Dateline Rice for July 18, 2022 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice


Ancient DNA helps reveal social changes in Africa 50,000 years ago that shaped the human story
Mary Prendergast, associate professor in anthropology, co-authored an article.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Conversation.)

How much can you make with an online master's degree in computer science?
An article mentions that Rice's online graduate computer science program is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Fortune. Scott Rixner, professor of computer science, is quoted.

How Democrats who aren't named Joe Biden are running for president — without running for president
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.
Yahoo! News UK (This Business Insider article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports, MSN and The Bharat Express.)
Top utility regulator is confident in Texas power grid for the summer
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 16 print edition.)
Corpus Christi gambling raid leads to two arrests in Texas

Putin's oil war with the West comes at his allies' expense
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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 18 print edition of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and a previous edition of Dateline.)

This week's passages
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. Smalley is mentioned in Duke Today.
The Seattle Times
Blue Devil of the Week: Keeping Duke in step with the future of energy
Duke Today

Bill Gates plans to give away 'virtually all' his $113 billion — here's the impact that could actually have
An article cites Rice research into the effects of the Gates Foundation's support of the National Institutes of Health for research into vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis and others.

'For All Mankind' reminds us that little changes can have big consequences
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962. 
National Post (This article appeared in the July 16 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Death of the '60s: The dream was over, but the music lives on
Yahoo! Entertainment (This article originally appeared in U Discover Music.)

Black women from 20 to 78 share how faith impacts their abortion views
Rice is mentioned. 
NBC News
In a career spanning decades, Tony Miller has rubbed shoulders with stars and billionaires
Chicago Sun-Times (This article also appeared in the July 16 print edition.)

Prestwick Spaceport to accelerate launch hub plans
An article mentions that representatives from Rice recently visited Prestwick Spaceport in Glasgow, Scotland.


Say what?
President Reginald DesRoches is featured.
Houston Chronicle's "Week in Review" (This roundup appeared in the July 17-23 print edition.)

Birth control demand is expected to grow in post-Roe Texas. Is the state ready?
Rola El-Serag, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 18 print edition.)

NASA launches new partnership with the Ion, Rice University
An article features the announcement that NASA will support the Ion, a Houston-based tech accelerator owned by the Rice Management Co., by providing mentors and subject matter experts at monthly startup competitions and showcases. Jan Odegard, executive director of the Ion, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper
NASA partners with Ion innovation hub for tech transfer center in Houston
HoustonInno (This article also appeared in Inferse.)
NASA and Houston's Ion partner to create opportunities for startup community
Space Daily

Texas road-building plan tops $85 billion — with $2.5 billion of it for San Antonio area
An article cites a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found 45% of registered voters in Houston want more state funding for urban mass transit.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 16 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter No. 358
A roundup features several Rice news stories from the past week.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
An article mentions the Rice alumni startup pitch competition.

There's no cheap housing in Houston anymore
An article cites research into housing affordability by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.  
Off the Kuff

Houston rapper Trae tha Truth hosts annual Trae Day community weekend
A roundup mentions that Trae tha Truth will hold a celebrity kickball game at Rice's Waltrip Indoor Training Center July 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


BBC World News
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is interviewed about President Joe Biden's Middle East visit.
http://dateline.rice/july-18-finley (This segment aired twice on the BBC, and the audio aired on more than 60 stations across ABC NewsRadio Australia and NewsTalk New Zealand.)
http://dateline.rice/july-18-finley2 (This segment aired twice.)

Goldman Sachs survey says 93% of small businesses fear recession
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, is quoted.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

'TWC News All Night'
A broadcast features Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who co-authored the recent study "Investing in Texas: Economic Impact of Severe Drought."
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired five times and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

'Fox 26 Morning News Weekend'
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor emeritus of sociology, is quoted in a story on Houston's demographic changes.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-18-klineberg (This segment aired twice and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

'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.
KCIT-TV (Amarillo, Texas)

'Fox 17 Morning News'
A broadcast features Rice and alumna Anoosha Moturu. 
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

'The Frank Sontag Show' July 15, 2022
A broadcast cites comments about electric vehicles by Peter Hartley, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Economics.
KABC Online (This segment also aired on KABC-AM in Los Angeles.)

HealthWatch: Growing muscles in the lab
A broadcast features Rice research into decellularized skeletal muscle. Graduate student Katie Hogan is interviewed.
We Are Green Bay (This segment aired on WALB-TV in Albany, Georgia and a previous edition of Dateline.)


A collision of economics and history: In Pennsylvania, the debate over climate is a bitter one
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Inside Climate News

Researchers' strain-sensing 'smart skin,' for surveying building stress, 'ready for implementation'
An article features Rice research developing a non-contact optical monitoring system. Co-authors Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry and associate chair for teaching, and Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering, are quoted.

Cloud structure played key role in higher ed prior to pandemic, argues Rice University CIO
Paul Padley, Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, professor of physics and astronomy, is featured.

City, county and port support Galveston Bay Park study
An article features the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal to protect the region from hurricanes that was designed by researchers at Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center (SSPEED). SSPEED co-directors Phil Bedient, the Herman and George R. Brown Professor of Civil Engineering, and Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law, are quoted.
Associated Construction Publications

Wireless activation of targeted brain circuits in less than one second
An article features Rice research creating a wireless technology to remotely activate specific brain circuits in fruit flies. Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
Neuroscience News

Universidad de Talca abre convocatoria al Premio Iberoamericano de Letras José Donoso 2022
Luis Duno-Gottberg, department chair and associate professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, and Gisela Heffes, professor of modern and classical literatures and cultures, are mentioned.
El Mostrador (An English translation is not available.)

10 ways 'Thor: Ragnarok' is better than 'Love and Thunder'
Duncan College freshman Caleb Wilson authored an article.
Screen Rant

Punjab schools best in performance, infrastructure, equity; small states need attention, says paper
Graduate student Tanmay Devi is quoted.

Fed must act now to stop runaway inflation
Thomas Hogan, former Baker Institute for Public Policy fellow in public finance, authored a column.
American Institute for Economic Research

Oxysulfide glass electrolytes show promise for making all-solid-state sodium batteries a reality
An article features collaborative Rice research.
American Ceramic Society

Jay Steinfeld — author of bestselling book 'The 4 Principals for Profit and Prosperity'
An article featuring Jay Steinfeld mentions that he has taught at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
Modern Diplomacy

DOE names Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize finalists
An article mentions that a research team from Rice is a finalist in the Department of Energy's $4 million competition to develop direct lithium extraction technologies for application to geothermal brines in California's Salton Sea and Imperial Valley that will lower costs and reduce environmental impact.
Engineering360 (This article also appeared in Piensa en Geotermia and Adelante Valle.)

Trailblazing women in space — a gallery of firsts
A roundup features alumna Peggy Whitson.
VN Explorer

Los anillos en el sistema solar primitivo impidieron que nuestro planeta se convirtiera en una supertierra
An article features collaborative Rice research into what may give rise to Earth-like planets in the solar system.
El Actual (An English translation is not available.)

Recién graduado del RUM iniciará su doctorado en Harvard University
An article mentions the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice. (An English translation is not available.)

Diez latinoamericanos con una huella imborrable en la NASA
Alumna Rosa Ávalos-Warren is featured.
FayerWayer (An English translation is not available.)


Richland Academy of the Arts appoints new executive director
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.
My 100.1 Online

Ryan Irvine and Lauren Keating announce their engagement
Graduate student Lauren Keating is featured.
Kenosha News


Conference USA preseason position previews: Defensive line
A roundup previews Rice's football team ahead of its upcoming season.
SB Nation

Astros' first-round draft picks: 5 best, 5 worst in franchise history
A roundup features former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Do the Cubs, White Sox or their fans need a vacation more? Chicago Baseball Authority
Former Rice baseball player Bubba Crosby is featured.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

Alexander, Griffin inducted into THSCA Hall of Honor
An article features former Rice baseball and football player Dennis Alexander, who has been inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
The Marshall News-Messenger (This article also appeared in the

Mariah Riddlesprigger age, biography, net worth, husband
Former Rice volleyball player Mariah Riddlesprigger, girlfriend of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is featured.
Kemi Filani News

A look ahead at the upcoming 2022 UH football season
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 24.
The Daily Cougar

Raiders' defensive coaching staff: DL coach Frank Okam
An article mentions that Frank Okam is a former Rice football graduate assistant coach.
Sports Illustrated's Raider Maven (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)

The 2022 MLB draft is this weekend!? Here's everything you need to know\
Former Rice baseball player Matt Anderson is mentioned.
Every No. 1 overall draft pick in MLB history

The best No. 1 draft pick in every team's history
An article mentions former Rice baseball players Jeff Niemann, Wade Townsend and Philip Humber.

Rick Woodson finishes first in Texas State Open qualifier at The Oaks Country Club
An article quotes former Rice golfer Scott Wagoner.
Herald Banner

WKU soccer 2022 schedule announced
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play Western Kentucky University Oct. 20.

Tennessee football assistant named minority coach under 45 to watch
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Jerry Mack.

2022 C-USA preview: UAB looks to contend
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in NBC Sports.)
WKU Hilltoppers preview 2022: Season prediction, breakdown, key games, players
College Football News

The road to … Cooperstown?
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily News
Northern exposure: Canadian squads take a sample of Oklahoma baseball
Muskogee Phoenix
Wisconsin basketball offers scholarship to Texas small forward Gabe Warren (This article also appeared in USA Today's Badger Wire.)
Trainer of Rivals250 EDGE Enow Etta: 'Michigan is getting a great player'


Immigration policy, aggressive enforcement harm mental health of people living in US illegally
Restrictive immigration policies and aggressive law enforcement are harmful to the mental health of immigrants living in the United States illegally, according to a new report authored by Tony Payan, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for the United States and Mexico.

Synthetic tools conduct messages from station to station in DNA
A team led by Rice bioengineer Isaac Hilton and graduate student Kaiyuan Wang used deactivated proteins of the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to target key segments of the human genome and synthetically trigger the transcription of human genes.