Dateline Rice for June 16, 2020


High court rulings leave Trump in the minority

Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted in the Los Angeles Times, and a Q&A with Bob Dylan he authored is featured in MSN.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 16 print edition of the Times, and it appeared in the June 16 print edition of the Albany Times. This story also appeared online in more than 30 other media outlets.)
11 things we learned from Bob Dylan’s new rare interview

MSN (This Minneapolis Star Tribune article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Supreme Court rules that LGBT Americans are protected from discrimination
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houston Press


‘Pomp Under the Circumstances: A Virtual Commencement’
Nicholas Kristof, who was slated to give Rice’s May 16 commencement address before the pandemic, gives a virtual address to recent graduates across the nation. Alumnus Shree Kale is featured in the Rice video “Uncertainty.” (This item appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Houston adjusts after the economic collapse of COVID-19
An article quotes 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, and Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Pipeline win, looming bankruptcy raises game for gas stakeholders
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared in UK, Investing South Africa and Investing Germany.)

Rice University research on health care teamwork
An article features Rice research into steps health care leaders can take to improve teamwork during the pandemic. Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences, is quoted.
The 360 Mag (This article also appeared in InfoSurHoy and yesterday’s Dateline.)

The worrying consequences of cutting energy subsidies
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Oil and Gas People (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Electrical engineering trends: Experts weigh in on what to expect in 2020
A Q&A features Gary Woods, professor in the practice in computer technology and electrical and computer engineering.

After chaotic March primary, new Harris County clerk seeks to avoid same mistakes in July runoff
An article cites Rice research that surveyed poll workers and potential voters in Harris County to gauge their willingness to participate during a pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Debates ensue over mail voting as July runoffs approach in Harris County
Community Impact Newspaper

Houston’s Archaeology Now revamps online presence
An article mentions that Archaeology Now, which aims to help Houstonians understand each other’s past and embrace the city’s multicultural identity, was originally formed in 1967 and housed at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Partnerships creating a bright future for AMD stock
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in 24/7 Wall St., and it appeared in MSN Philippines and Partner Sales.)

Rice University offering virtual STEM camps for 8-12th graders

A broadcast mentions that Rice will offer virtual STEM camps this summer for 8-12th graders, with all necessary supplies mailed to participants.
CW 39 Online (This segment also aired on KIAH-TV in Houston and KDAF-TV in Dallas, and it appeared in CW 33 Online.)


Solar Orbiter makes closest approach to sun. First spacecraft to be that close with a camera
David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Florida Today.) 


Large development near Med Center planned by Hines, Levit
An article mentions 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 on the front page of the June 16 print edition.)

UH med school’s inaugural class selected
An article mentions that a graduate of Rice will be part of the University of Houston College of Medicine’s inaugural class.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 16 print edition, and a similar article appeared in CultureMap Houston.)

Bellaire/Rice/Med Center neighborhoods rich in green spaces, shopping and restaurants
A roundup featuring Rice mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion and the exercise path circling the 300-acre campus.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
The best cheap and free date ideas in Houston!
Houston on the Cheap

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: WHS Class of 2020 graduates
An article featuring Connor Bezio, valedictorian of Weatherford High School, mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Weatherford Democrat

Six new members join The Woodlands Arts Council’s board of directors
An article featuring alumnus Kyle Rojas, former president of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ Jones Student Association, mentions that he has been named to The Woodlands Arts Council’s board of directors.
The Paper (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)



Celebrating Juneteenth
A roundup of books on Juneteenth mentions “Before Juneteenth: The Emancipation Proclamation in Texas” authored by Caleb McDaniel, associate professor of history.
Washington State Law Library on Medium

Texas oil and gas poll surprising results
An article features collaborative research by 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.
Oil and Gas Insider

Rice University: Egg-based coating preserves fresh produce
An article features Rice research that developed a way to use eggs that would otherwise be wasted as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. Co-authors quoted include Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry; research scientist Muhammad Rahman; Hanszen College senior Seohui Jung; and Sid Richardson College senior Yufei Cui.
Poultry Times (This article also appeared in New Food.)

Is nuclear power pro-development? Six reasons why the DFC should lift its ban
Todd Moss, nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.
Energy for Growth Hub

Excitons form superfluid in certain 2D combos
Mixing and matching computational models of 2D materials led scientists at Rice to the realization that excitons — quasiparticles that exist when electrons and holes briefly bind — can be manipulated in new and useful ways. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering and a professor of chemistry, graduate student Sunny Gupta and research scientist Alex Kutana are quoted. (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

What is nano technology?
Wade Adams, adjunct faculty in materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Africa Data School on Medium

New study shines light on boron nitride nanotubes
An article features Rice research that developed a way to study the real-time dynamics of boron nitride nanotubes as they move in liquids. Co-authors quoted include Matteo Pasquali, the A.J. Hartsook Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and of chemistry, and director of the Carbon Hub; Angel Martí, associate professor of chemistry, of bioengineering and of materials science and nanoengineering; and graduate student Ashleigh Smith McWilliams.
Materials Today

The whys and hows of activating students’ background knowledge
Alumna Jenny Vo authored a response to a “question of the week.”
Education Week Blog

Workflow automation and data science
Alumnus Alec Walker author an article.
Energy Central

The importance of listening to your body
An article cites Rice research into “overtraining.”
In Fitness and In Health on Medium

Is double-majoring worth it?
An article features Rice’s double-major requirements.
Best Colleges

Linking humans and machines
An article mentions that Rice is a part of a multi-institution initiative to develop a device that combines artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Indo-Pacific Defense Forum

George Foreman III: ‘Keep doing good and good will come to you’
Alumnus George Foreman III is featured.
Thrive Global


Martyred or killed?: Martyr associated with those who die defending their faith, soldiers are ‘killed in action’
David Cook, professor of religion, is quoted.
The Logical Indian

Get to know the new East Tennessee Children’s Hospital president

Alumnus Matthew Schaefer is featured and pictured.
Knoxville News Sentinel (This article also appeared in

Cheryl Matherly receives IIE’s Senior International Officer of the Year award
An article featuring Cheryl Matherly mentions that she is the former assistant dean of students for career and international education at Rice.
Lehigh University News

Eight advance to semifinalists for new IRSC president
Alumnus David Potash is featured.
Lake Okeechobee News

Great graduation speeches: Kurt Vonnegut at Rice University in 1998
An article features a video of the Rice commencement speech given by Kurt Vonnegut in 1998.
Daily Herald


Women’s tennis all-conference teams announced
An article mentions that Rice tennis players Anna Bowtell and Priya Niezgoda have been named to Conference USA’s All-Conference Singles first team, and the teams of Bowtell and Victoria Smirnova and Niezgoda and Anastasia Smirnova were named to the All-Conference Doubles first team.
Conference USA (This article also appeared in Middle Tennessee State University News.)

2020 All-Conference USA team 
An article mentions that Rice football player Blaze Alldredge has been named to Athlon Sports’ All-Conference USA preseason first team. Additional Owls mentioned include Brad Rozner, Austin Trammell, Shea Baker, Elijah Garcia and George Nyakwol.
Athlon Sports

Running in Houston: Q&A with collegiate athletes
A Q&A features Rice track and field and cross-country athlete Khayla Patel, authored by teammate Steffi Halow.
The Buzz Magazines

InStat, Division I women’s coaches team up
Rice head soccer coach Brian Lee is quoted.
Top Drawer Soccer

Episcopal, St. Thomas athletes among top 100 football recruits
An article features former Rice baseball player Trei Cruz, who was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the recent MLB draft.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Fort Bend dozen among state’s top football recruits
An article mentions that Kenny Seymour, Blake Boenisch and Ethan Onianwa have committed to play football at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Katy ISD seniors among top football recruits
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Wylie grad Mack Mueller signs with Toronto Blue Jays
Former Rice baseball player MacKenzie Mueller is featured.
KTXS Online

Rice football prediction: Game-by-game predictions for the Owls in 2020
An article features Rice’s football team ahead of its season.
Hero Sports

CWS top teams bracket: 2002 Texas vs. 2014 Virginia
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in the 2002 College World Series.
D1 Baseball

Top 10 Colorado high school football players from the Class of 2021
Rice is mentioned.

Cedar Hill graduate excited about Hawaii opportunity
Former Rice head football coach Todd Graham is featured.
Focus Daily News

Week 2 opponent preview: Getting to know Texas
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in 2019.


‘Relaxed’ T cells critical to immune response
Rice chemist Anatoly Kolomeisky and research scientist and Rice alumnus Hamid Teimouri proposed that the T cell’s relaxation time — how long it takes to stabilize binding with either the invader or the imposter — is protecting people from diseases.

Baker Institute expert available to comment on Biden tax proposals
The tax proposals outlined by former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, would raise $3.8 trillion in revenue over 10 years but do little to address debt growth, according to a new report co-authored by an expert at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

42 student startups to compete for over $1 million in first virtual Rice Business Plan Competition
In its 20th year, the Rice Business Plan Competition — the world’s largest and richest student startup competition — is going virtual. Forty-two startups from eight countries and 39 universities will compete for over $1 million in cash, investments and other prizes beginning June 17, with technological support for the online event provided by the Greater Houston Partnership.

About Stefan De La Garza

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