Dateline Rice for May 15, 2023 (Weekend Edition)

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OTF: Rice, Charlotte capture 2023 C-USA track and field titles
Rice's women's track and field team won the Conference USA outdoor championship May 14, and head coach Jim Bevan was named Coach of the Year. The article also mentions the following individual results: Erna Gunnarsdottir placed second in shot put; McKyla Van Der Westhuizen placed second in javelin; Sam Welsh won the shot put and Elian Ahmar placed third; Savannah Simms placed second in triple jump and Ginnie Okafor placed third; Josie Taylor placed second in high jump; Alyssa Balandran won the 1,500-meter race and Taigen Hunter-Galvan placed second; Kennedy Gamble placed third in the 200-meter dash; Alyssa Balandran placed second in the 800-meter race; and Lina Spjut placed second in the 5,000-meter race. The second article features the following results: Sam Welsh won the discus event and broke the meet record, and Sam Woodley placed third; Julie Perez earned second place in discus; Alexander Slinkman won the long jump and set a conference record; and Ese Amata placed second in high jump. The third article features the following results: Shaun Kerry, Cal Abdulky and Nick Hicks took the top three places in hammer throw; Tara Simpson-Sullivan won the women’s hammer throw for the third consecutive year; Grant Levesque placed second in decathlon; Eliza Kraule won the heptathlon and Lindsay Simms placed second; and Caitlin Wosika won the 10,000-meter race. The article also mentions that former Owl Philip Adam earned three consecutive C-USA decathlon first-place finishes between 2009-2011, and mentions Slinkman, Simpson-Sullivan and former Owl Scott Filip, who formerly held the C-USA meet record of 7,837 points, set in 2017. The Nassau Guardian highlights Simpson-Sullivan.
Conference USA
OTF: Two conference meet records broken and eight champions crowned on day three
Conference USA
OTF: Day two of C-USA Championships highlighted by six crowned champions
Conference USA
Turner, Astwood set records on Friday at C-USA outdoor championships
Bahamians in action at NCAA DI championships
The Nassau Guardian
UTSA men register runner-up finish at C-USA outdoor championships


Could the US have helped avert the crisis in Sudan?
David Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Vox (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Turkey's extremely big-deal election, explained
A.Kadir Yildirim, nonresident fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Vox (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Forget that $90,000 sticker price: College costs are actually going down
Paul Negrete, executive director of university financial aid services, is quoted
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN and AOL.)

'Stack of pancakes' may explain odd magnet behavior
An article features collaborative Rice research into layered helimagnetic crystals. Co-authors Andriy Nevidomskyy, associate professor of physics and astronomy, and alumnus Matthew Butcher are quoted.

How to recruit with softer skills in mind
An article features collaborative research by Siyu Yu, assistant professor of management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
The Economist (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 13 print edition, and it appeared in the May 15 print edition of The Straits Times and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Fierce startup competition brings victory, and major investment, to Texas A&M University
An article features the winner of the 2023 Rice Business Plan Competition, which was held May 11-13. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted.

¿Qué se esconde realmente detrás de la famosa carta contra la inteligencia artificial?
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, is quoted.
MSN Mexico (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Entrepreneur.)

How one man went from construction worker to Rice University graduate
An article features recent graduate Thomas Avalos.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online, KHOU Online on YouTube and Fox 43 Online, and the video segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)


James Baker: Gun laws that Republicans can support (Opinion)
James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-baker (This segment aired twice.)

Texas Southern, Rice launch official research partnership
An article mentions that Rice and Texas Southern University have partnered to help students and expand the research programs at both universities. President Reginald DesRoches and Provost Amy Dittmar are quoted. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the City/State section in the May 14 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Fact check: Yes, a Texas bill would give one GOP official power to overturn Houston elections
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the May 15 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Why college officials think COVID made the Class of 2023 uniquely prepared for the workforce
An article quotes Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates and professor of sociology, Nicole Van Den Heuvel, executive director of Rice’s Center for Career Development, and recent graduate Ling DeBellis.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston oil and gas exec writes memoir inspired by her daughters, offering lessons of leadership
Alumnus Revati "Rani" Puranik is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 14 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Apollo Chamber Players' season finale celebrates 15 years of linking communities
An article mentions that the Apollo Chamber Players will conclude their season with a concert in Stude Concert Hall at Rice's Shepherd School of Music May 13.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 13 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Houston salaries for new graduates stretch further than in other cities, report says
A photo depicts recent graduates Asmita Banerjee and Megan Chang following Rice's commencement May 6.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter No. 400
A roundup features Rice news stories from the past week.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

Tap into Houston's buzzing business community at the Ion's Activation Festival
A roundup mentions that Rice's Office of Innovation will host "Back to the Future of Innovation," and the InterfaceRice 2023 conference on neuroengineering will feature a TEDx-style presentation titled "Innovation on Tap: EntrepreNeuro." Both are May 18. 
365 Things To Do in Houston

Texas leads the nation in babies born with syphilis. The problem is getting worse.
An article cites a collaborative report by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research into Harris County residents' access to prenatal care. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the May 15 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)


'KPRC Channel 2 News'
A broadcast mentions that the 2023 Kinder Houston Area Survey by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research will be released May 15.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-kriv (This segment aired twice.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
A broadcast cites 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, and he is quoted in Gaming Today.
Texas sports gambling bill passes House but faces long odds in Senate
Gaming Today

KTBU-TV (Houston)
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is featured.

'The Nature of Things'
A broadcast features Lesa Tran Lu, associate director for educational programs at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and adjunct lecturer in chemistry.
CBC (This segment re-aired four times.) 

'Good Day Saturday'
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with EdX, an online course provider. 
KDFW-TV (Dallas)

CKFR-AM (British Columbia, Canada)
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.


Construction finishes on a CLT pavilion designed by Rice architecture students
An article features the Johnson Owl Deck at the Harris Gully Natural Area, a restored watershed on Rice's campus that includes several microhabitats for migrating birds. The mass timber project, which is made of cross-laminated timber, was completed by recent School of Architecture graduates Pouya Khadem and Lene Sollie under the guidance of Jesús Vassallo, associate professor of architecture, and alumna Tracy Truc Huynh.
Architecture Building (A similar article also appeared in New York Metropolitan.)

The complicated history of how the Earth's atmosphere became breathable
Rajdeep Dasgupta, the Maurice Ewing Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, is quoted.
Ars Technica

Unseen energy: The infrared garden
An article features alumna Virginia Hines, who studied under Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts.
The Eye of Photography

Cancer cells may sense immune surveillance and actively adapt
An article mentions that Herbert Levine, adjunct professor of bioengineering, co-authored the featured research.
Oncology News

Plataforma ImagineRio incluirá mapas do século 20 e dados temáticos
An article mentions that the digital atlas imagineRio, which details how Rio de Janeiro evolved from its 16th-century roots to the present day, was a project first undertaken by Farès el-Dahdah, professor of art history, and Alida Metcalf, the Harris Masterson Jr. Professor of History.
Agencia Brasil (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Diario de Petropolis.)

Three African American scholars take on new faculty roles
An article features alumnus Creston Herron, a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music and conductor of Rice's Campanile Orchestra.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

2023 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Valarie Tran, Rice University (Jones)
Two articles feature alumni Valarie Tran and Trent Kostenuk, recent graduates of the Jones Graduate School of Business. Alumna Kelsey Wolak is mentioned in Yahoo! Finance and featured in Poets & Quants.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Class Of 2023
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)
2023 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Trent Alan Kostenuk, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
2023 Best & Brightest Online MBA: Kelsey Wolak, University of Michigan (Ross) 
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

iMAP: Modeling 3D scenes in real time
Graduate student Cameron Wolfe authored an article.
Towards Data Science on Medium
Shaping the future of fossil fuels on the electric grid
Alumnus Andrew Campbell authored an article.
Energy Institute at Haas

What are Indian universities doing to get into global top 100s
An article mentions that Rice is No. 100 on the 2023 QS World University Rankings.
The Week

Federal student loan repayments to restart, education secretary confirms
A photo depicts students at Rice's Fondren Library.
Fox Business

The promise and pitfalls of CRISPR gene editing for human health
An article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former Rice student.
Japan Forward
Former Rice University footballer gets sex bias suit revived
An article reports on a lawsuit involving former athletes.
Bloomberg Law (Subscription is required. A similar article also appeared in Courthouse News Service.)

Médicos se unen para luchar contra la resistencia antimicrobiana
An article mentions that experts at Rice are collaborating with four other institutions to confront multidrug-resistant pathogens.
Noticias Enfasis (An English translation is not available.)


20 years after high school, this valedictorian found her 'sweet spot'
Alumna Heather Keenan Miller is featured. (This article also appeared in The Advocate.)

Ph.D. graduation of a Hausa-Yoruba Nigerian in America
An article features recent graduate Abdulbasit Kassim. 
Nigerian Tribune

Arts Briefs: Painting and book discussion in Northampton, an art workshop in Hatfield, and more
An article featuring Balourdet Quartet mentions that it formed at Rice in 2018.
Daily Hampshire Gazette

Jeff Jacobs: Not all fun and games, Wilton Esports a true and tested champion
An article featuring Rishi Vaddiraju mentions that he plans to attend Rice next fall.
CT Insider (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Deakin researchers call for food industry overhaul
An article cites dietary research by experts at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Herald Sun (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 15 print edition of the Geelong Advertiser and was in a previous edition of Dateline.) 
The valley’s best real estate agents of 2023
Alumna Debbie Pontikas is featured.


Hilltoppers reach 30 wins for first time since 2011 with sweep over Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team was swept by Western Kentucky University May 12-14. (This article also appeared in WBKO Online.)
Tops cook Rice on Senior Day; win fifth consecutive series
Leonett's extra-inning heroics lift Tops over Owls in series opener

FC Tucson holds tryouts; looks for improved performance
An article mentions Rice soccer player Naija Bruckner.

As UH heads to Big 12, Cougars don't have to look far for football rivals
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 14 print edition.)

UH adds hockey as a club sport for first time in nearly a century, team hits the ice this fall
An article mentions that Rice had an ice hockey team in the 1930s.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required

BSB: HCU hosts SLU for three-game Southland Conference series
An article mentions that the Houston Christian University and Southeastern Louisiana University baseball teams were slated to play at Rice's Reckling Park last week.
Lions ready for finish vs. Huskies
The Daily Star (This article also appeared in Crescent City Sports.)

Steve Sarkisian says Arch Manning is on 'right trajectory' at Texas
An article mentions the Rice football team's season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.
New York Post

Aggies add highly touted Division II WR Jahdae Walker
An article mentions former Rice football player Jerry Johnson.
Sports Illustrated's All Aggies

Midway's Tarter sets school record at state meet; Iredell vaulter claims gold
An article featuring Reeve Tarter mentions that he plans to join Rice's track and cross-country teams next fall.
Waco Tribune-Herald

USF football's Hector and Sails to play for XFL championship Saturday
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of South Florida Sept. 23.

LA Tech wins 16-inning marathon over FAU
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team lost to Louisiana Tech University in a 15-inning game in 2016.
Crescent City Sports

Texas upcoming events May 15-21
A roundup mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Prairie View A&M University May 16 and Florida International University May 19 at Reckling Park.
Lemon Wire

FAU edges LA Tech in 10 innings to take series
An article mentions that Rice's Reckling Park will host the Conference USA baseball tournament May 24-28.
Crescent City Sports

'H-Town High School Sports'
A broadcast mentions that Rice's Reckling Park hosted high school baseball regional playoffs.
CW 39 (Houston)

The first Florida team to woo Bucs QB Baker Mayfield
Rice is mentioned.
Tampa Bay Times (Subscription is required.)
Oklahoma State offers rising 2024 linebacker Temerrick Johnson


2023 Kinder Houston Area Survey: Concerns over economy and housing costs rattle the city's optimism
A turbulent economy and increasingly expensive and unattainable housing were dominant concerns cited by respondents to the 42nd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, released today at the annual Kinder Institute Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. "We are seeing the strain of rising costs, housing in particular, take a toll on people’s livelihoods," said Ruth López Turley, director of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

New priming method improves battery life, efficiency
Silicon anode batteries have the potential to revolutionize energy storage capabilities, which is key to meeting climate goals and unlocking the full potential of electric vehicles. However, the irreversible depletion of lithium ions in silicon anodes puts a major constraint on the development of next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering have developed a readily scalable method to optimize prelithiation, a process that helps mitigate lithium loss and improves battery life cycles by coating silicon anodes with stabilized lithium metal particles.

Magnetic gear tech company wins 2023 Rice Business Plan Competition
FluxWorks from Texas A&M University, a magnetic gear technology company, took home the grand prize at the 2023 Rice Business Plan Competition. The RBPC, hosted annually by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is the world's largest and richest student startup competition. This year's edition saw 42 startups competing for $3.4 million in prizes — the highest in the 23 years of the event. More than 80 prizes were awarded and every team took home cash.