Dateline Rice for April 4, 2023

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Analysis: Saudi crown prince acts to realign Mideast dynamics amid concern over US support
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets, and it appeared in the April 4 print edition of The Charlottetown Guardian.)
Surging oil prices could again frustrate inflation fight
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

White House or jail? Historians see Trump arraignment as start of an uncertain chapter
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Miami Herald (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
'Morning in America with Adrienne'
NewsNation (This segment aired eight times on affiliate stations across the U.S.)

How Saudi Arabia drifted away from the US and into the arms of China
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Telegraph.)

Heat worsens viral attacks on algae in corals
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, alumna and temporary postdoctoral associate Lauren Howe-Kerr and alumnus Carsten Grupstra.

Drug delivery tech could make missed meds a thing of the past
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.


Sen. Cruz tours the Ion, fights for Texas innovation
An article mentions that Sen. Ted Cruz participated in a roundtable discussion at the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co., with the following Rice community members: President Reginald DesRoches; Jan Odegard, executive director of the Ion; Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation; and John Lawrence, deputy chief investment officer at the Rice Management Co.
The Gilmer Mirror (This article also appeared in

Coal-fired electricity generation to be slashed by 2026, report finds
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the April 4 print edition.)

These tiny beads may offer big hope to ovarian cancer patients
An article features a collaborative study using cytokine "drug factory" technology that found it can eradicate advanced-stage mesothelioma tumors in mice in just a few days. Co-authors Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Texas Monthly

Texas has declared war on fentanyl. Drug experts say it's making the same old mistakes.
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Monthly

Rice University hires director for new Advanced Materials Institute backed by Welch Foundation
Articles feature the hiring of Lane Martin as director of the Rice Advanced Materials Institute and Welch Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. Provost Amy Dittmar and Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the school, are quoted.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 31-April 6 print and digital editions, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

The campaign to sabotage Texas' public schools
Alumna Joanna Day is featured.
Texas Monthly (This article was featured on the cover of the March print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Study reveals epigenetic vulnerability of acute myeloid leukemia
An article mentions that experts at Rice contributed to the featured research.
Baylor College of Medicine

TAMIU ranked No. 2 best college in Texas by Degree Choices
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas and in the South according to Degree Choice.
Laredo Morning Times

Hicks Ventures to build mass-timber office building with net-zero goals in west Houston
An article mentions that Rice's new Hanszen College is a large-scale mass timber project.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
6-story mass-timber project planned in west Houston aims to become example for sustainable office design
MSN Money (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Bill aims to purge Texas voters if they skip elections
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.
Spectrum News
Lawmakers look to limit China's farmland ownership in US
NewsNation (This segment also aired 17 times on affiliated stations across Texas, and this article also appeared in MSN.)
WIND-AM (Chicago)

Policy ideas on mass shootings (April 4, 2023)
A broadcast features Sandra McKay, the Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who discusses a new study she co-authored on reducing firearm injury and death among young Texans. Texas Public Radio mentions the study.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Texas Public Radio
KSTX-FM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/april-4-kstx (This segment also aired on seven affiliate stations.)


Understanding the wider applications of 2D materials
An article features collaborative Rice research meticulously adjusting the molecular structure of 2D polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Qiyi Fang are quoted.
AZo Nano

Ex-president questions Texas A&M's support of Prairie View
An article mentions that Trustee Emerita Ruth Simmons, former president of Prairie View A&M University, is a President's Distinguished Fellow at Rice.
Inside Higher Ed

Genome study reflects Swahili oral history
Jeffrey Fleisher, a professor of anthropology who co-authored the featured study, is quoted.

Sustainable 3D printing: From Earth to space colonies
An article mentions that researchers at Rice developed a method to 3D print objects with living cells in 2018.
Intelligent Living


Doerr Institute and Carnegie Foundation launch leadership training evaluation program for higher ed
An article mentions that Rice's Doerr Institute for New Leaders is accepting application for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Leadership for Public Purpose program, which aims to improve the practice of leadership education and development. Carla Ortega, strategic initiatives manager at the Doerr Institute, is quoted.

Best private colleges in America
Rice is featured. (This article also appeared in


BSB: April 3 Players of the Week
An article features Rice baseball player Parker Smith, who has been named the Conference USA Pitcher of the Week.
Conference USA 

JT Daniels, Kedon Slovis among college quarterbacks preparing to start for third or fourth school
An article features Rice football player J.T. Daniels and mentions head coach Mike Bloomgren. 

Cougars, Owls meet in first game of Silver Glove series
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston April 4.

Baseball: FAU wins three-game series against Rice University
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team won one of its three games against Florida Atlantic University March 31-April 2.
University Press
Florida Atlantic bats silenced in series opener with Rice
FAU offense comes alive in win over Rice
Florida Atlantic storms past Rice in series finale
Owls set for showdown with 15th-ranked FGCU
No. 15 Eagles begin road trip at FAU

Tennis falls short to No. 64 South Florida
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play the University of Houston April 15.

No. 41 UTSA named the ITA March Team of the Month
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio April 8.

Women's tennis team at FIU has its 10-match winning streak snapped
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team defeated Florida International University 4-2 April 2.
Miami Herald (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Sutton leads men's golf at Walden Invitational
An article mentions that Rice's golf team was in third place after the first day of competition at the Huntsville Toyota Walden Invitational April 3-4.
Men's golf in ninth after first day of Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational
Lions in 10th at Walden Invitational
CMU's Jackman 1 shot off the lead after historic day in Texas
MGOLF: Huskies in 13th at Huntsville Toyota Bearkat Invitational
MGOLF: Huskies to compete in Huntsville Toyota Walden Invitational
Lions finish ninth at The Big Texan

Jim Nantz's dream 32-year Final Four run wraps as iconic voice of March Madness soaks in final moments
An article featuring Jim Nantz mentions that he called play-by-play for a Rice basketball game in 1981.
CBS Sports

Here's how the LDN covered new PSU men's basketball coach Mike Rhoades while he was a standout player at LVC
Former Rice men’s basketball coach Mike Rhoades is featured.

No. 56 SMU blanks No. 68 Tulsa
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play Southern Methodist University April 8.

MGN morning report: New coaches, practice
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Mean Green Nation
March proves Temple has a future in The American
The Temple News
Best case, worst case for 2023: Texas State Bobcats
Dave Campbell's Texas Football 

Texas A&M athletics weekly roundup: Aggie baseball bounces back, women's tennis remains dominant
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to Texas A&M University 4-2 April 1.

College football and basketball combined rankings 1-133: Hoops and helmets 2023
A roundup features Rice's football and basketball programs.
College Football News

Steve Sarkisian on Arch Manning: 'He's not a robot'
An article mentions the Rice football team's season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.
Heartland College Sports

South Florida women's tennis defeats Houston
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team lost to the University of South Florida 4-3 March 31.


¿Hablar español o no? How speaking Spanish on the campaign trail helps some political candidates but hurts others
Speaking Spanish on the campaign trail may seem like a good way to connect with some voters, but new research from Rice finds it can actually hurt the chances of Hispanic candidates who aren’t native speakers. "Se Habla Español: Spanish-Language Appeals and Candidate Evaluations in the United States" examines how speaking Spanish affects candidates' success when voters know nothing else about them.

Strong ultralight material could aid energy storage, carbon capture
2D materials get their strength from their atom-thin, sheetlike structure. However, stacking multiple layers of a 2D material will sap it of the qualities that make it so useful. Rice materials scientist Jun Lou and collaborators showed that fine-tuning interlayer interactions in a class of 2D polymers known as covalent organic frameworks can determine the materials' loss or retention of desirable mechanical properties in multilayer or bulk form.

Rice U. energy experts available to discuss OPEC+ oil production cut
Saudi Arabia and other OPEC+ oil producers have announced production cuts that will result in rising gas prices and continued friction in U.S.-Saudi relations, according to experts from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Baker Institute report: How do influencers get taxed?
Social media influencers can earn hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars each year. But how are those earnings taxed? A new brief by Joyce Beebe, fellow in public finance at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, explains what rules apply to influencers and how authorities can improve compliance.