Dateline Rice for Feb. 7, 2023

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Rice University to move founder's statue beginning in fall redesign of its best known space
A pair of articles feature the news that the Board of Trustees has selected landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz for the redesign of Rice's Academic Quadrangle. The plan will relocate the Founder's Memorial and add to it more information about its subject, William Marsh Rice, including his ownership of enslaved people. A new monument will be erected in the Academic Quadrangle to commemorate Rice's integration. The Houston Chronicle quotes President Reginald DesRoches and Student Association President Gabby Franklin, and the Houston Business Journal quotes DesRoches and mentions Trustee Emeritus Charles Landgraf. Both articles cite a 2021 report by Rice's Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the Feb. 7 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN.) 
Rice University picks Nelson Byrd Woltz to redesign Academic Quadrangle
Houston Business Journal


GOP's probe into Hunter Biden risks political blowback
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Bloomberg (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Anti-LGBTQ+ proposed bills reach higher rate at Texas legislative session than 2021
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 ABC 13 Online, and the video segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

US is 'absolutely' behind on supply chain independence from China, Biden adviser says
An article cites research by experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy that suggests policymakers in the U.S. and allied countries should bolster raw materials supply chains to reduce dependence on rare earths from China.

I feel like any father, says discredited scientist jailed for editing babies’ genes
An article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former Rice student.
The Independent


Politicians in Texas could be using a debt instrument against taxpayers wishes
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, authored an op-ed.
The Dallas Morning News

Editorial: The Grammys aren't perfect. But this moment between Lizzo and Beyoncé was.
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, won a Grammy Award for an album he co-produced.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the Feb. 7 print edition.) 

Beyoncé thanks 'queer community for their love' during historic Grammy win
An article mentions that alumna Germaine Franco won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for Disney's "Encanto." 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Star section in the Feb. 7 print edition.) 

Six spectacular events to attend in the Bellaire, Meyerland, West University area this month
A roundup mentions that Rice's Moody Center for the Arts will host its annual Spring Fling featuring outdoor concerts and after-hours viewing of the current exhibit Feb. 10.
Community Impact Newspaper
Get a nightlife this week: Feb. 6-12
365 Things To Do in Houston

Ken Hoffman chisels Beyoncé into Houston's musical Mount Rushmore after her historic Grammy wins — and predicts who's next
An article features Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.

Three Clements High School students receive Navy ROTC scholarships
An article featuring high school student Trisha Rangi mentions that she plans to attend Rice.
The Fort Bend Star

UH researcher part of seminal cross-collaborative study about geothermal energy in Texas
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the study "The Future of Geothermal in Texas: The Coming Century of Growth and Prosperity in the Lone Star State."
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage and American Public Power Association.)


'6 a.m. newscast for Feb. 7, 2023'
A broadcast mentions that the Rice Turkish Student Association will be raising funds for earthquake victims in Turkey. 
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 12 other media outlets.)
'8 a.m. newscast for Feb. 7, 2023'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 12 other media outlets.)
'10 a.m. newscast for Feb. 7, 2023'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 12 other media outlets.)
'4 p.m. newscast for Feb. 6, 2023'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 12 other media outlets.)


When natural disasters strike, public criticism of the government rises
An article 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 quoted. The study used Hurricane Harvey data from the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Accurate integrated imaging and projection system for oral cancer diagnosis
An article mentions that Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice360 Institute for Global Health, co-authored the featured research.
Oncology News

Not just a figure of speech: A new fluorescent dye can light up the brain 
An article features collaborative Rice research developing a new tool for noninvasive brain imaging that can help illuminate hard-to-access structures and processes. Co-author Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry, biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.
The European Times (This article also appeared in

Webb Space Telescope reveals previously shrouded newborn stars
Megan Reiter, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy who is leading the study of the Carina Nebula's Cosmic Cliffs with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, is quoted.

Researchers uncover dynamics behind protein crucial in breast cancer
An article features Rice research into new strategies for regulating estrogen. Co-author Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Chemistry, professor of biosciences, materials science and nanoengineering, and of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

How Astronaut Class 8 broke racial and gender barriers
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Literary Hub


Analytical chemistry seminar on 'Optical Methods for Cell Metabolism' Friday
An article mentions that alumnus Timothy Muldoon will give the talk "Optical Methods for Cell Metabolism: An Overview of the Arkansas Integrative Metabolic Research Center" Feb. 10.
University of Arkansas News

Nashua Community College adds more no/low-cost textbook courses
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Patch (Merrimack, New Hampshire; this article also appeared in the Nashua, Amherst and Milford issues.)

Work from Computational Textiles Lab researchers on international display
An article mentions William Williams, the former Smith Visiting Professor at the Rice School of Architecture.
Penn State News


MBB: Feb. 6 Players of the Week
An article features Rice basketball player Mekhi Mason, who has been named Conference USA's Freshman of the Week.
Conference USA

Seven famous athletes with Ph.D.s
An article features former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Owl Frank Ryan, who completed his doctorate in mathematics at Rice during offseasons and led the Browns to an NFL championship in 1964.

UTSA 2022 season in review: Roadrunners repeat as C-USA champions
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

University of Houston unveils first Big 12 football schedule
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 9.
Katy Times

NC State back in Top 25, latest gain in Keatts' overhaul
An article mentions that Rice's men's and women's basketball teams are slated to play Florida Atlantic University Feb. 9.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)
Men's basketball: Owls fall out of AP Top 25 following loss on the road
University Press
Hubbard earns C-USA-leading fourth Freshman of the Week honor (This article also appeared in the South Florida Tribune.)

Recruitment update: 2024 Brooks Bahr (Keller HS, TX)
Rice is mentioned.
Phenom Hoop Report
My Take: 2023 Texas Tech DB signee Jordan Sanford (Subscription is required.)

Conversation with Trisha Ford, men dominate Georgia
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team lost to Texas A&M University Feb. 4.

Preview: Texas at Kansas
An article mentions the Dec. 12 men's basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
SB Nation


Renowned firm selected for Rice Academic Quadrangle redesign
Following a thoughtful search for a design partner that included an invitational competition in the summer of 2022, design work is underway to significantly reimagine Rice's Academic Quadrangle. The university's Board of Trustees has selected an exciting, deeply researched plan by the internationally renowned landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz that aligns with aspirations to enrich student experience, foster inclusivity and celebrate Rice’s evolution and values while respectfully recognizing the founding gift of William Marsh Rice.