Dateline Rice for April 29, 2024 (Weekend Edition)

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Rice University receives $90M award to develop education research hub
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. President Reginald DesRoches and Richard Baraniuk, the C. Sidney Burrus Professor of Engineering, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, founder and director of OpenStax and leader of SafeInsights, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 27 print edition and the April 28 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Rice University receives $90 million grant for large-scale research hub
Houston Public Media
3 Houston innovators to know this week
Georgia Tech partners on new NSF large-scale research infrastructure for education
Georgia Tech's College of Computing News
A breakthrough in better, cheaper and faster education R&D
Houston group secures $90M for edtech hub, spaceport enters second phase, and more trending news


College protests of today hold echoes of yesteryear
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and professor of history, is interviewed.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in NBC, and this segment also aired on MSNBC.)
'CNN News Central'

LA-Vegas high-speed rail paves the way for ambitious transportation projects
Alumnus Ed Emmett, fellow in energy and transportation policy in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Scripps News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Why do you remember certain things but not others?
An article features Rice research into memory. Co-authors Stephanie Leal, assistant professor of psychological sciences, and graduate student Fernanda Morales-Calva are quoted.

Saudi Arabia wants big spenders for the first part of its Neom megaproject
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN Travel (This Insider article also appeared in Yahoo! News UK.)

Five gas-sipping vehicles to choose from for your long-distance commute
An article cites a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research into the demographic changes of cities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Toronto Star (This article also appeared in the April 27 print edition.)

New report details the link between Ivy League degrees and future earnings
Rice is mentioned.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)
Neuralink Telepathy: Mind controlled actions now a reality!
MSN (United Arab Emirates; this article originally appeared in The Express Tribune.)
Exclusive survey: Hiring managers have lost faith in Ivy League grads


Flood buyouts are usually voluntary. What the US can learn from Harris County's mandatory program.
James Elliott, professor and chair of sociology, is quoted, and his research into the demographics of Houston's most flood-prone areas is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page of the April 28 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

RUSMP provides kids mathematical play
Carolyn White, director of mathematics programs at the Rice University School Mathematics Project, authored an article about the Collaborative for Children event at Rice April 13.
Village News (This article also appeared in the April 16 print edition, and it appeared in the print and digital editions of the Southwest News.)

Marine vet Thomas Avalos finds peace with Astros
Alumnus Thomas Avalos is featured, and Tom Stallings, professor in the practice of sport management, is mentioned.
Our Esquina

Police hiring increased in 2023 after years of decline
An article features research by Richard Boylan, professor of economics.
Texas State Public Affairs Network

Pollution from a Fort Bend coal plant worries residents. The EPA says it's working on a solution.
An article cites Rice research into the carbon and sulfur dioxide emissions of the W.A. Parish coal-fired power plant southwest of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the April 27 print edition.)

Houston wind ensemble WindSync celebrates 15th anniversary with Rice concert
An article mentions that WindSync will perform at Rice's Shepherd School of Music April 28. Alumnus Garrett Hudson is also mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the April 27 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
WindSync celebrates 15 years with a look back
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter No. 449
A roundup features Rice news stories from the past week.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

Top performing arts and live theater shows in Houston this month: May 2024
A roundup mentions that the Apollo Chamber Players will present "Muted" at Rice's Shepherd School of Music May 24.
365 Things To Do in Houston


Rice students create health care navigator
An article features Brown College senior Kayla Grimes, who developed The Healthcare Navigator app with fellow students aimed at helping patients navigate health costs and care. The article also mentions that Jaeyeon Chung, assistant professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, was a mentor on the project.
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired five times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
Rice University students launch app to help patients navigate, save money on health care
MSN Health (This article originally appeared in Fox 26 Online.)

'Wheel of Fortune'
Sid Richardson College senior Ellie Jung is featured.
KATU-TV (Portland, Oregon)
http://dateline.rice/april-29-jung (This segment aired on 26 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
'WoF recap: April 26, 2024'
Wheel of Fortune with Andy Nguyen

'Isiah Factor Uncensored'
Alumnus Thomas Benford is interviewed about the death of his father, a former Houston-area pastor.
KTXH-TV (Houston)

'WBZ Climate Watch Earth Week Special'
A team of Rice researchers organized the monument to commemorate Okjökull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change in 2019.
WSBK-TV (Boston) 
http://dateline.rice/april-29-wsbk (This segment aired twice.)

'Texans 360'
A broadcast features Rice's logo.
KDBC-TV (El Paso, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/april-29-kdbc (This segment aired on 13 affiliate stations across the state.)

Dirijorul Cristian Măcelaru este director muzical al Orchestrei Simfonice din Cincinnati!
An article features alumnus Cristian Mӑcelaru.

These Texas universities are the prettiest in the US
A roundup features Rice.
CBS News (Texas)
These 3 Texas universities among most prettiest campuses on Architectural Digest list
Yahoo! Lifestyle (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)
Baylor named one of the prettiest college campuses in America by Architectural Digest
KWTX Online
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/april-29-khou (This segment aired five times.)


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, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co. Jessica Fleenor, director of acceleration programs for Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and managing director of OwlSpark and BlueLaunch, is quoted.
MSN Money (This Under30CEO article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
University of Houston and Rice University reveal 2024 business accelerator cohort
Pulse 2.0

Shale helps insulate US from oil shocks — but not entirely
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Rice University students build low-cost cold spray metal 3D printer
An article mentions that a team of Rice students has developed a cold spray metal 3D printing device that relies on pressure and velocity rather than temperature to create a metal part, a process that could help expand the repertoire of metal additive manufacturing techniques, bringing down cost and enhancing the quality of making or repairing one-off complex metal parts. Community members quoted or mentioned include students Eli Case, Julianna Dickman, Garrett French, Galio Guo, Douglas Hebda, Grant Samara, Davis Thames and Aasha Zinke.

Engineers develop energy-efficient underwater robot with innovative 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; and Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering. 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.

Qubits could be stored in flash-like memory
An article features Rice research into the methods for finding phase-changing quantum material. Co-authors quoted include Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

The 25 hardest schools to get into in 2024
Rice is mentioned.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in Mental Floss.)
DIARY: Weekend, April 27-28, 2024
Winner, winner
Coast Monthly
In a city that's crazy for sports, this single-unit pizzeria has reinvented itself
2024 Best & Brightest MBA: Sai Konkala, Emory University (Goizueta)
An article mentions a Rice business case competition.

Membrane Technology Forum to focus on cleaning, sanitation and wastewater
An article features Devesh Mittal, a graduate of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.


Alla scoperta di Omobono Stradivari
Rice is mentioned.
La Provincia


Taussig's home run lifts UTSA over Rice in series finale
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team won two of its three games against the University of Texas at San Antonio April 26-28.
UTSA drops game two at Rice
UTSA falls short in 10-inning series opener to Rice
East Carolina, Rice earn series wins

Rice WR Luke McCaffrey taken by Commanders in third round, becomes latest draftee in his family
An article features former Rice football player Luke McCaffrey.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the April 28 print edition.)
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/april-29-mccaffrey (This segment aired four times.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
'2024 NFL Draft'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
Rice's McCaffrey taken in 2024 NFL Draft
On Day 2 of the NFL Draft, Commanders select Jer'Zhan Newton, Mike Sainristil, Ben Sinnott
WJLA Online
NFL Draft: How Texans, area prospects fared on final day
Houston Chronicle
Why I like the decision to draft wide receiver Luke McCaffrey
SB Nation (This article also appeared in MSN Sports.)
5 late-round NFL Draft stars from AAC who could be the next big thing ft. Michael Pratt
A mom at every stage of the game
The Castle Pines Connection
'The Game'
WZGC-FM (Atlanta)

Jalyx Hunt selected by Eagles in third round, becomes first Houston Christian player to be drafted by NFL
An article mentions that Rice recently held an NFL Pro Day.

Wisconsin women's basketball assistant Tiffany Morton named West Alabama head coach
An article featuring Tiffany Morton mentions that she is a former Rice women's basketball assistant coach.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.)

Birmingham Stallions pull away from Houston Roughnecks to remain undefeated in UFL
An article mentions that the Houston Roughnecks are playing their home games at Rice Stadium this season.
Houston Chronicle (An excerpt also appeared in the April 29 print edition.)
In a lopsided matchup, the Houston Roughnecks are dealt yet another loss.
UFL: Showdown at Rice Stadium — Roughnecks and Stallions
Houston Press
UFL attendance: Houston Roughnecks may have the worst fan base in the UFL
NFL Draft Diamonds
Birmingham Stallions remains undefeated after a blowout win in Houston
Unlocking the UFL: Houston Roughnecks vs. Birmingham Stallions
The Forkball (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)
'United Football League'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
'CW 39 Weather & Traffic'
KIAH-TV (Houston)
'KHOU 11 Morning News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)

Rendon, Parrish shine to close out the regular season in Lubbock
An article mentions that Rice will host the Southland Conference Championships May 9-11.
Cardinals battle elements to sweep UIW
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Lamar University May 1.


Rice's Yousif Shamoo elected AAAS fellow
Rice bioscientist Yousif Shamoo has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. The lifetime honor, one of the highest in the scientific community, is accorded to fewer than 1% of AAAS members each year. Shamoo, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor in the Department of Biosciences, was recognized "for distinguished contributions to research on multidrug resistance, protein structure and evolution and evolutionary trajectories in bacteria by combining approaches from biophysics, genomics and other physicochemical methods."