Dateline Rice for Dec. 13, 2021 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

For Texas governor, hard right turn followed a careful rise
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 13 print edition of the Times, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-stein

Republicans in Texas county, in unusual move, upend primary system
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. 
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 12 print edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-jones
Could it happen again? Winter to test Texas power grid reforms after February disaster
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-jones
GOP in Trump-loving Texas county to stage its own primary with no machines or election officials
Raw Story
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-jones
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-jones (This segment aired three times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-jones

Elon Musk: 2021 Person of the Year
Neal Lane, senior fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Time (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-lane

To improve city life, plant these 17 'super trees'
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.
Futurity
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hopkins-ensor-campos
 

Elon Musk's Neuralink wants to embed microchips in people's skulls and get robots to perform brain surgery

Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
Yahoo! News
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-robinson

The top 10 higher education stories of 2021
An article mentions that several universities in 2021 received the largest private gifts in their histories, including Rice.
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-forbes

HOUSTON/TEXAS

NASA's Johnson Space Center renames Rocket Park after former director George W.S. Abbey

George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Dec. 11 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-abbey

Oral histories, a call for artists and other headlines to watch
A roundup 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.
Hispanic Houston
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-turley

Rice keeps employee vaccine requirement despite judge's ruling against Biden mandate for contractors
An article mentions that Rice will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 unless granted a medical or religious exemption despite a temporary stay of federal regulations.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Dec. 13 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hc
New York mandates masks indoors except places with vax requirement
Kaiser Health News
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-khn
First Edition: Dec. 13, 2021
Kaiser Health News
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-khn

Flood insurance or graduation dress? As costs go up, Houston families face tough choices
An article cites research by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research found that almost 40% of Harris County residents did not have $400 in savings to cover an unexpected cost.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-kinder-study

3 Texas public universities offer best quality and diversity statewide in new US News ranking
An article mentions that Rice is No. 1 in Texas overall and is the most diverse private university in the state according to U.S. News & World Report's 2022 national university rankings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hc

Design firm seeks to 'heal the landscape' with Sugar Land 95 memorial
An article cites Rice research that sought to determine the number of bodies in unmarked graves from the Sugar Land convict-leasing program.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 13 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hc

New associate superintendent relishes his role
Alumnus Anthony Sorola is featured.
Odessa American
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-sorola

State of Innovation recap: The future of 5G technology is already transforming business
A Q&A features alumnus Ryan Guerra, co-founder and CEO of Skylark Wireless, which started at Rice in 2012 and aims to bring broadband internet access to rural communities.
Houston Inno
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-guerra

Anglers end up finding variety of fish in Galveston Bay
Rice is mentioned.
The Galveston Daily News
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-gdn
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Mayor Sylvester Turner, Texas Southern University President Dr. Lesia L. Crumpton-Young officially announce completion of Cleburne Street construction
Houston Style Magazine
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hsm

BROADCAST

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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, is interviewed about the violence of cartels spreading to tourist areas in Mexico.
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-payan (This segment aired five times.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, is interviewed about the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19, which is being tracked through a collaborative wastewater testing program between Rice and Houston.
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hopkins

2 Houston universities receive 'red light' rating for freedom of expression
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared in DefenderNetwork.com.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hpm
Dec. 9 evening newscast
KETR Online
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ketr
KTXX-AM (Austin)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ktxx

'Latina Voices'
A broadcast mentions that the BARK for BARC pet walk is held at Rice annually.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-khou

Julian Nguyen
An article features alumnus Julian Nguyen, who studied under the late Kenneth Goldsmith, former professor of violin.
Arizona PBS (This article also appeared in Thoi Bao.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-nguyen

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Gathering storm: The industrial infrastructure catastrophe looming over America's Gulf Coast 
An article about plans to protect the Galveston Bay area from future hurricanes quotes and pictures 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.
Biz News Post (This article also appeared in News Binding and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-blackburn

Ultrathin solar cells get a boost — 'efficiencies of perovskites have skyrocketed'
An article features collaborative Rice research that found sunlight itself contracts the space between atomic layers in 2D perovskites enough to improve the material's photovoltaic efficiency by up to 18%. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate students Wenbin Li and Siraj Sidhik.
SciTechDaily
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-mohite

Neil Mitchell: Comprehensive meteorological report proves tech advancements have saved lives
An article cites research by Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, who developed a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events.
EconoTimes
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hassanzadeh

'Chef Secrets' explores the science behind what we cook
An article mentions that Lesa Tran Lu, associate director for educational programs at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and adjunct lecturer in chemistry, is featured in the documentary "Chef Secrets: The Science of Cooking."  
Pique News Magazine
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-lu

Enter the twins — project Gemini
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
SpaceQ.com
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-kennedy
Sos clima senza un piano finanziario globale
FundsPeople.com (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-fp

5 Ws of power-generating fibers
An article features Rice research on sewing nanotube fibers into athletic wear to monitor the heart rate and take a continual electrocardiogram of the wearer.
Tech Briefs
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-tb

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.
EnviroLink
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-el

Albertz Benda opens 'Brie Ruais: Some Things I Know About Being in a Body'
An article featuring the work of Brie Ruais mentions that she recently exhibited "Movement at the Edge of the Land" at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
ArtDaily
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-moody-center

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

December skies are rich with delights
Edward Snow, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor for the Humanities in the Department of English, is quoted.
The Record-Courier
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-snow

How microplastics contribute to 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.
Head Topics
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-alvarez
Microplastics werken antibioticaresistentie in de hand
Eos Wetenschap (An English translation is not available. A similar article appeared in El Sol de Toluca.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-eos

Countdown to college: Showing schools your love
Rice is mentioned.
Reflector.com
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-reflector
Education is a business
The Spokesman-Review
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-sr
 

The health toll of poor sleep
An article cites a 2019 study by Rice and Northwestern University that found grieving spouses who reported sleeping poorly had high levels of chronic, bodywide inflammation, which can increase their susceptibility to heart disease and cancer.
Today (This New York Times article also appeared in the Dec. 11 print edition of The Buffalo News, and it appeared online in the Borneo Bulletin and The World News. This story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-today

El costo de la falta de sueño para la salud
El Diario (An English translation is not available. A similar article appeared in Jornal Do Empreendedor.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ed

SPORTS

Olivari leads Rice past Houston Baptist 88-73
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated Houston Baptist University 88-73 Dec. 11. Owls Quincy Olivari and Carl Pierre are highlighted.
USA Today (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Dec. 12 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-olivari-pierre

Rice withstands A&M-Corpus Christi's third-quarter surge
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated Texas A&M Corpus Christi 69-61 Dec. 11.
GoIslanders.com
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-wbb

NFL player Emmanuel Ellerbee launches STEAM-focused nonprofit
An article features former Rice football player and alumnus Emmanuel Ellerbee, who launched the nonprofit Bee's Believers, which aims to promote the pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics among student athletes. Ellerbee currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons.
WOL DC News
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ellerbee

Breaking down UTSA's path to its first Conference USA title
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio Oct. 16.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 12 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-expnews
The E-N ranks the top moments in UTSA's history
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 12 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-expnews

Did city officials properly vet deal for developmental football league event?
An article mentions that The Spring League held football games at Rice.
Indianapolis Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ibj

Source: SMU expected to add USC safeties coach Craig Naivar to staff
Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar is featured.
The Dallas Morning News 
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-tdmn

Owls rated 135th in NET; compare AAC, A-10, future AAC teams
An article mentions Rice's men's basketball program.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-247

Sun Devil WBB plays first of consecutive road contests at Creighton
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team played Arizona State University in the first round of last season's Women's National Invitation Tournament.
TheSunDevils.com
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-sd

Katy ISD standouts honored by Touchdown Club of Houston
A caption mentions Rice Stadium
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hc
Fort Bend ISD standouts honored by Touchdown Club of Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-hc

SMU's Eric Dickerson finally goes into College Hall of Fame
A caption features the 1981 football game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-ap

NEWS RELEASE

Flutist Marianne Gedigian to join Rice's Shepherd School of Music
Marianne Gedigian, a seasoned international concert flutist and widely respected music educator, will join Rice's Shepherd School of Music as professor of flute after the next academic year, starting July 1, 2023.
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-news-release-gedigian