Dateline Rice for April 16, 2020


‘Morning Joe’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about how President Trump’s pandemic response may impact his efforts to win reelection.
Presidential historian: Trump is ‘the worst president you can imagine’ for the COVID-19 crisis
AlterNet (This article also appeared in Raw Story.)

Alberto Fernández and the pandemic: From co-president of half of Argentines to president of all
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, co-authored an op-ed.
Center for Strategic & International Studies

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 interviewed
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 30 stations across Texas.)

Partisan bias affects what Americans think of the coronavirus
An article features collaborative research by Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, into why some people have taken the threat of the pandemic more seriously than others.
Chicago Booth Review

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

Despite OPEC win, challenges facing Mexico mount as coronavirus upends markets
Lourdes Melgar, nonresident fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence (Subscription is required.)

Marie Kondo is stuck at home, too. Here’s how she is sparking joy.
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.”
House & Garden (This Washington Post article also appeared in RealEstate Boston.)

Marie Kondo says the first step to succeeding at work is tidying up your workspace. Here’s how 10 minutes of cleaning your desk can help build a more fulfilling career.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Markets Insider.)


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 16 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Rice Village restaurants team to provide thousands of meals to TMC workers
An article features Rice Village’s “Fare for Care” program, a meal donation campaign to feed workers at three Texas Medical Center hospitals. Cecilia Arreola, investment manager for Rice Management Co., is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview”
Rice Village kicks off new campaign to feed Houston’s health care workers
CultureMap Houston
Coronavirus live updates: COVID-19 test site to open in Pasadena, Rice Village restaurants team up
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Rice Village
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Food news: Rice Village launches program to feed healthcare workers

Rice Village launches meal campaign to help frontline health care workers

Community Impact Newspaper

Islamic lifestyle vital to prevent infectious coronavirus: AJK president
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, is quoted.
Associated Press of Pakistan

Data now show the spread COVID-19 in Texas slowed with social distancing. Keep it up. [Opinion]
An op-ed 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the April 16 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
A broadcast mentions that Rice Athletics staff members assembled care packages for health care workers in the neighboring Texas Medical Center and that two residential colleges will serve as temporary housing for front-line medical workers at the TMC.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Four times health care workers came up with creative solutions to coronavirus problems
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.
Bhekisisa (This article also appeared in Health24.)

The oil crash solution, sprawl vs. COVID-19, urbanists want our density+affordability, the induced-demand con, and why not to live in NYC
Alumna Tory Gattis compiled a roundup of articles on urban life.
Houston Chronicle

Texas eyeing linebacker help in uncertain grad transfer market
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.

John Bel Edwards says if football returns this fall, fan experience won’t look the same
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Morning Buzz: Which road trip in 2020 excites you the most?

Astros #LightItBlue at Minute Maid Park
An article mentions that sports venues across the country, 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.
The Sealy News

How a transformation mindset positions companies to succeed after the crisis
Alumnus Edwin Bosso is quoted.
Milwaukee Community Journal

Why you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to think like one
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

#WFH Chronicles STL: The benefits of a huge window and access to tea 
Alumna Meg Brigman is featured.
St. Louis Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Texas colleges staying flexible on fall admissions
Rice is mentioned.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

El coronavirus dispara la pobreza y el hambre
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available.)


IN BRIEF: Rice University to pay $3.75 million to resolve US research grant fraud probe
An article mentions that Rice has paid the U.S. government more than $3.7 million to resolve claims that National Science Foundation grant funds were misappropriated.
Reuters (Similar articles also appeared in Law360, STL News, Texas Border Business, Before It’s News and
Rice pays $3.7M in science foundation fraud case
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 16 print edition, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


Obituary: 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 (This article appeared in the April 16 print edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Far from bust: Five ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life
An article mentions that Rice uses Massive Open Online Courses for remote learning.
The Conversation


NCAA Football 06: 2005 Texas football season re-simulation Week 3
An article features a “re-simulation” of a 2005 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.

What might have been: Aggie football’s biggest ‘What if?’ moments
An article mentions that Rice’s football team defeated Texas A&M University in 1957.

Solid QB commit Wright focused on spring development
Rice is mentioned.

Rice OT Justin Gooseberry draws interest from the Bolts
Former Rice football player Justin Gooseberry is featured.
SB Nation


US, China should reinterpret energy part of trade deal, Baker Institute experts say
The U.S.-China Phase 1 Trade Agreement should be reinterpreted for the long term so both countries can benefit from a multibillion-dollar energy component of the deal — a reinterpretation that can lead to job creation in the U.S. energy sector — according to Ken Medlock and Steven Miles, fellows at the Center for Energy Studies 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.