Dateline Rice for Aug. 4, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Blood plasma flows but little else on once-vibrant Texas border
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint and Bloomberg BNN.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-payan

Back to school?
An article mentions 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. President David Leebron is quoted in Gant News.
Gant News
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-leebron
Texas colleges and universities’ fall 2020 plans
ABC 13 Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-fall-restart
Coronavirus: A Texas Medical Center continuing update
TMC News
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-fall-restart

November election can be held safely, experts contend
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.
U.S. News & World Report (This Healthday News article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-jones
Mail-in voting and complications you could encounter
Latin Post
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-jones

Getting retirement saving back on track after job loss  
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 interviewed and quoted.
Fox 26 Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-kalra
‘Good Day Austin’
KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-kalra (This segment aired twice.)
Selecting TDFs ending in zero can affect your retirement savings?
National Association of Plan Advisors
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-kalra

How risky is music?
Two articles mention collaborative research between Rice and the Houston Symphony, funded in part by Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund, to determine how far a musician or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the atmosphere when they perform. Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, are quoted in Off the Kuff; Ashutosh Sabharwal, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
Off the Kuff
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-yekovich-veeraraghavan-sabharwal
Music to our ears
Out Smart Magazine
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-covid-research

Houston officials are using sewage to help fight coronavirus. Here’s why
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted and interviewed.
Texas Standard (This Houston Public Media article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-stadler

Tidying up your work life
An article mentions that Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”
Great Lakes Bay Magazine on Issuu (This article also appeared in the August print and digital editions.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-sonenshein (Scroll to page 10.)

Pastor lived life of giving
An article features late alumna Rev. Vickey Gibbs, who died July 10 from COVID-19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-gibbs

Over 6,600 COVID-19 cases already linked to college campuses, according to New York Times survey
An article about coronavirus cases at Texas universities mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared online in MSN and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-covid-cases
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-covid-cases

LSU awaits two additions as SEC scheduling fallout hits Louisiana schools hard
An article mentions 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.
Crescent City Sports
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-conf-only

Tramel: Could OU football play North Texas or Houston?
Rice is mentioned.
The Oklahoman
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-ok

Exclusive 360 Energy Expert Network video interview: YouTuber Tony Heller — opinions on real climate change based upon data
Alumnus Tony Heller is featured in a webinar.
Oil & Gas 360
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-heller

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Former San Antonio Symphony Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing’s new master class venture connects students with classical music stars
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the S.A. Life & Sports section in the Aug. 4 print edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-parker

Name that tune: Nina Pitts
An article features Baker College senior Nina Pitts, who is studying cello at Rice. The article also mentions that her father, Tim Pitts, is a professor of double bass at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Buzz Magazines
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-pitts

2020 Honor Awards
An article featuring Anzilla Gilmore, assistant director for project management and engineering, mentions that she has been awarded the Texas Society of Architects 2020 Honor Award for Equitable Practice in Architecture in Honor of John S. Chase Jr.
Texas Architects
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-gilmore

Baylor College of Medicine appoints new board members
Alumnus Frank Liu is featured.
Baylor College of Medicine
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-liu

A lasting legacy
Rice is mentioned.
Out Smart Magazine
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-osm

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Is this the beginning of a nuclear power race in the Gulf states?
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
OilPrice.com
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-krane

ALMA captures stirred-up planet factory
An article mentions that Andrea Isella, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, was part of a team researching planet formation with the use of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.
Newswise (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-isella

Propelling perseverance: The legacy of Viking is helping NASA get to Mars
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Space Review
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-kennedy

E&P tech watch: The promise of smart water for EOR in carbonate reservoirs
An article mentions Rice research into how “smart water” may improve oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs.
Hart Energy
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-smart-research

Avanza la purificación del agua con energía solar
An article mentions research into solar-powered water desalination by Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center.
Mercado
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-newt

Top 10 colleges for sports management majors 2020
An article mentions that Rice is No. 1 according to College Magazine’s list of the best sports management programs in the country.
College Magazine
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-no-1

SPORTS

Nneka Ogwumike and the WNBA’s big, complicated moment
An article mentions former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike.
The New Yorker
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-ogwumike

Texas State volleyball releases 2020 schedule
An article mentions that the Rice Invitational volleyball tournament is slated for Sept. 18-19.
San Marcos Daily Record
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-rice-volleyball

2020 Western Athletic Conference baseball stock watch
Rice baseball is mentioned.
Baseball America (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-ba

NEWS RELEASES

FDA OKs manufacturer’s version of Rice ventilator
An enhanced version of the ApolloBVM designed by Rice engineers has received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an emergency resuscitator for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-news-release-oden

Ghasempour receives 2020 Marconi Society Young Scholar Award
Yasaman Ghasempour, a Rice postdoctoral research associate in electrical and computer engineering, has been named a 2020 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar for her innovative research in ultra high-speed wireless networking.
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-news-release-ghasempour

Galveston Bay Park is a ‘vision’ of Houston’s future
An ambitious plan to shield Houston from a devastating hurricane by creating Galveston Bay Park earned top honors in the international design competition Houston 2020 Visions. The park plan, which was conceived by Rice Architecture alumni Rob Rogers and Tyler Swanson, expanded on an idea proposed in 2015 by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-news-release-park-plan

Rice political scientist available to weigh in on Biden VP pick
Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is expected to announce his choice for vice president this week. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is available to discuss the decision.
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-news-release-brace

About Stefan De La Garza

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