Dateline Rice for Oct. 1, 2021

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Serendipity and foresight prepared the world to fight the coronavirus
An article features alumnus Barney Graham, deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health's Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose lab helped lay the scientific foundation for the COVID-19 vaccines. 
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Qatar's first legislative polls: What to expect from Shura vote
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Al-Jazeera (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Exxon rejected net zero pitch after proxy loss, Citi banker says
An article cites Stephen Trauber, vice chairman and global co-head of natural resources and clean energy transition of Citigroup Inc., who spoke Sept. 30 at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's annual energy summit.
Bloomberg (This article appeared in 10 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Oct. 1 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)

Navarro County Republicans host 'Don't Mess With Texas' dinner

An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Corsicana Daily Sun and yesterday's Dateline.)


Rice researchers hope to turn trash into earth elements — in less than a second
Researchers at Rice will develop more ways to extract rare earth elements like cobalt and lithium, which are used to produce key components of transmission lines and electric vehicle batteries, with a four-year, $5.2 million grant by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Editorial: What Texas is this? GOP maps ignore huge growth in minority populations

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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared on the front of the Opinion page in the Oct. 1 print edition.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Rice Cinema reopens with a taste of Danish
An article featuring Rice Cinema quotes Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of the cinema.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 1 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Rice Cinema, 'Rock of Ages' among the five pop culture picks this week
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 1 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Jewish communities in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America subject of Rice Jewish Studies Lecture Series
An article mentions that Daniella Farah, the Samuel W. and Goldye Marian Spain Postdoctoral Fellow, will give the talk "Creating Jewish Identity in 20th-Century Iran" as part of the 13th annual Rice University Jewish Studies Lecture Series Oct. 13.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Houston Hillel campus activity returns to normal programming
An article mentions that Rice's fall semester started remotely due to anomalous COVID-19 test results. 
Jewish Herald-Voice
A royal mess: Crown School turns its back on social work students
The Chicago Maroon

Even the Rachofskys have impulse buys — and they're currently on view in Dallas
An article featuring the late artist and architect Lauretta Vinciarelli mentions that she taught at Rice in the 1980s.

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County to add to business hall of fame
An article mentions that alumnus R. Keith Frank will be inducted into Brazoria County's Business Hall of Fame Oct. 7.
The Facts

Oct. 2, 2021
An article mentions that Chamber Music Houston will perform at Rice's Stude Concert Hall Oct. 21.
Texas Classical Review

With eyes set on the national championship, University of St. Thomas esports team aims to prove they're more than 'gamers'
An article mentions Rice's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies' esports management certificate.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

To degree or not to degree
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


Marchers plan to demonstrate for women's rights Saturday (Oct. 1, 2021)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a roundtable discussion on the week's news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Rolling coal on cyclists: 'The Good, Bad And Ugly' of the week
Houston Public Media

The Texas GOP has more redistricting power than ever thanks to a 2013 Supreme Court case
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and more than 20 stations affiliated with Texas Public Radio, and this article also appeared in the Texas Standard.)

Tragic cancer death of Houston's Miah Im
An article mentions that Miah Im, professor of opera and director of opera studies at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, died Sept. 30 at 47.
Slipped Disc (This article also appeared in Social Telecast and Dekh News.)

Textile clinic: Stretchable fabrics tailored with carbon nanotube electrodes monitor the heart
An article features Rice research into sewing nanotube fibers into athletic wear to monitor the heart rate and take a continual electrocardiogram of the wearer. Co-authors quoted include Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of the Carbon Hub, and graduate student Lauren Taylor.
Physics World

Photon-photon collisions could shed light on physics beyond the Standard Model
An article features Rice research into photon-photon collisions that produce matter from pure energy. Co-authors Wei Li, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, and postdoctoral researcher Shuai Yang are quoted.
Physics World

Army backs 'sleeping cap' to help brains take out the trash
An article features collaborative Rice research to develop a "sleeping cap" to analyze the cleansing flow of fluid that drains the brain of common metabolic waste during sleep. Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Paul Cherukuri, executive director of Rice's Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, are quoted.
Laboratory Equipment

SPE honors 2021 international award recipients during annual meeting
A roundup mentions that Faruk Alpak, adjunct associate professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, has won the Lester C. Uren Award, which honors achievement in petroleum engineering technology by a Society of Petroleum Engineers member.
Journal of Petroleum Technology

ATPESC: Attendees worldwide learn supercomputing skills at annual Argonne training program
John Mellor-Crummey, professor of computer science, is quoted.
HPCWire (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Modern simulations could improve MRIs to more efficiently find disease
An article features Rice research that found that gadolinium-based contrast agents, the gold standard in magnetic resonance imaging to determine the health of a patient, can be improved. Co-authors Dilip Asthagiri, lecturer in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Philip Singer, assistant research professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
Leak Herald (This article also appeared in Shouzy and SciTechDaily.)

When should children begin handling homework independently?
A blog post cites collaborative Rice research into practice.
SuperProf Blog


Director of Baker Institute announces retirement

An article features Edward Djerejian, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who will retire June 30, 2022. The article includes statements by James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute and former U.S. secretary of state, and President David Leebron.

The plot against democracy: How Texas Republicans plan to steal power from minority voters
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted.
Reader Supported News (This article originally appeared in The Guardian.)

AI & society symposium: Artificial intelligence requires regulation. Now.
An article mentions that Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, will deliver the keynote talk "Ethics Washing in AI" at the virtual AI & Society symposium Sept. 21.
The University of Utah's @TheU

Former deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes visits Northeastern
An article features alumnus Ben Rhodes '00, former speech writer for President Barack Obama, who spoke at Northeastern University Sept. 20.
Northeastern University's The Huntington News

Alumna establishes fund to support student retreats and get-togethers

An article featuring Theresa Lim Mao mentions that her daughter attended Rice.
Fordham University News

Starting a Hindu club on campus
Alumna Anu Singh authored a column.
Hinduism Today


Southern Miss hopes to build on Keyes' growth from Alabama loss

An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Southern Mississippi Oct. 2.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.)
Conference USA football opener at Rice set Saturday

Will Hall Media Conference — Rice game week
Week 5 preview: Nine games on tap
Conference USA 
Georgia's Daniels looks for success against Hogs where other QBs have failed
THV 11 Online
Four games for North Texas fans to watch on Saturday
TFT podcast — Small college breakdown, TXHSFB games to stream, is TCU's defense broken and more
Dave Campbell's Texas Football
Craven's Wagers: Week 5 provides mixed bag of matchups in Texas
Dave Campbell's Texas Football
'WLBT News'
WLBT-TV (Jackson, Mississippi)
http://dateline.rice/oct-1-wlbt (This segment aired four times.)

UH, Rice student athletes named Campbell Trophy semifinalists

An article features Rice football player Trey Schuman, who has been nominated for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes strong athletic performance, good grades and leadership abilities.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Patch.)

Keeping up with C-USA: Roadrunners earn national attention, Rice breaks through for first victory
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated Texas Southern University 48-34 Sept. 25.
College Heights Herald

Houston vs. Tulsa: 5 things to watch in Week 5
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 also appeared in the Oct. 1 print edition.)
Houston vs. Tulsa prediction, game preview
College Football News

Valladay, Swen form potent one-two punch for UW
Former Rice assistant football coach Craig Bohl is quoted.
Wyoming News

Different feel for Texas going into Big 12 road game at TCU
An article mentions the Sept. 18 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Texas prediction: Can Longhorns keep momentum alive in Fort Worth?
The Dallas Morning News
Eyes on Texas: Film study sounds boring, but it’s laying winning foundation for Longhorns
Hook 'Em
Texas OL improving after Arkansas debacle
SB Nation
Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 4
Sports Illustrated's Killer Frogs
Tony Gonzales, Haunted Oaks: The top 10 headlines in San Antonio this week 
San Antonio Current

Houston tennis to host fall tournament
An article mentions that Rice will compete in the Cougar Classic tennis tournament Oct. 1-2.
Tennis heads to Cougar Classic

Commentators set for Georgia versus Arkansas

An article mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by the University of Arkansas 38-17 Sept. 4.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in UGA Wire.)
Predicting the outcome of each SEC football game in Week 5
Roll Tide Wire
Betting Stuff: A sneaky angle on Ole Miss-Alabama
Saturday Down South

Gans Creek Classic on deck for cross-country
An article mentions that Rice's women's cross-country team placed second at the Texas A&M Invitational Sept. 25.

No. 9 VB to host Texas Tech
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team was defeated by Baylor University 3-0 Sept. 16.

Volleyball hits the road for matches against LA Tech
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team defeated the University of North Texas 3-0 twice this season, Sept. 25 and 26.

Angels turn to Cobb as they seek series win against Texas

Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is featured.
MSN (This article originally appeared in SB Nation.)


Corps of Engineers funds bid to 'flash' waste into useful materials
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will work with Rice chemist James Tour and his collaborators through a $5.2 million, four-year grant to reclaim valuable materials from waste through flash Joule heating. Among the initiatives is a strategy to recover cobalt, lithium and other elements through the process developed by Tour's group several years ago to turn waste into graphene.

Director of Baker Institute announces retirement
Ambassador Edward Djerejian, director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, this week announced his retirement effective at the conclusion of his 28th year, on June 30, 2022.