Dateline Rice for Jan. 30, 2024

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Boulder strengthens rules against plastic bags — but do bans and fines actually reduce waste?
Eleanor Putnam-Farr, assistant professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in MSN Lifestyle and more than 30 other media outlets.)

After HFD firefighters were hurt when escaping armed man, Mayor John Whitmire stood by the union
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 aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
Cornyn endorsed Trump for president. Is the Texas senator jockeying for a leadership post?
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, and it appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times.)

New study validates method for guided discovery of 3D flat-band materials
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new 3D crystalline metal. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy; Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Pengcheng Dai, the Sam and Helen Worden Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Engineering and professor of materials science, nanoengineering and chemistry; and postdoctoral researcher Jianwei Huang.
MSN (This article originally appeared in


Rice University creates innovative new institute for synthetic biology
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. 
CultureMap Houston

Medical device co. Autonomix Medical begins trading on Nasdaq after $11.2M IPO
An article features Motif Neurotech, one of the first startups formed through the Rice Biotech Launch Pad accelerator, which aims to quickly take Rice health and medical technology innovations from concept to clinical trials. Co-founder Jacob Robinson, professor of electrical and computer engineering and bioengineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, is quoted in The Messenger and Yahoo! Tech.
Houston Business Journal
Startup bets on brain chips to treat depression
MSN Health (This article originally appeared in The Messenger, and similar articles also appeared in Bol News and Dunya News.)
The story of Neuralink: Elon Musk's AI brain-chip company that has implanted its first chip into a human patient
Yahoo! Tech (This article originally appeared in Business Insider.)

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announces engagement to longtime boyfriend
Alumnus David James is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Alice Blue is closing next month, ending Claire Smith's 30-year restaurant run — for now
An article featuring Claire Smith mentions that her son attends Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition.)

Conroe Symphony Orchestra features Western theme concert ahead of rodeo, fair
An article features Rice graduate student Audrey Welsh.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Homeless Office cuts, Wraparound Services shift and Sunrise skepticism — what is Houston ISD doing for unhoused families?
Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Public Media 

'Today in GA'
A broadcast features Rice research into a new treatment for inflammatory bowel disease. Jeffrey Tabor, associate professor of bioengineering, is interviewed.
WALB-TV (Albany, Georgia)

KFBK-AM (Sacramento)
A broadcast features Rice research using molecules that vibrate strongly when stimulated by light to destroy cancer cells.


'University and Stakeholder News': Rice engineers tackle hard-to-map class of materials 
A roundup features Rice research into 2D ferroelectric materials.

US rethinks gas exports, spooking Europe
An article cites a study of European liquefied natural gas contracts by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Modern Diplomacy


Rice men's basketball took a chance on Randolph's Travis Evee, and it worked out well for everyone
An article features Rice basketball player Travis Evee.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in The Boston Globe, and it appeared in its Jan. 30 print edition.)

Twins Daily 2024 top prospects: Nos. 16-20
An article features former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino.
Twins Daily

Wynter moves from hardwood history to next generation
A caption mentions that Rice's men's basketball team defeated Temple University 69-66 Jan. 20.
The Temple News

Men's tennis sweeps Rice, 4-0, in final match at ITA Kickoff Weekend
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to Princeton University 4-0 Jan. 28.
Men's tennis falls just short against Tulsa at ITA Kickoff Weekend
ITA Kickoff Weekend to open for men's tennis against Tulsa
FAU men's basketball team continues upward trend in AP Top 25
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 69-56 Jan. 24.
South Florida Sun Sentinel


Houston Methodist, Rice launch Center for Neural Systems Restoration
Rice and Houston Methodist have announced the launch of a joint interdisciplinary center for neurolscience research and treatment innovation. The Center for Neural Systems Restoration (CNSR), housed at Houston Methodist, aims to advance state-of-the-art care for neurological conditions by bringing together scientists, clinicians, engineers and surgeons to tackle medical challenges like stroke recovery and spinal cord injury.

Rice scientists pull off quantum coup
Rice scientists have discovered a first-of-its-kind material, a 3D crystalline metal in which quantum correlations and the geometry of the crystal structure combine to frustrate the movement of electrons and lock them in place. The find is detailed in a study published in Nature Physics. The paper also describes the theoretical design principle and experimental methodology that guided the research team to the material. One part copper, two parts vanadium and four parts sulfur, the alloy features a 3D pyrochlore lattice consisting of corner-sharing tetrahedra.