Dateline Rice for Nov. 15, 2021 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice

FEATURED ITEMS

Historic first: Rice University taps Black, Haitian immigrant to head the school
Rice's Board of Trustees has selected Reginald DesRoches to be the eighth president of the university. DesRoches, the current provost, will be the first immigrant, first Black person and first engineer to lead Rice when President David Leebron steps down next year. Robert Ladd, chair of the Rice Board of Trustees, is quoted.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the Nov. 13 print edition, and it appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-mh-desroches-leebron-ladd
'Isiah Factor Uncensored': Rice University appoints first Black, immigrant president
Fox 26 (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-fox26
Rice's next leader breaking barriers
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the Nov. 13 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and an excerpt appeared in the print edition of the Chronicle's "Week in Review" Nov. 14. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc-desroches-leebron-ladd
Here's what Houston was up to last week, Nov. 15
Houstonia
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-houstonia
Rice names Reginald DesRoches as next president
Houston Style Magazine
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hsm
Rice University provost named next president
Inside Higher Ed (This article was featured in the Nov. 12 "Daily News Update" newsletter and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ihe
Rice University appoints its first Black and first foreign-born president
Black Enterprise
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-be

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

US ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke to challenge Texas Governor Abbott

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.
Reuters
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones

Texas state lawmaker leaves Democratic Party for GOP
The Hill
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones
Beto's back: Why an O'Rourke run for governor could make sense in Texas
U.S. News & World Report
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones
Budding rivalry pits Greg Abbott against Ron DeSantis in race to the right
USA Today (This Austin American-Statesman article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones
State Rep. Ryan Guillen switches to GOP in latest blow to South Texas Democrats
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-jones

The insurrection, Steve Bannon and executive privilege
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about former President Donald Trump's assertion of executive privilege over documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
1A (This segment aired on more than 450 NPR-affiliated radio stations across the U.S.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-brinkley

A second major migrant caravan of 10K could head toward the US as leaders meet in Mexico
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Newsweek
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-payan

To decontaminate your mask, pop it in the oven
An article features Rice research that found that proper heating will eliminate the virus that causes COVID-19 from a standard disposable surgical mask without degrading the mask itself. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Faye Yap are cited.
Futurity
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-preston

Beto O'Rourke says he is running for Texas governor
An article cites a voter survey conducted by the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation.
The Wall Street Journal 
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wsj
What Beto O'Rourke said about guns that could hurt his bid for Texas governor
Newsweek (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-nw
Beto O'Rourke launches Texas governor run — but polling suggests Greg Abbott could still win
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-forbes
Beto O'Rourke announces gubernatorial campaign, ending month of anticipation
WFAA Online
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wfaa
JUST IN: Beto O'Rourke announces run for Texas governor
Palestine Herald-Press
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-php

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Tomlinson: Fighting climate change offers trillion-dollar opportunities

A slideshow features research by Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wang

Share in the celebration of Chanukah at concerts, events and more around Greater Houston
An events roundup mentions that pianist Charles Tauber, artist collaborator at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, will perform in a recital Dec. 2.
365 Things To Do in Houston
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-tauber

Shift to renewables could slash school funding, study finds
An article features research by the Baker Institute for Public Policy that found the funding model for Texas K-12 education relies heavily on the fossil fuel industry. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the Nov. 14 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-baker-study

University of Austin seeks accreditation and a physical campus. Here's how it would work.
Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-aas

ROBERTS: The miracles of music, medicine
Alumnus Sid Roberts authored a column.
The Lufkin Daily News
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-roberts

Governor Abbott names Sullivan new general counsel, promotes Colmenero to principal deputy
An article mentions that alumnus James Sullivan has been named General Counsel to the Governor by Gov. Greg Abbott. 
Texas Insider
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-sullivan

As federal eviction moratorium ends, more Spring residents seek housing assistance
An article cites an Oct. 19 study by Rice's Kinder Institute of Urban Research that found that 53% of Harris County residents worry about staying in their homes due to rising financial burdens.
Community Impact Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-kinder-study

BROADCAST

Redesigning Houston for people and not cars (Nov. 15, 2021)
Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about how to prioritize people over cars in Houston, and he is quoted in Texas Monthly.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-fulton
The newest Texans are not who you think they are
Texas Monthly (This article will also be featured on the cover of the December print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-fulton

'Glad you finally came out of the closet': Gov. Abbott on Texas Rep. Ryan Guillen switching parties
An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
KXAN Online
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-kxan

'Localish: All Good'
A broadcast featuring Rebekah Hodge mentions that she hopes to attend Rice.
WLS-TV (Chicago)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wls

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Saudi Arabia's climate plan relies on more oil
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
TankTerminals.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-krane

Flash graphene: Born again plastic is planet-friendly
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.
Mind Matters
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-tour
WGCH-AM (Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-tour

Transforming soap into drugs
Julian West, assistant professor of chemistry, is quoted.
C&EN
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-west

Certificate programs can dramatically boost outcomes for Hispanic students
An article features Rice research that found that short-term training programs for health care careers significantly boosted employment and income for Hispanics. Co-author Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation at the Rice University School Mathematics Project, is quoted.
eCampusNews.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ekmekci

Rice University team develops smart, 3D-printed military helmet
An article mentions that a team of researchers from Rice has received funding from the Office of Naval Research to create the world's first printable military "smart helmet."
Engineering360
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-eng360

Smart city district gets green light from City of Houston
An article mentions Rice Management Co.'s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion tech hub.
SmartCities World
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-rmc

How to build a better battery cathode
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
Design News
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-dn

Academic Travel: Here's why these US campuses attract so many tourists
A roundup featuring Rice highlights its Lowrey Arboretum, Rice Stadium, James Turrell’s "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace and the Shepherd School of Music.
The Travel
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-travel
 

How online MBAs rate the degree's career impact

Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-pq

Glenn Youngkin's net worth is unknown
An article mentions that alumnus Glenn Youngkin has been elected governor of Virginia.
Brinkwire
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-youngkin

My my, hey hey, 'Out of the Blue' is here to stay: John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr talk about the restoration of Dennis Hopper's masterpiece
Rice is mentioned.
Bright Lights Film Journal
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-bl

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Local law firm announces scholarships to five Maui students
Sid Richardson sophomore Michael Wong is featured.
Maui Now
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wong

NJ students: Robinson offered national role as Youth Advisory Board member
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Symposium.
MyCentralJersey.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-mcj

CGUHS space students learn and network at conference
An article mentions that the Moonshots SpaceVision Conference was hosted by Rice and held at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Casa Grande Dispatch
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-cgd

SPORTS

Zappe throws 5 TDs, Western Kentucky wallops Rice, 42-21
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by Western Kentucky University 42-21 Nov. 13.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TODAY: Florida’s Jones throws 7 TDs
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap
Bailey Zappe leads Western Kentucky over error-prone Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 14 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc
Texas college football rankings: H-Town takeover
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc
Rice vs. Western Kentucky: What to watch for in Week 11
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 13 print edition, and an excerpt appeared in the print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc
'WBKO at 10'
WBKO-TV (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-wbko (This segment aired twice.)
'Spectrum News'
CN2HD-TV (Louisville, Kentucky)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-cn2 (This segment aired 17 times.)

XC: Forbes wins South Central Region; Rice auto qualifies for NCAAs
An article mentions that Owl Grace Forbes won the individual women's race at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships Nov. 12. Rice's women's cross-country team qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing second overall, its first automatic bid to the national championships since 2010. The men's team placed fifth overall in the race. The first article also mentions that Owls Caitlin Woskia placed 13th, Lourdes Vivas de Lorenzi placed 20th and Taigen Hunter-Galvan placed 21st, and Hociel Landa placed 15th in the men's race.
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-xc-owls
XC: Arredondo and Choge earn at-large bids to national championships
Conference USA
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-forbes
UA women's team runs to regional title
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-forbes
Women's cross-country wins NCAA Regional, men place second
Arkansas Traveler
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ark

Sasser scores 26, No. 15 Houston beats Rice 79-46
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team was defeated by the University of Houston 79-46 Nov. 12.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Nov. 13 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap
Franklin, Gardner lead No. 25 Virginia past Radford, 73-52
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap
No. 2 UCLA shakes off No. 4 Villanova in OT, 86-77
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap
College basketball preview: Houston vs. Rice
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc
Men's basketball rolls to Friday win over Rice
UHCougars.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-uhc
Getting you ready for Virginia vs. Houston: Early measuring stick for the 'Hoos'
Augusta Free Press
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-afp
Men's hoops hosts Virginia in Fertitta Center
UHCougars.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-uhc
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-kprc

Dominant fourth quarter shoots Louisiana past Rice, 73-69
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team was defeated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 73-69 Nov. 13.
RaginCajuns.com (Highlights from this game were also included in a sports roundup in the Houston Chronicle's Nov. 14 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-rc
Ragin' Cajuns women's basketball prepares for road battle at Rice
RaginCajuns.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-rc

Basketball travels to play at Florida Sunday 
Former Rice basketball player Malik Osborne is mentioned.
Seminoles.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-seminoles

Football chasing bowl dream after keeping season alive with two wins a row
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of North Texas 30-24 Oct. 30.
North Texas Daily (This article also appeared on the front of the Sports page in the Nov. 11 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ntd

What to know: Rice Owls at UTEP Miners
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 20.
El Paso Times
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ept

Southern University knocks off Tulane
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Southern University Nov. 16. 
HBCU Gameday
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hbcu

Washington women’s basketball: 2021-22 season keys, players to watch
An article features former Rice basketball coach Tina Langley and former Owls Lauren Schwartz and Nancy Mulkey.
The Seattle Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-st
Tina Langley has known nothing but success. Can she bring her winning ways to UW women's basketball?
The Seattle Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-st
New women's basketball head coach Tina Langley looking to jump-start Huskies
University of Washington's The Daily
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-uw
UW women beat Northern Arizona for 2-0 start for Langley
Sports Illustrated's Husky Nation
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-si

No. 15 UTSA hoping to avoid letdown against Southern Miss
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio 45-0 Oct. 16.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-ap

From 0-1 to 9-1: The meeting that jump-started the Houston Cougars' season
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Houston 44-7 Sept. 11. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc

Elle Evans signs with North Dakota State University for women's basketball, looks forward to making contributions to Bison program
Rice is mentioned.
RiverBender.com
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-rb

Smith: After Astros' near-glory, a bleak winter arrives for Houston sports fans
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc

Texas will start Casey Thompson at QB against Kansas
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 58-0 Sept. 18.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-hc

NEWS RELEASES

Rice lab first to mimic molecule found in poppies
A Rice undergraduate student's grit and talent paid off in a big way when she introduced the first synthesis of a rare and potentially potent molecule drawn from poppies. Anavi Serna, a junior, spent the duration of a summer fellowship in the Rice lab of synthetic chemist László Kürti chasing a sequence that would produce setigerumine I, an alkaloid molecule found in trace amounts in the poppy family Papaveraceae.
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-news-release-kurti-serna

Weak bonds a strength in making borophene
Borophene may be done tantalizing materials scientists and start serving their ambitions, if a new approach by Rice researchers can be turned into practice. Materials theorist Boris Yakobson of Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering and his group suggest a method to synthesize borophene, the 2D version of boron, in a way that could make it easier to free up or manipulate. 
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-news-release-yakobson

Private equity-acquired hospitals focus on increasing provision of technology-intensive, profitable services, study says
As a growing number of hospitals face unprecedented financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is concern that they might become acquisition targets by private equity firms. New research from Duke University and Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy indicates privately-acquired hospitals are significantly more likely to offer services that maximize profit and cut those that don't.
http://dateline.rice/nov-15-news-release-baker-study