Dateline Rice for May 8, 2020


COVID-19 shutdowns are clearing the air, but pollution will return as economies reopen
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, authored an article.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Argentina plans to set $45 oil price in push to save Vaca Muerta
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. Monaldi authored an op-ed in Brink.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)
Is this the end of oil as we know it?

Would you let the government track your smartphone if it meant we could reopen sooner?
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, is quoted.

Business has reopened in Texas, but the economy won’t be back anytime soon, experts say
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Marie Kondo still wants to tidy up
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 Wall Street Journal
Marie Kondo is stuck at home, too. Here’s how she is sparking joy.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (This article appeared on the front of the Homes section in the May 8 print edition of the North Bay Nugget, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

This is what Mayor Sylvester Turner had to say about Gov. Abbott’s decision to remove jail time for order violators
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.

For working moms, long-term school and child care closures may force an ‘impossible’ balancing act
Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Coronavirus offers opportunity to rethink urban design in Modesto and beyond
Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Modesto Bee (This article also appeared in the May 8 print edition.)

Paperwork mistakes ensnare health data expert
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.

Take an expert-guided tour of Galveston Architectural Treasures (minus the walking) during the online historic homes tour
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, is quoted.
Texas Highways

In oil shock, Texas banks face test
James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

You may be helping stop the spread of COVID-19 with every flush
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, is quoted.
Reform Austin

How this Torontonian is making low-cost ventilators in Texas for COVID-19 patients
An article featuring Martel College senior Thomas Herring mentions that he helped design plans for an open-source emergency ventilator, which are now online and freely available to everyone in the world.

Houston to dramatically ramp up COVID-19 testing sites, contact tracers by end of May
Just 1 in 10 Houstonians displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19 have been tested for the virus, according to the early results of Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 8 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

‘It’s not sustainable’ | 10% of Houston-area restaurants at risk of closing for good
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Texas Workforce Commission that suggests restaurants and the hospitality industry lead the Gulf Coast region in unemployment claims.
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in MSN.)

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
A broadcast cites demographic research from the Kinder Houston Area Survey issued annually by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Baker Botts’ oldest living partner loved family, the Astros and a ’66 Mustang
An article features alumnus John Sellingsloh, who died April 16 at age 97.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Harvard Medical School names Robert Satcher Jr. 2020 Class Day speaker
An article mentions that Robert Satcher Jr. co-founded the eHealth Research Institute, a collaboration between Rice, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center aimed at expanding specialized health care access.
The Crimson Harvard

District celebrates top students and District Teachers of the Year
An article mentions that Damian Gonzalez plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Progress Times

Conference USA latest to opt for virtual football media days
An article mentions that Rice is a member of Conference USA.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)

What the top 25 colleges and universities in the US have said about their plans to reopen in fall 2020, from postponing the semester to offering more remote coursework
An article reports that Rice plans to reopen campus this fall, with substantial changes, including classes held simultaneously in-person and online, flexible start dates for international students and a shortened fall semester.
Business Insider



Earth-like ‘Goldilocks’ planets might be less common than scientists think
An article quotes graduate student Alison Farrish, whose research focuses on modeling stars’ magnetic fields and radiation based on how fast they spin.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Probing the hidden continent of Zealandia
An article features the research of Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environment and planetary sciences, into Zealandia, a largely submerged continent that stretches across five million square kilometers beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean.
RNZ (This segment also aired on more than 60 stations across New Zealand.)


5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
An article mentions that Rice’s Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Jones Graduate School of Business and Brown School of Engineering are teaming up to provide a minor in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students.

NRG’s retail leader takes on the task of securing Houston as the energy capital of the world 
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal


‘Fox 4 Morning News’
A broadcast highlights graduating Jones College senior Rachel Barnes.
WFTX-TV (Fort Myers, Florida)


A multinational effort to reduce neonatal mortality: Interview with Dr. Maria Oden, co-director of Rice 360° Institute for Global Health
An article focuses on 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. Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of Rice 360°, is quoted.

2D oxide flakes pick up surprise electrical properties
An article mentions that Rice researchers found evidence of piezoelectricity in lab-grown, two-dimensional flakes of molybdenum dioxide. Co-authors cited are Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry; postdoctoral researcher Anand Puthirath; and alumna Amey Apte.
ScienceDaily (This article also appeared in Nanowerk.)


Johns Hopkins alum Caleb McDaniel wins Pulitzer Prize for History
An article features Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, who won a Pulitzer Prize for History for his book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution.”
Johns Hopkins’ Hub


Winter Spirit of Service Awards announced
An article mentions that Rice track and field athlete Michelle Fokam was awarded the Conference USA Winter Spirit of Service Award, which honors student athletes with significant community service endeavors and good academic standing.
Conference USA

The longest winning streaks in college baseball history
An article features Rice baseball’s 4-3 win over the University of Texas at Austin on March 27, 1977, which broke the Longhorns’ 34-game win streak. The Owls’ head coach at that time, Doug Osburn, is mentioned.

Texas regents approve raises for three football assistants
A slideshow pictures former Rice assistant football coach Yancy McKnight.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)


COVID-19 research funds back six new initiatives
The Rice COVID-19 Research Fund Oversight and Review Committee announced it will fund six additional projects by faculty working to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus: Develop a device that rapidly identifies high-risk patients; a mobile phone-based test to detect the virus; a project to show how images, narratives and histories shape pandemic response; a study of how policies impact air quality; a survey of Harris County residents to identify barriers to staying at home; and a study of the environmental impact in Texas.

About Stefan De La Garza

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