Dateline Rice for May 3, 2022

Dateline Rice


Rice's new opera house makes Houston VIPs swoon — inside the city's grand palace of music
An article features the opening gala of Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera. Community members mentioned or pictured include President David Leebron; former Rice Board of Trustees Chairman Bobby Tudor; Matthew Loden, the Lynette S. Autrey Dean of Rice's Shepherd School of Music; Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and former dean of the Shepherd School; Trustee Emerita Susanne Morris Glasscock; Trustee Emeritus Albert Chao; Anne Chao, manager of the Houston Asian American Archive and adjunct lecturer in the Department of Humanities; Provost Reginald DesRoches; Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Ladd; alumna Sasha Cooke; and Artist Diploma for Opera Performance student Kanisha Feliciano.

How Rice students are tackling climate change, affordable housing crisis with new project
An article features the unveiling of an accessory dwelling unit that 63 Rice graduates designed, drew, permitted and built over five semesters and two summers as part of the School of Architecture's Construct program, which focuses on a design-build education with social engagement. Community members quoted, mentioned or pictured include alumni Madeleine Pelzel, Kati Gullick and Alex Oetzel and Construct co-directors Andrew Colopy, associate professor of architecture, and Danny Samuels, professor in the practice of architecture. The article also cites the 2020-2021 Harris County Housing Survey conducted by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found almost 500,000 area households spend more than 30% of their income on housing.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Star section in the May 3 print edition, and it appeared in MSN.)


Hydrogen is every US gas utility's favorite future savior

Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This Bloomberg Law article also appeared in Bloomberg BNN, Bloomberg Quint, The Japan Times and MoneyWeb.)

US LNG 'GasLift' floods European terminals ahead of Russia gas cutoff
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.

Rejected by the Ivy League? Take a different path to college happiness | Opinion
Rice is mentioned.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the May 3 print edition.)


The energy industry is undergoing a transformation. To see it, look toward the Gulf of Mexico.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

TSU sees a jump in applications this year. One factor is the 'Megan effect'

An article mentions that Rice saw a 6% increase in applications from fall 2019 to fall 2021.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 3 print edition, and it appeared in MSN)

Exclusive: 6 years after Ashby high-rise controversy, a new luxury apartment tower planned for site
A caption mentions that the designs for the proposed apartment building The Langley uses brick colors and columns similar to those found on Rice's campus. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the May 3 print edition and yesterday's Dateline.)

Dayton HS students highlighted at Dayton Rotary Club meeting
An article featuring Jaclynn Schwander, salutatorian of Dayton High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice.
Bluebonnet News

Katy ISD's 2022 valedictorians, salutatorians: These are the top two students from each school.
An article features the following local high school graduates who plan to attend Rice in the fall: Christine Alexa Wu, valedictorian of Cinco Ranch High School; Arman and Ronak Saxena, valedictorian and salutatorian of Katy High School, respectively; and Shieun Lee, salutatorian of Tompkins High School. The Saxena brothers are featured in Katy Magazine.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Katy High School twins earn identical GPA's in valedictorian race
Katy Magazine

Houston hospital receives anonymous $50M donation to support specialty treatments
An article about an anonymous gift to Houston Methodist hospital mentions that part of it will be used to create an endowed position for the Neuromodulation and Recovery Laboratory in collaboration with Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering.


Remembering the life and legacy of Texas congressman Bob Krueger
An article about the death of former Texas congressman Robert Krueger mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
News 4 SA Online (This article also appeared in Fox 29 Online.)
Bob Krueger remembered beyond posts, politics
New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung


New process aims to strip ammonia from wastewater
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a high-performance catalyst for complete water denitrification. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair; 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; and graduate student Feng-Yang Chen.

Automatic admissions policies increased diversity at rural Texas high schools, says report
An article features Rice research that found "race-blind" automatic admissions policies at Texas' state universities boosted diversity in highly segregated school districts. Jeremy Fiel, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.

Study of ancient predators sheds light on how humans did — or didn't — find food
An article features Rice research into the remains of sabertooth cat kills. Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, a visiting professor of anthropology, is quoted.

Innovative music performance allows audience to see real-time brain activity of dancers
An article features the performance "LiveWire" by Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, and alumnus David Eagleman, which took place at the 2022 International Workshop on the Neural and Social Bases of the Creative Movement. The performers wore specialized caps that incorporated their neural activity into the visual elements of the show.

Computerized diagnostic tool shows promise for early detection of cognitive impairment
An article features research by graduate student Siao Ye.


Sides wrap up in Arkansas judicial vote districting case
John Alford, professor of political science, is quoted.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Subscription is required. This article also appeared online in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and it appeared in the May 3 print edition of both papers.)

Guyana participating in world's biggest O&G event
An article mentions that Guyana Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat will give an address at the Baker Institute for Public Policy May 3.
Guyana Chronicle (This article also appeared in

Three Republicans compete in the state's extreme northwest corner
An article features alumnus Jay Oliphant.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Subscription is required. This article also appeared online in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)


WTEN: 2022 All-Conference team announced
An article mentions that Rice tennis player Anna Bowtell was named to Conference USA's All-Conference singles first team, Maria Budin and Diae El Jardi were named to the doubles first team, Anastasia Smirnova and Allison Zipoli were named to the doubles second team, and Zipoli was named to the All-Freshman team.
Conference USA

2022 NFL undrafted free agent tracker: Eagles add Carson Strong, Chiefs grab Justyn Ross, Colts sign big class
An article mentions that former Rice football player Elijah Garcia joined the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent.
CBS Sports

Arnold earns American honors
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston May 4.

Houston takes a seat at Big 12 spring meetings
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Warren JFK junior commits to major college football program
An article featuring Patrick Valent mentions that he has committed to play football at Rice.
MSN (This article originally appeared in WKBN Online and WFMJ Online.)
'1st News on Fox'
WYFX-TV (Youngstown, Ohio)
http://dateline.rice/may-3-wyfx (This segment aired five times.)

Who is Giannis Antetokounmpo's girlfriend, Mariah Riddlesprigger?
Former Rice volleyball player Mariah Riddlesprigger, girlfriend of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, is featured.

New Canaan’s Jack Stewart transferring to UConn from Michigan
An article mentions Rice football player Garrett Braden.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 

Texas A&M men's tennis travels to Waco for opening round
An article mention that Rice's men's tennis team was defeated by Texas A&M University in the 2007 NCAA tournament.
KBTX Online (This article also appeared in

Phenom 1-on-1 with 2023 Michael Nwoko (TBS)
Rice is mentioned.
Phenom Hoop Report

Tennis earns four All-Conference honors
An article mentions Rice's women's tennis team. 
Mean Green Sports

The top 20 catchers in Texas high school baseball: A closer look at the state's best players
An article mentions that Landon West has committed to Rice to play baseball.
Scorebook Live

Texas to host Houston Baptist on Tuesday
An article mentions former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman, manager of Houston Baptist University's baseball team.
SB Nation 
Baseball preview: Houston Baptist

Hilltoppers drop finale at Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team won two in its three-game series against Western Kentucky University April 29-May 1.
Bowling Green Daily News


Former VP Mike Pence to speak at Rice's Baker Institute May 10
Former Vice President Mike Pence will discuss U.S. energy policy and a path to increasing energy security at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy May 10. The invitation-only event will be open to the media and will be webcast.