Dateline Rice for May 7, 2024

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Aligned 'noodles' could pave way for lab-grown biological tissues
An article features collaborative Rice research developing a novel fabrication process to create aligned nanofiber hydrogels. Co-authors quoted include Jeffrey Hartgerink, professor of chemistry and bioengineering, and alumnus Adam Farsheed.
Futurity (This article also appeared in

Saudi Arabia needs peace in the Middle East for its $500 billion Neom megaproject to succeed
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Business Insider.)

5 ways North Texans are combatting anti-Asian hate in the wake of COVID-19
Alumna Christina Hahn is featured.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News.)

Forbes 'New Ivy League' college list includes Texas universities
Rice is featured in several articles about Forbes' list of "New Ivies." Nicole Van Den Heuvel, executive director of Rice's Center for Career Development, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KIAH Online.)
This Pennsylvania school made Forbes' 'New Ivy League' colleges list
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Fox 29 Online, and a similar article also appeared in
Forbes releases list of 'New Ivies,' with multiple colleges from the Midwest making the cut
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in NBC 5 Online.)
Rice, UT Austin named 'New Ivy League' schools on Forbes list
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)
These 2 Texas universities made Forbes list of 'New Ivy League' schools
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)
Forbes ranks two Texas universities as 'New Ivy' league caliber schools
UT Austin named among Forbes' 'New Ivies'
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in KVUE Online, and the segment also aired on KVUE-TV in Austin.)
Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Forbes publica lista de ‘New Ivies’, con varias universidades del Medio Oeste haciendo el corte
MSN Noticias (This article originally appeared in Telemundo Chicago.)
Dette er de vanskeligste universitetene å komme inn på i USA
MSN (Netherlands; this article originally appeared in StarsInsider.)
'Fox 26 News'
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-7-kriv (This segment aired twice.)
'Fox 7 News Edge'
KTBC-TV (Austin)
http://dateline.rice/may-7-ktbc (This segment aired six times.)


3 Houston sustainability startups score prizes at Rice University pitch competition
An article features the winning startups in Rice's Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship's H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Championships. HEXASpec, founded by graduate students Tianshu Zhai and Chen-Yang Lin, created a new material to improve heat management for the semiconductor industry and won first place and the Outstanding Achievement in Climate Solutions Prize. Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business and professor of strategic management, and Kyle Judah, executive director of Lilie, are quoted.

What to know about college graduations for the Class of 2024
An article mentions that Rice held commencement ceremonies May 3-4.
Houston Chronicle 

HS TRACK: Legacy’s Subair, Ouatarra are best friends, elite throwers
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science and fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the upcoming presidential election.
Elon Musk, el superhéroe de la derecha latinoamericana (This article also appeared in La Voz de Quequen.)

Discussing the proposed Israeli-Hamas cease-fire
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed.
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired four times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

'Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina'
Richard Sindelar, nonresident scholar in global diplomacy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about intensifying tension in Rafah amid cease-fire talks.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-7-sindelar (This segment aired three times.)
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Rice researchers’ 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.

'Field Guide to North American Flycatchers: Kingbirds and Myiarchus': A field guide review
A book review features "North American Flycatchers: Kingbirds and Myiarchus," co-authored by Cin-Ty Lee, the Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
10,000 Birds 

Scientists could make blazing-fast 6G using curving light rays
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.
MSN Money (Great Britain; this article originally appeared in Live Science.)

'Los operadores actuales tienen que generar credibilidad en Vaca Muerta'
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.
Mas Energia

Recent space discoveries subject of NASA scientist's presentation
An image is credited to Megan Reiter, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.

Nearly 100,000 undocumented students who graduated from high school last year can't apply for DACA
Rice is mentioned.
America's Voice


Two Berkeley lab researchers elected to the National Academy of Sciences
An article features Ramamoorthy Ramesh, executive vice president for research and professor of materials science, nanoengineering, physics and astronomy, who has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Berkeley Lab News

Timothy Morton: 'This is Hell, it's not the end of the world'
An article featuring Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, mentions that he gave a talk from his new book "Hell: In Search of a Christian Ecology" at Washington University's Kemper Art Museum May 6.
River Front Times

LSU's new engineering dean is a Baton Rouge native: See her resume, where she's coming from
An article featuring Vicki Colvin mentions that she formerly served as vice provost for research at Rice. (This article also appeared in The Advocate and LSU News.)

An opera for everyone
Alumnus Alex Rosen is featured.
Blox Digital (This article also appeared in The Detroit Jewish News.)


No. 2 Aggies conclude nonconference action with Rice
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Texas A&M University May 7.
No. 1 Aggies take series finale at LSU, 14-4
Jim Schlossnagle discusses Texas A&M's weekend in Baton Rouge

Owls square up with FGCU in final midweek home game
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team is slated to play Florida Atlantic University May 10-12. (This article also appeared in BVM Sports.)

UAB's Shelton, Memphis' Stuart earn weekly honors
An article mentions that Rice's baseball team lost an American Athletic Conference series to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte last week.

St. Louis soars past Roughnecks 22-8
An article mentions that the Houston Roughnecks are playing their home games at Rice Stadium this season.
Wharton Journal-Spectator

Four teams run sub-40 in Texas State Meet 4×100-meter relay
An article mentions Rice's Victor Lopez Classic track meet.
'Houston's Morning Show'
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Anti-LGBTQ+ restrictions and legislation linked to host of negative health effects for community members and allies alike
In January 2024 alone, more than 280 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced in the U.S. As this type of legislation and policies are becoming more prevalent across the country, a new paper from researchers at Rice concludes that the negative effects are felt profoundly not just by members of the LGBTQ+ community but by those who work in roles supporting them. 

Rice senior awarded Knight-Hennessy Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University
Rice senior Ryan Wang has been selected as a recipient of the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, marking a significant milestone in his academic journey. The scholarship will enable him to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University, where he will probe deeper into bioengineering with a focus on neuroscience.

Chamber Music America taps Rice’s Shepherd School as host of 2025 national conference
The Shepherd School of Music at Rice will serve as the official sponsoring partner of Chamber Music America’s (CMA) 2025 National Conference, hosting several of its performances in its renowned facilities Feb. 13-16. While most general sessions will take place at InterContinenal Houston, organizers plan to incorporate Shepherd School faculty and students into performance activities throughout the conference, while also drawing on the student population as a volunteer base.