Dateline Rice for July 27, 2022

Dateline Rice


Scientists created 'zombie' spiders — and people are freaking out
Numerous articles feature collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and graduate student Faye Yap are quoted. A Rice video is included in several articles. Fellow co-authors mentioned in Futurity include graduate students Zhen Liu and Trevor Shimokusu and postdoctoral fellow Anoop Rajappan.
New York Post (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 60 additional media outlets since yesterday's Dateline.)
Dead wolf spider legs become handy grippers
Futurity (This article was also featured in the July 27 edition of the "Futurity Today" newsletter.)
Scientists turned dead spiders into undead zombie robots
Daily Beast
Researchers turned dead spiders into literal claw machines
Oh great, it's zombie robot spiders
Researchers turn dead spiders into lifeless robots that pick things
MSN India (This article originally appeared in the India Times.)
'KTLA News at 5'
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles)
http://dateline.rice/july-27-ktla (This segment aired five times on affiliate stations across the U.S.)
KOH-AM (Reno, Nevada)
http://dateline.rice/july-27-preston (This segment aired twice.)

Red and blue America will never be the same
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Saudi prince visits Greece, then heads to France in first EU trip since Khashoggi killing
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
France 24 (This article also appeared in the July 27 print edition of Gulf Today and online in 10 other media outlets.)
Saudi Arabia, Greece to sign energy deal, Crown Prince MBS says
Al Jazeera

Could fish poop help corals recover from bleaching?
Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Canada's National Observer (This Hakai Magazine article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

We may finally understand how a strange, rare mineral on Mars came to exist
An article features collaborative Rice research that found a volcanic eruption on Mars produced a rare mineral, a mystery that had puzzled scientists for six years. Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and postdoctoral researcher Valerie Payré are quoted.
MSN Australia (This article originally appeared in ScienceAlert.)
Explosive volcanism on Mars deposited rare mineral into Gale Crater, NASA rover finds
MSN Great Britain (This article originally appeared in


Russia to withdraw from International Space Station in 2024
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 27 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

Texas' eviction craze
An article cites the collaborative Rice study "Evictions Fallout: Housing, Hardship and Health," co-authored by Rachel Kimbro, dean of the School of Social Sciences, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and professor of sociology.
Texas Observer

Texas has $85B plan for expanding highways, but Houston I-45 project foes say no thanks

An article mentions that Indrani Maitra plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 27 print edition, and it appeared in MSN.)

Houston's suburbs used to be the place to go for affordable homes. Not anymore, data shows.
Numerous articles feature the collaborative State of Housing report by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which found growing unaffordability in Harris County in 2021. Steve Sherman, research fellow at the Kinder Institute, is quoted in the first article. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 27 print edition of the Chronicle's Pasadena Citizen and a previous edition of Dateline.)

I wish I could wear Texas flag running shorts
An article mentions the exercise path ringing Rice. 
Texas Monthly

Serial Houston entrepreneur's latest venture combines his passions for startups and software
An article featuring Craig Ceccanti mentions that he has mentored Rice students.


Drought conditions, the week in politics and the life of George H.W. Bush (July 27, 2022)
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, participates in a discussion of the week's political stories.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Technology helping plants to find where and when to move for survival
Rice ecologist Evan Fricke is interviewed about research that suggests climate change may accelerate a decrease of ecosystem biodiversity due to a loss of seed-hauling animals that help move plants over time.
KPCW's "This Green Earth" (This segment aired on three affiliate stations in the Park City, Utah, area.)

Interlochen Arts Academy alum among new Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians
An article featuring alumnus Conrad Cornelison mentions that he studied under Benjamin Kamins, professor of bassoon at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Interlochen Public Radio


Announcing the 2022 ACS fellows
A roundup mentions that Christy Landes, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Chair and a professor of chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been named as a 2023 American Chemical Society fellow.
C&EN (Subscription is required.)

Senior University of Texas attorney joins Rice as general counsel
An article features Omar Syed, who will become Rice's vice president and general counsel Aug. 22. (Subscription is required.)

Ukraine warns of Gazprom pressure change on natural gas pipeline
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence
'The Context with Christian Fraser'
BBC News (This segment aired twice.)

Wind farms proposed off Louisiana, Texas coasts could power 3M homes
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New Orleans City Business

Costly petrol is altering US driving habits, says AAA
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

New leukemia-killing compounds discovered
An article features collaborative Rice research that discovered potential new drugs that work in concert with established drugs to treat leukemia. Co-author Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, and former Rice postdoctoral fellow Svetlana Panina are quoted.

Wireless technology can activate the brain circuits of fruit flies in under a 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.

New catalyst uses sunlight to break down forever chemical in hours
An article features collaborative Rice research that found boron nitride-titanium dioxide composites could degrade about 99% of perfluorooctanoic acid, one of the world's most problematic "forever chemical" pollutants. 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, is quoted.
Laboratory Equipment

Team solves 30-year-old odor mystery that may affect human brains
An article features collaborative Rice research.
Laboratory Equipment

Electrify, don't fritter
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Avenir Suisse


Flooding could expose toxic soil in Houston neighborhoods
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.
CT News Junkie

AZ legislature wants vouchers, but do voters?
Alumnus Lee Shappell authored a column.
Wrangler News
School security top of mind in South Tempe and West Chandler in wake of Uvalde massacre
Wrangler News


Chris Gilbert uses THSCA connections to help restock Texas' football program
Marco Regalado, Rice football executive director of player personnel and recruiting innovation, is mentioned.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Stills named to the Outland Trophy watch list
An article mentions that Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu is on the watch list for the 2022 Outland Trophy, which recognizes the nation's top interior lineman. 
Sports Illustrated's Mountaineers Now

Meet the new Conroe ISD director of athletics
Former Rice baseball player Chris Feris is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 27 print edition of the Chronicle's Woodlands Villager and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Conference USA media days arrive at a time of change in the league, college football
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Denton Record-Chronicle (A similar article also appeared in Bleacher Report.)

Ka'Morreun Pimpton, 6-5 TE out of Fort Worth, Texas, announces SEC commitment
Rice is mentioned.
Saturday Down South (This article also appeared in
Jeff Capel 'never expected' to offer Texas G Jaland Lowe, but did on Tuesday

2022 fall camp preview: Cornerbacks
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Houston.

Harvey's Vasquez commits to Rice
An article mentions that Jose Vasquez has committed to Rice to play baseball.
TAP into Katonah/Lewisboro


Bayou Startup Showcase 2022: Tech-focused OwlSpark to debut 10th cohort, BlueLaunch presenting first class of small businesses
OwlSpark, Rice's high-growth tech startup accelerator, is celebrating 10 years of facilitating entrepreneurship and its 10th cohort, along with debuting the inaugural class of the small business accelerator BlueLaunch, which is focused on growing ventures of any industry.