Dateline Rice for April 7, 2020


Rice establishes COVID-19 research fund
Articles report that Rice has approved more than a dozen new research projects dedicated to the COVID-19 response. Rice community members quoted or mentioned include President David Leebron; Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and director of the Rice 360º Institute for Global Health; Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology; and Jerzy Szablowski, assistant professor of bioengineering. Additional articles and radio broadcasts report that Rice will open Wiess and Hanszen colleges as temporary housing for front-line medical workers at nearby Texas Medical Center institutions. Leebron also is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
Rice University establishes $1 million COVID-19 research fund, will house Texas Medical Center personnel
Community Impact Newspaper
University of St. Thomas offers empty residence hall rooms to hospitals
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 7 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Rice University opens residence halls to medical workers
American School & University
Texas university to offer housing to hospital workers during coronavirus pandemic
CBS DFW Online

KTRH-AM (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/april-7-ktrh (This segment aired three times.)

Will coronavirus freeze the search for dark matter?
Petr Chaguine, assistant research professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 7 print edition.)

Trump urges Saudi Arabia and Russia to end oil war
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
NPR (This “Morning Edition” segment aired on more than 950 affiliate stations across the U.S.)

Oil was a strategic prize in 1940. It likely will be in 2040 as well.
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed.

No place to go: Oil storage filling up amid collapsing demand, excess production
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Baker Institute’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts

As coronavirus takes their jobs, benefits, Houston immigrants feel ‘like they suddenly don’t exist’
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the April 7 print edition. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)  
Mexico’s slow response to coronavirus has implications for Texas, US
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Chronicle’s coronavirus section in the April 7 print edition. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 
Life on the border during a pandemic: Coronavirus’ impact on North American borders

REPORT: Stay-at-home order has saved an estimated 4,500 lives in Harris County so far
An article features a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that suggests that Harris County’s stay-at-home order has spared over 20,000 people from being hospitalized by the coronavirus. Cited co-authors include Kinder Institute director of research management Jie Wu, research fellow Mingming Zhang and program manager Katie Wang.
Community Impact Newspaper

Beware of ‘media overload’ during coronavirus crisis, experts say
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.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in HealthDay, The News Pocket, Gotech Daily, News Parliament, Doctors Lounge and Medical Xpress, and similar articles appeared in the April 7 print editions of the Wichita Eagle and Bradenton Herald.)

Marie Kondo’s new book wants you to rethink how you work (from home)
An article features a new book by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, titled “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

Coronavirus live updates: Houston schools face technology problem during stay-at-home order
An article mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies has launched OpenRICE, an initiative aimed at offering free COVID-19-related education materials to Houstonians. Robert Bruce, dean of the Glasscock School, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the April 7 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the Connecticut Post. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.) 

Pandemic revives hope of federal aid for Texas highways, ports, rural internet
An article quotes alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Metro section in the April 7 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

The week that will be
An article mentions that Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, participated in a webinar on presidential leadership in times of crisis April 7 hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Ensure migrant, refugees’ rights during coronavirus outbreak, says expert
An article features a new Rice study that examed the developments of the migration of asylum seekers and refugees from Turkey to Europe during the coronavirus pandemic. Kelsey Norman, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited.

Face it! We touch our faces way too much!

An article features a list of five science-backed recommendations to help people stop touching their face and reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Jim Pomerantz, professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in the April 7 print edition, and it appeared online in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Ventilator developed costs less than $300 in parts
A team of Rice engineering experts and students developed a prototype of a bag valve mask ventilator that can be built for less than $300. Dr. Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, and Danny Blacker, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen engineering design supervisor, are quoted.

Rice football, with players scattered, uses video meetings to stay connected
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is interviewed about how he’s keeping his players physically and mentally ready for the start of the 2020 season.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the April 7 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.) 

Lost NYC journalism conference for newspaper staff has silver lining with national award
An article mentions that the Rice Thresher won the College Media Association’s 2020 David L. Adams Apple Award for best school newspaper in the “4-year Under 5,000” category.
Castleton Spartan
UTEP approves satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option for spring due to coronavirus

Additional articles mention that Rice has given students the option to choose “pass or fail” as a grading option. 

El Paso Times

Pandemic threatens architectural photographers’ livelihoods
Rice is mentioned.
Architectural Record


Extravagantes, provocativos, de colores … los edificios postmodernos se reivindican
Rice’s Duncan Hall is featured.
La Vanguardia (An English translation is not available.)

Se ne va il rettore Federico Rossi: portò l’Unicas al Governo
An article mentions that former Rice professor Federico Rossi has died. (An English translation is not available.)


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. A similar article appeared in the April 7 print edition of The Advertiser Australia, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

TMCx names 9 health tech startups to its 2020 cohort
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.


Minorities at the top 25 US MBA programs

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

Top 10 cars women love seeing men drive
A Rice study is cited.
5 physical traits women want in a man, according to science


Graduate School of Design dean diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
An article mentions that Sarah Whiting, former dean of Rice’s School of Architecture and former William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, will undergo treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The Harvard Gazette

Go green and get green: Eco and environmental scholarships, internships and activities
A roundup mentions that the San Antonio Conservation Society Foundation offers scholarships for students enrolled in Texas universities, including Rice.


The State of Recruiting: Director of Recruiting Alex Brown
An article features Alex Brown, director of football recruiting at Rice.

Colleyville Heritage tight end Jaggar Hebeisen commits to Rice
An article featuring Jagger Hebeisen, who has committed to play football at Rice.
The Dallas Morning News
Rice adds Colleyville Heritage TE Jaggar Hebeisen to 2021 commit list
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Boise State’s Riley Abercrombie makes ‘business decision’ to transfer to Rice
An article mentions that Riley Abercrombie plans to transfer to Rice to play basketball.

Analysis: Who could replace Vic Schaefer as the next women’s basketball coach at Mississippi State?
Rice head women’s basketball coach Tina Langley is featured.
The Dispatch

The Queen of Lax: Experience, outlook makes McLean one of best in lacrosse business
An article features former Rice lacrosse club team player Caroline McLean.

A look back at UTEP’s top 10 football wins of the 2010s
An article mentions the 2018 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso.
El Paso Times (Subscription is required.)

Morning Buzz: LSU’s toughest 2020 game
An article mentions that Rice’s football team will play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

My top 10 photos of Texas Tech sports
An article features the 2017 men’s basketball game between Rice and Texas Tech University.

Potential breakout Longhorns: Jake Smith
An article mentions last season’s football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Sports Illustrated’s Longhorns Country

Meredith Schamun, Casey Brown: Volleyball and women’s soccer appointments
Former Rice volleyball player Meredith Schamun is featured.
University of Pennsylvania Almanac
Evan Gattis’ roller coaster ride through baseball has ended
Rice is mentioned.

Writer reflects on his 1999 league baseball championship at Salem State with a sense of appreciation

Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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