Dateline Rice for Aug. 11, 2020


Rice pushes start of football back to Sept. 26
Numerous articles and broadcasts mention Rice football. The Owls’ season-opening game is now slated for Sept. 26 against Lamar University. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted in several outlets and interviewed by KRIV. Head football coach Mike Bloomgren is quoted in the Houston Chronicle and mentioned in the KRIV broadcast.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
Coronavirus headlines: Rice University delays football season; Cy-Fair teachers protest
Houston Business Journal
UH to open 2020 against Memphis on Sept. 19 after Rice delays start
The Daily Cougar

Update on Sept. 3 game against Rice
Delay of game: Rice postpones start of 2020 football season due to COVID-19 concerns
KHOU Online (This article also appeared in MSN.)
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-11-delayed-football-start (This segment aired five times.)
Rice delays start of 2020 football season to Sept. 26
FB Schedules
Rice delays start of football season amid coronavirus concerns
With Conference USA in flux, UTSA presses forward through fall practice
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)
Tuesday’s Houston Matters: A teacher’s concerns about returning to school and city council member Tiffany Thomas (Aug. 11, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
5 a.m. newscast
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-AM in Houston.)
7 a.m. newscast
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-AM in Houston.)
’12 News Daybreak’
KBMT-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/aug-11-delayed-football-restart (This segment aired four times.)

How many coronavirus mask fines have been given out? | Aug. 11, 2020
KTRH News on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)

Coronavirus testing in Texas plummets as schools prepare to reopen
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.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

Some US colleges stick to in-person reopening in pandemic despite doubts, pushback
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes staggering the return of students to campus, conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in The Innovation. President David Leebron and Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, are quoted in China Daily.
Reuters (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
US universities tread warily
China Daily (This article appeared in the Aug. 10 print edition of China Daily Global Edition and yesterday’s Dateline.)
Would teaching school outdoors give public education a chance for revival in the US?
The Innovation on Medium
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-11-fall-restart (This segment aired three times.)

CARES Act funds for nonprofits still stuck in distribution
A Q&A features Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, whose research suggests that almost $850 million meant to help nonprofits and food banks from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed in March remains unspent.
Federal News Network (This segment also aired four times on WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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 about President Donald Trump’s recent executive order extending enhanced federal unemployment aid.
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/aug-11-jones (This segment aired 13 times.)

Baker Institute expert says regional advantages will define future energy transitions
An article features the new study “Energy Transition, COVID-19, Comparative Advantage and a World of Uncertainty,” authored by Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Green Car Congress

Construct 3D hosts webinar on the project tool and platform Make: Projects for educators
An article mentions that Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, participated in the Construct 3D Summer Symposium webinar, where panelists shared how the digital tool Make: Projects is being used to engage university students.

How two coronavirus drugs for cats might help humans fight COVID-19
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Science News

Rice University’s COVID-fighting device gets green light with FDA approval
An article featuring the Apollo ABVM, an automated bag valve mask device developed by Stewart & Stevenson Healthcare Technologies, mentions that it has been approved by the FDA as an emergency resuscitator for COVID-19 patients. A team of Rice engineering experts and students designed the original open-source plans. Rice community members quoted include Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; and Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of Rice 360°. Approval for the Apollo ABVM is featured in a roundup in Medium.
CultureMap Austin (This InnovationMap article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Texas-Squared Startup Newsletter #257

What we wish we had known before college
Hanszen College senior Savannah Kuchar authored a column featuring advice for college life from her friends. Rice community members quoted include Amanda Mae Ashley, Cynthia Gonzalez, Jarrett Prchal, Josh Bae, Loren Goddard, Sarah Mozden and Victor Nguyen.
The Buzz Magazines

Joe Biden can improve his chances in November by embracing natural gas to combat climate change
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition.)

9 vivid and eye-catching August art events no Houstonian should miss
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is showcasing work from Texas artists in its windows. “Light Shift” will be on view through Sept. 12, and an Open Dance Project responding to the work will be broadcast on the Moody Center’s YouTube channel Sept. 4.
CultureMap Houston

Texas Democratic Party targets big counties with mail-in voting outreach
An article cites a Rice survey conducted in May about the likelihood of Democrats and Republicans voting by mail if the presidential election had been held then.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition and yesterday’s Dateline.)


Instead of painting over Black Lives Matter graffiti, this church memorialized the message
Michael Emerson, fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Huffington Post

How an old Christian doctrine you’ve never heard of kick-started American racism
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religion and founding director of Rice’s Center for African and African American Studies, is quoted.
Illumination on Medium

Black cemetery loss is a national crisis
Graduate student Lupe Alberto Flores is quoted.
Zora on Medium


NASA’s InSight lander helps uncover what’s beneath Mars’ surface
An article features research by Rice seismologists that used data from NASA’s InSight Lander to make the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of Mars. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Geology and Geophysics, and graduate student Sizhuang Deng are quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in The Indian Express, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Spark joy at work
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.”
The Straits Times (This article also appeared in the Aug. 11 print edition, and it appeared in the online editions of The Straits Times Singapore.)

Columbia College names new president
An article featuring alumnus William Bogart mentions that he will become Columbia College’s president effective Oct. 1.

MSN (This article originally appeared in WLTX Online and appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Emilio Lozoya, como anillo al dedo 
Miriam Grunstein, contributing expert and scholar in the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
MSN Noticias (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in Expansión.)


Improbable, prophetic Houston
An article quotes Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, and cites his new book “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America.”
Texas Observer


‘New Day with Alisyn Camerota and John Berman’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about the possibility of President Donald Trump giving a Republican National Convention speech at Gettysburg.
http://dateline.rice/aug-11-brinkley (This segment aired three times.)


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, is quoted.
National Science Foundation

Rice engineers use gene editing to facilitate drug discovery based on natural fungus
An article mentions that the lab of Xue Sherry Gao, the Ted N. Law Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and an assistant professor of biosciences and bioengineering, received a five-year, $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant to advance gene-editing technology to help discover new drugs that stay one step ahead of diseases’ drug-resistant ability. Postdoctoral research associate Fanglong Zhao is mentioned.


Who’s having the best rap career after 40?
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is featured.
Level on Medium


120th US Amateur: Van’s Logan Lockwood scores 72 in first round
An article mentions that former Rice golfer Mitchell Meissner won the Texas State Open July 31 in Tyler.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Cinco Ranch volleyball preview: Presented by Athlete Training + Health
An article mentions that Danyle Courtney plans to play volleyball at Rice in the fall.


NSF renews Rice biological physics center
The Rice-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics has won a five-year extension from the National Science Foundation to pursue its investigation of mysteries at the intersection of biology and physics. The grant for $12.9 million will allow the long-running center to continue sophisticated computational analysis, often combined with experimental efforts, to show how interactions at the atomic scale relate to the behavior of cells.

About Stefan De La Garza

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