Dateline Rice for March 27, 2024

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New Rice basketball coach Rob Lanier vows fast offense, tough defense
An article features Rice's new men's head basketball coach Rob Lanier. President Reginald DesRoches and Director of Athletics Tommy McClelland are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the March 27 print edition.)
Rice University introduces new men's basketball coach, athletics executive to depart
Houston Business Journal
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-lanier (This segment aired three times.)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-lanier (This segment aired three times.)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-lanier (This segment aired three times.)


'Launchpad for Mars': Gov. Abbott launches Texas Space Commission, challenges state universities
Several articles mention that David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, has been appointed to the Texas Aerospace Research and Space Economy Consortium (TARSEC). President Reginald DesRoches is mentioned in the Houston Business Journal. Additional articles about TARSEC mention President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in AOL.)
Gov. Greg Abbott challenges Texas schools to win the new space race through new programs
Houston Business Journal
Abbott announces members for Texas Space Commission that will help shape industry
Houston Chronicle
Texas Space Commission members announced by Governor Greg Abbott during NASA Houston visit
Fox 26 Online
Governor Abbott launches Texas Space Commission
KTSA Online (This article also appeared in the Odessa American.)
'Texas will be the launchpad for Mars': Governor announces board of directors for Texas Space Commission
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in KWTX Online.)
Gov. Abbott launches Texas Space Commission in Houston
MSN (This article originally appeared in KLTV Online, and it appeared in KTRE Online and KTRE on MSN Travel.)
Gov. Abbott announces launch of Texas Space Commission in Houston
Governor Abbott announces at NASA, the new Texas Space Commission
KTRH Online
Texas governor at NASA's Johnson Space Center
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
'7 News'
KSWO-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-kswo (This segment aired twice.)
'WXXV News'
WXXV-TV (Biloxi, Mississippi)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-wxxv (This segment aired twice.)
'Texas Public Radio'
KSTX-FM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/march-27-kstx (This segment also aired on seven affiliate stations.)
KLIF-AM (Dallas)

Baltimore bridge collapse prompts questions to port experts and engineers on Houston's bridges
Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online, and this segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
Baltimore Bridge collapse: Rice prof. on structure
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired twice on KRIV-TV in Houston, and this article also appeared in Fox 26 on YouTube.)

Should college essays touch on race? Some feel the affirmative action ruling leaves them no choice
Rice is mentioned.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 250 other media outlets.)


'Godzilla X Kong,' 'They Shot the Piano Player' lead list of new movies this week
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will screen "Joyland" March 29 and "Israelism" March 30.
Houston Chronicle

Best Dressed: Spring fashion from Hermann Park Conservancy's 2024 Hats in the Park luncheon
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)

FM Kitchen & Bar teams up on Houston pickleball court and eatery
An article features alumnus and former tennis player Jason Mok.
Houston Food Finder

Top performing arts and live theater shows in Houston this month: April 2024
A roundup mentions that WindSync will perform at Rice's Shepherd School of Music April 28.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Outdoor spring activities
An article mentions the exercise path ringing Rice. 
The Buzz Magazines (This article will also appear in the April print edition of the Bellaire, Memorial, West University and Tanglewood-River Oaks issues.)


Is it actually a good idea to colonize Mars?
Kelly Weinersmith, adjunct assistant professor of biosciences and co-author of "A City on Mars," is featured.  
Radiowest (This segment also aired on KUER-FM in Salt Lake City and on more than 10 affiliate stations across Utah.)

Thousands of acres of Texas solar farm destroyed by hail
Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research and professor of materials science, nanoengineering, physics and astronomy, is quoted in about the possibility of damaged solar panels contaminating groundwater.
Texas hail storm inflicts massive damage on solar-panel farm, causing fear of contamination
MSN (This article originally appeared in Tampa Free Press.)


Student EMTs answer the call on Rice University campus
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.
Government Technology

Rice University researchers develop 3D-printed wood
An article features Rice research using nanoscale wood components for 3D printing. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Muhammad Rahman, assistant research professor in materials science and nanoengineering; 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 graduate students M.S.H. Thakur and Chen Shi.
Woodworking Network


COVID pandemic exacerbates mental health issues for undocumented immigrants
An article features Rice research into undocumented immigrants' mental health challenges. Co-author Luz Garcini, assistant professor of psychological sciences, interim director of the Center for Community and Public Health at Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research and a Rice Faculty Scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
NSF funds Rice study on Housing subsidies' impact on child education
An article mentions that Anna Rhodes, assistant professor of sociology, was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to analyze educational outcomes of children in households that have received housing choice vouchers. Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research will serve as the data hub for this project.

MSU should offer more niche, interesting electives regularly
An article mentions that Rice formerly offered the course The Cape and the Cowl: The Literary, Televised and Film History of Batman. 
Mississippi State University's The Reflector


Rice's Zemel takes Player of the Week honors after 5-0 performance
An article features Rice tennis player Yasha Zemel, who has been named the American Athletic Conference's Men's Tennis Player of the Week.

East Carolina, North Texas, Rice earn weekly outdoor track and field honors
An article features Rice high jumper Alice Taylor, who has been named the American Athletic Conference's Women's Field Athlete of the Week. The article also mentions that Taylor recently set the school record in the high jump at Rice's Victor Lopez Classic track meet.

Raising the Bar
An article features Rice track and field pole vault coach David Butler, who authored the book "The Pole Vault, A Violent Ballet." Rice pole vaulter Alex Slinkman is pictured and quoted, and alumna and former pole vaulter Ally Daum is quoted.
The Buzz Magazines (This article will also appear in the March print edition of the Bellaire, Memorial, West University and Tanglewood-River Oaks issues.)

Kats pick up midweek win over Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team lost to Sam Houston State University 6-2 March 26.
Peterson shines in mid-week start for Bearkats
The Huntsville Item
Four American teams earn Tuesday wins

Rockies at Rice Day
An article features the Rockies, a Bellaire Little League team that recently celebrated Rice Day at Reckling Park.
The Buzz Magazines (This article will also appear in the March print edition of the Bellaire, Memorial, West University and Tanglewood-River Oaks issues.)

Egypt's hotbed of basketball talent back on display as BAL returns to Cairo
An article features former Rice basketball player Omar Oraby.
MSN United Arab Emirates (This article originally appeared in The National.)

The best NBA player by university
An article features former Rice basketball player Trey Murphy.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in Fadeaway World.)

New Mississippi College football coach believes Choctaw program has great potential
An article features former Rice assistant football coach Mike Kershaw.
WLBT Online (This segment also aired five times on WLBT-TV in Jackson, Mississippi.)

Former Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano named as starter for UFL squad
An article mentions that Rice Stadium will host the Houston Roughnecks' season-opening football game March 31.
UFL Stadiums: Breaking down the 8 locations for the league
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in Pro Football Network.)
'CW 39 Weather & Traffic'
KIAH-TV (Houston)
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)

The Texas 10: Ranking the best linebackers in Texas for the 2024 season
A roundup mentions that Myron Morrison has committed to play football at Rice.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football

'We needed a change': Gundy excited about new D-line coach
Paul Randolph, former Rice assistant football coach, is featured.
Stillwater News Press

Quiterio named AAC Player of the Week
An article mentions that Rice's women's tennis team is slated to play the University of North Carolina at Charlotte March 31.
Charlotte falls in battle with South Florida

People and places...
Rice is mentioned.


Rice invests in Center for Environmental Studies to advance research goals, increase impact
Rice is refocusing its efforts on the Center for Environmental Studies (CES) in order to enhance and advance the center’s research goals and initiatives regarding environmental issues in our society. Going into its fifth year of operation, CES researches the social and cultural dimensions of environmental problems and leverages the arts, humanities, architecture and design and the social sciences to imagine solutions for a thriving planet. 

Rice biologists uncover new species of tiger beetle: Eunota houstoniana
Rice evolutionary biologist Scott Egan and his research team have unearthed a new species of tiger beetle, deemed Eunota houstoniana, honoring the Houston region where it predominantly resides. The team employed cutting-edge genetic sequencing technology alongside traditional measurements of their physical appearance and geographic range data to redefine species boundaries within the Eunota circumpicta species complex. This approach, known as integrative taxonomy, allowed them to identify distinct biological entities previously overlooked.

Michael Eric Dyson to decode 'Alphabets Against American Amnesia' April 1
In an April 1 speech at Rice that promises to be both enlightening and thought-provoking, Michael Eric Dyson is set to deliver an address titled "BHM, BLM, DEI, CRT, AI, AP and MLK: Alphabets Against American Amnesia." A Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies, Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and the Centennial Chair in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University, Dyson will challenge and inspire audiences to confront uncomfortable truths, while working toward a more just and equitable society.