Dateline Rice for May 8, 2023 (Weekend Edition)

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week
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 more than 250 other media outlets, and it appeared in the May 6 print edition of The Trentonian and the May 7 print editions of the Texarkana Gazette, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Sentinel Record and Chattanooga Times Free Press.)

Fire at Shell plant sends thick black smoke into Deer Park sky, fueling resident fears
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared on the front page of the May 6 print edition.)
Shell reports 'no danger' to community as air monitoring continues after fire at Deer Park facility
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared in Royal Dutch Shell PLC.)

Prostitutes, fast cars and mansions: Venezuela's £17bn corruption scandal
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
The Times (U.K.; subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 8 print edition of The Press.)

Author Justin Cronin isn't in search of a happy ending
A book review features "The Ferryman," authored by Rice writer-in-residence Justin Cronin.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe.)
With 'The Ferryman,' Justin Cronin explores a brave new dystopian world
CNBC (This article also appeared in MSN and more than 10 other media outlets.)

Paternity leave can reduce sexism and gender bias, says new study
An article features collaborative Rice research that found parental leave for fathers can decrease sexist attitudes and gender bias. Jonathan Homola, assistant professor of political science, is quoted. 

Cal Maritime cadets ready to become 'giants of industry'
An article featuring alumna Ally Cedeno, a graduate of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business and founder of the Women Offshore Foundation, mentions that she gave the Cal Maritime Academy's commencement address May 6.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Vallejo Times-Herald, and it appeared in its May 7 print edition.


Review: Houston Civic Symphony delivers excellent season closer in Sugar Land
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
The Fort Bend Star

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.
San Antonio Current (This Texas Tribune article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

New report shows the Ion district's investment into Houston's innovation ecosystem, future plans
An article features the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co. The Houston Chronicle 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.
Greater Houston Partnership
Chair King set to show off new design at future Sugar Land store
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 7 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Dragons, drag queens, 'Mad Men' meets 'Sex and the City,' and more star in Houston's top theater for May
An article mentions that the choreography of the Houston Ballet's "Under the Folding Sky" was inspired by James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. The article also mentions that alumnus Karl Jensen is the scene designer for the ballet's production of "Divergence," which runs May 25-June 4. 
CultureMap Houston

DaCamera season includes a new work by Terence Blanchard and world premieres by Matthew Aucoin and Etienne Charles
An article mention that the opera "Music for New Bodies," which is set to premiere during DaCamera's next season, was co-commissioned with Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 7 print edition, and it appeared in MSN Music.)

Marilyn Moore Basso's 'drive and intelligence put her in the top tier of GCs'
Alumna Marilyn Moore Basso is featured.
The Texas Lawbook

History alert!
An article featuring Jihra Grace Hill mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Garland Journal

Top 10 FHS grads honored
An article featuring Maryam Faisal and Aden Pugsley mentions that they plan to attend Rice in the fall.
Reporter News


'KHOU 11 News'
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 interviewed about the possible environmental consequences of the recent fire at the Deer Park chemical plant.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-8-blackburn (This segment aired three times.)

Immigration policy, Texas Senate's new bill could impact Harris Co., debt ceiling fight and more on 'Houston Newsmakers'
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.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
Gambling expansion in Texas faces long odds, numerous problems
Texas Insider
WBAP-AM (Dallas)

The superfast highway of the future (May 5, 2023)
A broadcast mentions that Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at the Shepherd School of Music, performed with the Houston Youth Symphony at Rice's Stude Concert Hall May 7. 365 Things To Do in Houston mentions that Parker will discuss Rachmaninoff's works and legacy at an event at Houston's Russian Cultural Center May 11.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
The Houston Youth Symphony turns 75!
Houston Public Media
Plan your Mother's Day weekend: May 11-14, 2023
365 Things To Do in Houston
Top performing arts and live theater this week: May 8-14, 2023
365 Things To Do in Houston

Job tips, tools: Professionals turning to upskilling to advance their careers
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with EdX, an online course provider. 
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired three times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

'Latina Voices'
A broadcast mentions that Rice hosted the "BARK for BARC" pet walk.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

'KHOU 11 Morning News'
A broadcast mentions the squirrels on Rice's campus.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

'KPRC Channel 2 News'
A broadcast mentions Rice's recent commencement ceremonies.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

30 fully funded Ph.D. programs
A roundup features Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
WTOP Online


Experimental model gets cells to behave as they would in utero
An article mentions that Aryeh Warmflash, associate professor of bioengineering, has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop experimental cell models to better understand the embryonic development stage known as neurulation.
Science X

Rice University students design congenital hypothyroidism test for newborns
An article features collaborative Rice research on developing a low-cost screening tool for congenital hypothyroidism in newborns. The research team includes undergraduates Alex David, Elise Erickson, Vanshika Jhonsa, Margaret Li and Alison Maniace and faculty mentor Jasmine Nejad, global health lecturer in the Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies. This research also earned the Best Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Award at the George R. Brown School of Engineering's annual Huff OEDK Engineering Design Showcase.
Medical Xpress

The nickel pickle
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Wire China

Molecular magic — researchers develop lightweight 2D material stronger than steel
An article features collaborative Rice research on meticulously adjusting the molecular structure of 2D polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Qiyi Fang are quoted.
SciTechDaily (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Missing important medicine doses and vaccines may be a thing of the past thanks to new technology
An article features Rice research on developing an encapsulation technology for time-released drugs. Co-authors Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Tyler Graf are quoted.

Cellist Coleman Itzkoff on his Klein Competition experience
Alumnus Coleman Itzkoff is featured.
The Violin Channel

Michael Petry, 'In League with Devils,' opens in Washington, D.C.
Alumnus Michael Petry is featured.
FAD Magazine

9 best colleges by value in 2023
A slideshow features Rice.

This is the hardest college to get into in Texas
Rice is featured.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in 24/7 Wall St. and in 10 other media outlets.)

Epidemie di virus dei coralli minacciano la barriera corallina
An article features Rice research into the health of corals. Alumna and temporary postdoctoral associate Lauren Howe-Kerr is mentioned.
La Rivista della Natura (An English translation is not available.)
Coralli: I loro peggiori nemici sono i loro migliori amici (An English translation is not available.)

Record silver demand in 2022 and other silver news
Rice is mentioned.
Silber-Knappheit verschärft sich, Nachfrage auf Rekordhoch
Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten (An English translation is not available.)
Universidades online en EE.UU, la mejor opción de estudio para latinos
Miami Diario (An English translation is not available.)


Ron Faucheux: Glenn Youngkin could be presidential race sleeper
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia. (This article also appeared in The Advocate.)

Young musicians can try out for next year's Coquitlam Youth Orchestra
An article features alumna Lucia Hynsil Roh, a graduate of Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
TriCity News

Fairmont State University celebrates graduates at 154th commencement ceremonies
William Jaco, adjunct professor of mathematics, is featured.
The Fairmont News

Who are Elizabeth Holmes' parents, Noel Anne Daoust and Christian Holmes?
An article featuring Christian Holmes mentions that he formerly worked at Rice.

El alcalde propone a Paz Vega como Hija Predilecta de Sevilla y a Kiko Veneno y José Elías Bonells como Hijos Adoptivos, este último a título póstumo
An article featuring architect María del Mar Loren Méndez mentions that she formerly taught at Rice. (An English translation is not available.)


No. 22 UTSA ends Rice series with an exclamation mark
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team was swept in its three-game series with the University of Texas at San Antonio May 5-7.
Weather favors No. 22 UTSA in triumph over Rice
No. 22 UTSA earns exciting comeback win over Rice

Seguin grad Twitero climbs to national leader in high jump as TLU competes in Tom Tellez Invitational
An article mentions Rice track and field athlete Ese Amata.
Seguin Today

Lance Berkman returns to New Orleans on 25th anniversary of Zephyrs Triple A World Series heroics
An article features former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman.
Crescent City Sports

UTSA tennis set for NCAA regionals after record-setting season
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to the University of Texas at San Antonio in the ITA Texas Regionals last November.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Texas quarterback Maalik Murphy received Power 5 offers after spring game
An article mentions that the Rice football team's season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in TAG 24.)

2023 college fantasy football AAC preview
A roundup features Rice football player Luke McCaffrey.
Fantasy Six Pack

Fairfield Warde's Petro Kuzmenok has worked hard to become a two time State Open tennis champ
An article featuring Petro Kuzmenok mentions that he has committed to play tennis at Rice.
CT Insider

BSB: April 17 Players of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team played the University of North Carolina at Charlotte April 14-16.
Conference USA

NCAA basketball: Joe Girard, Hunter Dickinson among week's top 25 transfer pickups
An article mentions last season's basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Rice U. students design congenital hypothyroidism test for newborns
For newborns with congenital hypothyroidism, early diagnosis spells the difference between a normal, healthy life and lifelong disability. After learning about the heavy toll the disease takes on children born in parts of the world where testing is limited or absent, a team of Rice students came together to develop a low-cost screening tool that can detect abnormally high thyroid-stimulating hormone levels indicative of dysfunction.

Rice's Office of Innovation partners with Carbon and TyRex Group
Rice's Office of Innovation is partnering with Redwood City, California-based Carbon and Austin, Texas-based manufacturer TyRex Group to make additive manufacturing equipment and expertise an integral part of its initiative to provide campuswide access to prototyping and design facilities and services.

Experimental model gets cells to behave as they would in utero
Many birth defects and spontaneous abortions occur during the embryonic development stage known as neurulation, yet we have very little insight into how this critical developmental process unfolds in humans. The Rice lab of Aryeh Warmflash has received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to optimize and develop experimental cell models that can shed light on the self-organizing processes by which ectodermal cells give rise to the central nervous system, skin and sensory organs.