 Hungarian film that’s over seven hours long, Jan. 18. Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of Rice Cinema, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-doveTMCx company receives investment from Houston VC, UH program recognized, and more innovation news
An innovations roundup features Resonado, the runner-up at the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-rbpc

11 vivid and eye-catching January art events no Houstonian should miss
An article mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present” Jan. 24-May 16.
CultureMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-moody

Houston Grand Opera and Lawrence Brownlee present ‘Giving Voice: Lawrence Brownlee and Friends Sing Opera, Gospel and Standards’ on Jan. 19  
An article mentions that Nicholas Newton has performed at Rice.
The Katy Times
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-kt

Houston-area energy tech startup acquired by engineering consulting company
An article featuring LaserStream mentions that it was named one of the 10 most-promising startups at the fifth annual Rice Alliance Startup Roundup event at the 2019 Offshore Technology Conference.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-innomap

BROADCAST

Political Roundup: Another Democratic debate and impeachment managers named
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, participates in a roundtable discussion about the week’s top political stories from Houston Public Media. Jones is quoted in the El Paso Times.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones

Super Tuesday is closer than you think. What are presidential candidates doing to win Texas?
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Times Record News, San Angelo Standard-Times, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Abilene Reporter-News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones
‘I take my responsibility seriously’: US Rep. Sylvia Garcia, of Houston, among 7 named to impeachment prosecution team
Click2Houston
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones
Flynn officially on HD138 primary ballot
Off the Kuff
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

A switch for making syngas
An article features collaborative Rice research into an easier, greener way to create “synthesis gas,” a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen gases. 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 postdoctoral researcher Linan Zhou are quoted and pictured.
Optics & Photonics News
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-halasScientists study plasma ‘bubbles’ in Earth’s magnetic field with Gamera model named for Japanese monster
An article features Rice research into the buoyancy of waves caused by the turbulence of Earth’s dayside magnetosphere to characterize how that influences space weather on the nightside. Frank Toffoletto, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Space.com (This article also appeared in Long Room, EveryEye.it, TeCake and USA News Hub.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-toffoletto

Real estate exec will lead Turner & Townsend NY operations
An engineering news roundup 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.
Engineering News Record
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-desroches

Rice engineers find a way to turn water pollution into valuable chemicals
An article features Rice research into a new rhodium catalyst that can convert nitrite pollutant waste into ammonia and hydrazine. Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering, and graduate student Chelsea Clark are quoted and pictured.
R&D World (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-wong

New carbon nanotube production method makes effective replacement
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new method to create high-pressure carbon monoxide nanotubes. Rice’s former Carbon Center and the late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon, are mentioned.
Materials Today
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-smalley

As enrollment declines loom, one liberal arts college is banking on free tuition
An article mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Education Dive
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-rice-investment

By working with local experts on civic open data projects, libraries can become the heart of the smart city.
An article mentions that Rice’s Fondren Library has partnered with the Kinder Institute for Urban Research to provide data literacy workshops for Houston-area nonprofits.
Library Journal
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-libj

Average GMAT scores at the top 50 B-schools

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Poets & Quants
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-jones-school

Audra McDonald will headline the Theatre Under The Stars Gala 2020
Alumnus Andy Einhorn is featured.
Broadway World (A similar article also appeared in The Katy Times.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-bw

The top tech developments in 2019
A tech development roundup mentions Rice’s research into a 3D bioreactor mold within which new bone can grow.
Medical Brief
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-mb

Gulf Craft restructures executive management team
Alumna Abeer Alshaali is featured.
Trade Only Today (This article also appeared in Soundings Trade Only and SuperYachts.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-tot

Editor’s picks #507
Sarah Whiting, former dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and the former William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is featured.
Archinect
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-arch

Manfredonia, i diapason al quarzo del prof Spagnolo
An article featuring Vincenzo Spagnolo mentions he formerly taught at Rice.
Stato (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-stato

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

The faculty artist series presents: George Sakakeeny, bassoon
An article featuring George Sakakeeny mentions he has taught master classes at Rice. Alumnus Erik Behr, who is a former guest oboe teacher at Rice, also is featured.
University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music News
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-eastman

Notre Dame organist who was playing when fire broke out to perform in Naples
An article featuring Johann Vexo mentions that he has taught master classes at Rice.
News-Press (This article also appeared in Naples Daily.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-npSanta Rosa ISD event to feature NASA scientists
Rice is mentioned.
Valley Morning Star
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-vms

SPORTS

US NCAA Division I coaches Ezequiel Gils, Rob Raines, Jesse Frieder train 20 Filipino tennis players at DreamBig Gold Tennis Camp
Rice men’s volunteer tennis coach Ezequiel Gils is quoted and pictured.
Conan Daily (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-cd
Hilltoppers maturing in ball security
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Western Kentucky University Jan. 4.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-bgdnLady Tops aim for consistency at Old Dominion
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Western Kentucky University Jan. 4.
Bowling Green Daily News
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-bgdn

NEWS RELEASES

Rice engineers find a way to turn water pollution into valuable chemicals
Rice researchers have identified a simpler way to rid water of cancer-causing pollutants and turn them into valuable chemicals. Michael Wong, Thomas Senftle and their team have discovered a new catalyst that can turn nitrite pollutant waste into ammonia, a compound mostly used as fertilizer and household cleaner, as well as hydrazine, which is used as rocket fuel.
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-wongUSMCA trade pact will reap ‘significant economic benefits,’ says Baker Institute expert
The Senate is expected to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement this week, and the deal stands to benefit all three countries, according to David A. Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, who is available to discuss this development and its implications.
http://dateline.rice/jan-16-gantz

About Stefan De La Garza

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