Dateline Rice for April 26, 2024

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Cornyn applauds $90M investment to promote STEM education at Rice University
An article features news that OpenStax at Rice has been awarded $90 million — the largest federal research grant in the university's history — from the National Science Foundation to build SafeInsights, the country's largest education research hub that aims to advance teachers' knowledge of student learning strategies and boost outcomes for people from diverse backgrounds.
Education News Today

How a migrant farmworker built generational wealth, penny by penny
Jose Ivan Rodriguez-Sanchez, research scholar for the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.)


Rice students launch free menstrual product initiative to combat period poverty on campus
Hanszen senior Ammar Siddiqi, director of Rice's Student Association Student Health Services Commission, McMurtry junior Xiaoyu Geng and Will Rice senior Kai-Yuan Tsung are quoted.
Houston Chronicle


A broadcast features a team of Rice civil engineering and mechanical engineering students on a mission trip to Nicaragua.
WZDX-TV (Huntsville, Alabama)

Three revelations from The Takeover, an upcoming podcast about power, public education and Houston ISD
Gabriela Sánchez-Soto, a research scientist with the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Montrose residents urge Mayor Whitmire to lift pause on long-planned overhaul of neighborhood’s tree-lined boulevard 
An article mentions a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found Harris County lost 10% of its tree canopy from 2011 to 2021.
Houston Public Media

'Isiah Factor Uncensored'
Alumnus Thomas Benford is quoted.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/apr-26-benford (This segment aired three times, and it appeared in a previous Dateline.)

Three Texas college campuses among prettiest in America, magazine says
Rice is mentioned.
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in WFAA Online, and segments ran on KHOU-TV in Houston and WFAA-TV in Dallas.)
Magazine: Texas has three of the prettiest college campuses in the U.S., one being in Houston
KHOU 11 on YouTube


Houston universities unveil 2024 business accelerator group
An article features news that Rice and the University of Houston are continuing an 11-year collaboration to support Houston entrepreneurship by announcing the latest cohort of their respective startup and small business accelerators, including Rice's OwlSpark. This summer the accelerators will host their ventures at the Ion. Jessica Fleenor, director of acceleration programs for Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and managing director of OwlSpark and BlueLaunch, is quoted.
Under 30 CEO

Underwater robot pioneers new energy-efficient buoyancy control
An article features a team of Rice engineering students who have developed a new way to control buoyancy via water-splitting fuel cells, creating a device that offers a more power-efficient method of maintaining neutral buoyancy ⎯ a critical component in underwater operations. Community members quoted or mentioned include students Andrew Bare, Spencer Darwall, Noah Elzner, Rafe Neathery, Ethan Peck and Dan Zislis; Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering; Laura Schaefer, the Burton J. and Ann M. McMurtry Chair in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering; David Trevas, lecturer of mechanical engineering; and Gary Woods, distinguished professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering. The article mentions that the project won second place in the Willy Revolution Award for Outstanding Innovation at the annual Huff OEDK Engineering Design Showcase held at the Ion April 11, and it mentions the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and Rice Eclipse.
Tech Xplore
RICE develops new underwater robot with a buoyancy control system using fuel cells
Interesting Engineering

Chemical vapor deposition market growth: Industry rising to US $105 billion by 2034
An article mentions collaborative Rice research into a fast, low-cost, scalable method to make covalent organic frameworks. 
Future Market Insights Blog

Membrane Technology Forum to focus on cleaning, sanitation and wastewater
Alumnus Devesh Mittal is mentioned.

Arbital Health names Robert Stewart chief technology officer
Alumnus Robert Stewart is featured.


Advanced mathematical modeling research using machine learning gets started at Idaho State University
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on the featured research.
Idaho State University News

University of Akron students create in-home medical device prototype for pediatric patients
An article mentions that Akron Children’s Pediatric Urologist Hannah Agard Bachtel has previously worked with researchers at Rice.


UTSA heads to Space City for series against Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team will play the University of Texas at San Antonio in a three-game series April 26-28. Rice baseball players Parker Smith, J.D. McCracken, Kyte McDonald, Treyton Rank and Jack Riedel are mentioned.

NFL draft: Luke McCaffrey of Rice hoping to join family business in pro football
An article features former Rice football player Luke McCaffrey and mentions former player J.T. Daniels. Head football coach Mike Bloomgren and assistant coach Marques Tuiasosopo are mentioned in the Detroit Free Press.
Hero Sports
Is Luke McCaffrey related to Christian McCaffrey? What to know of 2024 NFL draft prospect
Detroit Free Press
Who are Luke McCaffrey’s parents? Everything you need to know about Ed and Lisa
Pro Football Network
Where did Luke McCaffrey go to school? Exploring McCaffrey's football journey
Pro Football Network
Broncos 2024 mock draft after picking Bo Nix 12th overall
Luke McCaffrey NFL draft scouting report: How Rice WR compares to brother Christian McCaffrey, father Ed McCaffrey
The Sporting News
Luke McCaffrey is more than Christian McCaffrey's younger brother
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in SB Nation.)
Luke McCaffrey’s 40 time: How fast is the 2024 NFL draft prospect?
Pro Football Network
Final Buffalo Bills 2024 NFL mock draft before Round 1

'KOMO 4 News'
Marques Tuiasosopo, assistant football coach, is interviewed.
KOMO-TV (Seattle)
http://dateline.rice/apr-26-tuiasosopo (This segment also aired on KNWN-AM in Seattle, and it appeared in a previous Dateline.)

Texas A&M TE/FB Jerry Johnson III has entered the transfer portal
An article mentions former Rice football player Jerry Johnson III.
USA Today's Aggies Wire

Nicholls T&F concludes regular season in Houston
An article mentions Rice's J. Fred Duckett Twilight track meet April 20. (This article also appeared in BVM Sports.)

Continuous success: ODU men's tennis team kicks off spring season strong
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated Old Dominion University 4-3 in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic earlier this season in Montgomery, Alabama.
Mace & Crown

Montana State Bobcats forward Jaden Geron enters transfer portal
An article mentions former Rice men's basketball player Jaden Geron.
Billings Gazette (This article originally appeared in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, and it appeared in a previous Dateline.)

Husky basketball adds veteran guard transfer from Butler
An article mentions former Rice men's basketball player Mekhi Mason.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in Sports Illustrated's Inside the Huskies.)

Roughnecks offer BOGO tickets to teachers, chance to meet Booker T on Saturday
An article mentions that the Houston Roughnecks are playing their home games at Rice Stadium this season, and it mentions that they have paired with Reality of Wrestling to host an event at Rice Stadium before their game April 27.
CW 39 Online
Houston Roughnecks players talk about their game vs. Birmingham and more
CW 39 Online
Game preview: Birmingham Stallions at Houston Roughnecks, Saturday, April 27, 2024