Dateline Rice for Dec. 15, 2022

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Petrobras defends decarbonization strategy as political pressure rises
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.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)

Watch NASA's video celebrating 2022's amazing achievements
An article features the remarks made by NASA Administrator Bill Nelson during his keynote talk at Rice on the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at the university Sept. 12, 1962.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Digital Trends, and it appeared in AeroContact and Droid Gazette.) 
NASA 2022: A year of success
NASA on YouTube
The moon, abandoned
Open For Business
Innovazione: Al SIOS22 il futuro economico della space economy
Agenzia Internazionale Stampa Estero (An English translation is not available.)


Rice's Houston Jewish History Archive to become Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives
An article mentions that Rice's Houston Jewish History Archive, a joint project of the university's Program in Jewish Studies and the Woodson Research Center, will be renamed the Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives. The new initiative aims to cover the entire South Texas region and increase its focus on interactive digital exhibits and record digitization. Community members quoted include Joshua Furman, founder and curator of the archive and associate director and lecturer in Jewish studies; Matthias Henze, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner professor of Hebrew Bible and early Judaism and founding director of the Program in Jewish Studies; and Kathleen Canning, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History and dean of the School of Humanities.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Voters in five Texas cities approved decriminalizing marijuana. Now city officials are standing in the way.
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Houston health startups make most promising list, clean energy co. wins award, and more news
A roundup features the news that Rice and the Houston Methodist Academic Institute have created a seed grant program and awarded grants for research in robotics, imaging, cardiovascular bioengineering and more. Provost Amy Dittmar is quoted. A story about promising digital health startups mentions the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.

Our 12 favorite movie theaters in Houston. Spoiler: Alamo Drafthouse No. 1
A roundup features Rice Cinema. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice University among the nation's 30 most selective colleges for 2022
An article mentions the acceptance rates of Rice and other local universities.
Houston Business Journal

Three Harmony public school students matched with QuestBridge
An article mentions that Faustina Ironkwe plans to attend Rice on the QuestBridge National Match scholarship. 
The Katy News

Houston Roughnecks hire former RodeoHouston exec to lead business operations
An article mentions that sports attorney Brian Michael Cooper former worked with Rice.
Houston Business Journal

Trill Burgers has found a permanent home in Montrose
An article features Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Eater Houston


NASA's Webb unveils young stars in early stages of formation
An article quotes Megan Reiter, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and mentions she is leading the study of the Carina Nebula's Cosmic Cliffs with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.

Houston becoming a region of renters
Steve Sherman, research fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Lithium-ion anodes renew graphene from waste
An article features Rice research into using flash Joule heating to produce graphene from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries by 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.
Plant Engineering

L'invention d'un catalyseur révolutionnaire qui n'a besoin que de la lumière pour convertir l'ammoniac en hydrogène
An article features collaborative Rice research by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice's Smalley-Curl Institute. (An English translation is not available.)

Rice University endowment ekes out positive return for fiscal year
An article features a report by the Rice Management Co. on the university's endowment.
Pensions & Investments

Low-cost photocatalysts for producing hydrogen with a simple LED
An article features collaborative Rice research.


Ukrainian Christmas traditions live on
An article cites research authored by a Rice graduate student in 2004 about the Ukrainian origins of the song "Carol of the Bells."
New Castle News

Can an outsider get into DC's pickup basketball scene?
An article cites Rice research into the per capita rate of basketball courts in cities across the U.S.

Here are the Youngkins' favorite spots to visit in Northern Virginia
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia.
Northern Virginia


VB: Four C-USA players named to AVCA All-American teams
An article featuring Rice volleyball players Anota Adekunle and Carly Graham mentions that they have been named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans.
Conference USA 

Astros' Jim Crane, Jose Altuve earn Houston Sports Awards honors
An article mentions that Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe was a nominee for Coach of the Year by the Houston Sports Awards.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Bowl season: What you need to know about all 42 games
An article features the Rice football team's matchup against the University of Southern Mississippi in the LendingTree Bowl Dec. 17 in Mobile, Alabama.
Southern Miss begins LendingTree Bowl preparations in Mobile
The Insider: Who's stepping up for Texas in Alamo Bowl practice
Scott Rabalais: It may be the playoff era, but bowl season is back from sea to shining sea
The Advocate
Vista previa de los juegos de bolos a medida que comienza la temporada de bolos este fin de semana | LSU (An English translation is not available.)
'Studio 10'
WALA-TV (Mobile, Alabama)

Award nominations prove how the Astros dominate Houston
The Rice Owls are mentioned.
The Cold Wire (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)

Big 12 basketball power rankings: Texas, Kansas lead with impressive nonconference showings
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin 87-81 in overtime Dec. 12.
From player to coach: The journey of UT men's basketball interim head coach Rodney Terry
Rodney Terry could get extended head coaching audition at Texas

FB takes on nine-win Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl
An article mentions the 1986 football game between Rice and Baylor University.

A tough time to fire a coach, but North Texas looking to reach a higher level
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Hero Sports

Rats, cats and the birth of a new era of Houston basketball
Rice is mentioned.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

Lady Raiders stave off late run to earn win over Cougars in final nonconference game
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Middle Tennessee State University Dec. 20. (This article also appeared in the Murfeesboro Post and

Shriners Children's College Classic tickets on sale now
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play in the Shriners Children's College Classic tournament March 3-5 at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
MLB (This article also appeared in 1037TheGame.)