Dateline Rice for March 18, 2020


When will coronavirus end? What wartime and human kindness can tell us about what happens next
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in 100 other media outlets.)

To save lives, let campus labs test for coronavirus now [Opinion]
An op-ed about allowing emergency testing for COVID-19 in academic laboratories like those at Rice was authored by Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º, and graduate students Kathryn Kundrod and Mary Natoli.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the March 18 print edition.)

Can the power of prayer alone stop a pandemic like the coronavirus? Even the Prophet Muhammad thought otherwise | Opinion
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, authored an op-ed. This op-ed is cited in Morocco World News.

COVID-19: American scholar shares Prophet Muhammad’s word on quarantine

Morocco World News (This article also appeared in News Africa Now, The World News and Headtopics.)

MBA class of 2020 faces tough summer or worse as recession looms
Philip Heavilin, executive director of career development at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Is Mexico prepared to confront coronavirus?
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Americas Quarterly

Petrobras presses divestments forward after oil price plunge
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.
Economic fallout from virus felt in gas lines in Venezuela


We are (still) connected: We are not as isolated as we think when we self-distance for coronavirus [Gray Matters]
Lovett College seniors Alessi Armengol and Julia Greenberg and Lovett College associate faculty fellow Katie Fagundes are pictured and quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

COMMUNITY: Lake Houston region adjusts to virus threat
Articles mention that Rice will transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 18 print editions of the Chronicle’s Lake Houston Observer, Kingwood Observer, Atascocita Observer and Humble Observer.)
What’s the ‘coronavirus effect’ look like for real estate?
Houston Agent Magazine
First-gen college students face extra challenges amid outbreak’s disruption
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

How to #keepteaching and #keeplearning during a pandemic
An article mentions the “Inclusion, Equity, and Access While Teaching Remotely” webpage posted by Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
UC Santa Cruz News


COLUMN: The pandemic of the sports world: We are all in this together
An article mentions that Conference USA has canceled all spring sports competitions. Rice’s women’s basketball team, which was the top-seeded team in the league tournament, was set to play Marshall University in the quarterfinals March 12.
The Parthenon

6 services offering free online classes for kids during school shutdowns
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
Simple Most (This article also appeared in ETC Journal.)
Meeting students basic needs during COVID-19 pandemic
U.S. Pirg

Test yourself on Houston history with this quiz
A slideshow caption mentions William Marsh Rice and pictures Fondren Library.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

People are trying to make DIY ventilators to meet coronavirus demand
An article mentions that a do-it-yourself version of a device known by its brand name, Ambu bag, was based in part on Rice research.
Vice Canada (This article also appeared in Vice Australia and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


The face of Houston’s diverse dining scene is a white guy from Nebraska
An article cites 2018 Houston demographic research from Rice.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 18 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 


RUSMP represents Houston and Rice U.
An article authored by Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation at the Rice University School Mathematics Project, mentions that he was accompanied by Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Stacy Jaster and Ralph Polley to represent Rice at the 2020 Western Regional Noyce Conference in Portland, Oregon Feb. 21-23.
Village News (This article also appeared in the March 17 print edition.)
Researchers seek to address space debris, a dire threat to satellites, space travel

An article mentions that OwlSat is one of 18 research satellites NASA selected to launch and is expected to lift off in January 2022. It will be the first satellite built and launched by Rice students. Graduate student Hoik Jang is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

These are the best MBA programs in Texas, the nation
An article mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is No. 25 in the nation according to the 2021 Best Graduate Schools list by U.S. News & World Report.
Houston Business Journal
Graduate programs ranked among best in country by US News & World Report
University of Texas at Dallas News

4 fun facts about Houston I bet you didn’t know
Rice is featured.


Nano strategy fights superbugs for wastewater plants
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.
Control Engineering

Improve student success and increase teacher time with autograding
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.

Noble Corp. CFO steps down. Replacement named.
Alumnus Richard Barker is featured.
Crude Oil Brokers (This article also appeared in Rigzone.)

Notre Dame names provost
Marie Lynn Miranda, former professor of statistics, is featured.
Inside Indiana Business

Real Estate Times reschedules annual awards event date to June 18 due to coronavirus
Alumna Meredith Elbaum is featured.
Boston Real Estate Times

Women in energy: Kate Day, Bracewell
Alumna Kate Day is featured in a video and article.
Hart Energy


Aluminum oxide coating can protect the positive electrode of lithium-ion battery
An article features collaborative Rice research into lithium-ion batteries developed with silicon anodes. Postdoctoral fellow Anulekha Haridas is quoted.

Single-crystal properties of hexagonal boron nitride single-layer films, progress in hexagonal boron nitride structure research
An article features collaborative Rice research into growing atom-thick sheets of hexagonal boron nitride as two-inch-diameter crystals across a wafer. Co-author Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is cited.


JP Abercrumbie | Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Development | Rice University
A podcast features J.P. Abercrumbie, assistant athletics director for student-athlete development at Rice.
Athletic Director U.

Texans to meet with former Denison star Jordan Taylor
Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is featured.
News 12 Online (This segment also aired on KXII in Sherman, Texas.)

Around Texas: A roundup of recruiting news in the Lone Star State
An article features Rice’s recruiting efforts.

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

Texas A&M’s Dave South officially retires
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by Texas A&M University March 10.
The Eagle

Sheehy still in shock over canceled senior season
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s tennis team was defeated by Abilene Christian University Feb. 16.
Big Country Homepage

Could Jadeveon Clowney waiting to decide in free agency help the Seahawks keep him?
Former Rice football player Luke Willson is mentioned.
Tri-City Herald (This article also appeared in the March 18 print editions of the News Tribune and Merced Sun-Star.)


Blacks’ views on racism affect likelihood of self-employment
Working blacks who believe racism has a major impact on their lives are more likely to seek self-employment than those who feel less strongly about its effects, according to new research from Rice researchers Asia Bento, a sociology graduate student, and Tony Brown, a professor of sociology.

About Stefan De La Garza

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