Dateline Rice for Feb. 25, 2020


Tissue-box-size satellite created by Rice University students to help tackle space junk
An article reports that OwlSat, a research satellite that may help to reduce the amount of space junk orbiting Earth, will be the first satellite built and launched by Rice students. McMurtry College senior Ryan Udell, president of Rice’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, is quoted. OwlSat is one of 18 research satellites NASA selected to launch and has an expected liftoff date in January 2022.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
NASA announces next round of candidates for CubeSat space missions


Part 3: ‘On the Origin of Humans’
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is interviewed about her research into the religious beliefs of scientists.
BBC Radio’s “The Secret History of Science and Religion” (This segment aired on more than 1,400 stations around the world.)

What does the Iranian election tell us?
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about Iran’s 11th parliamentary election since the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Bitcoin’s guardian angel: Inside Coinbase billionaire Brian Armstrong’s plan to make crypto safe for all
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured and pictured.
Forbes (This article will appear in the March 1 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 


Houston ISD, Rice researchers hope ambitious review leads to ‘call to action’
An article mentions that the University of Houston and Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium will conduct an enrollment study of the Houston Independent School District. Ruth López Turley, director of HERC, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Connecticut Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

MJ Hegar ahead, Royce West a distant second in poll on Texas Democratic Senate primary
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Poll: Biden and Sanders are in a virtual tie in Texas
University of Houston (A similar article also appeared in Texas Signal.)

Texas Democratic Primary Election 2020 Survey
University of Houston
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/feb-25-jones (This segment aired five times.)

Landmark decision
An article features 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. Gabriella Rowe, executive director of the Ion, is quoted.
Houston CityBook

Carnegie’s College Career Day
An article mentions that Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, spoke at Carnegie Vanguard High School Feb. 12 as part of the school’s College Career Day.
The Buzz Magazines (Editor’s note: A correction on Cohan’s specialty has been requested.)

Where to find locally grown produce in Houston
An article mentions the Rice Farmers Market.
Defender Network (This Houston Public Media article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Rice University warns students about coyote sightings on campus
An article about the Rice University Police Department’s notice to the campus community about recent coyote sightings quotes Jones College senior Naod Araya and freshman Xavier Elizondo.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired five times on KPRC-TV in Houston, and a similar article appeared in KHOU Online.)

The ultimate guide to Houston summer camps
An article about summer camps mentions that iD Tech camps for children ages 7 through 17 will be held at Rice.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)


Scientists simplify access to drug building block
An article features Rice research into the development of an inexpensive organic synthesis technique to make valuable pharmaceutical precursors. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Bioengineer, Scienmag and Science Codex.)

National Academy of Engineering elects members
An article about newly elected members of the National Academy of Engineering 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. He becomes Rice’s provost July 1.

The unclear future of Nord Stream 2, Russia’s controversial gas pipeline 
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Low-powered laser produces smaller graphene features
An article features Rice research into developing a method to create laser-induced graphene with features more than 60% smaller than macro versions and almost 10 times smaller than typically achieved with an infrared laser. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Michael Stanford are quoted.
Materials Today (This article also appeared in Focus Technica.)

The racial divide of flood damage buyouts
The federal flood buyout program disproportionally benefits the whitest communities of America’s largest cities, according to Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
DS News (This article also appeared in Long Room.)

These 20 colleges have the happiest students
An article mentions that Rice is No. 2 on the Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s happiest students.
ELLE Decor

Student loan expert: USC’s free tuition move is ‘a brilliant PR stunt’

An article about the University of Southern California’s tuition plan mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Yahoo! Money

Researchers use advanced AI to predict extreme weather
An article mentions that Rice engineers have created a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events, like heat waves, up to five days in advance using minimal information about current weather conditions.
Psychology Today

Tendeka adds business development manager for South America
Alumnus Renato Barbedo is featured and pictured.
Gas Compression Magazine (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Guerilla Opera to showcase five cutting-edge composers at Brandeis University
An article features alumnus Niko Yamamoto, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. The article mentions that he has worked with the Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs.
Broadway World

People in the news, Feb. 25
Alumnus John Dragovits is featured.
McKnight Senior Living (This article also appeared in CityBizList, CityBizList Boston and CityBizList New York.)

ICYMI through Feb. 24, 2020
An article features Rice research that developed a technique to make the security of the “internet of things” more than 14,000 times more secure than current state-of-the-art defenses while using far less energy.
IoT Playbook

Implante bioelectrónico recargable y programable inalámbricamente mediante campos magnéticos
An article features Rice research into the first neural implant that can be both programmed and charged remotely with a magnetic field. Rice community members mentioned include Kaiyuan Yang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering; and graduate students Zhanghao Yu and Joshua Chen.
Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia (An English translation is not available.)


What you didn’t know about Bill Richardson
An article featuring Bill Richardson mentions that is a former Special Fellow on Latin America at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Latin Trends

How companies use tech to track workers
An article cites a 2003 study by researchers from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business that determined that management, innovative co-workers and in some cases bad moods can contribute to on-the-job creativity.
The World News (This article also appeared in Entrepreneur, China Electric Power News, Satoshi Nakamoto Blog and EIN News.)


WBB: Feb. 24 Players of the Week
An article featuring Erica Ogwumike mentions that she was named the Conference USA Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.
Conference USA

‘Fox 26 News at 9’
A television broadcast features Rice’s football team, which began spring camp Feb. 24. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed, and Owls Blaze Alldredge and Luke Armstrong are highlighted.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

D1Baseball’s Weekly Chat: Feb. 24
An article mentions Rice’s baseball program and head coach Matt Bragga.

Conference USA top 3-pointers of the week
A roundup of Conference USA basketball highlights features three-pointers by Owls Drew Peterson and Ako Adams in the Feb. 22 game against the University of Texas at El Paso. The second item from features a slam dunk by Josh Parrish in the same game. UTEP defeated Rice 68-62.
Conference USA top dunks of the week
Conference USA top 5 performances of the week
MBB: Feb. 24 Players of the Week
Conference USA

2020 Canadians in college
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.
Canadian Baseball Network

The Baylor Bears’ 23-game winning streak comes to an end against Kansas
Rice’s basketball program is mentioned.
SportsMap Houston

Track and field: Southwest’s Fey and Boerne’s Hood named E-N Athletes of the Week
An article featuring Morgan Fey, the 2019 San Antonio Express-News Girls Field Athlete of the Year, mentions that she has signed to join Rice’s track and field team.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in Feb. 25 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Crunch time: Basketball state quarterfinals preview
An article mentions that Cameron Sheffield plans to play basketball at Rice.
Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Rice football schedule 2020 prediction, breakdown, analysis
Rice’s football program is featured.
College Football News (Another similar article appeared in College Football News.)

Texas State closes out weekend with victory over Lamar
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play Texas State University Feb. 26 in San Marcos.
The University Star (This article also appeared in the San Marcos Daily Record.)

UNT basketball coaches show notes — McCasland points to key mistakes that cost Mean Green in loss to Louisiana Tech
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of North Texas 69-66 Feb. 20.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Around Aggieland (2/24)
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team was defeated by Texas A&M University 7-0 Feb. 21.
TexAgs (A similar article also appeared in The Eagle.)

Tigers victorious over Rice, 4-1
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team was defeated by Louisiana State University 4-1 Feb. 23.
Louisiana State University Athletics News

Northwestern State sweeps UTSA 4-0

An article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio Feb. 28.
UTSA Athletics News

Bring the whole family to Rice basketball this season with new ‘Kids Court’
An article mentions that Kids Court, which is held during men’s and women’s basketball Saturday home games, provides pregame and halftime activities for children.
Houston on the Cheap


Watch for new trade deal’s impact on state-owned businesses, says Baker Institute expert
Several changes made by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, such as those relating to state-owned enterprises like Mexico’s Pemex, could have a major impact on North American trade, according to a report by David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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