Dateline Rice for May 13, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

‘The world absolutely needs you’: University president’s message to class of 2020
President David Leebron discusses the challenges facing higher education. Additional articles mention 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.
ABC 13 Online
http://dateline.rice/may-13-leebron
5 ways higher ed could change in the fall
Houston Public Media
http://dateline.rice/may-13-fall-restart
Are campuses opening the classroom this fall?
Campus Security & Life Safety
http://dateline.rice/may-13-fall-restart

We really can’t screw up disaster season this year. Global health depends on it.
Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
The Nation
http://dateline.rice/may-13-elliott

Plastic recycling is broken. So why does big plastic want $1 billion to fix it?
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Mother Jones (This article also appeared in LB From LV Blog.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-meidl

Pollution returns to Houston, as coronavirus restrictions loosen

Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. 

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the May 13 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-cohan

When will renewables pass coal? Sooner than anyone thought

Inside Climate News
http://dateline.rice/may-13-cohan

‘If the students don’t come back, we’re dead in the water’: Loss of sports spells trouble far beyond athletic departments
Steven Rackley, professor in the practice of sport management, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
http://dateline.rice/may-13-rackley

Drivers emerge from lockdown, hinting at higher emissions
Bill Arnold, professor in the practice of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
E&E News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition.) 
http://dateline.rice/may-13-arnold

Harris County attorney asks appellate court for clarification on vote-by-mail order
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Dallas Voice (This article also appeared in Houston Style Magazine.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-stein

5 reasons why the ‘Plandemic’ video went viral so quickly
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article.
Psychology Today
http://dateline.rice/may-13-dholakia

Essay: Life in limbo — whether from sickness, job loss or quarantine — is a time for growth
Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 13 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-obodaru

Trump dismantles environmental protections under cover of coronavirus
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Guardian (This article appeared in the May 12 print editions of the U.S. and Australia issues, the May 12 print edition of the Tehran Times and online in EcoWatch. This story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-brinkley
David M. Shribman: A little help from their ‘friends’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (This article appeared in the May 12 print edition of the Post-Gazette, and it appeared in the May 12 print editions of the Saline Courier and Porterville Recorder. This story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-brinkley

Most Americans were staying home before government mandates: Study
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
Doctors Lounge (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-kolditz

Las contradicciones sobre el uso del cubrebocas causan confusión en Texas
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.
Univision (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-jones

School’s out, virtual summer camp is in
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview”
http://dateline.rice/may-13-bragga

WNBA guard or doctor? Erica Ogwumike weighs options during unique time

Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured.
Yahoo! Sports (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-ogwumike

After a draining spring, parents face the prospect of a summer without a lifeline: Camp
An article mentions that summer camps scheduled at Rice have been canceled.

The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-camp

A coronavirus warning in LA’s municipal turds
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
LAist
http://dateline.rice/may-13-poop

 

Houston ISD announces virtual graduation date
A caption cites Rice research that determined that after hiring more college counselors in 2015, the Houston Independent School District’s college application rate increased by 23%.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-hc

Quantity is not rigor
An article mentions the Course Workload Estimator tool, which can inform professors’ expectations about how much time their students should devote to homework, by Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
Inside Higher Education
http://dateline.rice/may-13-cte

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Katy ISD celebrates 16 exceptional seniors
An article featuring Sriya Kakarla, salutatorian of Seven Lakes High School, mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-hc
http://dateline.rice/may-13-hc

Crosby’s all-state trumpet player eyes symphonic career
An article featuring graduating high school student Demetrius Sheats mentions that he hopes to complete a master’s degree at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 13 print edition of the Chronicle’s Houston Area Observer and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-shep-school

BROADCAST

Brag about your grad — gallery 5
An article featuring Arinze Appio-Riley mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
NBC DFW Online
http://dateline.rice/may-13-nbc

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Supersonic spacecraft could surf its own waves to Mars
An article features research by Patrick Rodi, professor in the practice in mechanical engineering, who designed a spacecraft that could withstand a fiery return from space and float on its shock wave.
Thomas
http://dateline.rice/may-13-rodi

5 tax strategies to help you hold on to your money in retirement
Alumnus Troy Sharpe authored an article.
Kiplinger
http://dateline.rice/may-13-kip

Becoming an engineer | One-on-one with Tarence Rice
Graduate student Tarence Rice is featured.
U.S. Black Engineer
http://dateline.rice/may-13-rice

How to gain a tuition waiver based on family income
An article mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
SavingForCollege.com
http://dateline.rice/may-13-rice-investment

Gas-powered engines boost efficiency using energy storage, automation
Alumnus Stephen Whitfield authored an article.
Drilling Contractor
http://dateline.rice/may-13-dc

SPORTS

Top academic squads earn Public Recognition Awards
An article mentions that Rice’s women’s cross-country team earned its 15th straight NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award for having multiyear Academic Progress Rate scores in the top 10 percent nationally through 2019.
NCAA
http://dateline.rice/may-13-wcc

50 years of Westlake athletics: The Chaps’ all-time tennis team

An article features head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt.
Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/may-13-schmidt

College basketball’s 40 Under 40: Debating Will Wade and the rest of our list
An article mentions former Rice assistant men’s basketball coach Adam Cohen.
ESPN (This article also appeared in ABC 11 Online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-espn

OSU football: Cowboys get commitment from defensive back Raymond Gay
Rice is mentioned.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in Rivals.)
http://dateline.rice/may-13-rivals
Oklahoma State lands commitment from speedy Texas defensive back
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/may-13-247

About Stefan De La Garza

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