Dateline Rice for June 1, 2021 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice


America needed a space race hero. John Glenn was the obvious choice.

Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored a book review of "Mercury Rising."
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more 30 other media outlets.)

Texas carry 'em -- what does Republican strength in Texas mean for national politics?
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 featured in The Economist's "Checks and Balances" podcast, and is quoted or interviewed by several other media outlets.
The Economist

Texas bill limiting teaching on race on track to governor's desk

How Gov. Abbott's threat to withhold lawmakers' salaries would affect more than just lawmakers
KENS Online (This segment also aired on KENS-TV in San Antonio, and it appeared in MSN.)
Las Vegas Sands Texas casino effort fails in '21, legislative future is debatable
Paxton trial to head back to Collin County
Off the Kuff

'Courts, customers and Wall Street delivered rebukes to Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Shell' … Oh my!

Watt's Up with That? (This article also appeared in The Shepherd of the Hills Gazette.)
'Cataclysm' for industry, 'good day for life on Earth' as fossils lose legal, shareholder battles
The Energy Mix
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/june-1-jones (This segment also aired 10 times.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Waived sanctions on Russian pipeline are more about China than Russia
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts fellow in energy and environmental affairs at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed.
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Consumers attribute failure of the Texas power grid to flaw in Texas laws
Pablo Pinto, nonresident scholar in the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute, co-authored

Pastors have power when it comes to convincing congregants to get COVID vaccine
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Columbus Dispatch.)

'Hoping something sticks': Arizona election audit promises more intrigue than answers

Profits or Palestine? UAE-Israel deals likely to continue quietly

Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Al-Jazeera article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Two college pals reunite after 50 years in race for COVID-19 vaccines
An article features former Rice roommates and alumni Barney Graham, deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health's Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bill Gruber, senior vice president of vaccine clinical research and development for Pfizer Inc.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article was featured in the Journal's weekly "Grapevine" newsletter May 29.)

Highlighting international experience in your MBA application

Alumna Heidi Pozzo, graduate of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)


Rice University will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID
Rice announced COVID vaccination policies and recommendations for students, faculty and staff returning to campus, with most employees returning July 19. President David Leebron, who will step down from his role in June 2022, is quoted or featured in several additional media outlets.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the May 29 print edition.)

InnovationMap (A similar feature appeared in the "TMC Today" newsletter May 31.)
Rice University's second longest serving president to step down next year
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 30 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
'Channel 5 News'
KRGV-TV (Harlingen, Texas)

Rice Media Center to close Friday with a Houston-made film


China to tax Venezuelan crude: the possible end of an alliance that marks another chapter in Maduro's economic debacle
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 at Rice, is quoted.
Univision Houston

Pushing jobs plan, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm comes to Texas warning of grid fix
An article mentions that Rice is one institution receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance carbon dioxide storage and sequestration research.
ABC 13 Online

US awards $4 million to enhance safety and security of carbon storage
Energy Live News

DOE announces nearly $4 million to enhance the safety and security of CO2 storage

Mariachi Luna Llena a melting pot of cultures
A broadcast features Rice's Mariachi Luna Llena.
ABC 11 Online (This article also appeared in ABC 7 Online.)

'KHOU 11 News'
A broadcast features a "moment of Zen" from the Rice campus.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

AM 980 (Ontario, Canda)
Rice is mentioned.

Newstalk (Ireland)
A broadcast mentions that William Sidis taught at Rice when he was just 17 years old.


'Magic angle' device can rotate terahertz polarization by 90 degrees or more
An article features Rice research into manipulating polarized light from a laser or other source to make it completely visible or completely opaque with a carbon nanotube film. Quoted are Junichiro Kono, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor in Engineering and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy, and of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral researcher Andrey Baydin.
Physics World

End of the road?
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Architect's Newspaper

Executives wildly overestimate financial benefits of strategy planning
An article features Rice research that found executives are likely to overestimate the financial benefits of strategy planning. Co-author Vikas Mittal, a professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Post Online Media.)

Net-zero future confronts oil-rich nations
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Financial Review (Australia)

Social media post exaggerates economic statistics


One arrest can keep you from buying a home
Brielle Bryan, assistant professor of sociology, is cited.
Banker & Tradesman (This article also appeared in

Sempra's Energia Costa Azul LNG said 'prime opportunity' for Rockies gas producers
An article features remarks made at a recent webinar hosted by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Natural Gas Intelligence

Jiggling of molecules could have implications for carbon nanotube fibers
An article mentions that Rice's Carbon Hub is finding ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by substituting carbon nanotube fibers for metals and other emission-intensive materials.
Tech Explorist

A tiny implant to cure jet lag is now being developed
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on the featured research.
Boss Hunting

US funding research into seismic impact on carbon storage
An article mentions Rice research into monitoring seismic activity.
Natural Gas World


Cohen, Moreland win Earth and planetary sciences awards
An article featuring Ellie Moreland mentions that she plans to attend Rice next semester to pursue a doctorate in Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.
Washington University in St. Louis' The Source
http://dateline.rice/june-1-washuColorado Springs graduate inducted into National Youth Orchestra
An article featuring Sophie Urban mentions that she plans to study at Rice's Shepherd School of Music next semester.
Daily Colorado News (This article also appeared in The Colorado Springs Gazette.)

Blake Pontchartrain: Pearl River's St. Joe bricks are foundational to New Orleans buildings
Rice is mentioned.

Climate Action Alliance of the Valley climate, energy news roundup: May 30
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Augusta Free Press
The examples that Yorkshire can learn from JFK and the space race
The Yorkshire Post

Carson High School class of 2021 senior headed for Ivy League dream at Yale
Rice is mentioned.


Lance Berkman named HBU baseball coach
An article featuring former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman mentions that he has been named head baseball coach of Houston Baptist University. The article also mentions that Berkman and former head coach Wayne Graham competed in the College World Series in 1997.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. An excerpt of this article also appeared in a sports roundup in the May 31 print edition, and it appeared on the front page of the Sports section in the June 1 print edition.)

Report: HBU to hire Lance Berkman as baseball coach
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Former Astros star Lance Berkman takes over HBU baseball program
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Astros legend Lance Berkman tapped for HBU head baseball coach

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online.)
'Dream come true' | Former Astros star Lance Berkman named new head baseball coach at HBU

MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU 11 Online, and this segment aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

Former MLB star Lance Berkman reportedly lands college job AOL (This article originally appeared in The Spun.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
CESSNA: Aggies will have all eyes on NCAA baseball tournament
The Eagle

UH sending heavy representation to NCAA Outdoor Championships
An article mentions that Rice track and field athletes Grace Forbes, Michelle Folkum, Tara Simpson-Sullivan and James McNaney will compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 30 print edition.)

Friendswood signs 9 athletes on National Signing Day
An article mentions that Patrick Elizondo has signed a letter of intent to join Rice's track and field team.
The Galveston County Daily News

Former Fresno supervisor John Donaldson, the 'ultimate Renaissance man,' dies at 95
An article features late alumnus and former Rice track and field athlete John Donaldson, who died May 23 at 95.
The Fresno Bee (This article also appeared in the May 30 print edition and in MSN Money.)

Faith 7 Bowl set for Saturday, June 5
An article featuring Trinity Gooden mentions that she has committed to play basketball at Rice.
The Shawnee News-Star

Late innings have not been kind to Cedar Rapids Kernels, who lose to Wisconsin, 6-2
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured.
The Gazette
Twins Daily minor league starting pitcher of the month -- May 2021
Twins Daily

Smokies edge butter-fingered Lookouts
Former Rice baseball player Ricky Salinas is mentioned.
The Chattanoogan

Tigers draft watch: Why Jackson Jobe could be option for Detroit
Former Rice baseball player Kenny Baugh is mentioned.
Detroit News (Subscription is required.)

Season review: Houston volleyball
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team had qualified for this year's NCAA Tournament.
University of Houston News

Arkansas football: Realistic expectations for Razorbacks in 2021
An article mentions that Rice football's 2021 season is slated to start Sept. 4 with a road game against the University of Arkansas.

Remembering the fallen Longhorns of World War II
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Texas at Austin in 1940, but lost to Texas A&M later in the season.
SB Nation

Rider baseball drawn against Louisiana Tech in Ruston Regional of NCAA Tournament
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team defeated Rider University in the NCAA Tournament in 2010.
The Trentonian

The Woodlands Township Board holds meeting
An article mentions that Amarachukwu Oguchi has signed to join Rice's track and field team.
Woodlands Online


Houston is ready for the green energy transition, says Baker Institute expert
Houston’s "energy capital of the world" status is here to stay — no matter the type of energy — according to a new report from Ken Medlock, senior director of the institute’s Center for Energy Studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.