Dateline Rice for Feb. 5, 2024 (Weekend Edition)

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US Senate releases deal on border and Ukraine — but will it ever become law?
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 for Public Policy, is quoted.
BBC (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

How the US became the world's biggest gas supplier
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Dubai is the economic jewel of the Middle East — now its Gulf neighbors are coming for a piece of the pie
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Business Insider, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

In 1870, a Black woman sued her enslaver for reparations and won
An article cites "Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America," which was authored by Caleb McDaniel, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities and professor of history.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Insider.)
Jack Burke, golfer who won the 1956 Masters thanks to his putting prowess — obituary
An article featuring Jack Burke, Jr. mentions that he formerly attended Rice.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in The Telegraph.)

Beton gemaakt van steenkool: Een oplossing voor de zandcrisis?
An article features Rice research that found that graphene could be used as a replacement for sand in concrete.
MSN (Netherlands; this article originally appeared in Change Inc.)


Rice University launches synthetic biology, water institutes in boost for graduate program
An article features news that Rice has opened five new institutes and increased funding for existing ones in recent months as part of an effort to boost its graduate programs. Rice community members mentioned or quoted include President Reginald Desroches; Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research and professor of materials science, nanoengineering, physics and astronomy; Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, co-director of the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and director of the WaTER Institute; Caroline Ajo-Franklin, professor of biosciences and director of the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute; and August Staubus, a Ph.D. student in biochemistry. The article also mentions the Rice Sustainability Institute, Rice Advanced Materials Institute, Medical Humanities Research Institute, Smalley-Curl Institute, Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, Ken Kennedy Institute, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Ion. Ajo-Franklin is mentioned in InnovationMap.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 5 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Houston startup's $41M raise, TMC's latest batch of innovators, and more trending news

Houston professor earns competitive NSF award, nearly $700,000 grant
An article features Amanda Marciel, the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, who was awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award. 

Dance Afrikana: Houston's home for African and diasporic dance
A Q&A features Lindsay Gary, scholar-in-residence at Rice's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning in partnership with the African American History Research Center Gregory Campus.

Black History Month events around ETX
A roundup mentions that Peter Brown, photography instructor and advisory board member of Rice's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, gave an Artist Talk at the Museum of East Texas Feb. 4.
The East Texas Weekend

County commissioner Rodney Ellis planning bike-and-hike greenspace for Sunnyside
An article quotes Herman Stude, member emeritus of the advisory board of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 3 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Everything’s bigger in Texas. Even Elon’s $55.8 billion Tesla payday? (Thumbs)
A roundup mentions alumnus David James.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the Feb. 3 print edition.)

West U, Bellaire, Southside Place: What's the deal with cities within Houston?
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle
Easy Expunctions raises $3.5M from investors
San Antonio Business Journal


Rice University will be well-represented on Grammy night
An article features alumnus Kareem Sulayman, who is one of six graduates from Rice's Shepherd School of Music nominated for a Grammy Award. Emily Wells, senior assistant dean for the Shepherd School, is quoted. Click2Houston mentions that alumni James Gaffigan, Caroline Shaw, Chelsea Helm, Melissa Givens and Sarah Brauer were also nominated.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston, and it appeared in News Break.) 
Several Rice Owl alumni up for honors at 66th annual Grammy Awards
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Houston's role in the World Cup (Feb. 5, 2024)
A broadcast mentions that Luis Campos, the Baker College Associate Professor for History of Science, Technology and Innovation and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, will be a guest on tomorrow's episode of "Houston Matters."
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Jaewon Wee, winner of Dallas International Violin Competition, performs with the Dallas Chamber Symphony
An article features Jaewon Wee, a graduate student at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
NBC DFW Online

'The New York Philharmonic This Week'
A broadcast featuring Frank Huang mentions that he is a former faculty member of Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
WSCL-FM (Salisbury, Maryland)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-wscl (This segment also aired on more than 250 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

UFO phenomena / the 'maybe' mindset
A broadcast mentions that some of Whitley Strieber's writings are archived at Rice. 
Coast to Coast AM (This segment also aired on more than 500 affiliate stations across the U.S. and Canada.)


Turing Award winners give talks
An article mentions that Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, gave the lecture "How to Be an Ethical Technologist" as part of the Georgia Tech Turing Award Winner Speaker Series Jan. 17.

2023 most disruptive MBA startups: Goldie, Rice University (Jones)
An article features the company Goldie, an algorithm-based fit finder for women’s jeans, co-founded by Viviane Nguyen, Samantha Wong and Stephanie Zhou, alumni of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
Most disruptive MBA startups of 2023
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in Poets&Quants.)

Revealing the key dynamics of 2D nanomaterials
An article features Rice research into studying 2D nanomaterials with an aim to produce them on a large scale. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Angel Marti, professor of chemistry, bioengineering, materials science and nanoengineering and chair of chemistry; Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering; Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Utana Umezaki.
AZo Nano

Scientists pull off quantum coup
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new 3D crystalline metal. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Pengcheng Dai, the Sam and Helen Worden Professor of Physics and Astronomy; and Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Engineering and professor of materials science, nanoengineering and chemistry.

Rice study finds checkpoint inhibitor that could help treat breast cancer bone metastases
An article mentions collaborative Rice research that identified a new immunological pathway to treat bone tumors. Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry, biosciences and bioengineering, and graduate student Yixian Wang are quoted.
The Cancer Letter

Excuse me, my camera is ringing
Alumnus Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities and professor of visual and dramatic arts, is mentioned.
British Cinematographer

This improved catalyst can destroy 'forever chemicals' with just sunlight
An article features research by Michael Wong, the Tina and Sunit Patel Professor in Molecular Nanotechnology, professor and chair of chemical and biomolecular engineering and professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering and of civil and environmental engineering.
IFL Science

Can Guyana beat the resource curse? – José Enrique Arrioja 
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, fellow at the Center for the United States and Mexico, director of the Latin America Energy Program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.

Dotz to accelerate carbon capture breakthroughs with A$12 million fund
An article mentions that the technology behind DOTZearth is based on Rice research.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in New York Tech.)

The misguided war on test optional
Rice is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed


Thinking about work as a calling can be meaningful, but there can be unexpected downsides as well
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, and graduate student Brenton Kalinowski co-authored an article.
The San Francisco Times

Written in granite: Does a 'road diet' sound appetizing?
An article cites a 2015 study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research into "road diets."
The Lowell Sun (This article also appeared in MSN Travel.)

'Pretty bad psyop': Wild Taylor Swift conspiracy theory gathering steam ahead of Super Bowl
An article quotes Hanszen College senior Katherine Jeng, who taught a course on the lyrical evolution of Taylor Swift at Rice last fall.  
Gold Coast Bulletin (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The unsuspected virtues of coffee for the environment
An article mentions that experts at Rice pioneered flash Joule heating.
The Saxon


Mason scores 30, Rice beats UTSA 80-76
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 80-76 Feb. 3.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets, and an excerpt also appeared in the Feb. 4 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
Rice fends off UTSA's late push for win
Houston Chronicle 
UTSA rally falls short against Rice
UTSA's late push fizzles in loss to Rice
San Antonio Express-News
Rice visits UTSA after Ivy-Curry's 23-point showing
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
Ivy-Curry leads UTSA against Rice after 23-point performance
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets.)
Roadrunners host Rice rematch to open Rowdy Rodeo Weekend
Roadrunners fall to South Florida on the road
Roadrunners take on the South Florida Bulls Saturday in Tampa
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'Sports Sunday'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
'KENS 5 News'
KENS-TV (San Antonio)

Owls earn 500th program win after dominant fourth quarter performance vs. Rice
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 68-63 Feb. 3. (An excerpt also appeared in the Feb. 4 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
Second-quarter struggles plague Owls in loss at UAB
Florida Atlantic hosts Rice Saturday for National Girls & Women in Sports Day game
Owls visit Blazers for midweek matchup Wednesday

Tulane (0-3, 0-1) drops conference opener to Rice (4-2, 1-0)
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated Tulane University Feb. 3.
Men's tennis set to take on Rice in their home opener

Men's tennis defeats Rice and Nicholls
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to Louisiana State University Feb. 4.
Men's tennis set to face Rice and Nicholls on Sunday
HIGHLIGHTS | LSU men's tennis vs. Rice | Feb. 4, 2024
Teamwork makes the dream work: LSU men's tennis defeats South Alabama 5-2

Ragin' Cajuns fall to Rice in weekend finale
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis defeated the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Feb. 2.
Ragin' Cajuns sweep Southern for first win of the spring

Men's relay turns in season best at NM Collegiate Classic
An article about the New Mexico Collegiate Classic mentions Rice runner Vincent Arousell.
Ourega's indoor long jump PR leads Knights in New Mexico
7 Senior Bowl participants who are perfect fits for the Eagles, Kellen Moore's offense
A roundup features Rice football player Luke McCaffrey.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in EaglesWire.)
KPOJ-AM (Portland, Oregon)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-kpoj (This segment aired twice.)

UFL releases inaugural schedule; Houston Roughnecks open with home game
An article mentions that Rice Stadium will host the Houston Roughnecks' home games this season. 
Houston Chronicle
UFL reveals Houston Roughnecks' inaugural season schedule
Houston Business Journal
Houston, we have a home! Rice Stadium to house Roughnecks in 2024
Sports Illustrated's UFL
Houston Roughnecks of United Football League to play home games at Rice Stadium
Houston Public Media
Rice Stadium to host Houston Roughnecks for 2024 season
Fox 26 Online
Houston Roughnecks to play games at Rice Stadium in 2024
The Australian (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Houston Roughnecks to play home games at Rice Stadium
Houston Chronicle
Houston Roughnecks to play at Rice Stadium for 2024 season instead of TDECU Stadium
AOL (This Fox 26 Online article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Houston Roughnecks to play 2024 season home games at Rice Stadium, UFL says
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-5-kriv (This and similar segments aired four times.)
'Noticiero Telemundo Houston'
KTMD-TV (Houston)

Former Notre Dame scholar-athlete speaks to local students
An article features former Rice football player Litchfield Ajavon.
WTRF Online (This segment also aired twice on WTRF-TV in Steubenville, Ohio.)

Friday's Houston area girls basketball roundup
An article mentions that Aniah Alexis has signed to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle 
'My dad means the world to me.' Quincy Olivari scores 43 points with father courtside
An article features former Rice basketball player Quincy Olivari.
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati-Enquirer.)
What's next for top Chicago White Sox prospects Colson Montgomery, Noah Schultz and Edgar Quero?
An article features former Rice baseball player and former assistant coach Paul Janish.
Boston Herald