Dateline Rice for July 9, 2021

Dateline Rice


Behind the hedges
The architecture on Rice's campus is featured. Community members mentioned are President David Leebron; Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture; George Ristow, university architect; and alumni Rob Rogers '81 and Tyler Swenson '04.
Texas Architect


Gas sellers reaped $11 billion windfall during Texas freeze
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in multiple media outlets.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
ERCOT report confirms gas- and coal-fired plant outages played big role in June grid woes
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Killeen Daily Herald, Marietta Daily Journal and Bakersfield Californian.)
The Texas grid is not on the special session's agenda. Here are some ideas lawmakers could have discussed.
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Abbott tells the PUC to, like, 'do something' about electricity and stuff
Off the Kuff

Biden's White House is pushing to undo the crack cocaine sentencing disparity. But will Republicans support it?
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in USA Today.)

Americans brace for higher gas prices this summer amid surging demand
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.
WEAR (This Sinclair Broadcast Group article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
South Dakota guardsmen are 'currently' coming to Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Heat waves and other extremes could force the lights off
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Washington Examiner

You could inhale new COVID-19 vaccine
Scientists at Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics are part of a study to develop an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine that can be transported and stored at room temperature. Study co-authors quoted or mentioned in Futurity are José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, graduate student Esteban Dodero-Rojas and former postdoctoral researcher Vinicius Contessoto. The research is featured in a broadcast by KVCT.
'Fox News @ 9'
KVCT-TV (Victoria, Texas)


Street facing
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research report "Re-Taking Stock: Understanding How Trends in the Housing Stock and Gentrification are connected in Houston and Harris County" is cited, and the Rice Media Center is mentioned.
Texas Architect

These 10 Houston startups closed funding rounds in Q2
An article mentions Syzygy Plasmonics, a startup founded based on Rice research, and its CEO and co-founder, alumnus Trevor Best. The 2020 Texas Life Science Forum, co-hosted by the Rice Alliance, is also mentioned.
InnovationMap Houston

Houston environmental news update July 7, 2021
An article mentions a June 8 meeting hosted by the Texas Health and Environmental Alliance and Rice Architecture to discuss the Uneven RunOff Mapping Project, which highlights spatial inequalities of local industrial pollution and flooding in Harris County.
Citizens' Environmental Coalition Houston

San Marcos company NatuWrap increases shelf life of produce
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Corridor News

Redundant — again
Rice and its founder, William Marsh Rice, are mentioned.
The Leader


'On Your Side Tonight with Jamie Boll'
Collaborative Rice research on how rewards for employees can boost creativity is featured.
WBTV-TV (Charlotte, North Carolina)

‘Xploration Nature Knows Best’
Rice research on squids and lensless cameras is featured. Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, and Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are quoted.
WZDX-TV (Huntsville, Alabama)


Soft shell keeps schwarzites from shattering
An article features collaborative Rice research into ceramics made with 3D printers and covered in a soft polymer, which keeps the ceramic from shattering. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include 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, research scientist Muhammad Rahman and graduate student Seyed Mohammad Sajadi.
World Industrial Reporter (Similar articles appeared in SlashGear, AzO Materials, Tech Investor News and

The pressure is off and high temperature superconductivity remains
The lab of Pengcheng Dai, professor of physics and astronomy, collaborated on the featured research.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

NOMA's Foundation Fellowship nurtures the next generation of architects and designers through mentorship and professional development at 19 architecture firms
An article mentions that McMurtry College senior Andrea Gomez received a National Organization of Minority Architects Foundation Fellowship.

2014 Top Ten Textile Innovations of the Year
Collaborative Rice research that developed "wet spun" carbon nanotube fibers with performance properties far exceeding those of the competition is featured.
Fabric Link

Kornbluh assumes role as Wayne State University provost
An article mentions that Mark Kornbluh formerly held an administrative position at Rice.


New technique turns carbon into diamond or graphene in a flash
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Weiyin Chen are mentioned in an article on their research.
Intelligent Living

Fluorocarbons market size 2021 global leading players, industry updates, future growth, business prospects, forthcoming developments and future investments by forecast to 2026
Rice research that developed a light-powered catalyst capable of breaking the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons is mentioned.
News Channel Nebraska

Opinions of residents sought on public art project
Paul Hester, former lecturer of visual and dramatic arts at Rice, is featured.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article originally appeared in the Texarkana Gazette.)

The future IBM we will probably never see
Alumnus Jim Whitehurst is mentioned.
The Next Platform

Mashpee Senior Center — July 9, 2021
A Rice research study is mentioned.
The Mashpee Enterprise

Candilejas y aplausos | A Humberto Márquez le pasa lo mismo que a usted
A Latin jazz project by Humberto Márquez and Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, is mentioned. The article mentions it will air on KTRU.
Ciudad CCS (An English translation is not available.)


Rice University extends contract for men’s basketball head coach Scott Pera
Rice's head men's basketball coach Scott Pera has agreed to a contract extension through 2024. Athletics director Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Rice basketball coach Scott Pera agrees to extension through 2024
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 9 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
'Fox 43 News at 10'
WPMT-TV (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; this segment aired five times.)

Dicky Maegle, former Steelers defensive back involved in one of college football's most legendary plays, dies at 86
An article features the late Rice football player Dicky Maegle, who died July 4 at 86. Maegle 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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The 3 Ogwumike sisters who could represent Nigeria at basketball in Tokyo
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is mentioned.
The Will

Last week around the leagues
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is featured.
Our Sports Central

St. Pius X hosting middle school baseball showcase
The Rice baseball team is mentioned.
The Leader