Dateline Rice for Oct. 12, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


Inside look at one university’s unique COVID approach

A broadcast features Rice’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in semipermanent structures. President David Leebron and McMurtry College freshman Charlotte Cambor are interviewed.
NBC News (This segment aired on more than 200 affiliate stations across the U.S., and it appeared online in Yahoo! News and MSN.)


Comparing Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 dashboard to peer universities

An article and broadcast mention that Rice has a coronavirus dashboard tracking tests and positivity rates. The article also mentions that Rice is No. 16 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report university rankings.
Vanderbilt Hustler

Baylor genetics launches at-home COVID-19 collection kit
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Clinical OMICs


It only takes minutes for Earth to grow gems
The following two Rice research stories were featured in the Futurity Today newsletter: Researchers 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; and researchers studied how far a musician’s or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the environment during live performances and found that robust ventilation systems, air currents and other social-distancing measures will be needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
6 feet may not keep musicians safe during the pandemic

High-stakes college recruitment goes virtual, and it’s no fun thanks to Zoom fatigue
An article mentions that Rice has participated in virtual college fairs.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in MSN and EdSource.)

Canadian soprano Erin Wall has died at 44
An article featuring late alumna Erin Wall mentions that she died Oct. 8 at 44.
CBC (This and similar articles also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)

6 things that smart savers do
Alumnus Ben Gran authored an article.

Election interference is the new normal
An article cites Rice research that found that the mental health of black men improved following President Barack Obama’s election in 2008.


Cornyn, Cruz share spotlight as Barrett hearings begin

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 in several articles.

Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Wendy Davis is a feminist icon. Chip Roy is a Ted Cruz protégé. What’s a swing district to do?
Texas Monthly
Democrats could flip the Texas House, depending on who you ask
Dallas Observer

Polls show tightening races as both parties battle for Texas
Courthouse News Service
‘KPRC: Straight Talk with the Candidates’
KPRC-TV (Houston)

NASA treads carefully in politics that determine its fate
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Oct. 12 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)

UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright to join Oct. 12 LBJ50 Forum in new session ‘Higher Education Reimagined’
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

Trump’s environmental shift breaks with past GOP presidents
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Oct. 11 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Sci Q
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
WJET-TV (Erie, Pennsylvania)

KVEO-TV (Harlingen, Texas)
A broadcast mentions that Rice is one of four Texas universities listed on Washington Monthly’s 2020 National University Rankings.
http://dateline.rice/oct-12-kveo (This segment aired twice.)


Where did our lunch breaks go?
Jennifer Latson, editor of Rice Business Wisdom, authored an essay. Minjae Kim, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Psychology Today

How can we convert CO2 from threat to asset?
Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, is quoted.
C&EN (This article also appeared in the Oct. 12 print and digital editions.)

Colleges pander to Trump in effort to stifle campus organizing

An article about a petition calling for the removal of the statue of William Marsh Rice from the university’s academic quadrangle quotes Brown College senior Aurora Kesler.

‘Nature embraces you’ at Lake Forest midcentury for sale
An article mentions that Rice housed some paintings and prints by the late artists Fay Peck.
Crain’s Chicago Business

Half Texan, all Texan
Rice is mentioned.
National Security Leaders for Biden on Medium


How to remove a statue rather than topple it
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, authored an article.

‘A whole new set of capabilities’: UW researchers develop technology to build 3-D artificial tissues
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new technology to remotely control the positioning and timing of cell functions to build artificial, living tissues. Co-author Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
University of Washington’s “The Daily”

NJ students: Wardlaw+Hartridge students plan race and identity symposium
A roundup mentions that Samantha Bialecki participated in a medical terminology program at Rice.
My Central Jersey


KTRK-TV (Houston)
A broadcast features a scrimmage by Rice’s football team and a press conference by head coach Mike Bloomgren. Rice’s football team is slated to start its season Oct. 24 by hosting Middle Tennessee State University.
College football hot seat coach rankings: After week 6
College Football News
Texas college football rankings: It’s Texas A&M’s turn at No. 1
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice won’t have fans in stands for season opener
Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 10 print edition.)

CFB Overtime: Recapping a revealing, white-knuckle Week 6
Rice football is mentioned.
Seven-step drop: College football’s elite further entrenched after weekend of chaos

LCU history: Taking a look at October 11
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s cross-country team competed in the 1991 Texas Invitational meet.
Lubbock Christian University Athletics News


Literal rise of the internet enables new climate science
An unintended consequence of industry’s quest to expand the internet could be a boon for weather prediction and climate research. Fluid dynamicist Pedram Hassanzadeh of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering has received a National Science Foundation grant to study data from high-altitude balloons that measure atmospheric conditions as they rise to provide internet connections to otherwise inaccessible places around the globe.

Study: Darwin’s theory about coral reef atolls is fatally flawed
Marine geologist and oceanographer André Droxler knows Charles Darwin’s theory about atolls is incorrect. Droxler, who’s studied coral reefs for more than 40 years, is hoping to set the record straight with a 37-page, tour de force paper about the origins of atolls.

About Stefan De La Garza

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