Dateline Rice for May 28, 2021

Dateline Rice


Months after Texas blackouts, critics say lawmakers aren't doing enough
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
NPR's "Morning Edition" (This segment aired on more than 900 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

'Powerful signal': In a single day, Big Oil suffers historic blows on climate
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 and interviewed.
Politico EU

AG Ken Paxton's criminal trial should be held in his home county, court rules
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 28 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

A special session? Tensions boil between House, Senate and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 28 print edition.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/may-28-jones (This segment aired three times.)

Profits or Palestine? UAE-Israel deals likely to continue quietly
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Texas may soon require landlords to inform renters about flood risk
An article and broadcast mention research by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found nearly half a million renters in Houston live in a floodplain.
Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio (This segment aired multiple times on over 800 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

Limit on lab-grown human embryos dropped by stem cell body
Aryeh Warmflash, assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, and Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, are quoted.
Scientific American (This Nature article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Editorial: Cloistered no more? Leebron made Rice more consequential — and more Houston
An editorial features President David Leebron, who will step down in June 2022 after 18 years in the role. The editorial highlights the following projects Leebron oversaw during his tenure: greater philanthropic support for the Houston Area Survey, which is conducted annually by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology; expanding the Rice Investment, a needs-based tuition plan; Rice Management Co.'s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion tech hub; and the construction of the Brochstein Pavilion, the "Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace and the Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the May 28 print edition, and it was featured in the Chronicle's "Morning Report" newsletter.)

Rice University's second longest serving president to step down next year
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Biologists construct a 'periodic table' for cell nuclei
An article features collaborative research by experts at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science; former postdoctoral fellow Olga Dudchenko; postdoctoral fellow Sumitabha Brahmachari; academic visitor and former postdoctoral fellow Vinicius Contessoto; and academic visitor Michele Di Pierro.
Baylor College of Medicine (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Moshe Vardi wins Knuth Prize
An article 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 2021 Donald E. Knuth Prize for seminal contributions to the foundations of computer science.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Opinion: Take a moment to praise the Texas Legislature for its work this session