Dateline Rice for Feb. 6, 2024

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Rice University's new WaTER Institute aims to address water-related challenges
An article features the news that Rice has launched the Institute for Clean Water Technologies, Entrepreneurship and Research, also known as the WaTER Institute, which aims to address the lack of access to clean water globally. 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; Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice' Baker Institute for Public Policy; Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Data Platform; Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of Rice's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment; Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics and environmental analysis; and 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. 
MSN (Great Britain; this article originally appeared in, and it appeared in Water Online.)

Bipartisan report seeks ways to counter extreme polarization that has created distrust in elections
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 in two articles, and he authored an op-ed in The Hill.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 130 other media outlets.)
Why Ted Cruz is bulletproof in 2024
The Hill (This op-ed also appeared in MSN.)
Key endorsements, issues will influence Texas GOP legislative primary
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in News Break and Mirage.)

Why this South Texas county closed half its early voting sites for 2024

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
A new law aimed to increase voting access in rural counties. In South Texas it's having the opposite effect.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Votebeat.)

'Leading Research Universities Report,' Feb. 5, 2024
A roundup features the launch of the Center for Neural Systems Restoration, a joint interdisciplinary center between Rice and Houston Methodist for neuroscience research and treatment innovation.
Association of American Universities


Students express concerns over Senate Bill 17 in the midst of diversity, equity, inclusion bans across Texas institutes
An article mentions that Rice PRIDE has extended honorary memberships to LGBTQ+ students at public colleges and universities across Texas to attend events or utilize resources provided by Rice's Queer Resource Center. 
Hilltop Views

Harrison Yu, 17-year-old piano virtuoso and overcomer of obstacles, to perform with the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra
An article featuring high school student Harrison Yu mentions that he studies piano at Rice through The Michael P. Hammond program.
Fort Bend Star

Business incubator for women of color officially opens in downtown Houston
Rice is mentioned.
Community Impact
Student organizations host Gala for Gaza, raise over $55k for children in Palestine
The Daily Cougar


Fort Bend County Judge KP George (Feb. 6, 2024)
A "Houston Matters" broadcast features discussions with 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, about the De Lange Conference, which will be co-hosted by the Baker Institute Feb. 9-10; and alumnus Ed Emmett, fellow in energy and transportation policy in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute, about local traffic safety. 
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

A sharecropper's daughter: Ruth J. Simmons' Journey
Ruth Simmons, the Rice President's Distinguished Fellow and trustee emerita, is featured.
Texas Public Radio's "The Source" (This segment also aired on 10 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Reading the room
A broadcast features a performance by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra at Rice. (This Performance Today segment also aired on more than 400 stations across the U.S.)


Rice University launches synbio institute
An article features the news that Rice has launched the Rice Synthetic Biology Institute, which will support research designing new types of living systems for applications in medicine, manufacturing and environmental sustainability. Caroline Ajo-Franklin, professor of biosciences, will lead the institute. President Reginald DesRoches is quoted.
World Bio Market Insights

Real numbers of MBA admissions: Cost of MBA programs in the US
An article mentions Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business. Stacy Blackman Consulting features a podcast with Lisa Anderson, former director of admissions at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
Clear Admit
MBA applicants: Find what makes you unique
Stacy Blackman Consulting

Dotz Nano to raise up to $7.8M to commercialize carbon capture sorbents
An article mentions that the technology behind Dotz Nano is based on research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering.
Carbon Herald


COMMENTARY: Will the immigration debate end Biden's presidency?
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Rice's Mason, Tulsa's Haggerty earn weekly honors
An article featuring Rice basketball player Mekhi Mason mentions that he has been named the American Athletic Conference's Player of the Week.

SMU visits Rice following Mason’s 30-point performance
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Southern Methodist University Feb. 6. Head coach Scott Pera is interviewed by KPRC. The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
SMU (15-7, 6-3) at Rice | Wednesday 7 p.m.
Mustangs defeat UAB 72-69
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-6-pera (This segment aired three times.)

Florida Atlantic, SMU, South Florida win Saturday games
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 68-63 Feb. 3.

Harvard men, Marshall women lead CSCAA's Scholar All-America teams for fall 2023
Rice head swimming coach Seth Huston is mentioned.

Bill Haisten: The challenge for TU — keeping rising-star coach Angie Nelp
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Tulsa University Feb. 10.
Tulsa World
Delanie Crawford earns fifth selection to AAC Weekly Honor Roll

Blasigh earns fifth AAC Freshman of the Week honor
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play the University of South Florida Feb. 7.
Bulls capture nailbiter at UAB, 72-69
UFL announces inaugural season schedule with March 30 kickoff
An article mentions that Rice Stadium will host the Houston Roughnecks' home games this season. 
La nueva UFL anuncia su calendario para la temporada 2024
ESPN Deportes
UFL releases inaugural schedule; Houston Roughnecks open with home game
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Feb. 6 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Houston Roughnecks head coach talks new United Football League, expectations for upcoming season
Houston Business Journal
Last week around the leagues
Our Sports Central
'Fox 26: The News Edge'
KRIV-TV (Houston)

UH does its best to make injured Terrance Arceneaux a part of the team
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team played the University of Houston earlier this season.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Feb. 6 print edition.)

Houston girls basketball top performers: Cy Lakes' Alexis, Dickinson's Hansley post 40-point games
An article mentions that Aniah Alexis has signed to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Patrick Mahomes' half-brother announces he's transferring to notable college football program
An article featuring Graham Walker mentions that he plans to transfer to Rice next year to play football.
Total Pro Sports

Super Bowl spectacles: The best and worst venues among 27 host stadiums
An article mentions that Rice Stadium hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974.
Wealth of Geeks

The 24 best players in Houston Astros history
A slideshow features former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman.
MSN (Great Britain; this article also appeared in YardBarker.)

Bearkats to play at Bowers Stadium in 2024
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play Sam Houston State University in the upcoming season.
The Huntsville Item


US election system must be a national priority, urge Carter Center, Rice's Baker Institute
As U.S. democratic principles are being tested, The Carter Center and Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy have proposed guiding principles to ensure that elections are conducted in ways that give Americans greater confidence in their outcomes.