Dateline Rice for Feb. 15, 2023

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After early exit from Prairie View A&M, Ruth J. Simmons named presidential fellow at Rice University
Numerous articles report that Trustee Emerita Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University, has been named a President's Distinguished Fellow at Rice effective April 1. She will work with a variety of programs across campus, including the Center for African and African American Studies. President Reginald DesRoches is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Prairie View A&M University President Ruth Simmons takes new role with Rice University
Houston Business Journal
Prairie View A&M University President Dr. Ruth Simmons joining Rice University
ABC 13
Ruth Simmons to join Rice University after resigning as PVAMU president
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
PVAMU president leaves early, heads to Rice
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-15-simmons (This segment aired twice.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston) 
http://dateline.rice/feb-15-simmons (This segment aired six times.)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
'Fox 26 News: Isiah Factor Uncensored'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
'CW 39'
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-15-simmons (This segment aired five times.)


For US in Venezuela, miscalculations and shifting priorities
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.
France 24 (This Agence France-Press article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Many anti-voucher lawmakers sit on House public education committee
Spectrum News (This segment also aired eight times on Spectrum TV in Austin.)
Majority of Texans back shift to solar energy
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage.)

STEM teacher training is a big win for Black girls
An article features collaborative Rice research that found middle and high school students, especially Black girls, benefit when STEM teachers pursue continuing professional development. Co-author Carolyn Nichol, associate research professor of chemistry and director of Rice's Office of STEM Engagement, is quoted.

Team sees light make atoms 'dance' in perovskites
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.

Living through loss
A roundup features Rice research into coping with the loss of a spouse. 
"Futurity Today" newsletter for Feb. 15

'Quem mata bebê a tiros?': O brutal assassinato de família que chocou a Califórnia
Nathan Jones, nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies in the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. 
BBC Brasil (An English translation is not available.)


Nonprofit's school scores one piece of puzzle, experts say
Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman 

Houston space company announces historic flight crew
An article features alumna and astronaut Peggy Whitson, who will lead Axiom Space's second private mission to the International Space Station.

Built to last: A look at how Texas Tech was designed for the future
An article about the design of Texas Tech University's campus mentions that it was influenced by the late architect Ralph Adams Cram, who designed Rice's Lovett Hall, and the late William Ward Watkin, founding director of Rice's architecture department.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The 15 best things to do in Houston this weekend: Feb. 17-19, 2023
A roundup mentions that ROCO's concert series will feature a performance of "Friends" at Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera Feb. 18.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Dallas delays vote on I-345 plans
An article cites employment research in the Dallas area by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Dallas Observer


A busy week in politics (Feb. 15, 2023)
A "Houston Matters" segment features collaborative Rice research that suggests people are more likely to distrust the government when their family and friends are victims. Co-author and graduate student Alexander Priest is interviewed. The study used Hurricane Harvey data from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


Rice scientists reengineer cancer drugs to be more versatile
An article features collaborative Rice research reengineering small molecules widely used in cancer therapy systems to control gene expression in mammalian cells, a feat that could change how diseases are treated. Xue Sherry Gao, the T.N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering

State treasurer challenges NC health system executive pay as medical costs rise
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in The Charlotte Observer, and it appeared in The News & Observer.)
Magnetars are extreme in every way, even their volcanoes
An article features Rice research into the rare slowdown of a highly magnetic type of neutron star known as a magnetar. Co-author Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Universe Today

Automated feeding platform to study mosquito disease transmission
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a fake skin to study how mosquitoes feed. Co-authors Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted. A "Futurity Today" roundup and an article by WGNO also feature the research.
To spare research volunteers, robot gets mosquito bites
"Futurity Today" newsletter for Feb. 14
'Fake skin' fools mosquitos for research at Tulane University
WGNO Online (This segment also aired three times on WGNO-TV in New Orleans.)

Sherlock Breaux in the Creaux's Nest
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is mentioned.
The Record

11 things you need to know for a successful aromantic relationship 
Elizabeth Brake, professor of philosophy, is quoted.
Let's stop pressuring people to be in relationships this Valentine's Day
LGBQT Nation

The big open question for AI: How to tell the truth in a world of data
An article featuring Swarat Chaudhuri mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
The Recursive

Gene editing could change future generations. Are we ready?
An article about gene editing cites Rice research.

CurePSP appoints Rich Spain as director of development and Jennifer Brummet as associate director
An article featuring Rich Spain mentions that he formerly worked with Rice.

VC JKHEC shares road map for capacity-building of the faculty and making master's programs socially relevant
Rice is mentioned.
Jammu Links


For proof of love, I look to bathroom graffiti
Rice is mentioned.
Emory University's The Emory Wheel (This article also appeared in the Feb. 14 print edition.)

20-year-old alumna from Paterson starts Ph.D. studies at Purdue
An article featuring Jehan Shalabi mentions that she presented her work at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium hosted by Rice. 
TAP into Wayne (New Jersey; this article also appeared in TAP into Passaic Valley, New Jersey.)


ITF: Feb. 14 Athletes of the Week
An article features Rice track and field athletes Elena Siemens and Elian Ahmar, who have been named Conference USA's Female and Male Field Athletes of the Week, respectively.
Conference USA

Santiago De La Fuente wins title at Border Olympics
An article mentions that Rice's golf team competed in the recent Border Olympics tournament in Laredo, Texas. Owl Raghav Chugh tied for third place. (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Rice hosts Medor and UTSA
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio Feb. 16.
Toronto Star (This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)

Morehouse welcomes Gerard Wilcher as new coach
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Gerard Wilcher.

Roughriders revamp roster on Day 1 of CFL free agency
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured.
CJME Online (This article also appeared in Our Sports Central, CKOM Online and CKRM Online.)
CKRM-AM (Saskatchewan, Canada)

Bohls: Move over, SEC, and make room for the the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners
Rice football is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
Texas ranks No. 9 in preseason SP+ rankings
SB Nation
Tale of the tape and prediction: Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (Subscription is required.)

MBB preview: Arkansas at No. 25 Texas A&M
An article mentions Rice's men's basketball team.
Arkansas Razorbacks (This article also appeared in Rivals.)


Rice Business ranks best in Texas according to Financial Times
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business ranks 17th among U.S. business schools and 29th globally — up from 28th and 47th a year ago, respectively — and is No. 1 in Texas, according to 2023 rankings from the Financial Times.