Dateline Rice for Jan. 31, 2023

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After two years of tumult, Shepherd School of Music is ready to hit high notes again
An article features Rice's Shepherd School of Music and mentions the following university community members: the late Larry Rachleff, former Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting, who died Aug. 8 at 67; the late Miah Im, former professor of opera and director of opera studies, who died Sept. 30, 2021, at 47; Matthew Loden, the Lynette S. Autrey Dean of the Shepherd School; Robert Yekovich, former dean of the Shepherd School; Bethany Self, artist teacher of opera studies; Jerry Hou, artist teacher of orchestras and ensembles; Don Schleicher, academic visitor in the Shepherd School; Joshua Winograde, who will be a professor of opera and director of opera studies beginning in July; President Reginald DesRoches; Provost Amy Dittmar; and alumnus Cristian Maçelaru. Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition.)


The majority of America's top-ranked colleges will be led by a woman or person of color this fall
President Reginald DesRoches is mentioned.

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.
France 24 (This Agence France-Press article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

How synapse in the innermost ear keeps us steady
An article features collaborative Rice research into the speed of signal processing of synapses. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Rob Raphael, associate professor of bioengineering, graduate student Aravind Chenrayan Govindaraju and alumnus Imran Quraishi.


Houston university's online MBA program rises in the ranks of newly released report
An article featuring the MBA@Rice program at the Jones Graduate School of Business mentions that it is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 12 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. The program is also ranked No. 10 for veterans, No. 10 for business analytics and No. 7 for general management. The article also mentions that Rice 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.

These 3 Houston research projects are coming up with life-saving innovations
An article features Rice research into a peptide associated with Alzheimer's disease. Co-author Angel Martí, professor of chemistry, of bioengineering, and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.

Hobby School survey gauges public support for school vouchers
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.
University of Houston News
Poll shows strong support for more legal Texas gambling options
Report: Most Texans support school choice for low-income families, fewer for all Texans
Athens Daily Review (This article also appeared in the Corsicana Daily Sun.)


WDEL-AM (Philadelphia)
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the climate change risk from gas stoves, which is detailed in an article he authored in Northeast Now. 
http://dateline.rice/jan-31-cohan (This segment aired eight times.)
Black Information Network
WWRL-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/jan-31-cohan (This segment aired six times.)
Why gas stoves matter to the climate and the gas industry
Northeast Now (This article originally appeared in The Conversation, and it appeared in KNSI Online.)

Bun B's award-winning 'Trill Burgers' to return to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 2023 season
An article features Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Bun B shares 10 hip-hop songs for young rap fans (This article also appeared in Hot New HipHop and I Am Rap.)

Opinion: Hitting kids is never OK
Alumnus Rainer Ebert co-authored an op-ed.


Kory Evans wins NSF CAREER Award
An article features Kory Evans, assistant professor of biosciences, has won a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to study shape change in the skull of spiny ray-fin fishes across their evolutionary history.
Bioengineer (This article also appeared in Scienmag.)

Will salary transparency laws change employee compensation?
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O'Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
MIT Sloan Management Review

Rapidly spinning dead star slows down, and scientists think they know why
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.

Researchers can 'see' crystals perform their dance moves
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.
Science Daily
Widowed face health challenges of career and loss
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.

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.

Chinese prefer Europeans to Americans, but feeling isn't mutual, says study
An article features a collaborative Rice study detailing the findings from two public opinion surveys of more than 2,000 adults living in China. Co-author Songying Fang, associate professor of political science, is quoted.

Super Bowl 2023 has already made history by beating a nearly impossible statistic
An article cites 2013 research by Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Data Platform, into the odds of brothers Jim and John Harbaugh coaching competing teams in Super Bowl XLVII.
Grunge (This article also appeared in MSN Sports.)

Nobel Prize winner and former DOE secretary Prof. Steven Chu joins ADIA Lab advisory board
Jack Dongarra, adjunct professor of computer science, is featured.

You're probably terrible at judging 'trustworthy' faces in strangers
An article features collaborative Rice research that suggests people's belief that they have the ability to judge trustworthiness merely based on appearance is unfounded. Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Statistics and Psychology, is quoted.
ZME Science

Supporting decision making as cognition declines
A blog post previews the Feb. 7 Baruch A. Brody Lecture in Bioethics, which was co-founded by Rice's Department of Philosophy, the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital.


Latexo teacher honored for inspiring UIL students 
Rice is mentioned.

Talithia Williams kicks off spring University Forum Series Feb. 7
An article features alumna Talithia Williams.
University of Southern Mississippi News


In AAC championship preview, Rice knocks off rivals Houston 159-135
An article mentions that Rice's swim team won its meet against the University of Houston Jan. 28. It also highlights the performances of the following Owls: Arielle Hayon won the 100- and 200-meter butterfly; Zoe Spitz won the 100- and 200-meter backstroke; Lauren McDougall won the 50- and 100-meter freestyle; and Amelia Kane won the mile and the 400-meter individual medley.

Men's tennis defeats Miami, 4-3
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team is slated to play Louisiana State University Feb. 4.

Men's basketball battles to 52-42 win over UTEP
Articles mention that Rice's men's and women's basketball teams are slated to play the University of North Texas Feb. 4.
Noble earns C-USA Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors
Women's basketball holds on late at UTEP for second straight road win

MBB: Jan. 30 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Jan. 28. 
Conference USA

No. 4 women's tennis advances to ITA National Team Indoor Championships
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 and KBTX Online.)

Forde Minutes: A turbulent season could be ripe for a breakthrough champ
Rice basketball is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated


Rice lab uncovers dynamics behind protein crucial in breast cancer
Watching a puppet show can teach you something about how estrogen works in the body, according to Rice scientists whose research could open the door to new strategies for regulating the hormone — which could help prevent breast cancer and other diseases.

Persistence is crucial in the classroom, new reports from Kinder Institute’s HERC show
Possessing lots of persistence leads to better academic outcomes for Houston Independent School District students, according to a newly released series of reports from the Houston Education Research Consortium, a research center within Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.