Dateline Rice for Nov. 16, 2021

Dateline Rice


Houston schools continue their reigns as top entrepreneurship programs in the country
An article mentions that the Jones Graduate School of Business' program in entrepreneurship is ranked No. 1 in the nation according to The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted. Entrepreneur features Rice's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Top 50 best graduate programs for entrepreneurs in 2022


Haitian engineer Reginald DesRoches announced as president of Rice University
An article features Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will be Rice's eighth president next July. 
The Haitian Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Bon News Haiti, and DesRoches was highlighted in the Association of American Universities' "President's Report" newsletter Nov. 16.)
'Black Information Network'
WWRL-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-desroches (This segment aired five times.)

Be honest? Conceal it? Companies confront how to raise prices.
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed.
Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal (This segment aired on more than 700 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

O'Rourke's Texas bid hits on culture war that hasn't dimmed boom
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.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
Beto O'Rourke running for Texas governor
China Daily
Texas state rep leaves Dems for GOP, slams 'disastrous' left-wing policies
New York Post

Texas textbooks at center of sex ed debate

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The 74.)
Texas Standard for Nov. 16, 2021
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 30 affiliate stations across Texas.)
South Texas Democrat Ryan Guillen jumps to the GOP. He'll run in a House district drawn to favor a Republican.
Texas Standard
State Rep. Ryan Guillen switches to Republican party
El representante estatal Ryan Guillén cambia al Partido Republicano en el último golpe a los demócratas del sur de Texas (An English translation is not available.)
'Fox 4 News'
KDFW-TV (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-jones (This segment aired twice.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-jones2 (This segment aired five times.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
'Fox 26'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-jones (This segment aired three times.)
WBBM-AM (Chicago)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-jones (This segment aired twice.)

At the end of the world, it's hyperobjects all the way down
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured.

Team creates 'elusive' poppy molecule in the lab
An article features Rice research that determined the first synthesis of a rare and potentially potent molecule drawn from poppies. Co-authors László Kürti, professor of chemistry, Juha Siitonen, lecturer and postdoctoral research associate, and Wiess College junior Anavi Serna are quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


'They are energy hogs': Bitcoin mining surge stirs power grid concerns in Texas
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online, and this segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
Rise of bitcoin (BTC) mining in Texas raises power grid concerns

Tooth hurts! Bizarre lingcod fish with 555 teeth loses up to 20 choppers a day only to grow them back sharp as new, study finds
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in UK News Today.)

Beto O'Rourke is running for governor in Texas
An article cites a voter survey conducted by the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Intelligencer.)
'ABC 7'
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-khou (This segment aired three times.)
'Texas Today'
KCEN-TV (Waco, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-kcen (This segment aired five times.)


Houston research: Understanding social hierarchy is key to professional success
An article features collaborative research by Siyu Yu, assistant professor of management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, into "social climbers."
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

UNT system selects new chancellor

A roundup featuring alumnus Garrett Boone mentions that he has been appointed to the board of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
D Magazine

East Texas veteran battling muscular dystrophy uses golf as therapy, chance for quality time with children
Alumnus Timothy Masters is featured.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

In praise of ... Enron?
Alumnus Dung Tran is mentioned.
Texas Monthly (This article will also appear in the December print edition.)

Palace Social reimagines amusement with virtual gaming and Southern cuisine
Alumnus Billy Forney III is featured.

State Rep. Guillen confirms rapidly growing trend in South Texas, leaves Democrats to join Texas GOP
An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Texas Insider
'KXAN News'
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
'Texas Public Radio'
KSTX-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/nov-16-kstx (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)


Certifying the municipal election, and council member Letitia Plummer (Nov. 16, 2021)
A "Houston Matters" broadcast mentions Rice Management Co.'s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion tech hub, and interviews Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts, who curated the exhibit "Buffalo Bayou: River of Life" at Houston's Flatland Gallery Nov. 13-28.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Migrant caravan leads to 'increase of violence' in Mexico, says ex-border official
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.
KATV Online (This Sinclair Broadcast Group article also appeared in 20 other media outlets, and this segment aired on 29 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
Mexican gov't impedes foreign investment in energy sector fearing exploitation — experts

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush formally files to join attorney general race
An article features alumnus George P. Bush, the Texas land commissioner.
KXAN Online

WABC-AM (New York)
Rice is mentioned.


Private equity-acquired hospitals focus on increasing provision of technology-intensive, profitable services
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that privately-acquired hospitals are significantly more likely to offer services that maximize profit and cut those that don't. Co-author Anaeze Offodile II, a nonresident scholar in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Medical Xpress

Weak bonds a strength in making borophene
An article features Rice research that suggests a method to synthesize borophene, the 2D version of boron, in a way that could make it easier to free up or manipulate. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, graduate student Qiyuan Ruan, alumnus Luqing Wang and research scientist Ksenia Bets are quoted or mentioned.
Science Daily

Join the Distinguished Lecture on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment on Nov. 18
Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will give a virtual talk Nov. 18.
National Science Foundation

Self-healing steel could kick corrosion to the curb

An article features collaborative Rice research into an anti-corrosive coating for steel.

Call for participation for the 2022 Energy HPC Conference
An article mentions that the 15th annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference will meet virtually on March 1-3, 2022 and is hosted by Rice's Ken Kennedy Institute.


Daily business report: Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021

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.
San Diego Metro


VB: 2021 All-Academic Team announced
An article mentions that Rice volleyball player Nicole Lennon has been named to Conference USA's All-Academic Team.
Conference USA

Southern squares up against Rice
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Southern University Nov. 16. 
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

UTEP in dire need of victory in home finale vs. Rice
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 20. (This segment also aired on KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas.)

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. This article appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Nov. 16 print edition and yesterday's Dateline.)

As UH-Virginia matchup shows, Kelvin Sampson doesn't want diet of nonconference cupcakes
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team was defeated by the University of Houston 79-46 Nov. 12.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Nov. 16 print edition. )
Virginia vs. Houston — NCAA men's basketball: How to watch, start time (A similar article also appeared in

DU holds off Regis in exciting home opener to kick of Head Coach Jeff Wulburn's tenure
Former Rice basketball player Payton Moore is mentioned.
DU Clarion

Alabama game Saturday: Crimson Tide vs. Arkansas odds and prediction for week 12 game
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Arkansas 38-17 Sept. 4.
FanSided (This article also appeared in Best of Arkansas Sports.)

Zappe voted C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after stellar performance at Rice
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by Western Kentucky University 42-21 Nov. 13. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
The ABCs of college football: Upsets and records headline Week 11
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Texas Longhorns RB Bijan Robinson out for the season
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 58-0 Sept. 18.
KXAN Online

What we learned: The fight UNT has shown late in season paying off as bowl hopes live on
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of North Texas 30-24 Oct. 30.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Women's basketball looks to keep rolling against Lamar
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated the University of Mississippi in last year's Women's National Invitation Tournament final 71-58.

UTRGV has Division I football. Now they need a head coach
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is featured.
SB Nation


Rice Business ranked No. 1 for entrepreneurship by Princeton Review
Rice Business is ranked the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program in the United States for 2022 by the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. This is Rice Business' third No. 1 ranking in a row, its sixth year in the top three and the 13th year in which it has ranked in the top 10 on this prestigious list.

Big data privacy for machine learning just got 100 times cheaper
Rice computer scientists Anshumali Shrivastava, associate professor of computer science, and graduate student Ben Coleman have discovered an inexpensive way for tech companies to implement a rigorous form of personal data privacy when using or sharing large databases for machine learning with a technique called locality sensitive hashing.

Houston must take steps now to preserve affordable housing for future, report says
Houston's supply of affordable housing is on the decline, and a new report from Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research says the city must take advantage of community, state and federal support to reverse the trend.

Prions may channel RNA's messages
Prions, proteins that can misfold and aggregate, have been implicated in many neurodegenerative diseases. Yet some prions are involved in storing long-term memories. New models by Rice scientists describe how they can regulate the translation of RNA messages into new proteins by forming organized protein synthesis factories.