Dateline Rice for June 23, 2020


Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history
Daniel Domingues, assistant professor of history, is quoted.
Yahoo! News (This Agence France Presse article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
États-Unis: Le débat sur le racisme touche désormais les Pères fondateurs
RFI (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/june-23-dominguesAmerica takes stock of its historical relics
Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is quoted in China Daily, and a recent Q&A with Brown is featured in a Houston-area news roundup from Community Impact Newspaper.
China Daily
Where to find coronavirus testing sites and more: News and events from the Houston area
Community Impact Newspaper (Scroll down to Q&A: Houston-area expert speaks on institutionalized racism, racial trauma, protests.)

Careless labels like ‘underserved’ ignore the richness, diversity among Blacks | Opinion
Alumnus Carlton Ford authored an op-ed.
Miami Herald (This article also appeared in the June 23 print edition, and it appeared online in Yahoo! News.)

Elaine Howard Ecklund and Rachel C. Schneider on how white churches can work for racial justice
Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program, co-authored an op-ed.
Black Christian News Network (This op-ed also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Rice University student group demands ‘Black House,’ better ID photos, statue removal
An article highlights a series of demands issued by the Rice Black Students Association.
Fox News (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
How to fight the woke … and win (June 23, 2020)
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston, and it appeared in 10 other outlets. Similar segments aired 15 times.)


CEOs need to do more for COVID
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, authored an op-ed.
The Hill
http://dateline.rice/june-23-hoCity of Houston plans to test human waste for COVID-19 hot spots
An article mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted and interviewed.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston, and it appeared in Yahoo! News.)

US politics and COVID
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, participated in a virtual discussion.
ONS Foundations’ YouTube page

It is false that the COVID-19 vaccine candidates are going to introduce a microchip

Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Explica (This article also appeared in

Don’t overlook Advanced Micro Devices as a coronavirus play
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 InvestorPlace, and it appeared in Markets Insider.)

‘Houston’s Morning Show’
A broadcast mentions a survey by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Public Policy about how Houstonians have been affected by the pandemic.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

North Texas head coaches reflect on upcoming seasons, training during quarantine
An article mentions that Rice’s volleyball team finished second in Conference USA in 2019.
North Texas Daily


11 things we learned from Bob Dylan’s new rare interview
An article features a Q&A with Bob Dylan authored by Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities.
Minneapolis Star Tribune (This article appeared in the June 23 print edition of the Hamilton Spectator and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/june-23-brinkleyDal Lazio al Piemonte, viaggio nell’industria italiana dello Spazio
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Fortune Italia (An English translation is not available.)


Cheniere Energy breaks industry barrier with gay pride month logo
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/june-23-riedelLiving in Houston is getting expensive, study shows
A new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research shows that Houston’s housing costs are rising.
ABC 13 Online (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and Houston Style, and this segment aired twice on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

6 gorgeous spots for rainy day photo shoots in Houston
A roundup of top indoor and outdoor photo spots features Rice.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater North Texas announces winners
An article featuring Steven Cloud mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Waxahachie Daily Light (This article also appeared in the Midlothian Mirror.)


BBC Radio 4
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of the 2007 book “Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion,” is interviewed.
http://dateline.rice/june-23-kripalHouston personalities: Meet the couple behind Houston’s famous Turkey Leg Hut
A Q&A featuring Lynn Price, co-owner of the Turkey Leg Hut, mentions he is a former Rice baseball player.
Click2Houston (This article also appeared in USA News Posts.)


Protein coating helps preserve fresh fruit and vegetables
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. Research scientist Muhammad Rahman is quoted.
Materials Today
Huevos para conservar productos frescos
Tenemos Noticias (An English translation is not available.)


New gold nanoparticle purifies water of difficult pollutants
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a technology for clearing pollutants from water with gold nanoparticles that convert light to heat. Co-authors mentioned include Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of chemistry, bioengineering, physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering and the director of Rice’s Smalley-Curl Institute; and Pedro Alvarez, director of Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Halas and lead author Hossein Robatjazi, a Rice alumnus, are quoted in
Yale University News
Team unveils catalyst that can break problematic C-F bonds (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Baseball America College Podcast: Rice’s rise to the 2003 national title
An article and podcast feature Rice baseball’s road to the 2003 College World Series championship. Former head coach Wayne Graham and former Owls Lance Berkman, Jose Cruz Jr., David Aardsma, Philip Humber, Jeff Niemann and Wade Townsend are mentioned.
Baseball America
http://dateline.rice/june-23-rice-baseballFive Roadrunners earn Athlon Sports preseason honors

An article mentions the 2019 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
UTSA Athletics News
http://dateline.rice/june-23-utsa2020 Southwestern Athletic Conference stock watch
A college baseball roundup mentions the 2017 NCAA regional series between Rice and Louisiana State University.
Baseball America

Hebron Christian’s Malia Fisher commits to Rice University
An article featuring Malia Fisher mentions that she has committed to play basketball at Rice.
Gwinnett Prep Sports

10 fantasy baseball thoughts from the third week in June
Former Rice baseball player Matt Anderson is mentioned.
MSN Sports (This article originally appeared in SB Nation.)


New COVID-19 business grading system could help economy reopen more safely
Restaurants have long been subject to health department inspections evaluating their cleanliness and safety. Researchers at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab propose creating a similar system for grading businesses on COVID-19 safety, which they hope will help consumers make informed decisions amid the pandemic.
http://dateline.rice/june-23-news-release-texas-policy-labHousing affordability in Houston and Harris County is declining, especially for renters
Housing affordability in the Houston area is declining for all households and renters are finding it almost impossible to buy homes without significant subsidies, according to a new report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for light-powered nanocatalyst
Rice nanophotonics pioneer Naomi Halas and collaborators have created a light-powered catalyst that can break the strong chemical bonds in fluorocarbons, a group of synthetic materials that includes persistent environmental pollutants.

About Stefan De La Garza

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