Dateline Rice for May 12, 2020


’13 Eyewitness News’
President David Leebron is interviewed about the challenges facing higher education. Leebron is quoted in a BizEd roundup that mentions that Rice’s summer courses, which will be taught remotely, will be open to the general public at reduced prices.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-12-leebron (This segment aired five times.)
Come Together: Building community during the coronavirus crisis

Special edition: Dr. Vivian Ho and Dr. Jill Weatherhead (May 11, 2020)
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 interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Still waiting for stimulus money? Thousands sign petition demanding answers from IRS
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 and interviewed.
Congresistas demócratas de Texas apoyan ayuda económica por coronavirus sin importar estatus migratorio
Univision (An English translation is not available. This segment also aired on KAKW-TV in Austin.)

Most Americans were staying home before government mandates: Study
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article originally appeared in HealthDay, and it appeared in Medical Xpress.)

Rush to mail-in voting set to create bureaucratic nightmare
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted in the Washington Examiner about mail-in voting, and his research, which surveyed poll workers and potential voters in Harris County to gauge their willingness to work polls and vote during a pandemic, is featured in Off the Kuff and MSN.
Washington Examiner
A poll of poll workers
Off the Kuff
Houston coronavirus updates: May 9, 2020
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Oil price boom expected following pandemic crash
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition (This Washington Examiner article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Ex-presidents have much to offer — but Trump isn’t ‘inclined’ to ask
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Daily Journal Online
Trump admin sprints to weaken environmental protections during pandemic
High Country News (This article also appeared in Enjeux Energies.)
Trump sta sfruttando il coronavirus per disfarsi delle leggi a tutela dell’ambiente
Wired Italia (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in OmniaGate and Zazoom.)

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about a possible increase in drug abuse during the pandemic.

COVID-19 registry uses Harvey model to survey locals
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. Marie Lynn Miranda, director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative and professor of statistics at Rice, is quoted
Galveston County Daily News (Subscription is required.)

Tesla moving to Texas? Leaders voice their support for headquarters to come to Houston area
Fred Higgs, vice provost for academic affairs, is quoted.
KCEN Online (This KHOU Online article also appeared in KIII Online, and a similar article appeared in Seeking Alpha.)

Despite growth push, tech still barely makes a dent in Houston’s economy
An article mentions the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the May 12 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

‘KXAN News at 6’
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
KXAN-TV (Austin)

Lady Falcons dominated shortened golf season
Rice is mentioned.
Brownsville Herald

At high-flying Texas Tech, ‘boring’ would be beautiful for Matt Wells in Year 2
Former Rice football player Jackson Tyner is mentioned.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)


Can Rice University’s hydrogen ‘leaf’ technology be a game-changer?
An article features Rice research that created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel. Co-author Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.


Katy ISD announces its 2020 valedictorians and salutatorians
An article featuring Sriya Kakarla, salutatorian of Seven Lakes High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Katy News


Best life: Hydrogels, the new tool to help heal tumors
An article features Rice research into injectable hydrogels that show promise to help heal wounds, deliver drugs and treat cancer. Jeffrey Hartgerink, professor of chemistry and bioengineering, is quoted and interviewed.
WMC 5 Online (This segment also aired twice on WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee.)


Promethean Live series announces lineup for the week of May 11
Michael Heaston, director of opera studies at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Broadway World

HGO announces the appointment of Miah Im as studio music director
An article mentions that Miah Im will take the helm as director of opera studies for Rice’s Shepherd School of Music July 1.
Broadway World

Launching both CubeSats and events with SEDS Rice President Ryan Udell
McMurtry College senior Ryan Udell, president of Rice’s chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, is featured in an On Orbit podcast. The article mentions that NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 and alumna Peggy Whitson ’86, the astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American, have spoken at Owls in Space symposiums.
Via Satellite Online

A virtual interview with Nicole Brogdon
Alumna Nicole Brogdon is featured in a Q&A.
Cindy Huyser Blog


Erica Harris receives the Eleanor Main Student Mentor Award
Alumna Erica Harris is featured. Joan Strassmann, professor emerita of biosciences, is mentioned.
Emory News Center

UNCG announces new provost 
An article featuring James Coleman mentions that he is a former vice provost for research and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Rice.
UNC Greensboro News (This article also appeared in Yes! Weekly.)


Pitching talent abounds for the Yankees in the middle of the system
Former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto is mentioned.
MSN (This SB Nation article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

USC basketball adds guard Drew Peterson, a transfer from Rice
Former Rice basketball player Drew Peterson is featured.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Clemson focuses on two-sport star in its quarterback search for 2021 recruiting class
Rice is mentioned.
The Post and Courier

This date in history: May 12
The Rice baseball team is mentioned.
The Eagle


Energy independence in Ukraine requires industrial, social reform
Energy independence for Ukraine will require a modernization of its natural gas industry as well as targeted social policies, according to expert Anna Mikulska, a nonresident fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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