Dateline Rice for Aug. 17, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


‘Coronavirus is a local issue.’ Democrats looks to ride anti-Trump wave to capture state legislatures in 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 quoted or interviewed in numerous media outlets.
USA Today
What 5 Texas political science and policy experts are reading now
Reform Austin (This article also appeared in Progressive Party USA and Occupy Independents.)
Democrats begin virtual convention
KRLD Online
KLRD-AM (Dallas)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

The Daily 202: Democratic convention will showcase Biden’s front-porch campaign, as fresh polling appears to validate strategy
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.

The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, US congresswoman Sylvia Garcia and HPM’s Lisa Shumate
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 interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Republican Sen. Cornyn has won over minority voters before. But in 2020?
Matthew Hayes, assistant professor of political science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 15 print edition.)

Remote control: Houston startup pumps rural internet access through unused TV channels
An article mentions that Skylark Wireless, which aims to bring broadband internet access to rural communities, started at Rice in 2012.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the cover of the Aug. 17 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Texas, Inc.”)

ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL: Lamar should put off football for an entire year
An article mentions that Rice football’s season-opening game is slated for Sept. 26 against Lamar University.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Conference USA announces no cancellation in fall sports
Mangum Star News
Some C-USA schools change plans, leaving questions for WKU football
College Heights Herald
September college football schedule — as it currently stands
USA Today’s Touchdown Wire
SEC contenders must navigate 10 games versus league foes
Rome News-Tribune (This Associated Press article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Students demand universities provide Black student-only housing
An article mentions that Black student associations across the county, including at Rice, have written open letters to their university administrators calling for greater equality.
Campus Reform

These colleges claimed anti-Semitic incidents weren’t hate crimes
Rice is mentioned.


A parasite feasts on a fish’s tongue until it’s gone. Don’t worry, humans can’t get it.
An article features research by Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, who discovered that a “vampire” crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host’s tongue.
USA Today (Similar articles also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
ODDS AND ENDS: Vampire tongues and other offbeat offerings

Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Rice University scientist Kory Evans discovers tongue-eating parasite in fish
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Talk Radio AM 640 (Ontario, Canada)
‘TWC News All Morning’
Spectrum News Austin (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/aug-17-evans (Similar segments also aired on more than 100 stations across the U.S.)

The Space Force moves to define itself and its mission
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Letter from the editor: Cancellation of sports was the right call
Utah Valley University’s The Review


Taking long view, Finn Hall owner offers lifeline to restaurants
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Historic Monticello Park home near Woodlawn Lake has housed journalists, ministers and a future Nobel Prize winner
An article quotes Professor Emeritus Robert Curl, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with the late Richard Smalley and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto for the discovery of a new form of carbon called buckminsterfullerenes.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 16 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Beloved Houston rabbi, Samuel Karff, dies
An article featuring the late Samuel Karff, who died recently at age 88, mentions that he formerly taught in Rice’s Department of Religious Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 16 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Trailblazing physician retires after 63 years at UTMB
Alumna Lillian Lockhart is featured.
The Galveston Daily News (Subscription is required.)


Thousands and thousands and thousands of new satellites
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is quoted in an article about Amazon’s proposed Kuiper satellite internet network, which plans to launch over 3,000 satellites into low Earth orbit.
KTRH Online


Violin concert Aug. 20 
Alumna Heather Thomas is featured.
Mount Desert Island

A cost-effective catalyst that can split water to produce hydrogen
An article features Rice research that created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.
Mercom India


Cellist Jacob MacKay performs in Francestown
Alumnus Jacob MacKay, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured. Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello, is mentioned.
Monadnock Ledger-Transcript 

#50. Rice University
Rice is featured.
Kokomo Perspective


Bevill State’s Suitts steps down
Former Rice head basketball coach Tommy Suitts is featured.
Daily Mountain Eagle

Navarro announces 2020 Hall of Fame inductees
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is featured.
Corsicana Daily Sun

BASEBALL: Former Cavalier Simms proud of accomplishments
Former Rice baseball player John Simms is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

The Eagle’s 2010s all-decade high school football team
A roundup features former Rice football player Cole Elms.
The Eagle

College football rankings: CFN preseason top 76
A roundup featuring Rice football mentions Owl Blaze Alldredge.
College Football News


No limit yet for carbon nanotube fibers
The Rice lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Matteo Pasquali reports that it has developed its strongest and most conductive fibers yet, made of long carbon nanotubes through a wet spinning process. The researchers noted that wet-spun carbon nanotube fibers could lead to breakthroughs in a host of medical and materials applications.

Where lions operate, grazers congregate … provided food is great
Research was conducted by a team from Rice, Princeton University, Wake Forest University and the University of Minnesota by analyzing more than 115,000 camera-trap photos to see where, when and how often six of the Serengeti’s most abundant grazing species formed mixed-species groups. “The mixed-species groups occur near places where lions like to hunt, which suggests the grazers are trying to reduce their chances of being killed by predators,” said Rice lead-author Lydia Beaudrot.

About Stefan De La Garza

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