Dateline Rice for March 31, 2020


US-based university develops hand-held, automatic ventilators to fight coronavirus
A team of Rice engineering experts and students collaborated with health design firm Metric Technologies to develop a prototype of a bag valve mask ventilator that can be built for less than $300. Quoted are Matthew Wettergreen, associate teaching professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, and Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health.
Yahoo! News (This PTI article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Texas colleges help during COVID-19 with donations, research, inventions
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
US hospitals have a ventilator shortage. A team of Rice engineers say they have a solution.
Texas Monthly
Engineering staff, students work to deliver automated bag valve mask to address COVID-19 crisis
MSN India

Can the OxVent ventilator help slow the death rate from coronaviruses?
Press Stories
Make: What’s ‘plan C’ for COVID-19?
Trump’s ventilator demands will test automaker supply chains
Bloomberg (This article appeared in the March 30 print edition of the Business Times and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
‘KTLA 5 News at 6’
KTLA-TV (Los Angeles)

A US-Saudi oil alliance? Here’s why that’s insane
An op-ed was authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies. Krane is quoted in Al-Jazeera.
US, Russian oil officials to meet as Brent crude hits 18-year low

Someone says they have 2 million N95 masks for sale. The asking price is six times the usual cost.
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

On coronavirus response, is Abbott leading from behind?
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.
Austin American-Statesman
KLBJ-AM  (Austin, Texas)

‘Life may change for us all’: How we respond to the coronavirus crisis will be defining, historians say
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (This article appeared on the front page of the March 31 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Coronavirus restrictions on mobility will hit migrants and refugees in Turkey the hardest
Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Get a better night’s sleep and don’t let coronavirus concerns run down your immune system
Stress, loneliness and lack of sleep can weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to COVID-19, according to Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences.
MSN Lifestyle (This Chicago Tribune article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
Loneliness and stress can make you more prone to COVID-19, if exposed. Here’s how to combat those feelings.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

College seniors hurried to squeeze in last school memories
An article features a March 13 procession of graduating Rice seniors through the Sallyport after plans were announced by the university to complete the spring semester online. While Rice’s May commencement ceremony is still expected to take place at some point, many students may not be able to return to campus. The article mentions President David Leebron, who also attended the impromptu ceremony, and that Rice’s Marching Owl Band provided music for the event.
The Associated Press (This article appeared in the March 31 print edition of the Porterville Recorder and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Rosneft hands Venezuelan oil business to Russian state firm
An article quotes Francisco J. Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, Center for the United States and Mexico and Latin America Initiative and a lecturer in energy economics.
The Associated Press (This article appeared in the March 30 print edition of the Spokesman-Review and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

NCAA allows spring athletes an extra year of eligibility
Rice Athletics Director Joe Karlgaard is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the March 31 print editions of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Coronavirus live updates: Houston to open second test site; Port Aransas beach closed
A pair of articles mention that a team of Rice researchers has created an interactive map of all coronavirus cases in Texas and Brazil.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Coronavírus: os sites que mostram dados de mortes, curvas de contágio e situação dos Estados no Brasil
BBC Brasil (An English translation is not available.)

Tom Herman on the new normal, Sam Ehlinger, recruiting
An article featuring former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman mentions former assistant coach Yancy McKnight.

An American approach to the coronavirus crisis: Find innovative ways to contribute

An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources. As numerous colleges around the country move to resume classes online, OpenStax is offering students and faculty free access to materials and services through the end of the semester.
The Augusta Chronicle (This USA Today article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online)
South Texas students urge universities to give pass/fail grading option
Additional articles mention that Rice has given students the option to choose “pass or fail” as a grading option. 
Corpus Christi Caller Times


Disappointment, regret, missed opportunities: Two senior athletes who lost their final season of college careers to the coronavirus
An article mentions a cross-country meet at Rice.
Hilltop Views


Two walls may beat one for solar-panel nanotubes
An article mentions that Rice experts have calculated the effects of curvature of semiconducting double-wall carbon nanotubes. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, is cited. Yakobson’s research into growing atom-thick sheets of hexagonal boron nitride as two-inch-diameter crystals across a wafer is featured in Semiconductor Digest.
Researchers advance large-scale hexagonal boron nitride
Semiconductor Digest (This article appeared in the March print edition.)


Galveston: An island of firsts
A caption mentions that a 1885 photo of Galveston’s Tremont Opera House was provided by Rice’s Digital Scholarship Archive.

Houston-born astronaut Shannon Walker to ride on SpaceX Crew Dragon to space station

An article mentions that NASA has assigned astronaut and alumna Shannon Walker to the first operational crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
NASA adds Shannon Walker to first operational crewed SpaceX mission
NASA (This article also appeared in SpaceRef and Mirage News.)


WBAL-AM (Baltimore)
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
http://dateline.rice/march-31-kennedy (This segment aired twice.)


U-led human factors consortium improves medical device design
An article mentions that Rice has joined the Human Factors MEdical DevIce Consortium. Led by the University of Utah, the consortium to aims to improve the design, usability and safety of medical devices. Pat DeLucia, professor of psychological sciences, is mentioned.

Moving toward 3D-bioprinted cardiovascular tissue
An article mentions that Rice researchers have pioneered the 3D bioprinting of vascularized tissue.
IDTechEx (This article also appeared in ValueWalk.)

How coding schools ‘graduated’ to corporate education
An article mentions that Rice offers a financial technology boot camp.
HR Dive


Study shows Obama’s 2008 election improved mental health of black men
President Barack Obama’s election in 2008 improved the mental health of black men, according to new research from Rice. Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is quoted.
The Louisiana Weekly

The wave: A journey to remember
Rice is mentioned.
Emerald Coast Magazine on Issuu (This article will also appear in the April/May print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/march-31-ecm (Scroll to page 19.)


Former Cardinal kicker Collin Riccitelli transfers to Rice
An article features Collin Riccitelli, who will join Rice’s football team as a graduate transfer. Head coach Mike Bloomgren is mentioned.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in SB Nation.)

PIAA basketball: Meet James Harden’s former coach Scott Pera, whose coaching journey began in Hershey
Rice head men’s basketball coach Scott Pera is featured.
The Morning Call (This article appeared in the March 31 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Arizona contacts Rice transfer Trey Murphy, a 3-point marksman
Rice basketball players Trey Murphy III and Josh Parrish plan to transfer.
SB Nation
Texas interested in two more guard transfers
SB Nation
Rice sophomore transfer Trey Murphy III and two others hear from Arkansas
KARK Online

Three-star 2021 Texas LB considers Illinois ‘a top contender’ after offer
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated


Rice researchers create interactive map of COVID cases in Texas
Farès el-Dahdah, director of the Rice’s Humanities Research Center, led a team of researchers in the Center for Research Computing’s Spatial Studies Lab at Rice to create an interactive map showing all cases of COVID-19 across Texas utilizing public health data. The map is now online at

Machine learning can help increase liver cancer screening rates, says Rice U. expert
Targeting patients with machine learning can increase the number of people getting liver cancer screenings, according to a National Institutes of Health-sponsored study by a research team from Rice, Texas A&M University, Iowa State University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

About Stefan De La Garza

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