Dateline Rice for May 14, 2020


The ‘new’ Saudi Arabia, where taxes triple and benefits get cut
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, co-authored an article.
Forbes (This article also appeared in EIN News.)

In a first, renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in US
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 14 print edition, and it appeared online in 10 other media outlets.)

Special edition: Dr. Cedric Dark and Dr. Peter Hotez (May 13, 2020)
Peter Hotez, adjunct professor of bioengineering and fellow in disease and poverty at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This “Houston Matters” segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

How wastewater could help track the spread of the new coronavirus
A broadcast mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted in Smithsonian Magazine; Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, and Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, are interviewed by KRIV.
Smithsonian Magazine
Coronavirus: St. Augustine tests wastewater for SARS-CoV-2

The Florida Times-Union (This article also appeared in the St. Augustine Record.)

‘Fox 26: The News Edge’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

LNG Q&A: Scholar discusses the role of natural gas in a world changed by COVID-19
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured in a Q&A.
Natural Gas Intelligence

Long-term social distancing doesn’t bode well for small energy cos. 
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

‘WeChat’ across time zones: How a Chinese app gives Houston immigrants a glimpse of the future
Jie Wu, director of research management at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Coronavirus section in the May 14 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Pandemic complicates OECD digital tax overhaul
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.

Small Albany grocery store triples business amid pandemic. Is it enough to survive a recession?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Muncie Star Press
‘KHOU 11 News at 6 p.m.’
A broadcast features research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which suggests Houston-area restaurants may be able to increase business in the era of social distancing by converting parking spaces into “parklets.” Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is interviewed.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

COVID-19, plastics and the future of sustainability

Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Waste 360

Plastic recycling is broken. Why does Big Plastic want cities to get $1 billion to fix it?


Mike Siegel hopes standing out in Texas will help send him to Congress
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.
Jewish Insider

Tapping into hidden talent by recognizing soft and other skills
Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and professor of management, is featured in a webinar.
Greater Houston Partnership (This article also appeared in Construction Citizen.)

Post-COVID-19, the public demands a cleaner, healthier future, but politicians fund fossil fuels
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Oil Change International

Mail-in voting question lingers over upcoming election
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
The Leader News

Opinion: Texas Legislature must reinvest in vaccinations, public health to save money, protect lives
Rekha Lakshmanan, contributing expert for Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the May 14 print edition.)

LU’s engineers utilize knowledge, resources to fill the void of PPE in the community
An article mentions design plans developed at Rice for an open-source emergency ventilator, which are now online and freely available to everyone in the world.
Lamar University News

School’s out, virtual summer camp is in
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is mentioned.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

How Lina Hidalgo is navigating coronavirus and conservative backlash in Texas’ biggest county
An article about Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo mentions that her health policy decisions have been informed by experts from Rice and local medical centers.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Mexico announces plan for economic reopening starting May 18
An article cites a recent webinar on North American supply chains organized by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Natural Gas Intelligence

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. This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

‘Action News at 4 p.m.’
A broadcast featuring Steve Currall mentions that he started the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship in 2000.
WFTS-TV (Tampa Bay, Florida)

Non, Bill Gates n’a pas proposé d’implanter une puce électronique à la population
Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Agence France-Presse (An English translation is not available.)


38 MBAs with the highest return for grads earning $100,000-plus
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured in a slideshow.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in WTOP Online.)


Prizes awarded at 2020 Fischoff Online National Chamber Music Competition
An article mentions that Rice Shepherd School of Music-based Balourdet String Quartet won first place in the Senior Strings Division at the 47th Annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Balourdet String Quartet is comprised of Shepherd School graduate students Justin DeFilippis, Angela Jiye Bae, Benjamin Zannoni and Russell Houston.
The Violin Channel

Open Compute Project Foundation announces new board seat for Google and new board member
Alumnus Parthasarathy Ranganathan is featured and pictured.


Space: The final frontier
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Letters to the Editor Blog

2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars are a profile in diversity
An article about 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholar recipients mentions that one awardee completed an undergraduate degree at Rice.
Stanford University News
Knight-Hennessy Scholars program announces third global cohort
Stanford University News


Astros could draft Jose Cruz’s grandson in 2020 draft
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.

Former Houston ISD athletic director Joe Tusa dies at 93
An article featuring former Rice baseball player Joe Tusa mentions he died May 12 at age 93.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the May 14 print edition and online in the Connecticut Post. Similar articles appeared in VYPE and KPRC Online.) 

2020 schedule preview 6/6: Rice & UTSA
An article features the football game between Rice and the University of North Texas slated for Nov. 21.


Hurricane season coming: Experts available from Rice
The first advisory during the global coronavirus pandemic and ahead of the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season has been issued by the National Hurricane Center. An area of low pressure is expected to develop a couple of hundred miles northeast of the Bahamas by this weekend, and Rice hurricane experts are available to discuss a wide variety of storm-related topics with reporters.

Can COVID-19 spread through fecal matter?
Early studies show evidence of COVID-19 genetic material in fecal matter, but more work is needed to determine if the virus can be spread through stool, according to a new review paper by Rice epidemiologist E. Susan Amirian.

About Stefan De La Garza

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