Dateline Rice for April 11, 2023

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Energy crunch eases in emerging markets, thanks to Europe's warm winter
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal (This segment aired on more than 600 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Leaked US intel: Russia operatives claimed new ties with UAE
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets, and it appeared on the front page of the April 11 print edition of the Imperial Valley Press.)
Russia boasted UAE ties in leaked intelligence docs
New York Post

Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton's odd absence is subject of 'outrageous allegations,' his lawyer says
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.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle also appeared in the April 11 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
Poised to pardon a convicted murderer, Gov. Greg Abbott has a history of stingy clemency
The Dallas Morning News
What could the expulsion of Tennessee lawmakers mean for Texas?
Texas Standard (This article also appeared in KUT Online.)
Biden chce kandidovat i podruhé. Potká opět Trumpa? (An English translation is not available.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/april-11-jones (This segment aired four times.)

AI is more than ChatGPT — is the sci-fi cliché about to turn real?
An article mentions collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. A Rice video is included in the second article.
New York Post (This article also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the April 11 print edition.
Zumbi? Frankenstein? Cientistas já transformam cadáver de aranha em robô

Texas library may face elimination weeks after banned books return
A photo of bookshelves at Rice's Fondren Library is included.

Augie students to intern at world's largest medical complex
Rice is mentioned.
MSN (This article originally appeared in WHBF Online.)


Texas House advances bill decriminalizing fentanyl test strips
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in MSN Health and 10 other media outlets.)

5 Rice University-founded startups named finalists ahead of annual pitch competition
An article features the five startups named as finalists in Rice's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Championships: Goldie, co-founded by graduate students Viviane Nguyen, Stephanie Zhou and Samantha Wong; Separion, co-founded by graduate students Yuren Feng, Xiaochuan Huang and Ze He; Sygne Solutions, co-founded by graduate students Bo Wang, Subash Kannan and Dana Vazquez and research scientist Kimberly Heck; Tidepay, co-founded by undergraduate students Andrew Pitigoi and Devin Shah; and Tierra Climate, co-founded by graduate student Emma Konet.

Meet the Houston OB-GYNs pushing back against Texas abortion laws
Alumna Damla Karsan is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 11 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Why do we need so many lawns anyway? (Opinion)
Ronald Parry, emeritus professor of chemistry and of biochemistry and cell biology, authored a letter to the editor.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This roundup also appeared on the front of the Opinion page in the April 11 print edition.)


KOA-AM (Denver)
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about rising oil prices.


Rice U. engineering students aim to shed better light on surgeries
An article features collaborative Rice research building a tunable lighting system that would allow surgeons to better illuminate their working area without having to handle equipment or wear headlamps, which could reduce the duration of some surgeries by as much as 25%. The research team includes undergraduates Ellice Gao, Bryn Gerwin, Justin Guilak, Rosemary Lach, Renly Liu and Hemish Thakkar and two mentors: David Trevas, lecturer in mechanical engineering, and Gary Woods, a professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering. The students will compete in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen showcase April 13.
Science X

Houston-area colleges embrace ChatGPT, AI tools
David Messmer, senior lecturer in communication and director of the First-Year Intensive Writing Seminar program, is quoted.
Government Technology

Common Desk expands footprint in the Ion
An article mentions the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co.
The Real Deal

David Eagleman, biografia de um especialista em cérebro
Alumnus David Eagleman is featured. (An English translation is not available.)

Research group develops commercially viable sodium batteries
Rice is mentioned.
Economic Times
Another one signing off in Houston


Two UGA juniors named Goldwater Scholars
An article mentions the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice.
University of Georgia News


Lamar set for rematch with Owls
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Lamar University April 11.
UP calendar April 11-15
University Press

Rogers named POW; Cowboys host LC, visit Rice this week
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play McNeese State University April 12.

Georgia three-peat, new coaches, QB competitions highlight spring college football storylines
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
USA Today

Rice transfer G Quincy Olivari includes Texas among finalists
An article features former Rice basketball player Quincy Olivari.
SB Nation
Quincy Olivari, Rice transfer, has four finalists, including Xavier
Auburn makes top 4 for Rice transfer guard Quincy Olivari
Texas basketball: Longhorns in the mix for two top transfer targets
USA Today's Longhorns Wire
2023 Canes basketball portal tracker: Rice transfer names Miami in top four
Sports Illustrated's All Hurricanes

Ex-Cal forward Sam Alajiki is transferring to Rice
An article mentions that Sam Alajiki will transfer to Rice to play basketball.
Sports Illustrated's Cal Sports Report

Texas basketball coach Rodney Terry: LSU game in Houston set for 2023-24 season
An article mentions that Rice's basketball team played the University of Texas at Austin last December.

Baseball hosts game two of Don Sanders Cup
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team lost to the University of Houston April 5.

Recent Husker offer recipient Jaydon Smith knows his way to the end zone
Rice is mentioned. (Subscription is required.)


Rice Theatre senior show kicking off VADA's end-of-year activities
Rice Theatre's "Small Mouth Sounds"— a play entirely produced, staffed and performed by this year's senior cohort, a first in the program's history — is set for April 14-16 at Hamman Hall. Having lived through a pandemic, the students chose a show that tackles questions of self-reflection, communication and societal contribution sparked by that experience: How can human beings connect when they are forced to be silent?

Rice U. engineering students aim to shed better light on surgeries
Improving lighting in the operating room could cut the duration of some surgeries by as much as 25%, according to Dr. Munish Gupta, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Washington University in St. Louis. With that in mind, he tasked Rice engineering students on the OR Lights team with building a tunable lighting system that allows surgeons to better illuminate their working area without having to handle equipment or wear headlamps.