Dateline Rice for July 22, 2020


How many different COVID-19 tests are there?
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 and interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

Season cancellations could cause severe damage to Texas’ economy
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 3. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted and interviewed in KHOU Online.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired on KHOU-TV in Houston, and this article also appeared in CryptoCurrency and BuzzFeedzz.)
Ready to play: Local college football player recovering from coronavirus
Houma Today

Wednesday’s Houston Matters: School district hearing, ‘Political Roundup’ and quarantine mental health (July 22, 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 interviewed and quoted.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Jewish progressive hoping to help turn Texas blue
Jewish Week

The politicization of public health in a pandemic
Chris Kulesza, research analyst in the Child Health Policy Program at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Texas Public Radio (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Opinion: Tesla’s rise is a message to big oil in Texas — it’s time to transform
Hanszen College senior Tessa Schreiber co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the July 22 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Australian natural gas auctions said competitive even as bigger players dominate
An article quotes Kelly Neill, graduate fellow at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Natural Gas Intelligence

Tomball’s BJ Services files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Students frustrated that college tuition remains unchanged despite most classes moving online
An article about the tuition rates for Texas-area universities mentions Rice.

Opening campuses is risky. The alternative is worse.
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to hold some classes outdoors in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
MSN Money (This Bloomberg article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
With college looming, experts answer 6 of parents’ most pressing questions
Omaha World-Herald (This Los Angeles Times article appeared in the July 22 print editions of the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the Bradenton Herald and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

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.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Texas head coach Tom Herman recovering from shoulder surgery
Former assistant football coach Tom Herman is featured.


Multiracial congregations and bridging the racial divide
An article cites the books “Divided By Faith” and “United By Faith,” co-authored by Michael Emerson, fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which studied racial inequality in evangelical Christian congregations and how to promote diversity.
Black Christian News Network (This NPR article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Long-term investors should put Ayro stock on their radar screen
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN Money (This InvestorPlace article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Future batteries, coming soon: Charge in seconds, last months and power over the air
An article mentions Rice research into micro-supercapacitors.
MSN Money UK (This article also appeared in MSN Money South Africa.)

Apollo-Soyuz mission: When the space race ended
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Discover Magazine


Veteran multifamily team joins Marcus & Millichap in Houston
An article features graduate student Travis Austin.
Fort Worth Business Press


Better wastewater treatment? It’s a wrap
An article features collaborative Rice research that designed a “shield” made of graphene oxide that destroys antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistant genes in wastewater treatment plants. Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and postdoctoral research associate Pingfeng Yu are quoted. An article by Environmental News Network features a new Rice study by Alvarez and Yu that quantifies the abundance, diversity and seasonal persistence of antibiotic-resistant genes in bird poop.
Informed Infrastructure (This article also appeared in Innovations Report.)

Bird droppings carry risk of antibiotic resistance
Environmental News Network


When she’s not researching treatments for brain injuries, Holly Hinson spins post-punk in bars and on the radio
Alumna Holly Hinson is featured and pictured. Hinson mentions that she was a DJ for four years at Rice radio station KTRU and later became its music and program director.
Willamette Week

Ron Witte appointed professor in residence of architecture
An article features Ron Witte, former professor of architecture and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Polilcy.
The Harvard Gazette

Coolidge High School graduate, business partner receive recognition and award
An article mentions the 2019 Rice Business Plan Competition.
Coolidge Examiner


Monday qualifiers: Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr. Pepper
Former Rice golfer Michael Buttacavoli is featured.
PGA Tour

The analysts who could step up for Alabama if a coach gets sick
Former assistant football coach Major Applewhite is featured.


HISD partners with Rice University to conduct districtwide study on educational equity
The Houston Independent School District has partnered with Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium, a program of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and School of Social Sciences, to conduct a comprehensive study on educational equity across the district. HISD and HERC will examine equitable access to educational programming, resources, supports, facilities and opportunities for students by race/ethnicity, economic status, English-learner status and other factors.

About Stefan De La Garza

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