Dateline Rice for Feb. 9, 2024

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Exxon Mobil to exit Equatorial Guinea after nearly three decades
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

I toured two neighborhoods on opposite ends of town. The differences were heartbreaking.
Michael Emerson, the Chavanne Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal.)
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.
Yahoo! News (This Texas Tribune article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

El hormigón causa la gran 'crisis de la arena'
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Huffington Post

The rise of African prophets: The unchecked power of the leaders of Pentecostal churches
Josiah Taru, postdoctoral fellow at Rice's Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, authored an article.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)


Houston-area universities claim several spots on US News & World Report's best online program rankings
An article about the U.S. News & World Report's rankings of online programs mentions that Rice's master's in information technology is No. 14 in the nation and No. 1 in Texas; business analytics is No. 9; general management is No. 8; MBA@Rice is No. 18; finance is No. 6; and the MBA@Rice for veterans is No. 16. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of strategic management, and Scott Rixner, director of professional programs and professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, are quoted.
Houston Business Journal
ASU's online programs ranked among best in the nation
Arizona State University News
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/feb-9-ktrh (This segment aired twice.)

Former Rice President David Leebron set to lead public policy nonprofit Texas 2036
An article features former Rice President David Leebron, University Professor and the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Legal Studies. The article also mentions Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Feb. 9 print edition, and it appeared in MSN Money.)

Houston innovation hub restructures, pulls in more Rice resources
An article features the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co. Community members quoted or mentioned include President Reginald DesRoches, Paul Cherukuri, chief innovation officer and vice president for innovation, and Brad Burke, associate vice president for industry and new ventures and executive director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. The article also mentions the Rice Nexus and the Woodside-Rice Decarbonization Accelerator.

Rice University, Houston Methodist open new Center for Neural Systems Restoration
An article 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. Community members quoted or mentioned include President Reginald DesRoches; Behnaam Aazhang, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research and professor of materials science, nanoengineering, physics and astronomy. 
Houston Business Journal (This article appeared in the Feb. 9-15 print and digital editions, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Rice lands federal funding for new 5G testing framework
An article mentions that a team of Rice researchers has received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration to develop a new way to test 5G networks. The team consists of Rahman Doost-Mohammady, assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering; Ashutosh Sabharwal, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering and chair of electrical and computer engineering; and Santiago Segarra, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and statistics.
Houston medtech startups make moves, events not to miss, and more trending news

Dallas Fed's Houston Branch board selects leaders for 2024
Ruth Simmons, the Rice President's Distinguished Fellow and trustee emerita, is featured.
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Robert Simpson to retire from Houston Chamber Choir, which he founded 30 years ago
An article features Robert Simpson, lecturer of church music at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Houston Chamber Choir's founding director to step down in 2026
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN and 10 other media outlets.)
Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director Robert Simpson will step down at the end of the 2024-25 season

'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 (This article appeared in the Feb. 9 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Queer things to do in Houston this weekend, Feb. 8-11
A roundup features the exhibit "Hayv Kahraman: The Foreign in Us," which will be on view at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts through May 11.

Getting a sneak peek inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences, The Woodlands — your first look at the interiors
An article mentions that architect John Franz Staub designed several buildings on Rice's campus.

Baylor piano professor's new album features never-before-recorded works of 'Hidden Figure' Florence Price
Alumnus Michael Clark is featured.
Baylor University News

Canada's Lone Star Texas Grill brings Tex-Mex to the Great White North
An article features alumnus Larry Brune.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Facing daunting college loan debt, Houston students hang hopes on full tuition match programs
An article mentions that Rice participates in the QuestBridge National College Match scholarship program.
Houston Chronicle

Most Houston-area universities and colleges see big growth in endowments since 2019
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


Mayor Whitmire's first 30 days (Feb. 9, 2024)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Health and Biosciences and professor of economics, participates in a roundtable discussion of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" of the week's news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Altuve an Astro for life: 'The Good, Bad and The Ugly' of the week
Houston Public Media

'The Taylor Swift effect' on the NFL and Super Bowl
Carrie Potter, lecturer in sport management, is interviewed.

'The Other Side of Midnight with Frank Morano'
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct assistant professor of biosciences, is interviewed.
WABC-AM (New York)

Hanszen College senior Katherine Jeng is interviewed about the course she taught last fall on the lyrical evolution of Taylor Swift.  
ABC Radio (Australia; this segment aired on 100 affiliate stations.)

'KHOU 11 Morning News'
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.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


S5, Ep. 15: Black America's changing religious landscape
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Distinguished Professor of Humanities and founding director of Rice's Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, is featured.
Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Community Engagement in Psychological Research
Luz Garcini, assistant professor of psychological sciences, interim director of the Center for Community and Public Health at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a Rice Faculty Scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Association for Psychological Science

Three inspiring visions compete as 2024 Forge Prize finalists
An article featuring an installation by Juan José Castellón, assistant professor of architecture, mentions that it is a finalist for the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2024 Forge Prize, which recognizes design concepts that embrace innovations in steel as a primary structural component. The installation was completed in collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice's Shepherd School of Music and Rice's Carbon Hub.
Informed Infrastructure

Houstonians who need opioid overdose help may still struggle to access medication, Baker Institute report shows
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

The little fish with a mouth that defies all logic
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.

ACSA picks 2024 Architectural Education Award winners
An article mentions that Brittany Utting, assistant professor of architecture, is a recipient of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Architectural Education Awards for Faculty Design.

Romantic dates in Houston to woo even the most love-averse mate
A roundup features the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on Rice's Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
MSN Travel (This article originally appeared in Thrillist.)
RANKING: The world's best MBA programs for entrepreneurship in 2024
An article mentions that the entrepreneurship program at Rice's Jones Graduate School for Business is ranked No. 3 in the nation by Poets&Quants.
Poets&Quants for Executives

The key to global warming? It's hidden in the ice.
An article features former postdoctoral researcher Hu Huanting.
828Cloud on Wordpress

2023 Citizens of the Year Drs. Neil Hansen and CR Anderegg
An article features alumnus C.R. Anderegg.
Washington State Dental Association News

Teachers learn about nanotechnology at the Rice University NanoAcademy
An article features NanoAcademy workshops recently conducted by Rice's Office of STEM Engagement.
University Business

Conversion process turns greenhouse gas into ethylene
An article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.
Scienmag (Similar articles also appeared in MSN Money and

Robert A. M. Stern identifies 15 postmodern landmarks-in-waiting
A roundup features Rice's Duncan Hall.
Architectural Record


Symphony’s Sweetheart Dinner: Not just for lovers 
Alumna Lina Morita is featured.
American Press

Ucross announces spring 2024 fellows
An article mentions that Rice's Shepherd School of Music has partnered with the Ucross Foundation, which awards two-week fellowship residencies at the foundation's 20,000-acre Wyoming ranch. 
Sheridan Media

Opinion: Revolution in a cup — a lot is finally happening for Indian coffee
Rice is mentioned.


2024 Rice Owls national signing day recap
Several articles feature Rice's 2023-24 signing class in football.
SB Nation
Bailey Fletcher commits to play football at Rice University
Rattler Sports
Signing day 2024: See which colleges Daily News athletes are headed to
Los Angeles Daily News

KOA-AM (Denver)
A broadcast mentions Rice football player Luke McCaffrey. 

South Florida visits Rice following Miguel's 22-point game An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of South Florida Feb. 10.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
South Florida wins comeback thriller against Charlotte

Houston Roughnecks head coach talks new United Football League, expectations for upcoming season
An article mentions that Rice Stadium will host the Houston Roughnecks' home games this season. 
Houston Business Journal (This article appeared in the Feb. 9-15 print and digital editions, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Men's tennis set for Friday match with Rice
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team is slated to play the University of Texas at Arlington Feb. 9.
This week in UTA athletics — Feb. 5-11
Mavericks go 1-1 in Cajun Tennis Classic

LSU women's tennis takes down Rice, 4-1
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team lost to Louisiana State University 4-1 Feb. 4.
Women's tennis falls at No. 6 Pepperdine, 4-0

The top Nats draft pick from every season
An article mentions former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon.

The top Giants draft pick from every season
An article mentions former Rice baseball player David Aardsma.