Dateline Rice for April 9, 2020


Oil markets are a mess. Can world leaders straighten them out?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 9 print edition.)
Can the world’s top oil producers save a crashing market?
http://dateline.rice/april-9-kraneCoronavirus invades Saudi inner sanctum
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
150 members of the Saudi royal family have coronavirus: Report
The Hill

Ministry in Pasadena mobilizes to feed ever-growing poor people in need
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. Payan is interviewed by Houston Public Media about the impact of Mexico’s lack of a major pandemic stimulus package on Texas.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
HPM local newscast for 6 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 5 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Texas Public Radio
http://dateline.rice/april-9-payan (This segment aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)

‘Good Morning East Texas’
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is interviewed about the toll the coronavirus may have on Texas’ energy industry. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is interviewed about a recent study that suggests that Harris County’s stay-at-home order has spared over 40,000 people from being hospitalized by the coronavirus.
KLTV-TV (Tyler, Texas)
’13 Eyewitness News’
HPM local newscast for 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Harris County judge signs order to close all county parks for Easter weekend
‘Fox 26 News’ 
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/april-9-kinder-study (This press conference aired on seven stations across the Houston metro area.)
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Harris Co. harbors hot spot concerns
The Baytown Sun

13 investigates why some have a tougher time getting food
Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the added difficulties for many Houston-area families to get access to food during the pandemic.
ABC 13 Online

Special edition: Dr. Hana El Sahly and Dr. Peter Hotez (April 8, 2020)
Peter Hotez, adjunct professor of bioengineering and fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/april-9-hotez (Interview begins at 30:45.)

Why are certain buying impulses harmful?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored three articles.
Psychology Today
How anxiety affects our buying behaviors
Psychology Today
Why are we panic-buying during the coronavirus pandemic?
Psychology Today

Exclusive: Venezuela gasoline shortages worsen as US tells firms to avoid supply — sources
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 New York Times (This Reuters article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Review: Marie Kondo sparks joy at work by bringing her KonMari method to the workplace
An article features a new 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.”
MSN (This USA Today article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Marie Kondo’s latest guide: Find joy at work

You touch your face 23 times an hour. Here’s how to stop.
An article features a list of five science-backed recommendations to help people stop touching their face and reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 9 print edition in the Chronicle’s “Renew.”)

1918 flu also affected Charlottesville-area churches, businesses
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Daily Progress

‘Media overload’ can raise anxiety during coronavirus crisis
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.
UPI (This article also appeared in Medical Xpress.)

New to home schooling? RUSMP offers pre-K-12 mathematics resources for at-home use
Carolyn White, director of mathematics programs at the Rice University School Mathematics Project, authored an article.
Village News (This article was featured on the front page of the April 7 digital and print editions.) 

Houston sports venues to be lit blue to honor those on front line of coronvirus pandemic
An article mentions that sports venues across the country and Houston, including Rice Stadium, will turn on blue lights April 9 as part of a #LightItBlue movement to support the men and women on the front line of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
Harris County does not need to become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Texas
Houston Press 
Happening Thursday: Houston landmarks and venues to light the city blue to support healthcare and essential workers
Texans’ NRG Stadium to ‘Make It Blue’ for first responders, essential personnel
Texans Wire (A similar article also appeared in and Mix 96.5 Online.)

Why I am optimistic in this crisis
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Hill

A driving and walking tour of Houston’s sculptures for our social-distancing age
An article mentions that artwork by James Surls is located near McNair Hall, the home of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and the Susan and Raymond Brochstein Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

Tampa Bay startup retools to produce automated ventilation devices for medical professionals
An article mentions that the design plans for an emergency ventilator developed by a team of Rice engineering experts and students are now online and freely available to anyone in the world.
10 News Online (This segment aired on WPLG-TV in Miami.)
Simple yet genius product designs that show how designers are fighting COVID-19 to inspire you
Yanko Design

Letters: Another graduation interrupted (4/9/20)
Douglas Ward’s letter to the editor of the Denver Post mentions that his father was sent to basic training in 1941 and missed Rice’s commencement ceremony. When Rice invited all World War II veterans to participate in commencement in 1998, Ward’s father was finally able to “graduate.”
The Denver Post (This letter also appeared in the April 9 print edition.)

Houston is ‘Chaotic Good’ and #2 in population and corporate growth, Chris Shepherd in NYT, transit mysteries, and more
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle


3D-printed scaffold engineered to grow complex tissues
Rice research into the use of grooved plastic threads to seed sophisticated, tissue-engineered scaffolds with living cells to help heal injuries is featured. Co-author Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
National Institutes of Health
http://dateline.rice/april-9-mikosFrom ‘Batwoman’ to ‘The Witcher,’ 10 composers to watch
Alumna Germaine Franco, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured and pictured.
Variety (This article also appeared in the April 8 print edition.)


Rice chemist wins grant to simplify drug design
An article features László Kürti, associate professor of chemistry at Rice, who won a Maximizing Investigators’ Research grant from the National Institutes of Health to speed up drug design by simplifying the synthesis of essential precursors.
http://dateline.rice/april-9-kurtiCharting a course toward quantum simulations of nuclear physics
An article features collaborative research by Guido Pagano, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, while he was a fellow at the Joint Quantum Institute.

Harvard GSD Dean Sarah Whiting to step back for cancer treatment
An article mentions that Sarah Whiting, former dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and former William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, will undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Architectural Digest

Q&A: Colleen Fitzpatrick, a physicist who cracks cold murder cases
Alumna Colleen Fitzpatrick is featured in a Q&A.
Physics Today


Burlington grad Stockbridge making his mark in Houston Rockets’ front office
Alumnus Travis Stockbridge is featured and pictured.
Daily Herald
http://dateline.rice/april-9-stockbridgeKing Philip’s Robison, Cannon Warriors’ scholar-athletes of year
Rice is mentioned.
The Sun Chronicle


Left turn puts Rice’s Trei Cruz in ideal position for MLB draft
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 9 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/april-9-cruzRice basketball adds transfers Riley Abercrombie, Travis Evee
An article mentions that Riley Abercrombie and Travis Evee will transfer to Rice to play basketball. Evee is featured in the Boston Herald.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in a sports roundup in the April 9 print edition.)
Boise State’s Williams preps for NBA draft; transfer heads home, another enters portal
Idaho Statesman
Former BC High hoop standout Travis Evee transfers to Rice
Boston Herald

2017 baseball run wins SHSU top moments bracket: A look back
Rice’s baseball team is mentioned.
The Huntsville Item

Doughty College notebook: Malcolm Pittman remembered as a ‘passionate’ player, leader
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III plans to transfer.
The Roanoke Times
Pitt under consideration by Rice basketball transfer
WCCS Radio Online


SALT deduction ‘wasteful and unnecessary,’ according to Baker Institute finance experts
The proposed $10,000 cap repeal for state and local tax deductions as part of a new round of economic stimulus measures to dampen the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic would almost exclusively benefit the highest income households, according to Jorge Barro and John Diamond, fellows in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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