Dateline Rice for March 25, 2020


Here are the US cities facing the deepest coronavirus hit
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
CBS News
http://dateline.rice/march-25-finleyNo immunity from political attacks as coronavirus sweeps the country
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 24 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
‘Wartime president’? Trump rewrites history in an election year
MSN Finland (This New York Times article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

How Increased US shale oil production led to the breakdown in Russia-Saudi relations
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed in World Politics Review, and he is quoted in E&E News.
World Politics Reviews
Brouillette: Trump admin discussing US-Saudi oil alliance

E&E News
Coronavirus: US sees spurt in gun sales — but real worry is domestic violence

An article about the spike in gun sales in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic quotes Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
The Straits Times (This article also appeared in the March 24 print edition.)

Bioengineers call for scale-up of COVID-19 testing to academic labs
An article calling for emergency testing for COVID-19 to be done in academic laboratories like those at Rice features Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of Rice 360º, and graduate students Kathryn Kundrod and Mary Natoli.
R&D World

Now 10 years old, the Affordable Care Act made us healthier, but less prepared for a pandemic
An article quotes Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences.

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
A television broadcast features William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Drug Policy Program, discussing how churches are now streaming their services online.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

How Marie Kondo declutters during a pandemic

The Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets, and it appeared in the March 25 print edition of the Bangkok Post.)

Texas unemployment rate headed toward double digits, comptroller warns
Larry Stuart, lecturer of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Stress and poor sleep may boost your COVID-19 risk
Stress, loneliness and lack of sleep can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to COVID-19, according to Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences.
Estrés y soledad pueden aumentar el riesgo de contraer infecciones como el COVID-19
El Confidencial (An English translation is not available.)

These slow golden days: Houston father on bittersweet time with children during quarantine [Essay]
Jacob Hermann, the assistant director of the Center for Academic and Professional Communications at Rice, is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 25 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

What’s ‘plan C’ for COVID-19?
The 2019 capstone research project by alumna Natalie Dickman is featured. Dickman and her “Take a Breather” team designed a hands-free attachment to automate a bag valve mask.
Make Magazine

Coronavirus: There’s nothing funny about racism, Chinese American stand-up Joe Wong says
Alumnus Joe Wong is featured.
South China Morning Post (This article also appeared in the HueWire.)

Egresso do IFPI elabora site para monitorar COVID-19 no Brasil
Farès el-Dahdah, professor and director of the Humanities Research Center at Rice, is quoted. (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Cidades na Net.)


New nano strategy fights superbugs
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.
National Science Foundation


Five-minute tours: Herb Mears at Foltz Fine Art, Houston
An article mentions that the late artist Herb Mears was an adjunct instructor at Rice.


Obama’s 2008 election improved mental health of black men, research shows
Former President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 improved the mental health of black men, according to new research from Rice. Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Medical Xpress
http://dateline.rice/march-25-brownHow personalization and machine learning can improve cancer outreach ROI
An article features collaborative Rice research into the efficacy of marketing interventions, or direct-to-patient outreach, to increase screening completion among at-risk cancer patients. Alumnus Amit Singal and Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, are quoted.
Medical Xpress

Analyzing patients shortly after stroke can help link brain regions to speech functions: Study
An article features Rice research that suggests analyzing the brains of people just days after a stroke may help researchers link various speech functions to different parts of the brain. Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
The Health Site

See the 20 best engineering graduate programs
An article mentions that Rice’s Brown School of Engineering is No. 33 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools list.
Yahoo! Finance

AI’s impact on rack power
Alumnus Marc Cram authored an article.
Electronic Products

Laser-based system could help self-driving cars detect hazards


In the future your clothing may be a health monitor
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a new material that can be woven into fabric but imbued with sensing capabilities that can serve as an early warning system for injury or illness. Co-authors Andrew Barron, professor emeritus of chemistry, and alumna Kourtney Wright are mentioned.
FrogHeart Blog
http://dateline.rice/march-25-barronSDSC’s Comet supercomputer helps benchmark cancer immunotherapy tool
An article features collaborative Rice research that aims to improve immunotherapy outcomes by identifying more effective personalized treatments. Postdoctoral researcher Didier Devaurs is quoted.
UC San Diego News Center

‘Inaction is also a choice, and inaction has impacts’ with Dyan Gibbens and Tyler Gallagher
An article mentions that the 2015 Trumbull Unmanned Drone Camp was held at Rice.
Thrive Global

Schlissel wants prof fired over sex misconduct allegations
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
The Detroit News (This article appeared in the March 24 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

It is time for a Cannabis Opportunity Agenda
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on banks’ expenses following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Ladies Want More (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Texas football rewind: Undefeated 1918 season in midst of influenza
An article mentions that the 1915 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin was played at Holloway Field.
http://dateline.rice/march-25-fsBuckeyes still chase Hudson Wolfe, new 2021 names to know
Rice is mentioned.
Lettermen Row

Big 12 Offseason Tracker: Oklahoma hires Conner McQueen as offensive analyst
Former Rice assistant football coach Brian Stewart is mentioned.
SB Nation


Leaders who show their humanity are viewed more favorably, says Rice U. expert
During a crisis, outsiders view a leader who voices both anger and sadness, or even sadness alone, as more effective than a leader who shows only anger, according to newly released research conducted Brent Smith, the senior associate dean for executive education at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business.

About Stefan De La Garza

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