Dateline Rice for March 22, 2023

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Texas announces takeover of Houston schools, stirring anger
Research on public school funding in Texas by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited. 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, discusses the state’s attempts to take control of municipal operations such as schools in an episode of “Houston Matters” and on Spectrum News Austin.
The Associated Press (This article appeared in more than 50 media outlets.)
It’s not just schools and elections. Flood control is another area of friction between state and local government
Houston Public Media
‘TWC News All Day’
Spectrum News Austin


Ferraris and hungry children: Venezuela’s socialist vision in shambles
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy and director of the Latin America Energy Program at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the March 22 print edition and in more than 10 other media outlets. It was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Oil prices are plummeting as the banking crisis unfolds
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted

Hanks at Harvard, Marsalis at Michigan, Cheney at Colorado College
An article mentions that Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary and assistant to the president, will deliver Rice's 2023 undergraduate commencement address May 6.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Pedfire and Quick Telecast.)



CNN International
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about possible charges being filed against former President Donald Trump. He also appeared on Fox News to discuss the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and other international issues (video unavailable).
http://dateline.rice/march-22-brinkley (This broadcast aired twice.)


Rice defends affirmative action while Supreme Court cases are pending
Rice is featured. A statement from President Reginald DesRoches, Provost Amy Dittmar and Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alex Byrd is cited.
Inside Higher Ed

Upgraded tumor model optimizes search for cancer therapies
Rice research that found that the body’s immune response can make tumor cells more resistant to chemotherapy is featured. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering, and alumnus Letitia Chim are quoted.

It’s not just TikTok: Warnings that all social media have mental health risks
News roundups feature Rice research into how the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected Latino families lacking permanent legal status.
Kaiser Health News
California Healthline Daily Edition
California Healthline

Other materials stories that may be of interest
A roundup features Rice research that used flash Joule heating to turn plastic waste into graphene.
The American Ceramic Society

Russia surpasses Saudi Arabia as China’s top oil supplier
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

Do accountants need a new image?
Ben Lansford, professor in the practice of accounting and director of the Master of Accounting program at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Insightful Accountant

Bindi Naik-Mathuria, MD, MPH, a pediatric surgeon with UTMB Health
An article featuring Dr. Bindi Naik-Mathuria mentions that she is a fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in its Firearm Injury Prevention and Safety Program.
Science Buzz (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)


Removing 'forever' chemicals from drinking water
An article mentions that the featured research is supported by Rice's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment.
Arizona State University News

The quest for injectable brain implants has begun
Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
NewsAzi (This Wired article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Is an anti-cold pill on the way?
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.

Necrobotics: The potential of using biotic materials in robotics
An article features collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Co-author Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.

To make carbon nanotubes, reach like a giraffe
An article features collaborative Rice research into growing nanotubes. Co-authors Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, and research administrator Ksenia Bets are cited.

3 Georgia universities rank among the top 50 in the U.S.
An article mentions that Rice is tied for No. 15 on U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the top universities in the country.
Magic 98.1 Online (Similar articles appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Understanding the Cold War in East German life through primary sources
Brown College sophomore Rey Yuan authored an article.

Texas rainy day funds could conserve parks and water
Baker Institute for Public Policy research on the state’s water supply is cited.
LocalToday (A similar article appeared in McKinney News Source.)

Yoshito Kishi, organic chemist who climbed ‘Mount Everest’ of synthesis, dies at 85
An obituary includes a quote from Tohru Fukuyama, a former professor at Rice.
Harvard Crimson

Meet the Candidates: Thomas ‘Tom’ Popelka, Homewood library
Alumnus Thomas Popelka is featured.
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle


Texas players make it clear with words and play: They want Rodney Terry
The Dec. 12 men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin is mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

The Dozen: Texans now have 12 NFL Draft Picks in 2023
Alumnus and former Rice football player Cheta Ozougwu is mentioned.
Big News Network (This article originally appeared in