Dateline Rice for Jan. 28, 2021

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Students suing after colleges charged them for services that were shut down during pandemic
An article mentions that a lawsuit was filed against Rice Jan. 11 seeking prorated tuition refunds after the university moved to remote learning when the pandemic broke out last year.
The Daily Wire


It's the climate economy, stupid
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted or mentioned in several articles.
Politico's "Morning Energy" newsletter

Ted Cruz arguing for congressional term limits in act of 'political theater'
Dallas Observer

Texans support targeted tax increases, legalized gambling
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage.)

Texas policy and politics 2021

University of Houston News

Las Vegas Sands hires 51 lobbyists in Texas as casino legalization debate continues

Soap simplifies making 2D nanosheets
An article features Rice research into how a little soap helps prepare two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, alumna Ashleigh Smith McWilliams and graduate student Cecilia Martínez-Jiménez.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Concrete from Halifax startup used in new Amazon HQ cuts emissions, attracts high-profile financing

Rouzbeh Shahsavari, adjunct assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.

The Globe and Mail


In climate push, Biden bets on cutting fossil fuels while protecting jobs

Two articles mention 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. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in the first article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 28 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

Houston must diversify its economy for post-pandemic success, Greater Houston Partnership chair says
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UTEP geology professor’s research contributes to new data on world’s tallest active geyser
An article features collaborative Rice research into magnetite-mediated nucleation from explosive volcanic eruptions. Co-authors quoted include postdoctoral researcher Sahand Hajimirza.
El Paso Herald-Post

Engineering meets biology to design innovative multifunctional surgical Biomesh

An article mentions that Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, collaborated on the featured research.
Baylor College of Medicine

Light-activated genes illuminate the role of gut microbes in longevity

An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a novel method to directly control gene expression in bacteria residing in the gut of the laboratory worm C. elegans. Jeff Tabor, assistant professor of bioengineering and of biosciences, is quoted.
Baylor College of Medicine

Rice University’s public art program acquires four new works by women artists
An article reports that Rice Public Art has acquired four original works by female artists that will be installed at different locations on campus and be available for viewing beginning May 1. Alison Weaver, executive director of Rice's Moody Center for the Arts, is quoted.

Tussle over timber: Plan for Sinclair expansion mobilizes community
Alumna Jacki Schaefer is mentioned.
The Leader News

Black Texas college students pressure universities to 'dismantle white supremacy'
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Central Texas foodie: Everything old is new again
An article cites the Rice Neologisms Database's history of the "earliest known mention" of the phrase "Throwback Thursday."
Waco Tribune-Herald


Houston family who once had no beds for 5 kids shows struggles for most HISD students
A broadcast features a new survey by Rice's Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) that found that 17% of Houston Independent School District students were routinely hungry due to a lack of food at home and 30% said they were sad, lonely or anxious. Co-author and HERC research scientist Kori Stroub is interviewed.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

'News Nation'
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about how international relationships may change under the Biden administration.
WGN America (This segment aired twice.)

'Fox 26'
Rice Shepherd School of Music graduate Natalie Gaynor is featured in a broadcast.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Raritan expert on adding intelligence and security to physical infrastructure
An article features alumnus Marc Cram.
Intelligent CIO

Chamber Music Northwest to premiere 'Catalyst Quartet: Uncovered'
An article featuring the Catalyst Quartet mentions that it is a former quartet-in-residence at Rice.
Broadway World

Wireless brain-to-brain communication steps closer to human trials
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. A Rice video is included.
Big Think

The gig economy acts as a stepping stone into entrepreneurship
An article cites Rice research.
The Horizons Tracker

Former Carlyle Group executive Glenn Youngkin runs for Virginia governor
Alumnus Glenn Youngkin is featured.
Fox Business


New uses for cherry pits makes landfilling a 'waste of a waste'
An article mentions Rice research that found biochar could save farmers a little more than 50% of the water they now use to grow crops.
Great Lakes Echo


The path of the pole
David Butler, Rice track and field assistant coach for men's and women's pole vaulters, authored an article.
Techniques for Track & Field and Cross Country on Issuu (This article will appear in the February print and digital editions.)

Check out the February 2021 edition of Techniques
U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Murphy starts season strong with Pac-12 honor
A roundup features Rice volleyball player Carly Graham.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

2021 football schedule released
Several articles mention Rice football's 2021 schedule, which is slated to start Sept. 4 with an away game against the University of Arkansas.
Conference USA (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Rice's 2021 football schedule highlights meetings vs. Arkansas, Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition.)

UTSA football adds 2023 game at Tennessee, finalizes 2021 Conference USA slate
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 28 print edition.)

Razorbacks open 2021 season against former SWC rivals
Arkansas Razorbacks News

Broncos announce series with Memphis

Boise State University Athletics News

Houston's 2021 baseball schedule includes Texas, Texas A&M
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is not scheduled to face the University of Houston this season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Prep swimming: School record highlights FTG meet results
Former Rice swimming and diving athlete Carly Miller is mentioned.
Muskogee Phoenix

Ryan's Ty Marsh, the 5A Division I title game defensive MVP, commits to Hawaii
An article mentions that D.J. Arkansas has committed to play football at Rice.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

18-year-old Patrick Mahomes was fed up with Tom Brady’s fantasy performance

Rice is mentioned.

From Rice to Mizzou, Alldredge has plenty to prove in 2021
Former Rice football player Blaze Alldredge is featured.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Three keys for North Texas vs. potent Rice Owls
An article previews the men's basketball game between Rice and the University of North Texas Jan. 28. (Subscription is required.)

Argyle receiver Cole Kirkpatrick commits to Texas Tech
Rice is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Notre Dame offers '22 Texas running back
Fighting Irish Wire

UTSA announces spring 2021 schedule
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio Feb. 11.

Jazmin Grant named to soccer preseason all-conference team
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play the University of Houston Jan. 30.

Houston welcomes SFA for doubleheader
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team defeated the University of Houston 3-2 Jan. 23 and lost to the Cougars 3-0 Jan. 24.


A little soap simplifies making 2D nanoflakes
Rice chemists have found a way to get the maximum amount of quality 2D hBN nanosheets from its natural bulk form by processing it with surfactant (aka soap) and water. The surfactant surrounds and stabilizes the microscopic flakes, preserving their properties.

Rice’s Baker Institute and its Center for Energy Studies at top of global think tank rankings
Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy has risen to the No. 1 ranking among the best university-affiliated think tanks in the world, up from No. 2 the previous year, according to the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report published today. Its Center for Energy Studies (CES) maintained its standing as the top energy and resource policy think tank and was recognized as a Center of Excellence for being ranked No. 1 for three consecutive years.

Texas needs to take the lead on carbon capture, say Baker Institute experts
Texas, with advantages in everything from its geology to its workforce, should become a leader in carbon capture, according to a new report from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was led by led by Kenneth Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan G. Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies.

Study shows why anesthetic stops cell’s walkers in their tracks
Like a wrench that gums up the gears, a common anesthetic keeps the motor proteins in your cells from making their rounds. How it works has been a mystery until now. Researchers at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics detail the mechanism that allows propofol to halt the movement of kinesin proteins that deliver cargoes along microtubules to the far reaches of cells.