Dateline Rice for April 10, 2020


Does vote-by-mail favor Democrats? No. It’s a false argument by Trump.
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune.)

Coronavirus shutdowns pose grave economic risk, raising difficult questions
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, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Coronavirus live updates: Rural hospitals prepare for pandemic, Houston poised for office space glut
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

OPEC+ agrees to 10 million bpd oil cut for May and June
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Feature: Latin America continues to adjust to coronavirus fallout
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 cited.
S&P Global Platts

Experts say stop touching your face during COVID-19 pandemic
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 and interviewed.
KSN Online (This segment also aired on 44 stations across the U.S.) 

Houston companies will win the COVID-19 battle: Here’s why
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

This top disease expert could be helping the CDC. Instead, she’s sidelined by scandal

Alumna Eva Lee, director of the Center for Operations Research in Medicine and Health Care at the Georgia Institute of Technology, is featured. Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, is quoted. 

Fast Company (This article also appeared in Undark.)

I’ve filed for unemployment. Now what?
Larry Stuart, lecturer of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Modified sleep apnea machines may ease the ventilator crunch
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, is quoted.

Up to 150 members of the Saudi royal family reportedly have coronavirus
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New York Post (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘KVUE Midday News’
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.
KVUE-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/april-10-klineberg (This segment aired twice.)

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 10 print editions of the Ledger-Enquirer, the Centre Daily Times and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed about how he’s keeping his players physically and mentally ready for the start of the 2020 season.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Meet Dr. Philip Huang, the Lake Highlands grad who is helping direct how Dallas County responds to the coronavirus
Alumnus Philip Huang, the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, is featured.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in the April 10 print edition.)

COVID-19 roundup: Dashboards, therapeutics, data lakes and more
An article mentions that a team of Rice researchers has created an interactive map of all coronavirus cases in Texas.

Houston makes biggest 1-day jump in coronavirus cases with 615 new patients reported Thursday
An article and broadcast mentions a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that suggests Harris County’s stay-at-home order has spared more than 40,000 people from being hospitalized by the coronavirus.
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Study: Fort Bend County traveled less among other counties in region during pandemic
An article cites a collaborative study by Rice’s Kinder Institute of Urban Research that analyzed smartphone data to determine how area stay-at-home-orders affected traffic and the environment.
Fort Bend Herald (Subscription is required.) 

Prone to floods or not, now is the time to buy insurance
Alumna and former Rice associate research scientist Antonia Sebastian is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Stadiums, landmarks lit blue for those working on front line of pandemic
An article mentions that sports venues across the country and Houston, including Rice Stadium, turned on blue lights April 9 as part of a #LightItBlue movement to support the men and women on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. An image of Rice Stadium is included in Click2Houston.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Houston lights up in blue in honor of health care workers on the front lines fighting coronavirus
Houston shines blue to honor health care workers, first responders
KHOU Online (A similar article also appeared in Rockets Wire.)

WU opens up campus to house frontline medical personnel
An article mentions that Rice will open Wiess and Hanszen colleges as temporary housing for front-line medical workers at nearby Texas Medical Center institutions.
Student Life

Why Texas colleges need a football season … at some point
An article mentions that Rice’s football team played in the Cotton Bowl following the 1957 season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in San Antonio Express-News.)

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. This article appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the San Francisco Chronicle and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

College football payout games play key role in shifting revenue landscape
An article mentions that Rice’s football team played the University of Texas at Austin at Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2019.
Front Office Sports

Denison’s Taylor trying to earn an NFL roster spot

Former Rice football player Jordan Taylor is mentioned.
Herald Democrat



Former Harris County Judge Ed Emmett takes on new role
An article features alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and mentions President David Leebron.
Houston Business Journal

Why is it so hard to say yes to walkability in Houston? [Essay]
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Homo galacticus: How space will shape the humans of the future
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Science Alert

Lawsuits: Zoom misled users, investors on video encryption
Nathan Dautenhahn, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted.

Jury to decide if University of Michigan turned blind eye to gay professor’s sexual harassment
An article mentions alumnus Samuel Schultz ’09, who has accused David Daniels and Scott Walters of sexual assault.
The College Fix


Sun-powered nanotechnology could supply clean water and renewable energy
An article features the collaborative research of the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment consortium, which includes experts from Rice. 
ASU News 


Boise State adds much-needed frontcourt depth after losing players to graduation, transfer
An article mentions that Riley Abercrombie will transfer to Rice to play basketball.
Idaho Statesman (This article appeared in the April 10 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online)

Former Gamecocks assistant set to take over at SEC rival?
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was defeated by Old Dominion University last season, snapping the Owls’ 30-game Conference USA winning streak.

King Philip seniors recognized for athletic and academic excellence
Rice is mentioned.
Wrentham Patch


TE Mason Tharp commits to Texas Tech
Rice is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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