Dateline Rice for Feb. 14, 2023

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Grieving a spouse while working ups inflammation
An article features Rice research into coping with the loss of a spouse. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Chris Fagundes, a professor of psychological sciences, and Jensine Paoletti, postdoctoral associate.

Mpox is simmering south of the border
An articles feature collaborative Rice research that developed a fake skin to study how mosquitoes feed. Study co-author Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

Biden's census changes could be complicated, but worth it, Texas experts say
Gabriela Sánchez-Soto, research scientist at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared on the front of the City/State section of the Feb. 14 print edition.)

Silicon Valley talent is helping grow Vietnam's startup hub
Alumnus Nguyen Nguyen is quoted.
Bloomberg (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Cómo es la novedosa investigación de IBM que promete revolucionar la producción de fármacos con Inteligencia Artificial
Alumna Payel Das is featured.
Forbes Argentina (An English translation is not available.)


This Third Ward all-girl college prep school is one of the top-ranked Houston schools. Here's why.
An article featuring high school student Naylie Leal mentions that she plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 14 print edition.)


'Capital Tonight'
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 Austin (This segment aired five times.)

La infraestructura y la gigafactory de Tesla en México
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Imagen Radio (An English translation is not available.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
A broadcast features Ella Fondren, whose family's gift to Rice helped establish Fondren Library in 1949.

Houston's highest-performing schools (Feb. 14, 2023)
A "Houston Matters" segment mentions that tomorrow's episode will feature a discussion about Rice research that suggests people are more likely to distrust the government when their family and friends are victims of natural disasters.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


Black girls benefit most when STEM teachers train up
An article features collaborative Rice research that found middle and high school students benefit when STEM teachers pursue continuing professional development. Study co-authors include Carolyn Nichol, associate research professor of chemistry and director of Rice's Office of STEM Engagement; Cecilia Fernández, assistant director of diversity, equity, inclusion and outreach; Christopher Barr, director of assessment and evaluation of STEM programs in the Office of Research; Allen Antoine, associate director for math and computer science in the Office of STEM Engagement; and Christina Alston, associate director for equitable research, evaluation and grant development in the Office of STEM Engagement.

Scientific AI's 'black box' is no match for 200-year-old method
An article features collaborative Rice research into how artificial intelligence's deep neural networks learn to perform tasks involving complex physics. Co-authors quotes or mentioned include Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, alumni Adam Subel and Ashesh Chattopadhyay, and postdoctoral research associate Yifei Guan.

'Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art' at The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice, is cited. The article also mentions that the Archives of the Impossible, a collection of writings about paranormal experiences, are housed at Rice.
Whitehot Magazine

Casarnos en Granada fue un sueño hecho realidad
Luis Duno-Gottberg, professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, is featured. (An English translation is not available. Subscription is required.)

Houston colleges shift away from traditional look with more modern buildings
An article featuring the architecture on Rice's campus and other local universities highlights the Moody Center for the Arts, Kraft Hall for Social Sciences, Brochstein Pavilion, Lovett Hall and James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. The article also mentions forthcoming buildings such as the Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall student arts building and the Moody Center for Student Life and Opportunity. Community members mentioned include late alumnus and former Trustee Emeritus Raymond Brochstein and alumnus Charles Renfro, who designed Sarofim Hall.
MSN Money (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.) 

Ready, set, go!  How to start running to stay fit
An article cites Rice research into running shoes.
HealthDay (This article also appeared in MSN Health.)


Update: February at Penn
A roundup mentions that Xue Sherry Gao, the T.N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering, will give the talk "Engineered CRISPR Systems for Disease Treatment and Diagnostics" at the University of Pennsylvania Feb. 20.
University of Pennsylvania's Almanac

Roomful of Teeth to perform at Rice Feb. 24
An article mentions that Grammy Award-winning vocal band Roomful of Teeth will perform at Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera Feb. 24. Group member and alumna Caroline Shaw, a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned. Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory, is quoted.

NU Professor William Kay leaves legacy as passionate academic, caring professor
An article features late alumnus William Kay, who died Jan. 28 at 69.
Northeastern University's The Huntington News

Penn among America's top-ranked colleges led by a woman or person of color
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Pennsylvanian

Moving beyond the present
An article features former Rice lecturer Tatiana Bilbao.
A&B Architecture


WBB: Feb. 13 Players of the Week
An article features Rice basketball player Dominique Ennis, who has been named Conference USA's Freshman of the Week.
Conference USA

2023 AAC Championships fan guide: Houston hunting seventh straight women's title
An article mentions that Rice swimmers Arielle Hayon, Ella Dyson, Zoe Spitz and Lauren McDougall are competing in the American Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 13-18. Head coach Seth Huston and Owls Lauren McDougall and Shannon Campbell are interviewed by KPRC.
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
2023 NCAA Swimming and Diving Conference Championship primer Div. I Week 1&2: When and where is it happening?

Men's golf in third after first day at Border Olympics
An article mentions that Rice's golf team is competing in the Border Olympics tournament through Feb. 14 in Laredo, Texas. (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Women's ultimate flew into the weekend with open-play tournament
An article mentions that Rice's ultimate team will play in a tournament in Austin March 18-19.
The Battalion

Season preview: Baseball
Rice is mentioned.
Super Bowl: How the last 10 MVPs ranked as college recruits
USA Today's College Sports Wire

MBB: Feb. 13 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 90-81 Feb. 9.
Conference USA

Texas baseball facing decreased expectations, but potentially pivotal season with David Pierce's retooled staff
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team opened last year's season with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.
SB Nation


Ruth Simmons to join Rice as President's Distinguished Fellow
Ruth Simmons, a pioneer in higher education, will join Rice as a President's Distinguished Fellow, the university announced today. Simmons is currently the president of Prairie View A&M University, as well as president emerita of Brown University and Smith College. She is also a Rice trustee emerita, serving on the board from 2014 to 2018.

Rice-U. of Edinburgh partnership funds research for global impact
Rice and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland have unveiled the winners of the inaugural Rice-Edinburgh Strategic Collaboration Awards as part of their historic joint research initiative launched last year. The partnership highlights Rice's commitment to broadening and deepening its research and teaching collaboration with peer institutions across the world, said Caroline Levander, Rice's vice president for global and digital strategy.

Rice scientists reengineer cancer drugs to be more versatile
Rice scientists have enlisted widely used cancer therapy systems to control gene expression in mammalian cells, a feat of synthetic biology that could change how diseases are treated. The lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Xue Sherry Gao discovered a way to further tap the therapeutic potential of proteolysis targeting chimeras, small molecules that are used as effective tools for treating cancer, immune disorders, viral infections and neurodegenerative diseases.