Dateline Rice for Dec. 21, 2021

Dateline Rice


Erosion of world's glaciers causing global oxygen decline, study suggests
An article features collaborative Rice research that found glacial erosion in Antarctica may play a role in the declining levels of oxygen around the world. Co-author Yuzhen Yan, postdoctoral research associate in Rice's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.
The Independent

La subtile danse diplomatique des Émirats entre l'Iran et Israël
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Le Monde (An English translation is not available.)

Bactéria mutante recria obra icônica de Van Gogh

An article features collaborative Rice research that found an overexpression of two proteins in a predatory bacteria made them self-organize into circles.
MSN Noticias (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Tudo Bem.)


Houston research: What corporations need to know about customer engagement behavior
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

Rice University announces no-debt financial aid for more students
An article mentions that Rice will provide all students who qualify for need-based financial aid with assistance without taking out student loans, and full-tuition scholarships will be awarded to eligible undergraduates. Anne Walker, assistant vice president and executive director of university financial aid services, is quoted. The article also mentions that Provost Reginald DesRoches will take over as president in July; the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked Rice Business as the No. 1 graduate program in entrepreneurship; and the university is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 6 in the nation according to WalletHub.

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. This article appeared on the front page of the Dec. 21 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Why you are seeing more public art in League City
An article mentions the late alumnus Walter Hall '28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

23 great last-minute gifts for the Texas foodie in your life
An article mentions that Little Kitchen HTX has a location at Rice.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Star section in the Dec. 21 print edition.)

Medical City-Plano CEO appointed to American Hospital Association board
A roundup features alumna Kelly Birch.
D Magazine


Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021)
Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will take over the presidency from David Leebron next July, is featured in an episode of "Houston Matters" and discusses changes to Rice's on-campus COVID-19 policies amid the rise of the omicron variant; the work of Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, on developing a test for the coronavirus; Rice's new undergraduate degree in business; the expansion of the Rice Investment; and the work of Alexander Byrd, associate professor of history and vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, to increase diversity at Rice.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Houston entrepreneur offers guidance to those looking to strike out on their own
A broadcast features alumna Neha Gupta and McMurtry College senior Rajpal Bal. 
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

Why is Texas on its own electric grid?
Julie Cohn, nonresident scholar in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Standard


Winter freeze power resources charted in time-lapse video
An article features a new, interactive energy map for the United States that provides an open-source visualization of the country's energy infrastructure and demography. Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Shih Yu Hung, a research manager at the Baker Institute, are quoted.
Tech Xplore
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Mexican Cartel Strategic Note No. 33: Pueblos Unidos launch sophisticated prison break allegedly using coches bomba (car bombs) or IEDs
Nathan Jones, nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an analysis.
Small Wars Journal

Frozen tardigrade becomes first 'quantum entangled' animal in history, researchers claim
Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Live Science

Final weeks to vote for the BroadwayWorld Houston Awards; Playhouse 1960's 'Gypsy' leads best musical!
An article about the 2021 BroadwayWorld Houston Awards, which honor regional productions that had their first performance between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021, lists the following nominees from Rice's streamed play "The Importance of Being Earnest": Christina Keefe, head of the Rice Theatre Program, for best direction and best choreography; Heather Breikjern, lecturer and costume shop manager in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, for costume design; Thomas Murphy for lighting; Lovett College sophomore Emma Korsmo and Wiess College sophomore Matthew Alter for best performers in a streaming play; Martel College junior Cole Thompson for sound design; and Wiess College senior Elise Gibney for best supporting performer in a streaming play.

Baylor achieves top status as a research university
An article mentions that Rice has a Carnegie Tier One designation.
Baptist Standard

Do universities control students' political speech? A new report suggests they do.
Rice is mentioned.
Campus Reform
Where to find student apartments in Houston

VC ARTIST | The Dover Quartet — 'the young American string quartet of the moment'
An article features members of the Dover Quartet who graduated from Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
The Violin Channel


Spring's decennial redistribution maps spark criticism and change local representation
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.
Tittle Press
Newly redrawn precinct maps bring new representation to Lake Houston area
Community Impact Newspaper


No. 20 Kentucky-Louisville men's game postponed by COVID
Several articles mention that because of COVID-19 protocols, Rice's men's basketball team canceled its game against the University of Texas at Austin Dec. 22, and Click2Houston mentions that the women's team canceled its game against Texas College Dec. 29. Both teams are still slated to play the University of North Texas Jan. 1.  
The Associated Press (Below is a sampling of articles that also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)
Rice women's basketball game for Dec. 29 canceled due to COVID-19
How to watch Alabama State men's basketball vs. No. 17 Texas Longhorns on TV, livestream

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Montgomery Advertiser, and it appeared in MSN Sports.)
Rice-Texas men's basketball game canceled for COVID-19 reasons
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Dec. 21 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
Texas to host Alabama State after Wednesday's Rice game canceled due to COVID-19 issues
The Dallas Morning News
Rice men's basketball game against Texas postponed due to COVID
KHOU Online
Houston theater productions, sporting events, restaurants closing due to COVID cases
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in Houston Business Journal, and the video segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
Omicron declared dominant variant in US, Houston businesses and events shut down due to surge in COVID cases
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired three times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
With Rice on COVID-19 pause, No. 16 Texas sets replacement game vs. Alabama State
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Back to threat level orange

Off the Kuff
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston) 
http://dateline.rice/dec-21-kriv (This segment aired six times.)

2021-22 college football coaching carousel: Temple hires Texas RBs coach Stan Drayton; Oregon hires Dan Lanning
A roundup features Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

Texas baseball ranked No. 1 in CB's top-50 preseason poll
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 18.
Sports Illustrated's Longhorns Country

Winners and losers of college football conference realignment
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Bleacher Report

Cougars return home for game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 69-61 Dec. 11.

Looking back at UNT's run to the Frisco Football Classic
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of North Texas 30-24 Oct. 30.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Sun Devil WBB closes nonconference slate with Tuesday matinee vs. UC Irvine

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.

In memorium 2021

A slideshow features the late Rice football player Dicky Maegle, who was well known for being awarded a touchdown in the 1954 Cotton Bowl after he was tackled by an Alabama player who was not in the game.
Yahoo! Sports (Scroll to slide 52.)

Katy ISD athletes sign letters of intent to play collegiate sports
An article mentions that Matthew Kumar has committed to join Rice's track and field team.
The Katy Times 


Air bubbles in Antarctic ice point to cause of oxygen decline
An unknown culprit has been removing oxygen from our atmosphere for at least 800,000 years, and an analysis of air bubbles preserved in Antarctic ice for up to 1.5 million years has revealed the likely suspect.