Dateline Rice for June 2, 2020


Tuesday’s ‘Houston Matters’: March honoring George Floyd and Houston as a ‘Prophetic City’ (June 2, 2020)
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is interviewed about his new book “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America.”
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

COVID-19 could hinder region’s response to a hurricane or tropical storm
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Public Media (The audio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston. This article also appeared on the Texas Standard, and the audio segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Houston, Dallas, San Antonio face sharp revenue shortfalls due to COVID-19
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed by the Texas Standard about the economic impact of the pandemic on Texas’ three biggest cities. Fulton and alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at the Kinder Institute, are mentioned in a Fort Bend Herald article that features Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston.
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliated radio stations across Texas.)
County surveys residents about virus
Fort Bend Herald (This article also appeared on the front page of the June 2 print and digital editions.)

Battle for House control shaped by bitter primary contests
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint and Bloomberg BNN.)

Prairie View A&M to launch a race and justice center in wake of George Floyd death
An article mentions that President David Leebron addressed the Rice community in an email in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Falling costs bring autos, power ‘on the verge’ of the battery age
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 2 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 

Here’s how to get your emergency fund back on track
An article quotes Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and author of “Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less — and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined.”
ATX Woman

‘You could see the train wreck coming’: Inexperienced, dubious companies among many aiming to cash in on coronavirus antibody tests
Alumnus Zach Bielak is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

MADS, Woodland Heights, Milieu reschedule 2020 home tours
An article mentions the Rice Design Alliance’s modern home tour.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Star section in the June 2 print edition.)

The Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition is now online
An article about contestants in the virtual 2020 Dallas Opera Guild Biennial Lone Star Vocal Competition mentions that alumni Emily Kern, Cory McGee and Isabel Signoret will compete.
Broadway World

Dealing with financial aid during a time of national and personal crisis
An author bio mentions that Carl Buck is a former director of financial aid and scholarships at Rice.
Daily Nurse

COVID-19 coverage: Stories by the TMC News staff
A roundup of coronavirus coverage mentions that Rice developed low-cost ventilators in April.
TMC News

Les tensions avec la Chine blessent la Virginie-Occidentale — Le seul État que le président voulait sauver
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Nouvelles (An English translation is not available. This Forbes article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Lubbock High seniors offering free online tutoring for struggling students
An article featuring Hannah Kang mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)


Rice University appoints interim executive director for Ion project
Rice Management Co. has appointed Jan Odegard as the interim executive director of the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district.
Community Impact Newspaper

Texas history: Reading Mexican American literature as history

A roundup includes an excerpt from alumna Cecilia Ballí’s “All About My Mother,” which was included in Dagoberto Gilb’s “Hecho en Tejas,” an anthology of Mexican American literature written in or about Texas.
Austin American-Statesman

TMA awards scholarships to 15 minority medical students
Alumna Breanna Chachere is featured in a roundup of Texas Medical Association scholarship winners.
Fort Worth Business Press

2020 study: Best value colleges in Texas

An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas according to SmartAsset’s list of best value colleges in Texas.
CityBizList Dallas

Pioneering Houston high-rise reimagined as a modern marvel — inside The Parklane’s mega makeover
An article mentions that The Parklane has a shuttle that will take its residents to Rice.


‘Salute to Seniors’
Rice is mentioned.
WOAI-TV (San Antonio)


Scientist goes deep to improve environmental tracers
Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, has received a National Science Foundation grant to improve scientific analysis of oxygen isotopes recovered over the past few decades from Earth’s rocks, oceans and atmosphere.

Survey says better test methods needed for industrial lubricants in manufacturing
Fred Higgs, vice provost for academic affairs, is quoted.
Plant Engineering

Moore Foundation awards $32 million for quantum materials research
An article mentions that Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a $1.6 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative to research the quantum nature of exotic materials.
Philanthropy News Digest

Texas | Poll finds record-low support for death penalty among Houstonians
An article mentions that a record-low 20% of Houstonians support the death penalty, according to the results of the 39th annual Kinder Houston Area Survey issued by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Death Penalty News

Samantha Villanueva-Meyer, chief legal officer at Enjoy, on applying teacher skills to role
A Q&A featuring Samantha Villanueva-Meyer mentions that she worked at Rice developing science and math curricula for K-12 students.

‘Buy my stock — please!’ Ex-White House spinmeister joins chorus of CEOs
A 2018 Rice study into stock value is cited.
Crain’s New York Business (Subscription is required.)

This is how cities can discover where affordable housing and transportation meet (or not)
An article mentions that LINK Houston partnered with Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research to study Houston residents’ accessibility to affordable housing and transportation.
Salud America

Six ways to strike back against data center power inefficiency
Alumnus Marc Cram authored an article.
Embedded Computing Design


Twins take Randolph High’s senior grad honors
An article featuring Jacqueline Wu, valedictorian of Randolph High School in New Jersey, mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Randolph Reporter


Lance Armstrong: Did we need another documentary?
Articles mention that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.
Lance Armstrong documentary on ESPN ends with moral contrast to his son, martyr-like speech
USA Today (This article appeared in the June 2 print edition, and it appeared online in more than 50 other media outlets. This story also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Lance Armstrong’s college football-playing son says he won’t dope like dad
Huffington Post
The awkward father-son moment that overshadowed latest Lance doc
Fox Sports
Would Lance Armstrong recommend PEDs to his son?
MSN (This article originally appeared in Yardbarker.)
Most awkward moment of Lance Armstrong’s 30 for 30 documentary
WFAN-AM (New York)

Friday roundup: Luke Willson and Blitz visit with military school children in Japan
Former Rice football player Luke Willson is featured.

The best hometown draft pick for all 30 teams
Former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman is featured.

Q&A with Adam Amin: The new Chicago Bulls play-by-play man on speaking out on Twitter, pretending to be John Paxson as a kid and his most embarrassing professional moment
A Q&A mentions the 2016 football game between Rice and Baylor University.
Chicago Tribune

Detroit Lions: Exploring the options for the 2020 punter vacancy
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured.


Exotic nanotubes move in less-mysterious ways
Rice scientists Matteo Pasquali and Angel Martí and graduate student and lead author Ashleigh Smith McWilliams have found a way to study real-time dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes as they move in liquids.

About Stefan De La Garza

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