Dateline Rice for May 22, 2020


Rice University to begin fall semester in August
Rice plans to reopen campus this fall with substantial changes, including classes held simultaneously in-person and online, flexible start dates for international students and a shortened fall semester. President David Leebron is interviewed by CNBC and quoted in Food Management.
CNBC (This segment also aired on CNBC-TV.)
5 things: More universities looking to end fall term by Thanksgiving
Food Management
Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses won’t look the same
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in the May 22 print edition of the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared online in the Concord Monitor.)
UT will resume classes this fall with shortened semester
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared in the May 22 print edition of the Houston Chronicle.)
TCU examining different scenarios for fall semester amid coronavirus pandemic
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Humanities as essential services
Kirsten Ostherr, the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English and director of Rice’s Medical Futures Lab, authored an article.
Inside Higher Ed

NOAA predicts an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year
Several Rice experts are quoted in stories on the Atlantic hurricane season. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle. Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted in Roll Call. Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in S&P Global Platts.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 22 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the May 22 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This story also appeared online in MSN and the San Antonio Express-News.)
NOAA sees busy hurricane season colliding with COVID-19
Roll Call
Pandemic magnifies uncertainty amid NOAA’s forecast for active hurricane season
S&P Global Platts

Greg Abbott’s handling of coronavirus crisis critical to fate of Texas GOP in November, beyond
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.
The Dallas Morning News

As global NOCs slash exploration budgets, Latin American governments stare down unprecedented crisis
Francisco 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, is quoted.
Natural Gas Intelligence
National oil companies slash Capex budgets in unprecedented crisis
Natural Gas Intelligence

Survey: Racial, political divide in Harris County on mail-in vote expansion amid COVID-19
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
Texas Public Radio
KSTX-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/may-22-stein (This segment aired twice, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)

Texas businesses returning during coronavirus are unlikely to spur fast economic recovery
Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (This Texas Tribune article also appeared in the San Angelo Times, Abilene Reporter-Times, Gilmer Mirror, Gainesville Daily Register, WOAI Online, Tera News and KERA Online, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)


Houston university accelerators launch latest cohort virtually due to the coronavirus
An article mentions that Rice’s tech accelerator program, OwlSpark, has transitioned to virtual programming to keep supporting startups. Kerri Smith, managing director of OwlSpark, is quoted.

Rice Business Plan Competition goes virtual
An article featuring the Rice Business Plan Competition, which is sponsored annually by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, mentions that it has transitioned to a virtual format this year and will be June 17-19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

More pandemic fallout: Independent physicians struggling to stay independent
An article mentions a Rice study that determined patients in Texas pay more for health care from doctors who are affiliated with hospitals, but they don’t necessarily get better care for it.
D Magazine

UH targeting June 1 for athletes’ return to campus
An article mentions that Rice is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 3 at TDECU Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 22 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
Houston planning to play full 2020 football slate, bring back players June 1
The Daily Cougar

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra announces 2020-2021 season
An article mentions that the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is slated to perform Oct. 10 at Stude Concert Hall at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Broadway World

Separated by COVID-19, Jhenna Gabriel among the Texas volleyball players getting ‘hungrier than ever’
An article mentions that preseason volleyball scrimmages between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin were canceled in light of the pandemic.
Austin American-Statesman


Een rouwdienst op de top
Cymene Howe, associate professor of anthropology, is quoted.
De Groene Amsterdammer (An English translation is not available.)

Ion Sturza (Fribourg Capital): ‘Virusul nu va distruge civilizația umană, dar această criză îi va face pe oameni să-și regândească viața’
Rice is mentioned.
Forbes Romania (An English translation is not available.)


Kendall Elementary gets new principal
An article featuring Shelene Livas mentions that she was a Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program Business Fellowship for School Leaders recipient.
The Boerne Star (This article also appeared on the front page of the May 22 print edition.)

Conway teen wins $500 in essay contest
An article featuring Abigail Oudekerk mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Log Cabin Democrat (This article also appeared on the front page of the May 22 print edition.)


This Houston nonprofit is paying coastal landowners to help fight climate change by storing CO2 in their marshes
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 Public Media


ACM honors computing innovators for advances in research, education and industry
A roundup features 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, who received the Association for Computing Machinery and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence’s Allen Newell Award.

Researchers develop device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel
An article features Rice research that created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel. Co-authors Jun Lou, associate chair and professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and postdoctoral fellow Jia Liang are cited.


Prather’s Pick: A book about tidying up
A review features the 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.”
Craig Daily Press

Randolph High School sisters Jacqueline and Josephine Wu honored as Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian at board of education meeting
An article featuring Jacqueline Wu, valedictorian of Randolph High School in New Jersey mentions that she plans to attend Rice in the fall.
TAPinto Randolph

Three BIC students win the LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship
Rice is mentioned.
The City of College of New York News


Cruz aiming to become 3rd-generation big leaguer
An article features Rice baseball player Trei Cruz and his family’s legacy in the sport. The article also mentions that Trei’s father, Jose Cruz Jr., earned a degree from Rice; his uncle Enrique Cruz is a former Owl; and that Trei’s younger brother Antonio is a current Rice baseball player. Assistant baseball coach Paul Janish is quoted, and former head coach Wayne Graham and former players Anthony Rendon and Lance Berkman are mentioned.
MLB News

The Warrior Way: Chappelle transformed into ‘that guy’
An article featuring Caleb Chappelle mentions that he plans to play football at Rice.

2021 NFL Draft: The top 10 tight end rankings
Former Rice football player Kylen Granson is featured.
Pro Football Network

Football news: LSU-Rice kickoff time announced; numbers for new Tigers revealed
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
SB Nation


SpaceX launch ‘historic,’ will pave way for NASA’s moon and Mars plans, Rice space expert says  
The Crew Dragon space capsule made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX faces a final big test when two astronauts climb aboard for a flight to the International Space Station on Wednesday. Astronomer David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute, is available to discuss the May 27 launch with the news media.

USMCA features new policies for the US
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) includes clauses never before seen in a U.S. trade agreement, according to David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for the United States and Mexico.

About Stefan De La Garza

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