Dateline Rice for May 27, 2021

Dateline Rice


David Leebron, Rice's second-longest-serving president, to step down
President David Leebron will step down in June 2022 after 18 years in the role. Robert Ladd, chair of the Rice Board of Trustees, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the May 27 print edition and yesterday's Dateline.)
Rice University president to step down

Rice University President David Leebron will step down in June 2022

MSN Money (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online, and a similar article appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Rice University president to step down after nearly two decades at the helm

MSN Money (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online, and it appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


In Texas, the most conservative legislative session in a generation is wrapping up
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.
The Economist (This article will also appear in the May 29 print and digital editions.)
'Powerful signal': In a single day, Big Oil suffers historic blows on climate
Politico (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and MSN.)
Power struggle: Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again at odds over who's in charge in Texas
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 27 print edition, and this article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Texas Legislature backs efforts to stop 'defunding' police as reforms stall
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 27 print edition.)
AG Ken Paxton's criminal trial should be held in his home county, court rules
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
George Floyd Act mostly fails in Texas Legislature after being 'chopped up' into smaller bills
Houston Public Media (This article also appeared in KUT Online and yesterday's Dateline.)

The lt. gov. calls for special session after his bills die in the Texas house

KRLD Online (This article also appeared in MSN, and this segment also aired 13 times on KRLD-AM in Dallas.)
KRLD-AM (Houston)

'The only Bush who got it right,' as far as Trump is concerned
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in Politico, and he is interviewed by Houston Public Media about Texas SB 10, which aims to restrict local governments from sending lobbyists to Austin.
Politico (This article also appeared in MSN.)
'6 p.m. newscast' for May 26, 2021
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
'6 a.m. newscast' for May 27, 2021
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
'8 am newscast' for May 27, 2021
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Rice University crafts pivotal new flood tracking system for Houston's most vulnerable spots
An article and broadcast mention that Rice has collaborated on the development of a radar-based flood assessment and early warning system in Houston. 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 interviewed by Houston Public Media.

MSN Lifestyle (This ABC 13 Online article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
Questionable charter school spending (May 27, 2021)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Social media post exaggerates economic statistics

Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.

University of Houston research team to study the college promotion and tenure process
An article mentions that experts from Rice will collaborate on the featured study.
Forbes (This article originally appeared in the University of Houston News.)


Rational Middle Summit highlights effective border security and immigration solutions
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.
Texas GOP Vote

Head of the Class: Meet Laredo's highest-ranked graduates in the Class of 2021
An article featuring Ulieses Moreno, valedictorian of Harmony School of Excellence, mentions that he plans to attend Rice next semester.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

14 summer camps your kids will love
A roundup mentions that Rice will hold a virtual K-12 creative writing summer camp.

UT Austin ranks highly among US public universities in latest global ranking
An article featuring the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings: USA 2021 mentions that Rice is No. 23 in the nation.
UT News (This article also appeared in CBS Austin Online.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)


Claudia Kolker: What we can learn from newcomers
An article and broadcast features Rice Business Wisdom Editor Claudia Kolker, who gave the virtual talk "What We Can Learn from Newcomers" March 23 as part of the College of St. Scholastica's Alworth Center for Peace and Justice Lecture Series.
MPR News (This segment also aired on 40 affiliated stations across Minnesota.)

98-year-old WWII veteran shares his incredible story of survival and service
An article about the Lone Star Flight Museum's exhibit "Fight to the Finish" mentions that it includes a personal account and items from alumnus Edward Clarac '50, who flew more than 30 missions in WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Click2Houston (This segment aired on KPRC-TV in Houston and appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


ACM recognizes far-reaching technical achievements with special awards
A roundup features Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, who was honored with the ACM-AAAI Allen Newell award for career contributions in computer science.

US LNG 'trumps state-led alternatives': Think tank
An article features remarks by Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who was part of a May 26 webinar hosted by the institute.
Natural Gas World

Rice University charges into the future with magnetics and bioimplants
An article features three Rice research initiatives to develop a wireless "bioimplants." Researchers mentioned include Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering.
All About Circuits

The elements for life depend on both how and where a planet forms

An article features collaborative Rice research that showed Earth likely sourced its nitrogen by accreting protoplanets. Co-authors Rajdeep Dasgupta, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Damanveer Grewal are quoted.
Universe Today

The CEO of Coursera, a $6 billion education company, wants to help everyone build the skills to future-proof their careers
Rice is mentioned.


Researchers find a semimetal that clings to a quantum precipice
An article mentions that Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, collaborated on the featured research.
Johns Hopkins University's Hub

SHS honors students’ academic achievements

Bonner County Daily Bee


CBS Sports Network to air two UH football games this fall
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 11 at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Prep Sports Notebook: Campbell County girls tennis team sweeps 10th Region tournament titles
Former Rice basketball player Lauren Schwartz is featured, and former head coach Tina Langley is mentioned.
Northern Kentucky Tribune

Allstate Sugar Bowl honors local scholar athletes
An article featuring Joshua Bailey mentions that he has committed to play football at Rice.
WDSU Online


Executives wildly overestimate financial benefits of strategy planning, research finds
Executives at 88% of large companies engage in strategy planning, according to the research featured in a chapter of "Focus: How to Plan Strategy and Improve Execution to Achieve Growth," co-authored by Vikas Mittal, professor of marketing at the Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.

Biologists construct a 'periodic table' for cell nuclei
One hundred fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table, a system for classifying atoms based on the properties of their nuclei. This week, a team of biologists including those at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, studying the tree of life has unveiled a new classification system for cell nuclei.