Dateline Rice for June 16, 2022

Dateline Rice


Biden pushes Big Oil to help ease gas prices; but will it work?
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the print and online editions of the Boston Herald.)

Gun violence researchers to discuss firearm injury prevention at Rice University event
An article mentions that the Baker Institute for Public Policy will hold a symposium on preventing firearm-related injury and death June 21. Rola El-Serag, the L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and director of the Baker Institute's Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Look up at Houston's morning sky, and you might be able to spot 5 planets.
Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Low levels of testing may be hiding a COVID wave in Texas: Experts
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with Houston to measure the viral load of COVID-19 in the city's wastewater. 
ABC News (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Ignore advice about the Mediterranean diet on TikTok — researchers say it's usually inaccurate

An article mentions a 2021 collaborative Rice study that analyzed the first 200 videos posted on TikTok with the hashtag "mediterraneandiet."
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Insider.)

Weight-loss and muscle-building supplements can contribute to disordered eating in young people
Incoming freshman Alexandra Xu is quoted.
Los Angeles Times' High School Insider


Houston artist meets goal to lose 70 pounds by her 70th birthday
An article featuring Sandi Seltzer Bryant mentions her late husband, John Bryant, the former Henry S. Fox Associate Professor of Economics and Professor of Management.
Houston Chronicle's "ReNew" (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 16 print edition.)

Editorial: Abbott's threat to end immigrants' schooling just cruel
An editorial cites a 2020 study by the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy that found the economic benefits to Texas of illegal immigration are greater than the costs of the public services utilized.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Opinion page in the June 16 print edition.)

In Memoriam: Fayez Sarofim

An article featuring Fayez Sarofim, who died recently at 93, mentions that his firm has managed the Rice Endowment.
Southwestern University News

Pride Happy Hour at Moody Center for the Arts
An article features photos from the Moody Center for the Arts' Pride Happy Hour June 15. The event had performances by Pride Chorus Houston and DJ GNDRBNDR in the "Baseera Khan: Weight on History" exhibition space.

Houston Bucket List Part 4 — Drinking, dancing and ... ice skating?
A roundup features James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion
Houston Press


KRLD-FM (Dallas)
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 interviewed by KRLD about South Texas' primary elections, and he is interviewed by WOR about Elon Musk casting a ballot. Jones also is quoted in
http://dateline.rice/june-16-jones (This segment aired three times.)
WOR-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/june-16-jones (This segment aired five times.)
Choctaw Nation starts constructing its Oklahoma casino, northeast of Dallas

Are we close to entering a recession?
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
KVUE Online

Could Delco get a major LNG export terminal? How Biden's plans to increase LNG exports could clash with its environmental justice goals in Chester
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. 
WHYY Online (The audio segment aired on WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, and this article also appeared in The Allegheny Front and yesterday's Dateline.)

Texas Public Radio 
Steven Miles, fellow in global natural gas in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about last week's explosion at a liquified natural gas plant in Freeport, Texas.
KSTX-FM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/june-16-miles (This segment also aired on seven affiliate stations.)

'Drug factories' may be key to eliminating cancer
A broadcast features collaborative Rice research that eradicated advanced-stage ovarian and colorectal cancer in mice in as little as six days with a treatment that could be ready for human clinical trials later this year. Co-author Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is interviewed. 
WJAR Online (This segment also aired on WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island.)

LIST: Juneteenth events in Houston
A roundup mentions that Rice will host "Juneteenth 2022: Freedom Work," a panel discussion on freedom, pathways to a Ph.D. for Black students and Black entrepreneurship, on June 17.
Houston Public Media


Tax, social services and the need for an IRS overhaul
Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an analysis in Law360, and she is quoted and interviewed by three media outlets about the possible effects of drought on Texas' economy. 
Law360 (Subscription is required.)
Increasing drought threatens Texas' future prosperity
The Canadian Record (Subscription is required.)
Texas Public Radio
KSTX-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/june-16-beebe (This segment aired on seven affiliate stations.)
KERA-FM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/june-16-beebe (This segment aired twice.)

Humans in the loop help robots find their way
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a method that allows humans to help robots "see" their environments and carry out tasks. Co-authors cited include Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and director of Rice's Ken Kennedy Institute, Vaibhav Unhelkar, assistant professor of computer science, and graduate students Carlos Quintero-Peña and Constantinos Chamzas.
Tech Xplore

Polystyrene now found to contribute to the antibiotic resistance crisis
An article features collaborative Rice research that found discarded polystyrene broken down into microplastics may contribute to a growing resistance to antibiotics. Co-author Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

Oil and gas company shareholders have largely opposed stricter climate resolutions this year. Frequent investors appear to agree with the votes
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Morning Consult

Why Biden just declared heat pumps and solar panels essential to national defense 
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Global Issue (This op-ed originally appeared in The Conversation.)

Dusty disks imaged from NSF's NOIRLab
An article mentions that Andrea Isella, associate professor of physics and astronomy, collaborated on the featured research.

Navigating the path from community college to prestigious private university
An article mentions alumnus Omar Moussa Pasha, former president of the Rice Transfer Student Association.
Inside Higher Ed

Questions that deserve answers
An article features Isabella Gregory, who plans to attend Rice in the fall to pursue a master's degree in flute performance.
The Big Idea

Seeding the field
An article mentions that undergraduate student Jason Tan participated in the Harvard Medical School Summer Institute in Biomedical Informatics program.
Harvard Medical School News & Research

The 30 universities with the largest endowments

A roundup features Rice.

Tec se une a consejo de acreditadora de universidades
Rice is mentioned. (An English translation is not available.)


Union Mission hosts annual Raising Hope event to benefit emergency housing programs
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, gave the keynote address at the seventh annual Raising Hope fundraiser in Savannah, Georgia.
The Savannah Tribune

Lynnwood climber supports first all-Black Mount Everest summit bid
Alumnus Fred Campbell is featured. (This article originally appeared in The Seattle Times and yesterday's Dateline.)

Around Amherst: All-day Juneteenth Jubilee takes over Town Common
An article mentions that a team from Rice Housing and Dining competed in the American Culinary Federation's collegiate competition.
Daily Hampshire Gazette


Rice, five other Conference USA schools to join American Athletic Conference in 2023
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference on July 1, 2023. Rice Athletic Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted in two articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports page in the June 16 print edition and similar articles also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
Rice says it will join the American Conference in 2023
AAC to add six new member schools from Conference USA ahead of 2023 college football season
CBS Sports
UTSA to begin American Athletic Conference competition in 2023
UTSA Today
Fortuna's cover 4: What's next with Power 5 revenues, OU-Texas move and the Big 12?
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/june-16-kprc (This segment aired twice.)
'News on 6 at Six'
KOTV-TV (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Tigers pitching coach Chris Fetter to Michigan? Here's what A.J. Hinch had to say
Rice head baseball coach Jose Cruz Jr. is mentioned.

The ROF: Rice Owls 2022 season preview with Matthew Bartlett
A pair of articles feature Rice's football program.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football
Examining three candidates which could take a UTEP-like leap in 2022
SB Nation

Anthony Rendon comments: Athletes' concerns about ongoing injuries
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.

In Bengals' tight end room, a 60-foot, 6-inch bond between free-agent Hurst and coach Casey
An article features former Rice football player and Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach James Casey.

Houston Cougars defensive players to watch vs. Red Raiders
An article mentions that Rice's football team played the University of Houston last season.
Sports Illustrated's Red Raider Review 

2022 NCAA baseball: College World Series schedule, TV info (updated June 16, 2022)
An article mentions that Rice won the College World Series in 2003.
Saturday Down South


Dittmar named new Rice University provost
Amy Dittmar, a distinguished scholar with an extensive background in economics, finance and university administration, has been named the new provost of Rice. Her appointment will place her in one of the university’s most crucial leadership posts.

Humans in the loop help robots find their way
Just like us, robots can’t see through walls. Sometimes they need a little help to get where they’re going. Engineers at Rice have developed a method that allows humans to help robots “see” their environments and carry out tasks.