Dateline Rice for Aug. 21, 2020


Former Secretary of State James Baker tests positive for coronavirus
Numerous articles mention that James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, and his wife Susan are recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
Former Secretary of State James Baker announces coronavirus diagnosis
The Hill
James Baker, secretary of state under George H.W. Bush, treated for COVID
James A. Baker, former secretary of state, and wife recovering from coronavirus: Reports
Fox News
Former Secretary of State James Baker III battling COVID-19 with wife at Houston home
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Sec. James Baker and wife recovering after COVID diagnosis

Will God protect me?
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 interviewed about the belief of “divine protection” during a pandemic, especially by African Caribbean churches in the U.K.
BBC Sounds (This “Heart and Soul” segment aired on more than 1,400 stations around the world.)

Trump’s OPEC push fails to avert US oil industry breakdown 

Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg Law (This article also appeared in Energy Voice and Yahoo! Finance.)

States challenge Netflix and Hulu over unpaid utility fees
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg Law

Opinion: Enroll your kids in pre-K even if you don’t send them in person now
Erin Baumgartner, associate director for Houston Independent School District research and relations at the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition.)

How to stay healthy going back to school during the coronavirus pandemic
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
MSN Lifestyle (This Teen Vogue article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Could cat drugs treat humans with COVID-19?
LiveScience (This article appeared in DoctorKSA and a previous edition of Dateline.)

This team made a $500 ventilator — but it may never be used
An article features Apollo ABVM, an automated bag valve mask device developed by Stewart & Stevenson Healthcare Technologies that 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.

COVID-19 financial relief: Where to get help in SE Texas
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined 1 in 3 Houston workers has been negatively impacted by the pandemic by experiencing job loss, lost income or reduced hours.
ABC 13 Online

‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
A broadcast mentions 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 semipermanent structures.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-21-fall-restart (This segment aired twice.)
WSB-AM (Atlanta)

Who’s playing whom and when: Updated September college football schedule
An article mentions that some conferences have canceled all league sports competitions for the fall but are allowing members to play nonconference games. Rice’s football team is slated to play Lamar University Sept. 26. Other articles mention the Owls’ games against the University of Alabama at Birmingham Oct. 10 and the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 7.
The Athletic
UAB football fills holes in schedule after coronavirus-related cancellations
WVTM Online (This article also appeared in FB Schedules.)
UTSA adds home game against SFA on Sept. 19


UAE and Israel: Five areas of shared interest
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Jakarta Post


Tropical Depression 14 could be headed toward Texas
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Daphne Prairie and other Texas grasslands can store carbon and help fight climate change
Texas Tribune (This Washington Post article also appeared in 10 additional media outlets since appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Fighting rising floods means rising costs for developers
Bisnow Houston (Subscription is required.)

The Second Reading podcast: A chat with Mark Jones about the THPF/Baker Institute poll and the 2020 election in Texas (Aug. 18, 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 featured in a podcast.
The Texas Politics Project


President Trump attacks his predecessor, President Obama, almost daily — last night Obama hit back, further burying presidential tradition
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about speeches from the Democratic National Convention. (This segment aired four times on KNX-AM in Los Angeles.)
‘CNN Newsroom Live’
CNN (This segment aired three times.)

‘Fox 26 News’
A broadcast features alumnus Raymond Johnson, the first African American to graduate from Rice and first Black faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he spent over 40 years teaching. Johnson returned to teach at Rice in 2009 and is currently an adjunct professor of mathematics.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-21-johnson (This segment aired three times, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

‘Fox 4 News’
A broadcast mentions that Lamar State College Port Arthur was one of 12 colleges chosen by Rice to receive free textbooks.
KBTV-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

OSU, other schools report receiving bomb threats
Rice is mentioned.
WCBE Online


Stem-cell capsules could help people recover from heart damage
An article features collaborative Rice research that has shown that shielding stem cells with a novel biomaterial improves the cells’ ability to heal heart injuries caused by heart attacks. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in Digital Trends.)

No limit yet for carbon nanotube fibers
An article features Rice research that developed “wet-spun” carbon nanotube fibers that are stronger than Kevlar and are almost as conductive as copper. Those quoted or mentioned include Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of the Carbon Hub; and graduate students Lauren Taylor and Oliver Dewey.
Lab Manager


JFK’s grandson Jack Schlossberg is making major waves following his recent television appearance
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Little Things


2020 Ridge Point Panthers volleyball preview
Rice volleyball player Nia McCardell is mentioned.

Jack Fox, Arryn Siposs put best foot forward in bid for Lions’ punting job
Former Rice football player Jack Fox is featured.
The Detroit News

Q&A with recent Texas Tech baseball commit JC Gutierrez
Rice is mentioned.
A JERSEY GUY: The price for playing CFB keeps increasing
Sports Illustrated

Report: BYU football to play UTSA in 2020
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio last season.
Sports Illustrated’s CougsDaily

About Stefan De La Garza

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