Dateline Rice for Sept. 15, 2023

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Reanimated spiders and smart toilets triumph at Ig Nobel prizes
A roundup features collaborative Rice research that repurposed deceased spiders as mechanical grippers. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, and graduate student Faye Yap are quoted.
The Guardian (Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 50 media outlets around the world. This article also appeared in the Sept. 15 print editions of The Guardian and its USA issue.)
The weirdest studies of the year are revealed in the spoof 'Ig Nobel' awards
Daily Mail
2023 Ig Nobel prizes
'Smart' loo that identifies a person from 'analprint' wins spoof Ig Nobel Prize
Yahoo! News UK (This PA Media article also appeared in The Malaysia Reserve and 10 other media outlets.)
The 2023 Ig Nobel Prize winners
Improbable Research
Robots made from dead spiders and 'smart toilets' among winners of this year's Ig Nobel awards
Yahoo! News (This Independent article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Ig Nobel prizes 2023: Rock licking and other unlikely winners
New Scientist
Ig Nobel 2023: Forskare som slickar på stenar och strömförande bestick
Dagens Nyheter (An English translation is not available.)
Grijprobot van spinnenpoten, het seksleven van ansjovissen en een toilet met scanner: De opvallende winnaars van Ig Nobelprijzen (An English translation is not available.)

Memory dynamics | Rice
A roundup features Rice research that found that antidepressants may reduce negative memories in individuals suffering from depression while improving overall memory function.
'Futurity Today' newsletter for Sept. 15


Rice's new 'moonshot' initiative, VCs on Houston innovation, and more trending news
A roundup features the Rice Biotech Launch Pad, which aims to take Rice health and medical technology innovations from concept to clinical trials in five years or less. President Reginald DesRoches is quoted. The article also features the news that Rice's Office of Innovation has established the One Small Step Grant initiative, which will provide funding of up to $100,000 to five faculty members working on projects with commercial potential.

Meet our world-class faculty: Sonia Del Hierro
Alumna Sonia Del Hierro is featured.
Southwestern University News

University of Houston gets $5M grant from Welch Foundation to form new center
An article mentions that Rice received a grant from the Welch Foundation in 2020 to support advanced materials research.
Houston Business Journal

Queer things to do in Houston this weekend, Sept. 14–17
A roundup mentions that Rice PRIDE held an open house at the Queer Resource Center Sept. 14.

'A Haunting in Venice,' 'Cassandro' among Cary Darling's new films this week
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "Gimme Shelter" Sept. 15 and "The Napa State Tapes: The Cramps and the Mutants" Sept. 16.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 15 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Brith Shalom to honor Picus during Shabbat Shuvah service
An article featuring Nancy Picus mentions that she volunteers at Rice's Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives.
Jewish Herald-Voice


Only 2 Texas universities land on WSJ's best colleges in America list
An article mentions that Rice is No. 64 in the U.S. according to The Wall Street Journal.
KTRH Online (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)
Wall Street Journal ranks Texas A&M as top university in Texas, sixth best public university in the nation (This article also appeared in KAGS Online and the Clayton County Register.)
'TWC News All Night'
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired nine times.)

'Great Day Houston'
Alumnus Ryan Levy is featured.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Making hydrogen from waste plastic could pay for itself
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a low-emissions method of harvesting hydrogen from plastic waste. Co-author quoted include James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and alumnus Kevin Wyss.

Navigating the age of AI: The role of a new brain industry
Harris Eyre, fellow in brain health in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Psychology Today

New appointments at Chicago Symphony Orchestra
An article features alumnus Ian Hallas, who studied under Paul Ellison, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
The Strad

Leukemia specialist receives award for impact in hematologic malignancies field
An article featuring Hagop Kantarjian, nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, mentions that he received the Society of Hematologic Oncology's Emil J. Freireich Distinguished Pioneer Award.

The CTA can't afford to let electric buses hold up reliable service
Alumnus Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
StreetsBlog Chicago

Textile-based material turns up the heat on viruses
An article features collaborative Rice research developing a composite textile with an electrically conductive layer on one side to decontaminate personal protective equipment. Co-authors quoted include Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow; Yizhi Jane Tao, professor of biosciences; and graduate students Marquise Bell and Kai Ye.
Materials Today

Dwa dni debaty o bezpieczeństwie energetycznym
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

NSF and partners invest $45 million in the future of semiconductors
An article mentions that a team from Rice will receive funding by the National Science Foundation for research into ultra-low-energy logic-in-memory computing. 
National Science Foundation (This article also appeared in Semiconductor Industry Today.) 

Sensor system decreases fall risk for older adults
An article features Rice research developing a fall-risk assessment system that would allow clinicians to construct individualized risk-management plans for patients based on their specific home mobility patterns. 
Medical Design Briefs

Carme Williams joins Texas Southern University as advancement consultant-interim vice president of development and alumni affairs
An article featuring Carme Williams mentions that she formerly served at Rice as a regional major gifts director of development and the School of Humanities' director of development.

The best places to study psychology in Texas
A roundup features Rice.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in New York Tech.)

Why are experts emphasizing brain capital in the age of AI dominance?
An article cites research by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy into artificial intelligence.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in Cryptopolitan.)
Warum betonen experten im zeitalter der KI-dominanz den schwerpunkt auf brain capital?
Cryptopolitan (An English translation is not available.)

Talea Ensemble to present 'That Other Spring' — music of Haas & Hersch with Soprano Ah Young Hong
Rice is mentioned.


Spoleto Festival announces new artistic leadership
An article featuring Timothy Myers mentions that he formerly spoke at Rice.


Rice's McCaffrey makes 'Crazy Good' Play of the Week
An article features Rice football player Luke McCaffrey, whose one-handed touchdown catch last week was named the "Crazy Good" Play of the Week by the Football Writers of America.
College football preview Week 3: Surprises, QBs, big numbers
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Rice football 2023: Texas Southern game week practice report
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play Texas Southern University Sept. 16.
BVM Sports
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-15-kriv (This segment aired twice.)

Houston calling: Cougars make their Big 12 debut against TCU with both teams seeking momentum
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Houston 43-41 Sept. 9.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
College football predictions, picks, odds: Ohio State vs. Western Kentucky among best value plays in Week 3
CBS Sports
UH vs. TCU: 5 things to watch in Cougars' Big 12 debut
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Know the enemy: Houston Cougars
SB Nation
Big 12 power rankings: How far did BYU move up after a win?
The Salt Lake Tribune (Subscription is required.)
Big 12 Week 3 football preview
SB Nation
'CW 39 Weather & Traffic'
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-15-kiah (This segment aired twice.)
'Fox 26 News'
KRIV-TV (Houston)

From 'forgotten four' to the Big 12: A look at UH's nearly 30-year journey
An article mentions that Rice was part of the Southwest Conference.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

MATCH PREVIEW: vs. Kentucky
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team lost to Texas A&M University 4-0 Sept. 10. (This article also appeared in BVM Sports.)

Quarterback position battle ensues with Manning at third string
An article mentions that Rice's football team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 37-10 Sept. 2.
The Daily Texan