Dateline Rice for Feb. 1, 2023

dateline rice


Most Texans want 'content ratings' on school library books and diverse classes, poll finds
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 article originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News.)
Texans hold mixed attitudes on 'culture war' topics facing legislature
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage.)
Hobby School survey gauges public support for school vouchers
Houston Style Magazine
Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, 20 years later (Feb. 1, 2023)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

You can't really tell who 'looks trustworthy'
An article features collaborative Rice research that suggests people's belief that they have the ability to judge trustworthiness merely based on appearance is unfounded. Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Statistics and Psychology, is quoted. The research is also featured in the "Futurity Today" newsletter, which also includes Rice research that could lead to new therapies for Alzheimer's disease and a study on how parents view their children's social media use. 
Can't judge a book ...
'Futurity Today' newsletter for Jan. 31, 2023

Our future could be full of undying, self-repairing robots. Here's how
A caption mentions collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Assistant Secretary Pyatt's travel to Houston
An article mentions that Bureau of Energy Resources Assistant Secretary Geoffrey Pyatt is participating in a career discussion with students at Rice and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the department's energy training course implemented in partnership with Rice and the Energy Workforce and Technology Council.
U.S. Department of State


10 can't-miss Houston business and innovation events for February
A roundup mentions that C. Fred Higgs III, the vice provost for academic affairs, director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and the John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will be a featured speaker at the Ion's Innovation on Tap: Disruptive Technology Talks series Feb. 9, and that the 23rd annual Women in Leadership Conference will be held at Rice Feb. 10.

Rice's School House Mania
Anne Papakonstantinou, clinical assistant professor and director of the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), authored an article about RUSMP's partnership with Rice Athletics for its annual School House Mania, which fills the stand of Tudor Fieldhouse with visiting students to watch men's and women's basketball games. Carolyn White, director of mathematics programs at RUSMP, is mentioned.
Village News (This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition, and it appeared in the print and digital editions of the Southwest News.)

New $26.2M child care program would add 1,000 free seats for low-income Harris County children
An article cites a study by the Texas Policy Lab at Rice into child care deserts in Harris County.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Feb. 1 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN.)

Houston innovator aims to connect the dots between data science and phenomena
An article mentions that a collection of writings about paranormal experiences is housed at Rice's Woodson Research Center.

Jesse H. Jones' impact on the Houston landscape
Rice is mentioned.
Waxahachie Daily Light


Black Information Network
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the climate change risk from gas stoves.
WWRL-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/feb-1-cohan (This segment aired seven times and appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Persistence is crucial in the classroom, new education reports show
An article features a study by the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found persistence leads to better academic outcomes for Houston Independent School District students. Erin Baumgartner, director of HERC, is quoted.

Perovskite crystals appear to dance when they get excited
An article features Rice research into the first direct measurement of structural dynamics under light-induced excitation in 2D perovskites. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Jean-Christophe Blancon, senior scientist, and graduate students Hao Zhang and Wenbin Li. The research is also featured in a roundup by The American Ceramic Society.
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society

Big Tech firing ruins 'family' spin on its corporate culture: Insider
Eden King, associate professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
The Financial District

Reliable European demand fuels US natural gas boom
Steven Miles, fellow in global natural gas in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Hellenic Shipping News (This article also appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition of New Era and Kuwait Times.) 

2023 MBA interview questions: A school-by-school list
Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

How can academic publishing support FAIR and open science?
A roundup features alumnus Kyle Cranmer.
Physics World

Lake Resources enhances HR division with its first chief people officer
An article featuring Gentry Brann mentions that she completed an advanced leadership program at the Jones Graduate School of Business.
Proactive Investors

HiFi long-read sequencing brings more accuracy to population genomics studies
An article mentions that experts at Rice contributed to the featured research.

UK university patents new corrosion sensor
An article mentions Rice research developing a strain-sensing smart skin composed of nanotubes to monitor and detect damage in large structures. 
Paint Square


Talithia Williams kicks off spring University Forum Series Feb. 7
An article features alumna Talithia Williams.
The Pine Belt News

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship's new director: 'Every Duke student is an innovator'
An article features Jamie Jones, former executive director of Rice's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Duke Today

Hitting children is never OK
Alumnus Rainer Ebert co-authored an op-ed.
Mail & Guardian

Profesor de INTEC desarrolla herramientas con inteligencia artificial para reducir impacto fenómenos naturales
Kalil Erazo, assistant teaching professor of civil and environmental engineering, is featured.
El Titular (This article also appeared in El Dia and


ITF: Jan. 31 Athletes of the Week
An article features Rice's Erna Gunnarsdottir, who was named the Conference USA Female Field Athlete of the Week, and Nick Hicks, who was named the C-USA Male Field Athlete of the Week.
Conference USA

Rice visits Louisiana Tech for conference matchup
An article mentions that Rice's men's and women's basketball teams are slated to play Louisiana Tech University Feb. 2. (This Associated Press article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

All-FBS Team 2022: See the Jacksonville area's top stars in college football season
Rice football player Noah Robertson is mentioned.
The Florida Times-Union (This article also appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition.)

Feel-good No. 19 Florida Atlantic set for UAB rematch
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 70-52 Jan. 28. 
CBS Sports (This Field Level Media article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

2023 Big 12 football schedule by team: Key games, dates as league welcomes four new members next season
Several articles mention that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Sept. 2 and the University of Houston Sept. 9.
CBS Sports (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
University of Houston to host TCU in first Big 12 football game
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Feb. 1 print edition.)
Inaugural Big 12 Conference schedule unveiled (This article also appeared in The Daily Cougar.)

The week that was in college swimming (Week 14) — more January fireworks
An article mentions that Rice's swim team won its meet against the University of Houston Jan. 28.

College football recruiting rankings: Where Texas teams sit on eve of NSD
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Beschorner and Breske join NIU coaching staff
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Wesley Beschorner.

Several Farragut stars extend their athletic careers on the collegiate stage
An article mentions that Reese Kenney has signed to play football at Rice.
WVLT Online

'TV 6 First Look'
A broadcast features former Rice assistant volleyball coach Sarah Kuehn.
WLUC-TV (Marquette, Michigan)
http://dateline.rice/feb-1-wluc (This segment aired twice.)
2023 Heisman watch: Early rankings of the top 10 candidates for next season
An article mentions last season's football game between Rice and the University of Southern California.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in Trojans Wire.)


Two Rice University professors elected AAAS fellows
Rice professors Thomas Killian and Marek Kimmel have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. The distinction is among the highest in the scientific community — fewer than 1% of AAAS members are elected fellows each year by their peers — and honors scientists, engineers and innovators whose efforts on behalf of science and its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.