Dateline Rice for Jan. 20, 2023

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See inside Rice University's new dorm wing, Houston's first mass timber residential building
An article features the new wing of Rice's Hanszen College, a large-scale mass timber project designed by Kirksey Architecture. Rice community members quoted and pictured include Lebena Varghese, research analyst at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research; Beth Leaver, interim executive director of housing and dining; Faten Tayeh, project manager at Rice's Facilities Engineering and Planning Department; and Hanszen College senior Nana Mensah-Bonsu.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared on the front page of the Jan. 20 print edition.)

How I learned to talk about climate science with skeptical audiences
Sylvia Dee, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, authored an article.
Science (This article also appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition.)

Overhaul plan for ERCOT power market wins approval from Texas regulators
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.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)
Texas lawmakers to revisit redistricting, but experts predict no significant changes
CNHI News (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Gasoline's slow fade heralds US supply pain now, gain later for climate
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.

Why these supermarket staples are so expensive right now
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
CNET (This article also appeared in MSN.)

The Pentagon is working on a drug that will heat your body ASAP
An article features Jerzy Szablowski, assistant professor bioengineering, who was honored with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Young Faculty Award to investigate a nongenetic treatment that can enhance adaptation to cold temperatures.
Popular Mechanics (This article also appeared in AOL and Healthcare Packaging.)


Rice University to offer hybrid MBA program
An article features the news that Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business will launch a new Hybrid MBA program this summer, the first of its kind in Texas. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted. The article also mentions that the school's MBA@Rice program is ranked No. 20 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Houston Business Journal

Court clears way for TEA, but possible takeover of HISD still a 'mystery'
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reform Austin

Business calendar of upcoming events in the Houston area
A roundup mentions that Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is slated to speak at the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce' economic forecast luncheon Jan. 24.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Houston City Council OKs next step in Rice's SSPEED Center study of Galveston Bay Park Plan
An article reports that the Houston City Council passed an ordinance authorizing an agreement for a professional consulting services contract between the city and Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters Center for the Galveston Bay Park Plan. The article mentions that the park plan, a proposal to protect the region from hurricanes, was first conceived by Rice School of Architecture alumni Rob Rogers and Tyler Swanson.
Houston Business Journal
Houston City Council moves forward with Galveston Bay Park Plan
Community Impact Newspaper

Houston Hillel welcomes Druze Knesset member
An article mentions that students from Rice attended a Houston Hillel dinner presentation Jan. 11. Will Rice College senior Kavya Sahni and Duncan College senior Sydney Rodman are quoted. 
Jewish Herald-Voice

Festival of Films from Iran returns to Houston as the country erupts in unrest
Three articles mention that Rice Cinema will screen films as part of the Festival of Films from Iran Jan. 21-Feb. 17. Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of Rice Cinema, is quoted. The last article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "Jezebel" Jan. 20, "The Letter" Jan. 21 and "The Burning Child" Jan. 26. 
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Review: Trans men in Iran are focus of gripping film at Asia Society Texas
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required.)
Best bets: 'Descendant,' Films from Iran, and 'Blues in My Coffee'
Houston Press
'You People,' 'Missing,' 'Women Talking' among 15+ new films
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

NCAA unveils ancillary events, community initiatives for men's Final Four in Houston
An article mentions that Rice will co-host the NCAA men's Final Four April 1-3.
Houston Business Journal


Plans to cut property taxes (Jan. 20, 2023)
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 interviewed about Texas' rural hospitals and participates in a roundtable discussion of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" of the week's news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Rejected vanity license plate celebrates tofu … or does it? 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' of the week
Houston Public Media

Bucket list on a budget: These 12 essential Houston experiences are completely free
A roundup features James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.

Looking for a night out in North Texas? This spot uses technology to immerse you into the virtual gaming world
Alumnus Mike Speets is featured.


An 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.
Medical Xpress

Telling humanity's brain story: Insights from brain capital
Rice Board of Trustees member James Hackett co-authored an article.
Psychiatric Times

Tribeca New Music presents 'Politics and Premieres' Feb. 19
Arthur Gottschalk, professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School of Music, is featured.

Development of 'green' reducing agents via nanoparticles
An article features collaborative Rice research into novel ways to initiate chemical reactions in liquids. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Stephan Link, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Chair and a professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Christy Landes, the Kenneth S. Pitzer Schlumberger Chair and a professor of chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, and chemical and biomolecular engineering; and graduate student Alexander Al-Zubeidi.
AZo Nano
Nanopartikel machen es einfacher, licht in gelöste elektronen zu verwandeln (An English translation is not available.)

Tickets on sale now for 'H.M.S. Pinafore' presented by Opera Naples resident artists
Alumna Sara LeMesh is featured.


Daylong wastewater samples yield surprises
An article features collaborative Rice research that found composite samples taken over 24 hours at wastewater plants provide more accurate levels of antibiotic-resistant genes in the water than snapshots collected when flow is at a minimum. Co-author Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Post-2023, leadership function and the lessons of history
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Daily Trust (This article also appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition.)

After months with no leader, Fayette County Health Department hires new commissioner
Alumna Sheila Owens-Collins is featured.
Lexington Herald-Leader (This article appeared in the Jan. 19 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

The power of possibility
An article mentions last year's exhibit "Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis" at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Dartmouth University News


Rice secures 72-60 victory against North Texas
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated the University of North Texas 72-60 Jan. 19.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets, and a portion appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
Men's basketball loses to Rice, 72-60
Rice pulls away late to upend UNT
Denton Record-Chronicle 
Rice rallies to stun North Texas in series the Mean Green had dominated
Denton Record-Chronicle 

Second-half comeback falls short for women's basketball at Rice
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated the University of North Texas 81-74 Jan. 19.

Strike up the band: Leslie Gabriel makes entrance as UW's volleyball coach
Rice assistant football coach Marques Tuiasosopo is mentioned.
The Seattle Times (This article also appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition, and it appeared online in the Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald.)

Magnolia West alumna Jones continues to rise at UH
A roundup mentions that former Rice volleyball player Carly Graham has signed with professional team Galeb Liko Soho Group in Montenegro.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition of the Courier of Montgomery County.)

Coming up on turn two, Robert Platt Invitational
An article mentions that Rice's track and field team will compete in the University of Houston's Robert Platt Invitational Jan. 20.
Track and field ready to open indoor season at Robert Platt Invitational
Islanders return to Houston for Robert Platt Invitational
TF CENTRAL: Robert Platt Invitational

Baylor women's tennis swings into doubleheader to open spring season
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play Baylor University Jan. 23.
Baylor Lariat

Lance Armstrong children: Luke Armstrong, Olivia Marie Armstrong, Isabelle Armstrong, Grace Armstrong, Max Armstrong
Former Rice football player Luke Armstrong is featured.

Maccabi add Suleiman Braimoh
Former Rice basketball player Suleiman Braimoh is featured.

How Rodney Terry is making case to stay as Texas basketball coach
An article mentions the Dec. 12 men's basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 20 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Jan. 20 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

Former Victoria High quarterback to become head football coach at East
Former Rice graduate assistant football coach Travis Reeve is featured.
Victoria Advocate
Victoria East names hometown legend as next head coach
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

Men's tennis finishes Florida trip with win over Rice
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to the University of California, Santa Barbara 4-2 Jan. 16.

The new American
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.

How to watch UTSA at Florida Atlantic in women's college basketball: Stream live, TV channel
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 78-76 Jan. 16.
Sports Illustrated

After adding some big offers, 2024 OT Bennett Warren will visit several schools
Rice football is mentioned.
GigEm247 (Subscription is required.)

Cardinal countdown: 4 weeks until first pitch
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play in the Shriners Children's College Classic March 3-5 at Houston's Minute Maid Park.
SB Nation


Rice expert available to discuss new refugee Welcome Corps
Kelsey Norman, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program, is available to discuss the Department of State's Welcome Corps, a new sponsorship program for refugee resettlement in the U.S. The program is seeking 10,000 Americans to serve as private sponsors for 5,000 refugees, with the hope of expanding the program going forward. 

Report predicts Mexico's economy, politics will deteriorate in 2023
Elections, a slow-growing economy and conflicts between organized criminal groups are expected to drastically impact Mexico this year, according to the Mexico Country Outlook 2023, a new report from the Baker Institute for Public Policy.