Dateline Rice for June 25, 2020


Summer books of 2020: History
A book roundup features “The Emperor Jahangir: Power and Kingship in Mughal India,” authored by Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history.
Financial Times (Subscription is required.)


Special Edition: Kinder Institute Director Bill Fulton and Dr. Peter Hotez (June 24, 2020)
Several articles feature a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that shows Houston’s housing costs are rising. Bill Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute, is quoted or interviewed by Houston Public Media and Community Impact Newspaper. Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at the Kinder Institute, is quoted in the Houston Business Journal. Additional Kinder Institute co-authors mentioned in the Houston Business Journal include: John Park, the Urban Development, Transportation and Placemaking Research Fellow; Carlos Villegas, Urban and Metropolitan Governance staff researcher; research manager Luis Guajardo; former research fellow Chris Servidio; and Zhiyan Zhang. Fulton also is interviewed in the last item about the reduction of sales tax revenue in Houston.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
New task force to address Houston-area housing crisis in wake of COVID-19
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared in The Woodlands Online and Katy Times.)
Houston renters face severe financial hurdles to buying a home, Kinder Institute finds 
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
New data shows nearly $29M in lost rent, grim housing outlook for Houston
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This story also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Task force to address housing instability in Houston metro
ABC 13 Online 
Harris County resumes eviction proceedings as nearly $29 million in unpaid rent claims filed
The Center Square (This article also appeared in KPVI Online and the Killeen Daily Herald.)

7 a.m. newscast
Houston Public Media Local Newscasts on (This newscast also appeared in Houston Public Media, and this segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)


Barbers, hair stylists split on safety of reopening during the pandemic
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 in two articles.
University of Houston News (This article also appeared in Mirage News.)
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg under fire for job-threatening email
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)

Can coronavirus stimulus get us off fossil fuels? Not if path dependence has a say
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.

Left out of rescue bills, smaller oil firm bankruptcies surge
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This article originally appeared in Roll Call.)

Houston museum’s vaunted art auction goes virtual — buying art is easier than ever with new era CAMH Auction
The artwork of Lisa Lapinski, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, is featured in a slideshow.

Stuck at home, physicists pivot to combat COVID-19

Chris Tunnell, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and of computer science, is quoted.
Physics Today

Thursday’s ‘Houston Matters’: Police reform and evaluating safe restaurants (June 25, 2020)
A broadcast mentions Rice research into creating a system for grading businesses and restaurants on COVID-19 safety.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Students frustrated with cost of Penn summer courses take classes at other institutions
An article mentions that Rice offered reduced fees for summer courses in light of the pandemic.
The Daily Pennsylvanian

Just like old times
Rice baseball player Garret Zaskoda is mentioned.
The Sealy News

Using generative AI to accelerate drug discovery
An article mentions that Rice is a partnering institution with IBM to use artificial intelligence to determine therapeutic, antiviral molecules capable of targeting COVID-19.

Bank stocks may ‘rally powerfully’ once investors realize their concerns are overblown
An article mentions that Thomas Hogan is a former fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Wealth Advisor (This article also appeared in Namex, Morningstar and yesterday’s Dateline.)


The most beautiful college campuses in America
Rice’s Lovett Hall is featured in a slideshow.
MSN Lifestyle (This article originally appeared in the Active Times.)


She helps Houston Museum of Natural Science achieve liftoff
Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview”

O’Connor named interim dean of the largest UH college
Alumnus Daniel O’Connor is featured.
University of Houston News


Texas Public Radio
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is interviewed about the Trump administration’s recent suspension of the H-1B visa program.
http://dateline.rice/june-25-payan (This Texas Standard segment also aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)

‘Good Day Austin’
Several broadcasts mention calls for Rice to address concerns about the campus experience of Black students.
KTBC-TV (Austin)
‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
KRIV-TV (Houston)
‘The Rush Limbaugh Show’
WABC-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/june-25-rush (This segment aired on more than 500 stations across the U.S.)


Tour scores prestigious Centenary Prize
An article features James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering. He is the recipient of the Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize, which is given annually to up to three scientists from outside Great Britain and recognizes researchers for their contributions to the chemical sciences industry or education.
Teri Odom honored by Royal Society of Chemistry
Northwestern Now

Latest projects in business education: July 2020
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business launched a podcast called “The Index.” Mentioned include Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; Erik Dane, distinguished associate professor at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; and Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
BizEd (Scroll down to “Profs on podcasts.”)

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.

The battle over Title IX
Richard Baker, executive director for institutional equity at Rice, is quoted and pictured.
Insight Into Diversity

The lost continent of Zealandia disappeared millions of years ago — but these new maps show it in stunning detail
An article features the research of Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth, environment and planetary sciences, into Zealandia, a largely submerged continent that stretches across five million square kilometers beneath the southwest Pacific Ocean.
Travel+Leisure (This article also appeared in MSN Canada, MSN International and MSN Travel.) 

Houston: The prophetic city
An article features an excerpt from a book review of “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America,” authored by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology.

Houston graduates from big oil to big energy
Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, is quoted.

Federally funded research to study, improve Houston wastewater system’s resilience 
An article mentions that Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is directing collaborative research into how to make Houston’s wastewater systems more resilient during extreme weather events.
Company News HQ

Viruses exploit marine bacteria for energy
An article mentions Rice research into how viruses affected the photosynthesis of the marine bacteria P. marinus.
Massive Science

Harvey C. Nathanson, inventor of the first MEMS device, dies at 83
An article about IEEE Spectrum member deaths the past year mentions that alumnus Stanley Pipkin died Nov. 9, 2019, at age 65.
IEEE Spectrum

The Apollo program: How NASA sent astronauts to the moon
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.

Before the cats came: 1995’s web leaves me nostalgic for simpler times
An article features the 1995 “T.w.i.n.k.i.e.s. Project” by Rice students, who conducted “tests with inorganic noxious cakes in extreme situations.”
Llodo (This CNET article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)


Board approves 24 faculty appointments
Alumna Hanna Garth is featured.
Princeton University News

CMPI seeking applicants to address lack of minorities in orchestras
Rice is mentioned.
The Chicago Crusader

Try this deep breathing technique to relieve stress
An article cites 2016 Rice research into the effects of emotional stress on people with diabetes.
The Indian Express

Cutler Scholars Program names new executive director
An article featuring Myrna Perez Sheldon mentions that she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice.
Ohio University

‘Is there still Sex in the City’ in 2020? Author Candace Bushnell has the answer
Alumna Candace Bushnell is featured.
Asbury Park Press (This USA Today article also appeared in 10 affiliated media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Athletes who transferred from Penn have varying degrees of success at new schools
A sports roundup mentions that Michael Collins is a graduate transfer on Rice’s football team.
The Daily Pennsylvanian

About Stefan De La Garza

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