Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2023

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'We knew the numbers were bad': Law enforcement staff raised concerns about Ron DeSantis' top crime talking point
Richard Boylan, professor of economics, is quoted. Boylan's research into disbanded police departments is cited by KRHD.
NBC (This article also appeared in CNBC.)
'25 News — Brazos Valley
KRHD-TV (Waco, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-krhd (This segment aired 20 times on affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Analysts say Qatar's 'ability to talk to everyone a unique phenomenon' following Iran-US prisoner swap
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Doha News

Earliest evidence of buildings made from wood is 476,000 years old
Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, visiting professor of anthropology, is quoted.
MSN (This New Scientist article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Polska jest gotowa do pomocy Ukrainie, ale nie za cenę destabilizacji polskiego rynku — Mateusz Morawiecki
Ewa Thompson, professor emerita of Slavic studies, is quoted. (An English translation is not available.)

From NASA scientist to IPS officer: Anukriti Sharma's inspirational UPSC journey
An article featuring Anukriti Sharma mentions that she formerly studied at Rice.
MSN India (This article originally appeared in Zee News, and it was in yesterday's Dateline.)


Houston to host Carbon Management Community Summit, Nov. 16 and 17
An article mentions that Rice's Bioscience Research Collaborative will host the Carbon Management Community Summit Nov. 16-17. President Reginald DesRoches is quoted.
City of Houston Mayor's Office of Communications

Rice University opens newest and largest campus research facility in Houston
An article features Rice's new O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science, named for the late Board of Trustees member Ralph O'Connor. Michael Wong, the Tina and Sunit Patel Professor in Molecular Nanotechnology, a professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. The article also mentions that art by alumnus William McVey from the original building will be incorporated into the new space.
CultureMap Houston

2 Houston universities score big for patents, MBA programs
An article mentions that Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 19 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas according to Bloomberg Businessweek. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted.

We sorted through 150 TribFest events. These five stood out
A roundup mentions that Trustee Emerita and Rice President's Distinguished Fellow Ruth Simmons will participate in the "Race and Higher Ed" panel discussion at The Tribune Festival in Austin Sept. 23.
Austin Chronicle 

Why Texas business shrugs at threat of government shutdown
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
San Antonio, Plano consider closing school campuses due to declining enrollment, competition
KERA Online (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in The Gilmer Mirror and Crossroads Today, and it was in yesterday's Dateline.)
Mansoor's Musings: India urged to tackle earthly issues instead of striving for the moon
Medicine Hat News
Trump is vowing to abolish the Department of Education, why do we need it?
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
KOGO-AM (San Diego)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-jones (This segment aired on 10 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-jones (This segment aired twice.)

TEXAS VIEW: Best time to conserve energy in Texas?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Odessa American

Baylor College of Medicine recognizes research excellence with DeBakey Awards
A roundup features Fritz Sedlazeck, adjunct associate professor of computer science, who received the 2023 Michael E. DeBakey Excellence in Research Award.
Baylor College of Medicine

2 Harris County courts are changing how Houston handles evictions
An article cites a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research into Houston housing affordability. Steve Sherman, research scientist at the Kinder Institute, is interviewed by KTRK.
Community Impact
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-sherman (This segment aired three times.)

SMHS at Rice
An article features Rice's Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, which provides summer STEM camps for both students and educators. Paul Hand, director of STEM curriculum at the Tapia Center and adjunct assistant professor of computational applied mathematics, is quoted. The center is named for Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, professor of computational applied mathematics and director of the center.
San Marcos Daily Record

Changes to the US News & World Report rankings boost UTSA's standing on the 2024 list
An article mentions that Rice is No. 17 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)
Best colleges rankings: How Vanderbilt University, other Tennessee universities ranked
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in The Tennessean.)

Steve Toth leaves Freedom Caucus over Paxton impeachment
An article mentions Rice's Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Woodlands Online

Houston's best places to study, according to Yelp, with expert tips on how to stay focused
A roundup mentions Rice's coffeeshop, and slideshow pictures Rice's Fondren Library.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Carrabine falls from Prog Panel lead after not-so super week
An article mentions the recent performance of the Rice Marching Owl Band.
The Eagle (Subscription is required.)


Erdogan and Netanyahu 'need and want' the meeting with the other: Ex-US ambassador to Turkey
David Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
CNBC on YouTube (This segment also aired on CNBC.)

'Second Opinion with Joan Lunden'
Danielle King, an assistant professor of psychological sciences at Rice, is interviewed about organizational stressors.
WSWP-TV (Bluefield, West Virginia)

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.
KXXV Online (This article also appeared in the Odessa American.)


Who is going to be Mexico's next president, and what does it mean for natural gas? – Listen now to NGI's 'Hub & Flow'
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence
Keeping the faith — at arm's length
Jewish Insider

A shocking way to produce hydrogen from plastic waste
An article features Rice research that developed a low-emissions method of harvesting hydrogen from plastic waste. Co-authors James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and alumnus Kevin Wyss are quoted.

Fentanyl victims' families applaud Texas governor's efforts, but many want a broader approach
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Medical Xpress (This Dallas Morning News article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra hires new members
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. Alumnus David Moore is mentioned.
The Violin Channel

Duke University faces choice in financial aid lawsuit after U. Chicago settles
An article mentions that a federal lawsuit names Rice among 16 universities and colleges accused of working together to reduce the financial aid they give to students.
Triad Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

11 of the best ways to get free college textbooks
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in A Dime Saved.)


Ramamoorthy Ramesh talks energy efficiency at 10th annual Achenbach Lecture
An article features Ramamoorthy Ramesh, vice president of research and professor of materials science and nanoengineering and physics and astronomy, who gave the talk “Energy: The Final Frontier” as part of the Achenbach Lecture series at Northwestern University Sept. 20.
The Daily Northwestern
Regulating emotions may reduce disturbing memories
An article features Rice research that found that 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. Co-author Stephanie Leal, assistant professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.

Fizz hires IC students to market app on campus
Rice is mentioned.
The Ithacan

Nine join Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame
A roundup features Armin Weinberg, adjunct professor of kinesiology.
Cleveland Jewish News

Lee's Bledsoe featured on C-SPAN in Civil War panel
An article features alumnus Drew Bledsoe. 

Bach to the Future concert
An article features alumnus Tomasz Golka, who studied under the late Sergiu Luca, a former professor of violin at Rice.
Mountain News

George Terzis, Ph.D.: 1951-2023
An article features late alumnus George Terzis, who died Aug. 27 at 71.


Rice University football inks first team-wide NIL deal with BrainTree Nutrition
An article mentions that Rice's football program secured its first teamwide name, image and likeness deal with BrainTree Nutrition, which was founded by former Owls Andrew Sendejo, Scott Solomon and Jake Hicks. The article also mentions that Rice Athletics earlier signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with Amerant Bank, and it mentions Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

North Texas, UTSA, Rice earn first American Athletic Conference wins
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 3-0 Sept. 20.
UAB volleyball drops AAC opener against Rice
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-kprc (This segment aired twice.)

2023 Week 4 game preview: Rice Owls at South Florida Bulls
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Southern Florida Sept. 23.
SB Nation
Bulls open American Conference play Saturday vs. conference newcomer Rice
USF football falls short against University of Alabama
The Crow's Nest
NCAAF full schedule Week 4: Where can you watch Thursday's college football game?
Never-before played college football games in Week 4
The Messenger
After a strong effort vs. Alabama, USF's defense will really be tested by Rice
HERO Sports
USF's Alex Golesh has found his QB. What about his receivers?
Tampa Bay Times
WUSF-FM (Tampa Bay, Florida)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-wusf (This segment aired four times.)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-kriv (This segment aired twice.)

Freshman Parker Jenkins, having stayed close to home, becomes option for UH at running back
An article mentions that Rice's football team defeated the University of Houston 43-41 Sept. 9.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Sept. 21 print edition.)
Houston seeks bounce-back effort vs. Sam Houston
Lindy's Sports
Big 12 football power rankings for Week 4
USA Today's Longhorns Wire
How college football 2023 leagues, from Power Five to Group of Five, stack up after non-conference play
Tim Cowlishaw: Why we should all want and need more Deion Sanders
KDH News

Soccer returns home to host longtime rival Rice
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team is slated to play the University of North Texas Sept. 21.

Final act for century-old rivalry as Baylor hosts No. 3 Texas in Longhorns' Big 12 farewell tour
An article mentions that Rice's football team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 37-10 Sept. 2. 
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Golden: No. 3 Texas gets another inexperienced quarterback, but the gantlet is coming
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)
Texas expecting raucous atmosphere ahead of final trip to McLane Stadium
Waco Tribune-Herald
State of the Program: Longhorns' grades after the first quarter of the season
On 3
Quinn Ewers' draft stock remains a mystery
Sports Illustrated's Longhorns Country

Eagles shine in FGCU Classic with two sweeps and tight defeat to Maryland before ASUN play
An article mention's that Rice's volleyball team defeated Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0 Sept. 10.

Ohio State-Notre Dame history (part 2): Buckeyes evened series in 1995-96
An article mentions the 1996 football game between Rice and Ohio State University.

'One Pill Kills' town hall highlights fentanyl crisis, uses victim's stories to share the message
An article mentions former Rice football player Blain Padgett, who died in 2018 of an accidental overdose.
Fox 4 Beaumont
'6 News Tonight'
KFDM-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-padgett (This segment aired six times.)

UNT volleyball team cruises to win over Florida Atlantic in first conference match in American
An article mentions Rice volleyball.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Bulls face 49ers in conference home opener
An article mentions Rice soccer.

MATCH PREVIEW: At Mississippi State
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team lost to Texas A&M University 4-0 Sept. 10.
K-State faces TCU to open Big 12 slate
An article mentions that Rice's volleyball team defeated Kansas State University 3-0 Sept. 16.

5 longest field goals in college football history
An article mentions the 1977 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.

Mustangs set to host Tulsa | Thursday 7PM
An article mentions that Rice's soccer team lost to Southern Methodist University 6-3 Sept. 15.
SMU women's soccer dominates with three-match winning streak and record-setting performance
BVM Sports

Money talks in college football, just ask Portland State
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated (This article also appeared in MSN.)


OpenStax welcomes largest group of schools into Institutional Partner Program to date
Rice's OpenStax is welcoming 16 colleges and universities into its Institutional Partner Program for the 2023-24 school year. Participants receive support from experts in institutional change management and strategic initiatives aimed at increasing campus use of free, openly licensed OpenStax textbooks. 

Rice study: Peer religious discrimination harms mental health more than exclusionary organizational policies
Religious discrimination from one’s peers has a far greater impact on an individual’s mental health than exclusionary organizational policies, according to a new study from Rice's Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

Baker Institute report: European energy at risk of overdependence on unreliable supply
European buyers' reluctance to sign long-term liquefied natural gas contracts risks repeating energy challenges from Europe's previous overreliance on Russian natural gas as well as further burdening consumers who are already paying billions more for energy than necessary, according to a new report from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Split gene-editing tool offers greater precision
To make a gene-editing tool more precise and easier to control, Rice engineers split it into two pieces that only come back together when a third small molecule is added. Researchers in the lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Xue Sherry Gao created a CRISPR-based gene editor designed to target adenine ⎯ one of the four main DNA building blocks ⎯ that remains inactive when disassembled but kicks into gear once the binding molecule is added.