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Meet the new MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners
Several articles feature Kiese Laymon, the Libbie Shearn Moody Professor of Creative Writing and English, who has been awarded a 2022 MacArthur Fellowship. He is the second-ever recipient from Rice.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
An ornithologist, a cellist and a human rights activist: The 2022 MacArthur Fellows
NPR (This article also appeared in 10 affiliate websites.)
The MacArthur Fellows for 2022 are announced
This year’s ‘genius grant’ recipients include a Penn State historian and Princeton mathematics professor
MSN Lifestyle (This article originally appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.)


With migration surging, US considers easing sanctions on Venezuela
Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Center for Energy Studies, the Center for the United States and Mexico and the Latin America Initiative at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a lecturer in energy economics at Rice, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Energy crisis: Europe faces winter(s) of discontent with high prices here to stay
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle (This article also appeared in MSN Money and Times of Oman.)

The folly of Iran’s hard-liners
Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.
Foreign Affairs

Outraged US looks for ways to break up OPEC, reassess Saudi ties
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

Tens of thousands likely jobless after Hurricane Ian, economists say
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
CBS Miami (This CNN article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Genetically engineered bacteria make living materials for self-repairing walls and cleaning up pollution
Alumna and postdoctoral researcher Sara Molinari authored an article about her research.
The Conversation (This article appeared in the Oct. 12 print edition of the Houston Chronicle and in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Un empresario con apoyo republicano preocupa al vicegobernador de Texas y lo fuerza a un error en campaña
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.
La Política (An English translation is not available.)
Harris County misdemeanor bail reform in spotlight as judicial elections loom
Community Impact Newspaper (This article appeared on the front page of the Oct. 1-31 print and digital editions and in a previous edition of Dateline.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/oct-12-jones (This segment aired six times.)

Researching ‘The Vegan Chinese Kitchen’ cookbook, author Hannah Che explored her history
Alumna Hannah Che is featured.
Miami Herald (This article appeared in the Oct. 12 print editions of the Merced Sun-Star, The News & Observer, The Kansas City Star, The Sacramento Bee and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

The conflict in Ukraine makes us rethink cyberwar
An article cites Rice research into Russian cyberwarfare. 
The Japan Times

The education and disillusionment of a young reporter in DC ‘should worry every American’
Rice is mentioned.
Salon (This Texas Tribune article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Go see some art this weekend. Here are 5 exhibits and performances worth seeing while you still can
A roundup features the exhibit “Urban Impressions: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis” at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. Frauke Josenhans, curator at the Moody Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston hopes to become the epicenter of commercial space industry
An article mentions the Ion, a Houston-based tech accelerator owned by the Rice Management Co.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in ABC 13 Online and MSN.)

West Brazos calendar for Oct. 12, 2022
An article mentions that Rice’s Marching Owl Band will perform as part of the Brazoria County Fair Parade Oct. 15.
The Facts


The week in politics, coming to America from Iran and the art of Wuxia films (Oct. 12, 2022)
Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of Rice Cinema, is interviewed about the genre Wuxia, which means “martial heroes” in Chinese. Rice Cinema will screen films as part of “Wuxia Cinema: The Magic of Martial Arts,” which runs Oct. 14-23.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Surf’s up; wine haven; and what’s Wuxia?
Patch (Houston)

Rare green lightning spotted in record Darwin storm
Arthur Few, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and environmental science, is cited.
ABC Radio (Australia; This article also appeared in MSN Australia.)

A local winery and farm hidden inside the city limits
Alumnus Ryan Levy is featured.
‘Houston Life’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/oct-12-levy (This segment aired twice.)

BBC Humberside 
A broadcast mentions late alumnus and former Professor Emeritus Robert Curl and the late Richard Smalley, the former Gene and Norman Hackerman Professor of Chemistry, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon.

Graduates from these Texas colleges, universities have the most debt: Report
Rice is mentioned.


Physicists use ‘electron correlations’ to control topological materials
An article features collaborative Rice research co-authored by Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Climate risks for Gulf of Mexico coral reefs spelled out in study
An article features collaborative Rice research into the future of coral reefs. Co-authors Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, and Sylvia Dee, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, are quoted.
Coastal News Today

CRISPR-Cas13 system for quick and sensitive SARS-CoV-2 detection
An article features Rice research on developing a CRISPR-based test for identifying COVID-19 and other diseases. Co-author Xue Sherry Gao, the T.N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of chemistry and bioengineering, and postdoctoral researchers Jie Yang are quoted.

Coinbase: A boring story
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured.

Entergy Texas announces new leaders in customer service and industrial accounts
Alumnus Benjamin Crain is featured.
Electric Energy Online


They paid taxes. Now undocumented Latinos are aging without savings, government care
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.
The Palm Beach Post (Subscription is required. This USA Today article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Mary Prendergast: What’s next for ancient DNA studies after Nobel Prize honors paleogenomics?
Mary Prendergast, associate professor in anthropology, authored an article. (This Conversation article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Santa Fe Opera shares highlights from 2022 season
Alumnus Ian Hallas is featured.
Los Alamos Daily Post

Internet inclusion in Sindh
An article cites 2020 Rice research into the impact of increased spending on internet access by a school district on graduation rates.
The International News

Physics professor is Grand Canyon’s new astronomer in residence
Alumnus Daniel Fleisch is featured.
Williams-Grand Canyon News


Rice basketball lands a commitment from four-star forward Keanu Dawes
An article featuring Keanu Dawes mentions that he has committed to play basketball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Four-star PF Keanu Dawes commits to Rice
National Post
NCAA basketball recruiting: Rice pulls off major upset with four-star Keanu Dawes
Stratford four-star forward Keanu Dawes commits to local Rice University
Click2Houston (This VYPE article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Four-star PF Keanu Dawes commits to Rice

Rice football notebook: A week of rest and recruiting
An article previews Rice’s football game against Florida Atlantic University Oct. 15. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
C-USA football: What they’re saying — Week 7
Conference USA
Relevance for Rice? It appears that way
Hero Sports

Texas State rallies to win Tempest Collegiate
An article mentions that Rice’s golf team placed third in Texas State University’s Tempest Collegiate tournament. Owl Henry Daly tied for seventh place in the individual standings.
Tyler Morning Telegraph (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Bobcats and Karlsen finish first at Tempest Collegiate
Men’s golf saves best for last day of Tempest Collegiate (This article also appeared in Texas Border Business.)

Baseball hosts Rice in fall exhibition Saturday
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play an exhibition game against the University of Houston Oct. 15.

Games across Texas: Where to see top prospects face off in Week 8
An article mentions that Joseph Mutombo has committed to Rice to play football.

TV and streaming viewing picks for Oct. 12, 2022: How to watch NL Division Series
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is slated to play Baylor University Oct. 12.
Awful Announcing
No. 18 VB sets sights on No. 22 Rice

SMU WR Jake Bailey ‘probably’ out for year with injury, says Rhett Lashlee
An article features former Rice football player Jake Bailey.
The Dallas Morning News
Wildcats face road test at top-ranked Texas
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team played Kansas State University earlier this season.

College football playoff projections: Week 7 rankings and bowl forecast
Rice football is mentioned.
Bleacher Report

UTSA men’s tennis to compete in ITA Texas Regionals
An article mentions the Rice Fall Challenge tennis tournament Oct. 27-29.

2022 college football Week 7 picks
An article mentions that Rice’s football team defeated the University of Alabama at Birmingham 28-24 Oct. 1.
Fantasy Six Pack


Rice’s Kiese Laymon awarded ‘genius grant’ MacArthur Fellowship
Rice English professor and acclaimed author Kiese Laymon has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the prestigious honor popularly known as the “genius grant.” A Black Southern writer from Jackson, Mississippi, Laymon’s work bears witness to the forms of violence that mark the Black experience. His writing across multiple forms — including essays, memoirs and fiction — is rooted in his perspective as a Black Southern man.

Physicists use ‘electron correlations’ to control topological materials
Researchers from Rice, Austria’s Vienna University of Technology, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Netherlands’ Radboud University described their method of using a magnetic field to activate and deactivate a topological state in a strongly correlated metal in a study published in Nature Communications.

How much is that medical procedure? In Houston, it depends on which hospital you choose
How much you pay for medical procedures and hospital admissions in Houston varies widely depending on where you go for treatment, according to a new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Lead author Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics, and Grace Kneidel, student intern at the institute, noted that the elevated prices Methodist charges for typically high-cost services are driving its average above the rest.

NSF backs bid to speed environmental tests for viruses
Rice researchers have received National Science Foundation support to speed the analysis of wastewater for coronaviruses from hours to seconds. The team led by Rafael Verduzco of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering won a four-year, $2 million grant to develop bioelectric sensors that deliver immediate notice about the presence of viruses like SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19.

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