Dateline Rice for Oct. 7, 2020


Researchers say inspection plan could ease COVID fears
A broadcast mentions that experts at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab have proposed creating a grading system to rate businesses on their COVID-19 safety measures. Interviewed policy lab members include Snejana Nihtianova, director of research operations; Jen Leveille, public health consultant; and Megan Rafferty, health data analyst. Rafferty is quoted in KOBI Online.
NBC News Philadelphia Online
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-tpl-nihtianova-leveille (This and similar segments aired on more than 30 stations across the U.S.)
Rice University researchers’ inspection plan could help ease COVID-19 fears
Government inspection plan could ease COVID-19 fears
KOBI Online
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-tx-policy-labRice University will present streaming production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
An article mentions that Rice University Theatre will broadcast Oscar Wilde’s classic Victorian satirical comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” live from Hamman Hall on the university’s YouTube channel Oct. 9. The actors will wear masks on stage for the one-night-only play and physical distancing rules will keep them 6 feet apart at all times. The production will be directed by Christina Keefe, head of the Rice Theatre Program, assisted by alumnus Alan Kim. Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, will be the set designer, and Heather Breikjern, lecturer and costume shop manager, will be the costume designer.
Broadway World
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-rice-theatreMusicians may need more than social distancing to stay safe on stage.
An article featuring collaborative Rice research into how far a musician’s or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the environment during live performances found that robust ventilation systems, air currents and other social-distancing measures will be needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science; postdoctoral research associate Vivek Boominathan; and graduate students Ankit Raghuram and Sean Farrell.

Scientists develop tech to filter COVID particles from air
An article mentions that Israeli startup LIGC licensed technology from Rice to develop an air filter with graphene.


If you loved Hubble’s images, you’ll adore this ‘star birth’ photo taken from a Chilean mountain
Several articles features collaborative Rice research that used the Gemini South telescope in Chile to capture near-infrared images of the Carina Nebula with the same resolution that’s expected of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is still more than a year from launch. Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Telescope captures mind-blowing image of cloud where stars are born

Yahoo! News UK
Check out this extremely intricate and brilliantly detailed image of Carina Nebula! We bet you have never seen anything like this before.
Morning Picker
Get lost in the most detailed images ever of this stunning nebula

How the ‘right stuff’ to be an astronaut has changed over the years
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
National Geographic

Hyperspectral stripe projector creates 4D views
An article features Rice research into the Hyperspectral Stripe Projector, which may allow for real-time 3D spectroscopy. Co-authors quoted include Kevin Kelly, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and alumna Yibo Xu.
Futurity on Medium (This article also appeared in Design Products & Applications.)

Statement on the Nobel Prize in Physics 2020
An article mentions that Roger Penrose, former Edgar Odell Lovett Professor of Mathematics, is a co-winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics.
National Science Foundation

What is a no-penalty CD?
Alumnus Ben Gran co-authored an article.


Outside money pours into Texas House seats across Houston
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 appeared on the front of the City & State section in the Oct. 7 print edition, and it appeared online in 10 other media outlets.)
Grieder: Paxton’s ability to lead Texas AG’s office irretrievably compromised
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section in the Oct. 7 print edition, and it appeared online in 10 other media outlets.)
Democrats raise big cash in push to take Texas House but GOP candidates also ramping up
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
These anti-Trump ad buys by Democrats and the Lincoln Project show Texas is in play
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Oct. 7 print edition.)
Texas Attorney General Paxton says he won’t resign over bribery charges
The Center Square (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

The impact of COVID-19 on Houston households: A tale from two surveys

University of Houston News

Here, have a Paxton scandal roundup
Off the Kuff
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-jonesUniversity of Houston distinguished professor receives MacArthur Fellowship
An article mentions that Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health, was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2016.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Rice University polling site to be all student-run on Election Day
An article mentions that Rice will have an on-campus early voting and Election Day polling station at Rice Stadium and an alternate station at Reckling Park for when the stadium is hosting a football game. Rice community members quoted include: Elizabeth Vann, director of programs and partnerships at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership; Hanszen College junior Mason Reece; Wiess College senior Lauren Biegel; J.P. Abercrumbie, chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for Rice’s athletics department; and Martel College junior and track and field athlete Ace Castillo. The article also mentions that the campuswide initiative RICEngaged, a coalition of students, faculty and staff, has been working to educate students about the democratic process.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Oct. 7 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline.)

An oral history of notsuoH, Houston’s most idiosyncratic ‘work of living art’


AM 860 (Portland, Oregon)
A broadcast features the author of the book “The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III” discussing its subject, the honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state.


Using deep learning to predict drug metabolites and toxicity
An article features Rice research into how a new deep learning-based technique can help detail how drugs in development will perform in the human body. Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.
European Pharmaceutical Review
Headlines at a glance
ACM TechNews
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-kavrakiTheoretical model explains biological phenomena that keep bacteria in shape
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a theory into how bacteria all seem to be about the same size. Co-authors quoted include Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, postdoctoral researcher Hamid Teimouri and former research assistant Rupsha Mukherjee.
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-kolomeiskyEarth grows fine gemstones in minutes — crystals could grow up to 3 feet per day in some cooling magmas
Rice researchers have created a mathematical model that could transform the chemical profiles of the growth rates of pegmatites, veinlike formations of crystals that include aquamarine, emerald, garnet, zircon and topaz. Co-authors quoted and pictured include Cin-Ty Lee, the Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and graduate student Patrick Phelps.
SciTech Daily

The IMF must immediately stop promoting austerity around the world
Diana Strassmann, the Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice and Rice Faculty Scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, signed an open letter to the International Monetary Fund.
Oxfam International on Medium

ELSA partners with IMAP to educate millions in Vietnam
Jennifer Wilson, director of Rice’s Program in Writing and Communication, is quoted.
ELSA Speak on Medium

Keys to making a positive first impression
Jessica Lumley, Rice’s Welcome Center Manager, authored an article.
Wiley Online Library

Social impact investors: How Aviva Ajmera of SoLVE KC is helping to empower female entrepreneurs
Alumna Aviva Ajmera is featured in a Q&A.
Authority Magazine on Medium

Jeff Uphues on data centre transformation
An article featuring Jeff Uphues mentions that he completed the Executive Education program in Finance and Accounting at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Business Chief

Puerto Rico governor’s Trump endorsement highlights growing Hispanic support
An article 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.
The New American

Princeton University Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of 16 faculty members
An article mentions that Yasaman Ghasempour, a postdoctoral research associate in electrical and computer engineering at Rice, will join the faculty at Princeton this winter.

Inspirational women leaders of tech: Kim Raath of Topl on the five things you need to know in order to create a very successful tech company
Alumna Kim Raath is featured in a Q&A.
Authority Magazine on Medium


Peter Navarro has always loved walls
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article.
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-fultonSan Diego Opera’s drive-in ‘La boheme’ has new lead singer and conductor
An article features Ana María Martínez, artist-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Del Mar Times


Texans working out former Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, three others
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Texans tryouts: Houston hero and ex-NFL first-round pick
Sports Illustrated’s Texans Daily
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-ellerbeeTexas college football rankings: Mustangs are the one
A roundup mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to start its season Oct. 24 by hosting Middle Tennessee State University.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-owlsMarcase: Enjoy the football season while you can
Rice football is mentioned.
Alexandria Daily Town Talk
Game primer: Houston vs. Tulane
University of Houston Football News
Finally! Houston hopes to play long-awaited season opener
The Kerrville Daily Times
Late arrival: Tulane travels to Houston for Cougs latest football start, ever
WGNO Online

‘Central Florida News’
A broadcast mentions that Braden River has committed to play football at Rice.
Spectrum News 13 (Orlando, Florida)
http://dateline.rice/oct-7-sn13 (This segment aired four times.)

‘Ginormous human being’ Osuji in the mix at right tackle for Boise State
Former Rice football player Uzoma Osuji is featured.
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About Stefan De La Garza

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