Dateline Rice for Jan. 9, 2023 (Weekend Edition)

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Biden, visiting Mexico, will highlight rising fentanyl deaths and record migrant crossings
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 9 print edition.)
Está el gobierno de México en la mira de republicanos en EU
El Diario MX (An English translation is not available.)

Editorial roundup: Texas
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Associated Press roundup also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
TX governor signals support for legalization of fentanyl test strips
Public News Service

Europe's gas prices face uncertain future
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle

Una máquina de leer huesos revela que el primer 'homo' cazaba
An article features collaborative Rice research by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, visiting professor of anthropology.
ABC Madrid (An English translation is not available.)

Gene-editing gets fungi to spill secrets to new drugs
An article features Rice research using multiplex base-editing on fungal genomes for medically useful compounds.
Futurity (This article was featured in the "Futurity Today" newsletter Jan. 9.)
Overnight news digest: Science Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023
Daily Kos


Beloved Katy woman loses her battle with brain cancer
An article features the late Martel College senior Kamryn Sanamo, who died Jan. 5 at 21.
Katy Magazine

Biden's first Texas border trip aims to patch up glaring weakness ahead of 2024 primaries
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 Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 9 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Mealer, other Republicans challenge results of last November's elections, claiming voter suppression
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 7 print edition.)
Editorial: Is Mealer's challenge of Hidalgo's win reasonable doubt or election denial?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared on the front of the Opinion page in the Jan. 8 print edition.)
No 'dynamic duo': Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have forged separate roles
The Dallas Morning News 
Newly elected Galveston Co. treasurer working to eliminate his own position: 'Not a needed position'
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
'TWC News All Evening'
Spectrum News Austin
http://dateline.rice/jan-9-jones (This segment aired 12 times.)

Will pain in tech, housing industries slow Austin's economy in 2023?
Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 9 print edition.)

Timberline Fitness Studio offers Houstonians customized workout experiences in state-of-the-art facility
An article mentions Kai Lewis, an instructor in the Lifetime Physical Activity Program at Rice's Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center. 
Community Impact

Massive John F. Kennedy sculpture, labyrinth coming to Aldine near entrance to Bush Airport
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on front of the Star section in the Jan. 9 print edition and in last week's Dateline.)

Houston orchestra ROCO starts 2023 with Saint Arnold's beer, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros
An article mentions that ROCO's Albert and Margaret Alkek in Concert Series will feature a performance of "Friends" at Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera Feb. 18.
Houston Chronicle's "Preview" (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 8 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

'Preserving for years to come': How Texas landowners can save money by saving wildlife
An article mentions that the Texas Ecological Laboratory Program provides researchers from universities, including those from Rice, access to private land for ecological research.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the Jan. 9 print edition of the Express-News and on the front of the City/State section of the Jan. 8 print edition of the Houston Chronicle, and it was also included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Houston organizations team up to provide mentorship, address gaps in the workforce
An article mentions that Rice students participate in the PartnerUp Houston mentorship program.

Plan your 5-day MLK weekend: Jan. 12-16, 2023
A roundup features the exhibit "Narrative Threads: Fiber Art Today" at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts, which will be on view Jan. 13-May 13.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Houston has two Martin Luther King Jr. Day parades. Here's how to watch them.
An article mentions that Rice's Marching Owl Band will be featured in the 45th Original Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Jan. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Jan. 9 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Here's how staffing, salaries changed at Houston-area universities in 2022
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


'Investigate TV'
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 North Carolina hospitals, and she is quoted in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
K13XD-TV (Fairbanks, Alaska)
http://dateline.rice/jan-9-ho (This segment also aired on 90 stations across the U.S.)
Critics question increasing number of freestanding ERs in Chattanooga area as supporters promote accessibility
Chattanooga Times Free Press (This article also appeared on the front page of the Jan. 8 print edition.)

'Kierował się miłością do Kościoła.' Świat pożegnał Benedykta XVI
Ewa Thompson, professor emerita of Slavic studies, is quoted.
Polskie (An English translation is not available.)

East Texas high school student offered full scholarship to Rice University
An article featuring Asyiah Bray mentions that she plans to attend Rice on the QuestBridge National Match scholarship. 
KETK Online (This segment also aired nine times on KETK-TV in Tyler, Texas, and this article also appeared in MSN.)

'Fox 17 News'
An article cites Rice research into the impact of the arts on elementary school children. 
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
http://dateline.rice/jan-9-wxmi (This segment aired three times and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


DNA-repair mechanism gets its close-up
An article features collaborative Rice research into how cells repair broken strands of DNA. Co-authors Yang Gao, assistant professor of biosciences, and postdoctoral researcher Chuxuan Li are cited.
Technology Networks

Climate change decreases organic carbon burial at bottom of oceans while increasing atmospheric carbon
An article features collaborative Rice research analyzing more than 50 years of seagoing scientific drilling missions, a first-of-its-kind study of organic carbon that falls to the bottom of the ocean and gets drawn deep inside the planet. Co-author Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Lab Roots

How countries around the world are tackling the cost-of-living crisis
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, is cited.

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute to present public showing of 'The Slowest Wave'
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.

The watchers — directors of educational decline
George Alliger, lecturer in psychological sciences, is cited.
Pearls and Irritations

Odili Donald Odita: 'Burning Cross' — Jack Shainman Gallery — New York
An article mentions that Odili Donald Odita has exhibited site-specific work at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Martin Cid Magazine

Fracking poisoned this town's water. Now, frackers are being allowed back in.
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in 2019.
The New Republic

A new look at the case of the first gene-edited babies
An article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former student.
Real Clear Science

Seltene erden: 2023 könnte Ucore der durchbruch gelingen
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. (An English translation is not available.)


Summit connects city leaders, researchers to address resilience, sustainability challenges
An article mentions that President Reginald DesRoches will be a featured speaker at the Ten Across Summit Jan. 10-12 in Houston.
Arizona State University News

Miss Asia USA 2023 Ariana Pineda finds footing on stage and campus
An article featuring Ariana Pineda mentions that she formerly attended Rice.
The Daily Northwestern


Redbirds travel to Evansville to face Aces
Rice men's basketball coach Scott Pera is mentioned.

TCU's Dee Winters: From Burton High School to CFP title game
An article mentions former Rice football player Jon Hodde.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Sports.)

Strains and sprains: When to see a doctor
Michael Hopson, a Rice Athletics team physician, authored a column.
Baytown Sun

Phillies sign righty to minor-league deal with spring training invite
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured.
Phillies Nation
Phillies, Jon Duplantier agree to minor league deal
MLB Trade Rumors

Middle eight minutes come back to bite Blue Raiders against Mean Green
An article mentions that Rice's men's and women's basketball teams are slated to play Middle Tennessee State University Jan. 11.
Gregory, Boldyreva heat up again as Lady Raiders dominate North Texas
MTSU gives up 19-point lead in sloppy game vs. North Texas
Williamson Source (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

SEASON RECAP: Volleyball posts record season in 2022
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team competed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Breaking down Texas basketball's 56-46 win over Oklahoma State
An article mentions the Dec. 12 men's basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Longhorns Wire (A similar article also appeared in

Louisiana Tech vs. Texas-El Paso: How to watch livestream, TV channel, NCAAB start time
An article mention that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Louisiana Tech University Jan. 5.
CBS Sports

Lady Toppers face UTSA on Saturday
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team lost to Western Kentucky University Dec. 29.

Frog to a prince: TCU’s rise even more unlikely after 'lean years' of late 20th century
A pair of articles mention the 1973 and 1976 football games between Rice and Texas Christian University.
The Dallas Morning News
There has never been a better time to be a TCU fan
Texas Highways

Beck completes coaching staff
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Craig Naivar.

How C-USA fared in 2022
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham last season.
HERO Sports

'UnderFrogs' no more: TCU football now owns the state of Texas
An article mentions that Rice was part of the Southwest Conference.

ECU football postseason analysis
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Pirate Media 1

One-time 'Docker making it big
An article mentions that Rice's football team lost to the University of Southern Mississippi in the LendingTree Bowl Dec. 17.
Ashland Daily Press

Louisville offers Virginia transfer offensive lineman John Paul Flores
Rice is mentioned.
All-Central Texas football team: Coleman, Vasek top our honor list
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
Sports: TCU ready for title flight
Athens Daily Review
TCU's run to the national title game started by contemplating dropping football
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


International Shakespeare troupe returning to Rice Feb. 2-4
The world-acclaimed Actors From The London Stage are bringing the tragic tale of the star-crossed lovers and their warring families to life at Rice in their first visit to campus in four years. The international touring theater troupe based in London and at the University of Notre Dame, which will be in residency at Rice Jan. 31-Feb. 4, tours up to 20 universities each year to provide communities, students and faculty an opportunity to experience dynamic and enriching performing arts.

Energy transition requires new investments in 'Minerals Heartland'
The transition from legacy energy sources to sustainable sources will require an enormous amount of resources in the form of energy, minerals, metals and other materials — as well as new supply chains, infrastructure, human talent and financial commitments, according to a new report from an expert at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.