Dateline Rice for May 31, 2024

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Saudi Arabia sets new test for international interest with $13.1B Aramco sale
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Saudi Aramco's $12B stock move reveals kingdom's economic plans — and struggles

Opioid receptors play surprising role in gut development
An article features Rice research into the function of opioid receptors in the development of the enteric nervous system. Co-authors Rosa Uribe, assistant professor of biosciences, and postdoctoral fellow Rodrigo Moreno Campos are quoted.

Caribbean summit showcases the power of island politics 
An article cites an op-ed authored by Isidro Morales, nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Foreign Policy

A 12-year-old wins astonishing spell-off at Scripps National Spelling Bee
An article quotes alumna Grace Walters.
The New York Times 
Asked to fantasize about their words set to music, Griffin Poetry Prize nominees dream of Bach, Björk and Laurie Anderson
An article mentions that "Music for New Bodies" premiered at Rice April 20.
The Globe and Mail


Here's how Dade Phelan can hang onto House speakership | Opinion
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, authored an op-ed, and he is interviewed in three other media outlets.
Houston Chronicle 

Bankruptcy judge tasked with scandal cleanup of 'adopted son'
Bloomberg Law
Gov. Abbott says he has votes to pass school vouchers
KLTV Online (This segment also aired on KLTV-TV in Tyler, Texas.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Seven years after Harvey, Houston was caught off guard by derecho. Should it have been?
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 Landing

Mexico will likely elect its first female president this week. Here's what that could mean for the country.
An article mentions that the Puente poll is funded in part by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy's Center for the U.S. and Mexico. The poll is a survey of the Mexican public conducted by U.S. media.
El Paso Inc.
Poll reveals voters in Mexico expect a lot from likely first woman president
KERA Online (This article originally appeared in KTEP Online.)

Where to celebrate Pride in Houston all month long
A roundup mentions that Rice's Moody Center for the Arts will host a happy hour featuring the Pride Chorus Houston June 6.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN and 10 other media outlets.)

Grammy-winning Houston choir celebrates jazz legend Dave Brubeck
An article mentions that Houston Chamber Choir will perform "Brubeck: A Celebration" at Rice's Stude Concert Hall June 1.
CultureMap Houston
Brubeck is Bru-back in Houston Chamber Choir season finale
Houston Press
Top things to do in Houston this weekend, from Accordion King & Queens to Bacon Festival
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 31 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)

10 events in and around Houston's Inner Loop this weekend, May 31-June 2
A roundup mentions that Rice's Moody Center for the Arts will hold an opening reception for its exhibit "Resonant Earth" May 31.
Community Impact

Rediscovering Judaism and Jewish community
Alumna Sarah Bartos authored an article. Alumni Bartos, Matan Blitz and Brad Sheppard are pictured. Rabbi Shmuli Slonim and Nechama Slonim, co-directors of Chabad at Rice, are mentioned.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Report ranks Houston as a top global city — with one thing holding it back
Rice is mentioned.
Houston climatetech incubator brings in new automation tools for startup use


Mexico is on the verge of electing a woman president
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute, is quoted.
NBC DFW (This segment also aired on KXAS-TV in Dallas.) 

Mayor Whitmire criticized over comment about Gulfton community and Galleria
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.
Houston Public Media
Could stormy relationship between Lina Hidalgo and John Whitmire impact Houston area's response to a hurricane?
Houston Public Media

About 4,000 high-rise building windows shattered in downtown Houston from recent storms
Raudel Avila, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

Ballot security finds NE Republicans at odds
An article cites Rice research into hand-counting election ballots.
News Channel Nebraska

'CBS Austin Morning News'
A broadcast cites Rice research into the possible impacts of an extended drought in Texas.
KEYE-TV (Austin)


In the brain at rest, study indicates neurons rehearse future experience
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that during sleep, some neurons not only replay the recent past but also anticipate future experience. Co-author Caleb Kemere, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.
MSN Health (This article originally appeared in Medical Xpress.)
Dreaming the future: Neurons predict events in sleep

Suzanne Rindell: On the spark reading can give writers
Alumna Suzanne Rindell is featured.
Writer's Digest

The 'New Ivies': A complete list
An article mentions that Rice is on Forbes' list of "New Ivies."
Crimson Education

QuestBridge: Scaling college access
Rice is mentioned.
Masters of Scale

Chip industry week in review
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a new material that moves like skin while maintaining signal strength in electronics.
Semiconductor Engineering


Eagles soar
A roundup featuring Catherine Cheng mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Acorn

Embajada de EU en México anuncia Feria de Posgrados para estudiar en el extranjero: FECHAS
Rice is mentioned.
Photos: Valedictorians, top scholars for San Gabriel Valley's Class of 2024
A slideshow featuring Nyansu Chen mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Schedule Analysis: Rice Owls
Several articles mention Rice football's upcoming slate of games. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football
Kickoff time set for Houston Cougars' football season opener vs. UNLV
Houston Chronicle (A similar article also appeared in the May 31 print edition.)
Early season football game times and TV info for all of Texas' FBS teams
Houston Chronicle
American announces numerous kickoff times/TV designations for 2024 season
American Athletic Conference announces numerous television designations, kickoff times for 2024 football schedule including game times for eight Navy games
AAC reveals kickoff times, networks for 2024 football season
SB Nation
Kickoff times announced for seven UTSA football games
KSAT Online
Houston, Big 12 announce select game times, networks
Big 12 Conference announces football kickoff dates and times for first three weeks
Heartland College Sports

Former Houston-area high school stars to watch in NCAA baseball tournament
An article mentions former Rice baseball player David Shaw.
Houston Chronicle

Picking the perfect corporate logo patch for each FBS Texas program
Rice football is mentioned.
Dave Campbell's Texas Football


Rice's Jamie Padgett wins Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award
Jamie Padgett, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Engineering and chair of civil and environmental engineering at Rice, has received the 2024 Charles Martin Duke Lifeline Earthquake Engineering Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Padgett was recognized for her "contributions to fragility, risk and resilience modeling of multimodal transportation systems and their infrastructure components when subjected to earthquakes and other hazards."

European Academy of Sciences honors Rice's Pol Spanos with prestigious award
For his "exceptional contributions to the field of dynamics," Pol Spanos, the Lewis B. Ryon Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering at Rice, has been awarded the 2024 Blaise Pascal Medal in Engineering by the European Academy of Sciences. Spanos, who joined the Rice faculty in 1984, was recognized for his "theoretical insights, ranging from equivalent linearization to statistical quadratization, which have significantly advanced our understanding of structural behavior." 

Expert available to explain delta-8 Senate State Affairs Committee debate
An expert on drug policy from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy is available to comment on the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee hearing on how to regulate delta-8/hemp-cannabinoid products. Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, submitted recommendations to the committee members and argued that banning hemp-derived cannabinoids would be ineffective and increase risks for consumers