Dateline Rice for May 29, 2020


Study says Houston will be hardest-hit city in Texas by COVID-19
A study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows Houston will be the hardest-hit city in Texas by the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online, and the video segment aired on KHOU-TV in Houston. This article also appeared in CBS 19 Online.)
‘4 p.m. newscast’
KUHF News on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
‘KHOU 11 News First Look’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
‘KHOU 11 News This Morning’
KHOU-TV (Houston)

As debate over mail-in ballots roars on, requests up in Harris, Bexar
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Houston Chronicle, and it appeared on the front page of the May 29 print edition. It also appeared on the front of the Coronavirus section in the May 29 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and online in the Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
A note about voter ID and vote by mail
Off the Kuff

How much would changing mail-in voting rules really matter?
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.
Dallas Observer
Can Texas Democrats oust GOP state Supreme Court justices?
Reform Austin

Sullivan’s travels: Tour de Natick goes virtual

An article mentions a virtual lecture series by Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice.
Wicked Local Natick

‘KPRC Channel 2 News Today’
An article mentions Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston.
KPRC-TV (Houston)

Women worry more about impact of COVID on B-school plans

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

Wastewater surveillance could promote early COVID-19 detection
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
USC Viterbi School of Engineering News

College students count on their schools for mental health help, but now many can’t get it

Can’t find groceries you want? College buddies develop ‘shelfCheck’ app to locate stock
An article features Hanszen College sophomore Anthony Guzzo, who collaborated on a new app that uses crowdsourcing to provide real-time data on in-demand items.
WRAL’s TechWire
Coronavirus in NC: Live updates for May 29, 2020
WRAL Online

Texas Supreme Court rejects push to expand voting by mail during coronavirus
An article cites Rice research that surveyed poll workers and potential voters in Harris County to gauge their willingness to work polls and vote during a pandemic.
Community Impact Newspaper

Distraction ploy; breathing lessons; quote of the week
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Real Clear Politics

Abbott expects there to be college football this fall
Alumnus and former Rice Marching Owl Band member Charles Kuffner authored a blog post.
Off the Kuff


For Marie Kondo, doyenne of decluttering, it is television and not tidying that is tiring
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.”
MSN Singapore (This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post.)

Details behind recent Michigan flooding could fuel future weather AI efforts
An article mentions that Rice researchers have created a deep learning computer system to accurately predict extreme weather events up to five days in advance.


Famous Rice University alumni
Famous Rice alumni are featured, including Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Chronicle

UH alumnus has a ‘Lot’ to celebrate
An article features Bryan Washington, lecturer in English, who won Swansea University’s Dylan Thomas Award for first-time authors for his short story collection “Lot.” The book has also won the O. Henry Award and the 2019 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Houston Style Magazine.)

HISD honors top students from area schools
An article featuring Yash Shahi, valedictorian of Waltrip High School, mentions he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Leader

Hallsville High School val and sal
Recent high school graduates who are planning on attending Rice in the fall are featured.
Longview News-Journal (Subscription is required.)
Longview High School val and sal
Longview News-Journal (Subscription is required.)

Houston’s Hermann Park Trail + more haunted hiking trails
Rice is mentioned.
Wide Open Country


Why a successful SpaceX crewed launch will pave the way for NASA’s moon and Mars plans
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is interviewed about the scheduled launch of the first crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a mission to the International Space Station.
630 CHED “Afternoons” on (This segment also aired on 630 CHED-AM in Edmonton, Alberta.)


Rice University physicist Ming Yi wins coveted Moore Foundation grant
An article mentions that Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, has received a $1.6 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative to research the quantum nature of exotic materials.

Crain’s 20 in their 20s
Alumnus Justin Onwenu is featured and pictured.
Crain’s Detroit Business (This article also appeared in the May 4 print and digital editions.)


Ankeny schools announce new administrative leaders
Alumna Jessica Dirks is featured.
Des Moines Register

College bound: Mississippi State, Ole Miss top choices for Northside graduates
Rice is mentioned.
The Northside Sun (This article also appeared on the front page of the print and digital editions of the May 28 issue.)


Ogwumike named Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar finalist
An article featuring former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike mentions that she is a finalist for the 2020 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar award.
Conference USA

From the press box: A C-USA baseball championship retrospective
An article featuring the highlights of the past 25 years of Conference USA baseball tournaments mentions that Rice became a member in 2006 and has won seven C-USA tournaments, the most of any program. Former head coach Wayne Graham also is mentioned.
Conference USA

Astros: Revisiting the 1997 MLB amateur draft hits, misses
Former Rice baseball players Lance Berkman and Matt Anderson are mentioned.

The dope on Lance
An article mentions that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.
The American Scholar

Conference USA sets bowl lineup for 2020-25
An article mentions that Rice’s sports teams compete in Conference USA.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

BREAKING: Former Stanford running back commits to Notre Dame
Rice is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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