Dateline Rice for July 7, 2020


Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump
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.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

What will college look like for Texas students in the fall?
An article mentions that Rice will be undertaking additional measures to safeguard students, faculty and staff for the mid-August start to the fall semester: all classes will be delivered in a hybrid format with recorded sessions for students who opt out of attending in person; and protocols for contact tracing, testing and isolation of exposed individuals will be established. President David Leebron is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Harvard will allow only 40% of undergrads on campus for fall

Internal messages show Houston hospitals in COVID-19 crisis
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.
Undark (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
How Texas screwed it all up
Off the Kuff
How to stay and survive the coronavirus pandemic: Podcast #85 with Daniel Whyte III
Black Christian News Network (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Once lauded for its COVID-19 response, Texas now grapples with one of country’s worst outbreaks
Black Christian News Network (This article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

How the pandemic is spurring a wave of ‘stress spending’
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
The Toronto Star (This article appeared on the front page of the July 7 print edition of the Peterborough Examiner, and it appeared online in NewsCaf and The World News. This story also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

7 powerful and eye-catching art events that no Houstonian should miss
An arts roundup featuring Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts, which is showcasing work from Texas artists in its windows, mentions that “Summer Window Series: Ganzeer” is on view through July 25.
CultureMap Houston

SAC valedictorian challenges his peers to step up
An article featuring Donovan Butler mentions that he plans to attend Rice in the fall.
The Nassau Guardian

From Flower Mound to SMU: DE Stone Eby makes collegiate commitment official
Rice is mentioned
Texas HS Football


George Floyd and the upcoming Texas Democratic Senate runoff
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, authored an op-ed.
The Hill (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Remembering Reginald Moore, the activist who uncovered Sugar Land’s dark past
An article mentions the July 3 death of activist Reginald Moore, whose research is collected and housed as the Reginald Moore Sugar Land Convict-Leasing System Research Collection at the Woodson Research Center at Rice’s Fondren Library. Rice community members quoted include Caleb McDaniel, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Humanities and recent recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History; Lora Wildenthal, the John Anthony Weir Professor of History; and academic visitor Hanna Kim. The article also mentions that Rice has established three research grants in Moore’s name.
Texas Monthly

The fight over monuments asks, who is an American hero and who is a ‘symbol of hate’?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
USA Today (This article appeared on the front page of the July 7 print edition of the International Edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
July 4 speech signals new stage in Trump’s race war


Five reasons why professionals love online MBA programs
Mike Narvaez, a student at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Heather Price, a graduate of the Jones School, are quoted.

Summer on Mars: NASA’s Perseverance rover is one of three missions ready to launch
Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Scientific American

Future hurricanes more likely to be fast-moving storms like Ike, Rice researcher says
An article by MSN features collaborative Rice research that found climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the final 25 years of this century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey. It quotes study lead author Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. An article from quotes or mentions Hassanzadeh and co-authors Laurence Yeung, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, and graduate student Ebrahim Nabizadeh. The second article also mentions that the research was supported in part by Rice’s Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort, which was established in response to Hurricane Harvey.
MSN (This Houston Chronicle article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Future hurricanes: Fast like Ike or slow like Harvey?


Houston researchers find new eco-friendly way to preserve produce
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. Co-authors quoted include Pulickel Ajayan, chair of the Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering and a professor of chemistry; and research scientist Muhammad Rahman.

Best colleges in big cities
A roundup featuring Rice mentions that it is ranked No. 3 in the U.S. according to Stacker’s list of the best universities in big cities.
Houston Chronicle (This Stacker article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

¿Cómo pago la universidad?
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


‘Wrong pipeline in the wrong place’ — nationwide litigation could affect Permian Highway Pipeline
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, is quoted and interviewed.
Texas Public Radio (This segment also aired on more than 20 stations across Texas.)

Six candidates look to represent Travis and Bastrop counties in the state Senate
An article mentions that Waller Thomas Burns III formerly worked in admissions at Rice.
KUT Online

‘We Are Austin’
Rice is mentioned.
KEYE-TV (Austin)


Why is glass rigid? Signs of its secret structure emerge.
An article quotes Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Science, professor of chemistry, of biochemistry and cell biology, of physics and astronomy and of materials science and nanoengineering.
Quanta Magazine 

‘Tokyo Olympiad’
A review of the 1965 documentary “Tokyo Olympiad,” which has been reissued by the Criterion Collection, mentions that a Rice alumnus (Fred Hansen) won the gold medal in men’s pole vault at the 1964 Summer Olympics.
Under the Radar


Top 10 happiest colleges in America
A roundup featuring Rice mentions it is ranked No. 8 in the U.S. according to The Princeton Review’s list of the universities with the happiest students.

A tenure of historic achievements
Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost and professor of statistics at Rice, is mentioned.
Notre Dame Magazine


University of Texas soccer program unveils 2020 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Aug. 30.

Marshall men’s basketball releases 2020-21 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team is slated to play Marshall University Jan. 23, 2021.

Dodgers add A.J. Ramos, Clayton Beeter to player pool; Gavin Lux and Pedro Baez absent from summer camp
An article mentions a baseball game between Rice and Texas Tech University earlier this year.
Dodger Blue


Parents’ pandemic-induced stress can do long-term harm to children, says Baker Institute expert
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has accentuated long-standing challenges many families face, has put additional stress on parents that could harm the development of their children, according to a new brief by Quianta Moore, fellow in child health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Boron nitride destroys PFAS ‘forever’ chemicals PFOA, GenX
Rice chemical engineers found that boron nitride destroyed perfluorooctanoic acid at a faster clip than any previously reported photocatalyst.

About Stefan De La Garza

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