Dateline Rice for June 29, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


How Texas lost control of the virus
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, is quoted and interviewed.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 75 other media outlets.)
Special Edition: Dr. Vivian Ho, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (June 26, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Analysis: Trump attacks on mail-in ballots will cost Republicans
An article cites research into possible vote-by-mail rates of Democrats and Republicans in the November presidential election by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science.
Al-Jazeera (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets and the June 28 print edition of the Tehran Times, and a similar article appeared in Hot Air.)

Gov. Greg Abbott jumps into Texas GOP runoffs, with aim of thrashing Empower Texans
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 29 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN.)

College counseling centers brace to help shaken students
An article quotes Elizabeth Plummer, clinical director of Rice’s Wellbeing and Counseling Center.
The Wall Street Journal

Mexico plans a ‘happiness index’ to measure its progress
An article quotes 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.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

COVID-19 could crush Argentina’s shale boom
An article quotes 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.
Merco Press (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Could lemon pie help get us through a pandemic?
William Martin, the Harry & Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Religion and Public Policy and Sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 29 print edition.)

The big spender goes bust: How years of gambles brought down Chesapeake Energy
Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
S&P Global Platts
3 takeaways from Chesapeake’s bankruptcy plunge
Law360 (Subscription is required.)

Victorians share why they wear mask
An article quotes Professor Emeritus of Psychological Sciences Dave Schneider.
Victoria Advocate

Radio New Zealand
A broadcast features Scott Sonenshein, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, who co-authored “Joy at Work: The Career-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.”

Doane to offer online MicroBachelors program

An article mentions that Rice is a participating institution in edX’s new MicroBachelors program.
Journal-Democrat (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Op-Ed: There have been periods of turmoil before — but not with Trump at the helm
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! News and MSN.)
Historian compares civil rights protests, then and now
KNOE Online (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Missouri City community drops ‘plantation’ from name
James Sidbury, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Humanities, is quoted and interviewed.
FOX 26 Online (This segment also aired four times on KRIV-TV in Houston.)

Reporter’s Notebook: Energy industry searches soul on diversity, inclusion
Brian Riedel, associate director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 29 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Texas, Inc.,” and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

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 appeared in the June 28 print edition of the Viet Nam News, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Removing the statues (T.R. and others)
Ira Gruber, Harris Masterson, Jr. Professor Emeritus of History, authored a letter to the editor.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Baylor recognizes racist history in resolution
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the June 28 print edition.)

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.
Washington Examiner

Opinion/commentary: In statue controversy, precedent exists for changing donor wishes
An article mentions that Rice’s original charter was changed in 1963 to integrate the university.
The Daily Progress
Weekend brunch for June 28, 2020
Blog Houston
The latest legal challenge to removing Confederate statues in Virginia
Highbrow Magazine

Trump rally attendance fails to reach campaign’s expectations
Alumna Joseph Jarvis is quoted.
Dos Mundos


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. This article appeared on the front of the June 28 print edition, and it appeared on the front of the Business section in the June 29 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News. This story also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Saharan dust and the health issues it causes
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is interviewed.
Fox 26 Online (This segment aired twice on KRIV-TV in Houston and appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Rice University: Little Free Libraries on campus encourage ‘fun’ reading, lifetime learning habits
An article mentions that the installation of small libraries on Rice’s campus was an initiative undertaken by faculty fellows at the Center for Teaching Excellence, Fondren Library and Facilities, Engineering and Planning. Lisa Balabanlilar, associate professor of history, is quoted.

Rice University lab makes advances on 4D printing of shape-shifting soft robots
An article features Rice research that developed a 3D printing technique to create soft robots and biomedical implants that automatically change shape when subjected to various stressors. Quoted are Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate student Morgan Barnes.
3D Printing Media Network

Fluorocarbon bonds are no match for new light-powered nanocatalyst
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 quoted 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 alumnus Hossein Robatjazi.

Texas case still threatens DACA despite high court ruling
An article mentions a webinar about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was hosted by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Courthouse News Service

What is the Federal Air Marshal Service and why does it exist?
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Simple Flying

Cologne’s WDR Symphony extends conductor Cristian Măcelaru to 2025
An article mentions alumnus Cristian Măcelaru, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
The Violin Channel


Case Farms awards two local students scholarships
Jesus Estrada, recipient of the J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship, plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The News Herald


Rice OC Jerry Mack likes the way Owls are trending in football
An article features Rice assistant football coach Jerry Mack.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the June 27 print edition.)

Family ties: Trei Cruz wants to be a third-generation MLB player
An article featuring former Rice baseball player Trei Cruz quotes head coach Matt Bragga.
The Athletic (Subscription is required.)

WATCH: Broncos CB Bryce Callahan shows off surgically repaired foot
Former Rice football player Bryce Callahan is featured.
Sports Illustrated
Broncos’ Bryce Callahan set to return healthy, determined
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the June 29 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Texas football: 3 updated defensive transfer portal targets
Former Rice football player Calvin Anderson is mentioned.


Rice researchers helping to ready vote-by-mail system for November
Rice researchers are teaming with nonprofit VotingWorks to validate and improve open-source technology for voting by mail, work that will give local elections officials an important option if they’re flooded with applications from voters asking to cast mail ballots in November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Back to Work help available to job seekers
As unemployed workers struggle to find jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies is offering a series of reduced-tuition virtual workshops as part of its new Back to Work initiative. The series of five interactive online workshops launching July 16 will teach everything from basic work-searching skills to techniques for turning a job interview into a job offer.

Rice lab’s bright idea is pure gold
Condensed matter physicist Doug Natelson and his colleagues at Rice and the University of Colorado Boulder discovered this massive emission from a nanoscale gap between two electrodes made of plasmonic materials, particularly gold.

Laser-welded sugar: Sweet way to 3D-print blood vessels
Rice bioengineers showed they could keep densely packed cells alive for two weeks in relatively large constructs by creating complex blood vessel networks from templates of 3D-printed sugar.

About Stefan De La Garza

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