Dateline Rice for May 10, 2024

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Rice University breaks ground on $54M business school building
Several articles feature the news that Rice broke ground on a new $54.5 million building for the Jones Graduate School of Business May 9. President Reginald DesRoches and Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School and professor of strategic management, are quoted. The Houston Business Journal article also mentions that the Jones School annually hosts the Rice Business Plan Competition, Rice Energy Finance Summit and the Women in Leadership Conference and that it is ranked No. 1 for its graduate entrepreneurship program by The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.
Houston Business Journal
Texas A&M business school receives record gift for new building
Best Colleges
Rice University breaks ground on Texas business school building
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in GlobalData, and it appeared in World Construction Network and Fior Reports.)


Where's the line between church and state? In Texas charter schools, it's fading
David Brockman, nonresident scholar in the Religion and Public Policy Program at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

The 4 questions you should ask yourself before saying 'yes' to a job offer
Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Fast Company

'Young Sheldon' delivers a long-awaited shock as the CBS show nears its finish
An article mentions that a character in the TV show "Young Sheldon" gets a coaching job with Rice's football team.
CNN (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)
'Young Sheldon' Season 7: Did George Cooper die?
Yahoo! Entertainment (This article originally appeared in
'Young Sheldon' delivered inevitable, heartbreaking death
Yahoo! Entertainment (This article originally appeared in Parade.)
'Young Sheldon' stars, EP weigh in on devastating twist ahead of finale
Yahoo! Entertainment (This article originally appeared in TVLine.)


Forbes hails Houston's Rice University as one of 20 'New Ivies'
An article mentions that Rice is on Forbes' list of "New Ivies." Nicole Van Den Heuvel, executive director of Rice's Center for Career Development, is quoted.
CultureMap Houston

UT Austin, Rice University declared as Ivy League schools
The Tribune (Similar articles also appeared in Daily Hunt, Business Standard, and 10 other media outlets.) 
Introducing the 'New Ivies'

Houston students develop underwater robot with energy-efficient buoyancy control
An article features a team of Rice engineering students who developed a new way to control buoyancy via water-splitting fuel cells. Community members quoted or mentioned include students Andrew Bare, Spencer Darwall, Noah Elzner, Rafe Neathery, Ethan Peck and Dan Zislis; Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and bioengineering; David Trevas, lecturer of mechanical engineering; and Gary Woods, distinguished professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering.

Houston’s first mass-timber office building breaks ground. Could this technique help fight climate change?
An article mentions that a mass-timber project, which is made of cross-laminated timber, was recently completed on Rice's campus.
Houston Chronicle

Queer things to do in Houston this weekend, May 9 – 12
A roundup features the exhibit "Hayv Kahraman: The Foreign in Us," which will be on view at Rice's Moody Center for the Arts through May 11.

Flex space concept Invincible launches in downtown's Esperson office complex
An article mentions the Ion, a Houston-based tech hub owned by the Rice Management Co.
HoustonInno (This article appeared in the May 10-16 print and digital editions of the Houston Business Journal, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra champions classical (and new) music in Houston by making it accessible and exciting
A caption mentions that River Oaks Chamber Orchestra performed at Rice's Brockman Hall for Opera.


Texas Senate panel to discuss 'campus free speech' following UT protests
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.
CBS Austin Online (This segment also aired on KEYE-TV in Austin.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
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 interviewed about a poll that shows that the majority of likely voters support legalizing gambling in Texas. 
http://dateline.rice/may-10-jones (This segment aired twice.)

Hidden gems, discounts for university students and flex pricing at the Houston Zoo
An article mentions that Rice students can visit the Houston Zoo for free.
CW 39 Online


Synthetic chemistry approach yields new compounds with potential biomedical applications
An article features collaborative Rice research that successfully synthesized a group of natural compounds known as fusicoccanes. Co-authors quoted include Hans Renata, associate professor of chemistry, and postdoctoral researcher Yanlong Jiang. (This article also appeared in, and

The impact of escalating environmental and social challenges on our brains and the planet
Harris Eyre, fellow in brain health in the Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Medical Xpress (This article also appeared in MSN Health.)
The history of the two-state solution (in six maps)
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Financial Review

Preserving a legacy while preserving progress
An article features Rice's O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science, which has won Lab Manager's Excellence in Whole Building/Holistic Design in the 2024 Design Excellence Awards. The article also mentions alumnus William McVey, whose art from the original Abercrombie Engineering Lab building was incorporated into the new space.
Lab Manager

Gladstone's Deepak Srivastava is using collaboration to propel medical research
Alumnus Deepak Srivastava is featured.
San Francisco Business Times

25 hardest colleges to get into in America
Rice is featured.
The Good Men Project

Pittsburgh Symphony concertmaster appointed to faculty at Carnegie Mellon
An article featuring violinist David McCarroll mentions that he has given master classes at Rice.
The Violin Channel


Lehigh's Center for Catastrophe Modeling and Resilience receives NSF planning grant to pursue Industry-University Cooperative Research Center
An article about the planning phase of the Industry-University Cooperative Research Center, which aims to make advances in the study of disasters and their consequences, mentions that Jamie Padgett, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Engineering, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Rice Academy Senior Fellow, is the site lead at Rice.
Lehigh University News

Four Stetson voice students become latest Opera Orlando apprentices
An article features Nidia Guevara-Nolasco, a graduate student at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
Stetson Today

KU researcher part of national survey to study how youths take part in labor market
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with researchers from the University of Kansas to establish the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 2027 aimed at understanding how youths take part in the labor market.
KU News (This article also appeared in RTI International.)

Architectural wonders of Houston, TX: Balancing tradition and modernity
Rice is mentioned.
Tampa Free Press

ATACAMA recibió alumnos de la Universidad Rice de Estados Unidos
An article features graduate student Kiran Putti.


Owls vie for tournament position against Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Florida Atlantic University May 10-12.

UW basketball hosting ex-Rhode Island guard
An article mentions former Rice basketball player Mekhi Mason.
Athlon Sports (This article also appeared in MSN Sports.)

'13 Eyewitness News'
A broadcast mentions that the Houston Roughnecks are playing their home games at Rice Stadium this season.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-10-ktrk (This segment aired three times.)
'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'


Rice breaks ground on new business school building, unveils design
Rice broke ground today on a new $54.5 million building for the Jones Graduate School of Business, unveiling the innovative design of a facility that will support the school’s growing student and faculty population. The new 112,000-square-foot structure features state-of-the-art classrooms, modern office spaces and vibrant amenities such as dining areas, open gathering spaces and facilities for private events. The new building will seamlessly integrate with McNair Hall — the current home of Rice Business — enhancing the campus environment and continuing to cultivate a collaborative culture.