Dateline Rice for Aug. 28, 2020


Laura hits petrochemical region, and a factory goes up in flames
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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 28 print edition.)
Damage assessments still to come in Hurricane Laura’s wake
Engineering News-Record

Special Edition: Preparing for Hurricane Laura
Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, is interviewed about the Texas Flood Registry, a collaboration between the Kinder Institute and other Texas agencies that aims to track the long-term impacts of large storms. The last three articles cite collaborative research by the registry that determined 50% of Houston-area residents have wrestled with powerful or severe emotional distress since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in 2017.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-28-ensor (Interview begins at 36:40.)
As Hurricane Laura looms, Texas Flood Registry details physical, mental toll of storms
Community Impact Newspaper
The current state of America is leading to a mental health crisis
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Stormy start | Perfect Saturday | Extreme hurricanes becoming more common in Atlantic basin
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Scroll down to “Mounting drumbeat of climate disasters threatens mental health.”)
Increasing number of climate disasters impacting mental health

‘Politico Nightly’
A news roundup quotes Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders.
Politico (Scroll down to “Around the nation: Laura’s wake.”)

Houston weather updates: Aug. 26
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Poverty and petrochemicals converge as Hurricane Laura’s devastation exposes entire Gulf Coast as ‘sacrificial zone’
Common Dreams
3 years after Harvey, reservoir flood risks remain
KUT Online
Texas and Louisiana awaited with horror the storm Laura, which intensified on Wednesday as a dangerous Category 4 hurricane
Pledge Times

Special Edition: Lessons of Hurricane Laura
Ed Emmett ’71, fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

‘Catastrophic damage’: US Gulf energy infrastructure faces test with Hurricane Laura
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute Public Policy, is quoted.

Editorial: 3 years after Harvey, close call with Laura should scare Houston into action
An article mentions that Rice collaborated on the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal to protect the region from hurricanes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 28 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise.)
It’s time to revisit Ike Dike!
Big Jolly Times

Dallas area sheltering Hurricane Laura evacuees

An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action.
People Newspapers (A similar article also appeared in North Texas e-News.)

TMC institutions prepare for Hurricane Laura
An article mentions that Rice canceled all classes and events Aug. 27 ahead of Hurricane Laura’s landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border. Normal operations on campus resumed Aug. 28.
TMC News
Southeast Texas prepares for Hurricane Laura’s arrival late Wednesday night
Houston Press
‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
KPRC-TV (Houston)


What Texans are saying about Trump’s re-election chances
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 and interviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and Beaumont Enterprise.)
Texas county expands November voting options by $17M
Congressman Dan Crenshaw is set to speak, tonight, at the GOP 
iHeartRadio Houston News Feed (This podcast also appeared on iHeartRadio’s Metroplex News site.)
Texas Standard for Aug. 28, 2020
Texas Standard (This segment also aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
Texans play small role at RNC, and other takeaways from the convention
Texas Standard

Implementation of social distancing policies correlates with significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 transmission
An article features collaborative Rice research into how the implementation of social distancing policies corresponded with significant reductions in transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and reduced community mobility, both in the U.S. and globally. Raghu Kalluri, adjunct professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
San Saba News

Can you get paid leave when you home-school your child during coronavirus? 
Larry Stuart, lecturer of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

What are Jews doing during COVID?
A photo is attributed to Rice’s Houston Jewish History Archive
Jewish Standard


Is Ivanka Trump going to change anyone’s mind?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in several articles. He is interviewed by BBC World News about President Donald Trump’s “law and order” reelection platform.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. this article also appeared in the Aug. 28 print edition of the Times, and it appeared online in 10 other media outlets.)
Are angry mobs increasing Trump’s election chances?
The Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 28 digital and print editions of The Australian.)
The White House under Trump: How one man changed the presidency
The Times (Subscription is required.)
Objective science and scientific vested interests
Montgomery County Sentinel
‘BBC World News’

An Iranian-born progressive unseating a Trumpist veteran in Texas? It could happen.

An article quotes Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, and cites the annual Kinder Houston Area Survey he conducts.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Saudi Aramco promises to keep its dividend. It may have to make radical changes.
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in Barron’s, and he authored an article in Middle East Economic Survey.
Dubai’s coal push upends Abu Dhabi’s clean energy strategy
Middle East Economic Survey

More proof that ‘progressive’ wealth taxes hurt average Americans
An article cites a Rice study on the economic impact of a wealth tax.
National Review

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.
National Science Foundation


Novel PROTAC enhances its intracellular accumulation and protein knockdown
An article mentions that José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and graduate student Michael Wang contributed to the featured research.
Baylor College of Medicine

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. This article appeared in the Aug. 28 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Preview.”)

David Eagleman wants you to think much more about the brain
Alumnus David Eagleman is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview”


‘TWC News All Morning’
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is interviewed about how first lady Melania Trump may sway female voters.
Spectrum News Austin (This segment aired twice.)


The United Arab Emirates and Israel just came clean on their extramarital affair
Gilead Sher, the Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.
War on the Rocks

How weird is Katharine Hayhoe’s climate science?
An article cites Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program
FDA approves enhanced version of Rice ventilator
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°.
Today’s Medical Developments

Imaging chromatin architecture at the genome scale
Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor of computer science, is quoted.

Cultural Analytics acquired by Russell Reynolds Associates
Randy Stevenson, professor of political science and co-developer of Cultural Analytics, is mentioned.
MR Web

This capsule could help solve heart attack complications
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.

University of Maryland architecture school mourns the loss of faculty members John Hill and Karl Du Puy
An article featuring alumnus John Hill mentions that he recently died at age 90.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Nvidia stock and the price battle in the clouds
An article authored by alumnus Dana Blankenhorn mentions that Rice’s “Sub-LInear Deep learning Engine” uses new algorithms to speed artificial intelligence training.


Research roundup: Recent grants and publications for Emory faculty and staff
An article mentions that Rice helped coordinate a study from Emory University’s Department of Sociology into how scientific beliefs and attitudes shape religious identity within the Black Christian community, and vice versa.
Emory News Center

Hendren named director of App State Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics

Alumna Christine Ogilvie Hendren is featured.
Appalachian Today

Cold Case: Family still looking for college senior after six years
Former Rice student Reny Jose, who went missing while on spring break in Florida in 2014, is pictured.
WGN Online (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
WMBB-TV (Panama City, Florida)


How ‘Madden’ has produced a generation of smarter football fans
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
The Ringer

The top 100: Ranking the best football players in Austin’s history
A roundup features Rice football player Shea Baker.
Austin American-Statesman

UTSA, BYU to face off on Oct. 10 in Utah
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 7.
UTSA Athletics News (This article also appeared in

Wonder-kid Warncke prepared to shine
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Herald

Ranking BYU’s most difficult games 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
BYU officially adds UTSA and Texas State to 2020 schedule
Sports Illustrated’s CougsDaily

Texas signs 2018 Division II leading rusher as grad transfer
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.


Rice expert available to comment on future of US-Mexico relations
A new volume of “The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations: Strategic Foresight,” a collection of essays that examine the relationship between the countries, offers policy recommendations for key issues and makes predictions on what may happen in the future. Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, served as editor of the book and co-authored one of its essays.

Harvey’s overall impact dwarfs subsequent storms, Texas Flood Registry finds
Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Houston area three years ago, and a new report from the Texas Flood Registry shows the 2017 disaster’s lasting impact is felt more strongly than that of subsequent storms, including Tropical Storm Imelda.

About Stefan De La Garza

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