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Dateline Rice for April 14, 2022 | Rice News | News and Media Relations


Ken Paxton’s bid for reelection is a test of Texas Republicans’ values
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Economist (This article also appeared in Europe Breaking News.)
Harris Co. judge staffers indicated on felony charges over contract receive bond
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

The workers taking on new ‘super commutes’
Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

No bond worry after Massachusetts gas tax relief: Credit agency
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Boston Herald (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 14 print and digital editions of the Herald, The Lowell Sun and Sentinel & Enterprise.)

AI strips out city noise to improve earthquake monitoring systems
Maarten de Hoop, the Simons Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science, professor of computational and applied mathematics and professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in New Scientist, and it appeared in JimmysPost.com.)

Ask the Expert: What is all the fuss over the removal of Title 42?

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.
KERA FM (Dallas)

Mother of journalist Austin Tice urges US gov’t to negotiate his release from Syria
An article mentions that Austin Tice, a journalist who was abducted in 2012 while reporting in Syria, was honored with the James A. Baker III Prize for Excellence in Leadership. His parents accepted the award on his behalf April 13. James Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute for Public Policy and former US secretary of state, is mentioned.
Anadolu Agency (This article also appeared in Yeni Safak and Haberler.)


EPA seeks more smog controls in Houston, Dallas after they fail to meet standards

Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)

Lone Star College Foundation StarGala raises funds for scholarships
Alumnus Anthony D’Souza is featured.
Woodlands Online

Rice Business Plan Competition awards $2M+ to startups; more rice pitch competitions coming
An article features the results of the 2022 Rice Business Plan Competition, the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge and the Veterans Business Battle.
The Business Journals’ Houston Inno
SYBOR Tech in the Veterans Business Battle and local homes for sale
Patch (McKinney Frisco)
LIDROTEC wins start-up competition in the United States
Ruhr University Bochum (An English translation is not available.)

Recapping Performa 2021: Performance art or ‘marking’ it?
A Q&A featuring Melissa Noble mentions that she formerly taught at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

Houston environmental news update April 13, 2022
A roundup mentions that the Houston Climate Justice Museum will host a weeklong summer study intensive on Rice’s campus July 18-22.
Citizens’ Environmental Coalition

Lace ’em up for the best running and jogging trails in Greater Houston
A roundup features the exercise path ringing Rice.
365 Things To Do in Houston


What the fight to save coral reefs has in common with mental health (April 14, 2022)

A broadcast featuring the Houston-based ensemble Nameless Sound, which fuses music with visual representations of itself, mentions that it will perform at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts as part of its “Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art + Music” exhibition April 14.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

KHOU 11’s ‘Hidden Gems’
A roundup features Rice and quotes Greg Marshall, Rice’s director of community relations, who gives a tour of the university in the included video segment.
KHOU Online

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
A broadcast mentions that Rice is ranked No. 45 in the world according to Academic Influence.
http://dateline.rice/april-14-krld (This segment aired three times.)

KEX-AM (Portland, Oregon)
A broadcast mentions that Rice has reinstated mask requirements for classrooms amid a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus.
WEAA-FM (Baltimore)
http://dateline.rice/april-14-weaa (This segment aired twice.)

Sulfur Springs ISD top graduates named
Rice is mentioned.


A simple chemical twist turns plastic waste into a carbon-soaking sponge
An article features Rice research that found heating plastic waste in the presence of potassium acetate produces particles with nanometer-scale pores that trap carbon dioxide molecules. James Tour, the TT and WF Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Anthropocene Magazine

Are tattoos no longer taboo on retail selling floors?
An article features collaborative Rice research into how tattoos in some professional settings may be seen positively by customers. Alumna Enrica Ruggs, who collaborated with faculty at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Retail Wire

Katerina Belik: The power of spoken words
An article features Katerina Belik, lecturer in the Program for Writing and Communication.

Meet Suparna Rajaram: Indian American honored with 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship
Alumna Suparna Rajaram, who won a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, is featured.
She the People

NCAR partners to build first-ever comprehensive community geospace model
An article mentions that Rice is a partnering institution in research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Artificial intelligence (AI) designs ‘Giants of Nanotech’ non-fungible tokens (NFTs)
An article mentions that Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.

Gibson Dunn appoints Thomas Dupree and Julian Poon to join Allyson Ho as co-chairs of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group

Alumna Allyson Ho is featured.

Gibson Dunn News


Monica Czausz-Berney to headline 75th anniversary of Springfield chapter of American Guild of Organists
An article features Monica Czausz Berney, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

Exhibit of Joseph Zirker’s artwork on display at Café Zoë
An article featuring Joseph Zirker mentions that he has held workshops at Rice.

ISE and Radiance cohort partnership has first graduate
Alumnus Stephen Schnell is featured.
Auburn University News

He Jiankui, el ‘padre’ de los bebés transgénicos sale de la carcel
An article about research on gene editing in humans features former Rice professor Michael Deem and former student He Jiankui.
ABC.es (An English translation is not available.)


Ryan Beaird earns first career win as UTSA shuts out SHSU 2-0
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio April 15-17.
UTSA looks to stay hot as it travels to Sam Houston for midweek bout

Generals sign three additional returners
Rice baseball player Cristian Cienfuegos is featured.
Victoria Advocate (This article also appeared in Crossroads Today.)
‘News Center 25’
KAVU-TV (Victoria, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/april-14-kavu (This segment aired twice.)

Tulane in town
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play the University of Houston May 4.

Houston’s got next: Men’s Final Four Fan Jam Truck unveiled
An article mentions that Rice will co-host the NCAA Division I Final Four men’s basketball tournament April 1-3, 2023.
SportsMap Houston

Elkins’ Payne gaining rising profile on diamond
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star


Inspired students make intubation more intuitive
Rice bioengineering students are making a critical procedure easier for airway managers and safer for patients with a simplified, high-tech intubation device. The Gateway to Airway team at Rice, working with an anesthesiologist, has developed a sleek laryngoscope that simplifies intubating patients for scheduled or emergent procedures.

China’s energy infrastructure mapped by Baker Institute for 2022
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has released its latest China Energy Map, an open-source, interactive chart of the country’s energy infrastructure. The China Energy Map provides a comprehensive visualization of the nation’s full energy system, featuring not only oil and gas infrastructure but also coal and nuclear power plants and electric vehicle battery factories. The 2022 update includes four new layers: natural gas pipelines, liquid natural gas terminals, natural gas power plants and hydrogen plants.

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