Dateline Rice for July 14, 2020


Texas Senate runoff asks whether what worked for Democrats in 2018 still works in 2020
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 or interviewed.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
In Texas, former presidential doctor Ronny Jackson seeks a seat in Congress
Jewish Insider
High-stakes Republican runoff in Texas attracts national attention
Jewish Insider
‘Houston’s Morning Show’
KRIV-TV (Houston)

Hong Kong restrictions, Seoul mayor, Christchurch shooter: Your Tuesday briefing
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 and interviewed.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This roundup was also featured in the Times’ “The Morning Newsletter” July 14.)

COVID-19 Roundup: Doubts about social distancing

Inside Higher Ed

‘Good Day Chicago’
WFLD-TV (Chicago)
Texas Public Radio
http://dateline.rice/july-14-kirby (This Texas Standard segment aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
Colleges, universities using creativity to keep students safe during pandemic
Aiken Standard
WCBS-AM (New York)
WWRL-AM (New York)

How the coronavirus pandemic is shaping health care politics in 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 quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in MSN, Yahoo! News and The Union Journal.)

NBC News Radio’s ‘Health Update’ on iHeart Radio
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.
KOMO-AM (Seattle)
http://dateline.rice/july-14-moore (This segment aired on 1,000 stations around the country.)

17 states and DC sue Trump over in-person mandate

An article mentions 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. The second article features Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business and mentions that its MBA programs are now STEM-designated, which allows students to choose one of nine specializations including energy, finance and operations management. Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted and pictured.
Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)

Rice Jones dean on going STEM: Timing was almost ‘perfectly wrong’

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)

Texas reporting record turnout ahead of primary runoff elections
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted and interviewed.
KTRH Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRH-AM in Houston, and it appeared on KTRH on Spreaker.)
Texas primary runoffs: Democratic enthusiasm fuels record turnout
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the July 14 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.) 

Rice opening individual online courses to visiting students
An article features Rice’s Online Visiting Owls program, which will open courses to high school juniors and seniors and other “visiting” undergraduates. Caroline Levander, vice president for global and digital strategy, is quoted.
Campus Technology

DeSoto students participate in Rice Univ. summer STEM challenge
An article features activities in the one-week virtual summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. Paul Hand, assistant professor of computational and applied mathematics and director of the Tapia Center, is quoted.
Focus Daily News

The world’s top 50 thinkers 2020

Cashing in on coronavirus: Small biopharma company NanoViricides sees stock soar on treatment claims
Alumnus Anil Diwan is quoted.
CNBC (This article also appeared in MSN.)

LSU marching band isn’t traveling to any road football games, officials say
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The Advocate

Get your children saving: A guide to kids’ savings accounts
Alumnus Ben Gran authored an article.


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.
MSN (This Deseret News article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
KSL-AM (Salt Lake City)


Move gains steam to drop ‘Plantation’ from city, state names
James Sidbury, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities, is quoted.
Fox News (This article also appeared in MSN.)

The equity-diversity-inclusion industrial complex gets a makeover
Eden King, associate professor of psychological science, is quoted.

Is the Goya consumer boycott an overreaction?
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article.
Psychology Today

Houston woman creates networking group to help women of color hit their career goals
Alumna Christa Clarke is featured in an article and television broadcast.
KHOU Online (This segment aired on KHOU-TV in Houston and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Future Texas hurricanes: Fast like Ike or slow like Harvey?
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.
National Science Foundation
‘8 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston, and this podcast appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Mayor Turner, Council member Kamin and Houston Public Works unveil safety improvements to Rice University intersection
An article features recent bicycle and pedestrian safety changes to the intersection outside of Rice’s Gate 1 entrance. The late Marjorie Corcoran, a Rice professor of physics and astronomy who was killed at that intersection in 2017, is mentioned. President David Leebron is mentioned and pictured.
Houston Patch
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-14-bike-safety (This segment aired three times.)


Well-known Houston activist Reginald Moore laid to rest during private funeral
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

‘Good Morning Wyoming’
A broadcast mentions that a Rice senior capstone project developed a process of repairing fractured long bones in an arm or leg using magnets. Alumni Ashvin Dewan and Ian Frankel are interviewed.
KLWY-TV (Cheyenne, Wyoming)
http://dateline.rice/july-14-dewan-frankel (This segment aired twice.)


‘Why Science and Faith Need Each Other’
A book review features “Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values that Move Us Beyond Fear,” authored by Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program.
Christianity Today

Watch: Shape-shifting implant materials are 3D-printed
An article features Rice research that developed a 3D printing technique to create soft robots and biomedical implants that automatically change shape when subjected to various stressors. A Rice video is included.


Kinkaid graduates Stephens, Smith garner top C-USA honors
An article features alumna Louise Stephens, who was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2019-20 academic year and was also awarded the Commissioner’s Academic Medal for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better. It was Stephens’ third consecutive year earning the medal.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Katy ISD alumni Anadu, Hamilton earn COSIDA all-district recognition
An article mentions the following current and former Rice athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2019-20 academic year by maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better: Connor Hughes (football); Keegan O’Connor, Thomas Pratt, Alyssa Balandran and Michelle Fokam (track and field); and Nicole Lennon (volleyball).
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Hal Baird to be inducted into ABCA Hall of Fame
An article mentions that former Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2021. (This and similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Rockets: Paul Pierce says Westbrook/Harden changed LA basketball
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted.

Longhorns profile snapshot: No. 33 David Gbenda
Rice is mentioned.
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire
Texas 3-star LB Dylan Hazen selects Wake Forest over Illinois among others
Sports Illustrated’s IlliniNow (This article also appeared in


Tale of the tape: Sticky bits make better batteries
Using techniques similar to those they employed to develop laser-induced graphene, Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues turned adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film that replaces troublesome anodes in lithium metal batteries.

About Stefan De La Garza

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