Dateline Rice for May 22, 2023 (Weekend Edition)


Google’s photo app still can’t find gorillas. And neither can Apple’s.Vicente Ord??ez-Rom?n, associate professor of computer science, is quoted. The New York Times (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-ordonez.roman Texas — ‘The Issue Is’: Title 42 retraction and the border crisisMark 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.Yahoo! News (This Fox 26 Online article also appeared in Fox 7 Online, Fox 7 Online on YouTube, Townsville Bulletin, The Chronicle, The Cairns Post and, and the video segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesBettencourt election bill swipes at Harris County leaders, not at democracy (Editorial)Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Opinion section in the May 22 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesFact check: Gov. Greg Abbott accused of $211M mental health budget cutHouston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the City/State section in the May 22 print edition, and it appeared on the front of the Metro section in the May 22 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesToday on Texas Standard: Why the Rio Grande Valley is a transit desertTexas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 40 stations across Texas.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesThe Night of the Living Lege: How Texas lawmakers can raise dead bills from the graveTexas Standardhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-jones‘Declaring war’ Bills in Texas Legislature directly impact Harris County voters, Judge Hidalgo saysKHOU Onlinehttp://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesThis week in Texas: The possibility of a special session regarding school vouchersABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston, and a similar article also appeared in Global Village Space.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesHis sights are on Ted Cruz, but Colin Allred likely to face primary challengeVictoria Advocate (This Dallas Morning News article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesCon la frontera como eje, DeSantis apuesta a una sociedad clave con Abbott y busca que Texas se incline por su candidaturaLa Pol?tica (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesFim de decreto n?o causa caos com imigrantes nos EUA, mas crise continuaVeja (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesKRLD-AM (Dallas)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jonesKERA-FM (Dallas)http://dateline.rice/may-22-jones (This segment aired twice.)

With Zelenskyy invite, Saudi seeks star turn on world stageKristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.Yahoo! News (This Agence France-Presse article also appeared in the May 21 print edition of The Straits Times, The Freeman and The Sri Lanka Sunday Times, the latter of which featured it on the front page.) http://dateline.rice/may-22-ulrichsenSaudi Arabia is positioning itself as a diplomatic bridge in the Middle East Atalayarhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-ulrichsenUn fondo opaco al servicio de Abu Dabi: Qu? hay detr?s del nuevo centro de IA de GranadaEl Confidencial (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-ulrichsenDie Saudis versuchen, sich im glanz Selenskyjs zu sonnenKrypto News (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-ulrichsen

An annual list of the best cities to live lists Houston toward the bottom. Does Houston deserve it?Daniel Potter, senior director of research at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-potterHouston near bottom of US News & World Report’s ‘Best Places to Live in the US in 2023-2024’ listHouston Business Journalhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-potter Calls for clarity on how M?xico will address new US border rulesAlumna Ana Mart?n Gil, program coordinator for the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.La Patilla (This Al Jazeera article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-gil

Corporate diversity programs get religionAn article cites 2022 Rice research into religious discrimination in the workplace.The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-wsj


Rice Hall of Famer, ex Dallas Cowboys player and activist Rodrigo Barnes dead at 73An article features late alumnus and former football player Rodrigo Barnes, one of the first Black athletes at Rice, who died recently at 73. President Reginald DesRoches is quoted, and DesRoches and Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard are pictured in slideshow at a banquet honoring Barnes last September. National Academies mentions that DesRoches gave the keynote address at the Gulf Scholars Conference in March, and Houston CityBook mentions that he attended a gala honoring Queen Sof?a of Spain.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 20 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-barnes-desroches-karlgaardTwo football players and activists died this week. Here’s the story of one: Rice’s Rodrigo BarnesHouston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 21 print edition, and it appeared in MSN Sports.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-barnes-desroches-karlgaardUndergraduate students explore ‘What the Gulf Needs Now’National Academieshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-desrochesQueen Sof?a of Spain and Gloria Estefan among luminaries at Glam International Ball at MFAHHouston CityBookhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-desroches

UH extending test-optional policies as officials mull permanent changeYvonne Romero da Silva, vice president of enrollment, is quoted.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Money.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-da.silva

Why college officials think COVID made the Class of 2023 uniquely prepared for the workforceAn article quotes Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates and professor of sociology, Nicole Van Den Heuvel, executive director of Rice’s Center for Career Development, and recent graduate Ling DeBellis.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the May 22 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-gorman-huevel-debellis

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this weekAn article features the winners of the 2023 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC), hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Jones Graduate School of Business, which was held May 11-13. Catherine Santamaria, director of the RBPC, is quoted.InnovationMaphttp://dateline.rice/may-22-santamaria

Urbanists used to ignore Houston. We were wrong. (Opinion)Bill Fulton, former director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an op-ed.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Outlook section in the May 21 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-fulton

Legally blind Houston runner finishes second in her division at Boston MarathonAn article featuring alumna Lisa Thompson mentions that she placed second among women with a visual impairment at the Boston Marathon April 17.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Star section in the May 22 print edition and was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-thompson Houston Ballet closes its 2022-23 season with ‘Divergence’ and a world premiereAn article mentions that the choreography of the Houston Ballet’s “Under the Folding Sky” was inspired by James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion. The article also mentions that alumnus Karl Jensen is the scene designer for the ballet’s production of “Divergence,” which runs May 25-June 4. Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 21 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-hc

The Woodlands High School celebrates its Class of 2023 Highlander graduatesA roundup mentions that Andrew Goin, the valedictorian of The Woodlands High School, plans to attend Rice next fall.Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-hchttp://dateline.rice/may-22-chron

Plan your Memorial Day weekend: May 25-29, 2023 A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will host an opening reception for the exhibit “Love and Wondervision” May 25. 365 Things To Do in Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-365Get a nightlife this week: May 22-28, 2023365 Things To Do in Houstonhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-365

Honors College Class of 2023 stacks up impressive jobs and graduate schools upon graduating from UTSARice is mentioned.UTSA Todayhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-utsa 2023 VALS AND SALS: Brownwood’s Nigalye, Boren to enroll at Rice, Texas A&MAn article featuring Aishwarya Nigalye, valedictorian of Brownwood High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.Brownwood Newshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-bn

Texas leads the nation in babies born with syphilis. The problem is getting worse.An article cites a collaborative report by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research into Harris County residents’ access to prenatal care. Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the May 22 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it was in a previous edition of Dateline.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-hc


‘One on One with Steve Adubato’A broadcast cites research by Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones Graduate School of Business.WNET-TV (New York)http://dateline.rice/may-22-rodriguez (This segment aired three times.)

How one man went from construction worker to college graduateAn article features recent graduate Thomas Avalos.11Alive.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-avalos

’13 Eyewitness News’A broadcast cites the Kinder Houston Area Survey by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.KTRK-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/may-22-ktrk

ROCOA broadcast features a performance by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra at Rice’s Brockman Hall for (This Performance Today segment also aired on more than 400 stations across the U.S.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-your.classical

’13 Eyewitness News’A broadcast mentions that the 2023 Houston Fight For Air Climb stair-climbing challenge was held at Rice Stadium May 20.KTRK-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/may-22-ktrk (This segment aired twice.)

‘KPRC Channel 2 News’A broadcast mentions that Rice and the Houston Public Library have partnered to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. KPRC-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/may-22-kprc

‘Bergstrom Stateline Quiz Bowl’Rice is mentioned.WTVO-TV (Rockford, Illinois)http://dateline.rice/may-22-wtvo (This segment aired twice.)


Ra?l Hern?ndez S?nchezAn article features Ra?l Hern?ndez S?nchez, assistant professor of chemistry, who has been named one of C&EN’s “Talented 12.”Chemical & Engineering Newshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-sanchez‘Talented 12’: Chemical & Engineering News announces its 2023 rising stars in chemistryNewswisehttp://dateline.rice/may-22-sanchez

Researchers receive $2.3 million to continue development of a new ‘glyco-immune’ checkpoint inhibitorAn article features collaborative Rice research that may stop bone cancer metastasis for breast cancer survivors. Co-author Han Xiao, the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry, biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.News-Medical.nethttp://dateline.rice/may-22-xiaoDes chercheurs re?oivent 2.3 millions de dollars pour poursuivre le d?veloppement d’un nouvel inhibiteur de point de contr?le ‘glyco-immun’Ma Clinique (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-xiao

New priming method improves battery life, efficiencyAn article features collaborative Rice research on reducing lithium loss and lengthening the life cycles in lithium-ion batteries. Co-authors quoted include Sibani Lisa Biswal, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and Jones College senior Quan Nguyen.Science Dailyhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-biswal-nguyen

Multitask learning with dynamic reweighting to achieve fairness in health care predictive modelingXia Hu, associate professor of computer science and director of Rice’s Data to Knowledge Lab, co-authored the featured research.Physician’s Weeklyhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-hu

Ease of producing graphene using a laser engraving machineResearch by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is featured. Electric City Magazinehttp://dateline.rice/may-22-tour

‘More City than Water’ offers a look at Houstonians’ experiences with floodingA review features the book “More City Than Water,” co-edited by Lacy Johnson, associate professor of creative writing.The Architect’s Newspaperhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-johnson

Five recent advancements in arthritis research over the past yearAn article features collaborative Rice research that found bacteria associated with gum disease can worsen rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. Vicky Yao, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted.LabioTech.euhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-yao

Na era da IA, o futuro estar? ligado a quem fizer as perguntas certas?An article quotes Rice President’s Distinguished Fellow Ruth (An English translation is not available.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-simmons

Solvent-free process makes Li-ion battery electrodes cheaper and greenerAn article mentions that experts at Rice collaborated on the featured research.AZo Materialhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-azo

Paper strip tests for hypothyroidismAn article features collaborative Rice research on developing a low-cost screening tool for congenital hypothyroidism in newborns. The research team includes undergraduates Vanshika Jhonsa and Alison Maniace, who are quoted.Medgadgethttp://dateline.rice/may-22-jhonsa-maniace

Live coverage: Two Americans, two Saudis ready for launch on commercial astronaut missionAn article features alumna and astronaut Peggy Whitson, who will lead Axiom Space’s second private mission to the International Space Station.Space Flight Nowhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-whitson

What’s happening in space policy May 21-27, 2023An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech,” which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.Space Policy Onlinehttp://dateline.rice/may-22-spo US-China effort to set ‘guardrails’ fizzles with balloon incident — analysisAn article quotes CIA Director William Burns, who spoke at the Baker Institute for Public Policy in April.Eurasia Reviewhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-burns

Supporting and understanding LGBTQ+ youth through a Jewish lensAlum Rose Kantorczyk, a former fellow in Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, is featured.St. Louis Jewish Lighthttp://dateline.rice/may-22-kantorczyk

ASX tech stocks: Tyro tanks 20% as Potentia Capital walks away from takeover bidA roundup mentions that Dotz Nano is based on Rice research.MSN Money (Australia; this article originally appeared in Stockhead.)http://dateline.rice/

11 wealthiest cities in Texas 2023Rice is mentioned.Suburbs 101 http://dateline.rice/may-22-sub101


University prepares for 2023 commencementD. Michael Lindsay, a former sociologist at Rice and current president of Taylor University, is featured.The Echohttp://dateline.rice/may-22-lindsay


Adrian Figueroa’s three-run blast lifts baseball over Rice, 10-7, in season finaleAn article mentions that Rice’s baseball team won two out of three games against Florida International University May 18-20.FIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-fiuBaseball outlasted by Rice in narrow lossFIUSports.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-fiu

BSB: Bracket announced for 2023 C-USA Baseball ChampionshipAn article mentions that Rice’s Reckling Park will host the Conference USA baseball tournament May 24-28. The Owls are slated to play Dallas Baptist University May 24.Conference USAhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-cusaNo. 14 DBU wraps up historic regular season with series win over WKUDBUPatriots.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-dbuBlue Raiders to face UTSA in C-USA Championship first roundGoBlueRaiders.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-gbrBulldogs to face 49ers in first round of C-USA (This article also appeared in Crescent City Sports.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-latechCharlotte opens C-USA tournament as No. 3 seedCharlotte49ers.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-49ersUTSA earns No. 2 seed for C-USA ChampionshipGoUTSA.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-goutsaWKU draws No. 4 seed; faces No. 5 FAU in first round of C-USA ChampionshipWKUSpors.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-wkuTexas upcoming events May 22-28Lemon Wirehttp://dateline.rice/may-22-lw‘Sports Sunday’KPRC-TV (Houston)http://dateline.rice/may-22-kprc

Arrowhead among top pole vault programs in Wisconsin track and fieldAn article mentions the book “The Pole Vault, A Violent Ballet” by Rice track and field pole vault coach David Butler.Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the May 21 print edition.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-butler

Chuck Landon: WVU to Rice to Marshall to WVURice football player J.T. Daniels is mentioned.Charleston Gazette-Mailhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-danielsWest Virginia Mountaineers college football preview 2023: Breakdown, prediction, top players, win totalCollege Football Newshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-daniels

Dash hoping to get back on track in Friday night tilt with AberdeenFormer Rice baseball player Cooper Chandler is featured.Our Sports Centralhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-chandler Patriots OT Calvin Anderson reveals he is also a Rubik’s Cube proFormer Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.WBZ Radiohttp://dateline.rice/may-22-anderson

Rice Owls college football preview 2023: Breakdown, prediction, top players, win totalRice football is featured.College Football Newshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-cfn

Steve Sarkisian confident Longhorns QB Quinn Ewers takes ‘year 2 step’ in 2023An article mentions the Rice football team’s season will begin Sept. 2 with a game against the University of Texas at Austin.Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Countryhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-silcESPN computer predicts winner of Alabama vs. Texas gameSports Illustrated’s Longhorns Countryhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-silc

Kelly Catholic’s state title adds new chapter to Jason Tyner’s baseball storyAn article features former Rice baseball player Thomas Burbank.Beaumont Enterprise (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)http://dateline.rice/may-22-burbank

USF’s Fowler Ave Collective announces hires, $3.5 million goal in ’24An article mentions that Rice will join the American Athletic Conference.On 3http://dateline.rice/may-22-on3

Seven Cougars named to All-Silver Glove teamAn article mentions the annual three-game baseball series between Rice and the University of Houston.UHCougars.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-uh

Greg McElroy adds TCU vs. Houston in Week 3 to ultimate 2023 college football scheduleAn article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Houston next season.On 3http://dateline.rice/may-22-on3

How Wisconsin women’s basketball plans to put its unique recruiting backgrounds to workAn article featuring Tiffany Morton mentions that she is a former Rice women’s basketball assistant coach.The Journal Timeshttp://dateline.rice/may-22-tjt

SEC transfer portal tracker: Version 4.0An article mentions that Noah Shelby plans to transfer to Rice to play football.On 3http://dateline.rice/may-22-on3

LB Montele Johnson names top five, sets officialsRice is mentioned.247Sports.comhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-247

The 2023 ultimate Texas college football road tripAn article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Florida Atlantic University in the final game of the 2023 season.Dave Campbell’s Texas Footballhttp://dateline.rice/may-22-dctf


Rice U. chemist named to Chemical and Engineering News’ Talented 12Rice chemist Ra?l Hern?ndez S?nchez is one of 12 early-career scientists named to C&EN’s 2023 Talented 12 cohort for his research in inorganic and supramolecular chemistry. Awardees are scientists engaged in world-changing work who are at an early stage in their career — pre-tenure if working in academia and 10 years or less from the completion of their postdoctoral studies if working in industry or government. http://dateline.rice/may-22-sanchez

Rice U. announces latest cohort of Innovation FellowsThe Innovation Fellows program at Rice University has announced its latest cohort of talented researchers. The Innovation Fellows program supports the translation of research from the lab to real-world startups through funding, mentorship and other resources. It is designed to help Rice faculty and doctoral and postdoctoral students turn their innovative ideas into successful ventures that make a tangible impact on the world. The program is run by the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the newly created Office of Innovation, in partnership with the research institutes at Rice.http://dateline.rice/may-22-rice-innovation.fellows


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