Dateline Rice for Dec. 10, 2021

Dateline Rice


In new era for college sports, Army-Navy is a student athlete showcase
Alumnus Steve Erzinger is featured.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

La contribución petrolera a la economía Mexicana se apaga
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, research scholar for the center, are quoted.
Expansión (An English translation is not available.)

Seis hombres y cuatro mujeres: Los elegidos por la NASA para volver a pisar la Luna

An article features alumna Nichole Ayers, one of 10 people to be named to NASA's 2021 astronaut candidate class.
Forbes Argentina (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finanzas.)

Who gets help after a hurricane or flood? FEMA will start tracking it by race
An article cites collaborative Rice research into the racial disparity of federal recovery funding following a disaster.

Notre Dame Provost Marie Lynn Miranda is stepping down at the end of the year. Here's why.
Marie Lynn Miranda, former Rice provost and professor of statistics, is featured.
Yahoo! News (This South Bend Tribune appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Provost Reginald DesRoches to lead Rice University as first Black, Haitian immigrant president
An article features Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will lead Rice when President David Leebron steps down next year. Robert Ladd, chair of the Rice Board of Trustees, is also quoted.
Spectrum News

Houston hospital loses Medicare contract over safety violations that include cockroaches in operating room
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 10 print edition.)

Startups to watch
A roundup features Syzygy Plasmonics, which commercialized clean photocatalytic chemical reactor technology pioneered by 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 Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering. 
Houston Inno

Disordered protein regions bring harmony to gene expression

An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
Baylor College of Medicine News

7 of Houston's coolest immersive installations
A roundup features Rice's exercise path and James Turrell’s "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.

Red state of mind
An article mentions Texas' demographic changes detailed by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
D Magazine

Gross Family Endowment Fund sustains the J's infrastructure future
An article features Leah Gross, director of development at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Jewish Herald-Voice


Federal authorities investigate the I-45 project and Houston as a mecca for air hockey (Dec. 10, 2021)
A broadcast features Ruth López Turley, director of Rice's Houston Education Research Consortium, associate director of research at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, who will become the Kinder Institute's director next year when Bill Fulton steps down after eight years in the role.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

KPFA Special: The legacy of Henrietta Wood and her case for reparations

A broadcast features Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book "Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution."
KPFA Online (This segment also aired in California on KPFA-FM in Pacifica, KPFB-FM in Berkeley, KFCF-FM in Fresno and KFER in Santa Cruz.)

3 Texas universities receive 'red light' rating for freedom of expression
Rice is mentioned.
KERA Online (This segment also aired twice on KERA-FM in Dallas and KUT-Online in Austin.)

Peggy Whitson: First woman to command the International Space Station, from Iowa, total badass
An article features alumna Peggy Whitson.
KOEL Online

'25 News'
A broadcast mentions President John F. Kennedy’s "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
KRHD-TV (Waco, Texas)

WBAP-AM (Dallas)
Rice is mentioned.


'Super trees' may help save Houston, and beyond
A new study by collaborators including experts at Rice identified 17 "super trees" that will help make Houston more livable and lays out a strategy to improve climate and health in vulnerable urban areas. Co-authors cited include Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, Katherine Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics, and alumna Laura Campos, a data scientist in the Department of Statistics.

23rd World Petroleum Congress ends on a high note
An article mentions that President David Leebron spoke at the "Houston: Leading the Energy Transition" symposium as part of the World Petroleum Congress.
World Oil

Microplastic pollution aids antibiotic resistance
An article features collaborative Rice research that found discarded polystyrene broken down into microplastics may contribute to a growing resistance to antibiotics. Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Laboratory Equipment

Making sense of the brain
Alumna Eva Dyer is featured.
Georgia Tech's Biomedical Engineering News

Where to earn an MBA online without taking the GMAT
A roundup features Rice.

ACL Airshop appoints James W. Harris as chief financial officer
Alumnus James Harris is featured.
Aviation Pros

Top advancements in the renewable energy sector
A roundup features Rice research that developed a woven, wearable technology that can turn heat into energy.
Green Energy Analysis

Scripps Howard Foundation announces spring class of Roy W. Howard Fellows
An article features alumnus Nick McMillan, who has been named one of five Roy W. Howard Investigative Fellows for a yearlong postgraduate assignment in investigative journalism.
Scripps Howard Foundation News

These colleges offer the best bang for your buck
A roundup features Rice.
Mental Floss


John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition announces semifinalists
An article mentions that Rice is a partnering institution in Emory University's Goizueta Business School's John R. Lewis Racial Justice Case Competition, which seeks student leaders to investigate how companies can address racial injustice within their organizations.
Emory University News

Former Decorah resident recognized by national organization
Alumna Teresa Procter is featured.
Decorah News


XC: Forbes and Arredondo named Athletes of the Year
An article features Rice runner Grace Forbes, who has been named the Conference USA Women's Cross-Country Athlete of the Year for a second straight season. 
Conference USA

HBU hosts Rice
An article mentions that Rice's basketball team is slated to play Houston Baptist University Dec. 11.
Missoulian (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Tigers retain coaching staff for 2022
Rice head baseball coach José Cruz Jr. is mentioned.

As state semifinalist, Paetow a powerhouse in just its fourth varsity season
A caption mentions Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

World at her cleats: Prolific Guilianna Johnston opens doors with Suncoast girls soccer
An article featuring Guilianna Johnston mentions that she has committed to play soccer at Rice.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in The Palm Beach Post.)

Texas volleyball: No. 2 Longhorns beat No. 15 Washington in five sets

An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 3-0 Dec. 3 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
USA Today's Longhorns Wire

While Cincinnati’s future AAC exit is 'bittersweet,' its CFP berth eases any hard feelings
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
The Dallas Morning News

Who could Oklahoma State hire to replace Jim Knowles?
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Jess Loepp.
The Ada News

Aztecs' Matt Araiza is the man, but is he The Guy?
An article mentions that the late Bum Phillips, a former Houston Oilers head coach, sent a ball to Rice to be tested for helium following a 1977 game with the Oakland Raiders.
MSN (This San Diego Union-Tribune article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Experts to discuss role of oil in global energy transitions
Oil’s role in global energy transitions will be the focus of an upcoming virtual and in-person event from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The webinar spotlighting the role oil plays in the International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook will feature expert commentary and a discussion with one of the outlook’s lead authors.