Dateline Rice for July 10, 2020


Editorial: Risk COVID-19 or leave, Trump’s choice for international students
President David Leebron is quoted in an editorial about new guidelines issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requiring international students to take at least one in-person class during the fall semester or risk deportation. Forbes mentions that over 70% of Rice graduate students in computer science are from abroad. Hanszen College senior Harish Krishnamoorthy discusses his concerns about completing his education in a segment on KTBC.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 10 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Trump move against international students may have backfired
‘Fox 7 News Edge’
KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/july-10-krishnamoorthy (This segment aired five times.)

Patients swamp Sun Belt hospitals with COVID-19 on a rampage
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.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about her research that suggests additional stress on parents caused by the pandemic may harm the development of their children.
AM 1150 News (British Columbia)

Do orchestras put audiences at risk of COVID-19?
An article features collaborative research between Rice and the Houston Symphony, funded in part by Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund, to determine how far a musician or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the atmosphere when they perform. Quoted or pictured include Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science; and Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN.)

The effects of COVID-19 on Texas realtors
Collaborative research by 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 featured in University of Houston News. Jones is quoted or interviewed in four additional items about Texas politics.
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)
Voters dislike negative onslaught in District 22 runoff election
Fox 26 Online 
Hegar launches air war; West looks to digital targeting
MSN (This Austin American-Statesman article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Republicans Isaac and Wymore approach runoff election in newly Democrat district
The Texan (Subscription is required.)

Texas Public Radio (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/july-10-jones (This segment aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)

Making the most of low prices: A short guide for natural gas importers
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.

Can algorithms select students ‘most likely to succeed’?
Fred Oswald, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and professor of management, is quoted.
Slate (This article originally appeared in EdSurge.)

LNP | LancasterOnline sports roundtable chats with Rice University men’s basketball coach Scott Pera
Rice’s head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is featured in a virtual discussion.
Lancaster Online (Subscription is required.)


Rice’s Tanner Gardner, a Stanford wrestling alum, says program’s demise ‘devastating’
Tanner Gardner, chief operating officer for athletics at Rice, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post, San Francisco Chronicle and yesterday’s Dateline.)

College students can apply for emergency grants through schools
An article mentions that Rice has dispersed $1.8 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to more than 2,700 students affected by the pandemic to help them continue their education.
Fox 26 Online (This segment also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Texas colleges, universities to receive $57 million in CARES Act funding for need-based financial aid programs
The Center Square (This article also appeared in Star Local Media.)
Coronavirus in Texas — July 10
The Kerrville Daily Times

UTEP men’s basketball announces C-USA schedule for the 2020-21 season with no bonus play

An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team is slated to play the University of Texas at El Paso Jan. 14, 2021.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Anthony Pinn on religion, oppression and humanists
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religion and founding director of Rice’s Center for African and African American Studies, is featured in a podcast.
Point of Inquiry (This podcast also appeared on PlayerFM.)


‘Houston’s Morning Show’ 
Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is interviewed about his collaborative research that suggests climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the final 25 years of this century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

KCSB-AM (Santa Barbara, California)
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory and co-author of “The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World,” is interviewed about creativity.

’13 Eyewitness News at 6 a.m.’
A broadcast mentions Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021.
KTRK-TV (Houston)


Attendance, grades, advanced courses best predict if HISD students will go to college
The best way to predict whether Houston ISD students will go to college is to examine a combination of attendance rates, grades and credits in advanced courses, according the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Co-authors Brian Holzman, research scientist at HERC, and graduate student Horace Duffy are cited.

Polarized light-matter interaction: New optical phenomenon revealed by cartwheeling light
An article features Rice research that discovered details about a novel type of polarized light-matter interaction with light that literally turns end over end as it propagates from a source. Quoted or mentioned include Stephan Link, professor of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering and associate chair for graduate studies, graduate student Lauren McCarthy and alumnus Kyle Smith.

Boron nitride destroys PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals PFOA, GenX
An article features collaborative Rice research that found boron nitride destroyed perfluorooctanoic acid at a faster rate than any previously reported photocatalyst. Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering, is quoted. Graduate student Bo Wang is mentioned.

Rice University’s MBA programs now STEM-designated
An article featuring Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business mentions that its MBA programs are now STEM-designated, which allows students to choose one of nine specializations including energy, finance and operations management.
Find MBA


Native Charlestonian Jade Simmons running for president 2020
An article features alumna Jade Simmons.
The Charleston Chronicle


SEC football: Ranking the toughest nonconference schedules in 2020

About Stefan De La Garza

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