Dateline Rice for Aug. 26, 2020


Houston-area colleges close, switch to remote learning ahead of Hurricane Laura
An article mentions that Rice canceled all classes and events from 5 p.m. Aug. 26 through at least Aug. 27 ahead of Hurricane Laura’s expected landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN, the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)
Weather live updates: Hidalgo issues disaster declaration for Harris County ahead of Hurricane Laura
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. Similar articles also appeared in Houston Public Media, KHOU Online, MSN, CW 39 Online and Houstonia.)

How Hurricane Laura could have caused ‘one of the worst environmental disasters ever’ in Houston
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. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of the SSPEED Center, is interviewed by Houston Public Media about changes to Addicks and Barker reservoirs made by the Army Corps of Engineers in the three years since Hurricane Harvey, and he is quoted in Scientific American.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN and the San Antonio Express-News.)
3 years after Harvey, reservoir flood risks remain
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston, and the article appeared in the Texas Standard and aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)
A proposed storm surge barrier could protect Texas from storms like Laura
Scientific American (This article originally appeared in E&E News.)


Harris County OKs $17M to add polls, voting hours and drive-thru balloting for November election
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 26 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN, the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)

Latest Texas polling shows Trump ahead, contentious congressional races
The Texan
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/aug-26-jones (This segment aired four times.)

US universities move classes outdoors to continue teaching amid coronavirus
An article details Rice’s changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which included staggering the return of students to campus and conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in semipermanent structures. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted.
Can NYC make outdoor learning work?
City & State NY

Dana Holgorsen navigates UH through uncharted season
An article mentions that the Rice football team was originally scheduled to open its season against the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 26 print edition, and a similar article appeared in Sportal.)

COVID-19 in wastewater may be serious threat
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Ineffable Island

Texas college students form alliance to combat campus spread of COVID-19
An article mentions that Rice is part of the College Health Alliance of Texas, a public health initiative that aims to raise student awareness to combat the spread of COVID-19 on campuses.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.) 

Denton Ryan vs. Arlington Martin will be part of FSSW-televised doubleheader at AT&T Stadium
An article mentions that D.J. Arkansas has committed to play football at Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Denton Record-Chronicle.)

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 appeared in the Aug. 26 print edition of the Chronicle’s Memorial Examiner and Bellaire Examiner.)

How natural disasters are driving a mental health crisis
An article cites collaborative research by Rice and the Texas Flood Registry that determined 50% of Houston-area residents have wrestled with powerful or severe emotional distress since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in 2017.
WFYI Public Media (This Center for Public Integrity article also appeared in 10 additional media outlets since it first appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Republicans are trying to close Trump’s compassion gap. Is it working?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Time (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Melania Trump’s task at Republican convention? Reassure voters, and ‘not cause any trouble’
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 26 print edition.)
Science is objective — but are all scientists objective?
Nation of Change

Houston chamber group explores music and health
An article features alumna Yvonne Smith, member of la speranza, a Houston-based chamber music group that seeks to promote physical and emotional healing through a repertoire from the Baroque to early Romantic eras. James Dunham, professor of viola at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
MSN (This article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Rice University names new fine arts building after billionaire philanthropist Fayez Sarofim 

CultureMap Houston

Best private colleges in America
A slideshow featuring Rice mentions that it is ranked No. 10 in the nation according to Niche’s list of the best private colleges in the U.S.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Abilene universities take new steps on diversity: ACU
Rice is mentioned.
KACU Online


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. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Maarten de Hoop, the Simons Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science, professor of computational and applied mathematics and professor of Earth, environmental and planetary science; Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources; and former Rice visiting scholar Léonard Seydoux.
Science Daily

How racism contributes to ‘a very ivory tower’
An article features collaborative Rice research that determined 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. Co-authors quoted include Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program; and graduate student Esmeralda Sánchez Salazar.

China’s economic slowdown may hurt global oil market, says expert
An article features Rice research that suggests a slowdown in China’s demand for oil may affect the multitrillion-dollar global oil market and related industries. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

One city, two transit systems, separate and unequal?
An article quotes Christof Spieler, senior lecturer of architecture.
Next City

Intricate sugar printing helps build blood vessels
An innovations roundup mentions collaborative Rice research that created complex blood vessel networks from templates of 3D-printed sugar, capable of feeding a constructed organ. Co-authors Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Ian Kinstlinger are quoted.
Creating complex artificial vascular networks using sugar

7 self-care tips for nonprofit professionals

Lisa Chmiola, adjunct instructor in the Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, authored an article.


How ‘zero bias’ in TDF selection hurts 401(k) performance
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 quoted.
401(k) Specialist

The ways electronic music can revolutionize school music classes
An article mentions that instructors at Rice use electronic music production hardware to enhance student interest in learning music.
We Rave You

2020 Deborah J. Norden Fund awards travel grants to two design research projects
An article features alumnus Chris Starkey, recipient of an Architectural League of New York 2020 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant to study a supportive group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Senatobia, Mississippi.
Bustler (This article also appeared in Archinect.)

Low-cost, customizable microscope takes top biomedical engineering prize
An article mentions that a team from Rice was awarded a $15,000 prize by the National Institute on Minority and Health Disparities as part of the National Institutes of Health’s ninth annual Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams awards aimed at developing simple and low-cost diagnostics and treatments. Rice’s entry, the Universal Brachytherapy Applicator “At Your Cervix,” is a low-cost 3D-printed device that could help expand treatment of late-stage cervical cancer in areas where medical providers do not have the training or expertise to administer radioactive implants.

Houston offers technical training to low-income residents, students
An article mentions that Microsoft has invested $1 million in the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of an innovation district, with a commitment to provide training opportunities for Houston’s workforce to learn the skills necessary to pursue STEM careers.
State Scoop


Opinion: New study finds high economic costs from wealth tax
An article cites a Center for Freedom and Prosperity study co-authored by John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, on the economic impact of a wealth tax.
Prescott eNews

Pioneer Charter School of Science students celebrate delayed graduation

Rice is mentioned.
Wicked Malden


2020 preseason football awards
An article mentions that Rice football player Blaze Alldredge was named to the Conference USA preseason all-conference team.
Conference USA
Three Hilltoppers take home C-USA preseason all-conference honors
WBKO Online
Malone, Haggerty, Meredith earn C-USA preseason all-conference honors
WKU Sports News

Cy Woods alumna Erica Ogwumike advances for chance to win NCAA Woman of the Year Award
An article mentions that former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is a nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which honors graduating female college athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was the top seed in the Conference USA tournament before last season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 26 print edition of the Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein and Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair.)

Former Texas CB Donovan Duvernay reportedly transfers to Northwestern State
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin last season.
SB Nation

BASEBALL: Former Cavalier Simms proud of accomplishments
Former Rice baseball player John Simms is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 26 print edition of the Chronicle’s Woodlands Villager and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Texas looking to take advantage of talented depth along the new defensive front
Rice is mentioned.
SB Nation


Rice University hurricane announcement 
Due to Hurricane Laura, Rice is suspending normal operations — including all classes and events — at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, and all day Thursday, Aug. 27. All academic activities will be discontinued during this period. Academic buildings along with other major venues — including Fondren Library, Gibbs Recreation Center and Rice Memorial Center — will be closed to all but essential employees. Only essential personnel will be allowed in labs.

About Stefan De La Garza

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