Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2020 (Weekend Edition)

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Town Square: Reverend Dr. William J. Barber; Dr. Kirstin Matthews; and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld
Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (The audio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-matthews

Study finds Houston leads most cities in racial, economic and poverty disparities
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 19 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-shelton

With midterms looming, AMLO sees chance to repeal Mexico’s energy reforms
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 20 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-payan

How Houston exterminators are staying busy as a bee during pandemic
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the cover of the Chronicle Extra magazine in the Sept. 20 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-solomon 

US university leaders defend reopening campuses as virus spreads
President David Leebron is quoted.
TheBoar.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-leebron

OpenStax will increase its library to 90 free textbooks after receiving new grants
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, which plans to double its catalog of textbooks. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted.
IBL News
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-baraniuk-openstax

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. This article appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-furman

Rice football: No positive COVID-19 tests but caution on starting season
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its football season through mid-October. Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted in the first article.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline. )
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-karlgaard
Knox, Wells help Marshall beat No. 23 Appalachian State 17-7
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-ap
At least 2 college football games scheduled for this weekend postponed because of Covid-19
CNN (This article also appeared in 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-owls
UH’s football opener against Baylor canceled
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the Sept. 19 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-owls
Texas college football rankings: Longhorns look to improve on No. 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-hc
College football week 3 roundup: 5 things that matter, winners, losers, overrated, underrated
College Football News
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-cfn
Check out the top 10 things we learned during the college football weekend.
Orlando Sentinel
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-os

Schools cancel Spring Break as they expect pandemic to continue
An article mentions that Rice’s fall semester will end before Thanksgiving.

International Business Times
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-ubt

Medical innovations that will revolutionize the future of your health care: Part 3
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.
Yanko Design
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-yd

AMD’s tech to power Texas universities’ COVID-19 research
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.
MSN (This Austin American-Statesman article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-msn

Researchers develop graphene face masks with almost 100% antibacterial efficiency, deactivation of coronavirus
An article features research by alumnus Ruquan Ye.
Converting Guide
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-ye

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Reports: US economy would shrink if wealth tax enacted
An article cites a Center for Freedom and Prosperity study co-authored by John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute.
The Center Square (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-diamond-zodrow

NASA is in the market for moon rocks
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine ’97 is quoted.
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-bridenstine

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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 and interviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-jones
US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death shaking up political community
Fox 26 News (The video segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-jones

Wanted: A new generation of clean energy wildcatters
An article mentions James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 21 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-tour

Moody Center’s fall exhibition scrutinizes American democracy
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, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in MSN and more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-weaver

Opinion: Reeling under Trump, Latinos can determine a different outcome

An article co-authored by Hector Ruiz mentions he formerly sat on the Rice Board of Trustees.

Austin American Statesman
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-ruiz

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
An article mentions the Rice Alliance Energy Tech Venture Forum.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-rice-alliance

BROADCAST

‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
A broadcast mentions a recent study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research found that over 720,000 people in the Greater Houston area are food insecure and do not have enough money for regular, nutritious meals. MSN mentions that the Rice Management Co. will partner with Houston-based nonprofit Brighter Bites to help address food insecurity in the Third Ward.
KPRC-TV (Houston) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-kinder-study

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is getting into the restaurant business
MSN (This article originally appeared in Eater.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-rice-mgmt

Spectrum News (Austin, Texas)
A broadcast mentions that the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation partnered with Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to survey potential Latino voters in the November election.
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-baker-study (This segment aired nine additional times since appearing in last week’s Dateline.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Aluminum ‘octopods’ — shape matters for light-activated nanocatalysts
An article features Rice research into how shapes affect a particle’s ability to use light to catalyze important chemical reactions. Rice community members quoted or pictured include Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute; Peter Nordlander, the Wiess Chair in Physics and Astronomy, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate students Lin Yuan and Minhan Lou.
SciTechDaily
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-halas-nordlander

Is an MBA over Zoom worth it?
Alumnus Tony Yiu authored an article.
Alpha Beta on Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-yiu

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Trump: Schools must teach ‘patriotic’ US history
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Diane Ravitch’s Blog
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-brinkley

Craig Considine speaks about his interest in religious interactions
Craig Considine, lecturer in sociology at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
The New Indian Express
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-considine

Festival celebrates African American music through local talent
An article mentions that Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, professor of religion and founding director of Rice’s Center for African and African American Studies, will participate in a discussion at the Grand Rapids African American Art and Music Festival Sept. 26.
Grand Valley Lanthorn
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-pinn

Ziyad Al-Shiha, board member of the National Petrochemical Company
Alumnus Ziyad Al-Shiha is featured.
Arab News (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-alshiha

SPORTS

Houston Baptist is now on the college football map
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Houston Baptist University in 2026.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 20 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-hc

UTEP creates some reason for optimism in win
Rice is mentioned.
El Paso Times
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-ept

Greg Kelley to play football at Eastern Michigan after full scholarship offer
Rice is mentioned.
KXAN 
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-kxan

Godber: ‘We all strive to have our name on that cup’
Former Rice football player Peter Godber is featured.
BC Lions
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-godber

LCU History: Taking a look at Sept. 19
A sports roundup from Sept. 19, 1978, mentions a Rice volleyball tournament.
LCUChaps.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-lcu

FOOTBALL: Dekaney restarts strength and conditioning; Cy-Fair’s 12 schools ‘focused on task at hand’
A slideshow caption mentions that Elroyal Morris has committed to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-hc
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-chron

NEWS RELEASES

Students’ home environments hurting education opportunities in Harris County, Baker Institute study finds
A new report from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy shows that students in Harris County face major challenges to their overall well-being and academic success.
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-news-release-moore

Shape matters for light-activated nanocatalysts
Researchers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics have long known that a nanoparticle’s shape affects how it interacts with light, and their latest study shows how shape affects a particle’s ability to use light to catalyze important chemical reactions.
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-news-release-halas-nordlander

AI could expand healing with bioscaffolds
A team led by Rice computer scientist Lydia Kavraki of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering used a machine learning approach to predict the quality of scaffold materials, given the printing parameters. The work also found that controlling print speed is critical in making high-quality implants.
http://dateline.rice/sept-21-news-release-kavraki

About Stefan De La Garza

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