Dateline Rice for May 4, 2023

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Video spreads false notion of unlimited oil supply
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in Oltnews.)

Tarrant County voter fraud case fuels lawmakers to make election fraud easier to prosecute
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 Dallas Morning News.)
Proposed bill threatening Harris County to get its act together when it comes to elections, experts say
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online, and this segment also aired three times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
Political roundup: Guns, crime, border security and elections
Houston Public Media
'TWC News All Night'
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired four times.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/may-4-jones (This segment aired three times.)

Conservative Christians want more religion in public life. Texas lawmakers are listening.
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune and was in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Why it took so long to finally get an RSV vaccine
An article mentions former Rice roommates and alumni Barney Graham, deputy director of the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health's Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Bill Gruber, senior vice president of vaccine clinical research and development for Pfizer.
Time (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The Schmidt Science Fellows for 2023 are announced
An article mentions that alumnus Joshua Chen has been named a Schmidt Science Fellow.

Parady z okazji Dnia Zwycięstwa odwoływane w całej Rosji
Ewa Thompson, professor emerita of Slavic studies, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

Chair King set to show off new design at future Sugar Land store
A roundup mentions that Rice's Office of Innovation, which aims to commercialize Rice-developed research and technology, and its Nexus Lab, which will focus on prototyping and scaling up technologies, are set to join the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Laramie County School District 1 Student of the Week May 8, 2023.
An article featuring Suzette Mejia mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KCWY-TV in Nebraska.)


Editorial: San Antonio Police Department needs a better disciplinary process
An editorial cites a 2020 study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research into police oversight groups in Texas' major cities.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This editorial also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the May 4 print edition.)

Gulfton has enough space for 500 new trees, study shows, a possible relief to heat
An article cites a 2021 study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research into the canopy coverage of Houston neighborhoods.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Marsh Arabs Project, bringing traditional Iraqi mudhif to Houston, kicks off slate of events this week
An article mentions that a mudhif, a large structure made of reeds that serves as a community center in the Iraqi marshes, will be constructed on Rice's campus and used for some classes by the School of Humanities.
Houston Public Media

Sea level rise in Galveston (May 4, 2023)
A broadcast mentions that Rice's president was a guest on "Houston Matters" in March.
Houston Public Media

Texas professors petition for keeping tenure system as Senate ban bill advances to House
Alum Jo Hsu is featured.
KXAN Online

UFO phenomena / neuroscience and the brain
Rice is mentioned.
'Coast to Coast AM with George Noory' (This segment aired on 745 affiliate stations across the U.S. and Canada.)


The $30 billion 'Ike Dike' will not save Houston from climate change
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law, co-director of Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN Weather (This article originally appeared in WhoWhatWhy.)

Using repressive tactics against rebel fighters can prove costly down the line for governments aiming to hold onto power
An article features research by Connor Huff, assistant professor of political science. 
Political Science Now

6 nontechnical skills engineers need
Tracy Volz, director of the ACTIVATE Engineering Communications Program at Rice, is quoted.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Zeta Energy receives third-party verification that its lithium-sulfur battery is polysulfide free
An article mentions that Zeta Energy licenses inventions developed in collaboration with Rice's Smalley-Curl Institute, NanoCarbon Center and Rice Advanced Materials Institute. 
Batteries News

What is the record for most languages spoken by one person?
An article features William Sidis, who taught at Rice in 1916 when he was just 17 years old.
Gen Z

New book reveals NASA photographer's unseen Mercury astronaut archives
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.


Blackwell elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
An article mentions that President Reginald DesRoches has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for engineering and technology.
University of Arkansas News
9 Indian Americans elected new members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Kahani

Phil Lord '97 and Chris Miller '97 to speak at commencement
An article featuring alumna Gilda Barabino, president of Olin College of Engineering, mentions that she will receive an honorary degree from Dartmouth College. Barabino was the first African American to receive a doctorate in chemical engineering at Rice.
Dartmouth College News

Schapiro: Youngkin's talent for upstaging himself
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia.
The Roanoke Times (This article also appeared in Martinsville Bulletin and the Bristol Herald-Courier.)

Beloit College selects Eric Boynton as next president
An article featuring alumnus Eric Boynton mentions that he has been promoted to president of Beloit College effective July 1.
WKOW Online

Northwestern College Class of 2023 grad wins international tech design competition
An article features the winner of Rice's 360 Global Health Technologies Design Competition.
Northwestern College News


Baseball wins Silver Glove Series
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team lost to the University of Houston 8-5 May 3. (This article also appeared in The Black Chronicle and Sports Illustrated.)

MTEN: 2023 All-Conference team announced
An article mentions that Rice tennis player Trinity Grear has been named to Conference USA's All-Conference Singles second team, and the team of Grear and Wes Barnett was named to the All-Conference Doubles second team.
Conference USA (This article also appeared in

Kelly's Rhett Knox named 409Sports Athlete of The Week
An article mentions that Rice will host high school baseball regional playoffs.
12 News Now
'12 News'
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/may-4-kbmt (This segment aired twice.)

Digging in: Takeaways from spring volleyball
An article mentions former Rice assistant volleyball coach Zheng Xiang.

KTXX-FM (Austin)
Rice football is mentioned.
Michigan State football should enter the Zakhari Franklin sweepstakes
Spartan Shadow (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)

Trent Noah receives another D1 offer
Rice is mentioned.
Clemson legacy 'eager' for offer from Tigers after great recent visit
The Clemson Insider

Men's basketball signs elite shooting transfer guard
An article mentions last season's basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Texas Southern football 2023 schedule
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play Texas Southern University Sept. 16.
HERO Sports

Notre Dame among national leaders in NCAA Academic Progress Rating
An article mentions Rice Athletics' Academic Progress Rating.
SB Nation


Rice U. bioengineering Ph.D. named Schmidt Science Fellow
Rice doctoral alum Joshua Chen has won a prestigious Schmidt Science Fellowship that will support his goal of building new technologies to address pressing health care challenges by drawing on his interdisciplinary skill set in bioelectronics and synthetic biology.

Baker Institute expert: Has the US response to Russia-Ukraine strengthened or weakened Washington?
The Russia-Ukraine war may have strengthened the NATO alliance, but it raises critical questions about Europe's security architecture and U.S. policy toward China, according to a new brief by Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker fellow at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.