Dateline Rice for March 6, 2023 (Weekend Edition)


CERAWeek 2023: Rice University experts to participate in major energy industry conferenceA roundup mentions that the following Rice faculty members will be featured on panels at CERAWeek, which runs March 6-10: President Reginald DesRoches; Ramamoorthy Ramesh, vice president for research; Paul Cherukuri, vice president for innovation; David Satterfield, director of the Baker Institute for Public Policy; 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; Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business; Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Affairs at the Baker Institute; Rachel Meidl, fellow for energy and environment at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute; Aditya Mohite, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Carrie Masiello, the W. Maurice Ewing Professor of Biogeochemistry and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute.Click2Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-rice-at-ceraweek‘KPRC Channel 2 News’KPRC-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/march-6-ceraweek (This segment aired twice.)


School choice, vouchers aren’t top education issue for most Texans. Why is it for lawmakers?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 quoted.MSN (This article originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-jonesTed Cruz is one of crypto’s true believers, even as calls for regulation growMSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in Crypto News.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-jonesBill aims to remove sales tax from diapers, maternity clothesSpectrum News 1http://dateline.rice/march-6-jonesDallas GOP dinner featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis closed to mediaThe Dallas Morning News (This article appeared in the March 4 print edition of the Rome News-Tribune and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-jonesUniversity of Houston removes diversity, inclusion statements from hiring practicesFox 26 Online (This segment also aired three times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-jones

In North Carolina, a small hospital deal poses big antitrust questionsVivian 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.STAT (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-hoMississippi hospital ends birth services, joins list of closed facilitiesKaiser Health Newshttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ho‘KHN Morning Briefing’Kaiser Health Newshttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ho

Ask PolitiFact: What is ‘operational control’ at the border and do cartels have it?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 for Public Policy, is quoted.PolitiFacthttp://dateline.rice/march-6-payan

Qatar-UAE ‘fraternal’ meetings offer sign of growing rapprochementKristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.Al-Monitorhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ulrichsen

3 ways to support a sense of belonging for studentsAn article cites 2021 Rice research into the graduation rates of The College of Health Care Professions, a for-profit school of allied health professions.Newsweek (This article also appeared in MSN.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-newsweek


Opinion: How will the state takeover affect HISD students? Here’s the research.Ruth López Turley, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, and Erin Baumgartner, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium at the Kinder Institute, co-authored an op-ed. Turley is quoted in the second article.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Outlook section in the March 5 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-turleyHouston leaders vow to fight HISD takeover with legislation, lawsuitsHouston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the March 4 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the March 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-turley

Houston hydrogen hub projects advance in race for $7B from DOEKen Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-medlockCERAWeek is growing as Houston’s energy industry broadens its focusHouston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 6 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-medlock

Kevin Hart-founded tequila company awards grants to three Houston-area small businessesRobert Franklin, lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the March 4 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-franklin

Blank Slate monument comes to Houston and GalvestonAn article mentions that the monument “A Blank Slate: Hope for a New America,” which honors African American history and the ongoing struggle for racial justice, will be on view at Rice through April 4. The artwork is co-sponsored by Rice’s Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS), the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and Hanszen College. Jeff Fleisher, interim director of CAAAS and professor of anthropology, is quoted. Glasstirehttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fleisher‘NewsWest 9’KWES-TV (Odessa)http://dateline.rice/march-6-kwes

Bun B returns to RodeoHouston with the Southern TakeoverAn article features Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.Houston Presshttp://dateline.rice/march-6-bunb

Free things to do in Houston: Museums, boat tour, outdoor movies, batsA roundup features Rice and highlights its architecture, and it features the James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-hc

Houston summer camps: Registration is starting to open. Here’s a guide to help you plan ahead.A roundup mentions that Rice will host a creative writing camp for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in June and July.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-hc

‘Fixer Upper’ star Chip Gaines bought author Larry McMurtry’s bookstoreAn article features the late alumnus and former Rice lecturer Larry McMurtry.Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the March 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-hc

Bluebonnets Houston — 26 fields, parks and trails where you can find bluebonnets near youA roundup features Rice’s Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum.Houston on the Cheaphttp://dateline.rice/march-6-hotc

Get a nightlife this week: March 6-12, 2023A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will host an improvised and interactive art performance by Devin T. Mays March 9.365 Things To Do in Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-365

Top 15 festivals and events this week in Houston: March 6-12, 2023365 Things To Do in Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-365

Overheard: Houston mayoral candidates share their platforms for the city’s tech ecosystemRice is mentioned.InnovationMaphttp://dateline.rice/march-6-innomap


Deutsche WelleElias Bongmba, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology, is interviewed about the possibility of the Anglican Church splitting in Africa.http://dateline.rice/march-6-bongmba (This segment aired three times.)

KTRK-TV (Houston)A broadcast cites Rice research into Houston rental housing prices. http://dateline.rice/march-6-ktrk

Experts weigh medical advances in gene-editing with ethical dilemmasAn article about research on gene editing in humans mentions that He Jiankui is a former Rice student.NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-nprFor man behind gene-edited babies, a rocky return to scienceKXLY Online (This article also appeared in Channel 3000.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-kxly

‘The World is Yours’A broadcast features Rice and Lovett Hall.KTXA-TV (Dallas)http://dateline.rice/march-6-ktxa (This segment aired five times.)

CFMJ-AM (Ontario, Canada)A broadcast mentions collaborative Rice research into a new mathematical theory that applies to any sufficiently complex quantum system.http://dateline.rice/march-6-cfmj

CFYK-AM (Northwest Territories, Canada)A broadcast mentions a performance of “Louie Louie” by Rice’s Marching Owl Band.http://dateline.rice/march-6-cfyk (This segment aired twice.)


New faculty: Rice ArchitectureAn article features additions to the Rice School of Architecture faculty: visiting critics Stephanie Choi and Ajay Manthripragada; Jaleh Jalili, postdoctoral fellow in sociology; and Cullinan Visiting Critics Ünal Karamuk and Jeannette Kuo. Igor Marjanović, the William Ward Watkin Dean of the School of Architecture, is quoted.e-Flux http://dateline.rice/march-6-marjanovic-et-al

Inside the Houston Endowment’s new net-zero buildingAn article mentions Rice’s Brochstein Pavilion and quotes Lars Lerup, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor Emeritus of Architecture. Metropolishttp://dateline.rice/march-6-lerup

Turning carbon dioxide into a valuable resourceAn article features research by Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, and graduate student Peng Zhu.C&ENhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-wang-zhu

The renaissance of wood: They just designed one that gets stronger as it traps CO2An article features collaborative Rice research developing a sustainable wood composite that absorbs carbon dioxide. Co-authors Muhammad Rahman, assistant research professor in materials science and nanoengineering, and research scientist Soumyabrata Roy are quoted.Ruetirhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-rahman-royThey have created a type of wood capable of absorbing CO2 from the air and using it to become (This article also appeared in renacimiento de la madera: Acaban de diseñar una que se hace más fuerte conforme atrapa (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Mundo Deportivo.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-xataka


Schapiro: Trans-Republican governor readies for close-upAlumnus Glenn Youngkin, governor of Virginia, is mentioned.Richmond Times-Dispatch (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-youngkin

Taiwan People’s Party outlines itinerary of chairman’s US tripAn article mentions that Taiwan People’s Party Chairman Ko Wen-je will visit Rice April 21.Focus Taiwanhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ft


Louisville baseball wins 2023 Shriners Children’s College ClassicSeveral articles mention that Rice’s baseball team competed in the Shriners Children’s College Classic March 3-5 at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. The Owls won their game against Texas Tech University and lost games against Texas A&M University and Texas Christian University. FanSided (Similar articles also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-fsNo. 10 TCU blanks Rice, 7-0GoFrogs.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-gfAggies down Red Raiders in 16 innings to cap http://dateline.rice/march-6-12thmanAggies run-rule Owls on Day 2 in (This article also appeared in The Battalion.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-12thmanAggies fall to Cardinals in Shriners (This article also appeared in The Battalion.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-12thmanRice snaps Texas Tech’s 10-game win streak to start seasonLubbock Avalanche-Journalhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-lajNo. 24 Tech suffers narrow loss to RiceTexasTech.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-textechMolina’s 11 K’s guide No. 24 Tech past MichiganTexasTech.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-textechNo. 10 TCU’s rally falls short against No. 14 LouisvilleGoFrogs.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-gf2023 Shriner Children’s College Classic: Schedule, how to watchNCAAhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ncaa‘College Baseball’AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)http://dateline.rice/march-6-att‘KAMC 28 News’KAMC-TV (Lubbock, Texas)http://dateline.rice/march-6-kamc‘KPRC Channel 2 News’KPRC-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/march-6-kprc

MBB: Conference USA announces All-Academic TeamsAn article features Rice basketball players Max Fielder and Quincy Olivari, who have been named to Conference USA’s 2022-23 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team.Conference USAhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fielder-olivariCzumbel earns third straight C-USA All-Academic Team honorGoUTSA.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fielder-olivari

Jones scores 30, Florida International downs Rice 90-83An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to Florida International University 90-83 March 4.The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets and a portion appeared in the March 5 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-apFIU men’s hoops prevails at Rice in regular season finaleFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiuFIU men’s hoops closes regular season at RiceFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiu

FIU women’s hoops drops home finale to Rice, 96-84An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Florida International University 96-84 March 4.FIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiuFIU women’s hoops hosts Rice in home finale on Senior DayFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiu

MBB: Bracket announced for 2023 C-USA Basketball Championships presented by TotalCareRice’s men’s basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio March 8 in the first round of the Conference USA Basketball Championships as the No. 6 seed. Rice’s women’s team is slated to play its first game in the quarterfinals March 9 as the No. 3 seed.Conference USAhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-cusaWBB: Bracket announced for 2023 C-USA Basketball Championships presented by TotalCareConference USAhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-cusaUTSA to face Rice in first round of C-USA ChampionshipsGoUTSA.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-utsaFIU men’s hoops slated No. 7 seed, faces La. Tech in C-USA tournament WednesdayFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiuFIU women’s hoops finishes season as No. 8 seed, faces Charlotte in C-USA tournament WednesdayFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-fiuBracket announced for C-USA tourney; women’s basketball opens Wednesday as No. 9 seedCharlotte49ers.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-49ersWomen’s conference tournament glancesWTOP (This Associated Press article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-wtop

Rice football: 5 things to watch as spring drills beginAn article previews Rice’s football team ahead of the start of spring practice, which will end with a Blue-Gray game April 15. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted. mentions Bloomgren and Jon Kay, who will join Rice as an assistant football coach.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 6 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-bloomgrenThis Week in Coaching: Four former Tennessee staffers receive show-cause penalties, but what does the news mean for Jeremy Pruitt? Plus recapping a flurry of assistant movementOn3.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-bloomgren

UTSA drops heartbreaker to RiceAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team defeated the University of Texas at San Antonio 4-3 March 3.GoUTSA.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-utsa Pilots drop neutral-site match to RiceAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team defeated the University of Portland 4-2 March 4.PortlandPilots.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ppilotsPilots fall to No. 68 Lobos in New MexicoPortlandPilots.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ppilotsPilots sweep Portland State for third win in a rowPortlandPilots.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ppilots

Lobos edged by Rice in final tiebreakerAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team defeated the University of New Mexico 4-3 March 5.GoLobos.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-lobosLobos win tense battle with Portland 4-2GoLobos.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-lobosLobos host Rice, Portland in key home weekendGoLobos.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-lobos

No. 10 women’s tennis wins at Rice, 6-1An article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team lost to the University of Texas at Austin 6-1 March 4.TexasSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-tsNo. 10 women’s tennis preview at RiceTexasSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-ts

Hiley, Zuñiga take home championships at The Woodlands MarathonAn article mentions former Rice runner Cali Werner finished in second place in the 12th annual Legacy Capital The Woodlands Marathon.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-hc-wernerhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-chron-werner

KMBC at the NFL Draft Combine: Kansas City-area players shine in IndianapolisFormer Rice football player Ikenna Enechukwu is featured.MSN (This article originally appeared in KMBC Online.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-enechukwuEach prospect 49ers met at NFL Combine has this in commonFanSidedhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-enechukwu

WBB: Conference USA announces All-Academic TeamsAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team lost to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 66-61 Jan. 26.Conference USAhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-cusa

Men’s golf set for two tournaments this weekAn article mentions that Rice’s golf team is competing in the Cabo Collegiate Invitational golf tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico, March 5-7. The Owls were in 14th place after the first day of competition.UHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-uhMen’s golf ready to tee off at Cabo Collegiate InvitationalUHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-uhMen’s golf in 2nd place after first round of Cabo CollegiateOleMissSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-olemissMen’s golf continues spring season at Cabo CollegiateOleMissSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-olemissNo. 2 MGOLF ready for Cabo Collegiate SundayTexasTech.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-textechNo. 2 MGOLF sits third after 18 holes in CaboTexasTech.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-textechMen’s golf central: Cabo CollegiateUTSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-utennHall in top 20, Vols 13th through one round at Cabo CollegiateUTSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-utennRazorbacks set for Cabo; one of the toughest fields in college golfArkansasRazorbacks.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-arkMateo leads; Arkansas in 7th at Cabo CollegiateArkansasRazorbacks.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-arkNo. 9 men’s golf returns to the Cabo Collegiate InvitationalSeminoles.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-seminolesNo. 17 Alabama men’s golf returns to action Sunday at the Cabo CollegiateRollTide.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-rolltideMen’s golf facing tough field in CaboACUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-acuPreview: Cabo Collegiate tees off on SundayAmateurGolf.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-agVamos CommodoresVUCommodores.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-vc

Pitching duel ends in Cougar lossAn article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston April 4.UHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-uhEarly lead not enough for Cougars against UTRGVUHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-uhTulimero tabbed on Buster Posey Catcher of the Year watch listUHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-uh

Men’s basketball central: Charlotte vs. UABAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team lost to Florida Atlantic University 103-74 March 2. Charlotte49ers.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-49ersMark Berman’s new AP Top 25 men’s basketball ballotRaonoke.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-raonoke

Baseball earns first series victory over Houston since 1991An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley March 7.GoUTRGV.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-utrgvUTRGV baseball blanks Houston, 1-0, to win series against (This segment also aired on KVEO-TV in Brownsville, Texas.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-vc Two ex-Steelers reveal their most ‘freakazoid’ teammates, talk one ‘perfect’ playerAn article features former Rice football player Vance McDonald.Heavy.http://dateline.rice/march-6-mcdonald

John Cooper Sports: Dragon tennis defends TTC private school crown with sweepAn article mentions that the Victor Lopez Classic track and field meet will be held at Rice March 24-25.Woodlands Onlinehttp://dateline.rice/march-6-wo

Kats close non-conference play at RiceAn article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team defeated Sam Houston State University 7-0 Feb. 25.GoBearkats.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-bkIslanders top Bearkats in dual matchGoBearkats.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-bk

North Texas pregame — UNT wants to close out regular season with win over WKUAn article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team is tied for sixth place in Conference USA.Denton Record-Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-drc

Top CFB storylines to watch during 2023 spring practicesAn article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.Bleacher Reporthttp://dateline.rice/march-6-br

INSIDE PITCH: VYPE baseball rankings, No. 17 Cy Ranch MustangsAn article mentions that Tobias Motley has committed to play baseball at Rice.Click2Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-c2h

Three long shot Pac-12 expansion candidates for the fourth spotRice is mentioned.Sports Illustrated’s All Cardinal (This article also appeared in YardBarker.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-siFour-star QB Marcos Davila taking in interest following TCU decommitmentRivalshttp://dateline.rice/march-6-rivalsOklahoma State football recruiting: Analyzing latest offers in 2024 class247Sports.comhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-247

Kelly, Mongenel are All-Central Texas swimmers of the yearA caption mentions that Michaela Koltz has committed to join Rice’s swim team.Austin American-Statesmanhttp://dateline.rice/march-6-statesman

‘TWC News All Evening’Former Rice basketball player Jasmine Smith is featured.Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired five times.)http://dateline.rice/march-6-spectrum


Migrant caravan coverage contributes to poor immigration policy, says Baker Institute reportBoth punitive and permissive immigration policies have done little to deter migrants from crossing the U.S. border, and media coverage of “migrant caravans” has contributed to stopgap policies, according to a new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.http://dateline.rice/march-6-news-release-hale-ma

Taking care of your teeth could help prevent chronic joint painWhen Rice computational biologist Vicky Yao found traces of bacteria associated with periodontal disease in samples collected from rheumatoid arthritis patients, she was not sure what to make of it. Her finding helped spark a series of experiments that confirmed a connection between arthritis flare-ups and periodontitis. http://dateline.rice/march-6-news-release-yao

Bending 2D nanomaterial could ‘switch on’ future technologiesRice materials scientist Boris Yakobson and collaborators uncovered a property of ferroelectric 2D materials that could be exploited as a feature in future devices. Because they bend in response to an electrical stimulus, single-layer ferroelectric materials can be controlled to act as a nanoscale switch or even a motor, according to the study published in ACS Nano.http://dateline.rice/march-6-news-release-yakobson


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