Dateline Rice for July 25, 2022 (Weekend Edition)

Dateline Rice


After recent turmoil, the race for Texas governor is tightening
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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 25 print edition of the Times, and it appeared in the print editions of The Denver Post and Texarkana Gazette. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
'Houston Newsmakers': Race for Harris County Judge reaches dead heat and more
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

'ABC News Radio'
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about a proposed wind farm off the coast of Galveston.
WTVN-AM (Columbus, Ohio)
http://dateline.rice/july-25-krane (This segment aired on 1,000 stations across the U.S. and Canada.)
New federal proposal for large wind farms could produce hundreds of job, officials say
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired 62 times on affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Did Biden stop domestic oil drilling, as Herschel Walker said? Hardly
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Gasoline prices are soaring well above the price of crude oil. Here's why
Houston Public Media
Fact check: Republican outrage over petroleum reserve sales is overblown, experts say
The American Independent

For Israeli normalization, everyday Saudis will need to be on board
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Haaretz (This article also appeared in the July 24 print edition.)

College-shopping students have a new query: Is abortion legal there?
A memo to the Rice community from President Reginald DesRoches and former President David Leebron is cited.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Learning section in the July 25 print edition of the Santa Fe New Mexican, and it appeared online in the Guam Daily Post and a previous edition of Dateline.)

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. This article appeared in the July 24 print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle and the July 25 print edition of The Globe and Mail's Ontario, Ottawa/Quebec, Alberta and Prairie issues. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Clergy of color face unprecedented mental health challenges
An article cites Rice research that found Black and Latino churchgoers often rely on their pastors for mental health care, but that clergy feel limited in their ability to help them.
The Associated Press (This article appeared on the front of the Faith and Spirituality section in the July 24 print edition of the San Diego Union-Tribune and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Samsung's expansion would transform Austin's status as global tech hub
Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)

Offshore wind farm proposed for Gulf of Mexico near Galveston could power 2.3 million homes
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Antonio Current (This Texas Tribune article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Oscar-nominated El Pasoan and 'Encanto' composer comes home for Plaza Classic Film Festival
Alumna Germaine Franco, who was nominated for an Academy Award for best original score for her work in Disney's "Encanto," is featured.
El Paso Inc.

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter No. 359
A roundup features several Rice news stories from the past week.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

Abortion laws, anti-LGBT rhetoric could drive students away from Texas colleges
Rice is mentioned.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in MSN.)


'The 11th Hour with Stephanie Ruhle'
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about the Jan. 6 insurrection hearings.
MSNBC (This segment aired twice.)

Close to a T1D cure: New insulin-regulating implant
An article features Rice research on 3D-printing an insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetics. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is interviewed.
WAFB Online (This segment also aired four times on WAFB Online in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and this article also appeared in MSN Health.)

'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)

'WGEM Live at Five'
A broadcast features Rice research into decellularized skeletal muscle. Graduate student Katie Hogan is quoted.
WGEM-TV (Quincy, Illinois)

How to save the future: Audio diaries from a high school climate leader
An article quoting Paola Hoffman mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
KQED Online
KQED-FM (San Francisco)
http://dateline.rice/july-25-kqed (This segment aired four times.)

Shin splints
An article cites Rice research that found shoes lose 30%-40% of their shock-absorbing ability after 500 miles of use.
WFMZ Online (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

'KPRC Channel 2 News'
A broadcast mentions that Trae tha Truth held a celebrity kickball game at Rice's Waltrip Indoor Training Center July 24.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)

'Texas & Me'
Rice is mentioned.
KYAZ-TV (Houston)


'Optical plucking' maneuvers single gold atoms into chemical reactions
Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Physics World

Synthetic tools can move DNA messages from one place to another: Research
An article features collaborative Rice research that used deactivated proteins of the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to synthetically trigger the transcription of human genes. Co-authors Isaac Hilton, assistant professor of bioengineering and biosciences, and graduate student Kaiyuan Wang are quoted.
Latestly (This article also appeared in ANI and Big News Network.)

These researchers have 'hacked' fly brains and can now control them remotely
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.
Wonderful Engineering (A similar article also appeared in the July 22 print edition of the Daily Star.)
'Share Radio'
UK National Radio

Climate crisis is driving flooding that could surface toxic soil in cities
An article cites Rice research that found urban communities with a higher likelihood of flood risks face additional potential dangers from soil contaminated by decades of past industrial activities. A caption attributes a graphic to graduate student Phylicia Brown.
The Center for Public Integrity (This article also appeared in Truthout.)

WCTC's Rich Barnhouse strengthening ties with business community
An article features Rich Barnhouse, former assistant director for operations of student affairs.
Milwaukee Business Journal

SGS Maine Pointe names Tiffany Pankratz-Umbehr executive vice president, consumer goods and retail
Alumna Tiffany Pankratz-Umbehr is featured.
DC Velocity


Kendrick Lamar, Astral Project, Christmas in July and more New Orleans events coming up July 26-Aug. 1
A roundup features Danny Kamins, lecturer in music and director of Rice's jazz band.

Meadowview Christian School student attends youth leadership forum at Rice University
An article featuring Jaiveon Savage-Irwin mentions that he attended the National Youth Leadership Forum in engineering at Rice.
The Selma Times-Journal (A similar article also appeared in the Sun Journal.)

DOUGLAS: Of Marilu, memories and the moon
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
The Robesonian (This article also appeared in the Bladen Journal.)
El Periodico Extremadura (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the July 22 print edition.)

What to study in college to get job right away? New research shows most-employable bachelor's degrees
An article mentions that Rice's history graduates earn the highest median salary in that field within three years.
Northern Kentucky Tribune


Meet the new Conroe ISD director of athletics
Former Rice baseball player Chris Feris is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Texans work out 4 running backs ahead of training camp
An article features former Rice football player Austin Walter.
USA Today's Texans Wire (This article also appeared in SportzNews.)

Howdy Homemade Ice Cream celebrating first anniversary, looking to hire more people with special needs
An article and broadcast featuring Howdy Homemade Ice Cream mentions that it has partnered with Rice and other local sports programs.
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Ranking the hardest Pac-12 nonconference schedules
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Southern California Sept. 3.

AP poll all-time preseason Top 25 college football rankings
Rice is mentioned.
College Football News

'First News'
An article featuring Patrick Valent mentions that he has committed to play football at Rice.
WKBN-TV (Youngstown, Ohio)

5-star S Caleb Downs headlines recruits set to commit in final week of July
Rice is mentioned.
USA Today's High School Sports


Rice engineers get a grip with 'necrobotic' spiders
Rice mechanical engineers are showing how to repurpose deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Daniel Preston of Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering and graduate student Faye Yap harnessed a spider's physiology in a first step toward a novel area of research they call "necrobotics."

Rice improves catalyst that destroys 'forever chemicals' with sunlight
Rice chemical engineers have improved their design for a light-powered catalyst that rapidly breaks down PFOA, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. 

Rice economist's research on school choice suggests ways to improve experience for students, parents
For school-age students and their parents, school choice programs can be complicated and stressful. Research from Rice economist YingHua He suggests the process gets easier when schools are upfront about admission prospects and other details that factor into decisions.

Study: Explosive volcanic eruption produced rare mineral on Mars
Planetary scientists from Rice, NASA's Johnson Space Center and the California Institute of Technology have an answer to a mystery that's puzzled the Mars research community since NASA's Curiosity rover discovered a mineral called tridymite in Gale Crater in 2016. It's "one of the most surprising observations that the Curiosity rover has made in 10 years of exploring Mars," said Rice's Kirsten Siebach, an assistant professor in Earth, environmental and planetary sciences and a mission specialist on NASA's Curiosity team. 

Tetrahedrons assemble! Three-sided pyramids form 2D structures
Tetrahedron-shaped nanoparticles are interesting enough by themselves, but under the right circumstances, Rice scientists have discovered they do something remarkable. While doing a routine check on a batch of tiny gold tetrahedrons, chemist Matthew Jones and graduate student Zhihua Cheng found their microscopic particles had the unanticipated ability to arrange themselves into 2D chiral superstructures.

Felony convictions hinder efforts to access stable housing even if no prison time is served, study shows
Even if they’ve never served time in prison, people who have felony convictions still have difficulty accessing stable housing, according to new research from a Brielle Bryan, assistant professor of sociology at Rice.

Rice's Kelley Center to celebrate 45 years as patent and trademark resource center
The Kelley Center for Government Information, part of Rice's Fondren Library, is celebrating 45 years as a patent and trademark resource center with a party July 28.