Dateline Rice for July 16, 2020


Rice University will hold classes in outdoor tents, asks students to bring own chairs
An article mentions Rice’s plan to hold some classes outdoors in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, and Doug Miller, director of news and media relations at Rice, are quoted. President David Leebron is quoted in a South China Morning Post article about the Trump administration dropping a plan to deport international students taking online-only courses this fall, and he is interviewed in a segment by KVUE about planning for fall classes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Rice University is building nine outdoor structures for in-person classes, activities
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 16 print edition.)
Trump administration drops plan to deport foreign students taking online-only classes amid coronavirus pandemic
South China Morning Post
‘KVUE News at 6’
KVUE-TV (Houston)
‘Morning Joe’
MSNBC (This segment aired twice.)
‘Squawk on the Street’
‘Good Day Delmarva’
WBOC-TV (Salisbury, Maryland)
‘Fox 9 Buzz’ 
KSMP-TV (Minneapolis)
KTXX-AM (Austin)
’96-second News’
Mix 96.5 Online

Just like a giant ant colony: Humans aren’t the only ones to practice social distancing
Julia Saltz, assistant professor of biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 16 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)

As Biden launches first ad, Texas could become expensive new battleground in 2020 race
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.
KOMO News Online (This Sinclair Broadcast Group article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Trump pick declares victory in tight race to replace San Antonio’s Hurd, but opponent isn’t calling it quits yet
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared on the front page of the July 16 print edition.)

MJ Hegar warns Sen. John Cornyn of ‘brutal Texas re-election battle’
Austin American-Statesman

A computational lens on economics
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, authored an article.
Communications of the ACM

Day trips: Potty breaks
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Austin Chronicle

WATCH NOW: CV Chamber Music Festival concerts to be livestreamed
Hunter Capoccioni, chamber music manager at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
The Courier

People are becoming less anxious about growing cases of coronavirus, survey says
Two articles and a broadcast feature results from Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which produces a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston residents.
‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-16-covid-registry (This segment aired twice.)
As coronavirus cases grow in Houston, some people say they’re less anxious, according to COVID-19 registry

Will Tyler Smith get a rose on ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’?
Alumnus Tyler Smith is featured.
Lake Highlands Advocate

TXRX Labs president aims to supply startups with the technical skills needed to thrive 
Alumnus Roland von Kurnatowski is featured and pictured.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)


Defund or defend: After years of bolstering Houston police, city leaders consider paths to reform
Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared on the front page of the July 8-Aug. 4 print and digital editions of the Heights/River Oaks/Montrose issue.)


How ultra-black fish disappear in the deepest seas
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Qatar Airways threatens to sue over ‘illegal’ Gulf blockade
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Al-Jazeera (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Gulf remains locked in Qatar feud, despite Saudi setbacks

Yahoo! (This Agence France-Presse article appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Please join me in ogling these pics of the most beautiful college campuses

Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured.
Cosmopolitan (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Sports.)

City bird poop holds antibiotic resistance 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 was featured in the July 16 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)


Houston Museum of Natural Science names new director for HMNS — Sugar Land, George Observatory
An article mentions that alumna Kavita Self will be the new director for the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land and the George Observatory in Needville.
Community Impact Newspaper

Fiske Guide ranks Texas A&M among top 20 in US
An article mentions that Rice is on the “Best Buys” list in the 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Texas A&M Today


New tools increase accuracy of CRISPR-based edits
An article features Rice research that created a technique to dramatically enhance the accuracy of CRISPR-based gene editing. Xue Sherry Gao, the Ted N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, is quoted.
Technology Networks

When many act as one, data-driven models can reveal key behaviors
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a method to assess which aspects of individual behavior give rise to emergent behavior. Oleg Igoshin, professor of bioengineering and of biosciences and chemistry, and alumnus Zhaoyang Zhang are quoted.
Medical Xpress

Lithium battery life tripled by lasers and sticky tape
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.
Design Products & Applications

Leading Black educators in US Black Engineer magazine
Provost Reginald DesRoches is featured and pictured.
U.S. Black Engineer


Philosophers on Prospect’s 2020 ‘Top 50 Thinkers’ list
An article features Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English.
Daily Nous


UH’s Marquez Stevenson named to Biletnikoff Award watch list
Rice’s Bradley Rozner was named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes the top wide receiver in college football.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Carlin Hartman the No. 3 Big 12 assistant, as voted on by peers
Former Rice assistant men’s basketball coach Carlin Hartman is featured.

Fresno State’s Ronnie Rivers on national watch list again. Here’s why he gets attention
Former Rice football player Trevor Cobb is mentioned.
The Fresno Bee

Mountain West football 2020 predictions


Baker Institute: Politics are hindering public health
Partisan divisions about the pandemic are negatively affecting public health and economic recovery, according to experts at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Houston and Texas expected to fall short of postsecondary education goal
As demand for workers with college degrees rises, Houston and Texas are predicted to fall short of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s goals for the next decade, according to a new report from Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium, part of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

When many act as one, data-driven models can reveal key behaviors
In a study with implications from oncology to ecology, researchers from Rice and the University of Georgia have shown that data science can unlock subtle clues about the individual origins of collective behavior.

‘Bystander’ Cs meet their match in gene-editing technique
Biomolecular engineers at Rice have found a C-worthy technique that dramatically enhances the accuracy of gene editing. The lab of biomolecular engineer Xue Sherry Gao has introduced a set of tools that increase the accuracy of CRISPR-based edits in disease sequence models up to 6,000-fold compared with a current base editor.

About Stefan De La Garza

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