Dateline Rice for April 24, 2020


Rice University ignites innovation in response to COVID-19 crisis
An article details Rice’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Moody Center for the Arts transformed its studio space to produce face shields; MBA students at the Jones Graduate School of Business established a nonprofit to provide snacks for medical workers; Rice Athletics staff delivered care packages for medical workers at the Texas Medical Center; students at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen developed an inexpensive ventilator; a COVID-19 Research Fund was established; and Wiess and Hanszen colleges were opened as temporary housing for front-line medical workers at the TMC. Rice community members quoted include President David Leebron; Amy Kavalewitz, executive director of the OEDK; Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; and Danny Blacker, OEDK engineering design supervisor. Leebron also is quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about resuming fall classes.
TMC News
UT to decide fate of fall classes at the end of June
Houston Chronicle

Kinder Institute founding director: ‘Difficult times for Houston’ ahead 
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is featured in a Q&A ahead of the release of the results of the 39th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Voting by mail faces challenges in the coronavirus election year
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston, and it aired on more than 20 stations affiliated with Texas Public Radio.)
Rice University political expert on coronavirus voting: ‘Democracy is at issue here.’
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Amid a global pandemic, how do Dallas doctors get patients to want to come back?
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Can we ‘trap and zap’ the coronavirus?
An article features Rice research employing graphitic carbon nitride customized at the molecular level to absorb and disable viruses. Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

How will COVID-19 change the way Muslims observe Ramadan?

Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, is quoted.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This article also appeared in the April 24 print edition.)

Tackling invisible enemy: What’s behind Trump’s new migration ban amid COVID-19 outbreak?
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.
Sputnik News
How are Texas restaurants surviving COVID-19 shutdown?
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Covering Katy.)

Trump pressured to stop deluge of Saudi oil headed to US in tankers
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and interviewed.
Washington Examiner
Rising calls to block Saudi crude shipments to US
Al-Jazeera’s YouTube page (This segment also aired on Al-Jazeera English.)

COVID-19 has working-class moms at a breaking point
Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 20 stations affiliated with Texas Public Radio. This item originally appeared in Houston Public Media.)

No, Democrats aren’t pushing microchips to fight coronavirus

Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

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.”
Winston-Salem Journal

Nevada debate team season comes to an early end amid coronavirus closures
An article mentions that Rice’s debate team was ranked No. 2 in the National Parliamentary Debate Association before the season’s abrupt end.
Nevada Today

Why this Corpus Christi native’s appointment to this foundation matters
An article mentions that the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation has partnered with Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Houston Symphony pumps up the volume on outreach online
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the April 24 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

The coronavirus, discrimination against Asian Americans
Rice is mentioned.
Jewish Herald-Voice


Kingwood resident Jade Simmons appeals to civility in presidential bid against Trump, Biden
A slideshow caption mentions that Jade Simmons is a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

VMHS senior earns Gates Scholarship

An article featuring Damian Gonzalez mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Valley Town Crier
‘CBS 4 Valley Central’ 
KVEO-TV (Harlingen, Texas)


AM 860 (Portland, Oregon)
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.

‘The Bigger Picture’: ‘The Social Network’ and the legacy of social media in modern life
Charles Dove, professor in the practice of visual arts and film and director of Rice Cinema, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media

National Poetry Month: ‘The New Cartography’ by Julia Guez
An article features poet and alumna Julia Guez.
Houston Public Media


SMU professors detail how homeless students are doing educationally in Houston ISD
An article mentions that Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium released a report by Southern Methodist University researchers into the complex relationship between homelessness and student outcomes in the Houston Independent School District.

Researchers solve ‘link discovery’ problem for terahertz data networks
An article features collaborative Rice research into a novel way to achieve link discovery with terahertz radiation, the high-frequency waves that could one day make for ultrafast wireless data transmission. Co-author and graduate student Yasaman Ghasempour is quoted. (This article also appeared in SciTech Daily.)

Bruce Baillie (1931-2020)
An article mentions that the late Bruce Baillie taught filmmaking at Rice.


SDSC mourns the loss of Ann Redelfs
An article mentions that Ann Redelfs, who died April 18 at age 62, helped establish the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice.
UC San Diego News Center

Star Class 2020: Every student, every award for North Iowa’s best and brightest
An article featuring Kevin Aberg mentions that he plans to attend Rice.
Globe Gazette

Susie Stalcup to retire as vice chancellor for development and alumni relations
An article featuring Susie Stalcup mentions that she formerly served as the senior director of planned giving at Rice.
Vanderbilt University News


Erica Ogwumike is much more than just the youngest Ogwumike sister
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike, who was the No. 26 pick in the WNBA draft held April 17, is featured.
Lynx News
Hopkins shuffles Liberty coaching staff amid roster reboot
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Washington Nationals: A look back at some top draft picks
An article features former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon.

2020 Texas football status report: Special teams
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Greg Cranfill leaving Wills Point to be new head football coach at Houston St. Pius X
Former Rice basketball player Michael Harris is mentioned.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

LYNN ASHBY: Texas facts for newcomers
An article mentions that John Heisman is a former Rice head football coach.
The Facts (Subscription is required.)


Rice wins federal grant to advance sickle cell disease therapy
The Rice lab of Gang Bao, professor of chemistry and of materials science and nanoengineering, won a prestigious National Institutes of Health grant worth $2.45 million to pursue gene-editing research that may lead to a cure for sickle cell disease.

Environmental rollbacks detrimental to pandemic recovery, according to Baker Institute blog
Rolling back environmental regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic will cause more respiratory illness, according to a blog published by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Texas Policy Lab partners with Harris County judge on COVID-19 response
The Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences joined Harris County in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by providing the county the most pertinent, up-to-date scientific information to inform various aspects of its plans to combat COVID-19, including analyses on the effectiveness of the county’s “stay at home, work safe” order.

Rice researchers look to ‘trap and zap’ coronavirus
Rice researchers Pedro Alvarez and Jane Tao have won a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to develop a “novel approach for selective adsorption and photocatalytic disinfection” of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater.

About Stefan De La Garza

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