Dateline Rice for March 26, 2024

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Rice's student EMTs answer the call for injuries, illness and other crisis
An article features Rice EMS (REMS), one of the only full-time student-run emergency medical services in Texas. Rice community members quoted include McMurtry College senior Nick He, InCharge and Operation Lieutenant of REMS; Duncan College sophomore Nancy Johnson; Lisa Basgall, adjunct lecturer in kinesiology and director of Rice EMS; and Micaela McGlone, senior associate director of Rice's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Houstonians should expect major rate, fee hikes, expert says: 'We're in a little bit of a crisis'
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 Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online, and this segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

Ted Cruz gets good news in Texas
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.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in MSN.)

In Texas, ex-oil and gas workers champion geothermal energy as a replacement for fossil-fueled power plants
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 article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune, and it appeared in MSN Money and 10 other media outlets.)

The campaign to smear AMLO as a narco
An article mentions the Mexico Country Outlook report from Rice's Baker Institute of Public Policy. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Jacobin, and it appeared in ZNetwork and ZNetwork on MSN.)

Historian Douglas Brinkley to present lecture at Florida Southern in Lakeland
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and professor of history, will give a talk on the nation's environmental history at Florida Southern College as part of Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History's Florida Lecture Series March 28.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the The Ledger.)


Longtime NASA leader George W.S. Abbey, described as 'father of modern spaceflight,' has died at 91

An article features the late George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, who died March 24 at 91.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)
George Abbey dies at 91

Rice student startups take top prizes at the 2024 Energy Venture Day and Pitch Competition
An article about the winners of the Texas Entrepreneurship Exchange for Energy consortium prize during this month's CERAWeek mentions that the following Rice-based teams won first and second place, respectively: Solidec, which is working on a platform to produce chemicals from captured carbon, was awarded $25,000 and also recently received $100,000 from Rice's One Small Step Grant program; and Coflux Purification, which developed a technology to break down PFAS in filtration, was awarded $15,000. Postdoctoral associate Ryan DuChanois, founder and CEO of Solidec, is featured in InnovationMap.
Houston Style Magazine (This article also appeared in
3 Houston innovators to know this week

Best colleges in Texas
An article mentions that Rice is No. 1 in Texas according to Niche.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

HISD alumna sparks need for after-school programs during TED Talk
An article featuring Amber Newman mentions that she earned a fundraising certificate at Rice.


Guidance for doctors on exceptions to the Texas abortion law (March 25, 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, is interviewed about a report she co-authored comparing price and quality at Houston-area hospitals.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Houston-area hospitals that cost more may not necessarily offer better care
Houston Public Media

Hydrogen's role in the energy transition (March 26, 2024)
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct assistant professor of biosciences and co-author of "A City on Mars," is featured.  
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Día Mundial del Agua: Organización de las Naciones Unidas invita a reflexionar sobre su importancia
Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, co-director of the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and director of Rice's WaTER Institute, is interviewed about the importance of having access to clean water ahead of the United Nations' World Water Day March 22.
Univision (This segment also aired on KXLN-TV in Houston.)

'KHOU 11 News'
A broadcast features alumna Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and associate director for outreach programs at the Rice Space Institute.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

'UK National Radio'
A broadcast features Rice research using nanoscale wood components for 3D printing. 

'KPRC Channel 2 News'
A broadcast mentions that musicians from Rice's Shepherd School of Music will hold an hour-long concert hosted by the Midtown Arts and Theater Center in Houston March 26 to help those affected by the recent wildfire in Canadian, Texas. 
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Gov. Youngkin to speak at VCU spring commencement
An article features alumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia.
WRIC Online (This article also appeared in MSN.)


Xin Liu wins inaugural K11 Artist Prize for emerging Asian artists.
An article features Xin Liu, Artist-in-Residence at Rice's Houston Asian American Archive.

Interfolio, Rice University — case study
Celeste Boudreaux, former assistant vice provost for academic affairs, is featured.
Interfolio on YouTube

What a View: Rice scientists develop a new system to record 2D crystal synthesis in real time 
A roundup features Rice research into the growth processes of 2D crystals.


Missouri S&T receives NSF funding for 4th annual critical minerals workshop
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy, minerals and materials in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Phelps County Focus

Pepperdine University appoints Tanner Gardner as director of athletics
An article features Tanner Gardner, deputy athletic director for external affairs at Rice, who will step down from his role June 1.
Pepperdine University News
Breaking news from D1 Ticker
In case you missed yesterday's Evening Standard...

A narrativa certa
President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Jornal de Angola
From Lake Como to NASA, Matteo's dream came true: Fundraising was a triumph
News Net Nebraska


Legendary track and field coach visits Fox 26
Former Rice women's track and field coach Victor Lopez is featured in a broadcast about the Victor Lopez Classic meet, which was held at Rice March 21-23. 
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in Fox 26 Online, and this segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
Lady Patriots set five school records at Rice University
Multiple Houston track and field athletes finish in national rankings in Victor Lopez Classic
The Daily Cougar
Sakari Famous earns conference accolades
The Royal Gazette
National Girls Performer of The Week presented by Firefly
Houston-area high school track team sets national record in 4x100 relay
KHOU Online (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

People and places...
A roundup mentions that Rob Lanier will be the next head coach of Rice's men's basketball team. Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland is quoted.
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-26-lanier (This segment aired twice.)

Rice Lady Owls reflect on March Madness journey
An article features Rice's women's basketball team following its loss to Louisiana State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament March 22. Head coach Lindsay Edmonds is interviewed. 
Fox 26 Online

Elliott among six named to AFCA board of trustees
An article mentions that Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren serves on the American Football Coaches Association's board of trustees. (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

No. 25 women's tennis extends win streak to 12 with victory over Delaware
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play Florida International University April 5.

Midweek preview: Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Sam Houston State University March 26.
Kats walk off No. 15 DBU to close series

How to win Houston Roughnecks tickets
An article mentions that Rice Stadium will host the Houston Roughnecks' season-opening football game March 31. 
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)

He was born in Utah, a top recruit and considering BYU and Utah. Now he's in the transfer portal
An article features former Rice basketball player Keanu Dawes. 
Deseret News

5 early Texas transfer targets entering the 2024 offseason
An article features former Rice basketball player Mekhi Mason. 
Hook 'Em Hoodlines 

South Florida's Montes, UTSA's Riojas earn weekly honors
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team played Tulane University March 22-24.

Brewster baseball players nab college spots
An article mentions that George Handal has committed to play baseball at Rice.
The Putnam County Courier


Rice scholars to weigh in on last total solar eclipse in the US for 20 years
Nationally recognized solar eclipse and solar power experts from Rice are available to discuss the April 8 eclipse, which will be the last total solar eclipse in the U.S. for 20 years. The path of totality will cross 15 states from Texas to Maine, including slivers of Tennessee and Michigan. The solar eclipse will begin in totality around 1:31 p.m. Central Standard Time and last 4 minutes and 26 seconds . 

Shepherd School Opera's double bill at Rice April 5 and 7 to explore timely stories of remarkable women navigating corruption and abuse of power
A thought-provoking opera double bill set for April 5 and 7 from the Rice Shepherd School of Music pairs works written nearly 300 years apart, each exploring remarkable women and timeless themes that remain all too relevant today. The performances of "Dido and Aeneas" and "The Rape of Lucretia" will take place at 7:30 p.m April 5 and 2 p.m. April 7, respectively, in Morrison Theatre at Brockman Hall for Opera.

Undocumented immigrants faced unique mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic
Four years after the U.S. shut down in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, research from Rice suggests undocumented immigrants’ mental health challenges were compounded due to stresses stemming from their unauthorized status.