Dateline Rice for July 12, 2022

Dateline Rice


Texas power grid operator asks customers to limit afternoon AC use
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal (This segment aired on more than 600 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
What you need to know about energy usage in Texas as temperatures rise
WBUR's "Here & Now" (This segment also aired on more than 500 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
Here's how Texas cleared tight grid conditions without implementing rolling blackouts
KENS Online (This segment also aired on KENS-TV in San Antonio, and this article also appeared in WFAA Online.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)

ERCOT's calls to conserve power might become common during summer heat
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.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)
WNBA star Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russian court, reports say
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Major credit bureaus are changing how they report unpaid medical bills
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, is quoted.
Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio (This segment aired multiple times on over 800 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

Some neighbors feel hopeless, others are thrilled. How to keep sane in this divided American moment
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and Yahoo! Entertainment.)

NASA's Webb telescope from high perch gives deepest look at universe
Christopher Johns-Krull, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Bloomberg (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN.)

NASA, President Biden release first image from James Webb Space Telescope
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the City/State section of the Chronicle in the July 12 print edition.)

'Have his cake and eat it too': Mexican president's leverage over Biden stunts progress on migration, drugs
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in USA Today, and it appeared in The Bharat Express News.)

Robert Curl, Nobel-winning chemist in 'buckyball' discovery, dies at 88
An article featuring alumnus and former Professor Emeritus Robert Curl mentions that he died July 3 at 88. Curl was part of the research team that shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or "buckyballs," a new form of carbon, which included the late Richard Smalley, the former Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry. The article also mentions that Rice dedicated the Smalley-Curl Institute in 2015. 
The Washington Post (This article appeared in the July 12 print edition of The Day and a previous edition of Dateline.)

BCarbon issues first international soil carbon credits in United Kingdom
An article mentions BCarbon, a system to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in the soil as organic carbon, which originated from research by the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in 2020.
Yorkshire farm generates first soil carbon credits
Ends Report (Subscription is required.)

Incoming Northwestern president Rebecca Blank reveals cancer diagnosis, steps down from post
An article mentions that Rice's new president began July 1.


Linda Coffee argued Roe v. Wade. Now, she's watching its demise.
Alumna Linda Coffee is featured.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Star Houston pitmaster reveals opening date for highly anticipated new comfort food restaurant
An article features alumnus and former Rice football player Greg Gatlin, owner of Gatlin's BBQ.
CultureMap Houston

10 trends shaping Houston real estate to read about while the Chronicle paywall is down
A roundup cites research into housing affordability by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Former teachers turn to tacos
Alumnus Hugh Guill is featured.
People Newspapers


Rice, MD Anderson researchers discover new leukemia-killing compounds
An article features collaborative Rice research that discovered potential new drugs that work in concert with established drugs to treat leukemia. Co-authors Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted and interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)


Chemists devise quick 'flashing' process to create 2D nanomaterials
An article features Rice research that uses flash Joule heating to produce flakes of boron nitride with different carbon contents. 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; Michael Wong, the Tina and Sunit Patel Professor in Molecular Nanotechnology, a professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering; Yimo Han, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate students Weiyin Chen, Chang Ge, Zhe Yuan, Jinhang Chen, Kexin Ling, Kevin Wyss and Zhe Wang; alumni John Tianci Li, Wala Algozeeb, Paul Advincula, Emily McHugh, and Duy Xuan Luong; and alumna and research scientist Guanhui Gao.
AZo Nano

Hidden genes may be tapped for new antibiotics
Rice University bioscientists have designed novel on and off switches to control the "silent" genes in a strain of bacteria. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include James Chappell, assistant professor of biosciences, graduate students Andrea Ameruoso and Maria Claudia Villegas Kcam and alumna Katherine Cohen.

Women in energy: Sophia Friese, EnCap Investments
Alumna Sophia Friese is featured.
Hart Energy

DOJ pushes back against Duke University, other elite schools in antitrust case
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.
Triangle Business Journal


Lexington resident named executive director of Richland Academy of the Arts
An article featuring alumnus Michael Benson, a graduate of Rice's Shepherd School of Music, mentions that he studied under Robert Roux, professor of piano and chair of keyboard.
Mansfield News Journal


All-Greater Houston high school baseball team
An article mentions that Trey Duffield has committed to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition.)

Conference USA win total over/under preview: UTEP's ascent will continue in 2022
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of North Texas.

Notre Dame offers 2023 Rivals250 pro-style QB, Baylor commit Austin Novosad
Rice is mentioned.
Realignment: Jake Brend style
SB Nation

Grading each Big 12 team on transfer portal additions and losses
An article mention that Seryee Lewis plans to transfer to Rice to play basketball.
WC Sports Now


Flashing creates hard-to-get 2D boron nitride
Rice scientists who "flash" materials to synthesize substances like graphene have turned their attention to boron nitride, highly valued for its thermal and chemical stability.