Dateline Rice for July 15, 2020


President David Leebron is quoted or interviewed in numerous articles and broadcasts about the Trump administration ending recently proposed guidelines 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. Leebron also discusses Rice’s plan to hold some classes outside in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School, is quoted in Yahoo! News; Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an editorial by the Houston Chronicle; Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in the second Houston Chronicle article; and Doug Miller, director of news and media relations at Rice, is quoted in PaperCity. A news roundup from Houston Public Media also mentions Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston residents.

Trump administration drops restrictions on online-only instruction for foreign students
CNN (This article also appeared in MSN, Yahoo! News, ATT on Yahoo!, Yahoo! Lifestyle and Yahoo! Entertainment.)
‘CNN Newsroom’
http://dateline.rice/july-15-leebron (This segment aired twice.)

US government backs down on in-person requirement this fall

Yahoo! News (This article originally appeared in Poets & Quants.)
Editorial: Trump administration right to rescind harsh rule on international student visas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Feds rescind ICE rules for international students
Houston Business Journal
Trump administration rescinds ICE policy that would strip visas from international students

Immigration: Trump administration drops program to reject university student visas if courses are online-only
CA News Ottawa (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
ICE decides not to deport international students taking all online classes
Houston Press
Rice University is building nine outdoor structures for in-person classes, activities
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN Lifestyle, San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
Rice University plans to hold some classes in outdoor tents
KHOU 11 Online (This segment also aired eleven times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Coronavirus headlines: Tomball ISD, Goose Creek ISD, Rice University unveil COVID-19 plans
Houston Business Journal

Rice University students will study in circus tents this fall, camp chairs necessary
In reversal, federal government will allow international students to stay in the US while taking only online classes
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
’96 Second News’
Mix 96.5 Online
Texas reports new single day high in COVID-19 cases
KTRH Online
KLBJ-AM (Austin)
Governor Abbott versus the critics on his right | July, 15, 2020
KTRH on Spreaker
http://dateline.rice/july-15-tents (Scroll to 109:22:00.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-15-tents (This aired three times.)
Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Primary runoff results and the week in politics (July 15, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KTRH-FM in Houston.)
Mass at football field scores touchdown with parishioners


MJ Hegar defeats Royce West in Democratic primary runoff to face Texas Sen. John Cornyn

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.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)
Air Force veteran MJ Hegar wins the Texas Democratic Senate primary
Vox (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Texans head to polls to decide competitive runoff races

Courthouse News Service
Texas Senate runoff asks whether what worked for Democrats in 2018 still works in 2020
Off the Bus (This article also appeared in Josh Who News.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

INSIGHT: Tax gap for non-filers — looking through the lens of COVID-19

Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Bloomberg Tax

Hidalgo wants a Harris County shutdown. Abbott has resisted. Hospital executives? They’re silent.
Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business,
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in MSN and the San Antonio Express-News.)

Are these the world’s 50 top thinkers for 2020?
An article features Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.

With robot deliveries and outdoor tents, campus dining will be very different
An article mentions safety changes implemented in Rice’s kitchens.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Food section in the July 15 print edition, and it appeared online in 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)

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.
KSL Online
KSL-AM (Salt Lake City)

UL soccer schedule reflects Sun Belt adjusting to coronavirus
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team is slated to play the University of Louisville in the fall.
The Acadiana Advocate

Leading Black educators in US Black Engineer Magazine
Alumna Gilda Barabino, the first African American woman admitted to the graduate program in chemical engineering in 1981, is featured.
U.S. Black Engineers 

Hotel ZaZa’s over-the-top Magnificent Seven Suites turn any Texas trip into a romp
An article mentions that some rooms at Hotel ZaZa overlook Rice’s campus.


Rice University hosts racism webinar with rapper Bun B
An article features the July 14 webinar “Race and Racism in America: A Conversation with Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman” by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. 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, and Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, are quoted and pictured. A video of the webinar is included.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

Another brick in America’s wall
A column cites a Houston Chronicle op-ed co-authored by Rice graduate students Shubham Tripathi and Kathryn Brink.
The Straits Times (Subscription is required. This column also appeared in the July 15 print edition.)


Lasers and sticky tape triple lithium metal battery life
Rice researchers have turned adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film that replaces troublesome anodes in lithium metal batteries. Quoted include James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering; graduate student Weiyin Chen, and academic visitor Rodrigo Salvatierra.
Futurity (This article also appeared in the July 15 “Futurity Today” newsletter and 10 other media outlets.)

Gulf remains locked in Qatar feud, despite Saudi setbacks
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
France 24
ICJ sides with Qatar on Gulf-rift air blockade
The Medialine


Made in Texas: This Houston invention has helped wine lovers uncork a bottle effortlessly since 1979
The late alumnus Herbert Allen, who invented the first iteration of the lever corkscrew, is featured.


3D-printing blood vessels with laser-welded sugar
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.
Today’s Medical Developments

Why mental healthcare is not a safe space for undocumented migrants

An article cites research by Luz Garcini, adjunct assistant professor of psychological sciences and former Rice Faculty Scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Medical News Today

WPI researcher leads $2.4 million project to manufacture low-cost, fast-charging lithium ion car batteries
An article mentions that Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, is part of a research group developing cheaper, faster-charging lithium ion car batteries.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

10 years on, Dodd-Frank’s compliance overhaul here to stay
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on banks’ expenses following the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Commercial office ‘home theater’ presents unique challenges
An article about a custom “home theater” in an office building mentions that the walls’ colors were chosen for the client’s alma mater, Rice.


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 appeared in the July 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

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 appeared in the July 15 print edition of the Chronicle’s Katy Rancher, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Wayne Graham selected for 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.
Victoria Advocate
Sports briefs: Puig, Braves reach one-year deal
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Recruiting Notebook: Whitehouse pitcher Logan Whitfield commits to Texas Tech; Teammate Jack Clark gives verbal to Louisiana
Rice is mentioned.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Wonders commits to Southern Illinois
Daily Press

The best win in the history of every Nevada Wolf Pack athletic program
A sports roundup mentions the 2003 baseball games between Rice and University of Nevada. The article also mentions that Rice later won the College World Series that season.
Nevada Sportsnet


Women’s rights advance in Mideast, North Africa — to a point
Although women’s rights have undergone significant reforms in the Middle East and North Africa, legislative change is not enough, according to the authors of a collection of briefs released by the Baker Institute.

As coronavirus cases grow in Houston, some people say they’re less anxious, according to COVID-19 registry
COVID-19 continues to spread in Texas and especially the Houston area, but nearly one-fifth of residents surveyed by Rice’s COVID-19 Registry say they’re less anxious now than at beginning of the pandemic.

About Stefan De La Garza

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