Dateline Rice for July 28, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Trump’s message collides with diversifying suburbs
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in CNN International, MSN, LA Focus, Yahoo! News, Wealth Creation Investing, Easy Branches International and From US Press.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-klineberg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s election postponement leads to confusion over ballot filing deadlines
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 28 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-jones

GCC railway: A train across a fractured Gulf?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Al-Monitor
http://dateline.rice/july-28-ulrichsen

NET ZERO: European integrated majors outpace US E&Ps, Midstream on climate goals
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts
http://dateline.rice/july-28-medlock

Texans aren’t reaching state higher education goals, but associate’s degrees and certificates could help
Brian Holzman, research scientist at the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted and interviewed about a new study that suggests only 50% of Texas residents between the ages of 25 and 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%.
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on KERA-FM in Dallas, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-holzman
COVID-19 live updates: Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirement
KERA News
http://dateline.rice/july-28-holzman

It’s time to make the hajj smaller
Zahra Jamal, associate director for community engagement at Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, is quoted.
Slate (This article also appeared in MSN and From US Press.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-jamal

BlackRock manager says Mexico’s long-term fundamentals remain strong despite current turmoil
An article mentions a July 23 webinar featuring Juan Alberto Leautaud, head of Mexico Infrastructure Investment at BlackRock Inc., and hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Natural Gas Intelligence
http://dateline.rice/july-28-baker-talk

During the pandemic, students are swapping summer fun for summer classes
Martel College sophomore Casley Matthews is quoted and interviewed about how the pandemic affected her summer internship plans.
WBEZ (This segment also aired on 10 affiliate stations.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-matthews

I’m from Texas and here’s my advice for Democrats: Go for it. What do you have to lose?
An op-ed cites research from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy that rated the political competitiveness of Texas House seats ahead of the November 2020 election.
USA Today (This op-ed also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-baker-study

Every faculty member on this campus can teach outside
An article mentions Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes holding some classes outdoors in tents. The Seattle Times mentions safety changes implemented in Rice’s kitchens.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
http://dateline.rice/july-28-tents
With robot deliveries and outdoor tents, campus dining will be very different this fall
The Seattle Times
http://dateline.rice/july-28-kitchens

Exclusive: Two top Midway vice presidents leave the company 
An article mentions that Bryson Grover has recently joined the Rice Management Co. as an investment manager.
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/july-28-rice-mngmt-co

Tyler LaRue hoping to use Flying Chanclas season to continue path to pro baseball
Former Rice baseball player Tyler LaRue is featured.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 28 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-saexp

5 reasons company leaders resist needed change — even during this crisis
Alumnus Edwin Bosso authored an article.
For Construction Pros
http://dateline.rice/july-28-bosso

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

‘Zero bias’ could cost you money for retirement
An article features collaborative Rice research studying how investors in Target Retirement Funds are more likely to select funds labeled with retirement years ending in zeros rather than fives. Co-author Ajay Kalra, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Business and professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Futurity (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-kalra

‘Wrap, trap and zap’ kills superbugs in wastewater
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.
Futurity (This article also appeared in Water and Wastewater Asia.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-alvarez

The top 50 US colleges that pay off the most in 2020
An article about CNBC’s Make It 2020 list of the top 50 U.S. colleges that pay off the most mentions that Rice is ranked No. 15.
CNBC
http://dateline.rice/july-28-no-15

HOUSTON/TEXAS

National Science Foundation gives $1.4 million grant to Rice, other universities nationwide
An article mentions a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to a team led by Rice researchers who are studying STEM teacher education to help school districts lower teacher turnover and drop-out rates. Adem Ekmekci, director of research and evaluation at the Rice University School Mathematics Project (RUSMP), is quoted and pictured. Additional Rice researchers mentioned include Anne Papakonstantinou, director of RUSMP, Betul Orcan-Ekmekci, teaching assistant professor of mathematics, and Jamie Catanese, assistant teaching professor of biosciences.
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/july-28-ekmekci-rusmp

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Study: Mapping crystal shapes could fast-track 2D materials
An article cites a paper co-authored by Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, postdoctoral researcher Jing Zhang and graduate student Fan Wang calling for a collective, global effort to fast-track the mass production of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide.
Nanowerk (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-28-lou-tang

All the things Indian Matchmaking’s Aparna simply cannot stand
An article discusses alumna Aparna Shewakramani’s role in a reality television series.
Vulture
http://dateline.rice/july-28-shewakramani

SPORTS

Penn basketball roster: Quakers boost backcourt with incoming freshmen, but AJ Brodeur’s graduation leaves a big hole
Rice is mentioned.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
http://dateline.rice/july-28-pi
Liberty offers 2022 F Braeden Moore
ASOR
http://dateline.rice/july-28-asor

NEWS RELEASES

Link between education, income inequality has existed for a century
Income is inextricably linked to access to education in America and it has been for a century, according to a new study from researchers at Stanford University and Rice. The research draws upon a dozen nationally representative datasets on college enrollment and completion between 1908 and 1995 as well as tax data from more recent years.
http://dateline.rice/july-28-news-release-holzman

Study: Mapping crystal shapes could fast-track 2D materials
Materials scientists at Rice and the University of Pennsylvania are calling for a collective, global effort to fast-track the mass production of 2D materials like graphene and molybdenum disulfide.
http://dateline.rice/july-28-news-release-lou-tang

About Stefan De La Garza

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