Dateline Rice for June 24, 2020


Historian compares civil rights protests, then and now
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 250 other media outlets.)
Toppling of statues triggers reckoning over nation’s history
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)

Rice, other Texas colleges face petitions, protests over reminders of racist roots
Alumna Gabrielle Falcon is quoted, and Provost Reginald DesRoches and Rice’s Task Force on Slavery, Segregation and Racial Injustice are mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

America takes stock of its historical relics
Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is quoted.
China Daily (This article appeared in the June 24 print editions of China Daily and China Daily Hong Kong.) 

Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history
Daniel Domingues, assistant professor of history, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This Agence France Presse article appeared in the June 24 print edition of the Jakarta Post and a previous edition of Dateline.)
États-Unis: Le débat sur le racisme touche désormais les Pères fondateurs
RFI (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Yahoo! Actualites and a previous edition of Dateline.)

What changes a protest from peaceful to violent? Aggressive law enforcement
An article cites collaborative research by Alessandro Piazza, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Yahoo! News (This CNN article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Rice University President David Leebron examines challenges, opportunities for colleges amid COVID-19
President David Leebron is featured in a webinar.
Asia Society Texas Center

Home ownership increasingly out of reach of region’s renters
A new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows that Houston’s housing costs are rising. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in the first two articles. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is quoted in Woodlands Online.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 24 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
Harris County works to keep coronavirus-fueled evictions from growing
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the June 24 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen and Lake Houston Observer.)
Housing Stability Task Force members represent service providers, property owners, tenants and advocates
Woodlands Online

Florida Democrats gain vote-by-mail advantage
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

New COVID-19 business grading system could help economy reopen more safely
Researchers at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab propose creating a system for grading businesses on COVID-19 safety similar to the health inspections restaurants are subject to, which they hope will help consumers make informed decisions amid the pandemic. E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted. Co-authors Snejana Nihtianova, director of research operations at the lab, and intern Megan Rafferty are mentioned. Amirian is quoted in National Geographic Netherlands.
Medical Xpress
Spoelknop is niet het enige coronarisico in openbare toiletten
National Geographic Netherlands (An English translation is not available.)

Left out of rescue bills, smaller oil firm bankruptcies surge
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Roll Call


Dramatic shift in economy underway as Houstonians adapt to new normal
An article quotes 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, and Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 24 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen, Pearland Journal, Katy Rancher, Sugar Land Sun, Bellaire Examiner, Memorial Examiner, Magnolia Potpourri, Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein, Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair and Lake Houston Observer. It also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

See heartfelt art Pearland ISD kids created to honor heroes in the pandemic
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 24 print edition of the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal and a previous edition of Dateline.)

After chaotic March primary, new Harris County clerk seeks to avoid same mistakes in July runoff
An article cites Rice research that surveyed poll workers and potential voters in Harris County to gauge their willingness to participate during a pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the June 24 print editions of the Chronicle’s Pasadena Citizen and Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

IOIT: Peer institutions announce fall plans as July approaches
An article mentions that Rice plans to reopen campus this fall with substantial changes, including classes held simultaneously in-person and online and a shortened fall semester.
The Williams Record

Opinion: Bank stocks may ‘rally powerfully’ once investors realize their concerns are overblown
An article mentions that Thomas Hogan is a former fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

MTSU baseball to play full 56-game schedule in 2021
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team is slated to play Middle Tennessee State University in 2021.
Murfreesboro Post

Budget travel idea wins ISRAEL21c student project contest
Rice is mentioned.

Don’t overlook Advanced Micro Devices as a coronavirus play
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.

B-schools react to Trump’s suspension of H-1B visas

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants


How diplomacy helped to end the race to sequence the human genome
Neal Lane, a senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.

Before the cats came: 1995’s web leaves me nostalgic for simpler times
An article features the 1995 “T.w.i.n.k.i.e.s. Project” by Rice students, who conducted “tests with inorganic noxious cakes in extreme situations.”

Presenting: The 20 hardest colleges to get into in the US
Rice is featured.
Cosmopolitan (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Life, News Dog and MSN Arabia.)


Analytics Insight names ‘World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics’
A list of the “World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics” by Analytics Insight 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.
Analytics Insight

Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a technology for clearing pollutants from water with gold nanoparticles that convert light to heat. Co-authors quoted include Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute, and alumnus Hossein Robatjazi.

Using smartphone tracking to identify patients with depression (ADA 2020)

An article features a presentation by Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions about the benefits of using smartphone sensors to measure behavior-biology pathways for depressed patients living with diabetes.

Diabetes Daily

94 money-making skills you can learn in less than a year
A roundup mentions that Rice offers courses on Coursera.
Yahoo! Finance

The inside scoop on Digital Locations Inc.
An article mentions Rice research into 5G technology.
Microcap Daily


Indian American students chosen as 2020 Washington Leadership Program Scholars
An article featuring Jones College senior Krithika Shamanna mentions that she has been selected to participate in the Washington Leadership Program.
India West


SWIMMING: Rettle steps down as Breakers coach
Former Rice swimmer Erin Matson is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

UTEP sells volleyball season tickets for 1st time
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team is slated to play the University of Texas at El Paso Oct. 4.
KVIA Online (This article also appeared in the El Paso Herald-Post.)

CWS rewind: 1987
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was swept by the University of Arkansas in 1987.
Arkansas Razorbacks News


Rice professor attracts grant to study magnetism
The Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has awarded Rice experimental physicist Ming Yi a five-year grant to explore the details of magnetism in two-dimensional materials.

Tour scores prestigious Centenary Prize
Rice chemist James Tour has won a Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize. The award, given annually to up to three scientists from outside Great Britain, recognizes researchers for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or education and for successful collaborations. Tour was named for innovations in materials chemistry with applications in medicine and nanotechnology.

About Stefan De La Garza

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