Dateline Rice for Feb. 7, 2024

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Rice's James Tour named to National Academy of Engineering
An article features James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor and a professor of chemistry, materials science and nanoengineering, who has been named to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). President Reginald DesRoches; Amy Dittmar, Howard R. Hughes Provost and professor of economics; and Thomas Killian, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and E. Dell Butcher Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted. The article mentions that the following faculty members are part of the NAE: 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; Naomi Halas, University Professor, professor of electrical and computer engineering, bioengineering, chemistry, physics and astronomy and materials science and nanoengineering and director of Rice's Smalley-Curl Institute; Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technology; Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science; Gene Frantz, adjunct professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering; Abbas Firoozabadi, distinguished research professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research and professor of materials science, nanoengineering, physics and astronomy; Pol Spanos Lewis B. Ryon Professor in Mechanical & Civil Engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering; Richard Tapia, University Professor, the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics; Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering and the J.W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering; Richard Baraniuk, the C. Sidney Burrus Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science; George Hirasaki, A. J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Ronald Nordgren, Herman and George R. Brown Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Almost all of Harris County schools are inadequately funded, says Rice study
An article features a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found nearly all K-12 school districts in Harris County are underfunded. Ruth López Turley, director of the Kinder Institute and professor of sociology, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle also also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Nearly 200 more Harris County voting locations could be available if parties can find staff
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online, and the segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
Texas House Speaker Phelan attacks Attorney General Paxton, mistress allegation in video ad
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)
The week in politics (Feb. 7, 2024)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM.)
New report explores issues that matter the most to Texas Republican voters
Texas Standard
Texas Standard for Feb. 6, 2024: How to get your hands on some blue topaz
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 40 affiliate stations across Texas.)
UH Survey: School voucher votes likely to impact GOP primary voters
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
School choice opponents likely to face stiff opposition in Texas GOP primaries, UH Hobby poll finds
Houston Public Media
10 a.m. newscast Feb. 6, 2024
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin; this segment aired twice.)

Condemning Qatar is counterproductive
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Omar Rahman, nonresident fellow at the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, co-authored an article.
The National Interest

David Leebron to take reins as Texas 2036's new president and CEO
An article features former Rice President David Leebron.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News, and it appeared on the front of the Metro & Business section in the Feb. 7 print edition.)
Former Rice University President David Leebron to lead nonpartisan think tank Texas 2036
Houston Business Journal
David Leebron named incoming president and CEO of Texas 2036
Texas 2036

Carter Center proposes election guidelines to increase voter confidence
An article mentions that Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy and The Carter Center announced a series of guiding principles for preserving the integrity of American elections.
MSN (This article originally appeared in UPI.) 


Honor local Black history during Urban Souls Dance Company's Souls of Black Houston
An article features Harrison Guy, a former artist-in-residence at Rice's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning who exhibited work at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Houston Press

Houston's up and comers show wide range of theater talent
A roundup features Kyle Clark, lecturer in the Rice Theatre Program.
Houston Press

Lunar New Year, beastly brunch: 8 events to attend in February in University, Meyerland and surrounding areas
A roundup mentions that Rina Banerjee, artist-in-residence at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts, will be in conversation with Rice School of Architecture faculty Feb. 13. 
Community Impact

Kate Cox's doctor is still fighting to provide emergency abortions, despite legal threats
Alumna Damla Karsan is featured.
Texas Monthly

Waco-area news briefs: La Vega High students to offer tax help at Central Library
An article mentions that Rice co-produced a planetarium show about solar eclipses.
Waco Tribune-Herald


Are we really sure Skynet won't go active if we do this?
Luis Campos, the Baker College Chair for the History of Science, Technology and Innovation and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the De Lange Conference, which will be co-hosted by the Baker Institute Feb. 9-10.
Houston Public Media 


Rice's Santiago Segarra wins NSF CAREER Award
An article features Santiago Segarra, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and statistics, who was awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award. 

Mexican cartel violence likely to increase in 2024, experts say
An article cites a report issued by experts at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Border Report

Dotz secures up to A$12 million to accelerate the development of carbon capture technology
An article mentions that the technology behind DOTZ is based on Rice research.
MSN Money (Great Britain; this article originally appeared in AZo Nano.)


Academic Ruth Simmons, writer Aaliyah Bilal deliver Claiming Williams Day keynote addresses
Ruth Simmons, the Rice President's Distinguished Fellow and trustee emerita, is featured. Simmons is mentioned in a broadcast by KIAH.
Williams College's The Williams Record
'CW 39 Weather & Traffic'
KIAH-TV (Houston)

Will computer technology cost workers their jobs?
Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychological Sciences and professor of management, is quoted.
The Post and Courier News

Good Morning, News: County leaders clash over fentanyl, vibrating cancer away and the city has questionable plans for Darcelle XV Plaza
A roundup features Rice research using molecules that vibrate strongly when stimulated by light to destroy cancer cells.
Portland Mercury


Watch Rice Owls vs. SMU Mustangs: TV channel, live stream info, start time
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Southern Methodist University Feb. 7.
CBS Sports
SMU looks to keep communicating with confidence and extend win streak (This article also appeared in BVM Sports.)

'News on 6 Morning Update'
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play Tulsa University Feb. 10.
KOTV-TV (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

February signing day central: See where Houston-area athletes are headed
An article mentions that Tyler Day has committed to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle 

Tuesday's Houston area girls basketball roundup
An article mentions that Aniah Alexis has signed to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

ECU MBB look to break losing streak against UTSA
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 80-76 Feb. 3.
The East Carolinian

Sarkisian announces four recruiting staff promotions
Former Rice assistant football coach Major Applewhite is mentioned.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in FanNation.)

Super Bowl ticket prices are ridiculous — a timeline
An article mentions that Rice Stadium hosted Super Bowl VIII in 1974.
AOL (This article originally appeared in Cheapism.)
Grass or turf? Looking back at every Super Bowl playing surface
Yahoo! Sports (This article originally appeared in NBC Sports.)