Dateline Rice for Aug. 31, 2022

Dateline Rice


Rice University scores No. 6 rank among best colleges in the US and No. 1 in Texas
Several articles mention that Rice is ranked No. 6 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas according to Niche. Additional Niche rankings place Rice at No. 7 for "best value," No. 9 for "best professors" and No. 10 for "best campus." President Reginald DesRoches is quoted in two articles. Forbes mentions that it ranks Rice No. 12 in the nation.
MSN (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online.)
Rice University ranks in top 10 of Niche's 2023 Best Colleges in America list
Houston Business Journal
UT Austin hooks No. 8 ranking among best public colleges in US — and No. 1 in Texas
CultureMap Austin
Rice University scores No. 6 rank among best colleges in the U.S. and No. 1 in Texas
InnovationMap (This article was featured in the "Daily Digest" newsletter and appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
Harvard sai do ranking das 10 melhores universidades dos EUA
Forbes Brasil (An English translation is not available.)
Harvard en declive: Por qué ya no es la mejor universidad y qué instituciones públicas la superan
Forbes Argentina
'Texas Business Report'
KVII-TV (Amarillo)
http://dateline.rice/aug-31-kvii (This segment aired five times on affiliate stations across Texas.)

James Baker: Gorbachev will be remembered as 'giant' who steered his nation toward democracy
James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, is quoted.
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)
'The Newsedge'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
KHOU 11 archive: Mikhail Gorbachev was honored at Rice University in 1997
KHOU Online

These synthetic mouse embryos grow brains and beating hearts
Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Racial segregation makes consequences of lead exposure worse
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on National Institutes of Health-funded research that linked detailed birth records with lead screening and standardized testing data for almost 26,000 children.
National Institutes of Health

People's 100 Companies that Care 2022: Meet the employers putting their communities first
An article mentions that PROS, a Houston-based artificial intelligence company, has partnered with Rice organizational psychology experts.
People (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)


Editorial: Texas just paused Union Pacific permit at contaminated Houston rail yard. Lawsuit threat pays off.
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared on the front of the Opinion page in the Aug. 31 print edition.)

Where faith and science find common ground
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, professor of sociology and director of the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice, is quoted.
The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

Calling all Marfans: Mystery lights inspire annual celebration
Alumna Ariel Slick authored an article.
Texas Observer

Urbanists vie to replace council member Kathie Tovo
An article features alumnus Zohaib Qadri, who is running for city council in Austin.
The Austin Bulldog

Powell begins 23rd year at helm of Panola College
Rice is mentioned.
The Panola Watchman


Harris County says it will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with Houston to measure the viral load of COVID-19 in the city's wastewater. 
Houston Public Media 

KGO-AM (San Francisco)
Rice is mentioned.


Making clothing into computers, without electricity
An article features collaborative Rice research fabricating textile-based computers from stacked textile sheets that incorporate pneumatic push-buttons, valves and resistors to form interconnected logic modules. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Anoop Rajappan, a Rice Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in mechanical engineering, are quoted. Study Finds features research by Preston and Rajappan developing a mechanical limb powered only by compressed air. Intelligent Living features research by Preston and graduate student Faye Yap that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers.
Printed Electronics World (This article also appeared in
Third 'arm' powered by air could give the physically impaired a helping hand
Study Finds
Necrobotics — spider carcass turned into creepy robotic grippers
Intelligent Living

A bit of brushing clears dendrites away
An article features Rice research into developing a lithiated coating that effectively prevents the formation of dendrites on lithium batteries. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering; C. Fred Higgs III, the vice provost for academic affairs, director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and the John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering; graduate students Weiyin Chen, Jacob Beckham, Nghi La, and Jianan Xu; academic visitors Rodrigo Salvatierra and Victor Li; and alumni John Li and Duy Luong.
Materials Today
Aufbürsten dünner filme auf elektroden schont batterien (An English translation is not available.)

Checking in with Nadya Mason, the new director of Beckman Institute
A Q&A featuring Nadya Mason mentions that she worked in a chemistry lab at Rice as a high school student.
Smile Politely

'Engineering safety': How we can improve CRISPR for wider use in medicine and agriculture
An article mentions that Rice and Baylor College of Medicine have researched self-deleting adeno-associated viral CRISPR gene-editing systems.
Genetic Literacy Project

The Boise Phil welcomes Tim Young as executive director
Alumnus Tim Young is featured.

Nativ Hotel sells for $6.3 million after foreclosure
Alumnus Thierry Rignol is featured.
Denver Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Future of energy tech industry to be showcased at 19th annual Energy Tech Venture Forum
An article features the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator, which will be held at McNair Hall Sept. 15.
Oilman Magazine

Gabriela Lena Frank: An exclusive interview with the American composer
A Q&A features alumna Gabriela Lena Frank.
BBC's Classical Music

Chimps and Bulldogs
A book review mentions that Julian Huxley established Rice's biology department in 1915.
London Review of Books
Delegation for Aug. 30, 2022: Race watch — moon shot — savings — addiction — pay up
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Florida Politics


News: Hill buzz
An article cites a 2020 Rice study into city police forces.
The Hill is Home

Court denies Emory’s motion to dismiss financial aid collusion lawsuit
An article mentions that a federal lawsuit names Rice among 16 universities and colleges accused of working together to reduce the financial aid they give to students.
Emory University's The Emory Wheel


Rice notebook: Best way to prepare for Southern Cal? Watch film of Oklahoma
Several articles feature Rice football ahead of its season-opening game against the University of Southern California Sept. 3. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted or interviewed in several media outlets.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 31 print edition. Similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
USC vs. Rice football: Owls coach Mike Bloomgren explains why Wiley Green is starting QB over TJ McMahon
USA football: What they're saying — Week 1
Conference USA 
Players to watch for Rice: Quarterback Wiley Green
USA Today's Trojans Wire
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
College football picks: Pac-12 contenders head down South
The Associated Press
The Sports Report: Skaters take on, and win over, City Hall
Los Angeles Times
Lincoln Riley, Caleb Williams make debuts for No. 14 USC vs. Rice
National Post
Projecting USC's depth chart for the opener of the Lincoln Riley era
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

XC: MT, Charlotte atop C-USA 2022 preseason poll
An article about the Conference USA cross-country preseason polls mentions that Rice's women's team was picked to place third and the men fourth.
Conference USA (A similar article also appeared in

UH football: Breaking down the 2022 football schedule
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Houston running back Alton McCaskill describes injury that ended his season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

UTEP men's basketball schedule could feature three games against NMSU
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at El Paso Dec. 31 and Jan. 14.
El Paso Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in KVIA Online.)

Women's basketball releases 22-23 schedule beginning title defense
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jan. 26 and Feb. 25.

Arkansas vs. Cincinnati football: Sam Pittman ready for 'surreal' opener, circles Bearcats players to watch
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Arkansas.

Game 1 preview: Old Dominion vs. Virginia Tech
Rice is mentioned.
PI EXCLUSIVE: An interview with 2023 7-foot Wolfpack prospect Braden Pierce

SMU's first depth chart of 2022 season features clarity, questions and a few notable names
Former Rice football player Jake Bailey is mentioned.
The Dallas Morning News

Why Lucious Stanley is an important get for Miami
An article mentions the 2019 football game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
SB Nation

Cougars prepare for opening night
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 4.

Rams 53-man roster tracker: LA releases full list of cuts
An article mentions former Rice football players Elijah Garcia and Austin Trammell.
Sports Illustrated's Ram Digest

Women's tennis announces 2022-23 schedule
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play the University of North Texas March 19.

Volleyball season preview
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team is slated to play Brown University Sept. 9.

OU football: Sooners look to keep winning streak alive against Texas
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
The Norman Transcript

Breiden Fehoko gets emotional after making Chargers' 53-man roster
An article mentions former Rice football player Christian Covington.
The Orange County Register (Subscription is required.)

Raiders unveil 2022-23 nonconference schedule
An article mentions Rice's women's basketball team defeated Marshall University in the first round of last season's Conference USA tournament.

Ready to roar
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Memphis Flyer

Alamodome tailgating do's and don'ts for UTSA football season
An article features pictures from the 2017 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)