Dateline Rice for Oct. 15, 2020


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 and interviewed. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, also is interviewed in the last entry.
MSN (This USA Today article also appeared in Head Topics, Yahoo! News Canada, Yahoo! Movies Canada and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Local elections, town halls and what the polls are predicting | Oct. 15, 2020
KTRH on Spreaker (Interview begins at 96:00. This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
Elections have consequences, especially at local level (This segment also aired three times on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
Mark Jones on local elections
KTRH on Spreaker
Wendy Davis is a feminist icon. Chip Roy is a Ted Cruz protégé. What’s a swing district to do?
Texas Monthly (This article will appear in the November print and digital editions, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Lizzie Fletcher looks to hold on to 7th Congressional Seat in tight race with Wesley Hunt
Houston Public Media
Record numbers turn out for early voting (Oct. 15, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Fact check: Trump is still falsely claiming that Mexico is paying for his border wall
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.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Fact-checking Trump’s claim that he’s ‘putting our great coal miners back to work’
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (This article also appeared on the front page of the Oct. 15 print edition of the Inquirer and the Inquirer’s South Jersey issue, and it appeared online in

How to educate the next workforce
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
MSN Money (This Fast Company article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

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 on Medium (This article also appeared in AZo Cleantech.)

Opera fans mourn death of Calgary-born soprano Erin Wall
A pair of articles feature the late alumna Erin Wall, who died Oct. 8 at 44.
Calgary Herald (This article appeared in the Oct. 15 print edition of the Herald and The Mercury News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Erin Wall, 44, dies; acclaimed soprano in Mozart and Strauss got start at Lyric Opera of Chicago
Chicago Tribune (This New York Times article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is mentioned.
MSN Noticias Brasil (An English translation is not available. This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Houston environmental news update Oct. 14, 2020
An events roundup mentions that Rice’s Fondren Library will co-host the virtual discussion “Justice and Transformation: Houston Women on Climate Action” Oct. 28 with Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology.
CEC Houston

Why is American Airlines so infuriating?
Anastasiya Zavyalova, associate professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Texas Monthly (This article will appear in the November print and digital editions, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Texas Southern University students march to the polls led by Ocean of Soul band


Houston entertainment mogul to teach at UH
An article mentions that Mathew Knowles has taught masterclasses at Rice.
ABC 13 Online

Classical 89.5 (Salisbury, Maryland)
A caller on the “Piano Puzzler” mentions he studied music at Rice.
http://dateline.rice/oct-15-classical (This segment aired twice.)

Belton High School seniors achieve national academic honors
An article featuring Benjamin Broom, a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, mentions that he hopes to attend Rice.

Conoce a los candidatos que buscan representar a Texas en el Senado de Estados Unidos
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.
Univision Houston (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in Univision DFW.)


Provost announces 4 finalists for engineering dean position
Laura Schaefer, the Burton J. and Ann M. McMurtry Chair in Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, is featured.
CU Boulder Today

Video premiere: American Wild Ensemble performs adaptation variations by Takuma Itoh
Alumnus Takuma Itoh is featured.
I Care If You Listen

Researchers receive $11 million grant to study factors involved in multidrug-resistant infections
An article mentions that experts from Rice are collaborating on the Dynamics of Colonization and Infection by Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens in Immunocompromised and Critically Ill Patients program. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

A look at the latest in optics
An article features Rice research that discovered details about a novel type of polarized light-matter interaction with light that literally turns end over end as it propagates from a source.
AZo Optics

SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange kicks off today
Alumna Kourtney Wright is featured.
I-Connect 007


Climate change, toxic waste and flooding pose threat to Texas neighbors
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.
Erie News Now

Personalized cancer outreach more effective, study finds
An article mentions that experts from Rice collaborated on the development of a tool to personalize outreach efforts and recommend the most suitable intervention for liver cancer patients.
Iowa State University News

USU and BYU team up to create the perfect roofing system
An article mentions that a team from Rice is competing in the Collegiate Inventors Competition hosted by the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The Utah Statesman


UH’s Dana Holgorsen still has top salary among Group of Five coaches
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle and more than 10 other media outlets.)

My UT Southwestern story: WNBA draftee joins Medical School Class of 2024
Former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is featured and pictured.
University of Texas Southwestern’s Center Times

Benardrick McKinney’s loss creates void as Texans’ defensive signal caller
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 15 print edition, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Texans’ defensive communication changes without signal caller Benardrick McKinney (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

UH men’s basketball to play in preseason NIT during opening week
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team is slated to play the University of Houston this season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and more than 10 other media outlets.)

C-USA pushes football title game back 2 weeks to Dec. 18
Rice’s football team is slated to start its season Oct. 24 by hosting Middle Tennessee State University.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
5 things North Texas fans should know about Middle Tennessee
Denton Record-Chronicle
Tramel: Can the Power 5 break away in football but keep the NCAA Tournament?
The Oklahoman

Tennis set to begin fall season at Texas A&M Invitational
An article mentions that Rice will compete in the Texas A&M Invitational tennis tournament Oct. 16-18.
The University Star

Game primer: Houston vs. BYU
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Houston in 2007.
University of Houston Athletics News


Election security expert to address voting issues in Rice webinar
Dan Wallach, a Rice professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, will hold a Zoom webinar on “Adventures in Voting Security Research” today at 4 p.m.

Bisexual adults less likely to enjoy health benefits of education
Education has long been linked to health — the more schooling people have, the healthier they are likely to be. But a new study from Rice sociologists found that the health benefits of a good education are less evident among well-educated bisexual adults.

Haotian Wang wins Packard Fellowship
Haotian Wang of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering has been honored with a Packard Fellowship, one of 20 researchers in the nation to win the award this year. Each member of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s annual class of Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering, all early-career academic researchers, will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their projects.

NSF renews Rice-based NEWT Center for water treatment
The Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center with its headquarters at Rice, has earned a five-year renewal to continue its work on next-generation water treatment systems.

US sanctions in Europe may hurt global energy industry
Imposing sanctions is not the most effective way to secure Europe’s natural gas supply against external coercion, according to a new study  from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Instead, the authors recommend investing more in the continent’s natural gas infrastructure.

About Stefan De La Garza

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