Dateline Rice for Aug. 8, 2022 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice


Colonial Williamsburg tells the story of early American settlers. But in 1956 it paved over Black history to make a parking lot
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and founding director of Rice's Center for African and African American Studies, is quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Sanding trick gets water to slide right off surfaces
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that sanding a surface with a powder can make it superhydrophobic. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Fred Higgs, the vice provost for academic affairs, director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and the John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering; James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Weiyin Chen. A Houston Chronicle article about research funded by the Welch Foundation features and pictures Tour and quotes Yousif Shamoo, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of BioSciences.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the "Futurity Today" newsletter.)
How Houston's nonprofit funds early research that leads to breakthroughs like the COVID vaccine
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Aug. 7 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in MSN Health.)
Superficies repelentes del agua gracias al polvo de lijado
MSN Mexico (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Publimetro, and it appeared in NotiMerica.)

These dead spiders have been transformed into tiny robots
An article features collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Faye Yap are quoted.
Fast Company
Dead spider experiments: 'Necrobotics' researchers at Rice University unnerving the internet
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)

A futurist's last act was to transform chemistry — after death
An article mentions late alumnus and former Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, the former Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The Daily Beast, and it appeared in MSN.)

Robert Brockman, software developer who fought IRS, dies
An article featuring the late Robert Brockman, a former Rice trustee, mentions he died Aug. 5 at 81. He was the lead donor for Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


Essay: Are you at risk of toxic floodwaters? Houston's industrial past is closer than you think.
James Elliott, professor and chair of sociology, co-authored an essay.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This essay also appeared on the front of the Outlook section in the Aug. 7 print edition.)

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter No. 361
A roundup features several Rice news stories from the past week, including the announcement that Paul Cherukuri, executive director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, has been named Rice's first vice president for innovation. 
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

Bellaire's first brewpub serves German-style beers and queso with a Korean flair
An article features alumni Jaime Robles and Dennis Rhee.
Eater Houston

Houston-area colleges slow to release monkeypox response plans ahead of semester start
An article mentions that Rice administrators are closely monitoring the monkeypox infection rate in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Aug. 6 print edition.)

Houston will soon test wastewater to monitor monkeypox levels in community
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with Houston to measure the viral load of COVID-19 in the city's wastewater. 
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in ABC 13 Online.)
Houston will monitor for monkeypox in the wastewater
Off the Kuff

Why everyone should visit Miller Outdoor Theatre
An article mentions that the late William Ward Watkin, the founding director of Rice's architecture department, designed the amphitheater at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

BLOG: The Houston Astros and Bun B collaborate for 713 Day
Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.
University of Houston-Clear Lake's Signal

How some students are weighing Texas abortion laws in college decisions
Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required. This Dallas Morning News article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


What it would take to bring Brittney Griner home and Indian composer and violinist L. Subramaniam (Aug. 5, 2022)
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
International politics professor discusses Griner's imprisonment in Russia, chances of return to US
Houston Public Media
'12 p.m. newscast Aug. 5, 2022'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 12 other media outlets.)

KNX-AM (Los Angeles)
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 interviewed about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to bus migrants to New York and Washington, D.C.
http://dateline.rice/aug-8-jones (This segment aired five times.)

'Bay News 9'
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about a proposal to establish a wind farm off the coast of Galveston, Texas.
BN9-TV (Tampa Bay, Florida)
http://dateline.rice/aug-8-medlock (This segment aired 10 times.)

KNX-AM (Los Angeles)
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is cited about recent news that Earth is spinning faster.
http://dateline.rice/aug-8-hartigan (This segment aired seven times.)

'Second Opinion with Joan Lunden'
Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Rice, is interviewed about organizational stressors.
WPBS-TV (Watertown, New York)

'Dublin South FM'
A broadcast mentions Tom Kolditz, former director of Rice's Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
DSFM (Ireland)

'Destination Texas'
A broadcast features James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center for the Arts, is interviewed. The Skyspace is featured in a roundup by MSN Travel.
KCIT-TV (Amarillo, Texas)
63 amazing and free things to do in Houston
MSN Travel (This article originally appeared in 365 Traveler.)

KIRO-AM (Seattle)
A broadcast mentions that Rice's admissions application includes an option to submit a photo with no caption.
Alien abduction / Open lines
A broadcast featuring Whitley Strieber mentions that some of his writings are archived at Rice.
'Coast to Coast AM' (This segment also aired twice on more than 700 affiliate stations across the U.S. and Canada.)

'The Wash Allen Show'
Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

'John Tesh Radio Show'
A broadcast mentions Rice research that found clean environments lead to more ethical behavior.
KPLA-FM (Columbia, Missouri)
http://dateline.rice/aug-8-tesh (This segment aired on more than 300 affiliate stations across the U.S. and Canada.)

'Texas & Me'
Rice is mentioned.
KYAZ-TV (Houston)
KQAM-AM (Wichita, Kansas)


Timothy Morton
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured in a Q&A.
Philosophy Now (This article also appeared in the August/September print and digital editions.)

Ancient Mars volcanism created rare mineral
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
How Mars rovers have evolved in 25 years of exploring the Red Planet
Science News

Expert Insights: Christine Mastandrea discusses Texas commercial real estate
Christine Mastandrea, adjunct professor in management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Commercial Cafe

Horseman, pedigree analyst Hayden dies at 67
Rice is mentioned.

Researchers 3D-print first high-performance nano-structured alloy
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
3D Printing Media Network

How you can benefit from a hybrid source model
Alumnus William Bain is featured.
App Developer Magazine


Texas' grid holds up amid a brutal heat wave and record demand. But at what price?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Finger Lakes Times (This article originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News, and it appeared in PageSuite and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Peña: Another problem with microplastics
An op-ed mentions research by experts at Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering that found discarded polystyrene broken down into microplastics may contribute to antibiotic resistance.
SunStar (This op-ed appeared in the Aug. 7 print edition of the Cebu issue and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Top musicians at Dias Museum
An article features alumnus Eugene Joubert, a graduate of Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Mossel Bay Advertiser


Kansas heads into 2022 college football season with nation's longest bowl drought
An article previews Rice football's upcoming season and mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren. The article also mentions that the Owls won the Hawaii Bowl in 2014 under former head coach David Bailiff.

2022 PFF college preseason All-C-USA Team
An article mentions that Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu has been named to Pro Football Focus' preseason All-Conference USA team. 
Pro Football Focus

'As tough as it gets': Twins DFA Duffey amid tough season
An article features former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey.
MLB (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Compelling matchups start early for Fort Bend ISD football
A caption mentions that last year's Region III-5A Division I championship high school football game was held at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

LA Rams cut TE Kyle Markway, add WR Austin Trammel
An article features former Rice football player Austin Trammel.

Armando Salguero: Decades prove NFL's preseason matters even if games don't count
Former Rice football player Larry Izzo is mentioned.

2023 class post-July recap: 10 players deserving of an additional star
Rice is mentioned.
Johnny Manziel: Professional football's ultimate cautionary tale

Texas A&M releases women's basketball nonconference schedule
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Texas A&M Nov. 27.

WKU athletics announces volleyball and soccer broadcast schedules
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team is slated to play Western Kentucky University Nov. 10.

Keilan Robinson: The underutilized lethal weapon
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Gridiron Heroes (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)

Get to know the Flames' 2022 foes: UAB
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
The News & Advance


Reversing decline in college enrollment hinges on labor market, says Baker Institute expert
Undergraduate college enrollment has declined since 2020, especially among institutions that serve low- to moderate-income students. A rebound depends mainly on the strength of the labor market, which hinges on the economy's response to Federal Reserve interest rate hikes designed to combat inflation, argues Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, in a recent blog post.