Dateline Rice for Dec. 22, 2021

Dateline Rice


Antarctic air bubbles indicate Earth's oxygen thief
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, a postdoctoral research associate in Rice's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.

Erosion of world's glaciers causing global oxygen decline, study suggests

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The Independent, and it appeared in MSN and yesterday's Dateline.)

Equilibrium/Sustainability — New life blossoms in Antarctic ice shelf

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The Hill.)
Earth's atmospheric oxygen is shrinking
Market Research Telecast
Media advance study of air bubbles in Antarctic ice co-authored by Kurbatov
University of Maine News

Diálogo sobre transición energética en región latinoamericana
An article mentions that 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, participated in the webinar "Impacto de la COP26 para Latinoamérica."
El Segundos (An English translation is not available.)


The COVID vaccine was the story of 2021, and it won't end in 2022
Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Dec. 22 print edition.)

Computational biologist aids in development of COVID-19 drug screening tool
An article features collaborative research by former postdoctoral researcher Dinler Amaral Antunes, who worked in the lab of Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering, mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, and director of Rice's Ken Kennedy Institute.
University of Houston News

Omicron variant detected in nearly every Harris County wastewater treatment facility as viral load rises in downtown Houston
An article mentions that Rice is collaborating with Houston to track the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the city's wastewater with the help of Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

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 appeared in the Dec. 22 print edition of the  Chronicle's Bay Area Citizen and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Rice University expanding income bracket for full-tuition scholarships
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.
Community Impact Newspaper

Why you are seeing more public art in League City
An article mentions the late alumnus Walter Hall '28.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Dec. 22 print edition and yesterday's Dateline.)

Development updates: Rice University new student center
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.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article appeared in the Dec. 2-Jan. 5 print and digital editions of the Bellaire/Meyerland/West University issue.)
http://dateline.rice/dec-22-moody-grant (Scroll to page 10.)

2021 was ...? These works of art help make sense of it.
An article mentions that the exhibit "Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art + Music" will open at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts in January. 
Texas Monthly

Houston Hillel honored as Outstanding Campus
An article mentions that Houston Hillel has held outdoor lunches at Rice to connect with students during the pandemic.
Jewish Herald-Voice


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
A broadcast features Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who analyzed the causes of the rolling blackouts of Texas' power grid during last February's freeze.
http://dateline.rice/dec-22-medlock2 (This segment aired twice.)


A-list candidate for fault-free quantum computing delivers surprise
An article features collaborative Rice research into how the "spin-triplet" form of superconductivity may arise in uranium ditelluride crystals. Co-authors quoted include Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy; Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; postdoctoral research associate Chunruo Duan; and alumnus Emilian Nica.

Poets & Quants: Professor Langdana among top 15 executive MBA professors in 2021
A roundup features Brent Smith, associate professor of management and psychology and the senior associate dean for executive education at the Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student Matthew Goldsby.
Rutgers Business School News (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)

Tardígrado passou por entrelaçamento quântico? Especialistas discordam
Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
SoCientifica (An English translation is not available. A similar article also appeared in

Bridging divides through science diplomacy
Graduate student Shubham Tripathi co-authored an article.

What former Red Hat CEO Whitehurst is up to now. And would he take another CEO role?
Alumnus and Rice Board of Trustees member Jim Whitehurst is featured.
Triangle Business Journal

Mohit Aron the father of hyperconvergence
Alumnus Mohit Aron is featured.

15 truly unbelievable ways science changed the world in 2021
A roundup 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%.

Innovation corridors have economic assets driving business growth
Rice is mentioned.
Area Development

Van Gogh's iconic painting 'Starry Night' has been accidentally recreated by swamp bacteria, and the results are jaw-dropping!
An article features collaborative Rice research that found an overexpression of two proteins in a predatory bacteria made them self-organize into circles.
Luxury Launches

10 questions with … David Brown
A Q&A featuring David Brown mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
Interior Design


Christmas Star 2021 'Great Conjunction': When will 'Star of Bethlehem' be visible in 2021?
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Blown away: Drybar expands to Tempe despite continuing difficulty filling positions
Alumnus Lee Shappell authored a column.
Wrangler News

Baritone Zachary Nelson steps in for Darren Drone for 'A Night At The Opera' performance Christmas Eve!
Alumnus Duke Kim is featured.
Los Alamos Daily Post


COVID-19 surge: Here's what's canceled or closing across the US
Several articles mention that because of COVID-19 protocols, Rice's men's and women's basketball teams have canceled games recently.
Fox 4 Online (This article also appeared in Fox 10 Online and Fox 35 Online.)
'Fox 26 News'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KTXX-AM (Austin, Texas)

Quentin Millora-Brown: 3 things to know about the Vanderbilt men's basketball forward
Former Rice basketball player Quentin Millora-Brown is featured.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Tennessean.)

Family ties link Texans with Chargers in 2021
An article mentions former Rice football player Christian Covington.
Houston Texans

Langston tabs Darnell Walker as head softball coach
An article mentions that Darnell Walker is a former Rice baseball instructor.
Victory Sports Network

UCF AD Terry Mohajir lobbied to get a matchup with Florida in Gasparilla Bowl
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Orlando Sentinel (This article also appeared in the Sun Sentinel.)

A guide to all 16 Texas bowl games
Rice is mentioned.
Texas Monthly


Rice University on winter break Dec. 23-Jan. 3
Rice will be on winter break from Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 and will reopen for regular operations Jan. 4. 

Video of 'Jingle Bells' performed on a Stradivarius violin
A generous friend of Rice's Shepherd School of Music has lent the school a coveted Stradivarius violin known as the 1687 Kubelik, giving one lucky student every year a chance to play the instrument. Graduate student Clara Saitkoulov was joined by fellow Shepherd School students James Palmer and Alex Garde to perform their unique version of "Jingle Bells."

A-list candidate for fault-free quantum computing delivers surprise
A Rice-led study is forcing physicists to rethink superconductivity in uranium ditelluride, an A-list material in the worldwide race to create fault-tolerant quantum computers.