Dateline rice for December 13, 2022 | Rice News | news and media relations


Douglas Brinkley and America’s Third Environmental Revolution
Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor of Humanities, discusses his latest book, Silent Spring Revolution: John F. Kennedy, Rachel Carson, Lyndon Johnson and the Great Environmental Awakening.
1A (This segment also aired on more than 475 National Public Radio affiliated stations in the US)

Texas border crossings could be in full swing as Abbott is under pressure
Tony Payan, 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.
news week

Germany has foiled a far-right coup attempt. She still has a right problem.
Jonathan Homola, assistant professor of political science, co-authored an article.
The Washington Post (Subscription required.)

E-waste could become a “gold mine” for rare earth elements
An article on Rice’s research on using flash joule heating as a way to process e-waste quotes James Tour, TT and WF Chao Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science and Nanoengineering. Tech Xplore presents a study by Tour and PhD student Weiyin Chen on using flash Joule heating to produce graphene from rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. CompositesWorld reports on Rice research converting asphaltenes, a byproduct of crude oil production, into graphene and cites or mentions co-authors Tour; Muhammad Rahman, Research Assistant and Lecturer in Materials Science and Nanotechnology; Pulickel Ajayan, Chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering and Professor of Chemistry; and graduate student MASR Saadi.
Scientific American
Breathing new life into lithium-ion anodes
Tech Xplore (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media.)
Rice University turns asphaltene into graphene for composites
Composites World

They take puzzles to infinity and beyond
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
The Seattle Times (This article originally appeared in The New York Times and in an earlier issue of Dateline.)

Student loan forgiveness could fail for 30 million borrowers. If so, consider these 4 ways to relieve yourself
A picture shows students in Rice’s Fondren Library.

¿Qué le espera a México in el 2023?
An article reports on the Mexico Country Outlook 2023 symposium recently hosted by the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Detona (An English translation is not available.)


Early Houston architect Birdsall Briscoe gets his money’s worth in Stephen Fox’s new book
One article features Stephen Fox, lecturer in architecture and author of The Architecture of Birdsall P. Briscoe.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared on the front cover of the Stars section of the December 13 print edition and appeared in MSN Money.)

How landlords convert Houston, Harris County into a rental region
Steve Sherman, research associate at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Strange traditions and superstitions at Texas’s greatest colleges and universities
A synopsis of Texas universities’ campus traditions includes two from Rice and quotes fraternity president Gabby Franklin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

How NRG is preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy
One article mentions the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator.
Greater Houston Partnership

Houston’s restaurant kings’ retro-style restaurant opens in Midtown
One article mentions Ion, a Houston-based tech accelerator owned by Rice Management Co.
Houston culture map


Some local lawmakers are undermining voter-approved marijuana decriminalization measures
Katharine Neill Harris, Alfred C. Glassell III Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Texas Public Radio

’13 Eyewitness Messages’
One program mentions Rice’s research on potential Category 4 hurricane surges along the Houston Ship Channel.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Pathogenic Sensor’s surprising capabilities revealed
An article describes Rice’s joint research on the first high-throughput method to study peptide-receptor interactions in bacteria. Co-authors cited or mentioned include Jeffrey Tabor, Associate Professor of Bioengineering and Life Sciences, alumna Kathryn Brink, and graduate students Maxwell Hunt, Andrew Mu, Kevin Lorch, and Brett Pogostin.
Medical Xpress

Engineers go with the flow to model moving cars and tires
An article describes Rice’s collaborative research on a complex new method of fluid modeling. Co-authors Tayfun Tezduyar, James F. Barbour Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Research Associate Takashi Kuraishi, and Alumnus Kenji Takizawa, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
Current Science

The Latin domino tradition isn’t just for Abuelos
Sarah Bruno, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice’s Humanities Research Center, is introduced.

Heat management, l’esperienza di un ricercatore italiano all’estero
The doctoral student Lorenzo Castelli is introduced.
Green Planner Magazine (English translation is not available.)


Texas beats Rice 87-81 without suspended coach Chris Beard
One article mentions that the Rice men’s basketball team was defeated 87-81 in overtime on December 12 by the University of Texas at Austin.
The Associated Press (This and similar articles have also appeared in more than 1,700 other outlets online and in the print editions of 250 outlets.)
Carr lifts Texas over Rice after trainer Chris Beard’s suspension
The Associated Press
The sport on Monday in brief
The Associated Press
Texas suspends basketball coach Chris Beard after domestic violence arrest
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article also appeared on the front cover of the Sports section of the December 13 print edition of the Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News.)
No. 7/8 men’s basketball tops Rice, 87-81, in OT
‘Wake up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/dec-13-kriv (Similar segments have been broadcast by more than 700 other television or radio stations in the United States.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

WBB: Dec 12 Player of the Week
An article reports on Rice basketball player Destiny Jackson being named Conference USA Player of the Week.
Conference United States

“Houston’s Morning Show”
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed prior to the Owls’ matchup against the University of Southern Mississippi at the LendingTree Bowl December 17 in Mobile, Alabama.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Pre-Christmas College Football Bowls: Tips and Preview

Detroit Tigers: Trei Cruz brings strong season to Winter League performance
Former Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is introduced.
fan side

Vandegrift wide receiver Miles Coleman named Player of the Year
Rice Stadium is mentioned
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription required.)

Black is named Southland Conference’s First Player of the Week
One article mentions that the Rice men’s basketball team is scheduled to play at Northeastern State University on December 17th.
CAL Online

Baseball announces schedule for 2023
One article mentions that Rice is scheduled to host the Conference USA baseball championship May 24-28.

Top performers in boys’ basketball: Horton and Dawes hit career milestones
A synopsis mentions that Keanu Dawes signed on to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

press releases

Rice’s Houston Jewish History Archive becomes Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives
The Houston Jewish History Archive, a joint project of Rice University’s Jewish Studies program in the School of Humanities and the Woodson Research Center at Fondren Library, will be renamed the Joan and Stanford Alexander South Texas Jewish Archives thanks to a generous donation from the Alexander family Houston.

Reis breathes new life into lithium-ion anodes
How many rechargeable lithium-ion batteries do you carry? How many are in your general area? Probably more than a few, and they’re great for powering all the things that are essential to modern life: cell phones, watches, computers, cars, and more. But where they go when they fail is a growing problem. Rice scientists believe they have a partial solution based on the unique “flash” Joule heating process they developed to make graphene from waste.