Dateline Rice for Sept. 1, 2020


Science and steely nerves spared Houston from a nightmare hurricane evacuation
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Ars Technica (This article also appeared in

National shortage in poll workers could affect Dallas elections
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

Vote-by-mail security in the age of COVID-19
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.

Harris County goes all-in on voting access
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.
Off the Kuff

Letter: Stop the wars
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Quad City Times (This article also appeared in The Dispatch-Argus.) 
Can Ivanka Trump change anyone’s point of view?
IRN Post

Ease into autumn with these virtual lecture series and talks
A roundup mentions that Rice’s School of Architecture’s fall 2020 virtual lecture series will host “Race, Social Justice and Allyship” Sept. 2. Jesús Vassallo, the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture, is mentioned.
The Architect’s Newspaper

Mother and daughter architects Toshiko Mori and Tei Carpenter talk shop
A Q&A featuring Tei Carpenter mentions that she formerly taught at Rice.

College students aim to fight spread of COVID-19 on Texas campuses
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action.
Reform Austin

Texas colleges see surge in COVID cases as students return to campus
Rice is mentioned.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 1 print edition.)


Teachers attend virtual Rice University camps
An article mentions that educators from Goose Creek Independent School District participated in a virtual summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education.
The Baytown Sun

Inside LSU’s revamped, conference-only schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football game against Louisiana State University, which was slated for Sept. 19, was canceled after the Southeastern Conference’s decision to limit its teams to 10 conference games because of the pandemic.
LSU’s Reveille

From the magazine: Will COVID-19 change horse sales?
Alumna Courtney Cooper authored an article.
The Chronicle of the Horse

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter #260
A roundup of Texas-area news mentions the following Rice stories: a computer science lab is collaborating on the design of novel a SARS-CoV-2 test; researchers have received a grant 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; Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence developed the Adaptive Course Design Institute to help professors and lecturers quickly adapt their courses to a virtual format; and that Rice is No. 1 in Texas according to Niche and No. 1 in the nation for quality of life according to the Princeton Review.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium

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.
TechNation (This Wired article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Tools of the trade | September 2020
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.


Climate solutions: Quiz 7
A clue in an online quiz about possible climate change solutions mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is working to create a market for carbon storage in the soil of prairies and grasslands in Texas and around the U.S.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Texas renters are still waiting for recovery relief from Hurricane Harvey
An article cites collaborative Rice research that suggested that Houston’s Black and Hispanic residents were more likely to be disproportionately affected by unequal aid distribution in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Bloomberg’s CityLab


Mayor Turner and Microsoft expand digital alliance with the city of Houston
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. President David Leebron is quoted. The Ion is mentioned in Downtown Houston.
TecHR Series
Downtown launchpad
Downtown Houston

Extinction Rebellion plans two weeks of disruption as parliament returns
An article cites a New York Times op-ed authored by 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.
Carbon Brief

Researchers set sights on theory of deep learning
An article mentions that a group of engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and statisticians from Rice and other institutions across the country have been awarded a five-year, $7.5 million grant from the Office of Naval Research to develop a theory of deep learning based on mathematical principles. The article quotes 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 Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science.
7th Space Interactive (This article also appeared in Bioengineer and Scienmag.)

NSF backs first community platform for smarter wireless
An article features a project led by Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering, which received a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant to develop an open-source platform for future wireless networks and mobile applications. Additional Rice collaborators include Ashutosh Sabharwal, the Ernest Dell Butcher Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering; Joe Cavallaro, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science; Rahman Doost-Mohammady, assistant research professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Ang Chen, assistant professor of computer science.
ScienceX (This article also appeared in Bioengineer.)

How ignorance is a hidden blessing when it comes to self-improvement
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Mind Cafe on Medium

A seaweed-inspired shuttle for delivering stem cell cargo
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.
BeingWell on Medium

Part 1: Middle-class families CAN go to college for free!
An article mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families.
Socratic Summer Academy on Medium

Capitol Hill Intern update (Aug. 31, 2020)
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host the webinar “A Conversation on Ratifying and Implementing the USMCA: A View From Congress” Sept. 2.
Capitol Hill Intern on Medium

How to become a prodigy
An article mentions that faculty at Rice have won Nobel Prizes.
The Genius Journal on Medium

Become an impact venture capitalist using donor-advised funds
Alumnus Rick Davis authored an article.

Ars Lyrica announces reimagined 2020/21 season
Alumna Lauren Snouffer is featured.
Broadway World

‘Somebody Else’s Troubles’ by J.A. English slated for September release
Alumnus J.A. English, author of the forthcoming novel “Somebody Else’s Troubles,” is featured.
Broadway World


Buried knowledge
An article mentions that Jim Elliott, professor of sociology and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authored the book “Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities,” which analyzed decades-old property records of former industrial sites in select major U.S. cities.
Brown Alumni Magazine

Fay Jones School welcomes four new interior design faculty members
Alumnus Charles Sharpless is featured and pictured.
University of Arkansas News


2020 St. Agnes Academy volleyball preview
An article mentions Rice volleyball player Sahara Maruska.
Click2Houston (This article originally appeared in VYPE.)

Texas doesn’t have a quarterback controversy in 2020, but what is the Longhorns’ backup plan?
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin last season.
The Oklahoman

UTEP ranked dead last in CBS Sports college football preseason poll
Rice football is mentioned.
KROD Online


Global collaboration needed to regulate embryo and embryoid research, says Baker Institute paper
The world’s scientific community must engage with a broad range of stakeholders to develop guidelines on embryo and embryoid research, according to a new paper by Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Daniel Morali, a research associate at the institute.

About Stefan De La Garza

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