Dateline Rice for July 31, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Sorry, Donald Trump: The 2020 presidential election is on
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored an op-ed following a tweet from President Donald Trump questioning whether the 2020 election should be postponed because of COVID-19 and mail-in voting concerns. 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 by KRLD-AM.
CNN
http://dateline.rice/july-31-brinkley
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-jones (This segment aired three times.)

Rice loses its game with LSU, and the potential revenue
Several articles mention that Rice’s football game against Louisiana State University, which was slated for Sept. 19, has been canceled after the Southeastern Conference’s decision to limit its teams to 10 conference games because of the pandemic. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted, and President David Leebron is mentioned in the first Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 31 print edition, and it appeared online in the Connecticut Post. Below is a sampling of articles that appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-31-karlgaard-leebron
Aggies, SEC to play only conference football games in 2020
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 31 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
UTSA still looking to play full season after opener at LSU canceled by SEC’s switch to conference-only schedule
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 31 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
Conference-only schedule gives SEC adaptability
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
No Texas rematch, but LSU slate perhaps bolstered by SEC’s conference-only move
The Athletic
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
LSU coach Ed Orgeron hoping team will ‘adapt and adjust’ to SEC moving to all-conference schedule
Sports Illustrated’s LSU Country
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
Opinion: It took a plague, but SEC schedule to be commensurate to number of teams at last
Daily Advertiser
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
Southeastern Conference joins others in moving to league-only football schedule
The Advocate
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
Big 12 indecision leaves Texas, others facing unsavory options
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football
‘Good Morning New Orleans’
WGNO-TV (New Orleans)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-conf-only-football (This segment aired three times.)

Pres. Trump ends housing rule, tenants may now face eviction amid COVID-19 pandemic
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted and interviewed.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired three times on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-shelton

Doing something about the weather
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, is cited.
Communications of the ACM
http://dateline.rice/july-31-vardi

Implementation of social distancing policies correlates with significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 transmission
An article features collaborative Rice research into how the implementation of social distancing policies corresponded with significant reductions in transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduced community mobility, both in the U.S. and globally. Raghu Kalluri, adjunct professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Newswise (This article also appeared in Focus Daily News.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-kalluri

Friends through music
An article mentions that Alex Pliskin is a member of the Campanile Orchestra at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Buzz Magazines
http://dateline.rice/july-31-pliskin

Texas colleges use testing as one method to ensure safe return to campus this fall
An article features Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 31 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-24-tests
Looking for the remote
Inside Higher Ed
http://dateline.rice/july-31-fall-restart
The COVID-19 chasm: Some groups take their work outside
World Magazine
http://dateline.rice/july-31-tents
‘KHOU 11 News This Morning’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-fall-restart (This segment aired twice.)

UT tops list for most COVID-19 cases on a college campus, report says
An article about coronavirus cases at Texas universities mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-covid-cases

McClain’s Mailbag: NFL and COVID-19, Joe Kelly vs. Astros and Jadeveon Clowney’s future
Rice Stadium is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-rice-stadium

RACE IN THE U.S.

I.C. MURRELL — What would PA man who changed Rice say about these times?
An article featuring alumnus Charles Freeman III mentions that he and alumna Jacqueline McCauley were the first Black undergraduates admitted to Rice in 1965. Alumnus Raymond Johnson became Rice’s first Black graduate student in 1968. The article cites Allen Matusow, the William Gaines Twyman Professor Emeritus of History and the academic affairs director at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and a 2016 issue of Rice Magazine featuring Freeman.
The Port Arthur News
http://dateline.rice/july-31-freeman-matusow

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

New study finds bird droppings carry risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
An article features collaborative Rice research that quantifies the abundance, diversity and seasonal persistence of antibiotic-resistant genes in bird poop. 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.
Yahoo! News Canada (This article originally appeared in The Weather Network, and it appeared in MSN Weather Canada.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-31-alvarez

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

It pays to major in fields with close ties to jobs, study shows
An article features collaborative research that suggests  college graduates make more money if they major in fields with close ties to jobs, according to a new study from the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and School of Social Sciences. Brian Holzman, research scientist at HERC, is quoted, and graduate student Bethany Lewis is mentioned.
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/july-31-holzman

Path to net zero: European oil majors outpace US companies on climate goals
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Hellenic Shipping News
http://dateline.rice/july-31-medlock

Las Vegas mansion with James Turrell Skyspace listed for sale
An article mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Ocula
http://dateline.rice/july-31-rice-skyspace

SPORTS

Rice linebacker Blaze Alldredge adds to his journey
Rice football player Blaze Alldredge is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 31 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/july-31-alldredge

Men’s City Golf Championship returns for 58th straight year
Rice golfer Austin Escamilla is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/july-31-escamilla

Top of the field: San Antonio’s Mitchell Meissner leads 50th Texas State Open
Former Rice golfer Mitchell Meissner is featured.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
http://dateline.rice/july-31-meissner

About Stefan De La Garza

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