Dateline Rice for Feb. 2, 2023

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Will the Texas power grid survive the next deep freeze?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
ABC News (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

'Wonder of nature'
A roundup features Rice research into the speed of signal processing of synapses.
'Futurity Today' newsletter for Feb. 1, 2023


TAMEST 2023 Edith and Peter O'Donnell Awards
An article features Jamie Padgett, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Engineering and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who is one of five winners of the 2023 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award by the Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science & Technology. She will be honored May 24 in Houston.
Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering, Science & Technology News
Four Houston scientists named rising stars in research

Nearly 70,000 Cigna members back in-network at St. Luke's Health, after months of negotiations

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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Feb. 2 print edition, and it appeared in MSN Health.)
Inside the current urgent care 'boom'
Advisory Board

Weaving together identity and tradition
An article features artists who contributed to the exhibit "Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today" at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts, which is on view through May 13. Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center, and Frauke Josenhans, curator at the Moody Center, are quoted.

Houston's Loop38 shows there's need for a sinfonietta in this town
An article mentions James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required.)
Black History Month and Valentine plots
Patch (Houston)

BTS doc, '80 for Brady,' 'Knock at the Cabin' lead list of 20+ films this week
A roundup mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "The White Balloon" Feb. 3 and "This is Not a Film" Feb. 4.
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required.)

Texas history minute
Rice is mentioned.
Cass County Citizen's Journal-Sun (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 1 print edition.)


Texans split on removing Confederate holidays, CRT in colleges, 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.
Houston Public Media
Texans back easing state restrictions on marijuana
University of Houston (This article also appeared in Mirage.)
UH Moment: Texans weigh in on $33 billion state budget surplus
Houston Public Media
How much of Texas' unprecedented budget surplus will be spent? That's up to Republicans
Austin American-Statesman (This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 1 print edition of the Bastrop Advertiser, the Pflugerville Pflag, the Smithville Times, the Round Rock Leader and the Lake Travis View. It also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Most Texans want 'content ratings' on school library books and diverse classes, poll finds
Hastings Tribune (This Dallas Morning News article appeared in 10 other media outlets and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Today on Texas Standard: What is causing the power outages we're seeing throughout Texas?
A broadcast features Kenneth Tam, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, whose exhibition "Tender is the hand which holds the stone of memory" is on view at Ballroom Marfa through May 7.
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 40 stations across Texas.)

County approves additional funding for law enforcement (Feb. 2, 2023)
A "Houston Matters" segment about architecture in the city mentions the Rice School of Architecture and the Rice Design Alliance.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke sings songs of the pandemic on Grammy-nominated 'How Do I Find You'
Alumna Sasha Cooke is featured in an interview about her new album "How Do I Find You," which has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo Album. Alumna Caroline Shaw is mentioned.
WBUR (This "Here & Now" segment also aired on more than 400 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

KTAR-AM (Phoenix)
A broadcast cites 2012 collaborative Rice research into hand-counting ballots.
http://dateline.rice/feb-2-ktar (This segment aired twice.)


Light-activated nanoscale drills can combat infectious fungi
An article features Rice research that suggests that nanoscale drills activated by visible light may combat infectious fungi. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, alumna Ana Santos and graduate student Jacob Beckham.

Massive volcano-like eruption may explain dead star's mysterious slowdown
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.
Live Science

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 appeared in the Feb. 2 print edition of the Muscat Daily and was in yesterday's Dateline.) 

California cannabis legalization stirs government crime spree
An article cites research by the Baker Institute for Public Policy into the behavior of bureaucrats.
Psychology Today


Williams, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to host Olivari and the Rice Owls
An article mentions that Rice's men's and women's basketball teams are slated to play Louisiana Tech University Feb. 2. 
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
Preview: LA Tech vs. Rice
Talvin Hester press conference — Jan. 31, 2023
Preview: LA Tech at Rice
Brooke Stoehr press conference — Jan. 31, 2023

Area college signing day: Houston Christian draws notice in Southland
Several articles features high school athletes who have committed to join Rice Athletics. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in the first article. Head baseball coach Jose Cruz Jr. is mentioned in El Nuevo Día.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Feb. 2 print edition.)
100 athletes part of Fort Bend ISD signing day extravaganza
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Large signing day classes from College Park, Lake Creek and Magnolia West
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Lamar University adds 22 players on National Signing Day
Houston Chronicle
2023 National Signing Day breakdown: UTSA, SMU, Rice, UTEP, UNT, Texas State
Dave Campbell's Texas Football
East Tennessee athletes sign NLI to play at the collegiate level
WATE Online
Knoxville area high school athletes who committed on National Signing Day in February 2023
Knox News
National Signing Day: Statewide list of college football signees in Tennessee
Main Street Preps
Spring ISD student athletes participate in 2023 National Signing Day
The Paper
13 South Oak Cliff football players join college squads on National Signing Day
Oak Cliff Advocate
Sorteo de novatos de MLB: Con mayor proyección los jugadores del cuadro en la Clase 2023
El Nuevo Día (An English translation is not available.)
'10 News'
WBIR-TV (Knoxville, Tennessee)
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-2-kprc (This segment aired three times.)

How much longer can FAU basketball extend historic win streak? | D'Angelo
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Florida Atlantic University Feb. 9.
The Palm Beach Post

How many top QB recruits transfer? The staggering attrition of CFB's most coveted players
Rice football player J.T. Daniels is mentioned.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)
College football's former 5-star recruits with something to prove in 2023: D.J. Uiagalelei headlines list

Jackson State releases TC Taylor's coaching staff
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Quinn Billerman.
WAPT Online

'I will be the head coach': New baseball coach looks to make impact on and off the field
An article features former Rice assistant baseball coach Clay Van Hook. 
The Shorthorn

Charlotte men's basketball looks to split season series with Florida International University
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated University of North Carolina at Charlotte 65-63 Jan. 26.
Niner Times
Men's basketball central: Charlotte vs. FIU

Women's hoops kicks off weekend in Florida
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team lost to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 66-61 Jan. 26.
Charlotte women's basketball — presser Jan. 31, 2023
Charlotte 49ers on YouTube
Charlotte women's basketball aims to even season series against Florida International University
Niner Times

Texas Southern 2023 football schedule released
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play Texas Southern University Sept. 16.
HBCU Gameday (This article also appeared in

Dodgers reorganize coaching staff, give Bob Geren a new role
Alumnus and former Rice baseball player Danny Lehmann is featured.
The Orange County Register (This article also appeared in the print and online editions of more than 10 other media outlets.)
Dodgers move Danny Lehmann to bench coach
MLB Trade Rumors (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)

A bona fide lifer: World Athletics International starter Lisa Ferdinand reflects on five decades of track and field
An article features former Rice track and field athlete Lisa Ferdinand. Former women's track and field coach Victor Lopez is mentioned.

Late signing day: Bulls add 14 in late period for a total of 30 members in 2023 signing class
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference. (This article also appeared in Sports Talk Florida.)
College baseball's longest winning streaks
An article mentions a 1977 Rice baseball victory over the University of Texas at Austin that ended the Longhorns' 34-game win streak. Former head coach Doug Osburn is mentioned.
Feature Story: Bill Carmody and his guys
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Princeton University in 1996.

Stoiana named as SEC Player of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play Texas A&M University Feb. 4. (This article also appeared in KBTX Online.)

UAB plays No. 19 Florida Atlantic after Brewer's 20-point performance
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham 70-52 Jan. 28. 
WTOP (This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)

'KPRC Channel 2 News'
A broadcast mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 9.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Tarleton football announces addition of 28 players for 2023 on National Signing Day
Rice is mentioned.
February National Signing Day: See the Cal 2023 recruiting class


Molecular machines could treat fungal infections
That stubborn athlete's foot infection an estimated 70% of people get at some point in their life could become much easier to get rid of thanks to nanoscale drills activated by visible light. Proven effective against antibiotic-resistant infectious bacteria and cancer cells, the molecular machines developed by Rice chemist James Tour and collaborators are just as good at combating infectious fungi, according to a new study published in Advanced Science.