Dateline Rice for May 26, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Colleges, universities making plans for fall semester with major changes in store

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 quoted in Up North Live and interviewed by WPDE.
Up North Live (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-leebron
‘Good Morning Carolinas’
WPDE-TV (Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-leebron (This segment aired on more than 60 stations across the U.S.)
Tempers rise as parents are divided on whether colleges should open this fall
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 26 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-fall-restart
From reopening to remote learning, here’s what other colleges and universities are planning for the fall
Duke University’s The Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/may-26-fall-restart
WCBS-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-fall-restart (This segment aired on more than 500 stations across the U.S.)

Oil-starved Venezuela celebrates arrival of tankers from Iran
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 26 print edition, and it appeared online in the Seattle Times and IRNA.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-monaldi
Crisis hits oil industry and energy transition alike
Inter Press Agency
http://dateline.rice/may-26-monaldi

Key Obamacare opponent emerges as Trump’s top warrior in mail-in voting battle
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.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-jones
Greg Abbott’s handling of coronavirus crisis critical to fate of Texas GOP in November, beyond
The Dallas Morning News
http://dateline.rice/may-26-jones
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-jones

‘The Lead with Jake Tapper’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about how pandemics have affected the U.S military.
CNN (This segment also aired on CNN International.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-brinkley

Survey: Racial, political divide in Harris County on mail-in vote expansion amid COVID-19
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted and interviewed.
Texas Standard (This segment aired on more than 20 stations across Texas affiliated with Texas Standard and more than 20 affiliated with Texas Public Radio. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-stein

An Industry in Peril: Experts take a look at the state of Houston’s energy sector
A virtual panel discussion featured Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. A video of the webinar is included.
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/may-26-medlock

Texas among states with fewer COVID-19 restrictions, deaths before holiday
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 and interviewed.
KTRH Online (This segment also aired three times on KUHF-FM in Houston, and it appeared online in KPRC Online and KUHF’s Spreaker page.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-ho

Coronavirus in Austin: Local jobless rate hits 12.2%
Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/may-26-rodriguez

Grieder: In Texas, unauthorized immigrants are net contributors to the state economy
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 cited.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 24 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-rod-san

When Furman cut sports, Houston players paid price
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the May 24 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-hc

10 things Houstonians care most about in 2020, according to the latest Kinder survey by Rice University
An article features 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.
Click2Houston
http://dateline.rice/may-26-kinder-study

Lynx waive two players, still have one more roster decision to make
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured and pictured.
Star Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-ogwumike

 

College graduates honored despite pandemic
An article mentions that Rice held virtual commencement ceremonies May 16.
Voice of America
http://dateline.rice/may-26-commencement

Student housing amid coronavirus: ‘Count on getting heads in beds’

Rice is mentioned.
Yahoo! Finance
http://dateline.rice/may-26-yf

‘Fox 26: The News Edge’
A broadcast mentions collaborative Rice research into a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-quantum-dot

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Blood flow may recover before brain function after micro stroke
An article features collaborative Rice research that determined increased blood flow to the brain after a micro stroke doesn’t mean that part of the brain has recovered. Co-author Lan Luan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Futurity
http://dateline.rice/may-26-luan

A grad student solved the epic Conway knot problem — in a week
An article quotes Shelly Harvey, professor of mathematics, and Allison Miller, the G.C. Evans Instructor in Mathematics and Junior Fellow of the Rice Academy of Fellows.
Wired (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-harvey-miller

How studying abroad shaped me
Alumnus Joshua Chaffin authored an op-ed.
Financial Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Financial Times Chinese edition, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-chaffin

HOUSTON/TEXAS

‘Mrs. America’ spotlights 1977 women’s conference in Houston
The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the May 24 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-rda

2020 Harmony School of Excellence salutatorian: Noemi Moreno
An article featuring Noemi Moreno mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-moreno
Head of the Class 2020: Meet the top-ranked students at Laredo high schools
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-moreno

Where to find Houston’s best barbecue for Memorial Day weekend
A roundup features Gatlin’s BBQ, owned and operated by former Rice football player Greg Gatlin.
Houston Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/may-26-gatlins

2020 Alexander High School valedictorian: Daniella Elise Morales
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-hc

Two Presidential Scholars win $100 Eckman Awards
Rice is mentioned.
The Gilmer Mirror
http://dateline.rice/may-26-gm

BROADCAST

ABC National Radio (Australia)
A broadcast 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.”
http://dateline.rice/may-26-mcdaniel (This segment aired on more than 60 stations across Australia.)

‘KHOU 11 News First Look’
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is interviewed about this week’s planned launch of the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station since the Space Shuttle Program was retired in 2011.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-alexander (This segment aired twice.)

TIMELINE: Houston’s firsts, from the momentous to the mundane and everything in between
A roundup of historic events in Houston mentions that Rice’s first classes began in 1912.
KPRC Online
http://dateline.rice/may-26-1912

’12 News Daybreak’
A broadcast featuring Tyler Foster, valedictorian of Beaumont United High School, mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
KJAC-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-foster (This segment aired twice.)

‘WPBF 25 News’
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
WPBF-TV (West Palm Beach, Florida) 
http://dateline.rice/may-26-kennedy (This segment aired twice.)

‘Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis’
Rice is mentioned.
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) 
http://dateline.rice/may-26-gz (This segment also aired on 100 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Best of Last Week: Extraterrestrial life, Surface Duo specs, and a low-energy neural network training system
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.
Science X
http://dateline.rice/may-26-early-bird

Revealed: Best universities in the world for 2020

An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 75 in the world according to CEOWorld Magazine.
CEOWorld Magazine
http://dateline.rice/may-26-ceo

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

US Senate candidates at a glance
An article mentions that Gavin Clarkson attended Rice.
Santa Fe New Mexican
http://dateline.rice/may-26-sfnm

SPORTS

Get to know the top 2020 MLB Draft prospects
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is featured.
MLB.com
http://dateline.rice/may-26-cruz

ATHLETICS: Cooper Dragons honor athletes with virtual presentation
A roundup featuring Cadan Hanson mentions that he plans to join Rice’s cross-country team.
Houston Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/may-26-hanson
Commencement set for The John Cooper School Class of 2020
Hello Woodlands
http://dateline.rice/may-26-hanson

VYPE AWARDS 2020: To the victors go the spoils in private school football
An article featuring Caleb Chappelle mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.
VYPE
http://dateline.rice/may-26-chappelle

Lance Armstrong gets ‘The Last Dance’ treatment in a new documentary on his legacy
An article mentions that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.
Fast Company
http://dateline.rice/may-26-fc
Seven things we learned from the new Lance Armstrong documentary
Cycling Weekly
http://dateline.rice/may-26-cw
Newstalk Ireland
http://dateline.rice/may-26-ni

NEWS RELEASES

Rice’s COVID-19 research fund awards final grants
The Rice University COVID-19 Research Fund Oversight and Review Committee has awarded nine final grants to faculty working to mitigate the effects of the new coronavirus.
http://dateline.rice/may-26-news-release-covid-research

Ocean virus hijacks carbon-storing bacteria
Beneath the ocean’s surface, a virus is hijacking the metabolism of the most abundant organism on Earth. That may be of interest to those of us above who breathe. Rice scientists analyzed the role of ferredoxin proteins produced when phages alter the ability of Prochlorococcus marinus to store carbon and counter the greenhouse gas effect arising from fossil fuel consumption.
http://dateline.rice/may-26-news-release-silberg

Blood flow recovers faster than brain in micro strokes
Collaborative Rice research determined that increased blood flow to the brain after a micro stroke doesn’t mean that part of the brain has recovered, according to Lan Luan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
http://dateline.rice/may-26-news-release-luan

About Stefan De La Garza

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