Dateline Rice for April 30, 2020


Fed says not to worry about debt right now. But we have to, eventually.
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal (This segment aired on more than 700 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

The humbling of Exxon
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

López Obrador wanted to make Pemex Mexico’s economic engine. Now it’s Pemex that needs help.
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.
The Washington Post (This article appeared in the April 30 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

States dabble with online voting
Two news roundups quote Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

‘Morning Score’

Special edition: Dr. James Pomerantz, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Dr. Charlene Flash (April 29, 2020)
Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Interest in unproven COVID drugs soared after Trump gave thumbs up
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report

‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 4 p.m.’

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 interviewed.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/april-30-jones (Audio from Jones’ segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News at 6 p.m.’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Georgia Tech researcher pays a high price for mismanaging an NSF grant
An article quotes Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, and alumna Eva Lee.

HPM local newscast for 7 a.m., Thursday, April 30, 2020
A broadcast cites a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research about Houston-area neighborhoods hit hardest with job losses.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Houston, Gulf Coast-area nonprofits, foundations launch COVID-19 impact survey
An article mentions that Harvey Home Connect, a disaster response and preparedness nonprofit founded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, has partnered with Rice for data analysis.
Community Impact Newspaper

‘It was like an emotional bomb’: Houston families make sure high school seniors aren’t forgotten
An article mentions that Juan DeLeon has photographed Rice’s women’s basketball games.
Houston Chronicle

McAllen schools surprise valedictorians, look forward to uncertain graduation
An article featuring Vidal Saenz, valedictorian of McAllen High School, mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Monitor

Belvedere Chamber Music Festival goes digital this year
An article mentions that the Shepherd School of Music’s Daniel Cho won second place in the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival’s composition contest.
Memphis Flyer

High school girls volleyball players adjust to a spring without their usual routines
An article mentions that Lola Foord has committed to play volleyball at Rice.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune

‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’

A broadcast 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.
KPRC-TV (Houston)


Teams of bacteria have working memories remarkably like ours
Matthew Bennett, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Popular Science


Rice University has admission rate of 11.1%, making it among Texas’ most selective schools
Rice is featured.
The Moore County News Press (This article also appeared in the Center Square.)

Lynn Harrell, cello luminary, dies at 76
An article about the death of Lynn Harrell mentions that he formerly taught at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell, with Dallas roots, dies at age 76
The Dallas Morning News (This article appeared in the April 30 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Hidden symmetry found in chemical kinetic equations
Rice researchers have discovered a hidden symmetry in the chemical kinetic equations scientists have long used to model and study many of the chemical processes essential for life. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, and postdoctoral research associate Joel Mallory are quoted.


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


Rice moves on from transfer losses with big recruiting class
An article featuring Rice’s men’s basketball program quotes and pictures head coach Scott Pera.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

NCAA moves ahead on plan to allow athletes to cash in
An article mentions the 2013 football game between Rice and Texas A&M University.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the April 30 print editions of the Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.)

Ex-Libertyville star Peterson ready to zoom to Minnesota
Former Rice basketball player Drew Peterson is featured.
Daily Herald

Covington loves ‘being a run defender, having easy access to the quarterback’
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
SB Nation

Texas facts for newcomers
An article mentions that John Heisman is a former Rice head football coach.
The Leader News


Rice to offer minor in entrepreneurship
Rice, which has the No. 1 graduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S., will now offer an undergraduate minor in entrepreneurship, which will enable students to understand the theory and frameworks behind different disciplinary aspects of entrepreneurship and how to apply these theories to develop and scale innovative solutions to societal problems.

COVID-19 has unveiled shortcomings of US health policy, Baker Institute expert says
When it comes to keeping the nation healthy, “medical care is actually a pretty small piece,” according to Elena Marks, a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Energy Tech Venture Day still on for May 7
The Rice Alliance Energy Tech Venture Day is going virtual this year, allowing participants to connect with investors and energy companies while social distancing. The May 7 event is hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, which has conducted more than 200 startup events over the last 20 years, with participating companies going on to raise over $9.3 billion in funding.

Hidden symmetry found in chemical kinetic equations
Rice researchers have discovered a hidden symmetry in the chemical kinetic equations scientists have long used to model and study many of the chemical processes essential for life.

COVID-19 job loss hits Houston’s low-wage neighborhoods hardest
Houston neighborhoods with many low-wage workers, such as Gulfton, Sharpstown and Greenspoint, are likely the city’s hardest hit by COVID-19-related job loss, according to new research from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

About Stefan De La Garza

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