Dateline Rice for July 28, 2022

Dateline Rice


Scientists are using dead spiders as horrifying claw grabbers
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.
Gizmodo (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 140 additional media outlets since yesterday's Dateline.)
'TWC News All Morning'
Spectrum News Austin (Similar segments also aired on 200 stations across the U.S. and Canada.)
Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'necrobot'
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Register.)
Scientists are turning dead spiders into zombie robots
MSN (This article originally appeared in Fox 12 Online; a Rice video is included.)
Necrobots: Researchers are turning dead spiders into robots
MSN (This article originally appeared in News 18 Online; a Rice video is included.)
'Necrobotics' research sees scientists turn dead spiders into robots
MSN (This article originally appeared in the London Evening Standard.)
Engineers at Rice University reanimate dead wolf spiders, create Zombie Robot Spiders, and lay groundwork for further development in robotics
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in KXXV Online, and this segment also aired on KXXV-TV in Waco, Texas.)
Spiders are being brought back from the dead and turned into 'necrobots' for science
Daily Star
Zombie spider robots that lift 130% of bodyweight made using dead arachnids bodies — can you spot difference in video?
The Sun (This article also appeared in The U.S. Sun.)
Scientists reanimate dead spiders as robot gripping claws
The Verge
Scientists turn dead spiders into robots that can grip objects

Will US gas prices be affected by Russia cutting gas to Europe? What experts say
Steven Miles, fellow in global natural gas in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Greece rolls out red carpet for crown prince, as Khashoggi killing falls off agenda
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Guardian (This article also appeared in the July 28 print edition.)
Saudi prince visits Greece, then heads to France in first EU trip since Khashoggi killing
France 24 (This article appeared on the front of the World section in the July 28 print edition of the The Star Malaysia and yesterday's Dateline.)
Griechenland öffnet den roten Teppich für den Kronprinzen, nachdem der Mord an Khashoggi nicht mehr auf der Tagesordnung steht | Mohammed bin Salman
Secur News (An English translation is not available.)
The Permian Basin is America's largest oil basin, but alone couldn't fuel the US for 200 years
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


US offers Russia deal for Griner's return, officials say
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 28 print edition.)

Rice University graduate files for CISD Trustee Position 1
An article features alumnus Evan Berlin, who will be on the November ballot for a position on the Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Woodlands Online

Opinion: More oil and gas production in the Permian Basin? We need to cut emissions.
An article features collaborative Rice research that found Texas could entirely phase out the use of coal in the state.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 28 print edition, and this research was cited in

Houston-founded blockchain startup raises $15M series A to increase international impact
An article mentions that Topl, a blockchain technology company that creates reports for companies aiming to be more transparent about sustainable supply chains, was founded by Rice community members.

Lone Star College meets the needs of high-achieving students
An article featuring Vincenzo De Vita Sifontes mentions that he participated in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at Rice. 
Woodlands Online


Other legal questions spawned by the Dobbs ruling (July 28, 2022)
Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, is interviewed about a recent study that identified significantly higher cancer rates in Kashmere Gardens and Fifth Ward, two Houston neighborhoods bordering a contaminated Union Pacific rail yard.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

How interest rate hikes may help Houston area families struggling with inflation
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. 
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Using natural materials to grow muscles in a lab
An article features Rice research into decellularized skeletal muscle. Graduate student Katie Hogan is quoted.
WQAD Online (This segment also aired on WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois.)


How one entomologist followed a passion to understand insect interactions
An article features Jocelyn Holt, Rice Faculty Fellow in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Entomology Today

Russia's NS1 cuts leave Europe tight on natural gas, likely short of storage goals
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence

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-authors Natasha Kirienko, assistant professor of biosciences, and former Rice postdoctoral fellow Svetlana Panina are quoted.
Technology Times Pakistan

Neuroengineers hack fruit fly brain and remotely control its movements
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.
Inceptive Mind

How to put an end to 'forever chemicals' and annihilate PFAS pollution
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.
Chemistry World (Subscription is required.)

Mars rover discovers an ultra-rare Martian mineral spewed from volcanic eruptions
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, is quoted.
Hot Hardware

3 reasons liberal arts graduates are qualified for MBA programs and business careers Raylea Rideau, associate director of career development at Rice, is quoted.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

Baker Botts taps Dallas atty as new IP group co-chair
An article features alumna Christa Brown-Sanford. 
Law360 (Subscription is required.)


Art attack: Revisit Christo's Valley Curtain, brush up on Frank Lloyd Wright and see art in suburbia
A roundup features artist Clarissa Tossin, whose installation "The 8th Continent" is on view as part of Rice Public Art's Off the Wall series through Aug. 27.

Exploring your creative genius: NASA research
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Six scholarship winners head to US colleges
Graduate student and Fulbright Scholar Lori Selby is featured.
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday (This article also appeared in Trinidad and Tobago's Guardian and Loop.)

Becas Fulbright-Becal: Paraguayo fue becado para maestría en universidad de EEUU
An article featuring Matías Romero Moriya mentions that he plans to pursue a master's degree at Rice as a Fulbright Scholar.
La Nación (An English translation is not available.)

Texas football has clearly better recruiting pitch than Jimbo Fisher
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 among Texas universities according to
FanSided (This article also appeared in BroBible.)


Rice hopes player-led approach helps continue upward trajectory in 2022
An article featuring Rice's football program ahead of its upcoming season quotes head coach Mike Bloomgren.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 28 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

Shipley earns Wuerffel Trophy watch list selection
An article mentions that Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu is on the watch list for the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy, which recognizes community service.
Clemson Tigers

2022 Ryan C-USA Football Kickoff
Rice football players Shea Baker and Trey Schuman are pictured in a slideshow.
Conference USA

C-USA's state of transition: 6 of 11 schools in final year
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Memphis football ranked fifth in AAC preseason media poll
Commercial Appeal
2022 C-USA Media Day recap and storylines
SB Nation
Minnesota Twins' top prospects may be involved in Castillo or Mahle trade talks with Reds
A roundup features former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, and it appeared in The Madison Leader Gazette.)

CAPE LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Cotuit back in first place after battle of West Division titans
An article mentions Rice baseball player Guy Garibay Jr.
Cape Cod Times

Men's golf releases 2022-23 schedule
An article mentions that Rice is slated to compete in the Border Olympics golf tournament Feb. 13-14 and host the Rice Intercollegiate tournament Feb. 20.

LA Tech lands five on C-USA watch list as Bulldogs take part in Media Day
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and Louisiana Tech University.
KPVI Online (This article also appeared in KTBS Online.)

A prickly Texas Tech-TCU feud? What will it take for Texas to stop the jokes? Ask the Texpert
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 24.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

NOTEBOOK: MT stays busy at 2022 C-USA Kickoff
Rice football is mentioned.

What ever happened to Texas football?
An article mentions the 2010 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Heartland College Sports

First-rate: Schedule
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Southern California Sept. 3.