Dateline Rice for April 14, 2020


Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho and Dr. Gabriela Bowden (April 13, 2020)

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.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

What if Houston floods during the pandemic?
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

The one Republican lawmaker in Texas who supports abortion rights
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.
Politico (This article also appeared in The World News and Satoshi Nakamoto Blog.)

Marie Kondo has advice for living and working at home in a pandemic
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.” Sonenshein is interviewed on KTRH.
The Washington Post 

KTRH-AM (Houston)

Rice converts summer school to all-online delivery
An article reports that Rice has transitioned its summer class schedule to an online format to be completed remotely. Classes will be offered at reduced prices and be open to the general public, who will be admitted as visiting students. Caroline Levander, vice president for strategic initiatives and digital education, and Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates, are quoted.
Campus Technology

Online surveys hope to paint demographic profiles of COVID-19 pandemic
An article mentions Rice’s collaborative effort to establish the COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston. Another Rice effort, COVIDSense, takes a global approach to collecting data to provide information for decision-makers. Rice community members mentioned or quoted include Ashok Veeraraghavan, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science; Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform; Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering; and former Rice Provost Marie Lynn Miranda. Miranda is featured in a Q&A in Crux.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the April 14 print edition, and it appeared online in Government Technology. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Coronavirus live updates: The city of Houston to offer coronavirus tests for anyone
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.) 
Notre Dame’s new provost says university committed to financial aid during pandemic

3 takeaways from OPEC’s deal to slash oil production
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Seismologists search for new earthquake data in suddenly silent world
Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Geology and Geophysics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Loyalty programs boost businesses’ ability to keep customers
An article features a collaborative Rice study that suggests that businesses’ loyalty programs can strongly increase customer retention. Co-author Arun Gopalakrishnan, assistant professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Washington University’s “The Source”

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 quoted.
Hellenic Shipping News

Single-use plastic is having a resurgence during the pandemic
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

‘American Moonshot’: Douglas Brinkley at Arts and Lectures
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities and author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race,” is featured
EdHat Santa Barbara

Bragga looking to get Rice back in the national baseball conversation
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is featured in a video interview. Former head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
VYPE Houston

The next step: Former Cy Woods, Rice star Erica Ogwumike talks WNBA, medical school, family
Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured and pictured.
VYPE Houston

Third TSU board member resigns
Alumnus Jay Zeidman is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Wall Street a AMLO: En Pemex, ‘se acabó el tiempo de perder el tiempo’
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.
El Heraldo de Saltillo (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in MX Politico and


Rice professor earns Guggenheim Fellowship
An article features Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, who was honored as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow. The article mentions that her book “The Reckonings” was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in criticism and was rated as one of the best books of 2018 by the Boston Globe.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview”
The nine Texans honored with Guggenheim Fellowships
Texas Monthly


Rice publishes research on the spirituality of global scientists
An article features collaborative Rice research into academic scientists’ construction of an “alternative spirituality.” Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, and graduate student Simranjit Khalsa are cited.
Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology

Spacecraft is designed to survive fire, surfs its own wave
An article mentions that Patrick Rodi, professor in the practice in mechanical engineering, designed a spacecraft that could withstand a fiery return from space and float on its shock wave.
Space Daily (This article also appeared in Design Products & Applications.)
Capsule waverider idea advanced
Leonard David’s “Inside Outer Space”

‘Texas Medical Center & Rice University’
A coloring book features a sketch of the Rice campus.
Amazing Cities Kids on Issuu (This item also appeared in the April print edition.) 
http://dateline.rice/april-14-coloring-book (Scroll to page 45.)

Harvard GSD dean to step back due to illness
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.
The Construction Specifier


Rice tackle Justin Gooseberry draws interest from Texans, several others
Rice football player Justin Gooseberry is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Pair of Bobcats listed on ITA national rankings
An article mentions Rice tennis players Priya Niezgoda and Anastasia Smirnova.
San Marcos Record

FEVER FLASHBACK, Sept. 6, 2019: Whitehouse holds on against Chapel Hill in barnburner
An article mentions that Khalan Griffin plans to play football at Rice.
East Texas Matters

Virginia Cavaliers land Rice transfer Trey Murphy III

An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III plans to transfer to the University of Virginia.
NBC Sports (Similar articles also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)
‘NBC 29 News at Sunrise’
WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Virginia)

Broncos add to offensive line competition with Rice graduate transfer Osuji
An article mentions that former Rice football player Uzoma Osuji plans to play at Boise State University.
Dickson Post (Similar article also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)


Rice researchers: Help us understand COVID-19’s impact
Rice researchers launched complementary online surveys, and the COVID-19 Registry, to better understand how the pandemic and social distancing policies are impacting people’s lives, livelihoods and mental well-being.

About Stefan De La Garza

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