Dateline Rice for July 2, 2020


Internal messages reveal crisis at Houston hospitals as coronavirus cases surge
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.
NBC News (This ProPublica article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)

Want to work in the great outdoors? You may need some new gear
An article quotes Janet Moore, lecturer in communications and director of the communications program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in Bloomberg Quint and Bloomberg BNN.)

Opinion: We control air pollution from cars, let’s control the viral pollution from our mouths
Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, and alumnus Jack Matson co-authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the July 2 print edition.)

What went wrong in Texas? Who’s to blame for COVID-19 surge?
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.
Reform Austin
Wednesday’s ‘Houston Matters’: A new month means new evictions, and a virtual summer camp for kids (July 1, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This show also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Ed Emmett takes on additional full-time role at Rice University’s Center for Energy Studies 
An article featuring alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, senior fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, mentions that he will be a fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Ken Medlock, senior director of the center, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal

OU Energy Institute plans webcast to discuss energy industry changes
An article mentions that the University of Oklahoma Energy Institute’s July 8 webinar will feature Michelle Michot Foss, fellow in energy and minerals in the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in the July 2 print edition.)

Stuck at home, physicists pivot to combat COVID-19

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

Former Texas baseball players seeking opportunities in shortened MLB season
An article mentions that Rice’s baseball team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
Horns Illustrated


Trump, in a hole, digs deeper into racial incitement
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 2 print editions of the Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and it appeared in the July 2 print edition of the Lodi News-Sentinel.)
Limitation of statues
The Leader News

Essay: Second Ward hoops, Black neighbors and Latino roots — how to deepen Houston’s conversation on race
David Medina, Rice’s director of multicultural community relations, authored an essay.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the July 2 print edition.)

‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
Rice football player Naeem Smith is featured in a television broadcast discussing the need for greater social justice.
KRIV-TV (Houston)


Nanogaps between gold electrodes emit lots of light
An article features collaborative Rice research into the unexpectedly strong light emitted by tunneling electrons between gold electrodes. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and the department chair of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Postdoctoral researcher Longji Cui and graduate student Yunxuan Zhu are mentioned.
Futurity (This article also appeared in SciTechDaily.)

Saudi strategies for religious influence and soft power in Indonesia
An article quotes the late Fred R. von der Mehden, the former Albert Thomas Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rice.
Future Directions International

Reacts to a magic trick
A roundup of puzzles mentions Rice.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/july-2-nyt (Scroll down to “Today’s theme.”)

Grammy Award-winning Romanian conductor to deliver masterclasses in the country
An article mentions alumnus Cristian Măcelaru, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

Scienze naturali, la Normale di Pisa prima in Europa e nella top 6 del mondo
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 5 in the world for natural sciences, according to a list compiled by Round University Ranking.
MSN Notizie (An English translation is not available. This article originally appeared in


10+ can’t-miss virtual business and innovation events in Houston for July
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies will offer the virtual class Open Innovation and Problem-Solving in an Organization July 17.


The best colleges and universities for 2020: Princeton in the top 10
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. according to
WOR Online (This article also appeared in Hot 99.5 Online.)

KUT-AM (Austin, Texas)
A broadcast mentions that Rice research determined sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants lead to over 300 premature deaths in Texas every year.


Jet stream: Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events?
An article about how climate change may affect high-pressure “blocking” weather systems in the future quotes Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences.
Carbon Brief

Activated charcoal can be used to treat injuries, stroke and coronavirus
An article features collaborative Rice research into artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal that could have the power to curtail damaging levels of superoxides, radical oxygen ions that are toxic at high concentrations. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, is quoted.
Science Times

Why memory-forming neurons are vulnerable to Alzheimer’s
An article features collaborative Rice research into the vulnerability of neurons to Alzheimer’s disease. Co-lead author Vicky Yao, an assistant professor of computer science, is quoted.
Technology Networks

Katherine Ensor elected 2022 ASA President
An article featuring Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, mentions that she has been elected 117th president of the American Statistical Association.

Musk reads: How SpaceX could reach Mars before 2030
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.

Azúcar con láser, una dulce manera de imprimir en 3D los vasos sanguíneos
An article features collaborative Rice research that created complex blood vessel networks from templates of 3D-printed sugar, capable of feeding a constructed organ. Co-authors Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Ian Kinstlinger are quoted.
3D Printing & Design (An English translation is not available.)
Des vaisseaux sanguins imprimés en 3D à partir de sucre
3D Natives (An English translation is not available.)


PODCAST: Mike Bloomgren discusses coaching career
Rice head football coach Mike Bloomgren is featured in an article and podcast.
USA Today’s Vols Wire

Prep Sports Notebook: Ryle girls basketball program continues string of Division I college recruits
Rice basketball player Lauren Schwartz is mentioned.
Northern Kentucky Tribune

Football support staff salaries: What it costs to run a program
An article mentions that Clint Haggard is a former Rice assistant athletics director.


Charcoal a weapon to fight superoxide-induced disease, injury
Scientists at Rice, the University of Texas Health Science Center’s McGovern Medical School and the Texas A&M Health Science Center developed artificial enzymes made of treated charcoal that may aid in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

About Stefan De La Garza

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