Dateline Rice for Dec. 16, 2021

Dateline Rice


Researchers create synthetic version of scarce compound found in poppies
An article features chemists at Rice who have developed a synthetic version of a rare molecule extracted from poppies that could become a component used in painkillers and other drugs. Juha Siitonen, lecturer and postdoctoral research associate, is quoted.
National Science Foundation (This article also appeared in Mirage.)

La bacteria cuyo comportamiento dibuja cuadros de Van Gogh
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, is quoted.
Yahoo! Noticias (An English translation is not available.)
A genetic modification alters bacterial behavior to produce artistic swirls


Why NASA's new James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble, has 'perfectly misshaped' mirrors
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston's 'Prince of Parties' honored in classical music night — remembering Jackson Hicks' Legacy Health impact

An article mentions Chris Ellis, a cello student at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.


Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Christie Whitbeck (Dec. 16, 2021)
Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about a new collaborative report that found more than a dozen areas of overlap in two health departments in the Houston area providing similar public health services. 
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Can technology fill the void where more police officers are needed? (Dec. 15, 2021)
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, participates in a roundtable discussion of the week's political news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


The oil contribution to the Mexican economy shuts down
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.

Best of Last Year: The top Tech Xplore articles of 2021
A roundup of the year's top stories at Tech Xplore features Rice-demonstrated artificial intelligence software that runs on commodity processors and trains deep neural networks 15 times faster than platforms based on graphics processors. 
Tech Xplore

At HEC Paris and other European B-schools, US and Canadian apps are on the rise

An article mentions that the Jones Graduate School of Business has seen a 39% increase in international student applications.
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)

To advance geothermal systems, EGS collab maps the hidden fractures behind a wall of rock
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborate on research by Enhanced Geothermal Systems.
Pioneer Review

Mote begins engineering work on biomass-to-hydrogen plant with carbon capture
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.
Green Car Congress (This article also appeared in Advanced Biofuels.)

Designworks: Future-facing design
Alumnus Robert Mankin is featured.
The Edge Markets

Lufkin High School senior receives full-ride scholarship to Princeton University
Rice is mentioned. 
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in KLTV Online.)

Collegiate Chess League: A wonderful finish
An article mentions that the Rice C team was defeated by MiraCosta College 8.5-7.5 in the Collegiate Chess League's Division 9 final.

New ethanol fuel cell uses less fuel and produces less emissions
Research from former postdoctoral fellow Yang Yang is featured.
AZo Cleantech

Sears turns to selling its real estate
An article mentions Rice's redevelopment of Houston's historic Midtown Sears building, which added two window-lined floors.
Finance & Commerce


Purdue's Data Mine is making data science accessible for all
An article mentions that Katherine Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics, collaborated on the featured research.
Purdue University News

Telepathy, telekinesis and more: How neurotechnology could close the gap between sci-fi and reality
Graduate student Joshua Fleck is quoted.
Times News Online

Assistance animals, assemble: How bonds between students and their emotional support animals go beyond just 'assistance'
An article quotes former Rice student Ivanka Shen.
North by Northwestern


Rice recruiting: Owls confident with early class of 11
An article featuring Rice football's recruiting efforts quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren. Additional articles feature players who have committed to join the Owls.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 16 print edition.)
National early signing day live blog: Latest on the Class of 2022
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
Ranking the recruiting classes brought in by Texas schools
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
'Feels like home': Dixie's Landon Mitchell signs with Rice
Plantation American Heritage's Marvin Jones Jr., Earl Little Jr. sign with SEC schools
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in MSN Sports.)

National signing day sees 21 from Cobb ink NLIs

Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal.)

Signing day around Texas: Why 5-star Denver Harris is waiting, Steve Sarkisian and the Horns are doing flips
An article mentions Alex Brown, director of football recruiting.
The Athletic

VB: AVCA announces two C-USA players to All-American teams
An article mentions that Owl Carly Graham has been named to the 2021 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American honorable mention list.
Conference USA (This article also appeared in and

Southside QB Richard Torres signs with Nebraska
An article mentions that Clenzie Pierson signed to play football at Rice in 1979.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 16 print edition.)

Villanova president dispels any speculation of Jay Wright's departure: 'I don't think he's interested'
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Philadelphia Business Journal


2021 coaching carousel updates
Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar is featured. (A similar article also appeared in

Men's tennis to open spring season Jan. 12 at TCU
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team is slated to play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Jan. 29. (This article also appeared in Texas Border Review.)

Urban Meyer is history's worst NFL head coach with an FBS national championship
Former head coach Bill Peterson is mentioned.
SB Nation

Miners set to host McNeese State in holiday matchup at 'The Don'
Rice's men's basketball program is mentioned.

Baylor picks up commit from 2023 quarterback Austin Novosad
Rice is mentioned.

Viewing picks for Dec. 16, 2021
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Sam Houston State University Dec. 16.
Awful Announcing

FB: HBU signs 9 as NCAA early period begins
An article mentions former Rice track and field athlete Konnett McMillan.

'Noles drop second straight to Syracuse
Former Rice basketball player Malik Osborne is featured.


Rice will offer financial aid free of student loans
Rice has announced a significant change to its financial aid package that will make one of the nation’s most prestigious higher education institutions more affordable to a broader range of students. For the first time in its history, Rice is committing to loan-free financial aid. All students — domestic or international — who qualify for need-based financial aid will be able to receive assistance without taking out student loans.

Shepherd's got a new (old) set of strings
A Stradivarius violin known as the 1687 Kubelik will be loaned to Rice's Shepherd School of Music, which will allow a different student to play the instrument each year. Graduate student Clara Saitkoulov will be the first to use it.