Dateline Rice for Jan. 26, 2021

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Pandemic exacerbates stress for struggling families
An article features research by Rice's School of Architecture into the spatial, environmental and personal stressors of lockdowns and quarantines during the pandemic, which found it has been particularly hard on low-income families with children. Amelyn Ng, the Wortham Fellow at Rice's School of Architecture, and graduate students Carrie Li and Carolyn Francis are quoted or mentioned.
Medical Xpress

Parents, students call for increased COVID-19 testing and transparency in spring semester
An article mentions that Rice requires students to be tested regularly to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Student Life


Why people are so obsessed with Bitcoin: The psychology of crypto explained

Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in in CNBC, and he authored an article in Psychology Today.
CNBC's "Make It" (This article also appeared in Crypto News Flash and MSN Money.)

The intriguing psychological puzzle of Tesla ownership
Psychology Today

Student organizing may never be the same again
An article mentions Black student-led initiatives at Rice.
The Nation

These colleges went to remote learning but hiked tuition anyway
Rice is mentioned.
CNBC (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)


US News ranks Rice University among best online MBAs, UH among best online education programs
Several articles report that Rice's online MBA program, MBA@Rice, is ranked No. 9 in the nation on U.S. News and World Report's 2021 Best Online Programs Rankings. The program also ranks as the No. 6 online MBA program for veteran students and No. 11 for business analytics. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

The best online MBAs, according to US News' new ranking

Poets & Quants

US News ranks 2021 best online programs

Over 90% of Hispanics and Latinos don’t like to be called Latinx
An article quotes Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Jan. 24 print edition.)

Austin accelerator DivInc expanding into Houston, offers seed capital to diverse startups
An article mentions Rice's redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of this year.
Houston Business Journal

'The Book of Magdalene' premieres at Main Street Theater in a time of trauma

Alumna Sasha Cooke is featured.
Houston Press

The Houston Symphony announces Sasha Cooke in Mahler's 'Songs of a Wayfarer'
Broadway World

Looking for VC funding? This Houstonian says to connect with venture fellows
McMurtry College junior Christa Westheimer authored an article.

$50M gift to Prairie View A&M University unique in its lack of stipulations, president says
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)



What's in a name? A new class of superconductors
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a new theory of superconductivity from the unexpected similarities in how the matrices for orbital spaces were named. Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Science Daily

DARPA funding brings wireless communication between brains one step closer to reality
An article mentions that Rice neuroengineers have received $8 million in Department of Defense follow-up funding for their Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology research project. Lead investigator Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.

New evidence for multiple ice ages on Mars

A pair of articles feature collaborative Rice research into comparing the data from an ancient Martian crater to places on Earth where similar geologic formations have experienced weathering in different climates. Co-author and alumnus Michael Thorpe is quoted.

Crypto VC is going through an 'explosive phase' according to Meltem Demirors, CSO at digital asset manager CoinShares
Alumnus Meltem Demirors is quoted.
Crowdfund Insider


After NASA, Jim Bridenstine returns to Oklahoma advising aerospace and defense companies
Former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is featured.
The Oklahoman

Election voting change would improve turnout, save taxpayer money
An article cites 2007 Rice research into how voting centers may increase voter turnout.
The Daily Times

UCA to host Callisto Quartet as Artists-in-Residence
An article mentions that the Callisto Quartet currently serves as the graduate string quartet-in-residence at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
University of Central Arkansas


Tennis: Jan. 20 players of the week
Owl Federica Trevisan was named the Conference USA Female Tennis Athlete of the Week.
Conference USA

Serena Pham transfers from Alabama to Rice University
An article featuring Serena Pham, who will join Rice's soccer team for the fall campaign, quotes head coach Brian Lee and mentions Owl Mijke Roelfsema.

Men’s golf takes first at Rice Intercollegiate
An article features the results of the Rice Intercollegiate golf tournament Jan. 25.
Baylor Lariat (This article also appeared in the Waco Tribune-Herald and
Men’s golf finishes second at Rice Intercollegiate

UH volleyball splits weekend matches against Rice
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team defeated the University of Houston 3-2 Jan. 23 and lost 3-0 Jan. 24.
The Daily Cougar

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 6
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured.
SB Nation

2021 Super Bowl rosters sorted by college teams, conferences: Michigan, LSU lead the way
An article mentions that former Rice football players will represent both teams competing in the Super Bowl Feb. 7.
CBS Sports

Super Bowl 2021: Where did Super Bowl LV's top players rank as high school recruits?
Rice is mentioned.
TC Palm

BREAKING: Soccer releases spring 2021 schedule
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play the University of North Texas March 7. The article also mentions that the Conference USA women’s championship will be hosted by Rice April 13-17.
North Texas Daily

U of L women hold on to No. 1 ranking
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team received votes in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll.
WAVE 3 News Online


HERC study spotlights struggles many HISD families face
A large number of students enrolled in the Houston Independent School District need help with basic needs such as food, clothing, health care and school supplies, according to a new research brief from Rice's Houston Education Research Consortium.

Rice Business’ MBA@Rice scores top 10 ranking from US News & World Report
The MBA@Rice program at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is No. 9 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs rankings for 2021. Rice Business also earned the No. 6 spot among the best online MBA programs for veterans and the No. 11 spot for business analytics in an online MBA.

STEM students whose career path and interests align enjoy more academic, professional success
College students studying STEM fields who choose careers that align with their interests are more committed and less likely to consider a change of direction than those who don’t, according to a new study authored by Rice alumna Michelle Kim and Margaret Beier, a professor of psychological sciences at Rice.