Dateline Rice for Feb. 6, 2023 (Weekend Edition)


Thousands of Texas customers could be waiting days for power to be restored after last week’s freezeDaniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.ABC News (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-cohan

Persistence makes the biggest difference to school grades, study findsAn article features a study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) that found persistence leads to better academic outcomes for Houston Independent School District students. Erin Baumgartner, director of HERC, is quoted.Forbeshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-baumgartner

La demanda Europea impulsa el auge del gas natural en EE.UUSteven Miles, fellow in global natural gas in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is

President Biden announces appointments to the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory CommitteeAn article featuring Mark David Dankberg mentions that he is a former member of the Rice Board of Trustees. The White Househttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-dankberg

My dream about kids: A challenge to boomersAn article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech,” which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.Daily Koshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-dailykos

Retired CEO of BNSF Railway donates Italian villa-style mansion to Lake Forest CollegeRice is mentioned.Chicago Tribune (This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 4 print edition of the Lake County News-Sun and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ct

Scientist who edited babies’ genes says he acted ‘too quickly’An article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former Rice student.The Guardian (This article also appeared on the front of the National section in the Feb. 4 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-guardian


Carbon capture may fuel Houston’s future, but are oil companies using it for cover?Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of Rice’s Carbon Hub, is quoted.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Feb. 5 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.) http://dateline.rice/feb-6-pasquali

Houston’s Loop38 shows there’s need for a sinfonietta in this townAn article mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Feb. 4 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-hc

Top 12 live shows and concerts in Houston this week: Feb. 6-12, 2023A roundup mentions that “Performing Asia: Traditional and Contemporary Music From China & Taiwan,” a collaboration between the Houston Symphony and Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is Feb. 7 at the Asia Society Texas Center.365 Things To Do in Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-365

Houston poet Mouton to give Diversity Conference keynoteAn article featuring Houston-based artist Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton mentions that her exhibition “_____ as Myth” was part of last year’s Moody Project Wall series at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts.The Daily Sentinelhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-tds

Following a pivot, this Houston founder is ready make her mark on the creator economyAn article and roundup mention that students at Rice and other local universities beta-tested the platform Clutch last year. InnovationMaphttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-innomap3 Houston innovators to know this weekInnovationMaphttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-innomap

TEXAS HISTORY MINUTE: More on Jesse H. JonesRice is mentioned.Weatherford Democrathttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-wdWT named to Princeton Review list of Best Business Schools for 2023West Texas A&M University News (This article also appeared in the Feb. 4 print edition of the Borger News-Herald.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-westtex


Houston Newsmakers: Black history facts and the fight against politicizationAlexander Byrd, associate professor of history and vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion, is featured.Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-byrd

‘Investigate TV’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 interviewed about North Carolina hospitals.KHNL-TV (Honolulu)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ho (This segment also aired on 90 stations across the U.S.)

Several Houston-area musicians, including history-making Beyoncé, up for 2023 Grammy AwardsAn article mentions that two albums co-produced by Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, were nominated for Grammy Awards. Houston Public Mediahttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-brinkley

KTBU-TV (Houston)Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is featured.http://dateline.rice/feb-6-klineberg

‘Live at Five’A broadcast cites a Rice economist when discussing the possibility of a recession.KTRK-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ktrk

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)A broadcast cites research from the Baker Institute for Public Policy into the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.http://dateline.rice/feb-6-woai

Demers never demures No. 2305A broadcast mentions that the featured performance was recorded at the Edith Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.Minnesota Public Radio’s “Pipe Dreams” (This segment aired twice on more than 230 affiliate stations across the U.S.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-mpr


‘Encanto’ bags 3 honors at 65th Grammy AwardsAn article mentions that Germaine Franco, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, won a Grammy Award for Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for Disney’s “Encanto.” Glamsham (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-franco

Those who return to work after loss of spouse may face increased challengesAn article features Rice research into coping with the loss of a spouse. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Chris Fagundes, a professor of psychological sciences, and Jensine Paoletti, postdoctoral associate.UPIhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-fagundes-paoletti

Hot carriers cause perovskite lattice to straighten upAn article features Rice research into the first direct measurement of structural dynamics under light-induced excitation in 2D perovskites. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Jean-Christophe Blancon, senior scientist, and graduate students Hao Zhang and Wenbin Li.Materials Todayhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-mohite-et-al

Houston Grand Opera announces 2023 Concert of Arias winnersAn article mentions that graduate student Michael McDermott won third place in the Houston Grand Opera’s 2023 Concert of Arias. The article also mentions that McDermott is studying under Robin Rice, professor of voice at the Shepherd School of Music.BroadwayWorldhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-mcdermott-rice

Magnetar slowed down by a volcano-like eruption?An article features Rice research into the rare slowdown of a highly magnetic type of neutron star known as a magnetar. Co-author Matthew Baring, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.EarthSkyhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-baring

Not just a figure of speech: New fluorescent dye can light up the brainAn article features collaborative Rice research developing a new tool for noninvasive brain imaging that can help illuminate hard-to-access structures and processes. Co-author Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry, biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.SciTechDailyhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-xiao 2023 Princeton Review MBA ranking: The top 10 of the top 10An article mentions that the Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 17 in the nation according to the 2023 Princeton Review.Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-p&q


With Las Vegas in the past, Sands sets sights on New York and TexasMark 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 quoted.The Nevada Independenthttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-jonesTexas Republican legislator introduces bill enabling casinos, sports (This article also appeared in Via Casinos.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-jonesLas Vegas Sands, Adelsons donate millions to Texas politicians as they consider casino billCasino.orghttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-jonesMore than 80% of Texans back medical cannabis, poll saysHigh Times (This article also appeared in (Dallas)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-jones

Gas export terminals pose a growing and invisible threat: Air pollutionLoren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, is quoted.The Lens (This article also appeared in the Louisiana Illuminator.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-hopkins

Molecular machines might treat fungal infections: StudyAn article features Rice research that suggests that nanoscale drills activated by visible light may combat infectious fungi. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and alumna Ana Santos.ANI (This article also appeared in The Print.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-tour

A look inside the Yale Center for Ecosystems and ArchitectureAn article mentions that Rice is a partner of the Yale Center for Ecosystems and Architecture consortium.Yale Daily Newshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-ydn

Hitting kids is never OKAlumnus Rainer Ebert co-authored an op-ed.New Telegraphhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-ebert

Best computer science schools in Texas — know the one that is best for youA roundup features Rice’s computer science programs.The Washington Independenthttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-twi

Hurricane Ian aftermath: How climate gentrification is hitting southwest Florida home ownershipAn article cites Rice research into Hurricane Ian.Naples Daily News (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ndn Personnel moves at Windsor Court, Flanagan Partners, GambelA roundup features alumnus Rhoman Hardy.Nola.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-hardy

Chester County student earns rare perfect ACT scoreRice is mentioned.Daily Local News (This article appeared on the front page of the Feb. 5 print edition of The Phoenix Reporter & Item and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-dln

UNC Charlotte hosts multi-school speech and debate tournamentAn article mentions that a team from Rice competed in a speech and debate tournament at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jan. 28-29.Niner Timeshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-nt


Huntsberry scores 21 as North Texas defeats Rice 74-64An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to the University of North Texas 74-64 Feb. 4. Toronto Star (This Associated Press article also appeared in 100 other media outlets, and it appeared in the Feb. 5 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-tsUNT’s offense clicks in win over RiceDenton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Victoria Advocate, Kilgore News Herald, Longview News-Journal, KPVI Online and The Port Lavaca Wave.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-drc

Moore’s clutch shot lifts women’s basketball to 69-66 win over RiceAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team lost to the University of North Texas 69-66 Feb. 4. (This article also appeared in and in the Feb. 5 print edition of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-mgsUAB Blazers vs. North Texas Lady Eagles stats, game time and moreESPNhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-espn‘KPRC Channel 2 News’KPRC-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-kprc

Kelly Pash rips 1:51:45 for No. 2 200 fly in the NCAA this season — Sterkel Classic recapAn article mentions that Rice’s swim team competed in The Sterkel Classic at the University of Texas at Austin Feb. 4. SwimSwam mentions that Zoe Spitz won the 200-meter backstroke, Lily Cramer won the 200-meter individual medley and Lauren McDougall won the 200-meter freestyle.SwimSwamhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-swimswamNo. 2 women’s swimming shines at Sterkel ClassicTexasSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-tsNo. 2 women’s swim and dive defeats SMU, (This article also appeared in SwimSwam.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ts

Top 25 stories from Our Esquina in 2022A roundup mentions Marco Regalado, Rice football executive director of player personnel and recruiting innovation. Our Esquinahttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-regalado

Victories against Rice and Prairie ViewAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team lost to Louisiana State University Feb. (This article also appeared in Reveille.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-lsuThe Tigers travel to face Rice and Prairie ViewLSUSports.nethttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-lsu HISD student athletes commit to colleges and universities on National Signing DayAn article and broadcast feature high school athletes who have signed to join Rice Athletics.Houston Independent School District Newshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-hisd‘KSAT News Nightbeat’KSAT-TV (San Antonio)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-ksat (This segment aired twice.)

Signing Day: Trio of Lions ink football scholarships with Boston College, Lamar, Fort Hays StateFormer Rice football player Khalan Griffin is mentioned.Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Victoria Advocate, Kilgore News Herald, Longview News-Journal, KPVI Online and The Port Lavaca Wave.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-dlc

Men’s tennis hosts North Carolina Central in first home match SundayAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team defeated Elon University 4-3 Jan. 27,ElonPhoenix.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-ep

No. 19/20 FAU races past Charlotte to set single season school wins recordAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are slated to play Florida Atlantic University Feb. (This article also appeared in University Press.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-fauSlow start plagues Owls in loss to (This article also appeared in University Press.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-fau

No. 3 Aggies hand out fourth sweep of seasonAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team lost to Texas A&M University Feb. (This article also appeared in The Battalion.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-12thmanNo. 3 A&M heads to Rice for in-state matchup12thMan.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-12thman

WKU continues Texas road trip at UTEP on SaturdayAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated the University of Texas at El Paso 73-62 Jan. 14.WKUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-wku

Garcia runs top-10 national time as Chaps break four school records at NM ClassicAn article mentions that Rice’s track and field team competed in the New Mexico Collegiate Classic Feb. 3-4.LCUChaps.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-lcu

Baylor football adds transfers to 2023 signing classAn article mentions the 2021 football game between Rice and the University of Arkansas.247Sports.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-247

Coronado’s Levesque named to 2022 Whataburger Super TeamAn article mentions Rice track and field athlete Grant Levesque.KTSM Onlinehttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-levesque

Before Watson and Mack Brown were college football coaches, they were high school icons in TennesseeAn article features former Rice head football coach Watson Brown.Tennesseanhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-tenn

Five takeaways from Charlotte men’s basketball’s three-point loss to Florida International UniversityAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated University of North Carolina at Charlotte Jan. 26.Niner Timeshttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-ntMen’s basketball central: Charlotte vs. No. 19 FAUCharlotte49ers.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-49ers

Doubleheader on deck for the ‘DoresAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team is slated to play Vanderbilt University Feb. 12.VUCommodores.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-vu

Sahdiieva clinches 4-3 win over Ole Miss for WTAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team lost to Baylor University Jan. 23. BaylorBears.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-bbears

Uhse homers, alumni turnout highlight Sunday at Schroeder ParkAn article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston April 4.UHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-uhc

Texas Longhorns pitcher Tanner Witt likely out until AprilA caption mentions the 2021 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Country (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-silc

Going game by game, a good seven months early, Texas looks like a 10-2 possibilityAn article mentions that Rice’s football season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.Austin American-Statesmanhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-statesman

‘It’s time to get back there’: No. 15 TCU baseball’s sights set on College World SeriesAn article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play in the Shriners Children’s College Classic March 3-5 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.TCU360.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-tcu

Derrick Jackson joins Loeffler’s staffAn article features former Rice assistant football coach Derrick Jackson.Sentinel-Tribunehttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-st

‘The better you recruit, the better chance you got at winning’Rice is mentioned.The Paisanohttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-tpStartup NIL Ventures launches first partnership with Rice University baseballNIL Deal Now (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)http://dateline.rice/feb-6-nilNew RB offer Cameron Jones enjoys environment in Aggieland, hopes to return247Sports.comhttp://dateline.rice/feb-6-247


People are more critical of government when family and friends are hit by natural disastersWhether they’re personally struck by or spared from natural disasters, people are more likely to distrust the government when their family and friends are victims, according to new research from Rice. Alexander Priest, a graduate student in sociology at Rice and the author of “Under Pressure: Social Capital and Trust in Government After Natural Disasters,” published in Social Currents, was interested in the topic given the focus on community resilience as a tool for disaster recovery. http://dateline.rice/feb-6-news-release-priest


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