Dateline Rice for April 17, 2020


America has suffered great loss before. Here’s how we may learn to cope with coronavirus death toll.
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today

Houston leaders uncertain of which sectors should reopen first after pandemic
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 quoted and interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired twice on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Coronavirus could cripple voting in November. But it depends where you live.
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
NBC News

TRACK III: What the coronavirus means for college admissions
An article featuring a roundup of webinars mentions that Rice Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva participated in the panel discussion titled “How the Coronavirus Will Impact Enrollment.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription is required.)

Rice University launches online programming for entrepreneurs dealing with COVID-19 closures
An article features the Back In Business Initiative, Rice’s effort to help local entrepreneurs prepare for post-pandemic recovery. The initiative involves a partnership with the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies; the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district; and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, and Jan Odegard, senior director of industry and academic partners at the Ion, are quoted.
Innovation Map

Universities adjust to new normal in placing students in careers
An article mentions that Rice is implementing a program to help furloughed or laid-off alumni. Philip Heavilin, executive director of career development at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Preservation activist Virginia Savage McAlester made history and architecture more accessible
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

It’s time to face the collective grief of COVID-19
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, authored an op-ed.
The Christian Century

More delays in the census could affect redistricting and response rates in Texas
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.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition.)

The coronavirus is creating an inflection point in the future of work
An article cites “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World,” co-authored by Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory.

Loyalty programs keep customers coming back
An article features a collaborative Rice study that suggests 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.

The grading system upended, college students are pushing grad schools, employers to be flexible

An article mentions that Rice has given students the option to choose “pass or fail” as a grading option. Martel College senior Anna Margaret Clyburn, the incoming student body president at Rice, is quoted in the Washington Post.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
Students worried about how pass/fail options may affect them Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in ABC 13 Online, and it aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

In Houston’s new normal, a different curve emerges: Outward racism toward Asian Americans
An article features graduate students Coco Ma and Kathleen Harcourt, co-founders of nonprofit #SnacksForMedStaff.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. The slideshow picturing Ma and Harcourt appeared in more than 100 other media outlets.)

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. This article appeared in the April 17 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a worrying surge in plastic waste, researcher warns 

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.
Brinkwire (This article also appeared in Parallel State, Angle News, WSTale and Big World Tale.)

I tried Marie Kondo’s office organization tips. Here’s how it went 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.”
The Seattle Times (This article originally appeared in the Washington Post.)

AJK president urges ulema to boost people’s morale amidst COVID-19
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, is quoted.
Daily Times (This article also appeared in the Express Tribune and Urdu Point.)

Coronavirus by the numbers in Texas
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.
Reform Austin
KPRC-TV (Houston)

North American energy exporters counting on a Chinese recovery that sticks
An article cites a study by the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
S&P Global Platts

Sustaining art outside of classes, CFPCA develops creative solutions amid pandemic
An article featuring Meg Paul mentions that her son recently completed a master’s degree at Rice.
The South End

Billings Flying Service produces masks and ventilators to support health care during COVID-19 crisis
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.

High schooler’s ‘Swan Project’ shares musical message with the world
An article featuring Cameron Chiu mentions that his brother studies cello at Rice.
WTTW Online (This segment also aired twice on WTTW-TV in Chicago.)

Dreams of going pro: Two seniors are training for the NFL draft despite pandemic

An article mentions that an NFL pro day showcase had been scheduled to be held at Rice March 24.

Support local musicians and pick up Bun B’s ‘Hot Wang Sandwich’ at Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.
365 Things To Do in Houston

Coronavirus updates: ‘We’re not out of the woods yet,’ says Judge Lina Hidalgo
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.
CBS 19 Online
‘Fox 26 News at Noon’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

North Texas colleges just landed over $132 million in CARES Act stimulus. Will they need more? 
Rice is mentioned.
Dallas Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

ID2020: Cos’è l’identità digitale e (possibili) legami con COVID-19
An article mentions a Rice professor’s research into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history. (An English translation is not available.)

Nedám se už manipulovat! Jsem přece z Československa, říká americká lékařka Adamová Dickersonová
Rice is mentioned.
Ego! (Subscription is required. An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition.)


30 eco best practices. Per vivere nel rispetto dell’ambiente
Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, is featured.
Elle Decor Italia (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the April print edition.)


Postcards from Houston’s past
A postcard from 1951 depicts Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (This slideshow also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


‘WSLS 10 Virginia Today’
An article features Rice research into developing motorized molecules that can kill antibiotic-resistant microbes. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is interviewed.
WSLS-TV (Roanoke, Virginia)
http://dateline.rice/april-17-tour (This segment aired twice.)


Energy trial lawyers open commercial litigation boutique
Alumna Samantha Thompson is featured.
Southeast Texas Record


Rice’s Erica Ogwumike projected in third round of WNBA draft
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition.)
Prospect diaries: How four WNBA prospects are handling life under quarantine and a virtual draft
Yahoo! Sports
Will Erica Ogwumike follow her sisters to the WNBA?
The Undefeated
Senior Spring: Charlie Broom and David Horneffer ‘a natural fit’ at No. 1 doubles
An article mentions last year’s Rice Invitational tennis tournament.
The Dartmouth

Every NFL Draft first-round pick from a Houston-area high school
Former Rice football player King Hill is featured in a slideshow.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Rice sophomore guard Trey Murphy transfers to Virginia
An article mentions that Rice basketball player Trey Murphy III plans to transfer to the University of Virginia.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 17 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Will McClay should be the Dallas Cowboys GM
Former Rice football player Will McClay is featured.

Former Jefferson players see college season cut short
Rice baseball player Austin Bulman is featured.
The Shepherdstown Chronicle

Football adds another graduate transfer to defensive unit
An article mentions that Rice football player Anthony Ekpe will be a graduate transfer next season at Ball State University.
Ball State Sports News


Rice U. experts share insights on 10th anniversary of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Ten years ago this month, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico dominated international headlines. Walter Chapman, the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice, and Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, were among the first experts at the university to provide news media with insights on the spill’s impacts. They are available to discuss the anniversary of the disaster with the media.

About Stefan De La Garza

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