Dateline Rice for June 26, 2020


Rice researchers propose grading system for restaurants, others amid COVID-19 
Researchers at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab propose creating a system for grading businesses on COVID-19 safety similar to the health inspections restaurants are subject to, which they hope will help consumers make informed decisions amid the pandemic. E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted. Co-authors Snejana Nihtianova, director of research operations at the lab, and intern Megan Rafferty are mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)

Rice U. study suggests health inspection grades for all businesses
KTRH Online (This article also appeared on KPRC Online, and this segment aired three times on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
Rice U. study suggests health inspections for all businesses
KTRH on Spreaker

COVID-19 could crush Argentina’s shale boom

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.
Yahoo! Finance (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News Canada, Yahoo! Singapore, Markets Insider, Yerepouni News, Money and Business Insider.)

Republican nightmare: Trump vote-by-mail demonizing driving down GOP participation
An article cites research into possible vote-by-mail rates of Democrats and Republicans in the November presidential election conducted by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science.
Washington Examiner

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.
MSN (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline when it was originally published in The Hill.)

CentreCourt 2020 Spring: MBA careers at Emory Goizueta, Rice Jones, Michigan Ross and Asia School of Business

Philip Heavilin, executive director of career development at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured in a virtual panel discussion.
Poets & Quants


Take That’s Howard Donald goes on bizarre anti-facemask rant on Twitter
An article mentions a Rice professor’s research into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history.
Daily Mail (This article also appeared in Sound Health and Lasting Wealth and Express Digest.)

Flying Chanclas’ Texas Collegiate League roster has local flavor
An article quotes former Rice baseball player Tyler LaRue.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared on the front of the Sports page in the June 26 print edition.)

In the wake of COVID-19, college dorm life gets a makeover
Rice is mentioned.
CNBC (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

St. John’s to leave Blackboard and use Canvas as online education solution
Rice is mentioned.
The Torch

COVID-19 and its impacts: Pandemic and ethics of care — analysis
Graduate student Sabariah Hussin authored an article.
Eurasia Review


How the top 25 colleges and universities in the US are responding to the Black Lives Matter protests
A roundup cites President David Leebron’s letters to Rice community members about how the university will respond to nationwide calls for racial equality, including: diversity and cultural understanding classes included in required orientation coursework; management positions geared toward race, diversity and inclusion; a student fund for Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership; and an anti-racism research fund.
Business Insider (This article also appeared in Business Insider India, MSN Canada, MSN India, Pulse Nigeria and Pulse Ghana.)

Anti-racism protests turn spotlight on icons of US history
Daniel Domingues, assistant professor of history, is quoted.
Gulf Times (This Agence France Presse article also appeared in the June 25 print edition of the Gulf Times, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Rice, other Texas colleges face petitions, protests over reminders of racist roots
Articles report that a petition is calling for the removal of the statue of William Marsh Rice from the university’s academic quadrangle.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the June 26 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Metro section in the June 26 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Rice alums campaign to remove statue of the school’s slave-owner namesake
Houston Press
Black students at Rice University call for removal of statue, other changes on campus
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
KTRH-AM (Houston)

DeSantis signs Florida taxpayer-funded school choice expansion into law
An article mentions that the valedictorian of Tampa Cristo Rey Salesian High School will attend Rice.
The Center Square Florida


The jailing of Kylie Moore-Gilbert in Iran
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Saturday Paper (This article also appeared in the June 26 print edition.)

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.
MSN UK (This article also appeared in MSN Philippines and yesterday’s Dateline.) 


Once ‘the golden boy,’ ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling is out of prison and as fascinating as ever
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Judge orders Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s criminal case back to Collin County
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 26 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared on the front of the Metro section in the June 26 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

3 area students win $40,000 tech scholarships from Amazon
An article mentions that Stephen Mgbemeje, recipient of Amazon’s Future Engineer scholarship, plans to attend Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

She helps Houston Museum of Natural Science achieve liftoff
Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article appeared in the June 26 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in MSN and in yesterday’s Dateline.)

OUR announces research student Tyler Nelson to pursue Ph.D. at Rice
An article featuring Tyler Nelson mentions that he plans to pursue a doctorate at Rice. He is a former visiting student in the lab of Ching-Hwa Kiang, associate professor of physics, astronomy and bioengineering.
Lamar University News


‘Houston’s Morning Show’
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed about the Saharan dust cloud that is expected to reach the Gulf Coast and Houston this weekend.
KRIV-TV (Houston)

New visa restrictions target highly skilled foreign workers, including scientists and tech professionals
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.
Texas Standard


Intel, NSF name winners of wireless machine learning research funding
An article mentions that the following Rice researchers were awarded a grant in the Machine Learning for Wireless Networking Systems program funded by Intel and the National Science Foundation: Chris Jermaine, professor of computer science; Tasos Kyrillidis, the Noah Harding Assistant Professor of Computer Science; and Yingyan Lin, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Inside HPC (Similar articles also appeared in HPCWire, AiThority and RCR Wireless News.)

Rice physicist earns grant to study magnetism
An article featuring Ming Yi, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, mentions that she was awarded a five-year grant by the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences to study magnetism in two-dimensional materials.
Cryogenic Society of America, Inc.

Why is that margarita at lunch worse than the cookie after dinner?
Roberta Anding, lecturer in kinesiology, authored an article about her research.
The Great Courses Daily

New presidents or provosts: Bradley U, Central Washington U, College of Southern Idaho, U of Notre Dame
Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost and professor of statistics at Rice, is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed


Attempt this deep breathing method to lessen stress
An article cites 2016 Rice research into the effects of emotional stress on people with diabetes.
Resident Weekly (This article also appeared in Daily Hunt and yesterday’s Dateline.)


UVA basketball adds freshmen, transfers to roster
Former Rice basketball player Trey Murphy is mentioned.

It’s past time for radical change in Conference USA
Rice is mentioned.
The Northside Sun (This article also appeared in the June 25 print and digital editions.)

About Stefan De La Garza

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