Dateline Rice for May 14, 2024

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Border enforcers skeptical of Biden, Mexican president's quick-fix migrant crackdowns with elections looming: 'Too little too late'
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 in MSN, and he is interviewed in a "Houston Matters" segment about immigration reform.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the New York Post.)
Thornton Wilder's lost play (May 14, 2024)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Study reveals insights into protein evolution
An article features collaborative Rice research into understanding how specific genetic sequences evolve. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Chemistry and professor of biosciences, materials science and nanoengineering and physics and astronomy; postdoctoral associate Carlos Bueno; academic visitor Nicholas Schafer; and graduate student Hana Jaafari.
MSN (This article originally appeared in

What next after Kuwait parliament's dissolution?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

US scientists reach 'world first' 6G milestone for ultra-fast Wi-Fi that can download a movie in under a second
An article features collaborative Rice research into discovering the world's first curved wireless data link, which could help revolutionize wireless communications. Co-author Edward Knightly, the Sheafor-Lindsay Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted.
The Sun

What you need to know about becoming a cognitive science major
Hanszen College senior James Belanger is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)


Houston university breaks ground on $54.5M project to expand business school
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 article also mentions that Rice recently opened the O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science and established the Houston Methodist-Rice University Center for Human Performance. The O'Connor Building is featured in the last two articles. 
Rice University breaks ground on 112,000-square-foot business school building
Community Impact
Rice University breaks ground on massive business school expansion
CultureMap Houston
Skanska wins three US contracts worth $436M
Global Construction Review
Brick by brick
Texas Architect Magazine
Ralph S. O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science featured in Texas Architect Magazine

Houston to enter hurricane season without new flood maps
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law, co-director of Rice's Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says he has the signatures to run in Texas. Here's how that could hurt Ted Cruz
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.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 14 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and was in yesterday's Dateline.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/may-14-jones (This segment aired seven times.)

What the Houston area's floods can teach the rest of the world
An article cites Rice research that found that the impervious surfaces in the Houston area expanded by 386 square miles between 1997 and 2017.
Houston Chronicle (This Conversation article appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the May 14 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Meet LHHS Valedictorian Connor Whitmire
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy's "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
Lake Highlands Advocate
Guest opinion: Charlie Danaher: What happened to our social compact?
Daily Camera

After closing $1.5B second fund, EnCap Energy Transition eyes power deals
An article mentions that Parliament Solar, a 3,433-acre solar project in Waller County, is located on land owned by Rice.
Houston Business Journal

Fashion entrepreneur Chloe Dao becomes the latest special guest for Wine & Food Week
An article featuring Chloe Dao mentions that she formerly collaborated with Rice's Chao Center for Asian Studies.
Woodlands Online


Natural gas has an important role in 'balancing' the energy grid: Daniel Cohen
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Fox Business (This segment also aired on Fox Business, and this article also appeared in MSN Money and AVA 360.)

Ask Amy: Facility fees added to Houstonians' medical bill
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 quoted.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Hundreds of angry HISD parents, students protest at schools impacted by job cuts
An article mentions that Auden Sarabia completed an entrepreneurship program at Rice.
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in MSN Money.) 


Miguel Harth-Bedoya appointed as orchestral director at Rice University
An article features the news that Miguel Harth-Bedoya has been named director of orchestras and professor of conducting at Rice's Shepherd School of Music. Community members quoted or mentioned include Amy Dittmar, Howard R. Hughes Provost, executive vice president for academic affairs and professor of economics; Matthew Loden, the Lynette S. Autrey Dean of the Shepherd School; and the late Larry Rachleff, the former Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting.
MSN Money (This article also appeared in Slipped Disc.)

The role of oil in Latin America
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.

America is losing one of its most precious assets: Our brain power
Harris Eyre, fellow in brain health in the Center for Health and Biosciences at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
MedCity News

Why I'm bringing America's energy innovators together in Texas
An article mentions that Rice hosted the "ARPA-E on the Road: Houston" event last year.
ARPA-E Blog Post

30 hardest colleges to get into in the US
Rice is featured.
Yahoo! Finance UK (This article originally appeared in Insider Monkey, and it appeared in MSN Money.)
How Byzantine architecture influenced the world
Greek Reporter

Could 'artificial' knees be a thing of the past? CWRU researchers attempt to grow living joints
An article mentions that experts at Rice are collaborating on the featured research.
MSN Health (This article originally appeared in the Plain Dealer Cleveland.)


This Boston school was declared a 'New Ivy' by Forbes. Here's why.
An article mentions that Rice is on Forbes' list of "New Ivies."
Wicked Local (This article also appeared in MetroWest Daily News.)
These 2 Texas schools are redefining Ivy League standards
KLAQ Online
University of Texas at Austin, Rice University declared Ivy league schools
India Today (This article also appeared in MSN India.)
Does Wisconsin have any Ivy League schools? It does now, according to Forbes
AOL (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

USM's spring 2024 graduates ready for life as they make path toward golden future
An article featuring Damien Cooper mentions that he plans to pursue a graduate degree at Rice.
The University of Southern Mississippi News

Help Lost & Found bartender Theo go to space and become an astronaut
Rice is mentioned.
Knutsford Guardian

Las empresas navarras de renovables que buscan oportunidades en Texas
Rice's Carbon Hub is mentioned.
Navarra Capital (This article also appeared in Noticias de Navarra.)


Tulane's Linn, Welch earn weekly honors
An article mentions that Rice baseball player Pierce Gallo has been named to the American Athletic Conference's weekly honor roll.

How rivals Texas, Texas A&M shape up in NCAA spring championships and could meet in softball
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the May 14 print edition.)

Cavs' Dean Wade opens up about concerning knee injury that kept him out two months
Rice is mentioned.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in the Plain Dealer Cleveland.)

Christian McCaffrey's dad Ed reacts to Mother's Day tribute to wife
An article features former Rice football player Luke McCaffrey.
MSN (Great Britain; this article originally appeared in the Daily Mail.)

TRACK & FIELD: Brown's shot put bronze highlights Day 2 of SLC Outdoor Championships
An article mentions that Rice hosted the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 9-11 at Wendel D. Ley Track and Holloway Field. (This article also appeared in the Herald-Banner, Rockwall County Herald-Banner and Royse City Herald-Banner.)

Lions' big fish Covington comes home, 'just like BC salmon'
An article features former Rice football player Christian Covington.

State of Utah basketball: How the roster is shaping up with Big 12 membership closing in
An article mentions former Rice men's basketball player Keanu Dawes.
Deseret News

UNT 2024 schedule breakdown: Games against Tulsa, FAU to open conference play loom large
An article mentions former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman.
Denton Record-Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Rice, Université Paris Sciences & Lettres launch strategic global partnership for research and innovation
Rice and Université Paris Sciences & Lettres, two of the world's leading urban research and higher education institutions, announced Monday in Paris the signing of a strategic partnership for research and innovation on major global challenges and opportunities. With this ambitious collaboration, the two universities aim to advance research in the fields of energy and climate; quantum computing and artificial intelligence; global health and medicine; and urban futures.

Rice study reveals insights into protein evolution
Rice's Peter Wolynes and his research team have unveiled a breakthrough in understanding how specific genetic sequences, known as pseudogenes, evolve. Their paper was published May 13 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal.