Dateline Rice for April 29, 2020


Trump’s response to virus reflects a long disregard for science
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The New York Times (This article also appeared on the front page of the April 29 print edition of the Times, and it appeared in the April 29 print edition of The Buffalo News. This story also appeared online in more than 30 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Meet Venezuela’s new oil minister — a wanted man with Iran links
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, is quoted.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)

Until Texas businesses can reopen, it’s ‘retail-to-go’
Constance Porter, clinical assistant professor of marketing, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Political roundup: Gradually reopening Texas businesses
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, participates in a roundtable discussion.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

We’re living in traumatic times thanks to coronavirus, so don’t be so hard on yourself
Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences, is quoted.

‘Dangerous crossroads’: Gulf rulers in peril as economic shocks continue

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Middle East Eye

As some Americans head back to work, psychologists offer tips on proper social distancing
An article features evidence-based tips on how to properly social distance developed by Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences.
Medical Xpress

KSTX-AM (San Antonio)
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is interviewed about the challenges Harris County and Texas face in expanding mail-in ballots for the November presidential election.

What the oil bust means for the economy
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KERA’s ‘Think’ (This segment aired on 70 stations across the U.S., and the podcast appeared on NPR.)

Texas has received 102,000 COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Trump says more are coming.
An article about benchmarks necessary to safely reopen Texas businesses cites Rice experts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Coronavirus sections in the April 29 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

Houston university announces first recipients of coronavirus research funding
An article reports that Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund has awarded grants for projects to develop affordable diagnostic tools, seals to maximize the efficiency of surgical masks, a system to identify signs of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 in Houston wastewater and methods to ensure voter safety this fall.

Students, parents rethinking fall college plans amid uncertain future
An article mentions that while Rice has transitioned classes to an online format for the remainder of the spring and summer semesters, the university has not yet made a determination for the fall semester.
KTRH Online (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston, and it appeared on KTRH’s Spreaker page.)

Here’s how much Houston-area universities and colleges will get from the CARES Act 
An article mentions that Rice will receive $3.4 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to help students affected by the pandemic complete their education.
Houston Business Journal

Community is the secret to successfully enrolling students in the fall
An article highlights Rice’s residential college system and traditions such as Beer Bike.
Inside Higher Ed

A bright future in a dark time
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike, who was the No. 26 pick in the WNBA draft held April 17, is mentioned.
Deseret News


Cellist Lynn Harrell has died, age 76
An article about the death of Lynn Harrell mentions that he formerly taught at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 media outlets.)
Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell, with Dallas roots, dies at age 76
The Dallas Morning News


‘Channel 5 News This Morning at 6 a.m.’
A broadcast 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 quoted and interviewed.
KRGV-TV (Harlingen, Texas)


Medical City, U.S.A.: Medgadget visits Texas Medical Center
An article highlights medical partnerships with Rice’s NEST360°, an international collaboration between the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and other institutions around the world aimed at developing critical neonatal technologies for low-resource environments; the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen; and Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.
My biography of the world’s greatest Yiddish encyclopedia
An article authored by Maurice Wolfthal mentions that his wife formerly worked at Rice.

Tech innovations start trimming lithium’s dendritic stubble trouble
An article mentions Rice research that demonstrated that thin nanotube films effectively stop dendrites from growing on unprotected lithium-metal anodes in batteries.


    UI at 150 & Beyond: A story of ‘academic and personal integrity’
    An article features Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering and co-director of Rice’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment.
    The News-Gazette


    Broncos add Vancouver’s Covington to D-line

    Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
    Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in the April 29 print edition, and similar articles also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
    Ex-Texans, Rice DL Christian Covington joins Broncos: ‘Can’t wait’
    Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. A similar article also appeared in a sports roundup in the April 29 print edition.)

    How new Gopher basketball transfer commit Drew Peterson fits
    Former Rice basketball player Drew Peterson is featured.
    ‘Fox 9’s at 10’
    KMSP-TV (Minneapolis)

    ‘KLBK 13 News at 10’
    An article mentions the March 8 baseball game between Rice and Texas Tech University.
    KLBK-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
    http://dateline.rice/april-29-klbk (This segment aired five times.)


    Janet Braam named interim dean of natural sciences
    Rice bioscientist Janet Braam has been appointed interim dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Braam, the Wiess Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and chair of Rice’s Department of BioSciences, will take over July 1 from Peter Rossky, who’s stepping down to focus on research.

    Leadership during a crisis can make or break trust, according to Doerr Institute founder
    People trust leaders who show they have “skin in the game” during a crisis, according to an expert at Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Tom Kolditz, founding director of the Doerr Institute, is available to discuss what leadership can look like in the current climate.

    Trillions in fiscal stimulus must eventually be paid off, Baker Institute expert says
    Recent tax cuts and the ongoing fiscal stimulus related to the COVID-19 pandemic have placed U.S. debt on an unstable and unprecedented path moving forward, according to Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

    Parenting in a pandemic: How caregivers can ease young minds
    Parenting has become more challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic, but developmental and clinical psychology provides insight on how to adapt to the circumstances, according to Quianta Moore and Patrick Tennant, experts in child health at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

    As some Americans head back to work, psychologists offer tips on proper social distancing
    As some states reopen for business amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Rice psychologist Jim Pomerantz and his colleagues have developed a chart of evidence-based tips on how to properly social distance.

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