Dateline Rice for May 21, 2020


Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same
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.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 70 other media outlets.)
Fearing a second wave of COVID-19, some colleges will end fall semester early
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Six big decisions colleges are wrestling with as they weigh whether to bring back students this fall
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Boston Globe.)
UT will resume classes this fall with shortened semester
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Sacred Heart to condense fall semester, other CT colleges still weighing options
Connecticut Post (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
Rice University among colleges considering shorter semester
CW 39 Online
‘After the Bell’
Fox Business Network
‘Bill Hemmer Reports’
Fox News

Saudi Arabia raises taxes at home while making big investments abroad
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and interviewed.
PRI’s “The World” (This article also appeared on more than 50 public radio-affiliated websites.)

Opinion: To protect democracy, we must protect voters, poll workers in fall elections
An op-ed was co-authored by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice; Elizabeth Vann, director of programs and partnerships at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership; Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, adjunct assistant professor of psychological sciences; Philip Kortum, associate professor of psychological sciences; and Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the May 21 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News)

Four NOCs: Facing the current demand destruction
Benigna Leiss, nonresident fellow in Latin American energy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico and Center for Energy Studies, co-authored an article.

Texas Children’s to build $450 million hospital, its first outside of Houston, in Austin
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 in an article and a slideshow caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 21 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
From the editor: Chronicle newsroom dives into data to help readers understand the pandemic
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Texas businesses returning during coronavirus are unlikely to spur fast economic recovery
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

US LNG flows to China short of targets as outlook for trade deal grows bleak
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. Medlock is quoted in the Texas Observer.
S&P Global Platts
With storage space evaporating, the oil and gas industry will get to put its products back underground
Texas Observer

13 Houston energy tech startups pitch at Rice Alliance’s first virtual event
An article features the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s annual Energy Tech Venture Day, which is usually part of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston each May but moved to a virtual format this year. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.
5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week

Political roundup: Mixed messages from state and local leaders as more businesses reopen
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, participates in a roundtable discussion of the week’s news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Coronavirus brings Mexico’s governors to the fore
Rodrigo Montes de Oca, research scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Foreign Policy

KTRH-AM (Houston)
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about how the pandemic may change how and where people live and work.
KTRH-AM (Houston)

No, the Gates Foundation isn’t pushing microchips with all medical procedures

Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

David Shribman: Ex-presidents have much to offer, Trump should ask
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Joplin Globe

Letters: Ground control to Senator John
A letter to the editor mentions results of the 39th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which was completed just days before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


River Oaks fitness owner says pandemic is best time to reopen two-story Define headquarters
Alumnus Henry Richardson is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Renew” (This article appeared on the front of the “Renew” section in the May 21 print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Open source repository for COVID-19 drug-delivery simulation data launched
An article mentions that Rice is a member institution of the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, which recently launched an open-source website that will allow biomolecular scientists from around the world to share computer-aided drug-testing simulations targeting novel coronavirus proteins.

Playing games with college athletes’ lives
An article mentions the late Dale Lloyd, a Rice football player who died in 2006 from a previously undetected genetic marker for sickle cell disease.
The American Prospect

‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
A broadcast mentions that Rice summer sports camps may open in late June or July.
KPRC-TV (Houston)


‘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.
MSN (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


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. This article appeared in the May 21 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Rice University research uses data to spot your best sales team members
Wagner Kamakura, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article based on his research.
Innovation Map (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

After years of suffering, Heights woman finds remedy for migraines
Jennifer Latson, editor of Rice Business Wisdom, is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Renew” (This article appeared in the May 21 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

How ‘Passage’ author Justin Cronin became a lifelong catastrophist
Justin Cronin, Rice writer-in-residence and author of the best-selling trilogy of novels “The Passage,” authored an article.
Texas Monthly (This article will appear in the June print edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Jim Cole publishes second novel
An article featuring author Jim Cole mentions that he took a creative writing class at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Victoria Advocate

From the editor, June 2020: ‘Investing in talent’
A roundup mentions that alumna Rose Cahalan is the new associate editor for culture and lifestyle coverage at Texas Monthly.
Texas Monthly (This article will also appear in the June print edition.)


Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, is interviewed on a television broadcast about how climate change will affect sea-level rise.
The Weather Channel’s YouTube page (This segment also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Health beat: Hydrogels: Jell-O-like materials treat tumors
An article features Rice research into injectable hydrogels that show promise to help heal wounds, deliver drugs and treat cancer. Jeffrey Hartgerink, professor of chemistry and bioengineering, is quoted and interviewed.
News 69 Online (This segment also aired on more than 10 other media outlets across the U.S.)


Engineers develop energy-efficient ‘Early Bird’ method 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. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; 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.

ACM honors computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry
A roundup features Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, who will be awarded the Association for Computing Machinery and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Allen Newell Award.
Association for Computing Machinery

No brilliant jerks: How to deal with maverick CEOs
Marc Epstein, former Distinguished Research Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored an op-ed.
Leadership Now (This op-ed also appeared in Bloglikes.)

The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announces 2020 fellows
A roundup mentions that alumni Constantine Tzouanas and Jakob Grzesik and incoming graduate student Isaac Metcalf have been awarded fellowships from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation.
Newswise (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


GREATEST ATHLETES: Final Four: Cali Werner (Roper)
An article features former Rice track and field athlete Cali Werner ’16, who earned Rice’s Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, which is given annually to the top overall female student athlete. The article also mentions that Werner qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials for the marathon.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Lance Armstrong gets brutally honest in ESPN’s new film
An article mentions that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.

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. This article appeared in the May 21 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Versatile Josh Parrish makes transfer from Rice to USD official
Former Rice basketball player Josh Parrish is featured.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Texas Longhorns among favorites to land coveted four-star safety
Rice is mentioned in several articles.
Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Country
Shadow Creek forward Ramon Walker commits to Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Ramon Walker is staying home, picks Houston
Oklahoma State CB commit Raymond Gay receives 247Sports rating

Spring Branch ISD athletes recognized for academic performance
A slideshow featuring Ben Dukes mentions that he plans to play baseball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Commencement set for the John Cooper School Class of 2020
A roundup featuring Cadan Hanson mentions that he plans to join Rice’s cross-country team.
Woodlands Online


White House peace plan leaves Palestinians in the dust, according to Baker Institute expert
The terms of the White House’s Peace to Prosperity plan all but assure Palestinian failure, according to Gilead Sher, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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