Dateline Rice for June 1, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


Gripped by disease, unemployment and outrage at the police, America plunges into crisis
Two Rice faculty members are quoted about the growing unrest around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in the Washington Post and The Australian, and Marlon Mooijman, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in the BBC.

The Washington Post (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets, and it appeared in the May 31 print editions of the Scranton Times-Tribune, The Irish Mail, The Scottish Mail on Sunday and The Mail on Sunday.)
George Floyd race riots show American dreams in flames
The Australian (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 1 print edition.)
George Floyd death: Why do some protests turn violent?
BBC (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

COVID-19 spreads deportation fears among immigrant doctors in US
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
The Wall Street Journal

Texas records single-day high of 1,855 new coronavirus infections as Gov. Greg Abbott says fans can attend sports events at outdoor stadiums
An economic study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that shows Houston will be the hardest-hit city in Texas by the coronavirus pandemic is cited. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is quoted in the Daily Mail. Community Impact Newspaper mentions Fulton and alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at the Kinder Institute, and features Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which aims to compile a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in Brinkwire.)
Fort Bend County officials to use COVID-19 Registry to guide coronavirus response
Community Impact Newspaper

Tensions with China are wounding West Virginia — the one state the president wanted to save
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Falling costs bring autos, power ‘on the verge’ of the battery age
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 


Smith: A runner’s vision beyond sports
An article features former Rice track and field athlete and current graduate student Adolfo Carvalho, who was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award to study protoplanetary disks in Santiago, Chile. Christopher Johns-Krull, professor of physics and astronomy, and head men’s track and field coach Jon Warren are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 31 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

More people are requesting mail ballots
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Off the Kuff

Texas A&M System announces reopening plan for the fall semester
Several stories mention 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Coronavirus section in the May 31 print edition.)
What will fall look like at central Pa. colleges? For now, plans are in limbo


Ocean virus hijacks 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. Postdoctoral researcher Ian Campbell is quoted.
National Science Foundation

Finta app immuni fa scaricare virus informatico: allarme del governo
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
MSN Italia (An English translation is not available. This Rai News article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
WLS-AM (Chicago)
http://dateline.rice/june-1-kennedy (This segment aired twice.)


NASA, SpaceX pull off first astronaut liftoff from US soil since 2011
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the May 31 print edition of the Chronicle, and the front of the Metro section in the May 31 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

Fort Bend ISD Class of 2020 valedictorians, salutatorians
An article featuring Emily Nguyen, valedictorian of Kempner High School, and Stephan Xie, salutatorian of Clements High School, mentions that they plan to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

The first time everything happened in Houston, from freeways to air conditioning
The caption under a depiction of William Marsh Rice mentions that Rice, which held its first classes in 1912, was Houston’s first institute of higher education.
Houston Chronicle

College Foundation receives $105,000 gift from woman’s estate
An article features the late alumna Marjorie Walker Eastwood.
Baytown Sun (This article also appeared in the May 31 print edition.)

The best virtual summer camps in Houston
An article mentions that Rice has partnered with Writers in the Schools to offer a writing program this summer for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Houston on the Cheap


‘Saturday Night Live’
A parody of a political talk show features an “expert” from Rice.
KHNL-TV (Honolulu)


How would Newcastle United fit with Saudi Arabia’s other investments?
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

2020 MBAs to watch: Dominic Smith, Rice University (Jones)
A pair of articles feature Dominic Smith and Ashley John, graduate students at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
2020 MBAs to watch: Ashley John, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

The best business schools for a real estate MBA
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)


Gwinnett County Public Schools has 17 QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship recipients
A roundup mentions that David Palmer and Dean Zhu plan to attend Rice on the QuestBridge National Match Scholarship.
Gwinnett Daily Post

Class of 2020 valedictorians for Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties: Here’s who they are
An article featuring Claire Richert, valedictorian of Ridgeland High School in Mississippi, mentions that she plans to attend Rice after a gap year. 
Clarion Ledger

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! Familiar words, unexpected legal meanings
Rice is mentioned.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in the June 1 print edition, and it appeared online in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)

Tackling trust deficit in higher education
Rice is mentioned.
The Tribune (India)


Lance Armstrong documentary on ESPN ends with moral contrast to his son, martyr-like speech
Articles mention that Lance Armstrong’s son, Luke, plays football at Rice.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
Lance Armstrong’s son Luke, Rice football player, calls doping ‘taking a shortcut’
New York Post

MLB draft: Tanner Witt keeps options open
Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 31 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Remembering Texas sports history, May 30: Owls soar to baseball national title
The Rice baseball team’s 2003 national championship is featured.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Zinedine Russell bids farewell to Rice University after success on track, in classroom
Former Rice track and field athlete Zinedine Russell is featured.
Jamaica Observer
Hitz 92 FM (Jamaica)

This date in history: June 1
Former Rice baseball player Matt Langwell is mentioned.
The Eagle

Abrupt end to 50-year broadcasting career hasn’t slowed A&M’s Dave South
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the May 31 print editions of the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)


Webinar to explore how COVID-19 might change cities forever
Will social distancing and physical barriers become a permanent part of life in big cities across the world? The director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will discuss the short- and long-term changes we can expect during an upcoming June 5 webinar.

Rice’s OpenStax Institutional Partner Program to offer expanded benefits, support in 2020-21 academic year 
OpenStax, Rice’s education technology initiative, has opened applications for its 2020-2021 Institutional Partner Program, which aims to increase the adoption of open educational resources at participating schools. The deadline to apply is June 25.

Immigration system needs improvement, not termination, Baker Institute experts say
The U.S. needs innovative approaches to solve the pressing issue of immigrants living in the country illegally by using existing programs as a guide, according to Tony Payan and Pamela Lizette Cruz, experts at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice scientist goes deep to improve environmental tracers
With the help of a National Science Foundation grant, Rice geoscientist Laurence Yeung and his team intend to improve scientific analysis of oxygen isotopes recovered over the past few decades from Earth’s rocks, oceans and atmosphere.

About Stefan De La Garza

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