Dateline Rice for Oct. 14, 2020

FEATURED ITEMS

‘This is important’: Texans flock to polls, smash Harris County early voting records
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Oct. 14 print edition of the Chronicle and online in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-stein
Rice University survey says confusion still remains with mail-in ballots
KHOU Online (This segment also aired three times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-stein

On early voting day 1, excited voters turned out in droves across Greater Houston
President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-leebron

Texas early voting opens with long lines and waits
An article mentions that Rice has 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.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-cnn
The latest on the 2020 election
CNN
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-cnn
‘Fox 26 News’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-owls-vote
‘Fox 26 News at Noon’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-rice-stadium (This segment aired twice)
Staff photos on first day of early voting in Texas, Oct. 13, 2020
Houston Chronicle (This slideshow also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-vote
Harris County sets record for turnout on first day of early voting
Click2Houston 
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-vote!

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Wastewater study in Houston area helps identify COVID-19 outbreaks
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted and interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-stadler

COVID-19 answers a long-debated cognitive question
Research by Hajo Adam, an assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
BeingWell on Medium
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-adam

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong
An article features collaborative Rice research into how cyclic changes in sea levels drive atoll formation, which disproves Charles Darwin’s theory published in 1842, decades before glaciation became common knowledge. Co-author André Droxler, former professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice, is quoted.
Futurity (This article was featured in the Oct. 14 edition of the Futurity Today newsletter.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-droxler

6 types of checking accounts
Alumnus Ben Gran authored an article.
Forbes
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-gran

Erin Wall, 44, dies; acclaimed soprano in Mozart and Strauss
An article features the late alumna Erin Wall, who died Oct. 8 at 44.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-wall
Opera fans mourn death of Calgary-born soprano Erin Wall
Calgary Herald (This article also appeared in the Oct. 14 print edition of The Daily Telegraph.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-wall

Chinese students face hostile climate under Trump’s crackdown
Rice is mentioned.
China Daily (This article appeared in the Oct. 13 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-cd

Shuttle astronaut Danny Olivas talks diversity on Earth (and space) in ‘Virtual Astronaut’ webcast Wednesday
Alumnus Danny Olivas is featured.
MSN UK (This Space.com article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-olivas

HOUSTON/TEXAS

A simple twist of fate brought Ed Emmett to the Bayou City

Senator Ted Cruz Is a die-hard Houstonian
An article mentions that the mother of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attended Rice.
Houstonia
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-cruz

Mayor Turner recognized nationally for progress of moving Houston toward resiliency
An article cites a February study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research on the city’s “Resilient Houston” plan aimed at strengthening communities across the region to withstand and quickly recover from physical, social and economic shocks and stresses.
InnovationMap Houston
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-kinder-study

Facebook taps 2 Texas universities for new college-only network
An article mentions that Rice is participating in the pilot project Facebook Campus, which aims to make it easier for students to keep in touch with their classmates, share notes and find university updates.
CultureMap Fort Worth
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-cm

BROADCAST

This Harris County Superfund site is ‘vulnerable’ to flooding
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.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-blackburn

ALL-STAR STUDENT: Medina Valley ISD senior is reaching past the stars
An article and broadcast featuring Sara Beth Beasley mentions that she hopes to attend Rice.
KENS 5 Online (This segment also aired twice on KENS-TV in San Antonio.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-kens

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Literal rise of the internet enables new climate science
An article mentions that Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, has received a National Science Foundation grant to study data from high-altitude balloons that provide internet connections to otherwise inaccessible places around the globe.
7th Space Interactive
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-hassanzadeh

Smartphone data helps predict schizophrenia relapses
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that passive data from smartphones like movement, ambient sound and sleep patterns can help predict episodes of schizophrenic relapse. Co-author Akane Sano, the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
Newswise
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-sano

Pope appoints expert in molecular biophysics at Pontifical Academy of Sciences
An article mentions that José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis. The first Rice faculty member to be named to the academy, Onuchic is expected to contribute to the academy’s biennial plenary sessions and to participate in scientific meetings of relevance to his research.
Vatican News
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-onuchic

Climate change: Researchers shed new light on viruses’ role in coral bleaching
An article features collaborative Rice research that has shown that viral infection is involved in coral bleaching. Co-author Adrienne Correa, assistant professor of biosciences, is mentioned.
Tunisie Soir (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-correa

AI tool could predict how drugs will react in the body
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.
Impact Lab
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-kavraki

Meet the Rice Jones MBA Class Of 2022

Numerous profiles feature students at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-jones-school

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Elaine Dong, Rice University (Jones)

Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-dong
Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Sophie Randolph, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-randolph

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Raisha T. Smith, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-smith

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Takeya Green, Rice University (Jones) Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-green

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Christina Tamayo, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-tamayo
Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Justin Rose, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

http://dateline.rice/oct-14-rose Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Dallin Bud Scruggs, Rice University (Jones) Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-scruggs

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Nigel Tarr, Rice University (Jones)

Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-tarr

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Leo Flores, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-flores

The Mavericks want to make voting easier with help of the AAC. Here’s how
An articles cites a 2008 study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy into how large, centrally located voting centers can increase turnout.
The Athletic
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-baker-study

Digital equity is the right to learn
An article mentions OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources.
MarketScale
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-openstax

Small business, big mission: COVID-19 pandemic throws curveballs at Strike Brewing
Alumna Jenny Lewis is featured in a Q&A.
Silicon Valley Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-lewis

Episode 50: Danish Kurani
Alumnus Danish Kurani is featured on the podcast “What I’ve Learned.”
Hospitality Design (This podcast appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-kurani

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

As Arizona, Texas and Georgia become less white, voter suppression could keep these states from turning blue
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.
Head Topics
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-jones

SPORTS

WNBA draftee is part of UT Southwestern Medical School Class of 2024
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured and pictured.
University of Texas Southwestern’s Center Times
http://dateline.rice/oct-14-ogwumike

About Stefan De La Garza

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