Dateline Rice for Sept. 25, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Houston sampling wastewater to track spread of COVID-19
Several articles and broadcasts mention that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. Loren Hopkins, professor in the practice of statistics, is quoted in Houston Press and KTRH Online. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed by KTRH-AM, quoted in the first Houston Chronicle article and speaks about her work and answers questions in the video of a press conference on Fox 7 Austin Online. Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, an additional collaborator on the project, is mentioned during the press conference.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Health department says proof is in the pooping for Houston’s slowing spread of COVID-19
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-hopkins

Houston tracking COVID-19 pandemic by testing wastewater
KTRH Online (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-hopkins
How analyzing sewage helped Houston catch a COVID hot spot
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stadler
KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stadler (This segment aired twice.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stadler (This segment aired three times.)
Houston project monitors wastewater to identify emerging COVID-19 outbreaks
Fox 7 Austin Online 
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stadler-ensor
Early warning system: How Houston is using wastewater to identify COVID-19 hot spots
MSN (This KHOU Online video segment also aired three times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study

What the feces? Houston launches new wastewater monitoring program to help slow spread of COVID-19
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Coronavirus expert Dr. Peter Hotez worried Houston is heading toward ‘third peak’ this fall
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Houston coronavirus updates: Sept. 25
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Detecting SARS-CoV2 using Houston’s wastewater
Baylor College of Medicine News
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Scientists using sewage samples to find Houston coronavirus hot spots faster
Community Impact Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Mayor discusses testing wastewater for COVID-19 hot spots
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired three times on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Survivors share tales of another sad COVID side effect: Losing clumps of hair
Kaiser Health News’ “Morning Briefing”
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
‘4 p.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
‘5 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
‘8 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
Houston sampling wastewater to track spread of COVID-19
Spectrum News
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study
‘TWC News All Evening’
Spectrum News Austin (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study (This segment aired twice.)
‘Fox 26 News’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study (This segment aired twice.) 
‘Good Day Central Illinois’
WYZZ-TV (Peoria, Illinois)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-wastewater-study

Dr. Birx praised Texas A&M’s ‘low’ COVID rate. It’s higher than both Rice and Baylor.
An article and broadcast mention that Rice has a coronavirus dashboard tracking tests and positivity rates. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-dashboard

Kinder study: Evictions cost Harris County $315 million a year
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research estimates that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public and private sectors in Harris County, Texas, were spending in excess of $300 million per year addressing the region’s eviction crisis.
Fox 26
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-kinder-study
‘Fox 26 News’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-kinder-study

Laser-induced graphene to help filter COVID-19 from air
An article mentions that Israeli startup LIGC licensed technology from Rice to develop an air filter with graphene.
The Engineer
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-te

Cancellation of Houston game raises concerns over status of UNT’s season
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its football games through mid-October.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-drc
Welcome to the craziest college football season in Mississippi history
Mississippi Today
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-mt
College Football Frenzy: Pac-12 joins the fray with November return
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-ts

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Schools that meet full financial need with no loans
An article mentions the Rice Investment, an initiative offering full-tuition scholarships and grants to students from low- and middle-income families. President David Leebron is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in MSN.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-leebron-rice-investment

Vote-by-mail programs date back to the Civil War
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
History
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stein
Drive-thru voting. 24-hour polling places. Finger condoms. Welcome to Election 2020 in Harris County.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-stein

Cy-Fair school notebook: Area high schools ranked among top in the nation
A roundup mentions the summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-tapia-center

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Houston-based McCord Development expands to Boston with acquisition of life sciences R&D building 
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 Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-the-ion

New films: ‘Akira,’ ‘Kajillionaire’
An arts roundup mentions that Yehuda Sharim formerly taught at Rice.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-hcp
Preview picks: QFest, Prince
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 25 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-hcp

BROADCAST

‘CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto’
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about President Donald Trump’s recent remarks on ceding power should he lose the upcoming presidential election. Today at Elon mentions that Brinkley will give a virtual talk hosted by Elon University Sept. 29.
CNN
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-brinkley
Elon to host historian Douglas Brinkley on Sept. 29 for online discussion
Today at Elon
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-brinkley
How Kanye West’s 2020 presidential campaign fell apart in less than three months: ‘Too many chiefs’
People.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-brinkley

More college-bound students considering a gap year
Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva is quoted.
KTRH Online (This article also appeared in KPRC Online.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-da-silva

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Maryland)
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is interviewed.
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-lin

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

First voluntary university and state-level reviews demonstrate US engines of SDG action
Yvette Pearson, associate dean for accreditation, assessment and strategic initiatives at Rice’s Brown School of Engineering, is quoted.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-pearson

Texas could be poised to lead in carbon capture technology
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts (This article also appeared in EnerCom.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-medlock
BP says oil is on the ropes. Is it really?
E&E News
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-medlock

3D camera earns its stripes
An article features Rice research into the Hyperspectral Stripe Projector, which may allow for real-time 3D spectroscopy. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Kevin Kelly, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, alumna Yibo Xu and graduate student Anthony Giljum.
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-kelly

Fast model could quickly lead to better batteries
An article features Rice research that developed a way to predict the performance of batteries that is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques. Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Fan Wang are quoted.
Materials Today
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-tang

Shaping 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.
Photonics
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-halas-nordlander

The official unofficial voting station: Voting for all who legally can’t

A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” Sept. 18-Dec. 19
Art & Object

http://dateline.rice/sept-25-moody-center

AI machine learning breakthrough is a twist on brain replay
An article mentions collaborative Rice research on applying the neuroscience concept of “brain replay” to artificial neural networks.
Psychology Today
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-pt

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Report: 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.
Corridor News
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-diamond-zodrow

ASU organist opens Organ at Davidson season
Alumnus Joby Bell is featured.
Independent Tribune
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-it

SPORTS

Football: Raiders ready for showdown in season opener against Arlington Martin
An article mentions that D.J. Arkansas has committed to Rice to play football.
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-arkansas

NEWS RELEASES

3D camera earns its stripes at Rice
Rice engineers developed the compact Hyperspectral Stripe Projector, a step toward a new method to collect the spatial and spectral information required for self-driving cars, machine vision, crop monitoring, surface wear and corrosion detection and other applications.
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-news-release-kelly

Rice political scientist available to discuss Trump’s nominee to Supreme Court
As President Donald Trump prepares to name his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant with the passing of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rice University political scientist Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice, is available to discuss likely nominees as well as the implications for the 2020 general election, just over a month away.
http://dateline.rice/sept-25-news-release-brace

About Stefan De La Garza

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