Dateline Rice for June 9, 2020


Organizing for change
An article features Rice for Black Life, a coalition of university students, alumni and affiliates that raised money for Houston-area advocacy groups. Quoted are President David Leebron, alumnae Summar McGee and Bilal Rehman, Martel College’s Maddy Scannell, and Kendall Vining, vice president of internal affairs for the Rice Student Association.
Inside Higher Ed

Architecture schools send messages of solidarity to those protesting against police violence, racial injustice
A roundup of messages of solidarity against racial inequality includes one authored by John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture, director of external programs and interim dean of the School of Architecture.
The Architect’s Newspaper

From Jim Crow to hotbed of diversity, 20 books that explore Houston’s history of race and racism
“The Ethnic Groups of Houston,” which was edited by the late Fred R. von der Mehden, the former Albert Thomas Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rice, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 

The true story of the Texas Rangers

Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored a book review in the New York Times, and he is quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article will also appear in the June 14 print edition.)

LBJ’s words, 55 years old, could help America to heal from its deep racial divisions
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (This article also appeared in the Daily Journal, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Prairie View A&M planning a Center for Race and Justice
Allen Matusow, the William Gaines Twyman Professor Emeritus of History and the academic affairs director at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reform Austin
2020 reminiscent of 1968
Gulf Times (This Los Angeles Times article was the featured cover story in the June 8 print and digital editions, and it appeared online in MENAFN and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Racism: Is America living 1968 all over again? (This article also appeared in the June 9 print edition.) 

‘Fox 43 News at 5 p.m.’
Rice head basketball coach Scott Pera is interviewed about how he is supporting current and former student athletes.
WPMT-TV (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

After a brutal murder, Houstonians came together to fight for LGBTQ rights
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houstonia (This article also appeared in the June print edition.)

Youth movement: Young area residents among those pushing for change in society
An article cites a 2018 demographic study of Fort Bend County by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
The Fort Bend Star (This article also appeared on the front page of the June 9 print and digital editions.)

Here’s the presentation Google gives employees on how to spot unconscious bias at work
An article details Rice research into unconscious bias in daily interactions.
Business Insider (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in BlogLikes.)



Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho and Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis (June 8, 2020)
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, participates in a panel discussion.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Some states have embraced online voting. It’s a huge risk.
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

A deep dive on internet voting risks
Politico’s Morning Cybersecurity

The future of work in a post-pandemic world
An article quotes Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Jonathan Miles, lecturer in management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houstonia (This article also appeared in the June print edition.)

See heartfelt art Pearland ISD kids created to honor heroes in the pandemic
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Global environmental developments in May 2020
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Andalou Agency

Debt shakeout will make biggest tech, retailers even bigger
An article cites a 2018 paper co-authored by Gustavo Grullon, the Jesse H. Jones Chair of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, that determined more than three-fourths of American industries have grown more concentrated since 1980.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Economists wonder: Did COVID-19 accelerate timeline for peak oil demand?
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts

Growing the power grid in Africa, with Todd Moss
Todd Moss, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted and interviewed in a Q&A.
Resources Magazine

When small businesses can’t access PPP, local governments struggle to close the gap
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Valley Morning Star (This article also appeared in Sealy News and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Visa restrictions will worsen the post-COVID recession
An article cites Rice research that details the economic benefits from undocumented immigrants.

If the coronavirus rebounds, Cary could be the first to know
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
North Carolina Health News

Scenes from the pandemic
A caption mentions the exercise path circling Rice’s campus.
Houstonia (This article also appeared in the June print edition.)

What’s new in computing vs. COVID-19: Consortium news, AMD, population spread and more
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.

Estiman necesario replantear política energética
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.
Reforma (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in the June 9 print edition.)


Daily on Energy: Winners and losers from the OPEC+ 2.0 pact
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Washington Examiner

Summit reinventarea României, Ion Sturza: Bărbierește-te în fiecare zi!
Rice is mentioned.
Forbes Romania (An English translation is not available.)


GBRA and property owners back in court Tuesday ahead of October trial
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.
Texas Public Radio

The Ion, Houston’s future innovation hub, names interim leader
An article features Jan Odegard, who was appointed by Rice Management Co. as the interim executive director of the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of a local innovation district.
Houston Business Journal
Houston innovation hub names interim leader

Here are 3 research projects to watch in Houston
A roundup features the Internet of Things and Aging-in-Place Seed Grants, funded by Rice ENRICH and UTHealth, which aims to develop technology to advance senior living facilities. Marcia O’Malley, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Mechanical Engineering, professor of computer science and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Loss of a legend: Noted TSU professor Dr. Thomas F. Freeman dies at 100
An article featuring the late Thomas Freeman, who died recently at 100, mentions that he taught in Rice’s Department of Religion for more than 20 years.
Defender Network

Call to action answered to fix dangerous intersection near Rice University
An article features upcoming safety changes to an intersection outside Rice’s main entrance.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

The 4 Texas MBA programs with the best ROI
A roundup features Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Houston Chronicle


Surgical implant gives battery-free electrical stimulation to the brain
An article features Rice research that developed a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power supply. Co-authors quoted are Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, Caleb Kemere, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Amanda Singer.
Technology Networks (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

New tool helps nanorods stand out
An article features Rice research that developed an easy and affordable tool to count and characterize nanoparticles. Co-authors Christy Landes, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, chemistry and electrical and computer engineering; Stephan Link, professor of chemistry and computer and electrical engineering and associate chair for graduate studies; and graduate student Rashad Baiyasi are mentioned. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

New sanctions for Nord Stream 2? What’s at stake [GGP]
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.
Natural Gas World (This article originally appeared in Forbes and appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Newsmakers: Week of June 8
A roundup featuring Lisa Pittman mentions that she has been appointed as a nonresident fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Drug Policy Program.

2020 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Mike Narvaez, Rice University (Jones)
A pair of articles feature Mike Narvaez and Heather Price, graduate students at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
2020 Best & Brightest Online MBAs: Heather Price, Rice University (Jones)
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)

Top 10 ‘Big Brother’ contestants we want to see on All-Stars 2
Alumna Libra Thompson, who appeared on the reality television show “Big Brother” in season 10, is featured.

Sergio Mims: Chicago youth music mentorship program addresses lack of minorities in American orchestras
Rice is mentioned.
AfriClassical Blog (This article also appeared in Blogarama.)


Facebook’s TransCoder AI converts code from one programming language into another
An article mentions Rice’s deep-learning, software-coding application called Bayou.
Elexonic (This article also appeared in Venture Beat, Prosyscom Tech News and All USA News Hub.)


A conversation with Minnesota Twins 2019 second-rounder Matt Canterino
Former Rice baseball player Matt Canterino is featured in a Q&A.

Remembering Texas sports history, June 2: Berkman pick panned out for Astros
An article features former Rice baseball player Lance Berkman, who was drafted by the Houston Astros with the 16th overall pick in the 1997 MLB draft.
Waco Tribune-Herald

Tickets in LSU section for game against Rice in Houston on sale
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Looking back at the last Tigers No. 1 overall pick to play in Toledo
Former Rice baseball player Matt Anderson is featured.
Toledo Blade


New tool helps nanorods stand out
The Rice labs of chemists Christy Landes and Stephan Link created an open-source program called SEMseg to acquire data about nanoparticles, objects smaller than 100 nanometers, from scanning electron microscope images that are otherwise difficult if not impossible to analyze.

Lab makes 4D printing more practical
Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering developed a method to print objects that can be manipulated to take on alternate forms when exposed to changes in temperature, electric current or stress.
War on drugs causes aggressive policing, says Baker Institute expert
The war on drugs has provided police with cover for aggressive tactics and unnecessary encounters with citizens, according to Katharine Neill Harris, an expert in drug policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

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