Dateline Rice for May 27, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Opinion: Mail-in voter fraud is a risk, but suppressed voter turnout would be worse
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, authored an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, and he is quoted in the Dallas Morning News.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the May 27 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-jones
Greg Abbott’s handling of coronavirus crisis critical to fate of Texas GOP in November, beyond
Dallas Morning News (This article appeared on the front page of the May 27 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-26-jones
Could Dallas snag the 2020 GOP convention? Even if White House jilts North Carolina, Texas hasn’t OK’d mass gatherings yet, either
Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in the May 27 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-jones

Welcome to the socially distanced campus
Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-kirby

Lockdown got you down? Experts offer tips to destress
Danielle King, assistant professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This HealthDay article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-king

Special Edition: US congressman Dan Crenshaw and others (May 26, 2020)
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-diamond

1.6M Texans lost employer-sponsored health insurance because of the pandemic
Elena Marks, a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, participated in a roundtable discussion.
Texas Public Radio (This segment also aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-marks-janda

Oil-starved Venezuela celebrates arrival of tankers from Iran
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.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 27 print edition of the Bangkok Post and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-monaldi

Colleges plan fall opening, but campuses will not be the same
An article mentions that 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 quoted in Reform Austin.
Voice of America
http://dateline.rice/may-27-fall-restart
What some Texas colleges and universities are planning for fall 2020
Reform Austin
http://dateline.rice/may-27-leebron

Rice University business plan competition to go virtual for first time 
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. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/may-27-burke

Machen erneuerbare Energien die Welt friedlicher?
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
Deutschlandfunk Kultur (An English translation is not available. This segment also aired on Deutschlandfunk Kultur Radio in Germany.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-finley

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Clarkson focuses on China and oil and gas support in GOP Senate run

An article mentions that Gavin Clarkson attended Rice.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Carlsbad Current-Argus.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-msn
US Senate candidates at a glance
Santa Fe New Mexican (This article appeared in the May 26 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline when it was first posted online.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-sfnm

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Gabriella Rowe resigns as executive director of Ion tech hub behind Houston ‘innovation district’
Gabriella Rowe has resigned as executive director of the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-the-ion
Executive director of Houston innovation hub ‘The Ion’ resigns
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/may-27-the-ion

Texas A&M statistics graduate Katherine Ensor elected 2022 ASA president
An article featuring Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, mentions that she has been elected 117th president of the American Statistical Association.
Texas A&M University Science News
http://dateline.rice/may-27-ensor

Honoring the Class of 2020: Humble, Quest grads prepare to enter their next phase
An article featuring Katie Impelman, valedictorian of Quest Early College High School, and Ivan Paredes, valedictorian of New Caney High School, mentions that they plan to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 27 print edition of the Chronicle’s Lake Houston Area Observer, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-hc
http://dateline.rice/may-27-hc
Honoring the Class of 2020: New Caney ISD grads prepare to enter their next phase
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-hc
http://dateline.rice/may-27-hc

BROADCAST

SpaceX vision goes well beyond space station
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-kennedy
Trump in Florida rilancia la corsa allo spazio
Agenzia Italia (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-kennedy

C-SPAN 3
Rice is mentioned.
http://dateline.rice/may-27-cspan

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Ocean virus steals energy from carbon-storing bacteria
An article features Rice research into how phages may affect electron transfer in ocean-dwelling, photosynthetic bacteria that produce oxygen and store carbon. Co-authors quoted include Joff Silberg, professor of biosciences and bioengineering and director of Rice’s Systems Biology graduate program; George Phillips, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology; and postdoctoral researcher Ian Campbell.
Technology Networks
http://dateline.rice/may-27-silberg-phillips

Ultimate guide to artificial intelligence in the enterprise
Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science, is quoted.
TechTarget
http://dateline.rice/may-27-shrivastava

Natural gas in the Black Sea: Strengthening cooperation and balancing power
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an op-ed.
Middle East Institute
http://dateline.rice/may-27-mikulska

Faculty grants for COVID-19 research awarded
An article features Rice’s COVID-19 Research Fund Oversight and Review Committee’s nine final grants to faculty working to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus.
Control Engineering
http://dateline.rice/may-27-covid-research

Why emails cause conflict
An article mentions that Steve Currall formerly worked at Rice.
Management Today (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-mt
USF’s new president Steve Currall
Florida Trend (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-ft

Erik Davis — ‘High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica and Visionary Experience in the Seventies’
A podcast featuring Erik Davis mentions that he has given talks at Rice.
Psychedelics Today
http://dateline.rice/may-27-pt

First open-source 5G core network complied with international standards research made in Taiwan
An article mentions Rice research into 5G technology.
CTimes
http://dateline.rice/may-27-ct

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Greek American computer scientist honored with ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award
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, is featured. Quoted include Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering, and a professor of computer science; and Luay Nakhleh, the J. S. Abercrombie Professor of Computer Science, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and department chair of computer science.
Greek City Times
http://dateline.rice/may-27-kavraki-vardi-nakleh

TIP OF THE WEEK: How can you help move to cleaner energy sources?
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Orillia Matters
http://dateline.rice/may-27-cohan
Nothing but gray skies ahead
Off the Kuff
http://dateline.rice/may-27-cohan

Arkansas’ health director to leave for CDC
Alumnus Nate Smith is featured and pictured.
ArkLaTex (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-smith

SPORTS

How Deshaun Watson adjusts to new Texans receivers without on-field practices
An article mentions that some of the Houston Texans have worked out at Rice.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-athletic

Predicting LSU football’s 2020 season (Games 1-3): A strong start for the defending champs
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Sports Illustrated
http://dateline.rice/may-27-si

Newcomer Christian Covington loves versatility of Broncos defensive line
Former Rice football player Christian Covington is featured, and former Owl Bryce Callahan is mentioned.
ABC 7 Online
http://dateline.rice/may-27-abc7

Katy Tompkins trio brings friendship, chemistry to UTEP basketball
Rice is mentioned in two articles.
El Paso Times
http://dateline.rice/may-27-ept
Shadow Creek forward Ramon Walker commits to Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the May 27 print edition of the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal.)
http://dateline.rice/may-27-hc

About Stefan De La Garza

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