Dateline Rice for March 11, 2020


WBB: Player and Coach of Year announced
A pair of articles featuring Rice women’s basketball players mentions that Erica Ogwumike was named as Conference USA Player of the Year, and Nancy Mulkey was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year. Head coach Tina Langley was honored with the C-USA Coaches Circle award.
Conference USA
WBB: Superlative awards announced
Conference USA


Coronavirus prompts colleges to send students home
Numerous articles mention that Rice has canceled in-person classes this week and canceled gatherings of 100 or more people through the end of April, including the Rice Business Plan Competition. These measures are in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for higher education institutions to control the possible spread of the novel coronavirus.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.) 
Colleges and universities cancel classes and move online amid coronavirus fears
New York Times (Subscription is required.) 
US cases of coronavirus surpass 1,000; British health minister is infected
New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN.) 

‘The dorms are cruise ships’: 50+ universities cancel class or go virtual amid coronavirus concerns

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What happens when Harvard closes
All the US colleges and universities that have canceled in-person classes over coronavirus outbreak
Harvard students getting kicked out of dorms over COVID-19 are asking to crash with strangers
Fast Company
Updated: At least 63 colleges have canceled in-person classes (so far) over coronavirus fears
Texas A&M cancels two days of classes to prepare for coronavirus
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
As schools shut doors, NCAA faces ‘enormous pressure’ to make coronavirus changes at sporting events
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Phone bank opens to answer coronavirus questions
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
OU, OSU considering online-only classes to avoid spread of COVID-19
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in the March 11 print edition.)
Here is a list of the architecture and design events that have been canceled or postponed due to the growing coronavirus outbreak
10 things you need to know today: March 11, 2020
The Week
Coronavirus and HBCUs: How black colleges are reacting to COVID-19
Texas athletic director comfortable sending athletes into competition over virus fears
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)
Two more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Collin County
Dallas Observer
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 4 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-11-kprc (This and similar segments aired four times.)
‘Spectrum News Austin’
http://dateline.rice/march-11-spec (This and similar segments aired 20 times.)

Voting by mail, already on the rise, may get a $500 million federal boost from coronavirus fears
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.
Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in UJ City News.) 

Sanctions-hit Venezuela offers big discounts as oil prices collapse: Traders
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.
Reuters (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Why did Saudi Arabia start an oil price war?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
South China Morning Post (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Oil price war good for drivers in short term, but may cause lasting economic damage

Are tiny electric cars the answer to big-city pollution problems?
An article cites research into the impact of electric cars authored by Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
MSN (This article also appeared in and

Business as usual for Trump as coronavirus spreads
An article about crisis leadership quotes Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Hill.)

Tidying guru Marie Kondo’s new book says you can spark joy at work, too
An article features an upcoming book by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, titled “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Seattle Times

Biden y Sanders se miden en Michigan, una contienda clave para la nominacion democrata
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.
Diario el Mercurio (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the March 10 print and digital editions.)


Houston is not prepared for the oil bust
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. The article also mentions the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (now the McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth) at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Texas Monthly

Actor-turned-teacher Tony Danza shares his classroom experience during St. John’s School luncheon
An article mentions that Rice student Daniel Koh is a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Houston, an organization that helps high-achieving, underresourced students through high school and college.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 11 print editions of the Chronicle’s Memorial Examiner, Bellaire Examiner, Sugar Land Sun and Katy Rancher.)
Tony Danza holds class at prestigious River Oaks school luncheon

Video clips add dimension to Pasadena Little Theatre’s ‘Menagerie’
An article mentions that Alric Davis will direct “Macbeth” at Rice’s 50th annual Baker Shakespeare Festival March 27.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 11 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen and Deer Park Examiner.)

TEXAS HISTORY MINUTE: Texas Nobel Prize winner and chemist Dr. Smalley
The late Richard Smalley, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of buckminsterfullerenes, or “buckyballs,” a new form of carbon
Weatherford Democrat


Wednesday’s show: The effect of coronavirus on education and professional wrestling at the Coliseum (March 11, 2020)
A pair of articles feature the Rice Media Center exhibit “Friday Night at the Coliseum,” based on the 1971 book of the same name by Geoff Winningham, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Humanities in visual and dramatic arts.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Houston wrestling in the 70s was a spectacle — both in the ring and the stands
Houston Public Media


UCLA-led study team produces most accurate 3D images of ‘2D materials’
An article features collaborative Rice research into producing detailed three-dimensional maps of the atoms in a single layer of molybdenum disulfide. Co-author Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is mentioned. (This article also appeared in Nanowerk.)

Scientists create model to predict multipathogen epidemics
An article features collaborative Rice research that has shown that interactions between pathogens in individual hosts can predict the severity of multipathogen epidemics. Volker Rudolf, professor of biosciences at Rice, and alumnus Patrick Clay are cited.
National Science Foundation

Grooves in filter membrane paper organize pesky tangled nanotubes
An article features Rice research into a method for making carbon nanotubes line up in thin films on a filter membrane. Co-authors Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Natsumi Komatsu are quoted.

DARPA awards $22 million to create ‘smart’ device for healing large muscle wounds
An article mentions that Rice is a part of a multi-institution initiative that won a $22 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a device that combines artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue.
Newswise (This article also appeared in

Direct laser-writing of graphene on Kevlar makes protective clothing ‘smart’
An article mentions that Rice researchers developed the technique of making patterned sheets of multilayer graphene called laser-induced graphene.

Graphene ‘wonder material’ can now be made using trash

An article and video feature pioneering research from Rice scientists on creating flash graphene from any carbon source.


Meet the cast of Bravo’s new series, ‘Family Karma’
An article features alumnus Shaan Patel.

International Business Times (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Mike Yardley: Sky-high and underground in Houston
An article features James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.

Virginia Babikian: ‘Opera singer-educator’
An article featuring the late Virginia Babikian mentions she was a faculty member at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music from 1982-87.
Everett Independent

Wagoner native appointed to new role with Ascension Medical Group
An article features alumnus C. David Murr.
Wagoner County American-Tribune

Robo Expo encourages youth to get involved in robotics
An article mentions that Manuel Diaz plans to study at Rice.


Rice carries confidence into C-USA tournament
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team will play Florida International University March 11 in the first round of the Conference USA tournament in Frisco, Texas. Owls Drew Peterson and Chris Mullins are quoted, and head coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 11 print edition of the Chronicle and online in the San Francisco Chronicle. Similar articles also appeared in KTSM, SB Nation and the Bowling Green Daily News.)

Recap: Aggies draw doubles in final tune-up game against Rice
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by Texas A&M University 6-2 March 10 at Reckling Park.
Sports Illustrated
A&M baseball makes it five wins in a row by taking down Rice
KAGS (This article also appeared in The Eagle, The Roost and
TexAgs Radio: Tuesday (3/10) full show
D1 Digest: Tuesday, March 10

Baseball: Summer Creek grad Duplantier off to strong start at Texas
Articles mention the Rice’s baseball team’s Feb. 14-16 series against the University of Texas at Austin.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 11 print editions of the Chronicle’s Humble Observer, Atascocita Observer, Kingwood Observer and Lake Houston Observer.)
Wildcats prepare to face Texas for first time
Big Country Homepage

Texans notebook: New deals for Ka’imi Fairbairn, Darren Fells; compensatory picks set
Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 11 print edition of the Chronicle and online in the San Francisco Chronicle. This story also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texans to work out ex-Broncos, Rice WR Jordan Taylor
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.) 

Men’s basketball heads to C-USA Tournament

An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso 77-72 March 7.
The Parthenon

Big 12 doles out honors for four baseball players in week four
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was swept in a three-game series against Texas Tech University March 6-8.

Lady Tops open C-USA Tournament on Thursday
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team is the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, which runs March 11-14.
Bowling Green Daily News


Executive education for all is goal at Rice this spring
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business believes executive education should be available to all levels, not just senior-level executives. That philosophy guides the school’s upcoming executive education courses this spring, which include the Corporate Innovation Certificate, May 11-13, and B2B Marketing Strategy: A Customer-Centric Approach, June 9-10.

Natural bayou better when floods threaten Houston
Researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and the Severe Storm Prediction, Education & Evacuation from Disasters Center have determined that Buffalo Bayou’s largely natural form has proven better at absorbing floodwater and preventing it from spilling over into heavily populated areas than concrete-channeled Brays Bayou.

About Stefan De La Garza

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