Dateline Rice for June 3, 2020


Rice group raises more than $90K for Houston advocacy groups
An article features the efforts of Rice for Black Life, a coalition of university students, alumni and affiliates, to raise money for Houston-area advocacy groups in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Quoted are alumnae Summar McGee, Sonia Torres and Bilal Rehman, Duncan College sophomore Zahrah Butler and Jones College junior Martina Faciane.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)


Houston health officials fear George Floyd protest crowds will spur coronavirus surge
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 3 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

As coronavirus hits Texas, the state’s top health official is spending 30 hours a week on a second job — that pays $600,000
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.
The Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Coronavirus masks set the tone in fashion, politics and industry
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today

Faculty Senate Steering Committee votes to start fall quarter 1 week earlier

An article mentions 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 quoted.
The Stanford Daily

An accelerated COVID-19 vaccine? Not so fast
A May 28 webinar about the challenges of developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus featured the following experts from Rice’s Baker Institute of Public Policy: Peter Hotez, adjunct professor of bioengineering and fellow in disease and poverty; Rekha Lakshmanan, contributing expert and director of public policy at The Immunization Partnership in Houston; and Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy.
Medical Xpress

On top of everything, hurricane season is here and most Americans don’t have flood insurance
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.
Grist (This article also appeared in Enjeux Energies.)

Ed Emmett, Fort Bend’s KP George call on residents to complete Rice’s COVID-19 registry
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at the Kinder Institute, are quoted in an article that features Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 3 print edition of the Chronicle’s Katy Rancher and Sugar Land Sun, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Coronavirus and the future of the economy: 73.5 million Americans plan to look for more pandemic-proof job
James DeNicco, lecturer of economics at Rice, featured in a Q&A from WalletHub, and he is quoted in 401k Specialist Magazine.
Americans look for ‘pandemic-proof’ jobs as unemployment soars
401k Specialist Magazine

‘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 appeared on the front page of the June 3 print edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Local budget pressures are real. So why don’t cities just raise taxes?
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research on the economic impact of the pandemic on Texas’ three biggest cities.
Cities Speak
Valley’s unemployment rate continues to increase
The Brownsville Herald
Texas Standard
KERA-TV (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/june-3-kinder-study (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliate radio stations across Texas.)
They aria for real: Opera takes competition 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.
People Newspapers


Tracking the connections between air pollution and COVID-19
An article mentions that the Environmental Defense Fund has partnered with Rice and public health departments in the Houston region to develop the COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston.
Environmental Defense Fund on Medium

C-USA concludes board of directors meeting
An article mentions that the 2023 Conference USA baseball tournament will take place at Rice’s Reckling Park.
Conference USA
C-USA trims hoops tourneys to 8 teams
WDAM Online

Pepcid shows promise against COVID-19
Alumna Joanna O’Leary authored an article.
MedTruth on Medium

Cancellations, delays grow in area amid COVID-19
Rice is mentioned.
The Monroe Times


AJC Houston’s Community of Conscience unites against hate
Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, co-authored an open letter with members of American Jewish Committee Houston’s Community of Conscience in the wake of the death of George Floyd.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Fort Bend ISD Class of 2020 valedictorians, salutatorians
An article featuring Emily Nguyen, valedictorian of Kempner High School, and Stephan Xie, salutatorian of Clements High School, mentions that they plan to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 3 print edition of the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun, and it appeared online in the Fort Bend Star. This story appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

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.
Stephenville Empire-Tribune (This Austin American-Statesman article also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Lian named 2020 Faculty Mentor
An article mentions that the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium is held at Rice.
Lamar University News


‘CBS 4 Valley Central’
An article featuring Vidal Saenz, valedictorian of McAllen High School, mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
KVEO-TV (Harlingen, Texas)


Saudis bought shares of Canadian energy companies as price war sent markets plunging
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Financial Post (This article also appeared in 20 other media outlets online, and it appeared in the June 3 print edition of 10 Postmedia outlets across Canada.)

Exotic nanotubes move in less mysterious ways
An article features Rice research that developed a way to study the real-time dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes as they move in liquids. Co-authors quoted include Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of the Carbon Hub; Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Ashleigh Smith McWilliams.

Other news to note for June 2, 2020
A roundup mentions that Nuprobe Inc. has licensed two DNA sequencing technologies from Rice.

Bucher named Victaulic president
Alumnus Rick Bucher is featured.
HPAC Engineering

On our radar: Luisina Basilico
Alumna Luisina Basilico is featured in a Q&A.
Contract Design


Class of 2020: Palm Beach County high school vals and sals
An article featuring Smit Viroja, valedictorian of American Heritage School in Delray Beach, California, mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
South Florida Sun Sentinel

Social Impact Heroes: How George Foreman III and EverybodyFights have created a platform for the community to support the causes near and dear to them
Alumnus George Foreman III is featured.
Authority Magazine on Medium


Six named Academic All-District
An article mentions that former Rice track and field athletes Adolfo Carvalho, Alex Dunbar and Hannah Jackson have been named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Conference USA

Lance Armstrong documentary highlights former Tour de France winner’s contradictions
Articles mention that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.
ABC News (Australia)
Stream it or skip it: ‘30 for 30: Lance’ on ESPN+, a complicated portrait of a sports pariah
TSN Radio 1040 
British Columbia, Canada
Triple M 104.5 (Queensland, Australia)

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 (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 3 print edition of the Chronicle’s Woodlands Villager and a previous edition of Dateline.)

MoR’s Sydney Morgan (2021) makes verbal commitment to Rice
An article featuring Sydney Morgan mentions that she made a verbal commitment to swim at Rice.


Rice, Zhejiang University webinar to focus on overcoming challenges of COVID-19
How do we conquer and learn from the trials presented by COVID-19? Rice and Zhejiang University will host “Overcoming Challenges of COVID-19 and Evolving Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic Era” June 4.

About Stefan De La Garza

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