Dateline Rice for July 20, 2022

Dateline Rice


Texas oil and gas industry should temper its job-creation claims, report says
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies 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.)

Robert F. Curl Jr., Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, 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. Quoted are the late former president Malcolm Gillis and alumnus James Heath.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Democrat Rochelle Garza outraises GOP incumbent Ken Paxton in Texas AG race
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 Dallas Morning News article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
Texas Standard for July 20, 2022
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 40 affiliate stations across Texas.)
As polls tighten in the governor's race, so does the race for campaign cash
Texas Standard
Most Texans don't want to make medication abortion a felony, poll finds
The Denver Gazette (This Dallas Morning News article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
Many states are looking toward abortion bans with no exception for rape, incest
Tampa Bay Times (This PolitiFact article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets and yesterday's Dateline.)
15 states with new or impending abortion limits have no exceptions for rape, incest

Scientists create remote-controlled flies by hacking their brains
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.
The Independent (Subscription is required.)

Prestwick Spaceport to accelerate launch hub plans
An article mentions that representatives from Rice recently visited Prestwick Spaceport in Glasgow, Scotland. (This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 20 print edition of the Ayrshire Post and a previous edition of Dateline.)


New strategic partnership sets out to bolster Houston's space economy

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.

Students converge at Rice for 'Prepare for Success in Calculus'
Anne Papakonstantinou, clinical assistant professor and director of the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), authored an article about RUSMP's "Prepare for Success in Calculus" summer workshop for high school students, which was led by Papakonstantinou, Richard Parr, clinical assistant professor and executive director of RUSMP, and McMurtry College senior Lauren Fraley. Guest speakers included Betul Orcan-Ekmekci, assistant teaching professor and lecturer in mathematics, and Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation.
Village News (This article also appeared in the July 19 print edition.)

The birth control gap
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.
Off the Kuff

North Texas population soars past 8 million — and counting, new report says
An article cites Kinder Institute for Urban Research projections on demographic changes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
CultureMap Dallas

Revterra Corp. raises $6M from Equinor, SCF Partners to develop kinetic battery storage
An article mentions that experts at Rice are part of the team at Revterra Corp.

Questions surround future of Fort Bend County power plant
An article cites Rice research into the carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions of the W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston.
The Fort Bend Star

Houston research: It's time to upgrade how you think about where and how consumers shop
A Rice Business Wisdom column is featured.
InnovationMap (This column was featured in the July 20 "Daily Digest" newsletter, and it appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Rice University to open international campus in Paris
An article features the announcement of the Rice University Paris Center, an international campus that will serve as a hub for European research,
Greater Houston Partnership (This article was featured in "The Houston Report" newsletter July 20, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.) 

Houston's outdoor sculptures offer a window into a lively art scene
Rice is mentioned.
The John Cooper School graduates head to 74 different schools
Woodlands Online


Should ITC be allowed to operate again after 2019 disaster? (July 20, 2022)
An episode of "Houston Matters" features Anna Rhodes, assistant professor of sociology, discussing "Soaking the Middle Class: Suburban Inequality and Recovery from Disaster," a recently published book she co-authored. Doug Miller, director of media relations at Rice, reflects on his experience of the July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 moon landing.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Texas' electric grid.
http://dateline.rice/july-20-cohan (This segment aired four times and appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Growing muscles in the lab
An article features Rice research into decellularized skeletal muscle. Graduate student Katie Hogan is interviewed. (This segment aired on WRDE-TV in Salisbury, Maryland, and it appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Boron nitride synthesized with flashy new method
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; and graduate student Weiyin Chen. Tour's research into laser-induced graphene is featured in ElectroPages, and his research with graduate student Kevin Wyss into upcycling the plastic waste from scrapped cars is featured in Today's eMobility
Materials Today
Creating wood electronics via laser-induced graphitization
Cars could get a 'flashy' upgrade
Today's eMobility

Strain-sensing smart skin ready to deploy
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.
Printed Electronics Now
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society

Researchers discover novel light-gated potassium channel in neurons
An article mentions that graduate student Xiaoyu Lu collaborated on the featured research.
Neuroscience News

Susan Smith, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on informed consent of university student athletes
An article mentions the late Dale Lloyd, a Rice football player who died in 2006 and had a previously undetected genetic marker for sickle cell disease.  
Inside Higher Ed's "The Academic Minute" podcast (This segment also aired on 70 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada.)

Kirkland taps ex-Paul Weiss partner for debt finance group
Rice is mentioned.
Law360 (Subscription is required.)

Review: Versions of academic freedom
A blog post mentions the Rice School of Humanities' Campbell Lectures.
Bob on Books blog

Diputada neuquina estuvo de gira por España
An article mentions that a contingent from Neuquén, Argentina, toured Rice.
Mejor Informado (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.
Periódico Visión


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, 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.
Mirage News

Richland Academy of the Arts appoints new executive director, Dr. Michael Benson
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.
Galion Inquirer

IN MEMORIAM: Services for Walter Broussard and Eric Mussen
An article mentions the Rice University Percussion Quartet.
UC Davis News

CHSAA awards annual scholarships
An article featuring Abigail Vargheese mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Clinton Courier

The Earthshot Prize announces Boston as host city for second annual awards ceremony
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
City of Boston News
British royal family to visit Boston in December
WHDH Online
Apolo 10 1/2: Houston, la ciudad que se transformó para convertirse en la primera palabra pronunciada desde la luna
La Nación (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the July 20 print edition.)
53 tahun pendaratan pertama di bulan: 'Lompatan raksasa' yang mengubah dunia (An English translation is not available.)


2022 MLB draft tracker: Results, analysis of every first-round draft pick, full list of all 616 selections
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Roel Garcia was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 14th round of the MLB draft.
CBS Sports
Rays continue to stockpile pitchers on day 3 of MLB draft
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.)
Astros' day 3 draft haul includes Klein Collins ex Jackson Loftin, prominent high school OF Ryan Clifford
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 20 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Three Houston pitchers, one from Rice taken in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
How MLB draft's day 3 unfolded for Astros, Houston-area players
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

AFCA recognizes Speights as Good Works Team candidate
An article mention that Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu has been nominated for the 2022 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players' community service.

Marucci Elite: Herndon paying huge dividends
An article mentions former Rice baseball players Adam Herndon and Lance Berkman, former Owl and current head coach Jose Cruz Jr. and former head coach Wayne Graham.  
Click2Houston (This article originally appeared in VYPE.)

Spiders earn WBCA academic special mention

An article mentions Rice's women's basketball team, which received a special mention in the 2021-22 WBCA Academic Awards. Head coach Lindsay Edmonds is also mentioned.

Wildcats earn NABC and Big East Team Academic Excellence Awards
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team has been honored with the National Association of Basketball Coaches Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes programs that earn a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. (Similar articles also appeared in, Washington College Sports and yesterday's Dateline.) 

OU men's basketball team to compete in Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team played in the last season's Gulf Coast Showcase.
The Oakland Post

45 days until Kansas football: Video game all-stars — Joe Dineen
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated's Blue Wings Rising

Notre Dame football: Power-ranking 2022 opponents' head coaches by their presence in Getty Images
An article mentions that Rice's football team played Stanford University in the 2017 College Football Sydney Cup.
SB Nation

Ranking the hardest AAC non-conference schedules
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.

46 days till kickoff: BU had 46 sacks in 2019, most sacks in a single season
An article mentions the 2019 football game between Rice and Baylor University.

Robinson, Johnson selected to Doak Walker Award watch list
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.