Dateline Rice for April 15, 2020


The strategic case for US climate leadership
James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, co-authored an op-ed.
Foreign Affairs
http://dateline.rice/april-15-bakerPandemic, plastics and the continuing quest for sustainability
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

America’s visionary thinkers on making it through a crisis
President David Leebron is featured and pictured.

While Dallas-Fort Worth residents hunker at home, is air quality improving?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Abbott on Friday to announce plan to eventually reopen Texas economy
An article mentions that Rice Athletics staff members assembled care packages for health care workers in the neighboring Texas Medical Center. Tanner Gardner, chief operating officer for athletics at Rice, is featured in the included video.
KHOU Online

Marie Kondo’s new book on tidying up at the office can work from home, too | Book review
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.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

How Marie Kondo is finding joy in quarantine

Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared online in the Brisbane Times, The Age, WA Today and The World News.)
Coronavirus: Stuck in COVID-19 lockdown, Marie Kondo still sparks joy
Crisis-time work will bring about improvements
KTRH Online (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.)
Marie Kondo has a new book on tidying up at the office. Her tips work at the home office, too
Borneo Bulletin (This article also appeared in the April 15 print and online editions of The Day.)


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. This article appeared in the April 15 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

COVID-19 challenges deaf, hard of hearing college students
An article about Rice’s efforts to provide accessibility to its students quotes Adam Herman, the executive director of the student program office at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student William Jon Weintraub.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

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 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s Deer Park Broadcaster and the Merced Sun-Star. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Survey says $1,200 isn’t enough
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 interviewed.
KTRH on Spreaker

Conspiracy theory misinterprets goals of Gates Foundation
Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

Industry engagement offices adjust to new reality in COVID-19 lockdown
Leah Aschmann, director of corporate relations at Rice, is quoted.
Tech Transfer Central (This article also appeared on the front page of the April digital and print editions.)

Guy Learmonth relishing mad dash around the globe with new 2022 athletics calendar
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The National (This article also appeared in the April 15 print and online editions of the Herald Scotland.)

Obama finally seems to get the climate crisis — now Biden needs to do the same
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Heartland Challenge business competition moves online in May
An article mentions that a graduate student team from Rice, Bloodhound, is among 12 entrepreneurial teams competing in the Heartland Challenge May 27-29. Bloodhound has developed a unique laparoscopic camera software that detects and highlights bleeding vessels perioperatively in real time.
University of Arkansas News

The TexProgBlog Wrangle, Part 2
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.
Blogarama (This post also appeared in the Brains and Eggs blog.)
Researchers at Texas universities respond with ingenuity in fight against COVID-19
Reform Austin

Illinois law school grad J.J. Polk hired by Chicago Bulls ‘to establish some trust’
An article features former Rice basketball player J.J. Polk.
Sports Illustrated

Kelly senior holds out hope to resume spring season
An article mentions that William Burbank plans to play baseball at Rice.
12 News Now (This segment also aired on KBMT-TV in Beaumont, Texas.)

Cornyn: Houston-area schools receive $145M in federal grants for coronavirus response
Rice is mentioned.
The Katy News
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

With campus visits canceled, prospective minority freshmen struggle to imagine their place at Stanford

Rice is mentioned.
The Stanford Daily

Baylor puts new basketball arena on hold
An article mentions that Rice’s sports teams compete in Conference USA.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
COVID money strain demands a temporary realignment
Changes coming? COVID-19 forcing conferences to consider alternatives for nonrevenue sports
Saturday Down South

Latin America better friend to US in post-virus world
Alumnus Mario Duarte authored an article.

These Houston barbecue joints are available for takeout, delivery
Gatlin’s BBQ, owned and operated by former Rice football player Greg Gatlin, is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Photos: Houston barbecue joints for takeout amid coronavirus
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Bitcoin’s guardian angel: Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong’s quest for trust
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured and pictured.
Forbes India


UH mechanical engineer receives Guggenheim Fellowship
An article features Lacy Johnson, assistant professor of creative writing, who has been honored as a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 15 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/april-15-johnsonThis week, 32 years ago, Rice University students pull the Will Rice statue prank
A 1988 stunt by Rice students that rotated the statute of William Marsh Rice is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Inside the tax implications of crowdfunding
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Accounting Today
http://dateline.rice/april-15-beebeAngela Wilkins to lead Ken Kennedy Institute
An article features Angela Wilkins, who has been named executive director of Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute. Quoted include Jan Odegard, senior director of industry and academic partners of the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district; and Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering.

To improve safety, Camille Peres couples psychology to process design
Alumna Camille Peres is featured and pictured.

Top 5 online courses to learn Python during the lockdown
An article mentions that Rice offers a Python Programming Essentials course on Coursera.
TechGig (This article also appeared in


Shock wave glider technology can be used for Mars travel by NASA
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.
Communal News
http://dateline.rice/april-15-rodiObituary: Bryan Smith, mainstay of San Diego’s Westwind Brass, dies at 49
An article features alumnus Bryan Smith, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, who died April 7 at age 49.
San Diego Union-Tribune


Ionescu, Sabally, Cox headline WNBA mock draft
An article features Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/april-15-ogwumikeNCAA Football 06: 2005 Texas football season re-simulation Week 2
Rice football is mentioned.

‘Not a basketball school’: Be true to your hoops state, Texas
An article features former Rice basketball player Ricky Pierce, who was the Southwest Conference Player of the Year in 1982.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Recruit who’s literally named Arkansas turns down scholarship offer from Arkansas and that’s hilarious
An article featuring D.J. Arkansas mentions that he has committed to play football at Rice.
MSN (This 12 Up article also appeared in News Break.)
Football: Ryan linebacker D.J. Arkansas commits to Rice
Denton Record-Chronicle
Denton Ryan LB D.J. Arkansas commits to Rice
Dallas Morning News
Rice continues recruiting hot streak; adds commitment from Denton Ryan LB DJ Arkansas
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Chargers showing interest in Rice OT Justin Gooseberry
Former Rice football player Justin Gooseberry is featured and pictured.
Chargers Wire


Plastic use in pandemic contributing to global waste problem, says Baker Institute expert
The global demand for certain plastics has grown during the coronavirus pandemic while recycling efforts have suffered setbacks, according to environmental expert Rachel Meidl, a fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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