Dateline Rice for June 23, 2021

Dateline Rice


Gerrymandering Texas could help Republicans take back the House in 2022
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted.
PBS NewsHour

Ei-ichi Negishi, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, dies at 85
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. His collaborative research that “evolves” carbon through phases that include valuable nanodiamonds is featured in other articles. Additional co-authors of the research quoted or mentioned include Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry; graduate students Weiyin Chen, John Tianci Li, Zhe Wang, Wala Algozeeb, Emily McHugh, Kevin Wyss, Paul Advincula, Jacob Beckham and Bo Jiang; research scientist Carter Kittrell; and alumni Duy Xuan Luong and Michael Stanford.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. Similar articles appeared in Free News Today, Lightly News, E-News, The News Amed, Current News Bulletin and WS Buzz.)
New process creates fluorinated nanodiamonds, graphene and concentric carbon
AZO Nano (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
'Flashed' nanodiamonds are just a phase

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. This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets since first appearing in Dateline.)


Rice scientists create process to seed solar panel crystals
An article features Rice research that created microscopic seeds to grow crystals that are highly efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. Amanda Marciel, the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle. She and Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted in Off Grid Energy Independence, and graduate students Siraj Sidhik and Mohammad Samani are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 23 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Solar energy collectors grown from seeds
Off Grid Energy Independence (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Engineers create 'seeds' for growing near-perfect 2D perovskite crystals

Conditions for Houston renters were tough in 2019. The pandemic only made it worse
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 the 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. Kinder Institute research manager Luis Guajardo is quoted by Houston Public Media, and India Education Diary mentions fellow study co-authors Stephen Averill Sherman, John Park, Kyle Shelton, Jenna Lessans, Ksenia Mokrushina and William Fulton.
Houston Public Media
'The Newsedge: Early Edition'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Rice University: Housing in Houston: Tough times for tenants, would-be homeowners
India Education Diary

Texas governor sets date for special session
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. He is also quoted by Texas Public Radio on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
KRLD on Audacy
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This segment aired more than 10 times.)
Texas Public Radio
KSTX-FM (San Antonio) (This segment aired six times.)

Two Republican governors pledge to stop illegal border crossings
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
KRLD on Audacy
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (This segment aired five times.)

Texas OKs medical marijuana for PTSD, all cancers and gives small bump to legal THC levels. More expansive pot proposals went up in smoke.
Viridiana Edwards, nonresident scholar in the Drug Policy Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is a guest on "The Source."
Texas Public Radio

ABC13 town hall examines how to protect our LGBTQ+ youth
Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality participated in the town hall.

Community calendar
Former professor Paul Cloutier will host a book discussion July 4.
Pasadena Citizen (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 23 print edition, and it also appeared in the Bay Area Citizen.)

Isn't it Ion(ic), don’t you think? A little too Ion(ic) …
An article mentions Rice’s redevelopment of Houston’s historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district.
Texas Food Finder


'Here and Now'
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about the Texas power grid.
NPR (This broadcast aired on more than 900 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech,” which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.


Targeted drug destroys the tumor plus neighboring cancer cells
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. Nicolaou is quoted.
Technology Networks (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

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. Rice community members mentioned or quoted are alumnus Anthony Sciola; Frank Toffoletto, a professor of physics and astronomy; graduate student Alison Farrish; and David Alexander, a professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute.
Innovations Report (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
La radio nocturna podría ayudar a revelar detalles de exoplanetas
Noticias Ultimas (An English translation is not available.)
Nightside-radio könnte helfen, details zu exoplaneten zu enthüllen
Nach Welt (An English translation is not available.)

How the surfaces of silicone breast implants affect the immune system
An article features collaborative research by Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering.
Plastic Surgery Practice (This article also appeared in ScienceDaily, and similar articles appeared in World News, Market Screener and Technology Networks.)

Rewarding can boost employees' creativity, study
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.
Tech Explorist (A similar article appeared in Consumer Affairs, New Kerala and Massage Therapy Canada.)

Scientists successful in 3D printing complex graphite parts with 97% purity
A team of researchers from Rice have developed a new method of fabricating complex graphite structures using direct ink writing 3D printing. Co-authors Seyed Mohammad Sajadi and Shayan Enayat are mentioned.
3D Printing Industry

2022 Best Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Chemical Engineering
Rice's chemical engineering and biomedical engineering programs rank among The Edvocate's Best Bachelor's Degree Programs.
The Edvocate
2022 Best Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Biomedical Engineering
The Edvocate

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition 2022
Cho-Liang Lin, the Benjamin Armistead Shepherd Distinguished Professor of Violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, will be a judge for the featured competition.


Tough time recovering from jet lag? US government-university partnership developing implantable ‘living pharmacy’ to control our circadian clocks
An article features collaborative Rice research to develop a wireless, fully implantable device that can control the body’s circadian clock.
Genetic Literacy Project


'KARK 4 @ 6'
Rice's away football game Sept. 4 against the University of Arkansas is mentioned.
KARK-TV (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Baseball: Stratford, Memorial each grab an All-District superlative
An article mentions that Mark Perkins has signed to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 23 print edition of the Memorial Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Projected first-round pick Trey Murphy forgoes eligibility at Virginia, remains in NBA draft
Former Rice basketball player Trey Murphy is featured.

Rodrigo Barnes' new book 'The Bouncing Football' is an emotional biography of a professional player who lost his career for speaking out about the truth in the industry
Former Rice football player Rodrigo Barnes is featured. (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

WIND-AM (Chicago)
Former Rice football player Voddie Baucham is interviewed. (This broadcast also aired on KPAM-AM in Portland, Oregon; WIBX-AM in Utica, New York; and KKFT-FM in Reno, Nevada.)


Drug doubles down on bone cancer, metastasis
Bone cancer is hard to treat and prone to metastasis. Research teams at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine have a new strategy to attack it. Chemist Han Xiao at Rice and biologist Xiang Zhang at Baylor and their labs have developed an antibody conjugate called BonTarg that delivers drugs to bone tumors and inhibits metastasis.