Dateline Rice for May 18, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Rice community tunes in to first virtual commencement
Several articles and broadcasts feature Rice’s virtual commencement ceremonies May 16 and mention that the university hopes to bring graduates back to campus for a belated ceremony with the previously announced keynote speaker, Nicholas Kristof. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the first two Houston Chronicle articles; graduates Eric Shi, Gabrielle Falcon and Ellie Mix are quoted in the first Houston Chronicle article; Ivette Mekdessi, assistant director of career development at Rice, and graduates Hyunkyu Jun and Daniel Pham are quoted in the third Houston Chronicle article; Brandon Martin, manager of videography at Rice, graduate Grace Wickerson, former president of the Rice Student Association, and graduate Shree Kale are quoted and interviewed in ABC 13 Online.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 17 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement-leebron
Houston coronavirus updates: May 16, 2020
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement-leebron
Class of 2020 graduates into worst job market since Depression
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 17 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
Rice University graduates celebrate with virtual ceremony
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
Online graduations still bring stars to the virtual lectern
The Associated Press (This article appeared in the May 16 print edition of the Malta Independent, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
HPM local newscast for 12 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
‘KHOU 11 News at 10’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
‘#HTownRush Sunday’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Weekend’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-commencement (This segment aired twice.)

From nearly free to out-of-reach: Gasoline’s crazy price swing in Venezuela
Francisco 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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 16 print edition of the Times, and it appeared online in the Seattle Times and Sunrise Read.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-monaldi

COVID-19 uncertainty in Mexico complicates auto industry restart
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
The Detroit News (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the May 16 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-payan

Renewables have outrun coal. Appalachia needs to join the green brigade
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Forbes (Similar articles appeared in Wonkette and Environmental Protection.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-cohan

The pandemic’s next blow: Over 1 million Texans will lose health insurance 
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 quoted.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the May 17 print edition of the Morning News, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-ho

Stepping up to help graduate schools amid the challenges of COVID-19
Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and professor of management, is featured.
Inside Higher Ed
http://dateline.rice/may-18-oswald

The state hit hardest by the oil crash
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
OilPrice.com
http://dateline.rice/may-18-rodriguez

Can COVID-19 be spread through poop? Rice University researcher says it’s not a silly question
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. This research is also mentioned in Gulf News.
KHOU Online (A similar article also appeared in ArchyNewsy.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-amirian
COVID-19: How poop data helps in fighting coronavirus
Gulf News (This article also appeared in Al Khaleej Today.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-poop
Verbreitet sich corona auch über Ausscheidungen?
HealthNewsNet.de (An English translation is not available.) 
http://dateline.rice/may-18-amirian

‘KXAN News Today’
Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences, is interviewed.
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-pomerantz (This segment aired on more than 150 stations across the U.S.)

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 appeared in the May 18 print edition of USA Today and The Oklahoman, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-brinkley
David M. Shribman: A little help from their ‘friends’
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (This article appeared in the May 16 print edition of the Ukiah Daily Journal and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-brinkley
Im schutz der pandemie
Der Spiegel (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-brinkley
Trump aprovecha el coronavirus para desmantelar las leyes de protección medioambiental
ElDiario.es
http://dateline.rice/may-18-brinkley

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.
Newsweek (This article will appear in the May 22 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-ostherr

Immunization registry could aid COVID-19 vaccine deployment in Texas, experts say
Rekha Lakshmanan, contributing expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
KXAN Online (This segment also aired twice on KXAN-TV in Austin.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-lakshmanan

COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable: Reopening and more
Tina Villard, senior associate athletic director and director of recreation at Rice’s Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center, discusses how and when Gibbs may reopen in the coming months.
Campus Rec Magazine
http://dateline.rice/may-18-villard

‘KAMC 28 Good Morning Lubbock’
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KAMC-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-barro (This segment aired twice.)

The unnerving impact of COVID-19 on the chronically ill
Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences, is quoted.
Pain News Network
http://dateline.rice/may-18-fagundes

The engineers taking on the ventilator shortage
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.
The New Yorker (This article appeared in the May 18 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-ventilator

McClain: In 2011, NFL players couldn’t work with coaches because of lockout
Rice Stadium is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 17 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-hc

Borderlands: Cross-border trade key to growth; US-Mexico border truck crossings down 8% through April
An article cites the webinar “The Effect of the Coronavirus Pandemic on the North American Supply Chain,” which was organized by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
FreightWaves.com (This article also appeared in Blogarama, Translogistics and Rio Grande Guardian.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-bipp

John Cooper School athletes awarded at Night of Champions
An article featuring Cadan Hanson mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Woodlands Online
http://dateline.rice/may-18-cadan

College students don’t want to return in the fall, and it could cause many universities to collapse
Rice is mentioned.
Business Insider
http://dateline.rice/may-18-bi

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Opinion: Pulitzer winner Caleb McDaniel on reparations, slavery and the story of Henrietta Wood
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.”
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the May 17 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-mcdaniel
Monday’s show: A potential second wave of COVID-19 and poet Jericho Brown (May 18, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-mcdaniel

BROADCAST

WBAP-AM (Dallas)
Rice’s research into biochar, a charcoal-like material produced by pyrolysis that improves soil water properties, is mentioned.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-wbap

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

2D sandwich sees molecules with clarity
An article features research from Rice’s Brown School of Engineering that determined a two-dimensional Janus compound could be an effective platform for improving the detection of biomolecules. Co-author Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral fellow Jia Liang are cited.
ChemEurope.com (This article also appeared in NewsCaf and SciTechDaily.)
http://dateline.rice/may-18-liang

2D oxide flakes pick up 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.
Control Engineering
http://dateline.rice/may-18-ajayan

Tips for Texas about Tesla
Alumnus Lawrence J. Fossi, writing under the pseudonym Montana Skeptic, authored a column.
Seeking Alpha
http://dateline.rice/may-18-sa

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Five URI students awarded prestigious NSF graduate research fellowships
An article features alumna Elaine Shen, who was awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship grant from the National Science Foundation to study coral reef biodiversity in Indonesia.
University of Rhode Island News
http://dateline.rice/may-18-uri

SPORTS

How the top four 2021 classes in C-USA look so far
An article features Rice football’s recruiting efforts. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/may-18-bloomgren

Astros: Revisiting the 2003 MLB amateur draft hits, misses
An article mentions former Rice baseball player David Aardsma.
FanSided
http://dateline.rice/may-18-fs

Pima Community College adds Navajo hoops recruit Quinn Atazhoon
An article featuring Jake Lieppert mentions that he has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Rice.
AZ Preps 365
http://dateline.rice/may-18-az

3-star combo guard Houston Mallette commits to Penn State
Rice is mentioned.
Roar Lions Roar
http://dateline.rice/may-18-rlr

This Date in History: May 18
A roundup mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by Texas A&M University 8-6 in a first-round game at the 1995 Southwest Conference baseball tournament.
The Eagle
http://dateline.rice/may-18-eagle

NEWS RELEASES

Calm before COVID-19: 2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey reveals growing sense of solidarity, empathy ahead of pandemic
When surveyed in February and early March — on the brink of the coronavirus pandemic — Houstonians expressed a deeper sense of mutual trust, empathy and solidarity than ever before, according to the 2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey. The 39th annual survey was conducted by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and emeritus professor of sociology.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-kinder-study

Economic benefits of illegal immigration outweigh the costs, Baker Institute study shows
The economic benefits of illegal immigration are greater than the costs of the public services utilized, according to José Iván Rodríguez-Sánchez, postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-rodriguez-sanchez

Internationally acclaimed soprano Nova Thomas named professor of voice at Rice
Internationally acclaimed soprano Nova Thomas has been appointed a professor of voice at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. She begins July 1.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-thomas

Early Bird uses 10 times less energy to train deep neural networks
Rice’s Early Bird could use 10.7 times less energy to train deep neural networks, the form of artificial intelligence behind self-driving cars, intelligent assistants, facial recognition and dozens more high-tech applications.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-early-bird

Tools for space are food for thought on Earth
Rice students’ capstone projects have developed a portable database of tools made for 3D printing on demand, which may make settlements on the moon and Mars more practical.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-nasa

Quantum Hall effect ‘reincarnated’ in 3D topological materials
Collaborative Rice research has found surprising evidence that one of the most famous phenomena in modern physics — the quantum Hall effect — is “reincarnated” in topological superconductors that could be used to build fault-tolerant quantum computers.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-quantum

Rice names campus grove in honor of Rev. William Lawson
Rice announced today that it will name part of its campus central quadrangle The Reverend William A. Lawson Grove in honor of the esteemed community leader’s contributions to the university and the city of Houston.
http://dateline.rice/may-18-news-release-lawson-grove

About Stefan De La Garza

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