Dateline Rice for Sept. 20, 2023

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Facing declining enrollment and charter school competition, San Antonio and Plano consider closing campuses
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune.)
At least 7 Houston candidates running this November might not live in the city, Chron reports
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston, and this article also appeared in MSN.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

Everything we know about Neuralink's brain implant trial
Jacob Robinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, is quoted.
Wired (Subscription is required.)

Rice marching band lampoons 'Dr. Evil' HISD leader Mike Miles at halftime
An article features a recent performance by the Rice Marching Owl Band. Chuck Throckmorton, director of university bands, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

'Larry McMurtry: A Life' reveals a writer who never really quit Texas
An article features late alumnus Larry McMurtry, a former Rice lecturer.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe.)

Where to go to get the best college education in Texas
Several articles about U.S. News & World Report rankings mention that Rice is No. 1 in Texas, No. 17 in the nation and No. 6 for "Best Undergraduate Teaching."
MSN (This article originally appeared in iHeart Online.)
Texas universities climb ranking in U.S. News & World Report. Here's who made biggest gain
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)
How North Texas campuses ranked in the '2024 best colleges'
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)
Elon faculty named best in the nation for undergraduate teaching
Today at Elon
SMU, TCU, and UT Dallas among top-ranked Texas colleges
Patch (Dallas)
Yahoo Sports AM: NFC vs. AFC
AOL (This article originally appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-20-ktrk (This segment aired four times.)


Inside Rice University's new engineering science building, one of its largest projects in a decade
An article features Rice's O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science, named for the late Board of Trustees member Ralph O'Connor, which will house the Welch Institute, the Brown School of Engineering and the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Community members quoted include Thomas Killian, dean of the Wiess School and professor of physics and astronomy; James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering; Brad Thacker, O'Connor Building director of operations; Angie Chen, senior project manager at Rice's facilities, engineering and planning department; and graduate student Lucas Eddy. 
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 20 print edition of the Chronicle's Bellaire Examiner and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Wastewater researchers: Houston COVID levels are high. Take care. (Opinion)
Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice' Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Data Platform, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the Sept. 20 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Harris County leads state in fentanyl deaths in 2023, data show
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition of the Chronicle's Pasadena Citizen and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Fentanyl victims’ families applaud Texas governor's efforts, but many want a broader approach
Union-Bulletin (This Dallas Morning News article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Collaborative for Children Hosts 2023 Building Blocks Luncheon to shape a brighter future for Houston's children
An article mentions that Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will participate in a panel discussion at the 2023 Building Blocks Luncheon Sept. 27.
The Katy News

When's the best time for Texans to save on using energy?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Marcos Daily Record (Subscription is required.)

He survived 9/11. Now he's focused on bringing joy to Pasadena with a new entertainment venue.
Alumnus Billy Forney, who was on the 85th floor of 1 World Trade Center the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 20 print edition of the Chronicle's Pasadena Citizen and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

As federal money flows to carbon capture and storage, Texas bets on an undersea bonanza
An article cites Rice research into the carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions of the W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston.
The Texas Tribune (This Inside Climate News article also appeared in MSN and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Bailey: Hot off the presses: Degree Choices names UTRGV Top 15 in nation
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 14 in the nation according to Degree Choices.
Rio Grande Guardian

Ammonia-to-power company Amogy expands to Houston, plans 2024 plant opening
An article about Syzygy Plasmonics mentions that its technology is based on Rice research.


FAFSA application opening pushed back two months to December 2023
Paul Negrete, executive director of university financial aid services, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Flying among birds and rubbish with Laure Prouvost
An article features artist Laure Prouvost, whose exhibit "Above Front Tears Nest in South" is on view at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Public Media


Ask the experts
Connie Porter, senior associate dean of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and associate clinical professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured in a Q&A.

Hospital prices vary for those who call to ask, report shows
An article features collaborative Rice research into U.S. hospitals that found there was a significant difference in prices found online and those given over the phone. Co-author Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Medical Xpress
Mark Cuban, universities send 'secret shoppers' to gauge hospital prices
Becker's Hospital Review

Unlocking Earth's hidden carbon vault: Investigating soil's role in carbon storage
An article features Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, and Evan Ramos, postdoctoral fellow and a Rice Academy Junior Fellow, who won a 3-year grant from the Department of Energy to investigate soil as a form of carbon storage.

Earliest evidence of buildings made from wood is 476,000 years old
Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, visiting professor of anthropology, is quoted.
New Scientist (Subscription is required.)

United Airlines announces new leadership promotions
An article features alumnus and Rice Board of Trustees member Josh Earnest.

George and Nora London Foundation presents mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate Brown, Oct. 22
An article features Lindsay Kate Brown, who earned an Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at Rice.

NSF invests $72.5M in new materials design
An article mentions that Rice is one of 37 teams that will be funded by the National Science Foundation's Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future program.

NSF and partners invest $45M in 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.

Biodefense Headlines — Sept. 19,  2023
A roundup features collaborative Rice research developing a composite textile with an electrically conductive layer on one side to decontaminate personal protective equipment.
Global Biodefense

Who is Glenn Youngkin? Where does he stand on LGBTQ+ rights?
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia.
LGBTQ Nation

Drake says he's about to officially call Houston home
An article mentions that Rice's mascot is an owl.
MSN Entertainment (This Houston Chronicle appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)


Guest lecturer speaks on bees' impact through history, ecology, literary works
An article features the lecture given by Rice's Joseph Campana, William Shakespeare Professor of English and director of the Center for Environmental Studies, at the University of Tennessee Sept. 18. The article also mentions Kurt Stallmann, professor of composition and theory and director of Rice Electroacoustic Music Labs at the Shepherd School of Music.
University of Tennessee's The Daily Beacon

Fisk University and Schomburg Center awarded an NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grant to plan a digital edition of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg's papers
An article mentions that Margarita Castromán Soto, assistant professor of English, is part of the advisory board of the "Remaking the World of Arturo Schomburg" archive project by Fisk University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
The Tennessee Tribune

CWSO announces 75th anniversary season with new concertmaster
An article features alumna Anna Cromwell and Kathleen Winkler, the Dorothy Richard Starling Professor in Classical Violin at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Wausau Pilot & Review

Three new trustees join Yale Corporation
An article features alumna Maryana Iskander.
Yale Daily News

From NASA scientist to IPS officer: Anukriti Sharma's inspirational UPSC journey
An article featuring Anukriti Sharma mentions that she formerly studied at Rice.
Zee News

How to display architecture?
Rice is mentioned.

Por primera vez implantan un estimulador cerebral en humanos para tratar enfermedades neuropsiquiátricas
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
La Opinión (An English translation is not available.)


Rice notebook: Mike Bloomgren focused more on South Florida than AAC debut
An article features Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren ahead of the Owls' game against the University of Southern Florida Sept. 23.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition.)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-20-bloomgren (This segment aired four times.)
'ABC 13 Eyewitness News on CW 39'
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-20-bloomgren (This segment aired three times.)
Bulls open American conference play Saturday vs. conference newcomer Rice
USF football's Evans earns Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week honor
South Florida's Evans named Bednarik Award Player of the Week
Bulls looking for offense to click, avoid history repeating against Rice
USF's The Oracle
WUSF-FM (Tampa Bay, Florida)
http://dateline.rice/sept-20-wusf (This segment aired three times.)

Best in Texas poll (Sept. 19): Longhorns on top; TCU, SMU in top 4 ahead of pivotal matchup
A roundup featuring Rice football highlights Owl J.T. Daniels.
The Dallas Morning News 
Georgia football: How UGA transfers performed in Week 3 of the 2023 season

The Sports Report: Shohei Ohtani has elbow surgery, won't pitch until 2025
An article mentions that members of the Rice track and field team carried Billie Jean King on a throne to her match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in 1973.
Los Angeles Times
Column: Billie Jean King's 'Battle of the Sexes' triumph still inspiring 50 years later
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)
Billie Jean King made women's sports history 50 years ago at the 'Battle of the Sexes'
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Biography.)
La 'Bataille des sexes' de Billie Jean King inspire 50 ans plus tard
Nouvelles du Monde (An English translation is not available.)

Why we should all want and need more Deion Sanders
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Houston 43-41 Sept. 9.
The Dallas Morning News
College football rankings: Houston joins Bottom 25 after Cougars stumble through Big 12 debut game
CBS Sports (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Big 12 power rankings updated after Week 3 of college football
On 3
Things are going to get much darker for the Houston Cougars
The Roost Podcast | Ep 160 – Rice football blasts TSU
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated Texas Southern University 59-7 Sept. 16.
BVM Sports

Texas Football: Top 5 defenders during nonconference play
An article mentions that Rice's football team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 37-10 Sept. 2.
Longhorns QB Quinn Ewers looking for consistency vs. Baylor
Sports Illustrated's Longhorns Country
Checking in on the freshmen after Texas' 31-10 win over Wyoming
On 3
Texas football: 4-Star UF commit Wardell Macks talks to UT ‘daily’
SOLD OUT: Kansas athletics announces sell out for Kansas-BYU game

No. 9 volleyball's O'Neal named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 3-0 Sept. 11.

Swimming and diving unveils 2023-24 schedule
An article mentions the Rice Invitational swim meet Oct. 14.

UNT volleyball team confident heading into American opener
Rice is mentioned.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Weekly preview: UAB volleyball opens up conference run in AAC
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team is slated to play the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sept. 20.

East Carolina hosts Wichita State in AAC opener
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team is slated to play East Carolina University Oct. 27.

Despite a start no one wanted, Pirates sticking together: 'We'll come out of this as a team'
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play East Carolina University Sept. 30.

Colts tight end Kylen Granson celebrates his first touchdown with hilarious, newborn-inspired photoshoot
An article features former Rice football player Kylen Granson.
People (This article also appeared in On 3 and YardBarker.)
'CBS 4 News'
WTTV-TV (Indianapolis)

The bigger picture behind ACC expansion
An article mentions that Rice is part of the American Athletic Conference.
SB Nation

SBJ college: Prime keeps delivering in prime time
An article mentions that Rice was part of the Southwest Conference.
Sports Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

WBB announces nonconference schedule
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Gonzaga University Dec. 9. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Regulating emotions during negative experiences may lessen troubling memories
Training strategies that teach depressed individuals how to better manage their negative emotions may not only help their mood but also their memory of difficult events, according to new research from Rice. Stephanie Leal, an assistant professor of psychological sciences, led the research focusing on how depressed individuals can reduce negative thinking in tough situations without the use of antidepressants.