Dateline Rice for Sept. 8, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Can you catch COVID-19 from your neighbor’s toilet?
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Science 
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-amirian
New COVID testing strategy could be ‘a game-changer’ for Harris County
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-amirian

An Austin doctor got a COVID-19 test from his own company. They billed his insurance company nearly $11,000
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted. Ho is featured in a Houston Public Media roundtable discussion of the week’s news.
Texas Tribune (This ProPublica article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-ho
Friday’s Houston Matters: Potential racial disparities impact health, METRORapid Silver debuts, and book lovers unite online (Sept. 4, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-ho (Segment begins at 27:50.)

‘It’s a bummer’: College students share what returning to campus is like right now
Martel College senior and Student Association President Anna Margaret Clyburn is quoted and interviewed.
CNBC’s “Make It”
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-clyburn

Local architects predict big changes to building design thanks to COVID-19
A pair of articles and a broadcast mention Rice’s plan to hold some classes outdoors in semipermanent structures. Albert Pope, the G. S. Wortham Professor of Architecture, is quoted in the Houston Press.
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-pope
Schools must plan for the next 9 months, not the next 9 weeks
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-tents
‘Houston’s Morning Show’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-tents

How far does the spray from a tuba travel? Rice researchers study social distancing for musicians
An article mentions collaborative research between Rice and the Houston Symphony, funded in part by Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund, to determine how far a musician or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the atmosphere when they perform. Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, and Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, are quoted.
Houston Public Media (The radio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and twice on more than 20 Texas Public Radio-affiliated stations across Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-yekovich-veeraraghavan

Town Square: Actor Louis Gossett Jr., Dr. Kirsten Matthews and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (Sept. 4, 2020)
Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-matthews

COVID-19 study looks at ways to help voters feel safe at the polls
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is interviewed.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-stein

The Back Mic: Planned Parenthood endorses a Republican, GOP PAC pledges fundraising, latest campaign ads
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.
The Texan
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-jones
Disputa legal en Texas para que puedan votar por correo miles de electores en un condado de mayoría hispana
Univision (This segment also aired on KXLN-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-jones

Houston exterminators abuzz during the pandemic
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-solomon

Oil field services speed adoption of clean energy tech
Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at the Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 6 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-mittal

This was supposed to be the summer of their dream internships. Then COVID hit.
An article quotes Ivette Mekdessi, assistant director of Rice’s Center for Career Development; Ann McAdam Griffin, associate director of career development; and alumnus Aamir Hashnali.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-mekdessi-griffin-hashnali

Rice delays start of practice 4 weeks before expected opener
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its opening games against Marshall University on Oct. 3 and the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Oct. 10. The Owls are slated to start their season Oct. 24 when they host Middle Tennessee State University. Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard and head football coach Mike Bloomgren are quoted in the Associated Press. The final article below mentions that the football team marched from Rice Stadium to the academic quad to protest racial injustice and quotes Bloomgren and quotes or mentions the following Owls: Jordan Myers, Austin Trammell, Naeem Smith, Blaze Alldredge, Juma Otoviano, JoVoni Johnson, Kebreyun Page and JaVante Hubbard, who is part of the team’s leadership council and helped organized the march.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets, and an excerpt appeared in a roundup in the Sept. 7 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-karlgaard-bloomgren
Rice University delays football practice until late September
ABC 13 Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
Chuck Landon: Is Rice pulling ‘Texas Two-Step’ on Marshall?
The Herald-Dispatch
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
Herd’s Oct. 3 C-USA opener with Rice likely canceled
The Herald-Dispatch
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
Rice postpones games against Marshall, UAB
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 8 print edition.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
‘Fox 26 News at 9’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls
‘NewsChannel 9’
KTSM-TV (El Paso, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls (This segment aired three times.)
Protest a culmination of Rice football’s activism plans
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-owls

Auge petrolero de Guyana avivaría división étnica: Mac Margolis

An article quotes Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, Center for the United States and Mexico and Latin America Initiative and a lecturer in energy economics.
Yahoo! Finanzas (An English translation is not available. This Bloomberg article also appeared in Infobae, Gestion and MSN Noticias.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-monaldi

Dan Brown premieres video with the Houston Youth Symphony
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 was moved to an alternate venue due to the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-shepherd-school

How Baylor’s TAILOR team of bacteria hunters finds COVID-19 in wastewater
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the S.A. Life & Sports section in the Sept. 7 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-poop

Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Antibody testing survey, retiring in Houston and Houston City Council member Martha Castex-Tatum (Sep. 8, 2020)
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.
Houston Public Media (The radio segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-hpm

These Texas universities have dashboards that track COVID-19 cases on campus
An article and broadcast mention that Rice has a coronavirus dashboard tracking tests and positivity rates.

MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 30 media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-covid-dash
Houston coronavirus updates: Mayor Turner warns of Labor Day celebration risks; renters’ aid gets extension
Community Impact Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-covid-dash

 

UH-BYU football game moved to TDECU Stadium
An article mentions that the Bayou Bucket football game between Rice and the University of Houston was postponed earlier this year.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-b-bucket

 

‘Fox 26 News’
A broadcast mentions that Rice provided prorated housing refunds last semester when classes transitioned to virtual formats.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-kriv

UH System offers test-optional admissions through 2022
An article mentions that several Houston-area universities, including Rice, have adopted test-optional admissions this year to help students who might not have the ability to take standardized tests amid the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 7 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-hc
7 a.m. newscast | Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020
Houston Public Media on Google Podcasts (This item appeared in five other media outlets and the segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-hpm

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

How our changing climate will make hurricanes worse
An article cites 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.
Discover
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-hassanzadeh

Transcript: ‘Into America’ — Bun B is standing up
A podcast features rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice.
MSNBC
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-bun-b

9 things highly professional people never do — based on science
An article cites Rice research into the personality traits of customer service professionals.
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-forbes

Wealthy NYC woman busted in BLM rampage
Rice is mentioned.
New York Post (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-nypost
‘Sunday Nights with Bill Cunningham’
KOGO-AM (San Diego)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-kogo (This segment aired on 350 stations across the U.S.)
‘KPRC Local 2 News Weekend’
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-kprc (This segment aired three times.)
WABC-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-wabc

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Here’s why Rice Univ.’s next building matters to Houston
An article about Rice’s new addition of an arts building to house the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, which will be located near the Moody Center for the Arts, features a Q&A with President David Leebron; Kathleen Canning, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of History and dean of the School of Humanities; and John Sparagana, the Grace Christian Vietti Chair in Visual Arts.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-leebron-canning-sparagana

Will Houston prepare for the next Laura before it’s too late?
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 interviewed about the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal he co-created to protect the region from hurricanes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 6 print edition of the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Metro section in the Sept. 8 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-blackburn
Climate change expected to fuel more intense storms, heavier rainfall
Victoria Advocate
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-blackburn

Fed up with flooding, Cypress Creek dwellers organize for help
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, that identified the Cypress Creek and Greens Bayou watersheds as being the most underserved in the 2018 Harris County bond election.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-bedient
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-bedient

‘5th Ward’ series puts the Houston neighborhood and people first
An article mentions that Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is interviewed about demographic changes in Houston on the TV show “5th Ward.”
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Star section in the Sept. 7 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-klineberg

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. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 8 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 8 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This story also appeared online in Governing and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-4-the-ion

Thumbs: Texas border bologna busters; GOP supports vote by mail
An editorial roundup gives a thumbs up to the news that the Robert A. Welch Foundation donated $100 million to Rice for a research institute to engineer new technologies and innovative materials.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 5 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-welch-institute
Welch Foundation’s joint venture with Rice University
Global Legal Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-welch-institute

2 Dallas universities make the grade on new list of top Texas schools
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 is ranked No. 124 on Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings.
CultureMap Dallas
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-no-7
Rice University’s lofty national ranking scores top spot in week’s most popular stories
CultureMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-no-7
Houston university bests UT Austin to be declared top school in Texas
CultureMap Austin
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-no-7

6 vivid and eye-catching August art events no Houstonian should miss
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” Sept. 18-Dec. 19.
CultureMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-moody-center

BROADCAST

‘KPRC Local 2 News Weekend’
An article and broadcast mention a recent study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that found that over 720,000 people in the Greater Houston area are food insecure and do not have enough money for regular, nutritious meals.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-kinder-study

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Animal lovers battle on social media and a newly named rock star
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.
C&EN
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-evans

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Brookings: Creative arts industry lost 2.7 million jobs, more than $150 billion in sales in 4 months
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. Andy Olin, senior editor and writer at the Kinder Institute and its Urban Edge blog, is quoted.
The Hayride
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-kinder-study-olin

SPORTS

Texans’ Cullen Gillaspia, Phillip Gaines return to practice
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 7 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-gaines
Texans’ Brandin Cooks limited with quadriceps injury
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-gaines
Keke Coutee and Kahale Warring survive Texans final cuts
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-gaines

Astros crumble again, drop doubleheader finale against Angels
Former Rice baseball player Anthony Rendon is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-rendon

Prep athletes of the week: Blaine sophomore pours in five goals
An article mentions that Megan Schultze has committed to join Rice’s swimming team.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-schultze

Bengals trade for DE Christian Covington
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured.
Bengals.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-covington

NEWS RELEASES

Funding flows into liquid fuel strategy
Rice engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2 million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation to explore how waste carbon dioxide, the bane of Earth’s atmosphere, can be directly converted into pure liquid fuels.
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-wang

Boundaries no barrier for thermoelectricity
Using a novel optical detection system, researchers at Rice found that electricity generated by temperature differences doesn’t appear to be affected measurably by grain boundaries placed in its way in nanoscale gold wires, while strain and other defects in the material can change this “thermoelectric” response.
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-natelson

Study: CEOs with uncommon names tend to implement unconventional strategies
If you’re looking for an unconventional approach to doing business, select a CEO with an uncommon name, according to new research co-authored by an expert at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-zhang

Three research teams earn Dunn Awards
Three teams of Rice and Baylor College of Medicine researchers have been named winners of the 2020 John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Awards. Projects by this year’s winners focus on smart wound dressing, genome analysis toward treatment of tuberculosis and gene therapy for neurodevelopmental disorders.
http://dateline.rice/sept-8-dunn-awards

About Stefan De La Garza

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