Dateline Rice for June 8, 2021

Dateline Rice


Timothy Morton's hyper-pandemic
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured.
The New Yorker

As warming fuels disasters, relief often favors white people
An article cites a study by Jim Elliott, a professor and chair of sociology at Rice and a fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which detailed FEMA buyouts around the country from 1990 to 2015.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 8 print edition, and it appeared online in more than 10 other media outlets and yesterday's Dateline.)

GOP cheers results in Texas races as promising sign for midterm elections
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 in the Washington Examiner, and a broadcast from Houston Public Media mentions that Jones will join the "Houston Matters" show June 9 to discuss the week's political news.
Washington Examiner
The legality of requiring vaccines and vaccine passports (June 8, 2021)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/june-8-jones (This segment aired four times.)

Population gains, losses in state detailed
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Brownwood Bulletin article also appeared in the Katy Times, San Marcos Daily Record, Fort Bend Herald and the Marshall News Messenger.)

A values-based approach to beat the odds in mergers and acquisitions
Alumnus Don Scales co-authored an article.

Gwinnett student among 28 recipients of race relations prize
An article featuring Jamal Sayid mentions that he plans to attend Rice next semester.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Jeff Bezos to be on Blue Origin's first crewed flight


Groups work to find solutions for underserved communities living in flood zones
Jim Blackburn, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted and interviewed.
Fox 17 Online (This article also appeared in more than 20 affiliate media outlets.)
'7 Action News'
WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
http://dateline.rice/june-8-blackburn (This segment aired twice.)

'Houston Happens'
A broadcast featuring Emma Codianne mentions that she plans to attend Rice next semester.
CW 39 (Houston)


Rice scientist wins NIH grant to model and analyze protein-ligand interactions in cancer research
Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering, mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering, and director of Rice's Ken Kennedy Institute, has won a National Institutes of Health U01 grant to develop a new approach to model and analyze protein-ligand interactions in cancer research.

Cloned fruit flies star in 'Truman Show' study of how genes play role in social networks
An article features Rice research that determined that social structure is likely heritable. Julia Saltz, assistant professor of biosciences at Rice, and graduate student Eric Wice are quoted.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in Newswise.)

Do customer loyalty programs really help sellers make money?
An article features collaborative research co-authored by Arun Gopalakrishnan, assistant professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.

Islamic institutions in Arab states: Mapping the dynamics of control, co-option and contention
An article cites the March 2019 study "The New Guardians of Religion: Islam and Authority in the Middle East" co-authored by A.Kadir Yildirim, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Glowing pains!
A podcast features collaborative Rice research that has engineered a bacterium with the necessary capabilities for diagnosing human diseases.
National Science Foundation's "The Discovery Files"

Q&A with Midlothian ISD Superintendent Dr. Fey
An article mentions Lovett College sophomore Morgan Fey.
Focus Daily News


Young inline speed skater aspires to inspire
An article featuring seventh-grader Emerson Study mentions that she hopes to study engineering at Rice.
The Tribune

Monadnock Profiles: A love of space and passion for the sciences
Alumnus Rick Harnden is featured.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Saluting the 2021 vals and sals
An article featuring Esha Shenoy, co-valedictorian of Irvington High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice next semester.
River Journal


Conference USA: 10 games to watch in 2021
An article featuring next season's Conference USA football matchups previews the game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso slated for Nov. 20.
SB Nation

Humble ISD athletes sign letters of intent at Turner Stadium
An article mentions that Arayna Mickles has signed to join Rice's track and field team.
The Tribune

9 to watch
Former Rice golfer Jeff Wibawa is featured.
PGA Tour

Tracy Smith out as ASU baseball coach after seven seasons
An article mentions Rice's search for new head baseball coach.
AZ Central


Interesting times ahead for the natural gas industry, say Baker Institute experts
A new book co-authored by Michelle Michot Foss and Anna Mikulska, experts at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, details the complexities of natural gas markets, from the abundant United States upstream supply to global downstream demand.

Absorbent aerogels show some muscle
Rice chemical and biomolecular engineer Rafael Verduzco, graduate students Dongyang Zhu and Yifan Zhu and their colleagues at the Brown School of Engineering discovered a way to synthesize covalent organic framework aerogels that can be made in any form at any size, which may be used as an absorbent to remove pollutants from the environment.