Dateline Rice for Jan. 24, 2024

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Combining two types of molecular boron nitride could create a hybrid material used in faster, more powerful electronics
Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of chemistry and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, and research scientist Abhijit Biswas co-authored an article.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Can Guyana beat the resource curse?
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.
Americas Quarterly
Who is seeking to invest in Venezuelan oil amid easing of US sanctions?
The Latin Times

Exclusive: Motif inputs $19M for depression treatment device
Jacob Robinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, is quoted.


Your health care costs went up in 2023. It won't stop in 2024, experts say
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, is quoted.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

Lucrative songbirds trafficked in Houston, sold for hundreds of dollars, feds say
Rafael Marcondes, an Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Fellow in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 24 print edition of the Chronicle's Sugar Land Sun, Katy Rancher, Magnolia Potpourri and Lake Houston Observer, and it was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Baylor scientist who developed tech to detect cancer during surgery wins award for young chemists
An article mentions that the Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research, which recognizes the accomplishments of chemical scientists in Texas who are early in their careers, is named for the late Norman Hackerman, former Rice President and professor of chemistry.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 24 print edition of the Chronicle's Memorial Examiner and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Oscar-nominated 'Anatomy of a Fall,' 'Zone of Interest' lead list of new films on area screens
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "The Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour" Jan. 26-27.
Houston Chronicle

Conroe Symphony Orchestra announces Rodeo Roundup, a rootin' tootin' good time
An article features Rice graduate student Audrey Welsh.
Woodlands Online


'Houston's Morning Show'
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 interviewed about the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary election.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

'KPRC Channel 2 News'
An article mentions that Rice will host YES Fest Jan. 27. 
KPRC-TV (Houston)


Rice Biotech Launch Pad plans to make Houston a top-tier biotech hub
An article features the Rice Biotech Launch Pad accelerator, which aims to take Rice health and medical technology innovations from concept to clinical trials in five years or less. Omid Veiseh, associate professor of bioengineering and faculty director of the Rice Biotech Launch Pad accelerator, and Paul Wotton, executive director of the Rice Biotech Launch Pad, are quoted.
Drug Discovery and Development

Woodside, Rice University ink five-year tech collaboration
An article features the news that Rice and Woodside Energy have teamed up to create the Woodside-Rice Decarbonization Accelerator, which aims to bring decarbonization technology from Rice labs to market. President Reginald DesRoches and Paul Cherukuri, chief innovation officer and vice president for innovation, are quoted.
Rigzone (This article also appeared in Kingzone Energy.)

Rice study unlocks breakthrough for 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.

Purifying nanomaterials in bulk: New acid etching method rids boron nitride nanotubes of impurities
An article features Rice research that found a new way to make high-purity boron nitride nanotubes. Co-author and graduate student Kevin Shumard is quoted. 
The American Ceramic Society

Artspace announces 2024 Spring International Artists–in–Residence
An article featuring Patrick Quarm mentions that he formerly exhibited work at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts.
Art Daily

AN editors round up spring 2024 academic lectures at architecture and design schools across the country
A roundup of lectures features Rice Architecture.
The Architect's Newspaper


SUH-TOMA: 'We will not wait for the next school shooting'
An article mentions that McMurtry College junior Jasir Rahman and Lovett College senior Ella Langridge signed an open letter about gun violence.
The Yale Daily News


East Carolina, Rice earn weekly swimming and diving awards
An article features Rice swimmer Imogen Meers, who has been named the American Athletic Conference's Swimming Athlete of the Week. (This article also appeared in BVM Sports.)

Davis leads No. 22 Florida Atlantic against Rice after 34-point showing
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play Florida Atlantic University Jan. 24.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
No. 22 Florida Atlantic to face Rice
FAU at Rice odds, picks and predictions
The Columbus Dispatch
Rice Owls vs. FAU Owls: American Athletic clash in Houston, Texas
BVM Sports
Owls collide as No. 22 Florida Atlantic visits Rice

Tulsa women host league-leading Rice Wednesday
An article mentions that Rice's women's basketball team is slated to play the University of Tulsa Jan. 24.


Rice international students take young adults with special needs on GREAT tour of Japan
Rice's international students, hailing from diverse corners of the globe, recently took on the role of guides and teachers, bringing a taste of Japan to a special group of Houstonians within the walls of Herring Hall. "I want this event to be like a traveling experience where they get to feel like they're outside of the U.S. and in Japan for two hours," said Asahi Obata, a Rice doctoral student who was in charge of the Jan. 20 presentation for the Global RICE Empowers Academics & Training Project.

Reducing newborn deaths across Africa enters phase 2 with $65M
The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies international alliance today launches Phase 2 of its groundbreaking mission to reduce newborn mortality in sub-Saharan Africa with $65 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, The ELMA Foundation, and generous individual contributions.

Rice study unlocks breakthrough for breast cancer bone metastases
Rice researchers in the lab of chemist Han Xiao have identified a promising new immunological pathway to treat stubborn bone tumors, one of most prevalent forms of metastases in breast cancer patients.