Dateline Rice for Dec. 15, 2021

Dateline Rice


Mutant bacteria morph into a tiny 'Starry Night'
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that an overexpression of two proteins in a predatory bacteria made them self-organize into circles. Co-authors Oleg Igoshin, professor of bioengineering and of biosciences and chemistry, and alumni Rajesh Balagam and Zhaoyang Zhang are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the "Futurity Today" newsletter.)

Petróleo: Los riesgos que enfrentan los países productores de crudo de América Latina por la transición energética
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
El Nacional (An English translation is not available. This BBC Mundo article also appeared in El Dia and yesterday's Dateline.) 

¿Cuándo se podrá ver de nuevo la Estrella de Belén?
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Semana (An English translation is not available.)


Rice MBA students win US Chamber of Commerce Foundation competition
An article mentions that Abhi Bansal, Maya Stine and Nicholas Khater from the Jones Graduate School of Business won the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s fifth annual MBA Case Competition. Alumni Zack Barth, Kelly DeMoya and Syed Ishtiaq won the 2019 competition.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 15 print edition of the Bellaire Examiner.)

Houston startup founders take one-of-a-kind projection device into manufacturing phase
An article features alumni Alex Wesley and George Zhu, who co-founded Arovia through Rice student startup accelerator OwlSpark. The article also mentions that they competed in the Rice Business Plan Competition.

CALENDAR: Children's Museum Houston weather forecast predicts real snow days
A roundup mentions that the Houston Children’s Chorus' "Kids & Christmas" Pops Concert will be held at Rice's Alice Pratt Brown Hall Dec. 18.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 15 print edition of the Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner and yesterday's Dateline.)

San Jacinto College opens aerospace tech training program
An article mentions that Rice is working with San Jacinto College and other local institutions to implement programs that create a bridge from technical training to degrees in the aviation and aerospace industries.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 15 print edition of the Bay Area Citizen and Pasadena Citizen and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Initiative helps collegiate sexual assault survivors
An article mentions that Rice is a partnering institution in the Student Sexual Assault Full Support and Prevention Partnership, which will make trained professionals available to students for free, on-demand exams and interviews following an assault.
Defender Network


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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 interviewed about Texas' primary elections next March.

'Chef Secrets: The Science of Cooking'
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."  

'KHOU 11 News'
A broadcast features a live shot overlooking the Rice campus.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


The industrial infrastructure catastrophe hanging over the 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.
History News Network

Honda Research Institute synthesizes nanomaterials for potential use in quantum electronics
An article mentions that Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, graduate student Jincheng Lei and research scientist Ksenia Bets collaborated on the featured research.

FedEx Corp. adds CEO of major Texas firm to its board of directors
An article featuring Fred Perpall mentions that he is a former Americas Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Memphis Business Journal

Native super trees could provide climate solutions to Houston
An article and several broadcasts feature a collaborative Rice study that identified 17 "super trees" that can help make Houston more livable by improving the climate and the health of residents in vulnerable urban areas.

California plant would convert wood waste into hydrogen fuel
An article featuring Mote, a firm developing carbon-negative biomass gasification factories to supply customers with hydrogen, mentions that it is one of 13 startups that comprise Class 1 of the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator.
Engineering News-Record (This article also appeared in Western Farm Press and Power Engineering.)

Recycled materials as good as virgin materials for making lithium-ion batteries
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.

A crypto billionaire is founding an anti-aging startup
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured.
Brian Armstrong, le patron (déjà multimilliardaire) de Coinbase, la pépite des cryptos
Les Echos Start (An English translation is not available.)

Video: A hot approach to mining urban waste for precious metals
An article features Rice research using flash Joule heating to recover precious metals from electronic waste.

UCF researchers' ethanol fuel cells offer new alternative to power cars, technology
Research from former postdoctoral fellow Yang Yang is featured.
Fuel Cell Works

President University dan ELSA sepakat tingkatkan keterampilan bahasa Inggris mahasiswa
Rice is mentioned. (An English translation is not available.)


A roundup mentions that Rice has received a $100 million grant from the Moody Foundation to build the Moody Center for Student Life and Opportunity, which will replace the existing Rice Memorial Center, and create a new endowment for student opportunity programs.
Harvard Magazine (This article will also appear in the January-February 2022 print and digital editions.)


2022 NWSL Draft: Order, complete player list as San Diego Wave hold No. 1 pick
An article about the upcoming National Women's Soccer League draft mentions that Owl Mijke Roelfsema is eligible.
CBS Sports

Hughes III, Incarnate Word visit Rice

An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of the Incarnate Word Dec. 16 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
ESPN (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame announces Class of 2022
An article features former Rice football player N.D. Kalu, who will be inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame April 23.
Community Impact Newspaper
'KSAT 12 News'
KSAT-TV (San Antonio)

Texas DB Ishmael Ibraheem charged after allegedly violating Oklahoma revenge porn law An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 58-0 Sept. 18.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
Texas signs four-star speedster Brenen Thompson

Forty Acres Insider: Dec. 14
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Dec. 22.


BU welcomes newest Bears on 2022 signing day
Rice is mentioned.
Recruiting at forefront for Wolves, Jones says
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Subscription is required.)
Remembering Dave Campbell …
Pleasanton Express (This article also appeared in the print and digital editions.)

Women's tennis announces 2022 dual season schedule
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play Louisiana State University Feb. 20.

See the long list of Dallas-area football players who signed national letters of intent Wednesday
An article mentions that A.J. Padgett, Quinton Jackson and Davion Carter have committed to play football at Rice.
The Dallas Morning News

SMU football alumni pledge $1 million annually for NIL program
Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar is featured

Catalon says he will return to Razorbacks in 2022
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Arkansas 38-17 Sept. 4
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Subscription is required.)

Early signing day 2021: What to expect in the AAC
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
SB Nation (This article also appeared in the Black Chronicle.)


Rice astronomer available to discuss James Webb Space Telescope
Rice astronomer Patrick Hartigan is available to comment on the highly anticipated launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will enable an unprecedented view of the cosmos. The launch is scheduled for Dec. 24 at the earliest, according to NASA, after a communication issue forced a delay of several days. 

Health departments for Houston, Harris County should consolidate or closely coordinate, new report recommends
"A Tale of Two Departments," a new comprehensive report by researchers at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs, found more than a dozen areas of overlap in two health departments in the Houston area providing similar public health services.