Dateline Rice for April 2, 2020


Rice University engineers ‘MacGyver’ an inexpensive ventilator for coronavirus patients
A team of Rice engineering experts and students developed a prototype of a bag valve mask ventilator that can be built for less than $300. Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, and Martel College senior Thomas Herring are quoted. Herring is featured in a broadcast by CTV.
The Wall Street Journal
In photos: Heroes of the coronavirus pandemic
How can the world solve the global ventilator shortage problem? Pt. 3
EE World Online (This article also appeared in Sensor Tips.)
Toronto student part of team building cheap, 3D-printed ventilators
iHeartRadio 610 (This article also appeared in iHeartRadio 1010 and CTV News.)
‘CTV News Toronto’
CTV (Ontario, Canada)
http://dateline.rice/april-2-herring (This segment aired 11 times.)
AM 1150 (British Columbia, Canada)
http://dateline.rice/april-2-herring (This segment aired twice.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

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. This article appeared on the front page of the April 2 print edition, and it appeared on the front of the Business section in the April 2 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Loneliness and stress can make you more prone to COVID-19, if exposed. Here’s how to combat those feelings.
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 2 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Renew.”) 

Pandemic revives hope of federal aid for Texas highways, ports, rural internet
An article quotes alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Marie Kondo’s strategy for finding joy at home during the coronavirus quarantine
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.”
Quartz (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance, MSN Lifestyle New Zealand and MSN Lifestyle Malaysia.)

Natural gas markets beyond COVID-19
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Natural Gas World

Oil prices dive as Saudi Arabia takes aim at Russian production
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
World Independent

Editorial: One Texas official has power to protect voters from coronavirus before November. She just has to use it. Now.
An article mentions that Rice’s Center for Local Elections in America signed an open letter with over 30 other groups and organizations to Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs urging her to issue instructions about how to protect voters from the coronavirus in November.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 2 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

April concerts gone virtual
An article mentions that Rice’s Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center recommended Tibetan meditation music to help relax.
The Buzz Magazines

Quaranteens find a new normal
An article mentions Rice’s women’s tennis team.
The Buzz Magazines


Why do physicists keep finding new states of matter?
Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Gizmodo UK (This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Houston-born astronaut Shannon Walker to ride on SpaceX Crew Dragon to space station
An article mentions that NASA has assigned astronaut and alumna Shannon Walker to the first operational crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 2 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Lila and Ethan’s big day
Graduate student Lila Chanin is featured.
The Buzz Magazines (This article appeared in the April 2020 print editions of the West University, Tanglewood/River Oaks, Memorial and Bellaire issues. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


‘Great Day Houston’
A flute performance by Joel Luks, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Rice insight gives Large Hadron Collider better eyesight
An article mentions that Rice will receive $3 million for its direct work on the next round of upgrades to the Large Hadron Collider. Karl Ecklund, professor of physics and astronomy, will oversee roughly half of the $77 million in National Science Foundation funding to U.S. institutions that will help upgrade the particle accelerator. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Carbon nanotubes pave the way for silicon in storage
An article mentions Rice research into extending the life of lithium-ion batteries.
PV Magazine

High and low GMAT scores at the top 25 B-schools

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

‘The goal is to harness qualities that are spontaneous and genuine’: In conversation with Wang Shuo of META-PROJECT
Alumnus Wang Shuo is featured in a Q&A.
Arch Daily (This article also appeared in Graduate Chic.)

Moving toward 3D-bioprinted cardiovascular tissue
An article mentions that Rice researchers have pioneered the 3D bioprinting of vascularized tissue.


RWANDA: Camera traps to survey biodiversity in Nyungwe Park
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on a project in Nyungwe National Park in Rwanda that captured more than 27,000 photos of wildlife over a 30-day period.
Afrik 21 (This article also appeared in South Africa Today.)

Oak Grove freshman art and writing awards, free NY trip during the summer
Rice is mentioned.

These Buckhead and Sandy Springs students and teachers have been honored by the PAGE Foundation
Rice is mentioned.
MDJ Online


WBB: Ogwumike named All-America honorable mention
Rice women’s basketball player Erica Ogwumike received honorable mention in voting for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s All-America Team.
Conference USA (Similar article also appeared in Hoopfeed, FGCU Athletics, KBTX Online and

LSU’s projected season win total set for 2020
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The best at every number: Houston athletes from 0-99
Former Rice baseball player José Cruz Jr. is featured.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

Pitt in the mix for Trey Murphy and JaDun Michael
An article mentions that Rice basketball players Trey Murphy III and Drew Peterson plan to transfer.
SB Nation
Trey Murphy III: ‘I’m listening to what everybody has to say’
Transfer Drew Peterson is already receiving major interest

Braves: From janitor to World Series champion, the beginning and end of the Evan Gattis story
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Talk ATL


Pandemic expected to affect natural gas only in short term, says Baker Institute expert
Like oil, global natural gas prices have fallen. The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to an already low demand, but this might be only for the short term, according to Anna Mikulska, a nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Fiscal interventions must stay targeted and apolitical, say Baker Institute experts
All emergency financial actions the federal government takes during the pandemic crisis should be temporary and targeted, according to two Rice Baker Institute for Public Policy experts.

Ensure migrant, refugees’ rights during coronavirus outbreak, says Baker Institute expert
As borders close around the world in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, there is a heightened imperative to ensure the rights of those who are unable to return to their home countries, according to Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Financial losses from treating COVID-19 patients could devastate health care sector, experts say
The federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act may not be enough funding for a health care sector with unprecedented expenditures, according economics expert Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice sociologist available to discuss how the religious will ‘gather’ on holidays amid COVID-19
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor in sociology and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, is available to discuss how religious organizations might observe holidays during the COVID-19 outbreak, why science and religion need each other now more than ever and how religious scientists can step up and help educate religious peers about the disease.

About Stefan De La Garza

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