Dateline Rice for Jan. 31, 2024

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Houston Methodist, Rice launch 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; Valentin Dragoi, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Marcia O'Malley, the Thomas Michael Panos Family Professor in Mechanical Engineering. (This article also appeared in Mirage.)


Consumer confidence grows, but the data has limitations
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance and director of Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for Public Finance, is quoted.
Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal (This segment aired on more than 600 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Cornyn endorsed Trump for president. Is the Texas senator jockeying for a leadership post?
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.
USA Today (This Austin American-Statesman article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)
New Hobby survey finds Trump holds commanding lead among Texas GOP primary voters
University of Houston News
Survey of Texas voters shows what they're thinking ahead of 2024 presidential election
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
'Ask the Expert': How long will the battle over the border last between Texas and the federal government?
KRLD on Audacy (This segment also aired four times on KRLD-AM in Dallas, and this article also appeared in MSN.)
Poll: Joe Biden and Donald Trump the most-favored presidential candidates in Texas
Houston Public Media
Mexican actor says Latinos can change Texas politics if they vote
Reporting Texas
KLBJ-AM (Austin)
http://dateline.rice/jan-31-jones (This segment aired twice.)
Return of US oil sanctions on Venezuela to hit revenue, fuel imports
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.
Yahoo! News (This Reuters article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

In a quantum coup, US finds first-ever 3D material that 'locks' electrons
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new 3D crystalline metal. Co-authors Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Interesting Engineering.)

The Memo: The politicization of Taylor Swift
An article quotes Hanszen College senior Katherine Jeng, who taught a course on the lyrical evolution of Taylor Swift at Rice last fall.  
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Hill.)


Rice researchers discover new way to kill cancer cells with 'molecular jackhammers'
An article features Rice research using molecules that vibrate strongly when stimulated by light to destroy cancer cells. Alumnus and research scientist Ciceron Ayala-Orozco is quoted. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 30 print edition of the Austin American-Statesman and the Jan. 31 print edition of the Chronicle's Lake Houston Observer and Katy Rancher, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

'Next golden age of Texas state parks': Officials prepare to spend $1 billion on new parkland
Alumna Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition of the Chronicle's Cypress Creek Mirror and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

County commissioner Rodney Ellis planning bike-and-hike greenspace for Sunnyside
An article quotes Herman Stude, member emeritus of the advisory board of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)

City workers union urges Whitmire to rehire laid-off housing employees to boost affordable housing
An article cites a housing survey conducted by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle 

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announces engagement to longtime boyfriend
Alumnus David James is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the Jan. 31 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)

Date ideas Houston — explore love day or night with these 45 fun, romantic activities for couples!
A roundup features the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace on Rice's Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Houston on the Cheap


Gabriel Sterling
An article cites Rice research into hand-counting election ballots.
PBS' "Frontline"


Everything is bigger in Texas, including the hydrogen — cipher
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Hydrogen Central

Stress-related sleep problems may put migrant roofers in danger
An article features collaborative Rice research by Sergio Chavez, associate professor of sociology.
Safety and Health Magazine

Delightfully weird state symbols from across America
A slideshow mentions that a team from Rice shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckyballs, a new form of carbon.
MSN Travel (This article originally appeared in Stars Insider.)

The key to global warming? It's hidden in the ice.
An article features former postdoctoral research Hu Huanting.
Sixth Tone


Supreme Court considers challenge to Chevron deference in fisheries case
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Vida Newspaper
Abbott accused of spreading lies to advance his voucher agenda 
Reform Austin

Traveling art exhibit at UMaine shares personal stories about abortion
An article about a traveling art exhibit mentions that it was first hosted by Rice's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in 2021.
Bangor Daily News

Behrend's Yahn Planetarium adds show focused on April 8 eclipse
An article mentions that Rice co-produced a planetarium show about solar eclipses.
Penn State News


Rice Athletics to add women's diving in 2024
An article mentions that Rice will reinstate women's diving as a varsity program beginning with the 2024-25 academic year. Community members quoted or mentioned include President Reginald DesRoches; Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland; head swimming coach Seth Huston; Stacy Mosely, senior associate director of athletics and Deputy Title IX Coordinatorand Tina Villard, senior associate athletic director of recreation and sports administrator of the swim team.
Rice will bring back its diving program after 33-year hiatus

Charlotte, North Texas, Rice, South Florida claim weekly indoor track and field honors
An article featuring Rice track and field athlete Ese Amata mentions that he has been named the American Athletic Conference's Men's Field Athlete of the Week.

'Houston's Morning Show'
A broadcast features former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman, who was inducted into the Houston Sports Hall of Fame.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Tigers host Rice Wednesday for Memphis State throwback game
An article mentions that Rice's men's basketball team is slated to play the University of Memphis Jan. 31.
What to expect in Memphis' game against Rice
Daily Memphian
Swimming sweeps tri-meet in Houston
An article mentions that Rice's swim team lost to the University of Miami (Florida) Jan. 26.
'Canes swimming sweep in Houston
The Miami Hurricane (A similar article also appeared in Spot on Florida.)

UH football to open at Cincinnati in Big 12 schedule for 2024
An article mentions that Rice's football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 14.
Houston Chronicle 
2024 Houston football schedule: 3 things to know
College Football News

Men's tennis ends weekend on a high note, defeats Rice in decisive fashion
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team lost to Princeton University 4-0 Jan. 28. 
The Daily Princetonian

'Houston's Morning Show'
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Rice study shows how allyship can combat discrimination in STEM for Blacks, Latinos
Calling out discriminatory behavior is an effective way for white students to help combat racism against Black and Latino science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students, according to new research from Rice. The research, led by Eden King and Mikki Hebl from Rice, examines whether Black and Latino college students face discrimination when studying STEM and how allies can help combat racist behavior in these situations.

Child care cliff looms as expenses increase, availability decreases
Millions of child care providers in the U.S. face the prospect of having to either raise tuition, cut workers' wages and benefits or downsize their operations as funds from the American Rescue Plan Act phase out. Up to 3 million children could experience a disruption in care nationwide — a "child care cliff," according to a new report from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.