Dateline Rice for March 3, 2020


Rice cancels all university-sponsored international travel amid coronavirus fears
An article mentions that Rice has cancelled all university-sponsored international Spring Break trips and other official international student travel in accordance with CDC travel restrictions to countries experiencing novel coronavirus outbreaks.
ABC 13 Online


The energy elite have started listening to their enemy No. 1 in Houston
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 featured and pictured.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint, Bloomberg BNN, Financial Post, Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader-Post and Yahoo! Finance.)

It’s Biden vs. Bernie as Democrats race toward Super Tuesday showdown

Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted or interviewed in several media outlets.
The Globe and Mail (This article also appeared on the front page of the March 3 print editions of the Alberta, Ottawa/Quebec, British Columbia and Prairie issues.)
Biden faces big test with Latino voters on Super Tuesday as he seeks to cut into Sanders’ strength
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘Not over yet’: Biden-Sanders on Super Tuesday collision course as biggest trove of delegates awaits
USA Today (This article appeared on the front page of the March 3 print issue of the International Edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Descendant of Sam Houston hopes to be the first Indian American elected to Congress from Texas

Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required.)

Progressives want Henry Cuellar out. Does his district?

The Atlantic
Trump could doom Republicans in Texas. The party is still in denial.
Vanity Fair
Three congressional races to watch on Super Tuesday: Jeff Sessions, Cal Cunningham and Pierce Bush
Tuesday’s show: Super Tuesday turnout and council member Abbie Kamin (March 3, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston. Jones’ comments begin at 48:03.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Why the fracking debate could decide Super Tuesday
Bandera County Courier
Die debatte um fracking könnte den Super-Tuesday entscheiden
Der Tagesspiegel (An English translation is not available.)

Facebook has a prescription: More pharmaceutical ads
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Los Angeles County’s new voting machines hailed for accessibility, dogged by security concerns


An algorithm could make CPUs a cheap way to train AI

An article features Rice research that developed an algorithm that can speed up deep learning technology without the use of specialized acceleration hardware. Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted. Graduate students Beidi Chen and Tharun Medini are cited in InsideHPC.
Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
SLIDE algorithm for training deep neural nets faster on CPUs than GPUs

Bitcoin’s guardian angel: Inside Coinbase billionaire Brian Armstrong’s plan to make crypto safe for all
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured and pictured.
Forbes Africa (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Mikroläkare invaderar din kropp
An article on medical innovations mentions that researchers at Rice are developing a micromotor device that can travel in the body and target tumors.
Illustrerad Vetenskap (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the March 3 print edition.)


The Ion, DivInc partner to spur inclusivity in Houston tech
An article about startup accelerators mentions Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Rice sends employee nasal swab to CDC for coronavirus testing
An article mentions that a small group of employees and students from Rice has been asked to self-quarantine due to possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 3 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)
Here’s how many coronavirus cases there are in Texas — and everything else you need to know
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the, KSAT Online, Gilmer Mirror, Click2Houston and the El Paso Herald-Post.)
Amidst coronavirus craziness, let’s keep our heads and facts straight
Fort Bend Star (This op-ed also appeared in the March 4 print edition.)
Tackling Houston-area coronavirus myths
ABC 13 Online
Harris County Judge Hidalgo, public health officials provide update on coronavirus
No confirmed cases of coronavirus in Harris Co., judge Lina Hidalgo says
ABC 13 Online
Rice University employee getting tested for coronavirus
KHOU Online
With no confirmed coronavirus cases in Harris County, health officials urge public to be vigilant in taking precautions
KHOU Online
LIST: Texas universities that have suspended study abroad or travel programs
WFAA Online
Corporate responses to coronavirus: Just work from home, cancel travel
Hot Air
‘TWC News All Night’
Spectrum News Austin (This and similar segments aired 35 times on affiliate stations across Texas.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Texas Public Radio
http://dateline.rice/march-3-tpr (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)
Schools stressing flu rules for coronavirus
The Baytown Sun (Subscription is required.)

10+ can’t-miss Houston business and innovation events for March
A roundup mentions that the H. Albert Napier Rice Launch Challenge Startup Competition will be held March 25 at Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The Rice Business Plan Competition will be held March 26-28 at Rice and the Hilton Americas hotel.

Save the dates: Spring design calendar filled with home tours
An events roundup mentions the April 25-26 Rice Design Alliance 2020 Architecture Tour. This year’s theme is “Upwards.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 3 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)

University of Houston makes national news for free tuition program
An article mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
CultureMap Houston

Work continues on online disaster recovery tool
An article mentions that Rice experts are part of the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning project, housed at Colorado State University, which aims to help communities better prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
Texas A&M University Engineering News

Copperas Cove senior receives National Merit Scholarship
An article featuring National Merit Scholar Isabella Childers mentions she plans to attend Rice.
KXXV Online (This segment also aired twice on KXXV-TV in Waco.)


Rice University director talks Super Tuesday
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed.
CW 39 Online (This segment also aired on KIAH-TV in Houston.)
‘Morning Dose’
CW 39

As Texas becomes more diverse, GOP invests in voter registration for first time in years
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Texas Public Radio (This segment aired twice on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

LIST: 41 Houston-area summer camps you can send your kids to
A roundup mentions that Rice Owls Sports Camps and Summer Youth Activity Program will be held at Rice this summer.

KMOX-AM (St. Louis)
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
WXDE-FM (Salisbury, Maryland)


‘Smart water’ may help maximize reservoir production
An article features Rice research that determined high-salinity brine inhibits water droplets from emulsifying in crude oil, unlike low-salinity samples. Sibani Lisa Biswal, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted. Additional Rice collaborators mentioned include Francisco Vargas, the Louis Own Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; George Hirasaki, the A.J. Hartsook Professor Emeritus and a research professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; alumni Jin Song, Sara Rezaee and Brianna Hernandez; and research scientists Wenhua Guo and Maura Puerto.
World Oil (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Election security experts cautiously optimistic about new voting machines in Los Angeles
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
IEEE Spectrum

Cashing in on justice
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Roll Call

Interview with Lisa Basgall
A Q&A features Lisa Basgall, director of Rice EMS and adjunct lecturer in the kinesiology department.
The Journal of Collegiate Emergency Medical Services (This article also appeared on the cover of the February 2020 print edition, and it appeared in the journal’s digital issues.)

Global energy conference shelved amid coronavirus fears
An article quotes Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, Center for the United States and Mexico and Latin America Initiative and a lecturer in energy economics.
Law360 (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in OE Digital, Asian Oil & Gas Magazine and Pipeline & Gas Journal, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Technique to synthesize aziridines developed by researchers
An article features Rice research into the development of an inexpensive organic synthesis technique to make valuable pharmaceutical precursors. László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry, is quoted.
European Pharmaceutical Review

Advances in deep learning assist with weather prediction
Rice engineers have created a deep learning computer system that taught itself to accurately predict extreme weather events, like heat waves, up to five days in advance using minimal information about current weather conditions.
Digital Journal

Diverse suburbs have reliably red Texas losing its GOP hue
An article mentions that Sri Preston Kulkarni, son of the late Venkatesh Kulkarni, a novelist who taught in Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is running for Congress.


Music review: Music masters meet at Middlebury College
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
The Barre Montpelier Times Argus

UK alum Blake Denson winner at Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions
Graduate student Blake Denson is featured and pictured.
University of Kentucky News

Meet the cast of new Miami-set reality show ‘Family Karma’
An article features alumnus Shaan Patel.
South Florida Sun Sentinel

Board of trustees approves ‘Framework for the Future’
Rice’s residential college system is mentioned.
Brandeis University’s The Justice

Sons of Serendip up next
Alumnus Mason Morton is featured.

‘Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart’ cast: Meet the spinoff contestants

Former Rice football player Gabe Baker is featured.


Southern Miss looks to sweep Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play the University of Southern Mississippi March 4. Owls Robert Martin, Ako Adams and Josh Parrish are mentioned.
The Associated Press

Joe Karlgaard | Director of Athletics | Rice University
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is featured.
Athletic Director U

Conference USA women’s basketball championship history
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team won the Conference USA tournament in 2019, earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, and that Owl Nancy Mulkey was named MVP.
Fox News (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The Houston Cougars reclaim their place atop of the American Athletic Conference
A sports roundup features Rice’s men’s basketball team.

Roadrunners travel to Norfolk to face Old Dominion
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by Old Dominion University earlier this season.
UTSA Athletics News

Elite punters rank objects by how far they could punt them
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is mentioned.
Banner Society

UTEP women’s basketball defeats Southern Miss 80-72 on ‘Senior Day.’
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team will play the University of Texas at El Paso March 5.
The Prospector

Hogs fall to Baylor, fail to win a game at Shriners Classic
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas in the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.

Texas embracing challenge, opportunity at Minute Maid Park event
Former assistant baseball coach David Pierce is featured. Former head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.

How well do the new-and-improved Angels stack up against the Astros?
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
SB Nation

Seniors lead Abilene Christian women past Central Arkansas in Southland basketball play

An article mentions former Rice basketball player Lexie Ducat.
Abilene Reporter-News

30 NCAA transfer portal moves that affected area schools in 2019, including 8 quarterbacks
An article features former Rice football players Zach Abercrumbia and Israel Antwine.
The Dallas Morning News

South Alabama basketball has plenty on line in regular-season finale vs. Texas State
Former Rice basketball player Chad Lott is mentioned.

Texas State notebook: Lots on the line in season finale

An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by Texas State University 9-2 Feb. 26 in San Marcos. 

Austin American-Statesman

Baylor vs. Texas Tech score, takeaways: Bears outlast Red Raiders for a thrilling overtime victory
Rice’s men’s basketball team is mentioned.
CBS Sports

Klein named Big 12 player of the week
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play Texas Tech University March 6-8.
Fox 34 Online

Aggie golf posts 8-under-par round, stays at 8th in team standings at Cabo Collegiate
An article mentions that Rice’s golf team is competing in the Cabo Collegiate tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico.
KBTX Online

Four-star quarterback Kaidon Salter visiting Arkansas today, starts busy recruiting week for Hogs
Rice is mentioned.
Fox 16 Online

‘Good Morning Acadiana’
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team will play the University of Louisiana at Lafayette March 3.
KATC-TV (Lafayette, Louisiana)
http://dateline.rice/march-3-katc (This segment aired 5 times.)

Tristen Newton leads recent improvement from ECU guards
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team defeated East Carolina University Nov. 24, 2019, at the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.
The East Carolinian

Kansas tennis wins second straight on the road
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s tennis team will compete against the University of Kansas March 7.
The University Daily Kansan

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin on QB strategy, other personnel subject areas as Wildcats open spring observe
Former Rice head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned. (This article also appeared in The Exponent.)

La scelta a stelle e strisce di Federica Trevisan: ‘In America posso affiancare tennis e studi’
An article featuring Federica Trevisan mentions that she plans to play tennis at Rice.
Il Tennis Italiano (An English translation is not available.)


Stem cell therapies’ promise, perils in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute
A panel of experts will gather at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 6 to discuss the stem cell therapy landscape. The experts will highlight the treatments available today, describe why even negative clinical data can lead to new interventions and evaluate recent incidents of unregulated stem cell use harming patients.

Vaping bans are ineffective, say Baker Institute experts
Vaping products have contributed to a decline in cigarette smoking but have increased the number of middle and high school students who are addicted to nicotine — a problem that can only be effectively addressed through regulation of advertising — according to drug policy experts Katharine Neill Harris and William Martin at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.