Dateline Rice for May 17, 2023

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Watch: A conversation on expanding the STEM workforce in Houston
President Reginald DesRoches participated in Axios' "Community Solutions: Expanding the STEM Talent Pipeline" discussion May 16.
Axios (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

War rooms and bailouts: How banks and the Fed are preparing for a US default — and the chaos expected to follow
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, authored an op-ed.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Governing parties prevail in 4 Argentine mining and petro province elections: Jujuy, Salta, La Pampa and Tierra Del Fuego
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, authored an op-ed, and he is quoted in several other media outlets.
Gov. Abbott threatens special session if House and Senate don't agree on school voucher plan
MSN (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online.)
Ask the Expert: What's left on the table in the Texas Legislature?
KRLD on Audacy (This article also appeared in MSN, and the segment aired on KRLD-AM in Dallas.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Aramco: Why Saudi Arabia is considering a new stock offering
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

Reforma administrativa, respuesta ciudadana ante los riesgos para los usuarios
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
MSN Mexico (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Expansión.)


Inflation, increased housing costs top of mind for Houstonians, survey reveals
An article features the results of the 42nd Kinder Houston Area Survey, conducted annually by experts at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which found that the economy and housing were dominant concerns cited by respondents. Community members quoted or mentioned include Ruth López Turley, director of the Kinder Institute and professor of sociology, Daniel Potter, senior director of research at the institute, and Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute and an emeritus professor of sociology.
Houston Business Journal
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'Pick of the Day'
Houston Chronicle's Texas Take newsletter (This article also appeared in Convenience Big Store.)

Houston startup launches innovative chat tool on its mission to democratize AI
An article features ThirdAI, a company founded by Anshumali Shrivastava, associate professor of computer science, of electrical and computer engineering and of statistics, and recent graduate Tharun Medini.

Texas Music Festival announces 2023 season
Rice's Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
University of Houston News


Surviving the loneliness epidemic
Chris Fagundes, professor of psychological sciences, is interviewed.
Texas Public Radio's "The Source" (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Texans overwhelmingly support marijuana for medical use. Will such 'compassionate use' be expanded this session?
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Lubbock Christian University enrollment rates go down as numbers decrease nationwide
Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)


New research finds verbal prompts can make semi-automated driving safer
An article features collaborative Rice research into how verbal prompts may help drivers maintain attention during semi-automated driving. Co-author Jing Chen, assistant professor of psychological sciences, is quoted. 
Tech Xplore (This article also appeared in The Auto Channel.)

What's so special about large grains on Mars?
Graduate student Eleanor Moreland authored a post.
NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover Blog (This article also appeared in Knowledia.)

UTHealth Houston researcher awarded over $5M to study and improve the diagnostic process in clinics to prevent errors
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
The BMI Composer Awards celebrate the next generation of compositional talent
An article featuring composer Christopher Enloe mentions that he will premiere work at Rice.

Report: Nonprofit hospitals raked in massive profits, billions in pandemic aid
An article cites collaborative Rice research into the North Carolina hospital system.
The Center Square (North Carolina)

Top 10 free sites to download PDF textbooks right now
A roundup features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.

Best colleges for architecture 2023
A roundup features Rice.
University Magazine
Ranked: The world’s top 50 endowment funds

Syzygy Plasmonics selects Emerson to automate electrification of chemical production processes
An article about Syzygy Plasmonics mentions that its technology is based on Rice research.
Hydrogen Central

19 unexpected reasons why men are attracted to short women
An article cites a collaborative 2014 Rice study.
Live Bold & Bloom


Engineers design sutures that can deliver drugs or sense inflammation
Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
MIT News (This article also appeared in Mirage and Innovation Origins.)

Vidarbha case studies now taught in 60 universities
Rice is mentioned.
The Times of India


Bohls: Texas freshmen golfers boosting Horns' national championship defense chances
Rice football player J.T. Daniels is mentioned in a roundup. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned on a broadcast by KTXX.
Austin American-Statesman (A similar article also appeared in
KTXX-FM (Austin)

Baseball falls to No. 11 Miami in home finale
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Florida International University May 18.
Baseball takes on No. 11 Miami in final home game of 2023

Football schedule updated for Alabama, Oklahoma games
An article mentions that the Rice football team's season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin. (Similar articles also appeared in Heartland College Sports,, KXAN Online, Saturday Down South and SB Nation.)

NCAA Division I men's and women's tennis championships return to Tennis Channel May 19-20
Former Rice tennis player Blair Henley is mentioned. (This article also appeared in

Volleyball announces 2023 schedule
An article mentions that the Rice volleyball team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Sept. 11. (This article also appeared in KXAN Online and The Black Chronicle.)