Dateline Rice for June 22, 2021

Dateline Rice


Ei-ichi Negishi: Nobel-winning chemist who revolutionized drug making
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted in the Independent, and his collaborative research that "evolves" carbon through phases that include valuable nanodiamonds is featured in Nanowerk. Additional co-authors quoted or mentioned include Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, and graduate student Weiyin Chen.
Independent (This article also appeared in the June 22 print edition of the Independent and The Day.)
'Flashed' nanodiamonds are just a phase

'Rough' breast implants trigger inflammation that can cause cancer, study suggests

An article features collaborative research by Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Three Hollywood stars recast their lives deep in the heart of Texas
An article cites a study from Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found 90,000 Californians moved to Texas between 2018 and 2019.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

'Pianists, Russians & Rossini' postponed to due to COVID-19
Alumnus Eugene Joubert is featured.
MSN South Africa (This article originally appeared in IOL.)


Rice scientists create process to seed solar panel crystals


Henrietta Wood: A legacy of slavery and reparations in America

A broadcast features Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, who won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book "Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution."
KPFA Online (This segment also aired in California on KPFA-FM in Pacifica, KPFB-FM in Berkeley, KFCF-FM in Fresno and KFER in Santa Cruz.)

Gov. Abbott's border wall proposal is more political than practical, experts say
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.
Texas Standard


Venezuela claims it can quadruple its oil production by the end of 2021
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.
Zar del petróleo en Venezuela dice que producción se disparará
Infobae (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Bloomberg.)

Use rewards effectively to boost creativity
Research by Jing Zhou, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, determined the effectiveness of rewarding employees.
Lab Manager (This article also appeared in Consumer Affairs.)

Scientists successful in 3D printing complex graphite parts with 97% purity
An article features Rice research that developed a new method of fabricating complex graphite structures using direct ink writing.
3D Printing Industry

'Smart concrete' uses nanomaterials for better durability
An article mentions that Rice scientists have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete.
Engineering and Technology

Verónica Arán: una científica xalleira descubre una nueva mutación de un tumor cerebral
Rice is mentioned.
Adiante Galicia (An English translation is not available.)


Oregon State leading $17M effort to understand universe via low-frequency gravitational waves
An article mentions that Rice is one of 11 institutions to host an National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center.
Oregon State University News (This article also appeared in KTVZ Online.)

Top graduates 2021: A school year like no other
An article mentions that Megan Schultze plans to attend Rice next semester.
St. Paul Pioneer Press

How the University of Houston is working to recover, preserve and archive US Latinx literature
Alumna Lorena Gauthereau is quoted.
Al Día

Events are back
An article mentions that Rice's Cohen House hosted the Young Friends of Save Venice fundraiser June 4.
Times Square Chronicles

Dr. Yufeng Zhao conducts groundbreaking frontier research in material science and sustainability
An article mentions that Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, collaborated on the featured research.
Corban University News (This article also appeared in Fior Reports.)

Can Glenn Youngkin stem the blue tide in the Old Dominion?
Alumnus Glenn Youngkin is featured.
Jewish Insider


TF: 2021 C-USA Track and Field Athletes of the Year
An article features Michelle Fokam, who was named the Conference USA Women's Field Athlete of the Year for the third time, and Grace Forbes, who was named the Conference USA Women's Track Athlete of the Year.
Conference USA
Rice women sweep C-USA Athlete of the Year honors

From drought to pandemic, Bombers' Walters just happy to be back
Former Rice assistant football coach Darrell Patterson is quoted.
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Area Brief: Quijano tosses no-hitter as Royals gain split in twinbill
Rice baseball player Austin Bulman is featured.
The Winchester Star

Giannis Antetokounmpo: 10 things to know
Former Rice volleyball player Mariah Riddlesprigger is mentioned.

Husker Dan: Nebraska gets no preseason respect
An article mentions that Luke McCaffrey plans to transfer to Rice next semester to play football.
Sports Illustrated's AllHuskers

2021 Texas soccer schedule announced
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play a home game Sept. 5 against the University of Texas at Austin.
Horns Illustrated (This article also appeared in Texas Sports.)

CBS Sports projects 2021 win totals for every Big 12 team
A roundup mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Sept. 18.
Tramel's ScissorTales: OU football's non-conference schedule ranks near bottom of Big 12
The Oklahoman


Nightside radio could help reveal exoplanet details
We can’t detect them yet, but radio signals from distant solar systems could provide valuable information about the characteristics of their planets. A paper by Rice scientists describes a way to better determine which exoplanets are most likely to produce detectable signals based on magnetosphere activity on exoplanets’ previously discounted nightsides.

Targeted tumors attack not-innocent bystanders
The Rice lab of synthetic chemist K.C. Nicolaou, in collaboration with AbbVie Inc., has created unique antibody-drug conjugates that exhibit a “significant bystander effect,” affecting cancerous neighbor cells that aren’t directly attacked by the drugs.

Housing in Houston: Tough times for tenants, would-be homeowners
Houston's share of homeowners is dropping, and a growing number of renters interested in buying a home find themselves shut out of the market, according to a new report from Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. At the same time, a rising number of tenants are having a hard time paying their rent, contributing to a staggering eviction rate in Harris County.