Dateline Rice for July 13, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Get out
A news roundup mentions that some classes at Rice may be held outside in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in the first two New York Times articles. The third mentions safety changes implemented in Rice’s kitchens.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This roundup was also featured in the Times’ “The Morning Newsletter” July 13 and in Medium, The Apex Herald, Prudent Press Agency and Up News Info.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-kirby
Coronavirus live updates: Bleak outlook in US as cases rise in 39 states
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-kirby

With robot deliveries and outdoor tents, campus dining will be very different
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

http://dateline.rice/july-13-rice-dining
KTRS-AM (St. Louis)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-tents
KFBK-AM (Sacramento, California)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-tents

Anatomy of a COVID-19 conspiracy theory
Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering and lead researcher into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history, is interviewed and quoted.
NPR (This segment also aired on more than 950 stations across the U.S., and the article appeared in more than 150 NPR-affiliated webpages.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-13-mchugh

Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (July 10, 2020)
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 interviewed and quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-ho
State GOP convention canceled and new ‘The Far Side’ cartoons: ‘The Good, Bad and Ugly’ of the week’s news
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-ho
A singular figure in Texas’ coronavirus response, Gov. Greg Abbott leads a state headed in an alarming direction
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-ho

Rivals Dubai and Abu Dhabi tackle coronavirus in very different ways

Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in the Washington Post. Krane co-authored an op-ed in Forbes with Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-krane
When Saudi Arabia says ‘jump!’ OPEC responds ‘how high?’
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/july-13-krane-finley

As Gov. Greg Abbott leads state through COVID-19 pandemic, where is the Texas Legislature?
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 in the Dallas Morning News, and he authored an article in The Hill and is quoted in two additional articles about Texas politics. Jones is interviewed by WOLB about the expected filing of paperwork to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by the Trump administration.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 11 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-jones
4 Texas GOP congressional primary runoffs to watch
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-jones

6 key Senate and House races to watch on Tuesday
Vox (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-jones

An Air Force vet and a state senator face off in a Texas primary runoff for the Senate
Jewish Insider
http://dateline.rice/july-13-jones
WOLB-AM (Baltimore)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-jones (This segment aired twice.)

You don’t need single-use plastic bags. You need a mask
Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Wired
http://dateline.rice/july-13-meidl

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the importance of going to school on a child’s emotional and social development, but she cautions that coronavirus cases must be lowered before students return to classrooms.
http://dateline.rice/july-13-moore (This segment aired five times.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-moore (This segment aired twice.)

Coronavirus, unemployment, uncertainty imperil Texas workers: ‘It trickles down’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 13 print editions of the Times, The Dallas Morning News and Tacoma News Tribune, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-fulton

Plan C live: Reopening university makerspaces
Amy Kavalewitz, executive director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and Danny Blacker, OEDK engineering design supervisor, participate in a virtual panel discussion about the challenges university makerspaces face in reopening to faculty and students.
Make:
http://dateline.rice/july-13-kavalewitz-blacker

Archiving COVID-19 as it happens
An article features Joshua Furman, temporary project manager in Jewish Studies and founder of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice, who is documenting “the new normal” during the pandemic for Houston’s Jewish residents.
Moment
http://dateline.rice/july-13-furman

Award-winning gay author, poet headline Miami Writer’s Institute
An article features Bryan Washington, lecturer in English, and mentions that he will be leading the virtual workshop “Subverting Timelines” at the Miami Book Fair’s summer Writer’s Institute, which begins July 27.
South Florida Gay News
http://dateline.rice/july-13-washington

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. Postdoctoral research associate Vivek Boominathan is pictured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Zest section in the July 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-yekovich-veeraraghavan-sabharwal

Million-dollar research fund will focus on coronavirus and racism, Khator announced
An article mentions Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund was established earlier this year.
The Daily Cougar
http://dateline.rice/july-13-covid-research

UH-Washington State game nixed by Pac-12’s conference-only plan
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 3.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 11 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-rice-football
Clock is ticking for college football in the fall
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 11 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the cover of the San Antonio Express-News’ July 12 print edition of Sports Nation Weekly. This story appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-rice-football

Fans watch first in-person baseball game amid COVID-19 pandemic in Sugar Land
Former Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.
Click2Houston
http://dateline.rice/july-13-cruz

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 aired twice on KRIV-TV in Houston, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-cares-act

Utah’s 55-day moonshot: Our quest to quell the pandemic
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Deseret News
http://dateline.rice/july-13-kennedy

RACE IN THE U.S.

Homeownership rates falling fastest for Black Houstonians
An article features research from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research which determined that homeownership rates for African Americans in Houston and surrounding Harris County declined more than for any other racial and ethnic group from 2010 to 2018. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute, is quoted.
Courthouse News Service
http://dateline.rice/july-13-shelton

Chicago and the largest slavery reparations settlement in US history
A television broadcast features Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history, who discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution.”
WGN Online (This segment aired three times on WGN-TV in Chicago, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-mcdaniel

Racing beyond racism 

Daniel Domingues, assistant professor of history, is quoted.
Telangana Today
http://dateline.rice/july-13-domingues

Opinion: Banning Chinese students will hurt US economy, Secure Campus Act will threaten US STEM research
Graduate students Shubham Tripathi and Kathryn Brink co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-tripathi-brink

Black Lives Matter billboard sparks controversy, death threats in Houston’s Vietnamese community
Anne Chao, the manager of the Houston Asian American Archive and adjunct lecturer in the humanities department at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-chao

‘You can always feel it’: Concerns about racism, lack of inclusiveness at Texas A&M resurface after George Floyd’s death
Graduate student Raisha Smith is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 12 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Metro section of the July 12 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. It appeared online in the Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-smith

The fallacy of white privilege — and how it’s corroding society
An article cites Rice research into the education levels attained by Nigerian Americans.
New York Post (This article also appeared in the July 12 print edition, and it appeared online in The World News and Black News Zone.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-nyp

What it means for Marc Eversley to be the Bulls’ first Black general manager
Alumnus J.J. Polk is mentioned.
The Athletic (This article also appeared in The Athletic UK.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-polk

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Stanford, Yale file in favor of lawsuit aimed at Trump visa rule
Three articles mention that Rice is one of several research universities nationwide that plans to submit an amicus brief, a document by non-litigants who have a special interest or expertise in a legal case, supporting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in their lawsuit against the 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. President David Leebron and Provost Reginald DesRoches are cited in the Houston Business Journal and MSN. The Houston Chronicle mentions that Leebron interviewed U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in October 2012 and quotes Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-amicus-brief

Rice University to submit amicus brief supporting Harvard, MIT in fight against new ICE rules 

Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/july-13-leebron-desroches

‘We disagree deeply’ | Rice University leaders respond to new ICE rules regarding international students
MSN (This article also appeared in KHOU Online.)

http://dateline.rice/july-13-leebron-desroches
Lindenberger: Chief Justice John Roberts is not on your side
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 12 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

http://dateline.rice/july-13-leebron-brace

City bird poop hold antibiotic-resistant genes
An article features a new Rice study that quantifies the abundance, diversity and seasonal persistence of antibiotic-resistant genes in bird poop. Co-authors quoted include Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; postdoctoral research associate Pingfeng Yu; and graduate student Ruonan Sun.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-alvarez

How a small Arab nation built a Mars mission from scratch in six years
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Scientific American (This Nature article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-ulrichsen

AI + IoT = 1,000X more dense networking environments: How Intel, NSF are planning for tomorrow
An article mentions that Rice researchers were awarded a grant in the Machine Learning for Wireless Networking Systems program funded by Intel and the National Science Foundation.
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/july-13-machine-learning-grant

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Houston violinist Kenneth Goldsmith called gifted musician
An article mentions the recent death of Kenneth Goldsmith, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of the Shepherd School, is quoted. James Dunham, professor of viola, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the July 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-goldsmith-yekovich-dunham

BROADCAST

New climate study signals faster-moving hurricanes for Texas
Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and 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.
Fox 29 Online (This article appeared in Fox affiliate Q13 Online and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-hassanzadeh

Visitation for Sugar Land activist Reginald Moore set for today
An article mentions the July 3 death of activist Reginald Moore, whose research is collected and housed as the Reginald Moore Sugar Land Convict-Leasing System Research Collection at the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library.
ABC 13 Online
http://dateline.rice/july-13-moore-woodson-research

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Sweet way to 3D-print blood vessels
An article features collaborative Rice research that created complex blood vessel networks from templates of 3D-printed sugar, capable of feeding a constructed organ. Co-authors Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Ian Kinstlinger are quoted.
3D Printing Progress
http://dateline.rice/july-13-miller

Common mineral found to destroy forever chemicals in contaminated water
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.
LabRoots
http://dateline.rice/july-13-wong

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Research shows that eggs help keep produce fresh
An article features Rice research that developed a way to use eggs that would otherwise be wasted as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry, is quoted.
The Packer
http://dateline.rice/july-13-ajayan

SPORTS

Valley athlete commits to Fresno State football
An article mentions that Jaden Geron is committed to play basketball at Rice.
Fox 26 Online
http://dateline.rice/july-13-fox26
‘Fox 26 10 o’clock News’
KMPH-TV (Fresno, California)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-fox26

History of the Powerhouse: A dive into Houston baseball’s program
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Houston in a 2000 NCAA regional.
The Daily Cougar
http://dateline.rice/july-13-dc

The Varsitys: Celebrating the best in Coppell sports in 2019-20 (part 1)
Rice is mentioned.
Coppell Gazette
http://dateline.rice/july-13-cg

Wrongfully convicted Greg Kelley participates in walk-on tryout with the Texas Longhorns
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Country
http://dateline.rice/july-13-lc
Greg Kelley participates in walk-on tryout for Texas Longhorns after exoneration from wrongful conviction
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/july-13-khou

College football neighborhoods: Where does every FBS team live entering a new decade?
Rice football is mentioned.
Hero Sports
http://dateline.rice/july-13-hs

NEWS RELEASES

Bird droppings carry risk of antibiotic resistance
Bird poop may pose more health risks than people realize, according to Rice environmental engineers who study antibiotic resistance. Their study found high levels of genes that encode antibiotic resistance harbored by opportunistic pathogens in the droppings of common urban ducks, crows and gulls.
http://dateline.rice/july-13-news-release-yu-alvarez

Rice U. expert: Hagia Sophia should remain interfaith
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque is a lost opportunity for interfaith progress and only serves to “stir the pot,” according to Craig Considine, a scholar on Christian and Muslim relations and author of the new book “The Humanity of Muhammad: A Christian View.”
http://dateline.rice/july-13-news-release-considine

About Stefan De La Garza

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