Dateline Rice for March 30, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


Rice University designs low-cost ventilator
A team of Rice engineering experts and students collaborated with health design firm Metric Technologies to develop a prototype of a bag-valve mask ventilator that can be built for less than $300. Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, is featured in a Fox News interview, and he is quoted in numerous other media outlets. Other Rice community members quoted or mentioned in the following articles include Amy Kavalewitz, executive director of the OEDK; Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; Danny Blacker, OEDK engineering design supervisor; and Martel College senior Thomas Herring.
Fox News
Trump’s ventilator demands will test automaker supply chains
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Can the OxVent ventilator help slow the coronavirus death rate?
CBS News

The Health 202: Joe Biden is likely to draw on Obama health experts if he wins the White House
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Team builds ventilators from $300 worth of parts 
Futurity (This article was featured in the March 30 Futurity Today newsletter.)
Ventilator that ‘is as simple as it gets’ can turn manual face masks into automatic life-saving pieces of equipment for coronavirus patients with $300 DIY kit
Daily Mail
Will EEs be the heroes of the global ventilator shortage?
All About Circuits
Rice University team develops a low-cost ventilator for coronavirus pandemic — it only costs $300
The Blaze (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Rice University team develops desperately needed low-cost ventilator
KHOU Online (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston. This article also appeared in MSN Canada.)
Rice University develops low-cost ventilators to help fight coronavirus
Click2Houston (This segment also aired six times on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
Rice University creates a low-tech device to help COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress
Rice University, Metric Technologies’ ventilation unit (video)
Today’s Medical Developments
Ventilator costing less than $300 developed by Rice University and Metric Technologies 
The big list: Make these projects to fight COVID-19 right now
Make Magazine
A San Antonio effort to avoid a ventilator shortage has grass roots
Texas Public Radio

Rice University team develops game-changing device to fight coronavirus

CultureMap Houston
Rice University students and staff team up with Canadian company to make low-cost ventilators
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-30-ktrk (This segment aired four times.)
‘Fox 26 Morning News Weekends’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/march-30-kriv (This segment aired three times.)
Talk 1300 (Albany, New York)

College seniors hurried to squeeze in last school memories
An article features a March 13 procession of graduating Rice seniors through the Sallyport after plans were announced by the university to complete the spring semester online. While Rice’s May commencement ceremony is still expected to take place at some point, many students may not be able to return to campus. The article mentions President David Leebron, who also attended the impromptu ceremony, and that Rice’s Marching Owl Band provided music for the event. Additional articles mention that Rice has given students the option to choose “pass or fail” as a grading system. The Houston Chronicle quotes Leebron and Martel College senior Gabrielle Falcon. Fox 26 Online mentions that Rice is offering prorated refunds on room and board.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared online in more than 325 other media outlets, and it appeared in the March 30 print editions of the Citizens’ Voice, Hazleton Standard-Speaker and Bradenton Herald.)
Texas colleges change to pass-fail grading during pandemic
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the March 29 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
HPM local newscast for 12 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 4 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
College students and families still have to pay rent despite schools closing
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired four times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

‘Life may change for us all’: How we respond to the coronavirus crisis will be defining, historians say
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)

‘Come as you are in the family car.’ Drive-in church services are taking off during the coronavirus pandemic
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, is quoted.

Get a better night’s sleep and don’t let coronavirus concerns run down your immune system
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.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in Knowridge.)

Coronavirus: Loneliness of isolation may suppress the immune system, experts fear

Yahoo! News (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

If a coronavirus recession mirrors 2008 conditions, Houston could lose $100 million in tax revenue
An article quotes Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology.
Community Impact Newspaper

Government loan programs can help business survive pandemic downturn
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Longview News-Journal

Lessons learned from 6 higher education emergency managers
Jerusha Kasch, director of institutional crisis management, is featured.
Campus Safety

COVID-19: 76 economists say government can do more to protect the economy
Ilan Strauss, lecturer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, signed an open letter to South Africa’s president.
Ground Up (This article also appeared in Fin24.)

An American approach to the coronavirus crisis: Find innovative ways to contribute
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
USA Today (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Not a hoax: Bill Gates wants to implant microchips in you to fight the coronavirus

An article mentions a Rice professor’s research into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history.
Valuewalk (This article also appeared in the Frank Report.)

Coronavirus was first thought of as a traveler’s disease in India. Now that the streets are empty, it’s a reality [Gray Matters]
Alumnus Curt Gambetta authored an article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

OPINION: Long-term solution to coronavirus by Amaso Jack
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Legit Nigeria
THE EDGE: Americans can do the impossible, history shows


Arkansas’ health secretary called right man for the time
Alumnus Nathaniel Smith is featured.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in the March 29 print edition.)


Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm
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.
The Associated Press (This article appeared online in more than 75 other media outlets, and it appeared on the front page of the March 29 print edition of the Houston Chronicle. This article also appeared in the March 30 print editions of the Waikato Times, Irish Examiner, Dominion Post, Arab Times, The Province and the Southland Times.) 
Venezuela hails continued Russian support despite Rosneft exit
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Rosneft traspasa activos en Venezuela a firma estatal rusa
The Associated Press (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Accused Mexican money launderer loses bid for refugee status in Canada
Stephen Morris, nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Vancouver Sun (This article also appeared in the March 28 print edition.)

Study reveals analyzing patients shortly after stroke can help link brain regions to speech functions

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.
Yahoo! News India (This article also appeared in ANI and Devdiscourse.)

Alison Cook: Hopeful moments venturing out of the house for food
Alumna Alison Cook authored an article.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle “Preview” article appeared on the cover of the Zest section of the Chronicle’s March 29 print edition. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Double-walled nanotubes have electro-optical advantages
An article mentions that Rice experts have calculated the effects of curvature of semiconducting double-wall carbon nanotubes. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is cited.

Retirement industry people moves
Alumna Emily Meyer is featured.
Plansponsor (This article also appeared in Planadviser.)

Camera traps in trees reveal a richness of species in Rwandan park

An article mentions that Rice collaborated on on a project in Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda that captured more than 27,000 photos of wildlife over a 30-day period.
Mongabay (This article also appeared in Enviro Link.)

Accurate 3D maps of 2D materials pinpoint coordinates of single atoms
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on research to map 2D materials.
Infosurhoy (This article also appeared in TechDeeps.)

4 facts about hunger in Bulgaria
An article mentions that a group of students from Rice traveled to Bulgaria in 2015 to help the Bulgarian Food Bank with its biannual food drive.
The Borgen Project


Olin College chooses new president
Alumna Gilda Barabino, the first African American woman admitted to the graduate program in chemical engineering in 1981, is featured.
Wicked Local Needham


’13 Eyewitness News at 5:30 p.m.’
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed about how he’s getting his players physically and mentally ready for the start of the 2020 season.
KTRK-TV (Houston)

Cooper graduate Lexi Held led DePaul women’s basketball to Big East title

An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team finished 21-8 overall and 16-2 in Conference USA this year. Owl Lauren Schwartz is highlighted and pictured.

New York Yankee legends: Andy Pettitte, in the postseason the best ever!
An article mentions Josh Pettitte played baseball at Rice.
Empire Sports Media

Texas football: Texas O-line will be younger, but talented, in 2020
Rice football is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Country

‘CBS 19 News at 10’
A television broadcast featuring Khalan Griffin mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.
KYTX-TV (Tyler, Texas)

Rice’s Trey Murphy III and Josh Parrish enter NCAA transfer portal
Rice basketball players Trey Murphy III and Josh Parrish plan to transfer.
Houston Roundball Review
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

PIAA basketball: Mahanoy area’s Mike Rhoades carries town, family banners to success at VCU
Former Rice head basketball coach Mike Rhoades is featured.
The Morning Call (This article also appeared in the March 30 print edition.)

Yankton’s Gross enjoying hoops life in ‘paradise’
Former assistant basketball coach Marty Gross is featured.
Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan

Former Park All-WNY star Noah Hutchins commits to Rice
An article mentions that Noah Hutchins plans to play basketball at Rice.

The Buffalo News (This article also appeared in the March 30 print edition.)

Historic win! Seminoles advance to Final Four* for first time in 48 years
A fictitious article mentions former Rice basketball player Malik Osborne.


Double-walled nanotubes have electro-optical advantages
The Rice lab of materials theorist Boris Yakobson has now calculated the impact of curvature of semiconducting double-wall carbon nanotubes on their flexoelectric voltage, a measure of electrical imbalance between the nanotube’s inner and outer walls.

Global health expert available to discuss COVID-19 threat to hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa
Rice bioengineer and global health pioneer Rebecca Richards-Kortum is available to discuss how hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa are preparing to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Stefan De La Garza

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