Dateline Rice for April 10, 2023 (Weekend Edition)

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Rice University engineering school launches initiative focused on diversity, equity, inclusion
An article mentions that Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering will launch the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Outreach Center, a schoolwide initiative housed within Academic Affairs that will collaborate with entities across the university to develop programming and share best practices to create an inclusive educational community. The article also mentions or quotes the following: Ceclia Fernández, assistant director of DEI and outreach at the Brown School; Renata Ramos, associate dean of academic affairs and a teaching professor of bioengineering; Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics; Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the engineering school; Lane Martin, who has been hired as the director of the Rice Advanced Materials Institute and Welch Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering; and Rice's Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. 
Houston Business Journal


How high will California gasoline prices climb this summer? Here's your forecast
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This Sacramento Bee article also appeared on the front page of the April 10 print and digital editions of the Bee, the Merced Sun-Star and the Modesto Bee, and it appeared in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.) 

Fluency matters when candidates speak Spanish
An article features Rice research that found speaking Spanish on the campaign trail may hurt the chances of Hispanic candidates who are not native speakers. Co-authors and graduate students Marques Zárate and Enrique Quezada-Llanes are cited.
Futurity (This research was also featured in the "Futurity Today" newsletter April 10.)

The awkward handshake that sums up Saudi Arabia's lurch toward China
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Telegraph article appeared in the April 8 print edition of the National Post and 10 other media outlets online.)

The land of haves and have-nots
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
The Bangkok Post (This article also appeared on the front of the Spotlight section in the April print edition, and it appeared online in MSN International.)
Venezuela: Das land der habenden und nichthabenden
Wochen Blitz (An English translation is not available.)

Small countries, big war
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Foreign Affairs

Dlaczego Polsce tak długo buduje się pływający terminal gazowy
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSP Standard (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Deutsche Welle and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Hal's kitchen: Ex-Bomber brings Chopped Leaf to town
An article mentions that researchers at Rice have developed a sustainable, low-cost, egg-based coating to extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.
Winnipeg Sun (This article also appeared in the April 9 print edition.)
Lakeland Civic Orchestra hosting Young Artists Competition May 15
Rice is mentioned.
Yahoo! News (This Willoughby News-Herald article also appeared in the April 9 print and digital editions.) 

Ko Wen-je heads to US ahead of expected presidential run
An article mentions that Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je will visit Rice April 21.
Focus Taiwan


3 Houston innovators to know this week
Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation, is featured.

Texas ranchers, farmers turn to carbon credits to keep fields, pocketbooks green
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law, co-director of Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Texas Inc. section in the April 9 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Texas is set to take over HISD. Here's why state interventions rarely improve academics
Ruth López Turley, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle, and she is cited in a 2016 segment by WNYC Studios that was recently re-aired.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the April 9 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
No. 1: The poverty tour
WNYC Studios' "On The Media" (This segment aired on more than 400 stations across the U.S.)

Houston-area colleges opt to integrate, not shun ChatGPT despite plagiarism concerns
David Messmer, senior lecturer in communication and director of the First-Year Intensive Writing Seminar program, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

Megan Miranda among the authors at Houston book events this week
A roundup mentions that writer Mircea Cărtărescu will be in conversation with Andrea Bajani, distinguished writer in residence in the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures, at a reading April 12. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 10 print edition.)

TEA should enlist Ruth Simmons' help (Opinion)
Trustee Emerita and Rice President's Distinguished Fellow Ruth Simmons is pictured and mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Meet the Houston OB-GYNs pushing back against Texas abortion laws
Alumna Damla Karsan is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Health.)

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter No. 395
A roundup features Rice news stories from the past week.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

Experience Rice Village, a historic haven in the heart of Houston
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Top performing arts and live theater this week: April 10-16, 2023
Two roundups mention that Rice's Baker College will perform "The Taming of the Shrew" at the 51st Annual BakerShake April 14-16.
365 Things To Do in Houston
Plan your weekend: April 13-16, 2023
365 Things To Do in Houston


Texas law similar to Tennessee's would allow House and Senate to expel members
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in two media outlets, and he authored an op-ed on Venezuela in Oil & Gas Journal and is interviewed by the Texas Standard about political turmoil in Tennessee.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired twice on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
Texas bill could require Ten Commandments in classrooms
KXAN (This segment also aired on KXAN-TV in Austin.)
Potential political earthquake in Argentina's Vaca Muerta
Oil & Gas Journal (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the April 3 print and digital editions.)
Today on Texas Standard: A Texas judge says medication abortion is illegal. What's next? 
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 40 stations across Texas.)

The future of semiconductors in Texas
Ramamoorthy Ramesh, vice president for research, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Bloomberg Radio
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about rising oil prices.
http://dateline.rice/april-10-krane (This segment aired on 100 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

KTBU-TV (Houston)
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is featured.

How cartels use illegal wildlife trafficking to make fentanyl
An article cites a 2013 report by the Baker Institute for Public Policy into Mexican cartels' role in illicit wildlife trade. 

WTGS-TV (Savannah, Georgia)
Alumnus Edwin Breeden is interviewed about South Carolina historical markers.

'Arab Voices' archives for 2023
A broadcast mentions that the Arab-American Education Fund helped establish a chair for Arab Studies at Rice.
Arab Voices Radio Talk Show (This segment aired on more than 25 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

'Good Day Arkansas'
Rice is mentioned.
KLRT-TV (Little Rock, Arkansas)
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)


New drug delivery tech could ensure you never forget your meds
An article features Rice research developing an encapsulation technology for time-released drugs. Co-authors Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Tyler Graf are quoted. This research is also featured in a roundup by Cosmos.
You may have missed … time-released drugs, new membrane mirrors for space telescopes, crabs chow down on COTS, and dual quasars

On the Swahili Coast, Persia met Africa: A tale of love, trade and ancestry
Jeffrey Fleisher, a professor of anthropology who co-authored the featured study, is quoted.

Facades+ returns to Houston with a program focused on prominent local buildings
A roundup mentions that George Ristow, university architect, will co-present on design elements of Rice's new Ralph S. O'Connor Engineering and Science Building at the Facades+ symposium in Houston April 13.
The Architect's Newspaper

'Fermate gli esperimenti di Intelligenza Artificiale.' La lettera del Future of Life Institute
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, is quoted.
Economia e Finanza (An English translation is not available.)

Chinese Amerikanen voelen zich tweederangsburgers door politieke machtsstrijd
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and associate director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

Boom de epidemias virais entre os corais devido ao calor: A confirmação em um estudo revolucionário
An article features collaborative Rice research that found viruses may increase their attacks on photosynthetic algae that live inside corals during marine heat waves. Co-authors quoted include Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, and alumna and temporary postdoctoral associate Lauren Howe-Kerr. (An English translation is not available.)

Bun B speaks to the first graduating class of Mickey Factz Hip-Hop Academy
An article featuring Bernard "Bun B" Freeman mentions that he is a former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Black Enterprise

2D polymers: The future of fracture-resistant materials
An article features collaborative Rice research meticulously adjusting the molecular structure of 2D polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. 
Interesting Engineering

Rising stars: Ellie Zeron's path to wine began in Venezuela, led to Red Mountain
Alumna Ellie Zeron is featured.
Great Northwest Wine

High school student with 5.1 GPA wrote a SpongeBob essay and was rejected by every Ivy League university despite being No. 1 in his class
Rice is mentioned.

Rendre le bâtiment plus vert: Le pari réussi de ces scientifiques
A roundup mentions Rice research on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cement production. (An English translation is not available.)


UA chancellor committed to Arkansas
An article features alumnus Charles Robinson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and it appeared on the front page of the April 10 print editions of both newspapers.)

Two juniors named Goldwater Scholars
An article mentions the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice
UGA Today

Augustana College juniors selected for Texas Medical Center internships
Rice is mentioned.
River Cities' Reader (This article also appeared in Our Quad Cities.)


La Tech splits Saturday doubleheader, wins series at Rice
Rice's baseball team won one game in its three-game series against Louisiana Tech University April 7-8. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Bulldogs win gut-it-out game 1 at Rice
Preview: La. Tech at Rice series
Changes made to La. Tech-Rice series

AFC notes: Jaguars, Texans, Titans
An article mentions that former Rice football players Ikenna Enechukwu and Christian VanSickle participated in an NFL Pro Day.
NFL Trade Rumors

Men's golf looks to strengthen follow-through as C-USA championship approaches
An article mentions that Rice's golf team recently competed in the All-American Intercollegiate tournament in Houston.
North Texas Daily

Baseball shocks Wichita State, takes series win
An article mentions the 2016 baseball game between Rice and the University of Houston.

Tennis falls to UTSA, 5-2
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play the University of Houston April 15.

No. 57 Mustangs head to Waco to face No. 42 Baylor Bears
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team lost to Southern Methodist University 4-2 April 8.
Mustangs earn second straight ranked victory with 4-2 win over No. 44 Rice
SMU women's tennis travels to Houston for dual vs. No. 44 Rice

Cardinals split doubleheader at Northwestern State
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Lamar University April 11. (This article also appeared in

Plunkett and Jags finish second at Craft Farms on Monday
An article mentions that Rice's golf team placed fifth and Blake Benson tied for fourth individually in the Craft Farms Intercollegiate tournament March 26-27.
South Alabama to host Craft Farms Intercollegiate this weekend

34th-ranked Roadrunners see historic win streak end in slugfest at No. 71 Rice
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 4-3 April 8.
No. 34 UTSA travels to 71st-ranked Rice this weekend

Pokes win 4-3 to capture series over Islanders
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play McNeese State University April 12. (This article also appeared in Crescent City Sports.)

No. 22 Tech drops series opener to NDSU
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team defeated Texas Tech University March 3. (This article also appeared in

Texas A&M adds Richmond OL transfer Derek Ferraro as preferred walk-on
Former Rice football player Derek Ferraro is featured.

WTF Da Huddle Up
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is featured.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Rice transfer Quincy Olivari sets two visits, details recruitment
An article features former Rice basketball player Quincy Olivari.
Kadin Shedrick, Virginia transfer in portal, has Xavier among five finalists, per report

Tigers ink transfer guard Jones
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team played Auburn University March 4.

Joining Virginia Tech men's basketball staff a 'special opportunity' for J.D. Byers
Former Rice men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades is featured. (Subscription is required.)

Oklahoma native D.J. Eliot's move to the Philadelphia Eagles has taken him 'past my dream'
An article features former Rice assistant football coach D.J. Eliot.
The Oklahoman

Former PSU assistant (and manager) Adam Fisher begins first head coaching job, a tough one at Temple | Jones
Rice is mentioned. (Subscription is required.)
List of recruits who committed to P5 schools this week
Dynasty rookie injury concerns: Wide receiver
Dynasty League Football

Ranking Florida's NCAA football programs by quality of 2023-24 season
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.


Rice U.'s KTRU presents Outdoor Show celebrating Texas talent April 15
For the last 30 years, KTRU-LP 96.1 FM, Rice's student-run radio station, has hosted a springtime music festival on the tree-lined campus that’s always free and open to the public. Its 31st annual Outdoor Show on April 15 will once again take place all afternoon and into the evening on the grassy Central Quad off Alumni Drive, featuring a diverse and talented array of Texas acts.