Dateline Rice for March 19, 2024

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How the Texas GOP has grown more and more conservative
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 quoted.
NPR's "All Things Considered" (This segment also aired on more than 900 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
WTOP-AM (Washington, D.C.)
http://dateline.rice/march-19-jones (This segment aired 50 times on affiliate stations across the U.S.)
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/march-19-jones (This segment aired three times.)

Quantum weirdness in new strange metals bends the rules of physics
Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of materials science and nanoengineering and of electrical and computer engineering, authored an article.
Scientific American (This article will also appear in the April print edition.)

A holistic look at Earth's chemical cycling sheds light on how the planet stays habitable
An article mentions that Mark Torres, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences and a Rice Senior Fellow, collaborated on the featured research.
MSN (This article originally appeared in

How Texas may craft policy for artificial intelligence usage
Angela Wilkins, executive director of the Ken Kennedy Institute, is mentioned.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KXAN Online.)

Research could advance soft robotics manufacturing and design
An article features Rice research developing an analytical model that can predict the curing time of platinum-catalyzed silicone elastomers as a function of temperature. Co-authors Daniel Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and a Rice Senior Fellow, and graduate student Te Faye Yap are quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Tech Xplore.)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory's new director looks ahead to AI, fusion and 'coopetition'
An article features alumnus Stephen Streiffer, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
AOL (This article originally appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel, and it appeared in the Oak Ridger.)


Governor Abbott appoints six to Onestar National Service Commission
An article mentions that Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed Ronnie Hagerty, adjunct profess of management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, to the OneStar National Service Commission.
Office of the Texas Governor

Young Texas Artists get a centerstage moment with some Bach, Beethoven and barbecue at Conroe's Crighton Theatre
An article mentions that Duncan College junior and cellist Maximus Gurath won a gold medal and Lovett College junior and cellist Claire Druffner won a silver medal in the Strings Division at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. 

Bust out your best '70s outfit for screening of 'Mahogany' at the DeLuxe Theater
Rice Cinema is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle 

Opening date set for long-awaited pickleball venue in Washington Corridor
Alumnus Jason Mok is featured.
Community Impact


Yes, the Texas power grid will be impacted by the April 8 eclipse
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired six times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

Students compete in Rice University Business Competition
An article mentions that the Rice Business Plan Competition will be held at the Jones Graduate School of Business April 14-16. Brad Burke, associate vice president for industry and new ventures and executive director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)


Houston Spaceport and Rice University forge historic alliance with French Space Agency for next era of space exploration
An article mentions that Rice and the Rice Space Institute signed a letter of intent with Houston Spaceport and France's National Center for Space Studies, formalizing the commitment to strengthening industrial, economic, scientific and technological partnerships. Community members mentioned include President Reginald DesRoches; Paul Cherukuri, chief innovation officer and vice president for innovation; and David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy.
Travel and Tour World 

To vape or not to vape: When an e-cigarette tax has an impact
An article features research co-authored by Piyush Anand, assistant professor of marketing at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
Cornell University's SC Johnson College of Business News

Controlled synthesis of 2D crystals in real-time
An article features Rice research into the growth processes of 2D crystals. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering; Ming Tang, associate professor of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate students Jing Zhang, Tianshu Zhai, Faizal Arifurrahman, Yuguo Wang, Andrew Hitt, Chen-Yang Lin and Zelai He; and postdoctoral research associates Qing Ai, Yifeng Liu and Yifan Zhu.
AZo Materials (This article also appeared in MSN Money, Great Britain.)

Recycling carbon nanotube sheets with full property retention
An article mentions that Rice's Carbon Hub is leading the featured research.

Narcan is becoming harder to find at drugstores across America
An article features a Rice report into the availability of Narcan at Houston pharmacies. 
MSN Health (This article originally appeared in The Week, and it appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Tulane's upcoming symposium brings together global experts to redefine architecture in the age of ecological crisis
A roundup featuring Liz Gálvez mentions that she formerly taught at the Rice School of Architecture.

People on the move in Nashville: James Pitman
Alumnus James Pitman is featured.
Nashville Business Journal


Commencement ceremony brief
An article featuring Ruth Simmons, the Rice President's Distinguished Fellow and trustee emerita, mentions that she will deliver a keynote address and receive an honorary degree at Brandeis University's commencement exercises May 19.
Brandeis University's The Justice


'CW 39 Weather & Traffic'
A broadcast mentions that Rice's women's basketball team will play Louisiana State University in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship March 22. Head coach Lindsay Edmonds and Owls Destiny Jackson and Malia Fisher are featured in a segment by KIAH.
KIAH-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-19-kiah (This segment aired twice.)
'Good Morning America'
KTNV-TV (Las Vegas)
http://dateline.rice/march-19-ktnv (This segment aired on more than 150 affiliate stations across the U.S.)
Rice women and March Madness: What to know about Owls in NCAA Tournament
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 19 print edition and was in yesterday's Dateline.)
Rice women vs. defending champs
Fox 26 Online
3 Texas teams in women's NCAA Tournament feature these former Texas high school basketball stars
Sports Illustrated's High School FN
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'Fox 26 News'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
'7 News Live'
KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, Louisiana)
'NBC Local 33 News'
WVLA-TV (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
http://dateline.rice/march-19-wvla (This segment aired twice.)

PREVIEW: Midweek slate brings Silver Glove Series
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston March 19-20.

Houston high school baseball rankings: Tomball, Bridgeland among biggest movers
An article mentions that Jake Mader-Cooper has committed to sign to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Shockers upset bid comes up short against No. 66 Charlotte
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis is slated to play Wichita State University March 22.

Austin HS infielder Andrew Hernandez sees hard work pay off
Former Rice baseball player Sam Izaguire is mentioned.

Cal Poly men's tennis bounces back after midweek loss, continues homestand
An article mentions that Rice's men's tennis team defeated California Polytechnic State University 5-2 March 14.
Mustang News

Debbie Taylor steps down after 34 years on the hilltop with Hilltopper Athletics
Rice is mentioned.
Hilltop Views

Red Wolves begin play at All-American Intercollegiate
An article mentions that Rice's golf team is tied for fourth after the first day of competition in the All-American Intercollegiate tournament, which ends March 19.
Bennet contending for individual title as Cardinals sit in top 10 at All-American Intercollegiate
Esteban Gonzalez inside top 10 after first day of All-American Intercollegiate


Rice's OpenStax: Free computer science for all
Now available from OpenStax, the world's leading provider of free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed content based at Rice, is “Introduction to Python Programming." Like all OpenStax resources, access to "Introduction to Python Programming" is not limited to traditional educators and students in educational contexts. Anyone interested in learning, upskilling, reskilling or honing their existing programming skills can access OpenStax content completely free online. 

Vaccine misinformation at Texas Legislature influences public policy decisions, Rice Baker Institute report says
The majority of Texans support vaccines, but a vocal minority are actively working on weakening or dismantling vaccine requirements, according to a journal article published in Vaccine: X from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy and The Immunization Partnership.