Dateline Rice for July 20, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


Election lawsuits set record pace amid COVID-19 pandemic as results decide who votes and how Nov. 3
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 and interviewed.
USA Today (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
HISD interim superintendent on the district’s decision to go virtual
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Texas to fall short of 2030 higher-education goals, report predicts
An article cites a study by the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that suggests only 50% of Texas residents between the ages of 25 to 34 will have a postsecondary education by 2030 if new policies or practices aren’t implemented to help meet the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s goal of 60%. Brian Holzman, research scientist at HERC, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 19 print edition of the Chronicle and the July 20 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

When face masks become a fashion statement rather than a political tool — Houston notables step up with style
President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun are pictured in a slideshow standing in front of Lovett Hall donning Rice-branded face masks.

Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, FBISD’s Dr. Charles Dupre and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (July 17, 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.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

How COVID-19 surcharges can benefit consumers
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article.
Psychology Today

The Supplementary Budget is harmful: Alternative financing and time frames are needed
Ilan Strauss, lecturer at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article about South Africa’s budget challenges.
MSN South Africa (This article originally appeared in DM.)

With college looming, experts answer 6 of parents’ most pressing questions
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to hold some classes outdoors in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in The Dallas Morning News, Austin American-Statesman and Education News.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.)
Tents at Rice, foggers at Central Florida, Plexiglass at Purdue: The extraordinary expenses of campus reopenings
‘The president’s in a serious battle in the state of Texas’ and other hot quotes of the week
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.) 
Rice University plans to hold fall classes outside in tents
Austin American-Statesman
Rice University will hold classes in outdoor tents, asks students to bring own chairs
Education News
ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL: PN-G, all districts should have online option for new school year
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘News 8’
WFAA-TV (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/july-20-tents (This segment aired three times.)
http://dateline.rice/july-20-tents (This segment aired twice.)

NY-27 race portends a presidential election night like no other
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
The Buffalo News

Two Houstonians are turning a pandemic into poetry
An article features Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, who began a blog titled Virus Vigil where he has posted a poem featuring a different bird during each day of the pandemic since March 22. The article also mentions two previous books co-authored by Blackburn: “Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision,” released in 2009, and “Hill Country Birds and Waters: Art and Poems,” released in 2019.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 19 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Owner-employees • State Nexus guidance • Noncash donations

A news roundup features a Bloomberg Tax article authored by Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Bloomberg Tax 

ESSAY: A Houston native on why she loves the city’s art scene and just how it’s adapting amid these unprecedented times
Lisa Sursavage, director of marketing and communication at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, authored an essay. The essay mentions that the Moody Center is showcasing work from Texas artists in its windows, and it mentions the Rice Public Art collection and Shepherd School of Music.


New Angels star Anthony Rendon handles big-game pressure with a big-league yawn
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is featured.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and MSN Sports.)

More musings from the Isle of Isolation …
An article mentions that former Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2021.
MSN Sports (This article also appeared in WDAM Online.)

UH season ticket holders content with flexibility for renewals, concerned about health guidelines
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 3.
The Daily Cougar

Bay Area students launch organization to connect youth with senior citizens
An article mentions incoming freshman Sriya Kakarla.
The Mercury News (This article also appeared in East Bay Times.)

In Our View: Pandemic boosts urgency of housing instability
An article cites 2019 research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research into the nation’s housing markets.
The Columbian

How COVID-19 is affecting fall semester planning at US music schools and conservatories
An article mentions Rice’s Shepherd School of Music and lists a number of COVID-19 mitigating measures planned by the university.

Regulation D has changed: What this means to savers
Alumnus Ben Gran authored an article.


Putting action behind words
An article details the following initiatives outlined in a June 16 message to the Rice community co-authored by President David Leebron and Provost Reginald DesRoches: a fund to support student advocacy for racial equity in Houston’s criminal justice, voting, education and health care systems; a fund for race and anti-racism research; a scholar in residence for racial justice and a vice provost for diversity, equity and inclusion; and required courses or orientation programs for incoming and first-year students that cover diversity and inclusion.
Inside Higher Ed

Open letter on anti-racism to the Princeton School of Architecture
Alumnus Justin Holdahl signed an open letter to the Princeton School of Architecture.
Daily Princetonian


A woman is struck by lightning. Did she meet God?
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and co-author of the forthcoming book “Changed in a Flash,” is interviewed about religious experiences.
To the Best of Our Knowledge (This radio segment aired on more than 400 affiliate stations across the U.S., and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

This ultra-black fish was just discovered in the depths of the ocean
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.
The Baltimore Sun (This New York Times article also appeared in the Sun Sentinel and Deseret News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

This makeup ingredient could destroy 99% of ‘forever chemicals’
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.

John W. Hill, founding dean of University of Maryland’s school of architecture, dies
An article featuring alumnus John Hill mentions that he recently died at age 90.
The Baltimore Sun

Growing up with an invisible disability made me the person and parent I am today
Rice is mentioned.
MSN Lifestyle (This PopSugar article also appeared in MSN Lifestyle Philippines and Yahoo! Entertainment.) 


CenterPoint at crossroads as David Lesar takes reins as CEO
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the July 19 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Book World: How elites distorted the meaning of populism
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored a book review.
Houston Chronicle (This Washington Post article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Harris County makes outside hire for new budget director
A newspaper article reports that alumnus David Berry was named as the new budget director of Harris County.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 19 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in MSN Money, the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)


Moon landing 51st anniversary: A look back at July 20, 1969
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
ABC 7 Online (This article also appeared in 25 other media outlets.) 
Recalling JFK moonshot 51 years later
The Good Men Project
UAE’s Mars mission and the rise of space diplomacy
Gulf Times


Changing CEO before IPO may raise valuation
An article features collaborative Rice research that shows that a change in leadership before a startup’s initial public offering can increase its valuation and performance. Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Chair of Strategic Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

USABC awards $2.4M contract to WPI for development of low-cost/fast-charge batteries for EV applications
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.
Green Car Congress

Egg wash keeps fruits and vegetables from rotting prematurely
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.
Treehugger (This article also appeared in Mashed.)

Inexpensive, GMP-certified material makes free radical fighters
An article mentions collaborative Rice research into artificial enzymes made from treated charcoal conducted by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. La Repubblica features Tour’s research into turning adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film that replaces troublesome anodes in lithium metal batteries.
Basta un nastro adesivo per migliorare un’auto elettrica
La Repubblica (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in MSN Italia.)

As cloud native computing rises, it’s transforming culture as much as code
Klara Jelinkova, vice president for international operations and information technology and chief information officer at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
Silicon Angle


Path to Victory: Annise Parker on helping elect LGBTQ people across America
Alumna and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, a founding member of Rice’s LGBTQ student group, is featured in a Q&A.
Metro Weekly

John Vrooman, revered professor of sports economics, has died
An article featuring John Vrooman, who died July 5 at 73, mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.
Vanderbilt University (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)


2020 Texans position analysis: Cornerbacks

Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 20 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Connecticut Post.)

Lenzie Howell, ‘glue’ of 1990 Final Four team, dies at 52
An article mentions that Rice’s basketball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas in the 1990 Southwest Conference tournament.
Whole Hog Sports 

CWS Rewind: 2012
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Arkansas in the 2012 NCAA Houston Regional.
Razorbacks News

Twins, both No. 1 recruits at their position, commit to same school
Rice alumnus Jack Brockermeyer is mentioned.

Shaq, Dhoni, Sir Alex and other sports stars who received a doctorate degree — in pictures
An article mentions that former Cleveland Browns quarterback Frank Ryan completed his doctorate in mathematics at Rice in the offseason.
Al Khaleej Today (This article also appeared in The National.)

UF QB Kyle Trask’s football roots trace back to his late grandfather, a Houston Oilers star
Former Rice football player and track and field athlete Orville Trask is featured.
Orlando Sentinel

Peter Godber | 5 things to know
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured.
BC Lions

About Stefan De La Garza

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