Dateline Rice for Sept. 15, 2020


Rice named 16th best US college in annual US News & World Report ranking
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings. Rice also ranked No. 6 for best undergraduate teaching, No. 8 for best value school, No. 16 for international students, No. 19 for best undergraduate engineering and No. 18 for most innovative.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Here are the best colleges in Texas, according to US News & World Report
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
The list of best colleges in the US and the world

KRLD Online

Rice, UT-Austin once again top US News list of top universities in Texas
Austin Business Journal

Cornell falls one spot in annual US News ranking, continuing yearslong slide
The Cornell Daily Sun
Here’s how Missouri schools fared in the US News ranking of best colleges in the US
The Kansas City Star (This article also appeared in the Belleville News-Democrat.)
Texas Public Radio
http://dateline.rice/sept-15-tpr (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)


The pandemic is having tremendous financial impact on Houston, survey shows
Many of the populations most impacted by the pandemic are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, according to Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Fulton is interviewed by Capital Public Radio Network on the growth of suburbs.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 affiliate websites, and the audio segment aired on more than 950 affiliate radio stations across the U.S. and on more than 60 stations across Australia.)
‘Statehouse Roundup’: President Trump visits Sacramento and rethinking the future of cities amid the pandemic
Capital Public Radio Network (This audio segment aired on four affiliate stations in California and Nevada.)

6 common college admissions myths
Rice Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report

Democrats aim for third sweep of Harris County courts in first election without straight-ticket voting
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 in MSN and the San Antonio Express-News.)
Bud Kennedy: Greg Abbott’s law-and-order campaign is a smart play for suburban Fort Worth voters
MSN (This Fort Worth Star-Telegram article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

How voter participation predicts adherence to social distancing
An article mentions that Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, contributed to the featured research.
Chicago Booth Review

How leaders can encourage strong teams during the pandemic
An article features Rice research into how leaders and organizations can foster connectedness and efficiency among teams during the pandemic. Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences, graduate student Denise Reyes and Wiess College junior Miguel Luna are quoted.

Melinda Gates, Jamie Dimon, Darren Walker and others highlight LBJ School’s 50th Anniversary
A roundup of forum events hosted by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, will interview William McRaven for the webinar “Leadership in the Age of COVID” Oct. 12.
UT News (This article also appeared in the Austin Patch.) 

‘I was floored’: Coronavirus test prices charged by some hospitals and labs stun consumers, spur questions
An article quoting Lisa Robertson mentions that her daughter plays soccer at Rice.
USA Today

As pipeline projects cancel, future falls into question
An article mentions that Matthew Portillo spoke on the future of U.S. shale in a webinar hosted by Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Facebook is introducing Facebook Campus, which is basically just what Facebook used to be
An article mentions that Rice is participating in the pilot project Facebook Campus, which aims to make it easier for students to keep in touch with their classmates, share notes and find university updates.
Facebook taps Houston college campus for new tool on its app
CultureMap Houston (This article also appeared in InnovationMap.)

Will the college kids give us all COVID-19?
An article mentions Rice’s COVID-19 positivity rate.
Think Advisor

Unleash your brand ambassadors for online education
Alumnus Don Scales authored an article.
University Business

MBA applications are suddenly soaring
An article featuring Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business reported a 63% jump in applications for 2020.
Forbes (This article also appeared in Poets & Quants, Yahoo! Sports and Yahoo! Finance.)

AMD fights COVID-19
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.

Father, son doctors sharing a shift ‘a dream come true’
Alumnus Paul Torre is featured.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and yesterday’s Dateline.)

Memphis-Houston is sixth football game involving an AAC team to be postponed this season
An article mentions that several Rice football games have been postponed.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
Big 12 notebook: Baylor, Houston a match made of necessity

Austin American-Statesman (Subscription is required.)
College football schedule: TV selections for Sept. 26, 2020

FB Schedules


A Texas county clerk’s bold crusade to transform how we vote
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Clouds of Venus could harbor life, new study shows
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 15 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News .)

Chic and stylish Houstonians get fierce and fabulous for $200,000 PetSet soiree
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is mentioned.
CultureMap Houston

Switching to electric vehicles could save lives, cut health care costs in Houston, report finds
An article cites a 2017 study by the Houston Health Department and Rice that found children living in zones where transportation emissions were high experienced more asthma attacks requiring emergency services.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 15 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)


More Iranian gasoline appears headed to Venezuela despite US DOJ seizures
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.
S&P Global Platts

Micron-thick NET probes help record neuronal activity in different parts of the brain
An article mentions that the National Institutes of Health awarded a four-year grant of $4.15 million to Chong Xie, associate professor of bioengineering and electrical and computer engineering, to maximize the use of devices based on the flexible nanoelectronic thread he developed.

Konecky receives 2019 Nanne Weber Early Career Award

Sylvia Dee, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, authored a post about the accomplishments of Bronwen Konecky.

Light manipulates stars to alter refractive index of 2D crystal
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.
Materials Today

Tour, Meyer: Some very hard problems facing origin-of-life research
An article features James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Evolution News

25-year chemical industry veteran Wendy Hoenig joins Peak Nano Films as senior vice president of marketing and sales
An article featuring alumna Wendy Hoenig mentions that she is on the external advisory board for Rice’s Brown School of Engineering and is the recipient of Rice’s 2018 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award.
Textile World


Art at the BlueLine showcases climate art in Lower Manhattan
An article mentions that Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, wrote the text for “WE ARE THE ASTEROID II,” a solar-powered LED message board art installation by Justin Brice Guariglia.
Untapped New York

Seaweed capsule packed with stem cells could repair damage after heart attack, scientists find
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.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in the Sept. 15 print editions of the Daily Mail and Scottish Daily Mail, and it appeared online in The Street Journal and Tasmin News Agency.)

Lake George Music Festival: ‘Drive-in Series’
An article mentions that Rice will be represented at the the Lake George Music Festival Sept. 19 and 20 in Lake George, New York.
Adirondack Almanack


Q&A: Lauren Lee talks about her offseason, experience as a transfer
Former Rice volleyball player Lauren Lee is featured.
The Daily Aztec

Fort Bend-area gridiron talent shines on Touchdown Club teams
An article mentions that Kenneth Seymour Jr. has committed to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Investment in walk-on program paying off for Texas
An article quotes former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman.
SB Nation

This Date in History: Sept. 15
Former Rice football player Kevin Ford is featured.
The Eagle

Herman said Foster ‘let his frustrations get the best of him’
Rice football is mentioned.

Broncos offensive bios: Denver spent offseason trying to fix dormant offense
An article features former Rice football player Calvin Anderson.
The Denver Post


Rice rises to No. 16 in 2021 US News rankings
Rice moved up to the No. 16 ranking among the best national universities in the 2021 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook and remains the highest-ranking university in Texas.

About Stefan De La Garza

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