Dateline Rice for Sept. 4, 2020


Could this device help save COVID-19 patients before the ICU?
An article mentions that Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Peter Lillehoj, associate professor and the Shankle Chair in Mechanical Engineering, are collaborating with area experts to develop a point-of-care device to quickly quantify a patient’s T-cell count, a key metric in determining which patients are more prone to experiencing COVID-19’s most serious effects.

New Houston survey includes going to homes and testing people for COVID-19 antibodies
An article and broadcast mention that Rice researchers have designed an antibody survey that will be used in Houston to determine the extent COVID-19 has spread in communities. Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, is quoted and interviewed.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

Oil and gas must prioritize culture and leadership amid uncertainty
Brent Smith, associate professor of management and psychology and senior associate dean for executive education, is interviewed in a podcast.

Author Dan Brown goes ‘Wild’ for classical music
An article about Dan Brown’s “Maestro Mouse Reprise” mentions that it was originally scheduled to be performed at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, but it was moved to an alternate venue due to the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)  

Open Dance Project’s new Houston season dances to the rhythms of the pandemic
An article features the Aug. 29 Open Dance Project performance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The Moody Center has commissioned local artists, writers, musicians and dancers to create new works for a summer series responding to art in its windows. Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 4 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)  

Higher education looks outside for alternative workspaces
An article mentions that Rice is holding some classes outdoors in semipermanent structures.
Facilities Net

Fall update: Meeting student basic needs during COVID-19
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
U.S. Public Interest Research Group

UNT looks to bounce back from a four-win season: Five Texans to watch in Denton this season
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of North Texas Nov. 21, and KROD Online mentions that the Owls are scheduled to face the University of Texas at El Paso Nov. 28.
Texas HS Football

MinerTalk returns to 600 ESPN El Paso for another action-packed sports season
KROD Online


How to hide a billion dollars: Three techniques the ultrarich use to dodge ex-spouses, the taxman and disgruntled business partners
Rice is mentioned.


Climate change might make Hurricane Laura’s 150 mph winds less rare
An article quotes Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center; and Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, whose research determined that Texas hurricanes would more likely be fast-moving storms during the last 25 years of this century.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 4 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the Sept. 4 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. )

Fact Check: Would Biden ban fracking as Trump claims? No.
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

What Tesla’s Texas takeover means for oil-dependent Houston
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s Archway Academy helps students overcome substance use
An article mentions that some Rice student events are held at neighboring Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in the Sept. 3-30 digital and print editions of the Bellaire/Meyerland/West University issue.)

Novel PROTAC has a two-front improvement
An article mentions that Rice researchers contributed to the featured study.
Baylor College of Medicine


This university in Houston has been named one of the top colleges in the country for 2021, according to new ranking
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 7 in the nation according to Niche. The article also mentions that Rice has No. 1-ranked programs in kinesiology and physical therapy, sport management and architecture and received an overall Niche grade of A+ for academics, diversity, athletics, professors, dorms, student life, value, campus, party scene, location and campus food.
’13 Eyewitness News’
KTRK-TV (Houston)
Democrats say Trump will win until the ballots are counted | Sept. 4, 2020
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
‘Fox 29 News First’
KABB-TV (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/sept-4-no-1-no-7 (This segment aired five times.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

City is planning major changes to busy southwest Houston corridor
An article cites a 2018 study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found about a third of the streets in the Gulfton neighborhood didn’t have sidewalks, while others were in poor condition.
Houston Public Media


Rice gets $100 million for advanced materials research
The Robert A. Welch Foundation has donated $100 million to Rice for a research institute to engineer new technologies and innovative materials. The largest single gift in the university’s history will empower Rice researchers from across campus, as well as colleagues from around the world, to accelerate the discovery, design and manufacturer of new materials for the benefit of all. President David Leebron is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed
The Welch Institute — a $100 million gift to Rice University from Robert A. Welch Foundation

Altering refraction in 2D material using ambient light could lead to novel applications
An article features Rice research that shows microscopic crystals in tantalum disulfide may be used in 3D displays, virtual reality and even self-driving vehicles. Co-authors Gururaj Naik, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Weijian Li are quoted.
AZo Optics

Class of 26 joins DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
An article mentions that graduate student Justin Porter is a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow.
Inside HPC


College announces new policy in compliance with Title IX rules
An article featuring Lotte Parsons mentions that her mother teaches at Rice.
The Bowdoin Orient

Black Rose Foundation Scholarship recipients announced
An article mentions that Sid Richardson College freshman Hanna Frampton is a recipient of the 2020 James V. Brooks Memorial Scholarship.
Jacksonville Free Press


OU football: How Obi Obialo went from Oklahoma State walk-on to Sooners graduate transfer
Rice is mentioned.
Norman Transcript

Repping 210: Breaking down UTSA’s ‘Triangle of Toughness’
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at San Antonio last season.
KSAT Online 

Many Knights will play in college
An article mentions that Ryan Bhojwani plans to play baseball at Rice next year.
Inside Nova

About Stefan De La Garza

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