Dateline Rice for March 16, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


Numerous articles report measures taken to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Rice will be transitioning to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, and Conference USA has suspended all sports competitions. Several Rice experts are quoted in articles about how the virus has affected different aspects of our lives.

As coronavirus drives students from campuses, what happens to the workers who feed them?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
How area college sports are handling coronavirus
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 14 print edition.)
UT confirms its first case of COVID-19 — the president’s wife
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 14 print edition.)
Lake Houston area schools, colleges, chamber cancel events to prevent spread of coronavirus
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Local | State roundup
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Extra: Week In Review.”) 
Coronavirus: A Texas Medical Center continuing update
TMC News (This article was featured in the March 16 edition of the TMC Today newsletter.)
Here’s how many coronavirus cases there are in Texas — and everything else you need to know

Gov. Abbott declares state of emergency as coronavirus spreads to Austin and Dallas
The Texan

A list of postponed Houston events, performances, schools and more
Houston on the Cheap
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Virus-related school closures put parents in a bind
KPRC Online

Coronavirus crisis opens new paths toward clean energy
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an op-ed about how the spread of the novel coronavirus may affect the renewable energy sector. Cohan’s December 2019 op-ed in The Hill is cited in the Houston Chronicle.
The Hill  (This article also appeared in Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition.)
Can Republicans use energy politics to sink a pro-fracking, anti-Green New Deal Houston Democrat in 2020?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Recounting a devastating week in North America’s biggest oil play
Kenneth Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Coronavirus is exposing the faulty foundations of the Texas fracking industry
Texas Observer

Crude oil analysis: FOMC, OPEC price war, coronavirus in focus
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Daily FX
Can Saudi Arabia really afford to wage an oil price war?

Joined palms, hands on hearts, Vulcan salutes: Saying hello in a no-handshake era
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the World News.)

Feeling the pinch: Texans wait and worry as cases mount, cancellations increase
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Longview News-Journal (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Venezuela can’t withstand one-two punch of coronavirus, oil-price collapse | Opinion
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.
Miami Herald (This article appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Texarkana Gazette and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Fighting coronavirus, Houston is the largest US city without paid sick leave law
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Rice’s Matt Bragga: ‘Our lives, professionally, have changed’
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is quoted and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the Connecticut Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

A season cut short for Rice women’s basketball
Conference USA’s announcement suspending all sports competitions came as Rice’s women’s basketball team, which was the top-seeded team in the league tournament, was set to play in the quarterfinals March 12. Head coach Tina Langley is quoted and pictured, and Owls Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey are mentioned. The team is mentioned in the last three articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Engel: NCAA owes North Texas, Baylor and the rest of us a March Madness bracket
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.)

Spagnola: When our world comes to a standstill
Dallas Cowboys
Marshall AD Hamrick speaks on C-USA’s decision to cancel spring sports
The Logan Banner

Best of the week’s Chronicle staff photos
Lovett College seniors Alessi Armengol and Julia Greenberg and Lovett College associate faculty fellow Katie Fagundes are pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Extra: Week In Review.” This image also appears in slideshows from the Chronicle in more than 30 articles.)


Physicists chip away at a mystery: Why does glass exist?
An article quotes Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Wired (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Your guide to the extended mythology of Jay Electronica, rap’s great mystery
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
New York Magazine
The moonshot formula: Rediscovering innovation in the US Air Force
Real Clear Defense

El desplome de petróleo amenaza el plan de salvamento de Pemex
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El Periodico de Mexico (An English translation is not available.)


Texas A&M honors Hagler fellows at annual gala
An article featuring Ned Thomas, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering, professor of materials science and nanoengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering and chemistry, mentions that he has been inducted to Texas A&M University’s Hagler Institute for Advanced Study as one of nine Hagler Fellows for 2019-20.
The Eagle

Marfa Invitational 2020 exhibitors announced
Alumna Suzanne Deal Booth ’77, whose gift made it possible for Rice to commission James Turrell to design the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on campus, is mentioned

Austin doctor becoming city’s face of coronavirus response
Alumnus Mark Escott is featured and pictured.
Austin American-Statesman


Educationalize and fail
An article mentions the 1967 Rice Design Fete, a 12-day workshop or “charrette” organized by Rice’s School of Architecture. William Cannady, professor emeritus of architecture, and Paul Kennon, retired professor of architecture at Rice, are mentioned.
e-Flux Architecture

Graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets can help fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria
An article features Rice research developing nanosheets that absorb and degrade antibiotic-resistant genes, which will prevent them from persisting in sewage system wastewater, where they can invade and infect other bacteria. Co-authors Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and graduate student Danning Zhang are quoted.

Exclusive: How far are we from lab-grown organs? This Y Combinator startup is printing a road map
An article features the research of Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Bagrat Grigoryan, who led a team that developed a tangled, 3D-printed network of vessels that mimic a human lung. 

Fierce Biotech

Scientists developed ‘molecular drills’ to treat skin diseases
An article features Rice research into light-activated molecular motors that effectively killed cells in whole eukaryotic organisms. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.

Deep learning ‘capsule neural network’ uses analog tech to predict extreme weather
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. Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
The New Stack

The long read: Stored potential
An article mentions Rice research into increasing lithium-ion battery efficiency.
PV Magazine India

Reflections on our favorite teachers
Alumna Jenny Vo authored a response to a “question of the week.”
Education Week


AmeriCorps helps keep best, attract new mountaineers
Alumna Emma Satterfield is quoted.
The Herald-Dispatch


Texans agree to terms with corner Phillip Gaines
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 15 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle and 10 other media outlets.)

A Fey family affair: Dr. JoAnn Fey paves the path for daughters’ track and field success
An article featuring Morgan Fey, the 2019 San Antonio Express-News Girls Field Athlete of the Year, mentions that she has signed to join Rice’s track and field team.
KSAT Online (This segment also aired on KSAT-TV in San Antonio.)

Tech sports face changes with COVID-19 concerns
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was swept in a three-game series against Texas Tech University March 6-8.
Daily Toreador
Recapping a short Texas Tech baseball season … what could have been?
SB Nation

Eagles draft target — Jeff Gladney
Rice is mentioned.
The Painted Lines

Collins: Tournament cancellations ‘unlike anything else I’ve ever been through’
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team defeated Western Kentucky University in the 2019 Conference USA tournament.
Bowling Green Daily News

‘KTEN News at 4:30 a.m.’
A television broadcast featuring Plae Wyatt mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.
KTEN-TV (Sherman, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/march-16-kten (This segment aired three times.)

Brock Holt now with Milwaukee Brewers

Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is featured.
Stephensville Empire-Tribune


Texas football: 3 NCAA transfer portal OG Longhorns targets
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is featured.

Where are they now: Texas A&M decommits from the class of 2018
Rice is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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