Dateline Rice for May 19, 2020


Houstonians are more positive than ever, Rice survey shows
Several articles feature the results of the 39th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey, which was completed just days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 19 print edition.)

Survey finds many Houstonians unprepared for economic crisis
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Tuesday’s show: The next phase of reopening and the annual Houston Area Survey (May 19, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Financial, health inequalities plagued Houston before COVID-19, Kinder Institute survey finds

Houston Business Journal
Traffic, economy biggest issues for Houstonians, survey reveals
KHOU Online
Kinder Institute Survey suggests Houstonians are optimistic
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
‘We are a different folk today’: Houston Area Survey captures changing attitudes in 2020
Community Impact Newspaper
Houstonians held positive outlook on economy, community before COVID: Survey
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
‘KHOU 11 News This Morning’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
HPM local newscast for 5 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 5 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 7 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
HPM local newscast for 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
2020 Kinder Houston Area Survey reveals growing solidarity, empathy
KTRH Online
KTRH-AM (Houston)

Rice University president says school revised fall schedule because of potential second coronavirus wave
Several media outlets 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. President David Leebron is interviewed in the first two CNN reports and WJR; Martel College senior and incoming Student Association president Anna Margaret Clyburn is interviewed in the third CNN segment.
‘New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman’
WJR-AM (Detroit)
‘CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto’
Some colleges and universities plan to have limited in-person classes and cancel fall break to combat coronavirus
CNN (This article also appeared in 50 other media outlets.)
‘Coronavirus pandemic: Worldwide coverage’
http://dateline.rice/may-19-fall-restart (This segment aired 10 times.)
Three more universities plan to end ‘face-to-face’ instruction before Thanksgiving
Coronavirus live updates: Moving to deflect blame, Trump criticizes WHO
The New York Times
http://dateline.rice/may-19-fall-restart (Scroll down to “As colleges weigh fall classes, quarantine dorms and mask requirements are on the table.”)
WINS-AM (New York)
WABC-AM (New York)

Special edition: Dr. Vivian Ho and Dr. Jill Weatherhead (May 18, 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.)

America’s renewables take hold as the coal industry enters a potentially permanent downward spiral
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
USA: Coronakrisen presser kulindustrien i knæ — og VE-produktion i vejret
Wind Denmark (An English translation is not available.)

COVID-19 halted arctic refuge bird research, but oil leasing may continue
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Slow down with the vaccine optimism. We have a long way to go.
Steven Rackley, professor in the practice of sport management, is quoted.

Conspiracies, misinformation — and the spread of the infodemic

Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Essential Millennial (This article also appeared in Medium.)

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

Social distancing: The new normal
Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences, is quoted and interviewed.
22 News Online (The broadcast segment also aired 10 times across the U.S.)

Graduate student solves decades-old Conway Knot Problem
Shelly Harvey, professor of mathematics, and Allison Miller, the G.C. Evans Instructor in Mathematics and Junior Fellow of the Rice Academy of Fellows, are quoted.
Quanta Magazine

Climbing walls, space capacity and more roundtable takeaways
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

Could sewage testing in Detroit serve as a COVID-19 early-warning system?
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Detroit Free Press

Coronavirus live updates: Texas falls short of recommended COVID-19 testing levels
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Toss your caps, virtually
The Daily Pioneer

Brag about your grad — gallery VII
Rice is mentioned.
NBC DFW Online


‘Early Bird’ makes training AI greener
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. Co-author Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in two articles. Additional co-authors Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, and graduate students Haoran You and Chaojian Li are quoted in Science Codex.
Early Bird uses 10 times less energy to train deep neural networks
Science Codex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Is Mexico’s wind sector repeating fossil fuels’ mistakes?
Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted.
Deutche Welle (This article also appeared in EcoWatch.)

NASA on track to launch new Mars rover in July
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.

Marching bands make seismic waves at the Rose Parade
Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Smithsonian Magazine

Mount St. Helens isn’t where it should be. Scientists may finally know why.
A graphic is attributed to Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Geology and Geophysics.
National Geographic

I più grandi innovatori del nuovo millennio
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is mentioned.
Economy Mag (An English translation is not available.)


Illegal immigration is not a drain on Texas economy, new study finds
An article features Rice research that shows Texas benefits economically from undocumented immigrants. José Iván Rodríguez-Sánchez, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Data and facts are bad for Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton
Daily Kos


‘We choose to go to the Moon’: 9 facts about John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice University
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.
WFTV Online


Quantum Hall effect ‘reincarnated’ in 3D topological materials
An article features collaborative Rice research that suggests one of the most famous phenomena in modern physics — the quantum Hall effect — is “reincarnated” in topological superconductors. Co-author Matthew Foster, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Science Codex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Engineers adapt 2D sandwich for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
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.
Photonics Online (This article also appeared in Spectroscopy Europe.)
Rolston String Quartet shows its world-class artistry in its debut album: Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky: Souvenirs
An article mentions that the Rolston String Quartet has served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Toronto Concert Reviews


C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll announced
An article features 281 Rice student athletes who made the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2019-20 academic year by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. The second article mentions that 66 Owls were also awarded the Commissioner’s Academic Medal for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better.
Conference USA
Commissioner’s Academic Medal winners recognized
Conference USA

LSU-Rice set for 2:30 p.m. kickoff Sept. 19 in Houston; no TV network announced yet
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The Advocate

‘Hoos transfer Trey Murphy shows signs of growth
Former Rice basketball player Trey Murphy is featured.
CBS 19 Online

Boise State adds graduate transfer quarterback from USC to its 2020 recruiting class
Former Rice football player Uzoma Osuji is mentioned.
Idaho Statesman (Subscription is required.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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