Dateline Rice for Nov. 23, 2021

Dateline Rice


Transitions: Rice U. provost to become president; U. of Minnesota at Duluth chancellor to retire in 2022
An article features Provost Reginald DesRoches, who will lead Rice when President David Leebron steps down next year. 
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Rice University introduces Reginald DesRoches as 8th president
KHOU Online (This segment also aired seven times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

US returns over 900 confiscated artifacts to Mali
Susan McIntosh, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

HSI, US State Department return stolen artifacts to Mali
US Embassy in Mali

The new wedge issue

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.
Politico's "The Long Game" newsletter
Most Texans support criminal justice reform, new survey reveals
University of Houston News
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/nov-23-jones (This segment aired twice.)
http://dateline.rice/nov-23-jones2 (This segment aired three times.)

Can courts be compassionate, in crime prevention and punishment? A roundup features Rice research on using flash Joule heating, which was initially developed to produce graphene from carbon sources including waste food and plastic, to recover rhodium, palladium, gold and silver from electronic waste. 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.
Christian Science Monitor
Urban mining gets quicker and cleaner
Physics World

Giving thanks during a pandemic: 'We learn to appreciate things when we lose them'
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This USA Today article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
'Morning Joe'

Analysis: Will gasoline prices drop in 2022? It depends on OPEC and US shale
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
Reuters (This article appeared in the Nov. 23 print edition of The Korea Times and a previous edition of Dateline.)

So werden Menschen, die den Mars besiedeln, laut einem Biologieexperten mutieren
An article cites Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences.
GQ Germany (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

The most progressive colleges in the US
Rice is mentioned.


Baytown native reveals architectural plans for new Sarofim Hall at Rice University
An article features Rice's plans for its Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall arts building, which will break ground in 2022. The design will be led by alumnus and former Cullinan Visiting Professor Charles Renfro. President David Leebron is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the Nov. 23 print edition and yesterday's Dateline.)

Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils designs that will complete an arts trifecta for Rice University

Houston's largest hospitals aren't posting price lists for medical services, could face federal fines
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Hot markets, high prices: Skyrocketing housing costs price out middle class
Luis Guajardo, research manager at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Galveston County Daily News

Rice University: COVID-19 vaccination required for all employees by Jan. 4
An article mentions that Rice will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 unless granted a medical or religious exemption to comply with federal regulations.
Community Impact Newspaper

Dave Hickey, 1938-2021
An article mentions that the late art critic Dave Hickey spoke at Rice in 2013.


The best places to retire in Texas
A roundup mentions Rice.

'Houston Life'
A broadcast features the jewelry of alumna Emily Armenta.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Former Gohmert staffer running for Congress
An article featuring alumnus Aditya Atholi mentions that he will be seeking to represent Texas' 1st Congressional District.
KLTV Online


Rice engineers achieve new benchmark in the design of ultrathin solar cells
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that sunlight itself contracts the space between atomic layers in 2D perovskites enough to improve the material's photovoltaic efficiency by up to 18%. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; graduate students Wenbin Li, Jin Hou, Siraj Sidhik, Hao Zhang and Austin Fehr; undergraduate Joseph Essman; exchange student Yafei Wang; and senior scientist Jean-Christophe Blancon.
AZo Optics

Study: AI technology no silver bullet for hiring the best employees
An article features Rice research that found artificial intelligence technology used by a growing number of companies looking to hire can incorporate biases and overlook important characteristics among job applicants. Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology, is quoted.

President Biden’s nuclear option against OPEC+
An article cites research co-authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Affairs at the Baker Institute. (This article also appeared in

Texas at risk of more blackouts — report
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
E&E News (Subscription is required.)

Without a global finance plan, the climate moonshot will fail
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Portfolio Adviser

Crestwood appoints two independent directors

Alumna Angela Minas is featured.

The rise of the nonalcoholic bottle shop
Rice is mentioned.
Eater (This article also appeared in MSN.)


How high are today's gasoline prices compared with recent history?
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Tampa Bay Times

Gov.-elect Youngkin talks transition, education and basketball in Chesterfield
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor-elect of Virginia.
VA Scope

Sons of Serendip's music is no coincidence!
Alumnus Mason Morton is featured.


Fiedler scores 30, Rice defeats Evansville 109-104 in 3 OT
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated the University of Evansville 109-104 Nov. 22 as part of the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida. The Owls next play Oakland University Nov. 23. Players Max Fiedler, Chris Mullins and Travis Evee are highlighted by ABC News.
ABC News (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets, and an excerpt appeared in the Nov. 23 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
Oakland, Rice meet in Gulf Coast Showcase
The Sacramento Bee (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Moore's 3-pointer propels Oakland past Vermont, 63-61
Feast Week-plus viewer's guide: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
SB Nation
WWJ-AM (Detroit)
http://dateline.rice/nov-23-wwj (This segment aired twice.)

Rice Owls vs. Pacific (CA) Tigers Nov. 24 preview, game time, matchup statistics

An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play the University of the Pacific Nov. 24. 
Cruz sharpshooting show not enough to lift Tigers

Colorado Buffaloes vs. Texas Southern Lady Tigers Nov. 23 preview, game time, matchup statistics

An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated Texas Southern University 59-47 Nov. 17.

UH puts on a show in Las Vegas with Maui Invitational-opening win over Butler
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 on the front of the Sports section in the Nov. 23 print edition.)

TAPPS playoff schedule: State semifinals
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Men's basketball triumphs over Idaho State in home opener
An article mentions that Rice's basketball team defeated Pepperdine University 82-63 Nov. 9.
Pepperdine University's Graphic

How his 1981 O-line coach interview made Kirk Ferentz fall in love with Iowa: 'I never wanted anything more'
An article mentions the late Clovis Hale, a former Rice assistant football coach.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

No. 15 UTSA aiming for first C-USA West title against UAB
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 30-24 Oct. 23. 
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

UTEP with short week to prep for final regular season game at UAB
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso 38-28 Nov. 20. (This segment also aired on KTSM-TV in El Paso.)

Quarterback situation back to square one as Sarkisian feels Longhorns 'have to open that job up'
An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 58-0 Sept. 18.

Aggie women's swim closes invitational in second, divers travel to Austin
An article mentions that Rice's swim team will compete against Texas A&M University Dec. 4.
The Battalion

Futures finalist Hannah Lockyer commits to SMU for 2022
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Swim Swam

SLU hosts Ragin' Cajuns on Thanksgiving Eve
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team was defeated by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette 73-69 Nov. 13.

2022 March Madness: Complete schedule, dates, TV times

An article mentions that Rice will co-host the NCAA Division I Final Four men's basketball tournament April 1-3, 2023.


'Bound Away' conference bringing new research on slave voyages
Scholars from across the world will convene at the Moody Center for the Arts Dec. 3-4 for a Rice conference sharing new findings about the intra-American slave trade. "Bound Away: Voyages of Enslavement in the Americas" will also recognize Rice's new role as host of the SlaveVoyages database, the largest online repository of records on the slave trade.