Dateline Rice for April 1, 2020


Column: Life after coronavirus will never be the same? Let’s just see about that
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the April 1 print edition.)

Abbott extends school closures through May 4
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. 

MSN (This article originally appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times.)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allows only ‘essential services’ statewide, closes schools until May 4
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared on the front page of the April 1 print edition.)
Abbott issues statewide stay-at-home order, allows religious services
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
KLBJ-AM (Austin, Texas)
On coronavirus response, is Abbott leading from behind?
Austin American-Statesman on PlayerFM

8 things you can do if you feel helpless during the coronavirus pandemic
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in MSN Canada.)
A Texas companies price for N95 masks is questioning the Texas price gouging law
MSN Money (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets since appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Striking maps highlight how location data could be used to trace coronavirus
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

Marie Kondo is back to ‘spark joy’ in your work
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.”
Financial Times

Census undercount in Texas could damage critical health services
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, is interviewed.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
Texas Standard for March 31, 2020
Texas Standard

Texas companies are repurposing to help fight COVID-19. Here’s how.
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Public Media

Rice University team develops game-changing device to fight coronavirus
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. Quoted are Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health.
ABC 13 Online

Texas university develops inexpensive ventilators to help fight coronavirus pandemic

Yahoo! India
COVID-19 bulletin April 1, 2020
D Magazine
COVID curve spikes as Spain sees deadliest day
The Tribune
We really hope this works.
Thrive Global
Design takes action: Innovations for the COVID-19 Crisis

As pollution abates and skies clear, coronavirus shutdown gives glimpse of life with less fossil fuel
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Can stress, loneliness and sleep deprivation make you more prone to COVID-19?
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.

Loneliness and stress can make you more prone to COVID-19, if exposed. Here’s how to combat those feelings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 1 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and a similar article appeared in the April 1 print edition of The Detroit News. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Group video call: The new co-working space

Live Mint

Expert advice for mayors and governors to help their towns, cities, and states weather the coronavirus pandemic
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider India and Pulse.)

Pro tip: Get a better night’s sleep and don’t let coronavirus concerns run down your immune system
Herald & Review

COVID-19 could cost Houston 44,000 jobs by the end of the year, says local economist
An article quotes John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance.

Pemex crude export volumes, revenue fall in February, but worst still to come
Lourdes Melgar, nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

Oil firms were confronting climate risks. Then the virus hit
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
E&E News

Combating student anxiety in safe space of rec and wellness centers
An article about campus-based recreation and wellness centers highlights Rice’s Gibbs Wellness Center, which  has numerous relaxation-oriented amenities and programs for students. Elizabeth Slator, associate director of programs at Gibbs, is quoted.
Private University Products and News (This article also appeared in the print and digital editions of the March issue.)

Governor Abbott issues executive order extending social distancing guidelines to the end of April

An article mentions that a team of Rice researchers has created an interactive map of all coronavirus cases in Texas.
The Texan

Coronavirus has placed new focus on digitization and supply chain, says Houston blockchain startup leader
An article and podcast features alumna Kim Raath, co-founder and CEO of Topl, a blockchain technology company that is aiming to track the impact of the coronavirus across numerous industries. Additional co-founders and alumni James Aman and Chris Georgen are mentioned.

Solomon: NCAA not as generous as it likes to appear
Former Rice football player Joseph Agnew is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 1 print edition.)


Why do physicists keep finding new states of matter?
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Gizmodo (This article also appeared in Gizmodo Australia.)

Musk reads: Starship’s first flight may have a launch date
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.


Weslayan Plaza could’ve been the world’s first mall
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Houstonia (This article also appeared in the April print edition.)

EDITORIAL: Toasts and roasts: 3 feel-good stories offer welcome break from dreary coronavirus-related news
Rice is mentioned.
The Lufkin Daily News (A subscription is required.)


‘Chasing the Moon: American Experience”
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.
TV 8 (Houston)


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.
Control Engineering (This article also appeared in Plant Engineering.)

Jennings brings global perspective to CPChem Pasadena
Alumnus Chad Jennings is profiled.
Business & Industry Connection Magazine


Former Libertyville star Peterson is leaving Rice
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Drew Peterson plans to transfer. Peterson is the first player in Rice history to record 300 points, 200 rebounds and 100 assists in a season. Head coach Scott Pera is mentioned.
Daily Herald

Texas interested in two more transfer guards
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III plans to transfer.
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire
Arizona reaches out to Rice transfer

Vote Lance Berkman for TCB March Madness
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is featured.
SB Nation


Rice insight gives Large Hadron Collider better eyesight
Rice will receive $3 million for its direct work on the next round of upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider, but Rice physicist Karl Ecklund will oversee roughly half of the $77 million in National Science Foundation funding to U.S. institutions that will help make the particle accelerator.

Republicans more likely to invest in stocks during coronavirus market crash, says Rice U. expert
The downturn in the stock market has rattled most investors but also created unprecedented long-term investment opportunities, according to Vikas Mittal,  the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’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.