Dateline Rice for March 6, 2023 (Weekend Edition)

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CERAWeek 2023: Rice University experts to participate in major energy industry conference
A roundup mentions that the following Rice faculty members will be featured on panels at CERAWeek, which runs March 6-10: President Reginald DesRoches; Ramamoorthy Ramesh, vice president for research; Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation; David Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy; Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of Rice's Carbon Hub; Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business; Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Affairs at the Baker Institute; Rachel Meidl, fellow for energy and environment at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Carrie Masiello, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor of Biogeochemistry and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute.
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-6-ceraweek (This segment aired twice.)


School choice, vouchers aren't top education issue for most Texans. Why is it for lawmakers?
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 the Austin American-Statesman.)
Ted Cruz is one of crypto's true believers, even as calls for regulation grow
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in Crypto News.)
Bill aims to remove sales tax from diapers, maternity clothes
Spectrum News 1
Dallas GOP dinner featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis closed to media
The Dallas Morning News (This article appeared in the March 4 print edition of the Rome News-Tribune and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
University of Houston removes diversity, inclusion statements from hiring practices
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired three times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

In North Carolina, a small hospital deal poses big antitrust questions
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 quoted.
STAT (Subscription is required.)
Mississippi hospital ends birth services, joins list of closed facilities
Kaiser Health News
'KHN Morning Briefing'
Kaiser Health News

Ask PolitiFact: What is 'operational control' at the border and do cartels have it?
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.

Qatar-UAE 'fraternal' meetings offer sign of growing rapprochement
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

3 ways to support a sense of belonging for students
An article cites 2021 Rice research into the graduation rates of The College of Health Care Professions, a for-profit school of allied health professions.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in MSN.)


Opinion: How will the state takeover affect HISD students? Here's the research.
Ruth López Turley, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, and Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute, co-authored an op-ed. Turley is quoted in the second article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Outlook section in the March 5 print edition.)
Houston leaders vow to fight HISD takeover with legislation, lawsuits
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the March 4 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the March 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

Houston hydrogen hub projects advance in race for $7B from DOE
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
CERAWeek is growing as Houston's energy industry broadens its focus
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 6 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Kevin Hart-founded tequila company awards grants to three Houston-area small businesses
Robert Franklin, lecturer in management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the March 4 print edition.)

Blank Slate monument comes to Houston and Galveston
An article mentions that the monument "A Blank Slate: Hope for a New America," which honors African American history and the ongoing struggle for racial justice, will be on view at Rice through April 4. The artwork is co-sponsored by Rice's Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and Hanszen College. Jeff Fleisher, interim director of CAAAS and professor of anthropology, is quoted. 
'NewsWest 9'
KWES-TV (Odessa)

Bun B returns to RodeoHouston with the Southern Takeover
An article features Bernard "Bun B" Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
Houston Press

Free things to do in Houston: Museums, boat tour, outdoor movies, bats
A roundup features Rice and highlights its architecture, and it features the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston summer camps: Registration is starting to open. Here's a guide to help you plan ahead.
A roundup mentions that Rice will host a creative writing camp for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in June and July.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

'Fixer Upper' star Chip Gaines bought author Larry McMurtry's bookstore
An article features the late alumnus and former Rice lecturer Larry McMurtry.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Bluebonnets Houston — 26 fields, parks and trails where you can find bluebonnets near you
A roundup features Rice's Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum.
Houston on the Cheap

Get a nightlife this week: March 6-12, 2023
A roundup mentions that Rice's Moody Center for the Arts will host an improvised and interactive art performance by Devin T. Mays March 9.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Top 15 festivals and events this week in Houston: March 6-12, 2023
365 Things To Do in Houston

Overheard: Houston mayoral candidates share their platforms for the city's tech ecosystem
Rice is mentioned.


Deutsche Welle
Elias Bongmba, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology, is interviewed about the possibility of the Anglican Church splitting in Africa.
http://dateline.rice/march-6-bongmba (This segment aired three times.)

KTRK-TV (Houston)
A broadcast cites Rice research into Houston rental housing prices. 

Experts weigh medical advances in gene-editing with ethical dilemmas
An article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former Rice student.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)
For man behind gene-edited babies, a rocky return to science
KXLY Online (This article also appeared in Channel 3000.)

'The World is Yours'
A broadcast features Rice and Lovett Hall.
KTXA-TV (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/march-6-ktxa (This segment aired five times.)

CFMJ-AM (Ontario, Canada)
A broadcast mentions collaborative Rice research into a new mathematical theory that applies to any sufficiently complex quantum system.

CFYK-AM (Northwest Territories, Canada)
A broadcast mentions a performance of "Louie Louie" by Rice's Marching Owl Band.
http://dateline.rice/march-6-cfyk (This segment aired twice.)


New faculty: Rice Architecture
An article features additions to the Rice School of Architecture faculty: visiting critics Stephanie Choi and Ajay Manthripragada; Jaleh Jalili, postdoctoral fellow in sociology; and Cullinan Visiting Critics Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo. Igor Marjanović, the William Ward Watkin Dean of the School of Architecture, is quoted.

Inside the Houston Endowment’s new net-zero building
An article mentions Rice's Brochstein Pavilion and quotes Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor Emeritus of Architecture. 

Turning carbon dioxide into a valuable resource
An article features research by Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, and graduate student Peng Zhu.

The renaissance of wood: They just designed one that gets stronger as it traps CO2
An article features collaborative Rice research developing a sustainable wood composite that absorbs carbon dioxide. Co-authors Muhammad Rahman, assistant research professor in materials science and nanoengineering, and research scientist Soumyabrata Roy are quoted.
They have created a type of wood capable of absorbing CO2 from the air and using it to become stronger (This article also appeared in
El renacimiento de la madera: Acaban de diseñar una que se hace más fuerte conforme atrapa CO2 (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Mundo Deportivo.)


Schapiro: Trans-Republican governor readies for close-up
Alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia, is mentioned.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Taiwan People's Party outlines itinerary of chairman's US trip
An article mentions that Taiwan People's Party Chairman Ko Wen-je will visit Rice April 21.
Focus Taiwan


Louisville baseball wins 2023 Shriners Children's College Classic
Several articles mention that Rice's baseball team competed in the Shriners Children's College Classic March 3-5 at Houston's Minute Maid Park. The Owls won their game against Texas Tech University and lost games against Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University. 
FanSided (Similar articles also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
No. 10 TCU blanks Rice, 7-0
Aggies down Red Raiders in 16 innings to cap classic 
Aggies run-rule Owls on Day 2 in Houston (This article also appeared in The Battalion.)
Aggies fall to Cardinals in Shriners opener (This article also appeared in The Battalion.)
Rice snaps Texas Tech's 10-game win streak to start season
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
No. 24 Tech suffers narrow loss to Rice
Molina's 11 K's guide No. 24 Tech past Michigan
No. 10 TCU's rally falls short against No. 14 Louisville
2023 Shriner Children's College Classic: Schedule, how to watch
'College Baseball'
AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)
'KAMC 28 News'
KAMC-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)

MBB: Conference USA announces All-Academic Teams
An article features Rice basketball players Max Fielder and Quincy Olivari, who have been named to Conference USA's 2022-23 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team.
Conference USA
Czumbel earns third straight C-USA All-Academic Team honor

Jones scores 30, Florida International downs Rice 90-83
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Florida International University 90-83 March 4.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets and a portion appeared in the March 5 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
FIU men's hoops prevails at Rice in regular season finale
FIU men's hoops closes regular season at Rice

FIU women's hoops drops home finale to Rice, 96-84
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated Florida International University 96-84 March 4.
FIU women's hoops hosts Rice in home finale on Senior Day

MBB: Bracket announced for 2023 C-USA Basketball Championships presented by TotalCare
Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio March 8 in the first round of the Conference USA Basketball Championships as the No. 6 seed. Rice's women's team is slated to play its first game in the quarterfinals March 9 as the No. 3 seed.
Conference USA
WBB: Bracket announced for 2023 C-USA Basketball Championships presented by TotalCare
Conference USA
UTSA to face Rice in first round of C-USA Championships
FIU men's hoops slated No. 7 seed, faces La. Tech in C-USA tournament Wednesday
FIU women's hoops finishes season as No. 8 seed, faces Charlotte in C-USA tournament Wednesday
Bracket announced for C-USA tourney; women's basketball opens Wednesday as No. 9 seed
Women's conference tournament glances
WTOP (This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)

Rice football: 5 things to watch as spring drills begin
An article previews Rice's football team ahead of the start of spring practice, which will end with a Blue-Gray game April 15. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted. mentions Bloomgren and Jon Kay, who will join Rice as an assistant football coach.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 6 print edition.)
This Week in Coaching: Four former Tennessee staffers receive show-cause penalties, but what does the news mean for Jeremy Pruitt? Plus recapping a flurry of assistant movement

UTSA drops heartbreaker to Rice
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 4-3 March 3.
Pilots drop neutral-site match to Rice
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated the University of Portland 4-2 March 4.
Pilots fall to No. 68 Lobos in New Mexico
Pilots sweep Portland State for third win in a row

Lobos edged by Rice in final tiebreaker
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated the University of New Mexico 4-3 March 5.
Lobos win tense battle with Portland 4-2
Lobos host Rice, Portland in key home weekend

No. 10 women's tennis wins at Rice, 6-1
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 6-1 March 4.
No. 10 women's tennis preview at Rice

Hiley, Zuñiga take home championships at The Woodlands Marathon
An article mentions former Rice runner Cali Werner finished in second place in the 12th annual Legacy Capital The Woodlands Marathon.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

KMBC at the NFL Draft Combine: Kansas City-area players shine in Indianapolis
Former Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu is featured.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KMBC Online.)
Each prospect 49ers met at NFL Combine has this in common

WBB: Conference USA announces All-Academic Teams
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team lost to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 66-61 Jan. 26.
Conference USA

Men's golf set for two tournaments this week
An article mentions that Rice's golf team is competing in the Cabo Collegiate Invitational golf tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico, March 5-7. The Owls were in 14th place after the first day of competition.
Men's golf ready to tee off at Cabo Collegiate Invitational
Men's golf in 2nd place after first round of Cabo Collegiate
Men's golf continues spring season at Cabo Collegiate
No. 2 MGOLF ready for Cabo Collegiate Sunday
No. 2 MGOLF sits third after 18 holes in Cabo
Men's golf central: Cabo Collegiate
Hall in top 20, Vols 13th through one round at Cabo Collegiate
Razorbacks set for Cabo; one of the toughest fields in college golf
Mateo leads; Arkansas in 7th at Cabo Collegiate
No. 9 men's golf returns to the Cabo Collegiate Invitational
No. 17 Alabama men's golf returns to action Sunday at the Cabo Collegiate
Men's golf facing tough field in Cabo
Preview: Cabo Collegiate tees off on Sunday
Vamos Commodores

Pitching duel ends in Cougar loss
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston April 4.
Early lead not enough for Cougars against UTRGV
Tulimero tabbed on Buster Posey Catcher of the Year watch list

Men's basketball central: Charlotte vs. UAB
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 103-74 March 2.
Mark Berman's new AP Top 25 men's basketball ballot

Baseball earns first series victory over Houston since 1991
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 7.
UTRGV baseball blanks Houston, 1-0, to win series against Cougars (This segment also aired on KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas.)
Two ex-Steelers reveal their most 'freakazoid' teammates, talk one 'perfect' player
An article features former Rice football player Vance McDonald.

John Cooper Sports: Dragon tennis defends TTC private school crown with sweep
An article mentions that the Victor Lopez Classic track and field meet will be held at Rice March 24-25.
Woodlands Online

Kats close non-conference play at Rice
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team defeated Sam Houston State University 7-0 Feb. 25.
Islanders top Bearkats in dual match

North Texas pregame — UNT wants to close out regular season with win over WKU
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is tied for sixth place in Conference USA.
Denton Record-Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Top CFB storylines to watch during 2023 spring practices
An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.
Bleacher Report

INSIDE PITCH: VYPE baseball rankings, No. 17 Cy Ranch Mustangs
An article mentions that Tobias Motley has committed to play baseball at Rice.

Three long shot Pac-12 expansion candidates for the fourth spot
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated's All Cardinal (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)
Four-star QB Marcos Davila taking in interest following TCU decommitment
Oklahoma State football recruiting: Analyzing latest offers in 2024 class

Kelly, Mongenel are All-Central Texas swimmers of the year
A caption mentions that Michaela Koltz has committed to join Rice's swim team.
Austin American-Statesman

'TWC News All Evening'
Former Rice basketball player Jasmine Smith is featured.
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired five times.)


Migrant caravan coverage contributes to poor immigration policy, says Baker Institute report
Both punitive and permissive immigration policies have done little to deter migrants from crossing the U.S. border, and media coverage of “migrant caravans” has contributed to stopgap policies, according to a new report from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Taking care of your teeth could help prevent chronic joint pain
When Rice computational biologist Vicky Yao found traces of bacteria associated with periodontal disease in samples collected from rheumatoid arthritis patients, she was not sure what to make of it. Her finding helped spark a series of experiments that confirmed a connection between arthritis flare-ups and periodontitis. 

Bending 2D nanomaterial could 'switch on' future technologies
Rice materials scientist Boris Yakobson and collaborators uncovered a property of ferroelectric 2D materials that could be exploited as a feature in future devices. Because they bend in response to an electrical stimulus, single-layer ferroelectric materials can be controlled to act as a nanoscale switch or even a motor, according to the study published in ACS Nano.