Dateline Rice for Sept. 10, 2019


Swapping 1 atom lets visible light trigger fluorescent dyes
Collaborative Rice research that developed a single-atom switch to turn fluorescent dyes used in biological imaging on and off at will is featured. Co-author Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Trump Nominates Indian-American Anuraag Singhal as Florida judge
Alumnus Anuraag Singhal is featured and pictured.
The Quint (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)


These dams needed replacing 15 years ago. Now Texas will drain four lakes instead — causing other problems.
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.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in The Eagle, Houston Public Media, Click2Houston, Gilmer Mirror, KUT Online, KERA Online, KAMR Online and KTSA Online.)

Venomous caterpillars find home at Texas hospital
An article features collaborative Rice research that suggests a rise in asps, one of North America’s most venomous caterpillars, is due to netting live oaks to discourage pesky birds. Graduate student Mattheau Comerford is quoted. Scott Egan, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is interviewed in KENS Online.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Nets accidentally create asp caterpillar population boom in Texas Medical Center
KENS Online

BREAKING: State Senator Pat Fallon will explore challenging John Cornyn for US Senate
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 Texan

US News & World Report: Rice University tops UT Austin for best Texas college, again
Several articles featuring U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best National Universities list mention that Rice is ranked No. 17 in the nation. The Austin Business Journal mentions that Rice is No. 13 in the nation for best value, and KACU Online mentions that Rice is No. 13 in the nation for “Learning Communities” on U.S. News’ new “Focus on Student Success” benchmarks. CultureMap Houston mentions that Rice is No. 20 in senior capstone, No. 34 in undergraduate research/creative projects, and No. 204 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility.”
Austin American-Statesman (A similar article also appeared in Baylor University News.)
Rice, UT remain top-ranked Texas schools in US News & World Report
Austin Business Journal
This Houston university once again trumps UT as the best school in Texas
CultureMap Houston
ACU recognized for student focus as rank rises 9 points
KACU Online (This article also appeared in KTXS Online.)
‘KVUE News Daybreak’
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas) (This segment aired four times.)
‘Fox 29 News First’
KABB-TV (San Antonio) (This segment aired six times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Houston Texans and Rice University team up for course on how to run an NFL franchise
An article mentions that Rice’s Department of Sport Management has partnered with the Houston Texans to offer a new course for students interested in professional sports management. Diane Crossey, professor in the practice of sport management, and Clark Haptonstall, professor in the practice of sport management and chair of the Department of Sport Management, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
WBDO-FM (Orlando, Florida)

Carattini-Wright tabbed to lead Woodlands Arts Council
An article featuring Jenny Carattini-Wright mentions that she completed the Certified Non-Profit Executive Program at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

5 events worth checking out in Houston this week
A Houston events roundup mentions that Rice will present “The Legacy of JFK and the Apollo Program” Sept. 12.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Houston blockchain startup closes seed round of funding with local investors
An article mentions that Houston-based Topl was created by Rice graduate students Kim Raath and James Aman and alumnus Chris Georgen.

Best things to do in Dallas, Sept. 9-15
A Dallas events roundup mentions that experts from Rice participated in the “What Is Religion” panel discussion at the Faiths in Conversation conference Sept. 9.
Dallas Observer


Texas Public Radio (San Antonio, Texas)
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about stemming meth addition in Texas. (This segment aired on 30 stations across Texas.)


Houston university gets $100K grant to develop mass timber building
An article mentions that Rice has won a share of $1 million in grants by the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to support the construction of mass timber buildings on college campuses. Jesús Vassallo, the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture, and Albert Pope, the G. S. Wortham Professor of Architecture, are mentioned.
Woodworking Network

Using solar energy to desalinate seawater
Rice research into a solar-powered desalination system is featured in a video. Interviewed are Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; 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 graduate student Pratiksha Dongare.

Encana promotes new president, other key leadership roles
Alumnus Greg Givens is featured.
World Oil

Washington DC’s National Symphony Announces Appointment of 4 New Violinists
Alumnus Derek Powell, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
The Violin Channel

$5.8M for renewable photocatalytic converter
An article mentions that the “antenna-reactor” plasmonic photocatalyst is licensed by Rice
Laboratory News


10 things you didn’t know about Bun B
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.


Texas pass defense needs work after LSU loss
Numerous articles mention that the University of Texas at Austin’s football team will play Rice Sept. 14 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)
Tom Herman: ‘We don’t live in a world of what-ifs or shoulda-woulda-coulda’s’
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Golden’s nuggets: Still smarting, Texas will be served Rice for dinner
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Bohls: ESPN’s Herbstreit not backing off Texas’ CFP chances
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
‘It’s very fixable’: Texas’ Tom Herman keeps faith in defense after breakdowns vs. LSU
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Tom Herman isn’t ready to ‘sound alarms’ after Longhorns’ defensive issues came into focus vs. LSU
The Dallas Morning News
Longhorns CB Foster out with hamstring injury
Ed Orgeron: LSU’s locker room at Texas didn’t have air conditioning
Bleacher Report
LISTEN: Texas coach Tom Herman breaks down LSU, looks ahead to Rice
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 3: Proven computer model loving Oklahoma, Texas
CBS Sports
Texas football game against Oklahoma State to air on KVUE
KVUE Online
What Texas coach Tom Herman said as Longhorns look to rebound vs. Rice
KXAN Online
Game time set for Texas Big 12 opener against Oklahoma State
What the Texas depth chart looks like heading into the Rice game
What the Longhorns can learn from Wake Forest’s Week 2 win over Rice.
What Tom Herman said looking back at LSU, ahead to Rice
Dropped touchdown pass throws Ingram off his game
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Sept. 10 print edition.)
Here is the latest Big 12 Conference sports news from The Associated Press
Texas S BJ Foster to miss several weeks with ‘significant’ hamstring injury
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texas CB Foster (hamstring) to miss several weeks
Lyndy’s Sports Annuals Gwinnett Prep Sports
3 takeaways from Herman’s post-LSU presser
The Daily Texan
Longhorns news and notes: Texas denies AC issues, Duvernay Big 12 POW
Horns Illustrated
AP top 25 reality check: Will winning keep Clemson at No. 1?
The Oakland Press
Texas CB Foster (hamstring) to miss several weeks
National Post
fUTure19 recap and participation tracker: Week 2 — LSU
SB Nation
Big 12 power rankings, Week 3: Texas blows opportunity vs. LSU
Big 12 power rankings: Oklahoma still leads while Iowa State gets chance to validate hype
USA Today
Texas DB B.J. Foster sidelined with ‘pretty significant hamstring injury’
SB Nation
Texas receiver Devin Duvernay honored by the Big 12 following a career day against LSU
Austin American-Statesman
Devin Duvernay named Big 12 co-offensive player of the week
Big 12 rankings: No dropping Texas in Big 12 power poll after entertaining loss to LSU
Tulsa World
ESPN picks up K-State vs. Mississippi State
Time and TV information announced for Texas’ home game against Oklahoma State
Austin American-Statesman
Kickoff time set for No. 12 Texas’ Big 12 opener vs. Oklahoma State
SB Nation
‘News 12 at 10’
KXII-TV (Sherman, Texas) (This segment aired five times.)
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas) (This segment aired three times.)

‘I want to win games’: Rice football not pleased with strong early returns
Several articles mention that Rice’s football team were defeated by Wake Forest Sept. 6 by a score of 41-21. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
LSU gets a big win, A&M comes up short, Georgia proved themselves, Tennessee lost again
SportsMap Houston
Wake football — 10 things we learned in 41-21 win over Rice
Howard makes 4 appearances; Beasley makes impact
Daily Tribune News
ACC football power rankings: Week 2
SB Nation

UNT notebook: Peters has Mean Green soccer rolling heading into key showdown
Rice’s soccer team is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Cardinals enter mismatch with Aggies
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Lamar University in 2020.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Katy ISD lands 23 volleyball players on AVCA national lists
An article featuring and picturing Danyle Courtley mentions that she plans to play volleyball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Fort Bend area volleyball stars honored by AVCA
An article mentions that Nia McCardell plans to play volleyball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston Astros to sell seats from Minute Maid Park
An article mentions that Rice’s Reckling Park features extended netting.
KTRK Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

ACC power rankings: Clemson remains No. 1, but there is new No. 2 after Week 2 games
Rice is mentioned.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


Rice U. experts available to discuss 2019 United Nations Climate Change Summit
As concerned citizens and environmental activists prepare for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York City Sept. 23, Rice University researchers are available to discuss various topics related to the event.

About Stefan De La Garza

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