Dateline Rice for Sept. 18, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Which colleges have the most financial resources
Rice is No. 7 for resources and No. 15 overall on the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. President David Leebron is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-leebron

‘Town Square’: What you need to know to vote (Sept. 17, 2020)
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Public Media (This audio segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-stein

New numbers show grim reality of how many Texans lack health insurance
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.
Reform Austin
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-ho

Taxing online sports betting, fantasy sports may help states cover pandemic losses
An article features Rice research that found that taxing online fantasy sports and sports betting may help states recoup some of the sales tax revenue lost during the coronavirus pandemic. Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-beebe

Yom Kippur hits Houston’s airwaves in this unusual year
Joshua Furman, temporary project manager in Jewish Studies and founder of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-furman

Rice football: No positive COVID-19 tests but caution on starting season
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its football games through mid-October. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is featured in a Q&A in the first article and quoted in the second.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-karlgaard
Rice may not be able to reschedule postponed UAB, Marshall games
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-karlgaard
Power 5 are again all in together for a season that’s not yet going smoothly
Gator Country
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-owls

Austin’s top news — Sept. 17, 2020
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 interviewed about the pressure on Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen businesses in Texas.
KLBJ Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-jones
Mail-in ballot confusion continues to abound in Harris County
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-jones

UT System joins Texas Library Coalition to improve access to scientific journals
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action and quotes Sara Lowman, vice provost, university librarian and chair of the coalition’s steering committee.
El Paso Herald-Post
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-lowman

Virginia college leaders expect online classes to continue at least through the spring semester
An article mentions Rice.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (This article also appeared in the Danville Register & Bee, The Free Lance-Star and The News & Advance.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-rtd

Dartmouth classmates form diagnostic startup
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
New Hampshire Union Leader
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-nhul

Affordable housing in Houston is growing, but developers and city officials still face challenges
An article mentions a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which found that people are moving farther away from their jobs in order to find affordable housing during the pandemic.
Bisnow (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-kinder-study

College football weekend preview: Maybe watch another sport
An article mentions that Rice’s football team played Baylor University last season.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-nyt

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Trump calls for ‘patriotic education’ to defend American history from the left
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition of the Times and the Denver Post, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-brinkley

Inside the Washington Post newsroom: History-making moments and good gossip
Rice is mentioned.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-washpo

HOUSTON/TEXAS

New clean energy accelerator at Rice
An article mentions that the Rice Alliance is adding a new, 12-week clean energy accelerator program to support early stage energy startups from around the world. The accelerator will be based at the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of an innovation district. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Informed Infrastructure.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-burke-the-ion

Preview Picks: Emmy Awards, Houston Grand Opera
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” Sept. 18-Dec. 19. Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center, and Ylinka Barotto, associate curator at the Moody Center, are quoted in Artfix Daily.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition and yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-moody-center
‘States of Mind: Art and American Democracy’ to open at the Moody in Houston
Artfix Daily
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-weaver-barotto

Bahrain and UAE to normalize relations with Israel: Rice scholar explains how we got there
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Jewish Herald-Voice
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-ulrichsen

Rice University rises to top of Texas schools in prestigious U.S. 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. Rankings in various other categories are mentioned.
Houston CultureMap
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-no-1-no-16

A work of art: Fitzpatrick Architects of Tyler named Dallas-area firm of the year
Alumnus Steve Fitzpatrick is featured.
Tyler Morning Telegraph
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-fitzpatrick

BROADCAST

Celebrating Houston’s Latino icons: Dorothy Caram, a lifelong advocate for Latino culture and education
Alumna Dorothy Caram is featured.
Houston Public Media (This audio segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-caram

Artificial intelligence may help predict earthquakes and volcanoes
A podcast features Rice research that used artificial intelligence to accurately predict seismic events.
National Science Foundation’s “The Discovery Files” (This podcast aired twice on WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-nsf

Study ranks Texas Tech 9th in Texas graduate average starting salaries
Rice is mentioned.
KFYO Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-kfyo

Crook’s Corner Book Prize announces shortlist
A roundup of book reviews features “Confessions of an Innocent Man,” authored by David Dow, the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History at Rice.
WRAL Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-wral

CJOY-AM (Ontario, Canada)
A broadcast mentions collaborative Rice research that found firms’ distinctive strategies are systematically linked to their CEOs’ uncommon names.
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-rice-study

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Christians want more support from churches on faith/work issues, study shows
An article features a new collaborative Rice study that found Christians want more support from their places of worship when it comes to navigating ethical matters and other issues in the workplace. Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP), and Rachel Schneider, a postdoctoral fellow with RPLP, are quoted.
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-ecklund

Meet the 2020 Power Leaders in Education 

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Streaming Jewish programs (Sept. 21-24)
A roundup mentions that the talk “Promoting Understanding and Combating Racism within the Jewish Community” will be presented Sept. 23 as part of a Rice and Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center lecture series.
San Diego Jewish World
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-rice-talk

Apocalypse now
An article mentions that former President Barack Obama spoke at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Red Flag
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-baker-talk

SPORTS

Game primer: Houston at Baylor
An article mentions that the University of Houston’s football team played Baylor University at Rice Stadium in 1951.
University of Houston Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/sept-18-rice-stadium

About Stefan De La Garza

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