Dateline Rice for May 15, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In Pennsylvania, signs that Trump’s attacks on mail voting could backfire
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-stein

Each time coronavirus takes another World War II veteran, ‘we lose a part of history’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 40 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-brinkley

Houston’s economy is diversified enough to handle the latest oil bust … right?
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-rodriguez

Thursday’s show: State taking over Houston’s Harvey relief program and a blueprint for going back to school (May 14, 2020)
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.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-jones

Can COVID-19 spread through feces?
Viral RNA can be detected in fecal matter, but more research is needed to determine if coronavirus can be spread through human waste. E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-amirian
WUNC-FM (Raleigh, North Carolina)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-poop

White House urged to count long-term LNG contracts toward Phase 1 China totals
An article cites a policy brief co-authored by Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Steven Miles, nonresident fellow at the center.
S&P Global Platts
http://dateline.rice/may-15-medlock-miles

Rice engineer wins grant to study temperature and coronavirus
An article reports that collaborative Rice research has received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to study the effect of varying temperatures on the lifetime of the novel coronavirus. Dan Preston, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is quoted.
KTRH Online
http://dateline.rice/may-15-preston

More Lower 48 LNG landing in China, but pandemic clouds trade as tensions rise
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence
http://dateline.rice/may-15-mikulska

Grocery prices are soaring. Here’s what’s getting more expensive.
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a broadcast segment on KPRC-TV in Houston.
KPRC Online 
http://dateline.rice/may-15-barro

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 appeared in the May 14 print edition of The Buffalo News, and it appeared online in Greenmatters. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-cohan

Disease modelers are wary of reopening the country. Here’s how they arrive at their verdict.
An article about disease progression modeling mentions the author’s models were adapted from code written by former Rice faculty member S. Scott Collis.
The Washington Post 
http://dateline.rice/may-15-disease-modeling

Rice-trained computer science teachers shine at national level
Debbie Campbell, the Rice University School Mathematics Project’s Code.org program manager, authored an article. Code.org is a national program that helps K-12 teachers learn how to teach computer science.
Village News (This article was featured on the front page of the May 12 digital and print editions.) 
http://dateline.rice/may-15-campbell

School’s out, virtual summer camp is in
Rice head baseball coach Matt Bragga is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the May 15 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-bragga

LMC player signs fake National Letter of Intent to Texas Tech
Chuck Pool, assistant athletic director for sports information, is quoted.
Los Medanos College’s Experience
http://dateline.rice/may-15-pool

Rice’s shortstop Trei Cruz prepares for MLB draft with help from dad who played professionally
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.
Click2Houston.com (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-cruz

Online graduations still bring stars to the virtual lectern
An article mentions that while Rice will hold virtual commencement ceremonies May 16 without a guest speaker, the university hopes to bring graduates back to campus for a belated ceremony with the previously announced keynote speaker, Nicholas Kristof.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-commencement
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-commencement

HPM local newscast for 6 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020
A broadcast mentions Rice research that determined more than 40% of Houston-area households have lost income due to the pandemic.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-rice-study

Five ways higher ed could change in the fall
An article mentions 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.
Texas Standard
http://dateline.rice/may-15-fall-restart

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 on the front page of the May 14 print editions of the Pawtucket Times and the Woonsocket Call, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
http://dateline.rice/may-15-camp

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

World’s loudest bands create seismic waves
Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Science
http://dateline.rice/may-15-ajo-franklin

Saudi Arabia vs. Qatar: The new twist in the Newcastle takeover shows the symbolism of sport in the nations’ geopolitical standoff
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
RT
http://dateline.rice/may-15-ulrichsen

Marie Kondo presenta il nuovo libro sul decluttering
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.”
Donne Magazine (An English translation is not available.) 
http://dateline.rice/may-15-sonenshein

Die macht des lasers ist mit ihm
An article featuring Harald Riegel mentions that he is a former Rice exchange student.
Presse Control (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-pc

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Houston author Bryan Washington wins another major book award
An article mentions that Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, won a Pulitzer Prize for History for his book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution.”
Houstonia
http://dateline.rice/may-15-mcdaniel

Are you prepared?
The Rice and Texas Medical Center Flood Alert System is mentioned in a roundup of resources ahead of the June 1 Atlantic hurricane season.
CW 39 Online
http://dateline.rice/may-15-cw

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Archway Gallery presents 12th Annual Juried Exhibition benefiting Houston Junior Forum
An article mentions that alumnus Wayne Gilbert will be the juror for the Archway Gallery’s 12th Annual Juried Exhibition.
Woodlands Online
http://dateline.rice/may-15-wo

Houston band Blue October tackles mental illness, addiction in new documentary ‘Get Back Up’
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article also appeared in the May 15 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-15-hc

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Winners announced in the 2020 Fischoff 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.
Violinist.com
http://dateline.rice/may-15-shep-school

Rice University’s artificial leaf could change the way hydrogen fuel is produced
An article features Rice research that created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.
Hydrogen Fuel News
http://dateline.rice/may-15-hfn

SPORTS

LSU-Rice game time at NRG Stadium set
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/may-15-247

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 2020 win total — college football pick, Odds and Prediction
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Middle Tennessee State University Oct. 24
Sports Chat Place
http://dateline.rice/may-15-scp

CU sports information once again earns ‘Super 11’ designation

NEWS RELEASES

Rice engineer wins grant to study temperature and coronavirus
Daniel Preston, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to study the effect of varying temperatures on the lifetime of the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
http://dateline.rice/may-15-news-release-preston

2D sandwich sees molecules with clarity
Tests at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering of a two-dimensional Janus compound showed it could be an effective and universal platform for improving the detection of biomolecules via surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
http://dateline.rice/may-15-news-release-lou-jia

About Stefan De La Garza

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