Dateline Rice for Feb. 8, 2024

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Billionaires want to bring Las Vegas to deeply resistant Texas
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.
'Political Roundup': Trump and courts, Nevada's primaries, and the Mayorkas vote
Houston Public Media
'2 p.m. newscast for Feb. 7, 2024'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
'5:31 a.m. newscast for Feb. 8, 2024'
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
'Texas Public Radio'
KUT-FM (Austin; this segment aired on seven affiliate stations.)

Mexican cartel violence likely to increase in 2024, experts say
An article mentions the Mexico Country Outlook report from Rice's Baker Institute of Public Policy. 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, is quoted.
MSN (This KSWB Online article originally appeared in Border Report, and it appeared in multiple media outlets and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Wyoming's 'Cowboy Catholic' could remake government if Trump wins
James Sidbury, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities and professor of history, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in WyoFile.)

Opinion: Claudia vs. Sheinbaum
Miriam Grunstein, nonresident scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Mexico News Daily


Nearly all of Harris County's school districts are underfunded, could put future GDP, workforce at risk, Rice analysis shows
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.
Houston Business Journal
Report: Nearly every Harris County school district is underfunded
Houston Public Media

The EPA sets tougher national soot standards. These 10 Texas counties already exceed them.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Exclusive: The Ion innovation hub getting new restaurants following Common Bond's closure
An article features the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co. and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Houston Business Journal

Review: Spirited Mozart, Beethoven and Wagner from the Dallas Chamber Symphony
An article features Jaewon Wee, a graduate student at Rice's Shepherd School of Music who won first price and the audience choice award at the 2023 inaugural Dallas International Violin Competition.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in MSN Music.)

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. What will the weather be in Houston?
An article mentions the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on Rice's Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle

'Bob Marley: One Love,' 'Lisa Frankenstein,' 'How to Have Sex' top list of new films this week
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "Make People Better" Feb. 9.
Houston Chronicle

Houston Chamber Choir passes the baton to a new leader — but not just yet
An article mentions Robert Simpson, lecturer of church music at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Press

HS basketball coach becomes CHS' winningest coach — letter from Crosby ISD Superintendent
An article mentions that professors from Rice's Department of Chemistry performed experiments for a group of sixth grade honors science students from Crosby Middle School in Crosby, Texas.
The Baytown Sun


KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship: Parth Nikumbh is a standout senior at Seven Lakes High School
An article features Parth Nikumbh, who plans to attend Rice.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)


DOE selects Rice University and DexMat to receive $1.5M in funding to help decarbonize America's industrial sector
Geoff Wehmeyer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted, and Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, professor of materials science, nanoengineering and chemistry and director of Rice's Carbon Hub, is mentioned.
Decarbon Fuse

Rice research unveils key dynamics of 2D nanomaterials with view to larger-scale production
An article features Rice research into studying 2D nanomaterials with an aim to produce them on a large scale. Angel Marti, professor of chemistry, bioengineering, materials science and nanoengineering and chair of chemistry, and graduate student Utana Umezaki are quoted.
Stat Nano

NASA to honor next generation of Artemis Astronaut candidates during ceremony March 5
An article mentions alumna Nichole Ayers.
Space Coast Daily

Transwestern names chief financial officer
An article features Rice alumnus Adam Altsuler.

BMW 5-Series and i5 Touring revealed with a lovely wagon shape
Rice alumnus Joey Capparella authored an article.
Car and Driver (This article also appeared in MSN.)


Bulls lose to Rice, 69-59
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team defeated the University of South Florida 69-59 Feb. 7.
Road teams sweep Wednesday women's hoops action

Phelps' 16 help SMU down Rice 95-69
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Southern Methodist University 95-69 Feb. 7.
The Associated Press (This article appeared in the Houston Chronicle and over 20 other media outlets.)
SMU gets road win at Rice 95-69
North Texas, SMU, Wichita State earn Wednesday wins
'Wake Up! With SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Signing day: Rice lands a leader in Westfield's Taji Atkins
An article features Taji Atkins, who has signed to play football at Rice. The article also mentions Rice's 2023-24 signing class.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Sports section in the Feb. 8 print edition.)

Patrick Mahomes' half brother Graham Walker transfers from Brown to Rice University
An article features Graham Walker, who has signed to play football at Rice.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Blavity.)

Prized recruits commit to Texas teams on second National Signing Day
An article mentions that LaVonte Johnson is one of 10 players who signed to play football at Rice on National Signing Day Wednesday.
Houston Chronicle

Signing Day 2024: See which colleges Daily News athletes are headed to
An article mentions that Shawn Irwin has signed to play football at Rice.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in LA Daily News.)

Record-setting Hagemeier to pole vault at Rice; Thompson to Lees-McRae
An article mentions that Will Hagemeier has signed to compete in track and field at Rice, and he is interviewed by WEMT-TV in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Johnson City Press
'Fox Tri-Cities News'
WEMT-TV (Greeneville, Tennessee)

The top Rays draft pick from every season
An article mentions former Rice baseball players Wade Townsend and Jeff Niemann.

The top Mets draft pick from every season
An article mentions former Rice baseball player Philip Humber.

The top Phillies draft pick from every season
An article mentions former Rice baseball player Joe Savery.