Dateline Rice for Aug. 24, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As students head back to college, virtually or in person, counseling centers hope to provide mental health support

An article quotes Elizabeth Plummer, clinical director of Rice’s Wellbeing and Counseling Center.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-plummer

Summer enrollment increases at Houston colleges ahead of an unpredictable fall
Rice Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Coronavirus section in the Aug. 23 print edition.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-da-silva

Outdoor classes hold promise for in-person learning amid COVID-19
An article details 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. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted.
The Conversation (This article also appeared in the Aug. 24 print edition of the Houston Chronicle and online in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-kirby
How to gauge COVID near your student’s college
New Hampshire Union Leader
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-tents

The US Postal Service: 5 studies to know about voting by mail, pricing for Amazon, the role of the mail in public health and more
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Harvard Kennedy School News
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-stein

Former Secretary of State James Baker III battling COVID-19 with wife at Houston home
An article mentions 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 23 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-baker

Houston creative sector closes the curtain on 42,600 jobs, says report

An article cites a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research measuring the economic damage to the creative sector in the South.
CultureMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-kinder-study

‘Institut Pasteur & Microsoft ont les brevets du COVID-19’: Attention à cette vidéo contenant de multiples fausses informations
Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering and lead researcher into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history, is quoted.
Agence France-Presse (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-mchugh

 

Commentary: Money and liability are driving football decisions
Former Rice football player David Grenardo authored an op-ed.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 24 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-grenardo

Inside the race to build a better $500 emergency ventilator
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.
Kaiser Health News (This Wired article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline, and an excerpt was featured in the Kaiser Health News Morning Briefing Aug. 24.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-apolloabvm

A socially distant welcome
Incoming Rice students are pictured walking though the Sallyport.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 23 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-sallyport

‘Fox 26 Morning News Weekends’
A broadcast mentions that Rice provided prorated housing refunds last semester when classes transitioned to virtual formats.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-kriv

Virtual college tours become reality for prospective Houston-area students
An article mentions that Rice has several virtual events for prospective students, including admission information sessions and conversations with current students.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hc
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-chron

Rice and Lamar football game for Sept. 26 officially canceled
An article mentions that Rice football’s season-opening game against Lamar University Sept. 26 has been canceled. The Tyler Morning Telegraph mentions that the Owls are still slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 7.
The Best College Sports News Network (A similar article also appeared in the Aug. 23 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-bcsnn
Commentary: SFA Lumberjacks are road warriors, thus far
Tyler Morning Telegraph
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-rice-utsa

The Buckingham residents embrace new virtual landscape
An article mentions that residents of The Buckingham senior living community have enrolled in an upcoming virtual lecture series hosted by Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 21 print edition and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hc
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-chron

How 3 teens become Pearland’s own ‘superheroes’
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hc
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-chron
Pioneer Charter School of Science students celebrate delayed graduation due to COVID-19

Wicked Local Saugus
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-wls
3 metro Atlanta students awarded Georgia Pacific scholarships
Brookhaven Patch
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-bpatch

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Trump delivered on some big 2016 promises, but others unmet
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets and in 10 print editions across the U.S.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-brinkley
Republicans nominate Trump to take on Biden in the fall
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-brinkley
Coronavirus overshadows Trump’s legacy in office
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 24 print edition and in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-brinkley
WATCH LIVE: RNC delegates conduct roll call vote in person
PBS NewsHour
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-brinkley
‘Anderson Cooper 360’
CNN
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-brinkley (This segment aired twice.)

‘Flaring’ is an environmental problem. What will stop oil companies from doing it?
Mark Agerton, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and interviewed about a new study he led on what drives oil companies to flare their natural gas in West Texas.
Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio (This segment aired multiple times on over 800 affiliate radio stations across the U.S.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-agerton

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Opinion: We asked Houstonians about Harvey and they have not forgotten the hurricane’s lessons
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, co-authored an op-ed, and he is quoted in several additional articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the Aug. 23 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-jones
With campaign funds dwindling, Texas House Speaker Bonnen boosted taxpayer-funded salary of aides
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 22 print edition, and it appeared in MSN.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-jones
Veterans see mail-in ballots as ‘most sacred of the sacred’
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 24 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-jones
Will attacking Abbott’s COVID response lead to a Texas takeover by Democrats?
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the Aug. 23 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-jones

Why one expert predicts a major hurricane hitting Houston would be ‘America’s Chernobyl’
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 (SSPEED) Center, is quoted in several articles. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the SSPEED Center, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle. A study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy into carbon storage is mentioned in the August Free Press.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-blackburn
Laura overshadows Marco as storms head toward SE Texas
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 24 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-bedient
Prairie grass could be key to reducing carbon emissions
Longview News-Journal
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-blackburn
Nature and racism, prairie powerhouses, Arctic drilling: 3 stories you may have missed
Conservation International
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-blackburn
Climate, energy news roundup: Aug. 22
August Free Press
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-baker-study

What Trump’s save-the-suburbs pledge means in Texas’ ‘only political battleground’
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 23 print edition of Chronicle, and it appeared on the front page of the Aug. 24 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-shelton
How new development will affect the future of the Heights
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-shelton

As the once-dominant Sears fades from Houston’s memory, new retailers rise in its place
An article mentions Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 22 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-the-ion-fulton

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 appeared on the front page of the Aug. 24 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hayes

Lamar State promoting free, flexible textbooks
An article mentions that Lamar State College Port Arthur was one of 12 colleges chosen to receive free textbooks from OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
The Port Arthur News
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-openstax

Houston Symphony conductor Carlos Botero goes behind the music
An article mentions that Carlos Andrés Botero teaches at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-botero

UTRGV professor gets prestigious White House honor
An article featuring alumna Cristina Villalobos mentions that she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Alumna Karen Lozano is mentioned.
The Monitor (This article also appeared in the Brownsville Herald.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-villalobos-lozano

Best colleges in big cities
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 3 in the nation on Niche’s list of the best colleges in big cities.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-no-3

Houston ranked third in entire world in Cities of the Future analysis, confirming its global power status
Rice is mentioned.
PaperCity
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-pc

BROADCAST

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Maryland)
A concert the Houston Symphony performed at Rice after the symphony’s Jones Hall was damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is featured.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hso-rice

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Torus Biosystems to pioneer Wyss Institute’s comprehensive infectious disease diagnostics platform at patient point-of-care
An article mentions that David Zhang, associate professor of bioengineering, has collaborated with Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop rapid and low-cost infectious disease diagnostics.
Harvard Office of Technology Development News
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-zhang

Municipal bonds: 5 studies on racism, climate change, aging populations and credit ratings
An article cites a study by Alexander Butler, professor of finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and graduate student Hanyi (Livia) Yi about how municipal bonds cost more for states with older populations.
Harvard Kennedy School News
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-butler

This crustacean drinks the blood of fish and eventually replaces their tongue
An article features research by Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, who discovered that a “vampire” crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host fish’s tongue.
Gentside
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-evans

EcoRight climate change news for the week of Aug. 21
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Red, Green and Blue
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-kennedy

My story: Krystle Hodge
An article featuring Krystle Hodge mentions that she is a former Rice lab technician.
Safety+Health
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hodge

SPORTS

Texans’ Gareon Conley returns to practice; Keke Coutee gets day off
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-gaines

Getting a leg up: Rocklin’s Becker is top prep kicker in nation
Rice is mentioned.
Gold Country Media
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-gcm
Texas football: Impact of landing ex-Iowa St QB commit Charles Wright
FanSided
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-fs
Kansas football lands 2021 prospect Tommy Dunn Jr.
FanSided
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-fs

UTEP QB TJ Goodwin opts out of 2020 season; Hardison named starer

KVIA Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-kvia

Washington State receiver Davontavean Martin transfers to OSU
A roundup mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by Oklahoma State University in 2009. Former Owl Vance McDonald is pictured.
Tulsa World
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-mcdonald

Falcons 2020 roster tracker: Ka’John Armstrong in, Danny Etling out

Former Rice football player Justin Gooseberry is featured and pictured.

USA Today’s Falcons Wire
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-gooseberry

GOLDEN FOOTBALL LIFE: Jimmy Johnson puts Port Arthur on Hall-of-Fame map
Former Rice head football coach Ken Hatfield is mentioned.
The Port Arthur News
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-hatfield

NEWS RELEASES

Small quake clusters can’t hide from AI
Researchers at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering are using data gathered before a deadly 2017 landslide in Greenland to show how deep learning may someday help predict seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-news-release-dehoop-baraniuk

China’s economic slowdown may hurt global oil market, says Baker Institute expert
A slowdown in China’s demand for oil would profoundly affect the multitrillion-dollar global oil market along with many related industries, according to a new brief from Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-news-release-collins

How racism contributes to ‘a very ivory tower’
Blacks, Hispanics and other racial and ethnic minorities are not only underrepresented in science, they are also less likely to receive research funding or get published as often as white scientists, which can result in fewer promotions and lower incomes throughout their academic careers, according to new research from Rice.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-news-release-ecklund

New building for visual and dramatic arts students and faculty at Rice to be named in honor of Fayez Sarofim
A new facility that will serve the needs of visual and dramatic arts students and faculty at Rice is closer to being realized thanks to a generous lead gift from Houston businessman and philanthropist Fayez Sarofim. The building, to be named in honor of Sarofim, will be a 50,000-square-foot facility situated next door to the Moody Center for the Arts and will seek to amplify the arts on campus and in the community.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-news-release-sarofim

Rice’s RAMBO-II: A sequel better than the original
Rice physicist and materials scientist Junichiro Kono has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create RAMBO-II, a unique instrument capable of producing stronger magnetic fields and probing samples with an even broader spectrum of intense laser pulses.
http://dateline.rice/aug-24-news-release-kono

About Stefan De La Garza

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